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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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8/26/2016

article Tribe trucks totem pole 4,800 miles in fossil fuels protest
(Oregon) -- A Pacific Northwest tribe is traveling nearly 5,000 miles across Canada and the United States with a 22-foot-tall totem pole on a flatbed truck in a symbolic...
article Teck ordered to pay $8.3M
(British Columbia) -- Vancouver-based Teck Resources says it's "disappointed" with a U.S. District Court ruling ordering it to pay US$8.25 million in legal...

8/25/2016

article Saskatchewan planning for involvement in national inquiry on missing and murdered aboriginal women
(Saskatchewan) -- Talks are underway to discuss the province’s role in the national inquiry on missing and murdered indigenous women and girls, and stakeholders...
article Ban on dredging for gold upheld by California Supreme Court
(California) -- California’s ban on suction dredge mining for gold, a technique that extracts minerals from riverbeds while dumping residue that can include toxic...
article Mining CEO says resource sharing key to developing indigenous economy
(Saskatoon) -- The head of a mining exploration company in the North West Territories believes that resource sharing is the key to a thriving indigenous economy in...

8/23/2016

article Lakota Country Times: Oglala Sioux Tribe joins fight against pipeline
(North Dakota) -- On Monday, August 15, a herd of horses was used to disburse the line of police officers that guarded the entrance to the construction site used to...
article More tribes issue support for pipeline protest
(North Dakota) -- The Three Affiliated Tribes is formally supporting the Standing Rock Sioux as that tribe protests construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The...
article ND pipeline protesters to march across Bismarck bridge; actress to lead ‘solidarity’ rally in D.C.
(North Dakota) -- Waving the flags of their tribes and singing the songs of their ancestors, more than 200 protesters marched across a Missouri River bridge in Bismarck...
article Occupying the Prairie: Tensions Rise as Tribes Move to Block a Pipeline
(North Dakota) -- Horseback riders, their faces streaked in yellow and black paint, led the procession out of their tepee-dotted camp. Two hundred people followed,...
article Sheriff mistook sacred pipes for pipe bombs at pipeline protest site
(North Dakota) -- Protests at the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline have been peaceful but tensions with law enforcement and officials in the state of North Dakota are...
article Standing Rock Sioux Chairman: Dakota Access Pipeline "Is Threatening the Lives of My Tribe"
(North Dakota) -- In North Dakota, indigenous activists are continuing to protest the proposed $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline, which they say would threaten to...
article US Extends Ban on Dakota Pipeline Protests, but Support Grows
(North Dakota) -- Almost 90 tribes have expressed solidarity with the protests against a controversial pipeline that crosses through Indigenous land.

8/22/2016

article American Indians Stand Together To Shut Down Pipeline Project
(North Dakota) -- American Indians want to shut down a new oil pipeline. "The last time the seven bands of the Lakota-Dakota-Nakota nation stood together was at the...
article BLOG: Confrontation on the Northern Plains: Native Americans fight to stop Dakota Access pipeline
(North Dakota) -- It is with the utmost excitement that I pen this preliminary column as a rallying call. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and its supporters are in an...
article Mandan, Hidatsa, Arickara Nation supports Standing Rock's opposition to Dakota Access Pipeline Construction
(North Dakota) -- Mark Fox, the chairman of the Mandan, Hidatsa & Arickara Nation, sent a letter to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambauldt II...
article Standing Rock tribal leaders represented by former U.S. attorney
(North Dakota) -- Former North Dakota U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon will represent the Standing Rock Sioux tribal leaders who have been sued by Dakota Access LLC for...
article State pulls relief resources from swelling Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota’s homeland security director ordered the removal of state-owned trailers and water tanks from the Dakota Access Pipeline protest...
article TRAHANT: 3 Reasons the Standing Rock Sioux Can Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline
(North Dakota) -- America has more than 2.5 million miles of oil and gas pipelines crossing the country in every direction. So plans to construct the 1,172-mile Dakota...
article Tribal chairman calls governor's emergency order unfortunate
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple's decision to issue an emergency declaration over an ongoing pipeline protest is unfortunate, the head of the...
article Tribal members gather at Morton meeting
(North Dakota) -- Nearly 50 people, including tribal members, gathered at a special Morton County Commission meeting in Mandan as commissioners unanimously ratified an...
article Cherokee Nation Tribal Council supports Standing Rock Sioux
(Oklahoma) -- A majority of the Tribal Council of the Cherokee Nation on Friday indicated it would stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation throughout its...
article Native Americans in Marquette protest oil pipeline in North Dakota
(Michigan) -- The protesting of over a thousand Native American activists has halted construction of major new oil pipeline in North Dakota. Sunday in Marquette, several...
article Years after mining stops, uranium's legacy lingers on Native land
(Montana) -- The Crow are not alone in their struggle with uranium. The toxic metal is irrefutably intertwined with Native Americans, long a notorious national...

