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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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4/27/2017

article Northwest tribes sue Coast Guard over tanker traffic’s risk to orcas
(Washington) -- Two Northwest Indian tribes are suing the U.S. Coast Guard, claiming the agency has failed to protect endangered orcas from the risk of oil spills...
article Oil tankers threaten endangered orcas, two tribes say in lawsuit
(Washington) -- Already-endangered killer whales in the waters west of Seattle face heightened risk from an increased traffic of tankers that will carry oil from Kinder...

4/26/2017

article Native American tribes claim oil tankers threaten endangered orcas
(Washington) -- Endangered killer whales in the waters west of Seattle face heightened risk from an increased traffic of tankers that will carry oil from Kinder Morgan...
article Tribes Sue Coast Guard Over Tanker Traffic's Risk to Orcas
(Washington) -- The Tulalip and Suquamish tribes are suing the Coast Guard, alleging a failure to protect endangered orcas from the risk of oil spills associated with...

4/23/2017

article Fighting Against Fracking In Colombia
(Colombia) -- Fracking is coming to indigenous Colombian territories and other parts of the country, and activists are trying to halt the process. The controversial...

4/22/2017

article Oil and Gas Giants Flee Canada’s Tar Sands
(Alberta) -- A growing number of American oil and gas giants are divesting themselves of their Canadian tar sands holdings. In the latest move, Chevron is reportedly...
article Yellowknives Dene welcome recommendation that feds apologize for Giant Mine mess
(Northwest Territories) -- The Yellowknives Dene First Nation is welcoming a recommendation from the Giant Mine Oversight Board that the federal government apologize to...

4/21/2017

article Got Treaties? Lummi 1, Coal Terminal 0
(Washington) -- For years, beginning in 2011, environmental groups fought to prevent construction of what would have been the country’s largest coal export...

4/19/2017

article Blackfeet Nation declares Badger-Two Medicine sacred area is off-limits to industrialization
(Montana) -- A Texas billionaire oilman has rejected offers of cash, land, leases and even pre-drilled wells, choosing instead to file suit demanding access to...

4/17/2017

article Texas oilman sues for access to Blackfeet sacred land
(Montana) -- One of three remaining energy development leaseholders in the Badger-Two Medicine area south of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation has sued the federal...

4/16/2017

article BP Struggles to Control Damaged Well in Alaskan Arctic
(Alaska) -- The British oil giant BP worked through the weekend to control a damaged oil well on Alaska’s remote North Slope that had started spewing natural gas...

4/14/2017

article In New Jersey, A New Pipeline Battle Is Brewing
(New Jersey) -- Members of the Ramapough Lenape Nation live just 30 miles outside of New York City, near Mahwah, New Jersey. They’ve grown accustomed to gas...
article The Ramapoughs vs. the World
(New Jersey) -- The phone rang in his study and Dwaine Perry answered with the weary resignation of a man who knew what was coming. The sun was setting on a late March...

4/13/2017

article Noront poised to make First Nation a Ring of Fire shareholder
(Ontario) -- Noront Resources has signed an exploration and project advancement agreement with the Marten Falls First Nation. On April 13, the Ring of Fire developer...

4/12/2017

article Tribal Members in Oklahoma Defeat Natural Gas Pipeline Company
(Oklahoma) -- The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma has ordered a natural gas pipeline operator to cease operations and remove the pipeline...
article The New Deal for Tribes: Resource Extraction & Toxic Waste (Minus the Jobs)
(North Dakota) -- A couple of years ago a tribal leader showed me an abandoned lumber mill near the village of Tyonek, Alaska. The company promised jobs. And, for a time...

4/10/2017

article Mark Trahant: Resource extraction brings few benefits for tribes
(North Dakota) -- A couple of years ago a tribal leader showed me an abandoned lumber mill near the village of Tyonek, Alaska. The company promised jobs.
article LETTER: Native Americans and Coal: The Risks of Dependency
(Minnesota) -- To the Editor: “Tribes Surviving on Coal Funds Hold Tight to Trump’s Pledges” (front page, April 2) tellingly illustrates the risks of...

4/9/2017

article Northern California & Southern Oregon Tribes Protest the Jordan Cove LNG Pipeline
(Oregon) -- Plans are currently under way for yet another controversial pipeline project. This one is on the West coast. The Jordan Cove Project is a 230-mile liquified...

4/7/2017

article Oil industry backs North Dakota tribe’s request for more tax revenue
(North Dakota) -- Representatives of seven oil companies that operate on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation support sending a greater share of oil tax revenue to the...

4/6/2017

article Nathan E. Stewart incident shows Canada's spill response lacking, First Nation says
(British Columbia) -- A First Nation in northern B.C. is calling the government out on its handling of a fuel spill near Bella Bella last year. In a new report on the...

4/4/2017

article Interior Department pulls back rule designed to maximize Indian coal revenues
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration is seeking to repeal new royalty rates that were designed to increase coal revenues on Indian lands.
article Northern Cheyenne Sue to Block Coal Mining on Public Lands
(Montana) -- The Northern Cheyenne Nation has duked it out with coal now and again over the past 40 years to protect their pristine water quality, and air so clean it is...
article Northern Cheyenne Tribe Sues Trump Administration
(Montana) -- The Northern Cheyenne tribe, along with a coalition of conservation groups, sued the Trump administration Wednesday for lifting a moratorium on coal leases...

