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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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5/29/2015

article Selling Off Apache Holy Land
(Arizona) -- ABOUT an hour east of Phoenix, near a mining town called Superior, men, women and children of the San Carlos Apache tribe have been camped out at a place...

5/28/2015

article Amid policy conference, activist groups protest oil pipeline
(Michigan) -- Chanting “Shut down Line 5” in the direction of Mackinac Island, protesters of the Pipe Up, Pipe Out, Shut Down Line 5 Rally assembled in...
article Group calls for Enbridge Mackinac pipelines to be shut down
(Michigan) -- Gary Street calls the Enbridge pipelines under the Straits of Mackinac a "disaster just waiting to happen." Street, a former engineering director...
article Groups renew push for removal of pipeline
(Michigan) -- The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians says the majestic waters of the Straits of Mackinac could be the scene of an environmental disaster, due to...
article Pipeline disaster 'imminent,' warns Sault Tribe chairman
(Michigan) -- The following is excerpted from a statement made yesterday by Aaron A. Payment, tribal chairperson of the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians.
article Mille Lacs Band plans Sandpiper public hearing
(Minnesota) -- The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe plans its own public hearing next Friday on the proposed Sandpiper crude oil pipeline - the same day the state will decide...
article Nunavut mayor overjoyed that seismic testing won’t happen this year
(Nunavut) -- Jerry Natanine is about 3,000 kilometres from Nunavut as the raven flies and he’s talking on a borrowed cell phone from a location near Pictou, Nova...
article Protesters greet Imperial Metals shareholders in Vancouver
(British Columbia) -- As shareholders of Imperial Metals gathered inside a downtown Vancouver hotel protesters gathered outside to deliver a message.

5/27/2015

article Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline rejected by Tsleil-Waututh First Nation
(British Columbia) -- The Tsleil-Waututh Nation in North Vancouver said it is denying approval to Kinder Morgan's proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in B.C...
article Native Sun News: EPA hears Native views about uranium mining
(Wyoming) -- During public hearings May 12-14, nuclear industry representatives and their supporters lined up to tell the EPA that uranium companies can’t stay in...
article Controversial seismic testing off Baffin Island cancelled for summer
(Nunavut) -- A remote Arctic hamlet is declaring victory after an energy company cancelled this summer’s plans for offshore seismic testing. The consortium of...

5/26/2015

article Four States Sue U.S. Interior Over 'Too Strict' Fracking Regulations
(USA) -- Wyoming, North Dakota, Colorado and now Utah are suing the U.S. Department of the Interior over fracking regulations issued by the federal government in March.

5/24/2015

article Woman holding sacred ceremony on Victoria Island vows not to leave
(Ottawa) -- An Ottawa-area woman says the National Capital Commission will have to have her arrested if it wants her to leave the camp site where she's been holding...

5/23/2015

article Why Alaska’s Inupiat Are Warming to Offshore Oil Drilling
(Alaska) -- Three hundred miles above the Arctic Circle, where the sun is now up nearly 23 hours a day, Alaskans are fanning out into frigid waters to hunt bowhead...

5/22/2015

article Ontario First Nations demand a say over nuclear waste storage
(Ontario) -- First Nations in Northern Ontario say municipalities are opening their doors to the federal organization that is looking for a place to dump nuclear waste...

5/21/2015

article Fight Continues to Wrest Control of Sacred Site Back From Copper Mining Co.
(Arizona) -- This one appears headed for a 12-round title bout as the San Carlos Apache tribe continues its battle with Resolution Copper Co. over the issue of sacred...

5/20/2015

article Alex Debogorski's diamond project in hands of federal appeal judge
(North Canada) -- A fight to protect Great Slave Lake's Drybones Bay by the Yellowknives Dene First Nation is now in the hands of a Federal Court of Appeal judge.
article Daines, Tester work to make Indian Coal Tax Credit permanent
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Sens. Steve Daines (R-MT) and Jon Tester (D-MT) introduced legislation on Monday that would permanently extend the Indian Coal Production Tax...
article New North Dakota oil tax law may threaten accord with tribes
(North Dakota) -- A North Dakota oil tax revenue sharing agreement with an American Indian reservation that covers nearly a third of the state's oil production may...

5/19/2015

article EPA involved in 1 million gallon brine leak investigation
(North Dakota) -- The Environmental Protection Agency is investigating whether Crestwood Midstream violated the Clean Water Act last year when a pipeline spill leaked...
article Sens. Urge Permanent Extension Of Indian Coal Tax Credit
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Sens. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Steve Daines, R-Mont., on Monday introduced legislation to permanently extend a tax credit for coal mining on...

5/18/2015

article Vancouver oil spill report predicts dire consequences for Burrard Inlet
(British Columbia) -- An oil spill near the Lions Gate Bridge would pollute the shoreline all along the Burrard Inlet within a matter of hours, a new report commissioned...
article Why Descendants of Chief Seattle Led the Protest Against Shell on Saturday
(Washington) -- It was hard to miss. Draped over the boardwalk at Jack Block Park on Saturday, a 300-square-foot cutout of a solemn face looked out over the water-based...
article No LNG project without environmental guarantees, B.C. grand chief vows
(British Columbia) -- A senior aboriginal leader in British Columbia says First Nations will continue to oppose oil and gas developments in the province even if it means...
article Oil CEO Wanted University Quake Scientists Dismissed: Dean's E-Mail
(Oklahoma) -- Oil tycoon Harold Hamm told a University of Oklahoma dean last year that he wanted certain scientists there dismissed who were studying links between oil...
article EPA involved in 2014 pipeline leak investigation
(North Dakota) -- The Environmental Protection Agency is investigating whether Crestwood Midstream violated the Clean Water Act last year when a pipeline spill leaked...

