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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

8/29/2015

article EPA documents detail frightening Gold King Mine scramble
(Colorado) -- An Environmental Protection Agency-contracted team found themselves scrambling in the frightening first moments of the Gold King Mine spill, new documents...
article EPA: Sediment a "long term" concern in Colorado mine spill's wake
(Colorado) -- Environmental officials said Thursday their long-term concern after the 3 million-gallon Gold King Mine spill centers around the metallic sediment left in...
article WA tribe hopes totem gets people involved over coal shipping issue
(Montana) -- Members of Northwest Washington's Lummi Tribe hope a traveling totem pole will get Montanans engaged in the campaign to stop coal shipments to the coast.
article “Is this the world that we want to leave to our children?”
(Washington) -- “Is this the world that we want to leave to our children?” That is the question posed by Jewell James, Master Carver of the Lummi Nation...
article Houska: Youth Protest Sec. John Kerry's 'Shady Deal' for Tar Sands Oil
(Washington D.C.) -- On Tuesday, a number of environmental organizations and a delegation of Native American youth gathered in Washington, D.C. to protest the expansion...

8/28/2015

article RCMP planning mass arrests at pipeline protest camp, northern B.C chiefs fear
(British Columbia) -- A dispute over energy projects and aboriginal rights is heating up at a pipeline protest camp in northern B.C. where First Nations leaders fear...
article Coal export protesters gather in Missoula to bless totem pole
(Montana) -- Roughly halfway into its journey from the Pacific Coast to Dull Knife, a Lummi Indian Nation totem pole stopped for some spiritual refueling in Missoula on...
article Totem Pole Coal Protest Draws 100 In Missoula
(Montana) -- About a hundred people came to Missoula’s Har Shalom synagogue this morning to be part of a protest against a new shipping terminal on the coast of...
article Stakeholders dispute cultural heritage methods
(South Dakota) -- A full week of testimony debating the merits of renewing Crow Butte Resources’ uranium mining license wrapped up Friday before the Atomic Safety...

8/27/2015

article Senate Indian Affairs Committee to hold Colorado mine spill hearing
(Colorado) -- The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs announced Wednesday it will "demand answers from the Environmental Protection Agency" at a hearing on the Gold King...
article Lummi Nation done talking about proposed Coal Terminal
(Washington) -- The Lummi Nation is done talking about the proposed Gateway Pacific Coal Terminal at Cherry Point. The tribe says it sent the U.S. Army Corps of...
article Lummi Nation hires firm for potential litigation on Gateway Pacific Terminal
(Washington) -- The Lummi Indian Business Council has voted unanimously August 21, 2015 to hire international law firm Dentons as outside litigation counsel to represent...
article BC official says they’re open to more mine treaty talks
(British Columbia) -- British Columbia’s top mining official says he’s open to involving his federal government in transboundary mine conflicts. That’s...

8/26/2015

article Investigation: EPA, state underestimated spill potential
(Colorado) -- An internal government investigation has found that federal and state regulators underestimated the potential for a blowout from a Colorado mine. The...
article First Nation asserts right to B.C. island slated for LNG plant
(British Columbia) -- Some members of a north coast First Nation are gathering on a small island near Prince Rupert, B.C., to protest plans for a liquefied natural gas...
article Groups want Minnesota regulators to reconsider Sandpiper pipeline route
(Minnesota) -- Three environmental groups and the White Earth Band of Ojibwe have asked state regulators to reconsider its decision on a proposed crude oil pipeline...
article Crow Butte Mine Hearing Draws Protestors
(Nebraska) -- Expert testimony at the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board's week-long hearing in Crawford on the 10-year renewal of the operating license for the Crow...
article Lummi Totem visits Hood River
(Oregon) -- Gorge residents touch the 22-foot cedar totem pole carved by Bellingham carver Jewell James of the Lummi Nation, in its visit Tuesday to Hood River....

8/25/2015

article Hearings begin on objections to Crow Butte uranium mining
(Nebraska) -- More than a dozen witnesses began testifying about the impact of the Crow Butte Mine on the Crawford area’s water resources this week, with...
article Objections to the Crow Butte Mine license extension
(Nebraska) -- Those who opposed the extension of licensed mining of uranium at Crow Butte make these Contentions *There is no evidence-based science for the NRC’s...
article Environmental groups, county petition federal agencies to change mining regulations
(Arizona) -- In light of the recent Gold King Mine spill, concerned tribes, counties, national and regional groups are petitioning federal agencies to change mining...

8/24/2015

article Northwest tribe sends totem pole on journey against coal
(Washington) -- A Native American tribe has sent a 22-foot-long, intricately carved totem pole on a journey through the Pacific Northwest to draw attention to proposed...
article Nexen pipeline spill cleanup details not being shared, First Nation says
(Calgary) -- An Alberta First Nation wants more information from Nexen as the company cleans up one of the largest pipeline spills in provincial history. For more than a...
article Mines minister to meet Alaska fishermen, natives
(British Columbia) -- Columbia’s mines minister says he’s aiming to ease Alaska residents’ fears that their region could be harmed by a disaster...
article BLOG: How the Extractives Industry Hurts Indigenous Women
(North Dakota) -- Extractive industry projects may not be created to victimize women, but violence against women has become a major by-product of these project...

