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Environmental Disasters

Orca & Whales

article Endangered orcas at risk from U.S. Navy, activists warn (7/31/2020)
(Washington) -- In the Pacific Northwest, an endangered community of killer whales has been on the decline for years due to a variety of factors, all related to human...
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Navajo Nation

article Thinking Zinc: Mitigating Uranium Exposure on Navajo Land (7/29/2020)
(Navajo Nation) -- After World War II, the U.S. government announced it would purchase all uranium ore mined in the United States. This announcement fueled a mining boom...
article Waiting for water: On the Navajo Nation, long lines, scarce resources, but few solutions (7/22/2020)
(Arizona) -- The line forms at the water spigot before dawn. In Chevrolets, Fords and Toyotas, men and women of all ages pull up, the beds of their pickups holding...
article Utah oil field leaves a mixed legacy for members of the Navajo Nation (7/7/2020)
(Utah) -- Every other morning at dawn, just before the sun rises over Sleeping Ute Mountain, Marilyn Holly takes her eight goats out to graze. With the help of a...
article Report: Largest coal producing mine in U.S. drained aquifer on coronavirus-ravaged Navajo Nation (6/19/2020)
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation has been one of the hardest-hit areas by the COVID-19 pandemic. A major, complicating factor has been the lack of running water in tribal...
article Virus-Ravaged Navajo Say Coal Mines Sapped Their Drinking Water (6/17/2020)
(Arizona) -- To “do this hand-washing thing that’s recommended by the health people,” Navajo Nation member Percy Deal drives his pickup truck once a...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

Warm Springs Tribe

article Broken Pipes, Broken Promises (7/29/2020)
(Oregon) -- As the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs try to manage one of the highest COVID-19 infection rates in the state, the thousands of people who live there don...
article Support trickling in to help Warm Springs reservation deal with crumbling water infrastructure (7/16/2020)
(Oregon) -- About halfway between Bend and Portland, dissected by Highway 26, is a Native America reservation home to the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. It borders...
article Oregon Lawmakers Approve $3.6 Million In Water Aid For Warm Springs Reservation (7/15/2020)
(Oregon) -- As a lack of safe running water on the Warm Springs reservation stretches into a fourth week, Oregon state lawmakers on Tuesday approved millions of dollars...
article Water Crisis Returns To Warm Springs As Virus Cases Rise (6/30/2020)
(Oregon) -- A short drive from Portland, thousands of people, a rural health clinic, businesses and senior housing are without safe tap water, while some places don...
article Warm Springs advised to boil water after mainline break (6/26/2020)
(Oregon) -- Residents on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation have been advised to boil water before using it because of a break in the water delivery system. The notice...
article Warm Springs advised to boil water after mainline break (6/25/2020)
(Oregon) -- Residents on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation have been advised to boil water before using it because of a break in the water delivery system. The notice...
6 Total Articles on this Issue