8/21/2016

article BLOG: 2,500 Native Americans Successfully Block Oil Pipeline Construction — State of Emergency Declared
(North Dakota) -- Last week, a few dozen Native Americans showed up to protest the $3.8 billion, 1,172-mile-long pipeline that would cross right through their sacred...
article Dakota Access Pipeline: Standing Rock Sioux Issue Urgent Appeal to United Nations Human Rights Officials
(North Dakota) -- The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the International Indian Treaty Council have appealed to the United Nations for help in their fight against...
article Northern Cheyenne pledges support to ND tribe fighting pipeline
(Montana) -- The thousands of protesters at the dig site for a new North Dakota oil pipeline may include members of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe. A resolution published...
article The North Dakota Oil Pipeline: Derogation of Native American Tribal Land Rights
(North Dakota) -- Last week, the federal government gave final approval to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which will run for 1,172 miles to transport...
article Southeast Alaska tribes share mining concerns with feds
(Alaska) -- State tribal groups have met with federal officials to discuss concerns that Canadian mining projects could divert potentially toxic water to southeast...

8/20/2016

article A Pipeline Standoff Escalates in North Dakota
(North Dakota) -- An ongoing battle over an oil pipeline in North Dakota is reaching new levels this week as protesters have interrupted construction and drawn national...
article Amid Tribe's Protest, Construction Of Oil Pipeline In N. Dakota Halts — For Now
(North Dakota) -- Construction of a controversial crude oil pipeline set to span at least 1,168 miles from North Dakota to Illinois has temporarily been halted in North...
article Dakota Access Pipeline: Standing Rock Sioux Issue Urgent Appeal to United Nations Human Rights Officials
(North Dakota) -- The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the International Indian Treaty Council have appealed to the United Nations for help in their fight against...
article Dakota Pipeline Construction Halted Amid Ongoing 'Defiance of Black Snake'
(North Dakota) -- Construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline has been temporarily halted as protests against the $3.8 billion, 1,172-mile project continued...
article Native Americans banned from protesting pipeline on own land
(North Dakota) -- Despite ongoing resistance by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, a North Dakota federal court has ordered the indigenous group to stop their blockade...
article Dakota Access protesters settle into camp life
(North Dakota) -- An upside down flag hangs in the center of a new community larger than most small towns in North Dakota. It's a protest camp near the Cannonball...
article Tribal chairman calls governor’s emergency order unfortunate
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s decision to issue an emergency declaration over an ongoing pipeline protest is unfortunate, the head of the...
article Hillary Clinton must stand with Native Americans
(New York) -- Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton says she is committed to supporting Indian country. Well, now her commitment is being put to the test.
article Opinion: Incident at Standing Rock
(North Dakota) -- Currently, the once-in-a-generation experience has presented itself to many people from all walks of life, from many different peoples, at the No...

8/19/2016

article Native American Pipeline Protest Halts Construction in N. Dakota
(North Dakota) -- A groundswell of Native American activists has temporarily shut down construction on a major new oil pipeline with an ongoing protest that has drawn...
article North Dakota Governor Issue Emergency Declaration: Protests May Cost State $1 Million
(North Dakota) -- With the steady stream of protesters growing into the area around the Dakota Access pipeline demonstration near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation,...
article North Dakota pipeline construction halted until court date
(North Dakota) -- Developers of a four-state oil pipeline have agreed to halt construction of the project in southern North Dakota until a federal court hearing next...
article Sioux tribe leader wants political help to halt oil pipeline
(North Dakota) -- A tribal leader Wednesday said he contacted the White House and met with North Dakota's senators in an effort to halt construction of a $3.8...
article State Police Begin Checkpoints, Roadblocks, and Psyops as Protesters Unite to Defend Water
(North Dakota) -- Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, ND – Occupations and demonstrations continued August 17th at the site of construction for the Missouri River...
article Tribal chairman calls for peaceful Dakota Access pipeline protest
(North Dakota) -- The chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe called for peace Wednesday as protests of the Dakota Access Pipeline continue north of the reservation.
article Winnebago Tribe sets out to help the Standing Rock Tribe stop the Bakken Oil Pipeline
(Nebraska) -- The Native American tribe at Standing Rock has been protesting the building of the Bakken pipeline for some time now. Recently, roughly a couple thousand...
article Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Chairman Responds to Lawsuit filed by Dakota Access Owners
(North Dakota) -- With so much happening in recent days regarding the Dakota Access pipeline, I wanted to take this opportunity to make sure that the position of the...
article The Woman Who Helps Cook for 2,000 People
(North Dakota) -- Hundreds of cars... tents... teepees...It's clear they're in it for the long haul. And as hundreds spend the day protesting. Mona Richards...
article Southeast Alaska tribes share mining concerns with feds
(Alaska) -- State tribal groups have met with federal officials to discuss concerns that Canadian mining projects could divert potentially toxic water to southeast...

