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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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9/24/2016

article North Dakota tribes seek review of pipelines under reservoir
(North Dakota) -- An oil-rich group of American Indian tribes in North Dakota has asked a federal appeals court to quickly decide whether a Texas company needed tribal...
article Federal Government Invites Tribal Leaders to 'Consultations' Over Pipeline Protests
(Washington D.C.) -- The Federal government invited tribal leaders today to government-to-government consultations, as the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe continues its fight...
article Feds Invite Tribes to Take Part in Infrastructure Decisions
(North Dakota) -- The Obama administration has invited leaders from 567 federally recognized tribes to participate in a series of consultations aimed at getting input on...
article Dozens Of U.S., Canadian Tribes Unite Against Proposed Oil Pipelines
(USA) -- U.S. Native American tribes and Canadian First Nations are banding together to "collectively challenge and resist" proposals to build more pipelines...
article Jim Carr rejects idea First Nations are united against pipelines
(Canada) -- Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr is dispelling the idea that all Indigenous groups in Canada are united against pipelines after a group of First Nations...

9/23/2016

article Feds schedule tribal meetings for energy permitting review
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal agencies have scheduled six meetings for tribes to provide input on a proposed review of the permitting process for projects on American...
article Listening sessions established to allow tribal input on federal infrastructure projects
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal agencies have scheduled a listening session and tribal consultations in six regions of the country in response to concerns raised by the...
article Native American tribes back Iowa pipeline fight
(Iowa) -- Two Native American tribes are supporting the battle against the Dakota Access Pipeline in Iowa, as foes of the $3.8 billion project attempt to broaden their...
article Indian tribe fights to protect lands and waters – in Wisconsin
(Wisconsin) -- The story of an Indian tribe fighting to protect its sacred lands and waters is a subject that is familiar to many of us, given the attention locally to...
article San Carlos Apaches, Others Sue Over Copper Mine Waste Site
(Arizona) -- The San Carlos Apache Tribe and a coalition of environmental groups have filed two lawsuits challenging plans for the Resolution Copper Mine waste site....

9/22/2016

article North Dakota tribes seek review of pipelines under reservoir
(North Dakota) -- An oil-rich group of American Indian tribes in North Dakota has asked a federal appeals court to quickly decide whether a Texas company needed tribal...
article Canada, U.S. Aboriginal tribes form alliance to stop oil pipelines
(Canada) -- Aboriginal tribes from Canada and the northern United States signed a treaty on Thursday to jointly fight proposals to build more pipelines to carry crude...
article Montana board rejects more fracking disclosures
(Montana) -- Montana regulators on Thursday turned back an effort by environmentalists, health advocates and some landowners who sought to force energy companies to...

9/21/2016

article Chairman Mark Fox addresses Petroleum Conference
(North Dakota) -- Chairman Mark Fox spoke about the positives and negatives of the oil boom on the Fort Berthold Reservation. He under-scored the importance of...
article Federal regulators investigate Sacagawea Pipeline
(North Dakota) -- Federal pipeline regulators will be in North Dakota this week investigating complaints about an oil pipeline recently installed under Lake Sakakawea....
article Menominee Tribe Organizes Opposition To 'Back Forty' Mine As Project Nears Approval
(Michigan) -- The state of Michigan recently issued a draft mine permit for a gold and zinc mine bordering Wisconsin known as the Back Forty mine. As the project nears...
article Menominee Tribe's sacred walk hopes to raise awareness about Michigan mine
(Michigan) -- An mine is drawing closer to reality next to the Menominee River in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan near the Town of Stephenson. A open pit mine for gold,...

9/20/2016

article Government Delays Pipeline Settlement Following Tribe Complaint
(Michigan) -- The federal government has agreed to postpone final approval of a multi-million-dollar settlement with Canadian pipeline giant Enbridge, Inc., a move that...
article Alberta First Nation revives lawsuit over Grand Rapids pipeline
(Alberta) -- An Alberta aboriginal leader says inaction from the provincial government is forcing his First Nation to reactivate a court challenge to an approval for a...
article River fight boosts a tribe's long-threatened culture
(Wisconsin) -- Probe the right forest, gorge, river or lake in the Northern Midwest and you find a well-kept secret: Concealed beauty. This is “Small Sky”...