5/16/2015

article For the Lax Kw’alaams, cultural identity is priceless compared to LNG
(British Columbia) -- Aboriginal artist Lianna Spence will treasure this feast long after the 100 friends and relatives finish their plates filled with B.C. seafood. It...
article Kayaktivists paddle out in Seattle to protest Arctic oil drilling
(Washington) -- Hundreds of “kayaktivists” decked out in neoprene wetsuits and life jackets took to the waters of Elliott Bay on Saturday in kayaks, canoes,...
article Tribal environmental director: 'We are not equipped' for N.D. oil boom
(North Dakota) -- Be it crude oil, fracking fluids or human waste, Edmund Baker figures his small team responds to at least one spill a day. "Sometimes, we'll...

5/15/2015

article The Shell drilling rig Polar Pioneer arrives in city that’s drilling the energy industry
(Washington) -- The towering Polar Pioneer, one of two Arctic-bound Shell drilling rigs, arrived at the Seattle waterfront Thursday afternoon, to an uneasy home port in...
article Tribes stand against coal-export terminal
(Washington) -- Leaders from nine Native American tribes have urged the Army Corps of Engineers to deny permits for a proposed coal-export terminal near Bellingham.
article Lax Kw’alaams First Nation alone in rejecting natural gas cash
(British Columbia) -- A British Columbia First Nation has now rejected a natural gas deal worth over $1.15 billion. The Lax Kw’alaams band council issued a...
article Members of a Canadian indigenous tribe turned down $267,000 per person to allow a pipeline to be built through their land
(British Columbia) -- The Lax Kw’alaams Band, a Canadian first nations people living in a remote part of British Columbia, turned down an offer amounting to $267,...

5/14/2015

article Navajos DINE' CARE: Lawsuit to stop fracking in Chaco
(New Mexico) -- Moving to defend culture, climate, and communities, a coalition today moved to put a stop to new fracking approvals in the Greater Chaco Region of...
article Māori representatives against oil exploration meet with Saami Parliament
(Norway) -- Members of the Indigenous Saami Parliament have met with a group of Māori representatives from Northland, carrying with them a message against oil-...

5/13/2015

article Grassy Narrows First Nation activist Judy DaSilva fights CN injunction
(Thunder Bay) -- An environmental activist from Grassy Narrows First Nation in northwestern Ontario is heading to court Thursday in hopes of lifting a CN injunction she...
article Oil industry challenges rules meant to stop train explosions
(Montana) -- The U.S. oil industry has filed a court challenge to new rules aimed at reducing the risk of catastrophic accidents involving crude moved by rail, following...
article Environmental groups sue BLM over horizontal drilling near Chaco Culture National Historical Park
(New Mexico) -- A coalition of environmental groups have asked a federal judge to stop oil and gas production near Chaco Culture National Historical Park. The groups...
article BC Hydro to test fish for mercury after First Nations voice concerns
(British Columbia) -- BC Hydro will test fish for mercury contamination this summer on the waterways connected to a massive hydro dam reservoir. The study is being...
article Lax Kw'alaams Band reject $1B LNG deal near Prince Rupert
(British Columbia) -- A natural gas benefit offer worth more than $1 billion has been rejected by a First Nation on B.C.'s northwest coast, but not everyone thinks...

5/12/2015

article Kiggavik decision 'disappointing' for Areva, uplifting for others
(North Canada) -- While the French company that hoped to build a uranium project near Baker Lake, Nunavut, is disappointed, anti-uranium activists are thrilled with the...
article TransCanada pipeline leak northeast of Medicine Hat under investigation
(Calgary) -- Officials are trying to find out what caused a leak in a natural gas pipeline near Medicine Hat, Alta. on Tuesday morning. The pipeline is owned by Calgary-...
article Canada Aboriginals Vote to Reject $960 Million Petronas Gas Deal
(British Columbia) -- An aboriginal group along Canada’s Pacific Coast voted against an almost $1 billion offer by Petroliam Nasional Bhd. meant to compensate the...

5/11/2015

article Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of Interior release final rules regarding Osage minerals estate development
(Oklahoma) -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs on Monday released their final rules that revise government regulations relating to development of the Osage Nation’s...
article Tribal officials say saltwater spilled near North Dakota town
(North Dakota) -- Tribal officials say they're looking into a saltwater spill in western North Dakota. Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Mark Fox says officials were...
article Lacklustre support from B.C. First Nations signals trouble for LNG facility
(British Columbia) -- In a wave, row after row, members of the Lax Kw’alaams band rose from their seats last week to vote No to the generational opportunity of...
article Shell's Chukchi exploration plan wins federal approval
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal regulators on Monday approved Royal Dutch Shell’s plan to resume oil exploration in the Arctic Ocean three years after a series of...

5/10/2015

article Canada in Shock as Left-Leaning NDP Wins Oil-Sands Province's Election
(Alberta) -- The left-leaning New Democratic Party (NDP) shocked Canada this week by winning the provincial election in Alberta, home of the notorious, tar sands.

5/8/2015

article Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe victory in uranium case
(South Dakota) -- Native American and other opponents of uranium mining and milling in the southern Black Hills claimed victory April 30, when a Nuclear Regulatory...
article Nunavut regulator says no to Areva's Kiggavik uranium project
(Nunavut) -- The Nunavut Impact Review Board says Areva Resources' proposed Kiggavik uranium mine near Baker Lake should not proceed, in a decision released late...
article Bakken-Crude-Hauling Oil Train Explodes in North Dakota, Town Evacuated
(North Dakota) -- At least 10 cars of yet another oil train are aflame, this time in North Dakota, after a derailment that caused the evacuation of a small town.

