2019 Environment & Energy News Stories

Tribe loses case against uranium mine (Rapid City Journal) 12/13/19

Environmental, nuclear worries force Prairie Island tribe to seek new lands (Minnesota Public Radio) 12/13/19

State, Navajo Nation leaders petition for court order requiring the PRC to apply new law (Albuquerque Journal) 12/12/19

$100 million solar project slated for South Dakota reservation moves ahead (Casper Star Tribune) 12/11/19

Lakota visionary honored for renewable energy work (Indianz) 12/11/19

Students gather, exploring relationship between climate change, Indigenous peoples (Minnesota Daily) 12/8/19

Navajo coal company looks to a future without tribal guarantee (Indian Country Today) 12/6/19

Navajo Nation withdraws bond backing for Spring Creek Mine (Indianz) 11/18/19

Hearing on proposed expansion of Dakota Access pipeline focuses on spill risk (The Bismarck Tribune) 11/13/19

Navajo Nation won't back bonds for tribal company's coal mines (Mohave Valley Daily News) 11/12/19

FLCC forum features Keystone Pipeline case insider (Finger Lakes Times) 11/8/19

Native American leaders say Keystone spill highlights the need to oppose Dakota Access Expansion, Keystone XL (Indian Country Today) 11/5/19

Consulting with Native American tribes on energy and infrastructure development: Strategies for reducing project risk (The National Law Review) 10/28/19

Sovereign coal? Dispute between Montana and Navajo enterprise (Indian Country Today) 10/25/19

New Mexico Native American tribe building solar farms amid state's renewable transition (Carlsbad Current Argus) 10/25/19

Southwest tribes oppose storage plans for tons of spent nuclear fuel (Texarkana Gazette) 10/23/19

Alaska Federation of Natives declares climate emergency (Indian Country Today) 10/22/19

Cheyenne River Tribe says Oahe Dam has caused problems for decades (South Dakota Public Broadcasting) 10/17/19

Yantkon Sioux: 'Our community is literally drowning' (Indian Country Today) 9/30/19

Federal judge in Great Falls hears Keystone XL arguments (Indianz) 9/16/19

US seeks dismissal of Native American tribes' lawsuit over Keystone Pipeline (Texarkana Gazette) 9/11/19

Judge allowing more tribes, groups to weigh in on DAPL lawsuit (The Bismarck Tribune) 9/6/19

EPA ignored tribal consultation (Native Sun News Today) 9/5/19

Toxic Alaska mine could 'destroy the world's last great sockeye salmon fishery' (Indian Country Today) 9/1/19

New program gives remote Native American tribes greater access to affordable electric vehicles (Indian Country Today) 8/20/19

Native American tribe claims nuclear waste can't be stored on its land (Las Vegas Sun) 8/15/19

Navajo Nation stands up for Energy Transition Act (Albuquerque Journal) 8/14/19

Nez to continue working with stakeholders to ensure the success of Paragon Bitsi Ranch solar project (Navajo-Hopi Observer) 8/13/19

Lakota tribal leaders request public hearing on Dakota Access Pipeline expansion (Indian Country Today) 8/5/19

ACLU to hire S.D.-based Native justice organizer following pipeline protest laws (The Bismarck Tribune) 8/1/19

Appeals court says environmental groups cannot sue Navajo Nation over coal mine (Indian Country Today) 8/1/19

Lakota People's Law Project joins Sunrise Movement to push for #ClimateDebate in Detroit (Indian Country Today) 7/30/19

Tribe opposes Wyoming oilfield pollution proposal (Forth Worth Star-Telegram) 7/29/19

Tribal Coastal Resiliency Act up for first hearing in new political climate (Indianz) 7/25/19

Enbridge says open to re-route Line 5 after legal action by Wisconsin tribe (Reuters) 7/25/19

Wisconsin tribe sues Enbridge to force Line 5 pipeline removal (Minnesota Public Radio) 7/23/19 (More info via Turtle Talk)

Natural Resources Committee passes Grijalva bills to protect Grand Canyon from uranium mining, remove uranium from "critical minerals" list (Indian Country Today) 7/18/19 (See 116th Congress H.R.1373)

Udall, Schatz, Senators request feedback from American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian community leaders on the effects of climate change on Native communities (U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs) 7/10/19

Over a dozen tribes selected for funding from Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund for new clean energy projects (Indian Country Today) 7/10/19

