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Keweenaw Bay Indians’ Fight Against Michigan Mine Detailed in Series

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

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4/28/2016

article Aaron Payment, Acting President of the Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes announces Call for Closure of Enbridge Line 5
(Washington D.C.) -- The Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes, an inter-tribal organization representing all 35 federally-recognized Tribes located in Michigan,...
article Dakota Access Pipeline: Three Federal Agencies Side With Standing Rock Sioux, Demand Review
(USA) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation have stepped into the...
article Fear of contaminated water spurs Native American protest against Texas company's oil pipeline
(North Dakota) -- Plains American Indians and others are taking part in a 500-mile spiritual relay to show their opposition to a proposed $3.8 billion oil pipeline from...
article Native Sun News: Comments sought on Black Hills mine cleanup
(Colorado) -- Taxpayers have 30 days to comment on a liability agreement that would reduce their costs by $10 million for the ongoing Superfund cleanup at the Gilt Edge...
article $900M Tribal Oil Claim Blocked By Cobell, Fed. Circ. Rules [sub req]
(New York) -- A lawsuit accusing the government of underpricing drilling rights on a North Dakota reservation and costing Native Americans there nearly $900 million was...

4/27/2016

article Revealed: How Native Americans are backing Hillary over Trump because they fear The Don will allow an oil pipeline
(USA) -- 'If we get a Republican president we will get a pipeline within three weeks,' says Martin Jorgensen, a 91-year-old cattle farmer and bull breeder.
article Feds deciding if coal-export project violates tribal rights
(Washington) -- For centuries, Lummi tribal fishermen have harvested, dug up clams and fished for salmon in the tidelands and waters of northwest Washington state.
article Canadian Energy Board OKs Enbridge's $6B Pipeline Fixes
(New York) -- Canada’s National Energy Board on Monday gave preliminary approval to Enbridge Inc.’s approximately $6 billion plan to replace old piping in...
article Guest column: Despite bankruptcy, Peabody Coal should be made to pay Hopi for restoring integrity to Hopi lands and waters and cultural resources
(Arizona) -- It is the responsibility of Secretary of Interior, Sally Jewell, to make sure that Peabody Energy, owners and investors Navajo and Mohave Generating...
article Mining and mercury poisoning threaten remote Amazonian tribe
(Brazil) -- Authorities in Brazil have launched a joint operation to remove illegal miners operating on the land of the Zo’é tribe. Largely isolated, and small in...
article Peru's Goldman Winner Says 'We Are Prisoners' of Mining Company
(Peru) -- The internationally renowned environmental activist told teleSUR about the dangers of facing off against a U.S. mining giant. One day after her home was shot...

4/26/2016

article Tribe to meet with feds over Bakken pipeline concerns
(South Dakota) -- The $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline planned by Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners would carry crude from North Dakota's Bakken oil fields to...

4/24/2016

article McCain wants criminal charges against EPA officials involved in toxic spill
(Arizona) -- Senator John McCain wants to charge EPA officials with a crime for their actions that led to the disastrous release of toxic wastewater from the Gold King...
article Feds deciding if coal-export project violates tribal rights
(Washington) -- For centuries, Lummi tribal fishermen have harvested, dug up clams and fished for salmon in the tidelands and waters of northwest Washington state.
article BC First Nations Adamantly Oppose LNG on Lelu Island Despite Province Claims
(Canada) -- First Nation leaders from northwestern British Columbia said this week that they adamantly oppose a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility on Lelu Island,...

4/23/2016

article Dominic Cardy calls for 'clarity' on Aboriginal veto
(New Brunswick) -- New Democratic Party Leader Dominic Cardy is urging the federal Liberal government to make a decision quickly about the proposed Sisson mine project...
article Maliseet want Ottawa to stop open-pit mine threatening dwindling harvesting area
(New Brunswick) -- Maliseet Chiefs in New Brunswick are calling on the federal government to reject a controversial open-pit mining project in their territory.
article Treaty Rights and the Fight Against the Dakota Access Pipeline by Waniya Locke
(North Dakota) -- We stand in opposition to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). We believe that the DAPL has great potential to cause harm to the...
article American Indians say leave coal, and their ancestors, in the ground
(Texas) -- Last week’s protest that brought American Indians from as far away as California to Eagle Pass to fight expansion of a strip mine that may disturb...
article Flooding Snap Lake diamond mine could take more than a year, says De Beers
(Northwest Territories) -- De Beers has fleshed out plans to flood its closed Snap Lake diamond mine in a care and maintenance proposal filed this week to the Mackenzie...
article Locals In Peru Force US Company To Scrap $5 Billion Mining Project
(Peru) -- Activists in Peru have forced the second-largest gold mining corporation in the world, Newmont, to abandon its $5 billion Conga copper and gold mining project.

4/22/2016

article Lummi Nation Cherry Point Coal Terminal Decision by End of April
(Washington) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expects to decide by the end of April whether a coal shipping terminal proposed on land sacred to the Lummi Nation would...
press release Navajo (Diné) and Hopi people led more than 100 in delivering enormous bill to bankrupt coal giant Peabody HQ
(Missouri) -- In the wake of coal giant Peabody Energy’s declaration of bankruptcy, last week, residents of U.S. mining communities – from Navajo (Diné) and...

