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Environmental Disasters

Land Issues

article Native Americans may lose their homes to rising waters on Louisiana island (8/22/2019)
(Louisiana) -- Tropical Storm Chantal, churning in the north Atlantic, is no threat to land at the moment. But it's expected to be an above-average hurricane season...
article A tale of restored tribal lands turns bittersweet in the wake of an Oregon wildfire (8/21/2019)
(Oregon) -- The smell of scorched soil and burnt wood filled the air. Michael Rondeau, CEO of the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, looked over the damage, clad...
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Shoshone-Bannock

article Shoshone-Bannock Tribes release statement on Bannock Peak Casino and Truck Stop closure (8/20/2019)
(Idaho) -- The Bannock Peak Casino and Truck Stop reopened for normal business hours on Saturday, Aug. 17. The Bannock Peak C-Store was not immediately affected by the...
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Dakota Access Pipeline

article Did North Dakota Regulators Hide an Oil and Gas Industry Spill Larger Than Exxon Valdez? (8/19/2019)
(North Dakota) -- In July 2015 workers at the Garden Creek I Gas Processing Plant, in Watford City, North Dakota, noticed a leak in a pipeline and reported a spill to...
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Warm Springs Tribe

article No Safe Drinking Water On Reservation Leaves Thousands Improvising (8/10/2019)
(Oregon) -- The Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Central Oregon has been without safe drinking water all summer, and some people have no running water at all. In May,...
article Our view | A tip of the hat, a kick in the pants (8/10/2019)
(Oregon) -- A kick in the pants to federal and state authorities in the aftermath of the water crisis on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Central Oregon. The...
article Warm Springs tribes file lawsuit over 2017 wildfire (8/6/2019)
(Oregon) -- The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs are suing a rancher, two people hired to cut his wheat and the John Deere farm equipment company, accusing them...
article Warm Springs boil water notice likely to continue for most of July (7/7/2019)
(Oregon) -- Warm Springs residents will probably have to keep boiling drinking water or using bottled water through most of July, because work to fix pressure release...
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Colville Tribe

article Growing wildfire on Colville Indian Reservation leads to evacuations, air-quality alerts (8/9/2019)
(Washington) -- A spreading wildfire on the Colville Indian Reservation has led to evacuations and made air quality in the region among the worst in the nation,...
article Growing wildfire on Colville Indian Reservation leads to evacuations, air-quality alerts (8/7/2019)
(Washington) -- A spreading wildfire on the Colville Indian Reservation led to evacuations Wednesday and air quality in the region that the Environmental Protection...
article Williams Flats Fire triggers evacuations on Colville land (8/4/2019)
(Washington) -- Wildland Firefighters continue efforts to contain a large lightning-caused brush fire that flared up Friday near Lake Roosevelt. The Williams Flats Fire...
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Mining & Drilling

article Idaho tribe sues mining company over pollution at idle site (8/9/2019)
(Idaho) -- The Nez Perce Tribe has filed a lawsuit to force a Canadian company to clean up an idle central Idaho mining area — which the company says it plans to...
article Federal and tribal coalitions challenge Canadian mining (7/8/2019)
(Alaska) -- The headwaters of the Stikine River begin in northern British Columbia and flow southwest in a long arching comma. The river carves through the landscape,...
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Orca & Whales

article Rescuers free humpback whale that was 'hogtied' in fishing gear off Washington coast (8/9/2019)
(Washington) -- A badly entangled whale is swimming free again after a dramatic rescue off the Washington coast on Thursday evening. The 35-foot long humpback whale...
article 3 southern resident orcas missing, presumed dead (8/7/2019)
(Washington) -- Three more southern resident orcas are reported missing and presumed dead, according to the Center for Whale Research. Ken Balcomb, founding director of...
article Where are the salmon and the orcas? (8/6/2019)
(Washington) -- The tote was loaded and full of water, the cedar boughs cut and stacked on deck. But as Lummi tribal members headed out on their traditional waters to...
article Two southern resident orcas missing as experts fear for the population (7/12/2019)
(British Columbia) -- Two southern resident killer whales haven’t been seen for a few months leaving experts worried, not just about the fates of both creatures,...
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Muscogee Creek

