User: irge304 Topic: Environmental Justice Issues
Category: Indigenous People
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On an Apache reservation in Arizona, a toxic legacy and a mysterious history of chemical spraying 19.1.2017 LA Times: Commentary

The sound always came first, a low buzz that grew and grew until it roared through the valley. Then the olive-colored plane appeared overhead, flying low. In its wake was a thick shower of oily droplets making a long, slow fall to the forested gullies below.

Kids on the Apache reservation back...

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Letter: Read the Bears Ears Proclamation 14.1.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Gov. Gary Herbert, State Auditor John Dougall, Attorney General Sean Reyes and Utah’s congressional delegation should read the Bears Ears National Monument proclamation before they make public and printed statements. If they read it they would know all present uses will be maintained, including grazing, mining, hunting, hiking, Native Americans gathering firewood, sacred and medicinal plants and access to sacred sites. Five tribes came together to make this national monument happen. The major...
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Lummi clammers, dairy farmers team up to clean bacteria-polluted bay, rather than fight 13.1.2017 Seattle Times: Local

With local clam harvesting shut down since 2014 because of bacterial pollution, dairy farmers and Lummi tribal leaders are partnering to clean up Portage Bay in Whatcom County.
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Bears Ears Monument Is A Win For Tribal Food Sovereignty. Will Trump Undo It? 9.1.2017 NPR News
The newly created monument preserves 1.3 million acres in Utah where natives have foraged for millennia. But critics who point to the land's energy extraction potential want the designation undone.
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Letter: Bears Ears Monument a step toward righting a historical wrong 9.1.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
American colonists were impelled to form a nation of their own when threatened with the powerful external forces of the British Empire. Our nation was formed at the expense (and displacement) of the Native Americans. Hundreds of years later, Utah’s politicians profess to support the protection of 1.4 million acres of native people’s ancestral lands as a Bears Ears National Conservation Area, proposed in Rep. Rob Bishop’s Public Lands Initiative. However, as the years have gone by, Congress and U...
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Final EPA analysis on Gold King Mine spill says there were no long-term water quality effects 7.1.2017 Denver Post: Local
The Gold King Mine spill did not have a long-term impact on the water quality of the Animas and San Juan rivers, a final Environmental Protection Agency analysis of the disaster's effect released Friday has found, adding that aquatic life does not appear to have been immediately effected.
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What Hashtagged In 2016? Women's Rights, Pollution And Pokemon Go 30.12.2016 NPR News
They were used to clap back at a racist cartoon and express grief for the Syrian war. The world in 2016, captured in hashtags.
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Obama expands environmental legacy with 2 Western monuments 29.12.2016 AP National
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- President Barack Obama expanded his environmental legacy in the final days of his presidency with national monument designations on lands in Utah and Nevada that have become flashpoints over use of public land in the U.S. West....
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Obama expands environmental legacy with 2 Western monuments 29.12.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — President Barack Obama expanded his environmental legacy in the final days of his presidency with national monuments designations on lands in Utah and Nevada that have become flashpoints over use of public land in the U.S. West. The Bears Ears National Monument in Utah will cover 1.35 million acres in […]
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Tribune Editorial: Utah should accept Bears Ears Monument and work to make it a success 29.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
It was the right thing to do. The designation of a Bears Ears National Monument, covering 1.35 million acres of southeastern Utah, was announced Wednesday from the White House. It is somewhat smaller than the 1.9 million acres that had been sought by an alliance of Native American tribal governments in order to protect lands and artifacts they consider sacred from continued encroachment of irresponsible pillaging and short-sighted mineral extraction. President Obama’s decision was followed, pre...
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Obama names Utah, Nevada monuments despite opposition 29.12.2016 AP National
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- President Barack Obama designated two national monuments Wednesday at sites in Utah and Nevada that have become key flashpoints over use of public land in the U.S. West, marking the administration's latest move to protect environmentally sensitive areas in its final days....
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Obama names Utah, Nevada monuments despite opposition 29.12.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — President Barack Obama designated two national monuments Wednesday at sites in Utah and Nevada that have become key flashpoints over use of public land in the U.S. West, marking the administration’s latest move to protect environmentally sensitive areas in its final days. The Bears Ears National Monument in Utah will […]
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Op-ed: Leaking gas is wasting our resources and our lungs 25.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Natural gas is a fuel source used to warm homes. As Utah’s population grows, the demand for natural gas grows. As burning fuel of any sort makes precursors to wintertime particulate pollution in the Wasatch Front, Breathe Utah always reminds consumers to be conservative in how we use gas. Furthermore, since by-products of fossil fuel extraction give rise to wintertime pollution in the Uinta Basin, a responsible approach to extraction is just as important. Unfortunately, a huge amount of natural...
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Bears Ears monument foes, boosters will rally at Utah Capitol today 20.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
In an effort to present a united front against an anticipated national monument designation, all of Utah’s top political leaders and several state and local elected officials plan to lead a rally Monday afternoon on the Capitol steps in Salt Lake City, demanding outgoing President Barack Obama refrain from “unilaterally” setting aside the Bears Ears region. Led by Gov. Gary Herbert, they say such an “abuse” of executive power, authorized under the 1906 Antiquities Act, goes against the principle... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
Mohawks become first tribe to take down a federal dam 11.12.2016 Seattle Times: Local

