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CNAY Gen-I: Network Map

Center for Native American Youth Gen-I Map

Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) has developed a map of impactful programs and Native American youth leaders creating positive change across Indian Country. The Network map includes youth [...]

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Environmental Education Outreach Program

Environmental Education Outreach Program

The Environmental Education Outreach Program is part of the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) at Northern Arizona University. The purpose of the Environmental Education Outreach [...]

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American Indian Science and Engineering Society

American Indian Science and Engineering Society

Since 1977, AISES has worked to substantially increase American Indian and Alaska Native representation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) [...]

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Healthy Village Environment Program

Healthy Village Environments Program

Rural Alaska communities face many unique environmental challenges but solutions are attainable. It is the goal of the Healthy Village Environment Program (HVE) to support local initiatives that help [...]

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Intertribal Agricultural Council

Intertribal Agricultural Council

The Intertribal Agriculture Council conducts a wide range of programs designed to further the goal of improving Indian Agriculture. The IAC promotes the Indian use of Indian resources and contracts [...]

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Indigenous Environmental Network

Indigenous Environmental Network

Established in 1990 within the United States, IEN was formed by grassroots Indigenous peoples and individuals to address environmental and economic justice issues [...]

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Native American Land Conservancy

Native American Land Conservancy

The Native American Land Conservancy is dedicated to the protective management of endangered Native American sacred sites and areas. Founded in 1998, the NALC has acquired threatened cultural [...]

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Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples in the United States: Impacts, Experiences and Actions

Climatic Change Journal

A special issue of the Climatic Change journal (October 2013). Climatic Change is dedicated to the totality of the problem of climatic variability and change - its descriptions, causes, implications [...]

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Solid Waste Training and Technical Assistance for Rural Alaska Villages

Zender Environmental

Through the 2014 federal fiscal year (Sept 2014, and possibly beyond this date), Zender Environmental is able to offer free solid waste related technical assistance to all rural Alaska Villages, [...]

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Solid Waste Guides and Factsheets for Rural Alaska Villages

Zender Environmental Health and Research Group develops and compiles documents and resources predominantly on the topic of solid waste and mostly for the Alaska Native Village audience. These [...]

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Facing Climate Change: Coastal Tribes (video)

Facing Climate Change: Coastal Tribes

The Swinomish Tribe has lived on the coasts of the Salish Sea for thousands of years. Today, rising seas not only threaten cultural traditions, but also the economic vitality of this small island [...]

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Best Practices Guide for Performance Partnership Grants with Tribes

This best practices guide is designed to help EPA and tribal officials understand and take full advantage of the features and benefits of Performance Partnership Grants (PPGs), in which states and [...]

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Climate Change 101: Understanding and Responding to Global Climate Change

Climate Change 101

These reports provide a reliable and understandable introduction to climate change. They cover climate science and impacts, climate adaptation, technological solutions, business solutions, [...]

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Tribal Climate Change Project

Tribal Climate Change Project

The Tribal Climate Change Project is a collaborative project between the University of Oregon Environmental Studies Program and the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station. The project [...]

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American Indian Responses to Environmental Challenges

American Indian Responses to Environmental Challenges

Developed in collaboration with the Akwesasne Mohawk of northern New York, the Campo Kumeyaay Nation of southern California, the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe of northern Minnesota and the Lummi Nation [...]

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A Guide for Tribal Leaders on U.S. Climate Change Programs

This guide summarizes key U.S. government programs addressing climate change, opportunities for tribal engagement and contacts for each agency. In addition to its immediate value to tribes and their [...]

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Indigenous Perspectives on Climate Change

This profile features Northern California-based ecologist Dennis Martinez and his thoughts on the roles of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and western science. For the past 40 years, Martinez [...]

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CAKE – Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange

CAKE is an online climate change adaptation website for people working on environmental management issues in the face of climate change. It includes a case study database of adaptation projects and [...]

