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Environmental Disasters

Pine Ridge

article FEMA officials explain federal aid coming to Pine Ridge Reservation (6/23/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Millions of dollars from the federal government is making its way to the Pine Ridge Reservation to assist with recovery from the blizzards and...
article Oglala Sioux get federal flooding relief (6/22/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Oglala Sioux tribal leaders say the federal government is providing $10 million in emergency relief to help with damage from springtime flooding on the...
article Pine Ridge receives federal disaster declaration for flood relief (6/21/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Three months after the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation was first engulfed in catastrophic springtime floods, the White House has approved a presidential...
article Presidential emergency declared on Pine Ridge after severe springtime floods (6/21/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Three months after the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation was first engulfed in catastrophic springtime floods, the White House has approved a presidential...
article Flooding, tariff impact concern Noem (6/3/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Flooding problems and the impact of tariffs on the state remain on South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s mind. Appearing at Joy Ranch last week to...
article Rapid City-area credit unions gather water for Pine Ridge residents (6/3/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Rapid City-area credit unions joined the response to help flood victims on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation earlier this spring. A news release from...
6 Total Articles on this Issue

Mining & Drilling

article Protect our culture and lifestyle (6/22/2019)
(Alaska) -- The destruction of subsistence food and activity is the destruction an annihilation of a culture and people as will happen with the Pebble Mine and Donlin...
article 'We're deeply sorry:' Husky fined $3.8M for leak into North Saskatchewan River (6/13/2019)
(Saskatchewan) -- Husky Energy was fined $3.8 million Wednesday for a pipeline oil leak that fouled a major river, harmed fish and wildlife and tainted the drinking...
article Vapour release at Shell (6/12/2019)
(Ontario) -- There was a hydrocarbon vapour release at Shell’s Corunna site Wednesday morning. In a Facebook post, Aamjiwnaang First Nation Emergency Planning...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Orca & Whales

article Right whale found dead had been studied by researchers for decades (6/22/2019)
(Canada) -- The North Atlantic right whale that was found floating dead in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Canada on Thursday was a female whose movement and offspring had...
article As right whales surge north, one death too many (6/16/2019)
(New Brunswick) -- Before the leviathan was dragged to shore, before it was found floating at sea trailing a slick of blood, the massive creature had had its run-ins...
article Lummi Nation launches new campaign to save dwindling orca population (6/16/2019)
(Washington) -- Members of the Lummi Tribe, along with activists and scientists, launched the Salish Sea Campaign this weekend to save the southern resident orcas and...
article Washington state waterfront owners asked to take dead whales (6/16/2019)
(Washington) -- At least one Washington state waterfront landowner has said yes to a request to allow dead gray whales to decompose on their property. So many gray whale...
article The Dams That Kill Orca (6/7/2019)
(Washington) -- A few years ago, Chuck Williams and I drove up to the Olympic Peninsula for a salmon bake near the mouth of the Skokomish River. It was a gathering of...
article Gray whales are in the midst of an ‘unusual mortality event,’ NOAA says (5/31/2019)
(California) -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Friday it is launching an investigation into the high number of gray whale deaths reported on...
article Scientists will investigate sudden spike in gray whale deaths along the West Coast (5/31/2019)
(Washington) -- U.S. scientists said Friday they will investigate why an unusual number of gray whales are washing up dead on West Coast beaches. About 70 whales have...
7 Total Articles on this Issue

