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Trump administration moves to open Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling
Environment | National | Politics
Trump administration moves to open Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling (September 18, 2017)
Alaska Native corporations stand to benefit from development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge but the Gwich'in people strongly oppose oil and gas development.

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes dealt setback on National Bison Range
Environment | National | Politics
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes dealt setback on National Bison Range (August 28, 2017)
Thanks to Secretary Ryan Zinke, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are back to square one when it comes to the National Bison Range in Montana.

Northern Cheyenne Tribe challenges Trump administration on grizzly bears
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Northern Cheyenne Tribe challenges Trump administration on grizzly bears (June 30, 2017)
The Northern Cheyenne Tribe is planning to sue the Trump administration for removing protections for grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park.

States cheer Trump decision on grizzly bears amid tribal concerns about hunts
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States cheer Trump decision on grizzly bears amid tribal concerns about hunts (June 23, 2017)
The governors of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming are thanking the Trump administration for removing protections for grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park.

Secretary Zinke removes protections for grizzlies over tribal objections
Environment | National | Politics
Secretary Zinke removes protections for grizzlies over tribal objections (June 22, 2017)
Just hours after promising to consult tribes before making any decisions that affect their interests, the new leader of the Department of the Interior heralded the removal of protections for grizzly bears.

Secretary Zinke won't return land taken from Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes
Environment | National | Politics
Secretary Zinke won't return land taken from Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (April 18, 2017)
The National Bison Range is located entirely within reservation boundaries but the leader of the Interior Department described it as 'public' land.

House panel takes up bill to approve road for Alaska Native village
Environment | National | Politics
House panel takes up bill to approve road for Alaska Native village (April 4, 2017)
Residents of King Cove have been pushing for the road for decades as a way to save lives in their Aleut community.

Tribal opposition leads to delay on status of Yellowstone grizzly
Environment | Politics
Tribal opposition leads to delay on status of Yellowstone grizzly (January 12, 2017)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has received more than 650,000 comments about protections for the sacred animal.

Alaska Native village still seeking approval for 'life-saving road'
Environment | Health | National | Politics
Alaska Native village still seeking approval for 'life-saving road' (January 11, 2017)
Indian Country remains wary of Republican president-elect Donald Trump but change in the nation's capital could benefit a rural Native community in Alaska.

Christopher Ketcham: Bundy verdict puts target on federal workers
Opinion
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.'

Jury acquits defendants for armed standoff on tribal territory in Oregon
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Jury acquits defendants for armed standoff on tribal territory in Oregon (October 28, 2016)
'This is off-the-charts unbelievable,' a defense attorney said in response to the shocking verdicts.

Jury restarts deliberations in armed standoff on tribal territory
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Jury restarts deliberations in armed standoff on tribal territory (October 27, 2016)
A juror who once worked for the federal government was removed after questions were raised about his impartiality.

Jury deliberates verdicts in armed standoff on tribal territory in Oregon
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Jury deliberates verdicts in armed standoff on tribal territory in Oregon (October 26, 2016)
Anti-government protesters with guns and ammunition took over a federal refuge that was once a reservation for the Burns Paiute Tribe.

Kootenai Tribe aims to revive only herd of caribou in United States
Canada | Environment | National
Kootenai Tribe aims to revive only herd of caribou in United States (October 3, 2016)
Only about 12 Selkirk caribou live in parts of Idaho and Washington state.

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe tries to revive #NoDAPL complaint
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Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe tries to revive #NoDAPL complaint (September 20, 2016)
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe filed the case but the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe wants to ensure its voice is heard as the fight continues.

Another rollercoaster week as #NoDAPL fight enters new phase
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Another rollercoaster week as #NoDAPL fight enters new phase (September 19, 2016)
The fate of the $3.8 billion project rests on actions in faraway Washington, D.C.

All-White jury hears opening statements in armed standoff trial
Law | National
All-White jury hears opening statements in armed standoff trial (September 14, 2016)
An attorney for one of the ringleaders claimed the federal government didn't own a refuge that was stolen from the Burns Paiute Tribe.

Trial opens into standoff on land stolen from Burns Paiute Tribe
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Trial opens into standoff on land stolen from Burns Paiute Tribe (September 13, 2016)
The armed occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon generated international and criminal charges.

Vernon Finley: Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes seek return of National Bison Range
Environment | Opinion
Vernon Finley: Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes seek return of National Bison Range (August 15, 2016)
The idea of simply restoring the National Bison Range to federal trust ownership for the tribes for continued bison conservation and public visitation purposes is a logical one.

Tribes host prayer ceremony for grizzly bear at Glacier National Park
Environment
Tribes host prayer ceremony for grizzly bear at Glacier National Park (August 10, 2016)
Tribes say they weren't properly consulted about the Obama administration's decision to lift protections for the sacred animal.

Federal authorities file warrant for shield stolen from Acoma Pueblo
Law | National | World
Federal authorities file warrant for shield stolen from Acoma Pueblo (August 2, 2016)
The Acoma Pueblo ceremonial shield is being held by an auction house in France that has made millions of dollars by selling tribal items.

