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Environmental Disasters

First Nations

article Nechako River court case starts Monday (10/18/2019)
(British Columbia) -- A trial starts Monday in B.C. Supreme Court as two First Nations go up against Rio Tinto Alcan Inc. and the provincial and federal governments....
article State of emergency requested for six Manitoba First Nations following October snow storm (10/12/2019)
(Winnipeg) -- A state of emergency has been requested for six Manitoba First Nations as they deal with the effects of an October snow storm that has blanketed the...
article Canadian Indigenous water activist Autumn Peltier addresses UN on clean water (9/28/2019)
(Canada) -- Canadian Indigenous water activist Autumn Peltier, 15, addressed hundreds of international guests at UN headquarters in Manhattan on Saturday, where she...
article Trudeau, Goodale and Sajjan visit Halifax to survey Dorian recovery efforts (9/10/2019)
(Nova Scotia) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and two federal cabinet ministers visited Halifax Tuesday to survey the damage caused by Dorian, the hurricane-strength...
article Six Nations businessman sending 3 jets with hurricane relief aid to Bahamas (9/5/2019)
(Worldwide) -- A prominent First Nations businessman is leading a relief effort to help the hurricane-stricken Bahamas that will see three jets leave Hamilton Wednesday...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

Standing Rock Sioux

article Column: Teen has entered the arena; we should listen (10/13/2019)
(South Dakota) -- The 16-year-old climate activist from Sweden has been making news here in the United States, first by crossing the Atlantic in a zero-emissions craft,...
1 Article on this Issue

Mining & Drilling

article ID mining company wants lawsuit over cyanide cleanup put on hold (10/12/2019)
(Idaho) -- A Canadian-based gold mining company in Idaho asked a judge to put a hold on a lawsuit brought by the Nez Perce Tribe after the company allowed deadly...
article US official: Research finds uranium in Navajo women, babies (10/12/2019)
(New Mexico) -- About a quarter of Navajo women and some infants who were part of a federally funded study on uranium exposure had high levels of the radioactive metal...
article The Strange, Uncertain Fate of One of the World’s Most Valuable Salmon Habitats (10/12/2019)
(Alaska) -- Anna Hoover and I ease up and down in limestone-colored water on a warm, windless afternoon in early July, our backs to the mouth of the Egegik River. She...
article Uranium Poisoning Navajo Women and Babies Decades After Mining Ended (10/9/2019)
(New Mexico) -- A study by the University of New Mexico found that hundreds of Navajo women presented alarming levels of uranium in their systems — even decades...
article Pipelines leak saltwater on Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in 2 recent spills (10/9/2019)
(Montana) -- Two significant pipeline spills occurred recently in Dunn County, leaking saltwater onto portions of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. The bigger of the...
article A groundwater plume (9/23/2019)
(Nevada) -- At some point in the Middle Jurassic period, about 169 million years ago, magma crept through the Earth and crystallized over what researchers believe was...
article Pollution from Canadian mines found in Kootenai River fish (9/23/2019)
(Montana) -- Pollution from British Columbia coal mining operations is making its way into Montana and Idaho’s Kootenai River. A U.S. Environmental Protection...
article North Dakota may be hiding an oil spill larger than the Exxon Valdez (9/3/2019)
(North Dakota) -- Workers cleaning up an oil spill in North Dakota that is officially listed as 10 gallons recovered 240,000 gallons, but the actual number might be...
article Toxic Alaska mine could ‘destroy the world’s last great sockeye salmon fishery’ (9/1/2019)
(Alaska) -- Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy had nothing but encouragement for a potential investor in a controversial mine. “Alaska’s open for business,”...
article Babies Showing High Levels of Uranium Shed New Light on Largest US Uranium Spill (8/27/2019)
(New Mexico) -- New Mexico experienced the single largest uranium spill in the country, the Churchrock Uranium Spill but few people know this because it goes as unseen...
10 Total Articles on this Issue

