More: utah

The Conversation: The toxic legacy of uranium mining in the United States
Environment | National | Politics
The Conversation: The toxic legacy of uranium mining in the United States (February 23, 2018)
Uranium – the raw material for nuclear power and nuclear weapons – is having a moment in the spotlight.

Cronkite News: Tribes stand united against GOP bill to gut Bears Ears
Environment | National | Politics
Cronkite News: Tribes stand united against GOP bill to gut Bears Ears (February 1, 2018)
Leaders of five tribes accused Republican lawmakers of 'cherry-picking' tribal members to support an 85 percent reduction in the Bears Ears National Monument.

Tribal leaders finally invited to hearing on GOP bill to gut Bears Ears
Environment | Law | National
Tribal leaders finally invited to hearing on GOP bill to gut Bears Ears (January 29, 2018)
Tribal leaders with connections to the Bears Ears National Monument are finally getting their say on Capitol Hill amid efforts to erode protections on their ancestral lands.

Former employee of Ute Tribe charged with nine counts of extortion
Business | Law
Former employee of Ute Tribe charged with nine counts of extortion (January 25, 2018)
A former employee of the Ute Tribe is accused of extorting $110,000 from companies and individuals doing business on the reservation in Utah.

House panel schedules a second hearing on GOP bill to gut Bears Ears
Environment | Law | National | Politics
House panel schedules a second hearing on GOP bill to gut Bears Ears (January 18, 2018)
Republican leaders are taking another stab at a controversial bill that would gut the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah and restrict tribal involvement on their ancestral lands.

Uranium mining company pushed Trump administration to reduce Bears Ears
Canada | Environment | National | Politics
Uranium mining company pushed Trump administration to reduce Bears Ears (January 16, 2018)
A uranium mining company based in Canada stands to benefit from the gutting of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.

The Conversation: Threats to Bears Ears and sacred places violate human rights
Canada | Environment | Opinion
The Conversation: Threats to Bears Ears and sacred places violate human rights (December 18, 2017)
Legal and policy frameworks in both the U.S. and Canada fail to reflect emerging norms related to Indigenous legal and cultural traditions and human rights.

YES! Magazine: President Trump's shrinking of Bears Ears won't survive in courts
Environment | Law
YES! Magazine: President Trump's shrinking of Bears Ears won't survive in courts (December 8, 2017)
Research by environmental and natural resources law scholars shows the president’s action will likely be overturned by the courts.

Trump administration throws up hurdles for first new tribal water rights settlements
Environment | National | Politics
Trump administration throws up hurdles for first new tribal water rights settlements (December 7, 2017)
The Trump administration is expressing major concerns about the first new tribal water rights settlements being considered in Congress.

Jacqueline Keeler: President Trump again uses Navajo elders as props for political purposes
Environment | National | Politics
Jacqueline Keeler: President Trump again uses Navajo elders as props for political purposes (December 6, 2017)
Secretary Ryan Zinke brought a Navajo grandmother onstage and held her by the shoulders and President Donald Trump turned to engage her awkwardly from time to time.

Secretary Zinke slams 'special interests' after tribes go to court to save Bears Ears
Environment | Law | National | Politics
Secretary Zinke slams 'special interests' after tribes go to court to save Bears Ears (December 5, 2017)
Tribes are fighting back after President Donald Trump announced a dramatic dismantling of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up two tribal water rights settlements
Environment | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up two tribal water rights settlements (December 5, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is taking up the first new tribal water rights settlements of the Trump era this week.

Tribes plan lawsuit as President Trump schedules visit to reduce size of Bears Ears in Utah
Environment | Law | National | Politics
Tribes plan lawsuit as President Trump schedules visit to reduce size of Bears Ears in Utah (November 29, 2017)
Over the objections of Indian Country, President Donald Trump will be reducing the size of the Bears Ears National Monument during a visit to Utah.

Tribes still in the dark as Trump administration moves to roll back Bears Ears
Environment | National | Politics
Tribes still in the dark as Trump administration moves to roll back Bears Ears (November 16, 2017)
Tribal leaders continue to complain of lack of consultation as the Trump administration keeps them in the dark about the Bears Ears National Monument.

