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Native Sun News Today: Uranium expansion near sacred site in Wyoming put on holdFiled Under: Environment | National
Native Sun News Today: Uranium expansion near sacred site in Wyoming put on hold (01/13)
Peninsula Energy Ltd. has decided to shelve Ross uranium mine and mill expansion plans slated near the tribally significant Mato Tipila.
Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe wins consultation rulingFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe wins consultation ruling (01/09)
Nuclear Regulatory Commissioners must heed the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s demand for consultation in order to validate a license for proposed uranium mining operation in the Black Hills.
Havasupai Tribe files lawsuit to protect water rights in ArizonaFiled Under: Environment | Law
Havasupai Tribe files lawsuit to protect water rights in Arizona (12/15)
The defendants include corporations that have engaged in uranium mining and other activities that draw water away from the reservation.
Native Sun News Today: Uranium firms stake claims in sacred Black HillsFiled Under: Environment | National
Native Sun News Today: Uranium firms stake claims in sacred Black Hills (12/12)
Results of an exhaustive, two-year scientific study show 2,100 active claims of uranium companies in unsuspected areas near Black Hills population centers.
Alex Piechowski-Begay: What water and #NoDAPL mean to meFiled Under: Environment | Opinion
Alex Piechowski-Begay: What water and #NoDAPL mean to me (10/13)
Alex Piechowski-Begay is a young member of the Navajo Nation who is preparing for his third trip to North Dakota.
Lakota Country Times: Uranium contaminates tribal water sourceFiled Under: Environment | Health | National
Lakota Country Times: Uranium contaminates tribal water source (09/30)
Water in the Cheyenne River helps to irrigate field and provide water for livestock across Lakota Country.
Cronkite News: Navajo Nation waiting for cleanup of uranium sitesFiled Under: Environment | National
Cronkite News: Navajo Nation waiting for cleanup of uranium sites (09/05)
Federal officials took the first step this week toward a planned $1 billion cleanup of abandoned uranium mines in and around the Navajo Nation.
Native Sun News: Largest radioactive spill was on Navajo NationFiled Under: Environment | Health | National
Native Sun News: Largest radioactive spill was on Navajo Nation (07/05)
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.
Native Sun News: Cleanup addresses sacred sites in South DakotaFiled Under: Environment | National
Native Sun News: Cleanup addresses sacred sites in South Dakota (06/13)
The tributaries draining out of the abandoned mines carry runoff to the Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, Crow Creek, Lower Brule and Yankton Sioux reservations.
Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe scores in uranium mine battleFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe scores in uranium mine battle (06/06)
The Oglala Sioux Tribe and activists scored a win when federal administrative judges ruled that Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff failed to take 'a hard look' at cultural resources in recommending renewal of a uranium mining license for Crow Butte Mine
Native Sun News: Uranium mine near sacred site seeks to expandFiled Under: Environment | National
Native Sun News: Uranium mine near sacred site seeks to expand (03/23)
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is inviting the public to comment on proposed expansion of Australia’s largest U.S. aquifer mining operation, also Wyoming’s newest uranium mine, located near Mato Tipila.
Native Sun News: Tribes oppose uranium mine near sacred siteFiled Under: Environment | National
Native Sun News: Tribes oppose uranium mine near sacred site (12/14)
Among at least 100 people who attended a uranium hearing were leaders of the Navajo Nation and three Indian Pueblos opposing a request to reopen a polluted underground mine located at sacred Mt. Taylor in New Mexico.
Native Sun News:  Navajo activists spearhead 'No Nukes' effortFiled Under: Environment | National
Native Sun News: Navajo activists spearhead 'No Nukes' effort (10/23)
Leona Morgan, a young Dine’ woman, speaks passionately about uranium issues affecting her people.
Mark Udall: Defend sacred waters from uranium developmentFiled Under: Environment | Opinion
Mark Udall: Defend sacred waters from uranium development (10/14)
Today, four uranium mines operate within the watershed that drains directly into Grand Canyon National Park.
Arizona tribes back creation of new monument at Grand CanyonFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Arizona tribes back creation of new monument at Grand Canyon (10/14)
Stopping uranium development is a major focus of the proposed Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument in Arizona.
Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux activist challenges uranium mineFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux activist challenges uranium mine (09/08)
Expert witnesses for the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the grassroots Owe Aku debated with corporate counterparts over water quality and cultural preservation issues at stake in a 20-year permit-renewal to mine more uranium.
Native Sun News: Lakota grandmother debuts film about uraniumFiled Under: Arts & Entertainment | Environment | National
Native Sun News: Lakota grandmother debuts film about uranium (08/26)
Debra White Plume spent the past seven years of her life doggedly making a feature documentary that premiered just in time to serve its purpose.
Native Sun News: Medicine wheel greets Air Force at annual showFiled Under: Environment | National
Native Sun News: Medicine wheel greets Air Force at annual show (08/21)
While the eyes of the public were on the skies at the annual Air Show and Open House at the Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota, the pilots could see something besides the crowd on the ground – a huge, freshly painted Lakota medicine wheel symbol.
Debra White Plume: Oglala Sioux Tribe battles uranium mineFiled Under: Environment | Opinion
Debra White Plume: Oglala Sioux Tribe battles uranium mine (08/18)
Our worldview ingrains the belief in our Lakota spirits, hearts and minds that water is a sacred gift.
Leader of EPA visits Navajo Nation after mine spill in ColoradoFiled Under: Environment | Health | Law | National | Politics
Leader of EPA visits Navajo Nation after mine spill in Colorado (08/13)
Administrator Gina McCarthy met with top tribal leaders but didn't go to the Gold King Mine to see the origins of the disaster.
Native Sun News: Firm pushes mine by sacred site in WyomingFiled Under: Environment | National
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.
Alex Jacobs: Unlikely alliances advance agenda in Indian CountryFiled Under: Environment | Opinion
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.
Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe vows to protect sacred sitesFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe vows to protect sacred sites (06/10)
The Oglala Sioux Tribe filed a petition May 26, indicating it will continue to fight tooth and nail against the Dewey-Burdock uranium mine and mill proposed in the underground water tables 50 miles upstream from the reservation.
Native Sun News: Pine Ridge residents air concerns about waterFiled Under: Environment | National
Native Sun News: Pine Ridge residents air concerns about water (06/03)
The Environmental Protection Agency held a series of public hearings on standards for uranium mining.
Native Sun News: EPA hears Native views about uranium miningFiled Under: Environment | National
Native Sun News: EPA hears Native views about uranium mining (05/27)
During public hearings May 12-14, nuclear industry representatives and their supporters lined up to tell the EPA that uranium companies can’t stay in business if they have to protect groundwater to the extent prescribed in draft rules.
Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe victory in uranium caseFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe victory in uranium case (05/08)
Native American and other opponents of uranium mining and milling in the southern Black Hills claimed victory when a Nuclear Regulatory Commission oversight panel ruled in their favor.
Ute Mountain Ute Tribe demands action on uranium mill siteFiled Under: Environment
Ute Mountain Ute Tribe demands action on uranium mill site (05/07)
A community on the Utah portion of the reservation sits just three miles downwind from a uranium mill whose corporate owners are in a court fight with another tribe.
Native Sun News: Walk hits uranium mining sites on reservationsFiled Under: Environment | National
Native Sun News: Walk hits uranium mining sites on reservations (04/17)
Buddhist pacifists on a U.S. Prayer Walk for Peace and a nuclear-free future culminated a tour April 9 of Navajo and Hopi lands negatively impacted by uranium mining.
Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe battles uranium mine projectFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe battles uranium mine project (04/01)
A company that wants to be the first to mine for uranium in South Dakota’s underground water table omitted any mention of the Oglala Sioux tribal government’s staunch legal battle against the proposal.
Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux woman witnesses chemical spillFiled Under: Environment | National
Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux woman witnesses chemical spill (03/23)
When Nancy Kile saw the hazmat truck heading to the Chadron waste collection site, she all but panicked, dreading that the driver would dump its load of chemically contaminated soil at the place where she obtains compost to enrich her garden.
Charmaine White Face: Radioactivity found in Pine Ridge watersFiled Under: Environment | Opinion
Charmaine White Face: Radioactivity found in Pine Ridge waters (03/05)
For a number of years, one of our projects has been monitoring nuclear radioactivity in the water and air in the 1868 Treaty Territory, including the Pine Ridge Reservation.
