More: water

Santee Sioux Tribe slowly 'getting back to normal' after unprecedented flooding
Santee Sioux Tribe slowly 'getting back to normal' after unprecedented flooding (March 19, 2019)

In the wake of unprecedented flooding, the Santee Sioux Tribe is seeking donations of bottled water and baby supplies, even as it continues to make repairs to damaged infrastructure.


Harold Frazier: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe won't allow flag in state capitol
Harold Frazier: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe won't allow flag in state capitol (March 18, 2019)

Another decision by Governor Kristi Noem has been made without the consent of the Lakota people and has resulted in an embarrassing situation.


Harold Frazier: Governor wants to shove Keystone XL Pipeline down our throats
Harold Frazier: Governor wants to shove Keystone XL Pipeline down our throats (March 6, 2019)

Gov. Kristi Noem (R) is putting the economic needs of a foreign company ahead of the future of South Dakota.


Native Sun News Today: Tribes seek voice in water use decisions in South Dakota
Native Sun News Today: Tribes seek voice in water use decisions in South Dakota (March 1, 2019)

Efforts to increase tribal participation in water use decisions have fallen flat in the South Dakota Legislature.


Bipartisan public lands bill includes provisions benefiting Indian Country
Bipartisan public lands bill includes provisions benefiting Indian Country (February 28, 2019)

A 698-page bill that helps tribes and Alaska Natives is on its way to President Trump for his signature.


Nels Swandal: Say no to the water compact pushed by opponents of tribal agreement
Nels Swandal: Say no to the water compact pushed by opponents of tribal agreement (February 28, 2019)

The Confederated Salish are Kootenai Tribes are being left out of a deal pushed by opponents of a water rights settlement.


Cronkite News: Native leaders share negative impacts of climate change in their communities
Cronkite News: Native leaders share negative impacts of climate change in their communities (February 14, 2019)

Climate change has been really tough on tribes across the country, officials told the House Subcommittee for Indigenous People of the United States.


Montana Free Press: Reservation lawmakers aim to derail Keystone XL Pipeline
Montana Free Press: Reservation lawmakers aim to derail Keystone XL Pipeline (February 8, 2019)

Tribal nations are supporting legislation that would impact the route of the Keystone XL Pipeline.


YES! Magazine: Native family remains connected to traditions at ranch
YES! Magazine: Native family remains connected to traditions at ranch (February 5, 2019)

Here’s how one Native ranching family restored a prairie, wildlife habitat and a creek on their homelands.


Winona LaDuke: White Earth Nation recognizes rights of wild rice
Winona LaDuke: White Earth Nation recognizes rights of wild rice (February 4, 2019)

Finally, plant species have rights, too.


Lorraine Loomis: Court decision represents a win for salmon
Lorraine Loomis: Court decision represents a win for salmon (January 30, 2019)

The state of Washington has a duty to protect habitat so that salmon are available for tribes to exercise our treaty rights.


Native Sun News Today: Pipeline victories celebrated on treaty anniversary
Native Sun News Today: Pipeline victories celebrated on treaty anniversary (January 25, 2019)

Water protectors from far and wide gathered to celebrate and foster the International Treaty to Protect the Sacred from Tar Sands Projects.


'We are homeland security': Tohono O'odham Nation demands role in border talks
'We are homeland security': Tohono O'odham Nation demands role in border talks (January 16, 2019)

Indian Country is 26 days into a fight with the Trump administration. One tribe's been struggling even longer.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation celebrates removal of nuclear waste
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation celebrates removal of nuclear waste (January 11, 2019)

I’m proud that Cherokee Nation took the lead in removing a risk that would have threatened our communities forever.


Cronkite News: Tribes involved in Colorado River water talks
Cronkite News: Tribes involved in Colorado River water talks (December 12, 2018)

After months of meetings, progress toward a multistate drought contingency plan has been a two-steps-forward, one-step-back affair.


Hopi Tribe loses challenge to use of wastewater at sacred site
Hopi Tribe loses challenge to use of wastewater at sacred site (November 29, 2018)

A ski resort on public land uses reclaimed sewage to make snow on sacred land.


Montana Free Press: Judge blocks Keystone XL Pipeline
Montana Free Press: Judge blocks Keystone XL Pipeline (November 19, 2018)

News of the federal judge's decision spread quickly across social media in Indian Country.


Standing Rock citizens sue county over #NoDAPL road blockade
Standing Rock citizens sue county over #NoDAPL road blockade (October 29, 2018)

Two Standing Rock citizens and a member of the clergy are suing authorities who shut down a key highway during the height of the #NoDAPL movement.


