U.S. officials said Thursday that they will try to stamp out wildfires as quickly as possible this year as severe drought tightens its grip across the West and sets the stage for another destructive summer of blazes.
The Biden administration has proposed revoking a rule imposed under former President Trump that weakened the government's power to enforce a century-old law that protects most U.S. bird species.
Native American lawmakers in Montana on Tuesday asked the Biden administration to help craft a plan to reintroduce wild bison to areas in and around Glacier National Park and the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge.
Tens of thousands of grizzlies once populated western North America before hunting, trapping and habitat loss wiped out most by the early 1900s.
"We are the first peoples of this country," said Gerald Gray, chairman of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana. 'Why does something like this have to take this long?"
Montana's energy sector is struggling as coal mines go bankrupt
A key Senate committee on Thursday approved the nomination of New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland to be interior secretary, clearing the way for a Senate vote that is likely to make her the first Native American to lead a Cabinet agency.
Civil rights activists say Rep. Deb Haaland's treatment fits a pattern of minority nominees encountering more political resistance than white counterparts.
Haaland's hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee was adjourned after nearly 2 1/2 hours and will resume Wednesday.
"It's a great way for younger Natives to say, 'Alright, our foot is in the door. There's a chance we could get higher positions.'"
The confirmation hearing for Interior secretary nominee Deb Haaland is on Tuesday, and conservation groups are pressuring U.S. Sen Steve Daines to confirm her.
Montana Native legislators ask Daines to reconsider his opposition to Deb Haaland as Interior secretary.
Word that Joe Biden might cancel the Keystone XL pipeline permit this week evoked quick a response from Montanans who have fought for years over the Canadian tar sands project.