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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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7/29/2016

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

7/28/2016

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

7/27/2016

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

7/26/2016

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

7/25/2016

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

7/24/2016

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

7/23/2016

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

7/22/2016

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

7/21/2016

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

7/20/2016

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

7/19/2016

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

7/18/2016

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

7/16/2016

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

7/15/2016

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

7/14/2016

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

7/12/2016

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

7/11/2016

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

7/8/2016

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

7/7/2016

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

7/6/2016

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

7/5/2016

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

7/1/2016

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

6/30/2016

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

6/29/2016

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

6/28/2016

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

6/27/2016

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

6/26/2016

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

6/25/2016

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

6/23/2016

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

6/22/2016

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

6/20/2016

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

6/19/2016

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

6/17/2016

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

6/16/2016

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

6/15/2016

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

6/12/2016

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

6/11/2016

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

6/10/2016

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

6/9/2016

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

6/8/2016

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

6/7/2016

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

6/6/2016

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

6/5/2016

article Tribe makes efforts to reclaim reservation oil production
(North Dakota) -- A tribal-owned oil company that started oil production last year has garnered roughly 1,000 barrels of oil per day for the Three Affiliated Tribes.
article State archaeologist: Pipeline should avoid Indian burial site
(Iowa) -- State Archaeologist John Doershuk is recommending that a sacred Native American burial site be avoided by the planned Bakken oil pipeline, which raises...
article Crow Butte license partial ruling issued
(South Dakota) -- The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board has issued a partial ruling in the renewal of Crow Butte Mine’s operating license, and while the board...

6/4/2016

article Are Gorge Tribal Communities Overlooked In Oil Train Derailment?
(Washington D.C.) -- Among the stakeholders who share concern about Friday’s train derailment and oil spill in the Columbia River Gorge is the tribal community,...
article Yakama leader: Derailment shows dangers tribes are worried about
(Washington) -- The chairman of the Yakama Nation said Friday’s derailment and fire near Mosier, Ore., demonstrates what tribal officials have been warning about...

6/3/2016

article Haisla chief councillor says LNG development means prosperity in his community
(British Columbia) -- Ellis Ross, chief councillor of the Haisla Nation near Kitimat, says he hopes LNG development in B.C. goes forward so the people of his community...
article Protesters challenge Kanesatake mine proposal
(Quebec) -- Protesters voiced their disapproval of a proposed niobium mine in Kanesatake Thursday night outside an information session on the project.
article EPA Finalizes Oil And Gas Rule For Native American Lands [sub req]
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday published its final plan to limit emissions of harmful air pollutants and streamline the...

6/2/2016

article BIA Beats Suit Over Delayed Okla. Drilling Permits [sub req]
(Oklahoma) -- An Oklahoma federal judge on Wednesday threw out a lawsuit accusing the Bureau of Indian Affairs of unreasonably withholding or delaying applications for...
article Native American artifacts found in proposed pipeline's path
(Virginia) -- Archaeologists say they've found Native American artifacts on property in the path of the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline. The Roanoke Times reports...

6/1/2016

article Quinault Indian Nation fights to protect Grays Harbor from Proposed Crude Oil Terminal*
(Washington) -- “Tribal and commercial fisheries, tourism and the best razor clams anywhere are among the many ways Grays Harbor, our rivers and coastline set the...
article Known as the ‘Lone Warrior’ this Mi’kmaw man keeps close eye on natural gas project
(Nova Scotia) -- The Mi’kmaq who live near a natural gas storage project say their treaty rights are at risk. Chief and council are pursuing legal options.
article Solenex Doesn't Want Enviro, Tribal Groups In Drilling Row [sub req]
(Washington D.C.) -- Solenex LLC has blasted a request by six environmental and Native American groups to join its challenge of the U.S. Department of the Interior's...

