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Coal Mine’s Closure Leaves Hopi, Navajo Homes Without Heat This Winter

The Kayenta coal mine in northeastern Arizona shut down last year, along with the power plant it supplied. Coal from that mine used to light up Las Vegas and Los Angeles and supply the electricity to pump water to Phoenix and Tucson. Those cities have been able to turn to other sources of energy. Not so on the Hopi and Navajo Nations. For decades tribal members relied on Kayenta coal to heat their homes, and now it’s their first winter without reliable or affordable fuel.

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2/20/2020

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(Nova Scotia) -- Newly released court documents allege Premier Stephen McNeil and some of the most senior members of the Nova Scotia government knew of and supported the...

2/19/2020

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2/18/2020

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2/15/2020

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2/13/2020

article South Dakota tribes speak against 'riot-boosting' penalties
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article Via Rail cancels most trains nationwide, CN closes Eastern Canadian network as Indigenous protests continue
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article OP/ED: A pipeline offers a stark reminder of Canada’s ongoing colonialism
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2/12/2020

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article "Riot-Boosting" Redux Set for Hearing at SD Capitol
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2/11/2020

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2/10/2020

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article Mohawks prepare to enter 6th day of railway shutdown in support of Wet'suwet'en
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article RCMP arrests in Wet'suwet'en territory spark protests nationwide
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article Environment minister doesn't rule out deferring a decision on the Teck oilsands mine
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2/8/2020

article Tensions continue to rise between RCMP and Wet'suwet'en amid pipeline dispute
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2/7/2020

article Tribe Loses Bid to Intervene in Gas Pipeline Construction Suit
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2/6/2020

article As RCMP begin arrests, Gidimt'en spokesperson Molly Wickham issues declaration on Wet'suwet'en rights
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article RCMP concerned Indigenous rights advocates will gain public support: new study
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article Freeport-McMoRan's Planned Mining Waste Site Includes Tribal Homelands
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2/5/2020

article Indigenous Youth for Wet’suwet’en occupy federal minister’s office in Winnipeg
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article RCMP Raid of Wet'suwet'en Territory 'Imminent' As Pipeline Talks Break Down
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article Talks break down between province, Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs over Coastal GasLink pipeline standoff
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article Winnipeg protesters rally at MP's office in solidarity with northern B.C. pipeline opponents
(Manitoba) -- Dozens of protesters gathered at the Winnipeg office of a member of Parliament Tuesday to voice their opposition to a pipeline in northern B.C.
article What you need to know about the Coastal GasLink pipeline conflict
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2/2/2020

article RCMP pipeline checkpoint ‘arbitrary and discriminatory,’ says Wet’suwet’en hereditary chief, UBCIC
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1/31/2020

article Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs agree to a week of ‘respect’ talks with B.C.
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article Indigenous LNG supporters chide human rights advocates over pipeline comments
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article LNG terminal, pipeline can lift First Nation out of poverty: chief
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article Indigenous leaders support Smith Landing's fight against Teck Frontier project
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article Trump pushes for uranium production near Grand Canyon
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1/30/2020

article Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs among those calling for civilian review of RCMP actions
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article 'We need to gather together': NB rally supports Wet'suwet'en pipeline protest
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1/29/2020

article Coastal GasLink opponents build new camp near pipeline route
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1/28/2020

article ‘We’ve got a real divide in the community:’ Wet’suwet’en Nation in turmoil
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article County to vote on Enbridge Line 5 land deals
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article Noem prepares to again introduce 'riot-boosting' legislation
(South Dakota) -- Gov. Kristi Noem renewed her pitch Tuesday for lawmakers to try again to pass laws against “riot boosting," despite opposition from Native...

