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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

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.

7/24/2014

article Fight heats up over EPA sabotage of Alaska gold mine
(Alaska) -- The Environmental Protection Agency is under fire for a preemptive strike against a massive copper and gold mine in Alaska, where hundreds of billions of...
article Ngati Ruanui opposes mining appeal
(New Zealand) -- Ngati Ruanui is opposing an appeal to the High Court by a company, which wants to mine iron sand on the South Taranaki coast.

7/23/2014

article Greenpeace, Inuit come together to fight Arctic seismic testing
(North Canada) -- Greenpeace and the Inuit have joined forces to protest Arctic seismic testing, warning that plans to gauge oil and gas reserves with high-intensity...
article Yukon fracking committee hears an overwhelming 'No'
(North Canada) -- So far 108 people in nine Yukon communities have spoken to the Yukon government’s select committee on fracking, and the overwhelming majority are...

7/21/2014

article B.C. government offers Gitxsan First Nation signing bonus
(British Columbia) -- The B.C. government has written directly to about 60 hereditary chiefs of the Gitxsan First Nation, outlining a multimillion-dollar gas-pipeline...
article Gitxsan displeased with pipeline offer made directly to hereditary chiefs
(British Columbia) -- A $12-million provincial offer to Gitxsan chiefs to clear the way for gas pipeline development is inadequate and ill-timed, community leaders say.
article North Dakota's Oil And Gas Boom Has Brought Prosperity, But Critics Wonder About The Costs
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota’s Heritage Center makes for a jarring sight in this Midwestern prairie capital. The newly-expanded museum consists of four interlocking...
article Uintah deputies arrest anti-tar sands activists
(Utah) -- Twenty-one activists were arrested Monday during a "blockade" of a tar sands company’s construction equipment in eastern Utah, according to...

7/18/2014

article EPA proposes Pebble Mine restrictions
(Alaska) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday said it intends to impose strict restrictions on the proposed Pebble mine to protect Bristol Bay’s...
article Native Sun News: North Dakota tribe contains spill at pipeline
(North Dakota) -- The Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara (MHA) Nation, working with federal, state, and corporate officials, has contained a pipeline spill that threatened to...
article EPA proposal could block huge Alaska mine
(Alaska) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed restrictions Friday that would essentially block development of a planned massive gold-and-copper mine near...
article EPA proposes to restrict mining on Alaska's Bristol Bay
(Alaska) -- The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing protections for Alaska's Bristol Bay that would restrict plans to develop a mine nearly as deep as the...
article Chippewa, EPA set meeting on Gogebic mine
(Wisconsin) -- The six tribes of Wisconsin's Chippewa Federation will meet with federal environmental officials next month to outline their objections to Gogebic (...
article Six Nations protesters stop Enbridge Line 9 dig in North Dumfries
(British Columbia) -- Individuals from Six Nations and their allies have interrupted work on a section of Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline. The work stoppage began...
article BLOG: Oil Sands: Destroying the Foods Native Americans Rely On
(Canada) -- A new study released last week found higher than normal levels of pollutants in wild foods that comprise a large part of traditional Native American (First...
article Kaibab Paiute Tribe wants different route for Lake Powell Pipeline
(Utah) -- A Native American tribe is asking to change the route of the Lake Powell Pipeline, calling on Utah state officials to bring the project straight through their...

7/17/2014

article Aboriginal groups want oil and gas moratorium in Gulf
(Nova Scotia) -- Aboriginal groups on the East Coast want a moratorium on any oil and gas exploration in the Gulf of St. Lawrence until a comprehensive environmental...
article Indigenous leaders call for 12 year drilling moratorium in Gulf of Saint Lawrence
(Nova Scotia) -- First Nation leaders from across Atlantic Canada are speaking out about proposed drilling in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. Mi’kmaq, Maliseet and...
article Oil Sands: Destroying the Foods Native Americans Rely On
(Alberta) -- A new study released last week found higher than normal levels of pollutants in wild foods that comprise a large part of traditional Native American (First...

7/16/2014

article Oklahoma Receives Nearly $2 Million for Earthquake-Fracking Study
(Oklahoma) -- As the number of earthquakes in Oklahoma catapults, the Oklahoma Geological Survey (OGS) has received a copy.8 million federal grant to study possible...
article PEMBER: Wisconsin Tribes Urge EPA to Use Clean Water Act to Stop Gogebic Taconite Mine
(Wisconsin) -- The Wisconsin Federation of tribes has asked the Environmental Protection Agency to use the 404 C portion of Clean Water Act to stop mining activity by...
article Inside the turbulent Guatemalan movement against Canadian mining
(Guatemala) -- I'm taking his picture when two loud pops crack open the sky. Tires squeal, heads turn, people duck for cover. The truck screeches around the corner,...

7/14/2014

article Northern Gateway pipeline: First Nations outline constitutional challenges
(British Columbia) -- Several B.C. First Nations are launching at least nine court challenges to try to block Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline, leaders revealed...
article Oil byproduct that spilled in North Dakota extends 2 miles
(North Dakota) -- The path of brine spilled from an underground North Dakota oil pipeline extends nearly 2 miles down a steep ravine, but dead vegetation is limited to...