5/7/2015

article Mining gives a job boost to First Nation, Metis and Inuit
(Ontario) -- First Nation, Metis and Inuit women in Ontario’s north are getting a boost for job opportunities in the mining sector. It’s an industry that...
article B.C. First Nation voters reject $1B for LNG project in 1st of 3 votes
(British Columbia) -- The first of three votes on a natural gas benefit offer worth over $1 billion has been unanimously rejected by a First Nation on British Columbia...
article Tribes, fishermen warn about Canadian mines
(Washington) -- For 43 years, the waters of southeast Alaska have called to Seattle fisherman Pete Knutson. He's worried the bountiful waters are facing a danger of...

5/6/2015

article Dehcho leaders vote to ban fracking in traditional territory
(North Canada) -- Dene and Metis leaders in the Northwest Territories' Dehcho region have voted to ban fracking on their traditional lands, passing a resolution...
article Final environmental impact statement issued for power plant and coal mine
(New Mexico) -- The federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement released a final environmental impact statement on the Four Corners Power Plant and...

5/5/2015

article B.C. First Nation mulling billion-dollar LNG deal has history of savvy moves
(British Columbia) -- Lax Kw’alaams First Nation is now deciding on a billion-dollar LNG deal announced last week, but the aboriginal community on B.C.’s...
article B.C. Promises Alaska A Larger Voice in Mine Permitting
(British Columbia) -- British Columbia Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett proposes opening more of its permitting process to Alaska officials.
article Federal judge weighs postponing Pebble Mine hearing
(Alaska) -- An Alaska federal court judge is considering postponing this month’s arguments over Pebble Mine after discovering that the Environmental Protection...

5/4/2015

article B.C LNG deal worth $1 billion pitched to Lax Kw'alaams First Nation
(British Columbia) -- The B.C. provincial government and Malaysia-based energy company Petronas have offered a $1.15-billion benefits package to the Lax Kw'alaams...
article Energy lease owner near Glacier National Park urges judge to act so it can begin drilling
(Montana) -- A Louisiana company is asking a judge to resolve its lawsuit challenging the government's suspension of an oil and gas lease near Montana's Glacier...
article Solenex requests accelerated hearing in Badger-Two Medicine drilling case
(Montana) -- After failing to reach agreement in a face-to-face meeting two weeks ago, attorneys for a Louisiana energy company have asked the court to hasten its review...

5/3/2015

article Canadian aboriginal tribe offered nearly $1bn to allow LNG export terminal
(Vancouver) -- The Lax Kw’alaams First Nation, a Canadian aboriginal group, has been offered close to $1bn in return for endorsing a liquefied natural gas (LNG)...
article Tribes tackle Norwegian oil giant
(New Zealand) -- A roopu representing Te Hiku o Te Ika tribes is travelling to the head office of Statoil to demonstrate the widespread opposition to its oil exploration...

5/2/2015

article Navajo Nation President Shelly Lauds $13.2 Million for Cleanup of 16 Abandoned Uranium Mines
(Arizona) -- The U.S. Department of Justice announced a settlement agreement with the Navajo Nation to provide $13.2 million for the cleanup evaluation of 16 abandoned...

5/1/2015

article B.C. First Nations group to vote on $1-billion Pacific NorthWest LNG deal
(British Columbia) -- A tentative deal between a B.C. First Nations group and a major liquefied natural gas venture shows that even long-stalled energy projects have a...
article U.S. to evaluate uranium mine cleanups on Navajo land -Justice Dept
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. government will put $13.2 million into an environmental trust to pay for evaluations of 16 abandoned uranium mines on land belonging to the...
article Casino mine proposal still lacks info, say Yukon gov't, First Nations
(North Canada) -- Yukon First Nations and several territorial government departments want to send the Casino mine project proposal back for more work, saying it's...
article Northwest tribes stand with Lummis at Cherry Point in opposition to coal port
(Washington) -- Speaking in the Lummi language, tribal chief Bill James told a crowd assembled Thursday, April 30, on the Gulf Road beach at Cherry Point that a late...

4/30/2015

article Regulators change oil royalty rules for tribal land
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal officials published a new regulation Thursday aimed at overhauling the way private companies pay royalties to American Indian tribes for the...
article Conservation groups appealing ruling on Grand Canyon mining
(Arizona) -- A coalition of conservation groups announced Thursday that it's appealing a court decision that opens the door to new uranium mining 6 miles from Grand...

4/29/2015

article North Dakota governor signs sweeping oil tax law
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota, the second-largest U.S. oil producer, has approved a sweeping reorganization of its oil tax code, cutting the overall rate and ending a...

4/28/2015

article MHA Nation Reacts to Oil Tax
(North Dakota) -- The bill that lowers the extraction tax on oil from 6 and a half to 5 percent starting on Jan. 1, has received a great deal of attention in the last...

4/27/2015

article Awaiting Justice: Indigenous Resistance in the Tar Sands of Canada
(Canada) -- On April 11, 2015 there were dozens of rallies across Canada demanding true leadership to deal with the climate crisis we face around the world. The federal...

4/26/2015

article Clyde River Inuit take offshore oil and gas plan to court
(Toronto) -- On April 20, the Inuit of Clyde River, Nunavut were in a Toronto courtroom seeking to overturn a plan approved by the National Energy Board (NEB) to search...

