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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.


Native Sun News Today: New Rapid Creek Watershed Action to help tribes protect Black Hills
Native Sun News Today: New Rapid Creek Watershed Action to help tribes protect Black Hills (June 30, 2020)

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.


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.


Supreme Court winds down unusual term with tribal sovereignty case on docket
Supreme Court winds down unusual term with tribal sovereignty case on docket (June 23, 2020)

As Indian Country continues to wait for a decision in a closely-watched sovereignty case, the nation's highest court is turning away long-running challenges to tribal treaty and land rights.


Native Sun News Today: Comments due on trapping otters
Native Sun News Today: Comments due on trapping otters (June 15, 2020)

South Dakota is giving the public until June 19 to comment on the first-ever trapping season for the rare native river otter that was reintroduced by the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe.


Native Sun News Today: Lawsuit challenges gold permit process in ‘sacred water’ basin
Native Sun News Today: Lawsuit challenges gold permit process in ‘sacred water’ basin (June 10, 2020)

'Mining for gold poses a serious threat to our sacred water from Rapid Creek,' says A. Gay Kingman of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association.


Congress returns to Indian Country's agenda in age of COVID-19
Congress returns to Indian Country's agenda in age of COVID-19 (June 9, 2020)

Congress is slowly but surely getting back to work after COVID-19 derailed Indian Country's legislative agenda ahead of one of the most critical elections in America's history.


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.


Cronkite News: Preliminary OK for Little Colorado dam proposals worries plan’s critics
Cronkite News: Preliminary OK for Little Colorado dam proposals worries plan’s critics (June 8, 2020)

Concerns about sacred sites, endangered species and lack of tribal consultation weren't enough to derail a hydropower study on the Little Colorado River


Native Sun News Today:  Navajo would use CARES Act money to create water system
Native Sun News Today: Navajo would use CARES Act money to create water system (June 1, 2020)

The Navajo Nation has received $600 million from the CARES Act and tribal lawmakers are collecting public comments to determine the best ways to spend the money.


Ronson Chee: COVID-19 pandemic exposes long-standing issues on Navajo Nation
Ronson Chee: COVID-19 pandemic exposes long-standing issues on Navajo Nation (May 13, 2020)

The disproportionate high rates of COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation (Nation) has recently made headlines at the world stage and has brought to light the lack of in-home sanitation facilities and lack of potable water infrastructure coverage.


Native Sun News Today: Pipeline loses permit, but construction continues
Native Sun News Today: Pipeline loses permit, but construction continues (May 8, 2020)

Even after a federal judge revoked permission for Keystone XL Pipeline construction across unceded treaty territory, the Canadian builder was still proceeding with work.


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.


'We are a forgotten people': Native candidate struggles to be heard amid COVID-19 pandemic
'We are a forgotten people': Native candidate struggles to be heard amid COVID-19 pandemic (May 4, 2020)

With just a month left before voters go to the polls, Karen Bedonie is looking for ways to boost her struggling Congressional campaign during the worst public health crisis in decades.


Bristol Bay Tribes grateful for Tribal solidarity as our fight continues
Bristol Bay Tribes grateful for Tribal solidarity as our fight continues (April 30, 2020)

The days we stand together with fellow tribes are a bright moment of hope for our region’s future.


Court blocks Keystone XL water crossings
Court blocks Keystone XL water crossings (April 27, 2020)

Tribes continue the fight against the Keystone XL Pipeline amid fears that it will exacerbate the threat posed to their communities by the coronavirus.


The COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 Bristol Bay fishing season
The COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 Bristol Bay fishing season (April 23, 2020)

The risk of transmission of the coronavirus in the Bristol Bay fishery of Alaska is not just high -- it is certain.


Coronavirus takes higher toll on Native Americans in hard hit region
Coronavirus takes higher toll on Native Americans in hard hit region (April 15, 2020)

The coronavirus is taking a disproportionate toll on the first Americans, whose health care is promised by the federal government yet often falls far short of the need.


Governor OKs Keystone XL construction despite coronavirus threat
Governor OKs Keystone XL construction despite coronavirus threat (April 7, 2020)

Gov. Steve Bullock (D) is allowing a Canadian pipeline company to begin construction this month of the Keystone XL oil pipeline in Montana.


