The long-awaited notice will be published in Friday’s Federal Register.
Action Advances Tribal Self-Governance and Tribal Sovereignty
WASHINGTON, DC – As part of President Obama’s commitment to upholding the nation’s trust responsibilities to American Indian and Alaska Natives, Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn today announced a final rule that will allow the Department of the Interior to accept land into trust for federally recognized Alaska tribes.
Thanks again to all of you for joining our nomination today re: the Aleutians.
FYI, here is the press release from PEER this AM:
Feel free to announce this in whatever way you wish, and take credit, etc....let the conversation begin!
A tailings pond breach near the town of Likely, B.C., last summer released 10 billion litres of water and 4.5 million cubic metres of metals-laden sand, contaminating lakes, creeks and rivers in the region. Alaskan conservation and aboriginal groups cite the accident as an example of the dangers posed by mining in northern B.C. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)
Folks following both the Donlin gold mine issue and the road to Ambler issue may be interested in this study about the far-reaching impacts of mining on fish habitat:
Thank you for participating in today’s virtual Stakeholder Outreach Forum on the proposed program for the U.S. chairmanship of the Arctic Council. We truly welcomed the opportunity to engage with you, found your thoughts and comments extremely valuable, and look forward to continuing the discussion virtually and in-person as opportunities arise.
Please find attached a PDF document containing the slides used by Senior Arctic Official Julie Gourley during her presentation.
Check out EPA's latest blog post, The Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination: An International Human Right, by Danny Gogal of EPA's Office of Environmental Justice. As EPA's lead for international human rights agreements, Danny explains his perspective on how Environment Justice is beginning to be recognized as a human rights issue at home and abroad. "This work is proving to be a viable avenue for raising awareness and harnessing interest in environmental justice, both domestically and internationally."
Northern Secwepemc First Nations Adopt Innovative Mining Policy
This morning, the Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw Leadership Council (comprised of the Xat'sull, T'exelc, Tsq'escen' and Stswecem'c/Xgat'tem First Nations, near the city of Williams Lake, BC) announced that they are adopting their own mining policy developed with Fair Mining Collaborative.