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Fires & Floods

First Nations

article 'We just want to go home': First Nations storm evacuees grow tired of Winnipeg (10/16/2019)
(Manitoba) -- Shirley Sinclair is no stranger to city hotels. The Dauphin River resident lived in them for almost a year after the 2011 flood and is back in one again...
article Arson suspected after sacred lodge burnt in Chippewas of the Thames First Nation (9/30/2019)
(Ontario) -- A First Nation community near London, Ont. is reeling after it's Midewiwin Lodge was found charred, and members of the community suspect the fire was...
article 'Heart of our community' gone as complex burns to the ground in First Nation (9/27/2019)
(Manitoba) -- Grief and bewilderment are the two emotions running through the minds of the people in the Canupawakpa Dakota First Nation as they struggle to come to...
article Sixteen-year-old dead after house fire on Beardy’s First Nation (9/10/2019)
(Saskatchewan) -- Rosthern RCMP say a 16-year-old girl is dead after a house fire on the Beardy’s First Nation Sunday afternoon. Police say at this point they...
article Indigenous fire practices once shaped the Northwest — and they might again (9/9/2019)
(Washington) -- Upon arriving in Washington, many settlers assumed that the lands they had entered were perfect representations of unspoiled nature. They explored...
article Fire at Arlanxeo (8/22/2019)
(Ontario) -- Sirens sounded for several minutes Thursday morning in Sarnia’s Chemical Valley.
article $1.2-million price tag for wildfire evacuations of First Nations in Ontario over last five years (8/6/2019)
(Ontario) -- People in northern Ontario - and especially First Nations communities - are increasingly having their safety and well-being threatened by wildfires....
article Fund launched to support Pikangikum FN evacuees currently in Thunder Bay, Ont. (7/16/2019)
(Ontario) -- A new fund has been launched by the Thunder Bay Community Foundation to provide support to the estimated 1,000 Pikangikum First Nation residents who are...
article Thunder Bay not taking any more Pikangikum evacuees, city officials say (7/12/2019)
(Ontario) -- The City of Thunder Bay has reached the limit of the number of Pikangikum First Nation evacuees it can safely accommodate and will not accept any more, city...
9 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 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...
article Yankton Sioux Tribe says blocked culvert aggravating flooding problems (8/12/2019)
(South Dakota) -- The Yankton Sioux Tribe says a blocked culvert is aggravating flooding on the reservation near Fort Randall Dam. "Our community is literally...
6 Total Articles 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...
article Tribal leaders call for revamping road funding in Indian Country (8/5/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Heavy rains this year have washed out roads and culverts on the Cheyenne River Reservation and shone a light on what tribal leaders call an unbalanced...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Yocha Dehe Wintun

article Vegetation fire burns 13.7 acres at Rolling Hills Casino Golf Course in Corning (9/23/2019)
(California) -- A vegetation fire, burning at Rolling Hills Casino Golf Course, has been fully contained after burning more than 13 acres. According to Cal Fire Tehama-...
1 Article on this Issue

Cherokee Nation

article Cherokee Casino Fort Gibson reopened after flood repairs (9/17/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- After closing earlier this year in the wake of historic flooding all along the Arkansas River, the Cherokee Casino Fort Gibson underwent a “soft...
1 Article on this Issue

Las Vegas Gaming

article Binion Ranch structures on Pahrump property destroyed by fire (9/16/2019)
(Nevada) -- A suspicious fire destroyed at least two structures on the historic Binion Ranch property over the weekend. Pahrump Fire Chief Scott Lewis said crews were...
article Cigarette sets artificial plant ablaze at Bellagio Hotel and Casino (9/5/2019)
(Las Vegas) -- The Clark County Fire Department says they responded to a small fire on Thursday afternoon at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino. Five engines, two trucks, two...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article Reward offered for information about Navajo Agricultural Products Industry fires (9/14/2019)
(New Mexico) -- A reward is being offered to anyone with information about fires that have occurred since July at Navajo Agricultural Products Industry. The recent fires...
1 Article 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.
article Severe storms prompt flood advisory for Billings, Crow Reservation (7/14/2019)
(Montana) -- Heavy rains in the Billings area have sparked a flooding warning in urban areas and near small streams. The National Weather Service’s Billings Office...
2 Total Articles 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...
article Firefighters battle coal seam fires on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation (9/3/2019)
(Montana) -- 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...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Food Sovereignty

article Brazil is the world's largest beef exporter — here's why eating meat is linked to the Amazon fires (8/30/2019)
(Brazil) -- The Amazon rainforest continues to burn at a record rate: more than 80,000 fires have been recorded this year, over an 80% increase of the total number of...
1 Article on this Issue

