with Paulina Firozi
The Trump administration is holding virtual public meetings during the coronavirus pandemic to move forward with long-standing plans to expand oil and gas development on public lands. Native American groups, many of whom lack consistent access to the Internet, are worried their voices will not be heard.
This is a big obstacle in their fight to stop projects set to take place on lands with cultural significance to them.
Tribal groups also say the government’s effort to gather feedback, as required by law, on its efforts to expand drilling in both Alaska’s North Slope and in northwest New Mexico has been plagued with technical issues. Since the hearings transitioned to Zoom with much of the nation on lockdown, tribal groups in both states