Navajo Nation welcomes public hearings into voting districts in Utah county
Law | National | Politics
Navajo Nation welcomes public hearings into voting districts in Utah county (November 7, 2017)
A federal judge in Utah has scheduled two public hearings to determine how to draw the districts in a county where the Native vote has been suppressed for decades.

President Trump plans to shrink boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument
Environment | National | Politics
President Trump plans to shrink boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument (October 27, 2017)
President Donald Trump is once again going against tribal interests with plans to shrink the boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.

Bears Ears remains in limbo as Republicans leave tribes out of monument bill
Environment | National | Politics
Bears Ears remains in limbo as Republicans leave tribes out of monument bill (October 13, 2017)
A bill being rushed through Congress is raising alarms in Indian Country about the future of the Bears Ears National Monument and other important places.

Bureau of Indian Affairs supports change for name of 'Negro Bill Canyon' in Utah
National
Bureau of Indian Affairs supports change for name of 'Negro Bill Canyon' in Utah (October 13, 2017)
The United States Board on Geographic Names has adopted a new name for 'Negro Bill Canyon' in Utah.

Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation acquires site of 1863 massacre
National
Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation acquires site of 1863 massacre (October 6, 2017)
The Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation has reacquired 640 acres of ancestral territory, including the site of the 1863 Bear River Massacre.

Supreme Court opens term with new justice and with Indian law cases on horizon
Business | Environment | Law | National | Politics | Trust
Supreme Court opens term with new justice and with Indian law cases on horizon (October 2, 2017)
The U.S. Supreme Court is back at work this week with a new member and a slew of Indian law cases on the horizon.

Ute Tribe thanks retired professor whose ancestors benefited from 'stolen' land
Education | National
Ute Tribe thanks retired professor whose ancestors benefited from 'stolen' land (September 26, 2017)
The Ute Tribe is thanking a retired college professor for a $250,000 donation intended to make up for 'stolen' land.

Mark Trahant: #NativeVote18 field grows with seven Native candidates for Congress
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: #NativeVote18 field grows with seven Native candidates for Congress (September 25, 2017)
There are now seven #NativeVote18 candidates for U.S. Congress -- three Republicans and four Democrats.

Navajo Nation plans to sue Trump administration to protect Bears Ears in Utah
Environment | Law | National | Politics
Navajo Nation plans to sue Trump administration to protect Bears Ears in Utah (September 21, 2017)
The Navajo Nation plans to file a lawsuit to protect the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah

Secretary Zinke goes against tribal interests with monument recommendations
Environment | National | Politics
Secretary Zinke goes against tribal interests with monument recommendations (September 18, 2017)
Secretary Ryan Zinke of the Department of the Interior is urging President Donald Trump to reduce the boundaries of monuments supported by tribes, according a previously secret memo.

Northwestern Band wants city to stop fake 'battle' with residents dressed as 'Indians'
National
Northwestern Band wants city to stop fake 'battle' with residents dressed as 'Indians' (September 12, 2017)
The Northwest Band of the Shoshone Nation is calling on a city in Utah to stop a fake event in which residents dress up as 'Indians' and attack settlers.

Cronkite News: Secretary Zinke sends secret monument report to White House
Environment | National | Politics
Cronkite News: Secretary Zinke sends secret monument report to White House (August 25, 2017)
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will not call for the removal of any national monuments but will recommend downsizing an unnamed 'handful' in a report to the White House.

Mark Trahant: Native candidates face uphill battles in the era of Donald Trump
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Native candidates face uphill battles in the era of Donald Trump (August 21, 2017)
Imagine being a Native American politician in the Trump era. It would be an uphill climb to represent constituents as well as being a public advocate for Native people and community.

News21: Tribes fight for clean water and more funds from federal government
Environment | Health | National | Politics
News21: Tribes fight for clean water and more funds from federal government (August 17, 2017)
Tribes are struggling to get the attention and funding necessary to clean the water their people rely on. News21 investigates.

Navajo Nation citizen Carol Surveyor announces run for Congress in Utah
National | Politics
Navajo Nation citizen Carol Surveyor announces run for Congress in Utah (July 24, 2017)
Carol Surveyor, a citizen of the Navajo Nation, is hoping to become the first Native woman to serve in the U.S. Congress.

