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Jan
19

Northwest tribes unite against giant coal, oil projects

SSA Marine wants to build the biggest coal export terminal in North America, to load up some of the largest ships afloat arriving up to 487 times a year, mostly from Asian ports. The Lummi Nation has demanded the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is reviewing the so-called Gateway […]

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Jan
19

School districts add Native American culture to curriculum

Thanks to a newly modified Washington state law, school districts throughout the state are now figuring out how to be more like La Conner school in Mount Vernon Washington which incoporates Native American culture into their curriculum. Passed during the 2015 legislative session, the law requires schools to incorporate a […]

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Jan
19

IDAHO WATER: Debating Pollution and Toxins in Fish and Rivers

The state’s most powerful industry groups, conservationists and tribes are arguing over cancer risk, pollution, and huge expenses for businesses and cities. The Environmental Protection Agency directed states to come up with risk assessments for their residents based on how much fish they eat. Idaho DEQ surveyed thousands of people, […]

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Jan
6

Spokane Tribe Calls on Inslee to Halt Mt. Spokane Expansion

The expansion of the Mt. Spokane ski park is expected to begin soon but could be put on hold if the Spokane Tribe of Indians get their way after they asked Governor Jay Inslee Wednesday to put a halt on the project. The Spokane Tribe says the expansion would cut […]

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Jan
3

Yurok Tribe Adopts Ordinance Banning Frankenfish and GMOs

The Yurok Tribe, the largest Indigenous Tribe in California with over 6,000 members, has banned genetically engineered salmon and all Genetically Engineered Organisms (GEOs) on their reservation on the Klamath River in the state’s northwest region.

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Dec
29

Wilton tribe seeks land for casino near Highway 99

A south Sacramento County tribe is seeking to acquire 282 acres to build a lavish casino and hotel resort along state Highway 99 near Galt. The Wilton Rancheria’s ambitions to build a major gambling destination – potentially on scale with the Thunder Valley Casino Resort near Lincoln – were revealed […]

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Dec
22

Navajo Nation on track for its first utility-scale solar plant

A Navajo community south of Monument Valley will be home to the tribe’s first utility-scale solar plant capable of powering 7,700 homes on average. The $64 million plant is on track to be built by the end of 2016, using federal loans and tax credits, said Walter Haase, general manager […]

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Dec
21

Indian tribes, Lake County sign pact to improve protection of cultural sites

Officials representing three Lake County Indian tribes and county officials Monday signed a first-of-its kind local agreement aimed to improve protection of tribal artifacts and cultural resources within the ancient Clear Lake basin. The pact comes as the county and tribes also have been working together to reduce thefts of […]

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Dec
20

Puyallup tribe asks court to halt permits for Tacoma gas plant

The Puyallup Tribe of Indians wants permits issued for a liquified natural gas plant on the Tacoma Tideflats to be yanked, saying the environmental plan for the $275 million facility on the Hylebos Waterway is deficient. The tribe is worried that contaminated soils will be exposed by a proposed barge […]

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Dec
1

Minnesota’s Permit For Northshore Mine Expansion Riles Tribes, Environmental Groups

Tribal and environmental groups say the state’s plan to allow expansion of a taconite mine raises the same concerns as the prospect of copper-nickel mining in northeastern Minnesota. in comments submitted to the MPCA, environmental officials at the Fond du Lac and Grand Portage bands pointed out that the permit […]

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Nov
30

Minnesota’s permit for Northshore mine expansion riles tribes, environmental groups

Northshore Mining Company wants to enlarge its 12-mile-long taconite pit near Babbitt into and area that contains sulfur-bearing rock, the same type of rock that would yield copper, nickel and precious metals for the proposed PolyMet mine just a few miles to the south. Environmental officials at the Fond du Lac and Grand […]

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Nov
29

TEMECULA: City, Pechanga strike deal on expansion costs

The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, which is working on a $285 million expansion of its resort and casino property, has struck a deal with Temecula that will find the tribe paying millions for roadwork and an extra police officer.

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Nov
23

The town that stood up to coal

The Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Southwest Montana sits on an estimated 23 billion tons of coal. Coal companies are looking here to expand their reserves. However, the Northern Cheyenne say they will oppose the coal development to no end.

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Nov
21

Massive salvage logging under way at Colville after wildfires

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Indian Reservation are unleashing a salvage logging operation in an emergency cut to get what value the tribes still can from charred and blackened trees. It’s a logging blitz nearly military in scope and one of the biggest ever in Washington: as many as […]

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Nov
19

South Central Climate Science Center receive DOI Environmental Achievement Award

The South Center Climate Science Center, located on the University of Oklahoma’s Research Campus, is the recipient of the Department of Interior 2015 Environmental Achievement Award, a prestigious award for “Climate Science and Partnerships–Increasing the Tribal Capacity for Climate Change Adaptation.” The South Central Climate Science Center received the award as […]

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Nov
15

Support Strengthens to Stop Oil and Gas Development to Keep Florida’s Everglades Wild

Betty Osceola is a member of the Miccosukee tribe and Panther clan. She is part of a growing coalition of Indian tribes, environmental groups, and concerned citizens who are fighting the creation of The River of Grass Greenway (ROGG), a bike path that would connect Naples to Miami. Stopping the bike path is a move to keep […]

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Nov
15

White Earth students at Washington STEM conference

Four students and two faculty members with the White Earth Tribal & Community College flew to Washington, D.C., for what is referred to as the “largest multicultural and multidisciplinary STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) conference in the country.” The intense, three-day conference was held by the Society for Advancement of […]

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Nov
9

Lawsuit: SD agency biased against qualified Native American workers

The lawsuit was filed by the U.S. Department of Justice, the nation’s most powerful law-enforcement agency, against the South Dakota Department of Social Services, which is in charge of helping people deal with social problems. The discrimination case is noteworthy because the Native American man, Cedric Goodman, was applying for a […]

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Nov
9

$3.5M grant for UNM to study contamination from Colorado mine

The problem of heavy-metal waste leaking from an estimated 161,000 abandoned mines in 13 Western states is a chronic problem that Native American tribes have dealt with for decades. University of New Mexico researchers have received a $3.5 million federal grant to study the health and environmental consequences of such waste […]

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Nov
3

Anishinabe-Kwe in the White House

Karen Diver, Chairwoman of the Fond de Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in Minnesota, has just announced that she is stepping down from her long time position as tribal chairwoman and has accepted an appointment to serve at the White House as special assistant to President Barack Obama on Native American […]

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