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Tribes go it alone on climate change as Trump team shifts priorities
Environment | National | Politics | World
Tribes go it alone on climate change as Trump team shifts priorities (June 21, 2017)
Tribes are vowing to protect their communities from climate change but they will have to go it alone due to limited support from the Trump administration.

Quapaw Tribe secures EPA grant for cleanup of contaminated lands
Environment | National
Quapaw Tribe secures EPA grant for cleanup of contaminated lands (May 19, 2017)
Tribal territory in the northeastern part of Oklahoma bears the unfortunate distinction of being known as the worst Superfund site in the United States.

Cronkite News: Navajo Nation homes still without running water
Environment | Health | National
Cronkite News: Navajo Nation homes still without running water (May 16, 2017)
About 40 percent of Navajo Nation citizens don’t have access to running water in their homes.

Trump administration revives huge mine opposed by tribes in Alaska
Environment | Law | National | Politics
Trump administration revives huge mine opposed by tribes in Alaska (May 12, 2017)
The Pebble Mine had been squashed by the Obama administration -- even Barack Obama visited the area to meet with Native fisherwomen.

Native Sun News Today: Tribal activists protest rollback of environmental regulations
Environment | National
Native Sun News Today: Tribal activists protest rollback of environmental regulations (May 12, 2017)
A grassroots organization on the Ft. Berthold Reservation has put the Environmental Protection Agency on notice that deregulation of environmental protections is unacceptable from the viewpoint of social justice.

Mark Trahant: Bill boosts spending for Indian Country -- for now
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Bill boosts spending for Indian Country -- for now (May 1, 2017)
Congress has a spending plan. And it rejects most (but not all) of President Donald J. Trump’s priorities.

Native Sun News Today: Groups fight uranium mining in Black Hills
Environment | National
Native Sun News Today: Groups fight uranium mining in Black Hills (April 25, 2017)
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s release of “apparent violations” of surface and groundwater requirements in uranium mill cleanup underscored the latest efforts to prevent the permitting of proposed new mines and mills in the Black Hills.

Native Sun News Today Editorial: Just another day of trying to keep up with the Trumps
Opinion
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Just another day of trying to keep up with the Trumps (March 24, 2017)
Doesn’t it seem that we are all living in a reality show called 'Keeping up with the Trumps.'

Hopi Tribe and Native activists lose cases over aging power plant
Environment | Law
Hopi Tribe and Native activists lose cases over aging power plant (March 20, 2017)
A federal appeals court sided with the Environmental Protection Agency in a complex dispute over the facility on the Navajo Nation.

Donald Trump's 'beachead' teams still operating across federal agencies
Politics
Donald Trump's 'beachead' teams still operating across federal agencies (March 20, 2017)
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke appears to be working well with the situation but Administrator Scott Pruitt of the Environmental Protection Agency doesn't seem to be happy.

Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe battles uranium mining
Environment | National
Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe battles uranium mining (March 20, 2017)
The Environmental Protection Agency plans to to issue underground water permits for the uranium mining and milling project opposed by the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

Mark Trahant: Donald Trump's budget means less for the first Americans
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Donald Trump's budget means less for the first Americans (March 16, 2017)
The new Trump Administration budget is short on details, but clear on direction.

Wyoming tribes lose major ruling in reservation boundary case
Environment | Law | National
Wyoming tribes lose major ruling in reservation boundary case (February 22, 2017)
The Eastern Shoshone Tribe and the Northern Arapaho Tribe can't exercise authority in a border town known as Riverton.

Tribal sovereignty foe in charge of nation's environmental agenda
Environment | Law | National | Politics
Tribal sovereignty foe in charge of nation's environmental agenda (February 20, 2017)
Scott Pruitt, as attorney general in Oklahoma, repeatedly fought tribes on jurisdiction, immunity and taxation fronts.

Cronkite News: Navajo Nation is still waiting for disaster assistance
Environment | National | Politics
Cronkite News: Navajo Nation is still waiting for disaster assistance (February 9, 2017)
Multiple federal agencies were unable to provide disaster relief to the Navajo Nation after the Gold King Mine disaster that spilled 3 million gallons of toxins into the Animas River, the tribe’s president told a Senate panel.

