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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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2/5/2016

article Trudeau sending First Nations ‘mixed signals’ on veto rights on pipelines: chief
(Alberta) -- Alberta AFN Regional Chief Craig Mackinaw said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recent comments regarding a First Nations veto on pipelines is sending...
article Grand chief of Wolastoq council in New Brunswick says they’ll oppose risky pipeline
(New Brunswick) -- The chief of the Wolastoq Grand Council in New Brunswick says the proposed Energy East pipeline project poses too great a risk to provincial waterways...

2/4/2016

article Trudeau backs away from election pledge on First Nation veto
(Alberta) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared to back away Wednesday from an election pledge that First Nations would have a veto over natural resource projects on...
article B.C. union joins First Nations vowing to use law to fight pipelines like Northern Gateway
(British Columbia) -- A union representing thousands of British Columbia government workers has signed an accord vowing to oppose pipelines from crossing the territories...

2/2/2016

article Damning report finds Alberta failing aboriginals in oil sands development
(Alberta) -- The Alberta government’s attempt to balance competing interests in the oilsands region has failed to protect aboriginal rights, lands and health from...
article Small tribe with a big voice vows to stop Chinese oil drilling in the Amazon
(Ecuador) -- Wearing a traditional headdress and a white vest woven from the bark of an Amazonian tree, Manari Ushigua held a megaphone to his mouth to denounce Ecuador...

1/30/2016

article Northwest U.S. Tribes Fight Proposed Canada Oil Pipeline That Threatens Salish Sea
(British Columbia) -- An alliance of Northwest U.S. Treaty tribes, represented by Earthjustice, presented final arguments today against a proposed new tar sands pipeline...

1/29/2016

article Ottawa’s changes to pipeline approval process not enough, say some First Nations
(Ottawa) -- Three major First Nation organizations representing chiefs from British Columbia, Manitoba and Quebec, said Friday the federal Liberal government’s...
article Canadians suspend bid to mine near Devil’s Tower
(Wyoming) -- The Canadian company that has proposed to mine rare earth minerals near the culturally significant tribal landmark of Mahto Tipila, or Devils Tower,...

1/28/2016

article TRAHANT: Could Low Oil Prices Help Usher in a New Era?
(Alaska) -- A few minutes before noon on November 6, 2015, President Barack Obama stepped into the White House briefing room to announce that the Keystone XL Pipeline...

1/27/2016

article Trudeau government to consult directly with First Nations on Trans Mountain, Energy East pipelines
(Ottawa) -- The Trudeau Liberal government says it will directly consult with First Nation communities impacted by the proposed Trans Mountain and Energy East pipeline...
article Swinomish, area tribes against proposed oil pipeline
(Washington) -- An alliance of Northwest U.S. Treaty tribes represented by Earthjustice presented final arguments on Friday against a proposed new tar sands pipeline in...
article Ecuador To Sell A Third Of Its Amazon Rainforest To Chinese Oil Companies
(Ecuador) -- Ecuador plans to auction off more than three million hectares of pristine Amazonian rainforest to Chinese oil companies, angering indigenous groups and...

1/26/2016

article B.C. Premier Christy Clark strikes back at LNG opponents
(British Columbia) -- Clark had sharp words Monday for what she calls the "forces of no" in British Columbia who mount resistance efforts to government initiatives...
article In North Dakota's Booming Oil Patch, One Tribe Beat Back Fracking
(North Dakota) -- Drive the long, straight roads of north-central North Dakota, and you pass lake after lake amid hayfields and forests. Migratory birds, attracted by...

1/25/2016

article Coal cocked: Crow Tribe furloughs might last 5 months
(Montana) -- Clobbered by coal mining cuts, the Crow Tribe has notified furloughed employees they might not be able to return to work for five months. In letters issued...
article Métis entrepreneur opens tour company in heart of oilsands country
(Edmonton) -- The economic downturn hasn't slowed down a Fort McMurray-area Métis entrepreneur who is making the most of what's in the sky, rather than in the...
article New Rules Seek to Limit Flaring on Tribal, Federal Lands
(North Dakota) -- The U.S. soon could see tighter restrictions on oil and gas flaring, and, if approved, that could have some long-term effects on North Dakota's air...
article Native Americans: Canadian Pipeline Will Destroy Our Livelihood
(Washington) -- The Trans Mountain expansion plans to extend the pipeline by 987 kilometers, transporting 300,000 barrels of oil from Alberta to refineries in Vancouver...
article Anti-pipeline protest held in Superior
(Minnesota) -- Opponents of proposed Enbridge Energy pipelines across northern Minnesota chanted and performed Native American drum songs in front of the company's...
article Kaska Nation, Yukon government sign resource development deal
(North Canada) -- The Yukon government and the Kaska Nation have signed a "milestone" agreement, laying the groundwork for negotiations over economic and...

1/23/2016

article US tribes oppose massive pipeline expansion in Canada
(Washington) -- A proposed pipeline-expansion project in Canada will put the fishing rights and cultural heritage of U.S. tribes at risk, a lawyer representing several...
article Proposed Black Hills mine suspended
(South Dakota) -- A proposal for a rare-earth mine in the Wyoming portion of the Black Hills has been put on hold. The Black Hills National Forest announced Friday that...
article West Coast totem pole symbolizes power, solidarity to Montana tribal members
(Montana) -- Northern Cheyenne tribal member Otto Braided Hair called a 22-foot-tall totem pole, a gift from the Lummi Nation to the Northern Cheyenne, a symbol of...