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Living in a Changing Alaska

Living in a changing alaska

This website is designed to help individuals and families in small communities plan for the impacts of climate change in Alaska. The site has an adaptation planning tool and a manual that guide the [...]

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Tribal Climate Change Profiles

In 2010, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station (PNWRS) and the University of Oregon Environmental Studies Program collaborated on the development of three tribal climate change [...]

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Ecological Management for Culturally-Significant Wildlife

Don Hankins, of California State University at Chico, is a Sacramento Delta region Plains Miwok, a basketweaver, and a fire ecologist. During this presentation, he commented on the lack of cultural [...]

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National EPA-Tribal Science Council

The National EPA-Tribal Science Council (TSC) was created in partnership with Tribal representatives to help integrate agency and tribal interests, specifically with respect to environmental science [...]

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American Indian Environmental Office – Tribal Portal

The American Indian Environmental Office (AIEO) of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed a "Tribal Portal" to help American Indian communities and supporters locate tribal related [...]

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U.S. Geological Survey: Activities Related to American Indians and Alaska Natives

usgs report

A report highlighting how USGS science is being used by American Indian and Alaska Native Tribal governments in land and resource management. Many of the studies highlighted in the report were [...]

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Pokagon Tribal Complex Campus Plan

The Potawatomi believe that the health of their people is tied to the health of the land, and the intent of this Campus Plan is to ensure that the development of the tribal land protects this tie [...]

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The Nature of Indian Country and Barriers to Pollution Prevention

This presentation was given to a session of the 2006 Environmental Summit. The presentation describes the author's experiences visiting facilities located on tribal lands throughout Region 10, to 1) [...]

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7 Generations, Addressing Environmental Issues for Future Generations of Native American in New Mexico

The New Mexico Environment Department Pollution Prevention Program understands the diverse needs of the 21 pueblos and tribes in our state. Our program has worked with several tribes and pueblos to [...]

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Reliable Prosperity – A Project of Ecotrust

Reliable Prosperity-A Project of Ecotrust

ReliableProsperity.net provides a framework for an ecologically restorative, socially just, and reliably prosperous society. It includes "patterns", case studies and resources. The economic, natural [...]

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Collaborators with Expertise in Culture

Funding Related to Culture

Dec
31

Fox River Natural Resource Damage Assessment

The Fox River/Green Bay Natural Resource Trustees restore natural resources injured by the release of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) into the Lower Fox River and Green Bay, [...]

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Western Conservation – Hewlett Foundation

GOAL: To conserve the ecological integrity of the western United States and Canada for people and wildlife. The Hewlett Foundation makes a wide range of grants to preserve these extraordinary natural [...]

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Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples, Inc.

Seventh Generation Fund is an Indigenous non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and maintaining the uniqueness of Native peoples and the sovereignty of our distinct Nations. We offer an [...]

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Healthy Environments Grants from Kresge

The places where we live shape our health. Unfortunately, many people live in neighborhoods that have limited access to affordable fresh food, safe places for recreation, high-quality education and [...]

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News Related to Culture

Nov
13

Seeking to slow climate change, lawsuits look to the constitution

The cases, including one in the United States where a group of young people are arguing that global warming threatens their Fifth Amendment right to life, liberty and property, are widening the scope of environmental litigation.

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Oct
2

Tribal issues absent from court’s fracking rule decision

When a federal court issued a long-awaited decision late last month on Obama-era hydraulic fracturing standards, lawyers for the Ute Indian Tribe saw one thing missing: their entire argument.

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Sep
5

WHILE TRUMP KEEPS MONUMENT PLAN SECRET, PROPONENTS TOUT THEIR ECONOMIC BENEFITS

The argument that National Monuments impede economic growth doesn’t hold water, say an economist and conservationists. With 98% of public comments in favor of leaving monuments just the way they are, many think the Trump administration is going to make changes to allow more energy and timber development.

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Sep
5

Potent Mix of Record Heat and Dryness Fuels Wildfires Across the West

Wildfires burned across hundreds of thousands of acres in the American and Canadian West this week, fueled by scorching temperatures that are breaking heat and fire records across the region.

