You may not have learned this in school, but we have millions of second-class citizens living in the United States today. They’re trapped in a parallel legal system straight out of the “separate but equal” era, and to this day nobody’s put an end to this racist treatment.

U.S. citizens and nationals living in the U.S. territories — Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands — are Americans, serve in our military and are subject to every federal law on the books. But thanks to a series of absurd legal…


The history of public lands conservation in the United States is steeped in a legacy of white supremacy, systemic racism, and the silencing and displacement of Indigenous communities and people of color.

The creation of Yellowstone as the world’s first national park in 1872 is typically highlighted as a crowning achievement in the preservation of the “untouched American wilderness” and a milestone in the protection of public lands for “all to enjoy.”


Chair Raúl M. Grijalva and Natural Resources Committee Democrats know that the federal government’s coronavirus response is a matter of life and death in Indian Country. Chair Grijalva launched an online resource center when the pandemic started to collect information directly from some of the hardest-hit communities in the country. He’s worked closely with tribal leaders to protect Indian Country from the coronavirus pandemic and hold the Trump administration accountable for its inaction and negligence.

On April 17, Chair Grijalva held an online livestreamed roundtable with Native American leaders in tribal and state governments to hear firsthand how the outbreak…


Congressional Committees don’t vote just on new bills. One of their primary duties is to oversee the federal agencies in their jurisdiction and keep track of how they’re implementing the laws Congress has already passed. The Natural Resources Committee oversees the Department of the Interior, the agencies within the department, and other agencies (like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) that implement laws in our jurisdiction. (We wrote a post explaining what “jurisdiction” really is and how it works, so take a look if you need a primer.)

Committees make it easier for members of Congress to focus their time…


We hear the phrase “climate change” so often now that it’s easy to treat it as background noise. On any given day, it may be on your mind — and you likely see its impacts, whether you realize it or not — but it’s hard to know what you’re supposed to do about it.


The House Natural Resources Committee has spent the past year tackling climate change from every angle. We’ve heard from expert scientists, elected leaders, Native American communities, youth advocates and members of the public. They all told us how the climate crisis is harming our planet and our country.

We have a separate Medium post coming out on all the hearings, roundtables and other outreach we did this year, and we don’t want to tell the same story twice. …


The climate crisis is hurting our oceans and the people who rely on them. To help reverse this damage and prepare for what’s ahead, the U.S. House of Representatives this week passed a package of legislation originally heard in the Natural Resources Committee called the Coastal and Great Lakes Communities Enhancement Act (H.R. 729). In this edition of our climate solutions series, we’ll explain how this package will help coastal communities fight the climate crisis.

Climate change has put many of our coastal and Great Lakes communities in the path of more severe storms and weather changes. It’s rapidly…


Natural Resources Democrats are working to fight the climate crisis. In this series, we’ll share the climate solutions we’ve proposed and offer insights on how they’ll help save our planet.


In September, Natural Resources Committee Vice Chair Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), and members of the House of Representatives Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition including Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), Rep. Ann Kuster (D-N.H.), Rep. Denny Heck (D-Wash.) and Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) traveled to Yellowstone National Park to see how climate change threatens the world’s first national park. Members of Congress met with National Park Service staff at sites throughout the park to examine the impacts of climate change on different habitats and discuss potential solutions.

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