Native Sun News: Tribes denounce racism in fight over grizzly bears
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Native Sun News: Tribes denounce racism in fight over grizzly bears (August 2, 2016)
Native Sun News obtained a copy of the email sent to USFWS Director Ashe that is titled 'Stop the Racism' and catalogs a litany of verified incidents that GOAL categorizes as 'a shameful display of racism.'

Native Sun News: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe battles oil pipeline
Environment | National
Native Sun News: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe battles oil pipeline (June 8, 2016)
Officials shut down construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline immediately after objectors at the Sacred Stone Spirit Camp on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation raised a 'human shield of prayer' on May 24.

Iowa board approves energy pipeline work amid tribal objections
Environment | National
Iowa board approves energy pipeline work amid tribal objections (June 7, 2016)
The Upper Sioux Community, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other tribes have raised concerns about a burial site in the path of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Northern Arapaho Tribe expects to secure federal permit to take eagle
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Northern Arapaho Tribe expects to secure federal permit to take eagle (May 16, 2016)
The Obama administration has dropped an appeal in the long-running case.

Defendant who damaged tribal sites at refuge remains at large
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Defendant who damaged tribal sites at refuge remains at large (March 24, 2016)
According to authorities, Jake Ryan helped dig a road and latrines on and near sacred areas at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

Secretary Jewell meets with Burns Paiute Tribe and visits refuge
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Secretary Jewell meets with Burns Paiute Tribe and visits refuge (March 22, 2016)
The Interior Department is promising to increase the Oregon tribe's role at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, its ancestral home.

Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe blasts grizzly bear decision
Environment | National
Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe blasts grizzly bear decision (March 15, 2016)
The US Fish and Wildlife has announced its proposed rule to strip Endangered Species Act protections from Yellowstone’s grizzly bears that despite formal objections submitted by some fifty tribes and the Assembly of First Nations.

Defendants charged for damaging sacred Burns Paiute Tribe site
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Defendants charged for damaging sacred Burns Paiute Tribe site (March 10, 2016)
A superseding indictment was unsealed and listed more charges against 26 people in connection with the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

Young member of Tulalip Tribes indicted for role in Oregon standoff
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Young member of Tulalip Tribes indicted for role in Oregon standoff (March 7, 2016)
Eric Lee Flores, 22, apparently went back and forth between his reservation and the wildlife refuge in Oregon at the start of the 41-day occupation.

Tribes slam decision to remove protections for Yellowstone bears
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Tribes slam decision to remove protections for Yellowstone bears (March 4, 2016)
Vice President Tom Poor Bear of the Oglala Sioux Tribe said the decision will lead to non-Indian hunting.

Additional charges expected in armed takeover at wildlife refuge
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Additional charges expected in armed takeover at wildlife refuge (February 25, 2016)
The 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon cost taxpayers at least $3.3 million.

Bundy family members finally charged for 2014 armed standoff
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Bundy family members finally charged for 2014 armed standoff (February 18, 2016)
Cliven, Ammon and Ryan Bundy and two of their supporters were indicted for taking up arms against federal officers in Nevada.

Armed occupiers dug road and latrine near tribal sites at refuge
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Armed occupiers dug road and latrine near tribal sites at refuge (February 17, 2016)
The trenches were large and at least one of them was found to contain human feces, according to a document filed in federal court.

Burns Paiute Tribe to help assess damage from armed takeover
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Burns Paiute Tribe to help assess damage from armed takeover (February 12, 2016)
Authorities will be looking for damage to sacred sites and thousands of artifacts at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

Armed occupation of wildlife refuge in Oregon ends with arrests
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Armed occupation of wildlife refuge in Oregon ends with arrests (February 11, 2016)
Cliven Bundy is being held in the same jail as his two sons and is facing charges in connection with a standoff at his ranch in Nevada in 2014.

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes welcome return of land
Environment | National
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes welcome return of land (February 10, 2016)
The National Bison Range was established in 1908 and is located entirely within the boundaries of the Flathead Reservation.

Burns Paiute Tribe might seek to reopen judgment for stolen lands
Law | National
Burns Paiute Tribe might seek to reopen judgment for stolen lands (February 8, 2016)
Some 850 tribal members each received just $743.20 in 1969 for the taking of their 1.78-million acre ancestral reservation.

Four people remain at refuge in Oregon as FBI defends shooting
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Four people remain at refuge in Oregon as FBI defends shooting (January 29, 2016)
The FBI continues to negotiate with the holdouts in hopes of resolving the takeover of the ancestral reservation of the Burns Paiute Tribe.

Leader of armed takeover tells followers to leave federal refuge
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Leader of armed takeover tells followers to leave federal refuge (January 28, 2016)
Even as the group dwindled, Burns Paiute Tribe Chairwoman Charlotte Rodrique expressed concerns about the occupation.

Steven Newcomb: Federal refuge belongs to Burns Paiute Tribe
Opinion
Steven Newcomb: Federal refuge belongs to Burns Paiute Tribe (January 28, 2016)
The mainstream media, however, is unlikely to ever acknowledge that to this day the lands in question are still Northern Paiute Nation territory.

