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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

1/30/2015

article Premier’s meeting in Ottawa greeted by pipeline protesters
(Ottawa) -- As premiers met inside an Ottawa hotel Friday activists were outside with a message for them: Stop the Energy East Pipeline. The proposed pipeline would...
article Mount Polley spill report finds flaws in dam design
(British Columbia) -- The long awaited independent review of the Mount Polley tailings pond spill was released Friday. It details what went wrong when one of the walls...
article Native Sun News: Tribal college geologist tackles uranium mine
(South Dakota) -- Uranium mining in the southern Black Hills compromises water supplies, according to expert testimony by Oglala Lakota College Department Co-Chair...
article Yukon First Nations, mineral executives pledge to work together at Roundup
(British Columbia) -- Mineral industry executives are urging governments to work to resolve issues with Yukon First Nations following meetings at the Mineral Exploration...

1/28/2015

article Yukon First Nations, mineral executives pledge to work together at Roundup
(North Canada) -- Mineral industry executives are urging governments to work to resolve issues with Yukon First Nations following meetings at the Mineral Exploration...

1/27/2015

article Native Sun News: Lummi Nation seeks halt to coal export project
(Washington) -- The Lummi Nation on Jan. 5 asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to deny a building permit for what otherwise would become North America’s largest...

1/26/2015

article Fracking Boom Expands Near Chaco Canyon, Threatens Navajo Ancestral Lands and People
(New Mexico) -- Beneath a giant methane gas cloud recently identified by NASA, the oil and gas fracking industry is rapidly expanding in northwestern New Mexico. Flares...
article Mining and mineral exploration permits to get $6M boost from B.C. Premier Christy Clark
(British Columbia) -- The B.C. government plans to open a Major Mines Permitting Office to handle an estimated 10 new large mines expected to enter production in the...
article Blasted over oil project, Alaska governor seeks broad tribal policy
(Alaska) -- In a sign the honeymoon may be nearing an end for Gov. Bill Walker, an Alaska tribal government is blasting him for promoting a ConocoPhillips project that...
article Tribe criticizes Walker for support of reserve drilling plan
(Alaska) -- Leaders of an Alaska tribal government are criticizing Gov. Bill Walker for promoting a ConocoPhillips petroleum drilling project within the National...
article Native Sun News: North Dakota takes on impacts of energy boom
(North Dakota) -- A golden sunset behind the Killdeer Mountains glows with more luminosity than a Karl Bodmer landscape, tinting the clouds pink in the waning light of a...

1/24/2015

article Deninu Kue First Nation wants equal voice on mining projects
(Northwest Territories) -- The Deninu Kue First Nation does not feel as if they've received equal treatment on consultation for proposed mining projects in their...
article Peruvian Indigenous Woman Harassed by Police Two Days After ICTMN Article
(Peru) -- On Tuesday, January 20, 2015 Peruvian National Police officers along with members of the Securitas agency, who provides security services for the Yanacocha...
article Indigenous Warriors Who Shut Down Oil Facility in Ecuador Arrested
(Ecuador) -- After attacking and shutting down an oil field in Ecuador in early January, most of the Waorani warriors who were arrested for the attack will be tried soon...

1/23/2015

article Bristol Bay Tribes Outraged at SB 54 Re-Introduction
(Alaska) -- Dillingham, AK- Wednesday, Senators Joe Manchin (WV) and David Vitter (LA) reintroduced legislation (SB 54) that would eliminate from the Clean Water Act a...

1/22/2015

article Deninu Kue First Nation wants equal voice on mining projects
(North Canada) -- The Deninu Kue First Nation does not feel as if they've received equal treatment on consultation for proposed mining projects in their traditional...
article B.C. First Nation to probe pollutants despite assurances from mine
(British Columbia) -- A small native community in central British Columbia has launched a health study into the possible impacts of a copper mine, despite assurances...
article First Nation launches independent study of Gibraltar Mine expansion
(British Columbia) -- A small First Nation says it has given up waiting for government and industry to address its concerns about the Gibraltar Mine expansion in B.C....
article Halcón Resources pins hopes on prolific North Dakota oil acreage
(North Dakota) -- Low oil prices and a mushrooming debt load are hampering plans by Halcón Resources Corp Chief Executive Floyd Wilson to sell the oil producer, with...

1/21/2015

article Mohegan Sun joins Boston casino lawsuit
(Massachusetts) -- Mohegan Sun is suing Massachusetts gambling regulators over their decision to award the Boston-area casino license to a rival. The Connecticut-based...
article Missoula meeting scheduled to assist Native American mineral owners
(Montana) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue has scheduled a mineral/royalty question-and-answer session from 1 to 3:30 p...

1/20/2015

article Federal court expedites Clyde River seismic testing challenge
(North Canada) -- The Federal Court of Appeal has granted a request to expedite a hearing to decide whether or not a decision to allow seismic testing in Baffin Bay and...
article Native Sun News: North Dakota tribe confronts many challenges
(North Dakota) -- When Mark Fox took the oath of the highest office in the Mandan Hidatsa & Arikara (MHA) Nation here on Dec. 4, he initiated his first four-year...
article Oil pipeline break is under Yellowstone River
(Montana) -- The pipeline break that released an estimated 42,000 gallons of crude oil into the Yellowstone River is beneath the riverbed, a federal official said...

