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Resources Related to Water: Keep It Clean

Student Curriculum: Recipes for Healthy Kids and a Healthy Environment

This nine-lesson program was designed to excite kids about environmental health and empower them to take steps in their everyday lives to improve the environment for their community and reduce their [...]

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Teacher Resources and Lesson Plans

Find an array of environmental and science based lesson plans, activities and ideas on the topics of Air, Climate Change, Ecosystems, Energy, Health, Reduce-Reuse-Recycle, and [...]

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Kuskokwim River Tribal Water Quality Web Mapper

Kuskokwim River Water Quality Mapper

Georgetown Tribal Council houses a water quality database and GIS map used to store baseline data for the Kuskokwim River, so that should a decline in water quality conditions occur, we would be able [...]

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Climate Ready Water Utilities Toolbox

The CRWU Toolbox provides access to resources containing climate-related information relevant to water. These resources include several categories of information and can be searched by geographic [...]

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Training for Water Professionals

The mission of the Montana Water Center is to investigate and resolve Montana's water problems and to foster water-resources stewardship by: sponsoring water-related research; and providing training, [...]

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Tribal Participation in State Water Planning: Network Conference Call

Atta Stevenson, Laytonville Rancheria, President of Inter Tribal Council of California - State Water Planning Process Water is increasingly an issue in many regions, whether it is tribal rights, [...]

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Tribal Participation in State Water Planning

In July 2009, the Tribal P2 Monthly Conference Call featured Atta Stevenson, member of Laytonville Rancheria and President of Inter Tribal Council of California. Atta has been deeply involved in the [...]

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Tribal Water Quality Accomplishments

Tribal Water Quality Accomplishments

Tribes in the American southwest have made great strides in their efforts to monitor and control nonpoint source (NPS) pollution on reservation lands. Many of these tribes' projects were recently [...]

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U.S. EPA Fish Advisory Website

Information about contaminants that could pose health risks when consuming fish. Website includes links to local fish advisory programs, a national listing of advisories, a newsletter, federal, [...]

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The Columbia River Virtual Field Trip: an Amazing Watershed Journey

The Columbia River Field Trip

Learn about Columbia River history, geology, the headwaters region, First Nations and Native American culture, current issues and challenges to the river. Make educational connections, and provide [...]

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Connected to the Earth – Risk Assessment Tool

A do-it-yourself risk assessment tool for homeowners to evaluate environmental and health risks in and around their homes. From keeping drinking water safe to avoiding household hazards like [...]

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P2Rx Auto Body Topic Hub

This guide has basic information about pollution prevention for auto body shops and links to a collection of online resources. Information describes industry demographics, key processes and the [...]

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P2Rx Auto Repair Topic Hub

Descriptions of typical material inputs, wastes and pollution prevention options in the automotive repair industry. The hub also includes a bibliography of on-line resources with more information and [...]

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Collaborators with Expertise in Water: Keep It Clean

Funding Related to Water: Keep It Clean

Aug
8

BLM-WY, Watershed Restoration and Fisheries Improvement

The BLM will work with closely and collaboratively with the recipient and other partners in this effort to encourage projects aimed at protection, restoration and enhancement of watersheds within [...]

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Aug
31

Western Washington Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office Fisheries Restoration Opportunities

The Western Washington Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office (FWCO) promotes a balanced approach toward aquatic resource stewardship that recognizes a need to conserve and manage self-sustaining [...]

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Sep
1

Tribal Wildlife Grants Program

The Tribal Wildlife Grants Program is part of a program providing wildlife conservation grants to States and to the District of Columbia, U.S. Territories, and Tribes under provisions of the Fish and [...]

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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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Clean Water Indian Set-Aside Grant Program

The Clean Water Indian Set-Aside Grant Program (CWISA Program) provides funding for wastewater infrastructure to Indian tribes and Alaska Native Villages. The CWISA Program is administered in [...]

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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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Events Related to Water: Keep It Clean

IDAH2O – Master Water Steward training program

University of Idaho Extension is offering an innovative program to train citizen volunteers about regional water quality issues. The IDAH2O Master Water Steward program was launched in fall 2010 and [...]

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News Related to Water: Keep It Clean

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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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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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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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
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
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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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
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
6

U.S. could grant final permit for Dakota pipeline as soon as Friday: government lawyer

The U.S. Army secretary could make a decision on the final permit needed to complete the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline as soon as Friday, the government’s lawyer told a Washington, D.C., court on Monday.

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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
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
10

Thirty years later, Blackfoot tribes see environmental win on sacred grounds

U.S. officials on Tuesday announced the cancellation of the final two oil and gas leases in a wilderness area bordering Glacier National Park that’s sacred to the Blackfoot tribes of Montana and Canada.