Muscogee Creek

article River Spirit Casino pool reopens for Labor Day weekend (8/30/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- After closing temporarily, the River Spirit Casino Resort pool reopened Friday, just in time for Labor Day weekend. There will be live entertainment all...
article Oklahoma tribe gets US disaster designation following storms (8/7/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- The Oklahoma-based Muscogee (Creek) Nation has received a federal disaster designation to help it recover from damage caused by severe storms, tornadoes...
article Longtime River Spirit Casino Resort employee looks back (7/31/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- After a temporary closure this Spring, things are back to normal at Tulsa's River Spirit Casino Resort. Longtime employee Betty Watson has worked there...
article After historic floodwaters forced its closure, River Spirit Casino Resort pool reopens (7/26/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- More than two months after closing due to historic floods, the River Spirit Casino Resort pool is ready for action. The outdoor pool and the swim-up bar,...
article River Spirit Casino pool reopens after flood (7/26/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- River Spirit Casino Resort has reopened its pool area that was submerged during historic floods this spring. The casino was also closed during the flooding...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

Ohio Gaming

article Jack Casino open and running after fire Wednesday afternoon (8/28/2019)
(Ohio) -- Jack Casino officials say the casino is open and running following a fire on Wednesday. The fire was reported at Jack Casino at 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday and was...
1 Article on this Issue

Karuk Tribe

article Karuk Tribe Calls On Governor Newsom To Allow Traditional Fire Management (8/22/2019)
(California) -- Tribal fire management practices were essentially outlawed 100 years ago. But the Karuk tribe is looking to change that. The Karuk say their traditional...
1 Article on this Issue

Land Issues

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...
1 Article on this Issue

Spokane Tribe

article Wind-driven wildfire burns 25 acres on Spokane Tribe of Indians reservation (8/19/2019)
(Washington) -- A wind-fueled fire that began in a single-wide trailer Sunday morning on the reservation of the Spokane Tribe of Indians had spread to 25 acres by early...
1 Article on this Issue

Colville Tribe

article Mother Nature Helps Crews Tame Williams Flats Fire (8/12/2019)
(Washington) -- Cooler, wetter weather has helped crews battling a large wildfire burning on the Colville Indian Reservation. Fire spokesman Michael Krueger says as much...
article Williams Flats Fire burning 43,000 acres, 40 percent contained, level 1 through level 3 evacuations still in place (8/11/2019)
(Washington) -- The Williams Flats Fire in now 40 percent contained at 43,000 acres. According to Northwest Interagency Management Team 8, level 1 through level 3...
article Growing wildfire on Colville Indian Reservation leads to evacuations, air-quality alerts (8/9/2019)
(Washington) -- A spreading wildfire on the Colville Indian Reservation has led to evacuations and made air quality in the region among the worst in the nation,...
article Growing wildfire on Colville Indian Reservation leads to evacuations, air-quality alerts (8/7/2019)
(Washington) -- A spreading wildfire on the Colville Indian Reservation led to evacuations Wednesday and air quality in the region that the Environmental Protection...
article Drone incident slows progress on Williams Flats Fire (8/6/2019)
(Washington) -- Aerial efforts for the Williams Flats Fire burning on the Colville Indian Reservation were briefly suspended on Tuesday when a drone flew into a...
article Tribal authorities, fire crews keep watchfull eye on Williams Flat fire (8/6/2019)
(Washington) -- Spokane Tribal authorities and Stevens County fire crews are keeping a watchful eye across the Columbia River as the Williams Flat fire continues to...
article Wind and steep slopes challenge firefighters at Colville Indian Reservation wildfire (8/5/2019)
(Washington) -- Firefighters are battling a blaze on the Colville Indian Reservation, west of Spokane, that has burned more than 13,000 acres and is only 20% contained....
article Williams Flats Fire triggers evacuations on Colville land (8/4/2019)
(Washington) -- Wildland Firefighters continue efforts to contain a large lightning-caused brush fire that flared up Friday near Lake Roosevelt. The Williams Flats Fire...
article Fire burns 8,200 acres on Colville Indian Reservation (8/3/2019)
(Washington) -- One home is under a level 2 evacuation order for the Williams Flats Fire burning near Keller. The fire was first reported at 3:23 a.m. Friday and has...
article Level 3 evacuation issued for wildfire on Colville Indian Reservation (8/2/2019)
(Washington) -- A wildfire is burning nearly 2,500 acres on the Colville Indian Reservation near Lake Roosevelt on Friday. One home is threatened and a Level 3...
10 Total Articles on this Issue

Pine Ridge

article Flash flooding around the region leading to road closures (8/11/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Video courtesy of Oglala Sioux Tribe Emergency Management shows a flooded road between Sharps Corner and Porcupine. The road was closed, but officials...
1 Article on this Issue