Trump Adminstration

article Carrizo Tribe files lawsuit against U.S. Government regarding border wall (10/11/2019)
(Texas) -- A lawsuit has been filed by the Carrizo Tribe against the United States Government regarding the border wall. According to the lawsuit, Chief Juan Mancias is...
article Video shows cacti being bulldozed at national monument during border wall construction (10/7/2019)
(Arizona) -- New video shows protected saguaro cacti at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona being destroyed by bulldozers preparing the site for construction...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Dakota Access Pipeline

article Who is Tokata Iron Eyes and why did Greta Thunberg come to the Dakotas to see her? (10/9/2019)
(North Dakota) -- Tokata Iron Eyes was just 12 years old when she spoke in a video, calling for help in the Standing Rock Sioux Nation’s battle against the proposed...
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...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Land Issues

article South Texas tribe says government surveyors encroached on their lands for border wall (10/8/2019)
(Texas) -- Members of the Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribe of Texas say government surveyors entered their tribal cemetery lands without permission recently and marked the area...
article Study examines effects of climate change, land loss on Louisiana’s Houma tribe (9/27/2019)
(Louisiana) -- Repeated disasters and environmental changes on Louisiana’s Gulf Coast are rapidly eroding the land, and along with it, an Indigenous tribe’s...
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...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article Native Americans say uranium mine is "desecrating" lands (10/8/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Native Americans opposing the uranium mine near Crow Butte, Nebraska say it's infringing upon their lands. The Oglala Sioux Tribe and Magpie...
article Research finds uranium in Navajo women and babies (10/7/2019)
(Arizona) -- About a quarter of Navajo women and some infants who were part of a federally funded study on uranium exposure had high levels of the radioactive metal in...
article Uranium miner: 'We were faced with dangers every day and not knowing the consequences' (10/4/2019)
(Arizona) -- Tommy Reed spoke emotionally about how his health is troubled due to working at a uranium mine on the Navajo Nation. In Reed's statement before U.S. Rep...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Blackfeet Nation

article Cattle losses likely as Montana ranchers dig out from September blizzard (10/3/2019)
(Montana) -- Running cows in the shadow of Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front isn’t for the faint of heart. Droughts, floods, winds so strong they’ll knock...
article Blackfeet Reservation Rides Out Record-Setting Fall Blizzard (10/1/2019)
(Montana) -- Jim Knott's third winter in Montana came early. In fall 2017, the dentist sold his practice in Texas and moved to a property on Heart Butte Cutoff, a...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Yankton Sioux Tribe

article Yankton Sioux: 'Our community is literally drowning' (9/30/2019)
(South Dakota) -- The town of Lake Andes on the Yankton Sioux reservation in southeastern South Dakota has been underwater since the bomb cyclone hit the area in March...
article State declines tribal request for National Guard flood aid (9/26/2019)
(South Dakota) -- The Yankton Sioux Tribe won’t be getting National Guard assistance for now for flood relief efforts at Lake Andes. The South Dakota Department of...
article Lake Andes, Yankton Sioux restrain flooding while searching for permanent solutions (9/26/2019)
(South Dakota) -- More than two weeks after heavy rainfall left much of southeastern South Dakota flooded, people in and around Lake Andes are still trying to determine...
article Officials recommend Yankton Sioux Tribe use local resources for flood response, not National Guard (9/24/2019)
(South Dakota) -- The South Dakota Department of Public Safety has recommended the Yankton Sioux Tribe’s request to use the South Dakota National Guard for flood...
article State says no to Yankton Sioux Tribe's ask for National Guard help with flooding (9/24/2019)
(South Dakota) -- The Yankton Sioux Tribe is requesting the National Guard's assistance with flooding in the White Swan community at Lake Andes. However, the South...
article Yankton Sioux Tribe asks for help after another round of flooding (9/21/2019)
(South Dakota) -- The flooding took over parts of eastern South Dakota and for some, it's the third time this year. The Yankton Sioux Tribe is doing everything they...
6 Total Articles on this Issue

