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LIFE IN THE BOOM: Taking a stand on their sacred land

Theodora Bird Bear and Corey Sanders are the unlikeliest of protesters. She’s 62 and works as a bookkeeper at a Catholic church just up Bureau of Indian Affairs Road 12 from the simple brown house she shares with her sister.

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Mining & Drilling

4/24/2014

article Details in Navajo Please; Public Meetings Coming up on Navajo Mine
(Arizona) -- Got questions or comments about the Four Corners Power Plant and Navajo Mine Energy Project? The U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement...

4/23/2014

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

4/22/2014

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

4/19/2014

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

4/18/2014

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

4/17/2014

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

4/16/2014

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

4/15/2014

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

4/14/2014

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

4/11/2014

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

4/10/2014

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

4/9/2014

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

4/8/2014

article BLOG: Stand with Indigenous Peoples, Stop the Pipelines
(California) -- As so often happens, Native Americans are leading the fight to save the world.

4/7/2014

article Native Sun News: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe opposes megaloads
(South Dakota) -- In four recent incidents, tribal officials responded to grassroots pressure for stopping heavy-haul oilfield traffic over Indian reservation roads,...
article Pipeline protest leaders vow to maintain right-of-way blockade
(British Columbia) -- Leaders of a small native camp in central B.C. that is blocking the right-of-way of a proposed gas pipeline say they won’t be moving any time...

4/6/2014

article $1 billion settlement to aid Navajo mine cleanup
(Arizona) -- A $1 billion cleanup of abandoned uranium mines on the Navajo Reservation could soon begin under a record U.S. Department of Justice settlement announced...
article Anadarko Agrees To Record $5 Billion Fine For ’85 Years Of Poisoning The Earth’
(USA) -- Energy company Anadarko Petroleum Corp. on Thursday announced that it has agreed to pay $5.15 billion to clean up 85 years of harmful uranium, wood creosote,...
article Anadarko Petroleum to pay $5.15 billion to settle pollution case, Justice Dept. says
(Washington D.C.) -- The Justice Department announced the biggest environmental cash settlement in history Thursday, securing a $5.15 billion deal with Anadarko...
article Feds reach $5.15B settlement over mining cleanup
(Arizona) -- For decades, uranium ore was mined from the Lukachukai Mountains of northeastern Arizona, providing Navajos with much-needed employment but leaving behind a...

4/4/2014

article DOJ asks judge to toss megaload case
(Oregon) -- The Oregon Department of Justice is asking a Marion County Circuit Court judge to throw out a petition that would keep so-called "megaloads" off...

4/3/2014

article Fraser Institute pushes for First Nations private property
(Canada) -- A new study says First Nations and provincial governments should explore private property regimes on Aboriginal lands. The report called “Divergent...
article Indian coal tax credit clears key Senate committee
(Washington D.C.) -- The Indian Coal Production Tax Credit, considered crucial by the Crow Tribe for reservation mining, made the cut for tax breaks to be extended two...
article North Bay mayor expresses concern about proposed oil pipeline
(Ontario) -- A couple hundred people crowded into a community hall in North Bay to voice their concerns over a planned oil pipeline.
article Crow Tribe pursues scaled down fuel plant
(Montana) -- Montana's Crow Tribe is pursuing a scaled-down proposal to build a plant converting coal and natural gas to liquid fuels after an earlier project...

4/2/2014

article Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation makes the best of oil money
(Alberta) -- Tucked away in the Wood Buffalo region in northern Alberta, Fort Chipewyan rests at the western tip of Lake Athabasca.
article Northern Cheyennecoal swap goes back to Congress
(Montana) -- Leaders of Montana’s Northern Cheyenne tribe on Tuesday sought to revive a three-way coal swap involving the federal government and a Texas company...
article Trial of Elsipogtog shale gas protesters underway in Moncton
(New Brunswick) -- The trial of two shale gas protesters began this week in New Brunswick. Aaron Francis and Germaine Breau have been in jail since their arrest last...

4/1/2014

article CAUFIELD: Northern Cheyenne Tribe remains split on coal
(Montana) -- As explained in earlier segments, the Northern Cheyenne Tribe in Montana has long debated potential development of its rich coal reserves (considered by...

3/31/2014

article State's environmental heritage 'under attack' by Walker-backed mine, says New York Times op-ed
(Wisconsin) -- Although the Penokee Hills rest quietly under a blanket of snow, debate over a proposed iron mine in northern Wisconsin is again heating up.
article Mi'kmaq protesters delay Maritime Energy meeting
(Nova Scotia) -- Mi'kmaq protesters interrupted a meeting of the Maritimes Energy Association Monday, saying the government is not consulting with indigenous people...
article Native Sun News: Tribes asked to identify abandoned uranium sites
(South Dakota) -- Native American activists recently proposed language for a bill to create a moratorium on any new uranium mining until after abandoned sites are...