1/27/2020

article Seventh Circuit Says Hands Are Tied in Tribe’s Fight With EPA Over Mine
(Chicago) -- A Seventh Circuit panel ruled Monday that federal law offers no recourse for a Wisconsin tribe challenging a permit which would allow runoff from a Michigan...
article B.C. premier tasks former MP Nathan Cullen with 'de-escalating' Coastal GasLink conflict
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1/24/2020

article Appeals Court to Decide Fate of Final Badger-Two Medicine Lease
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article “Equitable” partnerships with First Nations will make the Ring of Fire go smoothly
(Ontario) -- Chiefs from two economically-depressed communities near the Ring of Fire told Queen’s Park politicians they want to be "equitable partners"...

1/23/2020

article Oglala Sioux Tribe Appeal Seeks Survey Of Uranium Mine Site
(South Dakota) -- A Native American tribe in South Dakota has filed an appeal that it hopes will force a scientific survey of artifacts, burials and other cultural...

1/22/2020

article Court hears arguments on last oil, gas lease
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article Wyoming, Montana seek Supreme Court ruling on coal exports
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1/21/2020

article States seek Supreme Court decision on Longview coal project
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article First Nations representatives address hearing on proposed pipeline expansion in west central Alberta
(Alberta) -- Federal energy regulators are hearing from First Nations representatives who wish to comment on a proposed $500-million natural gas pipeline expansion...
article LETTER: Pebble falsely claims Tribal support
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1/19/2020

article Disrespectful that Horgan won't meet during northern B.C. tour: hereditary chief
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1/18/2020

article Legal divide lies behind Wet'suwet'en pipeline protest, expert says
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1/17/2020

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(Montana) -- A conservation group can seek details from the Trump administration on whether it followed recommendations from an illegally created industry advisory group...
article Tribe members discuss best practices to clean up oil spills
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article Judge won’t stop Idaho tribe lawsuit against mining company
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1/16/2020

article Tribes talk oilfield best practices at Bismarck conference
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article Council supports tribe, opposes mine proposal
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1/15/2020

article RCMP set up checkpoint restricting access in Wet'suwet'en territory amid clash over pipeline
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1/14/2020

article The gift of coal for Hopi and Navajo families
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1/13/2020

article Indigenous-led protest to slow western portion of Ontario's 401
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article Minnesota court rejects three PolyMet permits, sends them back to DNR for hearing
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1/12/2020

article EPA to Ease Rules on Power Plants Storing Deadly Coal Ash
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1/11/2020

article B.C. human rights commissioner calls on Canada to stop eviction of Wet'suwet'en people in pipeline standoff
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1/10/2020

article Coal Mine’s Closure Leaves Hopi, Navajo Homes Without Heat This Winter
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1/9/2020

article What the Wet’suwet’en case says about how Canadian courts address Indigenous law
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1/8/2020

article No cause found for ignition of fatal Colorado gas site blast
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1/7/2020

article Trans Mountain, Site C, LNG pipeline work must stop until First Nations approval, UN committee says
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1/6/2020

article Tribal groups condemn federal plan to open up millions of Alaskan acres to mining interests
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1/5/2020

article Tribal groups condemn federal plan to open up millions of acres to mining interests
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article First Nation issues eviction notice to Coastal GasLink contractors
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1/3/2020

article First Nation expects more police action after court sides with natural gas company over pipeline
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article First Nation expects more police action after court sides with natural gas company over pipeline
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1/2/2020

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article A copper mine in San Juan County wants to expand using a new method that would pump diluted acid into the ground
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article Opinion: Pebble misrepresents tribes
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1/1/2020

article B.C. Supreme Court grants injunction against Wet'suwet'en protesters in pipeline standoff
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12/30/2019

article Why Environmental Groups Are Fighting The Rosemont Copper Mine Outside Tucson
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12/26/2019

article Dunleavy responds to Pebble Mine report
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12/25/2019

article Will Uinta Basin tribal lands be subject to pollution requirements?
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12/24/2019

article Protests mount against Bureau of Land Management's latest sale of public land to oil and gas
(New Mexico) -- Tribal and environmentalist groups in New Mexico protested the Bureau of Land Management’s upcoming auction of public land leases slated for...