4/24/2015

article Blackfeet launch campaign to cancel energy leases
(Montana) -- Blackfeet tribal leaders have joined with environmental groups, other American Indian tribes and the band Pearl Jam to campaign for the cancellation of oil...
article Reverse trade show looks for aboriginal partners
(Saskatchewan) -- Building business relationships is best done face-to-face, says Allen Sawatzky. That why oil giant Enbridge is putting on a series of Aboriginal...
article Blackfeet Campaign To Ban Drilling On Badger-Two Medicine
(Montana) -- Wednesday, the Blackfeet Nation launched a campaign urging the termination of oil and gas leases in the Badger-Two Medicine area southeast of Glacier...
article Blackfeet launch campaign to protect Badger-Two Medicine
(Montana) -- The Blackfeet Nation on Wednesday launched a campaign aimed to block oil and gas drilling on the Badger-Two Medicine area west of its reservation, where...
article Blackfeet, Solenex at standoff over gas drilling
(Montana) -- The Blackfeet Tribe and a Louisiana company that wants to drill on federal land with religious significance to the tribe reached an impasse again after a...
article Haisla say documents show Enbridge Northern Gateway process flawed
(British Columbia) -- The Haisla First Nation has obtained documents through an access to information request, showing government staff raised concerns about whether the...

4/23/2015

article Blackfeet Campaign To Prevent Drilling
(Montana) -- The Blackfeet Nation is ramping up efforts to protect what it calls sacred lands from drilling. Nestled between Glacier National Park, The Bob Marshall...

4/22/2015

article Blackfeet tribal leaders ask Obama to protect Badger-Two Medicine
(Montana) -- Blackfeet tribal leaders are asking the Obama administration to intervene in canceling the last remaining energy leases in the Badger-Two Medicine country...
article Indian Congress, Pearl Jam join Blackfeet in fight against leases
(North Dakota) -- The Blackfeet Tribe and National Congress of American Indians announced a campaign Wednesday to cancel the remaining oil and gas leases within the...
article Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Opposes Proposed North Dakota Oil Tax Bill
(North Dakota) -- KFYR-TV The Fort Berthold Reservation provides one third of the North Dakota's oil production. The tribal chairman says changing the oil tax...
article Tribal chairman proposes changes to oil tax rate change
(North Dakota) -- The chairman of the tribes whose lands produce 30 percent of North Dakota's oil proposed changes Tuesday to a late-session bill that would lower...

4/20/2015

article Judge Allows Uranium Mining at Sacred Native American Site
(Arizona) -- A preexisting uranium mine, located about six miles from the Grand Canyon, will be allowed to reopen, according to a judge’s ruling last week.
article Blackfeet Nation and NCAI to Announce National Campaign to Protect Sacred Lands from Oil and Gas Drilling
(Montana) -- On Wednesday, the Blackfeet Nation and the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) will announce a national campaign to cancel remaining oil and gas...
article Life on the road: Five days on a fracking tour through the Sahtu
(Northwest Territories) -- I was supposed to fly to Norman Wells on Sunday, but that flight went mechanical. I'm not the first person that's happened to. It...
article A Feast Worth Fighting For: Inuit Appeal Approval of Seismic Testing at Federal Court
(Ontario) -- At lunchtime on April 20, as a symbol of their sustenance that’s at stake and as a show of Inuit values of sharing and community, Clyde River Mayor...
article Clyde River's fight against seismic testing in federal court
(Ontario) -- The lawyer representing Clyde River told the Federal Appeals Court in Toronto Monday that the community's fight against seismic testing is about the...
article Nunavut community asks federal court to stop offshore energy exploration
(Ontario) -- The small community of Clyde River, Nunavut found itself in Toronto courtroom Monday. The community of about 1,000 people along the coast of Baffin Island...

4/17/2015

article US Senate field hearing focuses on coal in Indian country
(Montana) -- Opponents of a plan to expand coal production on tribal lands said Wednesday that the U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee received a mixed message from...
article Lucy Lawless, Naomi Klein join fight against Nunavut seismic testing
(North Canada) -- Opponents of seismic testing off the coast of Nunavut, including community groups in Clyde River, have a fierce new fighter in their corner: Xena the...

4/16/2015

article Tribe Tells 10th Circ. Halting Mine Won't Help Environment
(New York) -- A Navajo Nation-owned company again asked the Tenth Circuit on Wednesday for an emergency stay of a Colorado federal judge’s order vacating a permit...
article Native Sun News: Senate field hearing focuses on tribes and coal
(Montana) -- Calling it “historic," Wednesday, April 8, Senator Steve Daines, (R-Mont.), chaired a field hearing of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on...
article Bill C-51: First Nation chief warns labour activists about jail time
(Ontario) -- A First Nation leader, who went to jail defending his community's traditional territory in northern Ontario, is warning other activists about the risks...
article Washington’s Swinomish sue to halt Bakken oil trains
(Washington) -- To the Coastal Salish people living on Washington’s Swinomish Reservation, water remains an important aspect of daily life. Their ancestors fished...

4/15/2015

article BLOG: Response to Canadian Mining Journal’s ‘First Nations beating War Drums’ article
(Canada) -- “There was a time when discriminatory slurs and insidious racial commentary fired at Indigenous people were accepted in Canadian society - the tragedy...

