Memorial Along National Mall Honors Pandemic Victims

Hundreds of thousands of white flags honor the more than 670,000 people in the United States who have died from the coronavirus.

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Stop the Bison Hunt in Grand Canyon National Park

The National Park Service should stop a planned cull of these animals in Grand Canyon National Park.

#arizona, #bison, #gosar-paul-1958, #grand-canyon-national-park, #haaland-deb, #hunting-and-trapping, #interior-department, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #national-rifle-assn

Court Blocks a Vast Alaskan Drilling Project, Citing Climate Dangers

The multibillion-dollar ConocoPhillips plan, known as Willow, was approved under the Trump administration and then legally supported by the Biden administration.

#alaska, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bureau-of-land-management, #conocophillips, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #interior-department, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Push to Return 116,000 Native American Remains Is Long-Awaited

Changes to U.S. regulations would seek to eliminate red tape that has delayed the return of burial remains and sacred objects held by museums and other institutions.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #haaland-deb, #harvard-university, #indigenous-people, #interior-department, #museums, #national-park-service, #native-americans, #peabody-museum, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden’s Climate Plans Are Stunted After Dejected Experts Fled Trump

Hundreds of scientists and policy experts left the government during the Trump administration. The jobs remain unfilled six months into President Biden’s term.

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Dispossessed, Again: Climate Change Hits Native Americans Especially Hard

Many Native people were forced into the most undesirable areas of America, first by white settlers, then by the government. Now, parts of that marginal land are becoming uninhabitable.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #native-americans, #navajo-indians, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water

U.S. to Search Former Native American Schools for Children’s Remains

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced a new initiative that would delve into the records of the federal schools to which Native American children were forcibly relocated for 150 years.

#canada, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #discrimination, #education, #haaland-deb, #indigenous-people, #interior-department, #law-and-legislation, #native-americans, #navajo-indians, #nez-jonathan, #united-states

Federal Judge Says Biden Cannot Pause New Leases for Drilling on Public Lands

President Biden suspended new oil and gas drilling leases on federal lands. A judge in Louisiana ruled those leases could not be temporarily halted.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #decisions-and-verdicts, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #federal-lands, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #louisiana, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

Deb Haaland Wants to Restore National Monuments Slashed by Trump

Deb Haaland has advised the president to reinstate former boundaries at Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah, and also in a marine area off New England.

#bears-ears-national-monument-utah, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cox-spencer-j-1975, #environment, #global-warming, #grand-staircase-escalante-national-monument-utah, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #native-americans, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #utah

For Lease: Windmill Space in the Atlantic Between Long Island and New Jersey

The proposed lease sale is part of the Biden administration’s push to develop 30,000 megawatts of offshore wind power by 2030.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bureau-of-ocean-energy-management-regulation-and-enforcement, #energy-and-power, #fishing-commercial, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #oceans-and-seas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #wind-power

Park Police Had Planned to Clear Area Before Trump’s Walk to Church, Watchdog Says

The report by the Interior Department’s inspector general did not investigate what other law enforcement agencies knew and who might have ordered them to use force to clear Lafayette Square.

#barr-william-p, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #inspectors-general, #interior-department, #lafayette-square-washington-dc, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-park-police, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Promise and Pressures of Deb Haaland, the First Native American Cabinet Secretary

As interior secretary, Ms. Haaland runs an agency once responsible for eradicating the homes, culture and often the lives of Indigenous people.

#federal-lands, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #native-americans, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden Administration to Suspend Arctic Drilling Leases

The move was widely expected and follows President Biden’s executive order to place a moratorium on new Arctic drilling.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #drilling-and-boring, #interior-department, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #united-states-politics-and-government

Tribes to Confront Bias Against Descendants of Enslaved People

The Choctaw Nation and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation in Oklahoma said they would consider granting citizenship to the Freedmen.

#black-people, #choctaw-nation, #discrimination, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #muscogee-creek-nation-okumlgee-okla, #native-americans, #oklahoma, #slavery-historical

Biden’s Fossil Fuel Moves Clash With Pledges on Climate Change

Over the past month the Biden administration has defended three significant oil and gas projects, raising concerns among environmentalists that climate policy is being undermined

#alaska, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #conocophillips, #drilling-and-boring, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #national-petroleum-reserve-alaska, #native-americans, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pipelines, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

A Push to Move the Golf Course Atop a Native American ‘Stonehenge’

Historians hoping to preserve the ancient Octagon Earthworks in Newark, Ohio, as a UNESCO World Heritage site face a problem: the golf club that leases the property.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #country-clubs, #eminent-domain, #golf, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #hopewell, #interior-department, #moundbuilders-country-club, #native-americans, #newark-ohio, #ohio-history-connection-nonprofit, #supreme-courts-state, #united-nations-educational-scientific-and-cultural-organization, #world-heritage-sites

America’s Bald Eagle Population Has Quadrupled

There were only about 72,000 bald eagles in the lower 48 states in 2009. Researchers say the population is now above 300,000.