Native Sun News: Chemical spill at uranium mine by Pine RidgeFiled Under: Environment | National
Native Sun News: Chemical spill at uranium mine by Pine Ridge (02/19)
Hazmat teams responded to a call for cleanup of a hydrochloric acid spill from a truck making a delivery to a uranium mine contested by the Oglala Sioux Tribe.
Native Sun News: Tribal college geologist tackles uranium mineFiled Under: Environment | National
Native Sun News: Tribal college geologist tackles uranium mine (01/30)
Uranium mining in the southern Black Hills compromises water supplies, according to expert testimony by Oglala Lakota College Department Co-Chair Hannan LaGarry.
Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe contests uranium expansionFiled Under: Environment | National
Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe contests uranium expansion (01/21)
The Oglala Sioux Tribe contested foreign uranium mining expansion in Nebraska
Dustina Gill: Vote for Rick Weiland to protect our sacred watersFiled Under: Environment | Opinion | Politics
Dustina Gill: Vote for Rick Weiland to protect our sacred waters (10/20)
Everyone in the Great Sioux Nation in South Dakota needs to say something on Tuesday, November 4, to stand up for our people.
Native Sun News: Foes of uranium mine make case at hearingFiled Under: Environment | National
Native Sun News: Foes of uranium mine make case at hearing (10/13)
Five people testified against proposed northern Black Hills uranium mining in view of sacred Mato Tipila.
Native Sun News: Agency weighs uranium mine near sacred siteFiled Under: Environment | National
Native Sun News: Agency weighs uranium mine near sacred site (09/30)
A federal Atomic Safety and Licensing Board panel has given the public until Sept. 28 to submit written or oral comments about Strata Energy Inc.’s proposal to mine for uranium near Mato Tipila in the northern Black Hills.
Native Sun News: Tribes worried about Black Hills uranium minesFiled Under: Environment | National
Native Sun News: Tribes worried about Black Hills uranium mines (09/10)
In the wake of federal hearings about reopening uranium mines and milling in Black Hills treaty territory, members of the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board must decide if Native American sacred sites would be adequately preserved.
Native Sun News: Release of secret uranium mining data orderedFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Native Sun News: Release of secret uranium mining data ordered (09/01)
In answer to prayers of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and allies to revoke licensing of the proposed Dewey-Burdock uranium mine and mill, a panel of administrative judges ordered corporate disclosure of secret bore-hole records about the site’s geology.
Native Sun News: Laguna Pueblo still affected by uranium mineFiled Under: Environment | National
Native Sun News: Laguna Pueblo still affected by uranium mine (08/25)
Even if authorities meet demands to ban new uranium mines until abandoned ones are cleaned up no amount of effort can reclaim the cultural losses the mining has imposed to date on the Laguna, Acoma, Zuni, Hopi and Navajo people of the Four Corners area.
Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe gears up for uranium battleFiled Under: Environment | National
Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe gears up for uranium battle (08/20)
As the Oglala Sioux Tribe prepared to testify against proposed foreign uranium mining and milling in Black Hills treaty territory, the mining proponent was facing a deadline for turning a chunk of its company over to a new Canadian business partner.
Uranium mining leaves a long-lasting legacy on Navajo NationFiled Under: Environment | National
Uranium mining leaves a long-lasting legacy on Navajo Nation (08/11)
The Arizona Republic ran a three-part series on the toxic legacy of uranium mining on the Navajo Nation.
Great Plains tribes hold conference to safeguard water rightsFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Great Plains tribes hold conference to safeguard water rights (07/30)
Tribal leaders discussed uranium mining, the Keystone XL Pipeline, federal management of the Missouri River and other threats to their water resources.
Native Sun News: Native nations unite on uranium mine cleanupFiled Under: Environment | National
Native Sun News: Native nations unite on uranium mine cleanup (07/29)
Almost half the uranium extracted in the United States was mined and milled in and around the Navajo Indian Reservation.
Native Sun News: Mahto Tipila threatened by mining proposalsFiled Under: Environment | National
Native Sun News: Mahto Tipila threatened by mining proposals (07/02)
A Prayer Gathering for the protection of sacred and burial sites is set for June 28 at Mahto Tipila.
