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Native Sun News Today: Ft. Berthold tribes to benefit from methane pollution control order
Native Sun News Today: Ft. Berthold tribes to benefit from methane pollution control order (July 30, 2020)

'The court’s ruling is a victory for people who are bearing the brunt of federal and tribal oil and gas development,' says Lisa DeVille of Fort Berthold Protectors of Water and Earth Rights.


Native Sun News Today: MHA sues USA: Nations at odds over Missouri riverbed rights
Native Sun News Today: MHA sues USA: Nations at odds over Missouri riverbed rights (July 29, 2020)

The Trump administration has rescinded yet another pro-tribal legal opinion, forcing the Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation to go to court to protect its trust and treaty rights.


Montana Free Press: Bullock, Tester push back on Pendley appointment
Montana Free Press: Bullock, Tester push back on Pendley appointment (July 27, 2020)

An attorney who pushed for oil and gas drilling on sacred Blackfeet Nation territory has been overseeing America's public lands for the Trump administration.


Montana Free Press: Tribal lawsuit adds to Keystone XL hurdles as feds await Supreme Court consideration
Montana Free Press: Tribal lawsuit adds to Keystone XL hurdles as feds await Supreme Court consideration (July 1, 2020)

The Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes have filed the latest lawsuit against the federal government opposing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.


Court vacates 287 oil and gas leases in Montana over BLM failure to assess for groundwater and climate impacts
Court vacates 287 oil and gas leases in Montana over BLM failure to assess for groundwater and climate impacts (May 4, 2020)

A federal judge vacated 287 oil and gas leases in Montana, ruling that the Bureau of Land Management did not properly assess the leases’ threat to groundwater and impacts on climate change.


Feds offer financial incentive to help find homes for wild horses and burros
Feds offer financial incentive to help find homes for wild horses and burros (March 16, 2020)

Thousands of wild horses and burros roam across millions of acres of public land in 10 Western states


House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples takes up legislation
House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples takes up legislation (February 3, 2020)

Bills to address tribal homelands, a Native youth treatment center and tribal bison are on the agenda on Capitol Hill.


Lawmakers set to advance more Indian Country legislation after end of year rush
Lawmakers set to advance more Indian Country legislation after end of year rush (January 13, 2020)

After an end-of-year push that saw Indian Country's legislative agenda gain widespread attention thanks to a presidential tweet, more pro-tribal bills are being teed up for action on Capitol Hill.


Debate continues over BLM move as workers face decision deadline
Debate continues over BLM move as workers face decision deadline (December 13, 2019)

Bureau of Land Management employees in Washington have to decide whether to accept a transfer out West – a move that some advocates and former bureau managers see as an attempt at 'dismantling' the agency.


The Revelator: Trump destablizes public lands with move of key federal agency
The Revelator: Trump destablizes public lands with move of key federal agency (December 10, 2019)

The Bureau of Land Management relocation to Colorado reflects a widespread pattern of destabilization under Donald Trump.


The Revelator: Trump's new 'radical' leader for public lands
The Revelator: Trump's new 'radical' leader for public lands (November 4, 2019)

The ethically challenged acting director of the Bureau of Land Management made a tense appearance at the Society of Environmental Journalists conference to discuss his radical record.


Trump administration weighs new headquarters for Bureau of Land Management
Trump administration weighs new headquarters for Bureau of Land Management (June 11, 2019)

Is newly-confirmed Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt about to present a nice gift to his home state of Colorado?


Trump administration defers to Congress on protections for ancestral lands
Trump administration defers to Congress on protections for ancestral lands (June 7, 2019)

Legislation to protect ancestral and sacred tribal lands is gaining steam on Capitol Hill.


Tribes back bill to ban new uranium mining around Grand Canyon
Tribes back bill to ban new uranium mining around Grand Canyon (June 4, 2019)

Fresh off one policy strike against the Trump administration, tribes and Democrats in Congress are looking to score another.


Trump administration offers another concession to tribes after loss in court
Trump administration offers another concession to tribes after loss in court (May 29, 2019)

The Trump administration's 'energy dominance' agenda is once again facing a reckoning in Indian Country.


'Enough is enough': Tribes endorse bill to protect ancestral lands from Trump
'Enough is enough': Tribes endorse bill to protect ancestral lands from Trump (April 9, 2019)

With backing from one of the first Native women in Congress, tribes are calling for a permanent ban on energy development on ancestral territory.


The Revelator: Te-Moak Tribe decries lack of consultation on drilling plans
The Revelator: Te-Moak Tribe decries lack of consultation on drilling plans (April 3, 2019)

A plan to lease oil and gas drilling rights on nearly a million acres of land near the Te-Moak Tribe of the Western Shoshone illustrates the consistent lack of government consultation with tribes.


Native Sun News Today: Tribal precedents bring halt to fracking on public lands
Native Sun News Today: Tribal precedents bring halt to fracking on public lands (April 1, 2019)

A 'landmark' ruling against energy development is being credited to tribes who secured victories in court.


