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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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3/28/2015

article U.S. oil council: Shale won't last, Arctic drilling needed now
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. should immediately begin a push to exploit its enormous trove of oil in the Arctic waters off of Alaska, or risk a renewed reliance on...
article Oil sands air monitoring cancelled due to funding problems
(Alberta) -- An important part of Alberta’s oil sands air monitoring has been cancelled due to funding problems. The Wood Buffalo Environmental Association has...

3/27/2015

article Wisconsin’s proposed Gogebic mine officially gone for good
(Wisconsin) -- A huge – and hugely controversial – open-pit iron mine proposed for northern Wisconsin is officially not happening. The Wisconsin Department...

3/26/2015

article First Nations oppose Noront, Cliffs deal in Ring of Fire
(Ontario) -- Plans by Noront Resources to buy Cliffs' chromite assets in northern Ontario's Ring of Fire mining area are a "barrier to future opportunities...

3/25/2015

article Bill C-51 'threatens balance' between risk and privacy, law group says
(Ottawa) -- The Canadian Bar Association is challenging the federal government on its contentious proposed anti-terror legislation, asking whether Bill C-51 is striking...
article Bill C-51: First Nation chief worries 'lives will be lost'
(Ottawa) -- A chief, who once went to jail for defending his First Nation's traditional territory during a mining dispute in northern Ontario, says he has grave...
article Pam Palmater tells committee to withdraw anti-terrorism bill
(Ottawa) -- A prominent Aboriginal lawyer and activist says the federal anti-terrorism bill is so flawed it must be withdrawn. Pamela Palmater, chair in indigenous...
article Point Hope opts out of lawsuit over 2008 Chukchi lease sale
(Alaska) -- The lead plaintiff in a lawsuit that stalled Arctic Outer Continental Shelf oil drilling has pulled out of the 7-year-old legal action. The Native Village of...
article Meskwaki Tribe voices opposition to pipeline
(Iowa) -- Tribal traditions, concern over grave sites and the habitat has prompted the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa (Meskwakis) to voice objection to a...

3/24/2015

article Bill C-51 hearings: First Nations could be targeted, Pam Palmater says
(Ottawa) -- First Nations activists may find themselves targets of the Conservatives' proposed anti-terror law, which could "criminalize [their] private...
article Followup: North Cheyenne member in Montana responds to fellow member’s pro-coal stance
(Montana) -- This is to follow up on a blog post from March 12, which drew a contrast between Lummi Nation’s position on a coal export terminal at Cherry Point,...
article QIA holds seismic testing workshop in Clyde River
(North Canada) -- As the Hamlet of Clyde River, Nunavut, its mayor and the local hunters and trappers organization prepare to challenge a decision to allow seismic...

3/23/2015

article Pro-coal Montana tribe weighs in on Cherry Point terminal
(Washington) -- Lummi Nation, which has fished the waters off Cherry Point for centuries, and Crow Nation, a tribe in Montana sitting on billions of tons of coal, have...
article Chevron sponsorship of parenting iPads 'disgusting,' says N.W.T. MLA
(North Canada) -- Chevron Canada's sponsorship of a Northwest Territories government program to give new parents iPads loaded with information on raising young...

3/22/2015

article LETTER: Alaska tribes united in opposition of large mines
(Alaska) -- British Columbia and Minister Bill Bennett do not seem to understand the sovereign status of the Alaska tribes. We are sovereign nations.

3/20/2015

article Southern Ute Tribe among biggest bidders in DOI lease auction
(Texas) -- The energy development arm of the Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado was the second-highest bidder in an offshore oil and gas lease auction held by the Interior...
article Are Mining Interests Behind Western Australian Remote Aboriginal Community Closures?
(Australia) -- Yesterday, 18,000 people turned out at rallies across Australia in protest of the Western Australian government's proposal to close up to 150 remote...

3/19/2015

article Colorado Indian tribe among Top 5 bidders from this week's Gulf of Mexico drilling lease sale
(Colorado) -- Red Willow Offshore was the dark horse for the March sale with $59 million in high bids on eight lease tracts. The Southern Ute Indian Tribe founded Red...

3/18/2015

article Native Sun News: Oil spill threatens North Dakota tribe's water
(North Dakota) -- It wasn’t until two years ago that the families in this rural community of 600 were able to connect to running supplies of drinking water. Today...

