Bills to speed up mine permitting in US Congress alarm tribes
Some US Native Americans and advocates for Indigenous peoples' rights warned that bills to fast-track mine permitting would limit the capacity of tribal groups that live near mining projects to play a meaningful role in the decision-making process.
US President Joe Biden hopes to stimulate a domestic battery metal supply chain, but much of the country's mineral wealth lies in or near land controlled by tribes. About 66.7% of nickel, 78.7% of copper, 72.7% of lithium and 100% of graphite reserves and resources are within 35 miles of Native American reservations, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence.
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