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Environmental Disasters

Enbridge Pipeline

article State sees no major impacts on Lake Superior if Line 3 ever leaked oil (12/9/2019)
(Minnesota) -- An updated environmental review released by a state agency Monday found no serious threat to Lake Superior if crude oil ever leaked from a new pipeline to...
article Environmental and tribal groups urge extra precautions to protect the Great Lakes from oil pipeline rupture (11/9/2019)
(Michigan) -- Fourteen environmental and tribal groups have written a letter to Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer urging her to protect the Great Lakes in case of a...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Havasupai Tribe

article Flash flood hit sleeping campers near popular waterfall. California man came to the rescue (12/6/2019)
(Arizona) -- Justin Corley thought he was going on vacation last week when he and his family left their Clovis home bound for spectacular hiking near Grand Canyon...
1 Article on this Issue

Mining & Drilling

article Supreme Court says companies must pay for Grassy Narrows mill-site maintenance (12/6/2019)
(Ontario) -- Two forest-product companies are on the hook for maintaining a mercury waste site near Ontario's Grassy Narrows First Nation, the Supreme Court of...
article New measures could help tribal citizens who suffer from oil industry pollution (12/2/2019)
(North Dakota) -- New oil-and-gas pipeline protection measures could help people like Mandan Hidatsa & Arikara tribal member Lisa Deville and her family, who suffer...
article Nevada toxic mine neighbors may stop getting bottled water (11/27/2019)
(Nevada) -- State environmental regulators plan to decide in January whether to cut off most bottled water deliveries to neighbors of an abandoned toxic mine in rural...
article Tribe members: Ancient bison kill site desecrated by mining (11/9/2019)
(Montana) -- When a coal company contractor working under federal oversight used a backhoe to dig up one of the largest known Native American bison killing grounds and...
article This Alaska mine could generate $1 billion a year. Is it worth the risk to salmon? (10/25/2019)
(Alaska) -- A brown bear loped across rolling green tundra as Charles Weimer set down a light, single-engine helicopter on a remote hilltop. Spooked, the big grizzly...
article Cleveland Play House’s ‘Pipeline’ connects emotionally, civically (10/23/2019)
(Ohio) -- With poor, young African-American, Native American, and Latinx students being suspended and expelled from school more frequently than their middle-class white...
6 Total Articles on this Issue

Water Issues

article 'Poison:' Manitoba First Nation seeking class action over boil water advisories (12/2/2019)
(Manitoba) -- A chief of a Manitoba First Nation is proposing a class-action lawsuit against the federal government on behalf of her community and other reserves that...
article Paiute Traditions Inform Water Management Practices in Once-Lush Owens Valley (11/26/2019)
(California) -- For at least 15,000 years, these Northern Paiute tribes have tended their homeland, more recently also known as the Owens Valley. The beloved region of...
article Native Americans have the most difficulty accessing clean water, report says (11/22/2019)
(Arizona) -- The nearest water station for Darlene Yazzie is 9 miles away at the Dennehotso Chapter House – or community center – in the Four Corners region...
article New Mexico tribe fighting water diversions from mountaintop (11/3/2019)
(New Mexico) -- Picuris Pueblo Gov. Craig Quanchello says there are people whose wells are drying up. The pueblo's buffalo herd, part of which is harvested each year...
article 32 rural Alaska communities still lack running water. Infrastructure builders are trying to change that. (10/31/2019)
(Alaska) -- For most Americans, in home running water and flushing toilets are considered basic utilities, but across rural Alaska more than 30 villages are still living...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

Yankton Sioux Tribe

article Yankton Sioux Nation Struggling To Recover From Climate Disasters Without Federal Assistance (12/2/2019)
(South Dakota) -- The Yankton Sioux reservation in South Dakota has experienced flooding rains and a series of other extreme weather events over the past year. While the...
1 Article on this Issue

Hopi Tribe

article Hopi commits to reducing arsenic in water at cultural center (12/1/2019)
(Arizona) -- Federal officials say the Hopi Tribe has failed to meet a deadline to reduce arsenic in drinking water at the tribe’s cultural center. The Hopi Tribe...
1 Article on this Issue

Spokane Tribe

article Deb Abrahamson blames mining pollution for her cancer, keeps fighting toxic legacy on Spokane reservation (12/1/2019)
(Washington) -- Even when Deb Abrahamson talks about herself – about being diagnosed with a cancerous, newborn-sized tumor in her uterus, about the misdiagnoses...
1 Article on this Issue