3/29/2014

article Taseko Sues Canada Over Third Rejection of Environmentally Devastating Mine Proposal
(British Columbia) -- Taseko Mines Ltd., whose proposal to decimate sacred lands and pristine habitat for a $1.5 billion gold and copper mine in British Columbia has...
article BIA says Anschutz owes lease holders $418,264
(Montana) -- A regional Bureau of Indian Affairs office in Montana has ruled that Anschutz Exploration Corp. of Denver owes 200 leaseholders on the Blackfeet Reservation...
article Opinion: The Fight for Wisconsin’s Soul
(Wisconsin) -- WISCONSIN has been an environmental leader since 1910, when the state’s voters approved a constitutional amendment promoting forest and water...

3/28/2014

article North Dakota Oil Spills Highlight Gaps in Regulation and Oversight
(North Dakota) -- Officials are mopping up a 34,000-gallon—800-barrel—oil spill near Alexander, North Dakota about 75 miles southwest of where 865,000...

3/27/2014

article EPA Puts Pebble Mine on Hold
(Alaska) -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials on Friday put on hold plans for a massive open-pit copper mine in Alaska, invoking Clean Water Act rules.
article Montana senators lobby for coal production tax credit revival
(Montana) -- Montana’s U.S. senators are attempting to revive the Indian coal production tax credit, used by the Crow Nation to promote coal mining on the Crow...
article Ontario, First Nations ink framework deal on Ring of Fire region
(Ontario) -- The Ontario government says the signing of a framework agreement with First Nations in the mineral-rich Ring of Fire region is an important "first step...
article Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs discuss resource sovereignty in Winnipeg
(Winnipeg) -- The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs held a resource conference in Winnipeg Wednesday to discuss Aboriginal sovereignty over resources.

3/26/2014

article BIA says Anschutz owes lease holders $418,264
(Montana) -- A regional Bureau of Indian Affairs office in Montana has ruled that Anschutz Exploration Corp. of Denver owes 200 leaseholders on the Blackfeet Reservation...

3/24/2014

article Higher cancer rates not found in oilsands community, study shows
(Edmonton) -- An Alberta government study hasn't found any overall evidence of high cancer rates in Fort Chipewyan downstream from the oilsands. The study has found...
article On Exxon Valdez anniversary, indigenous group hopes to raise awareness
(Canada) -- Marking the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Canadian First Nations groups launched an oil spill awareness campaign Monday as part of broader...
article Deepwater Horizon oil left tuna, other species with heart defects likely to prove fatal
(USA) -- The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill struck at the very heart of fish, a new study says. Exposed to millions of gallons of crude, young tuna and amberjack, some...

3/22/2014

article Hundreds of Tribal Representatives Join Huge Rally to Oppose Fracking
(California) -- Caleen Sisk: "We call to Olebis to look down on us and send down the good blessings. We call on sacred Mt. Shasta to help bless us with this sacred...

3/21/2014

article Caufield: Sixty years of coal and Northern Cheyenne Tribe
(Montana) -- As summarized in the first two parts of this series, in the 1960’s the Northern Cheyenne Tribe once again successfully (undermanned, underfunded,...
article Southeast tribes meet in Craig about Canadian mines
(Alaska) -- Southeast Alaska tribal leaders meet March 25th and 26th to discuss Canadian mines that could impact regional fisheries.
article California Tribes Front and Center at Sacramento Anti-Fracking Rally
(California) -- Parched by drought that is causing water shortages and threatening crops and fisheries, California and the tribes residing there are embattled over...

3/20/2014

article Simpson: Uranium development meeting 'illegal'
(Arizona) -- "Illegal" is what Council Delegate Danny Simpson dubbed a meeting between members of a Navajo Nation Council subcommittee dealing with possible...
article 5,000 Attend Largest Anti-Fracking Rally at California’s State Capitol
(California) -- On Saturday, March 15 some 5,000 people from San Diego to the Oregon border held a rally to protest fracking in the State of California. This was the...

3/19/2014

article Hundreds of Tribal Representatives Join Huge Rally to Oppose Fracking
(California) -- Hundreds of indigenous people from California and across the country gathered with a crowd of over 4000 activists at the State Capitol in Sacramento on...

3/18/2014

article Critics cite Nevada 'fracking' concerns
(Nevada) -- “Fracking” for oil could endanger precious water supplies and increase the potential for seismic danger, critics told Nevada officials Monday.

3/16/2014

article Missoula women arrested during megaload protest
(Montana) -- Three Missoula women were arrested early Friday while protesting a megaload of oil field equipment on Reserve Street, an activist group said.