Another tribal sovereignty foe advances into Donald Trump's Cabinet
Environment | Law | National | Politics
Another tribal sovereignty foe advances into Donald Trump's Cabinet (February 2, 2017)
As Oklahoma's attorney general, Scott Pruitt has fought tribes on jurisdiction, immunity and taxation.

Confirmation hearings open for first of Donald Trump's nominees
National | Politics
Confirmation hearings open for first of Donald Trump's nominees (January 10, 2017)
Eight of the Republican president-elect's picks are going before the Senate this week.

Donald Trump's environmental nominee takes credit for tribal water deal
Environment | Law | National | Politics
Donald Trump's environmental nominee takes credit for tribal water deal (December 21, 2016)
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R) tried to get the lawsuit filed by the Chickasaw Nation and the Choctaw Nation thrown out of court.

Gyasi Ross: Donald Trump is coming for our lands and resources
Opinion | Politics
Gyasi Ross: Donald Trump is coming for our lands and resources (December 16, 2016)
Trump’s line-up of cabinet nominees tells us that his Administration is coming squarely for Native land and Native natural resources.

Tribal sovereignty foe Scott Pruitt slated to join Donald Trump's administration
Environment | Law | National | Politics
Tribal sovereignty foe Scott Pruitt slated to join Donald Trump's administration (December 7, 2016)
Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt has fought tribes on jurisdiction, sovereign immunity and taxation fronts.

David Ganje: An opportunity for tribes to clean up their homelands
Environment | Opinion
David Ganje: An opportunity for tribes to clean up their homelands (December 2, 2016)
Brownfields are an opportunity often missed by tribes and developers.

Navajo Nation youth battle coal-fired power plant on reservation
Environment | Law | National
Navajo Nation youth battle coal-fired power plant on reservation (November 18, 2016)
A federal appeals court is hearing arguments in two cases affecting the Navajo Generating Station.

Navajo Nation leaders congratulate Donald Trump on big victory
Environment | Law | National | Politics | Trust
Navajo Nation leaders congratulate Donald Trump on big victory (November 9, 2016)
President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez endorsed Hillary Clinton but they are ready to move forward with a Republican in the White House.

Republicans upset with lack of criminal charges in Gold King Mine disaster
Environment | Law | National | Politics
Republicans upset with lack of criminal charges in Gold King Mine disaster (October 17, 2016)
An August 2015 spill at the abandoned mine in Colorado sent at estimated 3 million gallons of toxic waste into the waters of three reservations.

Memorandum of understanding for treaty rights in the works
Environment | Law | National
Memorandum of understanding for treaty rights in the works (September 27, 2016)
'Tribal treaty rights are the law of the land,' the leader of the Environmental Protection Agency said at the White House Tribal Nations Conference.

Cronkite News: Navajo Nation pushes for cleanup of mine site
Environment | National
Cronkite News: Navajo Nation pushes for cleanup of mine site (September 22, 2016)
Environmental and tribal activists welcomed the government’s announcement that it had designated the Gold King Mine a Superfund site, advancing the cleanup of an area contaminated by a multimillion-gallon toxic spill last year.

Cronkite News: Navajo Nation waiting for cleanup of uranium sites
Environment | National
Cronkite News: Navajo Nation waiting for cleanup of uranium sites (September 5, 2016)
Federal officials took the first step this week toward a planned $1 billion cleanup of abandoned uranium mines in and around the Navajo Nation.

Hopi Tribe struggles to address high levels of arsenic in water
Environment | Health | National
Hopi Tribe struggles to address high levels of arsenic in water (August 25, 2016)
The tribe needs $18 million to $20 million to fix the water system but it doesn't have the money.

Second run scheduled to raise awareness of Gold King Mine disaster
Environment | National
Second run scheduled to raise awareness of Gold King Mine disaster (August 23, 2016)
The Navajo Nation is suing the Environmental Protection Agency and private companies after millions of gallons of toxic waste entered the water supply.

Navajo Nation sues Environmental Protection Agency for mine spill
Environment | Law | National | Politics
Navajo Nation sues Environmental Protection Agency for mine spill (August 17, 2016)
Key members of Congress are supporting the tribe's call for accountability one year after the Gold King Mine disaster.