8/18/2016

article 'For as long as it takes': Native American protesters defy North Dakota pipeline construction
(North Dakota) -- Joey Montoya, like other protesters near Cannon Ball, at the northern boundary of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota, sees himself as...
article A Pipeline Standoff Escalates in North Dakota
(North Dakota) -- An ongoing battle over an oil pipeline in North Dakota is reaching new levels this week as protesters have interrupted construction and drawn national...
article Bakken pipeline route near tribe wasn't the only option
(North Dakota) -- An early proposal for the Dakota Access pipeline called for the route to cross the Missouri River north of Bismarck, N.D. — but one reason that...
article Documenting the North Dakota pipeline protests with ‘time-machine’ tech
(North Dakota) -- An unusual scene played out earlier this week at the site of the ongoing protest of an oil pipeline under construction near the Standing Rock...
article Hundreds Of Native Americans Face Down Police As Pipeline Protest Turns Into Police Standoff In North Dakota
(North Dakota) -- For about a week, hundreds of Native Americans have been facing down police in North Dakota in an attempt to halt construction of a pipeline slated to...
article Native Tribes, Law Enforcement Face Off Puts Controversial Pipeline Work On Hold
(North Dakota) -- Hundreds of protesters from three tribes and their allies stopped construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline for the second day in a row Wednesday, but...
article Sioux chairman calls for removal of highway barriers
(North Dakota) -- Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault said Thursday he’s asking state authorities to remove a barricade on Highway 1806 and declared...
article Standing Rock Sioux Chairman’s Arrest Followed by Lawsuit Against Him
(North Dakota) -- No sooner had Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Chairman David Archambault II gotten out of jail after being arrested for demonstrating against the Dakota...
article Tribal chairman says no guns are at Dakota Access Pipeline protest site
(North Dakota) -- Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault declared Thursday reports of weapons at the Dakota Access Pipeline protest are not valid.
article Northern Gateway pipeline project exposes divides in First Nations governance
(British Columbia) -- The dispute over who in the powerful Haida Nation can speak publicly on divisive issues such as the Enbridge Northern Gateway project is revealing...

8/17/2016

article 'Cease and desist,' Neskantaga First Nation tells Ring of Fire mining company
(Thunder Bay) -- The chief of a northern Ontario First Nation says he was offended and troubled earlier this month by a notice that a mining company was set to begin...
article 800 Native Americans Halt Dakota Access Pipeline Work—For Now
(North Dakota) -- Morton County is preparing to send more law enforcement and private security this weekend to protect the pipeline's construction.
article Cass County deputies among officers patrolling pipeline protests
(North Dakota) -- Cass County deputies have answered a call for help from Morton County at the site of protests against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline...
article Local Natives collect supplies for pipeline protesters
(Nebraska) -- The two women stood on the banks of Blackbird Creek near Macy and prayed for the swollen Missouri River downstream. A mother and daughter praying for their...
article Native Americans Locked in Standoff with Dakota Access Pipeline
(North Dakota) -- Hundreds of Native Americans have been protesting against the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota, with the protests leading to...
article Sioux tribe leader wants political help to halt oil pipeline
(North Dakota) -- A tribal leader Wednesday said he contacted the White House and met with North Dakota's senators in an effort to halt construction of a $3.8...
article Tribal chairman calls for peaceful pipeline protest
(North Dakota) -- The chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe called for peace Wednesday as protests of the Dakota Access Pipeline continue north of the reservation....
article Tribal leaders tell senators of trauma on their lands, in people
(North Dakota) -- At a hearing on trauma among Native Americans on Wednesday, tribal leaders asked North Dakota's senators to consider the potential traumatic...

8/16/2016

article Judge rules against Bakken protesters in North Dakota
(North Dakota) -- A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday against protesters interfering with the Dakota Access pipeline construction as opponents...
article LaDuke: Dakota Access Pipeline purchaser looking like Enron
(North Dakota) -- The recent announcement of Enbridge's purchase of the Dakota Access Pipeline came as a surprise to most of us. For the past four years, Enbridge...
article Numbers growing at Dakota Access protest
(North Dakota) -- Numbers are growing at the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline protest, with overflow camp sites set up late Monday and additional pipeline opponents...
article Wyoming Governor criticizes Oregon coal port ruling
(Wyoming) -- Officials in Wyoming and Montana are weighing how to respond to last week's ruling by an Oregon judge that rejected the states' claims that federal...
article Maliseet First Nations intervene in Energy East's NEB hearings
(New Brunswick) -- The six Maliseet First Nations will make presentations on Tuesday as the National Energy Board wraps up the New Brunswick-based public hearings on the...

8/15/2016

article Dakota Access pipeline owners sue North Dakota protesters
(North Dakota) -- Developers of a $3.8 billion, four-state oil pipeline sued in federal court Monday to stop protesters near an American Indian reservation in North...
article NORRELL: Standing Rock Chairman: 'Black Snake Pipeline Threatens Mother Earth'
(North Dakota) -- Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault said his people are carrying out a prayer for the protection of Mother Earth, while the Dakota Access...
article Oglala Sioux Tribe members to join pipeline protesters
(North Dakota) -- Oglala Sioux Tribe members are traveling from their reservation in southwest South Dakota to join a growing protest against the construction of a four-...

8/14/2016

article In North Dakota, people vs. oil pipeline protest strengthens
(North Dakota) -- Chekota American Horse and his 8-month-old son traveled a few miles from their home on the nearby Sioux reservation to join the growing protest against...
article Judge upholds Oregon denial of coal export permit
(Oregon) -- An administrative law judge in Oregon on Friday found that state regulators acted within their authority when they rejected a proposed coal terminal on the...

8/13/2016

article Ontario Energy Board updates consultation requirements for Energy East pipeline
(Ontario) -- The Ontario Energy Board is issuing new guidelines to better define obligations to consult First Nations communities about “hydrocarbon pipelines,...
article In North Dakota, people vs. oil pipeline protest strengthens
(North Dakota) -- Chekota American Horse and his 8-month-old son traveled a few miles from their home on the nearby Sioux reservation to join the growing protest against...
article Lakota Lead Native Americans, Ranchers and Farmers in Fight Against Dakota Access Pipeline
(North Dakota) -- Amidst the cries of "protect our water, protect our land, protect our peoples," Native Americans, ranchers and farmers are standing their...
article Rosario Dawson, 'Divergent' Star Shailene Woodley Join Standing Rock Sioux Protest Against Dakota Access Pipeline
(North Dakota) -- Actresses Shailene Woodley, Rosario Dawson and Riley Keough have joined other celeb voices in protesting against the Dakota Access pipeline, recently...