3/14/2014

article Honor the Earth: Tar Sands Megaload Blockade with Winona LaDuke
(Idaho) -- In August 2013 the Nez Perce Tribal Nation obtained a permanent injunction against tar sands megaloads passing through their treaty territory.
article "A Slow Genocide of the People": Uranium Mining Leaves Toxic Nuclear Legacy on Indigenous Land
(Arizona) -- The iconic Grand Canyon is the site of a battle over toxic uranium mining. Last year, a company called Energy Fuels Resources was given federal approval to...

3/13/2014

article Unist’ot’en Camp Resistance
(British Columbia) -- In this edition we put a growing resistance movement InFocus. Clans within the Wet’suwet’en Nation have united and vowed to stop...
article LADUKE: Facing Pipelines and Mines
(Minnesota) -- Anishinaabe Akiing some new mining proposals, and pipelines threaten the water and land of this region. This past month, tribal governments stepped up to...
article Undermining the Upper Peninsula
(Michigan) -- If international mining companies could cash in on the division they’re fomenting in rural towns around Lake Superior—by, say, selling China...
article Mapuche and Other Women Riders Fight Against Mega Projects
(Chile) -- Chilean, Argentine and Mapuche women riders traveled for five days to Puerto Varas, Chile on horseback as part of a recent protest against two energy projects...

3/12/2014

article Thousands to Join Native Nations to Rally to Stop Fracking in Sacramento on Saturday
(California) -- Thousands of activists from numerous environmental organizations are going to join Native nations in Sacramento to call for a stop to hydraulic...
article GEDICKS: Repeal the Iron Mining Law
(Wisconsin) -- One year ago today, March 11, 2013, Governor Scott Walker signed into law Act 1, the ferrous mining bill that was written by Gogebic Taconite (GTac) and...
article Lawsuit Asks DNR For Watershed Protection Around Penokees Mine Site
(Wisconsin) -- Eight residents of the Penokee Range area have filed a lawsuit against Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources over recent rock sampling by mining...
article BBC News Depicts Sordid, Horrifying Life in Bakken Oil Fields
(North Dakota) -- It has been likened to a Mars mining colony, pilloried for its high rents and flagged as a danger to women. The term boomtown is likely to evoke images...

3/11/2014

article Native Sun News: NRC faulted for uranium bids by sacred sites
(North Dakota) -- Besieged by uranium mining proposals near sacred sites, a highly placed official of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has filed a scathing condemnation of...

3/10/2014

article Penokee Range Mine endangers local environment
(Wisconsin) -- In 2011, Gogebic Taconite, a Florida-based mining company, proposed building the world’s largest open-pit taconite mine in the Penokee Range within...
article Bad River tribe hopes feds will help with concerns about proposed mine
(Wisconsin) -- Officials with the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa said they're losing hope of working with the state in dealing with a proposed iron mine...
article Tribes, BIA and BLM collaborate on oil, gas operations
(Wyoming) -- The Arapaho and Shoshone tribes and the Department of the Interior, through the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Land Management, signed a...

3/9/2014

article Connection to land drives tribal member’s activism on energy
(North Dakota) -- Testifying before a legislative committee, holding a picket sign and posting to a blog are not things that come naturally to Theodora Bird Bear.
article Uranium foes regroup: strategy is to attack mine at August hearing on water and tribal issues
(South Dakota) -- In the wake of a recent setback for their cause, opponents of a proposed uranium mine near Edgemont are planning their strategy and gearing up for an...

3/8/2014

article Agreement gets oil flowing from Navajo land
(New Mexico) -- The heirs of Sam Comanche encourage other Navajo allottees to read the fine print before they sign leases with competing energy companies wishing to...
article Meet the Ambassadors from Canada's Indigenous Fossil Fuel Resistance
(Canada) -- In 1885, a revolutionary leader wrote, "My people will sleep for one hundred years" and then wake up. In the "genocidal" wilderness of...

3/6/2014

article First Nations issues with the mining sector hot topic at PDAC annual meeting
(Ontario) -- It’s where the world’s mining industry meets. The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada is hosting its annual convention in Toronto.

3/5/2014

article RCMP’s raid on Mi’kmaq anti-fracking camp still haunts
(New Brunswick) -- Images of the clash between police and Mi’kmaq protesters from last Oct. 17 still haunt some who were there.

3/4/2014

article Enbridge wins support for $7B pipeline replacement project
(Calgary) -- Calgary-based Enbridge and Enbridge Energy Partners say they have shipper support for a $7-billion investment in their mainline system running between...

3/3/2014

article Aboriginal rights a threat to Canada's resource agenda, documents reveal
(Canada) -- The Canadian government is increasingly worried that the growing clout of aboriginal peoples’ rights could obstruct its aggressive resource development...

