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NORTH BEND, Ore. — The Coquille Indian Tribe has penned a historic agreement with Oregon state leaders to co-manage fish and wildlife in the state’s southwest region.

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LANSING, Mich. — Michigan tribal leaders, advocates and environmental allies are applauding a move by state energy regulators to reopen a case regarding Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. 

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced a proposed ruling that restores tribal sovereignty over waterways within reservation boundaries. 

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LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer finds herself in a “particularly unworkable” situation regarding two American Indian tribes in West Michigan. 

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After a series of disappointing outcomes, including legislation that was tabled at the last minute in 2021, the federally recognized tribes in Maine, known collectively as the Wabanaki, remain hopeful for progress this year on restoring their sovereignty.

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ST. PAUL, Alaska — The Aleut Communities of St. Paul Island and St. George Island, collectively known as the Unangax̂, sit a few miles apart in the Bering Sea as part of the group of Pribilof Islands, about 200 miles off the coast of mainland Alaska. It’s that proximity to the North Pole has placed the islands at the leading edge for experiencing the effects of climate change.

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Conservation of the Tongass National Forest means more than protecting old trees. 

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WASHINGTON — Tribes proved victorious in taking on the White House and the U.S. Department of the Treasury over federal pandemic relief compliance rules related to civil rights law and tribal sovereignty.

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Michigan’s two U.S. Senators and the chair of the House Natural Resources Committee are calling on the Department of the Interior to act on the Grand River Bands of Ottawa Indians’ petition for federal acknowledgment. 

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WASHINGTON — The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska wants President Joe Biden to understand that the U.S. Department of the Treasury is potentially subverting tribal sovereignty via compliance rules related to tribal spending of pandemic relief funds.