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Wood heaters too dirty to sell are clean enough to give to tribes, says EPA

Wood heaters that US regulators have deemed too dirty to sell can now be donated to tribal nations and Appalachian communities, under a program organized by a trade group and the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Tribes sue to halt Trump plan for channeling emergency funds to Alaska native corporations

Six tribes say disbursement of up to $4 billion would benefit for-profit entities instead of native people during the coronavirus emergency.
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Justice

Indian Health Service, rural areas to have priority access to rapid coronavirus tests

“These are new tests, and we have prioritized the groups that we think have the least access to testing now,” Deborah Birx said.
Silver Falls in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. (Credit: KBIC Natural Resources Department)
Originals

“Our community is a fishing community:” Michigan tribe seeks to set its own water standards

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, on the shores of one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world, is petitioning the federal government to hand over control of setting water quality standards.

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Justice

Tribes have climate wisdom — and good reason not to share it

Tribes risk exploitation when sharing climate change solutions.
Toxics

Columbia Riverkeeper calls for complete Hanford toxic waste cleanup

Columbia Riverkeeper report on Hanford says Department of Energy decisions to limit cleanup could limit future use by tribes and others.
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Climate

Gov. Brown orders major offensive against wildfire threat

Gov. Jerry Brown, alarmed by reports that climate change is dramatically increasing fire risk, on Thursday ordered an all-out attack by scientists, land managers, industry and the public on the dangerous conditions that helped spread last year's devastating wildfires.

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Justice

SUPREME COURT: Highways, salmon habitat collide in tribal treaty case

Washington state tomorrow will face off against the U.S. government and tribes as it attempts to overturn a court injunction forcing it to repair hundreds of culverts that are blocking salmon from reaching upstream habitat.

Justice

Russell Jim dies. Yakama tribal elder fought for Hanford cleanup

Russell Jim, 82, a Yakama Nation elder has died. He was a leading advocate for cleanup of the Hanford nuclear reservation. The Yakamas and other tribes have treaty rights at the Hanford Site.
Originals

Seneca Nation takes on Pittsburgh startup to defend the Allegheny River

Last month more than 100 Seneca Nation tribal members showed up at the monthly meeting of the local municipal authority in the small town of Coudersport, Pennsylvania, carrying protest signs and ceremonial drums.

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Originals

Final permit for controversial Michigan mine gets accepted. Tribe digs in.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality accepted the fourth and final permit required for the controversial Back Forty Mine to move forward.

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Justice

U.P. tribe wants to know: "When can we eat the fish?" Researchers try to answer

"When can we eat the fish?" That's what the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community in Michigan's Upper Peninsula wants to know.

www.colorlines.com
Justice

Can tiny houses halt the expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline?

Indigenous activists are using solar-powered tiny houses to block the proposed path of the oil pipeline across Secwepemcul'ecw territory. Could this become the Standing Rock of the North?
cleantechnica.com
Justice

Federal court orders Corps of Engineers & DAPL to upgrade monitoring following Keystone XL spill

A federal judge has ordered stepped-up monitoring of the Dakota Access pipeline following an oil spill from the Keystone XL pipeline last month.

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Justice

Defying tribes and public opinion, Trump slashes Utah national monuments by two million acres.

The president gutted Bears Ears and cut Grand Staircase-Escalante in half, but experts say he's on shaky legal ground.

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Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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