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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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12/19/2014

article At the Onondaga Nation, joy and disbelief over state decision against fracking
(New York) -- Sid Hill didn't have much hope. At the Onondaga Nation, they've grown accustomed to environmental decisions that fly against what they see as safe...
article New Brunswick moratorium on fracking has 5 conditions, including consulting First Nations
(New Brunswick) -- The New Brunswick government is introducing a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing that the premier says won’t be lifted until five conditions are...

12/18/2014

article Chippewa Cree paying up front for pipeline
(Montana) -- The Chippewa Cree Tribe is being required to pay up front for work on a $361 million water project after several tribal officials and companies were...
article First Nations push back against Clark’s LNG dream
(British Columbia) -- BC First Nations say it’s the first legal challenge to the Christy Clark government’s trumpeted LNG industry. Two First Nations near...
article Treaty 8 Nations to study LNG labour market
(British Columbia) -- The B.C. government has awarded the Treaty 8 Tribal Association nearly CAN$134 000 in funding to undertake a labour market study. The study aims to...

12/17/2014

article Oil companies object to petition from tribe
(Washington) -- Westway Terminals and Imperium Renewables are asking the Washington state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council to stay out of permit decisions...
article Indian Band Considering Legal Action Following Mine Spill
(British Columbia) -- The Lower Similkameen Indian Band (LSIB) is considering legal action against Copper Mountain Mine following a tailings spill on December 10th, 2014.
article Groups protest sale of drilling rights in Utah archaeological areas
(Utah) -- With the Bureau of Land Management poised to offer new oil and gas leases in the heart of southeast Utah’s archaeological stronghold, various groups are...
article Greg Rickford responds to province's latest Ring of Fire request
(Ontario) -- Ontario's plan for the remote Ring of Fire mineral deposit has "serious structural problems" according to the federal Natural Resources...
article B.C. gives five northern First Nations cash to study LNG related employment
(British Columbia) -- The B.C. government is giving money to a group of five First Nations to study liquefied natural gas- related job opportunities. The province says...

12/16/2014

article Amnesty International slams Harper government for putting economy ahead of rights
(Canada) -- Amnesty International's Canada branch has issued a wide-ranging attack on the Harper government for making economic development a higher priority than...
article Obama Has Taken Alaska’s Bristol Bay Off the Market for Drilling
(Alaska) -- President Barack Obama on Tuesday listed Alaska’s Bristol Bay as a no-go zone for oil and gas drilling, promising to protect the coastal area’s...
article N.W.T. Métis Nation signs benefit agreement with De Beers
(North Canada) -- The N.W.T. Métis Nation has signed an impact benefit agreement with the companies behind N.W.T.'s next diamond mine. The signing took place on...

12/15/2014

article Cree youth walk 850 km to protest against uranium mining in Quebec
(Montreal) -- About 20 young Cree people have walked nearly 850 kilometres to Montreal’s South Shore from their village in northern Quebec, protesting against...

12/14/2014

article Congress clears way for copper mine
(Arizona) -- A trade of public and private lands needed to allow the development of a massive copper mine 70 miles southeast of Phoenix is on its way to President Barack...

12/13/2014

article Congress gives sacred Native American land to mining company
(Arizona) -- Attached to the 2015 defense spending bill approved by the United States Senate on Friday is a provision giving sacred Native American land to a foreign...
article Resolution Copper deal elicits celebration, outrage
(Arizona) -- Resolution Copper Mining is set to acquire 2,400 acres of protected land near Superior, almost a decade after the foreign mining company began its effort to...
article Defense Bill Rider: Congress Gives Sacred Native American Land To Mining Company
(Arizona) -- Savvy politicians have managed to slip some pretty outrageous items into must-pass legislation in the past, but the massive defense bill passed Friday may...
article Oil production may have reached maximum levels
(North Dakota) -- With oil prices on a steep downward slump, 2015 could be a tough year for oil producers, North Dakota's lead regulator for the industry.