3/17/2015

article Judge Orders State Dept. To Respond To Tribal Pipeline Suit
(Minnesota) -- A Minnesota federal judge on Monday ordered U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to respond to a lawsuit that claims he and the U.S. Department of State...

3/16/2015

article N.B. considers St. Mary's land deal if Sisson mine approved
(New Brunswick) -- Energy and Mines Minister Donald Arseneault told CBC News the provincial government would consider giving St. Mary's First Nation a piece of land...
article Meskwaki tribe opposes Bakken oil pipeline through Iowa
(Iowa) -- The Meskwaki Indian tribe, which has had an Iowa settlement near Tama since 1857, is objecting to a Texas company's plans to construct a 343-mile crude oil...
article Meth use on the rise in the Bakken oil patch
(North Dakota) -- It’s been referred to as the most significant drug threat facing the state, the dark side of the oil boom, an unwanted side effect of the sudden...

3/15/2015

article Fracking will ruin sacred, preserved sites in the ‘American cradle of civilization’ - lawsuit
(New Mexico) -- A Navajo advocacy group has asked a federal judge to halt hydraulic fracking permits in the San Juan Basin of New Mexico, claiming that drilling...
article US Rep Zinke wants to make Indian coal tax break permanent
(Montana) -- Montana U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke is proposing to make permanent a tax break for coal mined from American Indian Reservations and to extend the provision to...

3/14/2015

article Montana delegation seeks to make coal tax break permanent
(Montana) -- Members of Montana’s congressional delegation said Thursday they will seek to make permanent a tax break for coal mined from reserves owned by...

3/13/2015

article Zinke Proposes To Make Indian Coal Tax Break Permanent
(Montana) -- Montana U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke is proposing to make permanent a tax break for coal mined from American Indian Reservations.
article Snap Lake mine could close if dissolved solid limit not raised: De Beers
(North Canada) -- De Beers Canada says some recommendations for how to tackle a groundwater problem at its Snap Lake diamond mine could, if implemented, result in the...

3/12/2015

article First Nation calls Yukon's draft fracking strategy 'a betrayal'
(Yukon) -- The Trondek Hwechin First Nation says documents indicating that the Yukon government is pursuing a draft strategy for hydraulic fracturing represent a serious...
article Groups File Suit to Protect Chaco Canyon From Fracking
(New Mexico) -- Environmental groups including the Navajo organization Diné CARE filed suit against two federal agencies on March 11 in an attempt to keep fracking from...
article Headlines: Groups Sue Over Drilling In Chaco Region, Carlsbad Weighs In On WIPP Fines...
(New Mexico) -- A coalition of environmental groups is suing the federal government over the approval of oil and gas drilling permits in northwestern New Mexico.
article Indigenous Nations Rallied to Protect Medicine Lake from Industrial Scale Geothermal Desecration
(California) -- Today the Pit River Tribe, Native Coalition for Medicine Lake Highlands Defense, Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center, Save Medicine Lake Coalition,...
article Montana Delegation Seeks to Make Coal Tax Break Permanent
(Montana) -- Members of Montana’s congressional delegation said Thursday they will seek to make permanent a tax break for coal mined from reserves owned by...
article Indigenous tribes in Suriname ask gov't to protect their lands
(Suriname) -- The Trio and Wayana tribes are asking Suriname's National Assembly to take steps to protect some 72,000 sq. kilometers (28,000 sq. miles) of land in...

3/11/2015

article Gogama train derailment highlights treaty infringement, chief says
(Ontario) -- The third train derailment in less than a month in northern Ontario represents a clear violation of indigenous rights, says Stan Beardy, the Ontario...

3/10/2015

article 3rd northern Ontario train derailment increasing First Nation worries
(Ontario) -- Three train derailments in less than a month has several small northern Ontario communities questioning rail safety. The most recent one happened Saturday.
article Ontario demands Ottawa step up in wake of 3rd train derailment
(Ontario) -- After this past weekend’s train derailment in northern Ontario several politicians are calling on Ottawa to strengthen rail regulations.
article Aboriginal workers, firms hit by Alberta oil slowdown
(Alberta) -- Métis elder Yvonne McCallum has never really welcomed Big Oil into her community, but she accepts how important the energy industry has become to her people.

