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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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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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