4/21/2016

article Southern Paiutes to walk in Gold Butte
(Nevada) -- The Southern Paiutes will walk 11 miles at Gold Butte on Saturday in an effort to raise awareness for the sacred and spiritual importance of a place that...
article 5 Maliseet chiefs want Sisson mine rejected
(New Brunswick) -- The chiefs of five Maliseet First Nations in New Brunswick are calling for the proposed Sisson mine project to be rejected because of its impact on...
article Federal fracking rule in hands of federal judge in Wyoming
(Wyoming) -- The future of federal rules aimed at protecting land, water and wildlife from energy-production practices including hydraulic fracturing now rests with a...
article Native Groups Open New Front Against Border Coal Mine
(Texas) -- Native Texans, joined by other Native American allies and environmental advocates, led a nearly 200 person march in Eagle Pass on Saturday against the Dos...

4/20/2016

article Criminal charges filed against oil company for 2011 spill
(Montana) -- An oil and gas company faces criminal charges for a 2011 oil spill that prosecutors said went unreported for a month, in which time the spill spread nearly...
article Feds sued over Fruitland power plant, mine
(New Mexico) -- A coalition of environmental groups filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging the U.S. Department of the Interior's 25-year extension of operations at...
article Power play over mine saddles Navajos with toxic asset
(Colorado) -- Imagine an unlikely scenario with me. Donald Trump, the wildly successful, great, terrific business icon turned even terrific-er presidential candidate,...
article Native Americans Protest Strip Mine on Tribal Cultural Site
(Texas) -- Native Americans from Texas and across the country are protesting the operations at an open-pit coal mine on the Texas-Mexico border, saying it is located on...

4/19/2016

article 'Our job is to close the gap,' Minister of Indigenous Affairs tells First Nations
(Thunder Bay) -- Mining is not the solution to the social ills, including suicides, plaguing First Nations in northern Ontario, the Minister of Indigenous Affairs and...
article Former mayor of Lax Kw’alaams upset by band's support for LNG terminal
(British Columbia) -- The former mayor of the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation is upset that his successor is backing Pacific NorthWest LNG’s plans to build an $11...
article Tribal leader to spotlight 'real costs of oil' in B.C.
(Michigan) -- Beaver Lake Cree Nation tribal leader Crystal Lameman will discuss the negative environmental effects of tar sands mining Wednesday during a tour stop in...
article Eagle to be released at reservation protest camp
(North Dakota) -- A bald eagle, found gravely ill from a gunshot wound to its wing last fall, will be set free at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Spirit Camp north of the Cannon...
article Sisson mine impact on Maliseet First Nations 'significant'
(New Brunswick) -- There isn't enough being done to mitigate the impact of the proposed Sisson Brook mine on Maliseet First Nations people, states a new report from...

4/18/2016

article North Dakota Tribe, Obama EPA Move to Block Dallas-Based Oil Pipeline
(North Dakota) -- An environmental standoff at the Missouri River near Cannon Ball, North Dakota is brewing between a Dallas-based pipeline company and the Standing Rock...
article Native Americans protest dirty coal mine on ancestral lands along Texas-Mexico border
(Texas) -- On Saturday, April 16, approximately 150 protesters, many of them Native American, marched from Independence Bridge on the Texas-Mexico border to the gates of...
article Native Americans, environmentalists protest controversial coal mine in Eagle Pass
(Texas) -- At a time when the coal industry is struggling to compete with cheap natural gas, Native American groups and environmentalists are asking the federal...

4/15/2016

article Spirit Ride to Protest Dakota Access Pipeline
(North Dakota) -- Two weeks ago, almost 200 people rode horses across the Standing Rock Reservation to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline.
article Native American Groups Join Effort Against Coal Mine
(Texas) -- Members of several Native American tribes say a coal mine operating on a remote stretch of the Texas-Mexico border threatens sacred ancestral ground, and they...

4/13/2016

article Native Sun News: Tribes organize against Dakota Access Pipeline
(North Dakota) -- Some 60 riders mounted horseback on April 1 to ride 25 miles north from the capital of the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation here on the Missouri...
article Native American Groups Join Effort Against Coal Mine
(Texas) -- Members of several Native American tribes say a coal mine operating on a remote stretch of the Texas-Mexico border threatens sacred ancestral ground, and they...

4/12/2016

article Cameco, Areva set up trust fund for northern Saskatchewan communities
(Saskatchewan) -- Northern Saskatchewan's two major uranium companies have started a trust fund to provide money for community projects. Cameco and Areva Resources...
article Coal exports stopped by Lummi Nation fishing rights?
(Washington) -- Environmental reviews of a coal-export terminal that would be the largest in the nation were summarily suspended on April 1 — but it was no April...

4/10/2016

article Sioux Nation Rallies Against Environmentally Damaging Pipeline
(North Dakota) -- The Lakota of North Dakota are inviting allies to come pray, rally and teach at the Sacred Rock camp ... indefinitely. Native American nations are...

4/9/2016

article Sanders Campaign Consults With Alaska Natives, Opposes Pebble Mine
(Alaska) -- The United Tribes of Bristol Bay were exuberant last week upon learning that Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders had registered his opposition...
article Hunkpapa and others ride in defiance of Dakota Access Pipeline
(North Dakota) -- Some 60 riders mounted horseback on April 1 to ride 25 miles north from the capital of the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation here on the Missouri...
article Keystone pipeline poised to reopen after leak found
(New York) -- TransCanada plans to reopen the Keystone pipeline on Saturday, a week after a spill was discovered in an underground section of the pipeline in South...
article Sioux Nation Rallies Against Environmentally Damaging Pipeline
(North Dakota) -- The Lakota of North Dakota are inviting allies to come pray, rally and teach at the Sacred Rock camp ... indefinitely. Native American nations are...
article Nunavut Impact Review Board says no to proposed Kahuna diamond project
(Nunavut) -- The Nunavut Impact Review Board has said no to a diamond exploration project as proposed, recommending that Dunnedin Ventures Inc.'s Kahuna Diamond...

