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LIFE IN THE BOOM: Taking a stand on their sacred land

Theodora Bird Bear and Corey Sanders are the unlikeliest of protesters. She’s 62 and works as a bookkeeper at a Catholic church just up Bureau of Indian Affairs Road 12 from the simple brown house she shares with her sister.

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Mining & Drilling

10/29/2014

article Abandoned coal mine lands restored to native condition
(Oklahoma) -- About 100 acres of former abandoned coal strip pits in Sequoyah County on south Dwight Mission Road, now has lush bluestem and other Native grass, a 25-...
article $100 million Alton gas project delayed over Mi'kmaq concerns
(Nova Scotia) -- The Nova Scotia government has halted part of the construction work on the $100-million Alton Natural Gas Storage Project until Calgary-based AltaGas...
article Hupacasath First Nation puts China on notice over FIPA
(British Columbia) -- The Hupacasath First Nation put the Chinese government on notice today, stating it does not acknowledge the Canada-China Foreign Investment...

10/28/2014

article Cree leaders in Quebec use social media for campaign against uranium
(Quebec) -- Cree leaders in Quebec are taking to social media to drum up support for their campaign against uranium development in their territory. The community leaders...

10/27/2014

article Regulatory approval of LNG pipeline faces First Nation resistance
(British Columbia) -- One of the first big LNG pipelines has been approved by B.C. after an environmental review, but First Nations say they could yet oppose the mega-...

10/25/2014

article Enbridge stands ground, tells National Energy Board that Line 9 design is safe
(Alberta) -- Enbridge insists in a regulatory filing that its design for the Line 9 pipeline through southern Ontario has the right shut-off valve configuration to...

10/24/2014

article Blackfeet leaders ask feds to cancel Badger-Two Medicine oil, gas leases
(Montana) -- Blackfeet tribal leaders on Friday asked that all federal oil and gas exploration leases be canceled in the Badger-Two Medicine area next to the Blackfeet...
article Tribes Ask Government to Halt Leases
(Montana) -- In a sign of cultural and political solidarity, tribal chiefs and leaders representing the Blackfoot Confederacy convened Friday to sign a proclamation to...
article Tribes: End oil leases in last ‘religious bastion’
(Montana) -- Tribal chiefs and leaders representing the Blackfoot tribes in Montana and Canada met Friday in Browning and called on the federal government to end energy...
article First Nations turning to courts for meaningful consultation before projects approved
(Canada) -- The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) has taken the federal government to court over its approval of Shell’s proposed Jackpine project in the...
article U.S. Tribes To Canada: Please Don’t Allow Tar Sands Pipeline To Pollute Our Waters
(Washington) -- The leaders of several Pacific Northwest Native American tribes are asking Canadian regulators not to approve a huge expansion of Kinder Morgan’s...

10/23/2014

article US tribes testify against Canada pipeline
(Washington) -- U.S. tribes told Canadian regulators on Wednesday they're opposed to a proposed pipeline expansion project in Canada that could dramatically increase...
article Crow leaders lobby Daines for coal tax credit
(Montana) -- Crow tribal leaders and mining officials made their case for the Indian Coal Production Tax Credit on Wednesday in a meeting with U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R-...

10/22/2014

article Coast Salish Tribes protest Kinder Morgan pipeline
(Washington) -- A protest is planned for today in British Columbia against the expansion of an oil pipeline. Some local tribes think more oil making its way to Burnaby,...
article American tribes oppose Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion in B.C.
(British Columbia) -- With an eagle soaring overhead, American and Canadian Coast Salish people gathered on the banks of the Fraser River in Chilliwack, B.C. to do...
article Tribal leaders testify against Canada pipeline
(British Columbia) -- U.S. tribes told Canadian regulators on Wednesday they're opposed to a proposed pipeline expansion project in Canada that could dramatically...

10/21/2014

article New Frontiers: Cutting back natural gas flaring in North Dakota hits a bump
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota has aggressively sought to cut the amount of natural gas flaring going on in the state. It’s made strides, but it has a new hurdle,...

10/19/2014

article Mi'kmag community hold fishing derby to stop natural gas project
(Nova Scotia) -- A group of Mi 'kmaq fishers and their families held a fishing derby recently in an effort to stop a natural gas project.

10/18/2014

article Prentice: First Nations don’t have ‘veto’ power over resource developments
(Canada) -- Host Nigel Newlove speaks to Alberta Premier Jim Prentice in a wide-ranging interview. Prentice is asked about Alberta’s relationship with First...

10/17/2014

article A year later, a day of fire and violence turns into a day of healing in Elsipogtog
(New Brunswick) -- One year ago Friday, the RCMP in New Brunswick raided a Mi’kmaq Warrior camp. After months of protests against fracking, the raid triggered a...

10/15/2014

article Federal court to review Jackpine Mine expansion today
(North Canada) -- Leaders and elders from the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation are in Vancouver this morning in an attempt to overturn the federal government's...
article Three big 'whoppers' told about the Ring of Fire
(Ontario) -- Once called Canada's 'next oil sands', the Ring of Fire mining development area in northern Ontario has yet to live up to its promise.
article Federal Court to review Harper government’s approval of Jackpine project in Alberta over First Nation concerns
(Vancouver) -- A federal approval for a proposed oilsands mine expansion will be reviewed Wednesday by Federal Court because of accusations that Ottawa ignored an...
article Wells creep toward Chaco / Advocates fight for better planning near ancient sites
(New Mexico) -- From the air a spiderweb of roads connecting oil and gas wells crisscrossing the desert south of Farmington is visible, cutting into a delicate desert...
article B.C. child welfare program offer to First Nation backfires over LNG ties
(British Columbia) -- A ham-fisted attempt to win First Nations support for the province’s liquefied natural gas ambitions has backfired, threatening support for...

