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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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7/30/2015

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

7/28/2015

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

7/27/2015

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

7/26/2015

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

7/25/2015

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

7/23/2015

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

7/22/2015

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

7/21/2015

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

7/20/2015

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

7/18/2015

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

7/17/2015

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

7/16/2015

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

7/15/2015

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

7/14/2015

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

7/13/2015

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

7/9/2015

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

7/8/2015

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

7/7/2015

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

7/4/2015

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

7/2/2015

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

6/30/2015

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

6/29/2015

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

6/28/2015

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

6/27/2015

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

6/26/2015

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

6/25/2015

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

6/24/2015

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

6/23/2015

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

6/22/2015

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

6/21/2015

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

6/20/2015

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

6/19/2015

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

6/17/2015

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

6/15/2015

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

6/14/2015

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

6/10/2015

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

6/9/2015

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

6/8/2015

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

6/7/2015

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

6/6/2015

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

6/5/2015

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

6/4/2015

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

6/3/2015

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

6/1/2015

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

5/30/2015

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

5/29/2015

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

5/28/2015

article Amid policy conference, activist groups protest oil pipeline
(Michigan) -- Chanting “Shut down Line 5” in the direction of Mackinac Island, protesters of the Pipe Up, Pipe Out, Shut Down Line 5 Rally assembled in...
article Group calls for Enbridge Mackinac pipelines to be shut down
(Michigan) -- Gary Street calls the Enbridge pipelines under the Straits of Mackinac a "disaster just waiting to happen." Street, a former engineering director...
article Groups renew push for removal of pipeline
(Michigan) -- The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians says the majestic waters of the Straits of Mackinac could be the scene of an environmental disaster, due to...
article Pipeline disaster 'imminent,' warns Sault Tribe chairman
(Michigan) -- The following is excerpted from a statement made yesterday by Aaron A. Payment, tribal chairperson of the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians.
article Mille Lacs Band plans Sandpiper public hearing
(Minnesota) -- The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe plans its own public hearing next Friday on the proposed Sandpiper crude oil pipeline - the same day the state will decide...
article Nunavut mayor overjoyed that seismic testing won’t happen this year
(Nunavut) -- Jerry Natanine is about 3,000 kilometres from Nunavut as the raven flies and he’s talking on a borrowed cell phone from a location near Pictou, Nova...
article Protesters greet Imperial Metals shareholders in Vancouver
(British Columbia) -- As shareholders of Imperial Metals gathered inside a downtown Vancouver hotel protesters gathered outside to deliver a message.

5/27/2015

article Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline rejected by Tsleil-Waututh First Nation
(British Columbia) -- The Tsleil-Waututh Nation in North Vancouver said it is denying approval to Kinder Morgan's proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in B.C...
article Native Sun News: EPA hears Native views about uranium mining
(Wyoming) -- During public hearings May 12-14, nuclear industry representatives and their supporters lined up to tell the EPA that uranium companies can’t stay in...
article Controversial seismic testing off Baffin Island cancelled for summer
(Nunavut) -- A remote Arctic hamlet is declaring victory after an energy company cancelled this summer’s plans for offshore seismic testing. The consortium of...

5/26/2015

article Four States Sue U.S. Interior Over 'Too Strict' Fracking Regulations
(USA) -- Wyoming, North Dakota, Colorado and now Utah are suing the U.S. Department of the Interior over fracking regulations issued by the federal government in March.

5/24/2015

article Woman holding sacred ceremony on Victoria Island vows not to leave
(Ottawa) -- An Ottawa-area woman says the National Capital Commission will have to have her arrested if it wants her to leave the camp site where she's been holding...

5/23/2015

article Why Alaska’s Inupiat Are Warming to Offshore Oil Drilling
(Alaska) -- Three hundred miles above the Arctic Circle, where the sun is now up nearly 23 hours a day, Alaskans are fanning out into frigid waters to hunt bowhead...

5/22/2015

article Ontario First Nations demand a say over nuclear waste storage
(Ontario) -- First Nations in Northern Ontario say municipalities are opening their doors to the federal organization that is looking for a place to dump nuclear waste...

