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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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11/25/2014

article Enbridge Search for an Indian Whisperer Is a Pipeline Dream
(Minnesota) -- "The Enbridge Corporation has some difficult moccasins to fill." Winona LaDuke of Honor the Earth was explaining the Calgary-based Canadian oil...
article Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain expansion opposed by island First Nation
(British Columbia) -- One First Nation on Vancouver Island has added its voice to the clamour of protests over the Trans Mountain pipeline, telling the National Energy...

11/24/2014

article The Downside of the Boom
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota took on the oversight of a multibillion-dollar oil industry with a regulatory system built on trust, warnings and second chances.
article Where Oil and Politics Mix
(North Dakota) -- After an unusual land deal, a giant spill and a tanker-train explosion, anxiety began to ripple across the North Dakota prairie.
article Can a First Nations-led movement stop Big Oil?
(British Columbia) -- Can a First Nations-led, people-driven movement really have the power to stop Big Oil? The folks behind the Pull Together campaign think so. The...
article Kinder Morgan protesters: what are their rights?
(British Columbia) -- Josh Paterson, a lawyer and the executive director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, delivered some advice to those who wish to participate...
article NEB hears pipeline expansion threatens First Nations food, hunting
(British Columbia) -- A First Nations elder told a National Energy Board hearing that Kinder Morgan's proposed pipeline expansion threatens traditional hunting and...
article Mount Polley mine owner racing to prevent second tailings pond breach during spring thaw, minister says
(British Columbia) -- The owners of the Mount Polley mine are racing to repair the dam that breached last August to hold off the looming threat that the spring thaw will...
article Federal judge sides with Pebble to halt EPA mine action for now
(Alaska) -- A federal judge on Monday ruled in favor of the Pebble mine project and put a temporary halt on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to...

11/23/2014

article Native Americans move to stop pipeline
(Pennsylvania) -- For months, Robin Maguire and David Jones have been scouring fields in southwestern Lancaster County, finding proof of the Native Americans who once...
article 'This is going to be a war,' says Burnaby mayor as 26 pipeline protesters arrested (with video)
(British Columbia) -- As pipeline protesters clashed with police on Burnaby Mountain — leading to 26 arrests — Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan said his...
article 5 things to know about the Kinder Morgan pipeline protest in Burnaby
(British Columbia) -- Kinder Morgan is trying to bore holes for a proposed tunnel through Burnaby Mountain. The company wants to expand its Trans Mountain pipeline,...
article David Suzuki gives fiery speech on Burnaby Mountain to Kinder Morgan protesters
(British Columbia) -- Legendary environmental leader David Suzuki walked up to a police line defending Kinder Morgan drill crews on Burnaby Mountain on Sunday at a...
article The Downside of the Boom
(North Dakota) -- In early August 2013, Arlene Skurupey of Blacksburg, Va., got an animated call from the normally taciturn farmer who rents her family land in Billings...

11/22/2014

article David Suzuki writes letter to grandson arrested at Kinder Morgan protest on Burnaby Mountain
(British Columbia) -- Environmental leader David Suzuki wrote a letter praising his grandson Tamo Campos, a co-founder of environmental and human rights group Beyond...
article David Suzuki's grandson's speech after his arrest for protesting Kinder Morgan (VIDEO)
(British Columbia) -- “I hadn't had a speech planned, so I am just going to wing it. My name is Tamo, and I am David Suzuki’s grandson.” Such were...
article Kinder Morgan removes protest camps, begins survey work on Burnaby Mountain
(British Columbia) -- Kinder Morgan has started survey work at a Metro Vancouver conservation area after its crews worked through the night to take down camps that have...
article Massive crowd on Burnaby Mountain, as Kinder Morgan injunction takes effect
(British Columbia) -- What started as a trickle of oil-pipeline protesters two months ago has spilled into a massive anti-Kinder-Morgan movement on Burnaby Mountain, if...
article Nisga'a Nation signs LNG pipeline benefits deal with B.C.
(British Columbia) -- The head of the Nisga'a Nation said his people are embracing the possibility of a liquefied natural gas industry by permitting energy companies...