10/14/2014

article Acid-draining rock poisons water across Montana
(Montana) -- Tourism promoters charge people $2 apiece to look at the most notoriously polluted mining site in Montana, an old copper pit filled with toxic water that...

10/13/2014

article LaDuke Says Penokee Mine Will Profit Few
(Wisconsin) -- Native American Activist Winona LaDuke is speaking out against a proposal for an iron mine in the Penokee Range.
article Native Sun News: Foes of uranium mine make case at hearing
(Wyoming) -- Five people testified against proposed northern Black Hills uranium mining in view of sacred Mato Tipila (aka Bear’s Lodge or Devils Tower) at a...

10/11/2014

article Salt mine gets OK for rail extension
(New York) -- With a final necessary permit in place, American Rock Salt is free to expand its capacity to transport salt by rail from its huge Livingston County mine.
article Schumer Says Salt Mine Gets Permit For Rail Extension
(New York) -- New York Senator Charles Schumer says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approved a permit that will allow American Rock Salt in Livingston County to...

10/10/2014

article LADUKE: Land Thievery Redux: Bakken Oil Leases and Money Mismanagement
(Minnesota) -- This fracked oil boom is, after all, about money. Money that provides compensation to tribal members for leases and royalties—and money, in a way,...
article Fracking lawsuit dismissed, appeal in the works
(Michigan) -- A recent injunction called for the diversion of fresh water used during the hydraulic fracturing process to stop, but was recently dismissed from tribal...

10/9/2014

article Imperial Metals granted interim injunction, Red Chris protesters celebrate
(British Columbia) -- A B.C. mining company has been granted a temporary injunction against a group of First Nations who have been blocking access to a mining project...
article Imperial Metals granted temporary injunction to remove Klabona Keepers’ blockade
(British Columbia) -- A British Columbia mine company behind a tailings pond spill has been granted a temporary court injunction against a First Nation blocking access...
article Bakken Gas Flares Away, as Nationwide Propane Shortage Kills With Hypothermia
(North Dakota) -- “Every single day more than 100 million cubic feet of natural gas is flared away,” Ft. Berthold tribal member and anti-fracking activist...
article LADUKE: ‘Unspeakable Poverty of Loss': Intergenerational Trauma and the Bakken Oil Fields
(Minnesota) -- I wanted to write a story about strength and resilience. I wanted to write a story about the singers, the horse people, and the earth lodge builders of...
article Qikiqtani Inuit Association reports $18.7M surplus
(Nunavut) -- Baffinland has begun sharing royalties from its Mary River iron mine and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association is reaping the benefits. The mine only started...

10/7/2014

article Prentice says he'll revisit contentious Alberta aboriginal policies
(Alberta) -- Alberta Premier Jim Prentice says he'll revisit some policies that have led to a welter of lawsuits and bad will between his government and First...
article Judge upholds 20-year ban on new uranium mines near Grand Canyon
(Arizona) -- A federal judge Sept. 30 upheld the U.S. Department of the Interior's (DOI) 20-year ban on new uranium mines on 1 million acres near the Grand Canyon,...
article Quebec Innu say they’re serious about compensation for iron ore mining
(Quebec) -- The Innu of Maliotenam and Schefferville say they’ll use all means necessary — including civil disobedience — to make sure they are...

10/6/2014

article Northern Michigan environmental leaders meet in Lansing to discuss pipeline concerns
(Michigan) -- Environmental leaders across northern Michigan met in Lansing today to discuss concerns with pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac. They met today to talk...
article Wyoming Offers Northwest Tribal Leaders A Free Trip To Coal Country
(Wyoming) -- Treaty fishing rights give Northwest tribes extra clout when it comes to the future of proposed coal terminals on the Columbia River and Puget Sound. That...
article Tsilhqot’in Nation Declares Tribal Park on Site of Proposed Taseko Mine
(British Columbia) -- On October 4th, the Tsilhqot’in First Nation of British Columbia will hold a totem pole-raising ceremony to inaugurate 3,000 square...

10/5/2014

article The Battle Against the Tar Sands Is About to Change
(Alberta) -- The fight against the tar sands is a big one. We stand in defense of the land, water, climate and communities against the richest companies on the planet,...

10/4/2014

article Judge upholds 20-year ban on new uranium mines near Grand Canyon
(Arizona) -- A federal judge Tuesday upheld the U.S. Department of the Interior's 20-year ban on new uranium mines on 1 million acres near the Grand Canyon,...
article Province of Nova Scotia says it will monitor gas company: Mi’kmaq people and other groups are skeptical
(Nova Scotia) -- The Mi’kmaq people in central Nova Scotia are skeptical of the province after it said it would closely monitor a company that is burying natural...

10/3/2014

article Quebec Innu say they’re serious about compensation for iron ore mining
(Montreal) -- The Innu of Maliotenam and Schefferville say they’ll use all means necessary — including civil disobedience — to make sure they are...