Orca & Whales

article CHASING A MEMORY: In California, orcas and salmon have become so scarce people have forgotten what once was. Will the Northwest be next? (9/29/2019)
(California) -- If there is a hell for salmon, it probably looks like this. There were many more golf balls in the water than salmon this summer, whacked there by...
1 Article on this Issue

Tohono O’odham

article Border wall could destroy natural wildlife refuge in southern Arizona, environmentalist says (9/28/2019)
(Arizona) -- There are four endangered species found in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, a 500-mile federal natural reserve in southwest Arizona, which is marked by...
1 Article on this Issue

Cheyenne River Sioux

article Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe receives funding for damaged roadways (9/26/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Last month, Regional Director Timothy LaPointe accompanied Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Frazier on a tour of the roads damaged by the...
1 Article on this Issue

Pine Ridge

article Noem says she will 'likely' seek another presidential disaster declaration for September floods (9/17/2019)
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem said she is "likely" going to seek federal disaster relief dollars through yet another presidential...
1 Article on this Issue

Water Issues

article Alaska villages run dry and residents worry 'if this is our future of no water' (9/14/2019)
(Alaska) -- Residents are desperately trying to conserve water in the Native village of Nanwalek, located on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula south of Anchorage. The village...
article Neskantaga First Nation issues state of emergency after evacuation request denied (9/14/2019)
(Ontario) -- The Neskantaga First Nation issued a state of emergency on Saturday after it said a request for emergency evacuations due to broken down water...
article Nanwalek is rapidly running out of water (8/29/2019)
(Alaska) -- Nanwalek is rapidly running out of water. Low snowpack and little rainfall has led the Kenai Peninsula village to declare a water emergency. The...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

ANWR

article With Drilling ANWR a Go, Polar Bears Will Suffer (9/13/2019)
(Alaska) -- On September 12, just hours after the House of Representatives voted to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) from drilling, the Department of...
1 Article on this Issue

Seminole Tribe

press release Seminole Tribe continues airlift of drinking water for fifth straight day (9/10/2019)
(Florida) -- Five days into a massive airlift of bottled drinking water, the Seminole Tribe of Florida estimates it has delivered approximately 35,000 bottles of...
press release President Donald J. Trump Approves the Seminole Tribe of Florida Emergency Declaration (9/1/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Yesterday, President Donald J. Trump declared that an emergency exists for the Seminole Tribe of Florida and ordered Federal assistance to...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Crow Tribe

article Fire Burns 584 Acres Near Pryor on Crow Reservation (9/5/2019)
(Montana) -- Firefighters contained the 524-acre Roadside 484 fire that sparked Wednesday on the Crow Reservation, according to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
1 Article on this Issue

Lummi Nation

article Lummi Nation seeks protections for 'relations under water' (9/3/2019)
(Washington) -- The Pacific Northwest’s most iconic species—the orcas that live in the Salish Sea year-round—are on the brink of extinction with just...
1 Article on this Issue

Northern Cheyenne

article Firefighters battle coal seam fires on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation (9/3/2019)
(Wyoming) -- An underground coal bed caught fire on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation and lit the Burning Creek fire on Sunday, according to a Monday release from the...
1 Article on this Issue

Red Lake Tribe

article Red Lake Nation confronts a new invader: zebra mussels (9/3/2019)
(Minnesota) -- Surrounded by Red Lake Nation and open only to tribal members, Lower Red Lake has stayed largely insulated from the world — the only big walleye...
1 Article on this Issue

