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Cronkite News: Two Arizona tribes, advocacy group join suits over EPA’s clean-water rule rollback
Cronkite News: Two Arizona tribes, advocacy group join suits over EPA’s clean-water rule rollback (June 24, 2020)

Tribal nations are suing the Trump administration over a clean water rule that critics said would lead to pollution and degradation.


Cronkite News: Plan to ‘revive’ uranium mining called unneeded, unwanted by advocates
Cronkite News: Plan to ‘revive’ uranium mining called unneeded, unwanted by advocates (June 9, 2020)

The Trump administration wants to 'revive and strengthen' the uranium mining industry despite its toxic legacy in Indian Country.


Tribes score victory in long-running battle against Dakota Access Pipeline
Tribes score victory in long-running battle against Dakota Access Pipeline (March 25, 2020)

In a big victory for tribal nations that have fought the Dakota Access Pipeline through two presidential administrations, a federal judge ordered a full environmental review of the controversial project.


The Revelator: Trump administration rolls back water quality standards
The Revelator: Trump administration rolls back water quality standards (February 24, 2020)

States with fewer local protections and resources will suffer the most — as will their people and wildlife.


Native Sun News Today: Oglala tribal staff caps water well with uranium in it
Native Sun News Today: Oglala tribal staff caps water well with uranium in it (February 19, 2020)

An official statement barring forbidden levels of uranium in drinking water caused turmoil, but the supply has been capped by the Oglala Sioux Tribe.


Indian Country awaits latest budget proposal from Trump administration
Indian Country awaits latest budget proposal from Trump administration (February 10, 2020)

President Donald Trump is releasing his latest budget request, a document that signals his administration's commitment to fulfilling it trust and treaty obligations.


Being Frank: We must demand a healthy Puget Sound
Being Frank: We must demand a healthy Puget Sound (February 3, 2020)

Treaty tribes in western Washington are offering bold actions needed to recover the health of Puget Sound.


Advocates: EPA’s new clean-water rules hit Arizona, Southwest hardest
Advocates: EPA’s new clean-water rules hit Arizona, Southwest hardest (January 24, 2020)

Clean-water rules unveiled by the Trump administration could remove the vast majority of Arizona’s waterways from federal oversight, a change environmentalists call bad news.


Trump administration's push for U.S. uranium production opposed near Grand Canyon
Trump administration's push for U.S. uranium production opposed near Grand Canyon (January 9, 2020)

The Hopi Tribe is among the opponents of uranium mining on sacred lands in Arizona.


Bakken cough: An oil field workers dilemma
Bakken cough: An oil field workers dilemma (December 3, 2019)

New oil-and-gas pipeline protection measures could help people like Lisa Deville and her family, who suffer from fracking industry pollution on their tribal homelands.


Shoshone-Bannock Tribes win regulatory case on hazardous waste storage
Shoshone-Bannock Tribes win regulatory case on hazardous waste storage (November 18, 2019)

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes are in a long-running dispute with a non-Indian company that refuses to pay for the storage of hazardous waste.


Still no sign of Supreme Court arguments in closely-watched Indian Country case
Still no sign of Supreme Court arguments in closely-watched Indian Country case (November 11, 2019)

The nation's highest court continues to keep Indian Country in the dark when it comes to one of the most contentious cases in recent history.


Arizona recycling programs are in trouble, thanks to residential contamination
Arizona recycling programs are in trouble, thanks to residential contamination (November 5, 2019)

More cities in Arizona are making huge cuts to their recycling programs, which means less-frequent curbside pickups and tighter restrictions on accepted materials.


EPA hears resounding ‘no’ on proposed water permits for Black Hills uranium mining
EPA hears resounding ‘no’ on proposed water permits for Black Hills uranium mining (October 23, 2019)

One hundred percent of the comments at a public hearing on water permits for the Dewey Burdock Project were against uranium mining on treaty territory.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs examines nuclear legacy in Indian Country
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs examines nuclear legacy in Indian Country (October 7, 2019)

Tribal leaders, federal officials and advocates will testify about the effects of radiation in Indian Country at a field hearing in New Mexico.