9/19/2016

article Federal regulators investigate Sacagawea Pipeline
(North Dakota) -- Federal pipeline regulators will be in North Dakota this week investigating complaints about an oil pipeline recently installed under Lake Sakakawea.
article Alberta First Nation revives lawsuit over Grand Rapids pipeline
(Alberta) -- An Alberta aboriginal leader says inaction from the provincial government is forcing his First Nation to reactivate a court challenge to an approval for a...
article First Nation says Grand Rapids pipeline approval was 'botched'
(Alberta) -- A northern Alberta First Nation has filed a court challenge over the Grand Rapids pipeline project, alleging the approval process was "botched."...
article Mining Leaves a Wisconsin Tribe's Hallowed Sites at Risk
(Wisconsin) -- Guy Reiter was an archaeologist before he was an activist. But the two merged after a dream six years ago. “I was in a van and when we drove by the...

9/18/2016

article Tribes open new front in fight over pipelines
(North Dakota) -- The Obama administration is launching a review of energy permits on American Indian lands, opening a new front in the fight over oil pipelines in the...
article DAPL Leaves Climate Change & Polluted Water for Future Generations
(North Dakota) -- The battle cries across the length of Dakota Access’ crude oil pipeline are “Water is Life” and “For Future Generations.” These cries have been...
article East Siders sending support to Standing Rock
(Minnesota) -- A group of East Side organizers, called Water Warriors Twin Cities, are helping demonstrators from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their opposition to...
article Penobscot Native Americans in Maine gather in solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux
(Maine) -- On Saturday, September 17th, #penobscot nation representatives Kathy Paul and June Sapiel joined representatives from 350 Maine, The Sierra Club, Maine...

9/16/2016

article Federal judge asked to restore cancelled energy lease in sacred tribal area
(Montana) -- To the Blackfeet tribe, the Badger-Two Medicine is sacred land -- 115,000 acres of mountains, ridges, river valleys and wetlands along Montana’s Rocky...
article Alabama, Georgia declare state of emergency after pipeline spill
(Alabama) -- Gov. Robert Bentley issued an executive order Thursday declaring a state of emergency in Alabama over concerns about fuel shortages in the wake of a...
article San Carlos Apache, environmentalists fight drilling plan near Superior
(Arizona) -- The San Carlos Apache Tribe and environmental groups have filed two related lawsuits against the U.S. Forest Service and Tonto National Forest supervisor...

9/15/2016

article Oil company vs Indians: Flathead Reservation has been there before
(Montana) -- Every day, a line of gray tank cars rolls between Missoula and Thompson Falls – reminders of another time an oil company got in a fight with Indian...
article Facing losses, fighting back - Tar Creek Conference concludes
(Oklahoma) -- The final day of the 18th Tar Creek National Environmental Conference drew a consensus of all attending that the responsibility lies with each member of...
article Maine push to jumpstart mining gets backlash
(Maine) -- The state is facing backlash from environmentalists, tribal members and fishing and recreational groups over its latest proposal to jumpstart mining. Mining...
article Michigan Tribe Aims to Block Enbridge Pipeline Spill Settlement
(Michigan) -- A Native American tribe from the northeast shore of Lake Michigan is trying to halt the approval of a multi-million-dollar settlement between Canadian...

9/14/2016

article Oil company vs Indians: Flathead Reservation has been there before
(Montana) -- Every day, a line of gray tank cars rolls between Missoula and Thompson Falls – reminders of another time an oil company got in a fight with Indian...

9/13/2016

article Michigan Tribe Aims to Block Enbridge Pipeline Spill Settlement
(Michigan) -- A Native American tribe from the northeast shore of Lake Michigan is trying to halt the approval of a multi-million-dollar settlement between Canadian...
article Gedicks: Michigan mine threatens Menominee Nation’s sacred sites
(Michigan) -- Imagine an open pit mine deeper than the height of Wisconsin’s tallest building, Milwaukee’s U.S. Bank tower. The depth of that pit, a mere 150...

9/10/2016

article The Unseen & The Unheard: A Tribe Vows to Stop Chinese Oil Drilling in the Amazon
(Ecuador) -- It seemed nothing, despite talks and protests, could stop Ecuador’s government from selling oil exploration rights in a remote corner of the Amazon...

