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Navajo Nation rips support of coal company
Navajo Nation rips support of coal company (November 13, 2019)

Leaders of the Navajo Nation say they weren't informed about the purchase of three coal mines far from tribal territory.


Tribes cheer passage of bills to protect ancestral lands from development
Tribes cheer passage of bills to protect ancestral lands from development (October 31, 2019)

Democrats on Capitol Hill are vowing to secure permanent protections for ancestral tribal territory after winning initial passage of legislation to stop energy development on sacred lands in two states.


House OKs permanent ban on mining 1 million acres around Grand Canyon
House OKs permanent ban on mining 1 million acres around Grand Canyon (October 31, 2019)

'In 2019, our Havasupai voices were heard after 30 years,' Carletta Tilousi of the Havasupai Tribe said of a bill to ban uranium mining around the Grand Canyon.


House panel OKs update to mining law; critics say it will kill industry
House panel OKs update to mining law; critics say it will kill industry (October 28, 2019)

The Hardrock Leasing and Reclamation Act protects national parks and tribal areas from being leased for mining, increases mining royalties and creates a fund to clean abandoned mines.


EPA hears resounding ‘no’ on proposed water permits for Black Hills uranium mining
EPA hears resounding ‘no’ on proposed water permits for Black Hills uranium mining (October 23, 2019)

One hundred percent of the comments at a public hearing on water permits for the Dewey Burdock Project were against uranium mining on treaty territory.


UW News: Law school events focus on uranium and treaties
UW News: Law school events focus on uranium and treaties (October 15, 2019)

The University of Wyoming College of Law is hosting two public events focusing on water contamination on one reservation and and a treaty rights case recently decided by the Supreme Court.


EPA Ignores tribal consultation
EPA Ignores tribal consultation (September 5, 2019)

After tribal citizens roundly rejected draft permits to provide Black Hills water to a foreign uranium mine project, the Environmental Protection Agency revised the wording for a new comment period.


Presidential hopefuls embrace Indigenous movement against unwanted pipelines
Presidential hopefuls embrace Indigenous movement against unwanted pipelines (September 4, 2019)

The Indigenous battles against Keystone XL and Dakota Access have finally emerged as a critical component of the 2020 presidential campaign.


Rosemont copper mine suffers another setback in decade of legal battles
Rosemont copper mine suffers another setback in decade of legal battles (September 3, 2019)

A copper mine opposed by the Tohono O’odham Nation, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and the Hopi Tribe has hit another snag.


Oglala Sioux Tribe battles uranium mining in sacred Black Hills
Oglala Sioux Tribe battles uranium mining in sacred Black Hills (August 29, 2019)

'The tribe is fighting back,' an attorney for the Oglala Sioux said of plans for a large scale uranium mine in South Dakota.


The Conversation: Indigenous peoples forced to fight for basic rights
The Conversation: Indigenous peoples forced to fight for basic rights (August 7, 2019)

If Canada continues to ignore its obligations to Indigenous peoples under long-standing agreements, UNDRIP and other international agreements, reconciliation will remain but a superficial buzzword.


Cronkite News: Tribes win ruling against copper mine on ancestral territory
Cronkite News: Tribes win ruling against copper mine on ancestral territory (August 5, 2019)

A federal judge has halted plans to begin digging an open-pit copper mine opposed by tribes in Arizona.


Death of Indigenous leader Emyra Wajãpi blamed on miners in Brazil
Death of Indigenous leader Emyra Wajãpi blamed on miners in Brazil (July 29, 2019)

Emyra Wajãpi was killed in an 'invasion' of his people's homelands in Brazil, tribal leaders said.


Cherokee citizen Tyler Fish hired to work on Indian issues at White House
Cherokee citizen Tyler Fish hired to work on Indian issues at White House (July 10, 2019)

Midway through the third year of the Trump presidency, someone is finally dedicated to tribal issues at the White House.


Cronkite News: Navajo scientist calls uranium mining a risk to tribal lands
Cronkite News: Navajo scientist calls uranium mining a risk to tribal lands (June 26, 2019)

Including uranium on a list of 'critical minerals' opens the door to expedited mining that will put tribal lands and national parks at risk, lawmakers were told.