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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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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
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
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
30

Minnesota’s permit for Northshore mine expansion riles tribes, environmental groups

Northshore Mining Company wants to enlarge its 12-mile-long taconite pit near Babbitt into and area that contains sulfur-bearing rock, the same type of rock that would yield copper, nickel and precious metals for the proposed PolyMet mine just a few miles to the south. Environmental officials at the Fond du Lac and Grand […]

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Nov
9

$3.5M grant for UNM to study contamination from Colorado mine

The problem of heavy-metal waste leaking from an estimated 161,000 abandoned mines in 13 Western states is a chronic problem that Native American tribes have dealt with for decades. University of New Mexico researchers have received a $3.5 million federal grant to study the health and environmental consequences of such waste […]

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Oct
27

EPA Funds California, Nevada Native Tribe Water Projects

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced more than $30 million in funding to native tribes in California and Nevada. The EPA says since most tribes in the Pacific Southwest have small governments, one goal of the funding is to help them develop programs to protect the environment.

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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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Sep
26

Healthy Pine River Group Addresses Chippewa River Pollution

In Gratiot County in Michigan, the Healthy Pine River helps find ways to restore the health of the Chippewa river. A Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe environmental team tests Chippewa River water in several places for E. coli weekly.

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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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Aug
13

Waste water project to tie township to Little River Band of Ottawa Indians

When completed, it’s hoped that the infrastructure will help bring more business to Manistee Township.

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Aug
10

Navajo Nation declares emergency after Colorado mine spill

Tribal officials with the Navajo Nation declared an emergency as a massive plume of contaminated wastewater from an abandoned Colorado mine flowed down the San Juan River on Monday toward Lake Powell in Utah, which supplies much of the water to the Southwest.

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Aug
8

Navajo Tribe shuts off water pumps as polluted river water nears

The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority is shutting off water pumps in anticipation of the polluted river water on its way to Southern Utah. A surge of heavy metals-laced waste from the Gold King mine in Colorado has been snaking its way through the Animas River, a tributary of the San […]

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Jul
22

Pueblo of Santa Ana Granted Federal Authority to Protect Water Quality

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that the Pueblo of Santa Ana in N.M. has gained authority to administer its own water quality standards and certification programs under the Clean Water Act. The announcement was made today at the Regional Tribal Operations Committee (RTOC) meeting at the Pueblo of […]

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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
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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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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Feb
5

Maine Water Quality Standards Inadequate for Tribal Waters

In a decision that is being welcomed as “historic” by Maine Indian tribes, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has asked the state of Maine to revise some water quality standards for tribal waters.

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Jan
20

Fracking protesters urge Gov. Wolf at inauguration

“Ban fracking now” shouted protesters during Gov. Tom Wolf’s oath of office from Soldiers’ Grove, who promised it will be words he will hear throughout the coming year. After a morning rally at Grace Methodist Church on State Street, a group of about 250 from new statewide coalition Pennsylvanians Against […]

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Jan
12

Tribal water compact huge issue for Legislature, state

One of the biggest issues facing the 2015 Legislature is a mystery to most Montanans, cloaked in the complexities of water law and charged with racial politics: The tribal water-rights compact on the Flathead Indian Reservation.

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Jan
5

Lummi Nation asks Army Corps to reject Cherry Point coal terminal

Lummi Nation sent a letter on Monday, Jan. 5, to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, asking the agency to immediately reject a permit application for a coal terminal at Cherry Point because it would interfere with tribal fishing grounds.

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Nov
19

Conference focuses on Lake Coeur d’Alene pollution

Tribal officials said not enough is being done to protect the lake from excess nutrients that increase the risk of heavy metals becoming suspended in the water. Several hundred people attended a conference on Lake Coeur d’Alene put on by the tribe, the University of Idaho and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality.

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Oct
23

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Missoula file lawsuit against DEQ

Local government agencies, Indian tribes and a nonprofit environmental group have filed suit against the Montana Department of Environmental Quality. A representative of one of them calls it “absurd” that DEQ has transferred a wastewater discharge permit allowing high levels of pollution from the former Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. pulp and […]

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Oct
22

U.S. tribes opposed to proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion

U.S. tribes told Canadian regulators on Wednesday they’re opposed to a proposed pipeline expansion project in Canada that could dramatically increase the number of oil tankers plying West Coast waters.

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Oct
20

Nevada and Southern California Tribes Net $10.4 Million in Grants From EPA

Tribes in Calfornia and Nevada have been awarded a combined $10.4 million for environmental improvements to their lands from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Southern California tribes will receive $5.8 million for environmental programs, water infrastructure development, community education and capacity building, while Nevada tribes have been awarded $4.8 […]

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Oct
15

Feds Help Tribes Clean Up Water, Dumpsites

The federal government is giving Arizona tribes $19.5 million to improve water quality, waste management and establish better environmental practices.