3/9/2015

article What do Native American tribes think of pipeline project?
(Pennsylvania) -- Within the week, the Oklahoma-based energy firm that wants to build a controversial natural gas pipeline through western Lancaster County could submit...

3/8/2015

article Proposed pipeline would disturb sacred ground
(Pennsylvania) -- There are all kinds of reasons not to build the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline in Lancaster County. Other people, people with actual environmental knowledge...
article First Nations seek intervenor status
(Quebec) -- The Algonquin First Nations of Wolf Lake and Eagle Village are seeking intervenor status with National Energy Board over concerns about TransCanada’s...
article Wisconsin Tribes and Environmentalists Put a Halt to a $1.5 Billion Iron Ore Mine Project
(Wisconsin) -- Ben Connors steered through the fog. At the end of a hot, summer afternoon, ripe wild rice kernels fell before him into the bottom of a canoe.
article Chief expresses anger at rail company over second derailment
(Ontario) -- The chief of Mattagami First Nation says he is concerned for the welfare of his community after a CN train carrying crude oil derailed this morning,...
article Indigenous Peruvians win Amazon pollution payout from US oil giant
(Peru) -- Members of the indigenous Achuar tribe from the Peruvian Amazon have won an undisclosed sum from Occidental Petroleum in an out-of-court settlement after a...

3/7/2015

article Coal mine dealt blow
(Colorado) -- A federal judge determined that regulators did not adequately assess the environmental impact from a proposed expansion of the Navajo Mine in New Mexico.
article Colorado judge shoots down expansion at Navajo Mine
(New Mexico) -- A federal judge in Colorado said the environmental impacts of coal combustion should have been more thoroughly explored in a proposal to expand strip...
article Court: Federal agency must take another look at indirect impacts of Navajo coal mine expansion
(Arizona) -- The effects of burning coal at a northwestern New Mexico power plant must be considered in deciding whether the sole coal supplier can expand mining...
article Lummis submit more information to try to block Cherry Point coal port
(Washington) -- Lummi Nation is pressing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to act quickly to halt a proposed coal terminal on historic tribal land at Cherry Point.
article Tribe says Corps has what it needs to deny G.P.T.
(Washington) -- The Lummi Nation says the Army Corps of Engineers now has all information required to make a decision on the proposed Gateway Pacific coal terminal.
article Ojibwe tribal leader heralds end of proposed iron mine
(Wisconsin) -- Ojibwe tribal leader Mr Chris McGeshick drew applause from tribal visitors as he addressed state lawmakers and heralded the end of a proposed iron mine in...
article State of the Tribes Address: Tribes stand together against proposed Penokee Hills mine
(Wisconsin) -- The leaders of the eleven Wisconsin tribal nations gathered for this year's State of the Tribes Address in Madison on Thursday.

3/6/2015

article Expansion at Navajo Mine shot down by Colo. judge
(Colorado) -- A federal judge in Colorado said that health dangers posed by coal mining are too great to allow a planned expansion of strip mining at the Navajo Mine.

3/5/2015

article Blueberry River First Nations lawsuit threatens Site C, fracking in B.C.
(British Columbia) -- The Blueberry River First Nations have launched a legal battle that could affect B.C.'s planned Site C hydroelectric dam, as well as oil and...
article Ojibwe tribal leader heralds end of proposed iron mine
(Wisconsin) -- Ojibwe tribal leader Chris McGeshick drew applause from tribal visitors Thursday as he addressed state lawmakers and heralded the end of a proposed iron...

3/3/2015

article First Nations revenue sharing must be priority for Ottawa, panel argues
(Canada) -- A joint First Nations and federal government working group on natural resources has issued its final report, urging Canada to make resource revenue sharing a...
article Native Sun News: Mine proposed near sacred site in Black Hills
(South Dakota) -- In reopening an abandoned silica-sand mine in the Black Hills National Forest, claim owners say they will strive to respect the Native American sacred...

3/2/2015

article Up to 1,500 gallons of oil has permeated 24 miles of waterways
(Washington) -- Crews could spend weeks cleaning up as much as 1,500 gallons of used motor oil that has leaked into a series of irrigation drains emptying into the...
article Uranium mine proposal in Nunavut spurs debate about caribou herd
(North Canada) -- Hilu Tagoona was just a girl the first time uranium miners proposed to develop a massive deposit of the radioactive metal near her home town of Baker...