1/19/2015

article Crews working at site of Yellowstone oil spill
(Montana) -- Crews working to clean up crude oil that spilled in and near the Yellowstone River in eastern Montana and prevent it from traveling further downstream were...
article Nunavut workers at Agnico Eagle mine allege discrimination
(North Canada) -- Some Inuit workers at Agnico Eagle's Meadowbank mine near Baker Lake, Nunavut, say they're the subject of discrimination, and that it's...
article Yukon legislative committee split on fracking
(North Canada) -- After months of public consultations throughout the territory, the Yukon Legislature's select committee on hydraulic fracturing could not come to a...

1/17/2015

article B.C. mining company takes non-profit to court over comments
(British Columbia) -- A mining company in British Columbia has launched a defamation lawsuit against an advocacy organization for its public remarks about the mining...
article Native American Tribe pushes to end pipeline project in Lancaster County
(Pennsylvania) -- In Lancaster County, a native American Tribe is trying to put an end to the pipeline project. The tribe wants an explanation from the drilling company...
article Opposition to the pipeline is homegrown and strong
(Pennsylvania) -- Lancaster County is known far and wide as a place where residents take enormous pride in our distinctive heritage: Tightly knit communities, including...

1/16/2015

article Circumventing Native American Sovereignty
(Rhode Island) -- Paul Gosar, a Republican congressman from Arizona, recently got into trouble for calling Native American tribes “wards of the federal government...
article Blackhorse: Fracking and a Diné Revolution on the Verge
(Arizona) -- A group of mostly Diné youth named Nihígaal bee Iiná began a 200-mile prayer walk on the eastern Navajo Nation on January 6 to bring awareness to...
article Northerners bracing for Alberta oilsands job cuts
(Alberta) -- With lower energy prices there will be job cuts in Alberta's oilsands leaving some northerners who work in Fort McMurray or Fort McKay bracing for the...
article Prosperity, Tulsequah mines get environmental certificates extended
(British Columbia) -- The B.C. government is extending environmental assessment certificates for two controversial mine projects in the province.
article Waorani warriors attack, shut down oilfield in Ecuador
(Ecuador) -- Indigenous leaders are calling for the release of six tribesmen implicated in a raid on an oilfield in Eastern Ecuador that left six soldiers injured,...

1/15/2015

article Ontario First Nations ‘on the fence’ about Energy East pipeline
(Ontario) -- Consultations for a new pipeline project are underway in Ontario. The Ontario government is in Thunder Bay looking for feedback from First Nation...
article Native American Tribe pushes to end pipeline project in Lancaster County
(Pennsylvania) -- In Lancaster County, a native American Tribe is trying to put an end to the pipeline project. The tribe wants an explanation from the drilling company...

1/14/2015

article Oil production in Nunavut long way off, says NEB chair
(Nunavut) -- The chair of the National Energy Board says volatile oil prices and a court case mean it could be a long time before Nunavut starts producing its own oil....

1/13/2015

article B.C. gave up power for pipeline project: bands
(British Columbia) -- Two First Nations in British Columbia have launched a court challenge against the province, saying it shirked its responsibility to make a decision...

1/12/2015

article Exxon pledges to work with First Nations on B.C. LNG terminal
(British Columbia) -- Exxon Mobil Corp. is vowing to consult with an array of aboriginal groups in a bid to win their backing for a major LNG terminal in British...
article Tribal head: State must do more to protect from oil impacts
(North Dakota) -- The chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe appealed to North Dakota lawmakers Thursday to do more to protect public safety and the environment...

1/10/2015

article Tribal head: State must do more to protect from oil impacts
(North Dakota) -- The chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe appealed to North Dakota lawmakers Thursday to do more to protect public safety and the environment...

1/8/2015

article Quebec Court of Appeal refuses to dismiss Innu class action lawsuit against mining company
(Quebec) -- The Quebec Court of Appeal has refused to hear a motion by the Iron Ore Co. of Canada and the Quebec North Shore and Labrador Railway Co. seeking to dismiss...
article New Brunswickers divided on development of shale gas, poll suggests
(New Brunswick) -- A recent poll suggests that New Brunswickers are almost evenly divided on the issue of the development of a shale gas industry in the province.
article Lummi Nation Asks Corps to Deny Permit for Cherry Point Facility
(Washington) -- In a strongly worded letter, the Lummi Nation asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) to take immediate action to deny a permit to build North...
article Northwestern Washington Tribe Calls On Feds To Halt Coal Terminal Permit Review
(Washington) -- The Lummi Nation of Northwestern Washington sent a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers Monday. It called on the Corps to halt the permitting process...
article OP/ED: Cherry Point coal terminal would harm salmon, Lummi way of life
(Washington) -- Someone once told me that anything can be accomplished if you just have enough time and money. But for many people and communities, including Lummi,...
article Alberta Oil Sands Deposits Must Be Left in Ground to Avoid Catastrophic Warming: Study
(Alberta) -- The Alberta oil sands region is high on the list of fossil fuel deposits that must be left underground in order to avoid potentially catastrophic global...