8/23/2015

article Opinion: Environmental pollution: natural and human
(New York) -- News photos in early August of the river in Durango, Colo. turned garish orange from toxic wastewater horrified me. The Animas runs through the heart of...
article Native Americans’ totem pole journeys to oppose coal exports
(Oregon) -- A Native American tribe is taking a 22-foot totem pole from Canada through the Pacific Northwest to Montana in opposition of proposed coal export terminals.
article Public hearing to be held on drilling lease near Glacier
(Montana) -- A federal panel will hold a public hearing in Choteau next month on whether to allow oil and gas drilling on land near Glacier National Park that is...

8/21/2015

article Native Americans' unusual protest targets coal exports
(Oregon) -- A Native American tribe is taking a 22-foot (6.71-meter) totem pole through the western U.S. and Canada in opposition to proposed terminals for exporting...

8/20/2015

article Steelhead LNG and Malahat First Nation reach deal over floating LNG facility
(British Columbia) -- The Malahat First Nation and Steelhead LNG have reached a deal to develop an liquefied natural gas facility in Bamberton, about 40 kilometres north...
article Big Archaeology fights Big Oil to preserve ancient landscape
(New Mexico) -- Between about 850 C.E. and 1250 C.E., Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico's San Juan Basin was at the center of a vast and sophisticated Pueblo...

8/19/2015

article Interior Department will review Gold King Mine spill
(New Mexico) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday that the federal Department of the Interior will lead an independent review of the Gold King...
article White Earth tribal members oppose Enbridge pipeline project
(Minnesota) -- White Earth tribal members are expressing their opposition to Enbridge Energy's plan to reroute a 50-year-old oil pipeline near the tribe's...
article White Earth tribe members voice pipeline concerns: 'Eventually something is going to go wrong'
(Minnesota) -- White Earth doesn't want another oil pipeline. Some 100 people turned out to a community center on the White Earth Indian Reservation Tuesday night...

8/18/2015

article Daines, Zinke Statements on Crow Tribe’s Agreement in Gateway Pacific Terminal
(Washington) -- Senator Steve Daines and Representative Ryan Zinke today released the following statement on the partnership between Cloud Peak Energy, the Crow Tribe of...
article Montana officials praise Cherry Point coal port plan
(Washington) -- Congressional and business leaders from Montana shrugged off the concerns of environmentalists and praised a coal terminal proposed for Cherry Point.
article Washington's newest coal export proponents are coming from a surprising place: Montana
(Washington) -- Washington state's newest proponents of coal exports aren't actually in the state at all. Montana economic leaders are stepping up pressure for...
article Enbridge pipeline hearing tonight on White Earth Indian reservation
(Minnesota) -- Enbridge Energy officials will visit the White Earth Indian Reservation Tuesday to hear concerns about the company's proposed pipeline replacement...
article Badger-Two Medicine a Top Priority for Protection
(Montana) -- As the Blackfeet Nation’s leaders ramp up efforts to protect the Badger-Two Medicine area near Glacier National Park from oil and gas development, a...
article Clyde River loses fight to block seismic testing
(North Canada) -- Clyde River, Nunavut, has lost its bid to block seismic testing off its shores. The Federal Court of Appeal has denied the Baffin Island hamlet's...

8/17/2015

article Crow Tribe signs partnership in coal port development
(Washington) -- The Crow Tribe has struck a partnership with SSA Marine to develop a Puget Sound coal terminal in Washington state considered crucial to exporting Indian...
article Pebble seeks ex-EPA scientist who it says colluded with anti-mine groups
(Alaska) -- The company hoping to develop the Pebble mining prospect near Bristol Bay wants a federal court to issue a subpoena for a former scientist for the...
article Feds allow Shell to drill for oil in Arctic Ocean off Alaska
(Alaska) -- The federal government has given Royal Dutch Shell the final permit it needs to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska's northwest coast for the...
article Senator calls on EPA to do right by tribes in wake of toxic spill
(Washington D.C.) -- In response to the recent Gold King Mine discharge, accidentally caused by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY...

8/16/2015

article Peel Watershed foes prepare to square off in Yukon court
(Yukon) -- It's a big week for the Yukon government, First Nations and environmental groups battling over the future of the Peel River Watershed.
article Montana tribe signs port deal with coal company
(Montana) -- A Wyoming company has entered a partnership to develop a Washington state coal port for shipments of the fuel to Asia, in a deal that gives Montana’s...
article As River Runs Orange, Mining Industry Attacks Tool to Prevent Toxic Spills
(Colorado) -- The images are frightening, surreal, sickening. A spill of polluted water from a closed gold mine turned the blue Animas River in Colorado’s...
article Rage on the reservation: EPA spill stokes Navajo mistrust of feds
(Colorado) -- The mistrust Native Americans have long harbored toward the federal government has gone to another level in Navajo territory land, where residents angrily...
article San Juan May Reopen Sunday; Tribe Holding Out For More Results
(New Mexico) -- San Juan County CEO Kim Carpenter hopes to lift restrictions on using the San Juan River by Sunday afternoon, he told about 160 people who packed the...

8/15/2015

article Crow Tribe partners in proposed WA state coal terminal
(Montana) -- The Crow Tribe and Cloud Peak Energy announced Thursday they are joining with SSA Marine as partners in the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal in Washington...