4/2/2017

article Violent Eviction of Indigenous Shuar Clears Way for Copper Mine
(Ecuador) -- Dozens of Shuar families forced from their land late last year by Ecuadorian security forces face a shortage of food and medical care in what indigenous...

4/1/2017

article Judge Orders Removal of Gas Pipeline from Native American Property
(Oklahoma) -- Seventeen years after the expiration of an easement, a federal judge has ordered an energy company to completely remove its pipeline from the properties of...
article Native American uranium miners and the Trump budget via Bulletin of Atomic Scientists
(USA) -- Native American uranium miners were essential to the United States’ efforts to create a nuclear arsenal. From the late 1940s to the early 1970s, Indian...

3/31/2017

article Montana Tribe Sues Trump Administration Over Coal Decision
(Washington D.C.) -- A Native American tribe in Montana filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration Wednesday, challenging its decision to lift a moratorium on coal...
article Tribal and Environmental Groups Sue Administration for Lifting Coal Leasing Ban
(USA) -- Several groups filed a lawsuit against the administration yesterday (March 29) for its decision to re-launch coal leasing on federal lands. The Northern...
article Pipeline continues to leak oil months after rupture in North Dakota
(North Dakota) -- An ongoing oil spill in North Dakota is considered among the worst in state history. The Belle Fourche Pipeline spilled about 530,000 gallons of crude...

3/30/2017

article Northern Cheyenne Tribe Files Lawsuit Challenging Trump’s Coal Decision
(Montana) -- The day after President Trump signed an executive order opening federal lands for coal leasing, the Northern Cheyenne Tribe filed a lawsuit challenging the...
article Water Protectors Fight Atlantic Coast Pipeline
(North Carolina) -- Is the Atlantic Coast Pipeline another DAPL in the making? Given the way the project’s route was moved from a wealthier, whiter area to a poor...
article Native American uranium miners and the Trump budget
(USA) -- For minimum wage or less, they blasted open seams, built wooden beam supports in the mine shafts, and dug out ore pieces with picks and wheelbarrows. The shafts...

3/29/2017

article Judge orders removal of gas pipeline on Indian land in Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- An energy company has been ordered to remove a natural gas pipeline from an Indian allotment in Oklahoma after failing to secure consent from the...
article Montana tribe, conservationists sue U.S. government for ending coal moratorium
(Montana) -- A Native American tribe in Montana and a coalition of conservation groups sued the Trump administration on Wednesday for lifting a moratorium on coal leases...
article Zinke orders rollback of coal moratorium, adds royalty review
(Montana) -- American coal production supports energy independence, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in justifying removal of a federal moratorium on public land coal...
article Tribe seeks greater share of oil tax revenue in final weeks of session
(North Dakota) -- The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation is seeking a greater share of oil tax revenue to offset impacts of energy development on the reservation....

3/28/2017

article North Dakota Oil Spill 3 Times Larger Than Initially Thought
(North Dakota) -- A crude oil spill in western North Dakota in December is now believed to be about three times bigger than originally estimated, pipeline owner True...

3/27/2017

article Trump moves decisively to wipe out Obama’s climate-change record
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump will take the most significant step yet in obliterating his predecessor’s environmental record Tuesday, instructing federal...
article Vancouver Island First Nation gives nod to proposed LNG facility
(British Columbia) -- A First Nation on Vancouver Island has approved a proposed liquefied natural gas export facility on its traditional territories. Members of the Huu...

3/26/2017

article First Nation poised to sue Husky Energy for damage caused by spill last summer
(Saskatchewan) -- The ice has not yet thawed on the North Saskatchewan River, but Chief Wally Burns is sure there's damage below. Last summer, a Husky Energy...
article North Dakota pipeline spill larger than previously thought
(North Dakota) -- An initial appraisal of the Belle Fourche Pipeline spill in December estimated that 176,000 gallons of oil had been released from the leaking pipe. But...

3/22/2017

article Copper mine on sacred Apache land in Arizona complains about delays
(Washington D.C.) -- The Resolution Copper Mine in Arizona would be operating by now in most countries, but is still years away from getting all the permits it needs to...

3/21/2017

article Canyon Mine Faces Accusations of Environmental Racism by Navajos, Sierra Club
(Arizona) -- The controversial Canyon Mine, which is located six miles south of the Grand Canyon, hasn’t even started uranium ore production yet. But its owners...

3/20/2017

article Maine lawmakers to consider latest push to jumpstart mining
(Maine) -- Environmental and fishing groups that have opposed rules to jumpstart mining in the state are now backing efforts to strengthen existing laws and regulation....

3/18/2017

article Natural gas line through Polk County creates little clamor
(Florida) -- Oil and gas pipelines have become magnets for controversy. Nationally, the Keystone XL Pipeline, a crude oil system now under construction in the West, has...
article Bigstone Cree Nation monitor traffic entering community in dispute with oil companies
(Alberta) -- The Bigstone Cree Nation has set a toll station on the highway into community of Wabasca-Desmarais in an effort to control entry. The First Nation is...
article EPA reimburses another $90,000 for Gold King Mine spill costs
(Colorado) -- More than $90,000 in additional reimbursements for costs associated with the Gold King Mine spill in 2015 was awarded to five entities in Colorado and Utah...
article Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in court settlement 'augurs well' for relations with Yukon, says lawyer
(Yukon) -- The Yukon government and the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in First Nation have avoided another court case over First Nations rights. The First Nation filed a...

3/17/2017

article Activists make 200-mile walk along route of proposed natural gas pipeline in North Carolina
(North Carolina) -- Legislatures in states with ongoing – or planned – pipeline projects are moving to increase penalties for certain types of protests aimed...