HOGANSBURG, N.Y. (AP) — A century after the first commercial dam was built on the St. Regis River, blocking the spawning runs of salmon and sturgeon, the stream once central to the traditional culture of New York’s Mohawk Tribe is flowing freely once again. The removal of the 11-foot-high Hogansburg Dam this fall is the […]
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Mohawks become first tribe to take down a federal dam 11.12.2016 AP National
HOGANSBURG, N.Y. (AP) -- A century after the first commercial dam was built on the St. Regis River, blocking the spawning runs of salmon and sturgeon, the stream once central to the traditional culture of New York&apos;s Mohawk Tribe is flowing freely once again....
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Army hands victory to Standing Rock protesters, says it won't allow Dakota Access pipeline in disputed area 5.12.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The Army Corps of Engineers on Sunday denied permission for the Dakota Access pipeline to cross under a section of the Missouri River, handing at least a temporary victory to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters.

The decision came after months of protests by thousands of self-proclaimed...

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Letter: Support our tribal nations and stop the land grabs 23.11.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
On Nov. 9 I attended a “Kill the Bill” (Rob Bishop’s Public Lands Initiative) rally in Fort Duchesne. After attending this rally, a thought occurred to me: How can we, as a nation, honor treaties with some foreign sovereign nations, and not honor treaties with the sovereign nations of the American Indians? Almost all treaties with the various American Indian peoples have been violated or discarded for enrichment of the mineral extraction industries or homesteading. The Ute Nation of Utah is fac...
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Navajo youths travel 1,000 miles to protest haze 19.11.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Nineteen-year-old Sheldon Natoni worries about the haze hanging over his tribe’s sacred mountains in Arizona and the effect it is having on the health of others in the Navajo Nation. His friend Sebale Tsosie, 21, has the same concerns, saying it’s unfair that a massive coal-fired power plant blamed for the pollution will not have to drastically cut back emissions until a generation from now. Federal rules exempt the Navajo Generating Station in Page, Arizona, from drastically reducing haze-causi...
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Showdown at Standing Stone Camp 16.11.2016 American Prospect
As a seasoned Beltway lawyer and lobbyist representing Native peoples, Tara Houska is no stranger to public conflicts. A member of the Couchiching First Nation and Ojibwe tribe, Houska represents tribal interests on Capitol Hill on a range of land-use and environmental issues. But when she saw a Facebook post in mid-July from a Standing Rock Sioux member named LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, Houska knew she had to act fast. An oil conduit known as the Dakota Access Pipeline was threatening traditional Native American burial sites, and if it ruptured, would pollute the Missouri River. Allard was putting out a call for people to take action on the North Dakota banks of the Missouri River. Houska packed up her stuff, jumped in her car, and drove across the country to join the ranks of the self-described “water protectors” at the Standing Stone Camp, where she would spend the next three months. When she arrived, her tent stood alone in a big field. By the beginning of fall, it was just one of many along a ...
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