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Environmental Disasters

Kalispel Tribe

article Kalispel Tribe sues foam makers, federal government over West Plains water contamination (4/1/2020)
(Washington) -- The Kalispel Tribe of Indians is suing the federal government and makers of a toxic fire retardant foam that has contaminated West Plains water supplies...
1 Article on this Issue

Land Issues

article Protecting And Preserving Ancient Sites At Risk From Sea-Level Rise In Florida (3/12/2020)
(Florida) -- Long before condominiums lined the shoreline in Miami Beach, before air conditioning, many thousands of years before Columbus, people lived along Florida...
article Editor’s opinion: A look at the big picture of a small island (3/2/2020)
(Louisiana) -- The Gulf, science has established beyond a reasonable doubt, is coming for the rest of us. The story of Isle de Jean Charles’ demise has been told...
article As Gulf swallows Louisiana island, displaced tribe fears the future (3/1/2020)
(Louisiana) -- It’s all but assumed this island will one day disappear beneath the waves. Perhaps the water will only cover the road, leaving Isle de Jean Charles...
article As Gulf swallows Louisiana island, displaced tribe fears the future (2/27/2020)
(Louisiana) -- It’s all but assumed this island will one day disappear beneath the waves. Perhaps the water will only cover the road, leaving Isle de Jean Charles...
article It’s illegal to destroy saguaro cacti. So why are they being removed for Trump’s border wall? (2/26/2020)
(Arizona) -- In Arizona, cactus rustling — stealing or killing the state’s iconic saguaros — is a felony. It’s illegal to shoot or deface the...
article Coastal erosion unites village of Kivalina and Louisiana tribes in UN complaint (1/22/2020)
(Alaska) -- As climate change hits coastal communities in Alaska, many tribes are being forced to consider moving from their ancestral lands. But it’s not a...
article Video shows groundwater drilling near sensitive spring as border wall construction continues (12/21/2019)
(Arizona) -- Rosemary Schiano drove down a remote road on the U.S.-Mexico border in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument earlier this week, along one of the most pristine...
7 Total Articles on this Issue

First Nations

article Climate change is putting N.W.T. cemeteries in 'crisis' and communities are worried (3/10/2020)
(North Canada) -- Many communities in the Northwest Territories are worried about the impacts climate change is having on their cemeteries. The issue was brought up by...
article Premier reaffirms no new effluent will enter Boat Harbour after January (1/21/2020)
(Nova Scotia) -- Pictou Landing First Nation Chief Andrea Paul is expressing concern that although Boat Harbour will stop receiving effluent from Northern Pulp at the...
article Lake St. Martin takes Ottawa to court over ending benefits for those displaced by 2011 flood (1/13/2020)
(Ottawa) -- A Manitoba First Nation plans to argue in court that the federal government is cutting off evacuee benefits without providing secure housing more than eight...
article Indigenous women urge Hamilton council to apologize to the water after Chedoke spill (12/11/2019)
(Ontario) -- A group of Indigenous women concerned about the health of the water will hold a quiet ceremony this month for Hamilton city councillors to apologize...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article Navajo farmers: Gold King Mine spill continues to hurt crop sales (3/7/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Bertha Etsitty remembers the income she received from selling vegetables and alfalfa grown on her farm here before the Gold King Mine spill occurred....
article NMED wants to hear about Gold King Mine spill effect on Navajo Nation farms (3/1/2020)
(New Mexico) -- The New Mexico Environment Department wants to hear from Navajo farmers about how their agricultural products have been affected since the Gold King Mine...
article Navajo And Federal Officials Agree To Clean Up 24 Priority Abandoned Uranium Mines (2/20/2020)
(Arizona) -- Officials with the Navajo Nation and federal government finalized an agreement last week in the ongoing effort to clean up hundreds of abandoned uranium...
article A radioactive legacy haunts this Navajo village, which fears a fractured future (1/18/2020)
(New Mexico) -- The village of Red Water Pond Road sits in the southeast corner of the Navajo Nation, a tiny speck in a dry valley surrounded by scrub-covered mesas....
article Meetings scheduled for Navajo Nation plaintiffs in Gold King Mine spill case (1/13/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Meetings are scheduled for members of the Navajo Nation who are plaintiffs in a 2018 legal filing against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

