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Keweenaw Bay Indians’ Fight Against Michigan Mine Detailed in Series

As Kennecott Eagle Minerals lurches toward completing its plan to begin mining copper and nickel from tribal lands in Michigan’s remote Upper Peninsula beginning in 2014, the fight on the part of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community of the Lake Superior Band of Chippewa is far from over.

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10/1/2014

article Mining firm receives ‘stones of shame’ from Quebec Innu
(Canada) -- The chiefs of two Innu communities in northern Quebec took an unusual action Wednesday in the middle of downtown Montreal. The chiefs come from communities...
article Tahltan escalate opposition to Imperial Metals
(Canada) -- The Tahltan Nation in northern British Columbia has once again set up a road block to stop Imperial Metals from opening a new mine. They fear that the Red...
article Ecuador Minister to Apologize Publicly to Indigenous People Over Oil Project
(Ecuador) -- Justice Minister Ledy Zuniga will offer a public apology to a community from the Sarayaku indigenous group on Wednesday over the development of an oil...

9/30/2014

article Feds schedule comment period for uranium mining proposal near Mato Tipila
(Wyoming) -- A federal Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) panel has given the public until Sept. 28 to submit written or oral comments about Strata Energy Inc....

9/28/2014

article Dark side of the boom
(North Dakota) -- Tribal police Sgt. Dawn White is racing down a dusty two-lane road — siren blaring, police radio crackling — as she attempts to get to the...
article Treaty trumps all / Northwest coal-to-China port hits a major snag
(Montana) -- In 1832, when Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall was pondering the fate of Baptist missionary Samuel Worcester, who’d been jailed by Georgia...
article Salt mine rail extension concerns Senecas
(New York) -- The huge salt mine in Livingston County, which shipped road salt as fast as miners could dig it during the winter of 2013-14, wants to expand facilities so...

9/24/2014

article Councillors back motion for inquiry into murdered, missing women
(Manitoba) -- A motion for the City of Winnipeg to endorse a national public inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women — and for city police to do all...
article Smyth: First Nations play key role in resource development
(British Columbia) -- Christy Clark knows all too well her plan to turn B.C. into a construction hotbed of energy megaprojects could be easily blocked or delayed by...
article New York salt mine's rail project concerns Senecas
(New York) -- A company's plan to extend a rail line at its western New York salt mine is raising concerns among American Indians about potential damage to...
article Public Safety omitted explosive RCMP raid on Mi’kmaq anti-fracking camp from monitoring list
(Ottawa) -- Public Safety Canada omitted last year’s explosive confrontation between police and Mi’kmaq warriors from a list of protests monitored by Ottawa...
article Tribe bans fracking
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has joined a growing number of local governments opposing the state legislature’s decision to allow...
article Site C or LNG: pick one, say B.C. First Nations
(British Columbia) -- Several B.C. First Nations are in Ottawa today to offer the federal government an ultimatum — it can have the Site C dam or liquefied-natural...
article BLM draws controversy for proposed drilling sites in southeast Utah
(Utah) -- The BLM’s latest package of parcels up for oil and gas leasing encompasses much of the southern Utah town of Bluff and surrounding areas precious to the...

9/23/2014

article Ring of Fire could damage grave, cultural sites, student says
(Ontario) -- A member of Peawanuck First Nation near Ontario's Hudson Bay coast says the Ring of Fire mining development will affect her family's traditional...
article Winona LaDuke Protesting Lesser Known Oil Pipeline on Horseback
(Minnesota) -- Winona LaDuke is a Native American activist and executive director of the group Honor the Earth. She lives and works on the White Earth Reservation in...
article Oil reps say N.D. has proper rail shipment rules
(North Dakota) -- Oil industry officials told state regulators Tuesday no additional regulations are needed to transport western North Dakota oil by rail, citing an...

9/22/2014

article Innu get go-ahead in $900M lawsuit against IOC Rio Tinto
(Quebec) -- A Quebec judge has rejected the Iron Ore Company of Canada's efforts to dismiss a class-action lawsuit filed by two Innu communities which claim the...
article Bakken gets $1.4 million to curb domestic violence
(North Dakota) -- Efforts to stop domestic violence and violence against women in the fast-growing Bakken oil patch are getting some federal help.

9/21/2014

article Ontario's 'Ring Of Fire' In Limbo: Cliffs Resources Says It Wants Out
(Ontario) -- The largest player in the efforts to develop large-scale mining in Ontario’s Ring of Fire is signalling that it is looking to unload its $3.3-billion...

9/20/2014

article Why Gitxsan Built a Camp to Blockade an LNG Pipeline in BC’s North
(British Columbia) -- In late August, an Aboriginal protest group with the Gitxsan tribe in northern B.C. constructed a permanent camp in their territory to oppose LNG...

9/19/2014

article North Dakota tribal candidate: Oil industry could be slowed due to environmental concerns
(North Dakota) -- One of two remaining candidates for leader of North Dakota's oil-rich Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation said he would work to slow the pace of oil...
article Bakken Well Speculator Charged With Murder
(North Dakota) -- James Henrikson and Doug Carlile dreamed of getting rich off the North Dakota oil boom. Now federal prosecutors have accused Henrikson of hiring a...

9/18/2014

article First Nation chiefs to stage Site C showdown
(Ottawa) -- A delegation of B.C. First Nation chiefs will be here next week to urge the Harper government to reject BC Hydro’s $8-billion Site C hydroelectric...