10/1/2014

article Mining firm receives ‘stones of shame’ from Quebec Innu
(Canada) -- The chiefs of two Innu communities in northern Quebec took an unusual action Wednesday in the middle of downtown Montreal. The chiefs come from communities...
article Tahltan escalate opposition to Imperial Metals
(Canada) -- The Tahltan Nation in northern British Columbia has once again set up a road block to stop Imperial Metals from opening a new mine. They fear that the Red...
article Ecuador Minister to Apologize Publicly to Indigenous People Over Oil Project
(Ecuador) -- Justice Minister Ledy Zuniga will offer a public apology to a community from the Sarayaku indigenous group on Wednesday over the development of an oil...

9/30/2014

article Feds schedule comment period for uranium mining proposal near Mato Tipila
(Wyoming) -- A federal Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) panel has given the public until Sept. 28 to submit written or oral comments about Strata Energy Inc....

9/28/2014

article Dark side of the boom
(North Dakota) -- Tribal police Sgt. Dawn White is racing down a dusty two-lane road — siren blaring, police radio crackling — as she attempts to get to the...
article Treaty trumps all / Northwest coal-to-China port hits a major snag
(Montana) -- In 1832, when Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall was pondering the fate of Baptist missionary Samuel Worcester, who’d been jailed by Georgia...
article Salt mine rail extension concerns Senecas
(New York) -- The huge salt mine in Livingston County, which shipped road salt as fast as miners could dig it during the winter of 2013-14, wants to expand facilities so...

9/24/2014

article Councillors back motion for inquiry into murdered, missing women
(Manitoba) -- A motion for the City of Winnipeg to endorse a national public inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women — and for city police to do all...
article Smyth: First Nations play key role in resource development
(British Columbia) -- Christy Clark knows all too well her plan to turn B.C. into a construction hotbed of energy megaprojects could be easily blocked or delayed by...
article New York salt mine's rail project concerns Senecas
(New York) -- A company's plan to extend a rail line at its western New York salt mine is raising concerns among American Indians about potential damage to...
article Public Safety omitted explosive RCMP raid on Mi’kmaq anti-fracking camp from monitoring list
(Ottawa) -- Public Safety Canada omitted last year’s explosive confrontation between police and Mi’kmaq warriors from a list of protests monitored by Ottawa...
article Tribe bans fracking
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has joined a growing number of local governments opposing the state legislature’s decision to allow...
article Site C or LNG: pick one, say B.C. First Nations
(British Columbia) -- Several B.C. First Nations are in Ottawa today to offer the federal government an ultimatum — it can have the Site C dam or liquefied-natural...
article BLM draws controversy for proposed drilling sites in southeast Utah
(Utah) -- The BLM’s latest package of parcels up for oil and gas leasing encompasses much of the southern Utah town of Bluff and surrounding areas precious to the...

9/23/2014

article Ring of Fire could damage grave, cultural sites, student says
(Ontario) -- A member of Peawanuck First Nation near Ontario's Hudson Bay coast says the Ring of Fire mining development will affect her family's traditional...
article Winona LaDuke Protesting Lesser Known Oil Pipeline on Horseback
(Minnesota) -- Winona LaDuke is a Native American activist and executive director of the group Honor the Earth. She lives and works on the White Earth Reservation in...
article Oil reps say N.D. has proper rail shipment rules
(North Dakota) -- Oil industry officials told state regulators Tuesday no additional regulations are needed to transport western North Dakota oil by rail, citing an...

9/22/2014

article Innu get go-ahead in $900M lawsuit against IOC Rio Tinto
(Quebec) -- A Quebec judge has rejected the Iron Ore Company of Canada's efforts to dismiss a class-action lawsuit filed by two Innu communities which claim the...
article Bakken gets $1.4 million to curb domestic violence
(North Dakota) -- Efforts to stop domestic violence and violence against women in the fast-growing Bakken oil patch are getting some federal help.

9/21/2014

article Ontario's 'Ring Of Fire' In Limbo: Cliffs Resources Says It Wants Out
(Ontario) -- The largest player in the efforts to develop large-scale mining in Ontario’s Ring of Fire is signalling that it is looking to unload its $3.3-billion...

9/20/2014

article Why Gitxsan Built a Camp to Blockade an LNG Pipeline in BC’s North
(British Columbia) -- In late August, an Aboriginal protest group with the Gitxsan tribe in northern B.C. constructed a permanent camp in their territory to oppose LNG...

9/19/2014

article North Dakota tribal candidate: Oil industry could be slowed due to environmental concerns
(North Dakota) -- One of two remaining candidates for leader of North Dakota's oil-rich Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation said he would work to slow the pace of oil...
article Bakken Well Speculator Charged With Murder
(North Dakota) -- James Henrikson and Doug Carlile dreamed of getting rich off the North Dakota oil boom. Now federal prosecutors have accused Henrikson of hiring a...

9/18/2014

article First Nation chiefs to stage Site C showdown
(Ottawa) -- A delegation of B.C. First Nation chiefs will be here next week to urge the Harper government to reject BC Hydro’s $8-billion Site C hydroelectric...

9/16/2014

article Attorneys spar over withdrawing Grand Canyon-area land from uranium mining
(Arizona) -- The U.S. Interior Department's decision to withdraw 1 million acres around the Grand Canyon from new uranium-mining claims for 20 years will protect...
article Jim Prentice says many Alberta First Nations are behind new pipeline projects
(Alberta) -- Alberta's new premier says some First Nations are very supportive of constructing more pipelines out of the province.