3/16/2017

article Next Steps in the Battle Against the Dakota Access and Keystone Pipelines
(Washington D.C.) -- Last week in Washington, DC, members of American Indian tribes and their supporters demonstrated against the construction of the Dakota Access...
article Bigstone Cree Nation monitor traffic entering community in dispute with oil companies
(Edmonton) -- The Bigstone Cree Nation has set a toll station on the highway into community of Wabasca-Desmarais in an effort to control entry. The First Nation is...

3/15/2017

article Oklahoma Launches Preemptive Strike With Anti-Protest Bills
(Oklahoma) -- Add Oklahoma to the growing list of states where anti-protest bills trying to stifle protests like the ones against the Dakota Access Pipeline have passed.

3/14/2017

article Theatre review: The Pipeline Project asks whose hands are clean?
(British Columbia) -- Artists are citizens, too. If you’re an artist with strong political convictions, you want to use your art to express them. The challenge is...
article After multi-year slump, interest in lands among Yukon oil and gas explorers picks up
(Yukon) -- The Yukon government says interest was higher than anticipated during the last call for oil and gas companies to flag potential locations for future...

3/13/2017

article Pawnees Sue Oklahoma Over Earthquakes
(Oklahoma) -- Native Americans have been in court with fossil fuel companies quite a bit lately. For the past few years, Sioux in the Dakotas have been fighting against...

3/12/2017

article Bill will 'disenfranchise' CQ indigenous people, inquiry hears
(Australia) -- An anti-mining central Queensland indigenous group has slammed a Federal Government move to overturn a recent court decision.

3/9/2017

article 28 people charged after Muskrat Falls protests
(Labrador) -- Twenty-eight people have been charged in connection with last year's protests at the Muskrat Falls site, the RCMP announced on Tuesday afternoon.
article 28 people involved in protests against the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project in Labrador charged
(Labrador) -- The RCMP in Labrador have charged more than two dozen people in relation to the protest that took place in October 2016 against the Muskrat Falls...

3/8/2017

article Is uranium mining near the Grand Canyon safe? The answer may be in the water
(Arizona) -- Most people pass through here without stopping. They have places to go, a string of national parks on the bucket list — Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion — and...

3/6/2017

article Indigenous people speak out against pollution of tribal lands
(New Mexico) -- “We are here after dog attacks, we’re here after (being attacked) with chemical agents, military combat tactics, grenades, aerial...
article Native American tribes pressure feds on oil, gas drilling
(New Mexico) -- Leaders from the nation’s largest Native American reservation and pueblos throughout New Mexico are putting more pressure on federal land managers...
article TX environmentalists stand by leader once convicted of violent rape
(Texas) -- Environmentalists protesting the Trans-Pecos pipeline in West Texas are standing by their leader who was arrested last week on various charges in California,...

3/5/2017

article Indigenous people speak out against pollution of tribal lands
(Washington D.C.) -- ‘We are not terrorists for wanting to live.’ “We are here after dog attacks, we’re here after (being attacked) with chemical...
article Boom and Bust, Cold Lake First Nation’s delicate relationship with oil
(Alberta) -- The community of Cold Lake in Alberta is slowly getting back to normal after the collapse of oil prices in 2014. What makes the community 278 kilometres...
article Kinder Morgan talks benefits of Trans Mountain pipeline
(Ottawa) -- In November, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline extension. Shortly after, the company started reaching out to...
article People of Frog Lake walk tightrope of making millions from oil and protecting environment
(Alberta) -- Clifton Cross used to volunteer at the Frog Lake First Nation recreational centre. The centre boasts basketball and volleyball courts, a weight room and...
article Pipeline expansion spurs meeting in Bemidji
(Minnesota) -- State Department officials will come to Minnesota on Tuesday to hold the only public meeting on a draft environmental review for the final segment of...
article Inside a Kinder Morgan pipeline deal and the fight that followed in a B.C. First Nation
(British Columbia) -- Kinder Morgan can’t say it didn’t know what it was getting into. It was warned early on about Peters First Nation in British Columbia....

3/4/2017

article Pawnee Nation Sues Oklahoma Oil Companies in Tribal Court Over Earthquake Damage
(Oklahoma) -- A Native American tribe here has filed a lawsuit in its own tribal court system accusing several oil companies of causing an earthquake that damaged near-...
article Pipeline opponents set up camp to block construction
(Pennsylvania) -- Opponents to the construction of the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline through parts of Lebanon and Lancaster counties are camping out, in an effort to block...
article Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay Could Be Back
(Alaska) -- As Scott Pruitt takes the helm of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. House Science, Space, & Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith...

3/3/2017

article #APTNPipelines: Inside a Kinder Morgan pipeline deal and the fight that followed in a B.C. First Nation
(British Columbia) -- Kinder Morgan can’t say it didn’t know what it was getting into. It was warned early on about Peters First Nation in British Columbia.
article New EPA head takes action — delaying a mining clean-up rule
(Washington D.C.) -- In one of his first acts of business, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt directed his new staff to delay a initiative that...
article Oklahoma tribe sues oil companies in tribal court over quake
(Oklahoma) -- An Oklahoma-based Native American tribe filed a lawsuit in its own tribal court system Friday accusing several oil companies of triggering the state's...
article Giant mess: What is going on with the Giant Mine clean up in Yellowknife?
(Northwest Territories) -- When it comes to environmental disasters in the north, it doesn’t get much bigger than the Giant Mine near Yellowknife.
article Looking for consent, the Iroquois are condemning a plan to transport highly radioactive uranium through its territory
(Quebec) -- Grand Chief Joe Norton is keeping a close watch over the St. Lawrence Seaway these days. He’s concerned about a shipment of weapon’s grade...