5/31/2016

article US Tribes Down But Not Out Of Canadian Pipeline Fight [sub req]
(Canada) -- Opponents of Kinder Morgan’s proposed $5.4 billion Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion were dealt a setback when Canadian energy regulators recently...
article Crow Butte license partial ruling issued
(South Dakota) -- The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board has issued a partial ruling in the renewal of Crow Butte Mine’s operating license, and while the board...
article Sens. Say DOI Must Weigh Coal Leasing's Climate Risks [sub req]
(Washington D.C.) -- A group of 14 Senate Democrats on Friday urged the Department of the Interior to consider the environmental impacts of coal as it revises the...

5/28/2016

article Tribe asserts oil presence
(North Dakota) -- At 4:30 a.m. on June 27, 2015, Missouri River Resources CEO Dave Williams received a call. “It was a Saturday,” he said. “They said...
article Young, Murkowski to do ‘double whammy’ on energy bill
(Alaska) -- Alaska Congressman Don Young will have a say in drafting the final version of Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s energy modernization bill. That’s because the...
article Navajo students to study methane at Navajo Mine
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation energy company that oversees a Fruitland coal mine plans to assess the mine's possible role in atmospheric methane in the region....

5/27/2016

article Bakken pipeline permit yanked over possible tribal burial grounds in Lyon County
(Iowa) -- Federal and state authorities have yanked a construction permit for a $3.8 billion crude oil pipeline to investigate reports it crosses ancient sacred tribal...
article Tribal land issues block Bakken pipeline in Iowa
(Iowa) -- State and federal officials are blocking work on the planned Bakken oil pipeline in three Iowa counties after questions were raised about the possible...

5/26/2016

article Indians score big against rising fossil fuel schemes
(North Dakota) -- From the Northern Great Plains to the Pacific Coast, Native Americans figured prominently in decision making about impending fossil fuel transportation...

5/25/2016

article Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Continues Protest of Dakota Access Pipeline Construction
(South Dakota) -- The Dakota Access Pipeline has not received a permit to go through waterways. However, despite that roadblock, Dakota Access, LLC, has began to...
article Coal Terminal Proponent ‘Looking At Options’ After Denial Of Permit
(Washington) -- The proponent of a rejected coal shipping terminal in Lummi Nation’s historical territory is “looking at all its options” and “...
article Peru declares emergency in Amazon where illegal gold mining is poisoning jungle tribes
(Peru) -- Peru’s government declared an emergency across a broad jungle region Monday because of mercury contamination caused by wildcat gold mining.

5/24/2016

article Dakota Access Pipeline Construction Begins Despite Standing Rock Sioux Objections
(South Dakota) -- In the midst of an ongoing effort by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other entities to prevent construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the...
article Ihanktonwan/Yankton Sioux Assert Sovereignty against Army Corps & Lay Groundwork for Meaningful Consultation
(South Dakota) -- A long awaited meeting between the Yankton Sioux Tribe and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”) took place at the Tribe’s Ft....
article NEB’s review of Trans Mountain pipeline fell short, critics say
(British Columbia) -- Last week the National Energy Board approved Kinder Morgan’s twinning of its existing Trans Mountain pipeline which would triple the company...
article Nunavut Inuit group shows its members the mining money
(Nunavut) -- The Inuit land-claim organization for Nunavut's Baffin Island region is taking the lid off a traditionally hush-hush topic: how much money an aboriginal...
article Nunavut organization sitting on $20M, needs policy on how to spend it
(Nunavut) -- Nunavut’s QIA organization represents the Inuit of Baffin Island and it’s sitting on more than $20 million. It’s money received from the...

5/23/2016

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

5/22/2016

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

5/21/2016

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

5/20/2016

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

5/19/2016

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

5/18/2016

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

5/17/2016

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

5/16/2016

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

5/15/2016

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

5/13/2016

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

5/12/2016

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

5/11/2016

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

5/10/2016

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

5/9/2016

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

5/6/2016

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

5/4/2016

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

5/3/2016

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

4/30/2016

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

4/29/2016

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

4/28/2016

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

4/27/2016

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

4/26/2016

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

4/24/2016

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

4/23/2016

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

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