3/1/2015

article Ring of Fire road proposal to get $785,000 government study
(Ontario) -- The Ring of Fire mining development area in northern Ontario is getting a $785,000 boost as the federal and provincial governments announce a joint study of...

2/28/2015

article Drug explosion follows oil boom on N.D. Indian reservation
(North Dakota) -- Tribal Police Chief Chad Johnson first noticed a change on the wind-swept prairies of the reservation around six years ago. Small-time methamphetamine...

2/27/2015

article Lummi Call Coal Terminals an Absolute No-Go, Invoking Treaty Rights
(Washington) -- Lummi Nation Chairman Tim Ballew is talking on the phone about his opposition to construction of a coal export terminal in his historical territory,...
article The Case Against Coal Terminals: Lummi Cite Health, Environmental Factors
(Washington) -- Coal trains are not the only threats to sacred sites and traditional hunting and fishing territory.First Nations in the U.S. and Canada that share the...
article Stand-off in the Amazon: Tribes shut down oil company airport
(Peru) -- Members of two different Peruvian native groups have occupied the airport of Pluspetrol, an Argentine oil company that is accused of failing to compensate...

2/26/2015

article RCMP claim of B.C. anti-pipeline extremists shocks native, environmental leaders
(Ottawa) -- An internal RCMP report’s portrayal of northern B.C. as one of two Canadian regions most vulnerable to violent, anti-pipeline extremists working with...

2/24/2015

article Shell Canada backs out of Pierre River oilsands project
(Alberta) -- Shell has decided not to proceed with its Pierre River oilsands mine north of Fort McMurray, Alta., it announced Monday. Shell Canada president Lorraine...

2/23/2015

article Battle royal: Coal companies, critics face off over proposal to reform federal royalties
(Wyoming) -- Coal companies and industry critics are increasingly at odds over a federal proposal to change the way royalties are levied on coal mined from public land....

2/22/2015

article Drug explosion follows oil boom on North Dakota Indian reservation
(North Dakota) -- Tribal Police Chief Chad Johnson first noticed a change on the wind-swept prairies of the reservation around six years ago.

2/21/2015

article In Arizona, a controversial federal land swap leaves Apaches in the lurch
(Arizona) -- A place of great natural beauty, popular among rock climbers and campers, a part of Tonto National Forest known as Oak Flat has been under federal...

2/20/2015

article Tribe's protest of mine plan near Superior is in 3rd week
(Arizona) -- For more than two weeks, protesters have made camp at Oak Flat, the site of a planned copper mine that will result in a massive crater on the sacred site...

2/19/2015

article Gogama crude oil spill worries nearby Mattagami First Nation
(Ontario) -- Mattagami First Nation is sounding the alarm about a CN rail spill near the community. The First Nation said Saturday's derailment involving 29 crude...

2/16/2015

article Alaska Native Asks for Help to Fight Oil
(Alaska) -- Environmental activist and Alaska native David Solomon held a talk at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church after services Sunday, telling congregants of Gwich...

2/15/2015

article In EPA’s expected ‘veto’ of Pebble Mine in Alaska, foes see a vein of overreach
(Alaska) -- Just north of Iliamna Lake in southwestern Alaska is an empty expanse of marsh and shrub that conceals one of the world’s great buried fortunes: A mile...

2/13/2015

article First Nations issue $127M bill to Ontario for extracted resources
(Ontario) -- The Nishnawbe Aski Nation is resubmitting an unpaid bill in the amount of $127 million to Ontario as part of the province's budget consultation process...

2/12/2015

article Kwantlen Nation stunned to learn of Kinder Morgan drilling
(British Columbia) -- Members of Kwantlen First Nation in Langley were surprised to discover that Kinder Morgan had just wrapped up one week of Burnaby-Mountain-style...
article Tribe not deterred
(Arizona) -- San Carlos Apache Tribal Chairman said religion is at the heart of the tribe’s opposition to the federal land swap that will allow development of the...
article Video: Oak Flat Protesters Talk About Land Grabs and Copper Mining
(Arizona) -- Land grabs are as common today as they were during the colonial era, say the Apache and other Indigenous Peoples in this video of the February 7, 2014...
article Alaska tribal groups call for international commission to study B.C. mine safety
(Alaska) -- A coalition of aboriginal tribes in southeast Alaska is calling for a Canada-U.S. commission to study the impacts of British Columbia’s mining industry...