5/21/2015

article Fight Continues to Wrest Control of Sacred Site Back From Copper Mining Co.
(Arizona) -- This one appears headed for a 12-round title bout as the San Carlos Apache tribe continues its battle with Resolution Copper Co. over the issue of sacred...

5/20/2015

article Alex Debogorski's diamond project in hands of federal appeal judge
(North Canada) -- A fight to protect Great Slave Lake's Drybones Bay by the Yellowknives Dene First Nation is now in the hands of a Federal Court of Appeal judge.
article Daines, Tester work to make Indian Coal Tax Credit permanent
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Sens. Steve Daines (R-MT) and Jon Tester (D-MT) introduced legislation on Monday that would permanently extend the Indian Coal Production Tax...
article New North Dakota oil tax law may threaten accord with tribes
(North Dakota) -- A North Dakota oil tax revenue sharing agreement with an American Indian reservation that covers nearly a third of the state's oil production may...

5/19/2015

article EPA involved in 1 million gallon brine leak investigation
(North Dakota) -- The Environmental Protection Agency is investigating whether Crestwood Midstream violated the Clean Water Act last year when a pipeline spill leaked...
article Sens. Urge Permanent Extension Of Indian Coal Tax Credit
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Sens. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Steve Daines, R-Mont., on Monday introduced legislation to permanently extend a tax credit for coal mining on...

5/18/2015

article Vancouver oil spill report predicts dire consequences for Burrard Inlet
(British Columbia) -- An oil spill near the Lions Gate Bridge would pollute the shoreline all along the Burrard Inlet within a matter of hours, a new report commissioned...
article Why Descendants of Chief Seattle Led the Protest Against Shell on Saturday
(Washington) -- It was hard to miss. Draped over the boardwalk at Jack Block Park on Saturday, a 300-square-foot cutout of a solemn face looked out over the water-based...
article No LNG project without environmental guarantees, B.C. grand chief vows
(British Columbia) -- A senior aboriginal leader in British Columbia says First Nations will continue to oppose oil and gas developments in the province even if it means...
article Oil CEO Wanted University Quake Scientists Dismissed: Dean's E-Mail
(Oklahoma) -- Oil tycoon Harold Hamm told a University of Oklahoma dean last year that he wanted certain scientists there dismissed who were studying links between oil...
article EPA involved in 2014 pipeline leak investigation
(North Dakota) -- The Environmental Protection Agency is investigating whether Crestwood Midstream violated the Clean Water Act last year when a pipeline spill leaked...

5/16/2015

article For the Lax Kw’alaams, cultural identity is priceless compared to LNG
(British Columbia) -- Aboriginal artist Lianna Spence will treasure this feast long after the 100 friends and relatives finish their plates filled with B.C. seafood. It...
article Kayaktivists paddle out in Seattle to protest Arctic oil drilling
(Washington) -- Hundreds of “kayaktivists” decked out in neoprene wetsuits and life jackets took to the waters of Elliott Bay on Saturday in kayaks, canoes,...
article Tribal environmental director: 'We are not equipped' for N.D. oil boom
(North Dakota) -- Be it crude oil, fracking fluids or human waste, Edmund Baker figures his small team responds to at least one spill a day. "Sometimes, we'll...

5/15/2015

article The Shell drilling rig Polar Pioneer arrives in city that’s drilling the energy industry
(Washington) -- The towering Polar Pioneer, one of two Arctic-bound Shell drilling rigs, arrived at the Seattle waterfront Thursday afternoon, to an uneasy home port in...
article Tribes stand against coal-export terminal
(Washington) -- Leaders from nine Native American tribes have urged the Army Corps of Engineers to deny permits for a proposed coal-export terminal near Bellingham.
article Lax Kw’alaams First Nation alone in rejecting natural gas cash
(British Columbia) -- A British Columbia First Nation has now rejected a natural gas deal worth over $1.15 billion. The Lax Kw’alaams band council issued a...
article Members of a Canadian indigenous tribe turned down $267,000 per person to allow a pipeline to be built through their land
(British Columbia) -- The Lax Kw’alaams Band, a Canadian first nations people living in a remote part of British Columbia, turned down an offer amounting to $267,...