11/21/2014

article Tribal Head to Speed North Dakota Pipeline Talks
(North Dakota) -- The new leader of North Dakota's oil-rich Three Affiliated Tribes is pledging to speed negotiations on a proposed pipeline through tribal land that...
article More Kinder Morgan protesters arrested on Burnaby Mountain
(British Columbia) -- Burnaby RCMP say a total of 34 anti-pipeline protesters have been arrested and charged with civil contempt since police began arresting people...
article Mounties begin arrests on Burnaby Mountain to dismantle pipeline protests
(British Columbia) -- A small group of protesters has linked arms and is chanting “Stop Kinder Morgan” as Mounties move in to end the months-long...
article Squamish Nation members join protest as police arrest pipeline opponents on Burnaby Mountain
(British Columbia) -- Members of the Squamish Nation were among a large crowd gathered on Burnaby Mountain Thursday morning as Burnaby RCMP moved in to arrest protesters...
article Nisga’a sign pipeline benefits deal with B.C., back LNG projects
(British Columbia) -- The Nisga’a Nation has signed an agreement with the B.C. government to receive benefits from proposed liquefied natural gas projects.
article Northern Quebec Cree start 850 km trek to protest against uranium mining
(Quebec) -- Joshua Iserhoff killed his first black bear this fall on his grandfather’s territory of Eeyou Istchee, in northern Quebec. It was a proud moment for him as a...
article Bakken Region Tribes Fight Back Against Human Trafficking
(Montana) -- Over 200 people gathered in Bismarck, North Dakota, last week for the first summit hosted by FUSE — Force to end Human Sexual Exploitation, a...

11/20/2014

article Platinum mine criminal charges a first for Alaska
(Alaska) -- Back in August 2011, a federal biologist on a routine flight to survey salmon numbers was taken aback by what he saw in the Salmon River in far Western...

11/19/2014

article New tribal leader seeks partnerships to solve oil issues
(North Dakota) -- With just two weeks in office, newly elected Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Mark Fox is seeking a partnership with state and federal governments to...
article RCMP keeping an eye on Burnaby Mountain protest
(British Columbia) -- A British Columbia judge granted an injunction to Kinder Morgan last week to remove activists from Burnaby Mountain. The protesters are trying to...

11/18/2014

article TransCanada considered using proxy groups to attack opponents of Energy East pipeline
(Canada) -- TransCanada PipeLines acknowledges it considered aggressive tactics such as using proxy groups to attack opponents of the company’s proposed Energy...
article Report: Yucca Mountain Project still alive
(Washington D.C.) -- A Nevada commission approved a report Monday alerting state lawmakers that the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project is not dead yet and they should...

11/14/2014

article Lawsuit Targets Secretive Plan to Ramp up Tar Sands Oil Shipments in Alberta Clipper Pipeline
(Minnesota) -- Conservation and tribal groups including the White Earth Nation filed a lawsuit today against the U.S. State Department’s secretive approval of a...

11/13/2014

article Blackfeet Battle Oil & Gas Developer for Sacred Badger–Two Medicine Origin Site
(Montana) -- The Blackfoot Confederacy is vigorously opposing proposed energy development in the sacred Badger–Two Medicine area, located at the wild intersection...

11/12/2014

article Court Rejects Shell Suit Against Enviro. Groups
(Alaska) -- An appeals court has tossed out a request by Shell Oil to block future challenges from environmental groups against Arctic drilling operations. Shell filed...

11/11/2014

article Bakken Has Brought Prosperity, Challenges, To Fort Berthold Indian Reservation
(North Dakota) -- Paige and Jason Baker exemplify the economic opportunity the oil boom in western North Dakota has brought to the Three Affiliated Tribes and their...
article Sovereignty By The Barrel
(North Dakota) -- By 2009, oil companies had leased most of the land on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation for exploration and drilling. Since then, the tribal...

11/10/2014

article Prentice to discuss Alberta oilsands with aboriginal chiefs
(Alberta) -- Alberta Premier Jim Prentice and aboriginal chiefs from the oilsands region have agreed to sit down face-to-face to try to deal with concerns that have...
article Prentice, aboriginal leaders agree to discuss concerns and future of oilsands
(Alberta) -- After inheriting an adversarial relationship with Alberta’s aboriginals, Premier Jim Prentice has agreed to face-to-face meetings with the leaders of...
article Jim Prentice, northern Alberta chiefs to discuss oilsands concerns
(Edmonton) -- Alberta Premier Jim Prentice and aboriginal chiefs from the oilsands region have agreed to sit down face-to-face to try to deal with concerns that have...

