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Environmental Disasters

Mining & Drilling

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...
article Railroad in fiery derailment agrees to changes (12/23/2016)
(Montana) -- The nation's largest freight railroad has agreed to more thorough inspections and maintenance improvements after a fiery oil train derailment in Oregon...
article Massive 2013 oil spill in North Dakota still not cleaned up (12/19/2016)
(North Dakota) -- Three years and three months later, a massive oil spill in North Dakota still isn't fully cleaned up. The company responsible hasn't even set a...
article Emergency responders concerned about slow notification of Missoula diesel spill (12/16/2016)
(Montana) -- Missoula emergency officials aren’t happy with how they learned of a 7,000-gallon diesel fuel spill in the Montana Rail Link train yard. MRL says it...
article Havasupai, Enviros Battle Over Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon (12/16/2016)
(Arizona) -- The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Dec. 15 in two cases involving uranium mining near Grand Canyon National Park. In 2012 the Interior...
20 Total Articles on this Issue

Dakota Access Pipeline

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.
5 Total Articles 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....
article Navajo Nation seeks $160 Million in damages for EPA spill (12/27/2016)
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is seeking more than $160 million in damages and for alleged ongoing injuries caused by the August 2015 Gold King Mine spill, which...
article Navajo Nation Seeks $160 Million in Damages for Gold King Mine Spill (12/17/2016)
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is seeking more than $160 million in damages and for alleged ongoing injuries caused by the August 2015 Gold King Mine spill, which...
13 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....
article Tribe official faces criminal charges in Flint water investigation (12/28/2016)
(Michigan) -- A tribal official from the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians has been charged for making false claims and circumventing funds in connection with...
article Broken pipes lead to unusable water on Rocky Boy's (12/28/2016)
(Montana) -- About half the residents of the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation are receiving bottled water after several water pipes broke last week.
article Broken pipes lead to unusable water on Rocky Boy's (12/27/2016)
(Montana) -- About half the residents of the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation are receiving bottled water after several water pipes broke last week.
6 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

New York Gaming

article Schenectady casino site yields 5K tons of contaminated soil (12/19/2016)
(New York) -- The state has determined that while the environmental cleanup of the Rivers Casino and Mohawk Harbor properties is complete, the work uncovered massive...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

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...
article Apache Tribe Blames US for Forest Ailments (3/21/2017)
(Arizona) -- Taking the United States to court, an Arizona-based Native American tribe blames federal mismanagement for putting their once thriving timber industry...
article Pruitt’s EPA announces Gold King Mine reimbursement payments (3/17/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday it will pay out an additional $54,275 to Colorado’s La Plata County, San Juan Basin...
article Film documents Louisiana tribe's displacement by coastal land loss (3/16/2017)
(Louisiana) -- Rapid land loss along the state's coast will lead to the displacement of thousands. Among the first to be displaced is a Native American tribe...
article Justin Trudeau 'passing the buck' on mercury cleanup, Grassy Narrows chief says (3/3/2017)
(Ontario) -- The Prime Minister is wrong in his claim that cleaning up mercury contamination near two northern Ontario First Nations is a "provincial issue",...
article LaDuke: The Largest Inland Oil Spill in U.S. History Happened Today in Minnesota (3/3/2017)
(Minnesota) -- Most Minnesotans don’t realize that we boast the largest inland oil spill in U.S. history. On this day, March 3, in 1991, the Line 3 pipeline...
article President Trump issues disaster declaration for Hoopa Valley Tribe (2/20/2017)
(California) -- The following is a press release issued by the White House: The President today declared a major disaster exists for the Hoopa Valley Tribe and ordered...
article Blackfeet Tribe lifts Disaster declaration (2/13/2017)
(Montana) -- The disaster declaration issued last week on the Blackfeet Reservation in the wake of a massive winter storm has been lifted. Blackfeet Tribal Business...
article Gov. Sandoval asks Trump for federal disaster declaration to help with flood recovery (2/13/2017)
(New Jersey) -- Gov. Brian Sandoval has sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting that he declare a major disaster for the state of Nevada as a result of severe...
article Pyramid Lake flood damages to cost $11M, but lake is rising (2/13/2017)
(Nevada) -- While the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe is pleased to see its lake rising, it comes at a cost. The tribe estimates that it will have to dish out about $3.9...
article Blizzard leads tribe to declare emergency (2/7/2017)
(Montana) -- Montana's Blackfeet Indian Tribe has declared a state of emergency after a blizzard dumped more than 4 feet of snow on parts of the reservation east of...
article 'We take care of our own': Tobique reaches out to Mi'kmaq ice storm victims (2/2/2017)
(New Brunswick) -- As the province attempts to return to normal after a crippling ice storm last week that left thousands without power, one First Nation is helping with...
article Catastrophic Climate Change Caused Native Americans’ Decline (2/1/2017)
(UK) -- A new study claims that disastrous climate change triggered the sharp decline of a vibrant Native American culture two centuries before the European colonisation...
article Climate change poses multi-faceted threat to Oregon, report says (1/25/2017)
(Oregon) -- The threat posed by climate change is real and the potential impacts if climate prediction models are correct will be acute in Oregon, a team of researchers...
article Pyramid Lake Paiutes recovering from flood; 446 reopens (1/20/2017)
(Nevada) -- State Route 446 between Nixon and Sutcliffe reopened to tribal members and emergency services Thursday. Spokesman for the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Don Pelt...
article Gold King Mine: EPA Refuses to Pay Spill Damages (1/17/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has determined it will not pay for damages caused by the August 2015 spill at Colorado’s Gold King...
article Bolivian Water Crisis as Glaciers Vanish (1/13/2017)
(Bolivia) -- The government of Bolivia, a landlocked country in the heart of South America, has been forced to declare a state of emergency as it faces its worst drought...
article Arctic Melt Shrinks Polar Bears’ Chances (1/8/2017)
(Arctic) -- The world of the polar bear is shrinking—everywhere. New research by scientists in the U.S. confirms that each of the 19 known populations of Ursus...

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