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Addressing The Collapse of the Coal Industry

This post was adapted from a fact sheet produced by WORC, Northern Plains Resource Council, Powder River Basin Resource Council, and a collaboration of allied organizations. As coal mines close, there’s an urgent need for regulatory action to restore lands … Continued

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Western Native Voice Community Spotlight: Laurie Sun Child

Above: Laurie Sun Child member of the Chippewa Cree unfurls the Tribe’s flag. Rocky Boy’s Shining Star Has Deep Rooted Connection to Elders, Community, and Culture We are excited to share with you Western Native Voice’s Community Spotlight, designed to highlight … Continued

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Leadership Failure Led to Orphaned Well Crisis – Now it’s Time for Solutions

Over 13,000 new jobs could be created by reclaiming current orphaned wells, but bonding requirements need to be updated to assure that taxpayers aren’t stuck with future cleanup bills. There’s no question that the past year has been difficult for Americans living across the mountain West and across the country. But the crises of public health, inequality, and unemployment are not new challenges; they’re simply the most recent evidence of systemic problems we need to address in our communities. The failure of our leaders to address these broken systems has left us with few easy decisions ahead of us.

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Fighting to Transition Power on Colorado’s Western Slope

Above: Colorado Rural Voters post card sent to Western Slope voters. All politics is local. No place is this more true than Colorado’s Western Slope. Colorado Rural Voters (CORV) was first established in 2008 to focus on building political power … Continued

Western Native Voice Community Spotlight: Renee LaPlant

Stepping Up Through Volunteering We are excited to share with you Western Native Voice’s Community Spotlight, designed to highlight grassroots organizing and individuals creating change from across Indian Country. This month we would like to introduce Renee LaPlant, Blackfeet tribal member, volunteer, … Continued