4/8/2016

article Great Sioux Nation Defends Its Waters From Dakota Access Pipeline
(South Dakota) -- In the coming weeks or maybe even days, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will issue a decision as to whether or not they will allow the Dakota Access...

4/6/2016

article Tribal oil company partners with energy educators
(New Mexico) -- A tribal-owned oil and gas company is partnering with San Juan College in Farmington, N.M., to help Native American students interested in energy and...

4/5/2016

article Environmental groups lose appeal, Navajo Mine to resume operations
(New Mexico) -- The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals vacated and dismissed March 30, an earlier court ruling that halted operations from Area IV on Navajo Mine last year,...
article Iowa Native Americans will try to stop pipeline
(Iowa) -- The last stand against the controversial Bakken oil pipeline through Iowa may not be made by high-powered lawyers in a courtroom. It may be made by native...

4/3/2016

article Tribes Gather for Horseback Protest of Dakota Access Pipeline
(USA) -- Oil and water don't mix, especially when it comes to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Today, around a hundred people gathered to protest the project that runs...

4/2/2016

article Native American tribes mobilize against proposed North Dakota oil pipeline
(North Dakota) -- Dozens of tribal members from several Native American nations took to horseback on Friday to protest against the proposed construction of an oil...
article Backer of proposed coal port stops work amid Lummi Tribe concerns
(Washington) -- The sponsor of a proposed Washington state coal port for shipments of the fuel to Asia is suspending work on an environmental review because of a Native...
article Proposal Would Open Southern Ute Indian Reservation to Shale Development
(Colorado) -- The Department of Interior's (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning to prepare a supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) for a...

4/1/2016

article SD Tribal Leaders Ride to Oppose Oil Pipeline Plans
(South Dakota) -- Several tribal groups today are kicking off a protest over the nearly $4 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline project. Tribal members are joining in a 20...
article Tribes Gather for Horseback Protest of Dakota Access Pipeline
(South Dakota) -- Oil and water don't mix, especially when it comes to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Today, around a hundred people gathered to protest the project...
article Proposal Would Open Southern Ute Indian Reservation to Shale Development
(Colorado) -- The Department of Interior's (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning to prepare a supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) for a...
article Métis accuse oilsands giant CNRL of economic retaliation over environmental concerns
(Alberta) -- In her 68 years, Margie Wood has seen the landscape around her transformed from isolated wilderness to an intensive industrial zone. She has lived her life...
article Appeals Court Decision Vacates Previous Ruling for Navajo Mine’s Area IV
(New Mexico) -- The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated and dismissed an earlier court ruling that halted operations from Area IV North on Navajo Mine last year,...

3/31/2016

article Tribal members plan protest of Dakota Access Pipeline
(North Dakota) -- Members of the Standing Rock Sioux and other tribes are protesting the planned $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline to carry oil from western North...

3/30/2016

article La Plata County scrutinizes Southern Ute shale exploration plans
(Colorado) -- La Plata County officials are scrutinizing Southern Ute Indian Tribe plans to explore further shale oil and gas development. Recently, the tribe announced...
article Beaufort Sea oil and gas licences shouldn't be held forever, says Inuvialuit leader
(North Canada) -- The chair of the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation says the federal government shouldn't allow companies to sit forever on significant oil and gas...
article First Nations-led environmental assessment needed for B.C. projects like Site C, says coalition
(British Columbia) -- A First Nations coalition is calling for First Nations-led environmental assessments for big energy projects in B.C. like Site C. That...
press release Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Southern Ute Tribe, and Navajo Nation Prepare For Melting Of El Niño Snowpack & Churn Of Heavy Metals
(New Mexico) -- The states of New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Southern Ute Tribe and Navajo Nation announced their Animas, San Juan Spring Runoff Preparedness Plan.

3/29/2016

article Sioux spirit camp to protest Dakota Access Pipeline
(North Dakota) -- Members of the Standing Rock Sioux and other tribes will hold a ceremonial ride across the reservation Friday, ending at a spirit camp near the...

3/28/2016

article EPA tries to extract wealth of records from stalled Pebble mine
(Alaska) -- A federal agency is pushing back in a court fight over the stalled Pebble mine, suggesting that the project’s troubles stem from falling gold and...

3/27/2016

article Protecting the Seas to Save the Land: The Fight Against the Fossil Fuel Industry in the Gulf and its Implications for the Nation
(Louisiana) -- “Speaking generally I seen oil on the water, oil of some kind, almost every day of my travels. I took very few trips upon which I did not see oil...

3/26/2016

article Buffalo River Dene Nation angry about oil drilling program
(Saskatchewan) -- A northern Saskatchewan First Nation says it wasn't properly consulted by the province on an oil drilling program. The Buffalo River Dene Nation,...
article Indian tribe in new court fight to save sacred mountain in sights of UK mining giant
(India) -- One of India’s most ancient tribes is facing a renewed threat of destruction after a fresh legal bid was launched​ by the State Government ​ ​to open...

3/25/2016

article Tribe could explore shale natural gas reserves
(Colorado) -- The Southern Ute Indian Tribe is expanding an Environmental Impact Statement from 2002 to cover potential drilling for natural gas in its shale reserves....