4/14/2015

article How One Tribe Could Slow the Rate of "Bomb Trains" Through Seattle
(Washington) -- In 1889, the acting commissioner of Indian Affairs heard about a new railroad construction project that was under way, laying track on Swinomish land...
article Fort Good Hope questions value of fracking regulations meeting
(North Canada) -- "Shameful," and "a practical joke" were some of the words used to describe a community consultation in Fort Good Hope, N.W.T., on...
article Young Northern Cheyenne says no to coal mining
(Wyoming) -- Coal development is not my identity and culture. As a young Northern Cheyenne, I do not seek to develop any kind of coal on Cheyenne homelands. I want to...

4/11/2015

article Railroading Racism: Warren Buffett vs. Northwest Indians
(Washington) -- Warren Buffett's financial and political clout, from Wall Street to the White House, has created a hubris in the "bomb train" magnate...
article Vizenor: Pipeline endangers tribe’s resources
(Minnesota) -- Citizens of the White Earth Nation gathered at the Shooting Star Casino Thursday for the annual State of the White Earth Union address.
article Federal court OKs Grand Canyon uranium mine
(California) -- A federal court ruling last week opens the door for new uranium mining just six miles from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and four miles from a sacred...

4/10/2015

article Federal coal policies under scrutiny at U.S. Senate field hearing
(Montana) -- Federal coal policies, that some believe could deal a death blow to the nation's coal industry came under scrutiny Wednesday during a U.S. Senate...
article Senator Steve Daines Talks Jobs and Coal in Indian Country
(Montana) -- Senator Steve Daines emphasized unemployment, the coal industry and jobs in Indian Country as part of a Senate Committee on Indian Affairs field hearing in...
article Apache tribe occupies sacred land to be destroyed by mine, refusing to leave [video]
(Arizona) -- Oak Flat—once part of an Apache reservation—is considered sacred space by the local tribe but it was awarded to a mining company through a...
article Inuvik meeting on fracking yields calls for territory-wide ban
(Northwest Territories) -- No fracking may be happening in the N.W.T.'s Beaufort-Delta region, but residents there are still concerned about it.

4/9/2015

article Indian coal economy has suffered because of EPA regs, tribes say
(Montana) -- The coal economy on Indian reservations is being endangered by tougher Environmental Protection Agency clean air laws, tribal officials told U.S. Sen. Steve...
article U.S. Senate Field Hearing Focuses on Coal in Indian Country
(Montana) -- Opponents of a plan to expand coal production on tribal lands said Wednesday the Senate Indian Affairs Committee received a mixed message from Native...
article Swinomish Indian Tribe sues to stop oil trains through reservation
(Washington) -- The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community filed a federal lawsuit against Burlington Northern Santa Fe on Tuesday, alleging that the railway company is...
article Native Sun News: Tribe in North Dakota puts a hold on oil refinery
(North Dakota) -- “Wishing you a Happy Easter!” the Mandan Hidatsa & Arikara (MHA) Nation said in a March 31 announcement of a $1,000 gift to each...

4/8/2015

article Blackfeet Chief blasts oil leases
(Montana) -- Chief Earl Old Person of the Blackfeet Nation recently added his voice to a growing chorus of people asking federal officials to cancel all oil and gas...
article Daines leads Indian Affairs Committee field hearing on tribes and coal
(Montana) -- Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., led a Senate Indian Affairs Committee field hearing at Little Bighorn College in Crow Agency on Wednesday morning. The oversight...
article U.S. Senate hearing focuses on coal in Indian country
(Montana) -- Montana Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Webb Brown and leaders of the Crow and Navajo American Indian tribes are touting the mining jobs and other...
article Swinomish tribe sues to block Bakken oil trains
(Washington) -- A federal lawsuit filed by the Swinomish Indian tribe seeks to ban BNSF Railway from transporting Bakken crude oil across tribal lands to the Tesoro...
article Washington tribe sues to block oil trains across its land
(Washington) -- The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community is suing BNSF Railway, alleging the company is violating an agreement that restricts the number of trains that can...
article BLOG: Life above the Alberta tar sands – why we're taking the government to court
(Alberta) -- In my home, the Beaver Lake Cree Nation, treaty six territory in Alberta, Canada, I am part of a community of 900 Woodland Cree people who have walked the...

4/7/2015

article Tribal council worries about new federal fracking rules
(North Dakota) -- Thirty-percent of the oil produced in the state comes from Fort Berthold -- nearly 400-thousand barrels a day. Chairman or the Mandan, Hidatsa and...
article Native American tribe sues BNSF over Washington oil train traffic
(Washington) -- A Native American community in Washington state filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday against BNSF Railway to prevent trains carrying crude oil from using...
article Swinomish sue to get Bakken oil trains off tribal lands
(Washington) -- A federal lawsuit filed by the Swinomish Indian tribe seeks to ban BNSF Railway from transporting Bakken crude oil across tribal lands. The line in...
article Environmentalists lose round in battle against uranium mine
(Arizona) -- A federal judge has ruled against environmentalists in their fight to halt a uranium mine south of the Grand Canyon that they say will harm people, water...

4/6/2015

article OP/ED: Northern Cheyenne future is in sun, wind
(Montana) -- Jason Small said (March 14 guest opinion) that the Northern Cheyenne people would benefit from coal. But he doesn’t speak for our people. I strongly...

4/4/2015

article Chief of Blackfeet Nation Calls on President Obama to End Oil Leases on Sacred Tribal Lands
(Montana) -- Chief Earl Old Person of the Blackfeet Nation recently asked President Obama for his support in ending oil leases in the Badger-Two Medicine in the Rocky...