Navajo Nation welcomes key lawmaker to reservation for uranium mining forum
Navajo Nation welcomes key lawmaker to reservation for uranium mining forum (October 1, 2019)

Leaders of the Navajo Nation are eager to show how uranium mining continues to affect their people as they host a key member of Congress.


Uranium mine water permits spur call for help
Uranium mine water permits spur call for help (September 17, 2019)

A uranium mining project is located in 1868 Ft. Laramie Treaty territory, an area reserved for the Great Sioux Nation.


EPA Ignores tribal consultation
EPA Ignores tribal consultation (September 5, 2019)

After tribal citizens roundly rejected draft permits to provide Black Hills water to a foreign uranium mine project, the Environmental Protection Agency revised the wording for a new comment period.


House takes up legislation to increase funding to Indian Country
House takes up legislation to increase funding to Indian Country (June 18, 2019)

Democrats are hoping to avoid another shutdown of the federal government, like the one that crippled tribal and urban Indian communities earlier in the year.


Native Sun News Today: Black Hills uranium settlement aids cleanup on Navajo Nation
Native Sun News Today: Black Hills uranium settlement aids cleanup on Navajo Nation (May 2, 2019)

A court settlement over radioactive and toxic uranium mining waste abandoned in the Black Hills will help the Navajo Nation with a new health study.


Congress sends bill with pro-tribal provisions to President Trump
Congress sends bill with pro-tribal provisions to President Trump (October 15, 2018)

Congress went on break last week but not before sending another pro-tribal bill to President Donald Trump.


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.


Colville Tribes win big in effort to keep homelands safe
Colville Tribes win big in effort to keep homelands safe (September 17, 2018)

The Colville Tribes are celebrating after securing a huge victory against the world's largest mining company.


Treaty tribes fight for strong water quality standards
Treaty tribes fight for strong water quality standards (September 12, 2018)

Treaty tribes believe a pollution-based economy is not sustainable. No price can be placed on the value of human health or the resources that sustain us.


Shingle Springs Band acquires 35.9 acres for $1.2 million
Shingle Springs Band acquires 35.9 acres for $1.2 million (July 20, 2018)

The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians has acquired land near its reservation in northern California.


Peter Kalmus: Trump administration runs away from climate change
Peter Kalmus: Trump administration runs away from climate change (July 9, 2018)

The Trump administration has put fossil fuel interests over the planet’s life support system.


'Good riddance': Scott Pruitt steps down at Environmental Protection Agency
'Good riddance': Scott Pruitt steps down at Environmental Protection Agency (July 6, 2018)

Scott Pruitt aggressively rolled back agency regulations even as he was dogged by ethical questions at the Environmental Protection Agency.


Supreme Court delivers bad news to tribes as term draws to a close
Supreme Court delivers bad news to tribes as term draws to a close (June 25, 2018)

The nation's highest court won't be letting Indian Country rest over the summer.


Supreme Court poised to take action on some major Indian law petitions
Supreme Court poised to take action on some major Indian law petitions (June 18, 2018)

The Supreme Court is almost finished with its current term, one in which Indian Country fared surprisingly well. But the drama isn't over yet.


Another slap in the face in Nevada? Yerington Paiute Tribe slams lack of consultation
Another slap in the face in Nevada? Yerington Paiute Tribe slams lack of consultation (June 8, 2018)

The Yerington Paiute Tribe continues to be left out of decisions affecting a polluted mining site in Nevada.


Native Sun News Today: Fort Peck Tribes angered by oil spill in Montana
Native Sun News Today: Fort Peck Tribes angered by oil spill in Montana (May 23, 2018)

The Ft. Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes decried the most recent toxic oilfield spill as all the more reason to resist TransCanada Corp.’s construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.


Native Sun News Today: Tribal leaders named to national environmental panel
Native Sun News Today: Tribal leaders named to national environmental panel (May 18, 2018)

Chairman Mark Fox of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation has been thrust into the spotlight with a new role.