2/11/2015

article Another mining company endorses Kaska resource law
(Yukon) -- A lawyer who represents the Kaska says Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski may not understand how the Kaska have the inherent right to self govern.
article First Nations issue $127M bill to Ontario for extracted resources
(Ontario) -- The Nishnawbe Aski Nation is resubmitting an unpaid bill in the amount of $127 million to Ontario as part of the province's budget consultation process.
article N.W.T. premier pitches 'Arctic Gateway' pipeline
(Alberta) -- How should Alberta get its oil resources to market? It's a question Alberta politicians and business leaders have been wrestling with for years.
article Hundreds Gather at Oak Flat to Fight for Sacred Apache Land
(Arizona) -- As the morning sun rose high enough to burn off the chilly overnight temperatures, mesquite fires scattered throughout the Oak Flats Campground offered a...
article Peruvian Indigenous Home Torn Down by Police and Mine Security as Conflict Intensifies
(Peru) -- In the first week of February Peruvian national police and Yanacocha mine security guards tore down the foundations of a house Maxima Acuña de Chaupe and her...

2/10/2015

article Native American groups in southeast Pa. oppose new pipeline
(Pennsylvania) -- Chief Carlos Whitewolf beat a small hand drum and sang a Native American prayer for Mother Earth in the cold January air in Hershey. Many of the 50 or...
article Wikwemikong First Nation to see more oil wells capped
(Ontario) -- In what is being considered as a big step towards protecting the drinking water for members of the Wikwemikong First Nation, the community has received...
article Alaska tribal groups urge international commission to study B.C. mine safety
(Alaska) -- A coalition of aboriginal tribes in southeast Alaska is calling for a Canada-U.S. commission to study the impacts of British Columbia’s mining industry...
article A Coastal Community In Washington Contemplates Oil Terminals
(Washington) -- Grays Harbor, with its deep-water berths and fast access to Pacific Ocean shipping routes, has all the ingredients to be a world-class port. In some...

2/9/2015

article Native Sun News: Oil flares lighting up North Dakota tribe's skies
(North Dakota) -- Crossing the Little Missouri River from the south into the Mandan Hidatsa & Arikara (MHA) Nation, the first thing that catches the eye, amidst the...
article Opinion: How Fracking Changes Everything
(USA) -- Forget, for the moment, whether you think fracking is an energy godsend or an endtimes disaster. Just consider how it’s everywhere. In the long run,...

2/8/2015

article American Indians Among Eight Thousand Participate in Anti-Fracking March in Downtown Oakland
(California) -- On Saturday, February 7, eight thousand Californians marched in the largest anti-fracking demonstration in US history. The “March for Real Climate...

2/7/2015

article San Carlos Apache tribe protest future copper mine
(Arizona) -- Dozens of people sang, danced and prayed outside of the San Carlos Apache tribe's office on Thursday morning before heading out on a 44-mile journey in...

2/6/2015

article Enbridge Seeks Pipeline Approval to Start Eastward Shipments of Western Canadian Oil
(Alberta) -- Enbridge Inc. said it asked Canadian regulators Friday for permission to start up a pipeline by late June that would ship crude oil from Western Canada to...
article Marcellus Life: A Native American protest to stop a PA pipeline
(Pennsylvania) -- Chief Carlos Whitewolf beat a small hand drum and sang a Native American prayer for Mother Earth in the cold January air in Hershey, Pa.

2/5/2015

article Feds Say More Details Needed From Tribe That Wants Coal Project Halted
(Washington) -- A federal agency says a Puget Sound tribe has not made a convincing enough case to to halt the permitting process for the largest proposed coal export...
article 8 pipeline protesters plead guilty to trespassing, are fined $100 each
(Pennsylvania) -- Eight protesters charged with defiant trespass for blocking a gas pipeline exploratory drilling crew on PPL property each pleaded guilty Thursday to a...
article Lancaster County pipeline protesters plead guilty to trespassing
(Pennsylvania) -- Eight protesters who were arrested for opposing an interstate natural gas pipeline in Lancaster County pleaded guilty to trespassing Thursday and each...
article Mount Polley spill: Search warrants executed at Imperial Metals
(British Columbia) -- The B.C. Conservation Service executed search warrants at the Mount Polley mine and the Vancouver offices of its owner Imperial Metals Tuesday...
article Indigenous protesters in Peru shut down oil wells
(Peru) -- Indigenous protesters plan to shut down more wells in Peru's biggest oil block unless the operator, Pluspetrol, an Argentine energy company, agrees to pay...