8/12/2016

article Video represents 'all that is really sick about the mining industry', Pam Palmater says
(Ontario) -- A promotional video for a mining company featuring young women in bikini tops is "disgusting" and has one expert calling on government to explore...
article 14 Arrested as Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Protest N. Dakota Pipeline
(North Dakota) -- In North Dakota, 14 people were arrested Thursday protesting the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline that will stretch from North Dakota to Illinois.
article Arrests made as Native American tribes, landowners protest Keystone XL rival
(North Dakota) -- Construction on the controversial Bakken pipeline is set to begin any day now, forcing both landowners and Native American tribes in North Dakota to...
article North Dakota Law Enforcement Just Moved Into A Native American Pipeline Protest
(North Dakota) -- An oil pipeline poised to run through four Midwestern states may have all the permits it needs for construction, but Native Americans and Iowa...
article Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault arrested at Dakota Access Pipeline protest
(New Mexico) -- Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault was arrested Friday afternoon at a protest rally where the Dakota Access Pipeline is headed toward the...
article The Government Quietly Just Approved This Enormous Oil Pipeline
(North Dakota) -- It took seven years of protests, sit-ins, letter writing, and, finally, a presidential review to prevent the Keystone XL oil pipeline from being built.
article Tribal Members Block Pipeline Construction, 12 Arrested
(North Dakota) -- Yesterday (August 11), approximately 200 protestors from the Oceti Sakowins (commonly known as the Sioux people)—joined by “Divergent...
article Saskatchewan Elder takes action to get action on oil spill
(Saskatchewan) -- An Elder in Saskatchewan who says he is frustrated with the province and his own community has started a protest to get people going.

8/11/2016

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 Polley Mine Spill Still Poisoning BC Waterways Two Years Later: First Nations
(British Columbia) -- Almost two years to the day since Imperial Metals’ Polley Mine spewed four billion gallons of wastewater and toxic sludge into the pristine...
article HOUSKA: Native American Youth to Obama: 'Rezpect' Our Water
(Washington D.C.) -- On Saturday, a 2,000-mile relay run from North Dakota to Washington, D.C. culminated with dozens of Native Americans singing and marching in front...
article Opposition to oil pipeline heats up in North Dakota, Iowa
(North Dakota) -- American Indians blocked crews constructing the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota on Wednesday, while Iowa landowners are asking...
article Tribes and Native youth join forces in campaign to stop oil pipeline
(Washington D.C.) -- Efforts to stop a crude oil pipeline from crossing the Great Plains continue to build steam as tribes and Native youth join forces to protect their...

8/10/2016

article Protest of Dakota Access Pipeline construction continues along Missouri River
(North Dakota) -- Dakota Access Pipeline protesters set up camp Wednesday close to where Dakota Access crews will begin digging along the Missouri River. Law enforcement...
article Energy East pipeline requires First Nations consent, interveners tell NEB
(New Brunswick) -- TransCanada Corp. says it will "strive to reach consent" with First Nations over the proposed Energy East pipeline. John Van der Put, vice-...

8/9/2016

article How Indigenous Tribes Are Fighting the Fossil Fuel Industry—and Winning
(Oregon) -- There’s no such thing as a good place for an oil-train derailment, but this year’s June 3 spill outside Mosier, Oregon, could have been worse if...

8/8/2016

article BLOG: Ezra Miller Has Found 'The Real Justice League' — And They're In A Fight To Save Their Water
(Washington D.C.) -- After a 2,000-mile journey, a group of 30 spirited young people from the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota ran, in the rain, to the steps of...
article Dakota & Lakota Teens Protest Bakken Pipeline
(Washington D.C.) -- In Washington, D.C., Native American youth demonstrated in front of the White House on Saturday to protest a proposed oil pipeline. The youth had...
article NORRELL: Native Youths Protest Bakken Pipeline in New York City
(Washington D.C.) -- Protesting in front of the White House, and in New York City’s Union Square, Native American youth runners from Standing Rock in North Dakota...
article Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in opposes Dome Road mining claims
(North Canada) -- The Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in First Nation says a proposed placer mining operation along Dawson City's Dome Road conflicts with its own development...

8/6/2016

article 'Divergent' star Shailene Woodley joins ND tribal protest against new oil pipeline
(North Dakota) -- "Divergent" star Shailene Woodley has teamed up with young activists from here to protest a new oil pipeline that would transport crude from...
article Native Youth Run 2,000 Miles to Washington DC to Protest Dakota Access Pipeline
(North Dakota) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ recent approval of the Dakota Access oil pipeline without a comprehensive environmental review has drawn ire...
article These Native American Youths Are Running 2,000 Miles to Protect Their Water
(Maryland) -- "Most of us coming from the reservation have never been this far from home," Bobbi Jean Three Legs, a resident of the Standing Rock Reservation,...