3/24/2016

article Buffalo River Dene Nation angry about oil drilling program
(Saskatchewan) -- A northern Saskatchewan First Nation says it wasn't properly consulted by the province on an oil drilling program. The Buffalo River Dene Nation,...
article States brace for snowmelt to kick up metals from mine spill
(Colorado) -- States and Indian tribes are getting ready in case a rush of melting snow stirs up potentially toxic metals in two rivers after a massive spill from a...

3/23/2016

article Terri Brown’s quiet voice raises big questions about missing women
(British Columbia) -- “A man killed my sister. I want to know who did it.” Terri Brown’s voice is soft and measured, but not at all tentative. She says...
article Sugar maple stand: Governor cancels visit, but pipeline opponents' sugarbush camp carries on
(Minnesota) -- When Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton canceled a scheduled meeting Wednesday with oil pipeline opponents camping in the woods on the Fond du Lac Reservation,...
article Iowa tribe objects to Bakken pipeline process
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, which gave its name to the state of Iowa, is objecting to the process of granting a state permit for a cross-state...
article You want to develop clean energy on tribal land? Here's how
(Wyoming) -- Across North America, fossil-fuel extraction and production has long been robbing tribal communities of clean water, clean air and a secure future. The...

3/22/2016

article Saskatoon students hold flash mob for missing and murdered indigenous women
(Saskatoon) -- Students from Saskatoon's St. Mary's School took to the hallways of the University of Saskatchewan Monday to raise awareness about missing and...

3/21/2016

article Native Sun News: Tribal activist welcomes pledge to curb fracking
(North Dakota) -- Lisa DeVille, an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes, lauded U.S-Canadian joint vows to curb toxic methane flaring from fracking operations...

3/20/2016

article Commentary: Canada's TransMountain pipeline a threat to state's tribes
(Washington) -- For the last two years, our four tribal nations have participated in a Canadian regulatory proceeding opposing an oil pipeline most in the United States...

3/19/2016

article Dakota Access Pipeline Threat: What You Need to Know
(South Dakota) -- There’s a new oil pipeline project waiting and ready to go—unless it can be stopped. Here’s what you need to know. If approved, the $...
article British Columbia communities rally in support of liquefied natural gas
(British Columbia) -- There were three simultaneous community rallies in support of liquefied natural gas in British Columbia. Two of those locations have been hit hard...
article Shoal Lake 40 concerned about proposed pipeline through its backyard
(Manitoba) -- The people of Shoal Lake 40 are worried about a proposed pipeline they say will literally run through their backyards. Chief Daryl Redsky says the proposed...
article Sacred Blackfoot Land Saved! BLM Cancels Oil and Gas Lease in Badger-Two Medicine Region
(Montana) -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) canceled an oil and gas lease in the Badger-Two Medicine region in northwest Montana on March 17, in effect keeping land...
article #MujeresPorLaSelva – Indigenous Women of Ecuador Stand for an Amazon Free from Extraction on International Women’s Day
(Ecuador) -- On March 8, cries, cheers, shouts and drum beats rang out in the air of Puyo, Ecuador, the streets pulsing with the movement and steady steps of over 500...

3/18/2016

article US cancels oil and gas lease on Montana land sacred to tribe
(Montana) -- The Obama administration on Thursday canceled a disputed oil and gas lease just outside Glacier National Park, on land considered sacred to the Blackfoot...
article Belledune, N.B., oil terminal developer refutes First Nations allegations
(New Brunswick) -- Chaleur Terminals Inc., the company behind a Belledune, N.B., oil tank farm and railway system, says its efforts to educate local people,...
article Lax Kw’alaam Band gives green light to Pacific NorthWest – with conditions
(British Columbia) -- The Lax Kw’alaam Band, which threatened to block the Pacific NorthWest LNG project, now says it is willing to support the development...

3/17/2016

article Government cancels Badger-Two Medicine oil/natural gas lease
(Montana) -- The Interior Department filed a final decision Thursday to cancel an oil and gas lease in the remote and wild Badger-Two Medicine area of Helena-Lewis and...
article US cancels oil and gas lease on Montana land sacred to tribe
(Montana) -- The Obama administration on Thursday canceled a disputed oil and gas lease just outside Glacier National Park that is on land considered sacred to the...
article Oil bust puts tribes, towns over a barrel
(Montana) -- Three years ago, as Forrest Smith walked around an old oilfield on the Fort Peck Reservation, in the remote northeastern corner of Montana, he spoke...

3/16/2016

article In North Dakota’s Booming Oil Patch, One Tribe Beat Back Fracking
(North Dakota) -- Drive the long, straight roads of north-central North Dakota, and you pass lake after lake amid hayfields and forests.
article Energy East: Kanesatake grand chief vows to pull out stops to fight pipeline
(Quebec) -- The Grand Chief of Kanesatake, the Mohawk community hugging the north shore of Lake of Two Mountains, says the Energy East pipeline could be catastrophic for...

3/15/2016

article Port of Belledune oil terminal taken to court by First Nations
(New Brunswick) -- Members of three Mi'gmaq communities in the Gaspé region were in court Tuesday, the first of a two-day judicial review which will hear their...
article Forest Service Nixes Massive Commercial Development at Grand Canyon’s Edge
(Arizona) -- Nearly 200,000 comments, letters, petition signatures and other opposition to a controversial attempt to build a massive commercial development just a mile...