11/9/2014

article B.C. aboriginal training program ends amid funding dispute
(British Columbia) -- A federally funded program that helped more than 1,000 First Nations people land jobs in British Columbia’s mining sector has abruptly closed...
article Australians share indigenous protected area strategies with N.W.T.
(North Canada) -- Daryl Lacey knows what it's like when environmental concerns and development come head to head. Twenty years ago, Lacey's elders grew concerned...

11/8/2014

article First Nations “demand” a moratorium on rare earth mining in Quebec
(Quebec) -- The Assembly of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL – the political organization regrouping 43 Chiefs of the First Nations of Quebec and...
article Column: A tribe strong enough to say no to oil
(Montana) -- It’s easy to say yes to development in Indian Country, but it’s hard to say no. The past tribal administration on Fort Berthold Indian...
article Council of Canadians rally opposition against energy east pipeline in New Brunswick
(New Brunswick) -- An environmental group is urging people to say no to the energy east pipeline. The Alberta to New Brunswick pipeline is now up for review by the...

11/7/2014

article North Dakota tribe members hope new leader will deal with negative effects of oil boom
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota's oil-rich Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation members said they hope that a new leader will start to undo some of the negative effects...
article Mi’kmaq, Maliseet prepare to face Energy East project
(New Brunswick) -- First Nations in New Brunswick are gearing up for what could be one of Canada’s largest infrastructure projects. The Energy East pipeline will...
article ‘The Overnighters’ will stay with you
(North Dakota) -- Not since Jeff Malmberg’s “Marwencol” (2010) has a documentary taken so many astonishing, unexpected twists, and in so doing revealed...

11/6/2014

article Quebec First Nations petition province to include rare earths under uranium ban
(Toronto) -- A group of Quebec- and Labrador-based First Nations would like to see the Quebec government include rare earth elements in the same moratorium currently in...
article Kinder Morgan asks BC court to stop Burnaby Mountain pipeline protest
(British Columbia) -- Protesters in British Columbia have a camp set up on Burnaby Mountain. They’re trying to stop Kinder Morgan from drilling a hole in the...
article Kinder Morgan pipeline: First Nations fight back with fish
(British Columbia) -- Hundreds of First Nations people have flooded Facebook with photos of their food fish in a bid to show Kinder Morgan the importance of protecting...
article Former New Brunswick premier Frank McKenna needs a history lesson on treaties: chiefs
(New Brunswick) -- First Nation leaders in New Brunswick say a former premier needs a lesson on treaties. Frank McKenna has been a vocal supporter of the Energy East...

11/5/2014

article Fox wins tribal chairman race
(North Dakota) -- Mark Fox, of Parshall, was elected Tuesday to lead the Three Affiliated Tribes for the next four years. Fox, 52, a former councilman and the tribes...
article In North Dakota, Oil Industry Will Now Have A Harder Time Drilling On Tribal Land
(North Dakota) -- On Tuesday, tribal residents in North Dakota elected a leader who is committed protecting the environment from the industry’s rapid expansion. At...
article CROSS: A tribe strong enough to say no to oil
(North Dakota) -- It’s easy to say yes to development in Indian Country, but it’s hard to say no. The past tribal administration on Fort Berthold Indian...
article First Nations fight Petronas-led LNG project over salmon habitat
(British Columbia) -- A group of First Nations is fighting the Petronas-led Pacific NorthWest LNG project, marking the first time that aboriginals have outright opposed...

11/3/2014

article Can American Indian reformers slow an oil boom?
(North Dakota) -- A change in leadership at an American Indian reservation in North Dakota wouldn't normally get a whole lot of attention. But come Tuesday, the oil...
article Fort Berthold candidates see chance for change in heart of Bakken Shale
(North Dakota) -- A few thousand voters on North Dakota's oil-rich Fort Berthold Indian Reservation could have a lasting impact in one of the fastest-growing oil...
article North Dakota Tribe To Drill Own Oil Wells
(North Dakota) -- The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation is planning to drill the first tribe-owned oil wells on its North Dakota reservation next year.
article Drilling the Land of the Ancients
(Colorado) -- The roads radiating out from Chaco Canyon stretch out across mesa tops toward distant mountains. These roads, which average 30 feet wide, were highways of...