Tribal citizens protest Trump's environmental rollbacks
Tribal citizens protest Trump's environmental rollbacks (September 27, 2018)

Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation residents, who live at the center of oil fracking fields, were among the first critics of the Trump administration's environmental proposals.


Trump administration restricts tribal involvement at Bears Ears
Trump administration restricts tribal involvement at Bears Ears (August 30, 2018)

The Trump administration continues to dismantle the Bears Ears National Monument despite objections from tribes.


Trump administration plans drilling on ancestral tribal territory
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.


'That's a big screwup': Federal agency exposed tribal sites in drilling report
'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.


Secretary Zinke blames Democrats for delaying Indian Affairs nominee
Secretary Zinke blames Democrats for delaying Indian Affairs nominee (July 3, 2018)

Tara Sweeney waited a long time to be confirmed as the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs. Who is to blame?


Tribes call for speedy action on long-awaited Bureau of Indian Affairs pick
Tribes call for speedy action on long-awaited Bureau of Indian Affairs pick (June 7, 2018)

Tribal leaders are seeking quick action on the Trump administration's nominee to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs amid questions about an issue far from the lower 48 states.


Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee takes big step toward long-awaited confirmation
Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee takes big step toward long-awaited confirmation (June 4, 2018)

Tribes might finally see a new advocate in their corner as they seek to hold the Trump administration accountable for the treaty and the trust relationship.


Tribes back bill to protect ancestral lands from Trump's energy push
Tribes back bill to protect ancestral lands from Trump's energy push (May 22, 2018)

Tribal leaders are endorsing a bill that would prevent the Trump administration from allowing energy development on their ancestral lands in New Mexico.


'A blatant slap in the face': Tribes oppose land transfer bill in Nevada
'A blatant slap in the face': Tribes oppose land transfer bill in Nevada (May 16, 2018)

The Yerington Paiute Tribe and the Walker River Paiute Tribe are slamming a land transfer bill that was drafted without their input.


Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe leaders go missing from key consultation
Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe leaders go missing from key consultation (April 30, 2018)

The Oglala Sioux Tribe scheduled a meeting with the Bureau of Land Management for an extremely important meeting that would have an impact on the lives of its citizens.


Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe slams 'DAPL-type' project
Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe slams 'DAPL-type' project (April 3, 2018)

Concerns about pollution and damage to sacred sites prompted the Oglala Sioux Tribe to demand consultation on fracking activities in treaty territory.


Tribes seek to repatriate ancestral remains uncovered in Idaho
Tribes seek to repatriate ancestral remains uncovered in Idaho (February 7, 2018)

The Nez Perce Tribe, the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes are seeking to repatriate ancestral remains uncovered in Idaho.


Native Sun News Today: Tribal activists battle Trump over fracking
Native Sun News Today: Tribal activists battle Trump over fracking (February 1, 2018)

A coalition of tribal and environmental groups are fighting the Trump administration's attempt to repeal a rule designed to address the harmful effects of fracking on federal and tribal lands.


Agua Caliente Band secures approval of land swap after long wait
Agua Caliente Band secures approval of land swap after long wait (January 25, 2018)

It's taken longer than expected but the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians finally secured approval of a land swap with the federal government.


Chilkat Indian Village sues to protect salmon runs from mining project in Alaska
Chilkat Indian Village sues to protect salmon runs from mining project in Alaska (December 6, 2017)

The Chilkat Indian Village and three conservation groups are in court to stop a mining project in a critical salmon habitat in southeast Alaska.


Pueblo tribes seek ban on energy development on ancestral land in New Mexico
Pueblo tribes seek ban on energy development on ancestral land in New Mexico (September 27, 2017)

Pueblo tribes are calling on the Trump administration to impose a temporary ban on energy development near Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico.


Interior Department tries to streamline lengthy environmental review process
Interior Department tries to streamline lengthy environmental review process (September 8, 2017)

The Department of the Interior is attempting to reform the lengthy environmental review process, an initiative that could benefit Indian Country.


Trump administration withdraws fracking standards for Indian Country
Trump administration withdraws fracking standards for Indian Country (July 24, 2017)

In a victory for a handful of energy-producing tribes, the Trump administration is rescinding a rule that established hydraulic fracturing standards in Indian Country.


Shoshone-Paiute Tribes lay claim to ancestral remains uncovered in Idaho
Shoshone-Paiute Tribes lay claim to ancestral remains uncovered in Idaho (July 20, 2017)

The remains of a young adult and a teenager that were found in Idaho pre-date the arrival of Christopher Columbus.


Secretary Zinke complains about long waits for approvals at Interior
Secretary Zinke complains about long waits for approvals at Interior (July 7, 2017)

The Department of the Interior is promising to give energy companies faster decisions on their applications but isn't doing the same for tribes.


Tribal views seen as influencing close vote on Obama-era energy rule
Tribal views seen as influencing close vote on Obama-era energy rule (May 12, 2017)

The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, as well as the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, support a federal regulation that carries environmental and economic benefits in Indian Country.


