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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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Jun
29

Judge’s Ruling to Halt Fracking Regs Could Pose a Broader Threat to Federal Oversight

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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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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