9/16/2014

article Attorneys spar over withdrawing Grand Canyon-area land from uranium mining
(Arizona) -- The U.S. Interior Department's decision to withdraw 1 million acres around the Grand Canyon from new uranium-mining claims for 20 years will protect...
article Jim Prentice says many Alberta First Nations are behind new pipeline projects
(Alberta) -- Alberta's new premier says some First Nations are very supportive of constructing more pipelines out of the province.

9/15/2014

article Vaughn Palmer: Instead of LNG royalty cheques, another reality check
(Alberta) -- Another day, another reality check on the dream of B.C. getting rich on the export of liquefied natural gas. This time the dateline was Calgary. The speaker...

9/14/2014

article Controversial natural gas rule changes came after B.C., oil lobby met
(British Columbia) -- In January of this year, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers made a presentation to high-ranking officials in British Columbia's...
article Pipeline foes say project will disturb, desecrate Native American archaeological sites
(Pennsylvania) -- On an overcast morning last week, Darvin Martin crested a small rise on Indian Marker Road in western Manor Township and eased his SUV to a stop along...
article Wabauskang First Nation set to appeal after Ontario Superior Court rules against band
(Ontario) -- Wabauskang First Nation says it will attempt to appeal a ruling by the Ontario Superior Court that the provincial government had not unlawfully delegated...

9/12/2014

article Taseko's New Prosperity mine challenged by Tsilhqot'in park plan
(British Columbia) -- Taseko's controversial New Prosperity mine project was hit by yet another obstacle Thursday, as a vast swath of B.C.'s Chilcotin region was...

9/11/2014

article First Nations Protesters Shut Down Northern B.C. Drilling Site
(British Columbia) -- After a summer of protests aimed at mining companies, members of the Tahltan Nation in northern B.C. say they have shut down an exploratory...
article BC’s Mount Polley spill leaves lasting local legacy
(British Columbia) -- The Mount Polley spill will leave a lasting legacy. APTN’s Tina House has this story that explores how ordinary local people have been...
article Dubbed Terrorists, Mayans Fight Back Against Guatemalan Mining Projects
(Guatemala) -- The road between the Guatemalan towns of San Miguel Ixtahuacán and Quetzaltenango is guarded by a dozen thin, young, Mayan men in baseball caps and hooded...

9/10/2014

article Jim Prentice, Alberta's new PC leader, 'welcome ally' on pipeline projects: Moore
(Alberta) -- Federal Industry Minister James Moore says he expects soon-to-be Alberta premier Jim Prentice will be a welcome ally when it comes to future pipeline...

9/9/2014

article First Nations protesters shut down northern B.C. drilling site
(British Columbia) -- After a summer of protests aimed at mining companies, members of the Tahltan Nation in northern B.C. say they have shut down an exploratory...
article Group demands immediate action to clean up Mount Polley
(British Columbia) -- A press conference was held in Vancouver Monday with a grassroots movement that set up a camp at the entrance of the Mount Polley mine.
article Mount Polley: B.C. orders mine to stop discharging effluent
(British Columbia) -- The B.C. Ministry of the Environment has ordered the Mount Polley mine northeast of Williams Lake, B.C. to stop discharging effluent into Hazeltine...

9/8/2014

article OPINION: Big Oil mega-loads raise ire of Idaho tribe
(Idaho) -- Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has worked hard for six years to turn the state’s Highway 12 into a corridor for sending massive, 200-foot-long mega-loads of...

9/7/2014

article Sex, Drugs and Blood Money on the Rez, By Ruth Hopkins
(North Dakota) -- As a judge for the Spirit Lake Nation and the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and a new resident on southwestern North Dakota, I’m witnessing a...

9/5/2014

article Mount Polley mine spill 78% larger than 1st estimates
(British Columbia) -- One month after the tailings pond breached at the Mount Polley mine near Likely, B.C., the mine's operator now says the amount of contaminated...

9/3/2014

article Tester Begins Hearings on Sex Trafficking in Indian Country
(North Dakota) -- As the trafficking of Native women and girls becomes more prevalent in an expanding radius around the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota, politicians...
article High-volume fracking to be banned in Nova Scotia
(Nova Scotia) -- Nova Scotia will introduce legislation to prohibit high-volume hydraulic fracturing for onshore shale gas this fall, Energy Minister Andrew Younger said...
article Algonquin concerned over Canada’s first rare earth metal mine plan
(Quebec) -- They’re used in everything from light bulbs, to smart phones to the screen you’re watching right now. Rare earth metals are fast becoming one of...

9/2/2014

article Gitxsan chiefs bar natural-gas projects from territory near Hazelton, B.C.
(Vancouver) -- Three Gitxsan hereditary chiefs have announced the prohibition of all natural-gas pipeline projects on a territory near Hazelton, adding to the chorus of...
article With Oregon and Vancouver decided, coal export fight moves to Washington
(Oregon) -- Environmentalists and industry supporters searched for meaning last week in the recent rejection of a coal dock in Oregon and the expansion of an existing...

9/1/2014

article Native Sun News: Release of secret uranium mining data ordered
(South Dakota) -- In answer to prayers of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and allies in the federal case to revoke licensing of the proposed Dewey-Burdock uranium mine and mill,...

8/31/2014

article Land rights must be protected, Métis tell NEB pipeline hearing
(Alberta) -- The Lac Ste. Anne area is a geographical, spiritual, psychological and cultural home to Métis people that must be protected for future generations,...