Trump administration defers to Congress on protections for ancestral lands
Trump administration defers to Congress on protections for ancestral lands (June 7, 2019)

Legislation to protect ancestral and sacred tribal lands is gaining steam on Capitol Hill.


Cronkite News: Tribes support uranium mining ban on sacred and ancestral lands
Cronkite News: Tribes support uranium mining ban on sacred and ancestral lands (June 6, 2019)

Tribal and environmental leaders urged lawmakers to protect sacred land by banning mining around the Grand Canyon.


Indian Country endures another long wait for Supreme Court decision
Indian Country endures another long wait for Supreme Court decision (June 4, 2019)

It's been more than six months since oral arguments in a closely-watched tribal case but who's counting?


Tribes back bill to ban new uranium mining around Grand Canyon
Tribes back bill to ban new uranium mining around Grand Canyon (June 4, 2019)

Fresh off one policy strike against the Trump administration, tribes and Democrats in Congress are looking to score another.


Native Sun News Today: Native mayoral candidate proud to be a water protector
Native Sun News Today: Native mayoral candidate proud to be a water protector (May 23, 2019)

Natalie Stites Means says protecting Rapid City's water and environment are among her top priorities.


Native Sun News Today: Indian Country supports reform of mining laws
Native Sun News Today: Indian Country supports reform of mining laws (May 22, 2019)

America's mining laws haven't undergone significant review since the era of the Indian wars.


Zoltan Grossman: Cowboys and Indians unite across the country
Zoltan Grossman: Cowboys and Indians unite across the country (May 20, 2019)

By teaming up to defend the place they all call home, 'cowboys and Indians' are protecting their lands and waters for all.


Native Sun News Today: Black Hills uranium settlement aids cleanup on Navajo Nation
Native Sun News Today: Black Hills uranium settlement aids cleanup on Navajo Nation (May 2, 2019)

A court settlement over radioactive and toxic uranium mining waste abandoned in the Black Hills will help the Navajo Nation with a new health study.


Indian Country awaits outcome of final cases on Supreme Court docket
Indian Country awaits outcome of final cases on Supreme Court docket (April 15, 2019)

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation's sovereign boundaries and the Crow Tribe's treaty rights are at stake before the highest court in the land.


Cronkite News: Apache Stronghold continues annual walk to sacred site
Cronkite News: Apache Stronghold continues annual walk to sacred site (February 15, 2019)

A sacred Apache site is being threatened by a huge mining project in Arizona.


Cronkite News: Ancestral tribal sites threated by copper mine
Cronkite News: Ancestral tribal sites threated by copper mine (December 11, 2018)

Tribal monitors are helping collect data on culturally significant sites that are facing an uncertain future in Arizona.


Cronkite News: Havasupai Tribe wins ruling in uranium mining dispute
Cronkite News: Havasupai Tribe wins ruling in uranium mining dispute (November 1, 2018)

The Havasupai Tribe and environmental advocates will be able to challenge an existing uranium mine near the Grand Canyon.


'The best news we've heard': Uranium mining ban at Grand Canyon stands
'The best news we've heard': Uranium mining ban at Grand Canyon stands (October 2, 2018)

The Supreme Court has let stand an Obama-era moratorium on new uranium mines on about 1 million acres around the Grand Canyon.


Colville Tribes win big in effort to keep homelands safe
Colville Tribes win big in effort to keep homelands safe (September 17, 2018)

The Colville Tribes are celebrating after securing a huge victory against the world's largest mining company.


Tribes in court to challenge huge copper mine on ancestral territory
Tribes in court to challenge huge copper mine on ancestral territory (August 15, 2018)

A massive open-pit copper mine in Arizona is being challenged by the Hopi Tribe, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and the Tohono O’odham Nation.


'A blatant slap in the face': Tribes oppose land transfer bill in Nevada
'A blatant slap in the face': Tribes oppose land transfer bill in Nevada (May 16, 2018)

The Yerington Paiute Tribe and the Walker River Paiute Tribe are slamming a land transfer bill that was drafted without their input.