2/4/2015

article Yavapai-Apache Chairman: ‘Oak Flat Holy Sites are Central to Apache Spiritual Beliefs’
(Arizona) -- The Yavapai Apache Nation opposes the Senate’s giveaway of a parcel of public land in southeastern Arizona that includes Oak Flat, an Apache sacred...
article Mount Polley: First Nations urge B.C. not to cherry-pick from mine report advice
(British Columbia) -- First Nations leaders in B.C. are urging the provincial government to implement all the recommendations made in a review of the devastating Mount...

2/3/2015

article HILL: Spiritual Unity Can Save Sacred Apache Land From Mining
(Arizona) -- For several years I have been attending the United Nations Permanent Form on Indigenous Issues in New York City. And during those years I have come to learn...
article San Carlos Tribe calls for spiritual gathering
(Arizona) -- Members of the San Carlos Apache Tribe and its tribal leaders have called for all nations to join them for a spiritual gathering at Chich’il...
article BC First Nation leader says Mount Polley report ‘useful’
(British Columbia) -- Last week, a report was released looking into the Mount Polley tailings pond breach in British Columbia. Millions of cubic metres of potentially...

2/2/2015

article Apache leader wants coalition to fight Arizona copper mine
(Arizona) -- Apache Tribe officials said in a meeting Friday they will fight a land trade that would allow for the development of a massive copper mine in southeastern...

1/31/2015

article Apache leader: Unite to fight proposed Arizona copper mine
(Arizona) -- Apache leader Wendsler Nosie on Friday issued a call for solidarity in the fight against the U.S. Congress' recent decision to give sacred Native...

1/30/2015

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

1/28/2015

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

1/27/2015

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

1/26/2015

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

1/24/2015

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

1/23/2015

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

1/22/2015

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

1/21/2015

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

1/20/2015

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

1/19/2015

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

1/17/2015

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

1/16/2015

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

1/15/2015

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

1/14/2015

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

1/13/2015

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

1/12/2015

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

1/10/2015

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

1/8/2015

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

1/7/2015

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

1/6/2015

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

1/5/2015

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

1/4/2015

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

12/31/2014

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

12/30/2014

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

12/29/2014

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

12/28/2014

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

12/26/2014

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

12/23/2014

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

12/21/2014

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

12/19/2014

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

12/18/2014

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

12/17/2014

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

12/16/2014

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

12/15/2014

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

12/14/2014

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

12/13/2014

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

12/12/2014

article Defense Bill Passes, Giving Sacred Native American Sites To Mining Company
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Senate passed a measure authorizing the nation’s defense programs Friday, and along with it managed to give lands sacred to Native...
article NM public lands, Indian housing bills headed to president’s desk
(Washington D.C.) -- A defense authorization bill approved by the U.S. Senate today and now headed to President Obama’s desk includes major public lands provisions...
article Opinion Defense bill includes ill-advised Alaska and Arizona land measures
(Washington D.C.) -- So what does funding for the Department of Defense have in common with Alaska's Tongass National Forest or the Tonto National Forest in Arizona?
article Resolution Copper deal elicits celebration, outrage
(Arizona) -- Resolution Copper Mining is set to acquire 2,400 acres of protected land near Superior, almost a decade after the foreign mining company began its effort to...
article Apache tribe distressed by privatization of sacred land
(Arizona) -- Former San Carlos Apache Tribal Chairman Wendsler Nosie said he felt sick when he heard what legislators did last week. Members of Congress —...
article San Carlos Apache Tribe Attempt to Save Sacred Lands Denied
(Washington D.C.) -- Over objections of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, the U.S. Senate voted on Friday to pass the $585 billion National Defense Authorization Act of 2015...
article Senate heads to final vote on package with mine on sacred land
(Washington D.C.) -- After days of delay, it's decision time for the National Defense Authorization Act, a controversial bill that authorizes a mine on sacred Apache...

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