8/14/2015

article Coal company buys stake in Gateway Pacific Terminal
(Washington) -- Coal producer Cloud Peak Energy has purchased a 49 percent stake in a proposed coal terminal at Cherry Point, according to a joint announcement by Cloud...
article Crow Tribe partners with Cloud Peak Energy on proposed Washington state coal terminal
(Montana) -- The Crow Tribe and Cloud Peak Energy announced Thursday they are joining with SSA Marine as partners in the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal in Washington...
article Crow Tribe signs partnership in coal port development
(Montana) -- The Crow Tribe has struck a partnership with SSA Marine to develop a Puget Sound coal terminal in Washington state considered crucial to exporting Indian...
press release SSA Marine Welcomes the Crow Tribe and Cloud Peak Energy as Partners in the Gateway Pacific Terminal
(Montana) -- SSA Marine, the Crow Tribe of Indians and Cloud Peak Energy Inc. (NYSE: CLD), today announced that the Crow Tribe and Cloud Peak Energy are joining SSA...
article Neskonlith Indian Band sends eviction notice to Imperial Metals
(British Columbia) -- The Neskonlith Indian Band in British Columbia has issued an eviction notice to the mining company responsible for last week’s massive...

8/13/2015

article 'Beyond Unacceptable': Judge OKs Uranium Mine at Grand Canyon
(Arizona) -- In June, the Grand Canyon was named one of the "Most Endangered Places" in America by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
article Swinomish Tribe Files Suit to Stop Bakken Crude Trains
(Washington) -- The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community filed a lawsuit in federal court today against BNSF Railway (BNSF) for violating the terms of an easement agreement...
article Minnesota tribe invokes treaty rights in fight to stop pipeline
(Minnesota) -- Todd Thompson stood at the end of a handmade wooden pier, some of the planks cracked and bowed. He stared out onto the lake.
article Commentary: For the sake of the Inupiat, Shell should give up drilling in the Arctic
(Alaska) -- Inupiaq people, who have inhabited the uppermost one-third of the state of Alaska, known as the Arctic, for millennia, are part of a larger circumpolar...
article 50 Years Ago: Navajo officials find out about secret clause in Peabody contract
(Arizona) -- It’s an issue that would dominate headlines in area newspapers for the next 30 years – opposition to coal-mining activities underway by the...
article Osage Minerals Council Receives Injunction against U.S. Barring Federal Oil & Gas Regulations
(Oklahoma) -- On Monday, August 10, 2015, the Osage Minerals Council obtained a preliminary injunction against the United States barring implementation of new federal...

8/12/2015

article Fearing stigma, Colorado contested Superfund status for mine
(Colorado) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took full responsibility Tuesday for the mine waste spoiling rivers downstream from Silverton, Colo., but people...
article B.C. First Nations and Alaskan Natives Join Forces to Fight Border Mines
(British Columbia) -- A powerful alliance of B.C. First Nations and Southeast Alaska natives has been forged in the aftermath of the Mount Polley dam collapse and tribes...
article CSIS surveillance of pipeline protesters faces federal review
(Ottawa) -- A federal committee is holding a hearing today into a complaint that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service illegally spied on peaceful anti-pipeline...
article Group protesting spy agency says it’s shut out of probe
(Ottawa) -- A civil liberties group says it’s being kept in the dark as a federal watchdog begins looking at whether the Canadian Security Intelligence Service...

8/11/2015

article Judge halts new rules over Osage County oil production
(Oklahoma) -- A judge has halted a series of new federal rules concerning oil production in Osage County from taking effect after several groups argued they would have...
article Towns and tribes block intake of river water polluted by Colorado mine spill
(Colorado) -- Farmers, towns and tribes slammed water intake gates shut as a sludge-laden plume from a Colorado mine spill rolled down principal rivers in the desert...
article 'Love Water Not Oil' ride previews Honor the Earth tour
(Minnesota) -- Annie Humphrey lead riders Saturday on the "Love Water Not Oil" spirit ride near Bena on Highway 2. The ride was a preview to Honor the Earth...
article COMMENTARY: For the sake of the Inupiat, Shell should give up drilling in the Arctic
(Alaska) -- Inupiaq people, who have inhabited the uppermost one-third of the state of Alaska, known as the Arctic, for millennia, are part of a larger circumpolar...
article 9th Circuit Validates Greens Mining Lawsuit
(Oregon) -- The Ninth Circuit ruled Monday that environmental groups properly challenged the U.S. Forest Service's decision to let gold miners use suction dredging...
article Inforum: FBI Office in North Dakota Is ‘Unsettling Sign of Changing Times’
(North Dakota) -- The establishment of an FBI office in Williston, N.D., is a tangible, if somewhat unsettling, sign of changing times. The fact it’s the first...

8/10/2015

article Syncrude bird deaths, Nexen pipeline spill show oilsands' degradation of ecosystem: First Nation
(Calgary) -- The recent bird deaths at a Syncrude oilsands facility in northern Alberta along with last month's Nexen Energy pipeline spill — one of the...
article Mining inevitable at vast Wisconsin iron ore site, owner says
(Wisconsin) -- An owner of a northern Wisconsin property proposed as the site of an iron ore mine said Monday he thinks it will take several years before a new mining...

8/8/2015

article Navajo Nation Slams Door on Deal That Would Have Allowed Uranium Mining
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation has blocked a backdoor deal that would have allowed uranium mining to restart, despite lingering waste from past mining and a reservation-...
article First Nations optimistic, yet fearful a year after Mount Polley disaster
(British Columbia) -- This past Wednesday marked the one-year anniversary of the massive Mount Polley environmental disaster in British Columbia.