3/2/2017

article Sudbury debate explores negotiations between Indigenous people, mining companies
(Sudbury) -- Ontario law stipulates that Indigenous communities must be consulted before any work is carried out on traditional lands, but many Indigenous communities...
article How key pipeline protester dodged prison while leading double life
(Texas) -- Pete Hefflin was a leader of the Texas environmental movement. He fought against pipeline companies, decried corporate greed, and helped open the largest...

3/1/2017

article Beyond Standing Rock: The Native American Economic Experience
(North Dakota) -- As the protests at Standing Rock illustrated, the United States has too often hindered Native American advancement when they should have supported it....
article New Documentary Explores Tribal Struggles Over Land And Energy Development
(USA) -- Native American tribes continue to fight the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline -- even as the company that owns it says they expect oil to begin flowing...
article Native American tribes pressure feds on oil, gas drilling
(New Mexico) -- Leaders from the nation's largest Native American reservation and pueblos throughout New Mexico are putting more pressure on federal land managers to...
article Menominee Indian Tribe challenges Back Forty Mine permit
(Michigan) -- The Menominee Indian Tribe filed a petition for a contested case hearing on the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's permit issued for the...

2/28/2017

article Fracking and drilling near Chaco Canyon challenged by Begaye, Nez
(New Mexico) -- On Feb. 23, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez joined forces with the All Pueblo Council of Governors against...
article Mercury still leaking into river upstream from Grassy Narrows First Nation, suggests report
(Ontario) -- An old chemical plant in Dryden, Ont., is still leaking mercury and contaminating the Wabigoon-English River system near the Grassy Narrows First Nation in...
article House Resouces hears from United Tribes of Bristol Bay about Pebble
(Alaska) -- The United Tribes of Bristol Bay was invited to testify Monday before the Alaska House Resources Committee in Juneau. At issue was United Tribes’...

2/27/2017

article The Next Standing Rock? Man Killed In Police Shootout Fired At Natural Gas Pipeline Under Construction In Florida
(Florida) -- Law enforcement in Florida shot and killed an unidentified suspect who fired a high-powered rifle at a controversial natural gas pipeline and exchanged...

2/26/2017

article Landowners near Eagle Pass coal mine had water shut down from wind-blown dust
(Texas) -- Some residents living near a controversial coal mine outside of Eagle Pass had canal water services shut down for six days after a windy Valentine’s Day...
article Final Group of Indigenous Learners Graduate from Northern College Mining Program
(Ontario) -- Northern College held a graduation ceremony for the final of four groups of Indigenous learners who graduated from the Underground Hard Rock Miner Common...

2/24/2017

article Bill would ban pipelines from crossing underneath rivers, lakes
(Montana) -- Dustin Monroe held up an old Gatorade bottle filled with orange, oil-contaminated water and implored Montana legislators to approve a bill that would ban...
article City of Vancouver to request judicial review of Kinder Morgan expansion
(British Columbia) -- Vancouver city councillors passed a motion Wednesday to request a judicial review of the B.C. Liberal's environmental approval of the...

2/23/2017

article Out west, MAGA means steamrolling local perspective in favor of oil driller greed
(New Mexico) -- In the northwestern corner of New Mexico, inside a makeshift cave deep within a winding canyon, there is a spiral carved into the sandstone.

2/22/2017

article US House committee urges EPA to drop opposition to Pebble mine
(Washington D.C.) -- A U.S. House committee on Wednesday urged the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency to reverse the agency's plans to limit development...

2/19/2017

article Enbridge pipeline leaks 200,000 litres of oil condensate in Strathcona County
(Alberta) -- Cleanup efforts are underway after an Enbridge pipeline leaked 200,000 litres of oil condensate at an industrial site in Strathcona County. The Line 2A...

2/17/2017

article Native Sun News Today: Drilling test in treaty territory stirs concern
(South Dakota) -- After tribal authorities and other public meeting-goers roundly questioned proposals for drilling deep boreholes to test nuclear waste disposal...

2/16/2017

article Petronas Canada LNG Plant Buoyed by Incentives to Native Groups
(British Columbia) -- A proposed $27 billion liquefied natural gas project in western Canada got a boost after British Columbia offered at least C$145 million ($111...

2/15/2017

article 35 years later, Carrie Dickerson remembered for strategy that ended Black Fox nuclear plant project
(Oklahoma) -- Camping in the rain on public property, about 500 people spent the night playing folk music, reciting poetry and putting the finishing touches on hand-...
article Derailments 'too frequent, too dangerous' for Mattagami First Nation councillor
(Ontario) -- Jennifer Constant has looked at the rail lines that cross near her northern Ontario community differently ever since a CN train carrying crude oil jumped...
article Pacific NorthWest LNG reaches pacts with two First Nations
(British Columbia) -- Pacific NorthWest LNG has reached impact-benefits agreements with two First Nations, part of a series of announcements designed to spur plans to...

