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PNS Daily Newscast - November 20, 2017 


On our Monday nationwide rundown; decision day for the Keystone XL pipeline; a border patrol agent killed in the line of duty in Texas; and time is running out to comment on fees that could double or triple at many National Parks in 2018.

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Public News Service - WA: Native American Issues

This is the third year of the Free the Snake Flotilla. Last year, around 350 people paddled out to oppose four dams on the river. (Free the Snake Flotilla)

CLARKSTON, Wash. – Floaters in kayaks, canoes and boats are launching today to call for the removal of four dams on the lower Snake River. The third annual "Free the Snake Flotilla" takes place today and tomorrow, to push policymakers to get rid of the dams in order to help save wild and endan

Northwest tribes are fighting the proposed expansion of the TransMountian Pipeline, which would stretch from the Alberta tar sands to Puget Sound. (Stop Carbon Pollution/Flickr)

SEATTLE – The mother of all pipelines could be coming to the Northwest, and Native Americans in the region want their voices heard on the proposal. The Houston-based company, Kinder Morgan's expanded TransMountain Pipeline would stretch from the Alberta tar sands to Puget Sound and could tra

Researchers and others believe breaching the four Lower Snake River dams could give Puget Sound orcas more fish to feed on. (Seabamirum/Flickr)

SPOKANE, Wash. – As the public weighs in today in Spokane on the future of the Lower Snake River dams, researchers are calling for their removal in order to save Puget Sound orcas. In October, two members of the J pod of Southern Resident killer whales died, and scientists at the Center for

According to new research, Native Americans are more likely to be killed by police than any other group. (Jennifer B/Flickr)

TACOMA, Wash. – Native Americans are more likely to be killed by police than any other group of people in the United States. That's according to research reported in the article "The Police Killings No One is Talking About" for "In These Times." Compared with other groups, such as African Amer

Seattle, Spokane and Olympia have joined the ranks of cities that celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day instead of Columbus Day. (Joe Mabel/flickr)

SEATTLE -- Cities in Washington state and across the country are telling Christopher Columbus to step aside, and will instead celebrate Indigenous Peoples' day Monday. Olympia, Spokane, and most recently, Yakima have joined the ranks of cities that are dispensing with Columbus Day in order to cele

Quinault Indian Nation President Fawn Sharp says the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline raises concerns for native communities across the United States. (Jared King/Navajo Nation Washington Office)

SEATTLE - Members of a Washington tribe are joining native communities across the country, protesting a pipeline they say threatens tribal lands and the environment in the Midwest. Twelve members of the Quinault Nation will paddle the tribe's elder canoe, known as the "Grandfather Canoe," down the

The EPA has until November to finalize new rules, known as fish consumption rules, for water quality standards in Washington. (pixabay)

SEATTLE - A U.S. federal judge has told the EPA it must finalize new water-quality rules aimed at making Washington state waters cleaner. The rules are known as fish consumption rules because they must ensure that fish caught in Washington state waters are safe to eat. Last year, the EPA said Washin

A federal appeals court has ruled that Washington state must repair culverts blocking salmon from swimming to upstream habitats. (Matthew_Hull/morguefile)

SEATTLE – Native American tribes in Washington state received a victory Monday from a federal appeals court that ruled the state must pay to fix fish blocking culverts. Culverts allow rivers and streams to flow underneath roadways, but can be trouble for salmon swimming upstream if the culve

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