1/22/2016

article Kinder Morgan Pipeline Opponents Call on Trudeau to Overhaul Regulatory Board
(British Columbia) -- As regulatory hearings begin around a controversial oil pipeline expansion project in British Columbia, indigenous protesters are calling on Canada...
article US tribes oppose massive pipeline expansion in Canada
(Washington) -- A lawyer for several Northwest tribes has argued against a proposed pipeline expansion in Canada that would dramatically increase the number of oil...
article Lummis join tribes opposing massive pipeline expansion in Canada
(Washington) -- A proposed pipeline expansion project in Canada will put the fishing rights and cultural heritage of U.S. tribes at risk, a lawyer representing several...

1/21/2016

article In North Dakota's Booming Oil Patch, One Tribe Beat Back Fracking
(North Dakota) -- Drive the long, straight roads of north-central North Dakota, and you pass lake after lake amid hayfields and forests. Migratory birds, attracted by...
article Op-Ed: Work together to stop wasting natural gas resources on tribal lands
(North Dakota) -- We all need to be active in protecting the land here in North Dakota for future generations. We have seen a prolonged, unneeded waste of our natural...

1/20/2016

article Two More Northern B.C. First Nations Sign Project Agreements With Coastal GasLink
(British Columbia) -- TransCanada Corporation (TSX:TRP) (NYSE:TRP) (TransCanada) today announced its Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project has signed long-term project...
article Resource development key to improving life in North, says new study
(North Canada) -- An Aboriginal development think-tank says the North has a lot of catching up to do when it comes to the quality of life of its people. Its answer: more...

1/19/2016

article Aboriginals, environmentalists call for halt to Trans Mountain hearings in B.C.
(British Columbia) -- First Nations and environmentalists called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to stop a National Energy Board review of the Trans Mountain pipeline...
article B.C. proposal aims to have First Nations own chunks of major projects
(British Columbia) -- A B.C. First Nations-led proposal to unlock billions of dollars in natural resource wealth across the country has received seed funding from the...

1/18/2016

article No deal in Montana energy lease dispute; lawsuit to proceed
(Montana) -- Court documents indicate the U.S. government has failed to reach an agreement with the owner of a long-delayed energy lease near Glacier National Park. The...

1/16/2016

article Northwest Tribes unite against giant coal, oil projects
(Washington) -- On this last bit of undeveloped coast between a smelter and two oil refineries, SSA Marine wants to build the biggest coal export terminal in North...

1/15/2016

article Northern Gateway hits another legal obstacle
(British Columbia) -- Energy giant Enbridge has just been hit with another legal blow in their bid to build the Northern Gateway pipeline from Alberta to the British...
article Canadian Mining Companies Leave Behind Decades of Violence in Guatemala
(Guatemala) -- While much of the controversy surrounding Canada's extractive industry centers on oil and gas projects like SWN Resources' drilling plans in New...

1/14/2016

article Lost Bones, Damage and Harassment at Ancient Sacred Site
(Nevada) -- “Horrifying” is how Lydia Johnson described the ordeal her Shoshone community has faced in recent weeks. Johnson chairs the Battle Mountain Band...

1/13/2016

article B.C. government failed to properly consult First Nations on Northern Gateway pipeline, court rules
(British Columbia) -- The B.C. Supreme court has ruled that the province "has breached the honour of the Crown by failing to consult" with the Gitga'at and...
article Federal report finds no bias in EPA's review of potential Alaska gold and copper mine
(Alaska) -- The Environmental Protection Agency’s independent inspector general has found no evidence of bias or predetermination in the agency’s effort to...

1/11/2016

article Feds reject Confederated Tribes' claims of no cooperation
(Oregon) -- The federal Office of Energy Projects has pushed back against tribal claims that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has been uncooperative.
article In hunt for oil, Alaska Native corporations become state's new wildcatters
(Alaska) -- Alaska Native regional corporations are wildcatting for oil and gas in the state’s frontier basins, eyeing little-explored prospects after dusting off...

1/6/2016

article Congress Pushes for Fair Review for Critical West Coast Ports
(Washington D.C.) -- Before recessing for the year, the U.S. House of Representatives capped several days of debate by passing comprehensive energy legislation that...
article New law prompts Yakama Nation, other tribes to increase opposition to crude oil, coal exports
(Washington) -- A new federal law that allows export of U.S. crude oil is bringing a wave of opposition from Native Americans, who argue the exports will undermine their...

1/5/2016

article Red Lake Reservation and Enbridge reach agreement over piece of land
(Minnesota) -- Enbridge and the Red Lake Band of Chippewa have reached an agreement to take over a 45-acre plot of land for eighteen-and-a-half million dollars and other...

1/4/2016

article Lawsuit says BHP retaliated against ex-employee
(New Mexico) -- A recently filed lawsuit alleges BHP Billiton officials ordered the destruction of documents related to the sale of Navajo Mine in an effort to mislead...

1/2/2016

article Fox: Tribal officials didn’t approve oil tax agreement
(North Dakota) -- The Three Affiliated Tribes and the state did not reach a deal on a revenue sharing agreement on the oil-rich Fort Berthold Reservation during a...
article Tribal chairman says no deal yet on oil taxes
(North Dakota) -- Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Mark Fox says there's no deal for now on a revised oil tax agreement with the state because a new lower tax rate...

1/1/2016

article Tribes, North Dakota fail to reach deal on oil tax agreement
(North Dakota) -- Tribal officials on North Dakota's oil-rich Fort Berthold Reservation say they won't sign off on a revenue sharing agreement with the state....