4/3/2015

article American Indians drum up pipeline protest
(Pennsylvania) -- The American Indian Movement in Lancaster held a protest in Penn Square Friday night, beating their drum in an ancient ritual to show their opposition...
article Drums along Penn Square: Native American's voice opposition to pipeline
(Pennsylvania) -- The steady thump of drums echoed across Penn Square Friday as about a dozen Native Americans expressed their opposition to the proposed Atlantic...
article US Senate field hearing to focus on coal in Indian country
(Montana) -- A U.S. Senate field hearing planned for next week will focus on the importance of coal to some American Indian tribes in the West. The Senate Committee on...
article As Quakes Rattle Oklahoma, Fingers Point to Oil and Gas Industry
(Oklahoma) -- Yanked without warning from a deep sleep, Jennifer Lin Cooper, whose family has lived near here for more than a half-century, could think only that the...

4/1/2015

article A geoscientist’s take on new U.S. fracking rules
(Washington D.C.) -- New federal rules aimed at making a controversial oil and gas drilling technique safer and more transparent reflect numerous suggestions from...
article North Dakota seeks to join suit against federal fracking rule
(North Dakota) -- The state of North Dakota will join a lawsuit seeking to stop the Bureau of Land Management’s new hydraulic fracturing regulations, a two-man...

3/30/2015

article Tester urges feds to cancel oil, gas leases near Blackfeet Reservation
(Montana) -- U.S. Sen. Jon Tester has joined Blackfeet tribal leaders in their efforts to have all federal oil and gas exploration leases in the Badger-Two Medicine area...
article Clyde River, Nunavut, takes on oil industry over seismic testing
(Nunavut) -- Clyde River can without exaggeration be called one of the most remote and inaccessible human settlements on earth. The only way into this Nunavut hamlet is...

3/29/2015

article New Obama administration fracking regs especially hurt Native Americans
(Montana) -- Last summer, as President Barack Obama visited the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in Cannon Ball, he called the economic and educational hardships faced by...
article Tester Joins Blackfeet Tribe in Fight to Protect Badger-Two Medicine
(Montana) -- U.S. Sen. Jon Tester joined the Blackfeet Nation Friday in calling on the federal government to protect the Badger-Two Medicine area from private...

3/28/2015

article U.S. oil council: Shale won't last, Arctic drilling needed now
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. should immediately begin a push to exploit its enormous trove of oil in the Arctic waters off of Alaska, or risk a renewed reliance on...
article Oil sands air monitoring cancelled due to funding problems
(Alberta) -- An important part of Alberta’s oil sands air monitoring has been cancelled due to funding problems. The Wood Buffalo Environmental Association has...

3/27/2015

article Wisconsin’s proposed Gogebic mine officially gone for good
(Wisconsin) -- A huge – and hugely controversial – open-pit iron mine proposed for northern Wisconsin is officially not happening. The Wisconsin Department...

3/26/2015

article First Nations oppose Noront, Cliffs deal in Ring of Fire
(Ontario) -- Plans by Noront Resources to buy Cliffs' chromite assets in northern Ontario's Ring of Fire mining area are a "barrier to future opportunities...

3/25/2015

article Bill C-51 'threatens balance' between risk and privacy, law group says
(Ottawa) -- The Canadian Bar Association is challenging the federal government on its contentious proposed anti-terror legislation, asking whether Bill C-51 is striking...
article Bill C-51: First Nation chief worries 'lives will be lost'
(Ottawa) -- A chief, who once went to jail for defending his First Nation's traditional territory during a mining dispute in northern Ontario, says he has grave...
article Pam Palmater tells committee to withdraw anti-terrorism bill
(Ottawa) -- A prominent Aboriginal lawyer and activist says the federal anti-terrorism bill is so flawed it must be withdrawn. Pamela Palmater, chair in indigenous...
article Point Hope opts out of lawsuit over 2008 Chukchi lease sale
(Alaska) -- The lead plaintiff in a lawsuit that stalled Arctic Outer Continental Shelf oil drilling has pulled out of the 7-year-old legal action. The Native Village of...
article Meskwaki Tribe voices opposition to pipeline
(Iowa) -- Tribal traditions, concern over grave sites and the habitat has prompted the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa (Meskwakis) to voice objection to a...

3/24/2015

article Bill C-51 hearings: First Nations could be targeted, Pam Palmater says
(Ottawa) -- First Nations activists may find themselves targets of the Conservatives' proposed anti-terror law, which could "criminalize [their] private...
article Followup: North Cheyenne member in Montana responds to fellow member’s pro-coal stance
(Montana) -- This is to follow up on a blog post from March 12, which drew a contrast between Lummi Nation’s position on a coal export terminal at Cherry Point,...
article QIA holds seismic testing workshop in Clyde River
(North Canada) -- As the Hamlet of Clyde River, Nunavut, its mayor and the local hunters and trappers organization prepare to challenge a decision to allow seismic...

3/23/2015

article Pro-coal Montana tribe weighs in on Cherry Point terminal
(Washington) -- Lummi Nation, which has fished the waters off Cherry Point for centuries, and Crow Nation, a tribe in Montana sitting on billions of tons of coal, have...
article Chevron sponsorship of parenting iPads 'disgusting,' says N.W.T. MLA
(North Canada) -- Chevron Canada's sponsorship of a Northwest Territories government program to give new parents iPads loaded with information on raising young...

3/22/2015

article LETTER: Alaska tribes united in opposition of large mines
(Alaska) -- British Columbia and Minister Bill Bennett do not seem to understand the sovereign status of the Alaska tribes. We are sovereign nations.