3/1/2014

article First Nations Exult as Canadian Government Rejects Taseko's New Prosperity Mine
(British Columbia) -- First Nations across Canada on February 27 were lauding the federal government’s final rejection of a mining proposal that would have...
article Alberta doctor tells U.S.: Canada is ‘lying’ about tar sands’ health effects
(Washington D.C.) -- A northern Alberta doctor warned U.S. Senators on what he says have been the devastating health impacts of the tar sands on families – effects...
article Large Dams of Mining Waste Leaking Into Athabasca River: Study
(Alberta) -- Polluted water from large man-made lakes of oilsands mining waste is fouling the Athabasca River, says a new federal study. The new report by the Joint Oil...

2/28/2014

article Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux president rejects uranium accord
(South Dakota) -- Oglala Sioux Tribal President Bryan Brewer refused to sign an accord slated for finalization Feb. 21, that aimed to expedite the federal licensing...
article Aboriginal groups agree on formula to split resource royalties
(North Canada) -- N.W.T. aboriginal groups have agreed on a formula that will divide their share of resource revenues among them after devolution. After devolution,...
article First Nations consultation at heart of lawsuit against Ontario
(Ontario) -- The head of the Ontario Prospectors Association is keeping a close eye on a lawsuit between the province and a junior mining company. Ontario has filed a...
article Ring of Fire miners want Ontario to start making decisions
(Ontario) -- Two of the biggest players in the Ring of Fire say the province has to start making decisions to move the mining development forward. Noront Resources CEO...
article EPA to protect Bristol Bay salmon fishery in move that could lead to Pebble mine veto
(Alaska) -- A federal agency announced Friday it was moving to protect the Bristol Bay watershed, home to the world's largest sockeye salmon runs, under an obscure...
article US moves against Alaska gold and copper mine to protect salmon fishery
(Alaska) -- The federal government made a rare intervention to block a gold and copper mine in Alaska on Friday, saying it was compelled to protect the world’s...

2/25/2014

article Feds Release $9 Million for Cleanup of Abandoned Coal Mines on Tribal Lands
(Washington D.C.) -- The Navajo Nation and the Crow and Hopi tribes, plagued with issues stemming from hazardous abandoned coalmines, are eligible for more than $9...
article Unlocking the Wealth of Indian Nations: Overcoming Obstacles to Tribal Energy Development
(Montana) -- The Crow Nation sits above one of the largest coal reserves in the United States. An estimated nine billion tons of coal lie beneath the tribe’s...

2/24/2014

article PHOTOS: Uranium Mining Contamination on the Navajo Reservation
(New Mexico) -- Uranium Mining Contamination on the Navajo Reservation.

2/22/2014

article RCMP seeking APTN’s Elsipogtog shale gas protest footage
(New Brunswick) -- RCMP in New Brunswick are going after news media for footage of shale gas protests last year. The RCMP is trying to get the footage from APTN National...
article Bad River Band Asks EPA To Stop All Mining Activity In Penokees
(Wisconsin) -- The Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians has asked the federal government to step in and stop all mining activity in northern...
article Indigenous Earth Issues Summit at NMU tackles mining
(Michigan) -- Northern Michigan University hosted the annual Indigenous Earth Issues Summit today. This year’s edition tackled Great Lakes mining activism.
article JAWORT: Destroying Sacred Sites for Coal
(Montana) -- The mood was festive and spirited on the Crow Nation last year when they signed a deal on Jan. 24, 2013 with Cloud Peak Energy Inc. that sold 1.4 billion...
article Remains Found on Bluegrass Pipeline Route, Tribes Not Notified
(Kentucky) -- Tribes with ancestral ties to Kentucky have not been consulted about an archaeological site discovered last summer during a survey for a natural gas...

2/21/2014

article Oilsands study confirms tailings found in groundwater, river
(Alberta) -- New federal research confirms that Alberta’s oilsands are polluting ground water and seeping into the Athabasca River. The industry has maintained...
article Energy East protestors set to make 20km trek along pipeline
(Thunder Bay) -- A group protesting against the Energy East pipeline conversion will strap on skis and snowshoes this weekend to "walk the line,” as they...
article Anti-shale protesters shrug off RCMP tactics
(New Brunswick) -- Anti-shale gas protesters are shrugging off indications that police had paid confidential informants inside their movement.

2/20/2014

article Amid Toxic Waste, a Navajo Village Could Lose Its Land
(New Mexico) -- In this dusty corner of the Navajo reservation, where seven generations of families have been raised among the arroyos and mesas, Bertha Nez is facing...
article Funding for Ring of Fire must include First Nations: Bob Rae
(Ontario) -- Bob Rae said any funding from the Ontario and federal governments on the northern Ring of Fire mining project needs to address the social and economic needs...
article Ring of Fire development needs federal push, report says
(Ontario) -- Development of the Ring of Fire mineral belt in Northern Ontario could generate billions of dollars in economic activity and thousands of jobs, a new report...
article Conservatives eye Arctic reindeer reserve for oil and gas
(North Canada) -- Tracts of land that had been set aside for reindeer grazing in Canada's North have instead been offered up by the Conservative government for oil...