12/31/2015

article No deal on tribal oil tax agreement
(North Dakota) -- Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Mark Fox says there’s no deal for now on a revised oil tax agreement with the state because a new lower tax rate...

12/30/2015

article Tribe to make statement on oil tax compact Thursday
(North Dakota) -- Three Affiliated Tribes chairman Mark Fox says he’ll make a statement Thursday on how the reservation will proceed with an oil tax compact...
article Sask. NDP criticized online for First Nations revenue sharing decision
(Saskatchewan) -- After news spread that the Saskatchewan NDP is no longer promising First Nations revenue sharing, some of the province's party members are not...

12/29/2015

article Sask. NDP no longer promising First Nations revenue sharing
(Saskatchewan) -- The leader of Saskatchewan's Opposition says he will not campaign on sharing resource money with the province's First Nations again. Resource...
article First Nations to use courts in pipeline fight
(British Columbia) -- As the federal review of Kinder Morgan’s $6.8-billion Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion nears its end, at least a dozen First Nations...

12/23/2015

article Protecting the Badger-Two Medicine: A Healing Story
(Montana) -- Terry Tatsey was raised in the Badger-Two Medicine. The 130,000-acre area, wedged between Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness, served as...

12/21/2015

article De Beers Victor mine fails to monitor mercury risk, environmental group says
(Sudbury) -- Mercury contamination from the De Beers diamond mine in northern Ontario may be much higher than the company — or the provincial government —...

12/17/2015

article Washington coal port would help Crow tribe’s economy
(Montana) -- Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives passed comprehensive energy legislation that included a provision prohibiting any federal agency from...
article B.C. First Nation votes down planned LNG plant over environmental concerns
(British Columbia) -- Environmental concerns appear to have dashed plans for a liquefied-natural-gas project on the land of a pro-development First Nation near Vancouver...
article Maliseet First Nations 'dismayed' by Sisson Mine approval
(New Brunswick) -- A lawyer representing the six Maliseet First Nations in New Brunswick says the communities are "dismayed" to hear the province has issued...

12/16/2015

article Spreadsheet error overstated oil production from Fort Berthold Reservation
(North Dakota) -- In October, mixed in with the heap of oil production numbers the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources churns out every month, was an important...

12/15/2015

article Three Affiliated Tribes, state fail to reach deal on oil tax revenue sharing agreement
(North Dakota) -- State and tribal officials have failed to find common ground on a revenue sharing agreement on the oil-rich Fort Berthold Reservation. Gov. Jack...

12/14/2015

article High Court Won't Hear Tribal Appeal Over $925M Bakken Buy
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to consider a proposed class action alleging that Bakken Shale middlemen cheated Native American landowners...
article Tribe, state to discuss oil tax compact
(North Dakota) -- The chairman and officials of the Three Affiliated Tribes will meet today with state officials to talk about terms in an oil tax compact that allow the...

12/12/2015

article Oil Pipeline Regulation Process “Not Working” Say Environmentalists
(Minnesota) -- Sometimes you need to get arrested to be heard. Last month more than 250 people marched to Enbridge’s offices in Duluth to deliver a letter asking...

12/11/2015

article Tribes express concern about reactivation of New Mexico mine
(New Mexico) -- Leaders form the Laguna, Acoma and Zuni tribes say they are concerned about the possible reactivation of Rio Grande Resources’ underground mine in...
article Interior Appeals Decision to Block Fracking Rules on Federal, Tribal Lands
(Washington D.C.) -- The Obama administration joined a coalition of environmental groups in filing an appeal over a federal judge's ruling in September to block...
article Mandoka added to pipeline safety advisory board
(Michigan) -- Homer Mandoka, the Tribal Council Chairman of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Pottawatomi, has been appointed to the Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory...

12/10/2015

article Navajo Transitional Energy Company Announces New Contract Miner for Navajo Mine
(New Mexico) -- Navajo Transitional Energy Company, LLC (NTEC), a business enterprise of the Navajo Nation, announced Bisti Fuels Company, LLC, a subsidiary of The North...
article 2 Mohawk communities withdrawing from Energy East hearings
(Quebec) -- The two Mohawk communities which were at the centre of the Oka crisis are withdrawing from the National Energy Board’s review of the Energy East...

12/9/2015

article Republicans call Interior's mine spill report 'whitewashed'
(Washington D.C.) -- Republicans alleged a "whitewash" of a Colorado mining accident that unleashed 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater and requested a...
article Tribes express concern about reactivation of New Mexico mine
(New Mexico) -- Leaders form the Laguna, Acoma and Zuni tribes say they are concerned about the possible reactivation of Rio Grande Resources' underground mine in...

12/8/2015

article Court Puts Badger-Two Medicine Suit on Hold
(Montana) -- A federal judge has postponed a lawsuit over a disputed energy lease near Glacier National Park until early January, after attorneys on both sides of the...

12/5/2015

article Special Report: The First Nations Blockade That Could Shut Down the Tar Sands
(British Columbia) -- As the Paris climate talks approach, the demise of the Keystone XL pipeline project and, possibly, other oil and gas projects is good news for...