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Aug
25

Menominee Tribe seeks stricter federal oversight in Michigan mine fight.

At issue is the Back Forty mine, a proposed 83-acre open pit gold, zinc and copper mine in the southwestern corner of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The mine would sit within 150 feet of the Menominee River, which forms the Michigan-Wisconsin border—and is namesake for the Menominee Tribe across the border […]

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Aug
24

Interior Secretary Proposes Shrinking Four National Monuments

Environmentalists, ranchers, tribal governments and Western lawmakers had been watching closely to see if Mr. Zinke would propose changing the borders of the Bears Ears National Monument, which President Barack Obama established at the end of his term, and other scenic and historic areas under federal protection.

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Aug
20

Border Wall Threatens Native American Sovereignty

How do you draw a single borderline through three separate, overlapping nations? While that might sound like a Zen koan—the geopolitical version of the sound of one hand clapping—it’s the actual predicament facing the Tohono O’odham Nation, a Native American tribe whose territory includes both the United States and Mexico. […]

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Aug

Addressing Data Inequities in American Indian Communities Through an Environmental Public Health Tracking Pilot Project

The Tribal Environmental Health Tracking pilot project provides an example of how state public health Tracking programs can be responsive to data inequities, build relationships between tribes/urban Indian communities, and increase their competency for working with indigenous communities.

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Aug
11

MSU offers online Native American Studies course on indigenous planning

Montana State University offers a Fall 2017 online Native American Studies course called Indigenous Planning. The course is open to undergraduate or graduate students enrolled at MSU, including professionals working in the field of community planning.

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Jul
18

A tribe that lives in the Grand Canyon faces threat from uranium mining company

Havasupai Native Americans, who live inside the Grand Canyon, are facing a tough road ahead as a uranium mine company threatens the tribe’s only water supply. But “way above, on that plateau of bedrock within the Grand Canyon watershed, sitting on top of the same aquifer, is a uranium mine preparing […]

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Jul
17

A new look at Mashpee’s tribe status

As the federal government considers a route for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to retain its sovereign land while sidestepping a landmark 2009 U.S. Supreme Court case, Congress is studying whether the way the government creates reservations for tribes should be overhauled in the wake of that ruling.

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Jul
16

Quapaw tribe continues repatriation efforts of cultural items

Many of these artifacts made their way back to the tribe because of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990. NAGPRA gave Native American tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations a process for the return of human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects and other cultural artifacts. As of […]

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Jul
13

N.J. Indian tribe gets court’s OK to keep fighting for legal recognition

At the heart of the legal battle is official state recognition, according to attorney Greg Werkheiser, founder of the Washington, D.C.,-based Cultural Heritage Partners who is representing the Cumberland County-based trial nation. New Jersey had “officially” recognized the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape in 1982 “as an American Indian Tribe,” according to the […]

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Jul
11

Arizona Tribe Expands High-Tech IDs to Ease Border Crossing

As the first federally recognized tribe with a high-tech enhanced tribal card (ETC), Yaqui authorities are now assisting other tribes that hope to obtain a certified ID card for border transit and tribal record-keeping.

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Jun
16

Judge Won’t Allow Trump to be Added to Pipeline Lawsuit

A judge says he’s inclined to let a group of individual members of American Indian tribes join a lawsuit over the Dakota Access oil pipeline, but only if they agree to not add President Donald Trump as a defendant.

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Jun
15

https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/news/environment/coal-v-culture-battle-goes-protect-columbia-river/

Spring chinook were journeying up the Columbia River, returning to their natal streams to spawn. Lamprey were returning too, as Native leaders, elected officials and environmental warriors gathered at Mosier on June 3 to protest against crude-oil rail shipments along the great river The People know as Nch’i-Wana.

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June
15

Judge Orders Dakota Access Pipeline Review, Citing Environmental Justice

The judge didn’t shut down the oil flow but didn’t rule that out, either. Expediting the pipeline’s construction had been one of Trump’s first orders as president.

