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PHOTO: Native Americans, immigrants and others are expected to testify at a human rights hearing today (Wed.) in Albuquerque. Their views will be part of a United Nations review of U.S. compliance with an international human rights treaty. Image courtesy U.S. State Department

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Testimony gathered at a human-rights hearing in Albuquerque today will be included as part of an overall review of U.S. compliance with an international human rights treaty. Ejim Dike, executive director of the U.S. Human Rights Network, the group organizing the hearing, said sh ...Read More

PHOTO: The Hoosier Environmental Council says the reservoir that would be created by damming the West Fork White River would harm the environment and Indiana's recreation and tourism. Photo courtesy moundslake.org.

INDIANAPOLIS – Environmental groups in Indiana warn there would be long-lasting impacts if the proposed Mounds Lake Reservoir northeast of Indianapolis is constructed. Community leaders in Anderson want to build a dam on the West Fork White River that would create the reservoir, extending se ...Read More

PHOTO: Montana's Blackfeet Troubadour, Jack Gladstone, will use storytelling, lyric poetry and music to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act at a series of events this summer in Montana. Photo courtesy of Jack Gladstone.

GREAT FALLS, Mont. - A troubadour of Montana's Blackfeet Indian Nation, Jack Gladstone will be at the University Theater in Great Falls on Tuesday with a presentation incorporating storytelling, lyric poetry, and music to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the 1964 Wilderness Act. Th ...Read More

PHOTO: The seeds have been sewn for a new backyard garden that will benefit Native Americans both at a Division of Indian Work food shelf and at the home for vulnerable youth where it's been planted. CREDIT: Minnesota Foodshare.

MINNEAPOLIS - Increasing numbers of backyard gardeners are donating some or all of their harvest to neighbors in need. It's a way to help the hungry in a growing state. Courtney Zaato, program coordinator of Minnesota FoodShare, said the goal of their garden sharing program is to build connections ...Read More

PHOTO: The federal government says it plans to prosecute everyone who illegally rode an ATV on federally protected lands in southeastern Utah over the weekend. Photo courtesy City of Blanding, Utah.

BLANDING, Utah - The federal government says it plans to prosecute everyone who illegally rode an ATV on federally protected lands in southeastern Utah over the weekend. Juan Palma with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) says his agency will "pursue all available redress through the legal system to ...Read More

PHOTO: Recapture Canyon near Blanding, Utah, may be the site of another tense standoff over western public lands this weekend, as people plan to ride their ATVs in areas that have been off limits to motorized vehicles since 2007. Photo courtesy City of Blanding, Utah.

BLANDING, Utah – Could Southeastern Utah be the next place where private residents challenge the federal government's authority on public lands? Bureau of Land Management officials in Utah say they have been made aware that a group led by San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman plans to ride ...Read More

PHOTO: Several of New Mexico's Native American tribal leaders are touring historic sites today at the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks, which President Barack Obama is considering designating as a National Monument. Photo courtesy U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Several of New Mexico's Native American tribal leaders are touring historic sites today at the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks, which President Barack Obama is considering whether to designate as a national monument. Rafael Gomez, tribal council member at the Ysleta del Sur P ...Read More

PHOTO: Opponents of a huge open-pit copper mine proposed for southeast of Tucson say it would impact the area’s fragile water supply, damaging features such as Cienega Creek. Photo credit: Pima County Regional Flood Control District.

PHOENIX - Approval for a vast open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita mountains 30 miles southeast of Tucson is expected soon from the U.S. Forest Service, but the Rosemont Mine faces several more regulatory hurdles before construction could begin. Eva Sargent, Southwest program director with Defen ...Read More

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