12/4/2015

article House vote stops coastal Indians from blocking port for PRB coal
(Washington D.C.) -- Plans for a controversial port in Puget Sound for Powder River Basin coal will advance under a House rider preventing coastal Indians from stopping...
article ND Native Americans Continue Push for Flaring Rules
(North Dakota) -- Today ends the public comment period for the Environmental Protection Agency's new natural-gas emissions rules, and Native American residents...
article Oil and gas projects need to provide more opportunities for First Nations, says B.C. contractor
(British Columbia) -- A Blueberry First Nation band member and owner of a contracting company in Fort St John wants to form a coalition of First Nations contractors to...
article Sisson mine project slammed by aboriginal leaders
(New Brunswick) -- Aboriginal leaders say they don't know where Northcliff Resources is getting the idea First Nations are more accepting of the Sisson Brook mine...
article N.W.T.'s Snap Lake diamond mine halts operation, De Beers says
(North Canada) -- De Beers Canada says it is closing its Snap Lake diamond mine in the N.W.T., and has laid off 434 employees. In a press release, the company said it is...

12/3/2015

article Northwest tribes fear corporate interests trump treaty rights
(Washington) -- The fight by tribal leaders from the Pacific Northwest to protect their treaty-protected fisheries against a corporate interests escalated Thursday when...
article Judge puts on hold lawsuit over energy lease on sacred land near Glacier
(Montana) -- A federal judge put a lawsuit over a disputed energy lease near Glacier National Park on hold Thursday until early January, after attorneys for the...
article Chippewas of the Thames First Nation not backing down on Line 9
(Ontario) -- Determined to keep fighting for the environment and the rights of indigenous communities across Canada, a London-area First Nation is refusing to back down...

12/2/2015

article House vote stops coastal Indians from blocking port for Montana coal
(Washington D.C.) -- Plans for a controversial port in Puget Sound for Montana coal will advance under a House rider preventing coastal Indians from stopping the project...
article OP/ED: Congress should not erode treaty rights
(Washington D.C.) -- Perhaps without even knowing the implications of their actions, some members of Congress are working to undermine treaty rights. To benefit...
article Province dinged on the 'Ring of Fire'
(Ontario) -- Ontario auditor-general Bonnie Lysyk's value-for-money annual report, as it pertains to the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, outlines a...
article North Dakota revenue drops for energy production on federal lands
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota received more than $47 million from energy production on federal lands in 2015, a drop from recent years attributed to the lower price of...
article After the Last River, film about Attawapiskat, in Sudbury tonight
(Sudbury) -- A documentary showing in Sudbury tonight hopes to give a better picture of the issues facing the Attawapiskat First Nation. After the Last River looks at...

11/30/2015

article First Nations speak against oil pipeline expansion across Prairies
(Manitoba) -- A group of First Nations elders is speaking out against a proposal by Enbridge to expand a pipeline across the Prairies. Derek Nepinak, grand chief of the...
article Minnesota’s permit for Northshore mine expansion riles tribes, environmental groups
(Minnesota) -- Tribal and environmental groups say the state’s plan to allow expansion of a taconite mine raises the same concerns as the prospect of copper-nickel...
article Tribal and US EPA open comment on plant permit
(New Mexico) -- A coal-fired power plant in Fruitland is seeking a permit renewal from the Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency. The power plant —...

11/28/2015

article Duty to consult can’t be left to National Energy Board: Bellegarde
(Canada) -- Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde says leaving the duty to consult to the National Energy Board is unacceptable.
article Chiefs of Ontario support fight against Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline
(Ontario) -- An Ontario First Nation is ready to take its fight against energy giant Enbridge all the way to the Supreme Court. APTN’s Delaney Windigo reports it...

11/27/2015

article Native Sun News: Tribal member speaks out against fracking
(Washington D.C.) -- Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara tribal member Lisa DeVille was among the first to testify on the dangers of uncontrolled fracking flares following the...

11/25/2015

article Collective Sigh of Relief as Interior Cancels Badger-Two Medicine Drilling Lease
(Montana) -- Everyone from the Blackfeet Tribe to Montana sportsmen is heaving a sigh of relief in the wake of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s decision to...
article Cape Breton anti-fracking success to be marked by water ceremony
(Nova Scotia) -- A Mi'kmaq water ceremony will be held Sunday at Lake Ainslie in Cape Breton to celebrate a decision by Inverness County two years ago to ban...

11/24/2015

article U.S. to cancel lease on land sacred to Blackfoot Indian tribes
(Montana) -- The Interior Department plans to cancel a long-suspended oil and gas drilling lease near Glacier National Park that’s on land considered sacred to the...
article Ross River Kaska weigh benefits of massive lead-zinc mine
(North Canada) -- Ross River Dena are weighing the pros and cons of the proposed Howard's Pass lead-zinc mine, as they prepare to vote on a "socio-economic...
article The Alaska fishing village taking on 'Godzilla'
(Alaska) -- Alaska is a vast wilderness of natural beauty. But it also holds more coal than all the other US states put together. As world leaders prepare to gather for...
article The community that stood up to coal
(Montana) -- Kenneth Medicine Bull remembers the warning. Don't dig up the coal "even if we become the poorest of the poor," the 59-year-old elder on the...

11/23/2015

article Duty to consult doesn’t equal a First Nations veto over energy, resource projects: NB Premier
(Ottawa) -- New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant says the duty to consult with First Nations on natural resource and energy projects does not give a veto to those...
article Kanesatake seeks to solidify Indigenous Treaty against Energy East with sacred items
(Quebec) -- The Mohawk community at the centre of the Oka Crisis is leading plans to hold a ceremony aimed at solidifying an Indigenous alliance against the proposed...
article No added First Nation consultation process planned for Energy East pipeline beyond NEB hearings
(Canada) -- TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline project won’t undergo an additional approval process to deal specifically with the Crown’s duty...
article Trudeau dodges question on Energy East and First Nation consultation
(Ottawa) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dodged a question Monday on whether his Liberal government would continue to rely on regulatory review bodies to execute Ottawa...
article First Nations have their voices heard in a new Ring of Fire documentary
(Ontario) -- A new documentary on the Ring of Fire aims to open people's eyes to the First Nation perspective on the mining project. The film tells the stories of...

