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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 […]
Climate change has affected communities across the United States, but for Native Americans the effects hit closer to home. The disappearance of water supply, diminishing salmon population, and wildfires all spurred by climate change, threaten tribes across the country.
Nearly 30 percent of Native Americans and Alaska Natives lived in poverty in 2014– approximately double the nation’s overall poverty rate. And about 7.5 percent of Native American and Alaska Native homes did not have safe drinking water or basic sanitation as of 2013, according to the government’s Indian Health Service.
With fire season starting earlier than ever, Alaska agencies are working to help protect residents from the health risks posed by smoke-filled skies.
The Hopi Tribe is requesting to be part of a study that could affect the future of the city of Flagstaff’s Red Gap Ranch pipeline. The 30-mile pipeline will run very close to Hopi tribal land and there have been discussions in the past about the Hopi possibly tapping into […]
RES Oklahoma will bring together tribal leaders, elected officials, representatives from business, established or aspiring Native American business owners, and many more. The convening facilitates opportunities to learn, brainstorm, collaborate, and network in an innovative and motivational atmosphere.
Tribal leaders from around the Northwest gathered Thursday in Mosier, Oregon, not far from the site of last week’s oil train derailment in the Columbia River Gorge.
The debate over the unintentional killing or injuring of golden and bald eagles in wind turbines is set to intensify, as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks comment over the next few weeks on a new rule that would increase by nearly fourfold the number of bald eagles allowed […]
Since 1955, the Isle de Jean Charles band of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe has lost 98 percent of its land to the encroaching Gulf waters. Of the 22,400-acre island that stood at that time, only a 320-acre strip remains. The tribe’s identity, food, and culture have slowly eroded with the land.
Clean Power Plan awaiting hearings by the Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeals.
First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) today announced the awarding of 12 grants totaling $390,656 under the Seeds of Native Health campaign. Seeds of Native Health — created and funded by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) — is a major philanthropic effort to improve the nutrition of Native Americans […]
The backers of the proposed Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument, led by Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) want to indefinitely protect the area from uranium mining that they say would hurt the Colorado River watershed, spots sacred to Indian tribes and recreation activities. Millions of acres in and around the canyon […]
In 2010, the National Indian Health Board partnered with the Office of Tribal Affairs within the Agency of Toxic Substance and Disease Registry to look at environmental health concerns across Indian country and in Alaska and Hawaii. They established a 15-member tribal focus group, called the National Tribal Environmental Health […]
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Monday denied a permit to a $700 million project to build the nation’s largest coal-export terminal in northwest Washington state, handing a striking victory to the Lummi tribe which argued the project would violate its treaty-protected fishing rights.
The future of federal rules aimed at protecting land, water and wildlife from energy-production practices including hydraulic fracturing now rests with a judge in Wyoming. The Ute Tribe stated in its brief that it agrees with the states that the BLM lacks rulemaking authority and also has additional arguments that […]
Like many tribes, the Lummi signed a treaty with the U.S. government in 1855 in which it ceded its land but reserved the right to hunt and fish in “usual and accustomed” areas. The Gateway Pacific Terminal, a venture between SSA Marine and Cloud Peak Energy, would handle up to […]
The public comment period for a proposed federal rule aimed at increasing revenues and curbing greenhouse gas emissions from the venting, flaring and leaking of natural gas from wells on federal and tribal lands has stirred considerable debate in the region. Government entities in San Juan County were uniformly united […]
The town of Tusayan applied for the road and utility easement in 2014 to make it possible for Stilo Development USA to build 2,100 houses, hotels, restaurants, a spa, and “an entertainment pavilion based on Native American themes” in an undeveloped part of town.It’s been a contentious project for years. […]
A few miles outside Glacier National Park in northwest Montana is land known as the Badger-Two Medicine, the ancestral home of the Blackfeet tribe. But it’s also the site of 18 oil and gas development leases, and an energy company is heading to federal court March 10 to fight for […]
While the remaining Oregon militia holdouts negotiate with federal law enforcement officials, the Burns Paiute tribe is anxious to find out whether the militants damaged any of the thousands of tribal artifacts housed on public lands since the standoff began in October. The federal government plays an outsized role in […]
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