9/8/2016

article Wondering what’ll happen if Trudeau approves a pipeline? Look south
(Canada) -- Many analysts speculate that the Trudeau government will approve the Kinder Morgan TransMountain pipeline this fall. If he does, what kind of resistance...

9/7/2016

article EPA apparently will shut down 17 Osage County disposal wells in reaction to Pawnee earthquake
(Oklahoma) -- The Environmental Protection Agency apparently intends to shut down 17 disposal wells in Osage County in response to Saturday’s magnitude 5.6...

9/6/2016

article Fort McKay First Nation to put $350M into Suncor oilsands tank farm
(Calgary) -- Suncor Energy is bringing in a northern Alberta aboriginal band as partner in a $1-billion storage facility being built to serve its Fort Hills oilsands...
article EPA shuts down 17 wells in Osage Nation after Oklahoma quake
(Oklahoma) -- Federal regulators have shut down 17 wastewater disposal wells in the Osage Nation of northeastern Oklahoma following a weekend earthquake that matched the...
article Pawnee picking up the pieces after 5.6 earthquake; experts weigh in
(Oklahoma) -- After Saturday’s earthquake, much of the fallen brick and rocks in Pawnee have been collected but there are still remnants of the aftermath and...

9/3/2016

article Judge won't immediately stop pipeline construction
(North Dakota) -- An oil-rich American Indian tribe in North Dakota was handed a setback on Sept. 1 in its fight against a Texas company building oil and natural gas...
article Manoomin Win: Enbridge Inc. Officially Shelves Sandpiper Pipeline; Ojibwe Wild Rice Waters Safe
(Minnesota) -- Enbridge Inc. has officially dropped its bid to build the $900 million Sandpiper oil pipeline, which would have crossed through Ojibwe wild rice lands.

9/2/2016

article Enbridge Energy pulling plug on Sandpiper pipeline
(Minnesota) -- Enbridge Energy Partners has essentially pulled the plug on the controversial Sandpiper pipeline in northern Minnesota, just a few weeks after announcing...
article Walk and run calls attention to mine spill
(New Mexico) -- For the second year, participants in a walk and run planned for Saturday will remember and call attention to the Gold King Mine spill's impact on...

9/1/2016

article Judge to hear arguments in Sacagawea pipeline case
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota's oil-rich Three Affiliated Tribes say a Texas company didn't get tribal permission to put an oil pipeline and a natural gas...
article Judge won't immediately stop pipeline work on American Indian reservation
(North Dakota) -- An oil-rich American Indian tribe in North Dakota was handed a setback Thursday in its fight against a Texas company building oil and natural gas...

8/31/2016

article Defense Bill Passes, Giving Sacred Native American Sites To Mining Company
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Senate passed a measure authorizing the nation’s defense programs Friday, and along with it managed to give lands sacred to Native...
article 'This river has taken a beating': James Smith Cree Nation has serious concerns after Husky pipeline spill
(Saskatoon) -- More than a month after the Husky Energy oil spill, people living on the James Smith Cree Nation have serious concerns about water safety in the...
article Film focuses on Badger-Two Medicine battle
(Montana) -- A new documentary tells the 30-year story of the battle between development and conservation interests over oil and gas exploration in Montana’s...

8/30/2016

article Grand Canyon tribe fears for its future amid battle against uranium mining
(Arizona) -- Coleen Kaska points over the South Rim of the Grand Canyon towards the rocks and scrub below, where a dark shadow marks the entrance to the old Orphan Mine...

8/29/2016

article Opponents Of Fossil Fuel Exports Rally Around Lummi Totem Pole Journey
(USA) -- A 22-foot-long totem pole carved by members of the Lummi Nation is making its way from Bellingham, traveling 5,000 miles across the U.S. and Canada. The...

8/28/2016

article New court battle brewing on Sacagawea pipeline
(North Dakota) -- Construction has resumed on a pipeline that will cross a water body over the objections of a North Dakota Native American tribe.
article How a historic court decision is driving a new wave of First Nations protests
(British Columbia) -- Fish farms along British Columbia's West Coast have been at the centre of political and environmental battles for years, but this time it's...
article Sask. First Nation wants Husky Energy to step up oil spill response
(Saskatchewan) -- The chief of a Saskatchewan First Nation says Husky Energy needs to step up and take responsibility for oil in the river near the community.

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...

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