3/14/2016

article Lakota and Dakota Nations Prepare to Battle Another Oil Pipeline by Matt Remle
(USA) -- Last fall, the Lakota and Dakota Nations and other tribes along the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline celebrated their long hard fought battle over the...
article Standing Rock Sioux Tribe ‘Pipeline will affect future generations’
(North Dakota) -- As the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, headquartered here, mobilizes to prevent construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Iowa Utilities Board is...
article Mohawks threaten to block Energy East; says project is threat to their way of life
(Quebec) -- The Mohawk nation is threatening to do everything legally in its power to block the Energy East pipeline project, calling it a threat to their way of life.
article Tribal council wants pre-mine ecosystem study
(Alaska) -- Southeast Alaska’s largest tribal government is pressing for an intensive environmental analysis of the region’s health. It’s part of a...

3/11/2016

article Energy East deal playing pivotal role in Saskatchewan First Nation election
(Saskatchewan) -- A group of councillors from a Saskatchewan First Nation defended a controversial deal with TransCanada on the Energy East pipeline project saying it...
article Nakota chief says TransCanada used ‘conniving’ tactics to secure Energy East deal ahead of band vote
(Saskatchewan) -- The chief of a Saskatchewan First Nation says TransCanada used underhanded tactics to secure a deal with his community on the Energy East pipeline...
article Canadian mining is murder
(Canada) -- Four days after the assassination of Honduran indigenous leader Berta Cáceres captured worldwide headlines, a vigil to remind of the blood on Canada’s...
article Nunavut board allowed mining exploration on Bathurst caribou calving grounds
(Northwest Territories) -- A second exploration company is making plans to work inside Nunavut's caribou calving grounds — this time on the range of the...

3/9/2016

article First Nations groups urge Ottawa to block N.B. crude export terminal
(Ottawa) -- Three Mi’kmaq communities from Quebec are appealing to the federal government in their effort to block a plan by an Alberta company to build a rail and...
article Standing Rock Reservation Members Express Concern Over Dakota Access Pipeline
(North Dakota) -- The Dakota Access Pipeline plans to move oil from the Bakken to Illinois. The proposed route goes through North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois...

3/7/2016

article Utes Say Fracking Rule Wrongly Lumps Tribal, Fed. Lands [sub req]
(Wyoming) -- The Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation urged a Wyoming federal court Friday to permanently block the Bureau of Land Management’s...

3/6/2016

article Three Forks History: Tribal member's oil windfall kept courts busy
(Oklahoma) -- As the Dawes Commission finalized allotment treaties with each of the Five Tribes, many tribal members began to protest the enrollment and allotment...

3/5/2016

article First Nations hold bargaining power in pipeline decisions
(Saskatchewan) -- Blaine Favel can't help but speak his mind when it comes to First Nations and Canada's oil and gas industry. Favel supports pipelines, but...

3/4/2016

article Tribe Says Drilling Project Would Have 'Heartbreaking' Consequences
(Montana) -- A few miles outside Glacier National Park in northwest Montana is land known as the Badger-Two Medicine, the ancestral home of the Blackfeet tribe. But it...
article Native Sun News: North Dakota tribal members vent about fracking
(North Dakota) -- While members of Ft. Berthold Protectors of Water and Earth Rights, or POWER, prepared to testify at a March 3 hearing about gas flaring in oil...
article Mining exploration on Nunavut's Bluenose East caribou calving grounds allowed by board
(North Canada) -- A Vancouver-based exploration company has been drilling for copper on the Bluenose East caribou calving grounds in Nunavut — despite strong...

3/3/2016

article Fracking, tribal lands, and the Bureau of Land Management: What happens next?
(North Dakota) -- The Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota has been home to the Three Affiliated Tribes since 1870, after encroaching colonialism and...
article ND Tribal Leaders Backing BLM's Flaring Rules
(North Dakota) -- As federal regulators consider new rules to curb gas flaring at oil wells on public and tribal lands, North Dakotans are being asked to weigh in at...
article Heinrich Statement on Adding Gold King Mine Spill Site to Superfund National Priorities List
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, issued the following statement in support...
article Salish Tribes vs. Cherry Point Coal Terminal
(Washington) -- The Northwest has, unfortunately, become a prospective hotspot for oil and coal companies looking to route their cargo to foreign markets.

2/27/2016

article Carry the Kettle First Nation, TransCanada Corp. reach Energy East agreement
(Saskatchewan) -- Extending their long-term relationship, Carry the Kettle First Nation and TransCanada have reached an agreement in support of the Energy East pipeline...
article Bathing in Crude: Villages Sick After Oil Spill
(Peru) -- After a heavy rain washed a huge oil slick down the Chiriaco River in northern Peru, 12-year-old Elías Taijín Rivera recalls, a man in a pickup truck offered...

2/26/2016

article Standing Rock, S.D. tribal members protest Dakota Access Pipeline
(North Dakota) -- A grassroots group of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe members protested the Dakota Access Pipeline in front of the tribal administration office Friday....
article Shale gas commission calls for independent regulator if moratorium lifted
(New Brunswick) -- New Brunswick should create a new independent regulator and rebuild its relationship with aboriginal people and other citizens if it lifts a...
article Utah Oil Co. Fined $1.7M Over Shoddy Tribal Lease Reports
(Utah) -- The U.S. government has fined Bountiful, Utah-based oil and gas company Quinex Energy Corp. nearly $1.7 million for knowingly maintaining inaccurate sales and...
article Peru oil spill pollutes Amazon rivers used by indigenous group
(Peru) -- At least 3,000 barrels of crude oil have been spilled in an Amazonian region after leaks from Peru's main oil pipeline, the state oil company said. The oil...