8/30/2014

article Officials say ill effects of Bakken boom felt on reservations
(Montana) -- Tribal officials said Thursday that eastern Montana’s Fort Peck Indian Reservation is feeling the adverse effects of the nearby oil boom –...

8/29/2014

article Leader of Bakken meth-trafficking ring gets 20 years in prison
(North Dakota) -- A Washington state man was sentenced to 20 years prison Friday after authorities say he led an interstate trafficking ring that brought methamphetamine...
article Sex trade follows oil boom into North Dakota
(North Dakota) -- The gray-haired man sat at the bar at Applebee’s in a sport coat, nursing a vodka soda on a summer Thursday afternoon. A blonde, middle-aged...
article Officials say oil ill effects reach MT reservation
(Montana) -- Tribal officials say eastern Montana's Fort Peck Indian Reservation is feeling the adverse effects of the drilling boom on the nearby Bakken oil fields.

8/28/2014

article Officials: Montana reservation feels ill effects of Bakken oil field
(North Dakota) -- Tribal officials said Thursday that Eastern Montana’s Fort Peck Indian Reservation is feeling the adverse effects of the nearby oil boom –...
article Shell now hopes to use two drill rigs for Chukchi exploration in 2015
(Alaska) -- Shell is now planning to bring the TransOcean Ltd. semi-submersible drill rig Polar Pioneer to the Chukchi Sea in 2015 to explore along with the drillship...

8/27/2014

article Bakken: $3M in grants to address violence against women in rural, tribal communities
(North Dakota) -- Federal authorities have named recipients of $3 million in grants to address violence against women in rural and tribal communities in the oil patch of...
article Western Washington tribe brings protest against planned coal export terminal to Spokane
(Washington) -- Members of a Western Washington tribe stopped Tuesday near the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Spokane, part of a “totem pole journey...
article Mining disaster has lesson for Chilliwack, says coalition
(British Columbia) -- A coalition of First Nations, sport fishing groups and environmentalists is warning that a Mt. Polley type disaster could happen in Chilliwack if a...

8/26/2014

article Mount Polley spill: blockade ends, First Nation to oversee review of tailings pond
(British Columbia) -- A B.C. company behind a tailings spill earlier this month has signed an agreement with a First Nation to review the tailings facility in a separate...

8/25/2014

article 3,000 barrels of brine spilled on reservation
(North Dakota) -- A pipeline near the town of Mandaree on North Dakota's Fort Berthold Indian Reservation leaked 3,000 barrels of brine, state agencies confirmed...
article Alberta shutting First Nations out of oilsands planning review, say lawyers
(Alberta) -- Six aboriginal groups near Alberta's oilsands are wondering where they can voice their concerns about growing development after the government said they...
article Abandoned Snowfield camp saddens Dettah chief
(North Canada) -- The first thing passing boaters will notice is the white nylon bulk sample bags, split open and shredded, lying along what was a pristine shore of...
article Native Sun News: Laguna Pueblo still affected by uranium mine
(New Mexico) -- Even if authorities meet demands to ban new uranium mines until abandoned ones are cleaned up no amount of effort can reclaim the cultural losses the...
article Land deal to protect reservation’s Book Cliffs
(Utah) -- New federal legislation is paving the way for a deal to protect parts of eastern Utah’s scenic Book Cliffs on American Indian reservation land while...

8/24/2014

article Canada's First Nations people seek to 'evict' energy companies from land
(British Columbia) -- A freight railroad operated by the Canadian National Railway stretches approximately 3,000 miles from Halifax in the country's east to a port...
article Opinion: Highway robbery / Megaload corridor debate reveals the true conservatives
(Montana) -- Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has worked hard for six years to turn the state's Highway 12 into a corridor for sending massive, 200-foot-long megaloads of...
article Treaty Victory as Northwest Tribes Celebrate Oregon Coal Train Rejection
(Oregon) -- Tribes opposed to the transport of coal by rail through their territory are celebrating the decision of the Oregon Department of State Lands to reject a...

8/22/2014

article Native American leaders emerge hopeful from EPA meetings
(Wisconsin) -- Several Native American leaders from Wisconsin say they're happy with environmental meetings they had with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency...
article Stumbling blocks: Getting jurisdictions on the same page could be key to snuffing ND flares
(North Dakota) -- A clash with tribal leaders over gas capture policies and federal permitting delays could be the greatest hindrances to bringing North Dakota’s...
article EPA holds another hearing in Dillingham on Pebble
(Alaska) -- Region 10 Administrator Dennis McLerran and other EPA officials heard close to four hours of testimony during the agency's fourth visit to Dillingham...
article TNG calls for improved First Nation/mine partnerships
(British Columbia) -- The Tsilhqot’in National Government (TNG), along with ?Esdilagh First Nation (Alexandria), have chosen not to sign an Economic Community...
article Leonardo DiCaprio visits Alberta's oilsands
(Alberta) -- Leonardo DiCaprio is the latest name of A-list of celebrities who have visited Alberta's oilsands. DiCaprio is in Fort McMurray for a few days to tour...