Quapaw Tribe goes to bat for Trump's embattled environmental official
Quapaw Tribe goes to bat for Trump's embattled environmental official (April 9, 2018)

With his job in jeopardy, the leader of the Environmental Protection Agency can count on at least one defender in Indian Country.


Cronkite News: White Mountain Apache Tribe cleans up contamination
Cronkite News: White Mountain Apache Tribe cleans up contamination (April 9, 2018)

The White Mountain Apache Tribe cleaned up contamination from meth labs with a brownfields grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.


Trump administration sides with industry in reservation boundary case
Trump administration sides with industry in reservation boundary case (April 3, 2018)

The Trump administration is siding with industry interests in a closely-watched reservation boundary case pending at the U.S. Supreme Court.


Spending bill includes large infusion of funds for Indian housing
Spending bill includes large infusion of funds for Indian housing (March 27, 2018)

The $1.3 trillion spending bill approved by Congress and signed into law last week includes the largest infusion of funds for Indian housing in nearly a decade.


Aide to Secretary Zinke resigns after posting racist statements online
Aide to Secretary Zinke resigns after posting racist statements online (March 1, 2018)

A 'special assistant' to Secretary Ryan Zinke resigned from the Department of the Interior after CNN uncovered her racist and bigoted statements posted online.


Tribes take Wind River Reservation boundary case to Supreme Court
Tribes take Wind River Reservation boundary case to Supreme Court (February 22, 2018)

After being abandoned by the Trump administration, the Eastern Shoshone Tribe and the Northern Arapaho Tribe are taking their homelands case to the nation's highest court.


Company pays fine for polluting water on North Dakota reservation
Company pays fine for polluting water on North Dakota reservation (February 5, 2018)

An energy company paid a $49,000 fine to the federal government for contaminating water on the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation.


David Ganje: More study needed on water permit at uranium mine in Black Hills
David Ganje: More study needed on water permit at uranium mine in Black Hills (November 2, 2017)

The Dewey Burdock project would be the most significant mining operation in South Dakota in the last twenty years.


Crow Tribe declares emergency after vandalism at water treatment facility
Crow Tribe declares emergency after vandalism at water treatment facility (October 6, 2017)

The Crow Tribe is dealing with another crisis after vandals caused significant damage to a key water system on the reservation in Montana.


Yerington Paiute Tribe sues owners of abandoned mine for millions of dollars
Yerington Paiute Tribe sues owners of abandoned mine for millions of dollars (September 8, 2017)

The Yerington Paiute Tribe is trying to hold the prior owners of an abandoned copper mine in Nevada accountable for polluting the environment.


EHN: Menominee Nation demands stronger federal oversight of Back Forty Mine
EHN: Menominee Nation demands stronger federal oversight of Back Forty Mine (August 25, 2017)

In its continued fight against a mine near sacred waters, the Menominee Nation wants stronger federal regulations to apply as officials weigh the final permit for mine approval.


News21: Tribes fight for clean water and more funds from federal government
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.


Trump administration abandons tribes in battle over boundaries of reservation in Wyoming
Trump administration abandons tribes in battle over boundaries of reservation in Wyoming (August 14, 2017)

The Trump administration has abandoned two tribes as they seek to protect their homelands in Wyoming from an attack by the state government.


Trump administration excludes Navajo Nation in review of Gold King Mine claims
Trump administration excludes Navajo Nation in review of Gold King Mine claims (August 8, 2017)

The new leader of the Environmental Protection Agency is criticizing the Obama administration for the Gold King Mine disaster but won't change course when it comes to the Navajo Nation.


Environmental Protection Agency opens door to mine on Native territory
Environmental Protection Agency opens door to mine on Native territory (July 12, 2017)

The Environmental Protection Agency said it will consult with tribes and Alaska Native corporations about a controversial gold mine that many of them oppose.


Tribes go it alone on climate change as Trump team shifts priorities
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.