Nevada Gaming

article Wind causes damage at Riverside Resort (11/27/2019)
(Nevada) -- A strong gust of wind Monday night damaged a section of the facade of a Laughlin casino. Don Laughlin’s Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino suffered...
1 Article on this Issue

Saginaw Chippewa

article Dow Chemical faces suit over alleged hazardous substance release at its Michigan plant (11/26/2019)
(Michigan) -- Dow Chemical is facing a lawsuit filed by the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan, the federal government and the state of Michigan alleging it...
1 Article on this Issue

Keystone XL Pipeline

article Native Americans Fighting Back Against Oil Companies – Again (11/24/2019)
(North Dakota) -- It's been three years since Native American communities attempted to block an oil pipeline in the Standing Rock protests. After a spill from...
article ‘Almighty dollar’: Tribal leaders raise concerns over potential oil leak into Missouri River (11/23/2019)
(Montana) -- The Missouri River here is large. From the Fort Peck Dam downstream, the river snakes along, defining the Fort Peck Indian Reservation’s southern...
article Anchorage conference helps Alaska Native tribes adapt to a changing climate (11/23/2019)
(Alaska) -- Alaskans came from all corners of the state to learn how to adapt to a changing climate at a conference in Anchorage this week. The Alaska Tribal Conference...
article The latest Keystone Pipeline oil leak is almost 10 times worse than initially thought (11/21/2019)
(North Dakota) -- The amount of land impacted by an oil spill in North Dakota is almost 10 times larger than initially reported, officials say. The disclosure comes...
article Keystone leak affects almost 10 times more land than previously thought (11/19/2019)
(North Dakota) -- A crude oil spill from the Keystone pipeline in eastern North Dakota has turned out to have affected almost 10 times the amount of land as first...
article Keystone Spill Has Affected Nearly 10x More Land Than Was Estimated (11/19/2019)
(North Dakota) -- A spill at the Keystone Pipeline that began last month has affected nearly 10 times the amount of land than previously thought, state officials said...
article Keystone pipeline restarts 2 weeks after North Dakota leak (11/12/2019)
(North Dakota) -- Canadian crude oil is once again moving through a pipeline nearly two weeks after the line leaked an estimated 383,000 gallons (1.4 million liters) of...
article Keystone: ‘This is what pipelines do: They spill’ (11/8/2019)
(North Dakota) -- A lot of critics of the Keystone XL pipeline have been expecting the big spill. Last week it came, some 383,000 gallons of oil leaked in North Dakota,...
article Sioux tribes amplify calls against pipelines after Keystone spill (11/7/2019)
(North Dakota) -- Tribal leaders in the Dakotas are bolstering their protests against the expansion of the Dakota Access oil pipeline and the installment of the Keystone...
article Nearly half of the oil has been recovered in Keystone Pipeline incident, says TC Energy (11/4/2019)
(North Dakota) -- Nearly half of the oil spilled last week outside Edinburg has been recovered, a TC Energy spokesperson reported Monday, Nov. 4. Canada-based TC Energy...
article South Dakota Keystone XL opponents point to N. Dakota spill (11/1/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline in South Dakota were making their case against a handful of water permits this week in a process so contentious...
article Oil spill reported from Keystone pipeline in North Dakota (10/30/2019)
(North Dakota) -- Oil flowing through the Keystone pipeline has spilled into a wetland in northwestern North Dakota, according to the state's Department of...
12 Total Articles on this Issue

Shoshone-Bannock

article Court: Company must pay for toxic waste on Idaho tribal land (11/23/2019)
(Idaho) -- A U.S. appeals court has ruled that a Philadelphia-based agribusiness company that left millions of tons of toxic waste on tribal land in Idaho must pay the...
article Company must pay Idaho tribe for toxic waste (11/19/2019)
(Idaho) -- A U.S. appeals court has ruled that a Philadelphia-based agribusiness company that left millions of tons of toxic waste on tribal land in Idaho must pay the...
article FMC must pay tribes more than $25 million for hazardous waste storage: 9th Circuit (11/19/2019)
(Idaho) -- Chemical company FMC Corp must pay more than $25 million to the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes in accrued annual fees for storing hazardous waste on reservation land...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

