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Environmental Disasters

Dakota Access Pipeline

article Company behind Dakota Access Pipeline spills over 2 million gallons of drilling fluids into Ohio wetlands (4/28/2017)
(Ohio) -- Energy Transfer Partners — the company behind the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline — has spilled drilling fluid into two pristine Ohio wetlands...
article The company behind the Dakota Access pipeline is in another controversy (4/28/2017)
(Ohio) -- The same company that built the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline has twice spilled drilling fluids in two pristine Ohio wetlands this month while...
article Dakota Access trying to keep oil spill documents from tribes and public (3/2/2017)
(North Dakota) -- With oil set to flow through the Dakota Access Pipeline within a matter of weeks, the project's wealthy backers are still trying to keep key...
article Native Sun News Today: Dakota Access firms see spills and explosions (2/16/2017)
(North Dakota) -- After tribal governments filed for a temporary restraining order to halt renewed Dakota Access Pipeline construction across the Missouri River on Feb....
article Texas Pipeline Spills 600,000 Gallons of Oil One Week Before DAPL Is Approved (2/11/2017)
(Texas) -- On Jan. 30, 600,000 gallons (14,285 barrels) of oil spewed out of Enbridge's Seaway Pipeline in Blue Ridge, Texas, the second spill since the pipeline...
article Oil company cited for 200 leaks since 2010 (1/12/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- In the tribal lawsuit to halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the U.S. Justice Department on Jan. 6 filed for dismissal of Energy...
article Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Issues Disaster Declaration Due to Blizzard Conditions (12/31/2016)
(North Dakota) -- The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe issued a disaster declaration due to a winter storm brought blizzard conditions on December 25 and 26, 2016.
7 Total Articles on this Issue

