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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.


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.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs examines nuclear legacy in Indian Country
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs examines nuclear legacy in Indian Country (October 7, 2019)

Tribal leaders, federal officials and advocates will testify about the effects of radiation in Indian Country at a field hearing in New Mexico.


Navajo Nation welcomes key lawmaker to reservation for uranium mining forum
Navajo Nation welcomes key lawmaker to reservation for uranium mining forum (October 1, 2019)

Leaders of the Navajo Nation are eager to show how uranium mining continues to affect their people as they host a key member of Congress.


Uranium mine water permits spur call for help
Uranium mine water permits spur call for help (September 17, 2019)

A uranium mining project is located in 1868 Ft. Laramie Treaty territory, an area reserved for the Great Sioux Nation.


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.


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.


Cronkite News: Bills to protect ancestral tribal lands from development advance
Cronkite News: Bills to protect ancestral tribal lands from development advance (July 18, 2019)

Democratic lawmakers beat back a series of Republican amendments before advancing bills to restrict mining around the Grand Canyon and on tribal lands in Arizona and New Mexico.


Bills to protect ancestral tribal lands from development set to advance
Bills to protect ancestral tribal lands from development set to advance (July 16, 2019)

Tribes are supporting legislation to ban energy development on ancestral lands in Arizona and in New Mexico.


Another tribal provision submitted for inclusion in 'must pass' defense bill
Another tribal provision submitted for inclusion in 'must pass' defense bill (July 8, 2019)

Federal recognition, tribal homelands and compensation for Native Americans exposed to uranium await further action in the nation's capital.


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.


Native Sun News Today: Tribes object to Keystone XL Pipeline man camps
Native Sun News Today: Tribes object to Keystone XL Pipeline man camps (June 7, 2019)

Citing treaty rights and a need to protect water, tribes are challenging Keystone XL infrastructure in South Dakota.


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.


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: 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.


Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe keeps up fight against uranium mine
Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe keeps up fight against uranium mine (February 8, 2019)

A license for a Black Hills uranium mine will remain in place amid opposition from the Oglala Sioux Tribe.


Native Sun News Today: Lakota activists stall uranium mining hearing
Native Sun News Today: Lakota activists stall uranium mining hearing (November 14, 2018)

Leaders and citizens of the Oglala Sioux Tribe are protesting uranium development on their homelands.


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.


Oglala Sioux Tribe continues fight against uranium mining
Oglala Sioux Tribe continues fight against uranium mining (September 6, 2018)

The world's largest uranium producer is seeking to expand operations near the Pine Ridge Reservation.


'I am totally down to nothing': Navajo Nation affected by nuclear era
'I am totally down to nothing': Navajo Nation affected by nuclear era (June 28, 2018)

Tribal citizens who were affected by uranium mining and nuclear tests during the Cold War are seeking compensation.


Cronkite News: Secretary Zinke pressed on uranium mining ban at Grand Canyon
Cronkite News: Secretary Zinke pressed on uranium mining ban at Grand Canyon (June 20, 2018)

Secretary Ryan Zinke has no plans to revisit uranium mining in and around the Grand Canyon but a coalition of sportsmen’s groups is worried.


Native Sun News Today: Audit faults tribal consultation at nuclear agency
Native Sun News Today: Audit faults tribal consultation at nuclear agency (April 18, 2018)

An audit is finding much to be desired when it comes to tribal consultation and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.


Native Sun News Today: Forest Service plan aims to protect Lakota sacred sites
Native Sun News Today: Forest Service plan aims to protect Lakota sacred sites (March 29, 2018)

The Custer Gallatin National Forest is seeking to protect an area in South Dakota that includes petroglyph and sacred sites.


Native Sun News Today: Uranium mining near Pine Ridge Reservation halted
Native Sun News Today: Uranium mining near Pine Ridge Reservation halted (March 27, 2018)

Ensnared in legal action with the Oglala Sioux Tribe over uranium mining and milling on sacred unceded treaty land near the Pine Ridge Reservation, Crow Butte Resources, will halt production here this year.


Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe heads to court on uranium mining in Black Hills
Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe heads to court on uranium mining in Black Hills (March 15, 2018)

A federal appeals court hears arguments on March 20 in the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s lawsuit to prevent uranium mining in the Black Hills.


Cronkite News: Havasupai Tribe calls on President Trump to stop uranium mine
Cronkite News: Havasupai Tribe calls on President Trump to stop uranium mine (March 2, 2018)

The beat of a single drum rang out as Dianna White Dove Uqualla sang a prayer for a group of runners about to climb out of the deep crevasse of the Grand Canyon.


The Conversation: The toxic legacy of uranium mining in the United States
The Conversation: The toxic legacy of uranium mining in the United States (February 23, 2018)

Uranium – the raw material for nuclear power and nuclear weapons – is having a moment in the spotlight.


Tribal leaders finally invited to hearing on GOP bill to gut Bears Ears
Tribal leaders finally invited to hearing on GOP bill to gut Bears Ears (January 29, 2018)

Tribal leaders with connections to the Bears Ears National Monument are finally getting their say on Capitol Hill amid efforts to erode protections on their ancestral lands.


Native Sun News Today: Groups lose fight for water near sacred Mato Tipila
Native Sun News Today: Groups lose fight for water near sacred Mato Tipila (January 26, 2018)

Conservation groups lost what they considered a battle for groundwater, land and cultural resources near Mato Tipila on January 19, when a federal appeals court here denied their pleadings over licensing of a uranium mine and mill near the sacred site.


Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe contests uranium mining plan
Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe contests uranium mining plan (January 19, 2018)

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is giving the public until January 29 to comment on a decision to expand a uranium mine near the Pine Ridge Reservation.