12/12/2014

article Defense Bill Passes, Giving Sacred Native American Sites To Mining Company
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Senate passed a measure authorizing the nation’s defense programs Friday, and along with it managed to give lands sacred to Native...
article NM public lands, Indian housing bills headed to president’s desk
(Washington D.C.) -- A defense authorization bill approved by the U.S. Senate today and now headed to President Obama’s desk includes major public lands provisions...
article Opinion Defense bill includes ill-advised Alaska and Arizona land measures
(Washington D.C.) -- So what does funding for the Department of Defense have in common with Alaska's Tongass National Forest or the Tonto National Forest in Arizona?
article Resolution Copper deal elicits celebration, outrage
(Arizona) -- Resolution Copper Mining is set to acquire 2,400 acres of protected land near Superior, almost a decade after the foreign mining company began its effort to...
article Apache tribe distressed by privatization of sacred land
(Arizona) -- Former San Carlos Apache Tribal Chairman Wendsler Nosie said he felt sick when he heard what legislators did last week. Members of Congress —...
article San Carlos Apache Tribe Attempt to Save Sacred Lands Denied
(Washington D.C.) -- Over objections of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, the U.S. Senate voted on Friday to pass the $585 billion National Defense Authorization Act of 2015...
article Senate heads to final vote on package with mine on sacred land
(Washington D.C.) -- After days of delay, it's decision time for the National Defense Authorization Act, a controversial bill that authorizes a mine on sacred Apache...
article Push Back Inevitable? Former Assembly of First Nations Chiefs Tapped for Refinery Project
(British Columbia) -- Two First Nations chiefs have been recruited by the British Columbia oil refinery company Pacific Future Energy to help launch their plan to build...
article Indigenous Voices: A Call to Keep the Oil in the Ground
(Ecuador) -- I walk a small path, surrounded by an infinite number of trees, plants and the scent of flowers. My lungs fill with pure, fresh air when I take a deep...

12/11/2014

article KYL: Pass the Land Swap, Stop Shafting Miners
(Washington D.C.) -- “We elected you to go back to Washington and get things done.” “Why can’t you Democrats and Republicans work together to end...
article Video: What Resolution Copper Wants to Inflict on Apache Sacred Land
(USA) -- The San Carlos Apache Tribe is battling to save a sacred site that has been federally protected from mining since 1955. That is, until now. Lawmakers have...
article David Suzuki's grandson brings star power to Sacred Headwaters fight over Imperial Metals
(British Columbia) -- While TV cameras focused their lenses on the 100-plus arrests on Burnaby Mountain last month, at the same time, a very similar Kinder-Morgan-style...
article State takes comment on Montana coal mine application
(Montana) -- AP reported that state regulators are taking public comment on a revised application for a major coal mine near the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation.

12/10/2014

article Black Mesa mines: Native Americans demand return of their ancestors' bones
(Arizona) -- In 1967 the Peabody coal company came to the Navajo and Hopi reservations in northern Arizona and Utah to excavate a strip mine – but the land it...
article Mining company took remains and artifacts from tribes in Arizona
(Arizona) -- Peabody Energy, the largest mining company in the world, took hundreds of ancestors and millions of artifacts from the Hopi Tribe and the Navajo Nation. The...
article One hand on the wheel, the other in a bowl of bannock
(North Canada) -- The people working as a support team behind the Cree youth taking part in a #StandAgainstUranium march have been working hard to make sure the walkers...

12/9/2014

article Gitxsan chiefs blockade highway to protest government's LNG project approvals
(British Columbia) -- Gitxsan hereditary chiefs blocked Highway 16 at New Hazelton, in northern B.C. on Saturday, to protest recent LNG project approvals by the BC...

12/8/2014

article Interior secretary disappointed at land swap in Defense bill
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Sally Jewell sharply criticized a proposed land swap deal attached to a defense bill that would threaten sacred American Indian...
article Jewell ‘profoundly’ disappointed by land exchange at sacred Native American sites
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Saturday criticized a last-minute addition to a major defense policy bill that would hand 2,400 acres of land in...
article Resolution Copper land swap OK’d by House
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal land swap for a new copper mine near Superior has won passage in the U.S. House of Representatives, over the objections of the San Carlos...
article Crow Nation joins states fighting EPA carbon emission reduction rules
(Montana) -- The leader of the Crow Nation in Montana joined 17 state attorneys general Friday in challenging the Obama administration's effort to reduce carbon...
article Northern Cross oil and gas proposal concerns Yukon First Nations
(North Canada) -- Yukon First Nations have expressed concerns about a proposal by Northern Cross to do exploratory drilling for oil and gas in the Eagle Plain area.
article Judge issues clarification halting all EPA work on Pebble Mine process
(Alaska) -- A federal judge says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must stop all work related to a process that could result in development of the Pebble Mine...

12/7/2014

article Tribe seeks break from Obama's effort
(Montana) -- The chairman of the coal-dependent Crow Nation wants a break from the Obama administration's climate proposal and said Friday that the pending rule...

