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MILWAUKEE—The Tribal Lands and Environment Forum convened its eleventh annual forum today at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee. The annual event is organized largely by the Flagstaff, Ariz.-based Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) at Northern Arizona University, the Tribal Waste and Response Steering Committee, and the US EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management.

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International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Every year August 9 is celebrated as the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples to bring awareness and protect the rights of Indigenous Peoples around the world.

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The Oneida Nation has been awarded a federal grant to help the tribe take another step toward renewable energy. 

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MINNEAPOLIS—On July 14, the Fond du Lac and Grand Portage Bands of Lake Superior Chippewa filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), citing the Clean Water Act. The lawsuit argues that the EPA approved recommendations by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to lower water quality standards, after tribes in Minnesota and the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe voiced against lowering the quality of water.  

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The Michigan Public Service Commission has requested data and information on the safety risks of Canadian energy giant Enbridge’s Line 5, noting their application to build a proposed replacement for the segment that runs under the Straits of Mackinac lacks in engineering and safety information, including on the risks of explosion. Enbridge has proposed encasing Line 5 in a tunnel beneath the Straits. 

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MEXICAN SPRINGS, N.M. - About 250 families became temporarily stranded after a three-hour rainfall washed out Navajo Service Route 30.

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On Wednesday, June 29, 1,000 acres of ancestral homeland in the Tully Valley in Central New York was returned to the Onondaga Nation.

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Earlier this month, the National Congress of American Indians adopted a resolution supporting the rights of nature at its mid-year conference in Anchorage, Alaska.

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On Friday, June 24, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that a copper mine in Arizona can proceed with operations while a lawsuit filed by Apache Stronghold is pending. Resolution Copper, a joint venture between Rio Tinto and BHP—both mining companies from Australia—plans to develop one of the largest undeveloped copper deposits in the world near a site that some Apache believe is sacred. 

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A $1 million federal grant will help the Comanche Nation Housing Authority (CNHA) meet home repair needs of tribal members in five Oklahoma counties.