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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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Using Traditional Ecological Knowledge to Adapt to Climate Change

EPA Environmental Justice Blog

Rosalyn LaPier shares Blackfeet knowledge about plants and the environment that has been passed down through the [...]

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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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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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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 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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Land Conservation Programs that Support Agriculture

The Oneida Nation's Land Conservation [...]

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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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USFWS Tribal Wildlife Program

Information about tribal wildlife projects undertaken by the US Fish and Wildlife Service in conjunction with Region 8 [...]

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EPA-Tribal Implementation Plans for Regional Haze Rule

The goal of the Regional Haze Rule (RHR) is to eliminate human-caused visibility impairment in national parks and wilderness areas across the country. It contains strategies to improve visibility [...]

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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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Tribal Guidance for Section 309 of the Regional Haze Rule

A Tribe that develops a Regional Haze (RH) Tribal Implementation Plan (TIP) will actively contribute to helping reduce or eliminate haze in its airshed. This document is intended for the 185 [...]

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Model TIP Template for Section 309 of the Regional Haze Rule

The 309 Regional Haze TIP template may be used by those federally recognized tribes located in any of the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and [...]

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P2Rx Public Lands Topic Hub

Introduces the role pollution prevention (P2) can play in achieving public land management missions. Provides information about various public land agencies and demographics and an overview of tools [...]

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Mining Waste Management in Indian Country

Descriptions of U. S. EPA publications designed to assist tribal leaders, environmental personnel and the general public with mining and mineral processing issues. It includes publications relating [...]

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Collaborators with Expertise in Wildlife & Habitat

Funding Related to Wildlife & Habitat

Sep
29

Tribal Wildlife Grant Program

The Tribal Wildlife Grants (TWG) Program is part of a program providing wildlife conservation grants (known as the State Wildlife Grants Program) to States and to the District of Columbia, U.S. [...]

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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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Events Related to Wildlife & Habitat

Tribal Lands & Environment Forum

Aug
14-17

Special trainings, field trips, and breakout sessions focused on solid/hazardous waste management, brownfields, UST/LUSTs, Superfund sites, and emergency response. Tribal water program topics will [...]

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News Related to Wildlife & Habitat

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
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
14

Smoke Sense Study: A Citizen Science Project Using a Mobile App

EPA researchers are conducting a citizen science study called Smoke Sense to: Determine the extent to which exposure to wildland fire smoke affects health and productivity Develop health risk communication strategies that protect public health during smoke days

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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
5

In court battle over groundwater rights, tribe’s leader demands water treatment

The U.S. Supreme Court has yet to decide whether it will hear an appeal from water agencies and rule in the precedent-setting legal fight over whether the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians holds rights to groundwater in the California desert.

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Jul
30

Why Americans are fighting over a gorgeous monument called Bears Ears

Trump issued an executive order in late April to review Bears Ears and 26 other land and marine monuments within 120 days, a period that ends in late August. Trump was fiercely lobbied by Utah public officials who are opposed to the new monument, and he paid special attention to […]

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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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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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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
27

Leaked Documents Reveal Counterterrorism Tactics Used at Standing Rock to “Defeat Pipeline Insurgencies”

Leaked documents and public records reveal a troubling fusion of private security, public law enforcement, and corporate money in the fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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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
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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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
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
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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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
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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Nov
21

Massive salvage logging under way at Colville after wildfires

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Indian Reservation are unleashing a salvage logging operation in an emergency cut to get what value the tribes still can from charred and blackened trees. It’s a logging blitz nearly military in scope and one of the biggest ever in Washington: as many as […]

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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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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
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
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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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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Apr
1

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

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

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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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Dec
16

Yurok tribe hopes California’s cap-and-trade can save a way of life

Instead of preparing to sell lumber, as it has in the past, California’s largest Indian tribe is taking stock of its firs, redwoods and tanoaks to make money in California’s cap-and-trade program. By managing its forest near Redwood National Park for carbon storage instead of timber harvest, the tribe is […]

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Oct
28

National Environmental Justice Advisory Council

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to its National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC). The NEJAC was chartered to provide advice regarding broad, crosscutting issues related to environmental justice. This notice solicits nominations to fill approximately […]

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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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Jul
3

Tribe Helps Elk Herds Reclaim Their Home After Fire

The Cachil Dehe Band of Wintun Indians hopes Tule elk will return home to their reservation land. The tribe received copy89,200 in grant funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, through the organization’s competitive Tribal Wildlife Grants Program, to restore elk habitat on its 7,000-acre property in Colusa County, […]

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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
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
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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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
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
5

Minnesota Mystery: What’s Killing the Moose?

Moose in Minnesota are dying at an alarming rate, and biologists are racing to understand what’s behind the rapid decline. Video features Dr. Seth Moore, Director of Biology and Environment, Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

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Feb
21

Yurok Tribe hopes California condors can be reintroduced in Klamath River Basin

The Yurok Tribe, wanting to reintroduce California condors in the Klamath River Basin, says five years of studies show promise that North American’s largest bird will once again soar over Northern California and Southern Oregon.

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Feb
20

Interior Approves Two Ivanpah Valley Solar Projects on Chemehuevi Homelands

Two controversial solar projects in the Ivanpah Valley, a renowned desert tortoise habitat that contains traditional homelands of the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe, have been approved by the US Dept. of Interior.

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Jan
30

Hoopa Valley Tribe Declares Drought Emergency

The Hoopa Valley Tribal Council has declared a drought emergency. Major concerns resulting from low flow in the Trinity river include higher water temperatures during critical salmon migration times this fall, as well as conditions ideal for the growth of algae and bacteria that could become a health risk. Fire risk […]

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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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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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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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