article Oklahoma tribe gets US disaster designation following storms (8/7/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- The Oklahoma-based Muscogee (Creek) Nation has received a federal disaster designation to help it recover from damage caused by severe storms, tornadoes...
article Longtime River Spirit Casino Resort employee looks back (7/31/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- After a temporary closure this Spring, things are back to normal at Tulsa's River Spirit Casino Resort. Longtime employee Betty Watson has worked there...
article Hard work of employees helps River Spirit Casino Resort reopen after flooding (7/10/2019)
(Arizona) -- Entertainment Manager Jamie Crouch tells 2 Works for You that things are getting back to normal at River Spirit Casino Resort. "We were all freaking...
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Water Issues

article Where Americans Lack Running Water, Mapped (8/6/2019)
(USA) -- Across the United States, more than 460,000 households, or nearly 1.5 million people, lack a plumbed connection to drinking water or sewers. And the figures are...
article Recent UA study confirms groundwater pumping is drying up Arizona rivers' (7/21/2019)
(Arizona) -- Groundwater pumping has caused stream flow in U.S. rivers to decline by as much as half over the last century, according to new research by a University of...
article Attawapiskat declares state of emergency over water quality (7/9/2019)
(Ontario) -- The Attawapiskat band council in northern Ontario has declared a state of emergency after tests showed tap water had potentially harmful levels of...
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Cheyenne River Sioux

article Tribal leaders call for revamping road funding in Indian Country (8/5/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Heavy rains this year have washed out roads and culverts on the Cheyenne River Reservation and shone a light on what tribal leaders call an unbalanced...
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Navajo Nation

article Gold King mine spill ‘still hurting’ NM, 4 years later (8/4/2019)
(New Mexico) -- Four years ago today, Environmental Protection Agency contractors triggered the release of three million gallons of yellow wastewater from the Gold King...
article Bill seeks to expand radiation compensation eligibility, requirements (7/20/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal proposal seeks to revise the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act to extend compensation to those who worked in uranium mines or mills...
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Standing Rock Sioux

article Washed-out culvert that led to 2 deaths was designated for replacement 7 years ago (8/1/2019)
(North Dakota) -- The culvert that washed out from under a highway on the Standing Rock Reservation on July 9, killing two South Dakota residents when they drove into...
article 2 bodies recovered, 2 other people rescued after reservation highway washout (7/9/2019)
(North Dakota) -- Search teams on Tuesday recovered the bodies of a man and a woman near a washed-out section of a highway on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in...
article 2 found dead after road washout south of Fort Yates (7/9/2019)
(North Dakota) -- Tribal Chairman Mike Faith says first responders pulled man's body from a river after the Native American Scenic Byway washed out south of Fort...
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Attawapiskat

article Hunger strike ends in Attawapiskat after Ottawa, Ontario sign off on task force (7/30/2019)
(Ontario) -- An Attawapiskat, Ont., band councillor and a former chief say they ended their 15-day hunger strike Monday evening after the federal and provincial...
article Wishing for a summer with clean water in Attawapiskat (7/30/2019)
(Ontario) -- Eight-year-old Marcey Wesley says it makes her sad she can't play with water balloons this summer. The tap water in the Ontario First Nation of...
article UPDATED: Medical teams, new water systems part of federal commitment to Attawapiskat, chief says (7/21/2019)
(Ontario) -- Attawapiskat Chief Ignace Gull said he is optimistic about the future of his community following a commitment from the federal government to improve failing...
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New York Gaming

article The story behind that viral Schenectady Rivers Casino storm video (7/29/2019)
(New York) -- They expected a flood of winnings. But didn’t expect Noah’s Ark. The morning after a fast-moving storm slammed Schenectady on Sunday afternoon...
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Wind River

article Tribe opposes Wyoming oilfield pollution proposal (7/29/2019)
(Wyoming) -- An American Indian tribe opposes a company's plan to dump oilfield wastewater upstream of a river in central Wyoming, saying the pollution could hurt...
article Tribe opposes company's plan to dump oil field wastewater upstream of Wind River (7/28/2019)
(Wyoming) -- The Northern Arapaho Tribe says it opposes an energy company’s proposal to discharge polluted water upstream of the Wind River because it could...
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Las Vegas Gaming

