Native American tribes are using litigation, lobbying and protests to push back against Trump administration policies that would damage their lands and their way of life.
Why This Matters: Native American tribes are uniquely positioned to challenge some of the Trump administration’s most aggressive moves to develop (timber harvest, mining, oil and gas drilling) on federal lands. Often these cases are thrown out because the plaintiffs are found not to have a sufficient “interest” in or connection to the government’s action — but when it comes to the destruction of sacred sites, that argument really does not work. And once these lands and sacred sites are spoiled by development, they cannot be restored.
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