Mining & Drilling

article Yellowknives Dene welcome recommendation that feds apologize for Giant Mine mess (4/22/2017)
(Northwest Territories) -- The Yellowknives Dene First Nation is welcoming a recommendation from the Giant Mine Oversight Board that the federal government apologize to...
article BP Struggles to Control Damaged Well in Alaskan Arctic (4/16/2017)
(Alaska) -- The British oil giant BP worked through the weekend to control a damaged oil well on Alaska’s remote North Slope that had started spewing natural gas...
article Nathan E. Stewart incident shows Canada's spill response lacking, First Nation says (4/6/2017)
(British Columbia) -- A First Nation in northern B.C. is calling the government out on its handling of a fuel spill near Bella Bella last year. In a new report on the...
article Pipeline continues to leak oil months after rupture in North Dakota (3/31/2017)
(North Dakota) -- An ongoing oil spill in North Dakota is considered among the worst in state history. The Belle Fourche Pipeline spilled about 530,000 gallons of crude...
article North Dakota Oil Spill 3 Times Larger Than Initially Thought (3/28/2017)
(North Dakota) -- A crude oil spill in western North Dakota in December is now believed to be about three times bigger than originally estimated, pipeline owner True...
article First Nation poised to sue Husky Energy for damage caused by spill last summer (3/26/2017)
(Saskatchewan) -- The ice has not yet thawed on the North Saskatchewan River, but Chief Wally Burns is sure there's damage below. Last summer, a Husky Energy...
article North Dakota pipeline spill larger than previously thought (3/26/2017)
(North Dakota) -- An initial appraisal of the Belle Fourche Pipeline spill in December estimated that 176,000 gallons of oil had been released from the leaking pipe. But...
article Maine lawmakers to consider latest push to jumpstart mining (3/20/2017)
(Maine) -- Environmental and fishing groups that have opposed rules to jumpstart mining in the state are now backing efforts to strengthen existing laws and regulation....
article EPA reimburses another $90,000 for Gold King Mine spill costs (3/18/2017)
(Colorado) -- More than $90,000 in additional reimbursements for costs associated with the Gold King Mine spill in 2015 was awarded to five entities in Colorado and Utah...
article Pawnees Sue Oklahoma Over Earthquakes (3/13/2017)
(Oklahoma) -- Native Americans have been in court with fossil fuel companies quite a bit lately. For the past few years, Sioux in the Dakotas have been fighting against...
article Giant mess: What is going on with the Giant Mine clean up in Yellowknife? (3/3/2017)
(Northwest Territories) -- When it comes to environmental disasters in the north, it doesn’t get much bigger than the Giant Mine near Yellowknife.
article Beyond Standing Rock: The Native American Economic Experience (3/1/2017)
(North Dakota) -- As the protests at Standing Rock illustrated, the United States has too often hindered Native American advancement when they should have supported it....
article Mercury still leaking into river upstream from Grassy Narrows First Nation, suggests report (2/28/2017)
(Ontario) -- An old chemical plant in Dryden, Ont., is still leaking mercury and contaminating the Wabigoon-English River system near the Grassy Narrows First Nation in...
article Enbridge pipeline leaks 200,000 litres of oil condensate in Strathcona County (2/19/2017)
(Alberta) -- Cleanup efforts are underway after an Enbridge pipeline leaked 200,000 litres of oil condensate at an industrial site in Strathcona County. The Line 2A...
article Derailments 'too frequent, too dangerous' for Mattagami First Nation councillor (2/15/2017)
(Ontario) -- Jennifer Constant has looked at the rail lines that cross near her northern Ontario community differently ever since a CN train carrying crude oil jumped...
article Ontario commits to cleanup of mercury contamination near Grassy Narrows First Nation (2/13/2017)
(Ontario) -- The Ontario government is promising to find and remediate all the mercury contamination that continues to poison people at Grassy Narrows and Wabaseemoong...
article Oklahomans join protest against pipeline that will cross Trail of Tears (1/30/2017)
(Oklahoma) -- People gathered at the Oklahoma State Capitol announcing they will fight the Diamond Pipeline that will run from Cushing through Arkansas to Memphis,...
article 200,000 litres of oil spills onto First Nations agricultural land near Stoughton (1/24/2017)
(Saskatchewan) -- About 200,000 litres of oil spilled near Stoughton, Sask., last week. The pipeline breach occurred on First Nations land about 140 kilometres southeast...
article Ocean Man oil spill odour detected a week ago, chief says (1/24/2017)
(Saskatchewan) -- The chief of the Ocean Man First Nation, Connie Big Eagle, says an oil spill on the band's land had to have occurred earlier than Friday, when the...
article Pipeline historian unsurprised by Sask. oil spill (1/24/2017)
(Saskatchewan) -- A pipeline historian says oil spills such as the one that occurred on the Ocean Man First Nation, Sask., last week are not uncommon or surprising.
article County, tribal leaders worry toxins from Smurfit site could enter Clark Fork River (1/11/2017)
(Montana) -- Officials from the Environmental Protection Agency were grilled on Tuesday about cleanup and monitoring efforts at the former Smurfit-Stone Mill site west...
article Jane Fonda in Fort McMurray: 'Listen, I'm not against you,' actress tells resident during parking lot squabble (1/10/2017)
(Alberta) -- Oscar-winning actress Jane Fonda, who once visited Hanoi to protest the Vietnam War, was back in the spotlight Tuesday, only this time the setting was a...
article EPA: 540 tons of metals entered river in Colo. mine spill (1/9/2017)
(Colorado) -- Nearly 540 tons of metals — mostly iron and aluminum — contaminated the Animas River over nine hours during a massive wastewater spill from an...
23 Total Articles on this Issue