Indigenous people may be the Amazon's last hope
Indigenous people may be the Amazon's last hope (March 31, 2020)

Brazil’s divisive President Jair Bolsonaro has taken another step in his bold plans to develop indigenous territory in the Amazon rainforest.


Native Sun News Today: Meade County oks man-camp
Native Sun News Today: Meade County oks man-camp (March 12, 2020)

Tribal nations held off the Keystone XL Pipeline in federal court even as the company behind the controversial project moved forward with man camps.


Anti-pipeline activists return to court to stop Keystone XL — again
Anti-pipeline activists return to court to stop Keystone XL — again (March 9, 2020)

Environmental and indigenous activists returned to federal court in Montana, seeking to stop construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.


Snowbowl renovation gains speed with Forest Service approval of new ski lift
Snowbowl renovation gains speed with Forest Service approval of new ski lift (March 6, 2020)

The U.S. Forest Service approved a $60 million expansion of a privately-owned ski resort in the sacred San Francisco Peaks.


'Come celebrate with us': Taos Pueblo commemorates return of sacred land
'Come celebrate with us': Taos Pueblo commemorates return of sacred land (March 6, 2020)

On September 19, Taos Pueblo will commemorate the fifty-year anniversary of the return of sacred Blue Lake to the tribe.


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.


Refuge transfer sparks concern about land transfers, and a disclaimer
Refuge transfer sparks concern about land transfers, and a disclaimer (February 20, 2020)

A proposal to convey the National Bison Range to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes has generated a mixture of excitement, concern, and outright opposition


Tribal officials press for more, and more predictable, federal funding
Tribal officials press for more, and more predictable, federal funding (February 20, 2020)

Tribal officials raised issues ranging from polluted water to underfunded police but there was one message they all had for lawmakers – the government needs to be a more reliable partner on critical projects.


Spokane Tribe celebrates long-overdue compensation legislation
Spokane Tribe celebrates long-overdue compensation legislation (February 19, 2020)

It took nearly 80 years for the federal government to agree to pay the Spokane Tribe for the loss of homes, lands and sacred sites.


YES! Magazine: Makaśa Looking Horse at center of activist movement
YES! Magazine: Makaśa Looking Horse at center of activist movement (February 19, 2020)

Young Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color at the center of environmental justice movements are often overlooked.


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.


Native Sun News Today: Lakota prophecy changes mind of City Council
Native Sun News Today: Lakota prophecy changes mind of City Council (February 17, 2020)

A Lakota warning helped pass a resolution opposing large-scale gold prospecting in the sacred Black Hills of South Dakota.


Northwest tribes conclude winter meeting with call to protect environment
Northwest tribes conclude winter meeting with call to protect environment (February 6, 2020)

Northwest tribes want the federal government to respect opposition to controversial environmental decisions that impact their traditional lands.


Sault Ste. Marie Tribe hails end to nuclear waste project
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe hails end to nuclear waste project (February 3, 2020)

The Sault Tribe has taken a leadership position in defending the waters of the upper Great Lakes from industrial pollution.


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.


The Revelator: Residents of small town derail fracking operation
The Revelator: Residents of small town derail fracking operation (February 3, 2020)

A small town that’s home to the famous Best Friends Animal Society took an unconventional path to face down a fracking operation.


Are SD Republicans trapped in history’s time warp?
Are SD Republicans trapped in history’s time warp? (January 31, 2020)

The Republican regime in South Dakota has an intolerable regime for those who have a stake in the control of people and animals for profit.


Who’s yea and who’s nay on the CSKT water compact
Who’s yea and who’s nay on the CSKT water compact (January 27, 2020)

Where do the key players stand on a bill to settle the water rights of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes?


The Revelator: Indigenous peoples threatened in their own homelands
The Revelator: Indigenous peoples threatened in their own homelands (January 27, 2020)

A vulnerable culture living in a severely degraded section of the Colombian Amazon is in desperate need of international respect and support.


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.


Native Sun News Today: Town okays water for KXL; tribes hold out
Native Sun News Today: Town okays water for KXL; tribes hold out (January 17, 2020)

Tribes with treaty rights affected by the Keystone XL Pipeline continue to contest water permits for the controversial project.


