Indian Country Today. "In a decision being hailed as a win for tribal sovereignty, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a large portion of eastern Oklahoma remains a reservation."
Indian Country Today. "A federal judge has ordered the Dakota Access Pipeline to shut down and remove all oil within 30 days, a huge win for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, and the other plaintiffs."
Salt Lake Tribune Op-Ed by Phil Brueck: This September, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is preparing a lease sale for more than 114,000 acres of public land in Utah.
New York Times. "We will not apologize for being an island of safety in a sea of uncertainty and death." -Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
The Hill. "Native American tribal nations are imposing stricter lockdown and social-distancing measures than their neighboring states, creating tensions with both governors and the federal government."
Salt Lake Tribune. Op-Ed by Talia Boyd (Diné): "Indigenous homelands are often considered sacrifice zones, and we, the indigenous peoples, are not seen or heard. Our tribal communities continue to live with the permanent radioactive wastes left behind by uranium companies without our consent."
Estonia doesn’t want and can’t safely store radioactive powder, so 2,000 drums of it may be coming to southeastern Utah
Salt Lake Tribune. More than 660 tons of radioactive powder may be on its way to the uranium mill in southeast Utah, right next the the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and the Bears Ears Cultural landscape.
Sierra Sun Times. "The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is pressing ahead with its plans to proceed with the lease sale by beginning the public comment period, ignoring numerous calls for the agency to pause or extend comment periods until after the pandemic."
The Guardian. "Expansion of drilling in New Mexico would threaten sacred artifacts and bring public health risks to area still reeling from COVID-19."
National Geographic. Indigenous and rural communities are at increased risk of coronavirus exposure as parks and forests open up all over the country. Please exercise care.