2/13/2017

article How province pressured 6 First Nations to accept Sisson deal
(New Brunswick) -- A Maliseet First Nations chief says the New Brunswick government threatened to cancel lucrative tax deals with her band and other Indigenous...
article Tribal Members Convene in Duluth over Enbridge Energy Pipelines
(Minnesota) -- As oil pipelines become increasingly controversial, Enbridge Energy's projects are coming under scrutiny. Nearly one hundred tribal members from...
article Bill would send oil taxes to Washington tribes
(Washington) -- A bill co-sponsored by Representative Steve Tharinger would add a tax to any oil coming into Washington and invest those funds into tribes....
article Ontario commits to cleanup of mercury contamination near Grassy Narrows First Nation
(Ontario) -- The Ontario government is promising to find and remediate all the mercury contamination that continues to poison people at Grassy Narrows and Wabaseemoong...

2/12/2017

article Survey praises Canadian Arctic companies for respecting Indigenous rights
(Arctic) -- An international survey on resource development in the Arctic has ranked Canadian companies among the highest in the world for their policies on respecting...

2/11/2017

article 6 Maliseet First Nations agree to Sisson mine deal
(New Brunswick) -- The six Maliseet First Nations in New Brunswick have reached a multimillion-dollar financial deal with the provincial government that clears the way...

2/6/2017

article Native Americans using red tape to block oil and gas projects
(USA) -- When the US oil boom hit North Dakota a decade ago, wells sprang up quickly on the edges of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, an expanse of prairie and...
article Tuahka Indigenous Leader Murdered in the ‘Mining Triangle’
(Nicaragua) -- Mounting regional chaos has claimed the life of another Latin American Indigenous leader in Nicaragua. Well-known Tuahka Indigenous Territorial Government...

2/5/2017

article Coastal Commission to revisit reasoning of its Banning Ranch denial
(California) -- The California Coastal Commission is scheduled to convene Thursday in Newport Beach to review its rejection last year of a proposed mixed-use development...

2/4/2017

article Red tape chokes off drilling on Native American reservations
(North Dakota) -- When the U.S. oil boom hit North Dakota a decade ago, wells sprang up quickly on the edges of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, an expanse of...

2/2/2017

article Native Americans Continue The Fight To Stop The Trans-Pecos Pipeline In West Texas
(Texas) -- The Dakota Access Pipeline protests in North Dakota has served as a blueprint for environmental and pipeline related protests around the country.
article Chip Colwell: Oil pipelines take economic toll on our cultural heritage
(Colorado) -- On his fourth day as U.S. president, Donald Trump penned executive orders to advance construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline Project pipeline and the...
article Nez Perce Tribe, Idaho Rivers United, and U.S.F.S. resolve 9th Circuit appeal of megaloads decision
(Idaho) -- Recently, the Nez Perce Tribe (Tribe), the U.S. Forest Service (Forest Service), and Idaho Rivers United (IRU) announced a settlement agreement to resolve the...
article Hereditary tribal chiefs, matriarchs challenge Pacific NorthWest LNG critic
(British Columbia) -- A group of more than 20 hereditary chiefs and matriarchs in the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation is crying foul over an aboriginal leader whose...
article Chaco Canyon Oil and Gas Leases Spark Protests
(New Mexico) -- Chaco Canyon is an ancient sacred Indian archaeological site in northwestern New Mexico. It is an incredible window into the past. Chaco Culture National...

2/1/2017

article Three Life-or-Death Reasons Why Climate, Food, and Native American Activists Need to Keep Working Together
(USA) -- On Tuesday, January 24, Donald Trump signed presidential memorandums to revive the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines—two major...
article Tribes Promise Encampment For Diamond Pipeline
(Oklahoma) -- Tribal representatives and environmentalists are promising an encampment similar to the ongoing protest against the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota...
article Water Protectors Fight Trans-Pecos Pipeline in West Texas
(Texas) -- In recent weeks, a small but steady stream of water protectors have begun to travel to western Texas to join escalating efforts to stop Energy Transfer...
article Winona LaDuke: Tribes emboldened by resistance at Standing Rock
(Minnesota) -- Tribal nations across Turtle Island have been emboldened by the resistance movement at Standing Rock, and are taking unprecedented actions to protect our...
article Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs granted leave to seek judicial review of Line 3 pipeline approval
(Manitoba) -- The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs were granted leave Tuesday to apply for a judicial review of Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline approval. The pipeline...
article First Nations given role on Pacific NorthWest LNG environment committee
(Ottawa) -- The federal government is announcing two B.C. First Nations have agreed to be members of a new environmental monitoring committee for the proposed $11.4-...

1/31/2017

article Lax Kw’alaams Band signs environmental agreement with province and feds on Pacific NorthWest LNG
(Ontario) -- The federal and provincial governments have signed an historic agreement with the Lax Kw’alaams Band regarding the environmental impact of the...
article Oklahoma Natives to fight pipeline that will cross Trail of Tears sacred burial grounds
(Oklahoma) -- People gathered at the Oklahoma State Capitol announcing they will fight the Diamond Pipeline that will run from Cushing through Arkansas to Memphis,...

1/30/2017

article Activists threaten to block Oklahoma pipeline construction
(Oklahoma) -- Native American and environmental activists have vowed to block a planned crude oil pipeline, hinting at a standoff in Oklahoma reminiscent to the...
article Oklahomans join protest against pipeline that will cross Trail of Tears
(Oklahoma) -- People gathered at the Oklahoma State Capitol announcing they will fight the Diamond Pipeline that will run from Cushing through Arkansas to Memphis,...
article Native American Tribes Criticize State Taxation Of Reservation Energy Projects
(Washington D.C.) -- As some Native American tribes renew their push for more control over the natural resources on their lands, they will also urge Congress and...
article 'This fight means my kids will have drinking water': 16yo arrested protesting pipeline in Texas
(Texas) -- Destiny Willcuts, a Lakota Sioux youth of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, was placed in custody at a youth detention center after chaining herself to a bulldozer in...
article Nova Scotia judge sides with Mi'kmaq band on gas-storage project appeal
(Nova Scotia) -- A Mi’kmaq band has won a victory in its battle against an energy company’s plan to store natural gas in underground caverns in central Nova...