2/17/2014

article B.C. First Nations hold LNG summit in Fort St. John
(British Columbia) -- First Nations in northeastern B.C. are holding a major summit to discuss the impacts of liquefied natural gas development.
article Brazil's Indians Fight Back Against Wildcat Miners
(Brazil) -- Tensions over forest and mineral resources are brewing in Brazil's remote Amazon, and one tribe has decided to take matters into its own hands.
article In Ecuador, oil boom sparks fighting between native tribes
(Ecuador) -- An oil pipeline runs through this village to a Chinese rig at the end of the road. At night, when the rig is pumping, the pipeline is too hot to touch, but...

2/15/2014

article Bullock asks FBI to make Bakken presence permanent
(Montana) -- Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has joined other elected officials in calling for the FBI to establish a permanent presence in the eastern part of the state to...

2/14/2014

article Northwest tribes challenge Canadian oil pipeline
(Washington) -- Tribes on both sides of the border are teaming up to oppose a major expansion of a Canadian oil pipeline.

2/13/2014

article More consultation, research needed on fracking in NB, says Indigenous member of energy council
(New Brunswick) -- New Brunswick Energy Council’s new Indigenous member has two key words for the fracking debate: research and consultation: research and...
article Photos: In bitter cold, North Dakota protests fracking
(North Dakota) -- North Dakotans protested fracking and the widespread destruction by the oil and gas industry at the Bakken Three Forks Shale Oil Conference being held...
article Cheyenne River Lakota Opposes TransCanada by Wiyaka Chasing Hawk
(South Dakota) -- Transcanada threatens the lives of Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. Like many of us that grew up in country of Cheyenne River Reservation, there are...
article Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe blasts uranium approval
(Washington D.C.) -- The Oglala Sioux Tribe is taking legal action against the U.S. government for recommending approval of foreign uranium mining operations upstream...
article Summit to support, discuss Native issues
(Minnesota) -- Focusing on issues related to mining in the Great Lakes region this year, the annual Indigenous Earth Issues Summit will feature national and...
article Tribes’ court action could halt megaload
(Oregon) -- With the last of three Omega Morgan megaloads poised at the Port of Umatilla, waiting out winter weather before beginning its crawl across the state, several...

2/12/2014

article Harper government sets sights on TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline approval
(Ottawa) -- The Harper government is now setting its sights on the approval of TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline which could pump up to 1.1 million barrels of...
article Haisla First Nation says hasty approval of Northern Gateway pipeline ‘would be illegal’
(Alberta) -- The Haisla First Nation is urging Ottawa to delay a decision on Enbridge Inc.’s $7.9-billion Northern Gateway pipeline, warning that a hasty approval...

2/11/2014

article Activists, tribe seek to halt use of Oregon highways for megaloads to Canadian tar sands
(Oregon) -- Activists filed a petition in Marion County Circuit Court Tuesday challenging a state transportation variance issued to Omega Morgan for its “megaload...

2/7/2014

article Once Upon a Mine: National Institutes of Health Details Uranium's Toxic Legacy to Navajo
(Washington D.C.) -- It is no secret that uranium mines have been contaminating the Navajo reservation and its inhabitants for decades. But it wasn’t always that...
article CSIS spying on pipeline opponents
(Canada) -- Did Canada’s spy agency cross the line by tracking the movements of First Nation anti- pipeline protestors? Chiefs, environmentalists and civil...

2/6/2014

article Is the Navajo Mine a Viable Option? Growing Opposition Doesn’t Think So
(New Mexico) -- Citing human and environmental health concerns and an uncertain future for fossil fuels, a growing group of Navajo citizens is calling on the Interior...
article Court Tells Lubicon Lake Cree in Alberta to Stop Blocking Fracking Activities
(Alberta) -- An Alberta First Nation is appealing a court order prohibiting the indigenous community from blockading fracking operations on unceded territory.

2/5/2014

article Government Accountability Office: BLM coal leasing program out of date
(Wyoming) -- The Bureau of Land Management’s coal leasing program is out of date, varies across BLM offices, and often violates the agency’s own rules,...
article Government Said to Undervalue Coal Leases
(Colorado) -- The federal coal leasing program run by the Bureau of Land Management operates without sufficient oversight or a consistent means of ensuring that fair...
article Senator: US Coal Sales Might Have Cost Taxpayers
(Montana) -- Congressional investigators have found problems with federal coal sales that might have cost taxpayers $200 million or more in lost revenue, a senator said...