1/7/2015

article BLM defers leases for fracking near Chaco Canyon
(New Mexico) -- A coalition of watchdog groups applauded the federal Bureau of Land Management's recent decision to defer leasing land for fracking near Chaco Canyon...
article Northwest tribe calls for halt to coal project review
(Washington) -- A recent request by the Lummi Nation to halt a federal permit review of the Gateway Pacific Terminal in Bellingham, Washington, sets an important legal...
article “A Mine is a Hole in the Ground Owned by Liars.” Was Mark Twain right?
(Wisconsin) -- A mine is a hole in the ground owned by liars.” This statement, attributed to Mark Twain, comes to mind when I look at a glossy brochure about...
article COMMENT: Innu $900M lawsuit against IOC can proceed
(Canada) -- The Innu First Nations of Uashat Mak Mani-Utenam and Matimekush-Lac John, whose traditional territory (Nitassinan) covers a large part of northeast Quebec...
article More First Nations signing on in support of LNG projects in northern B.C.
(British Columbia) -- First Nations’ support for LNG projects is mounting in northern B.C., the location of three of the leading mega-projects that would export...

1/6/2015

article Lummi Nation: Pacific Gateway Terminal would violate our treaty rights
(Washington) -- The Lummi Nation, bolstered by a critical Environmental Impact Study released last month, filed a request with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this week...

1/5/2015

article Native American populations 'hugely at risk' to sex trafficking
(North Dakota) -- As the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation reels from the impacts of producing a third of North Dakota's oil, the reservation must add human...
article Native Sun News: Allies unite over uranium cleanup in New Mexico
(New Mexico) -- Jonnie and Milton Head’s granddaughter won’t bring her children to visit them at their home here in the Bluewater Valley. “There’...
article Lummi Nation asks Army Corps to reject Cherry Point coal terminal
(Washington) -- Lummi Nation sent a letter on Monday, Jan. 5, to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, asking the agency to immediately reject a permit application for a...
article Northwestern Washington Tribe Calls On Feds To Halt Coal Terminal Permit Review
(Washington) -- The Lummi Nation issued a letter Monday to the U.S. government seeking to end the project's permitting process for a coal-shipping project encircled...
article 8 protesters charged with trespassing at Conestoga Township pipeline site
(Pennsylvania) -- Protesters succeeded in briefly stopping workers drilling test bores for a proposed gas pipeline near a Native American site in Conestoga Township on...

1/4/2015

article SEN. McCAIN: Cooperation advances crucial mine project
(Arizona) -- Congress recently approved and the president signed into law legislation that paves the way for the expansion of the Resolution Copper Mine in Superior,...
article Sex for sale in the Bakken: Trafficking in North Dakota is on the rise, and often the victims can’t escape
(North Dakota) -- Clayton Louis Lakey scrolls, and girls beckon. Rather, their sellers do. Like carnival barkers in an Internet sideshow, they tout their product: young...
article Red Cliff Tribe Hosts Summit on Mining Alternatives
(Wisconsin) -- Wisconsin’s six Chippewa tribes are organizing a conference on economic alternatives to mining January 7-9. Red Cliff Mining Resources Specialist...

12/31/2014

article Yankton Sioux/Ihanktonwan Seeks Dismissal of Transcanada’s Bid for South Dakota PUC Permit Status on January 6
(South Dakota) -- In a determined move, the Yankton Sioux Tribe will square off with Transcanada on January 6, 2014 in order to seek the dismissal of Transcanada’s...

12/30/2014

article Deninu Kue First Nation gets rights to diamond benefits
(North Canada) -- The Deninu Kue First Nation in Fort Resolution, N.W.T., has signed its first impact benefit agreement, or IBA, with the owner of a diamond mine, De...

12/29/2014

article OP/ED: Copper mine will hurt tribes and the environment
(Arizona) -- Congress recently authorized an exchange of land so the multinational giant Rio Tinto can proceed with its Resolution Copper Mine project in eastern Arizona...

12/28/2014

article In North Dakota, Oil, Corruption and Bodies Surface
(North Dakota) -- Tex G. Hall, the three-term tribal chairman on this remote, once impoverished reservation, was the very picture of confidence as he strode to the...

12/26/2014

article Reporter’s Notebook: Angela Sterritt on the oilsands paradox
(Alberta) -- Reporting on a tiny community downstream from Alberta’s Athabasca oilsands was one of the hardest stories I have worked on in my life. It was not the...

12/23/2014

article Apache sacred land handed over to mining giant in backroom deal
(Washington D.C.) -- The Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2015 in mid-December by a vote of 89 to 11. Hidden within this bill was a rider...

12/21/2014

article Editorial: Gov. Cuomo Makes Sense on Fracking
(New York) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced a statewide ban on the extraction of natural gas using a controversial drilling process called hydraulic...
article How One Indigenous Woman Took On a Multinational Mining Corporation... And Won
(Peru) -- For over three years, indigenous Peruvian farmworker Maxima Acuña de Chaupe has refused to allow a U.S.-based multinational corporation to turn her land into...

12/19/2014

article At the Onondaga Nation, joy and disbelief over state decision against fracking
(New York) -- Sid Hill didn't have much hope. At the Onondaga Nation, they've grown accustomed to environmental decisions that fly against what they see as safe...
article New Brunswick moratorium on fracking has 5 conditions, including consulting First Nations
(New Brunswick) -- The New Brunswick government is introducing a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing that the premier says won’t be lifted until five conditions are...

12/18/2014

article Chippewa Cree paying up front for pipeline
(Montana) -- The Chippewa Cree Tribe is being required to pay up front for work on a $361 million water project after several tribal officials and companies were...
article First Nations push back against Clark’s LNG dream
(British Columbia) -- BC First Nations say it’s the first legal challenge to the Christy Clark government’s trumpeted LNG industry. Two First Nations near...
article Treaty 8 Nations to study LNG labour market
(British Columbia) -- The B.C. government has awarded the Treaty 8 Tribal Association nearly CAN$134 000 in funding to undertake a labour market study. The study aims to...