8/5/2016

article Exploratory mining decision delayed because of tribal concerns
(Washington) -- A decision on whether to permit exploratory drilling for copper on U.S. Forest Service land near Mazama has been delayed due to concerns expressed by the...

8/4/2016

article Native American teens run to protest pipeline
(North Dakota) -- The Dakota Access pipeline project has approval from four states and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and it has agreements with more than 90 percent...

8/3/2016

article Tribes protest Dakota Access pipeline on Capitol grounds
(North Dakota) -- Tribal members gathered on the state Capitol grounds Tuesday to protest the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline's Missouri River crossing as lawmakers...

8/2/2016

article Local church aids Native Americans as group heads to D.C. to protest pipeline
(North Dakota) -- A group of Native American youths who embarked more than two weeks ago on a 2,200-mile journey to fight for clean water and land stopped at First...
article Spirit Camp protests pipeline during special session
(North Dakota) -- Tribal members gathered on the state Capitol grounds Tuesday to protest the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline’s Missouri River crossing as...

8/1/2016

article Native American youths stop in Columbus during 2,000 mile run to protest pipeline
(Ohio) -- Dozens of young activists stopped in Columbus, Monday, on their way to the nation’s capital. The 39 members of the Oceti Sakowin Nation are running 2,000...

7/29/2016

article Sioux Tribe Seeks to Stop Bakken Pipeline Project
(Washington D.C.) -- The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is seeking to block construction of a 1,000-mile pipeline in North Dakota that it says threatens its culture and...
article Standing Rock tribe sues over Dakota Access pipeline permits
(Washington D.C.) -- The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers accusing the federal agency of violating the National...
article Tribe challenges federal approval of Dakota Access Pipeline
(Washington D.C.) -- A Native American group has accused the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of violating historic preservation and environmental laws when it approved an 1...
article Tribe to bring water, pipeline concerns to D.C.
(Iowa) -- About 40 people of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe wearily climbed the Southside Boat Club’s sloping parking lot Tuesday morning in Keokuk. Runners were...
article First Nations in Manitoba keep wary eye on Saskatchewan oil spill
(Manitoba) -- First Nations in Manitoba are keeping a nervous eye on a massive slick that's slowly spreading eastward on the North Saskatchewan River, after a...

7/28/2016

article Tribe files lawsuit over pipeline
(Montana) -- The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over the Dakota Access Pipeline. The tribe, represented by...
article 'Water is sacred': Saskatoon river gatherings prompted by oil spill concerns
(Saskatoon) -- People gathered in Saskatoon along the South Saskatchewan River to express concern about the waters of the North Saskatchewan River. Husky Energy reported...
press release Ihanktonwan/Yankton Sioux Outraged By Army Corps' Issuance Of Approvals For Dakota Access Pipeline
(South Dakota) -- The Yankton Sioux Tribe was shocked and outraged by yesterday’s news that the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) had issued a “verification...

7/27/2016

article American Indians to continue protest against pipeline
(North Dakota) -- American Indians in North Dakota say they will continue to protest the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline from North Dakota to Illinois, even after...
article Breaking: Dakota Access Pipeline Approved
(North Dakota) -- Despite the strong opposition of several tribes, the Army Corps of Engineers has approved nearly all permits to build the Dakota Access Pipeline...
article Oil spills happening at a rate of about 2 per day in Saskatchewan: researcher
(Saskatchewan) -- A researcher says oil spills are happening at a rate of about two per day in Saskatchewan. University of Regina researcher Emily Eaton runs an...

7/26/2016

article Corps approves Dakota Access permits
(North Dakota) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineer's has approved most of the final permits necessary to construct the Dakota Access pipeline project.
article Feds say no to Kiggavik uranium mine, back Nunavut Impact Review Board
(Nunavut) -- The minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs has reviewed the Nunavut Impact Review Board's final report on the proposed Kiggavik uranium mine and...

7/25/2016

article Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations demands seat in oil spill command centre
(Saskatchewan) -- The Chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations is speaking out today on the Husky Energy oil spill and calling for full First Nation...

7/24/2016

article Northwest Tribes Band Together to Stop Oil-by-Rail
(Washington) -- There's no such thing as a good place for an oil-train derailment, but this year's June 3 spill outside Mosier, Oregon, could have been worse if...
article Bakken Pipeline protesters running across the country with powerful statement
(Iowa) -- The Bakken Pipeline is continuing to stir up controversy. A group of Native American teens from North Dakota are running across the country, hoping to deliver...

7/23/2016

article Native American Bakken protesters: 'Protect Mother Earth'
(Iowa) -- A group of young Native Americans protested the Bakken pipeline Saturday, during a stop in Des Moines along its 2,000-mile relay run to the White House. Thirty...

7/22/2016

article The ‘What Ifs’ of Fracking: Navajos Wonder Whether Chemicals Are Deforming Their Livestock
(New Mexico) -- It took Dorothy Keetso only a few minutes to realize the baby lamb was fatally deformed. The animal, born June 6, nursed from a bottle and followed on...
article Treaty Rights Battle Links Hunting and Oil Pipelines in Minnesota
(Minnesota) -- Members of several northern Minnesota Ojibwe Bands are preparing a legal challenge to reaffirm hunting, fishing and gathering rights guaranteed by their...
article Where oil and gas meet sacred lands, tribe defends 'last stronghold'
(Montana) -- The wind barreling across Montana died down just in time for a morning hike up Mount Baldy. That was a relief for leaders of the Blackfeet Nation and local...
article Enbridge Reaches $177 Million Settlement for 2010 Oil Spills
(Michigan) -- Enbridge Inc., the company that was recently thwarted in its attempt to build an oil pipeline across British Columbia, has reached a $177 million...