11/22/2015

article Defending Wild Salmon: 1st Nations Call on Prime Minister to Reject Proposed Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal
(British Columbia) -- Last spring, the Lax Kw’alaams First Nations unanimously voted to oppose the proposed Pacific Northwest [PNW] Liquid Natural Gas [LGN]...

11/21/2015

article Controversial image on billboard removed
(Alberta) -- A billboard promoting an Alberta oilfield services company near the town of Killam has been changed amidst controversy. The sign – promoting BeDevil...

11/20/2015

article Editorial: Nechako court decision bad for business
(Canada) -- A Supreme Court of Canada decision last month involving aboriginal rights should have raised many more eyebrows than it did because it threatens to further...

11/19/2015

article Swinomish join tribes in D.C. to rally against coal terminal
(Washington D.C.) -- Northwest tribes stood in solidarity to protect treaty rights and to voice opposition to the proposed Cherry Point coal terminal at the seventh...
article Oklahoma Indian landowners sue Enable over pipeline in Caddo County
(Oklahoma) -- A group of American Indian landowners in Caddo County this week filed a lawsuit against Oklahoma City-based Enable Midstream Partners, saying the company...
article Judge Quashes Mine's Subpoenas in EPA Fight
(Alaska) -- A federal judge on Wednesday denied a mining company's request to compel opponents of a planned mine to turn over communications they had with the...

11/18/2015

article Indian landowners sue Enable over pipeline in Caddo County
(Oklahoma) -- A group of American Indian landowners in Caddo County this week filed a lawsuit against Oklahoma City-based Enable Midstream Partners, saying the company...

11/16/2015

article Indigenous communities to meet with Alberta over oil sands consultations
(Canada) -- A month after walking out of their first meeting with Alberta’s NDP government, aboriginal communities from the Fort McMurray area will be sitting down...
article B.C. First Nation considering building LNG terminal near Vancouver
(British Columbia) -- The Tsawwassen First Nation is considering building a terminal south of Vancouver to export liquefied natural gas. “TFN is committed to...
article Clyde River hunters laud 'surprising' Greenpeace partnership
(North Canada) -- For more than a year, a small Nunavut community has been the underdog in a legal battle to stop a consortium of international companies from conducting...

11/13/2015

article Local tribes create team to document ceremonial sites near pipeline path
(Massachusetts) -- Four New England tribes have joined together to identify and document cultural sites near the route of the proposed 400-miles gas pipeline.
article Lelu Island LNG project divides First Nations as protest continues
(British Columbia) -- Petronas' controversial Pacific Northwest LNG project on Lelu Island has several North Coast First Nations at an impasse.
article Trudeau orders crude oil tanker traffic moratorium for B.C. North Coast
(British Columbia) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called for a moratorium on crude oil tanker traffic for B.C.'s North Coast. Trudeau outlined the directive in...
article Video: Pipeline Protesters 'Invade' Enbridge's Duluth Offices, Seven Arrested
(Minnesota) -- Drums, singing and a letter “invaded” the Duluth, Minnesota offices of Enbridge Inc. earlier this month, as more than 100 protesters demanded...
article "Drill Them to Hell and Back" Billboard Spurs Outrage in Indian Country
(Alberta) -- A family-owned Canadian company BeDEVIL Enterprises Limited, is under fire on social media and online after posting what many consider to be an offensive...

11/12/2015

article HOUSKA: Pres. Candidate Bernie Sanders Shares Stage with Native Organizer Tara Houska
(Washington D.C.) -- Last Tuesday, I received a call from Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network. Presidential candidate Bernie...
article Quinault Raise Alarm Yet Again After Two Oil Trains Derail in One Weekend
(Washington) -- Two more derailments of oil-bearing trains last weekend, these two in Wisconsin, have prompted the Quinault Nation to issue yet another warning about the...

11/11/2015

article Tribes take coal train protest to D.C.
(Washington) -- The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community was among eight tribes from Washington that sent representatives to Washington, D.C., last week to continue their...

11/10/2015

article Local First Nations join call for Trudeau to reject Pacific NorthWest LNG
(British Columbia) -- A pair of First Nations in Northeast B.C. have signed on to a call to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his environment minister to reject the...
article Coal Offers Hope For Montana Tribe
(Montana) -- The Crow Tribe doesn't have adequate housing, jobs or educational opportunities. But it does have 9 billion tons of coal. Tribal leaders want to use it...

11/9/2015

article Tulalips fight coal terminal at Cherry Point
(Washington) -- The Tulalips and other tribes rallied in the nation's capitol last week against the proposed coal terminal at Cherry Point near Bellingham. For three...
article LNG’s proposed Lelu Island natural gas terminal stirs a First Nations debate
(British Columbia) -- A battle is brewing between vocal opponents of a liquefied natural gas project and five B.C. First Nations that are eager to keep a federal...

11/8/2015

article $3.5M grant for UNM to study contamination from Colorado mine
(New Mexico) -- The problem of abandoned mine waste grabbed the nation’s attention in August when a blowout sent millions of gallons of heavy-metal contamination...