9/15/2014

article Vaughn Palmer: Instead of LNG royalty cheques, another reality check
(Alberta) -- Another day, another reality check on the dream of B.C. getting rich on the export of liquefied natural gas. This time the dateline was Calgary. The speaker...

9/14/2014

article Controversial natural gas rule changes came after B.C., oil lobby met
(British Columbia) -- In January of this year, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers made a presentation to high-ranking officials in British Columbia's...
article Pipeline foes say project will disturb, desecrate Native American archaeological sites
(Pennsylvania) -- On an overcast morning last week, Darvin Martin crested a small rise on Indian Marker Road in western Manor Township and eased his SUV to a stop along...
article Wabauskang First Nation set to appeal after Ontario Superior Court rules against band
(Ontario) -- Wabauskang First Nation says it will attempt to appeal a ruling by the Ontario Superior Court that the provincial government had not unlawfully delegated...

9/12/2014

article Taseko's New Prosperity mine challenged by Tsilhqot'in park plan
(British Columbia) -- Taseko's controversial New Prosperity mine project was hit by yet another obstacle Thursday, as a vast swath of B.C.'s Chilcotin region was...

9/11/2014

article First Nations Protesters Shut Down Northern B.C. Drilling Site
(British Columbia) -- After a summer of protests aimed at mining companies, members of the Tahltan Nation in northern B.C. say they have shut down an exploratory...
article BC’s Mount Polley spill leaves lasting local legacy
(British Columbia) -- The Mount Polley spill will leave a lasting legacy. APTN’s Tina House has this story that explores how ordinary local people have been...
article Dubbed Terrorists, Mayans Fight Back Against Guatemalan Mining Projects
(Guatemala) -- The road between the Guatemalan towns of San Miguel Ixtahuacán and Quetzaltenango is guarded by a dozen thin, young, Mayan men in baseball caps and hooded...

9/10/2014

article Jim Prentice, Alberta's new PC leader, 'welcome ally' on pipeline projects: Moore
(Alberta) -- Federal Industry Minister James Moore says he expects soon-to-be Alberta premier Jim Prentice will be a welcome ally when it comes to future pipeline...

9/9/2014

article First Nations protesters shut down northern B.C. drilling site
(British Columbia) -- After a summer of protests aimed at mining companies, members of the Tahltan Nation in northern B.C. say they have shut down an exploratory...
article Group demands immediate action to clean up Mount Polley
(British Columbia) -- A press conference was held in Vancouver Monday with a grassroots movement that set up a camp at the entrance of the Mount Polley mine.
article Mount Polley: B.C. orders mine to stop discharging effluent
(British Columbia) -- The B.C. Ministry of the Environment has ordered the Mount Polley mine northeast of Williams Lake, B.C. to stop discharging effluent into Hazeltine...

9/8/2014

article OPINION: Big Oil mega-loads raise ire of Idaho tribe
(Idaho) -- Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has worked hard for six years to turn the state’s Highway 12 into a corridor for sending massive, 200-foot-long mega-loads of...

9/7/2014

article Sex, Drugs and Blood Money on the Rez, By Ruth Hopkins
(North Dakota) -- As a judge for the Spirit Lake Nation and the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and a new resident on southwestern North Dakota, I’m witnessing a...

9/5/2014

article Mount Polley mine spill 78% larger than 1st estimates
(British Columbia) -- One month after the tailings pond breached at the Mount Polley mine near Likely, B.C., the mine's operator now says the amount of contaminated...

9/3/2014

article Tester Begins Hearings on Sex Trafficking in Indian Country
(North Dakota) -- As the trafficking of Native women and girls becomes more prevalent in an expanding radius around the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota, politicians...
article High-volume fracking to be banned in Nova Scotia
(Nova Scotia) -- Nova Scotia will introduce legislation to prohibit high-volume hydraulic fracturing for onshore shale gas this fall, Energy Minister Andrew Younger said...
article Algonquin concerned over Canada’s first rare earth metal mine plan
(Quebec) -- They’re used in everything from light bulbs, to smart phones to the screen you’re watching right now. Rare earth metals are fast becoming one of...

9/2/2014

article Gitxsan chiefs bar natural-gas projects from territory near Hazelton, B.C.
(Vancouver) -- Three Gitxsan hereditary chiefs have announced the prohibition of all natural-gas pipeline projects on a territory near Hazelton, adding to the chorus of...
article With Oregon and Vancouver decided, coal export fight moves to Washington
(Oregon) -- Environmentalists and industry supporters searched for meaning last week in the recent rejection of a coal dock in Oregon and the expansion of an existing...

9/1/2014

article Native Sun News: Release of secret uranium mining data ordered
(South Dakota) -- In answer to prayers of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and allies in the federal case to revoke licensing of the proposed Dewey-Burdock uranium mine and mill,...

8/31/2014

article Land rights must be protected, Métis tell NEB pipeline hearing
(Alberta) -- The Lac Ste. Anne area is a geographical, spiritual, psychological and cultural home to Métis people that must be protected for future generations,...

8/30/2014

article Officials say ill effects of Bakken boom felt on reservations
(Montana) -- Tribal officials said Thursday that eastern Montana’s Fort Peck Indian Reservation is feeling the adverse effects of the nearby oil boom –...