7/11/2014

article Fort MacKay residents short on cash after oilsands profits dip
(Alberta) -- Some residents from the wealthy Fort McKay First Nation are in financial trouble after the band failed to provide an expected dividend from oilsands profits...
article Cleanup area extends nearly 2 miles after ND spill
(North Dakota) -- The path of brine spilled from an underground North Dakota pipeline extends nearly 2 miles down a steep ravine, but dead vegetation is limited to about...
article Gitxsan First Nation evicting rail, logging, fishing interests
(British Columbia) -- British Columbia First Nations are wasting no time in enforcing their claim on traditional lands in light of a landmark Supreme Court of Canada...

7/10/2014

article Tribe Loses Appeal Over Drilling of Its Texas Land
(Texas) -- A Native American tribe cannot sue the U.S. government for allowing oil and gas drilling on its aboriginal lands in several east Texas national preserves and...
article N.D. Pipeline Leaks Into Lake at Fort Berthold Reservation
(North Dakota) -- Around 1 million gallons of saltwater has leaked from a North Dakota pipeline, some of it into a bay that leads to a lake that provides drinking water...
article Supreme Court to decide on Grassy Narrows logging dispute
(Ontario) -- A ruling from the Supreme Court of Canada on Friday will help determine who controls resource extraction across much of the country.

7/9/2014

article Inspector General Sees Shortfalls in Permitting, Staffing for Oil Boom on American Indian Land
(North Dakota) -- While fossil fuel production from federal lands and waters has been decreasing overall, oil production from American Indian lands has tripled in recent...
article North Dakota Looks to Extend Pipelines Through Tribal Land to Reduce Natural Gas Burn-Offs
(North Dakota) -- While North Dakota takes steps to limit the volume of natural gas that is being burned off, or “flared,” in its rapidly expanding oil...
article NAVAJO OIL AND GAS: a fight for control over a $485 million company by the good ole’ boys Featured
(Arizona) -- Several of the key players in the continuing Navajo Nation Oil & Gas Company (NNOGC) drama have a long history in the Navajo legal and judicial forum...
article Lightning ignites saltwater disposal well in North Dakota
(North Dakota) -- A lightning strike Monday sparked a fire and explosion that destroyed the third North Dakota saltwater disposal facility in recent weeks, sending thick...
article White House singles out oil patch in drug strategy
(North Dakota) -- The White House has singled out the oil patch of northwestern North Dakota and northeastern Montana as part of its 2014 national drug control strategy.
article 5th Circ. Nixes Tribal Bid To Block Texas Drilling
(Texas) -- The Fifth Circuit on Wednesday dismissed a tribal lawsuit accusing the federal government of illegally approving drilling leases on aboriginal land in Texas,...

7/8/2014

article Tribes oppose coal terminal project over fishing
(Oregon) -- The developer of a proposed Columbia River coal export terminal is facing resistance from local tribes who argue the terminal's dock would interfere with...
article Study suggests link between oilsands and Fort Chip illnesses
(Edmonton) -- A study conducted by First Nations groups and scientists from the University of Manitoba released Monday suggests the Alberta oilsands are in part to blame...
article ND Department of Health says saltwater pipeline has leaked on Fort Berthold Indian Reservation
(North Dakota) -- The North Dakota Department of Health says a saltwater pipeline has leaked on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.
article Honor the Earth conducts protest of proposed pipeline in Backus
(Minnesota) -- Critics of a proposed Sandpiper Pipeline route that would cut through Cass County gathered Monday at the Backus Corner Store to bring attention to their...

7/7/2014

article Oregon man at center of murder-for-hire scandal in North Dakota's Bakken oil fields
(Oregon) -- Even in the underbelly of North Dakota's Bakken oilfields, the murder of Doug Carlile stands out, a tale of a Matt Damon look-alike felon from Oregon, an...
article The tribes are right: EPA should review mine proposal
(Wisconsin) -- Gov. Scott Walker has, from the start of the debate about developing a massive Gogebic Taconite mine in northern Wisconsin, adopted a "don't...
article Fort Chipewyan cancer study suggesting oilsands link to be released today
(North Canada) -- A long-awaited health study suggesting the Alberta oilsands are in part to blame for some health concerns in the downstream community of Fort Chipewyan...

7/5/2014

article BLM publishes notice of intent to prepare impact statement for Coeur Rochester Mine
(Nevada) -- The Bureau of Land Management published a Notice of Intent June 27 to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Coeur Rochester Plan of Operations...
article Oil companies accused of racial discrimination at Wyoming site
(Wyoming) -- The Equal Opportunity Commission and employees of Dart Energy and J&R Well Service are suing, accusing the companies of racial discrimination on job...

7/4/2014

article Tribes seek to intervene in lawsuit over Pebble
(Alaska) -- A consortium of tribes is seeking to intervene in support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a lawsuit challenging EPA’s authority to...

7/3/2014

article Alaska tribes to back EPA in Pebble Mine case
(Alaska) -- A coalition of Alaska Native tribes will intervene to support the Environmental Protection Agency in a lawsuit that challenges its authority to halt a major...
article Walker on EPA, Tribes & the mine, plus jobs
(Wisconsin) -- Governor Scott Walker says he hopes the EPA won't intervene based on political reasons to stop an iron mine permitting process from moving forward.
article Supes not swayed by Planet Ranch presentation
(Arizona) -- Despite a long presentation by a Freeport-McMoRan vice president on Wednesday, Mohave County Supervisors are not pleased with a settlement agreement over...