Cronkite News: Trump's review of monuments draws 1.4 million comments
Environment | National | Politics
Cronkite News: Trump's review of monuments draws 1.4 million comments (July 24, 2017)
An Interior Department plan to review recently designated national monuments, including Bears Ears in Utah, has drawn more than 1.4 million public comments.

Ute Tribe hails decision requiring non-Indian officers to return to court on reservation
Law | National
Ute Tribe hails decision requiring non-Indian officers to return to court on reservation (July 12, 2017)
Thanks to a federal court ruling, the Ute Tribe is finally hoping to secure some justice for the death of one of its young citizens.

Trump administration receives 1.4M comments on national monuments
Environment | National | Politics
Trump administration receives 1.4M comments on national monuments (July 12, 2017)
The Department of the Interior has closed an unprecedented public comment period on a number of national monuments, including one of great interest in Indian Country.

Lawsuits expected after President Trump changes Bears Ears boundary
Environment | Law | National | Politics
Lawsuits expected after President Trump changes Bears Ears boundary (June 28, 2017)
The Navajo Nation and environmental groups are expected to file lawsuits to protect the boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.

Ute Mountain Ute Tribe challenges new permit for uranium operation
Environment | National | Politics
Ute Mountain Ute Tribe challenges new permit for uranium operation (June 22, 2017)
The last uranium mine in the United States lies just three miles from a Ute Mountain Ute village in Utah.

Secretary Zinke rejects tribal complaints about consultation and Bears Ears
Environment | National | Politics
Secretary Zinke rejects tribal complaints about consultation and Bears Ears (June 14, 2017)
The new leader of the Department of the Interior is rejecting tribal complaints about his controversial recommendation to change the boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument.

Tribes lash out at Trump administration for lapses in consultation
Environment | National | Politics
Tribes lash out at Trump administration for lapses in consultation (June 13, 2017)
The Trump administration is coming under heavy fire as the new leader of the Department of the Interior makes a highly-anticipated appearance before the nation's largest inter-tribal organization.

Ryan Benally: Bears Ears was a false promise for Native Americans
Opinion
Ryan Benally: Bears Ears was a false promise for Native Americans (May 26, 2017)
National Monument status for Bears Ears was full of false promises for Natives.

Documents show few meetings between Secretary Zinke and tribes
Environment | National | Politics
Documents show few meetings between Secretary Zinke and tribes (May 22, 2017)
'Sovereignty should mean something,' the new leader of the Department of the Interior has repeatedly said.

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.

Deadline looms in Secretary Zinke's review of Bears Ears and other monuments
Environment | National | Politics
Deadline looms in Secretary Zinke's review of Bears Ears and other monuments (May 15, 2017)
Time is running out for tribes and the public to comment on the controversial monument in Utah.

DVIDS: Defense Department agencies host tribes for annual meeting in Utah
Environment | National
DVIDS: Defense Department agencies host tribes for annual meeting in Utah (May 9, 2017)
Utah Department of Defense agencies hosted an annual face-to-face meeting April 27-28 with members of several American Indian Tribes who claim ancestral and ongoing ties to lands managed by the DOD agencies.

Terry Tempest Williams: Will Bears Ears be the next Standing Rock?
Environment | Opinion | Politics
Terry Tempest Williams: Will Bears Ears be the next Standing Rock? (May 8, 2017)
If President Trump is successful in rescinding Bears Ears National Monument, it will be a breach of faith with our future and our past.

Tribes vow fight in effort to protect Bears Ears National Monument
Environment | National | Politics
Tribes vow fight in effort to protect Bears Ears National Monument (May 3, 2017)
A controversial monument is serving up as a major test for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who has repeatedly vowed to respect tribal sovereignty.

Tribes encounter silence from Secretary Zinke in Bears Ears review
Environment | National | Politics
Tribes encounter silence from Secretary Zinke in Bears Ears review (May 2, 2017)
Secretary Ryan Zinke is going to Utah next week but hasn't confirmed a meeting with the Bears Ears Commission.

Ute Tribe demands 'voice' as Donald Trump orders review of Bears Ears monument
Environment | National | Politics
Ute Tribe demands 'voice' as Donald Trump orders review of Bears Ears monument (April 28, 2017)
Ute leaders are taking on powerful interests as they seek to prevent the the Trump administration from undermining the new Bears Ears National Monument.