12/23/2019

article NDP wants RCMP investigated following report of plan to send snipers to Wet'suwet'en blockade
(British Columbia) -- The NDP is calling for an independent investigation into how police handled the Wet'suwet'en pipeline blockade in northern B.C. earlier...
article Mining Firm Writing Its Own Environmental Report For U.S. Forest Loses Round In Court
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article Pebble Mine opponents troubled by Dunleavy’s letter
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12/22/2019

article Reports of RCMP snipers dispatched to Wet'suwet'en blockade 'concerning,' says Indigenous Services minister
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article Exclusive: Controversial mining company coached Alaska's governor to lobby White House
(Alaska) -- A mining company secretly collaborated with the governor of Alaska to lobby the Trump administration to move forward with a mining project that Environmental...

12/17/2019

article Goldman Sachs will no longer fund drilling in Arctic refuge sacred to First Nations
(North Canada) -- In the wake of a U.S. banking giant's announcement that it will no longer invest in new oil projects in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Gwich...
article 1.2 million acres opened up to fracking, drilling: Areas around SNF, Porterville included in map
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12/15/2019

article Lawmakers to talk drilling near tribal land during Tribal Taxation Committee
(North Dakota) -- Lawmakers are trying to squeeze in last minute meetings before the new year. Monday will be an important one for North Dakota’s tribal nations....

12/14/2019

article 2°C: Beyond the limit: Facing catastrophic climate change, they still can’t quit Big Oil
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article Group protests uranium decision
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12/11/2019

article Sudbury area First Nations geologist among mining industry award recipients
(Ontario) -- A Northern Ontario prospector and a champion of Indigenous participation in mineral development are among the 2020 recipients of awards being handed out by...

12/10/2019

article First Nations youth protest proposed massive oilsands mine at UN climate conference
(Spain) -- First Nations youth from Canada are at a United Nations climate change conference in Madrid, Spain, demonstrating against a massive proposed oilsands mine in...
article Atlantic Coast Pipe Dreams, Protests and Politics
(North Carolina) -- Construction of the planned 600-mile underground pipeline is already behind schedule. Protests and bureaucratic hurdles plague the Atlantic Coast...

12/9/2019

article The Palmer Project, a mining prospect outside Haines, could transform into a large-scale operation
(Alaska) -- The Palmer Project site is a historic gold claim where the Saksaia Glacier flows through the mountains. Prospectors have tried to strike it rich there since...

12/6/2019

article 10 months later, criminal charges laid against man arrested at Wet'suwet'en barricade
(British Columbia) -- More than 10 months after the RCMP enforcement of an interim injunction in Wet'suwet'en territory related to the Coastal GasLink pipeline,...
article Supreme Court says companies must pay for Grassy Narrows mill-site maintenance
(Ontario) -- Two forest-product companies are on the hook for maintaining a mercury waste site near Ontario's Grassy Narrows First Nation, the Supreme Court of...

12/2/2019

article A tale of two oil pipelines and their place in the presidential race
(USA) -- The political debate over how to regulate the fossil fuel industry in the United States is more important — and ideologically divisive — than ever...
article New measures could help tribal citizens who suffer from oil industry pollution
(North Dakota) -- New oil-and-gas pipeline protection measures could help people like Mandan Hidatsa & Arikara tribal member Lisa Deville and her family, who suffer...

11/29/2019

article Native Americans Continue Fight Over Oil Pipelines
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11/28/2019

article Fight over Proposed Quarry on Tribal Land is Shaping Up to be Silicon Valley’s Standing Rock
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11/27/2019

article Nevada toxic mine neighbors may stop getting bottled water
(Nevada) -- State environmental regulators plan to decide in January whether to cut off most bottled water deliveries to neighbors of an abandoned toxic mine in rural...