#bald-eagles, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #interior-department, #united-states

Deb Haaland Becomes First Native American Cabinet Secretary

The Senate confirmed Ms. Haaland to lead the Interior Department. She’ll be charged with essentially reversing the agency’s course over the past four years.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #federal-lands, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #land-use-policies, #native-americans, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #united-states-politics-and-government

Reversing Trump, Interior Department Moves Swiftly on Climate Change

As Deb Haaland, President Biden’s choice for Interior secretary, heads toward a showdown vote, the department she would head is moving ahead on environmental policies.

#global-warming, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #land-use-policies, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

Haaland, With a Key Vote in Her Column, Appears Headed for Confirmation

Senator Joe Manchin III, who oversees the confirmation hearing, said he would support Representative Deb Haaland, President Biden’s nominee to lead the Interior Department.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #environment, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #united-states-politics-and-government

‘Climate Change’ Is Back, ‘Illegal Alien’ Is Out. New Administration Changes the Language of Government.

“The president has been clear to all of us — words matter, tone matters and civility matters,” said Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bureau-of-land-management, #citizenship-and-immigration-services-us, #environmental-protection-agency, #global-warming, #homeland-security-department, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #interior-department, #language-and-languages, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Deb Haaland, Biden’s Pick for Interior Dept., Embodies Partisan Chasm

President Biden’s choice for interior secretary faces her confirmation hearing on Tuesday. No other cabinet nominee has divided the two main parties as sharply as she has.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #native-americans, #united-states-politics-and-government

Trump Administration, in Parting Gift to Industry, Reverses Bird Protections

A rule change means companies will not be held liable for killing migratory birds as long as their actions were not intentionally designed to do so.

#birds, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #environment, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #interior-department, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

After Five Centuries, a Native American With Real Power

The expected nomination of Deb Haaland.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #native-americans, #new-mexico

An Uncomfortable Seat at the Table

Deb Haaland’s nomination as secretary of the interior is historic. But as the first Native cabinet member, she would have to strike a delicate balance.

#bureau-of-indian-affairs, #curtis-charles-1860-1936, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #land-use-policies, #native-americans, #politics-and-government, #presidential-transition-us

Biden Plans to Conserve 30 Percent of America’s Lands

That’s how much land Biden wants to conserve over the next decade. But is it possible?

#agriculture-department, #babbitt-bruce, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #biodiversity, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #federal-lands, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #interior-department, #land-use-policies, #united-states, #western-states-us, #wilderness-areas

In Last Rush, Trump Grants Mining and Energy Firms Access to Public Lands

The outgoing administration is pushing through approval of corporate projects over the opposition of environmental groups and tribal communities.

#bernhardt-david-l, #bhp-billiton-ltd, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bureau-of-land-management, #conservation-of-resources, #environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #federal-lands, #forest-service, #interior-department, #land-use-policies, #native-americans, #resolution-copper-mining-llc, #rio-tinto-plc, #ross-wilbur-l-jr, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wilderness-areas

Biden Will Pick Deb Haaland to Lead Interior Department

The appointment would make history if confirmed by the Senate, placing a Native American in a cabinet secretary position for the first time.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #environment, #federal-lands, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #native-americans, #new-mexico, #politics-and-government, #presidential-transition-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

Meet Biden’s Energy and Climate Cabinet Contenders

President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s energy and environment team will have the difficult task of crafting climate policies that can bypass Congress and survive judicial review.

#biden-joseph-r-iii, #energy-department, #environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #interior-department, #presidential-transition-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

End the Taxpayer Giveaway to Big Oil and Gas

Congress should raise the royalty rates on federal lands.

#federal-lands, #interior-department, #land-use-policies, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #royalties, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

Top Contenders for Biden’s Cabinet Draw Fire From All Sides

Lists of names of those the president-elect is said to be considering are flying across Washington, prompting lawmakers and interest groups to raise questions about some top contenders.

#attorneys-general, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #central-intelligence-agency, #defense-department, #energy-department, #environmental-protection-agency, #homeland-security-department, #interior-department, #justice-department, #liberalism-us-politics, #national-economic-council-us, #office-of-management-and-budget-us, #presidential-transition-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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

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

‘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

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

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

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.

#american-federation-of-government-employees, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #defense-department, #disease-rates, #energy-department, #environmental-protection-agency, #government-employees, #interior-department, #labor-and-jobs, #maryland, #office-of-personnel-management, #state-department, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #veterans-affairs-department, #virginia, #washington-dc, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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

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

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

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

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

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