12/17/2014

article Oil companies object to petition from tribe
(Washington) -- Westway Terminals and Imperium Renewables are asking the Washington state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council to stay out of permit decisions...
article Indian Band Considering Legal Action Following Mine Spill
(British Columbia) -- The Lower Similkameen Indian Band (LSIB) is considering legal action against Copper Mountain Mine following a tailings spill on December 10th, 2014.
article Groups protest sale of drilling rights in Utah archaeological areas
(Utah) -- With the Bureau of Land Management poised to offer new oil and gas leases in the heart of southeast Utah’s archaeological stronghold, various groups are...
article Greg Rickford responds to province's latest Ring of Fire request
(Ontario) -- Ontario's plan for the remote Ring of Fire mineral deposit has "serious structural problems" according to the federal Natural Resources...
article B.C. gives five northern First Nations cash to study LNG related employment
(British Columbia) -- The B.C. government is giving money to a group of five First Nations to study liquefied natural gas- related job opportunities. The province says...

12/16/2014

article Amnesty International slams Harper government for putting economy ahead of rights
(Canada) -- Amnesty International's Canada branch has issued a wide-ranging attack on the Harper government for making economic development a higher priority than...
article Obama Has Taken Alaska’s Bristol Bay Off the Market for Drilling
(Alaska) -- President Barack Obama on Tuesday listed Alaska’s Bristol Bay as a no-go zone for oil and gas drilling, promising to protect the coastal area’s...
article N.W.T. Métis Nation signs benefit agreement with De Beers
(North Canada) -- The N.W.T. Métis Nation has signed an impact benefit agreement with the companies behind N.W.T.'s next diamond mine. The signing took place on...

12/15/2014

article Cree youth walk 850 km to protest against uranium mining in Quebec
(Montreal) -- About 20 young Cree people have walked nearly 850 kilometres to Montreal’s South Shore from their village in northern Quebec, protesting against...

12/14/2014

article Congress clears way for copper mine
(Arizona) -- A trade of public and private lands needed to allow the development of a massive copper mine 70 miles southeast of Phoenix is on its way to President Barack...

12/13/2014

article Congress gives sacred Native American land to mining company
(Arizona) -- Attached to the 2015 defense spending bill approved by the United States Senate on Friday is a provision giving sacred Native American land to a foreign...
article Resolution Copper deal elicits celebration, outrage
(Arizona) -- Resolution Copper Mining is set to acquire 2,400 acres of protected land near Superior, almost a decade after the foreign mining company began its effort to...
article Defense Bill Rider: Congress Gives Sacred Native American Land To Mining Company
(Arizona) -- Savvy politicians have managed to slip some pretty outrageous items into must-pass legislation in the past, but the massive defense bill passed Friday may...
article Oil production may have reached maximum levels
(North Dakota) -- With oil prices on a steep downward slump, 2015 could be a tough year for oil producers, North Dakota's lead regulator for the industry.

12/12/2014

article Defense Bill Passes, Giving Sacred Native American Sites To Mining Company
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Senate passed a measure authorizing the nation’s defense programs Friday, and along with it managed to give lands sacred to Native...
article NM public lands, Indian housing bills headed to president’s desk
(Washington D.C.) -- A defense authorization bill approved by the U.S. Senate today and now headed to President Obama’s desk includes major public lands provisions...
article Opinion Defense bill includes ill-advised Alaska and Arizona land measures
(Washington D.C.) -- So what does funding for the Department of Defense have in common with Alaska's Tongass National Forest or the Tonto National Forest in Arizona?
article Resolution Copper deal elicits celebration, outrage
(Arizona) -- Resolution Copper Mining is set to acquire 2,400 acres of protected land near Superior, almost a decade after the foreign mining company began its effort to...
article Apache tribe distressed by privatization of sacred land
(Arizona) -- Former San Carlos Apache Tribal Chairman Wendsler Nosie said he felt sick when he heard what legislators did last week. Members of Congress —...
article San Carlos Apache Tribe Attempt to Save Sacred Lands Denied
(Washington D.C.) -- Over objections of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, the U.S. Senate voted on Friday to pass the $585 billion National Defense Authorization Act of 2015...
article Senate heads to final vote on package with mine on sacred land
(Washington D.C.) -- After days of delay, it's decision time for the National Defense Authorization Act, a controversial bill that authorizes a mine on sacred Apache...
article Push Back Inevitable? Former Assembly of First Nations Chiefs Tapped for Refinery Project
(British Columbia) -- Two First Nations chiefs have been recruited by the British Columbia oil refinery company Pacific Future Energy to help launch their plan to build...
article Indigenous Voices: A Call to Keep the Oil in the Ground
(Ecuador) -- I walk a small path, surrounded by an infinite number of trees, plants and the scent of flowers. My lungs fill with pure, fresh air when I take a deep...

12/11/2014

article KYL: Pass the Land Swap, Stop Shafting Miners
(Washington D.C.) -- “We elected you to go back to Washington and get things done.” “Why can’t you Democrats and Republicans work together to end...
article Video: What Resolution Copper Wants to Inflict on Apache Sacred Land
(USA) -- The San Carlos Apache Tribe is battling to save a sacred site that has been federally protected from mining since 1955. That is, until now. Lawmakers have...
article David Suzuki's grandson brings star power to Sacred Headwaters fight over Imperial Metals
(British Columbia) -- While TV cameras focused their lenses on the 100-plus arrests on Burnaby Mountain last month, at the same time, a very similar Kinder-Morgan-style...
article State takes comment on Montana coal mine application
(Montana) -- AP reported that state regulators are taking public comment on a revised application for a major coal mine near the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation.