7/21/2016

article Belledune oil terminal project challenged federally
(New Brunswick) -- Three Mi'kmaq communities in Quebec are challenging the proposed Chaleur Terminals oil terminal project at the Port of Belledune, this time taking...
article Meaningfulness of Trans Mountain pipeline consultations questioned by First Nations chief
(British Columbia) -- A federal panel on the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion is holding public consultations in Chilliwack Thursday, as part of an attempt to rebuild...

7/20/2016

article Pipeline company puts $1 million for Head Start building on reservation
(North Dakota) -- A fundraising campaign launched by an oilfield company will enable a Head Start program on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation to build a new facility...

7/19/2016

article Mi’kmaq communities ask federal court to block New Brunswick oil terminal
(Ottawa) -- Three Mi’kmaq communities are asking a federal court to reverse the approval of a crude-by-rail export terminal in a northern New Brunswick port,...
article Small Victory for Canada’s First Nations Reveals Large Problems
(Canada) -- On June 30, the Canadian Federal Court of Appeals voted 2-1 to revoke Enbridge Inc.’s permits for the controversial Northern Gateway Pipeline in what...

7/18/2016

article Innu community files injunction to stop Anticosti drilling
(Montreal) -- An Innu community has laid the groundwork for a legal battle against a controversial plan to drill for oil and gas on Anticosti Island. Ekuanitshit Chief...
article Innu community moves to bolster injunction request against Anticosti drilling
(Quebec) -- An Innu community is requesting a provisional injunction against drilling for oil and gas on Anticosti Island while a judge considers its request for a...

7/16/2016

article FX Drilling will plead guilty to 2011 Blackfeet Reservation Oil Spill
(Montana) -- A Nevada Oil Company will plead guilty to charges stemming from a 2011 oil spill on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. Court documents filed this week said...
article Protect Our Public Lands: Indigenous Witnesses Take Fracking and Climate Concerns on the Road
(USA) -- Indigenous Peoples on the front lines of climate change and development battles will be taking their testimony on the road starting on July 18, stopping at...

7/15/2016

article Oil company to plead guilty in spill on Blackfeet Reservation
(Montana) -- An oil company has agreed to plead guilty to two criminal charges and pay a $100,000 fine for a 2011 spill in northwestern Montana, but its attorneys urged...

7/14/2016

article ‘Keep It in the Ground’ Movement Puts BLM Leasing in Its Sights
(New Mexico) -- The fracking battle that is developing near ancient, sacred Chaco Canyon is merely the most visible of a groundswell of opposition to the Bureau of Land...
article Exploding Fire Consumes Oil Field in San Juan Basin; Cause Unknown
(New Mexico) -- A fire that consumed storage tanks at an oil field in New Mexico is slowly burning out, and a WPX Energy spokesperson has apologized to dozens of Navajo...

7/12/2016

article Wyo. fracking case signals end of court deference to federal agencies, environmental attorney says
(Wyoming) -- The Ute Indian Tribe's victory in federal court earlier this month fending off Bureau of Land Management-imposed fracking rules included a number of...
article Northwest Tribes Band Together to Stop Oil-by-Rail
(Washington) -- There’s no such thing as a good place for an oil-train derailment, but this year’s June 3 spill outside Mosier, Oregon, could have been worse...

7/11/2016

article In fracking turf war, Utes 'don't pick fights to lose'
(Utah) -- Atop a mesa in Utah's high desert, Tony Small looks out on miles and miles of tribal land -- land that is home to his people, the Ute Indian Tribe....

7/8/2016

article Tribe receives funds to train mine workers
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation will receive a portion of an $8.4 million grant to provide safety and health training courses to reduce accidents at mining sites. The...

7/7/2016

article First Nation Tribes in Canada Secure Victory Against Enbridge
(Canada) -- The company had been granted government approval for the US$7.9 billion project, but the court ruled on Wednesday that regulators failed to consult with...

7/6/2016

article Wyoming Federal Court Strikes Down BLM Fracking Rule
(Wyoming) -- U.S. District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl in State of Wyoming et al v. U.S. Department if Interior et al. struck down Bureau of Land Management regulations...

7/5/2016

article First Nations critical to resource project assessment outcomes, new study says
(Canada) -- A new paper warns against tossing out the current environmental assessment system over some high-profile pipeline conflicts with First Nations. In a study to...
article Salmon fishing reopens after state-tribal agreement ends lengthy gridlock
(Washington) -- After an extended stalemate in negotiations between state and tribal officials closed the Puget Sound region to salmon fishing on May 1, those areas area...

7/1/2016

article A First Nations proposal to break the pipeline gridlock: ownership
(Alberta) -- Joe Dion sits in an unusual position. As the CEO of Frog Lake Energy Resources Corporation, he runs a company that helps his Alberta First Nation profit...