8/21/2014

article Pipeline protest: Riding against the current
(Minnesota) -- Environmental activists on horseback passed through the Brainerd lakes area this week with the mission to raise awareness of what they say are the dangers...
article ‘Lack of confidence’ in B.C. from Alaskan fishing industry since Mount Polley breach
(British Columbia) -- Heather Hardcastle has spent her life fishing for salmon at the mouth of the Taku River, which starts in a remote corner of northwestern British...
article Meetings begin between tribes, EPA to discuss halting northern Wisconsin mine
(Wisconsin) -- For the second time this year, the federal Environmental Protection Agency is being asked by Native American tribes to use its powers under the Clean...
article Tribal Leaders Will Ask EPA To Halt Mining Activity This Week
(Wisconsin) -- Many, if not all, of the tribal leaders meeting with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Wednesday and Thursday will ask the agency to halt mining...

8/20/2014

article Tribe official: Tests not shared on brine spill
(North Dakota) -- The environmental director of an American Indian tribe said he's been shut out of the tribe's response to a massive saltwater spill on its...
article Official on spill: 'We're in the absolute dark'
(North Dakota) -- The environmental director of an American Indian tribe said he's been shut out of the tribe's response to a massive saltwater spill on its...
article Board rules uranium mine opponents can view data
(South Dakota) -- Opponents of the proposed uranium mine near Edgemont had a minor win Wednesday when the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board ruled that Powertech, the...
article Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe gears up for uranium battle
(South Dakota) -- As the Oglala Sioux Tribe prepared to testify against proposed foreign uranium mining and milling in Black Hills treaty territory, the mining proponent...
article Deal protects land near Book Cliffs, allows other drilling
(Utah) -- A long-awaited deal will protect remote southern reaches of the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation from development and, at the same time, let the tribe and...

8/19/2014

article Federal licensing board hears testimony on SD uranium mine
(South Dakota) -- A licensing board of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission tasked with approving a South Dakota uranium mine questioned expert witnesses Tuesday to...
article Uranium mining hearings return to the Hills
(South Dakota) -- Three judges from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board traveled to Hot Springs Monday to hear from the public on...

8/18/2014

article British Columbia government review to look at all mine tailings ponds
(British Columbia) -- The Canadian province of British Columbia said on Monday it has ordered an independent review of all tailings ponds at every permitted mine in the...
article Mount Polley mine spill: Minister reveals plans for 2 reviews
(British Columbia) -- Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett says the B.C. government is setting up two separate reviews following the Mount Polley tailings pond...
article N.B. fracking protest raised fears of copycat rallies
(New Brunswick) -- Federal officials closely tracked the fallout of an RCMP raid on a First Nations protest against shale-gas exploration in New Brunswick, at one point...
article Oregon agency rejects coal terminal on Columbia River
(Oregon) -- Oregon state regulators have rejected a proposal for a coal terminal on the Columbia River that would be a conduit for exporting millions of tons of American...

8/17/2014

article Mount Polley mine spill fallout: Neskonlith deliver Ruddock eviction notice, Red Chris blockade continues
(Canada) -- Imperial Metals is dealing with more than just local fallout from the tailings pond breach that flooded and polluted waterways near its Mount Polley gold and...
article Mount Polley mine: sediment near spill may harm fish
(Canada) -- The latest test results from a tailings pond that spilled waste from the Mount Polley mine in the Cariboo show that while the discharged sediment is still...

8/15/2014

article Chief hand-delivers eviction notice to Imperial Metals
(British Columbia) -- After witnessing the environmental damage from the Mount Polley mine disaster Chief Judy Wilson wants the company out of her territory.
article The Mount Polley Tailings Pond Disaster Has Sparked a First Nation Blockade
(British Columbia) -- After a man-made lake full of mining waste collapsed last week, BC Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett compared the disaster to an avalanche...
article County again tables decision on La Bajada mesa mine
(New Mexico) -- A collective groan was heard from the crowd in the Santa Fe County Commission chamber on Tuesday when commissioners came out of a closed-door session and...
article Still no La Bajada gravel mine decision
(New Mexico) -- A decision as to whether to create a mining zone to allow an Albuquerque-based company to start up a sand and gravel mining operation on La Bajada Mesa...
article “I don’t know what the hell party I belong to”: Why this hardcore Republican learned to love the EPA
(Alaska) -- Rick Halford is Republican to the core. The retired politician served the party in the Alaska state Legislature for 24 years, including stints as Senate...

8/14/2014

article Eagle Mine Gets Court Nod as Keweenaw Bay Indian Appeal Overturned
(Michigan) -- The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community has lost its 12-year legal battle to stop the construction of Eagle Mine on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
article Cree youth in Quebec trying to save river valley from logging and mining
(Quebec) -- They saved it once from hydro development. Now, the Cree of northern Quebec are calling on the province to protect a pristine river valley from logging and...