7/2/2014

article Native Sun News: Mahto Tipila threatened by mining proposals
(South Dakota) -- A Prayer Gathering for the protection of sacred and burial sites is set for June 28 at Mahto Tipila, also known as Bear’s Lodge or Devils Tower,...
article Yukon judge allows camera in court for Peel Watershed case
(North Canada) -- In an unprecedented decision, a Yukon Supreme Court judge will allow a camera in the courtroom to film a portion of a trial connected to the future of...
article Judge: Conservation groups can’t join lawsuit over oil, gas drilling
(Montana) -- A federal judge has denied the petition of several conservation groups to intervene in a lawsuit seeking to force U.S. officials to lift a suspension on...

7/1/2014

article Iron Range history comment riles Native American
(Minnesota) -- A St. Louis County commissioner, a supporter of a controversial copper mine, is at the center of a controversy for a history lesson he gave during a...

6/30/2014

article Nunavut Inuit furious over seismic testing decision
(North Canada) -- Some Inuit in Nunavut are furious over the National Energy Board's decision last week to approve an application to do seismic testing in Baffin Bay...

6/28/2014

article Fracking: Are We Crying Wolf at the Wrong Wolf?
(Oklahoma) -- The Tulsa World Sunday, June 9 edition published an article by Russell Gold. Gold is the author of a new book on fracking called “The Boom.”

6/27/2014

article Tribes ask EPA to intervene in Gogebic iron mine proposal
(Wisconsin) -- Six Chippewa Indian bands in Wisconsin have asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to evaluate the environmental effects of a proposed iron ore...
article Tribes ask for EPA review of mine
(Wisconsin) -- Six Chippewa Indian tribes are asking federal environmental regulators to review the proposed iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin.
article Bristol Bay tribes remain steadfastly against harmful mining
(Alaska) -- As Bristol Bay has prepared for the new fishing season, the cloud of uncertainty continues to loom over us as the battle to protect our fish and way of life...
article First Nations hold final 'healing walk' in oilsands
(Alberta) -- Walking through the oilsands is nothing like flying over the oilsands, or driving past them. Starting today, June 27, hundreds of First Nations people from...

6/26/2014

article Compass: Bristol Bay tribes stand ground against Pebble
(Alaska) -- As Bristol Bay has prepared for the new fishing season, the cloud of uncertainty continues to loom over us as the battle to protect our fish and way of life...
article 'Peoples Lawsuit' launched over shale gas
(New Brunswick) -- Eighteen New Brunswickers are suing the provincial and federal governments and SWN Resources for allegedly violating aboriginal, Constitutional,...

6/25/2014

article Ottawa greenlights Arctic offshore seismic tests over Inuit objections
(North Canada) -- Ottawa has approved energy exploration in offshore Arctic waters over the objections of Inuit communities and organizations. In a letter to the...

6/24/2014

article Obama administration flips on tribal sovereignty after ‘historic’ Indian country visit
(Washington D.C.) -- After President Obama touted his dedication to the “nation-to-nation” relationship with Native American tribes during a rare visit by a...
article Fracking testimony in Watson Lake comes with a beat
(North Canada) -- About 30 people came out in Watson Lake to have their say on Yukon fracking policy, with many saying fracking can be done safely and create jobs.

6/21/2014

article It’s a hard-rock life: The steep costs of Koch-backed mining
(Wisconsin) -- The cab of Bill Heart’s Ford Ranger is cluttered with pamphlets and fishing gear, and as we pull out onto Highway 77, just north of the high ridge...

6/20/2014

article Improved Valuation Method for Oil Produced on American Indian Lands Announced
(Washington D.C.) -- Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced Thursday that the Department is proposing a set of common sense regulations for valuing oil...
article Pay Attention! We Live Here! Indigenous Sámi Fight Open Pit Mine in Sweden
(Michigan) -- Environmental history professor Nancy Langston visited far northern Sweden to study the impact of a proposed open-pit mine on the indigenous Sámi people.
press release For Immediate Release: Sandpiper Pipeline Schedule Changes‏ by Honor the Earth
(Minnesota) -- The Enbridge Sandpiper Pipeline continues to move through the Public Utilities Commission process, but all of the initial timelines for regulatory...

6/19/2014

article Comment sought on rule regarding oil produced on American Indian Lands
(Washington D.C.) -- Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that the Department is proposing a set of common sense regulations for valuing oil produced...
article Interior Proposes Changing Method for Calculating American Indian Oil Royalties
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) has proposed amending its regulations over how it determines the value, for royalty purposes, of oil produced...
article SURVEY: Interior Department Seeks Comments on Indian Oil Valuation Amendments
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of Interior published the following proposed rule in the Federal Register:
article Wet’suwet’en First Nation group warns Enbridge: "You're going to be walking out"
(British Columbia) -- A chain has gone up across a bridge over the Morice River near Smithers, B.C. In a telephone interview, Freda Huson told the Straight that the...