2/25/2016

article Tribal Opposition To Oil Pipeline Expansion Continues
(Minnesota) -- Tribal groups in Minnesota are continuing their calls for the Enbridge Energy Sandpiper project and existing pipeline expansion to be shut down completely...

2/24/2016

article LETTER: Hidden fracking subsidy hurts public in North Dakota
(North Dakota) -- Who can afford this waste? People of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation of North Dakota are just plain tired of subsidizing the oil industry for...

2/23/2016

article CSKT Urges Intervention as B.C. Coal Mining Pollutants Increase
(Montana) -- On March 10, President Obama will host a state dinner at the White House for newly elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the first time such an...
article Elk Petroleum provides update on dispute with Crow Tribe
(Montana) -- Elk Petroleum Limited (ASX Code: ELK) has previously advised in March 2014 that Elk filed a Complaint seeking Declaratory Relief in a Montana permit dispute...

2/20/2016

article Mi’kmaq ramping up efforts to protect Nova Scotia waterway
(Nova Scotia) -- It’s an important Nova Scotia waterway and the Mi’kmaq are determined to protect it. Last month, the province issued permits for a...
article No consensus yet on use of Giant Mine lands after cleanup
(Northwest Territories) -- Discussion continues on what the site of Yellowknife's Giant Mine should look like once a $900-million cleanup is complete, but consensus...

2/18/2016

article BLOG: Interior's Proposed Rule on Flaring Would Restrict Oil and Gas Development on Tribal Lands
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) has proposed a rule developed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to limit methane emissions from the...
article Gas producers voice concerns about proposed methane rules
(Oklahoma) -- Too much natural gas is wasted during production on federal and tribal lands, representatives of the federal Bureau of Land Management said Thursday in...

2/17/2016

article Sipekne'katik First Nation to appeal Alton natural gas storage project
(Nova Scotia) -- The Sipekne'katik First Nation and a number of other groups will file an appeal with the Nova Scotia environment minister on Thursday after the...

2/15/2016

article Pipeline projects need 'indigenous licence', says AFN National Chief
(Canada) -- Some pipeline projects should be allowed to proceed if they have an "indigenous licence" according to the National Chief of the Assembly of First...

2/13/2016

article Tsilhqot’in nation signs deal with B.C. on path to securing resources: chief
(British Columbia) -- The Tsilhqot’in nation’s five-year agreement with British Columbia outlining land and resource negotiations has set the stage for...

2/11/2016

article The Oil Industry Won in Alberta. Now First Nations Look to Heal Their Land
(Alberta) -- More than 860 miles northeast of the Unist'ot'en clan's British Columbia blockade is the Athabasca river valley, where the five First Nations of the region...
article ‘Kaska concerned’ opposing resource deal with Yukon government
(Yukon) -- Worried about their Aboriginal rights and title, a small group of dissidents from the Liard First Nation are in Whitehorse. They’re trying to drum-up...
article How a huge Arizona mining deal was passed — and could be revoked
(Arizona) -- No one would accuse John McCain of being a “happy warrior.” But even by his standards, the senior senator from Arizona seemed unusually testy...

2/9/2016

article Energy East pipeline rejected by aboriginal group
(New Brunswick) -- The proposed Energy East pipeline is being rejected by a group representing the Maliseet Nation. The Wolastoq Grand Council held a news conference...
article First Nations sue Ottawa for failure to protect oil, gas rights
(Ottawa) -- First Nations have launched a class-action lawsuit against the federal government claiming they are owed an estimated $3-billion because the agency...

2/8/2016

article Energy East pipeline rejected by aboriginal group
(New Brunswick) -- ​The proposed Energy East pipeline is being rejected by a traditional aboriginal group in the province. The Wolastoq Grand Council held a news...
article Grand Council in New Brunswick says no to Energy East pipeline
(New Brunswick) -- The Maliseet Grand Council in New Brunswick is saying no to the Energy East pipeline proposal. While the Grand Chief wants to sit down and talk with...

2/5/2016

article Trudeau sending First Nations ‘mixed signals’ on veto rights on pipelines: chief
(Alberta) -- Alberta AFN Regional Chief Craig Mackinaw said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recent comments regarding a First Nations veto on pipelines is sending...
article Grand chief of Wolastoq council in New Brunswick says they’ll oppose risky pipeline
(New Brunswick) -- The chief of the Wolastoq Grand Council in New Brunswick says the proposed Energy East pipeline project poses too great a risk to provincial waterways...

2/4/2016

article Trudeau backs away from election pledge on First Nation veto
(Alberta) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared to back away Wednesday from an election pledge that First Nations would have a veto over natural resource projects on...
article B.C. union joins First Nations vowing to use law to fight pipelines like Northern Gateway
(British Columbia) -- A union representing thousands of British Columbia government workers has signed an accord vowing to oppose pipelines from crossing the territories...

2/2/2016

article Damning report finds Alberta failing aboriginals in oil sands development
(Alberta) -- The Alberta government’s attempt to balance competing interests in the oilsands region has failed to protect aboriginal rights, lands and health from...
article Small tribe with a big voice vows to stop Chinese oil drilling in the Amazon
(Ecuador) -- Wearing a traditional headdress and a white vest woven from the bark of an Amazonian tree, Manari Ushigua held a megaphone to his mouth to denounce Ecuador...

1/30/2016

article Northwest U.S. Tribes Fight Proposed Canada Oil Pipeline That Threatens Salish Sea
(British Columbia) -- An alliance of Northwest U.S. Treaty tribes, represented by Earthjustice, presented final arguments today against a proposed new tar sands pipeline...