12/10/2014

article Black Mesa mines: Native Americans demand return of their ancestors' bones
(Arizona) -- In 1967 the Peabody coal company came to the Navajo and Hopi reservations in northern Arizona and Utah to excavate a strip mine – but the land it...
article Mining company took remains and artifacts from tribes in Arizona
(Arizona) -- Peabody Energy, the largest mining company in the world, took hundreds of ancestors and millions of artifacts from the Hopi Tribe and the Navajo Nation. The...
article One hand on the wheel, the other in a bowl of bannock
(North Canada) -- The people working as a support team behind the Cree youth taking part in a #StandAgainstUranium march have been working hard to make sure the walkers...

12/9/2014

article Gitxsan chiefs blockade highway to protest government's LNG project approvals
(British Columbia) -- Gitxsan hereditary chiefs blocked Highway 16 at New Hazelton, in northern B.C. on Saturday, to protest recent LNG project approvals by the BC...

12/8/2014

article Interior secretary disappointed at land swap in Defense bill
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Sally Jewell sharply criticized a proposed land swap deal attached to a defense bill that would threaten sacred American Indian...
article Jewell ‘profoundly’ disappointed by land exchange at sacred Native American sites
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Saturday criticized a last-minute addition to a major defense policy bill that would hand 2,400 acres of land in...
article Resolution Copper land swap OK’d by House
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal land swap for a new copper mine near Superior has won passage in the U.S. House of Representatives, over the objections of the San Carlos...
article Crow Nation joins states fighting EPA carbon emission reduction rules
(Montana) -- The leader of the Crow Nation in Montana joined 17 state attorneys general Friday in challenging the Obama administration's effort to reduce carbon...
article Northern Cross oil and gas proposal concerns Yukon First Nations
(North Canada) -- Yukon First Nations have expressed concerns about a proposal by Northern Cross to do exploratory drilling for oil and gas in the Eagle Plain area.
article Judge issues clarification halting all EPA work on Pebble Mine process
(Alaska) -- A federal judge says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must stop all work related to a process that could result in development of the Pebble Mine...

12/7/2014

article Tribe seeks break from Obama's effort
(Montana) -- The chairman of the coal-dependent Crow Nation wants a break from the Obama administration's climate proposal and said Friday that the pending rule...

12/5/2014

article Crow leader says Obama's climate plan could hurt tribe
(Montana) -- The chairman of the coal-dependent Crow Nation wants a break from the Obama administration’s climate proposal and said Friday that the pending rule...
article Crow Nation joins states fighting EPA carbon emission reduction rules
(Montana) -- The leader of the Crow Nation in Montana joined 17 state attorneys general Friday in challenging the Obama administration's effort to reduce carbon...
article Chairman Fox announces Christmas dollars for tribal members from oil revenue
(North Dakota) -- A multi-million dollar Christmas present for enrolled members of the MHA Nation is part of the fulfillment of a promise the new MHA Nation Tribal...
article Cree youth walk nearly 600km protesting against uranium extraction
(Montreal) -- Around 20 young Cree people have arrived in Quebec City after walking nearly 600km to protest against uranium exploration. The group left Mistissini, Que...
article First Nation sues Manitoba government over Bipole III route
(Manitoba) -- The Manitoba government is being sued by a First Nation over the multi-billion-dollar Bipole III hydro transmission line. The Manitoba government is being...
article First Nations pursue part ownership of resource projects in northern B.C.
(British Columbia) -- First Nations chiefs in British Columbia’s resource-rich north have banded together to pursue ownership of natural gas and mining projects....

12/4/2014

article Congress gives Native American lands to foreign mining company with new NDAA
(Washington D.C.) -- Congress is poised to give a foreign mining company 2,400 acres of national forest in Arizona that is cherished ancestral homeland to Apache natives...
article Enbridge works to repair tribal turbulence
(Minnesota) -- Enbridge Energy and many Native American communities have had a turbulent relationship recently due to controversial environmental issues. Enbridge Energy...
article Nunavik Inuit say ‘No’ to uranium mining
(North Canada) -- The two major Inuit organizations in northern Quebec revealed their official position on uranium mining at a public consultation in Kangiqsualujjuaq,...
article Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski defends amendments to Bill S-6
(North Canada) -- In an interview with Sandi Coleman on the Yukon morning show A New Day, Premier Darrell Pasloski says there was full disclosure to First Nations of his...