8/13/2014

article Appeals court OKs permits for Upper Peninsula mine
(Michigan) -- The Michigan Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a decision by state regulators to allow construction of a nickel and copper mine in the Upper Peninsula...
article MEET THE MORON: Colorado Legislator Defends Fracking By Saying ‘Indians’ Benefited From Methane In Water
(Colorado) -- In an interview with former Navy chaplain turned conservative activist Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt, Colorado state senator Randy...
article Hundreds make their case on Pebble mine to EPA in Anchorage hearing
(Alaska) -- The fight over the proposed Pebble mine came to the Egan Center on Tuesday at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s public hearing before a crowd...
article Mount Polley mine spill: fish safe to eat, water ban mostly lifted
(British Columbia) -- A drinking water ban that followed a mine tailings spill in British Columbia was mostly lifted Tuesday and fish from the area were declared safe to...
article Reports Of Skin Falling Off Salmon After Mount Polley Mine Spill
(British Columbia) -- Reports of sickly salmon with skin that’s peeling off have prompted a First Nations fishing shutdown in British Columbia’s Cariboo...
article Beleaguered miner Imperial Metals gets eviction notice from First Nation
(British Columbia) -- The aftershocks from the Mount Polley mine disaster just keep coming for Imperial Metals (TSX:III), which is now being given an eviction notice by...
article First Nation aims to evict Imperial Metals over Mount Polley tailings spill
(British Columbia) -- A First Nations band in British Columbia has issued an eviction notice to the company that owns the Mount Polley tailings pond, which spilled...
article Feds promise N.W.T. $163M over 10 years in gas tax money
(North Canada) -- Communities in the Northwest Territories will get $163 million in federal gas tax funding over the next 10 years, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard...
article Faulkner: Local energy expansion fuels tribal independence
(California) -- The nation’s economic woes have hit American Indians hard. Between 2008 and 2013, unemployment for American Indians never once dipped below 10...

8/12/2014

article Native Sun News: Tribes urged to ban fracking on reservations
(North Dakota) -- Last Real Indians (LRI) and Honor the Earth are among Native American organizations calling for pressure on tribal councils to approve anti-fracking...
article Tribal Groups Disagree on the Stakes of B.C. Mine Projects
(Alaska) -- Some Alaska tribal organizations say the August 4th dam break at a British Columbia mine shows what could happen at proposed near-border mines. But some B.C...
article Neskonlith Indian Band hands Imperial Metals eviction notice
(British Columbia) -- The Neskonlith Indian Band is vowing to halt another proposed mine associated with Imperial Metals after the Mount Polley Tailings Pond breach.
article Tribal rep steers oil money to low-income housing
(North Dakota) -- Multiple families squeezed into one home are getting relief in New Town, North Dakota. The North Segment region of the Forth Berthold Indian...

8/11/2014

article Judge denies quarry's bid to remove protection for mounds
(Wisconsin) -- A group of Native American burial mounds should not be removed from state protection, a Dane County judge ruled Friday, turning back a bid by a Madison...
article First Nations worry Mount Polley impact not as benign as claimed
(British Columbia) -- First Nations whose traditional territories have been spoiled by the Mount Polley tailings pond failure are seeking independent reviews of...
article Tribal groups disagree about BC mine projects
(Alaska) -- Some Alaska tribal organizations say Aug. 4’s dam break at a British Columbia mine shows what could happen at proposed near-border mines. But some B.C...
article North Dakota tribe wants fees from oil companies for wasting natural gas
(North Dakota) -- Tribal leaders on an American Indian reservation in the heart of North Dakota's booming oil patch are proposing fees for companies that burn and...
article North Dakota Tribes Eye Fees on Flared Gas; Industry Concerned
(North Dakota) -- In what could become a major regulatory jurisdictional, if not legal, dispute, the three affiliated tribes on North Dakota's Fort Berthold...
article Tribe takes aim at wrong target on flaring
(North Dakota) -- It is understandable that the folks on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation want to fix the flaring problem. After all, the reservation is home to some...
article North Dakota tribal refinery to open this fall
(North Dakota) -- The transload facility, the first part of the Three Affililated Tribes’ Thunder Butte Petroleum Services Inc. refinery project west of Makoti,...

8/10/2014

article Uranium mining on Navajo Reservation: How we did this
(Arizona) -- Uranium mining for America's Cold War nuclear arms buildup has proved a lasting scourge on the nation's largest American Indian reservation, and one...
article It’s a Hardrock Life
(Wisconsin) -- In Wisconsin’s picturesque Northwoods, a big battle over iron-ore extraction is pitting environmentalists and Native Americans against mining...

8/9/2014

article First Nations Take Their Last March Through Canada's Dystopian Tar Sands
(Alberta) -- The fifth and final Tar Sands Healing Walk took place on June 28 in Fort McMurray, Canada. Hundreds of people joined First Nations leaders in a prayer-...
article Company That Designed Burst BC Tailings Pond Was Hired by Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay
(British Columbia) -- The Polley Mine tailings-pond disaster unfolding in British Columbia is being watched closely by those opposing the Pebble Mine proposal in...
article Horrific Toxic Spill in B.C. Called Another Exxon Valdez
(British Columbia) -- A tailings pond breach has sent rivers of toxic slurry cascading into three lakes in British Columbia, contaminating drinking water, endangering...
article Pour Him a Tall One! Mining Exec Insists He'd Drink Water From Tailings Pond
(British Columbia) -- First Nations are demanding immediate action, and a lot more communication, from officials at Imperial Metals Corp, whose ruptured tailings pond...
article Video: Watch 4 Billion Gallons of Mining Waste Pour Into Pristine B.C. Waterways
(British Columbia) -- First Nations, environmentalists and just about everyone else are aghast at the severity of the toxic spill from a tailings pond.

8/8/2014

article Mount Polley spill could affect whole mining industry
(British Columbia) -- B.C.’s mining association says the Mount Polley spill could lead to changes for the industry, even as First Nations leaders predicted the...
article Northern Shuswap Tribal Council issues fishing caution
(British Columbia) -- Due to the devastating environmental catastrophe at Mount Polley mine which resulted in the release of the contents of the tailing pond into...
article First Nation announces blockade at new Imperial Metals mine
(British Columbia) -- A group of Tahltan Nation elders have blocked entry to Imperial Metals' Red Chris mine near Iskut in northern British Columbia in response to a...