3/20/2015

article Southern Ute Tribe among biggest bidders in DOI lease auction
(Texas) -- The energy development arm of the Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado was the second-highest bidder in an offshore oil and gas lease auction held by the Interior...
article Are Mining Interests Behind Western Australian Remote Aboriginal Community Closures?
(Australia) -- Yesterday, 18,000 people turned out at rallies across Australia in protest of the Western Australian government's proposal to close up to 150 remote...

3/19/2015

article Colorado Indian tribe among Top 5 bidders from this week's Gulf of Mexico drilling lease sale
(Colorado) -- Red Willow Offshore was the dark horse for the March sale with $59 million in high bids on eight lease tracts. The Southern Ute Indian Tribe founded Red...

3/18/2015

article Native Sun News: Oil spill threatens North Dakota tribe's water
(North Dakota) -- It wasn’t until two years ago that the families in this rural community of 600 were able to connect to running supplies of drinking water. Today...

3/17/2015

article Judge Orders State Dept. To Respond To Tribal Pipeline Suit
(Minnesota) -- A Minnesota federal judge on Monday ordered U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to respond to a lawsuit that claims he and the U.S. Department of State...

3/16/2015

article N.B. considers St. Mary's land deal if Sisson mine approved
(New Brunswick) -- Energy and Mines Minister Donald Arseneault told CBC News the provincial government would consider giving St. Mary's First Nation a piece of land...
article Meskwaki tribe opposes Bakken oil pipeline through Iowa
(Iowa) -- The Meskwaki Indian tribe, which has had an Iowa settlement near Tama since 1857, is objecting to a Texas company's plans to construct a 343-mile crude oil...
article Meth use on the rise in the Bakken oil patch
(North Dakota) -- It’s been referred to as the most significant drug threat facing the state, the dark side of the oil boom, an unwanted side effect of the sudden...

3/15/2015

article Fracking will ruin sacred, preserved sites in the ‘American cradle of civilization’ - lawsuit
(New Mexico) -- A Navajo advocacy group has asked a federal judge to halt hydraulic fracking permits in the San Juan Basin of New Mexico, claiming that drilling...
article US Rep Zinke wants to make Indian coal tax break permanent
(Montana) -- Montana U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke is proposing to make permanent a tax break for coal mined from American Indian Reservations and to extend the provision to...

3/14/2015

article Montana delegation seeks to make coal tax break permanent
(Montana) -- Members of Montana’s congressional delegation said Thursday they will seek to make permanent a tax break for coal mined from reserves owned by...

3/13/2015

article Zinke Proposes To Make Indian Coal Tax Break Permanent
(Montana) -- Montana U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke is proposing to make permanent a tax break for coal mined from American Indian Reservations.
article Snap Lake mine could close if dissolved solid limit not raised: De Beers
(North Canada) -- De Beers Canada says some recommendations for how to tackle a groundwater problem at its Snap Lake diamond mine could, if implemented, result in the...

3/12/2015

article First Nation calls Yukon's draft fracking strategy 'a betrayal'
(Yukon) -- The Trondek Hwechin First Nation says documents indicating that the Yukon government is pursuing a draft strategy for hydraulic fracturing represent a serious...
article Groups File Suit to Protect Chaco Canyon From Fracking
(New Mexico) -- Environmental groups including the Navajo organization Diné CARE filed suit against two federal agencies on March 11 in an attempt to keep fracking from...
article Headlines: Groups Sue Over Drilling In Chaco Region, Carlsbad Weighs In On WIPP Fines...
(New Mexico) -- A coalition of environmental groups is suing the federal government over the approval of oil and gas drilling permits in northwestern New Mexico.
article Indigenous Nations Rallied to Protect Medicine Lake from Industrial Scale Geothermal Desecration
(California) -- Today the Pit River Tribe, Native Coalition for Medicine Lake Highlands Defense, Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center, Save Medicine Lake Coalition,...
article Montana Delegation Seeks to Make Coal Tax Break Permanent
(Montana) -- Members of Montana’s congressional delegation said Thursday they will seek to make permanent a tax break for coal mined from reserves owned by...
article Indigenous tribes in Suriname ask gov't to protect their lands
(Suriname) -- The Trio and Wayana tribes are asking Suriname's National Assembly to take steps to protect some 72,000 sq. kilometers (28,000 sq. miles) of land in...

3/11/2015

article Gogama train derailment highlights treaty infringement, chief says
(Ontario) -- The third train derailment in less than a month in northern Ontario represents a clear violation of indigenous rights, says Stan Beardy, the Ontario...

3/10/2015

article 3rd northern Ontario train derailment increasing First Nation worries
(Ontario) -- Three train derailments in less than a month has several small northern Ontario communities questioning rail safety. The most recent one happened Saturday.
article Ontario demands Ottawa step up in wake of 3rd train derailment
(Ontario) -- After this past weekend’s train derailment in northern Ontario several politicians are calling on Ottawa to strengthen rail regulations.
article Aboriginal workers, firms hit by Alberta oil slowdown
(Alberta) -- Métis elder Yvonne McCallum has never really welcomed Big Oil into her community, but she accepts how important the energy industry has become to her people.

3/9/2015

article What do Native American tribes think of pipeline project?
(Pennsylvania) -- Within the week, the Oklahoma-based energy firm that wants to build a controversial natural gas pipeline through western Lancaster County could submit...

