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Wildlife service considers changes to habitat area for endangered Mount Graham red squirrel
Wildlife service considers changes to habitat area for endangered Mount Graham red squirrel (September 16, 2019)

The Mount Graham red squirrel is found only in the Pinaleño Mountains of Arizona, home of a sacred Apache place.


Fires in Amazon shed light on long-standing issues facing Indigenous peoples
Fires in Amazon shed light on long-standing issues facing Indigenous peoples (September 5, 2019)

The fires that spread swiftly across the Amazon in recent weeks drew international attention to a problem Indigenous Brazilians have been facing for years.


Karuk Tribe turns to traditional knowledge to protect homelands
Karuk Tribe turns to traditional knowledge to protect homelands (August 29, 2019)

Returning prescribed fire to California forests is the focus of a new climate-adaptation plan from the Karuk Tribe, but the federal government will need to play big role.


News21: More communities face threats from wildfires
News21: More communities face threats from wildfires (August 13, 2019)

The wildfire threat has been ever-present this year.


Warm Springs Tribes seek $12.25 million for damages from fire
Warm Springs Tribes seek $12.25 million for damages from fire (August 7, 2019)

The Nena Springs Fire started on a ranch near the Warm Springs Reservation and ended up burning more than 68,000 acres in Oregon.


The Conversation: Tsilhqot'in Nation addresses climate disasters
The Conversation: Tsilhqot'in Nation addresses climate disasters (June 18, 2019)

Canadian constitutional law and Aboriginal law are not likely what comes to mind when identifying the cause of a wildfire disaster.


Cronkite News: Wildfire near Hopi Reservation remains under control
Cronkite News: Wildfire near Hopi Reservation remains under control (June 17, 2019)

Amidst the sweet-smelling smoke of ponderosa pine, wildland firefighters are laboring to maintain – not extinguish – a blaze on federal forest land near the Hopi Reservation.


Louise Dunlap: My colonizer ancestors set us up for catastrophic failure
Louise Dunlap: My colonizer ancestors set us up for catastrophic failure (November 29, 2018)

I want us to go humbly to the very people our culture tried to exterminate to listen to what they can teach us.


Lytton Band donates $1 million to help victims of wildfire
Lytton Band donates $1 million to help victims of wildfire (November 15, 2018)

The Lytton Band of Pomo Indians is helping victims of the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history


'This was always our home': Yurok Tribe welcomes indigenous leaders to forest
'This was always our home': Yurok Tribe welcomes indigenous leaders to forest (September 28, 2018)

The Yurok Tribe is buying back ancestral lands, rebuilding its economy and becoming more self-sufficient.


Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians evacuate families in response to fire
Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians evacuate families in response to fire (July 24, 2018)

Residents of the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Reservation remain under an evacuation order after a fire forced some from their homes.


Teen ordered to apologize to treaty tribes for starting massive fire
Teen ordered to apologize to treaty tribes for starting massive fire (May 22, 2018)

A 15-year-old boy started a massive fire that endangered treaty and cultural resources along the Columbia River.


Agua Caliente Band donates $25,000 in gear to local fire department
Agua Caliente Band donates $25,000 in gear to local fire department (May 18, 2018)

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians is helping out a new crew of firefighters in southern California.


Tribes stand to benefit from public safety network as deadline approaches for states
Tribes stand to benefit from public safety network as deadline approaches for states (October 23, 2017)

A new public safety network could help Indian Country avoid the types of communications problems seen by the Spokane Tribe when a fire hit the reservation in Washington.


Karuk Tribe brings traditional science to federal land management
Karuk Tribe brings traditional science to federal land management (April 6, 2017)

The Karuk were once denied the right to practice an ancient tradition. Now scientific and resource management circles are seeing the merits of controlled burning.


Mary Annette Pember: Tribal member arrested for string of arsons on Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation
Mary Annette Pember: Tribal member arrested for string of arsons on Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation (December 2, 2016)

A series of suspicious fires that targeted religious structures on the reservation in Wisconsin might be finally be solved.


Spokane Tribe goes ahead with powwow as fire recovery continues
Spokane Tribe goes ahead with powwow as fire recovery continues (September 2, 2016)

The Cayuse Mountain Fire, which destroyed more than 18,000 acres on the reservation, is the second largest in Washington history.


Keweenaw Bay Indian Community mourns loss of two firefighters
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community mourns loss of two firefighters (August 31, 2016)

James Shelifoe, 23, and Alan Swartz, 25, were killed in an accident while their crew was on its way to fight a fire.