Uranium mining company pushed Trump administration to reduce Bears Ears
Uranium mining company pushed Trump administration to reduce Bears Ears (January 16, 2018)

A uranium mining company based in Canada stands to benefit from the gutting of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.


Halee Kirkwood: Seven acts of Native resistance they don't teach in schools
Halee Kirkwood: Seven acts of Native resistance they don't teach in schools (January 8, 2018)

It is irresponsible to teach the tragedies without also teaching the resistance movements that oppose colonial violence.


Havasupai Tribe sees mixed victory in litigation to protect Grand Canyon from uranium
Havasupai Tribe sees mixed victory in litigation to protect Grand Canyon from uranium (December 13, 2017)

The Havasupai Tribe and environmental groups saw a mixed victory as they seek to protect the Grand Canyon in Arizona from uranium mining.


David Ganje: Water a major issue as company eyes uranium mine in Black Hills
David Ganje: Water a major issue as company eyes uranium mine in Black Hills (November 21, 2017)

Mining closure is often called 'decommissioning.' I also call it an exit plan.


Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe scores win in uranium mining case
Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe scores win in uranium mining case (November 6, 2017)

Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff failed to adequately address tribal cultural, religious, and historic resources in the licensing process for the proposed uranium mines and mill in the Black Hills, a panel of judges ruled.


David Ganje: More study needed on water permit at uranium mine in Black Hills
David Ganje: More study needed on water permit at uranium mine in Black Hills (November 2, 2017)

The Dewey Burdock project would be the most significant mining operation in South Dakota in the last twenty years.


Carletta Tilousi: Havasupai Tribe threatened by uranium development
Carletta Tilousi: Havasupai Tribe threatened by uranium development (June 26, 2017)

Please stand with us to put an end to mining uranium in our home, which has always been the Grand Canyon, tribal council member Carletta Tilousi writes.


Ute Mountain Ute Tribe challenges new permit for uranium operation
Ute Mountain Ute Tribe challenges new permit for uranium operation (June 22, 2017)

The last uranium mine in the United States lies just three miles from a Ute Mountain Ute village in Utah.


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.


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.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation works to protect our natural resources
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation works to protect our natural resources (February 27, 2017)

We will not stand idly by and let a private company unilaterally determine the future of two important rivers and the safety of the Cherokee community.


Native Sun News Today: Uranium expansion near sacred site in Wyoming put on hold
Native Sun News Today: Uranium expansion near sacred site in Wyoming put on hold (January 13, 2017)

Peninsula Energy Ltd. has decided to shelve Ross uranium mine and mill expansion plans slated near the tribally significant Mato Tipila.


Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe wins consultation ruling
Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe wins consultation ruling (January 9, 2017)

Nuclear Regulatory Commissioners must heed the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s demand for consultation in order to validate a license for proposed uranium mining operation in the Black Hills.


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.


Native Sun News Today: Uranium firms stake claims in sacred Black Hills
Native Sun News Today: Uranium firms stake claims in sacred Black Hills (December 12, 2016)

Results of an exhaustive, two-year scientific study show 2,100 active claims of uranium companies in unsuspected areas near Black Hills population centers.


Alex Piechowski-Begay: What water and #NoDAPL mean to me
Alex Piechowski-Begay: What water and #NoDAPL mean to me (October 13, 2016)

Alex Piechowski-Begay is a young member of the Navajo Nation who is preparing for his third trip to North Dakota.


Lakota Country Times: Uranium contaminates tribal water source
Lakota Country Times: Uranium contaminates tribal water source (September 30, 2016)

Water in the Cheyenne River helps to irrigate field and provide water for livestock across Lakota Country.


Cronkite News: Navajo Nation waiting for cleanup of uranium sites
Cronkite News: Navajo Nation waiting for cleanup of uranium sites (September 5, 2016)

Federal officials took the first step this week toward a planned $1 billion cleanup of abandoned uranium mines in and around the Navajo Nation.


Native Sun News: Largest radioactive spill was on Navajo Nation
Native Sun News: Largest radioactive spill was on Navajo Nation (July 5, 2016)

Some 94 million gallons of radioactive liquid broke the dam of an evaporation pond at the Church Rock uranium facility, washing into the Rio Puerco channel, which carried it downstream past Gallup, New Mexico, and all the way to Winslow, Arizona.


Native Sun News: Cleanup addresses sacred sites in South Dakota
Native Sun News: Cleanup addresses sacred sites in South Dakota (June 13, 2016)

The tributaries draining out of the abandoned mines carry runoff to the Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, Crow Creek, Lower Brule and Yankton Sioux reservations.


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


Native Sun News: Uranium mine near sacred site seeks to expand
Native Sun News: Uranium mine near sacred site seeks to expand (March 23, 2016)

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is inviting the public to comment on proposed expansion of Australia’s largest U.S. aquifer mining operation, also Wyoming’s newest uranium mine, located near Mato Tipila.


Native Sun News: Tribes oppose uranium mine near sacred site
Native Sun News: Tribes oppose uranium mine near sacred site (December 14, 2015)

Among at least 100 people who attended a uranium hearing were leaders of the Navajo Nation and three Indian Pueblos opposing a request to reopen a polluted underground mine located at sacred Mt. Taylor in New Mexico.


Native Sun News:  Navajo activists spearhead 'No Nukes' effort
Native Sun News: Navajo activists spearhead 'No Nukes' effort (October 23, 2015)

Leona Morgan, a young Dine’ woman, speaks passionately about uranium issues affecting her people.


Mark Udall: Defend sacred waters from uranium development
Mark Udall: Defend sacred waters from uranium development (October 14, 2015)

Today, four uranium mines operate within the watershed that drains directly into Grand Canyon National Park.