Native Sun News Today: Drilling resumes near sacred site in Black Hills
Native Sun News Today: Drilling resumes near sacred site in Black Hills (May 11, 2018)

Canadian gold prospectors resume drilling near sacred Pe’ Sla after securing an alternative water supply for their operations.


Native Sun News Today: Tourist town denies water to gold prospectors in Black Hills
Native Sun News Today: Tourist town denies water to gold prospectors in Black Hills (May 2, 2018)

'Money isn’t everything to us. We are about the water and that we service the needs of our people that pay for it.'


Native Sun News Today: Mining near sacred site has 'torn up' roadway
Native Sun News Today: Mining near sacred site has 'torn up' roadway (April 24, 2018)

Gold prospectors are drilling on land adjacent to Pe’ Sla in the Black Hills, a sacred site held in trust for tribes.


Native Sun News Today: Gold mine near sacred site takes step forward
Native Sun News Today: Gold mine near sacred site takes step forward (January 25, 2018)

A Canadian company is moving forward with a gold mine in the Black Hills of South Dakota, near the Lakota spiritual center of Pe’ Sla.


Native Sun News Today: Tribes promise 'war' over gold mining in sacred Black Hills
Native Sun News Today: Tribes promise 'war' over gold mining in sacred Black Hills (December 11, 2017)

Great Plains tribal leaders, at a meeting with U.S. Forest Service personnel on November 21, fired a barrage of constitutional arguments against proposed federal permitting of new gold exploration in the Black Hills.


Chilkat Indian Village sues to protect salmon runs from mining project in Alaska
Chilkat Indian Village sues to protect salmon runs from mining project in Alaska (December 6, 2017)

The Chilkat Indian Village and three conservation groups are in court to stop a mining project in a critical salmon habitat in southeast Alaska.


Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe decries 'consultation' on Black Hills mining plan
Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe decries 'consultation' on Black Hills mining plan (November 30, 2017)

Leaders of the Oglala Sioux Tribe are objecting to plans to mine for gold near a Lakota spiritual site in South Dakota.


Cronkite News: Environmental groups sue to block 'dangerous' copper mine in Arizona
Cronkite News: Environmental groups sue to block 'dangerous' copper mine in Arizona (November 29, 2017)

Environmental groups sued the Forest Service this week to block what they called the 'dangerous' Rosemont copper mine, citing concerns ranging from habitat destruction to drinking water contamination at the project southeast of Tucson.


Native Sun News Today: Canadian company seeks gold mine in sacred Black Hills
Native Sun News Today: Canadian company seeks gold mine in sacred Black Hills (October 26, 2017)

A Canadian company is proposing a gold mine in the Black Hills of South Dakota, near the Lakota spiritual center of Pe’ Sla.


Chris Feliciano Arnold: Indigenous people again at risk with mining rush in Brazil
Chris Feliciano Arnold: Indigenous people again at risk with mining rush in Brazil (September 19, 2017)

Commercial mining threatens decades of progress on environmental protection and indigenous rights in the Amazon, author Chris Feliciano Arnold writes in The New York Times.


Yerington Paiute Tribe sues owners of abandoned mine for millions of dollars
Yerington Paiute Tribe sues owners of abandoned mine for millions of dollars (September 8, 2017)

The Yerington Paiute Tribe is trying to hold the prior owners of an abandoned copper mine in Nevada accountable for polluting the environment.


Secretary Zinke embraces view that some areas are 'too precious' for development
Secretary Zinke embraces view that some areas are 'too precious' for development (August 29, 2017)

Secretary Ryan Zinke of the Department of the Interior is sounding like his Obama administration predecessor when it comes to development on certain federal lands.


EHN: Menominee Nation demands stronger federal oversight of Back Forty Mine
EHN: Menominee Nation demands stronger federal oversight of Back Forty Mine (August 25, 2017)

In its continued fight against a mine near sacred waters, the Menominee Nation wants stronger federal regulations to apply as officials weigh the final permit for mine approval.


Cronkite News: Tribes win decision in water rights dispute in Arizona
Cronkite News: Tribes win decision in water rights dispute in Arizona (June 15, 2017)

A federal appeals court agreed with two tribes who challenged plans to divert water from the Gila River in Arizona.