Trump & Tribes

article Trump’s EPA Cuts Are Going To Hit Indian Tribes Hardest (3/29/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- Every April, the Indian tribes along the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington hold the First Salmon Feast, a ceremonial harvest of the fish...
1 Article on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article EPA seeks dismissal of mine spill lawsuit claims (2/21/2017)
(New Mexico) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is asking a federal court to dismiss claims in two lawsuits filed over the Gold King Mine spill.
article President Begaye vetoes emergency response money (2/14/2017)
(Arizona) -- On Feb. 5, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye used the line-item veto authority to deny approximately $242,000 in supplemental funding intended to help...
article Feds seek to dismiss claims over Colorado mine waste spill (2/14/2017)
(New Mexico) -- Attorneys with the U.S. Justice Department are asking a federal judge to dismiss claims by New Mexico and the Navajo Nation that stem from a 2015 mine...
article Tribes say feds gave them run-around, not aid, after Gold King Mine spill (2/14/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- Multiple federal agencies were unable to provide disaster relief to the Navajo Nation after the 2015 Gold King Mine disaster that spilled 3 million...
article Head of Navajo Nation releases aid to deal with storm damage (1/25/2017)
(New Mexico) -- The head of the Navajo Nation has declared a state of emergency in response to winter storms that have hit the huge reservation that encompasses New...
article President Begaye, Vice President Nez declare state of emergency after winter storms (1/25/2017)
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation has declared a state of emergency in response to the winter storm that lashed the Navajo Nation last week.
article Settlement reached to clean up uranium mines (1/21/2017)
(New Mexico) -- A settlement for more than $600 million has been reached between the United States, the Navajo Nation and two subsidiaries of Freeport-McMoRan Inc. to...
article Navajo Nation is Appalled by the U.S. EPA Decision Not to Accept Responsibility for Gold King Spill (1/17/2017)
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation learned late Friday afternoon that the U.S. EPA is reneging on its promise to accept responsibility for the 2015 Gold King Mine spill,...
article EPA ‘wipes its hands’ of mine spill responsibility, NM governor says (1/16/2017)
(New Mexico) -- New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez on Monday responded to the feds saying they would not be paying for some of the damage from the Gold King Mine spill. The...
article Shiprock family continues to recover from flood (12/30/2016)
(New Mexico) -- Several months after heavy rain caused flooding in the Mesa Farm area in northwest Shiprock on Aug. 5, one family continues to deal with its aftermath....
article Shiprock family continues to recover from flood (12/28/2016)
(New Mexico) -- Several months after heavy rain caused flooding in the Mesa Farm area in northwest Shiprock on Aug. 5, one family continues to deal with its aftermath....
11 Total Articles on this Issue

Connecticut Gaming

article Casinos, hospitals deal with elements (2/9/2017)
(Connecticut) -- The region’s casinos and hospitals were ready for Thursday’s blizzard. Forecasts of the storm had prompted the early cancellation of...
1 Article on this Issue

Rhode Island Gaming

article At R.I. casino, a blizzard doesn't stop the action (2/9/2017)
(Rhode Island) -- The biggest gamble in play at Twin River Casino Thursday afternoon — which to its visitors appeared like a mirage out of a seamless world of...
1 Article on this Issue

Yurok Tribe

article Huffman works with Yurok Tribe on funding for fisheries disaster (2/2/2017)
(California) -- The U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker declared a fisheries disaster for nine salmon and crab fisheries in Alaska, Washington and California in...
article Yurok Tribe releases statement in favor of fishery disaster declaration (2/2/2017)
(California) -- For the last two years, the Klamath River has had record-low salmon runs. Yurok Chairman Thomas P. O’Rourke Sr. released a statement thanking U.S....
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Water Issues

article Chippewa Cree seek action following water crisis (1/11/2017)
(Montana) -- The cancellation of a boil order is a cause for celebration among the roughly 2,000 people on the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation who’ve had to...
article Rocky Boy secures funding for water system upgrades (1/11/2017)
(Montana) -- The water system on Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation has secured funding for much needed upgrades. All residents on the Rocky Boy’s Indian...
article Boil order in effect for some residents on the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation (12/29/2016)
(Montana) -- Nearly 2,000 residents on the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation will remain under a boil order for another two weeks until water service is restored....
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Attawapiskat