6/18/2014

article A big bet on coal / Navajo Mine faces uncertain future with new carbon regulations
(New Mexico) -- Faced with the possibility of losing $40 million in annual revenue and several hundred jobs for its members, the Navajo Nation last year placed a high-...
article B.C.’s LNG ambitions give First Nations leverage
(British Columbia) -- The battle over Northern Gateway could spill into B.C.’s emerging liquefied natural gas sector if First Nations withdraw or temper their...
article Scientists, native leaders invoke Exxon Valdez spill in response to Gateway
(British Columbia) -- They gathered to discuss one of the greatest environmental success stories of the past 50 years – the return of sea otters to the West Coast...
article Months after receiving surprise gift, Alaska nonprofits sell interest in Pebble Partnership
(Alaska) -- Two Alaska nonprofits who were gifted an investment in the controversial Pebble Mine project this spring have opted to sell the stocks.
article The Murder Investigation Roiling North Dakota's Oilfields
(North Dakota) -- In the summer of 2012, I flew to North Dakota to write about the strange events happening on an Indian reservation, which, thanks to advances in...

6/16/2014

article Methane and the Transformation of an Indigenous Community in Colorado
(Colorado) -- Amidst all the negativity one often reads about the predicament of indigenous communities worldwide, particularly with reference to extractive industries...

6/15/2014

article Standoff with Indians blocking entrance to mining project in Brazil's Amazon end peacefully.
(Brazil) -- A two-day standoff with Indians who had blocked an entrance to a mining project in the Amazon where 50 workers were holed up has ended peacefully.

6/14/2014

article North Dakota Tribes to Obama: Deregulate Energy
(North Dakota) -- President Obama will visit Cannonball, N.D., today, home of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation, to celebrate increased cooperation between tribal and...

6/13/2014

article Mi'kmaq continue to fight to protect their territory from environmental devastation with a new blockade
(Canada) -- Mi'kmaq continue to fight to protect their territory from the environmental devastation of resource extraction with a new blockade. This is not the first...

6/12/2014

article Alberta aboriginal band looks to social media for funds in oilsands fight
(Alberta) -- An Alberta aboriginal band is hoping to fund a court fight against the province’s oilsands regulator through a plea on the Internet and social media.
article Alberta First Nations suing regulator over denial to weigh in on oilsands project
(Alberta) -- Two aboriginal bands are taking Alberta's energy regulator to court after it denied them the right to speak at hearings into an oilsands development...

6/11/2014

article B.C. firm has $10B plan to refine oilsands for Asia
(British Columbia) -- A Vancouver company is pitching a $10-billion oilsands refinery on British Columbia's north coast that aims to connect Alberta's vast...

6/10/2014

article On the Front Lines of Wisconsin's Big-Money, Small-Town Iron Mine War
(Wisconsin) -- The thunderheads loom dark and low as Mike Wiggins Jr. navigates the small motorboat through the shoulder-high grass. “All this,” the Bad...
article $11 Million Available in 2014 for Tribal Communities to Develop Energy & Mineral Resources
(Washington D.C.) -- Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn Tuesday announced that the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED) is...
article Navajo Nation Oil and Gas Company Announces 4th Quarter Financials
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation Oil and Gas Company (NNOGC), a fully integrated oil and gas company, has released its fourth quarter financials (unaudited) showing positive...

6/9/2014

article Elders in Northwest Territories speak out about fracking
(Northwest Territories) -- Every year elders from all regions of the Northwest Territories are invited to the legislature to share and debate issues facing their...

6/8/2014

article Cloud Peak starts exploration work on Crow coal reserve
(Montana) -- A Wyoming coal company plans to begin exploratory drilling this week on a 1.4 billion ton coal reserve on the Crow Indian Reservation.
article Carbon emissions standards delayed for coal-fired plants on reservation land
(Arizona) -- Two of the Southwest's largest coal-fired power plants straddle the San Juan River in northwestern New Mexico, one within clear view of the other.
press release Utes Intend to Develop Its Natural Resources, Boost Economy
(Utah) -- The Ute Indian Tribe is developing a gas-powered generation facility to maximize the benefits from its expansive gas reserves and to address the growing energy...

6/5/2014

article Cowichan Tribes seeks pipeline intervenor status
(British Columbia) -- The Cowichan Tribes have notified the National Energy Board that they want intervenor status in a decision sought by the City of Vancouver...

6/4/2014

article Peru approves genocide for uncontacted tribes
(Peru) -- Peru has approved the highly controversial expansion of the Camisea gas project onto the land of uncontacted Amazon tribes – despite international...

6/1/2014

article Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Oil Sands: Beware of Climate Change ‘Powder Keg,' Reject Keystone XL
(Alberta) -- Nobel Laureate and anti-Apartheid activist Bishop Desmond Tutu has joined the list of prominent global citizens visiting the Alberta oil sands to emphasize...
article Desmond Tutu calls tar sands the product of "negligence and greed"
(Vancouver) -- "The oil sands are emblematic of an era that must end," said South African Archbishop and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu at a...

5/31/2014

article Nations band together to fight future oil exploration in Gulf of Saint Lawrence
(Quebec) -- The gulf of Saint-Lawrence is the outlet for the great lakes to the Atlantic ocean. It provides an important fishery for various first nations who have lived...
article Protestors march on Cameco in Saskatoon
(Saskatchewan) -- A small group of northerners and environmentalists protested outside the headquarters of uranium giant Cameco’s headquarters in Sasktatoon.
article Company hopes government pushes Ring of Fire
(Alberta) -- A company with a stake in the chromite rich Ring of Fire hopes the provincial government will continue to push for the development to finally start.
article Utah Oil Spill Has Environmentalists Fearing for Colorado River
(Utah) -- Officials are mopping up a spill that sent an undetermined amount of oil into the Green River—and potentially into the Colorado River, environmental...