Chemehuevi Tribe

article New fire station launched as Havasu Landing casino, hotel prepares for launch (8/7/2019)
(California) -- A new addition in the community of Havasu Lake, California now offers fire protection to residents and businesses. According to the San Bernardino County...
1 Article on this Issue

Warm Springs Tribe

article Lawsuit says rancher, manufacturer caused Oregon wildfire (8/7/2019)
(Oregon) -- A lawsuit says a rancher, workers and the John Deere farm equipment company are at fault for a wildfire that burned parts of an Oregon Native American...
article Warm Springs tribes file lawsuit over 2017 wildfire (8/6/2019)
(Oregon) -- The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs are suing a rancher, two people hired to cut his wheat and the John Deere farm equipment company, accusing them...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Other News

article Some Ramonans experiencing power outages (10/12/2019)
(California) -- One section of Ramona has 886 SDG&E customers without power Friday afternoon, while another utility circuit affects 689 customers in Ramona, La Jolla...
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 Southern Ute Fire conducts prescribed burn in Cabezon Canyon (10/8/2019)
(Colorado) -- Southern Ute Agency Fire Management started a prescribed burn Tuesday in the Cabezon Canyon area. The agency began to burn 230 acres 5 miles west of...
article Sandy Point Fire receives federal grant to replace obsolete radios (10/5/2019)
(Washington) -- Whatcom County Fire District #17 (WCFD17) recently learned they were awarded a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters...
article Where the Camp Fire scorched the earth, tribal monitors unearth important artifacts in the rubble (10/4/2019)
(California) -- Nearly one year after the Camp Fire scorched its way through Butte County and completely destroyed the community of Paradise, Calif., piles of rubble...
article Prescribed fires planned on the Ft. Apache Indian Reservation (10/4/2019)
(Montana) -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs Fort Apache Agency Fire Management in coordination with the White Mountain Apache Tribe began prescribed burning operations...
article Batchewana First Nation fire leads to criminal charges (10/1/2019)
(Ontario) -- On September 22, Police and Fire Officials in Sault Ste. Marie responded to a suspicious house fire on Batchewana First Nation.
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 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...
article Prescribed burn held near reservation (9/27/2019)
(California) -- Cal Fire held a prescribed burn on the border of the southwest boundary of the Tule River Indian Reservation on Thursday. The prescribed burn was held to...
article Weaving Culture Into Fire Management Helps Tribes Reclaim Suppressed Heritage (9/24/2019)
(Oregon) -- That’s part of the reason why Rick O’Rourke loves starting forest fires; prescribed ones, that is. O’Rourke is a firefighter and a member...
article Weaving Culture Into Fire Management Helps Tribes Reclaim Suppressed Heritage (9/24/2019)
(Oregon) -- That’s part of the reason why Rick O’Rourke loves starting forest fires; prescribed ones, that is. O’Rourke is a firefighter and a member...
article Amazon tribal chief nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for effort to protect rainforest (9/15/2019)
(Brazil) -- Brazilian anthropologists and environmentalists have nominated Chief Raoni Metuktire from the Kayapó tribe for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize after advocating to...
article Fires in Amazon shed light on long-standing issues facing Indigenous peoples (9/5/2019)
(Brazil) -- When rain started to fall on the flames overtaking the area around the small Amazonian town of Lábrea, Brazil, Marcos Apurinã let out a sigh. The Indigenous...
article Hurricane Dorian Spares Popular Bahamas Casino Resorts, Gaming Industry Announces Relief Efforts (9/4/2019)
(Bahamas) -- The hurricane that wreaked havoc across the Caribbean and is now making its way up the US East Coast spared the major Bahamas casino resorts in its path of...
article Amazon wildfires threatening isolated Indigenous tribes, say advocates (8/29/2019)
(Brazil) -- The wildfires ripping through the Amazon rainforest in the heart of South America now threaten isolated Indigenous tribes, according to advocates. While most...
article This Indigenous Tribe Has Survived Forced Labor And Epidemics. Now Their Lands Are On Fire. (8/29/2019)
(Brazil) -- A fire that's been burning for six days is threatening to engulf the fields of the Amazonas region and the animals that live in them, along with the...
article Fire destroys three structures on reservation (8/29/2019)
(Wyoming) -- A 9-acre grass fire that destroyed three structures Aug. 25 on the Wind River Indian Reservation was started by fireworks, officials said this week.
article California Tribe Hopes to Conquer Climate Woes — With Fire (8/28/2019)
(California) -- Returning prescribed fire to California forests is the focus of a new climate-adaptation plan from the Karuk Tribe, but the federal government will need...

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