2/3/2014

article Tar sands oil debate hits USM
(Maine) -- The debate over tar sands landed on USM’s doorstep last Friday as hundreds gathered in the Hannaford Lecture Hall to discuss the transportation of the...

1/31/2014

article Firms partner with First Nations on mining corp
(Ontario) -- A trio of mining engineering firms is teaming up with northern First Nations to form the First Nations Mining Corporation (FNMC).
article Jeff Barnaby Recalls The Incident At Restigouche
(Canada) -- When First Nations filmmaker Jeff Barnaby talked to George about his debut feature Rhymes For Young Ghouls he also spoke about a documentary that had a...
article Black bear accidentally mulched by oil and gas company
(British Columbia) -- An oil and gas company is investigating after one of its contractors accidentally ran over and killed a black bear near Fort Nelson, B.C., last...

1/30/2014

article First Nations tribe concerned about KSM mine
(Alaska) -- A First Nations tribe is concerned about the long-term effects of a proposed mine in British Columbia near the Alaska border. According to Bell Media, a...
article Coal-Hungry World Brings Tough Choices For Native Americans
(Oregon) -- Inside a ceremonial longhouse in northern Oregon last September, the sun's rays spilling between the high-peaked beams, Davis Yellowash Washines was...
article Peru sets aside tribal concerns, OKs drilling in natgas block
(Peru) -- Argentine energy company Pluspetrol won a key approval for new drilling in Peru's biggest natural gas concession after the project was blocked for a year...

1/29/2014

article Talking tar sands at Fort McMurray energy conference
(Alberta) -- First Nations and industry leaders came together last week in Fort McMurray, Alberta to talk about the opportunities of oil sands development.
article Unit Corp. battles tribe over oil and gas lease
(Oklahoma) -- Tulsa-based Unit Corp. is in a legal battle with an American Indian tribe in Washington state that has claimed sovereignty over an oil and gas lease in...
article First Nations launch legal challenge against Yukon over watershed development
(Yukon) -- First Nations and conservation groups in the Yukon are suing the territorial government over their recent plan to open the huge peel watershed to industrial...
article Gwich'in protest Peel plan in Yukon and N.W.T.
(Yukon) -- Gwich'in people across the Yukon and the Northwest Territories are expressing their outrage with the Yukon governments decision to open 71 per cent of the...

1/28/2014

article Canadian leader collides with Natives' natural resources claims
(Alberta) -- Back in the spring of 2012, while walking in the deep woods of northern Ontario, Sonny Gagnon stumbled across a collection of surveying equipment among the...
article Slop-Bucket Reality for Aboriginals Missing Canada Boom
(Canada) -- Gina Bouchie raises her infant son Lewis in a home with no running water and a slop-bucket toilet while a wood stove keeps them warm through the Canadian...

1/27/2014

article Unit Corp. sues over oil lease in Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- Tulsa-based Unit Corp. is in a legal battle with the Kikiallus Nation, a Washington state-based tribe that is not federally recognized. The tribe's...
article Canada Natives Block Energy Projects: `We Own It All’
(Ontario) -- Back in the spring of 2012, while walking in the deep woods of northern Ontario, Sonny Gagnon stumbled across a collection of surveying equipment among the...
article BLOG: Peru: Amazon tribes sacrificed to gas project
(Peru) -- Peru has approved the highly controversial expansion of the Camisea gas project onto the land of isolated Amazon tribes - who will be put at risk of a massive...

1/25/2014

article Yukon Government Opens Vast Wilderness to Mining
(Yukon) -- Canada's Yukon Territory announced on Tuesday that it has opened one of the largest unbroken wilderness areas in North America to mining and mineral...
article 1,200 acres of controversial mining site in northern Wisconsin closed to public
(Wisconsin) -- The state Department of Natural Resources announced Friday that a mining company temporarily closed land in northern Wisconsin Thursday in order to begin...

1/23/2014

article Protest during Phil Fontaine's speech sparks online debate
(Winnipeg) -- Although Phil Fontaine was silenced in Winnipeg yesterday, the debate about whether or not he should have been allowed to speak still rages on online.
article Cantwell asks Obama to limit mining in Bristol Bay
(Alaska) -- U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell is asking President Barack Obama to take action to restrict or prohibit the development of large-scale mining in the Bristol Bay...
article Pressure on Pebble intensifies amid praise for Begich
(Alaska) -- A U.S. senator is leading an anti-Pebble rally, a veterans group is running anti-Pebble TV ads and a commercial fishermen's group is thanking a different...
article Sheila Karkagie on death threat: ‘I was scared, I was hurt’
(North Canada) -- “I was scared and I was hurt,” says Sheila Karkagie of Tulita, N.W.T. On Jan.16, Karkagie says she answered the phone, only to find a...
article Vandalism at New Caledonia mining site
(New Zealand) -- There has been an unprecedented wave of vandalism at a mining site in New Caledonia, causing damage estimated to be in the millions of dollars.