1/29/2017

article Drilling rights near Chaco Canyon sell for $3M
(New Mexico) -- The Bureau of Land Management has auctioned oil and gas drilling rights in northwest New Mexico despite protest from Native Americans and...
article Gloomy potash outlook not shared by Muskowekwan chief
(Saskatchewan) -- The wave of bad news swamping the potash industry isn't dampening the enthusiasm of the Muskowekwan First Nation chief. The Saskatchewan First...

1/27/2017

article Native American tribes decry state taxation of reservation energy projects
(USA) -- As some Native American tribes renew their push for more control over the natural resources on their lands, they will also urge Congress and President Donald...
article Red tape chokes off drilling on Native American reservations
(USA) -- When the U.S. oil boom hit North Dakota a decade ago, wells sprang up quickly on the edges of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, an expanse of prairie and...
article Native American sacred sites not valued over infrastructure
(Iowa) -- Within just a few days, President Donald Trump has signed several executive actions in hopes of advancing progress in completing the Keystone XL and Dakota...
article Yankton Sioux Tribe Seeks Pipeline Contacts
(South Dakota) -- The Yankton Sioux Tribe (YST) is calling on President Donald Trump to make public all of his communications regarding two controversial pipelines which...

1/26/2017

article Keystone, Dakota Access Lines Face Hurdles Despite Trump Support
(USA) -- President Donald Trump may have revived prospects for the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines, but the path to their completion still...

1/25/2017

article Tribes push back as President Donald Trump revives unwanted pipelines
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribal leaders across the nation are standing united as they push back against unwanted infrastructure projects on their homelands. The battle is...
article Former First Nations chief stakes legal claim on mining minister’s property
(British Columbia) -- A former First Nations chief who has battled the B.C. government over its mining policies says she has legally staked a claim on the private...
article Judge orders removal of blockade against northern Alberta pipeline construction
(Alberta) -- A Fort McMurray judge has issued an order that authorizes the RCMP to remove a blockade set up to protest construction of a natural-gas pipeline. Court of...
article Yukon gov't, First Nations agree to 'one government' approach to mining
(Vancouver) -- The Yukon government and 11 of the territory's First Nations are vowing to work together on a "one government approach" to Yukon's...

1/24/2017

article 200,000 litres of oil spills onto First Nations agricultural land near Stoughton
(Saskatchewan) -- About 200,000 litres of oil spilled near Stoughton, Sask., last week. The pipeline breach occurred on First Nations land about 140 kilometres southeast...
article Ocean Man oil spill odour detected a week ago, chief says
(Saskatchewan) -- The chief of the Ocean Man First Nation, Connie Big Eagle, says an oil spill on the band's land had to have occurred earlier than Friday, when the...
article Pipeline historian unsurprised by Sask. oil spill
(Saskatchewan) -- A pipeline historian says oil spills such as the one that occurred on the Ocean Man First Nation, Sask., last week are not uncommon or surprising.
article Métis protest construction of northern Alberta TransCanada gas pipeline
(Alberta) -- Pipeline protesters outside Fort McMurray are attempting to block construction of a natural gas pipeline because the Métis community says they weren't...

1/23/2017

article Feds Order Inspection Of Disputed Alaska Mining Permits
(Alaska) -- The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement on Wednesday ordered an inspection of state permits belonging to a company for a planned coal strip...

1/22/2017

article Sask. First Nation potash project signs major deal with India
(Saskatchewan) -- A major potash deal could mean big business for a Saskatchewan First Nation. Encanto Potash has signed an agreement with National Federation of Farmers...

1/20/2017

article B.C. First Nation council set to debate LNG dock location
(British Columbia) -- A contentious liquefied natural gas project will be under scrutiny when the elected band council of the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation asks its...
article Bad River Band Adds Voice To Concerns About Aging Line 5 Pipeline
(Wisconsin) -- Five pipelines carry fossil fuels across the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians reservation in Ashland and Iron counties. While...
article Trudeau's project approvals betray First Nations
(Canada) -- Justin Trudeau promised a new era of nation-to-nation negotiations with First Nations. His mandate letters to each new cabinet minister stressed this point....

1/19/2017

article 'It is our Standing Rock:' First Nations announce legal actions against feds, Kinder Morgan
(British Columbia) -- Three First Nations have announced they're taking legal action challenging the federal government's approval of the Kinder Morgan Trans...
article B.C. First Nations take Ottawa to court over Trans Mountain pipeline approval
(British Columbia) -- Opposition is mounting against the proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline as three First Nations launch fresh legal challenges aimed at...

1/18/2017

article Bad River Chippewa Want Enbridge Pipeline Removed
(Wisconsin) -- The Bad River (Mashkiziibi or Medicine River) Band of Lake Superior Chippewa tribe is denying renewal of the Enbridge Line 5 crude oil pipeline easement...
article Court says tribe’s suit against BNSF can proceed
(Washington) -- A federal court ruled last week that BNSF Railway breached its contract with the Swinomish tribe by increasing the number of rail cars crossing over the...