Siletz Tribe disavows video showing artifacts at refuge in Oregon
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Siletz Tribe disavows video showing artifacts at refuge in Oregon (January 27, 2016)
Chairwoman Delores Pigsley expressed full support for the Burns Paiute Tribe after one of her citizens appeared in a video posted by the armed group.

Leaders of armed takeover at federal refuge arrested after death
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Leaders of armed takeover at federal refuge arrested after death (January 27, 2016)
Robert 'LaVoy' Finicum, 55, who had been the primary spokesperson of the occupation, was killed in Oregon.

Andrew Rosenthal: Armed group pulls stunt with tribal artifacts
Environment | Opinion
Andrew Rosenthal: Armed group pulls stunt with tribal artifacts (January 22, 2016)
The Bundy gang’s staged pronouncements about American values, pioneer history and the sacred rights of landowners are offensive.

Armed group willing to turn over artifacts to Burns Paiute Tribe
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Armed group willing to turn over artifacts to Burns Paiute Tribe (January 15, 2016)
About 4,000 artifacts are housed at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

Wildlife refuge to be renamed in honor of the late Billy Frank Jr.
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Wildlife refuge to be renamed in honor of the late Billy Frank Jr. (January 13, 2016)
The Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge in Washington preserves the legacy of one of Indian Country's most revered figures.

Federal agencies closed offices in Oregon amid safety concerns
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Federal agencies closed offices in Oregon amid safety concerns (January 8, 2016)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has remained open because the agency that serves the Burns Paiute Tribe is more than 200 miles from the site of the armed takeover.

Burns Paiute Tribe not happy with armed group on ancestral land
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Burns Paiute Tribe not happy with armed group on ancestral land (January 6, 2016)
Tribal leaders are speaking out against the group that is occupying a federal refuge near the reservation.

Armed group wants more to join protest on ancestral Paiute land
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Armed group wants more to join protest on ancestral Paiute land (January 5, 2016)
Ammon Bundy, a leader of the occupation, claims people are interested in 'taking back their land and resources' but doesn't mention that the area was originally promised to the Burns Paiute Tribe.

Armed group occupies wildlife refuge near reservation in Oregon
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Armed group occupies wildlife refuge near reservation in Oregon (January 4, 2016)
The land in and around the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge was initially promised by treaty to the Burns Paiute Tribe before it was taken by the federal government.

Tribes demand consultation on grizzly bears in Yellowstone
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Tribes demand consultation on grizzly bears in Yellowstone (November 12, 2015)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has acknowledged missteps in its outreach to Indian Country.

Rhonda Pitka: Alaska Natives put priority on subsistence rights
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Rhonda Pitka: Alaska Natives put priority on subsistence rights (September 1, 2015)
Alaska Natives have identified the most pressing issue and priority amongst our people to be the mismanagement of hunting and fishing resources and the lack of tribal rights tied to these resources.

Northern Arapaho Tribe asks Obama to drop appeal in eagle case
Environment | Law
Northern Arapaho Tribe asks Obama to drop appeal in eagle case (August 26, 2015)
Tribal members want to be able to use bald eagles for Sun Dance ceremonies but a federal permit restricts where they can kill the birds.

Native Sun News: Opposition grows to delisting of grizzly bears
Environment
Native Sun News: Opposition grows to delisting of grizzly bears (July 1, 2015)
Tribal opposition continues to mount against the federal government’s proposed removal of Endangered Species Act status from the iconic Yellowstone grizzly.

Tribes benefit from wildland fire protection at Interior Department
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Tribes benefit from wildland fire protection at Interior Department (June 15, 2015)
The Obama administration announced $10 million in projects across the nation, including three that will include tribes.

Apology sought for treatment of tribes at grizzly bear meeting
Environment | National
Apology sought for treatment of tribes at grizzly bear meeting (May 20, 2015)
James Walks Along, the historic preservation officer for the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, was forced to stop addressing federal officials at a recent public meeting.

Navajo Nation's zoo helps provide eagle feathers to members
Environment | National
Navajo Nation's zoo helps provide eagle feathers to members (April 30, 2015)
Going through the National Eagle Repository takes years but the tribe is able to reduce the wait through a special program.

Native Sun News: Tribes take DOI to task over grizzly bear policy
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Native Sun News: Tribes take DOI to task over grizzly bear policy (April 22, 2015)
In a strongly worded letter, the Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council has voiced misgivings about the impartiality of Christopher Servheen in any proposed tribal consultation process over the government’s controversial delisting of the Yellowstone grizzly bear.

Obama to seek stronger protections for wildlife refuge in Alaska
Environment | National | Politics
Obama to seek stronger protections for wildlife refuge in Alaska (January 26, 2015)
The proposal drew immediate condemnation from the state's Congressional delegation.

Fish and Wildlife Service develops new tribal consultation policy
Environment | National
Fish and Wildlife Service develops new tribal consultation policy (January 15, 2015)
Officials will be holding two webinars next week and a consultation session next month to discuss the changes.

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