1/22/2014

article Angry protesters force First Nations leader off university stage
(Winnipeg) -- Angry protesters took over a planned talk by First Nations leader Phil Fontaine in Winnipeg on Wednesday, resulting in the rescheduling of the event.
article Young plays Calgary, last stop in ‘Honor the treaties’ tour
(Calgary) -- Neil Young’s “Honor the Treaties” tour rolled into Calgary Monday night right in the heart of the oil and gas country.
article Court rules offshore oil leases in Alaska Arctic are too flawed
(Alaska) -- In another blow to offshore oil drilling in the Alaska Arctic, a federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled in favor of environmental and Alaska Native groups...
article 71-year-old Missoula woman arrested for blocking megaload
(Montana) -- A 71-year-old Missoula woman was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct for peacefully protesting on Reserve Street as a megaload of oilfield...
article UN Special Rapporteur: Oil, Gas & Mining Operations Brings Increased Sexual Violence
(New York) -- United Nations Special Rapporteur James Anaya opened the UN Permanent Forum’s International Expert Group Meeting last week in New York with the...

1/21/2014

article B.C. First Nation upset at being cut out of LNG decision process
(British Columbia) -- The Gitga’at First Nation in northwestern British Columbia says it is upset that backers of a proposed liquefied natural gas project...
article First Nations urge Site C panel to consider treaty rights
(British Columbia) -- The poignant words of a 12-year-old native girl and the promises made in a 115-year-old treaty have been put before the Joint Review Panel...
article Megaload rumbles through Bitterroot Valley overnight, en route to tar sands
(Montana) -- Sherman Peterson woke just after midnight on Monday to the loudest rumbling noise he had ever heard outside his house on U.S. Highway 93 a few miles south...
article Indigenous groups in Peru's Amazon face risk of extinction, admits Pluspetrol
(Peru) -- Pluspetrol’s Camisea gas project is set to expand into areas inhabited by uncontacted indigenous groups, many of whom have little immunity to common...

1/20/2014

article Ossie Michelin on his iconic fracking protest image
(New Brunswick) -- A Labrador videojournalist was surprised to find out that a photo he took with his cellphone quickly became one of the most iconic images associated...
article Christy Clark Warned To Consult First Nations On LNG Development
(British Columbia) -- A British Columbia First Nation says the provincial government is dragging its feet when it comes to consulting with aboriginal people about...
article Begich on Pebble: "Wrong mine, wrong place, too big"
(Alaska) -- U.S. Sen. Mark Begich says he's concluded the proposed Pebble mine cannot be developed without harming the Bristol Bay region's world-famous red...
article Sealaska Corp. plans to restart POW exploration
(Alaska) -- Sealaska Corp. saysit plans to restart its mineral exploration program on Prince of Wales Island. The Juneau-based regional Native corporation had halted the...

1/19/2014

article Neil Young concert tour surpasses anti-oilsands fund goal
(Alberta) -- Singer Neil Young says his controversial anti-oilsands tour has passed its $75,000 goal to raise money for a northern Alberta reserve's fight against...
article Neil Young's anti-oilsands tour hits Calgary Sunday
(Alberta) -- Neil Young, who has been touring across Canada with an anti-oilsands message, will be in Calgary this weekend. "If the treaties are broken, all hell...
article EPA: Mining would destroy fishery, villages, part of watershed in Alaska’s Bristol Bay
(Alaska) -- A large-scale mining operation in Alaska’s Bristol Bay would destroy a significant portion of the watershed, a pristine fishery that supports nearly...
article EPA: Pebble mine poses significant risk to salmon
(Alaska) -- A long-awaited federal report released Wednesday concludes that a large gold and copper mine in the Bristol Bay area poses significant risks to the region...
article BREAKING: Oil leak on massive pipeline pushing tar sands through the Great Lakes
(Saskatchewan) -- Enbridge Energy has just reported that their Alberta Clipper tar sands pipeline is being shut down because they have spilled over 5000 gallons of oil....
article LETTER: Keep uranium mining out of South Dakota
(South Dakota) -- To the Editor: Powertech’s uranium mining plan includes a Central Processing Plant which, in addition to processing its own uranium, will entice...

