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Mining & Drilling

article Rio Tinto says it “missed opportunities” to prevent demolition of sacred caves (8/5/2020)
(Australia) -- Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto has admitted that it missed a series of chances to better communicate with traditional landowners that might have...
article Donald Trump Jr. opposes Pebble mine as Trump administration weighs key permit (8/4/2020)
(Alaska) -- Donald Trump Jr. said Tuesday on Twitter he opposes the Pebble mine prospect, as the Trump administration considers whether to issue a key permit for...
article The reality of environmental racism in Canada (8/2/2020)
(Canada) -- Diversity is strength. That’s true in nature and human affairs. But recent painful events have shown society has yet to grasp this. The appalling...
article Yukon’s Gold Rush-era system for staking mineral claims, explained (8/2/2020)
(Yukon) -- Skeeter Wright has owned his densely wooded property in Whitehorse since the 1970s but, for the past two decades, he’s had to share it, in a sense,...
article Another North Dakota oil pipeline ordered to shut down (7/31/2020)
(North Dakota) -- A federal agency has ordered the shutdown of a pipeline that delivers oil to Marathon Petroleum's Mandan Refinery, seven years after an easement...
article Agnico Eagle pipeline plans halted after community outcry (7/28/2020)
(North Canada) -- A Nunavut regulator has given mining company Agnico Eagle a "significant rebuke" over a controversial pipeline proposal for the Meliadine...
press release OP/ED: Court should side with MHA Nation on riverbed minerals (7/28/2020)
(North Dakota) -- The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation is suing the federal government to enforce tribal rights to the lands and minerals under the Missouri River...
article Army Corps rubber stamps proposed Alaska Pebble Mine, threatening world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery (7/27/2020)
(Alaska) -- On July 23, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Pebble Mine, a massive gold and copper mine and...
article Pebble closes in on a federal permit, supporters and critics respond (7/27/2020)
(Alaska) -- The Pebble Limited Partnership is now one step away from receiving a federal permit for the proposed Pebble Mine, a deeply controversial development that...
9 Total Articles on this Issue

Quinault Indian Nation

article Lake Quinault open to fishing and some boating (8/3/2020)
(Washington) -- The Quinault Indian Nation (QIN) announced that Lake Quinault is open to fishing and the use of resident boats, including power boats, from August 1,...
1 Article on this Issue

Warm Springs Tribe

press release Warm Springs extends quarantine order to slow virus (8/3/2020)
(Oregon) -- A quarantine at the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19, has been extended until Aug. 11. The order, which has been...
1 Article on this Issue

Water Issues

article Turning air into water: how Native Americans are coping with water shortage amid the coronavirus pandemic (8/3/2020)
(Arizona) -- Washing your hands is one of the simplest preventative measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in fighting the spread of the...
article Grant program to help protect children in tribal communities from lead in drinking water (8/3/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced a new grant program to help protect children in tribal communities from lead in drinking...
article Water contamination on tribal lands focus of webinar series (8/3/2020)
(USA) -- Water contamination on tribal lands was the focus of a recent webinar series funded in part by the NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP). More than 400...
article US: Snake River dams will not be removed to save salmon (8/1/2020)
(Washington) -- The U.S. government announced Friday that four huge dams on the Snake River in Washington state will not be removed to help endangered salmon migrate to...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

CSKT

article Horseshoe Fire in Polson 80 percent contained (8/2/2020)
(Montana) -- The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe's Division of Fire has says the Horseshoe fire burning outside of Polson remains an issue for fire crews....
article Mission, Jocko cloaked in smoke (7/29/2020)
(Montana) -- Two wildfires burning 30 miles apart on the Flathead Indian Reservation could be an ominous harbinger of August. After a virtually smoke-free first half of...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article Navajo Nation issues opposition letter to Little Colorado confluence dam project (8/2/2020)
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation, along with a committee of sheep and cattle ranchers in the Western Navajo Agency, issued formal letters opposing the latest proposal by a...
1 Article on this Issue

Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation

article Mineral rights on hold because of North Dakota tribes' suit (8/1/2020)
(North Dakota) -- A U.S. Department of Interior opinion rolling back an Obama-era memo stating that mineral rights under the original Missouri River bed should belong to...
1 Article on this Issue