Muscogee Creek

article Life — not of the aquatic variety — returns to River Spirit Casino Resort after flooding forces closure (6/21/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Every few hours, Kimberly Land peeked outside at the startling but inexorable rise of the Arkansas River near River Spirit Casino Resort during seemingly...
article River Spirit Casino back open after historic flooding shut it down (6/21/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- The slot machines are ringing and the dice are rolling again at River Spirit Casino. It's been about a month since Tulsa's big money maker was shut...
article Tulsa River Spirit Casino Open For Business After Historic Flooding (6/21/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- After being closed from flooding for nearly a month, part of the River Spirit Casino and Resort is back open. The casino was forced to close after about a...
article River Spirit Casino Resort to announce reopening date (6/12/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- The River Spirit Casino Resort and officials from the Muscogee (Creek) Nation will announce the official reopening date of the resort at 2:30 p.m. on...
article Widespread Flooding Continues To Impact Oklahoma Businesses And Industries (6/5/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Recent flooding and dam releases are affecting businesses and key industries in Oklahoma. Journal Record editor Russell Ray discusses how the flooding has...
article Oklahoma Casino River Spirit Closed Indefinitely Due to Arkansas River Water Levels (5/31/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- The Oklahoma casino River Spirit will be closed indefinitely through June and possibly longer due to the Arkansas River’s elevated water levels. In a...
article River Spirit Casino Resort estimates closure to last through June (5/30/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Although officials at an Oklahoma casino were hoping for the best, they say the casino and resort will remain closed due to flooding in the Tulsa area.
article River Spirit Casino to be closed indefinitely (5/30/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- River Spirit Casino Resort officials on Thursday announced that the casino will be closed indefinitely, updating a statement from the day before, in which...
8 Total Articles on this Issue

First Nations

article Chief asks why the PM makes time for a Raptors parade but hasn't visited Grassy Narrows (6/20/2019)
(Toronto) -- Grassy Narrows First Nation members are in Toronto as part of the community's campaign to secure construction and long-term funding for a care home for...
article First Nation evacuees begin to receive compensation 8 years after flood disaster (6/12/2019)
(Manitoba) -- Thousands of former flood evacuees are beginning to see compensation from the provincial and federal government eight years after being displaced from four...
article 11,000 people have been forced to evacuate as firefighters battle wildfires in Canada (6/11/2019)
(Canada) -- Wildfires in Alberta, Canada have burned more than 700,000 acres of land and have forced 11,000 people to evacuate, according to the province's...
article Residents returning to Pikangikum First Nation with forest fire held at bay (6/11/2019)
(Ontario) -- Residents evacuated from a northwestern Ontario First Nation have begun to return home as a nearby wildfire is held at bay. Pikangikum First Nation Chief...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Warm Springs Tribe

article After Long-Awaited Repairs, Even More Water Problems Arise In Warm Springs (6/20/2019)
(Oregon) -- Emergency repairs are underway to a water system in Warm Springs, more than three weeks after a line break was discovered to be putting human health and...
article Warm Springs water system suffers two new failures (6/20/2019)
(Oregon) -- About an hour after a section of pipe under Shitike Creek was repaired Wednesday, which would’ve helped end Warm Springs’ weeks-long boil water...
article Warm Springs residents adjust to life without reliable water (6/15/2019)
(Oregon) -- A month ago, Carina Miller didn’t give much thought to routine daily tasks such as showering, watering the house plants and doing the dishes. Now,...
article Warm Springs, Ore., water crisis continues (6/7/2019)
(Oregon) -- Schools, businesses and homeowners in Warm Springs, Ore., are into their second week of a water crisis that is forcing residents to boil water before...
article Warm Springs in second week of water crisis (6/6/2019)
(Oregon) -- Schools, businesses and homeowners in Warm Springs are into their second week of a water crisis that is forcing residents to boil water before consumption,...
article Broken Water Main Poses Serious Health, Safety Risk To Warm Springs (6/2/2019)
(Oregon) -- On Friday, officials with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs warned of a shutdown that could last "up to a week or longer" due to a broken...
article Warm Springs Under Emergency Disaster Declaration Friday (6/2/2019)
(Oregon) -- The Tribal Council of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs approved an emergency disaster declaration Friday, citing “immediate health threats...
article Broken Water Main Poses Serious Health, Safety Risk To Warm Springs (5/31/2019)
(Oregon) -- Thousands of people living and working on Oregon’s largest tribal reservation won’t have running water and flushing toilets, again. On Friday,...
8 Total Articles on this Issue

Ponca Tribe

article Disaster assistance available for nonprofit organizations in the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska (6/19/2019)
(Nebraska) -- Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to certain private nonprofit organizations in the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska. Following President Trump'...
1 Article on this Issue