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Jun
12

Interior secretary recommends Trump consider scaling back Bears Ears National Monument

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended President Trump “revise the existing boundaries” of the Bears Ears National Historic Monument and call on Congress to dictate the terms of how parts of the area should be managed.

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Jun
12

Natural Gas Industry Brings A Fake Grassroots Group To Eastern Pipeline Fights

Amid intensifying fights over new natural gas pipelines in Virginia, New Jersey and New England, the gas industry is ramping up its defense with a new front group meant to appeal to East Coasters, who have mostly avoided the fights over oil and gas development that have rocked Western states.

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Jun
12

The quiet crisis: mass eviction shows toll of homelessness on Native Americans

Several tribal members estimated that anywhere from 350 to 500 members of the Yakama Nation, a sovereign tribe in Washington state with a vast and beautiful reservation, were displaced from 60 tribal-owned residences last spring.

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May
31

With Trump, A Full-Scale Assault on Protections for U.S. Public Lands

With a series of actions – including proposals to de-authorize recently created national monuments and open environmentally sensitive lands to fossil-fuel development – the Trump administration is moving to overturn long-standing U.S. policies on protecting the nation’s public lands.

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May
25

Firm behind Dakota Access pipeline faces intense scrutiny for series of leaks

The oil company behind the Dakota Access pipeline is facing intense scrutiny from regulators and activists over a series of recent leaks across the country, including a major spill now believed to be significantly bigger than initially reported.

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May
21

‘Spiteful and petty’: Maine governor bans signs to Obama-designated monument

Zinke began the review process two weeks ago at Bears Ears in Utah, a site sacred to Native Americans and one of the largest Obama-era monument designations In Maine, US interior de.partment officials will review whether the Katahdin proposal was adequately vetted by stakeholders. The process is due to finish on 24 […]

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May
19

How a remote California tribe set out to save its river and stop a suicide epidemic

Deep in California’s coastal woods near the Oregon border, the reservation straddles the mighty Klamath River, the tribe’s lifeblood for centuries. But over the last 50 years, the yearly migration of salmon from the Pacific dwindled, and poverty, addiction and lawlessness gripped the reservation.

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May
17

Tribal struggles beyond Standing Rock

The standoff at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation brought national attention to the struggle over indigenous lands and resources. This video series examines the ways tribes in North America have dealt with mounting pressures from governments and corporations that take over their land for mega-projects such as dams, freeways and […]

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May
14

Battle Over Bears Ears Heats Up as Trump Rethinks Its Monument Status

President Barack Obama established the Bears Ears National Monument in the final days of his presidency, using the Antiquities Act, signed into law by President Theodore Roosevelt, to place special protections on a vast swath of winding canyons and shifting sands imbued with at least 10,000 years of human history. In terms of […]

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May
2

Life on the Keystone XL route: where opponents fear the ‘black snake’

“Our people call it the black snake because it is evil,” says Tressa Welch, as thunder clouds steamroll the blue sky over the plains of Wolf Point. “And like snakes they come out of nowhere; they slither and strike unknown.”

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April
6

A RIGHT-WING THINK TANK IS TRYING TO BRING DOWN THE INDIAN CHILD WELFARE ACT. WHY?

Recently, the Goldwater Institute has stepped into an entirely different legal arena: an effort to dismantle a landmark law called the Indian Child Welfare Act. ICWA requires that before private and public agencies place Native American children in foster care or with an adoptive family, they try to keep nuclear […]

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Mar
20

Local Historians: Native American Story Will Not be Left Out of Tricentennial

Northwest Vista College political science professor Rudy De La Cruz Jr., along with a small band of dedicated historians, is working overtime to ensure that some of San Antonio’s long forgotten voices are represented in the Tricentennial and the canon of history it depicts.

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Mar
19

Native American agriculture continues to sustain pueblos

Long before New Mexico was known for signature crops like green chile, for centuries one of the primary foods came on a cob. Corn not only helped pueblo Indians native to the state sustain their lives, but in some cases determined where they would live.