Trump Adminstration

article E.P.A. Inspector General to Investigate Trump’s Biggest Climate Rollback (8/1/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Environmental Protection Agency’s internal watchdog said Monday it had opened an investigation into the agency’s weakening of Obama-...
1 Article on this Issue

Cherokee Nation

article Cherokee Nation adds 16 bee pollinator homes to heirloom garden (7/31/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation has installed 16 bee pollinator homes in its heirloom garden as part of an initiative by first lady January Hoskin to boost the...
1 Article on this Issue

Land Issues

article Alaska Tribes Petition to Preserve Tongass National Forest Roadless Protections (7/31/2020)
(Alaska) -- Last week, nine native Alaska tribes filed a petition calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to halt the removal of protections for the Tongass...
1 Article on this Issue

Winnemem Wintu

article Winnemem Wintu leaders, journalists and legal experts to hold live panel on the Shasta Dam raise (7/31/2020)
(California) -- The Winnemem Wintu Tribe has led the resistance against the proposed Shasta Dam raise since the early 2000s, and now the Trump administration and...
1 Article on this Issue

Buffalo & Bison

article Survival and sustenance: Muscowpetung FN brings back bison amid COVID-19 (7/30/2020)
(Saskatchewan) -- The Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation is reintroducing buffalo to its land, to help with education and any potential food shortages during the COVID-19...
article Doing What’s Right at the National Bison Range (7/27/2020)
(Montana) -- The National Bison Range is an 18,766-acre national wildlife refuge managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service). It is located in the center of...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Dakota Access Pipeline

article In Wake of Recent Victories, Standing Rock Activists Carry On With Renewed Hope (7/30/2020)
(North Dakota) -- It’s been almost four years since Mark’s brother Nick Tilsen (Oglala Lakota) and Daniel T’seleie (K’asho Got’ine Dene)...
article “There will probably always be a struggle” - Speaking on Dakota Access and how to keep raising the issue of Indigenous Peoples’ rights (7/27/2020)
(North Dakota) -- On July 6th, U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg issued a ruling requesting that the 1,172 mile long Dakota Access pipeline shut down for further...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Gila River

article Gila River Casinos to reopen again with new safety measures (7/30/2020)
(Arizona) -- Wild Horse Pass, Lone Butte, and Vee Quiva casinos are reopening Thursday after a recent coronavirus-related closure. Gila River Hotels and Casinos shut...
1 Article on this Issue

Pechanga Tribe

article Blaze Breaks out on Perimeter of Pechanga Reservation in Temecula (7/30/2020)
(California) -- A brush fire that erupted late Thursday afternoon on the edge of the Pechanga Indian Reservation in Temecula scorched about five acres before it was...
1 Article on this Issue

Resorts World Catskills

article Resorts World Casino makes safety adjustments as state considers reopening plan (7/30/2020)
(New York) -- New York state is considering safety plans to reopen casinos, including the cash-strapped Resorts World Catskills in Monticello. Meghan Taylor, the vice...
1 Article on this Issue

San Manuel Tribe

article San Manuel Fire earns top rating for fire protection (7/30/2020)
(California) -- On June 9, San Manuel Fire Department was notified that it has received a Class 1 ISO Community Hazard Mitigation rating, placing the department in the...
1 Article on this Issue

Southern Ute

article Southern Ute Indian Tribe rescinds Stage 1, Stage 2 fire restrictions (7/30/2020)
(Colorado) -- Because of the recent and widespread monsoon moisture, Stage 1 and Stage 2 fire restrictions have been rescinded for all trust lands throughout the...
1 Article on this Issue

Bishop Paiute

article Bishop Paiute Tribe Pumping Water at Reduced Capacity (7/29/2020)
(California) -- The Bishop Paiute Tribe is experiencing low water pressure reservation wide due to the high demand of water usage and minimal storage and pumping...
1 Article on this Issue

Blackfeet Nation

article COLUMN: Let’s Unite to Protect the Badger-Two Medicine (7/29/2020)
(Montana) -- Montana Sen. Jon Tester has now introduced the Badger-Two Medicine Protection Act to safeguard a critical piece of wild country on Montana’s Rocky...
1 Article on this Issue

McGirt

article Environmental concerns now issue in wake of Creek ruling (7/29/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision that Congress never dissolved the Muscogee (Creek) Nation's reservation, tribes and the state...
1 Article on this Issue