5/14/2015

article Navajos DINE' CARE: Lawsuit to stop fracking in Chaco
(New Mexico) -- Moving to defend culture, climate, and communities, a coalition today moved to put a stop to new fracking approvals in the Greater Chaco Region of...
article Māori representatives against oil exploration meet with Saami Parliament
(Norway) -- Members of the Indigenous Saami Parliament have met with a group of Māori representatives from Northland, carrying with them a message against oil-...

5/13/2015

article Grassy Narrows First Nation activist Judy DaSilva fights CN injunction
(Thunder Bay) -- An environmental activist from Grassy Narrows First Nation in northwestern Ontario is heading to court Thursday in hopes of lifting a CN injunction she...
article Oil industry challenges rules meant to stop train explosions
(Montana) -- The U.S. oil industry has filed a court challenge to new rules aimed at reducing the risk of catastrophic accidents involving crude moved by rail, following...
article Environmental groups sue BLM over horizontal drilling near Chaco Culture National Historical Park
(New Mexico) -- A coalition of environmental groups have asked a federal judge to stop oil and gas production near Chaco Culture National Historical Park. The groups...
article BC Hydro to test fish for mercury after First Nations voice concerns
(British Columbia) -- BC Hydro will test fish for mercury contamination this summer on the waterways connected to a massive hydro dam reservoir. The study is being...
article Lax Kw'alaams Band reject $1B LNG deal near Prince Rupert
(British Columbia) -- A natural gas benefit offer worth more than $1 billion has been rejected by a First Nation on B.C.'s northwest coast, but not everyone thinks...

5/12/2015

article Kiggavik decision 'disappointing' for Areva, uplifting for others
(North Canada) -- While the French company that hoped to build a uranium project near Baker Lake, Nunavut, is disappointed, anti-uranium activists are thrilled with the...
article TransCanada pipeline leak northeast of Medicine Hat under investigation
(Calgary) -- Officials are trying to find out what caused a leak in a natural gas pipeline near Medicine Hat, Alta. on Tuesday morning. The pipeline is owned by Calgary-...
article Canada Aboriginals Vote to Reject $960 Million Petronas Gas Deal
(British Columbia) -- An aboriginal group along Canada’s Pacific Coast voted against an almost $1 billion offer by Petroliam Nasional Bhd. meant to compensate the...

5/11/2015

article Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of Interior release final rules regarding Osage minerals estate development
(Oklahoma) -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs on Monday released their final rules that revise government regulations relating to development of the Osage Nation’s...
article Tribal officials say saltwater spilled near North Dakota town
(North Dakota) -- Tribal officials say they're looking into a saltwater spill in western North Dakota. Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Mark Fox says officials were...
article Lacklustre support from B.C. First Nations signals trouble for LNG facility
(British Columbia) -- In a wave, row after row, members of the Lax Kw’alaams band rose from their seats last week to vote No to the generational opportunity of...
article Shell's Chukchi exploration plan wins federal approval
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal regulators on Monday approved Royal Dutch Shell’s plan to resume oil exploration in the Arctic Ocean three years after a series of...

5/10/2015

article Canada in Shock as Left-Leaning NDP Wins Oil-Sands Province's Election
(Alberta) -- The left-leaning New Democratic Party (NDP) shocked Canada this week by winning the provincial election in Alberta, home of the notorious, tar sands.

5/8/2015

article Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe victory in uranium case
(South Dakota) -- Native American and other opponents of uranium mining and milling in the southern Black Hills claimed victory April 30, when a Nuclear Regulatory...
article Nunavut regulator says no to Areva's Kiggavik uranium project
(Nunavut) -- The Nunavut Impact Review Board says Areva Resources' proposed Kiggavik uranium mine near Baker Lake should not proceed, in a decision released late...
article Bakken-Crude-Hauling Oil Train Explodes in North Dakota, Town Evacuated
(North Dakota) -- At least 10 cars of yet another oil train are aflame, this time in North Dakota, after a derailment that caused the evacuation of a small town.