8/7/2015

article Toxic mine water accidentally released by EPA in Colorado river flows south
(Colorado) -- A cloud of orange-brown, toxic mine water and sludge accidentally released by the US Environmental Protection Agency is flowing down the Animas River...
article Mines Call In Thugs Again
(Montana) -- Constitutional advocates conducted a meeting in a park Thursday evening to explain to this community of 1,000 why they are patrolling a gold mine east of...

8/6/2015

article In North Dakota, Boom, Bust and Oil
(North Dakota) -- On U.S. 2 in North Dakota, just west of the turnoff for Tioga, you will spot two little brown highway signs pointing left: Historic Site - 5 Miles. And...
article Why native Alaskans support Shell's Arctic drilling
(Alaska) -- Activists trying to stop Shell's offshore oil drilling in the U.S.'s Arctic Ocean region invoke the interests of native Alaskans. "These...
article Housing Project Kicks Off in New Town
(North Dakota) -- New Town has doubled in population since the oil boom started, and Councilman Ken Hall says even before that time, there was a housing shortage in the...

8/5/2015

article Energy East pipeline opposed by Anishinaabe Water Walkers
(Thunder Bay) -- A group of First Nations activists in Treaty 3 territory in northwestern Ontario are walking 125 kilometres of the proposed Energy East pipeline route...
article Tribes to get voice in state transboundary mine work
(Alaska) -- State government will formally involve tribal groups in its transboundary mining work. Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott made that commitment Wednesday while...

8/4/2015

article Lawmakers Defend Coal Port From Tribes' Fishing Protest
(Washington) -- Dozens of lawmakers have urged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to finish its environmental review of a proposed coal export terminal in Washington state...

8/2/2015

article Oil Sands Fail: Nexen Admits Spill Could Have Gone Undetected for Two Weeks
(Alberta) -- As crews continue scraping up two football fields’ worth of black goo that spilled from a Nexen Energy pipeline into the muskeg of northern Alberta,...

8/1/2015

article BC tribal protest stops mine exploration, for now
(Alaska) -- Developers of a mine on a Taku River tributary have stopped work after an on-site protest by a British Columbia tribal government. The Taku enters the ocean...
article Muscogee Nation activist dangled from bridge to stop oil ship
(Oregon) -- A citizen of the Muscogee Nation was among 13 activists who risked their lives in Oregon in an attempt to prevent an oil ship from heading to Alaska.
article Montana congressmen rush to keep coal port review on track
(Wyoming) -- With Montana coal exports in jeopardy, the state’s Republican congressmen are asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to ignore an Indian tribe...

7/30/2015

article TransCanada quietly wooing First Nations leaders ahead of Energy East project
(Canada) -- TransCanada has quietly been meeting with First Nations leaders ahead of its Energy East pipeline project, signing 32 “capacity funding agreements...

7/28/2015

article Tribal Officials Reject Oil Changes
(North Dakota) -- Tribal leaders at Fort Berthold Reservation have decided to scale-back proposed regulations that industry officials warned could slow crude production...
article B.C. tribal protest stops mine exploration, for now
(British Columbia) -- Developers of a mine on a Taku River tributary have stopped work after an on-site protest by a British Columbia tribal government. The Taku enters...

7/27/2015

article Wyoming Tribes Inspect Coal Train Route
(Montana) -- The Northern Cheyenne tribe plans additional investigations of cultural sites along the path of a proposed railroad that would open new areas of...
article Cnooc Oil-Sands Spill Worsens Outlook for Canada Pipeline Plans
(Alberta) -- It’s becoming increasingly difficult to get oil-sands pipeline projects off the ground, and Alberta’s worst spill since 1980 will probably make...

7/26/2015

article Preserving Sacred Sites of Apache Tribe and Perceptual Landscapes
(Arizona) -- In the midst of thousands of unholy and racist sites permeating America’s natural and imaginative landscapes, there are still sacred and consecrated...
article Young Sliammon Actor/Singer Campaigns Against Pipeline
(British Columbia) -- In the 2009 and 2010 Canoe Journeys, Ta’Kaiya Blaney blessed canoe families with her performance of “Amazing Grace” in her...

7/25/2015

article OP/ED: Oak Flat is a sacred site? It never was before
(Arizona) -- It was with great interest that my son, who just graduated from Arizona State University, showed me a recent story regarding the controversy around Oak Flat...
article Largest U.S. Uranium Spill Still Impacts Navajo Community
(New Mexico) -- For ex-uranium miner Thompson Bell, life on the uranium-contaminated land 12 miles north of Church Rock has always been an internal problem.

7/23/2015

article Nishnawbe Aski Nation insists on separate talks with Ontario on energy issues
(Ontario) -- Not everyone is happy about a recently announced pan-Canadian task force on diesel fuels in remote communities. The Nishnawbe Aski Nation says it's been...
article Perry Bellegarde touts value of aboriginal input for oil and gas industry
(Calgary) -- The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations is promoting the value of the aboriginal perspective to energy industry leaders. Aboriginals have a lot...
article Ekati mine expansion in N.W.T. doesn't need Nunavut review: feds
(North Canada) -- The federal government says the proposed expansion of the N.W.T.'s Ekati diamond mine doesn't need a second environmental review. That's...
article Life 5 years after the nation's worst inland oil spill
(Michigan) -- The biggest inland oil spill in U.S. history happened right here in Michigan. Now that five years have passed, we checked in with people who were affected...