1/29/2016

article Ottawa’s changes to pipeline approval process not enough, say some First Nations
(Ottawa) -- Three major First Nation organizations representing chiefs from British Columbia, Manitoba and Quebec, said Friday the federal Liberal government’s...
article Canadians suspend bid to mine near Devil’s Tower
(Wyoming) -- The Canadian company that has proposed to mine rare earth minerals near the culturally significant tribal landmark of Mahto Tipila, or Devils Tower,...

1/28/2016

article TRAHANT: Could Low Oil Prices Help Usher in a New Era?
(Alaska) -- A few minutes before noon on November 6, 2015, President Barack Obama stepped into the White House briefing room to announce that the Keystone XL Pipeline...

1/27/2016

article Trudeau government to consult directly with First Nations on Trans Mountain, Energy East pipelines
(Ottawa) -- The Trudeau Liberal government says it will directly consult with First Nation communities impacted by the proposed Trans Mountain and Energy East pipeline...
article Swinomish, area tribes against proposed oil pipeline
(Washington) -- An alliance of Northwest U.S. Treaty tribes represented by Earthjustice presented final arguments on Friday against a proposed new tar sands pipeline in...
article Ecuador To Sell A Third Of Its Amazon Rainforest To Chinese Oil Companies
(Ecuador) -- Ecuador plans to auction off more than three million hectares of pristine Amazonian rainforest to Chinese oil companies, angering indigenous groups and...

1/26/2016

article B.C. Premier Christy Clark strikes back at LNG opponents
(British Columbia) -- Clark had sharp words Monday for what she calls the "forces of no" in British Columbia who mount resistance efforts to government initiatives...
article In North Dakota's Booming Oil Patch, One Tribe Beat Back Fracking
(North Dakota) -- Drive the long, straight roads of north-central North Dakota, and you pass lake after lake amid hayfields and forests. Migratory birds, attracted by...

1/25/2016

article Coal cocked: Crow Tribe furloughs might last 5 months
(Montana) -- Clobbered by coal mining cuts, the Crow Tribe has notified furloughed employees they might not be able to return to work for five months. In letters issued...
article Métis entrepreneur opens tour company in heart of oilsands country
(Edmonton) -- The economic downturn hasn't slowed down a Fort McMurray-area Métis entrepreneur who is making the most of what's in the sky, rather than in the...
article New Rules Seek to Limit Flaring on Tribal, Federal Lands
(North Dakota) -- The U.S. soon could see tighter restrictions on oil and gas flaring, and, if approved, that could have some long-term effects on North Dakota's air...
article Native Americans: Canadian Pipeline Will Destroy Our Livelihood
(Washington) -- The Trans Mountain expansion plans to extend the pipeline by 987 kilometers, transporting 300,000 barrels of oil from Alberta to refineries in Vancouver...
article Anti-pipeline protest held in Superior
(Minnesota) -- Opponents of proposed Enbridge Energy pipelines across northern Minnesota chanted and performed Native American drum songs in front of the company's...
article Kaska Nation, Yukon government sign resource development deal
(North Canada) -- The Yukon government and the Kaska Nation have signed a "milestone" agreement, laying the groundwork for negotiations over economic and...

1/23/2016

article US tribes oppose massive pipeline expansion in Canada
(Washington) -- A proposed pipeline-expansion project in Canada will put the fishing rights and cultural heritage of U.S. tribes at risk, a lawyer representing several...
article Proposed Black Hills mine suspended
(South Dakota) -- A proposal for a rare-earth mine in the Wyoming portion of the Black Hills has been put on hold. The Black Hills National Forest announced Friday that...
article West Coast totem pole symbolizes power, solidarity to Montana tribal members
(Montana) -- Northern Cheyenne tribal member Otto Braided Hair called a 22-foot-tall totem pole, a gift from the Lummi Nation to the Northern Cheyenne, a symbol of...

1/22/2016

article Kinder Morgan Pipeline Opponents Call on Trudeau to Overhaul Regulatory Board
(British Columbia) -- As regulatory hearings begin around a controversial oil pipeline expansion project in British Columbia, indigenous protesters are calling on Canada...
article US tribes oppose massive pipeline expansion in Canada
(Washington) -- A lawyer for several Northwest tribes has argued against a proposed pipeline expansion in Canada that would dramatically increase the number of oil...
article Lummis join tribes opposing massive pipeline expansion in Canada
(Washington) -- A proposed pipeline expansion project in Canada will put the fishing rights and cultural heritage of U.S. tribes at risk, a lawyer representing several...

1/21/2016

article In North Dakota's Booming Oil Patch, One Tribe Beat Back Fracking
(North Dakota) -- Drive the long, straight roads of north-central North Dakota, and you pass lake after lake amid hayfields and forests. Migratory birds, attracted by...
article Op-Ed: Work together to stop wasting natural gas resources on tribal lands
(North Dakota) -- We all need to be active in protecting the land here in North Dakota for future generations. We have seen a prolonged, unneeded waste of our natural...

1/20/2016

article Two More Northern B.C. First Nations Sign Project Agreements With Coastal GasLink
(British Columbia) -- TransCanada Corporation (TSX:TRP) (NYSE:TRP) (TransCanada) today announced its Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project has signed long-term project...
article Resource development key to improving life in North, says new study
(North Canada) -- An Aboriginal development think-tank says the North has a lot of catching up to do when it comes to the quality of life of its people. Its answer: more...