ANWR

article Arctic drilling operators can’t accurately pinpoint polar bear dens — which means they can’t avoid destroying them (2/27/2020)
(Alaska) -- A method used by fuel companies to avoid polar bear dens before they search for oil or gas works less than half the time, according to a study released...
1 Article on this Issue

Mining & Drilling

article Tribes worry a Canadian mine could poison Washington salmon (2/21/2020)
(Washington) -- In a remote corner of Washington’s North Cascades National Park in the middle of November, divers in insulated suits and snorkels brave the frigid...
article Tribe members discuss best practices to clean up oil spills (1/17/2020)
(North Dakota) -- Tribal members at a Bismarck conference talked oilfield best practices, including how to clean up oil spills using microorganisms. The oilfield service...
article A copper mine in San Juan County wants to expand using a new method that would pump diluted acid into the ground (1/2/2020)
(Utah) -- Utah’s second largest copper mine after Kennecott is seeking permits for an experimental method of extraction involving pumping diluted sulfuric acid...
article 2°C: Beyond the limit: Facing catastrophic climate change, they still can’t quit Big Oil (12/14/2019)
(Alaska) -- The varnished wooden cross stands amid a cluster of grave markers tilted at odd angles in the cemetery, because the ground beneath them is sinking. Rising...
article Supreme Court says companies must pay for Grassy Narrows mill-site maintenance (12/6/2019)
(Ontario) -- Two forest-product companies are on the hook for maintaining a mercury waste site near Ontario's Grassy Narrows First Nation, the Supreme Court of...
article New measures could help tribal citizens who suffer from oil industry pollution (12/2/2019)
(North Dakota) -- New oil-and-gas pipeline protection measures could help people like Mandan Hidatsa & Arikara tribal member Lisa Deville and her family, who suffer...
article Nevada toxic mine neighbors may stop getting bottled water (11/27/2019)
(Nevada) -- State environmental regulators plan to decide in January whether to cut off most bottled water deliveries to neighbors of an abandoned toxic mine in rural...
7 Total Articles on this Issue

Bears

article Grizzly Bear Death Rates Are Climbing (2/10/2020)
(Montana) -- The long freight trains climb slowly over Marias Pass, through snow-draped mountains south of Glacier National Park and north of the Great Bear Wilderness,...
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Census

article Climate Change Threatens Alaska Census Count (2/9/2020)
(California) -- Rising temperatures are forcing some Alaska Native villages to consider relocating to higher ground. Climate change is also complicating an accurate...
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Donald Trump

article Groups, Tribes Battle Trump's Plan to Develop Utah Monuments (2/9/2020)
(Utah) -- Advocacy groups are upset - though not surprised - by the Trump administration's plan to open up almost 1 million acres of public lands in Utah for...
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Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla

article NE Umatilla County, Reservation Residents Urged To Evacuate After Flooding (2/8/2020)
(Oregon) -- Residents in northeastern Umatilla County and parts of the Umatilla Indian Reservation that have been hit by major floodwaters are being urged to evacuate....
article Umatilla County under state of emergency (2/8/2020)
(Oregon) -- Flooding caused by rainfall in the Blue Mountains this week became a statewide issue, culminating with Gov. Kate Brown declaring a state of emergency for...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Louisiana Gaming

article Norovirus 'outbreak' linked to event at Lake Charles casino, state health officials confirm (2/8/2020)
(Louisiana) -- An extremely contagious stomach bug known as norovirus has health officials in Louisiana concerned. The state's department of health considers the...
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Southern Ute

article Southern Utes respond to burst gas pipeline on Pine River tributary (1/24/2020)
(Colorado) -- The Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s natural gas gathering company responded to a burst pipeline Thursday over a tributary of the Pine River, south of...
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Philippines Gaming

article Business as Usual for Casinos in Entertainment City as Taal Volcano Ash Cloud Closes Nearby Manila Airport (1/13/2020)
(Philippines) -- Casinos in the Philippine capital Manila remained open on Monday as the Taal volcano spewed clouds of ash in their general direction. But Manila’s...
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Crown Ltd

article Packers, Crown donate extra $4 million for bushfire relief efforts (1/6/2020)
(Australia) -- Gaming billionaire James Packer's family and his casino company Crown Resorts have donated an extra $4 million to bushfire relief charities, on top of...
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Pine Ridge

article OST President calls state of emergency for Pine Ridge (1/6/2020)
(South Dakota) -- In response to an increase in homicide investigations and meth addiction on the Pine Ridge Reservation, the president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe has...
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Nevada Gaming