New York Gaming

article Del Lago Casino employees upset over lack of state reopening guidance (7/29/2020)
(New York) -- Del Lago Casino workers have gone four months without any guidance from the state on how or when they can reopen. Valerie McIntyre, a floor supervisor at...
1 Article on this Issue

Penobscot Tribe

article Penobscot Nation opposes CMP transmission project (7/29/2020)
(Maine) -- The Penobscot Nation is coming out in opposition to Central Maine Power’s proposed transmission line through Maine’s western woods. Penobscot...
article Penobscot Nation Opposes CMP Transmission Project (7/28/2020)
(Maine) -- The Penobscot Nation is coming out in opposition to Central Maine Power’s proposed transmission line through Maine’s western woods. The Penobscot...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Food Sovereignty

article Navajo Nation Sees Farming Renaissance During Coronavirus Pandemic (7/28/2020)
(Navajo Nation) -- Historically Navajos have lived off the land. But decades of assimilation, forced relocation and dependence on federal food distribution programs...
1 Article on this Issue

Public Smoking

press release Are Vegas casinos ready to clear the air? (7/28/2020)
(Las Vegas) -- For months the rumors about the Park MGM in Las Vegas have swirled like cigarette smoke: Will the resort house the first totally nonsmoking casino on the...
article ADAMS: Is this the time to ban smoking in casinos? (7/28/2020)
(Nevada) -- Among the many things that the coronavirus has done, it has reopened the old debate on smoking in casinos. The traditional belief held that smokers gamble...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Puyallup Tribe

article EDITORIAL: Puyallup tribe should go smoke-free at Emerald Queen Casino while COVID-19 persists (7/28/2020)
(Washington) -- Nothing in state law or local ordinance can force the Puyallup Tribe of Indians to adopt non-smoking rules at its two Emerald Queen Casino sites. Not the...
1 Article on this Issue

First Nations

article A First Nation Builds a Forestry Future from the Ashes of the Past (7/27/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Rain on the windshield of Ben Wilson’s Ford pickup obscures the south shore of Francois Lake as we approach on the ferry. On the dash, the...
1 Article on this Issue

False Idols

article KROL: 'Being very frank about our history': As Sierra Club acknowledges racist past, Indigenous communities look for reckoning (7/26/2020)
(Arizona) -- An announcement by the Sierra Club this week about the racist history of its past efforts and its co-founder, John Muir, shook not only the environmental...
1 Article on this Issue

Las Vegas Gaming

article Vegas firm is finding ways to make casinos a safer bet (7/26/2020)
(Las Vegas) -- Masks, temperature checks, social distancing, hand-sanitizer stations and enhanced cleaning protocols are part of the Las Vegas casino experience now, but...
1 Article on this Issue

Suquamish Tribe

article Suquamish Tribe to sue King County after wastewater spill (7/26/2020)
(Washington) -- Two years of Puget Sound sewage spills totaling more than 6 million gallons have driven the Suquamish Tribe to threaten a lawsuit against King County for...
1 Article on this Issue

Turtle Mountain

article Buffalo herd returned to park on Turtle Mountain reservation (7/26/2020)
(North Dakota) -- After more than a decade, the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indian Tribe’s buffalo herd returned to the buffalo park on the reservation. The...
1 Article on this Issue

Bears

article Grizzly committee final draft ready for public review (7/25/2020)
(Montana) -- The final draft recommendations from the Governor’s Grizzly Bear Advisory Council have been released for public review. After two days of debate and...
1 Article on this Issue

Colville Tribe

article Fires burn on reservation, Pine Creek (7/25/2020)
(Washington) -- Area firefighters battled two wildfires earlier this week, with one on the Colville Indian destroying several buildings and threatening Nespelem School,...
1 Article on this Issue