Mining & Drilling

article Gold vs. Salmon: An Alaska Mine Project Just Got a Boost (7/26/2020)
(Alaska) -- From the air it looks like just another tract of Alaska’s endless, roadless tundra, pockmarked with lakes and ponds, with a scattering of some of the...
article Bolivia Is Ransacking Lithium From Its Indigenous People (7/26/2020)
(Bolivia) -- In a tweet back in may by Kawsachun News, a video shows indigenous natives of Bolivia standing up for what’s been happening to them in this industry...
article Indigenous groups paying the price for Russia's massive Arctic fuel spill (7/13/2020)
(North Canada) -- In 2017, the New York Times called Norilsk "Russia's coldest and most polluted industrial city." It may not be getting colder but it'...
article Gold mine along Hassayampa River may imperil tribal cultural, riparian sites (7/7/2020)
(Arizona) -- Wendy Hodgson scaled a steep scree-covered slope in the upper Hassayampa River canyon. “We’re going up to meet this agave,” she said....
article New analysis shows seismic risks related to Pebble mine (7/5/2020)
(Alaska) -- New analysis commissioned by Bristol Bay fishermen contends that plans for the Pebble mine project and environmental review do not adequately account for...
article Satellite imagery shows illegal gold mining in Brazil has increased, threatens the Yanomami tribe in the heart of the Amazons (6/29/2020)
(Brazil) -- Illegal gold mining activity has risen sharply over the last five years in Brazil’s indigenous Yanomami reservation in the heart of the Amazon...
article First Nations worry they'll lose out on cash to clean up old oil and gas wells in Western Canada (6/28/2020)
(Canada) -- As Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan dole out $1.5 billion in federal funding to reclaim inactive oil and gas wells, Indigenous leaders are...
article EPA: Study cites risks to some tribal members (6/13/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Children and adults following traditional tribal practices in the area of the Tar Creek Superfund Site are at risk of exposure to toxic metals in the...
article EPA Curbs State and Tribal Authority to Block Projects that Harm Waterways (6/3/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a rule that limits states’ and Indigenous tribes’ authority to protect the water...
article Questions linger about notification, impact of refinery's oil spill (6/1/2020)
(Saskatchewan) -- Chief Todd Peigan of Pasqua First Nation is concerned that it took a week to be notified of an oil spill at Regina’s Co-op Refinery Complex (CRC...
article Nunavut mine to release 1.5 years' worth of old water into Meliadine Lake (5/22/2020)
(North Canada) -- Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. got an emergency amendment to its water licence to release a year and a half's worth of melted snow and rain water into...
article The White Mesa Mill Has Become A Dumping Ground For Radioactive Waste, Tribe And Advocates Say (5/20/2020)
(Utah) -- When the White Mesa Mill was built in 1980, it was permitted to process domestic uranium ore for 15 years. There were no plans for it to be an international...
12 Total Articles on this Issue

Nottawaseppi Huron

article Blog: The Great Stain: 10 Years after the Kalamazoo River oil spill (7/26/2020)
(Michigan) -- Most of us in southern Michigan, including the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi (NHBP), knew that we shared our area with pipelines, but few of us...
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COVID-19

article 'They say wash your hands but the nearest water source is 25 miles away': America's hidden virus victim (7/24/2020)
(Indian Country) -- While Trump downplays the rates of Covid deaths, it’s indigenous Americans who are paying the heaviest price. Native Americans are dying at a...
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Land Issues

article Sacred Arizona spring drying up as border wall construction continues (7/20/2020)
(Arizona) -- Midway down a cactus-covered hill in one of the driest parts of Arizona is a miracle: a spring. Water continually streams out of the ground, down a small...
article Louisiana Breaks Ground on Isle de Jean Charles Resettlement Project Amid Pandemic (5/22/2020)
(Louisiana) -- The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t changed life much for Chris Burnet, a lifelong resident of Isle de Jean Charles, a quickly eroding strip of land among...
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First Nations

article Boil water advisories still in effect in three First Nations communities (7/19/2020)
(Manitoba) -- Boil water advisories (BWA) in three Manitoba First Nations communities are still in the process of elimination since the 2015 federal election campaign....
article Out of control wildfire prompts Pine Creek First Nation to declare state of emergency (5/20/2020)
(Manitoba) -- Pine Creek First Nation has declared a state of emergency as a large wildfire continues to burn near the community, fought by crews on the ground and in...
article Manitoba First Nations add COVID-19 to worries as wildfire season approaches (5/18/2020)
(Manitoba) -- The chief of a northern Manitoba First Nation says she's already worried the summer wildfire season could bring more than just smoke to her community....
article Manitoba First Nations add COVID-19 to worries as wildfire season approaches (5/18/2020)
(Manitoba) -- The chief of a northern Manitoba First Nation says she's already worried the summer wildfire season could bring more than just smoke to her community....
article Kashechewan spared from spring flooding, but now has to keep COVID-19 away (5/13/2020)
(Ontario) -- About 1,100 people in Kashechewan have spent the past few weeks, wondering and worrying if floodwaters would come into their homes. For the past decade, the...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

