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PHOTO: The Bdote Learning Center is immersing students in the Dakota and Ojibwe languages, so they don't disappear as other Native American languages have. Photo courtesy of Bdote Learning Center.

MINNEAPOLIS - As the number of speakers fluent in Native American languages continues to fade, a Minnesota school like few others in this nation is helping to keep those languages alive. The Bdote Learning Center in Minneapolis is a year-round charter school where the students are immersed in eithe ...Read More

PHOTO: Eleven oil-by-rail projects have been proposed for the Northwest since 2012. This car, known as a DOT-111, is the type that carries Bakken crude oil. Photo courtesy U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.
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SEATTLE - About two dozen projects have been proposed in the past two years to move the Northwest toward becoming a transportation hub for coal, oil and gas to Asia. A new Sightline Institute report examines the combination of rail, pipeline and fuel terminal proposals across Washington, Oregon and ...Read More

PHOTO: The Navajo Nation has settled longstanding legal claims against the U.S. government for a record $554 million. Photo credit: Federal Emergency Management Agency.

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – The Obama administration is paying a record $554 million to settle legal issues with the Navajo Nation over claims that the U.S. government mismanaged the tribe's money and natural resources for decades. Rick Abasta, communications director with the Navajo Nation, says th ...Read More

PHOTO: Native American tribal members and volunteers have been walking from Portland, Ore., to Idaho to show support for wolves as part of their cultural heritage and a healthy ecosystem. Photo provided by Mato Woksape

BOISE, Idaho - They call themselves 'wolf walkers.' Native Americans and volunteers left Portland, Oregon, on foot earlier this month, headed for Idaho to show support for wolves. Mato Woksape, a Lakota, organized the walk. He says they are praying for wolves and restoration of healthy ecosystems al ...Read More

PHOTO: This tiny sturgeon fry could grow up to be 5 to 6 feet in length, and can live for 70 years or more. This weekend's Columbia River Sturgeon Festival in Vancouver, Wash. pays tribute to this prehistoric fish species. Photo courtesy Wash. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife.

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Salmon get the lion's share of attention in the Pacific Northwest, but a festival this weekend in Vancouver calls attention to another fascinating fish species. The sturgeon may not be considered beautiful or iconic, but like salmon, it also requires careful management by ...Read More

PHOTO: Parents, students and community leaders are now at the table with school districts, working on ways to address the state's academic achievement gaps between white students and students of color. Photo credit: Thomas Martin/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As the state continues to wrestle with one of the worst academic achievement gaps in the nation, some progress is being made to lessen that divide between white students and those of color. Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius says while the advances are comin ...Read More

PHOTO: This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. It was created to help safeguard the nation's natural areas, water resources and outdoor recreation opportunities - such as the region where this prairie pothole is located. Photo Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Tom Koerner/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. – It's a national habitat conservation effort that supporters say has provided much value for North Dakota, and among those now asking that Congress reauthorize and fully fund it are local anglers and hunters. Johann Walker, director of conversation programs for Dakotas and Mo ...Read More

PHOTO: Conservation projects at New Mexico's Carson National Forest and around the country mark the 50th anniversary of Congress passing the Wilderness Act. Photo credit: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

TAOS, N.M. – A conservation project at Carson National Forest in northern New Mexico is under way in recognition of this week's 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Ben Thomas, executive director of the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, says the young work crews are thinning about 160 acres of d ...Read More

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