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Grasslands in Montana represent some of the last remaining large-scale prairies in the world. In an effort to safeguard these vital landscapes, a Montana-based conservation nonprofit is deepening its long-standing relationship with the Fort Belknap Indian Community. 

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded more than $6.4 million in grants to 36 federally recognized Tribes across 17 states to support conservation projects benefiting fish and wildlife resources and their habitats.

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The Native CDFI Network (NCN) is leading a national effort to secure “several hundred million dollars” for clean-energy projects in Indian Country through a $6 billion federal grant program.

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With a potential government shutdown looming, a House subcommittee held a hearing on Thursday to discuss tribal autonomy in energy agreements, with witnesses expressing frustration with arcane and potentially dangerous regulations that have prevented tribes from fully exercising their self-determination rights.

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The Department of Commerce and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today announced $2 million in funding for projects to support tribal drought resilience in the western United States. 

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Nearly $40 million in federal funding will help plug more than 400 orphaned oil and gas wells on tribal lands, per an announcement from the Department of the Interior last week. 

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Brown Venture Group LLC, a Black-owned venture capital firm, said it made an undisclosed investment in Big Navajo Energy, a Navajo-owned company focused on clean and renewable energy solutions for tribal and rural communities.

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The Department of the Interior last week announced $5 million in funding to support the restoration of bison populations and grassland ecosystems in Tribal communities. The funding will be used to support Tribally led initiatives to strengthen bison conservation and expansion, improve management of existing herds, and ecosystem restoration efforts in native grassland habitats.

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The U.S. Department of Energy said it will issue $48.4 million in grant funding to three states and nine tribal nations to modernize their electric grids and make them more resilient to climate change and natural disasters.

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The Department of the Interior announced the launch of a new program to electrify homes in Tribal communities.