5/29/2014

article House panel approves Northern Cheyenne coal swap
(Montana) -- A U.S. House committee approved a proposed coal swap involving Montana’s Northern Cheyenne Tribe on Thursday despite lingering concerns that the value...
article Coal's long shadow
(Montana) -- Crow Tribal Chairman Darrin Old Coyote rides proudly along Crow Agency's main drag on a Thursday morning in mid-May, wearing an ornate headdress and...

5/28/2014

article N.W.T. groups oppose raising chloride limits for Snap Lake
(North Canada) -- Three Northwest Territories aboriginal groups will face off next week against the world's biggest diamond mining company over chloride levels in...

5/27/2014

article B.C. First Nations leader tells Ottawa there is no easy deal on energy
(British Columbia) -- Even as the federal Natural Resources Minister announced new outreach to First Nations on energy projects, he was confronted by a First Nations...
article First Nations’ support for resource development targeted by Ottawa
(British Columbia) -- Obtaining First Nations' support for resource development was top of the agenda in a federal government announcement made today by Natural...
article Ottawa to open office in B.C. to woo B.C. First Nations on energy projects
(British Columbia) -- The federal government will set up a major projects management office in British Columbia to try to woo West Coast First Nations for the myriad of...

5/26/2014

article BLOG: Ecuador's Tribes Declare 'National Mobilization' against Oil and Mining
(Ecuador) -- Ecuador is facing an unprecedented confrontation between a 'progressive' left-leaning government and a national coalition of indigenous peoples...

5/25/2014

article B.C. LNG plans need First Nations' input now: government
(Canada) -- The B.C. government is trying to bring First Nations on board to its ambitious natural gas venture by asking for their input on environmental issues at the...

5/24/2014

article Stay lifted on uranium project opposed by Oglala Sioux Tribe
(South Dakota) -- The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board lifted a stay on a uranium mining project opposed by the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota.

5/23/2014

article LNG promises an election "gimmick": Grand Chief
(British Columbia) -- Grand Chief Stewart Phillip said it was "life changing and heart-breaking" to see how fracking was impacting places like Fort Nelson and...
article Firsthand Account Of Man Camp In North Dakota From Local Tribal Cop
(North Dakota) -- Former Rosebud Sioux Tribe Police Chief Grace Her Many Horses took a temporary job working in the Bakken Region near Newtown, North Dakota.
article Peru: Community Resisting Mining Project In Yanacocha Facing State Repression, Mass Arrests
(Peru) -- The leaders of the Conga communities, who have for months been opposing a mining project at in Yanacocha have been arrested en mass. Communities are rising up...

5/22/2014

article Senate panel approves bill to streamline tribal energy development
(Washington D.C.) -- Navajo officials on Thursday applauded a Senate committee’s approval this week of an energy bill that includes provisions making it easier for...
article Tribal Treaty Can't Block Enbridge's $2.6B Pipeline
(Minnesota) -- A Minnesota administrative law judge said Tuesday that an 1855 treaty between the Chippewa Tribe and the federal government does not prohibit the...
article Treaty 8 First Nations in B.C. want a say in fracking plans
(British Columbia) -- The B.C. government has been careful to consult aboriginal communities about the development of the liquefied natural gas industry, but one group...
article Pebble Partnership sues to prevent EPA action against proposed mine
(Alaska) -- The company hoping to develop the huge Pebble mining prospect near salmon-rich Bristol Bay has filed suit to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from...
article Ute Indian Tribe developing natural gas power plant
(Colorado) -- The Ute Indian Tribe has announced plans to develop a 1,000-megawatt power plant on the Uintah and Ouray Reservation in hopes of both spurring economic...

5/21/2014

article Judge says 19th-century tribal treaties don't apply to crude oil pipeline
(Minnesota) -- An administrative law judge has rejected the argument that 19th century treaties give American Indians a say in choosing a route for a new crude oil...
article Yakama Nation takes public stand against coal exports through region
(Washington) -- The Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation took a public stand against Northwest coal exports Tuesday, specifically protesting the proposed...
article Pipeline protest harms First Nations
(Ontario) -- First Nations activists must stop harming the future prosperity of average First Nations people. It's like the environmental extremists within their...
article Without license: many B.C. First Nations still oppose LNG
(British Columbia) -- This week, Premier Christy Clark is putting a shiny bow on her government’s LNG effort with a huge summit and trade show in downtown...
article Landmark pipeline inquiry sparks interest 40 years later
(North Canada) -- Almost forty years ago, an inquiry led by Justice Thomas Berger put the world's largest engineering project - a natural gas pipeline from Alaska,...

