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Seeking to slow climate change, lawsuits look to the constitution

The cases, including one in the United States where a group of young people are arguing that global warming threatens their Fifth Amendment right to life, liberty and property, are widening the scope of environmental litigation.

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Tribal issues absent from court’s fracking rule decision

When a federal court issued a long-awaited decision late last month on Obama-era hydraulic fracturing standards, lawyers for the Ute Indian Tribe saw one thing missing: their entire argument.

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WHILE TRUMP KEEPS MONUMENT PLAN SECRET, PROPONENTS TOUT THEIR ECONOMIC BENEFITS

The argument that National Monuments impede economic growth doesn’t hold water, say an economist and conservationists. With 98% of public comments in favor of leaving monuments just the way they are, many think the Trump administration is going to make changes to allow more energy and timber development.

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Potent Mix of Record Heat and Dryness Fuels Wildfires Across the West

Wildfires burned across hundreds of thousands of acres in the American and Canadian West this week, fueled by scorching temperatures that are breaking heat and fire records across the region.

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Menominee Tribe seeks stricter federal oversight in Michigan mine fight.

At issue is the Back Forty mine, a proposed 83-acre open pit gold, zinc and copper mine in the southwestern corner of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The mine would sit within 150 feet of the Menominee River, which forms the Michigan-Wisconsin border—and is namesake for the Menominee Tribe across the border […]

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Interior Secretary Proposes Shrinking Four National Monuments

Environmentalists, ranchers, tribal governments and Western lawmakers had been watching closely to see if Mr. Zinke would propose changing the borders of the Bears Ears National Monument, which President Barack Obama established at the end of his term, and other scenic and historic areas under federal protection.

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Border Wall Threatens Native American Sovereignty

How do you draw a single borderline through three separate, overlapping nations? While that might sound like a Zen koan—the geopolitical version of the sound of one hand clapping—it’s the actual predicament facing the Tohono O’odham Nation, a Native American tribe whose territory includes both the United States and Mexico. […]

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Addressing Data Inequities in American Indian Communities Through an Environmental Public Health Tracking Pilot Project

The Tribal Environmental Health Tracking pilot project provides an example of how state public health Tracking programs can be responsive to data inequities, build relationships between tribes/urban Indian communities, and increase their competency for working with indigenous communities.

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MSU offers online Native American Studies course on indigenous planning

Montana State University offers a Fall 2017 online Native American Studies course called Indigenous Planning. The course is open to undergraduate or graduate students enrolled at MSU, including professionals working in the field of community planning.

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A tribe that lives in the Grand Canyon faces threat from uranium mining company

Havasupai Native Americans, who live inside the Grand Canyon, are facing a tough road ahead as a uranium mine company threatens the tribe’s only water supply. But “way above, on that plateau of bedrock within the Grand Canyon watershed, sitting on top of the same aquifer, is a uranium mine preparing […]

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