8/29/2014

article Leader of Bakken meth-trafficking ring gets 20 years in prison
(North Dakota) -- A Washington state man was sentenced to 20 years prison Friday after authorities say he led an interstate trafficking ring that brought methamphetamine...
article Sex trade follows oil boom into North Dakota
(North Dakota) -- The gray-haired man sat at the bar at Applebee’s in a sport coat, nursing a vodka soda on a summer Thursday afternoon. A blonde, middle-aged...
article Officials say oil ill effects reach MT reservation
(Montana) -- Tribal officials say eastern Montana's Fort Peck Indian Reservation is feeling the adverse effects of the drilling boom on the nearby Bakken oil fields.

8/28/2014

article Officials: Montana reservation feels ill effects of Bakken oil field
(North Dakota) -- Tribal officials said Thursday that Eastern Montana’s Fort Peck Indian Reservation is feeling the adverse effects of the nearby oil boom –...
article Shell now hopes to use two drill rigs for Chukchi exploration in 2015
(Alaska) -- Shell is now planning to bring the TransOcean Ltd. semi-submersible drill rig Polar Pioneer to the Chukchi Sea in 2015 to explore along with the drillship...

8/27/2014

article Bakken: $3M in grants to address violence against women in rural, tribal communities
(North Dakota) -- Federal authorities have named recipients of $3 million in grants to address violence against women in rural and tribal communities in the oil patch of...
article Western Washington tribe brings protest against planned coal export terminal to Spokane
(Washington) -- Members of a Western Washington tribe stopped Tuesday near the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Spokane, part of a “totem pole journey...
article Mining disaster has lesson for Chilliwack, says coalition
(British Columbia) -- A coalition of First Nations, sport fishing groups and environmentalists is warning that a Mt. Polley type disaster could happen in Chilliwack if a...

8/26/2014

article Mount Polley spill: blockade ends, First Nation to oversee review of tailings pond
(British Columbia) -- A B.C. company behind a tailings spill earlier this month has signed an agreement with a First Nation to review the tailings facility in a separate...

8/25/2014

article 3,000 barrels of brine spilled on reservation
(North Dakota) -- A pipeline near the town of Mandaree on North Dakota's Fort Berthold Indian Reservation leaked 3,000 barrels of brine, state agencies confirmed...
article Alberta shutting First Nations out of oilsands planning review, say lawyers
(Alberta) -- Six aboriginal groups near Alberta's oilsands are wondering where they can voice their concerns about growing development after the government said they...
article Abandoned Snowfield camp saddens Dettah chief
(North Canada) -- The first thing passing boaters will notice is the white nylon bulk sample bags, split open and shredded, lying along what was a pristine shore of...
article Native Sun News: Laguna Pueblo still affected by uranium mine
(New Mexico) -- Even if authorities meet demands to ban new uranium mines until abandoned ones are cleaned up no amount of effort can reclaim the cultural losses the...
article Land deal to protect reservation’s Book Cliffs
(Utah) -- New federal legislation is paving the way for a deal to protect parts of eastern Utah’s scenic Book Cliffs on American Indian reservation land while...

8/24/2014

article Canada's First Nations people seek to 'evict' energy companies from land
(British Columbia) -- A freight railroad operated by the Canadian National Railway stretches approximately 3,000 miles from Halifax in the country's east to a port...
article Opinion: Highway robbery / Megaload corridor debate reveals the true conservatives
(Montana) -- Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has worked hard for six years to turn the state's Highway 12 into a corridor for sending massive, 200-foot-long megaloads of...
article Treaty Victory as Northwest Tribes Celebrate Oregon Coal Train Rejection
(Oregon) -- Tribes opposed to the transport of coal by rail through their territory are celebrating the decision of the Oregon Department of State Lands to reject a...

8/22/2014

article Native American leaders emerge hopeful from EPA meetings
(Wisconsin) -- Several Native American leaders from Wisconsin say they're happy with environmental meetings they had with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency...
article Stumbling blocks: Getting jurisdictions on the same page could be key to snuffing ND flares
(North Dakota) -- A clash with tribal leaders over gas capture policies and federal permitting delays could be the greatest hindrances to bringing North Dakota’s...
article EPA holds another hearing in Dillingham on Pebble
(Alaska) -- Region 10 Administrator Dennis McLerran and other EPA officials heard close to four hours of testimony during the agency's fourth visit to Dillingham...
article TNG calls for improved First Nation/mine partnerships
(British Columbia) -- The Tsilhqot’in National Government (TNG), along with ?Esdilagh First Nation (Alexandria), have chosen not to sign an Economic Community...
article Leonardo DiCaprio visits Alberta's oilsands
(Alberta) -- Leonardo DiCaprio is the latest name of A-list of celebrities who have visited Alberta's oilsands. DiCaprio is in Fort McMurray for a few days to tour...

8/21/2014

article Pipeline protest: Riding against the current
(Minnesota) -- Environmental activists on horseback passed through the Brainerd lakes area this week with the mission to raise awareness of what they say are the dangers...
article ‘Lack of confidence’ in B.C. from Alaskan fishing industry since Mount Polley breach
(British Columbia) -- Heather Hardcastle has spent her life fishing for salmon at the mouth of the Taku River, which starts in a remote corner of northwestern British...
article Meetings begin between tribes, EPA to discuss halting northern Wisconsin mine
(Wisconsin) -- For the second time this year, the federal Environmental Protection Agency is being asked by Native American tribes to use its powers under the Clean...
article Tribal Leaders Will Ask EPA To Halt Mining Activity This Week
(Wisconsin) -- Many, if not all, of the tribal leaders meeting with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Wednesday and Thursday will ask the agency to halt mining...