11/2/2014

article North Dakota Tribe To Drill Own Oil Wells
(North Dakota) -- The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation is planning to drill the first tribe-owned oil wells on its North Dakota reservation next year.

11/1/2014

article Land from protected park in Nisga'a territory could be removed for proposed B.C. pipeline
(British Columbia) -- The B.C. government has introduced legislation that could allow for the removal of 63.5 hectares of land from a protected park if a proposed...
article Nisga’a Nation Signs Pipeline Benefits Agreement
(British Columbia) -- The Nisga’a Nation has signed a benefits agreement with the company planning to build a natural gas pipeline through the 85 kilometres of...
article Kinder Morgan serves legal papers to pipeline opponent via Facebook
(British Columbia) -- The battle over Burnaby Mountain took an unusual turn Friday in a Vancouver courtroom where it was revealed that Kinder Morgan had served several...

10/30/2014

article Controversial Canadian KSM mine gets key govt. permits
(Alaska) -- Kerr Sulphurets Mitchell, a British Columbia mine in the transboundary Unuk River watershed that concerns many Southeast Alaska fishermen, Native...
article Pebble files FOIA lawsuit against EPA
(Alaska) -- In October, the Pebble Limited Partnership filed its third lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency, this time seeking documents Pebble alleges...

10/29/2014

article Abandoned coal mine lands restored to native condition
(Oklahoma) -- About 100 acres of former abandoned coal strip pits in Sequoyah County on south Dwight Mission Road, now has lush bluestem and other Native grass, a 25-...
article $100 million Alton gas project delayed over Mi'kmaq concerns
(Nova Scotia) -- The Nova Scotia government has halted part of the construction work on the $100-million Alton Natural Gas Storage Project until Calgary-based AltaGas...
article Hupacasath First Nation puts China on notice over FIPA
(British Columbia) -- The Hupacasath First Nation put the Chinese government on notice today, stating it does not acknowledge the Canada-China Foreign Investment...

10/28/2014

article Cree leaders in Quebec use social media for campaign against uranium
(Quebec) -- Cree leaders in Quebec are taking to social media to drum up support for their campaign against uranium development in their territory. The community leaders...

10/27/2014

article Regulatory approval of LNG pipeline faces First Nation resistance
(British Columbia) -- One of the first big LNG pipelines has been approved by B.C. after an environmental review, but First Nations say they could yet oppose the mega-...

10/25/2014

article Enbridge stands ground, tells National Energy Board that Line 9 design is safe
(Alberta) -- Enbridge insists in a regulatory filing that its design for the Line 9 pipeline through southern Ontario has the right shut-off valve configuration to...

10/24/2014

article Blackfeet leaders ask feds to cancel Badger-Two Medicine oil, gas leases
(Montana) -- Blackfeet tribal leaders on Friday asked that all federal oil and gas exploration leases be canceled in the Badger-Two Medicine area next to the Blackfeet...
article Tribes Ask Government to Halt Leases
(Montana) -- In a sign of cultural and political solidarity, tribal chiefs and leaders representing the Blackfoot Confederacy convened Friday to sign a proclamation to...
article Tribes: End oil leases in last ‘religious bastion’
(Montana) -- Tribal chiefs and leaders representing the Blackfoot tribes in Montana and Canada met Friday in Browning and called on the federal government to end energy...
article First Nations turning to courts for meaningful consultation before projects approved
(Canada) -- The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) has taken the federal government to court over its approval of Shell’s proposed Jackpine project in the...
article U.S. Tribes To Canada: Please Don’t Allow Tar Sands Pipeline To Pollute Our Waters
(Washington) -- The leaders of several Pacific Northwest Native American tribes are asking Canadian regulators not to approve a huge expansion of Kinder Morgan’s...

10/23/2014

article US tribes testify against Canada pipeline
(Washington) -- U.S. tribes told Canadian regulators on Wednesday they're opposed to a proposed pipeline expansion project in Canada that could dramatically increase...
article Crow leaders lobby Daines for coal tax credit
(Montana) -- Crow tribal leaders and mining officials made their case for the Indian Coal Production Tax Credit on Wednesday in a meeting with U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R-...

