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National Congress of American Indians calls for offshore wind moratorium

Giant Drill Near Hamptons Beach Marks Offshore Wind’s US Arrival
A liftboat off the beach near Wainscott, New York, on December 1st, 2022. The vessel’s drill will be used in the construction of a wind farm. | Image: Johnny Milano/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The largest national organization of American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments is calling on the Biden administration to pause offshore wind projects. They want to ensure that tribes are included in project planning and that there are measures in place to protect their territories and traditional resources.

In a resolution adopted this week, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) “strongly urges the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to halt all scoping and permitting for offshore wind projects until completion of a comprehensive and transparent procedure adequately protecting tribal environmental and sovereign interests is developed and implemented.” It was adopted during a meeting…

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