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Analysis: MSNBC host spurred nation to take action to assist tribe (11/11)
"All it took was a one-minute commentary. On February 9, 2010, Keith Olbermann told his viewers about a humanitarian crisis affecting 50,000 people. It was so bad, college basketball fans were being asked to share their soles. "Haiti?" he asked....

New Mexico tribe slowly recovers after hailstorm wrecked homes (11/11)
It looks like Kewa Pueblo in New Mexico is getting back on its feet after a major hailstorm. The October 2 storm damaged 600 homes on the reservation. A number of families were forced to move due to crumbling structures...

Native Sun News: Chasing Cheyenne River storm recovery money (11/05)
The following story was written and reported by Ernestine Chasing Hawk . All content © Native Sun News. EAGLE BUTTE, SOUTH DAKOTA – The severe winter happened in January this year and people are still wondering where the donated money...

Chippewa Cree Tribe increases costs of storm recovery to $32M (10/29)
The Chippewa Cree Tribe says it needs at least $32 million to recover from a major storm that wreaked havoc on the Rocky Boy's Reservation in Montana. The tribe lost its $12 million health center, numerous roads and some bridges....

Sen. Baucus to meet Chippewa Cree Tribe over storm recovery (10/27)
Sen. Max Baucus (D-Montana) will meet with the Chippewa Cree Tribe on Thursday to discuss storm recovery efforts. The Rocky Boy's Reservation suffered more than $20 million in damage from a recent storm. Among other changes, the $12 million health...

New Mexico tribe puts damage estimate from hail storm at $2M (10/14)
Preliminary estimates from Kewa Pueblo in New Mexico put damage from a recent hail storm at $2 million. Of about 600 homes on the reservation, ninety-five percent suffered some type of damage during the October 2 storm. Ten percent are...

New Mexico tribe trying to find housing for hail storm victims (10/12)
Kewa Pueblo in New Mexico is trying to find housing for 66 people after their homes suffered major damage in a hail storm. The tribe has surveyed 404 of about 600 homes on the reservation. Ninety-five percent suffered damage during...

New Mexico tribe struggling to recover from major hailstorm (10/11)
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) signed a disaster declaration for Kewa Pueblo but tribal leaders and members say the state isn't doing enough to help them recover from a major hail storm. Nearly every home in the traditional village...

New Mexico tribe suffers major damage in weekend hail storm (10/07)
Roads, homes and farms at Kewa Pueblo in New Mexico suffered major damage over the weekend during a massive hail storm. Tribal leaders say nearly every structure on the reservation has been damaged. At least 12 families have been forced...

Editorial: Learning some lessons after oil spill in Gulf of Mexico (10/05)
"The six-month federal moratorium on deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico is scheduled to end on Nov. 30. Complaining of job losses, politicians in the gulf and many in industry are demanding that it be lifted now. Senator Mary...

Chippewa Cree Tribe signs agreement with FEMA for full funding (08/18)
The Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana signed an agreement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to receive disaster recovery funds. The tribe will receive the money directly from FEMA, a first in Montana. Heavy storms and flooding caused more than...

Editorial: Chippewa Cree Tribe deserves funds for recovery effort (08/17)
"The dark cloud that dumped flukish heavy rains on Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation back in June was no darker than the cloud of uncertainty hovering over the small northcentral Montana reservation in the two months since the deluge. As the...

Navajo Nation declares state of emergency in response to storms (08/06)
The Navajo Nation declared a state of emergency in response to major storms and flooding on the reservation. Three people died as a result of the storms. An 89-year-old woman died after her hogan collapsed on her. Lightning struck...

Yankton Sioux Tribe forced out of its headquarters due to flooding (07/22)
The Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota has been forced out of its headquarters due to major flooding on the reservation. A rain storm in June flooded the bottom floor of the headquarters. The tribe hasn't decided whether it will...

FEMA opens office to support Chippewa Cree Tribe with recovery (07/21)
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has opened a new office in Montana to support the Chippewa Cree Tribe with recovery efforts. President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration to cover the Rocky Boy's Reservation, which suffered at least $6 million...

Interior Department issues new moratorium on offshore drilling (07/13)
The Obama administration imposed a new moratorium on off-shore drilling, after the first was one was struck down by a federal judge. The suspension will continue through November 30, or until Interior Secretary Ken Salazar determines that deepwater drilling operations...

Obama signs a disaster declaration for Rocky Boy's Reservation (07/12)
President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration to pave the way for the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana to receive federal funds. The Rocky Boy's Reservation suffered at least $6 million in damage from heavy storms and flooding, according to...

Chippewa Cree Tribe frustrated by wait for disaster declaration (07/07)
The Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana still hasn't heard whether President Barack Obama will declare a disaster on the Rocky Boy's Reservation. About 40 percent of the homes on the reservation remain without water, three weeks after a storm led...