article Historic Nevada hotel damaged in earthquake to get new life (1/5/2020)
(Nevada) -- A historic Nevada hotel damaged in a 2008 earthquake is getting restored. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports the El Rancho Hotel and Casino in Wells, Nevada,...
article Wind causes damage at Riverside Resort (11/27/2019)
(Nevada) -- A strong gust of wind Monday night damaged a section of the facade of a Laughlin casino. Don Laughlin’s Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino suffered...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Saginaw Chippewa

article Dow Chemical settlement will fund restoration projects for Tittabawassee River area (1/5/2020)
(Michigan) -- Behind a fence topped with barbed wire, a sign warns Saginaw residents not to trespass on the site of a former General Motors foundry. In the near future,...
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Orca & Whales

article Endangered Puget Sound orca recovery depends on efforts to save salmon and the habitat (12/21/2019)
(Washington) -- Orca are the spiritual relative of native tribes and icon of the Northwest. They are also key to a tourism industry that was worth at least $65-$70...
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Keystone XL Pipeline

article South Dakota tribes want state to require oil companies to pay for pipeline spills (12/19/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Ahead of the potential construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in South Dakota, lawmakers are proposing legislation requiring pipeline owners to cover...
1 Article on this Issue

San Manuel Tribe

press release San Manuel tribe awards $1.1 million for wildfire recovery (12/19/2019)
(California) -- The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, in partnership with government agencies, a coalition of nonprofits and tribal governments are supporting broad...
1 Article on this Issue

Standing Rock Sioux

article Standing Rock, North Dakota to collaborate on spill response training (12/19/2019)
(North Dakota) -- The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and state officials are in the early stages of planning a training exercise to respond to a potential oil spill from the...
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Nisqually Tribe

article Nisqually Tribe closes fishery following dismal chum returns (12/14/2019)
(Washington) -- In an historic move, the Nisqually Tribe has shut down its chum salmon fishery several weeks before the season's end. Tribal Council Member Willie...
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Lytton Band

press release Tri Counties Bank Announces Recipients of Additional $1 Million Camp Fire Fund Donation (12/12/2019)
(California) -- Tri Counties Bank announced today the recipients of the $1 million donation by the Lytton Rancheria Tribe to the Tri Counties Bank Camp Fire Fund in 2018...
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Enbridge Pipeline

article State sees no major impacts on Lake Superior if Line 3 ever leaked oil (12/9/2019)
(Minnesota) -- An updated environmental review released by a state agency Monday found no serious threat to Lake Superior if crude oil ever leaked from a new pipeline to...
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Havasupai Tribe

article Flash flood hit sleeping campers near popular waterfall. California man came to the rescue (12/6/2019)
(Arizona) -- Justin Corley thought he was going on vacation last week when he and his family left their Clovis home bound for spectacular hiking near Grand Canyon...
1 Article on this Issue

Water Issues

article 'Poison:' Manitoba First Nation seeking class action over boil water advisories (12/2/2019)
(Manitoba) -- A chief of a Manitoba First Nation is proposing a class-action lawsuit against the federal government on behalf of her community and other reserves that...
1 Article on this Issue

Yankton Sioux Tribe

article Yankton Sioux Nation Struggling To Recover From Climate Disasters Without Federal Assistance (12/2/2019)
(South Dakota) -- The Yankton Sioux reservation in South Dakota has experienced flooding rains and a series of other extreme weather events over the past year. While the...
1 Article on this Issue

Hopi Tribe

article Hopi commits to reducing arsenic in water at cultural center (12/1/2019)
(Arizona) -- Federal officials say the Hopi Tribe has failed to meet a deadline to reduce arsenic in drinking water at the tribe’s cultural center. The Hopi Tribe...
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Spokane Tribe

article Deb Abrahamson blames mining pollution for her cancer, keeps fighting toxic legacy on Spokane reservation (12/1/2019)
(Washington) -- Even when Deb Abrahamson talks about herself – about being diagnosed with a cancerous, newborn-sized tumor in her uterus, about the misdiagnoses...
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Other News