6/30/2016

article Court quashes Enbridge pipeline, slams Harper government for ignoring First Nations
(British Columbia) -- In a stinging repudiation of former prime minister Stephen Harper's treatment of Canada's First Nations, the Federal Court of Appeal has...
article Northern Gateway pipeline approval overturned
(British Columbia) -- The Federal Court of Appeal has overturned approval of Enbridge's controversial Northern Gateway project after finding Ottawa failed to...
article Power struggle in northern B.C. deepens as pressure to approve LNG builds
(British Columbia) -- The war of words in northwest B.C. over Pacific NorthWest LNG (PNW LNG)’s proposed $36-billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) pipeline and plant...
article CTUIR wants to improve all rail safety
(Oregon) -- The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation has long been worried about oil trains passing near tribal housing on the reservation, and the...

6/29/2016

article Altas documents industrialization of Northern B.C. First Nations' territory
(British Columbia) -- A new report from the Blueberry River First Nations in northeastern B.C. says industrial activity is destroying their traditional territory. The...

6/28/2016

article First Nations territory ‘wiped out’ by industry development, chief says
(British Columbia) -- The Blueberry River First Nations has released an atlas showing that more than 80 per cent of its traditional territory – which overlies a...

6/27/2016

article Tribal refinery project proceeds slowly
(North Dakota) -- The Three Affiliated Tribes are proceeding slowing on the construction of a refinery project near Makoti. "We're still moving ahead...
article Alaska Natives, environmentalists add to push for action on nearby Canadian mining
(Alaska) -- Alaska Native and environmental groups on Monday petitioned the Interior Secretary to launch a formal investigation into whether pollution from mines in...
article Decision looms for controversial mine in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
(Michigan) -- Michigan officials are weighing the possibility of an open pit mine in the western Upper Peninsula, and Native Americans, residents and environmental...

6/26/2016

article Oil battle pits energy companies vs. tribes, climate activists
(Washington) -- Two companies proposing to build what would be the nation's largest oil-by-rail marine terminal along the Columbia River in Washington see it as an...

6/25/2016

article Squamish Nation votes to approve FortisBC pipeline
(Washington) -- The Squamish Nation Council has approved the proposed FortisBC pipeline expansion slated for Squamish. The council voted Saturday to approve the FortisBC...
article Navajo Mine owners ready to take over from BHP
(New Mexico) -- Even as the Navajo Transitional Energy Company, owner of Navajo Mine, prepares to take full ownership of the open-pit mine by the end of the year,...

6/23/2016

article Bakken pipeline will run under sacred tribal site in Iowa
(Iowa) -- Iowa officials will allow work on a four-state oil pipeline to go forward after the company submitted a plan to avoid disrupting an American Indian burial...

6/22/2016

article Bakken pipeline given approval to proceed, but path must be bored under tribal burial grounds
(Iowa) -- Work on the Bakken crude oil pipeline on a significant archaeological site can proceed — as long as work takes place underground. A June 17 amendment to...
article Bakken Pipeline To Go Under Native Burial Ground In Lyon County
(Iowa) -- A solution has been reached over a Native American burial ground in Lyon County, that will allow construction of the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline, which will...
article Bakken pipeline will run under sacred tribal site
(Iowa) -- State officials have lifted a stop-work order on the Bakken oil pipeline in northwest Iowa where tribal officials had objected to disrupting sacred American...
article Obama-appointed judge strikes down federal fracking rule
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal judge appointed by President Obama struck down the administration’s regulation on hydraulic fracturing on federal lands on Tuesday,...
article Federal Court Grants Judgment to Ute Indian Tribe, Voids Attempt to Regulate Fracking on Indian Lands
(Wyoming) -- The Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation achieved another significant victory on June 21 when the United States District Court for the...
article States, Oil Groups Sink BLM Fracking Rule [sub req]
(Wyoming) -- A Wyoming federal judge on Tuesday struck down the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's fracking rule for federal and Native American lands, finding the...

6/20/2016

article Mark Trahant: Pay tribes to leave coal resources in the ground
(North Dakota) -- What if? Two words that ought to be the every day language in politics? What if we tried this? What if we did that? What if we imagined?
article Gods and Monsters: Bulldozer Rips Into Ancient Sacred Site
(Nevada) -- A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has denied the Te-Moak Band of Western Shoshone’s request for an emergency injunction to stop...
article Mayan families’ quest for justice against Canadian mining company HudBay
(Guatemala) -- Ribbons of sweat roll down German Chub’s face, as he pushes his wheelchair around his rocky yard, careful not to run over the hens pecking in the...

6/19/2016

article B.C. indigenous leaders bring case against LNG terminal to Ottawa
(Canada) -- Two B.C. First Nations leaders fighting a proposal to export liquefied natural gas from Lelu Island say Ottawa needs to recognize the hereditary rights of...
article Pro-oil First Nations go on the offensive, organize conference
(Canada) -- First Nations that rely on oil and gas extraction for the economic well-being of their communities say it is time that their voices were heard as loud and as...

6/17/2016

article Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman working on development projects, despite oil downturn
(North Dakota) -- You've heard a lot about how depressed oil prices are impacting state government budgets, unemployment rates, and the North Dakota economy.

6/16/2016

article Nunavut board rejects gold mine over concerns about caribou, climate change
(Nunavut) -- The Nunavut Impact Review Board has rejected a gold mining project in Nunavut's Kitikmeot region. NIRB sent its review of Sabina Gold & Silver Corp...

