Native Americans

Biden’s budget aims to fight climate change, promote conservation, aid Native Americans

BY: - April 12, 2021

President Joe Biden’s first budget request laid out on Friday reflects the administration’s commitments to advancing conservation and combating climate change, proposing new money across federal agencies to address those issues. Like most domestic programs in Biden’s overall $1.5 trillion budget proposal for fiscal 2022, the recommendations for increased spending on conservation and climate goals […]

Tribal citizens condemn Enbridge for ‘manipulative’ video about Indigenous peacemaking

BY: and - April 9, 2021

A video recently released by Canadian oil company Enbridge has elicited both criticism and condemnation from Indigenous leaders in Michigan. Tribal leaders and activists from across the state contend the video, produced by a consultant and posted to the company’s website, appropriates Anishinaabek practices to gain support for the company’s controversial pipeline operations in the […]

Biden taps Native American law expert as top lawyer at Interior

BY: - April 8, 2021

President Joe Biden nominated Native American law expert Robert Anderson, an enrolled member of the Bois Forte Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, to be solicitor of the Interior Department Wednesday. The move underscored how the administration is putting a priority on placing Native Americans in charge of the agenda at Interior. Last month, Interior […]

New unit launched at Interior to investigate cases of missing and murdered Indigenous people

BY: - April 3, 2021

The U.S. Department of the Interior is creating a new unit to lead and help coordinate investigations into the ongoing crisis of murdered and missing American Indian and Alaska Native people. Interior Secretary Debra Haaland, the first Indigenous person to lead the agency, announced Thursday the formation of the Missing & Murdered Unit within the Bureau of […]

Senate confirms Haaland as first-ever Native American to serve in the Cabinet

BY: - March 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Debra Haaland made history on Monday when she became the first Native American to ever be confirmed by the U.S. Senate to hold a position in a president’s Cabinet. In a narrow 51-40 vote, senators confirmed Haaland, a New Mexico Democrat, to serve as secretary of Interior, where she will run […]

Haaland confirmation vote for Interior on tap, despite GOP opposition

BY: - March 10, 2021

The Senate is expected to vote within days on the confirmation of U.S. Rep. Debra A. Haaland to lead the Interior Department, despite procedural barriers Republicans from Montana and Wyoming announced Tuesday. Republican Sens. Steve Daines of Montana and Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming placed holds on Haaland’s nomination, meaning the chamber now must take an […]

Tribes worry Line 5 tunnel construction could bring sex trafficking, violence to Native communities

BY: - March 7, 2021

Updated, 3:12 p.m., 3/7/21 When oil and gas companies employ hundreds of out-of-town, typically male workers to work on pipeline projects, an uptick in that area’s rates of sexual violence and sex trafficking usually follows. That’s becoming a concern for Michigan’s Indigenous people, who cite Canadian oil company Enbridge’s impending Line 5 pipeline tunnel project […]

A bipartisan push could change state wildlife protection

BY: - March 5, 2021

Scientists say the world is on the precipice of a mass extinction. The United Nations estimates that 1 million species are on the verge of being wiped out, threatened by climate change, habitat loss, pollution, invasive species and poaching. In the United States, the federal government has oversight of the more than 1,600 species listed […]

Biden Interior secretary pick likely to face rocky confirmation hearing

BY: - February 22, 2021

U.S. Senate Republicans may use this week’s Interior confirmation hearing for U.S. Rep. Debra Haaland to air their grievances about the Biden administration’s energy policies, running the risk of alienating Native Americans in Western states. GOP U.S. Sens. John Barrasso of Wyoming and Steve Daines of Montana sit on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, […]

Oil and water: Resistance, construction intensify on Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline

BY: - February 1, 2021

The camp was quiet when Winona LaDuke stepped outside to share the news: Enbridge didn’t have permission to drill under the frozen Mississippi River. Construction on that piece of the Line 3 oil pipeline would be delayed — at least as long as the frigid weather held. LaDuke had barely finished the sentence when cheers […]

State panel orders Enbridge permit rehearing after Whitmer’s Line 5 shutdown order

BY: - December 9, 2020

The small Michigan regulatory panel charged with deciding whether to let Canadian oil company Enbridge build a tunnel-encased pipeline under the Mackinac Straits is shifting gears, announcing Wednesday that it has ordered a rehearing for Enbridge’s application now that the company’s 1953 easement has been revoked by the state. Enbridge had originally filed an application […]

As Enbridge fights for Line 5, Indigenous activists block Line 3 construction in Minnesota

BY: and - December 7, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last month ordered Canadian oil company Enbridge’s easement with the state to be revoked, giving Enbridge until May to shut down its controversial Line 5 pipeline in the Mackinac Straits. Enbridge responded in full force with a lawsuit against the state. The outcome of that lawsuit, which will likely end up in […]