Secretary Zinke opens sacred site in Utah to recreational traffic
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.


Donald Trump boasts about approvals for Dakota Access and Keystone XL
Donald Trump boasts about approvals for Dakota Access and Keystone XL (March 28, 2017)

The Trump administration is charting a new course in energy policy, even if it's at the expense of Indian Country's interests.


Native Sun News Today: Energy industry fights rule that boosts tribal energy royalties
Native Sun News Today: Energy industry fights rule that boosts tribal energy royalties (January 27, 2017)

Updated rules on methane capture at oil and gas wells will cut tribes’ air pollution while boosting their royalties by as much as $1.9 million a year.


Shoshone-Bannock Tribes assert ownership of local trail system
Shoshone-Bannock Tribes assert ownership of local trail system (December 15, 2016)

Chairman Blane Edmo planted tribal ownership signs at the popular City Creek Trailhead in Pocatello, Idaho.


Rep. Markwayne Mullin refutes speculation of 'privatizing' tribal land
Rep. Markwayne Mullin refutes speculation of 'privatizing' tribal land (December 7, 2016)

The Oklahoma Republican said a widely circulated report 'completely distorted' his views about sovereignty and self-determination.


Lakota Country Times: New rule curbs waste of tribal resources
Lakota Country Times: New rule curbs waste of tribal resources (December 6, 2016)

After 30 years, the federal government has finally updated its regulations on venting, flaring, and leaks of natural gas.


Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe finally reclaims ancestral remains
Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe finally reclaims ancestral remains (November 23, 2016)

The Obama administration put an end to a dispute over the remains of a 10,000-year-old ancestor known as the Spirit Cave Man.


Southern Ute Tribe settles lawsuit over federal fracking regulation
Southern Ute Tribe settles lawsuit over federal fracking regulation (November 4, 2016)

The tribe will serve as the primary regulatory of hydraulic fracturing on its reservation in Colorado.


Christopher Ketcham: Bundy verdict puts target on federal workers
Christopher Ketcham: Bundy verdict puts target on federal workers (November 1, 2016)

'With the jury acquittals last week of Ammon and Ryan Bundy and their accomplices in the 41-day armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon last winter, the lives of federal land managers in the American West got a whole lot more difficult.'


Bureau of Land Management confirms repatriation of ancestor to Nevada tribe
Bureau of Land Management confirms repatriation of ancestor to Nevada tribe (October 21, 2016)

The remains of a 10,000-year-old individual known as Spirit Cave Man are going to the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe.


Federal agency shifts course as tribal ancestor in Nevada is slated for repatriation
Federal agency shifts course as tribal ancestor in Nevada is slated for repatriation (October 19, 2016)

The Fallon-Paiute Shoshone Tribe has been seeking to rebury the remains of the Spirit Cave Man for two decades.


Obama administration fudges numbers to reach land-into-trust goal
Obama administration fudges numbers to reach land-into-trust goal (October 12, 2016)

More than 500,000 acres has been placed in trust but the figure includes properties that weren't the subject of land-into-trust applications.


President Obama signs Nevada Native Nations Land Act into law
President Obama signs Nevada Native Nations Land Act into law (October 7, 2016)

Six tribes in Nevada will be regaining some of their ancestral territory under H.R.2733, the Nevada Native Nations Lands Act.


Ute Tribe goes ignored again as lawmakers host field hearing on energy
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.


Bill slammed as 'modern day Indian land grab' moves forward
Bill slammed as 'modern day Indian land grab' moves forward (September 22, 2016)

Tribes and Democrats have branded the Utah Public Lands Initiative Act as a 'modern day Indian land grab' but Republicans are pushing it through anyway.


Appeals court hears lawsuit over death in stolen artifact case
Appeals court hears lawsuit over death in stolen artifact case (September 21, 2016)

A non-Indian man was never brought to justice for stealing tribal property but his family has kept the dispute alive for years.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs holds first hearing since break
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs holds first hearing since break (September 6, 2016)

Bills to recognize the Lumbee Tribe, promote economic development and place land in trust for the Tule River Tribe are on the agenda.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on four bills
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on four bills (August 29, 2016)

Bills to recognize the Lumbee Tribe, promote economic development and place land in trust for the Tule River Tribe are on the agenda.


California doctor admits stealing 20K Native artifacts from federal lands
California doctor admits stealing 20K Native artifacts from federal lands (August 17, 2016)

Jonathan Bourne took the items -- including some from burial sites -- and kept them in his home.


Amendment seeks to outlaw fracking regulation in Indian Country
Amendment seeks to outlaw fracking regulation in Indian Country (July 13, 2016)

Some energy producing tribes want to follow their own hydraulic fracturing standards.


House approves bills to transfer federal lands to tribes in California
House approves bills to transfer federal lands to tribes in California (July 6, 2016)

The Tule River Tribe and the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians saw bipartisan support for their land-into-trust bills.