10/22/2014

article Coast Salish Tribes protest Kinder Morgan pipeline
(Washington) -- A protest is planned for today in British Columbia against the expansion of an oil pipeline. Some local tribes think more oil making its way to Burnaby,...
article American tribes oppose Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion in B.C.
(British Columbia) -- With an eagle soaring overhead, American and Canadian Coast Salish people gathered on the banks of the Fraser River in Chilliwack, B.C. to do...
article Tribal leaders testify against Canada pipeline
(British Columbia) -- U.S. tribes told Canadian regulators on Wednesday they're opposed to a proposed pipeline expansion project in Canada that could dramatically...

10/21/2014

article New Frontiers: Cutting back natural gas flaring in North Dakota hits a bump
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota has aggressively sought to cut the amount of natural gas flaring going on in the state. It’s made strides, but it has a new hurdle,...

10/19/2014

article Mi'kmag community hold fishing derby to stop natural gas project
(Nova Scotia) -- A group of Mi 'kmaq fishers and their families held a fishing derby recently in an effort to stop a natural gas project.

10/18/2014

article Prentice: First Nations don’t have ‘veto’ power over resource developments
(Canada) -- Host Nigel Newlove speaks to Alberta Premier Jim Prentice in a wide-ranging interview. Prentice is asked about Alberta’s relationship with First...

10/17/2014

article A year later, a day of fire and violence turns into a day of healing in Elsipogtog
(New Brunswick) -- One year ago Friday, the RCMP in New Brunswick raided a Mi’kmaq Warrior camp. After months of protests against fracking, the raid triggered a...

10/15/2014

article Federal court to review Jackpine Mine expansion today
(North Canada) -- Leaders and elders from the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation are in Vancouver this morning in an attempt to overturn the federal government's...
article Three big 'whoppers' told about the Ring of Fire
(Ontario) -- Once called Canada's 'next oil sands', the Ring of Fire mining development area in northern Ontario has yet to live up to its promise.
article Federal Court to review Harper government’s approval of Jackpine project in Alberta over First Nation concerns
(Vancouver) -- A federal approval for a proposed oilsands mine expansion will be reviewed Wednesday by Federal Court because of accusations that Ottawa ignored an...
article Wells creep toward Chaco / Advocates fight for better planning near ancient sites
(New Mexico) -- From the air a spiderweb of roads connecting oil and gas wells crisscrossing the desert south of Farmington is visible, cutting into a delicate desert...
article B.C. child welfare program offer to First Nation backfires over LNG ties
(British Columbia) -- A ham-fisted attempt to win First Nations support for the province’s liquefied natural gas ambitions has backfired, threatening support for...

10/14/2014

article Acid-draining rock poisons water across Montana
(Montana) -- Tourism promoters charge people $2 apiece to look at the most notoriously polluted mining site in Montana, an old copper pit filled with toxic water that...

10/13/2014

article LaDuke Says Penokee Mine Will Profit Few
(Wisconsin) -- Native American Activist Winona LaDuke is speaking out against a proposal for an iron mine in the Penokee Range.
article Native Sun News: Foes of uranium mine make case at hearing
(Wyoming) -- Five people testified against proposed northern Black Hills uranium mining in view of sacred Mato Tipila (aka Bear’s Lodge or Devils Tower) at a...

10/11/2014

article Salt mine gets OK for rail extension
(New York) -- With a final necessary permit in place, American Rock Salt is free to expand its capacity to transport salt by rail from its huge Livingston County mine.
article Schumer Says Salt Mine Gets Permit For Rail Extension
(New York) -- New York Senator Charles Schumer says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approved a permit that will allow American Rock Salt in Livingston County to...

10/10/2014

article LADUKE: Land Thievery Redux: Bakken Oil Leases and Money Mismanagement
(Minnesota) -- This fracked oil boom is, after all, about money. Money that provides compensation to tribal members for leases and royalties—and money, in a way,...
article Fracking lawsuit dismissed, appeal in the works
(Michigan) -- A recent injunction called for the diversion of fresh water used during the hydraulic fracturing process to stop, but was recently dismissed from tribal...