Trump plan to boost Western water by easing rules worries advocates
Trump plan to boost Western water by easing rules worries advocates (October 22, 2018)

The White House plans to improve water reliability and availability in the West by streamlining regulatory processes and conducting expedited reviews on water projects. But details remain scarce.


Congress sends bill with pro-tribal provisions to President Trump
Congress sends bill with pro-tribal provisions to President Trump (October 15, 2018)

Congress went on break last week but not before sending another pro-tribal bill to President Donald Trump.


'We were here first': Tribes say Line 5 pipeline tunnel ignores treaty rights
'We were here first': Tribes say Line 5 pipeline tunnel ignores treaty rights (October 15, 2018)

Tribes want a seat at the table in talks over a pipeline that runs through their treaty territory.


Leader of Crow Tribe blames 'gross mismanagement' on others
Leader of Crow Tribe blames 'gross mismanagement' on others (October 8, 2018)

The leader of the Crow Tribe is vowing to pay back any misspent federal funds after yet another audit uncovered problems on the reservation.


Crow Tribe is subject of another critical look at federal funds
Crow Tribe is subject of another critical look at federal funds (October 3, 2018)

The Crow Tribe is accused of misusing and mismanaging $12.8 million in federal funds.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules meeting and hearing
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules meeting and hearing (October 1, 2018)

A Navajo Nation water settlement, a bill to repeal a paternalistic federal policy and broadband in Indian County are on the agenda on Capitol Hill.


'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.


No more 'Midwest nice': Families fight huge hog farms
No more 'Midwest nice': Families fight huge hog farms (September 25, 2018)

More than 40 families in Iowa are fighting to contain the spread of concentrated animal feeding operations.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance three bills
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance three bills (September 24, 2018)

An audit of the Indian Health Service, a water rights settlement for the Kickapoo Tribe and land for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe are on the agenda on Capitol Hill.


Standing Rock Sioux Tribe still waiting on Dakota Access decision
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe still waiting on Dakota Access decision (September 18, 2018)

The Trump administration has yet to release its Dakota Access Pipeline decision, more than two weeks after it was supposedly finished.


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.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Our Mohawk way of life was destroyed
Doug George-Kanentiio: Our Mohawk way of life was destroyed (September 13, 2018)

The Mohawk people thrived until the need for cheap power led to the destruction of our homelands.


'Why don't you do the same thing for us?': Oglala candidate asks of Trump
'Why don't you do the same thing for us?': Oglala candidate asks of Trump (September 12, 2018)

Not every tribal election offers voters a clear choice, or even a good choice.


Treaty tribes fight for strong water quality standards
Treaty tribes fight for strong water quality standards (September 12, 2018)

Treaty tribes believe a pollution-based economy is not sustainable. No price can be placed on the value of human health or the resources that sustain us.


Tribes sue Trump administration for approving Keystone XL Pipeline
Tribes sue Trump administration for approving Keystone XL Pipeline (September 10, 2018)

The Fort Belknap Tribes and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe are waging a familiar war over water, treaty rights and the Keystone XL Pipeline.


Spirit Lake Nation opposes hog farm development near Devils Lake
Spirit Lake Nation opposes hog farm development near Devils Lake (September 10, 2018)

Citing a need to protect water, the Spirit Lake Nation is opposing plans to house up to 2,400 hogs near the reservation.


Dakota Access Pipeline decision still missing in action a week later
Dakota Access Pipeline decision still missing in action a week later (September 7, 2018)

It's been a week since the Trump administration approved the Dakota Access Pipeline again. Where's the actual decision?


An 'expert' in Indian issues tapped to replace John McCain in Senate
An 'expert' in Indian issues tapped to replace John McCain in Senate (September 5, 2018)

Jon Kyl will take the late John McCain's place on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.


Voters narrow down field for Navajo Nation's highest office
Voters narrow down field for Navajo Nation's highest office (August 28, 2018)

The Navajo Nation election centers on clean water, purged voter rolls and a fading coal economy.


'Water Is Life': Tribal activists battle another oil pipeline
'Water Is Life': Tribal activists battle another oil pipeline (August 15, 2018)

An encampment of protesters is resisting the crude oil industry, whose environmental disasters disproportionately affect the poor and people of color.


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.


Trump administration delays Dakota Access Pipeline decision again
Trump administration delays Dakota Access Pipeline decision again (August 8, 2018)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers needs until the end of the month to complete its work on the Dakota Access Pipeline.


Tribes await updated decision on Dakota Access Pipeline
Tribes await updated decision on Dakota Access Pipeline (August 6, 2018)

The Trump administration is supposed to release a revised decision on the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline on August 10.


