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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.
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.
The answer is complicated, but ultimately, whether any state, red or blue, will see a clean energy job boom depends on economic factors, chiefly, whether renewable energy is cost-competitive with traditional fuel sources like natural gas or coal. Steadily-falling prices suggest the green jobs boom will likely continue, in spite of Trump’s […]
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 […]
A judge says he’s inclined to let a group of individual members of American Indian tribes join a lawsuit over the Dakota Access oil pipeline, but only if they agree to not add President Donald Trump as a defendant.
The judge didn’t shut down the oil flow but didn’t rule that out, either. Expediting the pipeline’s construction had been one of Trump’s first orders as president.
Leaked documents and public records reveal a troubling fusion of private security, public law enforcement, and corporate money in the fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The oil company behind the Dakota Access pipeline is facing intense scrutiny from regulators and activists over a series of recent leaks across the country, including a major spill now believed to be significantly bigger than initially reported.
The U.S. Army will grant the final permit for the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline after an order from President Donald Trump to expedite the project despite opposition from Native American tribes and climate activists.
President Donald Trump signed executive orders early this week that restarted the effort to complete the Keystone XL pipeline across the Great Plains and the Dakota Access pipeline in the northern plains.
Standing Rock was more of a beginning than end. It was both a potent symbol for this American moment, and the start of something bigger. No DAPL participants now hope the movement will raise the national consciousness on a broad array of Native American issues, from tribal sovereignty to environmental […]
A Sioux tribal council on Saturday formally asked hundreds of protesters to clear out of three camps near its North Dakota reservation used to stage months of sometimes violent protests against the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline.
A few miles outside Glacier National Park in northwest Montana is land known as the Badger-Two Medicine, the ancestral home of the Blackfeet tribe. But it’s also the site of 18 oil and gas development leases, and an energy company is heading to federal court March 10 to fight for […]
SSA Marine wants to build the biggest coal export terminal in North America, to load up some of the largest ships afloat arriving up to 487 times a year, mostly from Asian ports. The Lummi Nation has demanded the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is reviewing the so-called Gateway […]
Tribal and environmental groups say the state’s plan to allow expansion of a taconite mine raises the same concerns as the prospect of copper-nickel mining in northeastern Minnesota. in comments submitted to the MPCA, environmental officials at the Fond du Lac and Grand Portage bands pointed out that the permit […]
Northshore Mining Company wants to enlarge its 12-mile-long taconite pit near Babbitt into and area that contains sulfur-bearing rock, the same type of rock that would yield copper, nickel and precious metals for the proposed PolyMet mine just a few miles to the south. Environmental officials at the Fond du Lac and Grand […]
The Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Southwest Montana sits on an estimated 23 billion tons of coal. Coal companies are looking here to expand their reserves. However, the Northern Cheyenne say they will oppose the coal development to no end.
Betty Osceola is a member of the Miccosukee tribe and Panther clan. She is part of a growing coalition of Indian tribes, environmental groups, and concerned citizens who are fighting the creation of The River of Grass Greenway (ROGG), a bike path that would connect Naples to Miami. Stopping the bike path is a move to keep […]
The House approved a bill Thursday that aims to streamline the process of licensing energy projects on tribal lands, by shortening the time for federal approvals and limiting public comment on environmental impacts.
For more than 30 years, oil and gas companies have sought to exploit the Badger-Two Medicine, a 160,000-acre parcel made up of the U.S. Forest Service and the Blackfeet Nation, bordering Glacier National Park. The Blackfeet Nation has steadfastly insisted that such industrialization cannot be mitigated, and that existing exploration leases […]
Native American groups say that the proposed route of the Sandpiper crude oil pipeline, which crosses grasslands in Minnesota on its way from North Dakota to Wisconsin, violates their treaty rights to fish, hunt and gather crops, in particular, wild rice. The tribes, which include Ojibwe groups, also known as […]
In Gratiot County in Michigan, the Healthy Pine River helps find ways to restore the health of the Chippewa river. A Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe environmental team tests Chippewa River water in several places for E. coli weekly.
The new owners of a company seeking to build a landfill near the Pala Indian Reservation in North County near San Diego have reapplied for one of several needed permits. The Pala Tribe has led the fight against the dump for decades; they say that there are several sacred sites on Gregory […]
In June, Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz, introduced a bill that would repeal legislation regarding a land-exchange between Resolution Copper and the federal government. In July, Grijalva joined members of the San Carlos Apache Tribe in a 2,000-mile protest journey to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Members of the tribe are […]
Tribal officials with the Navajo Nation declared an emergency as a massive plume of contaminated wastewater from an abandoned Colorado mine flowed down the San Juan River on Monday toward Lake Powell in Utah, which supplies much of the water to the Southwest.