Grand Ronde Tribe

article Willamette Falls Trust apologizes for harming tribes (7/25/2020)
(Oregon) -- The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde have received an apology from the nonprofit organization raising money in hopes of building a public walkway to...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Indigenous leaders 'losing faith' in environmental protection amid oilsands monitoring budget cuts (8/5/2020)
(North Canada) -- Indigenous leaders in the Northwest Territories and northern Alberta are "angry" about a reported joint decision by the federal government and Alberta...
article How to Keep a Condor Wild (8/4/2020)
(California) -- “Don’t treat condors as pets,” says Tiana Williams-Claussen, director of the Yurok Tribe Wildlife Department. Scavengers with a nine-...
article Native American advocate reflects on long career (8/4/2020)
(Oregon) -- For more than two decades, Chuck Hudson has been an advocate for both salmon and Indigenous people in his role as the intergovernmental affairs director for...
article For the Navajo Nation, a Fight for Better Food Gains New Urgency (8/3/2020)
(Navajo Nation) -- As the pandemic has brought home the importance of the global movement for food sovereignty, members are planting and sharing.
article Celebrating indigenous traditions with mishoon’s launch (8/2/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- With a final push into the river, Jonathon James Perry stepped into the back of the first traditional dugout canoe to be constructed on the banks of...
article Judge extends negotiations over Great Lakes fishing rights (8/2/2020)
(Michigan) -- The state of Michigan and five Ottawa and Chippewa tribes have more time to renegotiate their expiring agreement governing fishing in the Great Lakes. The...
article Gov. Newsom asks Warren Buffett to back removal of Northern California dam (7/31/2020)
(California) -- Gov. Gavin Newsom has appealed directly to investor Warren Buffett to support demolishing four hydroelectric dams on a river along the Oregon-California...
article Ontario must act to prevent hidden deforestation, environmental group says (7/30/2020)
(Ontario) -- Thousands of hectares of boreal forest in northwestern Ontario have been laid to waste by the forest industry but remains unaccounted for under Ontario's...
article After Moving To New Village, Mertarvik Residents Say They Are Healthier (7/27/2020)
(Alaska) -- It’s been almost a year since a third of Newtok's residents moved away from their eroding village. Nine miles away in Mertarvik, they’ve...
article Fires burn on reservation, Pine Creek (7/24/2020)
(Washington) -- Area firefighters battled two wildfires earlier this week, with one on the Colville Indian destroying several buildings and threatening Nespelem School,...
article No small feat: Lahontan cutthroat trout thrive at Paiute’s Summit Lake (7/23/2020)
(Nevada) -- Summit Lake in remote northwest Nevada is home to the only self-sustaining, robust, lake population of Lahontan cutthroat trout, North America’s largest...
article Lahontan Cutthroat Trout thrive at Paiute’s Summit Lake in far northern Nevada (7/20/2020)
(Nevada) -- Summit Lake in remote northwest Nevada is home to the only self-sustaining, robust, lake population of Lahontan Cutthroat Trout, North America’s...
article Tsilhqot’in Nation sounds alarm on proposed amendements to Clean Energy Act (7/19/2020)
(British Columbia) -- The Tsilhqot’in Nation is the latest B.C. First Nation calling on the NDP government to suspend amendments to the province’s Clean...
article Scott signs bill recognizing Abenaki fishing, hunting rights (7/19/2020)
(Vermont) -- Come New Year’s Day, members of state-recognized Native American tribes will qualify for free hunting and fishing licenses. Gov. Phil Scott on Monday...
article $300K grant to protect Ariz. Tribe lands from deadly parasite (7/16/2020)
(Arizona) -- A pervasive and deadly tick-borne disease has infiltrated communities in Arizona, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation is...
article How Constructing Enormous ‘Log Jams’ Is Saving a Native Salmon (7/16/2020)
(Washington) -- Cavin Park was working for the Quinault Indian Reservation’s invasive plant crew when he watched a towering crane stack logs 100 feet across the...
article Ontario government investigating month-long Stoney Creek acid leak into Lake Ontario (7/14/2020)
(Ontario) -- The Ontario government is investigating an acid leak in Stoney Creek that has been draining into Lake Ontario for at least a month and flowing near a...
article Strategy to revitalize barren-ground caribou comes as numbers hit historic lows (7/13/2020)
(North Canada) -- A collective of wildlife co-management boards and governments in the Northwest Territories has come out with a strategy to revitalize barren-ground...
article Pecos exploratory drilling faces stricter environmental assessment (7/12/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Santa Fe National Forest officials are now reviewing a proposed exploratory drilling project near Tererro using an in-depth environmental assessment...
article Haida matriarchs to occupy lands as fishing lodges reopen (7/12/2020)
(British Columbia) -- A group of Haida matriarchs say they plan to occupy two ancient villages on Haida Gwaii after two fishing lodges decided to reopen on the remote...

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