Colville Tribe

article Canadian mining company must pay Colville tribe costs tied to clean-up of Upper Columbia River (6/15/2019)
(Washington) -- The U.S. Supreme Court this week declined to hear the latest appeal from a Canadian mining firm that has been blamed for contamination of the Upper...
1 Article on this Issue

Macau Gaming

article Two Macau Casinos Prepare Themselves For Typhoons Following The Recent Weather Update (6/14/2019)
(Macau) -- Two Macau casinos with waterfront have installed floodgates at their gambling establishments in Macau to protect from any inadvertent damages that might be...
1 Article on this Issue

Cherokee Nation

article CN Tribal Council OKs work on vet cemetery, flooded Fort Gibson casino (6/10/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council authorized the CN Veterans Affairs department to apply for grants to establish a Cherokee Veteran Cemetery within the 14...
article Cherokee Nation steps in during historic Arkansas River flood (6/6/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation marshals, medics and emergency management team kept life moving in the 4,000-population town of Fort Gibson, where the Arkansas River hadn...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Nez Perce Tribe

article Nez Perce Tribe intent to sue Midas Gold mining for pollution discharge (6/7/2019)
(Idaho) -- The Nez Perce Tribe is threatening to sue mining company, Midas Gold Corporation, under the Clean Water Act. The tribe says the company has discharged arsenic...
1 Article on this Issue

Crow Tribe

article Crow Tribe issues boil order for Wyola (6/6/2019)
(Montana) -- Bacterial contamination detected in Wyola's public water system prompted federal officials on Wednesday to call for a boil order in the Crow Reservation...
article Crow tribe issues boil water advisory for Wyola after E.coli contamination found (6/5/2019)
(Montana) -- The Crow tribe has issued a boil water advisory for residents in Wyola after a test came back positive for E.coli in a water pipe. The tribe first...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Ohio Gaming

article Ohio casino holds donation drive to help Dayton tornado victims (6/1/2019)
(Ohio) -- An Ohio casino is holding a donation drive for those impacted by the tornado that struck Dayton earlier this week. The Hollywood Casino Columbus announced...
1 Article on this Issue

Cheyenne River Sioux

article Cheyenne River Reservation issues state of emergency following spring storms (5/31/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Officials on the Cheyenne River Reservation issued a state of emergency on Wednesday following spring storms and flooding along the Cheyenne River. The...
article Cheyenne River Reservation declares state of emergency (5/30/2019)
(South Dakota) -- The Chairman of the Cheyenne River Reservation has declared a state of emergency. Recent winter storms and downpours have severely damaged roads and...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Kickapoo Tribe

article NE Kan. dam expected to fail, send floodwaters over U.S. 36, Golden Eagle Casino (5/30/2019)
(Kansas) -- A dam south of Sabetha, Kansas is expected to fail this afternoon, sending floodwaters downstream on the Delaware River.
1 Article on this Issue

Missouri Gaming

article Flooding forces Frontier Casino to close doors (5/30/2019)
(Missouri) -- On Wednesday the St. Jo Frontier Casino was forced to shut down as the Missouri River continues to rise. “We closed the first time for 31 days, and...
1 Article on this Issue