12/5/2014

article Crow leader says Obama's climate plan could hurt tribe
(Montana) -- The chairman of the coal-dependent Crow Nation wants a break from the Obama administration’s climate proposal and said Friday that the pending rule...
article Crow Nation joins states fighting EPA carbon emission reduction rules
(Montana) -- The leader of the Crow Nation in Montana joined 17 state attorneys general Friday in challenging the Obama administration's effort to reduce carbon...
article Chairman Fox announces Christmas dollars for tribal members from oil revenue
(North Dakota) -- A multi-million dollar Christmas present for enrolled members of the MHA Nation is part of the fulfillment of a promise the new MHA Nation Tribal...
article Cree youth walk nearly 600km protesting against uranium extraction
(Montreal) -- Around 20 young Cree people have arrived in Quebec City after walking nearly 600km to protest against uranium exploration. The group left Mistissini, Que...
article First Nation sues Manitoba government over Bipole III route
(Manitoba) -- The Manitoba government is being sued by a First Nation over the multi-billion-dollar Bipole III hydro transmission line. The Manitoba government is being...
article First Nations pursue part ownership of resource projects in northern B.C.
(British Columbia) -- First Nations chiefs in British Columbia’s resource-rich north have banded together to pursue ownership of natural gas and mining projects....

12/4/2014

article Congress gives Native American lands to foreign mining company with new NDAA
(Washington D.C.) -- Congress is poised to give a foreign mining company 2,400 acres of national forest in Arizona that is cherished ancestral homeland to Apache natives...
article Enbridge works to repair tribal turbulence
(Minnesota) -- Enbridge Energy and many Native American communities have had a turbulent relationship recently due to controversial environmental issues. Enbridge Energy...
article Nunavik Inuit say ‘No’ to uranium mining
(North Canada) -- The two major Inuit organizations in northern Quebec revealed their official position on uranium mining at a public consultation in Kangiqsualujjuaq,...
article Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski defends amendments to Bill S-6
(North Canada) -- In an interview with Sandi Coleman on the Yukon morning show A New Day, Premier Darrell Pasloski says there was full disclosure to First Nations of his...

12/3/2014

article Congress Raids Ancestral Native American Lands With Defense Bill
(Washington D.C.) -- When Terry Rambler, the chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, woke up Wednesday in Washington, D.C., it was to learn that Congress was deciding...
article Controversial mine legislation slipped into defense bill
(Washington D.C.) -- A controversial Arizona mining bill that appeared dead for this Congress has gotten new life, as supporters have tucked it deep into a defense bill...
article Deal for Superior mine inserted into defense bill
(Washington D.C.) -- A controversial bill to privatize national forest land in Arizona has been tucked into the national defense spending bill, to the dismay of those...
article Ottawa trip on Bill S-6 ends in insult to Yukon First Nations
(Ottawa) -- A Coalition of Yukon First Nations say a trip to Ottawa to discuss Bill S-6 went horribly wrong. Nine representative of Yukon First Nations travelled to...
article Yukon NDP attacks premier over ‘embarrassing mess’ of Bill S-6
(Ottawa) -- On the same day as a judge quashed the Yukon Government’s land use plan for the Peel watershed, Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski faced a barrage of...
article Yukon miners fear 'uncertainty' following Peel decision
(North Canada) -- People in the mining industry are questioning Yukon's land use planning process in the wake of yesterday's Peel court decision. “The way...
article First Nations Win Skirmish Against Tar Sands Pipeline in British Columbia
(British Columbia) -- As reported on November 19 (via EcoWatch), Native-Americans led the way in bearing witness and protesting a US Senate vote on the Keystone XL...
article Haida group animates pipeline opposition using stop motion and music
(Canada) -- A new music video featuring the music of Kinnie Starr has stop-motion wood carved characters confronting Prime Minister Stephen Harper, depicted on a super...

12/2/2014

article Native American Royalties Top $1-Billion
(Washington D.C.) -- Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced that the Department of the Interior disbursed more than $13.4 billion in revenue generated by...
article 'Greenpeace dropout' Patrick Moore defends Kinder Morgan pipeline
(British Columbia) -- Former Greenpeace president Patrick Moore believes Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline should move forward despite protests because he says...
article Alaskans fear environmental, industrial threats from B.C. mines
(British Columbia) -- British Columbia’s ambition to open new mines in the province’s north has raised fears in neighbouring Alaska, where environmental and...
article Canada's First Nation Group Unveils Mining Policies for Land Use
(British Columbia) -- Mining in Canada just became a little more complicated. On Monday, a group from the First Nations in south-central B.C. released a set of mining...
article Bill S-6 turmoil having 'negative impact' on industry: Casino Mining
(North Canada) -- The president of a company planning a mine in Yukon is asking the federal, Yukon, and First Nations governments to "find a solution to address the...
article Deep water port in Tuktoyaktuk could bring business to N.W.T.
(North Canada) -- A deep water port in Tuktoyaktuk could mean the difference between the N.W.T. benefiting from oil and gas exploration and getting shut out, says a...
article Jim Prentice says 'nation-building' pipelines crucial to Canada's future
(Alberta) -- Alberta's premier is urging the country to get behind several controversial pipeline projects linked to the province's oilsands, warning that all...