article Grasshopper Invasion of Las Vegas May Last Weeks, Experts Say (7/28/2019)
(Las Vegas) -- A swarm of winged insects enveloped a pyramid: Sound familiar? An invasion of pallid-winged grasshoppers descended on Las Vegas this past week, taking...
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St. Croix Chippewa

article Wisconsin neighbors help neighbors clear storm mess (7/21/2019)
(Wisconsin) -- Carol O’Connor and Tina Simmons were floating calmly on Loon Lake in northwestern Wisconsin when they heard a distant rumbling noise and saw...
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Caddo Nation

article Caddo Mounds Tribal members return to Alto for the first time to participate in workshops and discuss ways to move forward (7/14/2019)
(Texas) -- For the first time and on the three-month anniversary since the devastating tornadoes hit in Alto, Caddo tribal members traveled from Oklahoma this weekend to...
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First Nations

article Thunder Bay not taking any more Pikangikum evacuees, city officials say (7/12/2019)
(Ontario) -- The City of Thunder Bay has reached the limit of the number of Pikangikum First Nation evacuees it can safely accommodate and will not accept any more, city...
article Forest fire threatening Pikangikum grows in size, airlifts continue (7/11/2019)
(Ontario) -- A forest fire threatening a First Nation in northwestern Ontario has grown in size, officials said Thursday as more flights were planned to airlift...
article Full evacuation of Pikangikum First Nation resumes amid growing forest fire (7/11/2019)
(Ontario) -- The evacuation of Pikangikum First Nation in northwestern Ontario has resumed as a growing forest fire rages nearby. The Ministry of Natural Resources says...
article VIDEO: Indigenous communities threatened by northern Ontario wildfires (7/11/2019)
(Ontario) -- Wade Durham from Ornge talks about the situation on the ground in Pikangikum First Nation.
article Plastics and algal blooms included in draft of new Great Lakes agreement (7/8/2019)
(Ontario) -- The federal and provincial governments want the public’s feedback on a new draft agreement to protect the Great Lakes. The agreement has been in place...
article Last Pauingassi evacuees forced from homes by smoke en route to Winnipeg (7/8/2019)
(Manitoba) -- The last residents of Pauingassi First Nation forced from their homes due to heavy forest fire smoke are expected to arrive in Winnipeg Monday.
article Severe thunderstorms heading into parts of Manitoba (7/8/2019)
(Manitoba) -- The parched province of Manitoba is expected to get some wet relief on Monday, though some parts could see quite intense downpours, Environment Canada says...
article Full evacuation from Pikangikum First Nation begins due to forest fire (7/8/2019)
(Ontario) -- The Ontario government says a full evacuation of the northern First Nation of Pikangikum has begun as a forest fire burns nearby. A spokesman for the...
article Village in Ontario with no road access being evacuated (7/8/2019)
(Ontario) -- For the second time in just over a month a village in Northwest Ontario is being evacuated due to smoke from wildfires. Pikangikum First Nation, with a...
article Forest fire smoke forces about 200 evacuees out of 2 Manitoba First Nations (7/7/2019)
(Manitoba) -- Billowing smoke from forest fires has forced community members to flee from two First Nations in southeastern Manitoba. Evacuations are currently underway...
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Northern Arapaho

article Northern Arapaho Tribe Opposes Aetheon's Oilfield Waste Dumping Plan (7/11/2019)
(Wyoming) -- The Northern Arapaho Tribe has come out against a proposed permit that would allow Aetheon Energy to discharge oil pollutants upstream of the Wind River. As...
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Morongo Tribe

article 7.1-magnitude Southern California quake could have 'big impact' in Ridgecrest (7/6/2019)
(California) -- A powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake rocked Ridgecrest, Calif, Friday night, a day after a 6.4-magnitude quake centered near the Kern County town...
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Other News