Native Sun News Today: Indigenous leader battles mine operation in Guatemala
Native Sun News Today: Indigenous leader battles mine operation in Guatemala (May 5, 2017)

An open-pit nickel mining operation met its match when Q’eqchi leader Rodrigo Tot led his community to a high court victory for traditional land rights.


Native Sun News Today: Groups fight uranium mining in Black Hills
Native Sun News Today: Groups fight uranium mining in Black Hills (April 25, 2017)

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s release of “apparent violations” of surface and groundwater requirements in uranium mill cleanup underscored the latest efforts to prevent the permitting of proposed new mines and mills in the Black Hills.


Foreign billionaire behind mine opposed by tribes rents mansion to Trump couple
Foreign billionaire behind mine opposed by tribes rents mansion to Trump couple (April 18, 2017)

Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, work for President Donald Trump and are in position to influence the administration's position on a mine project in Minnesota.


Cronkite News: Copper mine on sacred Apache land in Arizona complains about delays
Cronkite News: Copper mine on sacred Apache land in Arizona complains about delays (March 22, 2017)

The Resolution Copper Mine in Arizona would be operating by now in most countries, but is still years away from getting all the permits it needs in the U.S., a company official testified.


Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe battles uranium mining
Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe battles uranium mining (March 20, 2017)

The Environmental Protection Agency plans to to issue underground water permits for the uranium mining and milling project opposed by the Oglala Sioux Tribe.


Cronkite News: San Carlos Apache Tribe marches for sacred site
Cronkite News: San Carlos Apache Tribe marches for sacred site (March 14, 2017)

It’s a chilly Friday morning on highway AZ-170 on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation.


EHN: Menominee Nation won't back down from fight against mine on sacred ground
EHN: Menominee Nation won't back down from fight against mine on sacred ground (January 6, 2017)

The open pit gold, zinc and copper mine would be near tribal burial sites and centuries old raised garden beds along the Menominee River, the center of the Menominee Tribe's creation story.


Cronkite News: San Carlos Apache Tribe fights mine at sacred site
Cronkite News: San Carlos Apache Tribe fights mine at sacred site (January 2, 2017)

Oak Flat, a desert landscape and 90-minute drive outside Phoenix, lies in the midst of an environmental and economic controversy.


Peter d'Errico: Indigenous community battles invasion in Ecuador
Peter d'Errico: Indigenous community battles invasion in Ecuador (January 2, 2017)

'The Shuar are protesting an invasion of their homelands by a Chinese mining company that would create the world’s second largest open pit copper mine.'


Havasupai Tribe files lawsuit to protect water rights in Arizona
Havasupai Tribe files lawsuit to protect water rights in Arizona (December 15, 2016)

The defendants include corporations that have engaged in uranium mining and other activities that draw water away from the reservation.


Mark Anthony Rolo: Bad River Band took a stand against big mine
Mark Anthony Rolo: Bad River Band took a stand against big mine (October 31, 2016)

'People all over the country are becoming fed up with corporate exploitation of the land and natural resources.'


Environmental Health News: Menominee Nation battles mining project
Environmental Health News: Menominee Nation battles mining project (September 20, 2016)

Guy Reiter was an archaeologist before he was an activist. But the two merged after a dream six years ago.


Navajo Nation sues Environmental Protection Agency for mine spill
Navajo Nation sues Environmental Protection Agency for mine spill (August 17, 2016)

Key members of Congress are supporting the tribe's call for accountability one year after the Gold King Mine disaster.


Navajo Nation awarded $25K grant to provide training for mine workers
Navajo Nation awarded $25K grant to provide training for mine workers (July 7, 2016)

The tribe's Division of Natural Resources was the only Indian County recipient of a grant from the Department of Labor.


Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe scores in uranium mine battle
Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe scores in uranium mine battle (June 6, 2016)

The Oglala Sioux Tribe and activists scored a win when federal administrative judges ruled that Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff failed to take 'a hard look' at cultural resources in recommending renewal of a uranium mining license for Crow Butte Mine