First Nations

article Concerned groups urge N.S. to reject mill’s plan to pump effluent into strait (11/20/2019)
(Nova Scotia) -- The Northern Pulp mill's plan to pump treated wastewater into the Northumberland Strait lacks information and minimizes the risk to fishing grounds...
article Thunder Bay receives final flight of Bearskin Lake residents as evacuations continue (11/20/2019)
(Ontario) -- Thunder Bay is not expecting to receive any more flights from Bearskin Lake First Nation as evacuations from the community continue. The city is one of the...
article Neighbours help each other after power outage forces evacuation in northern Manitoba (10/28/2019)
(Manitoba) -- A pair of northern Manitoba communities banded together to keep elders and children warm after a winter storm knocked out power for more than 24 hours....
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Donald Trump

article Trump Ignites War on Native Americans From the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego (11/14/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- On the 81st anniversary of “Kristallnacht,” the evening of November 9, 1938, when Nazi stormtroopers vandalized and set fire to Jewish-...
1 Article on this Issue

Torres-Martinez

article Amid jurisdictional confusion, BIA now says it is investigating Martinez Fire in Thermal (11/14/2019)
(California) -- The Martinez Fire in Thermal is under investigation by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, a spokesman confirmed Wednesday after confusion about which agency...
article BIA says arson suspected in Martinez Fire at Thermal dump that's been burning for a month (11/12/2019)
(California) -- The suspected cause of the long-burning Martinez Fire on the Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians reservation is arson, according to the Bureau of...
article Ruiz demands cleanup plan, timeline from BIA for site of Martinez Fire in Thermal (10/31/2019)
(California) -- U.S. Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, has demanded a cleanup plan and timeline from the Bureau of Indian Affairs for the Sun Valley Recycling Center, an...
article Thermal dump fire expected to keep burning for two more weeks (10/27/2019)
(California) -- The mulch fire on the Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians reservation in the eastern Coachella Valley is expected to continue burning for another two...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Agua Caliente

article New report on Palm Springs arena anticipates heavy traffic at key downtown intersections (11/8/2019)
(California) -- A new report with details on the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians' planned 10,000-seat downtown arena anticipates heavy traffic at...
1 Article on this Issue

California Gaming

article Crews battle brush fire near casino (11/2/2019)
(California) -- Firefighters were battling a brush fire near the Golden Acorn Casino Saturday. The blaze was around 10 to 20 acres by 6 a.m., according to Cal Fire. It...
1 Article on this Issue

CSKT

article Is CSKT disaster ready? (10/31/2019)
(Montana) -- Recently, Lake County experienced a blackout caused allegedly by a wayward frog with no business being around an electrical grid. For several hours, Polson...
1 Article on this Issue

Warm Springs Tribe

article Warm Springs residents again told to boil drinking water (10/25/2019)
(Oregon) -- Residents of Warm Springs Indian Reservation have again been told they must boil water before using it due to loss of pressure in the agency water system,...
1 Article on this Issue

Land Issues

article Gullah Geechee: distinct US culture risks losing island home to climate crisis (10/23/2019)
(Louisiana) -- The 2019 hurricane season, which has already seen parts of Texas flooded and the Bahamas devastated, is prompting existential angst for a unique US...
article Climate change has finally caught up to this Alaska village (10/22/2019)
(Alaska) -- They've boxed their clothes and piled into boats and said goodbye to neighbors—for now. This month, a pioneering group of residents from the Alaska...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Orca & Whales

article Dead whale gives new life to debate over dams in Pacific Northwest (10/22/2019)
(Washington) -- One image was clear -- a dead orca calf being carried across the ocean by its apparently grief-stricken mother. The calf may well have died from...
1 Article on this Issue

