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Jun
23

Native American tribes learn to fight climate change

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.

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Jun
16

Left Behind: For some Native American communities facing water problems, hope circles the drain

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.

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Jun
10

Longer fire season heightens air quality-related health concerns

With fire season starting earlier than ever, Alaska agencies are working to help protect residents from the health risks posed by smoke-filled skies.

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Jun
9

Hopis seek role in federal study of Flagstaff’s Red Gap pipeline

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 […]

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Jun
9

Regional RES Returns to Oklahoma in July, Early Registration Ends Friday

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.

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Jun
9

Northwest Tribes Call For End To Moving Fossil Fuels Through Gorge

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.

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Jun
8

Feds to Allow Even More Bald Eagles Killed or Maimed for Clean Energy

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 […]

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May
25

The First Official Climate Refugees in the U.S. Race Against Time

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.

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May
23

New report shows importance of Clean Power Plan

Clean Power Plan awaiting hearings by the Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeals.

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May
16

12 Tribes and Native American Organizations Receive “Seeds of Native Health” Grants

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 […]

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May
14

Obama pressed to create new Grand Canyon monument

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 […]

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May
13

Tribal think tank meets in Barrow

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 […]

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May
10

Army Corps: Coal terminal violates tribal rights, won’t permit

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.

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Apr
24

Federal fracking rule in hands of federal judge in Wyoming

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 […]

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April
24

Feds deciding if coal-export project violates tribal rights

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 […]

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Apr
23

Public comment period closes over methane rule

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 […]

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Mar
7

GRAND CANYON DEVELOPMENT PLAN REJECTED BY U.S. FOREST SERVICE HAS MANY CELEBRATING

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. […]

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Mar
4

Tribe Says Drilling Project Would Have ‘Heartbreaking’ Consequences

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 […]

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Feb
3

Oregon Militia Standoff Spotlights Federal-Tribal Quandary over Artifacts

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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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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