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...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Tribes Are Pushing Washington to Be the First State to Declare a Climate Emergency (10/18/2019)
(Washington) -- There’s an occupation taking place in Olympia, Washington. Native American activists have established a semi-permanent camp 15 minutes away from...
article We Need Indigenous Wisdom to Survive the Apocalypse (10/17/2019)
(Indian Country) -- In early August 2019, a 500-year-old government convened to discuss its constitution. The gathering was not held in a glittering, white, neo-...
article 'We have to do things in a different way' (10/13/2019)
(Iceland) -- Indigenous knowledge and governance is essential because it's where more than a third of the earth and over 80 percent of the planet’s...
article Federal grant will aid Sitka Tribe toxin research (10/13/2019)
(Alaska) -- A dozen new research projects to better understand and predict harmful algal blooms and improve response to them are being funded through the National...
article Whistleblower says Aamjiwnaang at risk due to insufficient pollution consultation (10/12/2019)
(Ontario) -- A newly-retired Ontario Environment Ministry engineer says the provincial government failed to adequately consult with members of the Aamjiwnaang First...
article Misery at the Oasis: 1,900 trailer park residents contend with arsenic in water, patchwork of laws (10/11/2019)
(California) -- Life at the Oasis Mobile Home Park on Torres Martinez tribal land in Southern California is a hardscrabble existence. Residents liken it to a slum...
article Pacific tribes across borders declare ‘salmon emergency’ (10/11/2019)
(North America) -- Tribal representatives from across Southeast Alaska, British Columbia and Washington state are sounding the alarm over threats posed to wild salmon...
article Back to fire (10/10/2019)
(California) -- Historically, Native Americans all over California managed forests with fire. The practice kept the forests healthy because fire killed sick and dying...
article Pope urges bold action to protect the Amazon amid fires (10/6/2019)
(Vatican City) -- Pope Francis urged bishops on Sunday to boldly shake up the status quo as they chart ways to better care for the Amazon and its indigenous people amid...
article 'Gut punch' of crashing bird populations no surprise for retired Yellowknife biologist (10/6/2019)
(Canada) -- There has been a dramatic decline of birds across North America since 1970. More than a quarter of all birds across the continent have died off, according to...
article 15,000 Atlantic salmon will be put into the Penobscot River over the next three years (10/5/2019)
(Maine) -- As many as 15,000 adult Atlantic salmon will be put into the Penobscot River over the next three years, most of them after being raised in penstocks off the...
article Arrows and smartphones: daily life of Amazon Tembe tribe (10/5/2019)
(Brazil) -- They hunt with bows and arrows, fish for piranhas and gather wild plants, while some watch soap operas on TV or check the internet on phones inside thatch-...
article Vatican to shine light on Amazon's indigenous communities (10/5/2019)
(Brazil) -- Pope Francis will gather Catholic bishops at the Vatican Sunday to champion the isolated and poverty-struck indigenous communities of the Amazon, whose way...
article Rising seas threaten hundreds of Native American heritage sites along Florida’s Gulf Coast (10/4/2019)
(Florida) -- At present, 1,539 archaeological sites are located at or below sea level in Florida. By A.D. 2100 up to 6,820 will become submerged by sea level rise.
article Caribou numbers continue to plummet (10/3/2019)
(North Canada) -- The Tsilhqot’in Nation, located near Williams Lake, is alarmed by crashing mountain caribou populations in the Chilcotin. All three caribou herds...
article U.S. Small Business Administration offers low-interest loans after floods (10/2/2019)
(Minnesota) -- The U.S. Small Business Administration has granted a disaster declaration for three Minnesota counties and an Indian reservation that will give home- and...
article Rising Seas Threaten Hundreds of Native American Heritage Sites Along Florida’s Gulf Coast (10/1/2019)
(Florida) -- Native North Americans first arrived in Florida approximately 14,550 years ago. Evidence for these stone-tool-wielding, megafauna-hunting peoples can be...
article Governor Steve Bullock declares winter storm emergency (9/29/2019)
(Montana) -- Governor Steve Bullock on Sunday issued an executive order declaring an emergency in Montana due to a severe early season storm. Areas hardest hit include...
article Alaska's salmon fisheries in hot water, scientists say (9/28/2019)
(Alaska) -- Some of Alaska's salmon fisheries are in jeopardy according to researchers who are looking at this summer's record warm water temperatures. According...
article Rising seas threaten hundreds of Native American heritage sites along Florida's Gulf Coast (9/27/2019)
(Florida) -- Native North Americans first arrived in Florida approximately 14,550 years ago. Evidence for these stone-tool-wielding, megafauna-hunting peoples can be...

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