8/7/2014

article Stakes are high in fracking debate on Indian reservations
(North Dakota) -- For Native Americans, the debate over fracking on reservations is not much different from the arguments elsewhere. But the stakes are vastly higher....
article Tribes won’t appoint mining board member
(Wisconsin) -- Wisconsin’s 11 American Indian tribes won’t appoint a representative to a state mining board. The seven-member Mining Investment and Local...
article Wisconsin's 11 Indian tribes won't have member on state mining board
(Wisconsin) -- Wisconsin's 11 Indian tribes have given up their chance to have a say over how communities should be reimbursed for its expenses in the proposed...
article First Nations leaders slam mine policies
(British Columbia) -- Local First Nations bands are in an uproar over the recent tailings pond breach at Mount Polley and its ensuing environmental devastation. The mine...
article Mount Polley mine spill: Christy Clark says good early news from water tests
(British Columbia) -- B.C. Premier Christy Clark told reporters to expect some good early news when she announces the initial results from water testing following the...
article Mount Polley mine tailings spill: Imperial Metals could face $1M fine
(British Columbia) -- Bill Bennett, B.C's minister of energy and mines, says Imperial Metals will have to acknowledge and pay for any mistakes that led to the...
article Mining camp for First Nation youth expands
(Saskatchewan) -- When Reneya Lemaigre arrived last year at the inaugural Mining Matters Mining Rocks Earth Sciences Camp she didn’t know anyone and didn’t...
article Tribe wants fees for flaring
(North Dakota) -- Tribal leaders on the Fort Berthold reservation in the heart of North Dakota’s oil patch are proposing fees for companies that burn and waste...
article BLOG: Guatemalan Court Rules in Favor of Indigenous over Canadian Mining Company
(Guatemala) -- A Guatemalan court ruled in favor of the indigenous people of the municipality of Sipacapa over transnational mining in the area. The court says the...

8/6/2014

article Line 9 blockade halts work on Enbridge pipeline
(Ontario) -- Protesters set up a blockade at an Enbridge pipeline site in southwestern Ontario on Tuesday, disrupting work on what is called Line 9. The demonstration at...
article First Nations, environmentalists worry about salmon run after Mount Polley
(British Columbia) -- Chilliwack First Nations have fielded worries from environmental groups and their own members about the Fraser River salmon run after the Mount...
article Mount Polley mine disaster a blow to First Nations cooperation on B.C. mines
(British Columbia) -- The blow that the Mount Polley mine tailings-pond collapse has dealt to the confidence of B.C. First Nations in mine safety may be the biggest...
article Mount Polley mine tailings pond breach followed years of government warnings
(British Columbia) -- The B.C. Ministry of Environment says it warned Imperial Metals about the Mount Polley mine tailings pond levels repeatedly before this week's...

8/5/2014

article Alaskan tribal group targets Sen. Murkowski on Pebble mine
(Alaska) -- A tribal advocacy group is targeting Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) for supporting the controversial Pebble Mine project in Bristol Bay, Alaska.
article Ring of Fire 'soap opera' continues with recent court ruling
(Ontario) -- A mining industry observer says a recent court ruling will do nothing to spur development in the Ring of Fire. A divisional court ruled last week that...
article Mount Polley Mine tailings pond dam stable: Imperial Metals
(British Columbia) -- The Vancouver-based mining company whose tailings pond dam failed Monday, sending five million cubic metres of effluent flowing out into waterways...
article Tsilhqot'in send cease and desist letter to junior miner
(British Columbia) -- Another mining company has run up against the Tsilhqot’in First Nation, whose aboriginal title to land in its traditional territory was...

8/4/2014

article Quebec Innu upset with IOC's deal with Labrador Innu
(Quebec) -- The Telegram reported that First Nations groups have claim to territory where the company is conducting mining operations.

8/2/2014

article Quebec Innu upset with IOC’s deal with Labrador Innu
(Quebec) -- Two Innu First Nations groups in Quebec are claiming rights over lands in Labrador where the Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC) has already concluded an...
article BLOG: Big Oil Throws Gauntlet; Wants to Frack Sioux Lands
(North Dakota) -- Oil and Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) are coming to Sitting Bull’s homelands it would seem as the “Wicks Brothers” (claiming Sioux...

8/1/2014

article Shell, Alaska Natives to share in oil profits
(Alaska) -- An Alaska Native regional corporation and six Native Village corporations signed an agreement with a Shell Oil subsidiary Thursday that aims to share the...

7/31/2014

article Shell, Native corporations unveil joint venture in Chukchi Sea leases
(Alaska) -- Energy giant Shell, which has yet to hit oil after spending about $5 billion on a program to drill in waters off Arctic Alaska, on Thursday announced a deal...
article Stoney Nakoda oil and gas deal with Chinese firm questioned
(Calgary) -- A Calgary business expert says he's skeptical an oil and gas deal between the Stoney Nakoda First Nation and a Chinese firm will come to fruition.
article BC First Nations: $5.3 billion gold, copper mine approved
(British Columbia) -- The British Columbia government has granted environmental approval for a proposed $5.3-billion mine in the provinces north, which would tap into...

7/29/2014

article Stoney Nakoda First Nation signs 'huge' oil deal with Chinese firm
(Alberta) -- Alberta's Stoney Nakoda First Nation says it has signed a "huge" deal with a Chinese petrochemical company to develop oil and gas on its land...
article Native Sun News: Native nations unite on uranium mine cleanup
(New Mexico) -- Agencies under U.S. Congressional mandate to set cleanup priorities at abandoned uranium mines in the Navajo Nation area have their work cut out for them.