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Mar
10

Will President Trump rescind this national monument’s status from Native Americans?

At the end of his second term, then-President Obama gratified a coalition of Western Native Americans by creating Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah, 1.35 million acres of high desert punctuated by dramatic rock formations. Now a tribal coalition, which considers many sites within Bears Ears sacred, fears the Trump […]

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Feb
23

Dakota Pipeline Protest Camp Is Cleared, at Least 40 Arrested

While many activists left the site of a months-long protest against the Dakota Access pipeline voluntarily as a deadline passed for them to clear the area on Wednesday, some protesters decided to defy the order to leave. Eventually, at least 40 were arrested at the site, according to law enforcement […]

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Feb
22

North Dakota Arrests 10 as Pipeline Protest Camp Empties

The fires burned for hours on the flat, muddy landscape, their thick smoke rising through snowflakes that tumbled to the ground. Someone rode a snowmobile across the dirt, and others moved their belongings to the side of a rural highway. The police gathered, prepared to follow the governor’s order to […]

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Feb
22

Senate panel passes protest bill over tribes’ objections

Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s bill to make it clear that the governor’s emergency response powers apply to potentially destructive protests passed its first legislative test Wednesday over the objections of Democratic lawmakers and tribal officials.

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Feb
20

Border Wall Would Cleave Tribe, and Its Connection to Ancestral Land

The phone calls started almost as soon as President Trump signed his executive order, making official his pledge to build a wall to separate the United States from Mexico.

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Feb
8

Controversial Dakota pipeline to go ahead after Army approval

The U.S. Army will grant the final permit for the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline after an order from President Donald Trump to expedite the project despite opposition from Native American tribes and climate activists.

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Feb
7

Patagonia pulls out of Utah trade show in protest of state’s public land grab

Patagonia has just become the first retailer to pull out of a big industry trade show in Utah to protest state leaders’ efforts to strip federal protection of public land.

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Feb
5

Utah Representative Wants Bears Ears Gone And He Wants Trump To Do It

Republicans want to eliminate one of the nation’s newest national monuments. Former President Barack Obama created the 1.3 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument in Utah just days before he left office.

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Feb
3

Bureau of Indian Affairs sending agents to help clear Dakota Access protesters from site

The federal government announced Friday that it was dispatching Bureau of Indian Affairs agents to help clear Dakota Access Pipeline protesters from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation.

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Jan
31

The Youth Group That Launched a Movement at Standing Rock

In the fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline, Native Americanactivists achieved one of the most galvanizing environmentalvictories in years — and it all began with a group of teenagers.

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Jan
26

These Are the Defiant “Water Protectors” of Standing Rock

Every day during the summer, processions of people in traditional garb came to the camps around Cannonball, pledging to support a movement that had turned into something bigger than a pipeline protest. It had become an international call to protect indigenous people’s rights, and their land.

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Jan
25

4 Key Impacts of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines

President Donald Trump signed executive orders early this week that restarted the effort to complete the Keystone XL pipeline across the Great Plains and the Dakota Access pipeline in the northern plains.

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Jan
24

Trump seeks to revive Dakota Access, Keystone XL oil pipelines

President Trump signed executive orders Tuesday to revive the controversial Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines, another step in his effort to dismantle former president Barack Obama’s environmental legacy.

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Jan
23

What Happens After Standing Rock?

Standing Rock was more of a beginning than end. It was both a potent symbol for this American moment, and the start of something bigger. No DAPL participants now hope the movement will raise the national consciousness on a broad array of Native American issues, from tribal sovereignty to environmental […]

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Jan
21

North Dakota tribe formally calls on pipeline protesters to disperse

A Sioux tribal council on Saturday formally asked hundreds of protesters to clear out of three camps near its North Dakota reservation used to stage months of sometimes violent protests against the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline.

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Jan
9

Bears Ears Monument Is A Win For Tribal Food Sovereignty. Will Trump Undo It?

