President Obama decided not to grant monument status to a large parcel of land adjacent to Grand Canyon National Park, a move that would have made permanent the administration’s temporary ban on uranium mining.
President Barack Obama used his executive authority under the Antiquities Act Dec. 28 to declare two national monuments in the southwest -- Bears Ears in Utah and Gold Butte in Nevada. Tribal leaders and environmentalists are thrilled to protect the land from mining and artifact looting. But not everyone is happy about the designations.
The Navajo Nation Library wants to preserve thousands of hours of oral history. The task -- to digitize 300 reels of tape. But that costs money.
Navajo and other native people use eagle feathers in traditional healing ceremonies. Up until recently the feathers were difficult to obtain.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Dec. 15 in two cases involving uranium mining near Grand Canyon National Park. In 2012 the Interior Secretary banned all new mining claims on a million acres surrounding the park for 20 years.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments Thursday on two cases that involve uranium mining on public lands near Grand Canyon National Park.
Federal and tribal inspectors found six Navajo wastewater treatment plants in violation of environmental regulations.
A tribe that lives in the Grand Canyon has filed a lawsuit to protect its water. The Havasupai Tribe filed its claim in federal district court Tuesday.
The Navajo Nation is suing the federal government over a mine waste spill that contaminated three rivers including the tribe’s irrigation source. An EPA cleanup crew triggered the 3 million gallon blowout of yellow sludge at a Colorado mine in August 2015.
In his last days in office President Barack Obama still has the power to make significant changes to the Southwest. Obama has already used the Antiquities Act to designate 27 national monuments — more than any other president. Many American Indian tribes are hoping he takes action on at least one more proposal.