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    PNS Weekend Update - November 28, 20150 

    We’ve got several topics on tap from around the country this weekend, including: several people were hurt during a shooting at a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado; the protests over a police shooting continue in Chicago; now that we’re in full holiday mode, new research suggests that family time matters most to developing children.

Native American Issues

The J.C. Boyle Dam is one of four slated for decommissioning if Congress approves the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - Time is running out for Congress to pass the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. But at the White House Tribal Nations Conference late last week, there were glimmers of hope that it could still be possible. President Obama told the group he's committed to working with tribal ...Read More

Tribes in Washington, D.C., protesting mining in Oak Flat, Ariz. Credit: Apache Stronghold

OAK FLAT, Az. - A group of Native American tribes called Apache Stronghold delivered petitions with more than a million signatures to Washington DC on Wednesday in a show of support for a bill to save the Oak Flat area from copper mining. The federal government agreed to sell the land in the Tonto ...Read More

Scientists and wild animal advocates are calling on federal authorities to release at least five packs of Mexican gray wolves into New Mexico's Gila National Forest to preserve the endangered species. Credit: Jim Clark/USFWS.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Scientists and wild animal advocates are calling on federal authorities to release at least five packs of Mexican gray wolves into New Mexico's Gila National Forest to preserve the endangered species. Mary Katherine Ray, wildlife chair of the Rio Grande chapter of the Sie ...Read More

Bison in the Kaibab National Forest, part of the proposed Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument. Credit: Michele Vacchiano/iStock

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - One-point-seven million acres adjoining the Grand Canyon's north and south rims would become part of a new national monument if a bill, announced Monday, becomes law. Representative Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and leaders from 11 Native American tribes gathered in Flagstaff to announce ...Read More

Arizonans celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day Oct. 12. Credit: nadofotos/iStock

SOUTH TUCSON, Ariz. – The second Monday in October should be celebrated as Indigenous Peoples' Day alongside Columbus Day to better represent the consequences of Columbus' landing in North America, according to a number of groups holding celebrations in Tucson today. There will be events all ...Read More

Congress allowed funding the the Land and Water Conservation Fund to expire. Courtesy:

HELENA, Mont. – Down but not out. That's how supporters in Montana size up the battle over the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which has a major impact on outdoor recreation in state. Land Tawney, executive director of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, says the clock ran out on funding last ...Read More

Climate activists in Arizona are cheering Pope Francis' visit to the U.S., hoping it will inspire action on the issue. Credit: Nicolo Campo/iStock

PHOENIX - Today, as Pope Francis addresses a joint session of Congress, a group of religious leaders in Arizona is pressing America's leaders to take the pope's call to action on climate change to heart. The pontiff released an encyclical in June that called climate change a global problem with gr ...Read More

The swift fox, tiniest fox in North America at 5 pounds, is thought to have made a comeback in Montana based on images like this from remote wildlife cameras. Credit: Kylie Paul/Defenders of Wildlife

BROWNING, Mont. – They're cute and they're back in Montana. The tiny swift fox that weighs in at about 5 pounds appears to be thriving in the Blackfeet Indian Reservation region. Remote wildlife cameras have captured images of the animal. The swift fox disappeared from Montana in the 195 ...Read More

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