Olszewski and Republican cohort asks Daines to withdraw CSKT compact bill
Olszewski and Republican cohort asks Daines to withdraw CSKT compact bill (January 16, 2020)

Republicans in Montana are once again trying to derail a long-awaited water rights settlement for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.


Native Sun News Today: Forest Service accepts comments on Black Hills gold prospecting
Native Sun News Today: Forest Service accepts comments on Black Hills gold prospecting (January 16, 2020)

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.


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.


Damming Little Colorado River for power projects is opposed by tribes, environmentalists
Damming Little Colorado River for power projects is opposed by tribes, environmentalists (January 8, 2020)

An Arizona company wants to build two massive hydroelectric projects on the Little Colorado River, threatening sacred tribal lands.


YES! Magazine: Haida Nation blends traditional knowledge with science
YES! Magazine: Haida Nation blends traditional knowledge with science (January 6, 2020)

A collaboration between Indigenous tradition and Western science may offer a way to bolster both Haida culture and the marine ecosystem intertwined with it.


More Indian Country bills advance on Capitol Hill amid impeachment drama
More Indian Country bills advance on Capitol Hill amid impeachment drama (December 16, 2019)

With Democrats prepared to impeach President Donald Trump, lawmakers continue to advance legislation to benefit Indian Country's interests.


Daines and Tester co-sponsor CSKT water rights settlement
Daines and Tester co-sponsor CSKT water rights settlement (December 13, 2019)

Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester announced the introduction of a long-awaited bill that would settle a century-old dispute over water rights between the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the state and federal governments.


Daines says he’ll introduce new agreement to settle CSKT water dispute
Daines says he’ll introduce new agreement to settle CSKT water dispute (December 5, 2019)

An agreement between the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the federal government over long-disputed water rights is taking a major step forward.


Trump administration signals support for CSKT water compact
Trump administration signals support for CSKT water compact (November 25, 2019)

Through two top cabinet officials, the Trump administration has signaled its support for a proposed settlement of the reserved water right claims of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.


Standing Rock seeks hearing to deny DAPL bid to double oil flow
Standing Rock seeks hearing to deny DAPL bid to double oil flow (November 18, 2019)

The Dakota Access Pipeline has experienced 12 spills of more than 6,100 gallons of crude oil in less than two years of operation.


'You just simply cannot trespass on somebody’s land': Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation hit with lawsuit
'You just simply cannot trespass on somebody’s land': Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation hit with lawsuit (November 14, 2019)

Citizens of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation are suing leaders of their tribe for allegedly trespassing on their land.


Trailblazing Pueblo woman leader delivers opening prayer in Congress
Trailblazing Pueblo woman leader delivers opening prayer in Congress (November 13, 2019)

Native women leaders continue to make history in the halls of Congress.


KXL oil spill in North Dakota
KXL oil spill in North Dakota (November 12, 2019)

As tribal representatives took part in Keystone XL expansion hearings in South Dakota, the original pipeline erupted in neighboring North Dakota.


Rising seas threaten hundreds of Native American heritage sites along Florida's Gulf Coast
Rising seas threaten hundreds of Native American heritage sites along Florida's Gulf Coast (November 11, 2019)

These places literally embody human lives, and are the only records we have of prehistoric indigenous peoples of the New World.


KXL Pipeline fighters call for backup at water permit hearings
KXL Pipeline fighters call for backup at water permit hearings (October 30, 2019)

A Canadian company needs a large amount of water for the Keystone XL Pipeline. Tribes and water protectors are fighting back.


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.


House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples takes up two bills at hearing
House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples takes up two bills at hearing (October 16, 2019)

The House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States is taking testimony on two tribal bills.


UW News: Law school events focus on uranium and treaties
UW News: Law school events focus on uranium and treaties (October 15, 2019)

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.


Yakama Nation calls for removal of Columbia River dams
Yakama Nation calls for removal of Columbia River dams (October 14, 2019)

'The false religious doctrine of Christian discovery was used by the United States to perpetuate crimes of genocide and forced displacement against Native Peoples.'


Supreme Court opens new term with little new Indian law activity
Supreme Court opens new term with little new Indian law activity (October 9, 2019)

So what's going on with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation's reservation case? No one knows.