Tribe, pipeline opponents plan to request state hearing on DAPL expansion (The Bismarck Tribune) 7/10/19

How to Indigenize the Green New Deal and environmental justice (High Country News) 7/10/10

Outdoors industry taps into Southern Ute methane capture project (The Durango Herald) 7/9/19

U.S. Senate approves $11 million to improve Columbia River fishing sites; look to president's signature (The Oregonian) 6/27/19

Tribes battling Dakota Access win partial victory in dispute over federal documents (Bismark Tribune) 6/24/19

How solar could make WA tribes energy independent (Crosscut) 6/24/19

Lummi Nation, Washington Gov. Inslee join protest of Canadian oil pipeline approval (The Olympian) 6/18/19

Inuit: The Arctic we want -- Dr. Dalee Dorough (Alaska Public Radio) 6/10/19

Colville Tribes win suit over Columbia River pollution (The Wenatchee World) 6/10/19

9th Court of Appeals throws out case blocking Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline, citing new permit issued by President Trump (Indian Country Today) 6/7/19

Lawsuit challenges 'government-sanctioned climate change' (Indian Country Today) 6/7/19

Standing Rock fights on: Tribal activism goes solar (Rolling Stone Magazine) 6/4/19

Tribes back bill to ban new uranium mining around Grand Canyon (Indianz) 5/4/19

Interior Department's coal reboot ignores tribes and curtails public input (High Country News) 6/3/19

Mills, tribes take step toward ending years-long dispute over sustenance fishing (The Portland Press Herald) 5/30/19

Tribal Chairman [Cheyenne River Sioux]declares state of emergency (Native Sun News) 5/30/19

Interior secretary agrees to halt Chaco drilling for year (Santa Fe New Mexican) 5/30/19

Tribes are harnessing cutting-edge data to adapt to the climate crisis (Indian Country Today) 5/28/19

Thunderstorms, tornadoes, and flooding: Aftermath of severe weather for Midwest tribes (Indian Country Today) 5/24/19

Native Sun News Today: Indian country supports reform of mining laws (Indianz) 5/22/19 (See 116th Congress H.R.2579, S.1368)

'It will poision everything.' Native Americans protest Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site (Reno Gazette Journal) 5/22/19

Native American tribes, environmentalists battle over copper mine in Arizona (The Salt Lake Tribune) 5/20/19

Tribes seek ban on public hunting of revered grizzly bears (The Washington Post) 5/15/19

'It's my homeland': How a Native lawmaker is defying Trump's drilling push (The Guardian) 5/15/19

How do tribal nation's treaties figure into climate change? (High Country News) 5/14/19

Mark Trahant: Indigenous knowledge incorporated into global climate assessment (Indianz) 5/7/19

"The wrong mine for the wrong place" (The New York Times) 5/6/19

Cronkite News: Largest oil field in Arizona sits on Navajo Nation (Indianz) 4/29/19

Native Sun News Today: Black Hills uranium settlement aids cleanup on Navajo Nation (Indianz) 5/2/19

The Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan, explained (Indian Country Today) 4/25/19

Gardiner-area residents call winter bison hunts along Yellowstone border unsafe, lobby for change (Billings Gazettte) 4/25/19

Keystone XL Pipeline must comply with treaties and tribal law (Morningstar) 4/24/19

SUWA files lawsuit challenging BLM's oil and gas leasing on the doorstep of Bears Ears, Canyons of the Ancients, and Hovenweep National Monuments (Native News Online) 4/23/19

Tribal regulation of single-use plastics (The Regulatory Review) 4/23/19

State defends South Dakota pipeline protest legislation (AP News) 4/19/19

Indigenous leaders want less drilling near sacred sites (ABC News) 4/16/18

Three tribes sue to block Rosemont Mine permit (Tucson.com) 4/10/19

Arizona tribes challenge permit for open-pit copper mine (San Francisco Chronicle) 4/10/19

Keystone XL opponents ask judge to strike down Tump's new permit (JWN Energy) 4/8/19

Public comment period opens for condor project (Del Norte Triplicate) 4/5/19

Opponents of Alaska Drilling say it threatens climate, wildlife (The New York Times) 4/5/19

The Revelator: Te-Moak Tribe decries lack of consultation on drilling plans (Indianz) 4/3/19

YES! Magazine: Tribes forced to adapt ways of life due to climate change (Indianz) 4/1/19