article Wildlands League takes DeBeers to court, calls on province to monitor impact on Attawapiskat River (12/28/2016)
(Sudbury) -- The Wildlands League, a Canadian environmental group, is taking DeBeers to court for mercury pollution in the Attawapiskat River. The province requires...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Far-north warming and changes are accelerating, say reports issued by Arctic Council groups (4/25/2017)
(Arctic) -- The Arctic Ocean is now on track to become ice-free in summers as soon as two decades from now, while autumn and winter temperatures in the Arctic, if carbon...
article Emergency supplies of dog food sent to Kashechewan after urgent request (4/24/2017)
(Sudbury) -- More than 750 lbs of dog food have been flown in to Kashechewan First Nation to feed local dogs, after hundreds of community members were evacuated last...
article Tribal schools monitor Flathead Lake for invaders (4/24/2017)
(Montana) -- The sharp eyes of students from the Flathead Indian Reservation schools scanned the shores of Flathead Lake for invasive mussel species Monday.
article Native Americans Most at Risk From Impact of Climate Change (4/19/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- Climate change is real; it’s here, and we are on the frontlines of the battle to save America’s land, water and air—that’s...
article Cochrane to take in 200 Kashechewan evacuees (4/19/2017)
(Sudbury) -- After hearing from the Ministry of Indigenous and Northern Affairs that 200 women, children and needy still awaited evacuation from Kashechewan, the town of...
article How a Melting Arctic Changes Everything (4/19/2017)
(Arctic) -- Eight countries control land in the Arctic Circle. Five have coastlines to defend. The temperature is rising. The ice is melting. The race for newly...
article Metals, acid in Berkeley Pit water killed geese, report confirms (4/18/2017)
(Montana) -- The estimated 3,000 to 4,000 snow geese that perished in December 2016 in the Berkeley Pit’s toxic water died of both heavy metals and sulfuric acid,...
article Death toll in flooded-out Manitoba First Nation hits 92 as evacuees wait to return home (4/17/2017)
(Manitoba) -- Diane Sinclair wants to give her daughter a proper resting place, but it's a wish that seems impossible for the Lake St. Martin mother. "It's...
article Kashechewan First Nation evacuated due to flood concerns (4/17/2017)
(Sudbury) -- Kashechewan First Nation has declared a state of emergency and hundreds of residents are being moved to the northern Ontario town of Kapuskasing over...
article Flooding could force more than 100 from homes in Northern Manitoba (4/16/2017)
(Manitoba) -- More than 100 people are expected to be forced from their homes in Northern Manitoba due to rising floodwaters. The residents are from the Opaskwayak Cree...
article Ferry leaks 400 L of gear oil into Kootenay Lake, B.C. (4/15/2017)
(British Columbia) -- The main car ferry that crosses Kootenay Lake, B.C., has leaked about 400 litres of gear oil into the lake, leaving a large slick on the water near...
article California tribes fear abysmal salmon run may trigger public health crisis (4/14/2017)
(California) -- Native American communities are bracing for a public health crisis this year in California’s misty, rugged northwestern corner. In the Pacific...
article Engineer says Kashechewan relocation to cost between $500M and $800M (4/5/2017)
(Ontario) -- Efforts are being made to ensure the relocation of the remote James Bay community of Kashechewan, Ont., is community driven. The First Nation signed a new...
article Red Cross called in to help 4 flooded-out Manitoba First Nations (4/5/2017)
(Manitoba) -- The Canadian Red Cross has been called in to help another group of residents from a flooded-out Manitoba First Nation. The Canupawakpa Dakota First Nation...
article Ten-Million-Gallon Lagoon Excavation Begins at General Motor’s Superfund Site (4/3/2017)
(New York) -- The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Environment Division is notifying Akwesasne residents that it has completed its review of RACER Trust’s Remedial...
article Numerous Manitoba Communities Declare State Of Emergency (4/2/2017)
(Manitoba) -- An increasing number of communities in Manitoba have declared states of emergency as flood waters rise. La Broquerie, Two Borders, Carman, Grassland, Grey...
article Peguis evacuates 84 people after 'severe overland flooding': chief (4/2/2017)
(Manitoba) -- The chief of Peguis First Nation said the community evacuated 84 people after “severe” overland flooding. Drone video submitted to CTV shows a...
article OP/ED: Climate Change Forces Northwest Natives From Their Ancestral Homes (3/24/2017)
(Washington) -- Fawn Sharp grew up in Taholah village, a small community on the Quinault Reservation nestled between the mouth of the Quinault River and the Pacific...
article Yurok Tribe Warns of ‘Most Catastrophic Fisheries Collapse in Klamath River History’ (3/24/2017)
(Oregon) -- The Yurok Tribe is bracing for the far-reaching economic, cultural, and social challenges created by what is expected to be the most catastrophic fisheries...
article Arctic’s Winter Sea Ice Drops to Its Lowest Recorded Level (3/22/2017)
(Arctic) -- After a season that saw temperatures soar at the North Pole, the Arctic has less sea ice at winter’s end than ever before in nearly four decades of...

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