'Long overdue': Congress finalizes bill for Apache water project
'Long overdue': Congress finalizes bill for Apache water project (July 24, 2018)

The White Mountain Apache Tribe and two Pueblo tribes benefit from a bill that gained final approval in Congress.


Bill that hit stumbling block returns without tribal labor sovereignty provision
Bill that hit stumbling block returns without tribal labor sovereignty provision (July 23, 2018)

A bill to help the White Mountain Apache Tribe with a water project and two Pueblo tribes with economic development efforts has been revived.


Trump administration won't commit to permanent funding for tribal water rights
Trump administration won't commit to permanent funding for tribal water rights (July 19, 2018)

A tribal water rights fund is due to run out of money but the Trump administration isn't ready to support a permanent fix.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up three bills at hearing
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up three bills at hearing (July 17, 2018)

Two bills addressing water rights and a third to repeal an outdated ban on alcohol distilleries are on the agenda.


'I knew I wasn't guilty': #NoDAPL activist acquitted in North Dakota
'I knew I wasn't guilty': #NoDAPL activist acquitted in North Dakota (July 16, 2018)

Micah Lott was accused of trespass and rioting at Standing Rock but the case was so weak that the judge cleared him.


Design selected for memorial to Native veterans in nation's capital
Design selected for memorial to Native veterans in nation's capital (June 26, 2018)

Harvey Pratt, a veteran of the Vietnam War, has been chosen to create the National Native American Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.


Rosalyn LaPier: Supreme Court case reminds us about tribal connections to food
Rosalyn LaPier: Supreme Court case reminds us about tribal connections to food (June 18, 2018)

The latest Supreme Court case coincides with a resurgence of interest among a new generation of scholars and activists who are learning about and reviving indigenous food systems.


Tribes dealt setback with dismissal of challenge to Keystone XL Pipeline
Tribes dealt setback with dismissal of challenge to Keystone XL Pipeline (June 15, 2018)

Two tribes have lost a legal challenge to the Keystone XL Pipeline as others try a new approach in hopes of blocking the controversial project.


High Country News: Decision puts power plant on reservation closer to closure
High Country News: Decision puts power plant on reservation closer to closure (June 12, 2018)

The Trump administration's 'energy dominance' agenda is being put to the test in Indian Country.


High Country News: Tribes await action on water settlements in Congress
High Country News: Tribes await action on water settlements in Congress (June 1, 2018)

Tribal nations are currently asserting water rights as a way to ensure economic vitality, affirm sovereignty and provide basic services that some communities lack.


Farmers and Ranchers: Long-delayed tribal water compact deserves our support
Farmers and Ranchers: Long-delayed tribal water compact deserves our support (May 25, 2018)

Without action on a compact for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, the consequences for water users, farmers, and ranchers will be dire.


Native Sun News Today: Fort Peck Tribes angered by oil spill in Montana
Native Sun News Today: Fort Peck Tribes angered by oil spill in Montana (May 23, 2018)

The Ft. Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes decried the most recent toxic oilfield spill as all the more reason to resist TransCanada Corp.’s construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.


Cronkite News: San Carlos Apache activist joins rally at U.S. Capitol
Cronkite News: San Carlos Apache activist joins rally at U.S. Capitol (May 22, 2018)

'There are many issues that need to be addressed, but Congress doesn’t matter if there’s no water,' said Apache activist Wendsler Nosie Sr.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Energy company still hostile to indigenous interests
Doug George-Kanentiio: Energy company still hostile to indigenous interests (May 21, 2018)

The Mohawk people can abide by our ancestral morals and reject a deal with the Enbridge energy company.


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.


Cronkite News: White Mountain Apache Tribe works to save trout from extinction
Cronkite News: White Mountain Apache Tribe works to save trout from extinction (May 7, 2018)

A tribal, state and federal coalition has had success in downgrading Apache trout from endangered to threatened, a rare victory in the conservation world.


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: Tribes take Keystone XL Pipeline case to top court
Native Sun News Today: Tribes take Keystone XL Pipeline case to top court (April 27, 2018)

“Letting a foreign country come in here and ruin our land and resources is what I don’t understand,” Yankton Sioux Vice Chair Jason Cooke said. “We’ll stand by ‘Water is Life’.”


Cronkite News: White Mountain Apache Tribe water project stalls in Washington
Cronkite News: White Mountain Apache Tribe water project stalls in Washington (April 24, 2018)

Labor unions and Indian water rights aren’t usually associated with one another. But to the White Mountain Apache Tribe they’re currently tightly entwined.