7/22/2015

article Alberta's leaky Nexen pipeline was cleaned 2 weeks before spill
(Alberta) -- A Nexen pipeline that leaked five million litres of emulsion into muskeg near Fort McMurray, Alta., last week was shut down at the end of June so it could...

7/21/2015

article In dispute over coal mine project, two ways of life hang in the balance
(Montana) -- Neither tribe created the modern energy economy. They did not build the railroads or the power plants or the giant freighters that cross the ocean. But the...
article The fight is on: Lummi Nation versus Crow Tribe or fisheries versus coal, newspaper says
(Montana) -- It's an unusual battle between fisheries and coal, and it's taking place between two American Indian tribes, the Crow Tribe in the Montana...
article Why all of Indian country is fighting a new Montana oil well
(Montana) -- Consider this scenario: One man is hell-bent on drilling for oil through the floor of a church that has stood for generations.

7/20/2015

article Nexen pipeline spill site must be made 'pristine,' First Nation says
(Alberta) -- The clean up of a massive pipeline spill in northern Alberta must be conducted with the long-term future of the land in mind, say area First Nations.

7/18/2015

article Nexen Energy apologizes for pipeline leak near Fort McMurray, Alta.
(Alberta) -- Nexen Energy is apologizing for a five million litre pipeline spill of bitumen, produced water and sand southeast of Fort McMurray, Alta. Ron Bailey, the...
article Nexen Energy pipeline spill prompts environmental protection order
(Alberta) -- Alberta's energy regulator has issued an environmental protection order after a massive pipeline spill in the northern part of the province earlier this...
article Sleeping with the Devil
(Alberta) -- In one generation the Indigenous people of Fort McKay First Nation have tenuously embraced the destruction of their traditional land as they have...
article Bringing up the bodies
(North Dakota) -- Lissa Yellowbird-Chase shook a shovel-full of damp clay onto the banks of the Little Missouri River, all the while watching for signs: metal pins and...
article Tribe Lauds Michigan Petroleum Pipeline Task Force Report, Urges Action
(Michigan) -- The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians expressed its appreciation July 15 for the hard work accomplished by the Michigan Petroleum Pipelines Task...

7/17/2015

article Feds approve 25-year extension for mining, burning coal at Navajo plant
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal officials Friday approved a multiyear deal to allow expanded mining of coal on Navajo lands and continued burning of it at the nearby Four...

7/16/2015

article Tribe lauds pipeline task force report, urges action
(Michigan) -- The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians expressed its appreciation July 15 for the hard work accomplished by the Michigan Petroleum Pipelines Task...
article Indian Treaties are the new front in the battle against coal exports
(Washington) -- The 1865 Treaty of Point Elliot is clear, writes Jan Hasselman: the Lummi Nation has the right to fish, hunt and gather in their accustomed places in...
article Refinery healing walks connect communities
(California) -- This summer, many East Bay residents are drawing attention to the dangers of living next door to the oil industry. Borrowing from a Native American...

7/15/2015

article Firm objects to delay in drilling on land sacred to Indians
(Montana) -- A Louisiana company seeking to drill for natural gas on Montana land held sacred by some American Indians objected to a 75-day review period sought by a...
article Official defends fracking rules for federal lands
(Washington D.C.) -- A top administration official is defending new standards for hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, on land owned by the federal...

7/14/2015

article Heinrich, Grijalva Introduce Bill To Boost Clean Energy Development On Tribal Lands
(Washington D.C.) -- During a teleconference call with reporters, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources...
article Legislation seeks to extend renewable energy tax credit to tribal governments
(New Mexico) -- Two federal lawmakers are introducing legislation in hopes of leveling the playing field when it comes to developing renewable energy projects on tribal...
article Hearing set for August on Osage oil regulations
(Oklahoma) -- New oilfield regulations which were scheduled to take effect in Osage County last weekend have been put on hold pending an August hearing before a federal...
article North Dakota Native Americans hint at exiting state oil tax deal
(North Dakota) -- A leading official on a Native American reservation where roughly a third of North Dakota's oil is extracted has voiced his strongest threat to...

7/13/2015

article Court considers oil moratorium at Chaco Canyon
(New Mexico) -- Environmentalists and oil industry representatives faced off in federal court on Monday over oil drilling in the Mancos Shale near Chaco Culture National...
article Courtroom slugfest nears as drilling creeps toward ancient Chaco world
(New Mexico) -- Kyle Tisdel and Samantha Ruscavage-Barz sift through rocks beside a dusty road in New Mexico's high desert, searching for remnants of life a thousand...
article BLM Responds To Ute Indian Tribe’s Injunction Motion In Fracking Rule Litigation
(Washington D.C.) -- Following a court hearing and order temporarily delaying the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) final rule regulating hydraulic fracturing on federal...

7/9/2015

article Montana tribe breaks off talks over drilling on sacred land
(Montana) -- An American Indian tribe in Montana has taken the rare step of breaking off formal talks with the U.S. government and a Louisiana company that has been...

7/8/2015

article Quebec native groups seeking oil and gas moratorium in Gulf of St. Lawrence
(Montreal) -- Quebec must impose a 12-year moratorium on oil and gas exploration in the Gulf of St. Lawrence to give time for a comprehensive assessment on possible...