8/20/2014

article Tribe official: Tests not shared on brine spill
(North Dakota) -- The environmental director of an American Indian tribe said he's been shut out of the tribe's response to a massive saltwater spill on its...
article Official on spill: 'We're in the absolute dark'
(North Dakota) -- The environmental director of an American Indian tribe said he's been shut out of the tribe's response to a massive saltwater spill on its...
article Board rules uranium mine opponents can view data
(South Dakota) -- Opponents of the proposed uranium mine near Edgemont had a minor win Wednesday when the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board ruled that Powertech, the...
article Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe gears up for uranium battle
(South Dakota) -- As the Oglala Sioux Tribe prepared to testify against proposed foreign uranium mining and milling in Black Hills treaty territory, the mining proponent...
article Deal protects land near Book Cliffs, allows other drilling
(Utah) -- A long-awaited deal will protect remote southern reaches of the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation from development and, at the same time, let the tribe and...

8/19/2014

article Federal licensing board hears testimony on SD uranium mine
(South Dakota) -- A licensing board of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission tasked with approving a South Dakota uranium mine questioned expert witnesses Tuesday to...
article Uranium mining hearings return to the Hills
(South Dakota) -- Three judges from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board traveled to Hot Springs Monday to hear from the public on...

8/18/2014

article British Columbia government review to look at all mine tailings ponds
(British Columbia) -- The Canadian province of British Columbia said on Monday it has ordered an independent review of all tailings ponds at every permitted mine in the...
article Mount Polley mine spill: Minister reveals plans for 2 reviews
(British Columbia) -- Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett says the B.C. government is setting up two separate reviews following the Mount Polley tailings pond...
article N.B. fracking protest raised fears of copycat rallies
(New Brunswick) -- Federal officials closely tracked the fallout of an RCMP raid on a First Nations protest against shale-gas exploration in New Brunswick, at one point...
article Oregon agency rejects coal terminal on Columbia River
(Oregon) -- Oregon state regulators have rejected a proposal for a coal terminal on the Columbia River that would be a conduit for exporting millions of tons of American...

8/17/2014

article Mount Polley mine spill fallout: Neskonlith deliver Ruddock eviction notice, Red Chris blockade continues
(Canada) -- Imperial Metals is dealing with more than just local fallout from the tailings pond breach that flooded and polluted waterways near its Mount Polley gold and...
article Mount Polley mine: sediment near spill may harm fish
(Canada) -- The latest test results from a tailings pond that spilled waste from the Mount Polley mine in the Cariboo show that while the discharged sediment is still...

8/15/2014

article Chief hand-delivers eviction notice to Imperial Metals
(British Columbia) -- After witnessing the environmental damage from the Mount Polley mine disaster Chief Judy Wilson wants the company out of her territory.
article The Mount Polley Tailings Pond Disaster Has Sparked a First Nation Blockade
(British Columbia) -- After a man-made lake full of mining waste collapsed last week, BC Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett compared the disaster to an avalanche...
article County again tables decision on La Bajada mesa mine
(New Mexico) -- A collective groan was heard from the crowd in the Santa Fe County Commission chamber on Tuesday when commissioners came out of a closed-door session and...
article Still no La Bajada gravel mine decision
(New Mexico) -- A decision as to whether to create a mining zone to allow an Albuquerque-based company to start up a sand and gravel mining operation on La Bajada Mesa...
article “I don’t know what the hell party I belong to”: Why this hardcore Republican learned to love the EPA
(Alaska) -- Rick Halford is Republican to the core. The retired politician served the party in the Alaska state Legislature for 24 years, including stints as Senate...

8/14/2014

article Eagle Mine Gets Court Nod as Keweenaw Bay Indian Appeal Overturned
(Michigan) -- The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community has lost its 12-year legal battle to stop the construction of Eagle Mine on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
article Cree youth in Quebec trying to save river valley from logging and mining
(Quebec) -- They saved it once from hydro development. Now, the Cree of northern Quebec are calling on the province to protect a pristine river valley from logging and...

8/13/2014

article Appeals court OKs permits for Upper Peninsula mine
(Michigan) -- The Michigan Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a decision by state regulators to allow construction of a nickel and copper mine in the Upper Peninsula...
article MEET THE MORON: Colorado Legislator Defends Fracking By Saying ‘Indians’ Benefited From Methane In Water
(Colorado) -- In an interview with former Navy chaplain turned conservative activist Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt, Colorado state senator Randy...
article Hundreds make their case on Pebble mine to EPA in Anchorage hearing
(Alaska) -- The fight over the proposed Pebble mine came to the Egan Center on Tuesday at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s public hearing before a crowd...
article Mount Polley mine spill: fish safe to eat, water ban mostly lifted
(British Columbia) -- A drinking water ban that followed a mine tailings spill in British Columbia was mostly lifted Tuesday and fish from the area were declared safe to...
article Reports Of Skin Falling Off Salmon After Mount Polley Mine Spill
(British Columbia) -- Reports of sickly salmon with skin that’s peeling off have prompted a First Nations fishing shutdown in British Columbia’s Cariboo...
article Beleaguered miner Imperial Metals gets eviction notice from First Nation
(British Columbia) -- The aftershocks from the Mount Polley mine disaster just keep coming for Imperial Metals (TSX:III), which is now being given an eviction notice by...
article First Nation aims to evict Imperial Metals over Mount Polley tailings spill
(British Columbia) -- A First Nations band in British Columbia has issued an eviction notice to the company that owns the Mount Polley tailings pond, which spilled...
article Feds promise N.W.T. $163M over 10 years in gas tax money
(North Canada) -- Communities in the Northwest Territories will get $163 million in federal gas tax funding over the next 10 years, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard...
article Faulkner: Local energy expansion fuels tribal independence
(California) -- The nation’s economic woes have hit American Indians hard. Between 2008 and 2013, unemployment for American Indians never once dipped below 10...