11/26/2019

article Wisconsin’s Democratic Governor Signs Anti-Protest Bill into Law
(Wisconsin) -- Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, a Democrat who took office earlier this year, has signed into law a bill designed to criminalize and chill environmental...

11/24/2019

article Opposition emerges in village close to proposed North Slope oil project
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article Letter: Misleading Pebble ad
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11/21/2019

article Evers signs pipeline protest bill over critics’ objections
(Wisconsin) -- Gov. Tony Evers on Wednesday signed a widely supported, yet also controversial, bill escalating penalties for trespassing on pipelines and other energy...

11/20/2019

article Uranium mine water permits spur call for help
(South Dakota) -- The Western Mining Action Network is circulating a call that asks for help from tribal members and clean energy advocates to delay EPA water permit...
article Evers signs bill making it a felony to trespass on pipelines
(Wisconsin) -- Gov. Tony Evers signed into law a bipartisan proposal Wednesday making it a felony to trespass or damage oil or gas pipelines in Wisconsin, a measure that...

11/19/2019

article Tribal Perspective On The Proposed Felony Trespass Bill
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11/18/2019

article First Nations near proposed Sask. diamond mine cautiously optimistic about future
(Saskatchewan) -- Three First Nations in central Saskatchewan say they've begun informal talks with a large multinational mining company planning a large diamond...
press release New Mexico Joins Western States and Tribal Nations Natural Gas Initiative
(New Mexico) -- The State of New Mexico today became the newest member of Western States and Tribal Nations (WSTN) natural gas initiative, adding a strong advocate for...

11/17/2019

article NATIVE LEADERS: Don’t be misled: Pebble’s permitting process is broken
(Alaska) -- As elected leaders of our tribal governments, we have a duty to our people and to the public to tell the truth. An advertisement in the Anchorage Daily News...

11/15/2019

article ‘We couldn’t even hunt this year’: Problems at Unist’ot’en village surface after arrest
(British Columbia) -- The arrest of a 29-year old opponent of a pipeline being built across northern British Columbia has uncovered problems with an agreement with the...

11/14/2019

article Osage Tribe Campaigns to Get Gov't to Open County to New Drilling
(Oklahoma) -- With a shutdown of oil and gas drilling in Oklahoma’s Osage County, it means less revenue for the county. And it continues to disturb leaders of the...

11/12/2019

article Hoping to avoid ‘riot boosting’ repeat, tribal leaders ask Noem to loop them in on bills
(South Dakota) -- Some legislators want Gov. Kristi Noem to more thoroughly vet any legislation related to South Dakota's crime laws to avoid a trip to court over...

11/9/2019

article Tribe members: Ancient bison kill site desecrated by mining
(Montana) -- When a coal company contractor working under federal oversight used a backhoe to dig up one of the largest known Native American bison killing grounds and...

11/7/2019

article School Board Challenger Urges APS To Divest From Oil And Gas
(New Mexico) -- New Mexico politicians paid lip service this election cycle to a landmark education ruling about inequities in public schools. But no one was drawing a...

11/4/2019

article EPA to scale back federal rules restricting waste from coal-fired power plants
(Washington D.C.) -- The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday plans to relax rules that govern how power plants store waste from burning coal and release water...

11/1/2019

article Pipeline company CEO says Alberta premier supports an Indigenous rights challenge to Ottawa's regulatory laws
(Alberta) -- Alberta could play a role in planned Indigenous rights-based court actions against Ottawa's environmental review and tanker ban laws, according to the...

10/31/2019

article Pipeline company CEO says Alberta premier supports an Indigenous rights challenge to Ottawa's regulatory laws
(Alberta) -- Alberta could play a role in planned Indigenous rights-based court actions against Ottawa's environmental review and tanker ban laws, according to the...

10/30/2019

article House Passes Bill to Protect Land Around Grand Canyon From Mining
(Washington D.C.) -- The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed two bills to protect a combined 1.3 million acres of land in Arizona and New Mexico from new mining...