Spokane Tribe hit hard as blaze destroys homes on reservation
Spokane Tribe hit hard as blaze destroys homes on reservation (August 25, 2016)

Fellow tribes have sent fire crews and donations to help families in need on the Washington reservation.


Lakota Country Times: Blaze destroys Native-owned grocery store
Lakota Country Times: Blaze destroys Native-owned grocery store (August 1, 2016)

A store owned by a local Lakota family burned to the ground in the town of Whiteclay, Nebraska.


Lakota Country Times: Fire deals huge setback to Rosebud Sioux children's program
Lakota Country Times: Fire deals huge setback to Rosebud Sioux children's program (July 21, 2016)

Staff of the Lakota Tiwahe Center are working hard to resume services after a fire completely destroyed the building which housed the program and the records of children.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules business meeting
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules business meeting (June 20, 2016)

Bills to expand tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians, improve law and order in Indian Country and boost tribal participation on federal forest lands are on the agenda.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to hear testimony on wildfires
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to hear testimony on wildfires (June 6, 2016)

S.3014, the Tribal Forestry Participation and Protection Act, authorizes tribes to


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on wildfires
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on wildfires (May 23, 2016)

Tribes have long complained that they are being ignored when it comes to federal agency forest management plans.


ATF cites arson on Wind River Reservation in offering $10K reward
ATF cites arson on Wind River Reservation in offering $10K reward (March 25, 2016)

The historic Shoshone-Episcopal Mission in Fort Washakie, Wyoing, was destroyed by the March 17 blaze.


Vince Two Eagles: Our ancestors knew how to manage forestland
Vince Two Eagles: Our ancestors knew how to manage forestland (February 17, 2016)

When I started this column several years back I wanted to share information about the development and contributions of Native peoples to dispel the notion that Native people were ignorant, backward, savages.


Colville Tribes announce closure of plywood mill in early 2016
Colville Tribes announce closure of plywood mill in early 2016 (December 15, 2015)

The loss of a major customer, devastating fires and declining plywood prices were cited as reasons for the closure of Omak Wood Products.


Mary Pember: Wind saves Blackfeet community from big blaze
Mary Pember: Wind saves Blackfeet community from big blaze (November 9, 2015)

The August 28 fire originated in the Lewis and Clark National Forest and was referred to as the Spotted Eagle fire.


Colville Tribes to seek assistance from FEMA after major fires
Colville Tribes to seek assistance from FEMA after major fires (October 29, 2015)

Two fires destroyed more than 500 square miles of the reservation in Washington.


Standing Rock Sioux Tribe brings reservation fire under control
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe brings reservation fire under control (October 13, 2015)

Both the North Dakota and South Dakota sides of the reservation were hit by fires in the last couple of days.


Standing Rock Sioux Tribe evacuates community amid two fires
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe evacuates community amid two fires (October 12, 2015)

One fire threatened a community on the North Dakota portion of the reservation while another burns on the South Dakota side.


Spokane Tribe and BIA attribute blaze on reservation to arson
Spokane Tribe and BIA attribute blaze on reservation to arson (September 15, 2015)

The Carpenter Road Fire has burned more than 65,000 acres since August 13, destroying 18 homes along the way.


Colville Tribes see major loss of timberlands to two huge fires
Colville Tribes see major loss of timberlands to two huge fires (September 15, 2015)

The North Star Fire and the Tunk Block Fire have consumed about 382,000 acres, most of it on the reservation.


Native Sun News: Fewer tribal members turning out for fire duty
Native Sun News: Fewer tribal members turning out for fire duty (September 8, 2015)

The national shortage of firefighters is troubling news to America.


Tribes provide fire services on and off reservations in California
Tribes provide fire services on and off reservations in California (August 27, 2015)

The Pala Band responded to 920 calls last year, 620 of which were off the reservation.


Native Sun News: Northern Cheyenne woman joins fire crew
Native Sun News: Northern Cheyenne woman joins fire crew (August 17, 2015)

Ariel Rodriquez, at age 23 got tired of holding down desk, waitress and in-side summer jobs to help finance her college education.


Hoopa Valley Tribe orders water restrictions as tanks run dry
Hoopa Valley Tribe orders water restrictions as tanks run dry (July 1, 2015)

More than 100 people went without water last week and residents are being asked to conserve water.


Tribes benefit from wildland fire protection at Interior Department
Tribes benefit from wildland fire protection at Interior Department (June 15, 2015)

The Obama administration announced $10 million in projects across the nation, including three that will include tribes.