10/9/2014

article Imperial Metals granted interim injunction, Red Chris protesters celebrate
(British Columbia) -- A B.C. mining company has been granted a temporary injunction against a group of First Nations who have been blocking access to a mining project...
article Imperial Metals granted temporary injunction to remove Klabona Keepers’ blockade
(British Columbia) -- A British Columbia mine company behind a tailings pond spill has been granted a temporary court injunction against a First Nation blocking access...
article Bakken Gas Flares Away, as Nationwide Propane Shortage Kills With Hypothermia
(North Dakota) -- “Every single day more than 100 million cubic feet of natural gas is flared away,” Ft. Berthold tribal member and anti-fracking activist...
article LADUKE: ‘Unspeakable Poverty of Loss': Intergenerational Trauma and the Bakken Oil Fields
(Minnesota) -- I wanted to write a story about strength and resilience. I wanted to write a story about the singers, the horse people, and the earth lodge builders of...
article Qikiqtani Inuit Association reports $18.7M surplus
(Nunavut) -- Baffinland has begun sharing royalties from its Mary River iron mine and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association is reaping the benefits. The mine only started...

10/7/2014

article Prentice says he'll revisit contentious Alberta aboriginal policies
(Alberta) -- Alberta Premier Jim Prentice says he'll revisit some policies that have led to a welter of lawsuits and bad will between his government and First...
article Judge upholds 20-year ban on new uranium mines near Grand Canyon
(Arizona) -- A federal judge Sept. 30 upheld the U.S. Department of the Interior's (DOI) 20-year ban on new uranium mines on 1 million acres near the Grand Canyon,...
article Quebec Innu say they’re serious about compensation for iron ore mining
(Quebec) -- The Innu of Maliotenam and Schefferville say they’ll use all means necessary — including civil disobedience — to make sure they are...

10/6/2014

article Northern Michigan environmental leaders meet in Lansing to discuss pipeline concerns
(Michigan) -- Environmental leaders across northern Michigan met in Lansing today to discuss concerns with pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac. They met today to talk...
article Wyoming Offers Northwest Tribal Leaders A Free Trip To Coal Country
(Wyoming) -- Treaty fishing rights give Northwest tribes extra clout when it comes to the future of proposed coal terminals on the Columbia River and Puget Sound. That...
article Tsilhqot’in Nation Declares Tribal Park on Site of Proposed Taseko Mine
(British Columbia) -- On October 4th, the Tsilhqot’in First Nation of British Columbia will hold a totem pole-raising ceremony to inaugurate 3,000 square...

10/5/2014

article The Battle Against the Tar Sands Is About to Change
(Alberta) -- The fight against the tar sands is a big one. We stand in defense of the land, water, climate and communities against the richest companies on the planet,...

10/4/2014

article Judge upholds 20-year ban on new uranium mines near Grand Canyon
(Arizona) -- A federal judge Tuesday upheld the U.S. Department of the Interior's 20-year ban on new uranium mines on 1 million acres near the Grand Canyon,...
article Province of Nova Scotia says it will monitor gas company: Mi’kmaq people and other groups are skeptical
(Nova Scotia) -- The Mi’kmaq people in central Nova Scotia are skeptical of the province after it said it would closely monitor a company that is burying natural...

10/3/2014

article Quebec Innu say they’re serious about compensation for iron ore mining
(Montreal) -- The Innu of Maliotenam and Schefferville say they’ll use all means necessary — including civil disobedience — to make sure they are...

10/1/2014

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

9/30/2014

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

9/28/2014

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

9/24/2014

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

9/23/2014

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

9/22/2014

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

9/21/2014

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

9/20/2014

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

9/19/2014

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

9/18/2014

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

9/16/2014

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

9/15/2014

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

9/14/2014

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

9/12/2014

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

9/11/2014

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

9/10/2014

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

9/9/2014

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

9/8/2014

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

9/7/2014

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

9/5/2014

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

9/3/2014

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

9/2/2014

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

9/1/2014

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

8/31/2014

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

8/30/2014

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

8/29/2014

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

8/28/2014

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

8/27/2014

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

8/26/2014

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

8/25/2014

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

8/24/2014

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

8/22/2014

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

8/21/2014

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

8/20/2014

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

8/19/2014

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

8/18/2014

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

8/17/2014

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

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