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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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
A look at various national monument proposals from around the country
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 […]
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.
Across Oklahoma, there are 38 tribes struggling to adapt. And while the weather affects all residents, the Native American nations face unique challenges.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
A federal judge in Wyoming recently struck down Bureau of Land Management rules to regulate hydraulic fracturing on public and tribal lands. But while the fate of the rules is far from final—with the Obama administration immediately indicating it would appeal—the implications of the controversial decision could extend far beyond fracking […]
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