10/28/2019

article Spring Creek Mine re-opens, challenges remain
(Montana) -- The Spring Creek coal mine in southeastern Montana will re-open after a two-day cease in operations, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality...

10/25/2019

article South Dakota Settles “Riot Boosting” Suit by Agreeing to Nonenforcement
(South Dakota) -- The state of South Dakota has settled a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of Native American and environmental...
article This Alaska mine could generate $1 billion a year. Is it worth the risk to salmon?
(Alaska) -- A brown bear loped across rolling green tundra as Charles Weimer set down a light, single-engine helicopter on a remote hilltop. Spooked, the big grizzly...

10/24/2019

article Lawsuit settlement: state officials agree not to enforce pipeline protest, riot laws
(South Dakota) -- Gov. Kristi Noem and Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg have agreed not to enforce two anti-riot laws and parts of new laws aimed at protests against the...
article South Dakota drops pipeline protest laws after lawsuit
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota has agreed to stop enforcing laws seen as curtailing protests over the construction of oil pipelines after a lawsuit claimed it violated...
article UTBB director testifies on Pebble permitting process before Congress
(Washington D.C.) -- During the hearing in Washington, D.C., supporters and opponents of the proposed mine testified before the House Subcomittee on Water Resources and...

10/23/2019

article House panel OKs update to mining law; critics say it will kill industry
(Washington D.C.) -- A House committee gave preliminary approval Wednesday to an overhaul of a 147-year-old federal mining law that supporters called “antiquated,...
article Tribe, environmental groups ask Appeals Court to reverse copper mine permits
(Minnesota) -- The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and a herd of environmental groups squared off against PolyMet Mining and state regulators in the Minnesota...
article Cleveland Play House’s ‘Pipeline’ connects emotionally, civically
(Ohio) -- With poor, young African-American, Native American, and Latinx students being suspended and expelled from school more frequently than their middle-class white...

10/22/2019

article Supporters of pipeline trespassing bill say it protects lawful protest, despite concerns by environmental groups
(Wisconsin) -- Lawmakers behind bipartisan legislation designed to protect critical infrastructure and utility workers say the bill also guards the right to protest,...
article Southwest tribes oppose spent nuclear fuel storage plans
(New Mexico) -- Native American leaders from New Mexico are opposing plans that call for storing in the desert Southwest tons of spent nuclear fuel from power plants...

10/21/2019

article Southwest Tribes Oppose Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage Plans
(New Mexico) -- Native American leaders from New Mexico are opposing plans that call for storing in the desert Southwest tons of spent nuclear fuel from power plants...

10/16/2019

article Trump to pick former Alaska oil industry attorney for federal judgeship
(Alaska) -- President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he intends to pick Joshua Kindred, a former oil industry attorney, as a new U.S. District Court judge for...
article Court Blocks Trump’s Plan to Ease Bird Protections on Oil Lands
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal judge on Wednesday blocked the Trump administration’s plan to ease protections for an iconic bird that makes its home on millions of...

10/12/2019

article ID mining company wants lawsuit over cyanide cleanup put on hold
(Idaho) -- A Canadian-based gold mining company in Idaho asked a judge to put a hold on a lawsuit brought by the Nez Perce Tribe after the company allowed deadly...
article US official: Research finds uranium in Navajo women, babies
(New Mexico) -- About a quarter of Navajo women and some infants who were part of a federally funded study on uranium exposure had high levels of the radioactive metal...
article The Strange, Uncertain Fate of One of the World’s Most Valuable Salmon Habitats
(Alaska) -- Anna Hoover and I ease up and down in limestone-colored water on a warm, windless afternoon in early July, our backs to the mouth of the Egegik River. She...

