Treaty law, which is the highest law of the land, according to the U.S. Constitution, provides that the Black Hills belong to the Sioux Nation.
As President Trump was hailing the pace of border wall construction, Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris Jr. was bemoaning it as a project that continues to destroy sacred sites.
Republicans tried to derail a sacred sites hearing by using the coronavirus as an excuse. It didn't work.
A federal judge has overturned environmental permits for the Rosemont Copper Mine, a controversial project opposed by tribes in Arizona.
A Lakota warning helped pass a resolution opposing large-scale gold prospecting in the sacred Black Hills of South Dakota.
Under pressure from Native and other community members throughout the past year, the Black Hills National Forest will be taking public comments about gold prospecting in sacred He Sapa.
Democrats on Capitol Hill are vowing to secure permanent protections for ancestral tribal territory after winning initial passage of legislation to stop energy development on sacred lands in two states.
'In 2019, our Havasupai voices were heard after 30 years,' Carletta Tilousi of the Havasupai Tribe said of a bill to ban uranium mining around the Grand Canyon.
The Hardrock Leasing and Reclamation Act protects national parks and tribal areas from being leased for mining, increases mining royalties and creates a fund to clean abandoned mines.
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.
The University of Wyoming College of Law is hosting two public events focusing on water contamination on one reservation and and a treaty rights case recently decided by the Supreme Court.
A copper mine opposed by the Tohono O’odham Nation, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and the Hopi Tribe has hit another snag.
'The tribe is fighting back,' an attorney for the Oglala Sioux said of plans for a large scale uranium mine in South Dakota.
If Canada continues to ignore its obligations to Indigenous peoples under long-standing agreements, UNDRIP and other international agreements, reconciliation will remain but a superficial buzzword.
A federal judge has halted plans to begin digging an open-pit copper mine opposed by tribes in Arizona.
Emyra Wajãpi was killed in an 'invasion' of his people's homelands in Brazil, tribal leaders said.
Including uranium on a list of 'critical minerals' opens the door to expedited mining that will put tribal lands and national parks at risk, lawmakers were told.
Legislation to protect ancestral and sacred tribal lands is gaining steam on Capitol Hill.
Tribal and environmental leaders urged lawmakers to protect sacred land by banning mining around the Grand Canyon.
It's been more than six months since oral arguments in a closely-watched tribal case but who's counting?
Natalie Stites Means says protecting Rapid City's water and environment are among her top priorities.
America's mining laws haven't undergone significant review since the era of the Indian wars.
By teaming up to defend the place they all call home, 'cowboys and Indians' are protecting their lands and waters for all.
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.
A sacred Apache site is being threatened by a huge mining project in Arizona.
Tribal monitors are helping collect data on culturally significant sites that are facing an uncertain future in Arizona.
The Havasupai Tribe and environmental advocates will be able to challenge an existing uranium mine near the Grand Canyon.
The Supreme Court has let stand an Obama-era moratorium on new uranium mines on about 1 million acres around the Grand Canyon.
The Colville Tribes are celebrating after securing a huge victory against the world's largest mining company.
A massive open-pit copper mine in Arizona is being challenged by the Hopi Tribe, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and the Tohono O’odham Nation.
The Yerington Paiute Tribe and the Walker River Paiute Tribe are slamming a land transfer bill that was drafted without their input.
Canadian gold prospectors resume drilling near sacred Pe’ Sla after securing an alternative water supply for their operations.
'Money isn’t everything to us. We are about the water and that we service the needs of our people that pay for it.'
Gold prospectors are drilling on land adjacent to Pe’ Sla in the Black Hills, a sacred site held in trust for tribes.
A Canadian company is moving forward with a gold mine in the Black Hills of South Dakota, near the Lakota spiritual center of Pe’ Sla.
Great Plains tribal leaders, at a meeting with U.S. Forest Service personnel on November 21, fired a barrage of constitutional arguments against proposed federal permitting of new gold exploration in the Black Hills.
The Chilkat Indian Village and three conservation groups are in court to stop a mining project in a critical salmon habitat in southeast Alaska.
Leaders of the Oglala Sioux Tribe are objecting to plans to mine for gold near a Lakota spiritual site in South Dakota.
Environmental groups sued the Forest Service this week to block what they called the 'dangerous' Rosemont copper mine, citing concerns ranging from habitat destruction to drinking water contamination at the project southeast of Tucson.
A Canadian company is proposing a gold mine in the Black Hills of South Dakota, near the Lakota spiritual center of Pe’ Sla.
Commercial mining threatens decades of progress on environmental protection and indigenous rights in the Amazon, author Chris Feliciano Arnold writes in The New York Times.
The Yerington Paiute Tribe is trying to hold the prior owners of an abandoned copper mine in Nevada accountable for polluting the environment.
Secretary Ryan Zinke of the Department of the Interior is sounding like his Obama administration predecessor when it comes to development on certain federal lands.
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.
A federal appeals court agreed with two tribes who challenged plans to divert water from the Gila River in Arizona.
An open-pit nickel mining operation met its match when Q’eqchi leader Rodrigo Tot led his community to a high court victory for traditional land rights.
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.
Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, work for President Donald Trump and are in position to influence the administration's position on a mine project in Minnesota.
The Resolution Copper Mine in Arizona would be operating by now in most countries, but is still years away from getting all the permits it needs in the U.S., a company official testified.
The Environmental Protection Agency plans to to issue underground water permits for the uranium mining and milling project opposed by the Oglala Sioux Tribe.
It’s a chilly Friday morning on highway AZ-170 on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation.
The open pit gold, zinc and copper mine would be near tribal burial sites and centuries old raised garden beds along the Menominee River, the center of the Menominee Tribe's creation story.