Law Article: DC Circuit sets high bar for damage of trust landsFiled Under: Environment | Law | Trust
Law Article: DC Circuit sets high bar for damage of trust lands (05/30)
Attorneys discuss D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that affects uranium pollution on the Navajo Nation.
Native Sun News: Black Hills site being used for military trainingFiled Under: Environment | National
Native Sun News: Black Hills site being used for military training (05/23)
Uranium mining is not the only avenue of concern for introducing dangerous levels of radiation into the air and water supplies.
Stay lifted on uranium project opposed by Oglala Sioux TribeFiled Under: Environment | Law
Stay lifted on uranium project opposed by Oglala Sioux Tribe (05/22)
The tribe's claims of harm to sacred and cultural sites remains to be decided on the merits.
Native Sun News: Uranium mining poses threat to sacred sitesFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Native Sun News: Uranium mining poses threat to sacred sites (05/19)
A bird’s-eye view of the corridor stretching from Mt. Taylor westward to Chaco Canyon is filled with sacred sites and ancient roads made by the native Puebloan and Diné people.
Oglala Sioux Tribe makes arguments in uranium mining disputeFiled Under: Environment | Law
Oglala Sioux Tribe makes arguments in uranium mining dispute (05/14)
The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board is moving quickly on a uranium mine opposed by the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota.
Oglala Sioux Tribe win stay on license for planned uranium mineFiled Under: Environment | National
Oglala Sioux Tribe win stay on license for planned uranium mine (05/01)
The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board issued on a uranium mine that's opposed by the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota.
Editorial: Spokane Tribe needs more time to comment on mineFiled Under: Environment | Opinion
Editorial: Spokane Tribe needs more time to comment on mine (04/29)
Newspaper says Spokane Tribe should be given more time to comment on the $193 million cleanup plan for the Midnite Mine.
Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe worried about sacred sitesFiled Under: Environment | National
Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe worried about sacred sites (04/29)
Prior to the launch on Earth Day April 22 of a national grassroots campaign to clean up abandoned uranium mines, the Oglala Sioux Tribe requested the federal Atomic Safety and Licensing Board suspend Powertech Inc.’s operating license.
Zoltán Grossman: Cowboy Indian Alliance rides in WashingtonFiled Under: Opinion
Zoltán Grossman: Cowboy Indian Alliance rides in Washington (04/23)
It’s not everyday you see cowboys helping to set up a tipi encampment, but that’s what is happening this week on the National Mall.
Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe battles uranium mineFiled Under: Environment | National
Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe battles uranium mine (04/18)
As street demonstrations broke out over federal licensing of the first proposed in-situ uranium mining and milling in South Dakota, the Oglala Sioux Tribe faced an April 14 deadline to request a stay postponing the effective date of the permit.
Native Sun News: Tribes benefit from $5.15B uranium cleanupFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Native Sun News: Tribes benefit from $5.15B uranium cleanup (04/15)
Navajo, Sioux and other tribes are among many populations across the United States who will benefit from a $5.15 billion settlement with Anadarko Petroleum.
The Verge: Uranium mines leave toxic legacy on Navajo NationFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
The Verge: Uranium mines leave toxic legacy on Navajo Nation (04/10)
A landmark settlement will bring $1 billion to the Navajo Nation to clean up abandoned uranium sites.
Navajo Nation to see $1B from settlement for uranium cleanupFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Navajo Nation to see $1B from settlement for uranium cleanup (04/04)
The Navajo Nation will see $1 billion from a landmark settlement to address abandoned uranium sites.
Native Sun News: Tribes asked to identify abandoned uranium sitesFiled Under: Environment | National
Native Sun News: Tribes asked to identify abandoned uranium sites (03/31)
Native American activists recently proposed language for a bill to create a moratorium on any new uranium mining until after abandoned sites are cleaned up, but the federal government isn’t sure where to start, so officials are calling for help.
Native Sun News: NRC faulted for uranium bids by sacred sitesFiled Under: Environment | National
Native Sun News: NRC faulted for uranium bids by sacred sites (03/11)
Besieged by uranium mining proposals near sacred sites, a highly placed official of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has filed a scathing condemnation of actions allegedly taken against Indians by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

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