10/9/2019

article Uranium Poisoning Navajo Women and Babies Decades After Mining Ended
(New Mexico) -- A study by the University of New Mexico found that hundreds of Navajo women presented alarming levels of uranium in their systems — even decades...
article Tribes, environmental groups sue to stop mine in Alaskan salmon spawning areas
(Alaska) -- Five native, business and environmental organizations sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday over a proposed controversial Alaska gold and...
article A year after Prince George pipeline blast, B.C. First Nation wants answers
(British Columbia) -- A year after a natural gas pipeline exploded near Prince George, B.C., the people who felt their homes shake are still waiting for answers about...
article Pipelines leak saltwater on Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in 2 recent spills
(Montana) -- Two significant pipeline spills occurred recently in Dunn County, leaking saltwater onto portions of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. The bigger of the...

10/8/2019

article Tribal leaders to address hearing on proposed Arizona mine
(Arizona) -- Tribal leaders are preparing comments for Tuesday's public hearing on the possible impacts of an underground copper mine proposed for the mountains east...
article EPA sued after it withdraws proposed restrictions on mine
(Alaska) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency improperly withdrew proposed restrictions on mining activity in Alaska's Bristol Bay region, according to a...

10/7/2019

article Senate Committee on Indian Affairs examines nuclear legacy in Indian Country
(New Mexico) -- The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is learning more about the effects of radiation in Indian Country at a field hearing in New Mexico on Monday. Sen...
article B.C. First Nation hereditary chiefs demand stop-work order against natural gas pipeline
(British Columbia) -- The Office of the Wet’suwet’en is demanding a stop work order be issued to Coastal GasLink (CGL) by Forests minister Doug Donaldson....
article Meet the Money Behind The Climate Denial Movement
(Washington D.C.) -- The overwhelming majority of climate scientists, international governmental bodies, relevant research institutes and scientific societies are in...

10/2/2019

article Montana First Nation hosts job fair to get people into the oil and gas industry
(Alberta) -- The Montana First Nation hosted a job fair for people in the community in the hopes of getting people jobs in various industries. More than a dozen...
article Oil fraud culprit ordered to pay $7.8 million, will spend more than 8 years in prison
(Montana) -- A 63-year-old California man who claimed he had oil leases on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in order to defraud investors of millions was sentenced to...

10/1/2019

article Oil and gas lease in Badger-Two Medicine permanently retired
(Montana) -- In a joint news release issued Tuesday, one of the two remaining companies with gas and oil leases in the Badger-Two Medicine area announced it has reached...

9/30/2019

article Murkowski speaks out on mine permits
(Washington D.C.) -- A celebration of Bristol Bay’s wild salmon in the nation’s capital on Sept. 18 was marked by comments from Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska...

9/27/2019

article Oil Lobbyists Attempt to Influence Pipeline Safety Legislation to Further Criminalize Pipeline Protests
(Washington D.C.) -- The oil and gas industry is seeking to harness must-pass federal safety legislation to enact sweeping provisions that would criminalize activism...
article YK Delta tribal consortium withdraws support for Donlin Gold mine
(Alaska) -- The Association of Village Council Presidents no longer supports the proposed Donlin Gold mine. The decision came after two hours of passionate debate...
article Federal Appeals Court Upholds Approval of Tule Wind, Rejects Arguments That Project Threatens Eagles
(California) -- The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court decision that the federal government did not violate laws protecting eagles in granting...

9/26/2019

article OP/ED: So what does Singh really think about pipelines? It's complicated
(Ottawa) -- The New Democrats sent out a particularly tart news release on Tuesday to mock the Liberal government's climate policies. "You. Bought. A. Pipeline...
article Pit River Tribe proclaims victory in the fight to protect Medicine Lake Highlands
(California) -- The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declared a victorious win for the Pit River Tribe and Indigenous Nations in a decades fought dispute over...
article LETTER: BC Hydro responds to letter questioning reservoir levels
(British Columbia) -- I would like to respond to a recent letter entitled BC Hydro has an obligation to keep the reservoir full (Sept. 19) to explain the challenges we...