6/15/2016

article Northwest tribes call for end to oil shipments in treaty territory
(Washington) -- Tribes with treaty rights along the Columbia River are calling for an end to oil rail shipments following a derailment earlier this month. The 96-car...

6/12/2016

article Native history, Bakken pipeline clash in Iowa Blood Run area
(Iowa) -- The planned route of the Bakken oil pipeline in northwest Iowa would lie near an area in Lyon County that archaeologists say was essentially the state capital...

6/11/2016

article Northwest tribal leaders highlight risks of oil trains
(Oregon) -- Leaders of several Pacific Northwest tribes gathered Thursday near the site of last week's fiery oil train wreck in Oregon to condemn the shipping of...
article Native history, Bakken pipeline clash in Iowa Blood Run area
(Iowa) -- The planned route of the Bakken oil pipeline in northwest Iowa would lie near an area in Lyon County that archaeologists say was essentially the state capital...
article Chaco Canyon oil and gas lease sale delayed
(Colorado) -- An oil and gas lease sale near Chaco Canyon was postponed this week for the third time, leaving conservationists and tribal communities on edge over the...

6/10/2016

article Tribal leaders gather in Mosier, call for end of fossil fuels transport
(Oregon) -- Pacific Northwest tribal leaders gathered in Mosier Thursday, pushing for the end of fossil fuel transport. Tribes fear for the environment.
article CSKT Honors Ancestors & Rejects Delisting of Sacred Grizzly as Mining Threats Loom Over Yellowstone
(Montana) -- Another three of Yellowstone’s ancestral tribes have rejected federal proposals to remove protections from the area’s most iconic species, the...

6/9/2016

article Oil beneath Arctic waters hot topic in Nunavut
(Nunavut) -- June 8 is World Oceans Day, and a surprise announcement by a well-known oil giant has Nunavut residents feeling hopeful about their part in protecting the...
article Shell donates Lancaster Sound oil-gas leases to Nunavut marine park
(Nunavut) -- Shell Canada has voluntarily given up its rights to a series of oil exploration permits on blocks of marine territory near Lancaster Sound in North Baffin,...
article Shell leaving Lancaster Sound 'a relief' to Inuit, cynical ploy to Greenpeace
(Nunavut) -- While three federal ministers, a Baffin Inuit group and WWF-Canada are extolling Shell's move to relinquish its exploration permits in Lancaster Sound,...
article Northwest Tribal Leaders Highlight Risks of Oil Trains
(Oregon) -- Leaders of several Pacific Northwest tribes gathered Thursday near the site of last week's fiery oil train wreck in Oregon to condemn the shipping of...
article Pacific Northwest tribes gather at oil train derailment site in Oregon
(Oregon) -- Today the Yakama Nation and leaders from several Washington and Oregon tribes gathered on the shores of the Columbia River at the site of the Union Pacific...
article 'Sovereignty by the Barrel': Tribe Takes Control of Oil Production
(North Dakota) -- The Three Affiliated Tribes are reclaiming oil production on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in western North Dakota.

6/8/2016

article Australian firm asks B.C. First Nation to support LNG project
(British Columbia) -- An Australian company is reaching out to the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation in hopes of winning support for plans to export liquefied natural gas...
article Mi'kmaq chiefs sign 'historic' deal with Kameron Coal over Donkin mine
(Nova Scotia) -- The Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq Chiefs has signed what's being called a "historic" deal with the owner of the Donkin mine for a...
article Shell leaving Lancaster Sound 'a relief' to Inuit, cynical ploy to Greenpeace
(North Canada) -- While three federal ministers, a Baffin Inuit group and WWF-Canada are extolling Shell's move to relinquish its exploration permits in Lancaster...

6/7/2016

article Dakota Access disputes archaeologist over tribal land
(Iowa) -- A Texas oil company is challenging the findings and authority of Iowa’s state archaeologist, who recommended the company reroute its Bakken oil pipeline...
article Iowa board votes to allow pipeline work to begin in state
(Iowa) -- A Texas company may begin construction on an oil pipeline in areas for which the company has approval but are not under federal jurisdiction, the Iowa...
article B.C. First Nations leaders, mayor journey to Ottawa in push against pipeline
(British Columbia) -- First Nations leaders whose traditional territories include Vancouver journeyed to Ottawa on Tuesday alongside the city’s mayor to urge the...
article Bill revives tribal-state royalty committee at Interior Department
(Washington D.C.) -- The House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources will hold a hearing next week on H.R.5259, the Certainty for States and Tribes Act. The bill...

6/6/2016

article City, port, tribal leaders weigh in on oil-by-rail after wreck
(Oregon) -- It was never a question of if, but when. That’s how Hermiston Fire Chief Scott Stanton reacted to Friday’s oil train derailment near Mosier,...
article Tribal Community Overlooked In Gorge Train Derailment
(Oregon) -- A press briefing midday Saturday included spokespeople from the Union Pacific Railroad Company, officials with various environmental agencies from both...
article Native history, Bakken pipeline clash in Iowa's Blood Run area
(Iowa) -- The planned route of the Bakken oil pipeline in northwest Iowa would lie near an area in Lyon County that archaeologists say was essentially the state capital...

6/5/2016

article Tribe makes efforts to reclaim reservation oil production
(North Dakota) -- A tribal-owned oil company that started oil production last year has garnered roughly 1,000 barrels of oil per day for the Three Affiliated Tribes.

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