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Down Yonder: Energy Cooperatives and Covid-19, Dakota Access Pipeline, SCOTUS and Oklahoma, Postal Banking

Welcome to Down Yonder – our weekly roundup of good reads we’ve found around the web. Our goal is to showcase more perspectives on national and global issues through a rural lens. Expect Down Yonder on Saturdays. Enjoy! Reuters: Coronavirus ‘Collateral Damage’ Hits U.S. Rural Power Providers Electric cooperatives, which serve about 42 million rural […]

Posted inTribal Affairs

Supreme Court Ruling ‘Reaffirmed’ Tribal Sovereignty

This story was originally published by Indian Country Today. In the 5-4 decision, the nation’s highest court said Congress never explicitly “disestablished” the 1866 boundaries of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. “Today we are asked whether the land these treaties promised remains an Indian reservation for purposes of federal criminal law. Because Congress has not said […]

Posted inEnvironment

A Border Wall Runs Through It

In late June, President Trump visited Arizona to campaign while highlighting the completion of the 200th mile of wall along the southern border with Mexico. The event echoed Trump’s 2016 presidential bid that included a pledge to “build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I’ll have Mexico pay for that wall.” Facing […]

Posted inTribal Affairs

Tribes Say They Have Waited Months for Covid-19 Crisis Funds to Arrive

PHOENIX – At a time when some Native American communities continue to struggle with the most basic needs, tribal leaders Wednesday called it “an outrage” that tribes had to wait months for coronavirus relief funds. Congress approved the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act in March and set aside $8 billion for […]

Posted inEducation

Crumbling School HVAC Threatens Safe Comeback to Classrooms

Poorly maintained or out-of-date ventilation systems in rural and urban schools could complicate districts’ plans to return students to traditional classrooms this fall. An estimated four out of every 10 public school districts in the U.S. need significant renovations in their buildings’ HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems, according to a report released last […]

Posted inGrowth and Development

Modest Growth in Nonmetro Population in Last Decade Masks Larger Geographic Shifts

This article first appeared in the July 2020 edition of Amber Waves, published by the Economic Research Service of USDA. Natural change—fewer births, more deaths, and an aging population—is creating a major demographic challenge for many regions across rural and small-town America, according to USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) research. But nonmetropolitan (nonmetro) areas that […]

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Federal Agency Takes Charge of Voluntary Carbon Credit Markets

A bipartisan bill seeks to address climate change by placing the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in a leadership role over voluntary carbon credit markets. While proponents tout the benefits of voluntary conservation practices, critics say the approach will result in limited climate action rather than meaningful change.  The Growing Climate Solutions Act would […]