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'An answer to our prayers': Trump takes hit on Keystone XL Pipeline (August 17, 2018)

The Trump administration must conduct a more thorough review of the Keystone XL Pipeline in response to a lawsuit filed by Native activists.

Salmon recovery threatened by rising numbers of sea lions (August 16, 2018)

Reducing sea lion and seal populations in our region is a difficult, but necessary action that must be taken.

Navajo Nation makes history with solar powered plant (August 16, 2018)

The Kayenta Solar Project is the first large-scale solar farm on the Navajo Nation and the largest tribally owned renewable power plant in the country.

'A good start': Department of Energy finally launches tribal loans (August 16, 2018)

More than 10 years after it was approved, a loan program for tribal energy projects is finally off the ground.

'Water Is Life': Tribal activists battle another oil pipeline (August 15, 2018)

An encampment of protesters is resisting the crude oil industry, whose environmental disasters disproportionately affect the poor and people of color.

Tribes in court to challenge huge copper mine on ancestral territory (August 15, 2018)

A massive open-pit copper mine in Arizona is being challenged by the Hopi Tribe, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and the Tohono O’odham Nation.

Rosalyn LaPier: Feeling the power of tribal sacred sites (August 14, 2018)

Historically, Native American tribes have struggled to explain why certain landscapes are sacred for them.

Farmers in Indian Country share their traditions worldwide (August 14, 2018)

Native American communities are trying to grow their agriculture presence even larger to preserve their culture and traditions.

'I have it on my fireplace': New York governor took eagle feather (August 13, 2018)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is promising to do something about an eagle feather he said his family took without permission.

Trump administration delays Dakota Access Pipeline decision again (August 8, 2018)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers needs until the end of the month to complete its work on the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Tribes await updated decision on Dakota Access Pipeline (August 6, 2018)

The Trump administration is supposed to release a revised decision on the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline on August 10.

Blackfeet Nation discusses land issues at United Nations (August 6, 2018)

The Blackfeet Nation is an innovator in indigenous planning efforts.

Keystone XL Pipeline advances despite incomplete surveys of tribal sites (July 31, 2018)

The Keystone XL Pipeline comes within 25 miles of the burial site of Standing Bear, a famed leader of the Ponca Tribe.

A 'political prisoner': Red Fawn Fallis takes the fall for #NoDAPL incident (July 31, 2018)

An FBI informant infiltrated the #NoDAPL encampment and supplied the gun that led to a Native woman's downfall.

'No one is above the law': Bill aims to strengthen federal repatriation law (July 31, 2018)

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is seeking to strengthen the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act in response to lax enforcement of the law.

Summer storms bring extensive damage to Pine Ridge Reservation (July 30, 2018)

Across the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, residents began cleaning up the debris left by two damaging storms over the weekend.

'We’ve forgotten that we are all healers': Herbalists accompany Canoe Journey (July 30, 2018)

Native herbalists are doing more than just healing sore muscles. They are decolonizing herbalism.

Havasupai Tribe declares disaster after flooding hits popular spot (July 27, 2018)

The Havasupai Tribe will be seeking federal assistance after flooding caused significant damage on the reservation.

Trump administration plans drilling on ancestral tribal territory (July 26, 2018)

The Trump administration will allow oil and gas drilling on ancestral territory in New Mexico despite pledges to seek additional views from tribes.

Bipartisan bill aims to address backlog at national parks (July 26, 2018)

Raul Grijalva and Rob Bishop agree on almost nothing, but the two lawmakers came together for a bill that could steer billions toward a national parks maintenance backlog.

Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians evacuate families in response to fire (July 24, 2018)

Residents of the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Reservation remain under an evacuation order after a fire forced some from their homes.

Trump administration moves quickly on drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (July 24, 2018)

The Trump administration's Alaska agenda is moving forward as Indian Country awaits the arrival of Tara Sweeney in Washington, D.C.

'Long overdue': Congress finalizes bill for Apache water project (July 24, 2018)

The White Mountain Apache Tribe and two Pueblo tribes benefit from a bill that gained final approval in Congress.

Red Fawn Fallis won't appeal sentence for #NoDAPL incident (July 24, 2018)

Water protector Red Fawn Fallis is due to spend another three years behind bars for a non-fatal gun incident in North Dakota.

Trump administration seeks to revamp Endangered Species Act (July 23, 2018)

The Trump administration's plan to revamp the Endangered Species Act is drawing praise from the industry and scorn from environmental groups.

Bill that hit stumbling block returns without tribal labor sovereignty provision (July 23, 2018)

A bill to help the White Mountain Apache Tribe with a water project and two Pueblo tribes with economic development efforts has been revived.

Shingle Springs Band acquires 35.9 acres for $1.2 million (July 20, 2018)

The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians has acquired land near its reservation in northern California.

Trump administration won't commit to permanent funding for tribal water rights (July 19, 2018)

A tribal water rights fund is due to run out of money but the Trump administration isn't ready to support a permanent fix.

'That's a big screwup': Federal agency exposed tribal sites in drilling report (July 18, 2018)

Federal officials mistakenly published confidential information about cliff dwellings, spiritual structures, rock art and other Native sites in Utah.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up three bills at hearing (July 17, 2018)

Two bills addressing water rights and a third to repeal an outdated ban on alcohol distilleries are on the agenda.

'We will be waiting': Tribes remain opposed to Keystone XL Pipeline (July 17, 2018)

Construction-related activities show the Keystone XL Pipeline is closer to becoming a reality despite opposition in Indian Country.

'I knew I wasn't guilty': #NoDAPL activist acquitted in North Dakota (July 16, 2018)

Micah Lott was accused of trespass and rioting at Standing Rock but the case was so weak that the judge cleared him.

Republicans seek to 'modernize' federal endangered species law (July 13, 2018)

'Republicans are turning their back on the most vulnerable species in the country,' an environmentalist said.

Cherokee Nation acquires historic site by Trail of Tears landmark (July 12, 2018)

The Cherokee Nation is protecting a historic site from development and rebuilding its land base in Oklahoma.

Dakota Access sued for failing to sell ranch at Standing Rock (July 11, 2018)

Corporations aren't supposed to own ranches in North Dakota but Dakota Access got away with it in the name of a $3.8 billion oil pipeline.