Seven years ago, the Navajo tribal council in southeastern Utah started mapping the secret sites where medicine men and women forage for healing plants and native people source wild foods. They wanted to make a case for protecting the landscape known as Bears Ears, a place not only sacred to their […]

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Jan
9

Native Americans fight Texas pipeline using ‘same model as Standing Rock’

Indigenous activists have set up camps in the Texas desert to fight a pipeline project there, the latest sign that the Standing Rock “water protector” movement is inspiring Native American-led environmental protests across the US.

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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

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
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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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
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
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
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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Nov
2

Tribes Say Bypass Destroyed Sacred Sites

Native American tribes say California and the United States destroyed sacred sites, artifacts and wetlands building a $300 million stretch of highway in Northern California. The Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians and Round Valley Indian Tribes of California say that state and federal agencies failed to consult with them before […]

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Oct
20

‘Renewable ranch’ in Eastern Agency takes shape

The Eastern Navajo Nation Agency is exploring the possibility of building a solar farm as part of efforts to chart a “new path,” according to a tribal official. A study was done, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Tribal Energy Program, which analyzed the project’s socioeconomic potential, the […]

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Oct
20

Moapa Indian reservation still waiting for 2014 FEMA flood funding

More than 13 months later, the Moapa Band of Paiutes are still awaiting an overwhelming majority of its federal funding from the severe flooding in September 2014. The Federal Emergency Management Agency declared the area a major disaster in November 2014. Chairman Dobada says initial estimates at that time were $3.4 […]

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Oct
18

Nearly 700 acres of Sonoma County coast protected under deal with landowners

Sonoma County supervisors have signed off on the final piece of a complex deal that will transfer nearly 700 acres of the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians’ ancestral lands near Stewarts Point back to the tribe in exchange for permission to build a public bluff-top trail along more than a […]

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Oct
15

Tribes join forces to push Obama for new national monument in Utah

Tribal leaders from the Four Corners states met in Washington Thursday and called on President Barack Obama to declare 1.9 million acres in southeastern Utah a national monument. The Bear Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition is chaired by Navajo and Hopi representatives who say the land is “ancestral land” which must be […]

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Oct
9

House OKs bill giving tribes more control over mineral resources

The House approved a bill Thursday that aims to streamline the process of licensing energy projects on tribal lands, by shortening the time for federal approvals and limiting public comment on environmental impacts.

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Oct
7

Department of Interior must cancel Badger-Two Medicine leases

For more than 30 years, oil and gas companies have sought to exploit the Badger-Two Medicine, a 160,000-acre parcel made up of the U.S. Forest Service and the Blackfeet Nation, bordering Glacier National Park. The Blackfeet Nation has steadfastly insisted that such industrialization cannot be mitigated, and that existing exploration leases […]

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Oct
7

Tribes say Sandpiper threatens treaty rights

Native American groups say that the proposed route of the Sandpiper crude oil pipeline, which crosses grasslands in Minnesota on its way from North Dakota to Wisconsin, violates their treaty rights to fish, hunt and gather crops, in particular, wild rice. The tribes, which include Ojibwe groups, also known as […]

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Oct
6

Wild Berry Harvests Less Reliable According to Alaskan Local Observers

The U.S. Geological Survey announced the publication of a new study examining how Alaska’s tribal environmental managers and local observer networks view statewide trends in wild berry harvests. Survey results, completed by 96 individuals in 73 communities across Alaska, indicated that wild berry harvests were less reliable than in the past.