Enbridge Pipeline

article Michigan wants Enbridge to pledge funds in case of oil spill (7/18/2020)
(Michigan) -- Michigan sought a written pledge Friday from Enbridge Inc. to cover costs that would arise if oil were to leak from its dual pipelines that extend across a...
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Pine Ridge

article Storm tears off roof, floods dialysis center on Pine Ridge Reservation (7/15/2020)
(South Dakota) -- A storm flooded and ripped off half the roof of a dialysis center on the Pine Ridge Reservation last Friday, leaving the 2.1-million acre reservation...
article Pine Ridge fire flares up to 600-acres; firework named as cause (6/17/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Forestry & Wildfire Land Management released more info on the Wilson Road Fire that has scorched forested areas...
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Trump Adminstration

article EPA Limits States’ Power to Review Projects That Affect Water Quality (7/13/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- For almost 50 years, states and tribal governments have played an outsized role in deciding whether projects that can harm water quality should...
article Trans Mountain pipeline shuts as crews clean spill in Abbotsford, B.C. (6/13/2020)
(British Columbia) -- A crude oil spill from the Trans Mountain pipeline in Abbotsford, B.C., has been contained and crews are working to clean up the site. The company...
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Shoshone-Bannock

article Justices Seek SG Input On Chemical Co.'s Tribal Fee Fight (sub req) (6/30/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday asked the U.S. solicitor general to weigh in on chemical company FMC Corp.'s petition to overturn a ruling that...
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California Gaming

article Konocti Vista Casino Offering Fireworks This Fourth of July (6/29/2020)
(California) -- Konocti Vista Casino has teamed up with Mission Grown Medicinals, Big Valley Rancheria Smoke Shop and Lake County Tribal Health Consortium to continue...
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ANWR

article Oil exploration could leave decades-long scarring in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska researchers report (6/20/2020)
(Alaska) -- Modern seismic work conducted for oil companies could leave decades-long scars on the tundra, similar to tracks left by heavy vehicles in the 1980s,...
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Southern Ute

article Wildfire burning on Southern Ute Indian Reservation in Colorado (6/17/2020)
(Colorado) -- A wildfire that started Tuesday afternoon on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation in southern Colorado has burned an estimated 220 acres.
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Trans Mountain

article Trans Mountain oil spill bolsters Sumas First Nation opposition to twinned pipeline (6/16/2020)
(British Columbia) -- An oil spill at a Trans Mountain pipeline pump station in Abbotsford, B.C., over the weekend has bolstered the Sumas First Nation's opposition...
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Mississippi Gaming

article First responders evacuate 100 Silver Slipper Casino employees stuck during Cristobal (6/7/2020)
(Mississippi) -- First responders in Hancock County used a high-water vehicle to evacuate about 100 Silver Slipper Casino employees stuck at work after flooding from...
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Food Sovereignty

article Climate Change Threatens the Ancient Wild Rice Traditions of the Ojibwe (6/1/2020)
(Minnesota) -- The Ojibwe people of modern-day Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin have for 1,000 years adhered to a spiritual prophecy to live “where food grows on...
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Muscogee Creek

article River Spirit Casino endures flooding, pandemic to reopen twice from closures in the past year (6/1/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- First came flooding. Then a pandemic. Not typically the one to take losses, now River Spirit Casino Resort hopes its second reopening of the past 12 months...
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Dakota Access Pipeline

article Trail of spills haunts Dakota Access developer (5/26/2020)
(Texas) -- Federal pipeline inspectors didn't like what they found when they looked at construction of the Permian Express pipeline. Unqualified welders were fusing...
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Klamath Tribes

article In the Klamath Basin, farmers, fish, water managers all feel the pain from drought (5/26/2020)
(Oregon) -- Nowhere has California’s dry winter hit harder than the state’s far north. In a handful of counties along the rural Oregon border, where late-...
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Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla

article Local, state, tribal officials plan for invasive species on lake (5/24/2020)
(Oregon) -- On May 19 and 20, a Rapid Response Team of local, state and federal natural resource agencies, and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, convened for a...
article Umatilla County, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation workers may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (5/8/2020)
(Oregon) -- The Oregon Employment Department is announcing the availability of Disaster Unemployment Assistance for individuals who became unemployed as a direct result...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Other News

