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Hemp not welcomed by Navajo Nation

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Growers are persistent

The Navajo Police Department has been addressing hemp farm issues since 2019, when hemp growth was first reported.

Now the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission is being called in to help.

On Sept 18, the Shiprock District Court approved a Navajo Nation motion for a temporary restraining order...

‘Savanna’s,’ ‘Not Invisible’ Acts pass

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Missing, murdered Indigenous peoples’ crisis to be addressed

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz.— Members of the 24th Navajo Nation Council expressed appreciation on the passage of Savanna’s Act by the U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 21. Savanna’s Act directs the Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice to begin addressing missing or murdered Native Americans on a countrywide scale through Tribal consultation and the development of inter-agency case management and reporting protocols. The same day, the House also approved the Not Invisible Act which creates the U.S. Department of the Interior and the USDOJ joint commission on reducing violent crime against Indians.

“As...

Earthweek: Diary of a Changing World

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Week ending Friday, September 18, 2020


Avian Tragedy

Scientists are trying to determine what caused untold thousands of migratory birds to fall from the sky dead or dying across parts of the Southwestern U.S. The songbird fatalities could be linked to the thick pall of wildfire smoke they flew through en route from Alaska and Canada to their winter grounds in Central or South America. Or they could have used up their fat reserves trying to fly around it before they perished in New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Arizona and parts of Nebraska. Some fear the smoke damaged their lungs. “They’re literally just feathers and bones,” New Mexico State University graduate student Allison Salas...

Luján secures bipartisan amendment in clean energy package

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WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M. and U.S. Representative Joe Wilson, R-S.C. secured a bipartisan amendment in the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act to establish a nonprofit partner to the U.S. Department of Energy that would channel private-sector investments and accelerate the commercialization of innovative energy technologies.

The IMPACT for Energy Act was introduced by Luján and Wilson in the House and by U.S. Sens. Chris Coons, D-Del. and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. in the Senate. The bipartisan, bicameral bill was included as an amendment in the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act.

The legislation would establish a nonprofit foundation...

Nationwide effort underway to stop bidding in Arctic

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Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Hilcorp targeted

ANCHORAGE, Alaska—In response to the federal government’s recent release of a Record of Decision that paves the way for a lease sale in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, 259 Indigenous, conservation and faith organizations sent a letter Sept. 17 calling on Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil and Hilcorp to not pursue fossil fuel development in the fragile landscape of the refuge’s coastal plain.

The letter, signed by organizations from all 50 states and representing more than 27 million members, targets oil and gas companies who would potentially bid in the sale and asks them to not pursue fossil fuel development in the...

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