3/8/2015

article Proposed pipeline would disturb sacred ground
(Pennsylvania) -- There are all kinds of reasons not to build the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline in Lancaster County. Other people, people with actual environmental knowledge...
article First Nations seek intervenor status
(Quebec) -- The Algonquin First Nations of Wolf Lake and Eagle Village are seeking intervenor status with National Energy Board over concerns about TransCanada’s...
article Wisconsin Tribes and Environmentalists Put a Halt to a $1.5 Billion Iron Ore Mine Project
(Wisconsin) -- Ben Connors steered through the fog. At the end of a hot, summer afternoon, ripe wild rice kernels fell before him into the bottom of a canoe.
article Chief expresses anger at rail company over second derailment
(Ontario) -- The chief of Mattagami First Nation says he is concerned for the welfare of his community after a CN train carrying crude oil derailed this morning,...
article Indigenous Peruvians win Amazon pollution payout from US oil giant
(Peru) -- Members of the indigenous Achuar tribe from the Peruvian Amazon have won an undisclosed sum from Occidental Petroleum in an out-of-court settlement after a...

3/7/2015

article Coal mine dealt blow
(Colorado) -- A federal judge determined that regulators did not adequately assess the environmental impact from a proposed expansion of the Navajo Mine in New Mexico.
article Colorado judge shoots down expansion at Navajo Mine
(New Mexico) -- A federal judge in Colorado said the environmental impacts of coal combustion should have been more thoroughly explored in a proposal to expand strip...
article Court: Federal agency must take another look at indirect impacts of Navajo coal mine expansion
(Arizona) -- The effects of burning coal at a northwestern New Mexico power plant must be considered in deciding whether the sole coal supplier can expand mining...
article Lummis submit more information to try to block Cherry Point coal port
(Washington) -- Lummi Nation is pressing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to act quickly to halt a proposed coal terminal on historic tribal land at Cherry Point.
article Tribe says Corps has what it needs to deny G.P.T.
(Washington) -- The Lummi Nation says the Army Corps of Engineers now has all information required to make a decision on the proposed Gateway Pacific coal terminal.
article Ojibwe tribal leader heralds end of proposed iron mine
(Wisconsin) -- Ojibwe tribal leader Mr Chris McGeshick drew applause from tribal visitors as he addressed state lawmakers and heralded the end of a proposed iron mine in...
article State of the Tribes Address: Tribes stand together against proposed Penokee Hills mine
(Wisconsin) -- The leaders of the eleven Wisconsin tribal nations gathered for this year's State of the Tribes Address in Madison on Thursday.

3/6/2015

article Expansion at Navajo Mine shot down by Colo. judge
(Colorado) -- A federal judge in Colorado said that health dangers posed by coal mining are too great to allow a planned expansion of strip mining at the Navajo Mine.

3/5/2015

article Blueberry River First Nations lawsuit threatens Site C, fracking in B.C.
(British Columbia) -- The Blueberry River First Nations have launched a legal battle that could affect B.C.'s planned Site C hydroelectric dam, as well as oil and...
article Ojibwe tribal leader heralds end of proposed iron mine
(Wisconsin) -- Ojibwe tribal leader Chris McGeshick drew applause from tribal visitors Thursday as he addressed state lawmakers and heralded the end of a proposed iron...

3/3/2015

article First Nations revenue sharing must be priority for Ottawa, panel argues
(Canada) -- A joint First Nations and federal government working group on natural resources has issued its final report, urging Canada to make resource revenue sharing a...
article Native Sun News: Mine proposed near sacred site in Black Hills
(South Dakota) -- In reopening an abandoned silica-sand mine in the Black Hills National Forest, claim owners say they will strive to respect the Native American sacred...

3/2/2015

article Up to 1,500 gallons of oil has permeated 24 miles of waterways
(Washington) -- Crews could spend weeks cleaning up as much as 1,500 gallons of used motor oil that has leaked into a series of irrigation drains emptying into the...
article Uranium mine proposal in Nunavut spurs debate about caribou herd
(North Canada) -- Hilu Tagoona was just a girl the first time uranium miners proposed to develop a massive deposit of the radioactive metal near her home town of Baker...

3/1/2015

article Ring of Fire road proposal to get $785,000 government study
(Ontario) -- The Ring of Fire mining development area in northern Ontario is getting a $785,000 boost as the federal and provincial governments announce a joint study of...

2/28/2015

article Drug explosion follows oil boom on N.D. Indian reservation
(North Dakota) -- Tribal Police Chief Chad Johnson first noticed a change on the wind-swept prairies of the reservation around six years ago. Small-time methamphetamine...

2/27/2015

article Lummi Call Coal Terminals an Absolute No-Go, Invoking Treaty Rights
(Washington) -- Lummi Nation Chairman Tim Ballew is talking on the phone about his opposition to construction of a coal export terminal in his historical territory,...
article The Case Against Coal Terminals: Lummi Cite Health, Environmental Factors
(Washington) -- Coal trains are not the only threats to sacred sites and traditional hunting and fishing territory.First Nations in the U.S. and Canada that share the...
article Stand-off in the Amazon: Tribes shut down oil company airport
(Peru) -- Members of two different Peruvian native groups have occupied the airport of Pluspetrol, an Argentine oil company that is accused of failing to compensate...

2/26/2015

article RCMP claim of B.C. anti-pipeline extremists shocks native, environmental leaders
(Ottawa) -- An internal RCMP report’s portrayal of northern B.C. as one of two Canadian regions most vulnerable to violent, anti-pipeline extremists working with...

2/24/2015

article Shell Canada backs out of Pierre River oilsands project
(Alberta) -- Shell has decided not to proceed with its Pierre River oilsands mine north of Fort McMurray, Alta., it announced Monday. Shell Canada president Lorraine...

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