8/12/2014

article Native Sun News: Tribes urged to ban fracking on reservations
(North Dakota) -- Last Real Indians (LRI) and Honor the Earth are among Native American organizations calling for pressure on tribal councils to approve anti-fracking...
article Tribal Groups Disagree on the Stakes of B.C. Mine Projects
(Alaska) -- Some Alaska tribal organizations say the August 4th dam break at a British Columbia mine shows what could happen at proposed near-border mines. But some B.C...
article Neskonlith Indian Band hands Imperial Metals eviction notice
(British Columbia) -- The Neskonlith Indian Band is vowing to halt another proposed mine associated with Imperial Metals after the Mount Polley Tailings Pond breach.
article Tribal rep steers oil money to low-income housing
(North Dakota) -- Multiple families squeezed into one home are getting relief in New Town, North Dakota. The North Segment region of the Forth Berthold Indian...

8/11/2014

article Judge denies quarry's bid to remove protection for mounds
(Wisconsin) -- A group of Native American burial mounds should not be removed from state protection, a Dane County judge ruled Friday, turning back a bid by a Madison...
article First Nations worry Mount Polley impact not as benign as claimed
(British Columbia) -- First Nations whose traditional territories have been spoiled by the Mount Polley tailings pond failure are seeking independent reviews of...
article Tribal groups disagree about BC mine projects
(Alaska) -- Some Alaska tribal organizations say Aug. 4’s dam break at a British Columbia mine shows what could happen at proposed near-border mines. But some B.C...
article North Dakota tribe wants fees from oil companies for wasting natural gas
(North Dakota) -- Tribal leaders on an American Indian reservation in the heart of North Dakota's booming oil patch are proposing fees for companies that burn and...
article North Dakota Tribes Eye Fees on Flared Gas; Industry Concerned
(North Dakota) -- In what could become a major regulatory jurisdictional, if not legal, dispute, the three affiliated tribes on North Dakota's Fort Berthold...
article Tribe takes aim at wrong target on flaring
(North Dakota) -- It is understandable that the folks on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation want to fix the flaring problem. After all, the reservation is home to some...
article North Dakota tribal refinery to open this fall
(North Dakota) -- The transload facility, the first part of the Three Affililated Tribes’ Thunder Butte Petroleum Services Inc. refinery project west of Makoti,...

8/10/2014

article Uranium mining on Navajo Reservation: How we did this
(Arizona) -- Uranium mining for America's Cold War nuclear arms buildup has proved a lasting scourge on the nation's largest American Indian reservation, and one...
article It’s a Hardrock Life
(Wisconsin) -- In Wisconsin’s picturesque Northwoods, a big battle over iron-ore extraction is pitting environmentalists and Native Americans against mining...

8/9/2014

article First Nations Take Their Last March Through Canada's Dystopian Tar Sands
(Alberta) -- The fifth and final Tar Sands Healing Walk took place on June 28 in Fort McMurray, Canada. Hundreds of people joined First Nations leaders in a prayer-...
article Company That Designed Burst BC Tailings Pond Was Hired by Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay
(British Columbia) -- The Polley Mine tailings-pond disaster unfolding in British Columbia is being watched closely by those opposing the Pebble Mine proposal in...
article Horrific Toxic Spill in B.C. Called Another Exxon Valdez
(British Columbia) -- A tailings pond breach has sent rivers of toxic slurry cascading into three lakes in British Columbia, contaminating drinking water, endangering...
article Pour Him a Tall One! Mining Exec Insists He'd Drink Water From Tailings Pond
(British Columbia) -- First Nations are demanding immediate action, and a lot more communication, from officials at Imperial Metals Corp, whose ruptured tailings pond...
article Video: Watch 4 Billion Gallons of Mining Waste Pour Into Pristine B.C. Waterways
(British Columbia) -- First Nations, environmentalists and just about everyone else are aghast at the severity of the toxic spill from a tailings pond.

8/8/2014

article Mount Polley spill could affect whole mining industry
(British Columbia) -- B.C.’s mining association says the Mount Polley spill could lead to changes for the industry, even as First Nations leaders predicted the...
article Northern Shuswap Tribal Council issues fishing caution
(British Columbia) -- Due to the devastating environmental catastrophe at Mount Polley mine which resulted in the release of the contents of the tailing pond into...
article First Nation announces blockade at new Imperial Metals mine
(British Columbia) -- A group of Tahltan Nation elders have blocked entry to Imperial Metals' Red Chris mine near Iskut in northern British Columbia in response to a...

