The last 265 workers at Kayenta Coal Mine are being laid off this month, another step toward the looming closure of the Navajo Generating Station that will bring the loss of hundreds more jobs this winter.
Sovereign immunity has protected a coal mine owned by the Navajo Nation from being sued without the tribe's consent.
Conservative politicians in Montana are vowing to defeat a Medicaid expansion bill sponsored by an Indian lawmaker.
The Navajo Nation’s interest in taking over a coal mine and a generating station has come to an end.
Indian Country, like other rural parts of the country, is right in the middle of changing times.
The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is speaking out after a train carrying coal derailed on the reservation in northern Minnesota.
A controversial coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation is inching closer to closure.
Navajo environmentalists want an aging, coal-fired power plant on their homelands to go away.
The Navajo Nation election centers on clean water, purged voter rolls and a fading coal economy.
The Trump administration's 'energy dominance' agenda is being put to the test in Indian Country.
The Navajo Nation sees hope in a Trump administration proposal that could benefit a coal-fired power plant on the reservation.
About 300 Native American coal miners, power plant workers and families rallied to keep a critical power plant in operation.
Solutions were hard to come by at a hearing focused on saving a troubled coal-fired power in Indian Country.
President Donald Trump famously ended the so-called war on coal when he took office more than a year ago but that hasn't improved the outlook for a troubled coal-fired power plant in Indian Country.
Shutting down the Navajo Generating Station not only would displace hundreds of workers, it also could raise rates for consumers, according to protesters who marched on the Arizona State Capitol.
The seemingly barren Hopi homeland carries a rich, centuries old history and, now, an uncertain economic future.
Leaders of the Navajo Nation expressed hope that a coal-fired power plant on the reservation will be able to continue operations past 2019.
The Crow Tribe is hoping the Trump administration lives up to promises to revive the slumping coal industry.
Repeal and replace didn't work out for Obamacare but that isn't stopping the Trump administration from dismantling the prior president's other initiatives.
The lights will stay on at the Navajo Generating Station until 2019 as the Navajo Nation Council voted 18-4, after hours of debate, for a new agreement with the plant’s operators.
Jobs are few and poverty is plenty but the Northern Cheyenne Tribe doesn't think coal development is the answer.
The trip highlights the importance of coal to the Crow people in Montana.
Solar power advocates say a 250-megawatt renewable-energy facility could be in place in time for the late-2019 closure of the Navajo Generating Station/
A bipartisan group of lawmakers is seeking to extend the Indian Coal Production Credit to spur economic development on and near reservations.
A front-page story in The New York Times lumped the Southern Utes in with other tribes that engage in coal extraction.
A couple of years ago a tribal leader showed me an abandoned lumber mill near the village of Tyonek, Alaska.
The Trump administration is living up to promises to end the so-called 'war on coal.'
The Crow Tribe, the Hopi Tribe and the Navajo Nation depend on coal revenues but their fortunes have fallen in recent years.
Chairman Jace Killsback said efforts to engage with Secretary Ryan Zinke on a government-to-government basis were ignored.
A federal appeals court rejected two cases related to the Navajo Generating Station, one that aimed to tighten environmental restrictions and another questioned the process that calls for the plant’s closure.
A federal appeals court sided with the Environmental Protection Agency in a complex dispute over the facility on the Navajo Nation.
Our nation is faced with an impending economic disaster after the owners of a power plant on Navajo land, have threatened to shut down the facility by 2019.
In short, there are no easy answers, and the clock is ticking for the workers, most of whom are Navajo and Hopi.
The owners of the Navajo Generating Station voted to keep the plant operating until its lease ends in December 2019, pending agreement with the Navajo Nation on reclamation of the site.
Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Montana) has supported tribes on water rights, federal recognition, sovereignty and other matters.
A federal appeals court is hearing arguments in two cases affecting the Navajo Generating Station.
Chairman Bill Iyall said the tribe hasn't been adequately consulted by the state or the federal government.
We need politicians to answer questions (even with short answers) in every congressional district with tribal communities.
If you look at history, there are a lot more American Indians and Alaska Natives who have won office under the Republican banner.
Republican platforms often include statements on federal Indian policy and much of the party’s focus right now is on energy.
The tribe's Division of Natural Resources was the only Indian County recipient of a grant from the Department of Labor.
Coal is a paradox for several Native American communities.
The Crow Tribe, whose leadership has accused the Obama administration of a war on coal, supports H.R.5259, the Certainty for States and Tribes Act.
Fresh from a 500-mile relay run to prevent the Dakota Access Pipeline construction across Lakota Territory, Cheyenne River Sioux tribal youth Joseph White Eyes headed for the Land Down Under to speak out against a mammoth coal mine that threatens Aboriginal land and water.
The tribes that signed the Point Elliott Treaty made significant concessions in agreeing to the pact; why they would want to protect the rights outlined by the treaty should be clear.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers determined that going forward with the Gateway Pacific Terminal would essentially abrogate tribal treaty rights.
Navajo, regional and national conservation are challenging the U.S. government’s 25-year extension of coal operations at Four Corners Power Plant and Navajo Mine
We are the people that are the true subsidiaries of the energy and water delivery that has made the state of Arizona prosperous.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is expected to issue a decision that would determine whether the Gateway Pacific Terminal moves forward.
Peabody Energy operates a mine in Arizona through leases with the Hopi Tribe and the Navajo Nation.
The tribe was expecting as much as $2.8 million in royalty payments but ended up receiving just $1.6 million.
Tribal bets on coal are coming at a bad time, both in terms of market-prices and meeting international agreements to reduce emissions.
Jason Small hopes his presence shows President Barack Obama why energy development is important on the Montana reservation.
An estimated 100 employees will be out of work as the tribe tries to address a budget crisis linked to a drop in coal revenues.
Millions of dollars have been spent to date, and everyone involved in the Gateway Pacific Terminal project would be cheated by ending the process before it’s completed — none potentially more so than the Crow Tribe.
Republicans waded into a dispute that has pitted the Lummis and other Pacific Northwest treaty tribes against the Crows and their Congressional delegation.
Coal companies are struggling largely because domestic coal is not economically competitive with the country’s cheap and abundant natural gas.