7/28/2014

article Nunavut groups launch legal challenge to oil, gas exploration
(Nunavut) -- The remote Nunavut community of Clyde River launched a legal challenge on Monday against plans to conduct a large-scale seismic survey across Baffin Bay and...

7/25/2014

article Pebble Mine will not be built: Friedland
(Alaska) -- The proposed open-pit copper and gold Pebble Mine will not be built, according to billionaire mining financier Robert Friedland.

7/24/2014

article Fight heats up over EPA sabotage of Alaska gold mine
(Alaska) -- The Environmental Protection Agency is under fire for a preemptive strike against a massive copper and gold mine in Alaska, where hundreds of billions of...
article Ngati Ruanui opposes mining appeal
(New Zealand) -- Ngati Ruanui is opposing an appeal to the High Court by a company, which wants to mine iron sand on the South Taranaki coast.

7/23/2014

article Greenpeace, Inuit come together to fight Arctic seismic testing
(North Canada) -- Greenpeace and the Inuit have joined forces to protest Arctic seismic testing, warning that plans to gauge oil and gas reserves with high-intensity...
article Yukon fracking committee hears an overwhelming 'No'
(North Canada) -- So far 108 people in nine Yukon communities have spoken to the Yukon government’s select committee on fracking, and the overwhelming majority are...

7/21/2014

article B.C. government offers Gitxsan First Nation signing bonus
(British Columbia) -- The B.C. government has written directly to about 60 hereditary chiefs of the Gitxsan First Nation, outlining a multimillion-dollar gas-pipeline...
article Gitxsan displeased with pipeline offer made directly to hereditary chiefs
(British Columbia) -- A $12-million provincial offer to Gitxsan chiefs to clear the way for gas pipeline development is inadequate and ill-timed, community leaders say.
article North Dakota's Oil And Gas Boom Has Brought Prosperity, But Critics Wonder About The Costs
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota’s Heritage Center makes for a jarring sight in this Midwestern prairie capital. The newly-expanded museum consists of four interlocking...
article Uintah deputies arrest anti-tar sands activists
(Utah) -- Twenty-one activists were arrested Monday during a "blockade" of a tar sands company’s construction equipment in eastern Utah, according to...

7/18/2014

article EPA proposes Pebble Mine restrictions
(Alaska) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday said it intends to impose strict restrictions on the proposed Pebble mine to protect Bristol Bay’s...
article Native Sun News: North Dakota tribe contains spill at pipeline
(North Dakota) -- The Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara (MHA) Nation, working with federal, state, and corporate officials, has contained a pipeline spill that threatened to...
article EPA proposal could block huge Alaska mine
(Alaska) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed restrictions Friday that would essentially block development of a planned massive gold-and-copper mine near...
article EPA proposes to restrict mining on Alaska's Bristol Bay
(Alaska) -- The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing protections for Alaska's Bristol Bay that would restrict plans to develop a mine nearly as deep as the...
article Chippewa, EPA set meeting on Gogebic mine
(Wisconsin) -- The six tribes of Wisconsin's Chippewa Federation will meet with federal environmental officials next month to outline their objections to Gogebic (...
article Six Nations protesters stop Enbridge Line 9 dig in North Dumfries
(British Columbia) -- Individuals from Six Nations and their allies have interrupted work on a section of Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline. The work stoppage began...
article BLOG: Oil Sands: Destroying the Foods Native Americans Rely On
(Canada) -- A new study released last week found higher than normal levels of pollutants in wild foods that comprise a large part of traditional Native American (First...
article Kaibab Paiute Tribe wants different route for Lake Powell Pipeline
(Utah) -- A Native American tribe is asking to change the route of the Lake Powell Pipeline, calling on Utah state officials to bring the project straight through their...

7/17/2014

article Aboriginal groups want oil and gas moratorium in Gulf
(Nova Scotia) -- Aboriginal groups on the East Coast want a moratorium on any oil and gas exploration in the Gulf of St. Lawrence until a comprehensive environmental...
article Indigenous leaders call for 12 year drilling moratorium in Gulf of Saint Lawrence
(Nova Scotia) -- First Nation leaders from across Atlantic Canada are speaking out about proposed drilling in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. Mi’kmaq, Maliseet and...
article Oil Sands: Destroying the Foods Native Americans Rely On
(Alberta) -- A new study released last week found higher than normal levels of pollutants in wild foods that comprise a large part of traditional Native American (First...

7/16/2014

article Oklahoma Receives Nearly $2 Million for Earthquake-Fracking Study
(Oklahoma) -- As the number of earthquakes in Oklahoma catapults, the Oklahoma Geological Survey (OGS) has received a copy.8 million federal grant to study possible...
article PEMBER: Wisconsin Tribes Urge EPA to Use Clean Water Act to Stop Gogebic Taconite Mine
(Wisconsin) -- The Wisconsin Federation of tribes has asked the Environmental Protection Agency to use the 404 C portion of Clean Water Act to stop mining activity by...
article Inside the turbulent Guatemalan movement against Canadian mining
(Guatemala) -- I'm taking his picture when two loud pops crack open the sky. Tires squeal, heads turn, people duck for cover. The truck screeches around the corner,...