5/20/2014

article Industry: Bakken oil not more risky, federal rules 'sufficient'
(North Dakota) -- Oil industry representatives are pushing back against tougher rules for rail cars carrying crude despite a string of fiery accidents and insisting that...
article Tribes cross borders to take on Canadian mines
(Alaska) -- Tribal leaders from Alaska and Canada say it’s time to work together to oppose mines affecting both sides of the border. It’s part of the growing...
article Oregon coal terminal will hurt fish, say tribal groups
(Oregon) -- Tribal groups say a coal terminal in the Columbia River Basin would interfere with treaty rights, harm fish and put the health of tribal members at risk.
article Tribal representatives gather on Columbia River to protest coal shipping
(Oregon) -- Tribal fishermen are gathering this morning to protest a coal company’s plan to ship millions of tons of coal down the Columbia River. The Yakama...
article Tribes fight upstream battle in protest of coal terminal (photos/video)
(Oregon) -- In the bright spring sunshine, Patrick Luke cast his gill nets at one of his usual Columbia River spots, hoping to catch some spring chinook headed upstream.
article Yakama Nation Protests Coal Export Terminal
(Oregon) -- Yakama Nation tribal members took to the Columbia River Tuesday to protest a proposed coal export facility in eastern Oregon. The tribe says the export...

5/19/2014

article Extension granted for Four Corners Power Plant and Navajo Mine energy project public comment period
(New Mexico) -- Federal officials have extended the public comment period for the draft environmental impact statement for the Four Corners Power Plant and Navajo Mine...

5/18/2014

article Jenkins: EPA tried to fake fairness as it targeted Pebble
(Alaska) -- Last year, I wrote: "If you thought the Environmental Protection Agency was a power-mad, greenie-driven federal behemoth intent on preemptively blocking...
article Alberta energy regulator shutting off discussions, critics say
(Alberta) -- Critics say Albertans are in danger of being shut out of discussions on how the province's natural resources are developed. Expert observers and...

5/17/2014

article Fate of Grassy Narrows logging and mining rights in hands of Supreme court
(Ontario) -- A long time battle over logging and mining in Grassy Narrows territory is now in the hands of the Supreme Court of Canada. The case was heard Wednesday by...

5/16/2014

article First Nations bands vow to fight Kamloops over plans to expand boundary for mine
(British Columbia) -- The chiefs of two First Nations say they’re prepared to take legal action to block the City of Kamloops from annexing a copper-gold mine that...

5/15/2014

article Grassy Narrows takes logging fight to Supreme Court
(Ontario) -- A case before the Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday could determine the future of resource extraction in much of the country. Grassy Narrows First Nation...

5/14/2014

article Unlocking the Wealth of Indian Nations: Overcoming Obstacles to Tribal Energy Development
(Montana) -- The Crow Nation sits above one of the largest coal reserves in the United States. An estimated nine billion tons of coal lie beneath the tribe’s...

5/12/2014

article Feds fail to inspect high-risk wells
(Washington) -- The government has failed to inspect thousands of gas and oil wells it considers potentially high risks for water contamination and other environmental...

5/10/2014

article Aboriginal consent crucial to energy development
(British Columbia) -- If the joint review panel report on the proposed Site C dam confirmed anything, it is the pivotal and non-negotiable role that First Nations are...

5/7/2014

article Northern LNG push is 'stealing' Gitxsan chief names, allege leaders
(British Columbia) -- Flying in the face of recent LNG press conferences showing smiling B.C. government officials inking deals with First Nations, is a north Central B....
article Chevron, Patton Boggs settle their epic legal battle over jungle oil pits in Ecuador
(Washington D.C.) -- Chevron and Patton Boggs have settled disputes linked to long-running litigation over toxic drilling waste pits in Ecuador, with Patton Boggs...

5/6/2014

article EPA watchdog reviewing agency's work on Bristol Bay and Pebble mine
(Alaska) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency inspector general has launched a preliminary review of the agency's work related to the proposed Pebble mine in...
article Fort Peck growth on group's radar
(Montana) -- A national organization is sharing its community planning expertise with the Fort Peck Tribes this week in hopes the tribe can avoid the rampant growth seen...

5/5/2014

article Emails show EPA officials discussed killing Alaska mine plan long ago
(Alaska) -- Critics of the Environmental Protection Agency long have been, well, critical of the EPA’s public position on Alaska’s Pebble Mine project.

5/4/2014

article Federal Panel Puts Uranium Mine On Hold
(South Dakota) -- The operating license for a proposed uranium mine near Edgemont has been temporarily put on hold. The federal Atomic Safety and Licensing Board issued...

5/3/2014

article Lynchburg Oil Train Explosion Refuels Rail-Terminal Opposition in Northwest
(Washington) -- As yet another train carrying Bakken crude exploded, this one outside Lynchburg, Virginia, the Quinault Indian Nation in the Northwest sounded the alarm...
article Alaska Natives and First Nations Unite to Fight Mining Threat to Salmon Habitat
(Alaska) -- It has become an all-too-familiar story: Pristine waters. Salmon habitat. Sacred significance. Mining. The Unuk River watershed, straddling the border...
article We Want the Truth: Activists Push Canada on Violations in Colombia
(Canada) -- Canadian mining projects have lead to severe human rights violations and environmental damage in indigenous Colombian communities and Amnesty International (...

