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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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5/23/2016

article Nunavut Inuit group shows its members the mining money
(North Canada) -- The Inuit land-claim organization for Nunavut's Baffin Island region is sounding out on a traditionally hush-hush topic: how much money an...
article NM sues EPA for $136 million over mine spill
(New Mexico) -- New Mexico today sued the Environmental Protection Agency and the owners of the Gold King Mine for more than $136 million over economic setbacks and...

5/22/2016

article Why the Iowa portion of Midwest oil pipeline could be delayed
(Iowa) -- The construction of a crude oil pipeline that would cross the Midwestern United States has hit a roadblock in Iowa amid lawsuits challenging the eminent domain...

5/21/2016

article Kinder Morgan approval a “call to arms” says Grand Chief Stewart Phillip
(British Columbia) -- The decision by the National Energy Board (NEB) to approve the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline project is a “call to arms” said...
article Oil company argues for dismissal of charges in 2011 spill on Blackfeet reservation
(Montana) -- Nevada-based FX Drilling Company Inc. this week asked a federal district court judge to throw out a pair of criminal charges leveled against it stemming...

5/20/2016

article If Confirmed, Native American Site May Delay $3.8B Pipeline
(Iowa) -- Discovery of an archaeological site that may have cultural significance to Native Americans could further delay construction of a $3.8 billion oil pipeline if...
article The consensus builder
(British Columbia) -- Ellis Ross has overcome personal adversity before. He isn’t fazed by gloomy forecasts that have quelled the excitement over planned exports...
article First Nations say they have the power to stop Trans Mountain expansion
(British Columbia) -- The Stó:lō collective of First Nations in British Columbia is very familiar with the transport of oil. The existing Trans Mountain pipeline has...
article New Mexico pushes for remedies in wake of Gold King Mine spill
(New Mexico) -- The federal government and Colorado have made little progress in remedying damages from the 2015 release of millions of gallons of wastewater from a...

5/19/2016

article Oil company asks judge to toss criminal charges over spill
(Montana) -- An oil company should not have been criminally charged for an accidental oil spill in Montana in 2011 that its employees took immediate steps to fix when it...
article Murkowski slams attention given to anti-Arctic drilling activists
(Washington D.C.) -- Alaska's senior Senator Lisa Murkowski criticized the Interior Department in a hearing Thursday over a tweet promoting a meeting with Alaska...
article U.S. tribes mobilize against giant proposed Canadian pipeline, oil export terminal
(Washington) -- An oil pipeline bigger than Keystone XL, which would put 40 tankers a month into waters shared by the U.S. and Canada, is expected to get a green light...
article Daines, Zinke introduce bill to give states, tribes more authority in federal coal leasing policies
(Washington D.C.) -- Legislation introduced by U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) and U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT) on Tuesday would give states and tribes more say in changes...
article First Nations given proper notice over Belledune oil terminal, lawyer argues
(New Brunswick) -- The provincial government argued a Calgary-based company took the proper steps in alerting a group of Mi'kmaq First Nations to a proposal for an...

5/18/2016

article First Nation band has no faith in new Kinder Morgan review panel
(Ottawa) -- The federal government's newest plan to legitimize how pipelines are approved is already stirring up doubt among some First Nations. On Tuesday, Ottawa...
article ‘Kayaktivists’ protest against proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion
(Vancouver) -- Activist Cam Fenton has been a kayaker for most of his life, but this week marked a first: the only time he has gone up against an oil tanker intent on...
article First Nations had the chance to appeal Belledune oil terminal, court hears
(New Brunswick) -- Lawyers for Chaleur Terminals Inc. and the provincial government began their arguments against the Mi'gmawei Mawiomi Secretariat (MMS) in...
article The Native American Coal War
(Montana) -- When the Indian Wars ended after Custer’s demise at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, Native Americans found themselves relegated to reservations....
article Tribal members question water quality in response to new Bakken study
(North Dakota) -- Some residents of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation say they want greater monitoring of their drinking water to detect contamination from oil-...

