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    PNS Weekend Update - May 23, 20150 


    In focus on our nationwide rundown: The U.S. Senate shoots down a comprise on domestic spying; a new survey finds a majority of voters in the Lone Star State oppose LGBT discrimination; and a safety mindset for boaters over this long Memorial Day weekend.

Native American Issues

PHOTO: U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is being asked by New Mexico's U.S. senators to take a closer look at federal government's oil and gas development policies near Chaco Culture National Historic Park. Photo courtesy National Park Service.

SANTA FE, N.M. – New Mexico's congressional delegation is asking U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to monitor a possible escalation of fracking in an area considered sacred by many Native Americans. In a letter to Jewell, Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan stress t ...Read More

PHOTO: The Minnesota Department of Health has detailed its new efforts to reduce the infant mortality rate, as hundreds of babies die in the state each year before they reach the age of one. Photo credit: Cody/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Every year, several hundred babies statewide die before they reach their first birthday and a new plan from the Minnesota Department of Health aims to reduce those numbers. Commissioner Ed Ehlinger says while Minnesota does have one of the lowest overall infant mortality rates in ...Read More

PHOTO: In Arizona and other Western states, there are ongoing efforts by some lawmakers to try to gain control of federally managed public lands, despite strong public opposition. Photo credit: Bureau of Land Management.

PHOENIX – The battle over control of federally managed public lands in Arizona doesn't seem to have an end in sight. Following this year's legislative session, Gov. Doug Ducey vetoed two bills (HB 2176, HB 2318), which sought state control of federal lands. Ducey did sign House Bill 2658 into ...Read More

PHOTO: Members of the Swinomish Tribe, seen here at a tribal ceremony, are concerned that long trains of oil tank cars are crossing their reservation every week, a development the Tribe says violates its 1991 easement agreement with a rail company. Photo credit: Leslie Dierauf/U.S. Geological Survey.

SEATTLE - A Native American tribe says too many trains, some of which carry volatile Bakken crude, are crossing its reservation and it's suing the rail company to stop them. The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community alleges BNSF Railway is violating an easement agreement made in 1991. The agreement se ...Read More

PHOTO: Beavers are busy in the Snohomish watershed, as they're being relocated to higher elevations where their dam-building skills help moderate stream flow and provide better habitat for salmon and other fish. Photo courtesy Beavers Northwest.

SEATTLE - Sometimes moving to a new neighborhood is the best choice for everyone. That's the theory behind a research project by the Tulalip Tribes of Washington to relocate beaver families. The critters have become a nuisance in the lowlands but in higher elevations, their hard work can benefit th ...Read More

PHOTO: A multi-million-dollar loan from the federal government is expected to bring high-speed Internet to the Mescalero Apache Tribe in South Central New Mexico. Photo credit: Washington State Office of the Attorney General.

MESCALERO, N.M. - The Mescalero Apache Tribe in south-central New Mexico is closer to having high-speed Internet after receiving a multi-million-dollar loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Godfrey Enjady, a tribal member and general manager of Mescalero Apache Telecom, the tribe's owned an ...Read More

PHOTO: A resolution seeking state control of some federal lands in Nevada is among the items state lawmakers are considering during the current legislative session. Photo courtesy Nevada Division of State Lands.

CARSON CITY, Nev. – State lawmakers are considering a resolution that seeks state control of some federal public lands, which account for more than 80 percent of all land in Nevada. Senate Joint Resolution 1 (S.J.R.1) calls on Congress to enact legislation transferring title. But David von ...Read More

PHOTO: Professor, author, and cultural critic Marc Lamont Hill will deliver the keynote address tomorrow in a celebration of Black History Month on the UW-Madison campus. The award-winning activist, journalist and TV host will talk about what he observed in Ferguson, Mo., several months ago. Photo credit: BET.

MADISON, Wis. - Marc Lamont Hill, a host on HuffPost Live and BET news and a CNN political contributor, will give the keynote address Thursday at the Black History Month observation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Hill reported from Ferguson, Mo., last summer in the aftermath of the police ...Read More

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