5/2/2014

article Manitoba family calls Conservative changes 'a slap in the face'
(Manitoba) -- The family of a missing aboriginal Manitoba woman says they don't understand how a parliamentary committee could vote to drop a recommendation for a...
article Mushkegowuk Council, communities seeking Ring of Fire opportunities
(Ontario) -- The Mushkegowuk Council and member communities are calling for a major role in economic opportunities from the Ring of Fire mineral exploration area in the...
article Accident Leads to Scrutiny of Oil Sand Production
(Alberta) -- In the annals of oil well blowouts and pipeline disasters, the 7,400 barrels of oily slush that oozed out of the mossy bogs of the boreal forest in...

5/1/2014

article Ontario calls on Ottawa to match its support for Ring of Fire
(Ontario) -- The Ontario government has pledged $1-billion to build a road link to the remote resource-rich Ring of Fire region in Northern Ontario, but it says the...

4/29/2014

article ConocoPhillips’ fracking application deemed ‘incomplete’
(North Canada) -- The Sahtu Land and Water Board wants more information about ConocoPhillips' plan to expand its exploration work before it will determine whether...
article Concerns voiced about Navajo coal deal
(New Mexico) -- Members of the Navajo Nation told energy officials on Friday that there has not been enough transparency surrounding the purchase of a coal mine in...

4/28/2014

article Trucks taking water for oil an issue for ND tribe
(North Dakota) -- During spring runoff on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, trucks have been spotted draining water from temporarily filled ditches along U.S. Bureau...
article Public concerned over Navajo coal mine deal
(New Mexico) -- Members of the Navajo Nation told energy officials on Friday that there has not been enough transparency surrounding the purchase of a coal mine in...
article Questions and concerns remain about Navajo Mine as NTEC hears from the public
(New Mexico) -- The public continued to ask questions and raise concerns about the purchase and future operation of Navajo Mine at a meeting the Navajo Transitional...
article North Dakota Reservation Awash in Oil, Energy Ideas
(North Dakota) -- Oil production on North Dakota's Fort Berthold Indian Reservation has become a significant part of the nation's second largest oil-producing...
article Spokane Tribe members want more time to review Midnite Mine cleanup plan
(Washington) -- Members of the Spokane Tribe gathered near the Midnite Mine on Sunday to offer prayers and songs for the healing of the defunct uranium mine.

4/27/2014

article Proposed Montana coal mine facing delays
(Montana) -- A major new coal mine proposed for southeastern Montana has fallen more than two years behind its original permitting schedule.

4/25/2014

article Tribes aim to cut high rate of flaring in half
(North Dakota) -- Reducing natural gas flaring on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation has more hurdles than the rest of the state, but a tribal task force says flaring...
article Tribes collect millions in oil revenue: Three Affiliated Tribes set to collect $184 million in revenue; money to be used for infrastructure
(North Dakota) -- In less than one year, the Three Affiliated Tribes have collected $184 million in oil tax revenue, nearly equal to the amount collected during the...
article Idaho tribe files lawsuit to stop Midas’ Golden Meadows project
(Idaho) -- The Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho has filed a lawsuit against three US federal agencies to stop Midas Gold’s Golden Meadows exploration project, citing non-...
article Lawsuit filed to stop Idaho gold mine exploration
(Idaho) -- A conservation group and the Nez Perce Tribe have filed a lawsuit against three federal agencies seeking to stop a central Idaho gold mine exploration project...
article Tribe Challenges Open-Pit Gold Mine
(Idaho) -- A federally approved open pit gold mine project in Idaho's Payette and Boise National Forests will wreak havoc on native species, the Idaho Conservation...
article Major oil and gas firm to list fracking chemicals
(Pennsylvania) -- A major supplier to the oil and gas industry says it will begin disclosing 100 percent of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing fluid, with no...
article Pluspetrol says protests stop 70 pct of output from Peru oil block
(Peru) -- Argentine energy company Pluspetrol said output from Peru's biggest oil block has fallen 70 percent since indigenous protesters occupied its facilities...
article Protesters occupy remote oilfield in Peru
(Peru) -- Indigenous protesters have occupied Peru’s biggest oilfield in the Amazon jungle near Ecuador to demand the cleanup of decades of contamination from...

4/24/2014

article Details in Navajo Please; Public Meetings Coming up on Navajo Mine
(Arizona) -- Got questions or comments about the Four Corners Power Plant and Navajo Mine Energy Project? The U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement...
article ND tribes warn of the environmental impact of oil
(North Dakota) -- Leaders of North Dakota's Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara nations say that while they are thankful for the money that oil has brought the once-...
article B.C. chiefs demand meeting with Clark over shale gas exploration
(British Columbia) -- Chiefs in British Columbia are demanding a meeting with Premier Christy Clark over her government’s attempt to remove shale gas exploration...
article BC LNG faces growing First Nations opposition
(British Columbia) -- UPDATE: Fort Nelson First Nation drums government, industry reps out of LNG conference, outraged over lack of consultation on surprise gutting of...
article Special ceremony marks beginning of Ring of Fire framework
(Ontario) -- Chiefs of Matawa member First Nations were in Thunder Bay Thursday to officially celebrate the recent signing of the “landmark” framework...
article Point Counterpoint: Mining in Northern Wisconsin – College Democrats
(Wisconsin) -- Wisconsinites are deeply troubled by the prospect of the world’s largest open-pit iron ore mine opening in their backyards. The state has a proud...