1/19/2016

article Aboriginals, environmentalists call for halt to Trans Mountain hearings in B.C.
(British Columbia) -- First Nations and environmentalists called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to stop a National Energy Board review of the Trans Mountain pipeline...
article B.C. proposal aims to have First Nations own chunks of major projects
(British Columbia) -- A B.C. First Nations-led proposal to unlock billions of dollars in natural resource wealth across the country has received seed funding from the...

1/18/2016

article No deal in Montana energy lease dispute; lawsuit to proceed
(Montana) -- Court documents indicate the U.S. government has failed to reach an agreement with the owner of a long-delayed energy lease near Glacier National Park. The...

1/16/2016

article Northwest Tribes unite against giant coal, oil projects
(Washington) -- On this last bit of undeveloped coast between a smelter and two oil refineries, SSA Marine wants to build the biggest coal export terminal in North...

1/15/2016

article Northern Gateway hits another legal obstacle
(British Columbia) -- Energy giant Enbridge has just been hit with another legal blow in their bid to build the Northern Gateway pipeline from Alberta to the British...
article Canadian Mining Companies Leave Behind Decades of Violence in Guatemala
(Guatemala) -- While much of the controversy surrounding Canada's extractive industry centers on oil and gas projects like SWN Resources' drilling plans in New...

1/14/2016

article Lost Bones, Damage and Harassment at Ancient Sacred Site
(Nevada) -- “Horrifying” is how Lydia Johnson described the ordeal her Shoshone community has faced in recent weeks. Johnson chairs the Battle Mountain Band...

1/13/2016

article B.C. government failed to properly consult First Nations on Northern Gateway pipeline, court rules
(British Columbia) -- The B.C. Supreme court has ruled that the province "has breached the honour of the Crown by failing to consult" with the Gitga'at and...
article Federal report finds no bias in EPA's review of potential Alaska gold and copper mine
(Alaska) -- The Environmental Protection Agency’s independent inspector general has found no evidence of bias or predetermination in the agency’s effort to...

1/11/2016

article Feds reject Confederated Tribes' claims of no cooperation
(Oregon) -- The federal Office of Energy Projects has pushed back against tribal claims that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has been uncooperative.
article In hunt for oil, Alaska Native corporations become state's new wildcatters
(Alaska) -- Alaska Native regional corporations are wildcatting for oil and gas in the state’s frontier basins, eyeing little-explored prospects after dusting off...

1/6/2016

article Congress Pushes for Fair Review for Critical West Coast Ports
(Washington D.C.) -- Before recessing for the year, the U.S. House of Representatives capped several days of debate by passing comprehensive energy legislation that...
article New law prompts Yakama Nation, other tribes to increase opposition to crude oil, coal exports
(Washington) -- A new federal law that allows export of U.S. crude oil is bringing a wave of opposition from Native Americans, who argue the exports will undermine their...

1/5/2016

article Red Lake Reservation and Enbridge reach agreement over piece of land
(Minnesota) -- Enbridge and the Red Lake Band of Chippewa have reached an agreement to take over a 45-acre plot of land for eighteen-and-a-half million dollars and other...

1/4/2016

article Lawsuit says BHP retaliated against ex-employee
(New Mexico) -- A recently filed lawsuit alleges BHP Billiton officials ordered the destruction of documents related to the sale of Navajo Mine in an effort to mislead...

1/2/2016

article Fox: Tribal officials didn’t approve oil tax agreement
(North Dakota) -- The Three Affiliated Tribes and the state did not reach a deal on a revenue sharing agreement on the oil-rich Fort Berthold Reservation during a...
article Tribal chairman says no deal yet on oil taxes
(North Dakota) -- Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Mark Fox says there's no deal for now on a revised oil tax agreement with the state because a new lower tax rate...

1/1/2016

article Tribes, North Dakota fail to reach deal on oil tax agreement
(North Dakota) -- Tribal officials on North Dakota's oil-rich Fort Berthold Reservation say they won't sign off on a revenue sharing agreement with the state....

12/31/2015

article No deal on tribal oil tax agreement
(North Dakota) -- Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Mark Fox says there’s no deal for now on a revised oil tax agreement with the state because a new lower tax rate...

12/30/2015

article Tribe to make statement on oil tax compact Thursday
(North Dakota) -- Three Affiliated Tribes chairman Mark Fox says he’ll make a statement Thursday on how the reservation will proceed with an oil tax compact...
article Sask. NDP criticized online for First Nations revenue sharing decision
(Saskatchewan) -- After news spread that the Saskatchewan NDP is no longer promising First Nations revenue sharing, some of the province's party members are not...

12/29/2015

article Sask. NDP no longer promising First Nations revenue sharing
(Saskatchewan) -- The leader of Saskatchewan's Opposition says he will not campaign on sharing resource money with the province's First Nations again. Resource...
article First Nations to use courts in pipeline fight
(British Columbia) -- As the federal review of Kinder Morgan’s $6.8-billion Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion nears its end, at least a dozen First Nations...

12/23/2015

article Protecting the Badger-Two Medicine: A Healing Story
(Montana) -- Terry Tatsey was raised in the Badger-Two Medicine. The 130,000-acre area, wedged between Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness, served as...

12/21/2015

article De Beers Victor mine fails to monitor mercury risk, environmental group says
(Sudbury) -- Mercury contamination from the De Beers diamond mine in northern Ontario may be much higher than the company — or the provincial government —...

12/17/2015

article Washington coal port would help Crow tribe’s economy
(Montana) -- Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives passed comprehensive energy legislation that included a provision prohibiting any federal agency from...

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