Could A Democratic Win Mean the First Indigenous Secretary of Interior?

Could A Democratic Win Mean the First Indigenous Secretary of Interior?

By Ashira Morris, ODP Contributing Writer The Department of the Interior houses the Bureaus of Indian Affairs and Indian Education, but it has never been led by a Native American. Over the course of its 170-year history, the relationship between the government and the 578 federally recognized Indian tribes it manages has been fraught. “We […]

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LWCF One Step Closer to Permanent Funding

LWCF One Step Closer to Permanent Funding

Although President Trump has repeatedly called for cutting its funding by as much as 97%, earlier this year he called on Congress to pass a law to permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Yesterday, the bill to permanently fund the LWCF came one step closer to becoming law.  The cloture vote on […]

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Coronavirus: Forgetting Nature is Not An Option

Coronavirus: Forgetting Nature is Not An Option

Yesterday, House Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Vice Chair Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) sent a letter to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt urging him to close Grand Canyon National Park and other national parks and public lands at risk of spreading coronavirus due to continued crowding and high visitation levels. In the midst […]

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Interview of the Week: Senator Tom Udall

Interview of the Week: Senator Tom Udall

Today would have been Stewart Udall’s 100th birthday and to honor the occasion we wanted to ask his son, Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico, about his father’s legacy and the ways in which it resonates in today’s world. We wanted to thank the Senator for his touching words, we hope you enjoy!   ODP: […]

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Governor Bullock Rolls Out A Plan for Public Lands

Governor Bullock Rolls Out A Plan for Public Lands

Last Friday, in the midst of a snowstorm that dumped up to four feet of snow in some areas of Montana, Governor Steve Bullock announced the second major policy proposal of his Presidential campaign, a policy on public lands management and ownership.  Bullock’s plan has three main principles:  (1) tackling climate change; (2) honoring our heritage of public land ownership by restoring and increasing public lands; and (3) making sure that all Americans get a fair shot at enjoying the opportunities that public lands provide.

Why This Matters:  As a western governor whose state consists of some of the nation’s most beloved and beautiful national parks, Bullock is in a good position to speak to the issue of whether the federal government should own and should conserve (rather than develop) more land.

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The U.S. Is Losing Its Wild Places Fast

The U.S. Is Losing Its Wild Places Fast

A recent report published by the Center for American Progress and the Conservation Science Project reveals the massive degree to which the United States has slowly but surely losing its natural landscapes — forests, grasslands, deserts — to roads, houses, pipelines, and other development. 

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