12/3/2014

article Congress Raids Ancestral Native American Lands With Defense Bill
(Washington D.C.) -- When Terry Rambler, the chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, woke up Wednesday in Washington, D.C., it was to learn that Congress was deciding...
article Controversial mine legislation slipped into defense bill
(Washington D.C.) -- A controversial Arizona mining bill that appeared dead for this Congress has gotten new life, as supporters have tucked it deep into a defense bill...
article Deal for Superior mine inserted into defense bill
(Washington D.C.) -- A controversial bill to privatize national forest land in Arizona has been tucked into the national defense spending bill, to the dismay of those...
article Ottawa trip on Bill S-6 ends in insult to Yukon First Nations
(Ottawa) -- A Coalition of Yukon First Nations say a trip to Ottawa to discuss Bill S-6 went horribly wrong. Nine representative of Yukon First Nations travelled to...
article Yukon NDP attacks premier over ‘embarrassing mess’ of Bill S-6
(Ottawa) -- On the same day as a judge quashed the Yukon Government’s land use plan for the Peel watershed, Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski faced a barrage of...
article Yukon miners fear 'uncertainty' following Peel decision
(North Canada) -- People in the mining industry are questioning Yukon's land use planning process in the wake of yesterday's Peel court decision. “The way...
article First Nations Win Skirmish Against Tar Sands Pipeline in British Columbia
(British Columbia) -- As reported on November 19 (via EcoWatch), Native-Americans led the way in bearing witness and protesting a US Senate vote on the Keystone XL...
article Haida group animates pipeline opposition using stop motion and music
(Canada) -- A new music video featuring the music of Kinnie Starr has stop-motion wood carved characters confronting Prime Minister Stephen Harper, depicted on a super...

12/2/2014

article Native American Royalties Top $1-Billion
(Washington D.C.) -- Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced that the Department of the Interior disbursed more than $13.4 billion in revenue generated by...
article 'Greenpeace dropout' Patrick Moore defends Kinder Morgan pipeline
(British Columbia) -- Former Greenpeace president Patrick Moore believes Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline should move forward despite protests because he says...
article Alaskans fear environmental, industrial threats from B.C. mines
(British Columbia) -- British Columbia’s ambition to open new mines in the province’s north has raised fears in neighbouring Alaska, where environmental and...
article Canada's First Nation Group Unveils Mining Policies for Land Use
(British Columbia) -- Mining in Canada just became a little more complicated. On Monday, a group from the First Nations in south-central B.C. released a set of mining...
article Bill S-6 turmoil having 'negative impact' on industry: Casino Mining
(North Canada) -- The president of a company planning a mine in Yukon is asking the federal, Yukon, and First Nations governments to "find a solution to address the...
article Deep water port in Tuktoyaktuk could bring business to N.W.T.
(North Canada) -- A deep water port in Tuktoyaktuk could mean the difference between the N.W.T. benefiting from oil and gas exploration and getting shut out, says a...
article Jim Prentice says 'nation-building' pipelines crucial to Canada's future
(Alberta) -- Alberta's premier is urging the country to get behind several controversial pipeline projects linked to the province's oilsands, warning that all...

12/1/2014

article B.C. First Nation sets out tougher rules for mining in its territory
(British Columbia) -- A group of First Nations from Williams Lake, B.C., whose territory includes the area devastated by the Mount Polley tailings pond breach has...
article BLOG: 347 million cubic feet of gas wasted every day – Peak Oil
(North Dakota) -- “We don’t need to be flaring, and we can find an economic benefit to this natural gas.” These words were spoken by Mark Fox, chairman...

11/30/2014

article Alberta Pipeline Spills 60,000 Litres Of Crude Into Muskeg, Says Energy Regulator
(Alberta) -- The Alberta Energy Regulator says close to 60,000 litres of crude oil have spilled into muskeg in the province's north. An incident report by the...
article Court Ruling Hamstrings EPA Attempts to Block Pebble Mine With Clean Air Act
(Alaska) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s attempts to protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay region from the biggest pit mine in the world have been...

11/29/2014

article Resurrecting the reservation
(North Dakota) -- Councilman Lewis Ken Hall is in his second year of leading the largest population center of the oil-rich Three Affiliated Tribes of Mandan, Hidatsa and...
article "Fabulous" victory for Burnaby Mountain protesters as court rejects Kinder Morgan contempt charges
(British Columbia) -- SFU molecular biology chair Lynne Quarmby beamed widely as Justice Austin Cullen announced at the B.C. Supreme Court that Kinder Morgan's...
article B.C. judge drops charges against anti-pipeline protesters
(British Columbia) -- A judge threw out civil contempt charges Thursday against dozens of activists who have been arrested while demonstrating against a pipeline project...
article Kinder Morgan loses bid to extend injunction
(British Columbia) -- An application by Kinder Morgan to extend an injunction keeping protesters away from two drilling sites on Burnaby Mountain was rejected by the B.C...
article Tar Sands Opposition Unites Burnaby Leaders, First Nations, as 60 Arrested in B.C. Protests
(British Columbia) -- It began as a trickle of protesters camped out on Burnaby Mountain in British Columbia in mid-September and has grown to more than 1,000.
article Klabona Keepers Ordered by Court to Stop Blocking Imperial Metals Mine
(British Columbia) -- Stacked with Tahltan elders in the defense box, a British Columbian Supreme Court granted Imperial Metals’ Red Chris mine an indefinite...
article Havasupai Tribe, Conservation Coalition Will Defend Grand Canyon From Uranium Industry
(Arizona) -- The Havasupai tribe and conservation groups will fight appeals filed on November 25 by two mining lobbying groups challenging a ruling by Arizona U.S....

