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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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
These reports provide a reliable and understandable introduction to climate change. They cover climate science and impacts, climate adaptation, technological solutions, business solutions, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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) [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin alleges the feds have neglected their duty to oversee wetland permitting for controversial Michigan mine
Nine months after pipeline opponents in Washington state staged a protest that blocked freeway traffic, Facebook ended a protracted legal standoff with a county prosecutor, turning over detailed records on the indigenous-led group behind the demonstration.
More than three-quarters of the members of a federally chartered board advising the National Park Service have quit out of frustration that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke had refused to meet with them or convene a single meeting last year.
Each year, Alaska Native peoples head out to catch fish and hunt seals as they have for thousands of years. But if current worldwide trends continue, it’s likely they are harvesting more than they think.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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. […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
“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.”
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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. […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]