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MACKINAW CITY, Mich. — On the day after a state deadline for Enbridge to shut down its Line 5 pipeline in Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac, hundreds of tribal and environmental activists served an “eviction notice” to the Canadian energy company at its McGulpin Point pumping station.

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SOUTHERN UTE INDIAN RESERVATION, Colo. — A Colorado tribe and North Carolina-based investment fund have partnered to develop one of the world’s first zero-emission gas-fired power plant on tribal lands.

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DURANT, Okla. — A solar farm built on the Choctaw Nation reservation in Oklahoma will double in size after a successful first few months in service.

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PORTLAND, Ore. — The city of Portland this month approved an inaugural fund awarding $8.6 million in grants to organizations, including Native American groups, aimed at addressing climate change through green construction and minority workforce training.

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The discovery of a potential archaeological site in the Straits of Mackinac last fall has opened the door for a Michigan tribe to pursue a new, longshot legal strategy to stop the planned Line 5 pipeline tunnel project.

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Two Iñupiat villages in northwestern Alaska will start work on a solar panel installation project next month that will help the region in its goal to rely 50 percent on renewable energy sources by 2050.

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Deb Haaland’s road to lead the Department of the Interior has been rocky, with some members of Congress using her confirmation process to air grievances with President Joe Biden’s climate change agenda. 

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When three 775-foot-tall smoke stacks at the Navajo Generating Station came tumbling down in December, sending plumes of dust into the sky and thundering reverberations off the mesas of the Arizona high desert, it marked the end of an era. 

The federal government was instrumental in engineering the rise of the 2,250-megawatt coal plant 45 years ago, one of the country’s largest prior to its closure in 2019.

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As legal battles continue over Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline, tribal leaders in Wisconsin say the company is ignoring a safer alternative that’s already in the ground — though the company disagrees. 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Seventeen federally recognized American Indian tribes, Alaska Native entities and tribal energy organizations will share in $1.55 million in grant funding from the federal government.