4/23/2014

article North Dakota tribes' oil output rivals U.S. states
(North Dakota) -- Oil production on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota has become so large that it would rank among the top 10 oil producing states in...
article Oil revenue way up for tribes; money going to roads, other infrastructure
(North Dakota) -- In less than one year, the Three Affiliated Tribes have collected $184 million in oil tax revenue, nearly equal to the amount collected during the...

4/22/2014

article Tribal chairman says oil production rivals states
(North Dakota) -- Leaders of North Dakota's Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara nations say the tribes' oil production levels are higher than most U.S. states.
article Book chronicles resistance to U.S. 12 megaloads
(Montana) -- Just as it’s hard to conceptualize the size of a megaload until you’ve seen one roll by on the highway, so is it hard to remember that just four...
article Compass: Murkowski should stand up for Bristol Bay, not try to hobble EPA
(Alaska) -- Gov. Sean Parnell's House Bill 77 proved to be very unpopular Alaska wide, yet at the national level Sen. Lisa Murkowski is now supporting similar policy...

4/19/2014

article Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe battles uranium mine
(South Dakota) -- As street demonstrations broke out over federal licensing of the first proposed in-situ uranium mining and milling in South Dakota, the Oglala Sioux...
article Striking: indigenous Komi people in Russia are fed up with oil
(Russia) -- This guest article by Greenpeace Russia continues the discovery of front-line indigenous communities resisting to fossil fuel giants in order to protect...

4/18/2014

article Land Grab Cheats North Dakota Tribes Out of $1 Billion, Suits Allege
(North Dakota) -- Native Americans on an oil-rich North Dakota reservation have been cheated out of more than $1 billion by schemes to buy drilling rights for lowball...
article Rosebud Sioux Tribe Bans Megaloads
(South Dakota) -- In Council session yesterday the Rosebud Sioux Tribe passed Resolution 14-116 banning megaloads from entering the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Reservation.

4/17/2014

article Dine CARE hosts event focusing on draft environmental impact statement for Four Corners Power Plant and Navajo Mine
(New Mexico) -- Members of the environmental group Diné CARE have organized an event to inform the public about details of the Four Corners Power Plant and Navajo Mine...
article B.C. First Nations eyeing LNG cash windfall
(British Columbia) -- Northern B.C. First Nations are developing a strategy they hope will net them hundreds of millions of dollars if they support liquefied natural gas...

4/16/2014

article Tribe tells truckers hauling oil equipment to stay off reservation
(South Dakota) -- The Rosebud Sioux Tribe, part of a coalition opposing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, is sending a message to truckers hauling loads for oil...

4/15/2014

article Eagle Spirit pipeline proposal faces First Nations opposition
(British Columbia) -- A First Nations-led proposal to build an oil pipeline from Alberta to B.C.'s North Coast will still face stiff opposition from some communities...
article Native Sun News: Tribes benefit from $5.15B uranium cleanup
(Washington D.C.) -- Navajo, Sioux and other tribes are among many populations across the United States who will benefit from a $5.15 billion settlement with Anadarko...

4/14/2014

article On the road to reconciliation, tension between miners and Aboriginals grow
(Ontario) -- While Canada has come a long way in reconciling pre-existing Aboriginal sovereignty with assumed Crown sovereignty, tension is rising between the proponents...
article How B.C.'s resource and development boom allows a new generation of archaeologists to dig for a living
(British Columbia) -- Victoria’s Darcy Mathews was just a boy of eight enamoured of Egyptology and dinosaurs when some wistful digging in Spirit River, Alta.,...
article Clara Caufield: Northern Cheyenne Tribe battled labor unions too
(Montana) -- As explained earlier, in the 1980’s the Northern Cheyenne Tribe secured an innovative agreement with Montana Power (MPC) for employment, training, air...
article Native Sun News: Tribes benefit from $5.15B uranium cleanup
(Washington D.C.) -- Navajo, Sioux and other tribes are among many populations across the United States who will benefit from a $5.15 billion settlement with Anadarko...

4/11/2014

article The oil sands are now the single largest and most destructive industrial project on earth
(Ontario) -- Despite ranking lower than China on climate performance, the Canadian government is defending its environmental record in response to a sobering report by...
article First Nations sign onto natural gas deal with BC government
(British Columbia) -- British Columbia has signed deals for liquefied natural gas revenue sharing agreements with two First Nations along the northwest coast.

4/10/2014

article Clara Caufield: Northern Cheyenne Tribe saw victories on energy
(Montana) -- As summarized in the first parts of this series, in about two decades (spanning the early 1960’s to 1977), the Northern Cheyenne Tribe achieved major...
article America's nuclear legacy casts a toxic shadow on Navajo lands
(New Mexico) -- Perry Charley has spent nearly 40 years trying to heal his land. Charley, a 62-year-old political and social activist, has lived his entire life on...

4/9/2014

article Groups negotiating to end megaloads lawsuit
(Idaho) -- Idaho Rivers United and the Nez Perce Tribe are in mediation with the U.S. Forest Service to end a lawsuit concerning megaloads on U.S. Highway 12 in northern...
article Why privatizing First Nation resources is a really dumb idea
(Canada) -- In the clamour of capitalism that is the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada convention in Toronto, at least one tiny mining company wasn’...
article First Nations sign on to LNG
(British Columbia) -- The British Columbia government has moved to bring First Nations on board its multibillion-dollar liquefied natural gas effort.

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