7/7/2015

article Quebec First Nations take legal action against Belledune oil terminal
(New Brunswick) -- Mi'gmaq communities in the Gaspé region have take legal action against the New Brunswick government and Chaleur Terminals Inc., in a bid to halt...
article Native Sun News: Tribes fight another pipeline through Great Plains
(North Dakota) -- Anticipated destruction of natural resources, sacred sites, and family farm economy is triggering tribal governments, their enrollees, Native American...
article Peabody Energy still chafes at strip-mining protest song
(Wyoming) -- More than 40 years after it was first recorded, a strip-mining protest song still rankles one of the nation's largest coal mining companies.

7/4/2015

article Blackfeet Tribal Historic Preservation Office Joins U.S. Forest Service In Termination Of Section 106 Process
(Montana) -- On Thursday, John Murray of the Blackfeet Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO) advised the American Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) office in...

7/2/2015

article Arizona copper mine stirs debate pitting profits vs religion
(Arizona) -- Outside of an aging mining town in the mountains east of Phoenix, a copper company has burrowed a shaft 1.3 miles into the high desert landscape in what is...
article No reprieve for Renzi
(Washington D.C.) -- The Supreme Court has decided that former Congressman Rick Renzi will stay in prison. Renzi had been convicted on charges of extortion, fraud,...
article Save Oak Flat caravan plans journey to DC to protect sacred site
(Arizona) -- Members of the San Carlos Apache Tribe of Arizona and their supporters are embarking on a caravan journey to Washington, D.C., to call attention to the...

6/30/2015

article New legislation has far-reaching implications for First Nation-industry relations
(Ontario) -- A new transparency act for the mining industry may go too far when it comes to First Nations, says the Mining Association of Canada. The Extractive Sector...
article Bakken producers leery of tribal regulations
(North Dakota) -- This week informational meetings will be held regarding the West Segment Regulatory Commission and how the new tribal oversight of oil and gas...

6/29/2015

article Delayed Federal Fracking Rules Affect Wells On Tribal Land In Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- A federal judge in Wyoming this week delayed the start of new rules for fracking on federal lands, issuing a temporary stay to give the federal government...
article Mining exploration causing permanent damage in Ring of Fire, Wildlands League says
(Ontario) -- Photos released Monday by the Wildlands League are proof that mining activity is causing permanent damage in a fragile ecosystem in northern Ontario,...
article OP/ED: New commission could be helpful
(North Dakota) -- A decision by tribal leaders from a portion of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation to regulate some aspects of oil development could prove beneficial...
article Blackfeet Tribal Elder Makes Saving the Badger-Two Medicine Region Primary Mission
(Montana) -- One Blackfeet tribal elder is hoping to make saving the Badger-Two Medicine Region along the Rocky Mountain Front his primary mission before dying. ABC Fox...

6/28/2015

article Senate appropriations bill shields tribes from BLM fracking rule
(Washington D.C.) -- A controversial hydraulic fracturing continues to draw significant attention in Congress, the courts and Indian Country. H.R.2822, the fiscal year...

6/27/2015

article Blackfeet Nation honors Pearl Jam Bassist and Senator Jon Tester for Their Support in the Protection of the Badger-Two Medicine
(Montana) -- The Blackfeet Nation held a special presentation Friday to show the tribe’s appreciation to Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam and U.S. Senator Jon Tester for...
article Native Americans Protest Proposed Copper Mine In Arizona [audio]
(Arizona) -- One of the country's largest copper deposits lies east of Phoenix. But none of that copper has been mined yet. A land swap between the federal...
article Imperial Oil, BP delay Beaufort Sea drilling plans indefinitely
(Northwest Territories) -- Imperial Oil and BP have delayed plans to drill for oil in the Beaufort Sea off the Northwest Territories. In a letter sent to the Inuvialuit...

6/26/2015

article Reservation oil regulations causing stir
(North Dakota) -- Informational meetings will be held next week to spell out how the new West Segment Regulatory Commission will affect oil and gas companies. Several...
article North Dakota tribal group asserts authority over development
(North Dakota) -- A leader of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation has created a new regulatory body that will oversee energy development on the North Dakota...
article Tribal panel aims to regulate oil on part of North Dakota reservation; jurisdiction questioned
(North Dakota) -- Tribal leaders from an oil-prolific portion of North Dakota's Fort Berthold Reservation say they can't count on federal or state regulators...
article Delayed Federal Fracking Rules Affect Wells on Tribal Land in Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- A federal judge in Wyoming this week delayed the start of new rules for fracking on federal lands, issuing a temporary stay to give the federal government...
article Tribe highlights importance of Badger-Two Medicine
(Montana) -- The Blackfeet Tribe, with support from conservation groups, ramped up its campaign to block oil and gas development in the Badger-Two Medicine area Friday...

6/25/2015

article Concerned Alaska Native, First Nation representatives attend Seabridge Gold annual meeting
(Alaska) -- Alaska Native and First Nation representatives had some questions for a Canadian mining company at its annual meeting, concerned about a project’s...

6/24/2015

article North Dakota tribal panel wants to regulate oil development
(North Dakota) -- Tribal leaders from an oil-prolific portion of North Dakota's Fort Berthold Reservation say they can't count on federal or state regulators...
article Ute Tribe seeks to join lawsuit against BLM 'fracking' rule
(Colorado) -- The leadership of the Ute Indian Tribe announced Tuesday it will seek to join a federal lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management over the agency's...
article Native Sun News: Firm pushes mine by sacred site in Wyoming
(Wyoming) -- The Canadian corporation that wants to start mining 15 miles southeast of Mahto Tipila (Bear’s Lodge also known as Devil’s Tower) announced June...
article B.C. government plans rare summer legislature session for LNG deal
(British Columbia) -- The B.C. government plans to have a rare summer sitting of the legislature to pass law changes that would clear the way for a controversial LNG...
article Minnesota tribe invokes treaty rights in fight to stop pipeline
(Minnesota) -- Todd Thompson stood at the end of a handmade wooden pier, some of the planks cracked and bowed. He stared out onto the lake. Under the bright blue sky, a...

