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Aug
29

North Dakota oil pipeline protesters stand their ground: ‘This is sacred land

The pipeline’s planned route takes it close to the northern boundary of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation and the town of Cannon Ball within it, which means it would cross the Missouri immediately upstream, endangering, protesters say, the reservation’s drinking water and threatening sacred sites. At Standing Rock, they have […]

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Aug
25

Native Americans Encouraged as Judge Delays North Dakota Pipeline Ruling

Native American activists have said they are still hopeful they can halt the construction of a controversial oil pipeline that will run from North Dakota to Illinois, after a federal judge said he needed more time to decide whether indigenous rights were violated when the project was approved.

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Aug
25

Confronting the Feds: Armed Ranchers and Peaceful Native Water Protectors

Settlement of the western U.S. was a government project, subsidized every step of the way, starting with the military part of the Indian Wars. In addition to suppressing Indian opposition, the government funded the transcontinental railroad, and the Homestead Act of 1862 promised “free” land (only lightly used by the […]

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Aug
24

Essay: Everything has water flowing through it

This essay is part of “Sacred Water,” EHN’s ongoing investigation into Native American struggles—and successes—to protect culturally significant water sources on and off the reservation.

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Aug
23

Occupying the Prairie: Tensions Rise as Tribes Move to Block a Pipeline

Leaders from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, whose reservation lies just south of the pipeline’s path, say the protests are peaceful. Weapons, drugs and alcohol are prohibited from the protest camp. The conflict may reach a crucial moment on Wednesday in a federal court hearing. The tribe has sued to block […]

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Aug
23

In Crow Country, a water system brings new life

The water compact and new water system come at a crucial time for the Crow. The rivers and streams on the reservation are testing positive for harmful bacteria. Many people have uranium, manganese and other harmful metals coming out of the taps. There are health concerns on the Crow reservation—children […]

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Aug
15

Dakota Pipeline Fight Revives Labor-Environmental Split

Nearly a year after President Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline, controversy over another oil pipeline project threatens to deepen divisions between two key Democratic constituencies, labor unions and environmentalists. Native American tribes along the pipeline route have protested its construction.

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Aug
15

A Look at Various National Monument Proposals Nationally

A look at various national monument proposals from around the country

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Aug
11

Native American Youth to Obama Rezpect our Water

Thirty Native youth from the Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation) traveled to the U.S. Capitol seeking to stop construction of the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline. The pipeline will send 570,000 barrels of crude oil per day through North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois, and Iowa. The 1,168-mile long pipeline is set to pass […]

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Aug
8

EPA awards Navajo Nation money for mine spill

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on Friday it is awarding about $1.2 million in reimbursements to tribal and government agencies in the Four Regions region, including the Navajo Nation, for costs associated with the response to the Gold King Mine spill.

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Aug
7

US tribes work with scientists against climate change

Across Oklahoma, there are 38 tribes struggling to adapt. And while the weather affects all residents, the Native American nations face unique challenges.

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Aug
5

Gold King Mine spill’s economic impact fleeting in Durango, lasting in the Navajo Nation

The Navajo Nation continues to watch with suspicion a river it considers sacred, fearing that its waters could poison crops. Only this May did Navajo officials reopen a critical irrigation canal that pulls water from the San Juan, which itself turned orange last year after the Animas pollution flowed into […]

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Aug
3

Refineries Will Invest $425 Million in Pollution Controls Near Tribal Lands

Tesoro and Par Hawaii Refining – will invest a total of $425 million on pollution controls and local environmental projects, according to a settlement reached on July 18 with the U.S. Justice Department and the EPA. The settlement, also known as a consent decree, is subject to public comment through […]

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Jul
30

Native community in Louisiana relocates as land washes away

The island has been on the front lines of coastal erosion for decades. The reasons are numerous: sinking land sped up by years of oil and gas exploration, and exacerbated by rising seas and increased storm surges. In just the last 100 years, Louisiana has lost 1,900 square miles of […]

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Jul
25

They did it their way

Thousands of years before scientists and federal officials began managing forests, Coquille Indians tended the woods their own way. That philosophy still guides the tribe’s approach to forest management, though on a much smaller scale. Out of an ancestral territory estimated at 750,000 acres, today’s Coquille Tribe manages about 8,000 […]

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Jul
25

Chippewa Cree tribal official goes to trial over contaminated water prob

The former head of the Chippewa Cree Tribe’s water resource department headed to trial Monday on charges that he lied to federal authorities investigating a contaminated drinking water tank used by dozens of homes on the Rocky Boy’s Reservation.

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Jul
23

Crow Tribe celebrates end of long water fight

In June the historic Crow Tribe Water Rights Settlement went into full effect, setting for the first time how much water the tribe owns under its treaty and giving the tribe $460 million to develop irrigation facilities, a hydropower energy plant and a reservation-wide municipal water system.

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Jul
14

The Fight for the Bears Ears

The Bears Ears region has become the newest ground zero in the battle over Utah’s federal public lands. But in a war that has long been waged between environmental groups and white, rural residents from nearby communities, the voice of Native America represents a new front in a proposal to […]

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Jul
1

Pueblo Becomes Latest Tribe to Buy Swath of Ancestral Land

The Pueblo of Santa Ana’s purchase of the Alamo Ranch near the edge of the Albuquerque metro area was announced this week, with the ranch’s longtime owners — the family of former New Mexico Gov. Bruce King — saying they were confident the tribe would be good stewards of the […]

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Jun
30

National Park Service finalizes rule for tribal gathering of plants

Members of federally recognized tribes will be able to gather plants from National Park Service facilities under a rule finalized by the Obama administration on Wednesday. Existing regulations allow for the gathering of fruits, berries, nuts or unoccupied seashells by the general public. But they do not address plant gathering by tribes […]

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