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Federal regulators agreed to extend the public comment period for licensing a repository near Carlsbad for spent nuclear fuel amid the COVID-19 pandemic, to provide more leeway for those wishing to submit comments as many struggled with social distancing and public health orders brought on by the virus’ spread.
When the University of New Mexico announced March 19 that all spring semester classes would move online and all students should move out of the dorms, 21-year-old communications major Hannah John went home. But she couldn’t stay long.
WASHINGTON — The House Committee on Natural Resources on Friday sent a letter to the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Inspector General Mark Greeblatt to request an investigation of Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney.
Country music legend Billy Ray Cyrus, actress Piper Perabo and a member of the Black Eyed Peas will join Native American members of Congress and tribal government leaders for a town hall discussion of COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on Native communities.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal land managers plan to hold a series of virtual meetings on a contested plan that will guide for at least the next decade oil and gas development around a national park and other areas in northwestern New Mexico that are revered by Native American tribes.
Democratic Reps. Joaquin Castro (Texas) and Deb Haaland (N.M.) led more than 30 of their colleagues in asking House leadership to broaden the definition of essential workers in the next relief package and guarantee them paid sick leave and affordable child care, among other benefits.
IT TAKES TWO: Two separate coalitions of environmental groups sued the Trump administration on Wednesday, challenging a rollback of protections for the nation’s waterways.
The delay in disbursing the money "is unnecessary and works against the federal government’s trust responsibility," House Democrats told Treasury.
Tribal governments were supposed to get $8 billion in direct emergency relief from the CARES Act, the $2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill that became law on March 27.
More than a month later, they haven’t gotten any of it.
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Longstanding environmental and economic inequalities in American society have been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, according to the US House Natural Resources committee which held a roundtable with members of Congress and expert witnesses in hopes of figuring how Congress should respond.