1/17/2017

article Interactively Tracking Stolen Land in the Name of Oil
(Ecuador) -- Kichwa activists in Ecuador have a new tool for showing the oil-related theft of their territory: an interactive digital story map with details of how the...

1/16/2017

article Enlisting Alberta First Nations to bolster pipeline monitoring
(Alberta) -- A new program in the works at Alberta's research and development agency aims to improve pipeline monitoring and spill response by enlisting more...
article Federal government vows action on mercury contamination Grassy Narrows ‘once and for all’
(Ottawa) -- The federal government has promised action that will deal with Grassy Narrows mercury contamination “once and for all.” Working closely with the...
article Inuvik leaders take aim at prime minister over Arctic drilling ban
(North Dakota) -- The Town of Inuvik and Indigenous leaders are set to write letters to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, protesting his decision to ban Arctic drilling for...
article Wisconsin Tribe Votes to Evict Oil Pipeline From Its Reservation
(Wisconsin) -- The Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians in northern Wisconsin voted not to renew an easement for a major oil and gas pipeline...

1/15/2017

article B.C. First Nation expected to launch court challenge of LNG approval
(British Columbia) -- Members of a B.C. First Nation are expected to launch another legal challenge of a massive liquefied natural gas project proposed for the province...
article Enlisting Alberta First Nations to bolster pipeline monitoring
(Alberta) -- A new program in the works at Alberta's research and development agency aims to improve pipeline monitoring and spill response by enlisting more...
article Oil and gas lease sale near Chaco Canyon scheduled
(New Mexico) -- An oil and gas lease sale that would auction off about 840 acres near Chaco Culture National Historical Park will proceed on Jan. 25 after five years of...
article Ontario First Nations take TransCanada to court over pipeline consultation process
(Ontario) -- Two Ontario First Nations are taking the National Energy Board and TransCanada to court over consultation. TransCanada planned a number of maintenance...

1/14/2017

article Tribes to levy more tax on North Dakota reservation
(North Dakota) -- Oil companies will be charged a higher tax rate than the state on the reservation's oil production, the chairman of North Dakota's Three...
article Last Two Oil and Gas Leases for Sacred Badger-Two Medicine Canceled
(Montana) -- Finally, after a 35-year effort by the Blackfeet Nation, the last two oil and gas leases of an original 47 in the sacred Badger–Two Medicine area have...
article Opening Arguments in BLM Frack Rule Appeal Delayed Until March
(Colorado) -- The Obama administration will not have an opportunity to defend an embattled rule governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on public and tribal lands,...
article Federal Government Seeks to Quash Lawsuit Against Mount Polley and B.C. Government Before Evidence Heard
(British Columbia) -- The federal government is seeking to stay a private lawsuit brought against Mount Polley Mining Corporation and the B.C. government in October 2016...
article VIDEO: EPA says it can't pay damages from mine spill
(Colorado) -- The Environmental Protection Agency won't repay claims totaling over $1.2 billion for economic damages from a mine waste spill the agency accidentally...

1/13/2017

article Low price of uranium slows expansion of mine near sacred Mato Tipila
(Wyoming) -- In the wake of dismal 2016 profits from uranium production worldwide, Peninsula Energy Ltd. has decided to shelve Ross uranium mine and mill expansion plans...
article Bad River Tribal Council Member Details Enbridge Decision
(Wisconsin) -- Last week, the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa voted to deny the renewal of an easement of the Enbridge Energy Line 5 on tribal lands near Lake...
article Forest Guardians: Indigenous Continue Fight against Illegal Logging and Mining
(Brazil) -- As seasonal rains provide a respite from forest fires and illegal logging, and Brazil’s Congress takes its annual vacation, the country’s...

1/12/2017

article How the Spectre of Oil Trains is Deceptively Used to Push Pipelines
(Canada) -- Either support new pipelines or your community will be incinerated by an oil-carrying train. It sounds outrageous, but it’s been a foundational...
article Northern Wisconsin tribe wants Enbridge to remove pipeline from reservation
(Wisconsin) -- A northern Wisconsin tribe wants a Canadian energy firm to remove its pipeline from tribal reservation lands. The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa...
article B.C. premier says five conditions met on Trans Mountain pipeline
(British Columbia) -- British Columbia gave its blessing Wednesday to the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline as Premier Christy Clark announced all five conditions...
article Enbridge May Face Tough Legal Battle to Keep 60-Year-Old Pipeline Running
(Alberta) -- Enbridge Inc may be set for a bruising legal battle in Wisconsin after a Native American tribe voted against renewing land use agreements on a major crude...

1/11/2017

article Tribal officials try to stop Chaco leasing
(New Mexico) -- Navajo Nation officials and residents will travel to Santa Fe next week to meet with the Bureau of Land Management's state director in hopes of...
article An aging pipeline has driven this Native American tribe into an unprecedented move
(Wisconsin) -- A Wisconsin Native American tribe wants a 64-year-old oil pipeline removed from its reservation due to concerns that it poses a grave environmental threat.
article Wisconsin Native Americans vote no to renewing deal with Enbridge’s oil pipeline
(Wisconsin) -- A Native American tribe in Wisconsin has voted against extending the contracts which allow Enbridge Inc. to use their land for a crude oil pipeline. It...
article Two Gitxsan chiefs seek to block Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal construction
(British Columbia) -- Two Gitxsan hereditary chiefs have filed a court challenge in a bid to block Pacific NorthWest LNG’s plans to construct a massive terminal in...
article Don’t be fooled by ‘good-looking Liberals,’ says Jane Fonda of Justin Trudeau
(Alberta) -- The Hollywood icon joined indigenous leaders in raising concerns about the Alberta oilsands and said the prime minister has “betrayed” the...
article Interior cancels oil and gas leases in Montana’s Badger-Two Medicine
(Montana) -- This morning, as John Murray drove north from his home on the Badger-Two Medicine River to his job as the historic preservation officer for the Blackfeet...
article County, tribal leaders worry toxins from Smurfit site could enter Clark Fork River
(Montana) -- Officials from the Environmental Protection Agency were grilled on Tuesday about cleanup and monitoring efforts at the former Smurfit-Stone Mill site west...

