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    PNS Daily News - April 21, 20150 


    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; on this, the eve of Earth Day, President Obama says climate change is this planet’s greatest environmental threat; and a legal battle is brewing of an EPA-approved herbicide that has in it, a component used in Agent Orange; and a Texas woman is facing a big fine for feeding homeless people.

Native American Issues

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

PHOTO: There's a march and candlelight vigil tonight in Gardiner to show support preservation of bison herds in Yellowstone National Park. Photo courtesy of National Park Service.

GARDINER, Mont. - It's about "buff-love" for Valentine's Day in Montana. That's how organizers characterize a week of action to raise awareness about wild buffalo - also called bison. There's a march and candlelight vigil tonight in Gardiner. Stephany Seay, media coordinator with the Buffalo Field ...Read More

PHOTO: About 500 hunters, anglers, and fans of outdoor recreation rallied on the Statehouse steps today for the "keep public lands in public hands" rally. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith.

BOISE, Idaho - About 500 people are expected on the Idaho Statehouse steps at 12 noon Thursday for the "keep public lands in public hands" rally. The Idaho Legislature has been exploring options to transfer control of most federal public lands to the state, with backers saying the state could do a ...Read More

PHOTO: A side of toxins with that? Groups critical of Washington's proposal to update water-quality standards claim it doesn't do enough to clean up pollution or curtail industrial waste discharge, while health warnings persist for eating fish caught in some locations. Photo credit: JRStock/FeaturePics.com

OLYMPIA, Wash. - People can comment starting this week on new state water quality standards that already have been years in the making in Washington. Anyone who eats or catches fish will want to take a look at them. The new standards are based on higher fish consumption rates that are more realisti ...Read More

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