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Sep
25

Army Corps Permitting for landfill near Pala Indian Reservation

The new owners of a company seeking to build a landfill near the Pala Indian Reservation in North County near San Diego have reapplied for one of several needed permits. The Pala Tribe has led the fight against the dump for decades; they say that there are several sacred sites on Gregory […]

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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
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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Oct
27

EPA Administrator Announces 2015 Tribal ecoAmbassadors

Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy announced the agency’s 2015 Tribal ecoAmbassadors, tribal college and university professors who work in partnership with EPA scientists to improve environmental conditions and public health in tribal communities, at the National Congress of American Indians’ annual convention in Atlanta, GA. The ecoAmbassadors […]

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Oct
7

Stillaguamish tribe proud of new science showplace

The Stillaguamish Tribe’s new Natural Resources Department Building is designed to honor the tribe’s history and culture while making it easier to research and protect resources for the future. The facility houses the tribe’s environmental and cultural preservation efforts, including ongoing fish and water quality studies. A new custom-built laboratory […]

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Sep
8

Water compact report supports tribes’ legal basis

Many opponents of the Flathead Water Compact have questioned the legal aspects of such an agreement, but a state legal review has found little to support those doubts.  On Monday, the members of the Water Policy Interim Committee and an audience of more than 40 people heard staff legal counsel […]

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Aug
31

Swinomish tribe worries rising sea levels threaten tradition, culture

With 95 percent of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community’s reservation borders on the water, the tribe is concerned about the rise in sea level and storm surges expected as the planet warms.

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Aug
26

7 Tribal Programs That Protect Our Winged and Four-Legged Brothers

Here are seven examples of tribal initiatives that are taking back the spirit of environmental stewardship—be they restoring the land, reintroducing species or creating safe conditions for their intersection with modern human life.

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Aug
15

How one Pacific Northwest tribe is carving out a resistance to coal — and winning

The Lummi Nation, a Native American tribe in the Pacific Northwest, has taken an uncompromising stand against the largest proposed coal export terminal in the country: the Gateway Pacific Terminal. If completed, it would export 48 million tons of coal mined from Montana and Wyoming’s Powder River Basin, and in […]

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Jul
11

The Yakama Nation vs. Coal Pollution

Tribal objection to coal pollution like the objections of conservationists and sportsmen alike has seemingly been not enough to stop coal from threatening the fisheries of the Columbia River. After all, no less than the New York Times has been detailing the opposition of Native American tribes to northwest coal […]

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Jul
3

Buffalo Comeback: Tribes and Interior Dept. Committed to Making it Happen

The Department of the Interior has reaffirmed its commitment to restore bison to “appropriate and well-managed levels on public and tribal lands” by working with states, tribes and other partners.

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Jun
27

Wisconsin: Tribes ask EPA to intervene in Gogebic iron mine proposal

Six Chippewa Indian bands in Wisconsin have asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to evaluate the environmental effects of a proposed iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin before the plan is reviewed by the state regulators and another federal agency. The request is similar to one made before a decision […]

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Jun
16

Ford pays for Ramapough tribe medicine garden on former toxic site

Vincent Mann’s voice echoed across the clearing of trees as people knelt in the soft earth, sweetgrass plants in their hands. Some stopped and held up the plants to pray before placing them in a spiral on land that the Ramapough Lenape nation has called home for thousands of years. […]

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Jun
15

Three Tribes Win Coveted Washington State Environmental Education Awards

Three tribes are among the recipients of the Green Apple Awards given for environmental education initiatives by the not-for-profit group E3 Washington, a professional group that provides education on environmental development and stability.

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Jun
3

Squaxin Island Tribe to celebrate habitat restoration plans

An impressive array of partners will assemble at the old Bayshore Golf Course on Oakland Bay northeast of Shelton on Tuesday to celebrate the purchase of some highly touted Puget Sound nearshore habitat. The $2.3 million acquisition had been in the works for 13 years, ever since the Capitol Land […]

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May
24

Minnesota Tribal Leaders Join Forces With Environmental Movement

The environmental movement in northern Minnesota has added an influential force to its ranks: tribal leaders. Through a series of legal victories, including one just weeks ago, tribes are extending the meaning of rights they reserved in 19th-century treaties.

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May
21

Yakama Fight to Protect Fishing Sites From Coal Train Terminals

The Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation have joined the chorus of opposition to coal-rail terminals in the Northwest, adding their voice to those of the Lummi, Quinault and other tribes.