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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
5

McAllister Wellfield water marks new chapter for Olympia and Nisqually Tribe

Olympia is approaching the final transition to a new regional source of drinking water. Since 1949, most of the city’s drinking water has come from McAllister Springs, located on Nisqually tribal land. In October, the city will start tapping the McAllister Wellfield about a mile upstream.

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Aug
11

Cherokee Nation Helps Fund Study for Safer Drinking Water

The Cherokee Nation entered into an agreement with the town of Welch, OK on Thursday to help pilot a study to provide healthier drinking water for residents.  The tribe secured copy0,000 through Indian Health Service to assist the town with a $40,000 study. A city grant will fund the remaining […]

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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
8

Maine Sues EPA Over Control Of State’s Tribal Waters

State officials announced Tuesday that they have sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over a dispute involving water quality standards on Native American lands.

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Jun
28

Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe implements water quality control plan to protect ecosystem of Chippewa River

A sure sign of late summer is the discovery of E Coli in the Chippewa River. Over the past few years, an increase in water quality testing has led to an increase in E Coli notices posted along the banks of the Chip River, informing recreational enthusiasts of potentially dangerous […]

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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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Apr
25

Study Maps Groundwater Contamination on the Fort Peck Reservation

The scope of groundwater contamination on the Fort Peck Reservation caused by oil exploration that began in the 1950s has been estimated at 15 to 37 billion gallons spread across 17.9 square miles, according to a recent study.

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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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Apr
20

Trucks Hauling Water From Tribal Lands Going Unregulated

During spring runoff on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, trucks have been spotted draining water from temporarily filled ditches along U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs roads. Water codes are being developed for the Three Affiliated Tribes to address the problem.

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Mar
11

Penokee Range Mine endangers Bad River watershed

In 2011, Gogebic Taconite, a Florida-based mining company, proposed building the world’s largest open-pit taconite mine in the Penokee Range within the Lake Superior Basin. The site would lie directly within the Bad River watershed, posing a severe risk to the source of drinking water.

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Feb
2

Uranium mill west of Cortez, CO faces possible suit over radon

Grand Canyon Trust has filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue Energy Fuels Resources for violations of the Clean Air Act and illegal tailing storage practices at its White Mesa uranium mill in southeast Utah. “We’ve always had concerns of contamination from the mill onto our land and water sources,” […]

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Jan
25

Chicora Indian Tribe volunteers take part in clean up event

Members of the Chicora Indian Tribe did their part in protecting the environment by picking up trash and debris at the Socastee Park and Boat Landing. “We’re thinking about future generations, not just the next two or three, not only the next seven generations but the generations to follow,” said Chicora […]

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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
8

Arizona high court allows Hopi water lawsuit

The Arizona Supreme Court is allowing a lawsuit filed by the Hopi tribe against Flagstaff over its water supply contract with the Arizona Snowbowl ski resort to move ahead.

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Dec
5

Judge signs off on Fort Belknap water plan

The Fort Belknap Indian reservation’s tribal government must pay a $1,500 fine, bolster oversight of its utility, and follow a strict testing and monitoring regimen under a five-year plan meant to fix years of problems with its drinking water supply.

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Nov
5

Violations of Safe Drinking Water Act Settled on Uintah and Ouray Reservation

Newfield Production Company has agreed to pay $600,000 for failing to demonstrate financial responsibility associated with the safe operation of 442 injection wells on the Uintah and Ouray Reservation in Utah.

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Sep
20

Crow Tribe earns EPA environmental justice grant

The EPA is providing the Crow Tribe on the Crow Reservation in south-central Montana with a 2013 Environmental Justice Small grant. The Tribe will receive $28,500 to educate residents and reduce exposure to water contamination.

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Jul
31

Agreement Quantifies Arizona Tribes Water Rights

The last of four American Indian water rights settlements signed in 2010 is becoming a reality. The White Mountain Apache Tribe plans to build a dam that will send water through a treatment plant and into a pipeline to serve the tribe’s population center.

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Jul
22

Alaska Tribes Attempt to Block the Controversial Pebble Mine

A mining company consortium called Pebble Partnership has plans to mine copper in Alaska rivers. Local Tribal salmon communities, fearing the mine will cause water pollution, have asked the EPA to intervene.

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Jul
11

Tribe to Host Environmental Gathering

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Environment Division will host the 17th Annual Indian Nation Leaders meeting. Federal officials and leadership from the Six Nations of New York state, as well as the Shinnecock Nation from Long Island, will meet at Akwesasne Casino Resort to discuss ecosystem issues.

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Mar
27

Native American women walking length of river, raising pollution awareness

Five native American women have begun to walk the length of the Mississippi River, gathering followers along their journey as they raise awareness about water pollution.

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Mar
25

Pollution from Canada threatens fish downstream

A study by University of Montana researchers shows that pollutants leeching into the heavily mined Elk River drainage in southeastern British Columbia have reached alarming levels, particularly as selenium threatens critical fish habitat in Canada, as well as downstream in Montana.

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