Federal criminal investigation ongoing into Gold King Mine disaster
Environment | Law | National | Politics
Federal criminal investigation ongoing into Gold King Mine disaster (August 1, 2016)
A spill at an abandoned mine in Colorado polluted the waters on three reservations in August 2015.

Funding bill for Indian Country clears House for first time in years
Health | National | Politics
Funding bill for Indian Country clears House for first time in years (July 14, 2016)
The bill includes increases for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service but Democrats say it falls short of the true needs.

Native Sun News: Largest radioactive spill was on Navajo Nation
Environment | Health | National
Native Sun News: Largest radioactive spill was on Navajo Nation (July 5, 2016)
Some 94 million gallons of radioactive liquid broke the dam of an evaporation pond at the Church Rock uranium facility, washing into the Rio Puerco channel, which carried it downstream past Gallup, New Mexico, and all the way to Winslow, Arizona.

Environmental Protection Agency streamlines tribal water process
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Environmental Protection Agency streamlines tribal water process (June 1, 2016)
Tribes no longer have to demonstrate that they in fact have the 'inherent' authority to regulate waters on their lands.

Environmental Protection Agency pays little to tribes for spill
Environment | National | Politics
Environmental Protection Agency pays little to tribes for spill (April 29, 2016)
The Navajo Nation will receive $157,000 and the Southern Ute Tribe will receive $116,000 fro costs associated with the Gold King Mine disaster.

Cronkite News: EPA slammed for response to Gold King Mine spill
Environment | Health | National | Politics
Cronkite News: EPA slammed for response to Gold King Mine spill (April 28, 2016)
Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) and Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Arizona) are accusing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of neglect for the agency’s response to Navajo communities after a Colorado mine spill polluted the San Juan River last August.

Native Sun News: Comments sought on Black Hills mine cleanup
Environment | Law | National
Native Sun News: Comments sought on Black Hills mine cleanup (April 28, 2016)
Taxpayers have 30 days to comment on a liability agreement that would reduce their costs by $10 million for the ongoing Superfund cleanup at the abandoned Gilt Edge Mine in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Navajo Nation leaders to testify at Senate Indian Affairs Committee field hearing
Environment | National | Politics
Navajo Nation leaders to testify at Senate Indian Affairs Committee field hearing (April 21, 2016)
President Russell Begaye and Navajo Nation Council Speaker LoRenzo Bates will discuss the impacts of the Gold King Mine disaster on the reservation.

Native Sun News: Tribes gaining traction in war against pipelines
Environment | National | Politics
Native Sun News: Tribes gaining traction in war against pipelines (April 20, 2016)
After Standing Rock Sioux and other tribes railed for months against the Dakota Access Pipeline project, federal officials are responding to pleas for defense of water, cultural resources, and tribal sovereignty.

Colville Tribes upset by release of toxic mining chemicals into river
Canada | Environment | Law | National
Colville Tribes upset by release of toxic mining chemicals into river (April 15, 2016)
A Canadian company that claims it is above U.S. law has once again released toxic chemicals into the Columbia River system.

Witness list for Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing in Arizona
Environment | National | Politics
Witness list for Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing in Arizona (April 15, 2016)
The hearing in Phoenix focuses on the Environmental Protection Agency and its dealings with tribes..

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe sets up sacred camp to oppose pipeline
Environment | National
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe sets up sacred camp to oppose pipeline (April 15, 2016)
Indian Country is gearing up a major fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sends subpoena to leader of EPA
Environment | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sends subpoena to leader of EPA (April 13, 2016)
A business meeting to consider the subpoena was canceled after the chairman and vice chairman of the panel exercised their authority to issue the request.

Sen. Barrasso calls on EPA leader to attend hearing on Gold King Mine spill
Environment | National | Politics
Sen. Barrasso calls on EPA leader to attend hearing on Gold King Mine spill (April 12, 2016)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is meeting to consider issuing a subpoena to Administrator Gina McCarthy of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs weighs subpoena of EPA leader
Environment | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs weighs subpoena of EPA leader (April 11, 2016)
The committee has rarely exercised its subpoena powers but lawmakers are upset that the Environmental Protection Agency doesn't want to send a representative to an upcoming field hearing.