8/7/2014

article Stakes are high in fracking debate on Indian reservations
(North Dakota) -- For Native Americans, the debate over fracking on reservations is not much different from the arguments elsewhere. But the stakes are vastly higher....
article Tribes won’t appoint mining board member
(Wisconsin) -- Wisconsin’s 11 American Indian tribes won’t appoint a representative to a state mining board. The seven-member Mining Investment and Local...
article Wisconsin's 11 Indian tribes won't have member on state mining board
(Wisconsin) -- Wisconsin's 11 Indian tribes have given up their chance to have a say over how communities should be reimbursed for its expenses in the proposed...
article First Nations leaders slam mine policies
(British Columbia) -- Local First Nations bands are in an uproar over the recent tailings pond breach at Mount Polley and its ensuing environmental devastation. The mine...
article Mount Polley mine spill: Christy Clark says good early news from water tests
(British Columbia) -- B.C. Premier Christy Clark told reporters to expect some good early news when she announces the initial results from water testing following the...
article Mount Polley mine tailings spill: Imperial Metals could face $1M fine
(British Columbia) -- Bill Bennett, B.C's minister of energy and mines, says Imperial Metals will have to acknowledge and pay for any mistakes that led to the...
article Mining camp for First Nation youth expands
(Saskatchewan) -- When Reneya Lemaigre arrived last year at the inaugural Mining Matters Mining Rocks Earth Sciences Camp she didn’t know anyone and didn’t...
article Tribe wants fees for flaring
(North Dakota) -- Tribal leaders on the Fort Berthold reservation in the heart of North Dakota’s oil patch are proposing fees for companies that burn and waste...
article BLOG: Guatemalan Court Rules in Favor of Indigenous over Canadian Mining Company
(Guatemala) -- A Guatemalan court ruled in favor of the indigenous people of the municipality of Sipacapa over transnational mining in the area. The court says the...

8/6/2014

article Line 9 blockade halts work on Enbridge pipeline
(Ontario) -- Protesters set up a blockade at an Enbridge pipeline site in southwestern Ontario on Tuesday, disrupting work on what is called Line 9. The demonstration at...
article First Nations, environmentalists worry about salmon run after Mount Polley
(British Columbia) -- Chilliwack First Nations have fielded worries from environmental groups and their own members about the Fraser River salmon run after the Mount...
article Mount Polley mine disaster a blow to First Nations cooperation on B.C. mines
(British Columbia) -- The blow that the Mount Polley mine tailings-pond collapse has dealt to the confidence of B.C. First Nations in mine safety may be the biggest...
article Mount Polley mine tailings pond breach followed years of government warnings
(British Columbia) -- The B.C. Ministry of Environment says it warned Imperial Metals about the Mount Polley mine tailings pond levels repeatedly before this week's...

8/5/2014

article Alaskan tribal group targets Sen. Murkowski on Pebble mine
(Alaska) -- A tribal advocacy group is targeting Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) for supporting the controversial Pebble Mine project in Bristol Bay, Alaska.
article Ring of Fire 'soap opera' continues with recent court ruling
(Ontario) -- A mining industry observer says a recent court ruling will do nothing to spur development in the Ring of Fire. A divisional court ruled last week that...
article Mount Polley Mine tailings pond dam stable: Imperial Metals
(British Columbia) -- The Vancouver-based mining company whose tailings pond dam failed Monday, sending five million cubic metres of effluent flowing out into waterways...
article Tsilhqot'in send cease and desist letter to junior miner
(British Columbia) -- Another mining company has run up against the Tsilhqot’in First Nation, whose aboriginal title to land in its traditional territory was...

8/4/2014

article Quebec Innu upset with IOC's deal with Labrador Innu
(Quebec) -- The Telegram reported that First Nations groups have claim to territory where the company is conducting mining operations.

8/2/2014

article Quebec Innu upset with IOC’s deal with Labrador Innu
(Quebec) -- Two Innu First Nations groups in Quebec are claiming rights over lands in Labrador where the Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC) has already concluded an...
article BLOG: Big Oil Throws Gauntlet; Wants to Frack Sioux Lands
(North Dakota) -- Oil and Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) are coming to Sitting Bull’s homelands it would seem as the “Wicks Brothers” (claiming Sioux...

8/1/2014

article Shell, Alaska Natives to share in oil profits
(Alaska) -- An Alaska Native regional corporation and six Native Village corporations signed an agreement with a Shell Oil subsidiary Thursday that aims to share the...

7/31/2014

article Shell, Native corporations unveil joint venture in Chukchi Sea leases
(Alaska) -- Energy giant Shell, which has yet to hit oil after spending about $5 billion on a program to drill in waters off Arctic Alaska, on Thursday announced a deal...
article Stoney Nakoda oil and gas deal with Chinese firm questioned
(Calgary) -- A Calgary business expert says he's skeptical an oil and gas deal between the Stoney Nakoda First Nation and a Chinese firm will come to fruition.
article BC First Nations: $5.3 billion gold, copper mine approved
(British Columbia) -- The British Columbia government has granted environmental approval for a proposed $5.3-billion mine in the provinces north, which would tap into...

7/29/2014

article Stoney Nakoda First Nation signs 'huge' oil deal with Chinese firm
(Alberta) -- Alberta's Stoney Nakoda First Nation says it has signed a "huge" deal with a Chinese petrochemical company to develop oil and gas on its land...
article Native Sun News: Native nations unite on uranium mine cleanup
(New Mexico) -- Agencies under U.S. Congressional mandate to set cleanup priorities at abandoned uranium mines in the Navajo Nation area have their work cut out for them.

7/28/2014

article Nunavut groups launch legal challenge to oil, gas exploration
(Nunavut) -- The remote Nunavut community of Clyde River launched a legal challenge on Monday against plans to conduct a large-scale seismic survey across Baffin Bay and...

7/25/2014

article Pebble Mine will not be built: Friedland
(Alaska) -- The proposed open-pit copper and gold Pebble Mine will not be built, according to billionaire mining financier Robert Friedland.

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