11/7/2015

article Where oil and water mix
(Alberta) -- Clara Mercer ambles slowly down a gravel road a few kilometres from her home. She is hunting for the bushes that have long provided the indigenous people of...

11/5/2015

article Red Water Pond resident testifies at international hearing
(New Mexico) -- A resident of Red Water Pond Road, the Church Rock, N.M. neighborhood perhaps most affected by the legacy of uranium mining, was among 10 to 15 people...
article Washington tribal leaders, in D.C., protest proposed coal terminal at Cherry Point
(Washington) -- Tribal leaders from across Washington state say that their treaty rights require rejection of a giant coal export terminal, proposed for Cherry Point...
article House committee investigation criticizes EPA role in Alaska's Pebble mine prospect
(Washington D.C.) -- The Pebble Limited Partnership's counterattack against the Environmental Protection Agency moved to the U.S. capital this week, where...
article Lummi Nation and other tribes asking Obama to nix coal terminal
(Washington) -- A big tribal conference is happening at the White House and a local tribe is there to send a message. The Lummi Nation is joined by other tribes in...
article NEB rules will stifle Aboriginals' opinions during pipeline consultation
(Canada) -- Aboriginal people testifying about TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline aren’t allowed to put forward scientific evidence or express opinions on...

11/3/2015

article Blackfeet Cultural Leaders Take Legal Action to Protect Tribe’s Ancient Homeland
(Montana) -- On Friday, October 30, the Blackfeet Nation’s cultural leaders took a powerful stand on behalf of their traditional religion and sacred With support...

11/1/2015

article Colorado county, tribe want more time for mine compensation
(Colorado) -- A Colorado county and Indian tribe are asking the Environmental Protection Agency for more time to reach an agreement with the EPA to get compensation for...
article Feds clear leases for drilling in Santa Fe National Forest
(New Mexico) -- The Bureau of Land Management has cleared the way for drilling on more than a dozen parcels of national forest land in northern New Mexico that were...

10/31/2015

article Colorado County, Tribe Want More Time For Mine Compensation
(Colorado) -- A Colorado county and Indian tribe are asking the Environmental Protection Agency for more time to reach an agreement with the EPA to get compensation for...

10/30/2015

article A Native American tribe in Montana hopes its coal reserves will provide economic opportunity
(Montana) -- In the United States, many non-native people subscribe to a certain mythology about Native Americans — a mythology that casts them as stewards of the...

10/29/2015

article Ethan Hawke Supports First Nations Against St. Lawrence Gulf Drilling
(Nova Scotia) -- This year’s Mi’kmaq water ceremony in Nova Scotia had a Hollywood addition, as Academy Award–nominated actor Ethan Hawke attended and...

10/28/2015

article Amid Protests, An Indian Reservation Turns to Coal as a Lifeline
(Montana) -- In the United States, many non-Native people subscribe to a certain mythology about Native Americans—a mythology that casts them as stewards of the...
article Badger Two Medicine lease worth fighting for
(Montana) -- Former superintendents of Glacier National Park recently wrote a letter in support of canceling leases for oil and gas exploration in the Badger Two...
article Ring of Fire conference in Thunder Bay aims to examine environmental concerns
(Thunder Bay) -- A one-day conference about the Ring of Fire, taking place Friday in Thunder Bay, is looking at how issues would be addressed before resources are...
article Copper company gives almost $500K to tribes, communities
(Arizona) -- Resolution Copper Company has donated more than $480,000 to local organizations, special events, schools and scholarships for the period January through...

10/27/2015

article First Nation asks court to stop energy board’s Trans Mountain review
(British Columbia) -- A First Nation in North Vancouver has mounted a legal challenge that it says could send the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion “back to the...
article Ethan Hawke special guest at native water ceremony in Nova Scotia
(Nova Scotia) -- Four-time Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke has added his star power to efforts by environmentalists and a Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq community who are...

10/26/2015

article Ethan Hawke helping Mi'kmaq oppose Gulf of St. Lawrence oil exploration
(Nova Scotia) -- Four-time Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke will be in northern Nova Scotia today for a water ceremony to draw attention to concerns from First Nations...
article Retired Forest Service Leaders Urge Lease Cancellation in Badger-Two Medicine
(Montana) -- A slate of former U.S. Forest Service leaders this week joined a growing bloc of supporters calling for the cancellation of energy leases in the Badger-Two...

10/25/2015

article Crow & Lummi, Dirty Coal & Clean Fishing‏ by Winona LaDuke
(Washington) -- Known as “home to the Ancient Ones,” Cherry Point in Washington state is home to a stable fishing ecosystem that supports the Lummi Nation,...

10/24/2015

article Navajo Mine in negotiations for new operator
(New Mexico) -- Navajo Transitional Energy Company officials confirmed on Wednesday that they are negotiating with a Texas coal company to manage operations at Navajo...

10/23/2015

article UNM to study Native American health impacts of abandoned mines
(New Mexico) -- The University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy has landed a $3.5-million grant to study the exposure of Native American communities to metal mixtures...
article Ethan Hawke to help Mi'kmaq oppose Gulf of St. Lawrence oil exploration
(Nova Scotia) -- Actor Ethan Hawke will be lending some of his star power to First Nations groups in eastern Canada that oppose oil and gas exploration in the Gulf of St...
article TransCanada aims to reroute pipeline amid Aboriginal concerns
(Canada) -- TransCanada is applying to reroute a portion of its Coastal Gaslink Connector, a natural gas pipeline that would run from Dawson Creek to Kitimat. Faced with...