article Fire, Forests, and Our Lands: An Indigenous Ecological Perspective (3/16/2020)
(Indian Country) -- This article is the second in a series of articles published by NPQ, in partnership with the First Nations Development Institute (First Nations),...
article Small First Nation near Chemainus still in recovery mode after 41 families flooded out (3/11/2020)
(British Columbia) -- It’s been nearly six weeks since the flood waters swallowed the Halalt First Nation. But officials in the Halalt’s tiny reserve between...
article How Warming Waters and Toxic Clams Threaten Native Alaskans (3/9/2020)
(Alaska) -- Phyllis Clough was driving to the post office in the tiny Alaskan village of Old Harbor one summer afternoon when her lips went numb. Within minutes, her...
article Alaskan Roulette / As warming waters make shellfish toxic, a way of life becomes deadly for Native Alaskans. (2/26/2020)
(Alaska) -- Phyllis Clough was driving to the post office in the tiny Alaskan village of Old Harbor one summer afternoon when her lips went numb. Within minutes, her...
article First Nations push for meeting with Manitoba government on flood protection project (2/10/2020)
(Manitoba) -- For the second time in six months the province of Manitoba was nowhere to be seen during community meetings on a large flood protection project. Interlake...
article Cyst-like abnormalities have been spotted in moose. Now Calgary scientists and Indigenous hunters pair up (2/8/2020)
(Calgary) -- For hunters in a northern Indigenous community, not every moose caught by hunters is useful. "Once they skin them, once they start to prepare them,...
article America’s Climate Refugees Are Pleading for Help. The Government Has No Answer. (2/7/2020)
(Indian Country) -- In December, as the remaining Democratic primary candidates participated in another one of the seemingly endless string of presidential debates,...
article Australian Rock Art Might Predict the Events Following Rising Seas (2/7/2020)
(Australia) -- Back in 1891, Australian rancher Joseph Bradshaw might have had a glimpse from the future without even realizing it. He was lost in the northwestern...
article Louisiana, Alaskan tribes file UN climate change complaint (1/25/2020)
(USA) -- Four coastal Louisiana tribes and one in Alaska that say the U.S. government violated their human rights by failing to take action on climate change have...
article Coastal erosion unites village of Kivalina and Louisiana tribes in UN complaint (1/23/2020)
(Alaska) -- As climate change hits coastal communities in Alaska, many tribes are being forced to consider moving from their ancestral lands. But it’s not a...
article OP/ED: Birds in California's desert are dying (1/23/2020)
(California) -- The world is heating up. According to NASA’s Global Land-Ocean Temperature Index, 19 of the past 21 years have been the hottest on record. This...
article What This Aboriginal Christian Wants to Tell the Church About the Australia Fires (1/22/2020)
(Australia) -- Australia's wildfires have consumed million acres of brushland, rainforests, and national parks. More than 30 people have died and according to some...
article Native Americans didn't make massive changes to the environment. It was the Europeans (1/20/2020)
(USA) -- An idea that has been gaining a lot of popularity recently is that the North American landscape was altered by settlers way before colonists arrived there. A...
article Australia wildfires reveal ancient aboriginal aquaculture system built before the Egyptian pyramids (1/19/2020)
(Australia) -- Australia‘s wildfires have revealed an ancient aquaculture system built by indigenous people which is thought to predate the time of the Pyramids of...
article Reservation struggles to recover from snow storm (1/19/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Native American reservations across South Dakota are still struggling to recover from a storm last year that dumped snow and rain, swelling rivers and...
article Louisiana tribes file complaint with United Nations over U.S. inaction on climate change (1/16/2020)
(Louisiana) -- Four coastal Louisiana tribes that claim the U.S. government has violated their human rights by failing to take action on climate change submitted a...
article Native roots run deep: Caddo Mounds SHS reopens less than a year after tornadoes devastate park (1/15/2020)
(Texas) -- Nearly 100 people braved chilly winds and overcast skies Saturday, Jan. 11, to help reopen the Caddo Mounds State Historic Site, after the state attraction...
article Kiewit awarded $17.6M contract to clean up Big Bar landslide threatening salmon runs with extinction (1/15/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Federal Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan says construction will begin soon to help salmon pass through a section of British Columbia's Fraser...
article Why Aboriginal planners say the bush 'needs to burn' (1/12/2020)
(Australia) -- For thousands of years, the Indigenous people of Australia set fire to the land. Long before Australia was invaded and colonised by Europeans, fire...
article Escape of Atlantic salmon raises concerns (1/11/2020)
(Washington) -- Impacts of some 21,000 farmed Atlantic salmon that fled a damaged British Columbia net pen in late December remain an unknown, but concerns remain over...

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