7/14/2014

article Northern Gateway pipeline: First Nations outline constitutional challenges
(British Columbia) -- Several B.C. First Nations are launching at least nine court challenges to try to block Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline, leaders revealed...
article Oil byproduct that spilled in North Dakota extends 2 miles
(North Dakota) -- The path of brine spilled from an underground North Dakota oil pipeline extends nearly 2 miles down a steep ravine, but dead vegetation is limited to...

7/11/2014

article Fort MacKay residents short on cash after oilsands profits dip
(Alberta) -- Some residents from the wealthy Fort McKay First Nation are in financial trouble after the band failed to provide an expected dividend from oilsands profits...
article Cleanup area extends nearly 2 miles after ND spill
(North Dakota) -- The path of brine spilled from an underground North Dakota pipeline extends nearly 2 miles down a steep ravine, but dead vegetation is limited to about...
article Gitxsan First Nation evicting rail, logging, fishing interests
(British Columbia) -- British Columbia First Nations are wasting no time in enforcing their claim on traditional lands in light of a landmark Supreme Court of Canada...

7/10/2014

article Tribe Loses Appeal Over Drilling of Its Texas Land
(Texas) -- A Native American tribe cannot sue the U.S. government for allowing oil and gas drilling on its aboriginal lands in several east Texas national preserves and...
article N.D. Pipeline Leaks Into Lake at Fort Berthold Reservation
(North Dakota) -- Around 1 million gallons of saltwater has leaked from a North Dakota pipeline, some of it into a bay that leads to a lake that provides drinking water...
article Supreme Court to decide on Grassy Narrows logging dispute
(Ontario) -- A ruling from the Supreme Court of Canada on Friday will help determine who controls resource extraction across much of the country.

7/9/2014

article Inspector General Sees Shortfalls in Permitting, Staffing for Oil Boom on American Indian Land
(North Dakota) -- While fossil fuel production from federal lands and waters has been decreasing overall, oil production from American Indian lands has tripled in recent...
article North Dakota Looks to Extend Pipelines Through Tribal Land to Reduce Natural Gas Burn-Offs
(North Dakota) -- While North Dakota takes steps to limit the volume of natural gas that is being burned off, or “flared,” in its rapidly expanding oil...
article NAVAJO OIL AND GAS: a fight for control over a $485 million company by the good ole’ boys Featured
(Arizona) -- Several of the key players in the continuing Navajo Nation Oil & Gas Company (NNOGC) drama have a long history in the Navajo legal and judicial forum...
article Lightning ignites saltwater disposal well in North Dakota
(North Dakota) -- A lightning strike Monday sparked a fire and explosion that destroyed the third North Dakota saltwater disposal facility in recent weeks, sending thick...
article White House singles out oil patch in drug strategy
(North Dakota) -- The White House has singled out the oil patch of northwestern North Dakota and northeastern Montana as part of its 2014 national drug control strategy.
article 5th Circ. Nixes Tribal Bid To Block Texas Drilling
(Texas) -- The Fifth Circuit on Wednesday dismissed a tribal lawsuit accusing the federal government of illegally approving drilling leases on aboriginal land in Texas,...

7/8/2014

article Tribes oppose coal terminal project over fishing
(Oregon) -- The developer of a proposed Columbia River coal export terminal is facing resistance from local tribes who argue the terminal's dock would interfere with...
article Study suggests link between oilsands and Fort Chip illnesses
(Edmonton) -- A study conducted by First Nations groups and scientists from the University of Manitoba released Monday suggests the Alberta oilsands are in part to blame...
article ND Department of Health says saltwater pipeline has leaked on Fort Berthold Indian Reservation
(North Dakota) -- The North Dakota Department of Health says a saltwater pipeline has leaked on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.
article Honor the Earth conducts protest of proposed pipeline in Backus
(Minnesota) -- Critics of a proposed Sandpiper Pipeline route that would cut through Cass County gathered Monday at the Backus Corner Store to bring attention to their...

7/7/2014

article Oregon man at center of murder-for-hire scandal in North Dakota's Bakken oil fields
(Oregon) -- Even in the underbelly of North Dakota's Bakken oilfields, the murder of Doug Carlile stands out, a tale of a Matt Damon look-alike felon from Oregon, an...
article The tribes are right: EPA should review mine proposal
(Wisconsin) -- Gov. Scott Walker has, from the start of the debate about developing a massive Gogebic Taconite mine in northern Wisconsin, adopted a "don't...
article Fort Chipewyan cancer study suggesting oilsands link to be released today
(North Canada) -- A long-awaited health study suggesting the Alberta oilsands are in part to blame for some health concerns in the downstream community of Fort Chipewyan...

7/5/2014

article BLM publishes notice of intent to prepare impact statement for Coeur Rochester Mine
(Nevada) -- The Bureau of Land Management published a Notice of Intent June 27 to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Coeur Rochester Plan of Operations...
article Oil companies accused of racial discrimination at Wyoming site
(Wyoming) -- The Equal Opportunity Commission and employees of Dart Energy and J&R Well Service are suing, accusing the companies of racial discrimination on job...

7/4/2014

article Tribes seek to intervene in lawsuit over Pebble
(Alaska) -- A consortium of tribes is seeking to intervene in support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a lawsuit challenging EPA’s authority to...

7/3/2014

article Alaska tribes to back EPA in Pebble Mine case
(Alaska) -- A coalition of Alaska Native tribes will intervene to support the Environmental Protection Agency in a lawsuit that challenges its authority to halt a major...

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