10/22/2015

article Interior finds EPA caused mine spill it hoped to avoid
(Colorado) -- Government investigators squarely blamed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday for a 3 million gallon wastewater spill from a Colorado gold...

10/21/2015

article OP/ED: The Congressional Threat to Treaty Rights
(Washington) -- The Lummi Nation has faced an uphill battle in our efforts to protect our fishing area at Xwe'chi'cXen, Cherry Point, from a coal terminal.

10/20/2015

article Tribal Chair Seeks Higher Air Quality Standards Near Reservation To Thwart Mining
(Wisconsin) -- The chairman of a Lake Superior tribe has been looking to set higher air quality standards in and around his reservation as a way to protect northern...

10/19/2015

article Blackfeet plaintiffs sue over resources
(Montana) -- Five members of the Blackfeet Tribe filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court recently, seeking compensation for what they allege is the federal government...

10/16/2015

article Scrap shale gas, First Nations tell provincial commission on Hydraulic Fracturing
(New Brunswick) -- In a closed door meeting, members of Elsipogtog First Nation told the New Brunswick Commission on Hydraulic Fracturing they do not want shale gas...

10/15/2015

article Supreme court rejects Rio Tinto’s efforts to dismiss First Nations lawsuit
(Montreal) -- The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to end a class-action lawsuit filed by two Innu communities against the Iron Ore Co. of Canada and the Quebec North...

10/14/2015

article Clark defends her optimism about B.C. LNG industry
(British Columbia) -- Premier Christy Clark is defending her optimism about British Columbia’s fledgling liquefied natural gas industry, despite growing First...

10/13/2015

article House OKs bill giving tribes more control over mineral resources
(Washington D.C.) -- The House approved a bill Oct. 8 that aims to streamline the process of licensing energy projects on tribal lands, by shortening the time for...

10/12/2015

article Small Point-au-Chien Indian tribe sues over 2010 oil spill
(Louisiana) -- A small Louisiana Indian tribe says money offered to settle its lawsuit against BP PLC and others for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is not enough to clean...

10/11/2015

article NY Pipeline To Go Through Sites Containing Ancient Artifacts
(New York) -- Upstate New York officials who found out a planned natural gas pipeline could go through sites containing prehistoric artifacts have been barred from...

10/10/2015

article House OKs bill giving tribes more control over mineral resources
(Washington D.C.) -- The House approved a bill Thursday that aims to streamline the process of licensing energy projects on tribal lands, by shortening the time for...
article US House passes Native energy bill; White House threatens veto
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. House yesterday passed the Native American Energy Act, sponsored by Alaska Congressman Don Young. Young says the bill would encourage...
article Cree community looks on warily as De Beers scours North for diamonds
(Ontario) -- With De Beers’ Victor Mine near Attawapiskat approaching the end of its lifespan, the company is looking farther north — causing a stir in...

10/7/2015

article Tribe didn't answer company on cultural sites along oil line
(South Dakota) -- The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe didn't work with Dakota Access when the company conducted a cultural resources survey along the route proposed for...
article Report on EPA review of Pebble Mine lacks basis in fact, human decency
(Alaska) -- Yesterday, The Cohen Group, which the Pebble Limited Partnership (PLP) and its supporters are lauding as an independent review firm, released a report that...
article OP/ED: Inupiat will pay the price, so must guide Arctic decisions, lead Alaska to diversify economy
(Alaska) -- Shell’s announcement last week that it is leaving its Arctic prospects off Alaska's coast for the foreseeable future is a disappointment for many...
press release Federal Court Grants Ute Indian Tribe's Motion For Preliminary Injunction Against Bureau Of Land Management Fracking Rule
(Utah) -- The Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation achieved a significant victory on September 30, 2015 when it obtained a preliminary injunction from...

10/6/2015

article Group of Lax Kw’alaams chiefs clashes with LNG protest camp in B.C.
(Vancouver) -- A group of Lax Kw’alaams hereditary chiefs has welcomed Pacific NorthWest LNG’s studies of a proposal to build a terminal on Lelu Island for...
article Louisiana tribe sues BP over Gulf oil spill
(Louisiana) -- A Louisiana Indian tribe has filed a lawsuit against BP PLC over the massive 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, arguing the company is liable for damage to...

10/5/2015

article Ojibwe band wants say on Sandpiper proceedings
(Minnesota) -- The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe wants a say in the permitting process for the Sandpiper pipeline, which it feels is a threat to its environment and culture...
article Group of Lax Kw’alaams chiefs clashes with LNG protest camp in B.C.
(British Columbia) -- A group of Lax Kw’alaams hereditary chiefs has welcomed Pacific NorthWest LNG’s studies of a proposal to build a terminal on Lelu...

10/4/2015

article Three Different Washington Tribes Set to Sue over Oil & Coal Trains: Final Straw in Long History
(Washington) -- A recent string of lawsuits from Local Native American Nations has brought new media attention to their fight against oil and coal in the Northwest.
article Oregon DEQ clarifies tribal concerns on Jordan Cove site drilling
(Oregon) -- SHN Consulting won't begin drilling at the Jordan Cove site next week. On Monday, DEQ received the work plan, which was "for further...

10/3/2015

article Day 2: BC Chiefs take on the northern gateway pipeline
(British Columbia) -- A two day hearing where the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs hope to put a stop to the northern gateway pipeline has wrapped up.