1/10/2017

article Tribe threatens to leave oil tax agreement with ND
(North Dakota) -- The leader of the oil-rich Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation threatened to leave the oil tax agreement with North Dakota on Tuesday, Jan. 10, during a...
article Final energy leases canceled on Badger-Two Medicine
(Montana) -- The U.S. government has canceled and refunded payments for the final two energy exploration leases in the Badger-Two Medicine area, considered sacred to the...
article Tribe wants pipeline off its land
(Wisconsin) -- A northern Wisconsin Indian tribe wants pipeline company Enbridge Energy off of its tribal land. The Bad River band of Lake Superior Chippewa has notified...
article B.C. First Nation to launch court challenge against LNG approval
(British Columbia) -- Members of a B.C. First Nation are expected to launch another legal challenge of a massive liquefied natural gas project proposed for the province...
article Two Gitxsan chiefs seek to block Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal construction
(British Columbia) -- Two Gitxsan hereditary chiefs have filed a court challenge in a bid to block Pacific NorthWest LNG’s plans to construct a massive terminal in...
article Jane Fonda in Fort McMurray: 'Listen, I'm not against you,' actress tells resident during parking lot squabble
(Alberta) -- Oscar-winning actress Jane Fonda, who once visited Hanoi to protest the Vietnam War, was back in the spotlight Tuesday, only this time the setting was a...

1/9/2017

article Bad River Band wants Enbridge pipeline off reservation
(Wisconsin) -- The Bad River Tribal Council has taken formal action to kick the Enbridge Energy Line 5 pipeline off reservation land.
article Tribe denies easements for Enbridge Line 5
(Wisconsin) -- A Native American tribe in Wisconsin has denied easement renewals for Enbridge's 540,000 b/d Line 5 crude and NGL pipeline, citing concerns about a...
article Native Americans fight Texas pipeline using 'same model as Standing Rock'
(Texas) -- Indigenous activists have set up camps in the Texas desert to fight a pipeline project there, the latest sign that the Standing Rock “water protector...
article EPA: 540 tons of metals entered river in Colo. mine spill
(Colorado) -- Nearly 540 tons of metals — mostly iron and aluminum — contaminated the Animas River over nine hours during a massive wastewater spill from an...

1/8/2017

article Judge says tribal treaties don't apply to crude oil pipelines
(Minnesota) -- An administrative law judge has rejected claims that 19th century treaties give American Indians a say in choosing a route for a new crude oil pipeline...
article Wisconsin tribe wants oil pipeline moved from its reservation
(Wisconsin) -- A Chippewa tribe in Wisconsin is calling for 12 miles of pipeline to be removed from its reservation after 64 years of operation, saying they want to...
article First Nation chiefs take legal action over pipeline replacement
(Manitoba) -- Manitoba’s aboriginal chiefs have thrown a legal obstacle at Ottawa’s energy agenda by challenging the Trudeau government’s approval for...

1/7/2017

article Citing fear of spills, Wisconsin tribe turns on pipeline
(Wisconsin) -- The Bad River tribe in northern Wisconsin has called for a major oil pipeline that crosses its land to be shut down and removed by its owner, Enbridge Inc...
article Sacred Water: Michigan mine gains two state permits; tribe vows to continue fight
(Michigan) -- The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality this week approved a general mining permit and an air use permit for the Back Forty mine in the western...

1/6/2017

article Clean Energy: The Challenge of Achieving a "Just Transition" for Workers
(USA) -- Tackling climate change is good for the economy, good for business and good for people. This is the narrative often pushed out by campaigners, researchers and...
article Wisconsin Tribe Wants Pipeline Moved From Its Reservation
(Wisconsin) -- A Chippewa tribe in Wisconsin is calling for 12 miles of pipeline to be removed from its reservation after 64 years of operation, saying they want to...
article Tanya Tagaq’s ‘Sulfur’ Targets Tar Sands
(Canada) -- It’s a stark, deathly-looking series of images: Angry drills pierce the ground relentlessly; muck flows into and through rivers and streams; poisoned...

1/5/2017

article Michigan Mine Gains Two State Permits, Tribe Vows to Continue Fight
(Michigan) -- The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality this week approved a general mining permit and an air use permit for the Back Forty mine in the western...
article An intersectional rebel south alliance is opposing the Sabal Trail Pipeline
(Florida) -- The sometimes infamous, always interesting, U.S. ‘rebel south’ has embraced a new and worthy cause, and joined the Indigenous activated...
article Bad River Tribal Council rejects Enbridge pipeline easement renewal
(Wisconsin) -- The Bad River Tribal Council Wednesday passed a formal resolution to not renew easement rights-of-way for the Enbridge Energy Line 5 crude oil pipeline...

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