11/28/2014

article Kinder Morgan pulls equipment from Burnaby Mountain
(British Columbia) -- Kinder Morgan has begun dismantling its drilling site on Burnaby Mountain and will not complete the planned testing on a second bore hole, a...
article Miners ask court to lift ban on uranium mining near Grand Canyon
(Arizona) -- The American mining industry is asking a federal appeals court to overturn a ban on new uranium mining claims near the Grand Canyon in a legal battle with...
article Study shows oilsands tailings ponds releasing toxic chemicals into air
(Edmonton) -- New federal government research has confirmed that oilsands tailings ponds are releasing toxic and potentially cancer-causing chemicals into the air.
article Brazil’s Javari valley threatened by Peruvian oil, warn tribes
(Brazil) -- An indigenous people whose territories are divided by the Brazil-Peru border in the remote Amazon say they are vehemently opposed to oil exploration on the...

11/27/2014

article Tribes to revamp plans for proposed oil refinery
(North Dakota) -- Leaders with the Three Affiliated Tribes in western North Dakota plan to revise their plan for an oil refinery on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation...
article Top oil producing First Nation launches $50 million court action against Ottawa over First Nation financial transparency legislation
(Edmonton) -- The country’s top oil producing First Nation has launched a $50 million court action against Ottawa over damages suffered as a result of “...

11/26/2014

article Burnaby Mountain battle continues to rage
(British Columbia) -- Protesters against Kinder Morgan on Burnaby Mountain in British Columbia say they are just ramping up their efforts to stop the company from doing...
article Kinder Morgan protest: Derek Corrigan urges protesters to stay calm
(British Columbia) -- Burnaby mayor Derek Corrigan has been a longtime opponent of the proposed Kinder Morgan TransMountain Pipeline expansion, but he's urging...
article Yukon environment board extends Northern Cross comment deadline
(North Canada) -- Three First Nations say they need more time to submit comments on a proposed drilling project in the Eagle Plains area. Northern Cross has proposed...

11/25/2014

article Enbridge Search for an Indian Whisperer Is a Pipeline Dream
(Minnesota) -- "The Enbridge Corporation has some difficult moccasins to fill." Winona LaDuke of Honor the Earth was explaining the Calgary-based Canadian oil...
article Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain expansion opposed by island First Nation
(British Columbia) -- One First Nation on Vancouver Island has added its voice to the clamour of protests over the Trans Mountain pipeline, telling the National Energy...

11/24/2014

article The Downside of the Boom
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota took on the oversight of a multibillion-dollar oil industry with a regulatory system built on trust, warnings and second chances.
article Where Oil and Politics Mix
(North Dakota) -- After an unusual land deal, a giant spill and a tanker-train explosion, anxiety began to ripple across the North Dakota prairie.
article Can a First Nations-led movement stop Big Oil?
(British Columbia) -- Can a First Nations-led, people-driven movement really have the power to stop Big Oil? The folks behind the Pull Together campaign think so. The...
article Kinder Morgan protesters: what are their rights?
(British Columbia) -- Josh Paterson, a lawyer and the executive director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, delivered some advice to those who wish to participate...
article NEB hears pipeline expansion threatens First Nations food, hunting
(British Columbia) -- A First Nations elder told a National Energy Board hearing that Kinder Morgan's proposed pipeline expansion threatens traditional hunting and...
article Mount Polley mine owner racing to prevent second tailings pond breach during spring thaw, minister says
(British Columbia) -- The owners of the Mount Polley mine are racing to repair the dam that breached last August to hold off the looming threat that the spring thaw will...
article Federal judge sides with Pebble to halt EPA mine action for now
(Alaska) -- A federal judge on Monday ruled in favor of the Pebble mine project and put a temporary halt on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to...

11/23/2014

article Native Americans move to stop pipeline
(Pennsylvania) -- For months, Robin Maguire and David Jones have been scouring fields in southwestern Lancaster County, finding proof of the Native Americans who once...
article 'This is going to be a war,' says Burnaby mayor as 26 pipeline protesters arrested (with video)
(British Columbia) -- As pipeline protesters clashed with police on Burnaby Mountain — leading to 26 arrests — Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan said his...
article 5 things to know about the Kinder Morgan pipeline protest in Burnaby
(British Columbia) -- Kinder Morgan is trying to bore holes for a proposed tunnel through Burnaby Mountain. The company wants to expand its Trans Mountain pipeline,...
article David Suzuki gives fiery speech on Burnaby Mountain to Kinder Morgan protesters
(British Columbia) -- Legendary environmental leader David Suzuki walked up to a police line defending Kinder Morgan drill crews on Burnaby Mountain on Sunday at a...
article The Downside of the Boom
(North Dakota) -- In early August 2013, Arlene Skurupey of Blacksburg, Va., got an animated call from the normally taciturn farmer who rents her family land in Billings...

11/22/2014

article David Suzuki writes letter to grandson arrested at Kinder Morgan protest on Burnaby Mountain
(British Columbia) -- Environmental leader David Suzuki wrote a letter praising his grandson Tamo Campos, a co-founder of environmental and human rights group Beyond...
article David Suzuki's grandson's speech after his arrest for protesting Kinder Morgan (VIDEO)
(British Columbia) -- “I hadn't had a speech planned, so I am just going to wing it. My name is Tamo, and I am David Suzuki’s grandson.” Such were...
article Kinder Morgan removes protest camps, begins survey work on Burnaby Mountain
(British Columbia) -- Kinder Morgan has started survey work at a Metro Vancouver conservation area after its crews worked through the night to take down camps that have...
article Massive crowd on Burnaby Mountain, as Kinder Morgan injunction takes effect
(British Columbia) -- What started as a trickle of oil-pipeline protesters two months ago has spilled into a massive anti-Kinder-Morgan movement on Burnaby Mountain, if...
article Nisga'a Nation signs LNG pipeline benefits deal with B.C.
(British Columbia) -- The head of the Nisga'a Nation said his people are embracing the possibility of a liquefied natural gas industry by permitting energy companies...