10/2/2015

article Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Osage County Wind Farm, Says Turbine Construction Isn’t ‘Mining’
(Oklahoma) -- A federal judge on Wednesday rejected arguments from the Osage Nation and the U.S. Department of Interior and ruled that wind energy projects in Osage...
article Residents skeptical about proposed diamond mine near Prince Albert
(Saskatchewan) -- A proposed diamond mine near Prince Albert is drawing the ire of local residents and a First Nations community, since it will likely impact the...
article Mille Lacs Band wants in on Sandpiper proceedings
(Minnesota) -- The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe wants a say in the permitting process for the Sandpiper pipeline, which it feels is a threat to its environment and culture.
article Northern Gateway talks excluded First Nations’ governance rights
(British Columbia) -- Two First Nations waging a court battle to overturn approval of the Northern Gateway pipeline project say federal officials refused to discuss...

10/1/2015

article Ute Tribe and states win injunction against new BLM fracking rule
(Utah) -- A federal judge on Wednesday granted a preliminary injunction against a controversial fracking rule that applies to public and Indian lands.

9/30/2015

article Shell Nixes Arctic Drilling; Indigenous Grassroots Leaders Exuberant
(Alaska) -- Environmentalists, some Alaska Natives and a number of grassroots indigenous leaders were rejoicing on Monday as Royal Dutch Shell announced it would no...

9/29/2015

article Energy giant spent $7B to explore for oil off the shores of Alaska
(Alaska) -- Royal Dutch Shell is withdrawing from energy development off the coast of Alaska after tests failed to turn up signs of significant signs of oil and gas...

9/25/2015

article Cattle, sheep undergo testing for heavy metal exposure
(New Mexico) -- Equipped with needles and collection tubes, staff from the Navajo Veterinary and Livestock Program waited on Wednesday to collect blood samples from...

9/22/2015

article Sex Trafficking on the Reservation: One Native American Nation's Struggle Against the Trade
(North Dakota) -- Six years ago, teenage girls on Fort Berthold, a Native American reservation in North Dakota, started showing up at school with unusual things:...
article Pipeline plan crosses Native American archaeological site, sparks feud
(Iowa) -- Historical value and business interests are clashing in New York where construction of the 124-mile Constitution natural gas pipeline could adversely impact a...
article Sacred Lands vs. King Coal
(Washington) -- Under the breaking waves of Lummi Bay in northwest Washington, salmon, clams, geoducks and oysters are washed in rhythmic cascades from the Pacific Ocean...

9/21/2015

article Fond du Lac tribal members concerned over Enbridge pipeline
(Wisconsin) -- Enbridge is prepping for an important test of one of its pipelines. Line 2B will eventually carry oil from Canada's tar sands, through the Northland,...
article First Nations demand halt to Energy East review over funding cut
(New Brunswick) -- Three New Brunswick First Nations are calling for a halt to preparations for review hearings on the Energy East pipeline project. The Woodstock,...
article Advisory Council Says Badger-Two Medicine Too Sacred To Drill
(Montana) -- An independent federal agency that oversees the preservation of historic places says energy exploration on the Badger-Two Medicine would degrade the region...
article Oil company fined for failing to pay royalties
(North Dakota) -- Oasis Petroleum has been assessed a $72,438 fine for failing to make royalty payments on oil production on the Fort Berthold Reservation, the...
article Tribal council votes against Tongue River Railroad
(North Dakota) -- The Northern Cheyenne Tribal Council unanimously voted Monday to oppose the Tongue River Railroad and its alternative in southeastern Montana, saying...

9/20/2015

article Oil Production Increasing on Tribal Lands
(North Dakota) -- One by one oil rigs have gone away as oil prices dropped on the market. While the state's oil production dropped in July, the Fort Berthold...

9/19/2015

article Arctic Leaders To Congress: Oil Development In Alaska Is A Human Rights Issue
(Washington D.C.) -- It takes Lorraine Netro, a Gwich’in leader from the community of Old Crow in the northern Yukon, three straight days to travel to Washington,...
article Uranium Mining: Book Explores the ‘Wastelanding’ of the Navajo Nation
(USA) -- The sad history of uranium mining and the desolation it has wrought across tracts of Navajo country has been the subject of numerous studies, articles and...

9/16/2015

article Chairman Barrasso’s Opening Statement on the EPA’s Gold King Mine Disaster
(Washington D.C.) -- Today, Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) delivered the following remarks at an oversight hearing titled, “EPA...
article Lawmakers Slam EPA Chief For Not Firing Anyone After Spilling Toxic Waste
(Washington D.C.) -- Republican lawmakers grilled EPA Chief Administrator Gina McCarthy for not firing any agency employees or contractors after workers accidentally...

9/15/2015

article Minnesota court deals setback to oil pipeline opposed by tribes
(Minnesota) -- Tribal leaders and activists in Minnesota declared victory on Monday after an appeals court dealt a setback to an oil pipeline that would cross treaty...
article NORRELL: Native Americans in DC: Obama Stop Leasing Lands for Fossil Fuels
(Washington D.C.) -- Louise Benally of Big Mountain joined Native American delegations and coalitions here today to tell President Obama to stop leasing lands and oceans...

9/14/2015

article Judge allows tribal lawsuit over oil trains to proceed
(Washington) -- A federal judge is allowing a lawsuit by the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community to proceed against BNSF Railway over oil train shipments. The tribe sued...

9/12/2015

article Drilling boom brings rising number of harmful waste spills
(New Mexico) -- Carl Johnson and son Justin, who have complained for years about spills of oil field wastewater where they raise cattle in the high plains of New Mexico...

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