12/1/2014

article B.C. First Nation sets out tougher rules for mining in its territory
(British Columbia) -- A group of First Nations from Williams Lake, B.C., whose territory includes the area devastated by the Mount Polley tailings pond breach has...
article BLOG: 347 million cubic feet of gas wasted every day – Peak Oil
(North Dakota) -- “We don’t need to be flaring, and we can find an economic benefit to this natural gas.” These words were spoken by Mark Fox, chairman...

11/30/2014

article Alberta Pipeline Spills 60,000 Litres Of Crude Into Muskeg, Says Energy Regulator
(Alberta) -- The Alberta Energy Regulator says close to 60,000 litres of crude oil have spilled into muskeg in the province's north. An incident report by the...
article Court Ruling Hamstrings EPA Attempts to Block Pebble Mine With Clean Air Act
(Alaska) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s attempts to protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay region from the biggest pit mine in the world have been...

11/29/2014

article Resurrecting the reservation
(North Dakota) -- Councilman Lewis Ken Hall is in his second year of leading the largest population center of the oil-rich Three Affiliated Tribes of Mandan, Hidatsa and...
article "Fabulous" victory for Burnaby Mountain protesters as court rejects Kinder Morgan contempt charges
(British Columbia) -- SFU molecular biology chair Lynne Quarmby beamed widely as Justice Austin Cullen announced at the B.C. Supreme Court that Kinder Morgan's...
article B.C. judge drops charges against anti-pipeline protesters
(British Columbia) -- A judge threw out civil contempt charges Thursday against dozens of activists who have been arrested while demonstrating against a pipeline project...
article Kinder Morgan loses bid to extend injunction
(British Columbia) -- An application by Kinder Morgan to extend an injunction keeping protesters away from two drilling sites on Burnaby Mountain was rejected by the B.C...
article Tar Sands Opposition Unites Burnaby Leaders, First Nations, as 60 Arrested in B.C. Protests
(British Columbia) -- It began as a trickle of protesters camped out on Burnaby Mountain in British Columbia in mid-September and has grown to more than 1,000.
article Klabona Keepers Ordered by Court to Stop Blocking Imperial Metals Mine
(British Columbia) -- Stacked with Tahltan elders in the defense box, a British Columbian Supreme Court granted Imperial Metals’ Red Chris mine an indefinite...
article Havasupai Tribe, Conservation Coalition Will Defend Grand Canyon From Uranium Industry
(Arizona) -- The Havasupai tribe and conservation groups will fight appeals filed on November 25 by two mining lobbying groups challenging a ruling by Arizona U.S....

11/28/2014

article Kinder Morgan pulls equipment from Burnaby Mountain
(British Columbia) -- Kinder Morgan has begun dismantling its drilling site on Burnaby Mountain and will not complete the planned testing on a second bore hole, a...
article Miners ask court to lift ban on uranium mining near Grand Canyon
(Arizona) -- The American mining industry is asking a federal appeals court to overturn a ban on new uranium mining claims near the Grand Canyon in a legal battle with...
article Study shows oilsands tailings ponds releasing toxic chemicals into air
(Edmonton) -- New federal government research has confirmed that oilsands tailings ponds are releasing toxic and potentially cancer-causing chemicals into the air.
article Brazil’s Javari valley threatened by Peruvian oil, warn tribes
(Brazil) -- An indigenous people whose territories are divided by the Brazil-Peru border in the remote Amazon say they are vehemently opposed to oil exploration on the...

11/27/2014

article Tribes to revamp plans for proposed oil refinery
(North Dakota) -- Leaders with the Three Affiliated Tribes in western North Dakota plan to revise their plan for an oil refinery on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation...
article Top oil producing First Nation launches $50 million court action against Ottawa over First Nation financial transparency legislation
(Edmonton) -- The country’s top oil producing First Nation has launched a $50 million court action against Ottawa over damages suffered as a result of “...

11/26/2014

article Burnaby Mountain battle continues to rage
(British Columbia) -- Protesters against Kinder Morgan on Burnaby Mountain in British Columbia say they are just ramping up their efforts to stop the company from doing...
article Kinder Morgan protest: Derek Corrigan urges protesters to stay calm
(British Columbia) -- Burnaby mayor Derek Corrigan has been a longtime opponent of the proposed Kinder Morgan TransMountain Pipeline expansion, but he's urging...
article Yukon environment board extends Northern Cross comment deadline
(North Canada) -- Three First Nations say they need more time to submit comments on a proposed drilling project in the Eagle Plains area. Northern Cross has proposed...

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...

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