6/23/2015

article Ute Tribe seeks to join lawsuit against BLM 'fracking' rule
(Colorado) -- The leadership of the Ute Indian Tribe announced Tuesday it will seek to join a federal lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management over the agency's...
article First Nations better off to negotiate than litigate on resource projects, says report
(British Columbia) -- A string of legal victories has emboldened Canada’s First Nations to command unprecedented say over resource projects, the latest example...

6/22/2015

article Grassy Narrows First Nation mercury needs immediate cleanup, NDP says
(Thunder Bay) -- Mercury contamination in the English-Wabigoon river system near Grassy Narrows First Nation in northwestern Ontario needs to be cleaned up immediately,...
article Tribe Challenges Federal Fracking Rule
(Colorado) -- The Southern Ute Tribe sued Uncle Sam, saying the Utes have the right to regulate fracking on tribal land, no matter what the Bureau of Land Management...
article Tribe Urges Federal Court to Block BLM Fracking Rule
(Colorado) -- An American Indian tribe in southwest Colorado is urging a federal court to stop the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) rule governing hydraulic...

6/21/2015

article Southern Ute Indian Tribe challenges federal fracking law
(Colorado) -- The Southern Ute Indian Tribe has filed a lawsuit against the Department of the Interior, challenging the Bureau of Land Management’s new hydraulic...

6/20/2015

article Shell's B.C. LNG project gets environmental OK under expedited process
(British Columbia) -- Royal Dutch Shell's proposed liquefied natural gas project in Kitimat, B.C., has received conditional environmental approvals from both the...
article Maliseet clan mothers to fight proposed mining project on territory
(New Brunswick) -- The Maliseet are raising concerns over a proposed mining project in their territory. The New Brunswick government recently approved the environmental...
article Giant Mine remediation to be monitored by independent oversight group
(Northwest Territories) -- A federally-funded but independent six-member oversight group will monitor the federal government's clean-up work at the contaminated...

6/19/2015

article New DOI Fracking Rule Draws Southern Ute Tribe's Ire
(Colorado) -- The Southern Ute Indian Tribe on Thursday filed a lawsuit in Colorado federal court against the U.S. Department of the Interior over its controversial...

6/17/2015

article Report: Agency hinders energy development on tribal lands
(Arizona) -- American Indian reservations could produce much more of solar and wind energy, but the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) largely has hindered energy...
article Mercury contamination at Grassy Narrows First Nation will get worse with logging, deputy chief says
(Ontario) -- Leaders at Grassy Narrows First Nation want all logging near their community stopped for fear it is adding to the mercury contamination already poisoning...
article Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne won't commit to Grassy Narrows mercury cleanup
(Ontario) -- Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says more research is needed before the province can consider a cleanup of the 50-year-old mercury contamination near Grassy...
article Native Sun News: North Dakota tribe sees growth in fracking wells
(North Dakota) -- To frack or to drink the water: That is the question addressed by a long-awaited EPA release June 4 of a draft assessment about hydraulic fracturing...

6/15/2015

article Native Women Oppose Shell Oil Drilling
(Washington) -- Today a “Native Women Uprising” rally was held in West Seattle and a prayer ceremony was held as a Duwamish canoe was launched into Elliott...
article GAO Report Finds the BIA Has Slowed Energy Development in Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- — The Government Accountability Office (GAO) today released a report alleging poor management by the Bureau of Indian Affairs had hindered...
article Mercury levels rising in Canada's Grassy Narrows First Nation, study finds
(Ontario) -- Mercury levels remain up to 20 times above natural levels in Ontario First Nation tribe Grassy Narrows’ territory, according to a report released on...

6/14/2015

article Anonymous 2nd Message to San Carlos Apache Tribe
(Arizona) -- Anonymous sends a second message of support to San Carlos Apache in defense of sacred Oak Flat.In this message, Anonymous posts a voice from Congress to...

6/10/2015

article Mille Lacs Band protests pipeline
(Minnesota) -- In the race to get their voices heard regarding the controversial proposed $2.6 billion oil pipeline that will run 299 miles across Minnesota, the Mille...
article Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe vows to protect sacred sites
(Washington D.C.) -- The Oglala Sioux Tribe filed a petition May 26, indicating it will continue to fight tooth and nail against the Dewey-Burdock uranium mine and mill...
article Tribal members, ranchers tell regulators to spike Tongue River railroad project
(Montana) -- Those who would be neighbors of what could become the country’s largest coal mine near Ashland gave an earful Monday to federal regulators who are...
article Judge to hear arguments in Blackfeet Nation sacred site dispute
(Montana) -- A federal judge will hear arguments tomorrow in a case that affects energy development on sacred Blackfeet Nation land in Montana.
article Summit Brings Together 25 Indigenous Nations to Strengthen Resistance in Argentina
(Argentina) -- From May 27-29, 2014, Indigenous leaders from across Argentina's 17 provinces met in Buenos Aires and presented dramatic testimonies of human rights...