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May
18

Napa Tribal Casino Resisted by Winemakers to Protect Land

The threat of a Las Vegas-style casino opening in the lush fields of California’s Napa Valley is rousing the makers of some of the world’s most celebrated wines into a pitched community fight.

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May
15

CSKT to clear the air with Amish business

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes have been dealing with burning permit issues with the Amish community spanning back seven years.

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May
13

US government supports Agua Caliente in water case

The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday weighed in to support the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians in its lawsuit against two water districts, backing the tribe’s claims that the local agencies are infringing upon its rights by over-pumping groundwater from the Coachella Valley’s aquifer.

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May
9

Tribal groups dismayed by Recapture Canyon’s ATV protest

ATV enthusiasts from Blanding, UT insist federal authorities illegally exclude their machines from nearby Recapture Canyon, but their protest ride planned for Saturday has become a source of dismay for some tribal members whose ancestors inhabited this canyon long before Anglo ranchers ran cows there. Officials with the Hopi Cultural Preservation […]

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May
5

Nisqually Tribe activist devoted his life to defense of fishing rights, salmon habitat

Billy Frank Jr., a key figure in the fight to protect Native American fishing rights and salmon habitat, passed away at home on May 5, the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission announced. Frank was chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission for more than 30 years. He was 83.

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May
2

Native Student Selected for Prestigious National Scholarship

Junior industrial engineering and engineering management student Vaughn Vargas from Rapid City, South Dakota has been awarded the $5,000 Udall Scholarship, one of five prestigious, national programs established by the U.S. Congress—the Harry S. Truman and Barry Goldwater scholarships among them. After graduation, Vargas hopes to help lower the poverty […]

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Apr
25

Yurok Tribe to Release Condors into Redwood Coast

Yurok tribal tradition holds the California condor as sacred, with ancient stories saying the giant birds fly closest to the sun and are the best messengers to carry prayers. Now, after five years of research, the far northern California-based tribe has received permission to release captive-bred condors into the Redwood […]

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Apr
23

ND Tribes Warn of the Environmental Impact of Oil

Leaders of North Dakota’s Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara nations say that while they are thankful for the money that oil has brought the once-impoverished Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, they are concerned about the environmental impact of drilling on their land.

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Apr
22

Cowboy and Indian Alliance Protests Keystone XL

Members of the Cowboy and Indian Alliance, including Native Americans, farmers and ranchers from across the United States, were escorted by police as they marched down Independence Avenue to protest the proposed Keystone XL pipeline in Washington, DC. The march started on April 22, 2014, as part of the alliance’s […]

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Jan
23

Senator, chefs, and tribes oppose Pebble Mine

A Washington state senator, 250 chefs and food professionals, and the United Tribes of Bristol Bay were among those denouncing the proposed Pebble Mine, citing an EPA report concluding that the mine could destroy up to 94 miles of streams where salmon spawn and migrate and up to 5,350 acres of wetlands, ponds […]

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Jan
22

Northern Arapaho Tribe weighs in on EPA ruling

The Northern Arapaho Tribe is asking the U.S. EPA to reject a request from the state of Wyoming to halt implementation of the agency’s recent decision that over 1 million acres around Riverton remain legally Indian Country.

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Jan
2

EPA Ruling Raises Tribal Jurisdiction Questions

A U.S. EPA ruling that declared Riverton part of the Wind River Indian Reservation for the purposes of some regulations may result in a legal battle over jurisdiction.

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Dec
10

Heart of gold: Neil Young helps bankroll First Nation’s oilsands battle

Musician Neil Young will perform a series of four benefit concerts across Canada in January dubbed the Honor the Treaties Tour, to help the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation bankroll court challenges revolving around the preservation of treaty rights, species at risk, access issues and public land policies.

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Nov
20

FSMA Rules Pose Unique Hardships for Tribal Communities

The proposed Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations have sparked debates about the costs of compliance and other impacts on small- to medium-sized producers. But American Indian tribes face notably unique challenges under the new rules.

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