Oklahoma Gaming

article 6 Investigates: Tornado Safety At Oklahoma Casinos (5/30/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- As the number of casinos and gaming centers in Oklahoma has now climbed well over 100, and so have the odds increased that one of them would be hit by...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Tribal Prophecy of a Warming Climate Becoming Dire Reality in Alaska (6/19/2019)
(Alaska) -- A prophecy handed down over the generations by Noah Lincoln’s elders in the Nunakauyarmiut Tribe seemed to be coming true at 4 a.m. Monday. The inside...
article Tribal Prophecy of a Warming Climate Becoming Dire Reality in Alaska (6/19/2019)
(Alaska) -- A prophecy handed down over the generations by Noah Lincoln’s elders in the Nunakauyarmiut Tribe seemed to be coming true at 4 a.m. Monday.
article Temperatures leap 40 degrees above normal as the Arctic Ocean and Greenland ice sheet see record June melting (6/15/2019)
(Arctic) -- Ice is melting in unprecedented ways as summer approaches in the Arctic. In recent days, observations have revealed a record-challenging melt event over the...
article 'Considerable' study this summer to determine if mercury leaching upstream from Grassy Narrows, Ontario says (6/13/2019)
(Ontario) -- Officials with Ontario's environment ministry say field studies are continuing along the English-Wabigoon river system and at the pulp mill in Dryden to...
article Rep. Torres Small Launches Unused Explosive Clean Up Pilot Program (6/12/2019)
(New Mexico) -- Today, Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small (NM-2) introduced and successfully included an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)...
article Suquamish Tribe to sue Navy over alleged raw sewage spills (6/11/2019)
(Washington) -- The Suquamish Tribe plans to sue the U.S. Navy for releasing raw sewage into the Puget Sound. The tribe announced its intent file a lawsuit Tuesday,...
article Grassy Narrows leadership to review Ottawa's latest mercury poisoning care home agreement (6/7/2019)
(Ottawa) -- Canada's Indigenous services minister says he's presented another proposed agreement to build a specialized mercury healthcare facility for sufferers...
article Climate change looks different in Southeast Alaska. Here’s how tribes are planning for that (6/4/2019)
(Alaska) -- Alaska’s most recent plan to address climate change was removed from the state’s website back in December. Meanwhile, some municipalities and...
article Winnipeg welcoming Pikangikum residents fleeing forest fire (6/2/2019)
(Winnipeg) -- Pikangikum First Nation residents fleeing a forest fire are headed to Manitoba as the 3,600-hectare blaze burns just kilometres from the fly-in community....
article More military aircraft arrive to help evacuate Ontario First Nation as forest fire rages (5/31/2019)
(Ontario) -- The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) has dispatched a third Hercules aircraft and two CH-147 Chinook helicopters to help in the evacuation of PIkangikum...
article Chinook bust on the Columbia: Spring returns worse than forecast on Northwest’s largest river (5/30/2019)
(Washington) -- Darren Ogden hefted the big chinook salmon, meaty and lustrous, a rare and welcome sight in a bad year for returns of adult spring chinook. Fish managers...
article In Indian Country, potholes can be a bump in the road to an education (5/24/2019)
(Arizona) -- Classrooms at Keams Canyon Elementary School in northeast Arizona are noticeably emptier during the winter and monsoon months. That’s when Principal...
article Thunderstorms, tornadoes, and flooding: Aftermath of severe weather for Midwest tribes (5/24/2019)
(USA) -- Tribes in the midwest suffered damages from severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, and flooding this week, and the severe weather will continue. The National Weather...
article BIA Route 8 near Eagle Butte closed (5/23/2019)
(South Dakota) -- A road on the Cheyenne River Reservation has been deemed unsafe and is closed, according to tribal officials. The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe said in a...
article Noem requests Presidential disaster declaration to aid flooding victims (5/22/2019)
(South Dakota) -- After receiving recent flood and storm damage estimates from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Governor Kristi Noem is requesting a Presidential...
article First Nations carver laments loss of western red cedars (5/19/2019)
(British Columbia) -- If the day were to come when western red cedar no longer existed, it would be "detrimental" to First Nations people, says Timiskaming...
article Photos show southern resident orca J17's health in decline (5/18/2019)
(Washington) -- Recent aerial photos of southern resident killer whale J17 shows her health has declined. Experts with NOAA Fisheries said in a recent update that J17...
article Crystal meth crisis on Saskatchewan First Nation traced to 2015 wildfire evacuation (5/14/2019)
(Saskatchewan) -- Clifford Bird traces the crystal methamphetamine crisis on the Montreal Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan back to the wildfire evacuation in the summer...
article Their Islands Are Being Eroded. So Are Their Human Rights, They Say. (5/12/2019)
(Australia) -- A group of Indigenous Australians from low-lying islands in the Torres Strait argue that Australia, by failing to act on climate change, has violated...
article 'It's all I've known': Floods, evacuations take toll on Kashechewan residents (5/12/2019)
(Ontario) -- Stephanie Williams sped along the gravel road, flooring the gas pedal of her truck. If she could only make it over the dike, she figured she would be in...

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