article Liberal minister dismisses call for investigation into Muskrat Falls wetland capping failure (8/23/2019)
(Newfoundland) -- Liberal cabinet minister Andrew Parsons says PC Leader Ches Crosbie's call for the auditor general to investigate why wetland capping at the...
article Amazon wildfires part of 'genocide' facing Brazil's Indigenous peoples, advocate says (8/23/2019)
(Brazil) -- The Brazilian government's push to escalate agricultural and mining developments in the Amazon at the expense of Indigenous rights actively brought about...
article The Amazon rainforest is being ravaged by wildfires burning at record rates (8/21/2019)
(Brazil) -- The largest swaths of the Amazon rainforest, located in Brazil and Peru, are burning at the highest rates since records began in 2013 — an increase of...
article Rising ocean temperatures intensify paralytic shellfish poisoning levels in Southeast waters (8/19/2019)
(Alaska) -- The Food and Drug Administration sets the limit for PSP in bivalves at 80 micrograms per 100 grams. Over the last few months, Skagway’s blue mussels...
article The water is so hot in Alaska it’s killing large numbers of salmon (8/18/2019)
(Alaska) -- Alaska has been in the throes of an unprecedented heat wave this summer, and the heat stress is killing salmon in large numbers. Scientists have observed die...
article Government skipped methylmercury deadline then offered 'hush money' says Nunatsiavut president (8/11/2019)
(Canada) -- The president of the Nunatsiavut government says the provincial government deliberately delayed the decision to start wetland capping so there wouldn't...
article Green New Deal needed to improve health (8/11/2019)
(Oregon) -- Disaster affects us all. When the smoke from wildfires makes its way into the Walla Walla Valley, all of our health is at risk, but even more endangered are...
article Crews trying to prevent fire from jumping Columbia River (8/9/2019)
(Washington) -- Firefighters are trying to prevent a fast-growing wildfire from jumping the Columbia River. The fire on the Colville Indian Reservation was likely...
article Feds Grant Oklahoma Tribe Disaster Designation Following Storms (8/9/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- The Oklahoma-based Muscogee (Creek) Nation has received a federal disaster designation to help it recover from damage caused by severe storms, tornadoes...
article For Northwest tribes, wildfire on Rattlesnake Mountain ravages 'a ceremonial place' (8/7/2019)
(Washington) -- The fire that engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral shocked the world earlier this year. And a wildfire in July on Rattlesnake Mountain in southeast Washington...
article Storms flood Kotlik as other Western Alaska communities see little damage (8/7/2019)
(Alaska) -- Kotlik is facing a familiar situation: flooding from coastal storms. Weekend storms battered the coast of Western Alaska. While they damaged some villages,...
article Time of essence as Fraser River slide blocks spawning salmon (8/6/2019)
(British Columbia) -- Time is critical to find a solution to a massive obstruction in British Columbia's Fraser River as 90,000 salmon wait downstream and an...
article Bridge project replaces rocks washed away by 2017 flood (8/5/2019)
(Michigan) -- A project to lengthen to service lives of two bridges over the Chippewa River near downtown Mt. Pleasant will lengthen the service lives of both by putting...
article Tribes continue testing for cyanotoxins (8/3/2019)
(California) -- The latest testing of the waters of Clear Lake by the Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians and the Elem Indian Colony found concerning levels of toxic...
article Timber acquired in 2018 Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act goes up in flames (8/1/2019)
(Oregon) -- As crews make progress on the Milepost 97 Fire, the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians is still watching some of their land burn. Before the fire...
article “Largest Disaster State Has Ever Seen” Says South Dakota Governor Touring Flooding (7/21/2019)
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says state leaders are working to battle through the record flooding that has affected parts of her state. Noem visited...
article Tug and barge owner to pay $2.2 million in B.C. fuel spill (7/17/2019)
(British Columbia) -- The owner of a tug and barge that grounded and spilled diesel in Canadian waters on its return from Southeast Alaska will pay about $2.2 million in...
article Conference Raises Tough Questions About Retreat from Rising Seas (7/17/2019)
(New York) -- As the global thermostat climbs and polar ice melts, the oceans are swelling and swallowing up coastlines. By some calculations, rising seas could displace...
article Shoalwater Bay Tribe plans tsunami health walk (7/16/2019)
(Washington) -- On July 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe Gym, at 2405 Elm Street in Tokeland, there will be a “Yellow Brick Road...
article Size limit on chinook salmon introduced to help fish blocked at landslide (7/13/2019)
(British Columbia) -- The federal government will implement a maximum size of chinook salmon to be caught by recreational fishers in an effort to help the thousands of...

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