6/9/2015

article BIA to offer training on new regulations for oil lessees
(Oklahoma) -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs recently sent out a letter to oil lessees in Osage County briefly explaining new updates to oil and gas regulations in the...

6/8/2015

article Minnesota tribes press concerns over pipeline plan, wild rice
(Minnesota) -- Several Minnesota Indian bands are upset about what they say is a lack of consultation over a proposed controversial oil pipeline across northern...

6/7/2015

article BLOG: Is Enbridge's Pipeline Treaty with Minnesota an Offering From a Trickster?
(Minnesota) -- Sometimes you find yourself in exactly the right place at the right time, even when it seems events have conspired to thwart desire. For months, I had...

6/6/2015

article Mille Lacs band vows to fight Sandpiper; says state, Enbridge ignored tribe
(Minnesota) -- The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe on Friday railed against the proposed Sandpiper crude oil pipeline they claim threatens the wild rice fields essential to...
article Minnesota American Indians Lead March at the Tar Sands Resistance Rally in St. Paul
(Minnesota) -- Led by American Indians from several Minnesota-based tribes, an estimated 5,000 people marched through the streets of St. Paul to the Minnesota State...

6/5/2015

article Oak Flat Protesters Plan March on Washington to Protest Apache Land Grab
(Arizona) -- From Martin Luther King Junior’s “I Have a Dream” civil rights march on Washington to Dennis Banks’ and Russell Means’...
article Aboriginal group fighting massive Australian coal mine consults with Alberta First Nations
(Alberta) -- On Adrian Burragubba’s ancestral lands in Australia — arid pasture land, beautiful mountains, rivers and clear springs — the world’s...

6/4/2015

article White Earth voices concerns about Sandpiper: State commission to deliberate on pipeline Friday in St. Paul
(Minnesota) -- The White Earth Tribal Council held a public hearing Thursday regarding Enbridge’s plan to place the Sandpiper Pipeline through land and water areas...
article Lax Kw'alaams First Nation opposes Eagle Spirit Energy pipeline
(British Columbia) -- A First Nation in B.C. is contradicting recent claims from Eagle Spirit Energy about its support for a pipeline that would transport crude oil...
article Court ruling stops EPA work on Pebble Mine
(Alaska) -- A court ruling has put a halt to the Environmental Protection Agency’s work on the Pebble mine. The Pebble Limited Partnership alleges EPA violated a...

6/3/2015

article Enbridge, opponents make final arguments in northern Minnesota pipeline debate
(Minnesota) -- Minnesota regulators faced a renewed push Wednesday from three state agencies and others to look harder at a different route for a controversial crude oil...
article Opposition bashes judge's pro-Sandpiper report
(Minnesota) -- Emma Lockridge's neighbors are dying. Lockridge lives in Detroit, near a Marathon crude oil refinery—although she would take exception to the...
article First Nations series: Nak'azdli getting cut of resource wealth in traditional territory
(British Columbia) -- It's a ghostly scene on the Nak'azdli reserve with a cold fog hanging in the March morning air. Along the Stuart Lake Highway that cuts...
article Tsuu T'ina band members to get compensation for southwest ring road deal
(Calgary) -- Tsuu T'ina band members will soon receive their piece of their nation's historic ring road agreement. Under terms of the deal with the Alberta...

6/1/2015

article Tribe fighting controversial Arizona land swap
(Arizona) -- Land that was once under federal protection is now part of a controversial deal that will open it open for copper mining. The area is known as Oak Flat. It...
article Minnesota tribes press concerns over pipeline plan, wild rice
(Minnesota) -- Several Minnesota Indian bands are upset about what they say is a lack of consultation over a proposed controversial oil pipeline across northern...
article White Earth to hold public hearing on Sandpiper Pipeline
(Minnesota) -- The White Earth Nation plans a public hearing Thursday on the proposed Sandpiper Pipeline that will carry oil through the area.
article TransCanada reaches deals with three more B.C. First Nations for pipeline
(British Columbia) -- TransCanada Corp. says it has reached project agreements with three more First Nations in northern British Columbia to build a pipeline across the...

5/30/2015

article Alaska Supreme Court backs group fighting Pebble mine
(Alaska) -- In two unanimous decisions, the Alaska Supreme Court on Friday came down solidly on the side of a group fighting the proposed Pebble mine, backing efforts by...
article Mille Lacs Band plans Sandpiper public hearing: Asks state to postpone June 5 decision on allowing pipeline
(Minnesota) -- The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe plans its own public hearing next Friday on the proposed Sandpiper crude oil pipeline -- the same day the state will decide...
article Oceans North Canada urges Ottawa to reject Baffinland land-use exemption bid
(North Canada) -- Oceans North Canada is calling on federal aboriginal affairs minister Bernard Valcourt to reject Baffinland's request for an exemption to Nunavut...

5/29/2015

article Oak Flat Apache Land Grab ‘an Impressive New Low’: NYT Op-Ed
(New York) -- At the tail end of 2014, just before the must-pass National Defense Authorization Act was going to be voted on, Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake...
article Selling Off Apache Holy Land
(Arizona) -- ABOUT an hour east of Phoenix, near a mining town called Superior, men, women and children of the San Carlos Apache tribe have been camped out at a place...

5/28/2015

article Amid policy conference, activist groups protest oil pipeline
(Michigan) -- Chanting “Shut down Line 5” in the direction of Mackinac Island, protesters of the Pipe Up, Pipe Out, Shut Down Line 5 Rally assembled in...

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