5/17/2016

article Navajo Nation lawmakers debate position on hydraulic fracking
(Utah) -- The Navajo Nation might be taking a stand against fracking. The Navajo Nation Council is debating legislation that would establish the tribe's opposition...
article First Nations on both side of the border join forces against Kinder Morgan proposal
(British Columbia) -- The National Energy Board is expected to make a decision on Kinder Morgans Trans Mountain pipeline proposal. First Nation communities from both...
article Oil Co. Says DOI Pipeline Ruling Led To ‘Absurd’ Demand [sub req]
(New York) -- The owner of a crude oil pipeline that passes under Navajo land sued the U.S. Department of the Interior in New Mexico federal court on Friday, saying the...

5/16/2016

article Conference will address Gold King Mine spill
(New Mexico) -- Experts from across the state and the nation will convene at San Juan College this week, to discuss water contamination issues in the wake of the Gold...

5/15/2016

article With mine project looming, Western Alaska villages consider a new borough
(Alaska) -- In one of the poorest parts of Alaska, where fewer than one in 10 students meet state standards for reading and math, residents are wrangling over whether a...

5/13/2016

article UN declaration will allow pipeline veto: N.B. Aboriginal leaders
(New Brunswick) -- Canada's adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples will help First Nations fight against the Energy East...
article Tensions rise in BC as Kinder Morgan decision looms
(British Columbia) -- Tensions are rising in British Columbia as First Nation communities await a major milestone from the National Energy Board.
article Tribal treaty sinks terminal plans
(Washington) -- Monday’s decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to deny a permit to build the nation’s largest coal export terminal at Cherry Point in...

5/12/2016

article Sioux tribe trying to block Iowa pipeline construction
(Iowa) -- The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has asked Iowa utility regulators to block plans by a Texas-based company to start construction next week on the Bakken oil...
article B.C. LNG: First Nations appeal to UN to help stop Petronas project
(British Columbia) -- First Nations leaders from northwestern British Columbia have taken their battle against a Petronas-backed LNG project to the United Nations.
article Peace area First Nations call feds UNDRIP adoption "hypocrisy" while Site C proceeds
(British Columbia) -- Local First Nations leaders were quick to call the federal Liberals hypocrites for formally adopting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights...
article Blackfeet Tribe asks to join court case on Badger-Two Medicine
(Montana) -- While a decades-long legal struggle over energy exploration in the Badger-Two Medicine revolves around its sacred nature to the Blackfeet Indians, it wasn...
article How tribes led the fight over Badger-Two Medicine oil and gas leases
(Montana) -- As a young girl, Blackfeet tribal member Helen Augare-Carlson remembers her grandfather anticipating his yearly hunting trip in the Badger-Two Medicine...

5/11/2016

article How Lummi Nation’s Treaty Stand Beat Big Coal
(Washington) -- The chairman of Lummi Nation couldn’t sit still. Chairman Tim Ballew II kept checking his phone to make sure he didn’t miss the call. A...
article UN declaration will allow pipeline veto: N.B. Aboriginal leaders
(New Brunswick) -- Canada's adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples will help First Nations fight against the Energy East...
article BLOG: Leonardo DiCaprio Stands With Great Sioux Nation to Stop Dakota Access Pipeline
(South Dakota) -- The campaign to oppose the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) continues to gain steam with Leonardo DiCaprio and actors from the...
article Leader: New Yucca Mountain report ignores impact on tribe
(Nevada) -- A Native American tribal leader says a federal report about underground water contamination from a proposed national nuclear waste dump in the Nevada desert...
article Nevada panel, tribe call out NRC on Yucca groundwater contamination concerns
(Nevada) -- Federal plans to saddle Nevada with burying the nation’s most potent radioactive waste in Yucca Mountain were bemoaned Tuesday by the state Commission...