Trumps signs new permit to begin construction of Keystone XL pipeline (UPI) 3/30/19

Burgum signs oil tax-sharing bill with North Dakota tribe (The Bismarck Tribune) 3/28/19

ACLU Challenges South Dakota pipeline protest legislation (U.S. News) 3/28/19

Nevada tribal leaders share concern, not informed over plutonium shipment (Carson Now) 3/25/19

Navajo Nation votes to end efforts to purchase coal-fired power plant, sealing its fate (AZ Central.) 3/22/19

Some tribal governments say Alaska Roadless Rule decision moving too fast (KNBA) 3/21/19

Alaska Natives on opposite sides of energy development in Arctic refuge (Indianz) 3/20/9

Native Sun News Today: Tribes protest passage of bill protecting Keystone XL Pipeline (Indianz) 3/18/19

Tribes request more stringent standards for pollutants in Lake Koocanusa (Flathead Beacon) 3/18/19

Ho-Chunk Nation ready to move forward with off-reservation casino (Indianz) 3/18/19

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez raises concerns about Wells Fargo and Standing Rock (Indian Country Today) 3/14/19

The Karuk Tribe fights growing wildfire threat and a lack of funding (High Country News) 3/12/19

A Lakota historian on what climate organizers can learn from two centuries of Indigenous resistance (The Intercept) 3/7/19

Tribes accuse Corps of withholding pipeline study records (The Republic) 3/2/19

Negotiations for tribal takeover of Navajo Generating Station hit impasse (KTAR News) 2/28/19

Video: Udall presses administration for Native American Commissioner on climate change, speaks with Tribes about cultural impacts of the Native American Programs Act (United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs) 2/28/19

'Black snake prophecy' at center of Dakota oil pipeline battle (The Spokesman-Review) 2/28/19

State joins tribes, sportsmen in reintroduction of native 'speed goats' (The Spokesman-Review) 2/28/19

U.S. Court dismisses Energy Transfer Parners' lawsuit against Greenpeace (The New York Times) 2/4/19

Cronkite News: Native leaders share negative impacts of climate change in their communities (Indianz) 2/14/19

The Green New Deal: What does it mean for Indian Country? (Indian Country Today) 2/10/19

Reservation lawmakers aim to derail Keystone XL Pipeline (Indianz) 2/8/19

Tanksi Calirmont to direct new Tribal Solar Acceleration Fund (Lakota Country Times) 2/7/19

Dakota Access criminal cases wrapping up in North Dakota (The Brookings Register) 2/7/19

Nuclear commission overrules judge, upholds license for company to mine uranium in southwest South Dakota (Inforum) 2/6/19

Feds plan to issue oil leases near Chaco Canyon in March (Santa Fe New Mexican) 2/1/19

Navajo shepherds cling to centuries-old tradition in a land where it refuses to rain (LA Times) 1/31/19

Mark Trahant: Tribes urged to assert sovereignty over climate change (Indianz) 1/31/19

Native American tribes gaining recognition for timber and forestry practices (KLCC) 1/30/19

Tribes on climate change (OPB) 1/29/19

Colorado Supreme Court won't reconsider Martinez Oil and Gas Health Protection ruling (Colorado Public Radio) 1/29/19

Swinomish Tribe prepares for appeals court hearing on oil train lawsuit (Indianz) 1/24/19

Nearly 3,000 families expected to receive free Navajo mine coal (Native News Online) 1/21/19

Tribe appeals mine ruling (The Shawano Leader) 1/18/19 (See Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

New Congress, New House push for environmental civil rights (Bloomberg Law) 1/15/19

600+ environmental orgs say this is what they want in a Green New Deal (Grist) 1/10/19

Big Navajo Energy receives funding to provide solar energy to Navajo families (Native News Online) 1/10/19

Supreme Court won't review wind farm case (Energy Central News) 1/9/19 (See Osage Wind, LLC, et al. v. United States)

Noem wants to build a tribal relationship, wants 'uneventful' KXL construction (SDPB Radio) 1/8/19

Rural Nevada residents lash out over tribal horse roundup (Reno Gazette Journal) 1/8/19

Fod du Lac Band challenges Minntac permit (Pine Journal) 1/8/19

Navajo company looks into buying northern Arizona coal mine (Arizona Daily Sun) 1/7/19

Grand Canyon protected from mining for now (NARF) 1/2/19


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