A Push Emerges for the First Native American Interior Secretary

An expanding coalition of Native Americans, liberal activists and Democrats in Congress are demanding an American Indian Interior secretary, and they want Deb Haaland.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #environment, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #presidential-transition-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Loneliness of the Red State Democrat

Liberals got “trounced” in Montana, and the party will spend the next few years in the wilderness.

#bozeman-mont, #bullock-steve, #daines-steve, #democratic-party, #elections-senate, #gianforte-greg-1961, #hickenlooper-john-w, #interior-department, #land-and-water-conservation-fund, #montana, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #tester-jon

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‘The Coal Industry Is Back,’ Trump Proclaimed. It Wasn’t.

The demise of coal-fired power plants in Arizona and Kentucky shows how the president, despite promises to restore jobs, failed to counter the forces decimating the industry.

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Top U.S. Lands Official Served Unlawfully for Over a Year, a Federal Judge Rules

A federal judge in Montana ordered William Perry Pendley, whose appointment was not confirmed by the Senate, to leave the position.

#bernhardt-david-l, #bullock-steve, #bureau-of-land-management, #federal-lands, #interior-department, #pendley-william-perry

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How Wildfire Became an Enemy Instead of an Ally

Starting with the Big Blowup of 1910, the U.S. Forest Service’s strategy mostly has been to put out fires as fast as possible. With climate change and shifting populations, we’re losing that war.

#environment, #fires-and-firefighters, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #interior-department, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #pinchot-gifford, #sunset-magazine, #wildfires

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Trump Administration Finalizes Plan to Open Oil Drilling in Alaska’s Arctic Refuge

The decision sets up a fierce legal battle over the fate of a vast, remote area that is home to polar bears, caribou and the promise of oil wealth.

#alaska, #arctic-national-wildlife-refuge, #environment, #federal-lands, #interior-department, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Despite Coronavirus, Federal Workers Head to the Office

Federal employees are being ushered back to office buildings under inconsistent and conflicting reopening plans, against the wishes of leaders in the nation’s capital.

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Trump Says He Will Create a Statuary Park Honoring ‘American Heroes’

The executive order includes John Adams, Harriet Tubman and Martin Luther King Jr. among those who would be honored. So would Billy Graham, Antonin Scalia and Ronald Reagan.

#general-services-administration, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #interior-department, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #national-endowment-for-the-arts, #national-endowment-for-the-humanities, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Tribe in South Dakota Seeks Court Ruling Over Standoff on Blocking Virus

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe set up checkpoints to limit the spread of the coronavirus. After the state objected, the White House got involved. Now the tribe has asked a federal judge to intervene.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #indian-health-service, #interior-department, #native-americans, #noem-kristi, #south-dakota, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Park Police Head Had Been Accused of Illegal Searches and Unreliable Testimony

The force was centrally involved in the authorities’ use of pepper spray to clear protesters from a park near the White House this month.

#interior-department, #lafayette-square-washington-dc, #monahan-gregory-t, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #presidio-national-park-calif, #search-and-seizure, #u-s-park-police, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Senior Interior Official Broke Ethics Rules a 2nd Time, Watchdog Says

An assistant secretary at the department used his position to help a family member get a job at the Environmental Protection Agency, according to an internal government investigation.

#bernhardt-david-l, #domenech-ben-1981, #environment, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #interior-department, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #nepotism, #trump-donald-j

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Federal Watchdog to Examine Official’s Role in Tribal Fund Distribution

The inspector general is also investigating allegations that the Interior Department inappropriately leaked sensitive tribal data.

#alaska, #alaska-natives, #conflicts-of-interest, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #interior-department, #native-americans, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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A Trump Insider Embeds Climate Denial in Scientific Research

An Interior Department official has pressed scientists to include misleading climate language—including debunked claims that increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is beneficial—into their work.

#bureau-of-reclamation, #california, #carbon-dioxide, #central-valley-calif, #environment, #global-warming, #goklany-indur-m, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #interior-department, #irrigation, #oregon, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water

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