Chippewa Cree Tribe waits on disaster declaration after floods (07/06)
The Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana is waiting for President Barack Obama to declare a disaster on the Rocky Boy's Reservation. Flooding and heavy rains caused at least $6 million in damages, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Hundreds...

FEMA finds at least $6M in damage on Rocky Boy's Reservation (06/29)
The Rocky Boy's Reservation in Montana suffered at least $6 million in damage from recent flooding, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said in a preliminary assessment. The Chippewa Cree Tribe is eligible for at least $2.3 million in federal...

Chippewa Cree Tribe waits for FEMA flood damage assessment (06/25)
The Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana is awaiting a preliminary flood damage assessment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The tribe hopes to secure federal funds to recover and rebuild the Rocky Boy's Reservation. About 500 homes were damaged from...

Chippewa Cree Tribe assesses damage after flooding disaster (06/24)
The Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana is assessing conditions on the Rocky Boy's Reservation after suffering through major flooding. Tribal leaders and Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) toured the reservation to look at the damage. Schweitzer said he will request a...

Opinion: Louisiana tribe suffers through Gulf of Mexico oil spill (06/24)
"In the last few days I’ve traveled (by car and/or boat) from New Orleans to Grand Isle to an area about 35 miles south and west of Houma that, as one person warned, “Now there’s some real coon-asses up in...

Judge blocks Obama moratorium on offshore drilling projects (06/23)
A federal judge said the Obama administration failed to justify a six-month moratorium on off-shore drilling projects but the Interior Department said it will issue a new decision with more information. An appeal is also being mounted. The moratorium was...

Chippewa Cree Tribe declares disaster due to major flooding (06/23)
The Chippewa Cree Tribe declared a disaster due to major flooding on the Rocky Boy's Reservation in Montana. About 300 homes are without running water and the entire reservation has been placed on a boil water order. At least...

Opinion: Gulf oil spill threatens tribes with cultural extinction (06/15)
"Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe is a small band of French speaking Native Americans along Bayou Pointe-au-Chien, south of Houma, on Louisiana’s Gulf Coast. Their ancestors settled here three hundred years ago, and for them, the ongoing oil geyser is just the...

Video: Gulf of Mexico oil spill threatens Atakapa-Ishak Tribe (06/10)
"In the town of Grand Bayou, Lousiana, the main thoroughfare is the water. There are no streets, no cars. Everyone gets around by boat. Just recovered from Hurricane Katrina, the oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon well now threatens...

Editorial: More housekeeping needed at Interior Department (06/07)
"It's encouraging the Obama administration wants to toughen safety standards for new deep-water rigs; we await details to see if these standards are truly adequate. It is also disappointing the Interior Department didn't immediately strengthen such standards after April 20....

Editorial: Louisiana tribes sound alarm on Gulf's oil disaster (06/04)
"As thousands of gallons of crude oil spill each day from the exploded BP oil rig, the Deepwater Horizon, tribes along the coast are beginning to feel the impact of an oil spill that began April 20. Louisiana tribes, such...

NRDC: Oil spill in Gulf of Mexico threatens tribes in Louisiana (06/02)
"The Philippe family has called Louisiana's Grand Bayou home for “centuries upon centuries." As part of the Native American Atakapa-Ishak tribe, the family has relied on the land and water around it to survive for generations. It's all they...

Editorial: Obama resolves concerns about who's 'in charge' (05/28)
"President Obama put a welcome end Thursday to some of the unattractive finger-pointing and responsibility-dodging of recent weeks with respect to the disastrous BP oil spill. His administration until now had painted a murky picture of lines of authority and...

Director of MMS resigns in response to Gulf oil spill disaster (05/28)
S. Elizabeth Birnbaum, the director of the Minerals Management Service, resigned on Thursday, the first major casualty of the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Early reports indicated Birnbaum was fired. But she left “on her own terms...

Investigation turns up more problems at oil royalty agency (05/26)
A report from the Inspector General at the Interior Department has uncovered more problems at the Minerals Management Service, the agency responsible for the collection of royalties on federal and Indian lands. Employees accepted gifts from companies going business with...

Blood Tribe returns home after storm causes evacuation (05/03)
Members of the Blood Tribe of Alberta are returning home after a major storm led to flooding and power outages on the reserve. A heavy, wet snowfall caused flooding last week. It caused power outages on the reserve and throughout...

San Manuel Band gives $1.7M for Haiti telief efforts (01/27)
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians of California is donating $1.7 million to relief efforts in Haiti. The tribe is giving $1.5 million to the American Red Cross and $200,000 to Doctors Without Borders. “At this time of unimaginable...