Election 2020

article In Pictures: The indigenous tribes fighting to save the Amazon (10/21/2019)
(Brazil) -- According to the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), the number of Amazon forest fires this year increased by 84 percent compared to 2018. The...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Alaska Native non-profit sues Texas insurance company over earthquake damage (12/6/2019)
(Alaska) -- A large Alaska Native non-profit in Anchorage is suing its insurance company for million of dollars in what it alleges are unpaid claims over damages from...
article Flash flood hit sleeping campers near popular waterfall. Clovis man came to the rescue (12/6/2019)
(Arizona) -- Justin Corley thought he was going on vacation last week when he and his family left their Clovis home bound for spectacular hiking near Grand Canyon...
article As sea levels rise, archaeological sites throughout Virginia Beach are at risk, experts say (12/2/2019)
(Virginia) -- Dotting the rural areas of Virginia Beach — teeming just below farms, fields and Back Bay islands — are a host of archaeological sites...
article The Science And Politics Behind The Brazilian Amazon Mass-Fires (12/2/2019)
(Brazil) -- In order to understand the science behind the recent mass-burning of the Brazilian Amazon, we must put this man-made catastrophe in the context of Brazilian...
article Water temperature problem in local creeks regains attention (12/1/2019)
(Washington) -- The state Department of Ecology is refocusing on a water quality problem in the Skagit River watershed that’s gotten little attention over the past...
article 'Our worst nightmares are being realized': Experts say First Nations need more power to save B.C. salmon (11/29/2019)
(British Columbia) -- In the aftermath of a massive landslide on B.C.'s Fraser River, just a single female chinook salmon managed to complete the journey to her...
article How the Emerald Ash Borer is threatening a Native-American tradition (11/25/2019)
(Maine) -- SuzanneSuzanne Greenlaw doesn’t like chainsaws. She moves quickly through the chest-high ostrich ferns, frilly leaves heavy with rain, as the orange saw...
article In bleak report, U.N. says drastic action is only way to avoid worst effects of climate change (11/25/2019)
(Worldwide) -- The world has squandered so much time mustering the action necessary to combat climate change that rapid, unprecedented cuts in greenhouse gas emissions...
article How the Emerald Ash Borer is threatening a Native-American tradition (11/25/2019)
(Maine) -- Suzanne Greenlaw doesn’t like chainsaws. She moves quickly through the chest-high ostrich ferns, frilly leaves heavy with rain, as the orange saw...
article Alaska Native ice cellars failing amid environmental changes (11/24/2019)
(Alaska) -- For generations, people in Alaska’s far-north whaling villages have relied on hand-built ice cellars dug deep into the permafrost to age their...
article No word on how long Bearskin Lake evacuation will last, officials (11/22/2019)
(Thunder Bay) -- There's still no word on how long residents of Bearskin Lake First Nation will have to wait before they're able to return to their homes. The...
article Brazil says Amazon deforestation is worst since 2008 (11/18/2019)
(Brazil) -- Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest is at its worst in more than a decade, a government report said Monday, undermining officials’ claims...
article Bacteria levels high at Ketchikan beaches, shellfish harvest sites this summer (11/18/2019)
(Alaska) -- A dozen common shellfish harvest sites and recreational beaches in the Ketchikan area exceeded safe bacteria levels at least once this summer, according to a...
article Disaster Declaration For Southeast South Dakota Approved (11/18/2019)
(South Dakota) -- President Donald Trump has approved a federal disaster declaration request for southeast South Dakota in the wake of the September storms and flooding...
article Bearskin Lake First Nation under evacuation as threat of flooding continues (11/13/2019)
(Ontario) -- An evacuation of Bearskin Lake First Nation is underway as flood waters from the ice-jammed Severn River continue to threaten the remote northwestern...
article Black and Indigenous voices often missing from climate change discussions (11/12/2019)
(Nova Scotia) -- Climate change may be considered by many to be the most pressing issue in the world right now. But for people in Nova Scotia's black and Indigenous...
article In Marshall Islands, radiation threatens tradition of handing down stories by song (11/11/2019)
(Marshall Islands) -- For centuries, the people of the Marshall Islands have told their history through song. They sang of unrequited love, sea voyages, marine life,...
article U.S. citizens receive $26 per person in federal disaster aid. Tribal citizens get $3. (11/11/2019)
(USA) -- In the past decade, more than 70 natural disasters have occurred on tribal lands, with some communities hit more than once a year. According to an analysis from...
article New Mexico tribe to get more federal disaster help (11/11/2019)
(New Mexico) -- Federal officials say a New Mexico tribe will see an increase in federal disaster aid as it continues to recover from flooding that occurred several...
article Why are birds and seals starving in a Bering Sea full of fish? (11/10/2019)
(Alaska) -- The shipment arrived airfreight: 47 seabird carcasses collected by the Bering Strait villagers of Shishmaref. Marine biologist Gay Sheffield drove to the...

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