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.
Tribes are supporting legislation to ban energy development on ancestral lands in Arizona and in New Mexico.
Federal recognition, tribal homelands and compensation for Native Americans exposed to uranium await further action in the nation's capital.
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.
Citing treaty rights and a need to protect water, tribes are challenging Keystone XL infrastructure in South Dakota.
Legislation to protect ancestral and sacred tribal lands is gaining steam on Capitol Hill.
Tribal and environmental leaders urged lawmakers to protect sacred land by banning mining around the Grand Canyon.
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.
A license for a Black Hills uranium mine will remain in place amid opposition from the Oglala Sioux Tribe.
Leaders and citizens of the Oglala Sioux Tribe are protesting uranium development on their homelands.
The Havasupai Tribe and environmental advocates will be able to challenge an existing uranium mine near the Grand Canyon.
The Supreme Court has let stand an Obama-era moratorium on new uranium mines on about 1 million acres around the Grand Canyon.
The world's largest uranium producer is seeking to expand operations near the Pine Ridge Reservation.
Tribal citizens who were affected by uranium mining and nuclear tests during the Cold War are seeking compensation.
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.
An audit is finding much to be desired when it comes to tribal consultation and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
The Custer Gallatin National Forest is seeking to protect an area in South Dakota that includes petroglyph and sacred sites.
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.
A federal appeals court hears arguments on March 20 in the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s lawsuit to prevent uranium mining in the Black Hills.
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.
Uranium – the raw material for nuclear power and nuclear weapons – is having a moment in the spotlight.
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.
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.
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.
A uranium mining company based in Canada stands to benefit from the gutting of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.
It is irresponsible to teach the tragedies without also teaching the resistance movements that oppose colonial violence.
The Havasupai Tribe and environmental groups saw a mixed victory as they seek to protect the Grand Canyon in Arizona from uranium mining.
Mining closure is often called 'decommissioning.' I also call it an exit plan.
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.
The Dewey Burdock project would be the most significant mining operation in South Dakota in the last twenty years.
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.
The last uranium mine in the United States lies just three miles from a Ute Mountain Ute village in Utah.
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.
The Environmental Protection Agency plans to to issue underground water permits for the uranium mining and milling project opposed by the Oglala Sioux Tribe.
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.
Peninsula Energy Ltd. has decided to shelve Ross uranium mine and mill expansion plans slated near the tribally significant Mato Tipila.
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.
The defendants include corporations that have engaged in uranium mining and other activities that draw water away from the reservation.
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 is a young member of the Navajo Nation who is preparing for his third trip to North Dakota.
Water in the Cheyenne River helps to irrigate field and provide water for livestock across Lakota Country.
Federal officials took the first step this week toward a planned $1 billion cleanup of abandoned uranium mines in and around the Navajo Nation.
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.
The tributaries draining out of the abandoned mines carry runoff to the Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, Crow Creek, Lower Brule and Yankton Sioux reservations.
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
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.
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.
Leona Morgan, a young Dine’ woman, speaks passionately about uranium issues affecting her people.
Today, four uranium mines operate within the watershed that drains directly into Grand Canyon National Park.
Stopping uranium development is a major focus of the proposed Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument in Arizona.
Expert witnesses for the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the grassroots Owe Aku debated with corporate counterparts over water quality and cultural preservation issues at stake in a 20-year permit-renewal to mine more uranium.
Debra White Plume spent the past seven years of her life doggedly making a feature documentary that premiered just in time to serve its purpose.
While the eyes of the public were on the skies at the annual Air Show and Open House at the Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota, the pilots could see something besides the crowd on the ground – a huge, freshly painted Lakota medicine wheel symbol.
Our worldview ingrains the belief in our Lakota spirits, hearts and minds that water is a sacred gift.
The Canadian corporation that wants to start mining 15 miles southeast of Mahto Tipila named a high-profile, world-class advocate of nuclear power and its raw material, uranium, to chair the board of directors.
In the Pacific Northwest, Native nations are using their treaty rights to fight plans for coal and oil trains, because shipping and burning fossil fuels threatens their fisheries.
The Oglala Sioux Tribe filed a petition May 26, indicating it will continue to fight tooth and nail against the Dewey-Burdock uranium mine and mill proposed in the underground water tables 50 miles upstream from the reservation.
The Environmental Protection Agency held a series of public hearings on standards for uranium mining.