President of Navajo Nation calls on EPA to testify at field hearing
Environment | National | Politics
President of Navajo Nation calls on EPA to testify at field hearing (April 7, 2016)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is looking into the Gold King Mine disaster but one key official is refusing to appear.

Nevada tribes welcome Superfund priority for abandoned mine
Environment
Nevada tribes welcome Superfund priority for abandoned mine (March 30, 2016)
The Anaconda Copper Mine is located near the Yerington Paiute Reservation and has contaminated wells with uranium, arsenic, lead and other toxic chemicals.

Supreme Court ruling emboldens tribes in another boundary case
Environment | Law | National
Supreme Court ruling emboldens tribes in another boundary case (March 25, 2016)
The Eastern Shoshone Tribe and the Northern Arapaho Tribe are defending their reservation borders in a long-running dispute with the state of Wyoming.

Tribes and states work together to monitor water after mine spill
Environment
Tribes and states work together to monitor water after mine spill (March 25, 2016)
The Southern Ute Tribe, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and the Navajo Nation are preparing for the spring and summer runoff, which could release contaminants from the Gold King mine disaster.

Gina McCarthy: Flint water crisis puts attention on justice issues
Environment | Opinion
Gina McCarthy: Flint water crisis puts attention on justice issues (March 15, 2016)
It’s tragic that it took a disaster of this scale for this issue to get the attention it deserves. Now let’s do something about it.

Native Sun News: Company fined for oil spills affecting reservations
Environment | Law | National
Native Sun News: Company fined for oil spills affecting reservations (March 7, 2016)
In two separate actions during the last week of February, the Environmental Protection Agency addressed Indian tribes’ environmental issues.

EPA encourages more tribes to develop water quality standards
Environment | National
EPA encourages more tribes to develop water quality standards (March 2, 2016)
The Walker River Paiute Tribe will be treated in a manner similar to a state under the Clean Water Act and the Obama administration wants more to follow the same path.

Updates from National Congress of American Indians winter session in D.C.
Environment | Law | National | Politics | Trust
Updates from National Congress of American Indians winter session in D.C. (February 23, 2016)
Some highlights from the opening day of the National Congress of American Indians 2016 executive council winter session in Washington, D.C.

House committee issues subpoenas in Gold King Mine disaster
Environment | National | Politics
House committee issues subpoenas in Gold King Mine disaster (February 19, 2016)
The spill at the abandoned mine in Colorado caused at least three million gallons of toxic waste to enter rivers that run through three reservations.

Senate Indian Affairs Committee postpones field hearing into EPA
Environment | National | Politics
Senate Indian Affairs Committee postpones field hearing into EPA (February 8, 2016)
The committee still plans to look into the Environmental Protection Agency and its 'unacceptable' dealings with tribes.

John Barrasso: Building a prosperous and thriving Indian Country
Opinion | Politics
John Barrasso: Building a prosperous and thriving Indian Country (January 25, 2016)
Last January, as the new chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, I outlined an aggressive set of priorities.

EPA asserts a greater role as water crisis in Michigan continues
Environment | Health | National | Politics
EPA asserts a greater role as water crisis in Michigan continues (January 22, 2016)
Extremely high levels of lead have been detected in the city's water system, posing a danger to human lives.

EPA backs water quality rules set by Northern Cheyenne Tribe
Environment
EPA backs water quality rules set by Northern Cheyenne Tribe (December 10, 2015)
The tribe and the state adopted standards to protect their rivers from wastewater produced during energy development.

House committee set for another hearing on Gold King Mine spill
Environment | National | Politics
House committee set for another hearing on Gold King Mine spill (December 7, 2015)
Republicans are accusing the Interior Department of failing to conduct a thorough review of the incident that sent millions of gallons of mine waste into the water system.

Native Sun News: Tribal member speaks out against fracking
Environment | National
Native Sun News: Tribal member speaks out against fracking (November 27, 2015)
Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara tribal member Lisa DeVille was among the first to testify on the dangers of uncontrolled fracking flares following the EPA’s recent extension until Dec. 4 of a deadline for public comment on new oil-and-gas industry pollution rules.

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