9/25/2019

article The $109 Million Lobbying Effort To Run A Pipeline Through National Treasures
(USA) -- A trio of utility giants building a natural gas pipeline that would cut across the Appalachian Trail has spent more than $109 million lobbying federal lawmakers...

9/23/2019

article A groundwater plume
(Nevada) -- At some point in the Middle Jurassic period, about 169 million years ago, magma crept through the Earth and crystallized over what researchers believe was...
article Court decision voids geothermal leases on sacred tribal land in California
(California) -- As reported by Courthouse News Service from the U.S., the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, a federal court, upheld...
article Pollution from Canadian mines found in Kootenai River fish
(Montana) -- Pollution from British Columbia coal mining operations is making its way into Montana and Idaho’s Kootenai River. A U.S. Environmental Protection...

9/19/2019

article Scheer says he'd fast-track pipeline challenges straight to Supreme Court
(British Columbia) -- A Conservative government would overcome legal objections to building new petroleum pipelines by fast-tracking any cases right to the Supreme Court...

9/18/2019

article British Columbia Ordered To Reconsider Pipeline Approvals (sub req)
(British Columbia) -- The British Columbia Court of Appeal on Tuesday ordered the province to reconsider environmental approval for the expansion of the Trans Mountain...

9/17/2019

article Tribe, Enviros Urge 9th Circ. To Undo BLM Mining Permit Win (sub req)
(Alaska) -- An Alaskan Indian village and conservation groups have told the Ninth Circuit that the Bureau of Land Management violated federal environmental laws when it...
article Wisconsin tribe joins groups opposed to Superior gas plant
(Wisconsin) -- An American Indian tribe in northern Wisconsin has joined environmental groups urging state regulators to reject plans to build a $700 million natural gas...
article Dangerous oil and gas industry exemption slipped into highway bill
(Washington D.C.) -- A landmark five-year, $287 billion highway bill moving in the Senate contains a poison pill provision that must be eliminated. The measure —...

9/11/2019

article The Battle for Bad River
(Wisconsin) -- “Water is life” takes on new meaning at the Kakagon-Bad River Sloughs. Here, the water itself feels alive. The 10,000-acre wetland on the...
article La Plata County, tribe sign new agreement on oil, gas issues
(Colorado) -- La Plata County and the Southern Ute Indian Tribe have agreed to new terms about the operation of oil and gas production by the tribe on county-owned lands...

9/10/2019

article Oil Drilling Plan Near Sacred Utah Monument Draws Tribal Opposition
(Utah) -- The U.S. government will allow oil and gas companies to make lease bids Monday on lands considered archaeologically sensitive near a national monument...
article Book review: On the financial power of the Koch dynasty
(Oklahoma) -- Until Donald Trump came along, there was arguably no bigger villain for the American left than Charles Koch. Over half a century, the notoriously secretive...
article Indigenous protests in Peru halt output at Frontera oil block
(Peru) -- Indigenous communities took control of a small airport and an oil pumping station in Peru to demand the government clean up pollution, halting production at an...

9/9/2019

article Oil drilling plan near Utah monument draws tribal opposition
(Utah) -- The U.S. government will allow oil and gas companies to make lease bids Monday on lands considered archaeologically sensitive near a national monument...
article B.C. First Nation granted injunction to stop Taseko exploratory drilling
(British Columbia) -- The Tsilhqot’in Nation’s injunction has been granted to stop Taseko Mines Ltd. from carrying out exploratory drilling near Teztan Biny...
article Oil drilling plan near Utah monument draws tribal opposition
(Utah) -- The U.S. government will allow oil and gas companies to make lease bids Monday on lands considered archaeologically sensitive near a national monument...
article Mexican gas pipelines halted by indigenous opposition
(Mexico) -- While gas has begun flowing through the South Texas-Tuxpan pipeline in the wake of the Mexican government renegotiating seven pipeline contracts, completion...

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