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Senate appropriations bill shields tribes from BLM fracking rule (06/26)
The Republican-led Congress and President Barack Obama are headed to a showdown over the fiscal year 2016 Interior appropriations bill.

North Dakota tribal group asserts authority over development (06/26)
The West Segment Regulatory Commission intends to conduct background checks and drug testing of energy company employees.

Lakota Country Times: Few answers about mine on Pine Ridge (06/26)
Two weeks ago a meeting was held in a vacant office space in downtown Rapid City.

Blackfeet Nation to honor Sen. Tester for sacred site support (06/25)
The tribe is trying to protect the Badger-Two Medicine Area from energy development.

Native Sun News: County resists name change for sacred peak (06/25)
Whether to change the name of Harney Peak to Hinhan Kaga was on the floor of the Pennington County Commissioner’s last week.

White Earth Nation invokes treaty in attempt to block oil pipeline (06/24)
The $2.6 billion Sandpiper project passes through lands protected by treaties signed in the 1800s.

Riders from Klamath Tribes complete 250-mile journey to capitol (06/24)
Tribal members say their leaders are ignoring their concerns about the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement.

Federal judge puts temporary hold on BLM's fracking regulation (06/24)
The move came as the Ute Tribe of Utah announced that it will join the fight against the controversial standards.

Seneca Nation welcomes change to offensive name of city park (06/24)
The 60-acre park will now be known as Unity Island, an inspiration from a Seneca word.

Native Sun News: Firm pushes mine by sacred site in Wyoming (06/24)
The Canadian corporation that wants to start mining 15 miles southeast of Mahto Tipila named a high-profile, world-class advocate of nuclear power and its raw material, uranium, to chair the board of directors.

Joel Reynolds: Saying goodbye to Native elder Bobby Andrew (06/23)
I didn't expect the Pebble Mine would outlast Bobby Andrew. He was a fighter who never seemed to get tired.

Miccosukee Tribe vows to protect water quality of Everglades (06/23)
Chairman Colley Billie remembers drinking straight from the Everglades before it became contaminated by agricultural runoff and other development.

Lakota Country Times: Rosebud Sioux Tribe plants new garden (06/23)
Community members took the first step toward food sovereignty on the Rosebud Reservation and planted a variety of vegetables in a one acre garden.

Southern Ute Tribe loses bid to stop fracking rule on reservation (06/23)
A federal judge denied a motion for a temporary restraining order but will proceed to the merits of the case.

Comment sought on potential change to name of Devils Tower (06/23)
The current name is a mistranslation of the Lakota term for the sacred Mahto Tipila, or Bear Lodge.

Southern Ute Tribe sues to block fracking rule on reservation (06/22)
The rule is set to go into effect on Wednesday but could be blocked by court action of Congress.

Severe storm claims life of man from Crow Creek Sioux Tribe (06/22)
Storms struck the Crow Creek Sioux Reservation and the Lower Brule Sioux Reservation over the weekend.

Native Sun News: Crow Tribe collaborates on Bighorn rest area (06/22)
At the 139th anniversary of the Battle of the Little Big Horn Battle, thousands of visitors will throng to the third most popular tourist attraction in Montana.

Thomas Beauty: Yavapai-Apache Nation addresses water rights (06/19)
With the ongoing drought, it has never been more important that we all work together to maintain and protect our water rights for our communities.

Bill repeals land swap for mine on sacred Apache site in Arizona (06/19)
The Save Oak Flat Act has bipartisan support, including the Rep. Tom Cole and Rep. Markwayne Mullin, both Republicans from Oklahoma.

Supporters open national prayer days to protect sacred places (06/19)
The annual event draws attention to the threats facing sacred sites across the United States.

House subcommittee takes up Navajo Nation water bill next week (06/19)
Consideration comes as Congress reduces a funding request for tribal water rights settlements.

Genetic analysis confirms Kennewick Man was Native American (06/18)
'We have always maintained the belief that the Ancient One was one of us,' Colville Tribes Chairman Jim Boyd said.

House appropriations bill blocks fracking rule in Indian Country (06/17)
Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma) introduced the rider to stop the enforcement of a regulation that covers public and Indian lands.

Judge questions delay in drilling on Blackfeet Nation sacred site (06/17)
The tribe isn't a party to a lawsuit that could lead to energy development in the Badger-Two Medicine Area in Montana.

Little Shell Tribe seeks greater access to bison from Yellowstone (06/17)
Chairman Gerald Gray said a yearly allocation of two hunting licenses isn't enough to meet the needs of his people.

Seneca Nation supports new name for island and park in New York (06/17)
The Buffalo Common Council will hold a public meeting to discuss the proposal for Unity Island (Ga’nigo:i:yoh).

Native Sun News: North Dakota tribe sees growth in fracking wells (06/17)
The reservation is home to more than 1,000 active fracking wells and has experienced two major toxic brine water spills from associated pipelines during the past one-year period.

Hopi Tribe working on settlement over wastewater at sacred site (06/16)
The tribe filed the lawsuit over the use of treated sewage at the sacred San Francisco Peaks in Arizona.

Native Sun News: Tribes seek removal of federal grizzly bear czar (06/16)
Twelve Tribal Nations have called on Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to remove the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Grizzly Bear Recovery Coordinator, Dr. Chris Servheen, after questioning his 'fitness to participate in this process.'

GAO report questions BIA's management of Indian energy duties (06/15)
Tribes are waiting years for decisions and are losing out on revenue opportunities.

Tribes benefit from wildland fire protection at Interior Department (06/15)
The Obama administration announced $10 million in projects across the nation, including three that will include tribes.

Alex Jacobs: Unlikely alliances advance agenda in Indian Country (06/15)
In the Pacific Northwest, Native nations are using their treaty rights to fight plans for coal and oil trains, because shipping and burning fossil fuels threatens their fisheries.

Middletown Rancheria raises concerns about geothermal pipeline (06/12)
The Calpine energy company balked at paying the tribe for cultural monitoring services but a compromise was reached.

Water agencies granted early appeal in Agua Caliente Band case (06/12)
Two water agencies are trying to stop the case before the tribe's water rights are quantified.

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