article ‘What choice do we have?’ As the Arctic warms, Alaska Inupiat adapt. (8/2/2020)
(Alaska) -- The Alaska Native Inupiat are set apart from other Indigenous peoples by their subsistence hunting of the bowhead whale. Even today, this unique, centuries-...
article Dramatic decline found in Western bumblebee populations (7/25/2020)
(Utah) -- A federal review of existing data unveils an alarming trend for the western bumblebee population, which has seen its numbers dwindle by as much as 93% in the...
article Red Cliff Band declares emergency following storm damage (7/19/2020)
(Wisconsin) -- The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has declared a state of emergency following damage from Saturday's storm on the northern Wisconsin...
article Climate Change Has Forced Indigenous Peoples in This Alaskan City to Pay $99 for a Turkey (7/16/2020)
(Alaska) -- In the Alaskan city of Kotzebue, the lack of sea ice stands to threaten the Iñupiat people’s ability to attain food sovereignty and adhere to their...
article Arizona reels as three of the biggest wildfires in its history ravage state (7/2/2020)
(Arizona) -- For residents of Tucson in southern Arizona, the Santa Catalina Mountains in the Coronado national forest are known as a hub for hiking, mountain biking and...
article More evacuations ordered for Bighorn Fire north of Tucson (6/18/2020)
(Arizona) -- A new evacuation order was issued Thursday morning for a section of Mount Lemmon north of Tucson being threatened by the Bighorn Fire. The Pima County...
article Study finds pharmaceuticals, other chemicals in remote Minnesota lakes (6/14/2020)
(Minnesota) -- A study has found pharmaceuticals and other chemicals in remote lakes in and around the Grand Portage Indian Reservation in northeastern Minnesota....
article Dramatic video shows 100 employees of flooded Mississippi casino rescued by high-water vehicle (6/8/2020)
(Mississippi) -- It took seven hours for rescue workers to evacuate about 100 employees from a southern Mississippi casino that was inundated with floodwaters caused by...
article A Tribe’s Uphill Battle Against Climate Change (4/20/2020)
(Washington) -- For several years, Fawn Sharp has seen her tribe on the coastline of Washington state lurch from crisis to crisis: Rising sea levels have flooded the...
article California to use tribal tactics to control fires (4/15/2020)
(California) -- For thousands of years until the 20th century, the indigenous people of California used small blazes to manage their land’s vegetation and fend off...
article Taming the Flames (4/13/2020)
(California) -- Anna Colegrove-Powell is setting the woods on fire. Her drip torch streams diesel onto dry leaves and twigs, and its flaring tip sets them ablaze. Soon,...
article Federal relief now available for those impacted by February floods (4/11/2020)
(Oregon) -- Residents and small businesses from Umatilla County and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation can now apply for federal disaster aid and...
article Fire, Forests, and Our Lands: An Indigenous Ecological Perspective (3/16/2020)
(Indian Country) -- This article is the second in a series of articles published by NPQ, in partnership with the First Nations Development Institute (First Nations),...
article Small First Nation near Chemainus still in recovery mode after 41 families flooded out (3/11/2020)
(British Columbia) -- It’s been nearly six weeks since the flood waters swallowed the Halalt First Nation. But officials in the Halalt’s tiny reserve between...
article How Warming Waters and Toxic Clams Threaten Native Alaskans (3/9/2020)
(Alaska) -- Phyllis Clough was driving to the post office in the tiny Alaskan village of Old Harbor one summer afternoon when her lips went numb. Within minutes, her...
article Alaskan Roulette / As warming waters make shellfish toxic, a way of life becomes deadly for Native Alaskans. (2/26/2020)
(Alaska) -- Phyllis Clough was driving to the post office in the tiny Alaskan village of Old Harbor one summer afternoon when her lips went numb. Within minutes, her...
article First Nations push for meeting with Manitoba government on flood protection project (2/10/2020)
(Manitoba) -- For the second time in six months the province of Manitoba was nowhere to be seen during community meetings on a large flood protection project. Interlake...
article Cyst-like abnormalities have been spotted in moose. Now Calgary scientists and Indigenous hunters pair up (2/8/2020)
(Calgary) -- For hunters in a northern Indigenous community, not every moose caught by hunters is useful. "Once they skin them, once they start to prepare them,...
article America’s Climate Refugees Are Pleading for Help. The Government Has No Answer. (2/7/2020)
(Indian Country) -- In December, as the remaining Democratic primary candidates participated in another one of the seemingly endless string of presidential debates,...
article Australian Rock Art Might Predict the Events Following Rising Seas (2/7/2020)
(Australia) -- Back in 1891, Australian rancher Joseph Bradshaw might have had a glimpse from the future without even realizing it. He was lost in the northwestern...

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