5/10/2016

article Two Tribes, Two Different Views On Gateway Coal Terminal
(Washington) -- In another blow to the U.S. coal industry, the Army Corps of Engineers on Monday denied approval for a new coal terminal in the Pacific Northwest. The...
article U.S. Denies Permit for Coal Terminal in Washington State
(Washington) -- The coal industry, shaken by dropping global demand and tighter air quality regulations, took another major hit on Monday when the United States Army...
article U.S. rejects proposed coal export facility, siding with one Indian tribe over another
(Washington) -- The federal government dealt a fatal blow on Monday to a proposed coal export facility in Washington state that pitted two Indian tribes against each...
article Army Corps rejects shipping port for Crow coal
(Montana) -- A proposed Puget Sound shipping terminal for Montana coal is dead after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied it a permit Monday. Citing the fishing...
article Groups join forces to fight oil-gas lease in Badger-Two Medicine
(Montana) -- A coalition of Blackfeet cultural leaders, local community members and conservationists filed a request in federal court Tuesday to oppose an oil company...
article Farm group launches campaign to counter What’s Upstream
(Washington) -- A Washington farm group plans to counter the What’s Upstream anti-agriculture campaign with a social media blitz of its own, Save Family Farming...

5/9/2016

article Army Corps rejects shipping port for Crow coal
(Washington) -- A proposed Puget Sound shipping terminal for Montana coal is dead after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied it a permit Monday. Citing the fishing...
article Feds deny permit for Washington coal-export terminal
(Washington) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Monday denied a permit to a $700 million project to build the nation's largest coal-export terminal in northwest...
article Tribes prevail, kill proposed coal terminal at Cherry Point
(Washington) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sided with Northwest tribes Monday in a decision to block the largest proposed bulk-shipping terminal in North America...
article U.S. rejects proposed coal export facility, siding with one Indian tribe over another
(Washington) -- The federal government dealt a fatal blow on Monday to a proposed coal export facility in Washington state that pitted two Indian tribes against each...

5/6/2016

article Audit: Alaska critics of B.C. mines are right
(British Columbia) -- British Columbia’s top auditor says the province has failed to protect the environment from mines and mineral exploration projects. Auditor...
article Filmmaker Nettie Wild finds cinematic poetry in 'polarized' mining debate
(British Columbia) -- The Red Chris Mine is a large-scale mining project in an area known as the golden triangle, a copper and gold rich area in northern B.C. Like most...

5/4/2016

article First Nations panel hearing puts Ajax representatives "on the hot seat"
(Canada) -- First Nations representatives from the Stk'emlupsemc te Secwepemc Nation (which consists of First Nations from Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc and Skeetchestn...

5/3/2016

article Why these Native American leaders are demanding to be heard after the Keystone Pipeline spill
(USA) -- In April, the Keystone Pipeline was shut down after an oil leak was discovered in South Dakota. The pipeline transports crude oil from the fields of Alberta,...
article Chromium plume from Los Alamos threatens New Mexico Native American tribe, drinking water
(New Mexico) -- Hexavalent chromium may not be familiar to the average American ‒ but Erin Brockovich likely is. A plume of the same toxic chemical that led to a movie...
article Ute tribe argues that uranium waste threatens water
(Colorado) -- In a video released Tuesday, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and Grand Canyon Trust claim that the White Mesa uranium mill in southeast Utah puts local water...

4/30/2016

article Standing Rock Sioux to federal government: halt the pipeline
(North Dakota) -- For the last two years, the Standing Rock Sioux people have actively opposed a massive crude oil pipeline that threatens our lives, livelihoods and...
article Tribal Members Ask Army Corps to Deny Permit for Dakota Access Pipeline
(North Dakota) -- The Dakota access pipeline is just a few weeks away from beginning construction. The 1100 mile pipeline would carry Bakken crude oil through 4 states...
article Southern Ute shale drilling goals draw scrutiny
(Colorado) -- Citizen and environmental groups are calling for transparency and a new environmental impact statement for prospective shale oil and gas development on the...

4/29/2016

article Iowans show support for native American fight against Bakken pipeline
(Iowa) -- Local activists gathered at Cowles Commons in downtown Des Moines Friday to show their support for a South Dakota native American tribe working to stop...
article Native Americans are demanding ‘rezpect’ in the face of this 1,100-mile oil pipeline
(North Dakota) -- Citizens, tribal leaders, and environmental activists from communities spanning the Great Sioux Nation in North and South Dakota are banding together...
article EPA Paying $1 Million in Response Costs After Mine Spill
(Colorado) -- The Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it is reimbursing states, tribes and local governments about $1 million for their costs after the agency...

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...

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