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Jul
8

EPA and Navajo Nation EPA Enter Historic Agreement

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Navajo Nation EPA announced a pair of settlements with the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority to bring its wastewater treatment facility in Window Rock into compliance both with the federal Clean Water Act and the Navajo Nation Clean Water Act.  

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Jun
7

In St. Paul, tar sands pipeline protest draws thousands

Thousands gathered in St. Paul to protest Minnesota’s proposed Sandpiper pipeline. Young and old alike flooded the streets in downtown St. Paul for the Tar Sands Resistance March, which organizing groups hoped would open eyes to the practices of companies who extract and ship crude oil from the northern Alberta […]

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Jun
4

Northern California Tribe Harnesses Sun and Wind for Renewable Energy System

It’s sunny and windy on the northern coast of California. So why not put these elements to good use to help power a reservation, expand energy independence and reduce the carbon footprint? That’s the thinking behind the decision by the 577-member Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria to install […]

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Jun
4

Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma Recognized for Efforts

The Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma has been recognized for its environmental and recycling efforts. In a formal ceremony Wednesday at the Tribal Annex Building in West Seneca, Patrick Riley of the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality said the department’s mission is to protect, preserve and restore the state’s natural […]

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May
18

EPA Announces $1 Million for Tribal Applicants to Upgrade Diesel Engines

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is announcing the availability of $1 million in grant funding for tribal applicants to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing air pollutants from diesel exhaust such as nitrogen oxides (NOX) and particulate matter (PM), which are linked to respiratory problems.

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Apr
24

Quapaw Tribe Environmental Cleanup Project

The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma has just been green-lighted for a nearly $2 million environmental cleanup project. Approximately 80,000 tons of hazardous material off Highway 69, just northeast of Quapaw, will be removed. “There’s been a lot of economic value taken out of this area from tribal members. To clean […]

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Apr
21

Solar Power Makes Electricity More Accessible On Navajo Reservation

Most people can’t imagine living without smartphones or the Internet, let alone without electricity. But even today — even in the United States — there are still people who live without lights and refrigeration. Many are Native Americans living on tribal reservations.

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Apr
16

House endorses Flathead tribal water-compact bill after 3.5-hour debate

After days of procedural wrangling and a marathon debate, the Montana House Wednesday finally endorsed the bill ratifying the controversial Flathead tribal water-rights compact.

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Apr
13

USDA addresses water quality, availability in agriculture communities through grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced 21 grants totaling more than $10 million have been awarded to universities to support critical water problems in rural and agricultural watersheds across the United States.

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Apr
9

Funding announced for tribal clean diesel projects

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced over $925,000 in grant funds for tribes in Washington to remove older marine diesel engines that emit harmful air pollutants and replace them with newer engines for more efficient marine vessels.

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Apr
7

Swinomish tribe sues to block Bakken oil trains

A federal lawsuit filed by the Swinomish Indian tribe seeks to ban BNSF Railway from transporting Bakken crude oil across tribal lands to the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes.

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Apr
1

Alaska Tribes to Receive $400,000 from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded $200,000 each for conservation work to the Native Village of Tyonek and Telida Village Council under the Tribal Wildlife Grant program. The Native Village of Tyonek, in partnership with Tyonek Tribal Conservation District, will be using funds to remove a barrier […]

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Mar
31

Changes in Climate, Watershed Forcing Sauk-Suiattle Tribe to Move Farther Upland

More than a century of change on the Sauk River—glacial retreat, logging in the watershed, and alterations downstream—is forcing the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe to move homes, administrative offices, and a longhouse farther upland and away from the river.

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Mar
27

Latest DOE renewable energy funding efforts target tribal communities

As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to partner with Tribal Nations, these projects provide Indian Tribes and Alaska Native villages clean energy options that will reduce fossil fuel use and save money. With tribal renewable energy resources comprising approximately five per cent of all US renewable energy resources, these […]

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Mar
26

Agua Caliente Band gets federal funds for solar carport

The federal government is dishing out nearly $6 million in renewable energy and energy efficiency grants to Native American tribes, including the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.

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Mar
25

EPA announces $925,000 for tribal clean diesel projects in Washington

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is announcing over $925,000 in grant funds for tribes in Washington to remove older marine diesel engines that emit harmful air pollutants and replace them with newer engines for more efficient marine vessels.

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Mar
18

DOE announces renewable energy investment for tribes

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today that 11 tribal communities will receive nearly $6 million to accelerate the implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies on tribal lands. As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to partner with Tribal Nations, these projects provide Indian Tribes and Alaska […]

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Mar
17

New Warm Springs Academy Offers Lessons In Tribal Culture

Every Monday at the Warm Springs Academy about 30 kids gather in a circle for a blessing song. They’re part of the “Soaring Butterflies, Warrior Spirit” after-school program focused on tribal culture.

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Feb
25

Bad River Seeks Pristine Air Classification

A northern Wisconsin tribe is seeking a change to its air quality status under federal law. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Air Management Program Director Bart Sponseller said the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is applying for Class I air status under the Clean Air Act.

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Feb
18

EPA approves Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ Water Quality Standards

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (Tribe) in western North Carolina has been granted the authority by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to administer the Water Quality Standards program under the Clean Water Act (CWA). With this approval, the Tribe likewise is authorized to administer water quality certifications conducted under […]

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