11/21/2014

article Tribal Head to Speed North Dakota Pipeline Talks
(North Dakota) -- The new leader of North Dakota's oil-rich Three Affiliated Tribes is pledging to speed negotiations on a proposed pipeline through tribal land that...
article More Kinder Morgan protesters arrested on Burnaby Mountain
(British Columbia) -- Burnaby RCMP say a total of 34 anti-pipeline protesters have been arrested and charged with civil contempt since police began arresting people...
article Mounties begin arrests on Burnaby Mountain to dismantle pipeline protests
(British Columbia) -- A small group of protesters has linked arms and is chanting “Stop Kinder Morgan” as Mounties move in to end the months-long...
article Squamish Nation members join protest as police arrest pipeline opponents on Burnaby Mountain
(British Columbia) -- Members of the Squamish Nation were among a large crowd gathered on Burnaby Mountain Thursday morning as Burnaby RCMP moved in to arrest protesters...
article Nisga’a sign pipeline benefits deal with B.C., back LNG projects
(British Columbia) -- The Nisga’a Nation has signed an agreement with the B.C. government to receive benefits from proposed liquefied natural gas projects.
article Northern Quebec Cree start 850 km trek to protest against uranium mining
(Quebec) -- Joshua Iserhoff killed his first black bear this fall on his grandfather’s territory of Eeyou Istchee, in northern Quebec. It was a proud moment for him as a...
article Bakken Region Tribes Fight Back Against Human Trafficking
(Montana) -- Over 200 people gathered in Bismarck, North Dakota, last week for the first summit hosted by FUSE — Force to end Human Sexual Exploitation, a...

11/20/2014

article Platinum mine criminal charges a first for Alaska
(Alaska) -- Back in August 2011, a federal biologist on a routine flight to survey salmon numbers was taken aback by what he saw in the Salmon River in far Western...

11/19/2014

article New tribal leader seeks partnerships to solve oil issues
(North Dakota) -- With just two weeks in office, newly elected Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Mark Fox is seeking a partnership with state and federal governments to...
article RCMP keeping an eye on Burnaby Mountain protest
(British Columbia) -- A British Columbia judge granted an injunction to Kinder Morgan last week to remove activists from Burnaby Mountain. The protesters are trying to...

11/18/2014

article TransCanada considered using proxy groups to attack opponents of Energy East pipeline
(Canada) -- TransCanada PipeLines acknowledges it considered aggressive tactics such as using proxy groups to attack opponents of the company’s proposed Energy...
article Report: Yucca Mountain Project still alive
(Washington D.C.) -- A Nevada commission approved a report Monday alerting state lawmakers that the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project is not dead yet and they should...

11/14/2014

article Lawsuit Targets Secretive Plan to Ramp up Tar Sands Oil Shipments in Alberta Clipper Pipeline
(Minnesota) -- Conservation and tribal groups including the White Earth Nation filed a lawsuit today against the U.S. State Department’s secretive approval of a...

11/13/2014

article Blackfeet Battle Oil & Gas Developer for Sacred Badger–Two Medicine Origin Site
(Montana) -- The Blackfoot Confederacy is vigorously opposing proposed energy development in the sacred Badger–Two Medicine area, located at the wild intersection...

11/12/2014

article Court Rejects Shell Suit Against Enviro. Groups
(Alaska) -- An appeals court has tossed out a request by Shell Oil to block future challenges from environmental groups against Arctic drilling operations. Shell filed...

11/11/2014

article Bakken Has Brought Prosperity, Challenges, To Fort Berthold Indian Reservation
(North Dakota) -- Paige and Jason Baker exemplify the economic opportunity the oil boom in western North Dakota has brought to the Three Affiliated Tribes and their...
article Sovereignty By The Barrel
(North Dakota) -- By 2009, oil companies had leased most of the land on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation for exploration and drilling. Since then, the tribal...

11/10/2014

article Prentice to discuss Alberta oilsands with aboriginal chiefs
(Alberta) -- Alberta Premier Jim Prentice and aboriginal chiefs from the oilsands region have agreed to sit down face-to-face to try to deal with concerns that have...
article Prentice, aboriginal leaders agree to discuss concerns and future of oilsands
(Alberta) -- After inheriting an adversarial relationship with Alberta’s aboriginals, Premier Jim Prentice has agreed to face-to-face meetings with the leaders of...
article Jim Prentice, northern Alberta chiefs to discuss oilsands concerns
(Edmonton) -- Alberta Premier Jim Prentice and aboriginal chiefs from the oilsands region have agreed to sit down face-to-face to try to deal with concerns that have...

11/9/2014

article B.C. aboriginal training program ends amid funding dispute
(British Columbia) -- A federally funded program that helped more than 1,000 First Nations people land jobs in British Columbia’s mining sector has abruptly closed...
article Australians share indigenous protected area strategies with N.W.T.
(North Canada) -- Daryl Lacey knows what it's like when environmental concerns and development come head to head. Twenty years ago, Lacey's elders grew concerned...

11/8/2014

article First Nations “demand” a moratorium on rare earth mining in Quebec
(Quebec) -- The Assembly of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL – the political organization regrouping 43 Chiefs of the First Nations of Quebec and...

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