1/18/2014

article APTN chats with Neil Young on ‘Honour the Treaties’ tour
(Manitoba) -- Rock legend Neil Young’s ‘Honour the treaties tour’ continued on Thursday in Winnipeg. Throughout his career his music highlights the...
article Neil Young: “There are things more important than money”
(Manitoba) -- He’s among the legendary figures of rock music but these days he’s becoming just a well known for his environmental activism. Neil Young is...
article Cold Lake First Nation demands action on oil spill
(Alberta) -- There’s news of another oil leak, this time on the Cold Lake First Nation in Alberta. The spill of bitumen comes from a well belonging to a company...
article Oil Has Been Spilling Near Cold Lake, Alberta for Almost Nine Months and No One Knows Why
(Alberta) -- It’s been eight months since the world first heard about a bitumen-oozing fiasco on a oil field owned by the Canadian Natural (CNRL) corporation near...
article De Beers starts environmental studies at Attawapiskat mine
(Ontario) -- De Beers is moving ahead with environmental studies on expanding its diamond mine in Attawapiskat. Company spokesman Tom Ormsby said this is still early...
article Divisive copper mine draws full house and strong views to first hearing
(Minnesota) -- Throngs of Minnesotans turned out Thursday night to join the conversation about what could be the most contentious environmental issue the state has faced...

1/17/2014

article 'Thank an Indian' shirt generates intense reaction
(Saskatchewan) -- The experience of a Saskatchewan teen who wore a shirt with the message "Got Land? Thank an Indian" to her school and found herself in some...
article Neil Young's anti-oilsands tour arrives in Regina
(Saskatchewan) -- Folk-rocker Neil Young arrived in Regina Friday with his anti-oilsands message. He also took to the stage at the Conexus Arts Centre for a concert.
article What does it mean to honour the treaties?
(Canada) -- Neil Young is half way through his Honour the Treaties concert tour to drum up support for the Athabascan Chipewyan people to fight the oilsands and mining...
article Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation files legal challenge vs. Shell
(Alberta) -- The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation has filed documents asking the Federal Court to overturn the approval of Shell’s mammoth Jackpine oilsands mine...
article FBI eyes permanent agents in Bakken, sparking flap
(Montana) -- The FBI is considering stationing permanent agents in the Bakken oil patch of Montana and North Dakota as the drilling boom drives crime rates higher,...

1/16/2014

article Supreme Court refuses First Nation's appeal over oilsands expansion
(North Canada) -- The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation's bid to block a ruling on Shell's Jackpine oilsands mine...
article Neil Young tour: 5 facts about the First Nation he's singing for
(Canada) -- Veteran Canadian rocker Neil Young will perform in Winnipeg tonight, the second show on his Honour the Treaties tour to help a a small Alberta First Nation...
article Neil Young's anti-oilsands comments draw fire from industry
(Canada) -- The oil industry is speaking out about negative comments made by rock star Neil Young during his benefit tour to help an Alberta First Nation. "Mr....
article EPA: Pebble mine poses significant risk to salmon
(Alaska) -- A long-awaited federal report released Wednesday concludes that a large gold and copper mine in the Bristol Bay area poses significant risks to the region...
article DeBeers starts environmental studies at Attawapiskat mine
(Ontario) -- DeBeers is moving ahead with environmental studies on expanding its diamond mine in Attawapiskat. Company spokesman Tom Ormsby said this is still early days...

1/15/2014

article Neil Young responds to criticism from Prime Minister’s Office
(Toronto) -- Canadian musician Neil Young responded Monday to a statement issued by Prime Minister Harper’s office following comments Young made about the Alberta...
article Neil Young: Blood of First Nations People Is on Canada's Hands
(Toronto) -- Undeterred by Prime Minister Stephen Harper's rebuke that Neil Young's “rock star” lifestyle made him unfit to criticize Canada's...
article Editorial: Goshutes should have had more say over mine plan
(Utah) -- It certainly wouldn’t be the first time the interests of an American Indian tribe lost out to a few white guys looking for gold.
article Mining could devastate Alaska's Bristol Bay region
(Alaska) -- A government report indicates a large-scale copper and gold mine in Alaska's Bristol Bay region could have devastating effects on the world's largest...
article Aboriginal group hopes federal law will override sandmine expansion approval
(Australia) -- Federal heritage legislation could be brought into play to prevent the expansion of the Rocla sand mining operation at Calga.

1/14/2014

article Aboriginal anti-shale gas protester ordered to stay away from SWN
(New Brunswick) -- A man seen as a leader in the fight against shale gas development in New Brunswick has been ordered to stay away from any activities by SWN Resources...
article NEU unsurprised by Qulliq Energy Corp. board shake-up
(North Canada) -- The president of the Nunavut Employees Union says he's not surprised by the sudden resignation of most of the board of directors at Qulliq Energy...

1/13/2014

article Elsipogtog protestors call for a tribal police force
(New Brunswick) -- Residents of Elsipogtog in New Brunswick say they’ve lost trust in the RCMP. Forty people were arrested in a violent clash with the RCMP last...
article White River First Nation wants moratorium on mineral staking in their traditional territory
(Yukon) -- A Yukon First Nation says the territorial government isn’t playing fair when it comes to mineral staking. The White River First Nation wants a...

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