Mark Trahant: Senate candidate cites Standing Rock as 'awakening'
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Senate candidate cites Standing Rock as 'awakening' (April 27, 2017)
James Singer is the first candidate to cite Standing Rock as the answer to the question, ‘why run?’

Trump singles out new Bears Ears monument as an 'abuse' of government's power
Environment | National | Politics
Trump singles out new Bears Ears monument as an 'abuse' of government's power (April 26, 2017)
The new monument enjoys strong support across Indian Country but the president sounded more concerned about the views of non-Indians in Utah.

Secretary Zinke opens sacred site in Utah to recreational traffic
Environment | Law | National | Politics
Secretary Zinke opens sacred site in Utah to recreational traffic (April 11, 2017)
The decision is a boost to non-Indians who opposed restrictions in Recapture Canyon.

Tribes enter a new era with conservative lean at Supreme Court
Law | National | Politics
Tribes enter a new era with conservative lean at Supreme Court (April 10, 2017)
After losing case after case, tribes hope they have finally found in a friend in Neil Gorsuch, hand-picked by President Donald Trump.

Supreme Court nominee acknowledges poor treatment of 'sovereign' tribes
Law | National | Politics
Supreme Court nominee acknowledges poor treatment of 'sovereign' tribes (March 22, 2017)
The U.S. Supreme Court hasn't always been kind to Indian Country but a federal judge from Colorado appears ready to ensure tribes will be treated fairly.

Tribes find common ground with Donald Trump on Supreme Court nominee
Law | National | Politics
Tribes find common ground with Donald Trump on Supreme Court nominee (February 17, 2017)
It's been a rocky start for the Trump administration but the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the nation's highest court is drawing praise in Indian Country.

Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee well versed in Indian law
Law | National | Politics | Trust
Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee well versed in Indian law (February 1, 2017)
Neil Gorsuch, a federal appeals court judge, has sided with Indian interests in some major cases.

Jacqueline Keeler: New monument marks victory for tribal sites
Environment | National
Jacqueline Keeler: New monument marks victory for tribal sites (January 10, 2017)
By permanently protecting an area rich in indigenous cultural history, Obama has shown that some things are worth more than money.

Tribes celebrate designation of national monument at Bears Ears
Environment | National | Politics
Tribes celebrate designation of national monument at Bears Ears (January 9, 2017)
The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition successfully lobbied President Barack Obama to protect 1.35 million acres of sacred sites and ancestral lands in Utah.

Mike Lee: Don't declare monument at sacred Bears Ears in Utah
Environment | Opinion | Politics
Mike Lee: Don't declare monument at sacred Bears Ears in Utah (December 13, 2016)
The administration recently blocked the Dakota Access Pipeline due to strong opposition from local residents. I urge it to give the same respect to the residents of San Juan County, Utah.

Sacred land protection efforts face questions with Donald Trump
Environment | National | Politics
Sacred land protection efforts face questions with Donald Trump (November 18, 2016)
Drilling on sacred Blackfeet Nation land in Montana and protections for Bears Ears in Utah are at stake.

Utah group aims to elevate Native issues in an unusual election
National | Politics
Utah group aims to elevate Native issues in an unusual election (October 20, 2016)
The Utah League of Native American Voters is hosting the first-ever Native issues forum as the election quickly approaches.

Navajo Nation opposes bill that reduces share of trust revenues
Environment | National | Trust
Navajo Nation opposes bill that reduces share of trust revenues (October 19, 2016)
Buried within the 215-page Utah Public Lands Initiative Act are three lines that modify the terms of a tribal trust fund without the tribe's consent.

Ute Tribe goes to war against 'modern day Indian land grab' bill
National | Politics
Ute Tribe goes to war against 'modern day Indian land grab' bill (October 19, 2016)
The Utah tribe is hoping to defeat Republican Congressman Rob Bishop at the polls next month.

Ute Tribe goes ignored again as lawmakers host field hearing on energy
Environment | National | Politics
Ute Tribe goes ignored again as lawmakers host field hearing on energy (October 3, 2016)
The Ute Tribe, a leader in energy development, is curiously absent from the witness list amid a dispute with a powerful Republican.

Stay Connected


News Archive

2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000