The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority is shutting off water pumps in anticipation of the polluted river water on its way to Southern Utah. A surge of heavy metals-laced waste from the Gold King mine in Colorado has been snaking its way through the Animas River, a tributary of the San […]
A lawsuit filed two years ago by the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians over contaminants from the coal-fired Reid Gardner Power Generation Station near Las Vegas has been settled for $4.3 million.
Thousands gathered in St. Paul to protest Minnesota’s proposed Sandpiper pipeline. Young and old alike flooded the streets in downtown St. Paul for the Tar Sands Resistance March, which organizing groups hoped would open eyes to the practices of companies who extract and ship crude oil from the northern Alberta […]
“Ban fracking now” shouted protesters during Gov. Tom Wolf’s oath of office from Soldiers’ Grove, who promised it will be words he will hear throughout the coming year. After a morning rally at Grace Methodist Church on State Street, a group of about 250 from new statewide coalition Pennsylvanians Against […]
Lummi Nation sent a letter on Monday, Jan. 5, to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, asking the agency to immediately reject a permit application for a coal terminal at Cherry Point because it would interfere with tribal fishing grounds.
With just two weeks in office, newly elected Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Mark Fox is seeking a partnership with state and federal governments to tackle issues facing the tribe, a strategy, he says, the previous administration was not apt to do. In a meeting with Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Monday, […]
The Lummi Nation, a Native American tribe in the Pacific Northwest, has taken an uncompromising stand against the largest proposed coal export terminal in the country: the Gateway Pacific Terminal. If completed, it would export 48 million tons of coal mined from Montana and Wyoming’s Powder River Basin, and in […]
Oil and gas companies illegally injected 9,173 gallons of diesel while fracking wells in Colorado, and 32,950 gallons nationwide, according to a report unveiled Wednesday by an attorneys’ environmental group. Fracking with diesel without a permit has been illegal since at least 1997, and industry groups have said companies no […]
Six Chippewa Indian bands in Wisconsin have asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to evaluate the environmental effects of a proposed iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin before the plan is reviewed by the state regulators and another federal agency. The request is similar to one made before a decision […]
Navajo officials applauded a Senate committee’s approval this week of an energy bill that includes provisions making it easier for the Navajo Nation to sign leases for mining on its lands. The bill, which covers a wide range of tribal energy-development issues, is an important step toward self-determination for the […]
The scope of groundwater contamination on the Fort Peck Reservation caused by oil exploration that began in the 1950s has been estimated at 15 to 37 billion gallons spread across 17.9 square miles, according to a recent study.
Leaders of North Dakota’s Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara nations say that while they are thankful for the money that oil has brought the once-impoverished Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, they are concerned about the environmental impact of drilling on their land.
Members of the Cowboy and Indian Alliance, including Native Americans, farmers and ranchers from across the United States, were escorted by police as they marched down Independence Avenue to protest the proposed Keystone XL pipeline in Washington, DC. The march started on April 22, 2014, as part of the alliance’s […]
In 2012, the tribes who share the Wind River Indian Reservation, the Eastern Shoshone and the Northern Arapaho Tribes, came to a settlement with the federal government for a mineral royalties mismanagement case dating back to the 1970’s.
An American Indian tribe is hoping that sweet success with a maple syrup operation in the woods of Maine will help to counter soaring joblessness and poverty. The Passamaquoddy tribe has big plans for the operation that’s starting up with nearly 3,000 taps. The tribe intends to expand over the […]
The Navajo Nation now has its best chance yet to address what has been a source of heartache for families. The federal government announced Thursday that it reached a $5.15 billion settlement with Anadarko Petroleum Corp. for the cleanup of thousands of long-contaminated sites nationwide. About $1 billion will go […]
The Crow Tribe is working to expand coal mining and renewable energy projects on its southeastern Montana reservation. This includes a proposed coal-to-liquid plant that also captures carbon. Tribal Chairman Darrin Old Coyote was one of the keynote speakers today at an energy industry-sponsored conference and trade show in Billings. […]
In 2011, Gogebic Taconite, a Florida-based mining company, proposed building the world’s largest open-pit taconite mine in the Penokee Range within the Lake Superior Basin. The site would lie directly within the Bad River watershed, posing a severe risk to the source of drinking water.
Grand Canyon Trust has filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue Energy Fuels Resources for violations of the Clean Air Act and illegal tailing storage practices at its White Mesa uranium mill in southeast Utah. “We’ve always had concerns of contamination from the mill onto our land and water sources,” […]
Newfield Production Company has agreed to pay $600,000 for failing to demonstrate financial responsibility associated with the safe operation of 442 injection wells on the Uintah and Ouray Reservation in Utah.
A mining company consortium called Pebble Partnership has plans to mine copper in Alaska rivers. Local Tribal salmon communities, fearing the mine will cause water pollution, have asked the EPA to intervene.
The future of an iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin could be influenced by the Bad River Chippewa, which opposes the project and recently received authority from the federal government to regulate water pollution on and off the reservation.