Chumash Tribe reaches fire services agreement with county
Chumash Tribe reaches fire services agreement with county (May 13, 2015)

The tribe will pay for a new firefighter paramedic position and a $1.6 million ladder truck.


Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe helps contain blaze on reservation
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe helps contain blaze on reservation (May 4, 2015)

The Nixon Fire burned 144 acres, destroying two sheds and threatening one home, but no injuries were reported.


Burns Paiute Tribe investigates fire that destroyed two bulidings
Burns Paiute Tribe investigates fire that destroyed two bulidings (April 23, 2015)

Fire crews were able to prevent the blaze from spreading to additional buildings at the tribal headquarters.


Hoopa Valley Tribe sees setback as fire destroys housing agency
Hoopa Valley Tribe sees setback as fire destroys housing agency (April 1, 2015)

Chairwoman Danielle Vigil-Masten said the loss of the Hoopa Housing Authority building would cause a disruption in services.


Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes leader calls fires a 'heinous act'
Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes leader calls fires a 'heinous act' (February 4, 2015)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are investigating.


Fires strike buildings owned by Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes
Fires strike buildings owned by Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes (February 3, 2015)

The tribal courthouse, the tribal newspaper office and a maintenance barn were damaged and another building was intentionally damaged by a vehicle.


Fire in 1865 destroyed Smithsonian collection of Indian portraits
Fire in 1865 destroyed Smithsonian collection of Indian portraits (January 23, 2015)

More than 250 historic portraits were destroyed on January 24, 1865.


Authorities treating arson at First Nation's office as a hate crime
Authorities treating arson at First Nation's office as a hate crime (January 20, 2015)

Racist graffiti was found inside the structure after the fire, which caused $40,000 in damage.


Mother and son killed in  mobile house fire on Navajo Nation
Mother and son killed in mobile house fire on Navajo Nation (January 13, 2015)

Sharilynn NovaDawn Rustin, 24, and her four-year-old son died two days before Christmas.


Authorities investigate another blaze on Shinnecock Reservation
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Authorities investigate another blaze on Shinnecock Reservation (December 10, 2014)

There have been three confirmed cases of arson on the reservation in the past year.


First location of Famous Dave's restaurant destroyed in blaze
First location of Famous Dave's restaurant destroyed in blaze (November 4, 2014)

Dave Anderson opened the eatery just across the border of the Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation in 1994.


Coeur d'Alene Tribe reaches out to family that lost home to fire
Coeur d'Alene Tribe reaches out to family that lost home to fire (October 21, 2014)

Five people escaped without suffering injuries and crews were able to stop the blaze from spreading.


Hoopa Valley Tribe credits BIA presence with decline in arson fires
Hoopa Valley Tribe credits BIA presence with decline in arson fires (September 4, 2014)

The reservation saw 30 human-caused fires this season but that's half the usual number.


Hoopa Valley Tribe takes action due to large number of arsons
Hoopa Valley Tribe takes action due to large number of arsons (August 26, 2014)

With 30 human-caused fires so far this year, the reservation ranks among the top five in terms of arson.


Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes report 44 fires so far
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes report 44 fires so far (August 11, 2014)

Some fires have been deemed suspicious and remain under investigation.


Native Sun News: Crews nearly contain blaze on Navajo Nation
Native Sun News: Crews nearly contain blaze on Navajo Nation (June 26, 2014)

A wildfire on the Navajo reservation has caused the evacuation of five homes, and is threatening the destruction of 40 structures.


Wildfire on Tohono O'odham Nation burned more than 200 acres
Wildfire on Tohono O'odham Nation burned more than 200 acres (May 23, 2014)

Authorities are trying to figure out what caused the blaze.


Report urges additional funds for wildfires and forestry at BIA
Report urges additional funds for wildfires and forestry at BIA (May 15, 2014)

The agency needs another $100 million and another 800 employees to ensure tribal and Indian forest lands are protected.


Audio for Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on wildfires
Audio for Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on wildfires (May 14, 2014)

Tribal lands and ancestral lands have suffered greatly from a spate of wildfires in recent years.


Witness list for Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on fires
Witness list for Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on fires (May 13, 2014)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee holds a hearing tomorrow on wildfire management in Indian Country


Child reported missing after blaze destroys home on First Nation
Child reported missing after blaze destroys home on First Nation (March 3, 2014)

A nine-year-old girl is missing and presumed dead after a fire destroyed her family's home on the Witchekan Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan.


Man charged in federal court for fire on Colville Reservation
Man charged in federal court for fire on Colville Reservation (January 8, 2014)

A member of the the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in Washington has been charged in federal court with arson.