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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Thursday announced that the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation is expected to be awarded $489,155 grant to establish lower-emission diesel projects to upgrade their municipal fleet. The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation   plans to replace two, inefficient larger engine vehicles; a municipal, short-haul dump truck; and a fire department water tanker.
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The Sauk-Suiattle Tribe is suing Seattle City Light, a public utility company owned by the City of Seattle, claiming that a series of dams on the Skagit River are harming the Tribe's treaty-protected right to salmon. The three dams, on an eight-mile stretch of the river in the Cascade Mountains, currently provide 20% of the electricity generated by Seattle City Light, but disrupt access to 37% of the watershed where threatened salmon, steelhead, and trout live and spawn. 

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Tamarack, Minnesota—Electric automaker Tesla signed a deal on January 10, 2022, with Talon Metals, a mine in northern Minnesota that plans to supply nickel concentrate in the next few years. Tesla said it agreed to buy 75,000 tonnes (165 million pounds) of nickel over six years, with an option to increase the amount it purchases, making the deal worth $1.5 billion based on the price of nickel. 

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The Biden administration broke the mold last week when it recognized tribal sovereignty in its allocation of money, under the new bipartisan Infrastructure Law, to 22 states plus the Navajo Nation and potentially tribal lands in Oklahoma.

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Hopi Tribe has received grant funding and has been selected as a finalist for the Economic Development Administration’s Build Back Better Regional Challenge for impacted coal communities. Hopi’s economy has been impacted by the closure of the Navajo Generating Station coal facility, and this large scale solar project represents an opportunity to shift the tribe’s energy and economic policy. 

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On Friday, January 14, U.S. Representative Dina Titus (D-Las Vegas) said during a press conference in Las Vegas that she plans on introducing legislation to Congress designated to make an area south of Las Vegas a national monument within the next few days. 

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The Department of the Interior today invited tribes to begin consulting on how best to implement the infrastructure bill that includes at least $13 billion for Native communities to improve roads, expand broadband access, and fund sanitation, water rights, and environmental reclamation projects.

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SACRAMENTO—Since 2015, the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band of Costanoan/Ohlone have been vehemently opposing a proposed quarry in central California that will eventually destroy four sacred mountains and cause serious ecological damage to Juristac, an area that is the heart of the tribe’s ancestral lands.

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Citizens of the Ute Mountain Ute community of White Mesa, Utah, have long been concerned about contamination from the uranium mill three miles away. They say it is desecrating sacred sites and the tribes’ cultural resources.

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On November 5, the Canadian oil company Enbridge announced that it plans to increase capacity on its pipeline system that connects a crude-oil storage hub in Oklahoma to the Texas Gulf Coast, now that the Line 3 pipeline linking Alberta and Wisconsin is complete. The Carrizo Comecrudo and other Indigenous groups in the area, along with the Indigenous Environmental Network, have pledged to protect Indigenous sacred sites and oppose future pipeline developments.