5/7/2015

article Mining gives a job boost to First Nation, Metis and Inuit
(Ontario) -- First Nation, Metis and Inuit women in Ontario’s north are getting a boost for job opportunities in the mining sector. It’s an industry that...
article B.C. First Nation voters reject $1B for LNG project in 1st of 3 votes
(British Columbia) -- The first of three votes on a natural gas benefit offer worth over $1 billion has been unanimously rejected by a First Nation on British Columbia...
article Tribes, fishermen warn about Canadian mines
(Washington) -- For 43 years, the waters of southeast Alaska have called to Seattle fisherman Pete Knutson. He's worried the bountiful waters are facing a danger of...

5/6/2015

article Dehcho leaders vote to ban fracking in traditional territory
(North Canada) -- Dene and Metis leaders in the Northwest Territories' Dehcho region have voted to ban fracking on their traditional lands, passing a resolution...
article Final environmental impact statement issued for power plant and coal mine
(New Mexico) -- The federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement released a final environmental impact statement on the Four Corners Power Plant and...

5/5/2015

article B.C. First Nation mulling billion-dollar LNG deal has history of savvy moves
(British Columbia) -- Lax Kw’alaams First Nation is now deciding on a billion-dollar LNG deal announced last week, but the aboriginal community on B.C.’s...
article B.C. Promises Alaska A Larger Voice in Mine Permitting
(British Columbia) -- British Columbia Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett proposes opening more of its permitting process to Alaska officials.
article Federal judge weighs postponing Pebble Mine hearing
(Alaska) -- An Alaska federal court judge is considering postponing this month’s arguments over Pebble Mine after discovering that the Environmental Protection...

5/4/2015

article B.C LNG deal worth $1 billion pitched to Lax Kw'alaams First Nation
(British Columbia) -- The B.C. provincial government and Malaysia-based energy company Petronas have offered a $1.15-billion benefits package to the Lax Kw'alaams...
article Energy lease owner near Glacier National Park urges judge to act so it can begin drilling
(Montana) -- A Louisiana company is asking a judge to resolve its lawsuit challenging the government's suspension of an oil and gas lease near Montana's Glacier...
article Solenex requests accelerated hearing in Badger-Two Medicine drilling case
(Montana) -- After failing to reach agreement in a face-to-face meeting two weeks ago, attorneys for a Louisiana energy company have asked the court to hasten its review...

5/3/2015

article Canadian aboriginal tribe offered nearly $1bn to allow LNG export terminal
(Vancouver) -- The Lax Kw’alaams First Nation, a Canadian aboriginal group, has been offered close to $1bn in return for endorsing a liquefied natural gas (LNG)...
article Tribes tackle Norwegian oil giant
(New Zealand) -- A roopu representing Te Hiku o Te Ika tribes is travelling to the head office of Statoil to demonstrate the widespread opposition to its oil exploration...

5/2/2015

article Navajo Nation President Shelly Lauds $13.2 Million for Cleanup of 16 Abandoned Uranium Mines
(Arizona) -- The U.S. Department of Justice announced a settlement agreement with the Navajo Nation to provide $13.2 million for the cleanup evaluation of 16 abandoned...

5/1/2015

article B.C. First Nations group to vote on $1-billion Pacific NorthWest LNG deal
(British Columbia) -- A tentative deal between a B.C. First Nations group and a major liquefied natural gas venture shows that even long-stalled energy projects have a...
article U.S. to evaluate uranium mine cleanups on Navajo land -Justice Dept
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. government will put $13.2 million into an environmental trust to pay for evaluations of 16 abandoned uranium mines on land belonging to the...
article Casino mine proposal still lacks info, say Yukon gov't, First Nations
(North Canada) -- Yukon First Nations and several territorial government departments want to send the Casino mine project proposal back for more work, saying it's...
article Northwest tribes stand with Lummis at Cherry Point in opposition to coal port
(Washington) -- Speaking in the Lummi language, tribal chief Bill James told a crowd assembled Thursday, April 30, on the Gulf Road beach at Cherry Point that a late...

4/30/2015

article Regulators change oil royalty rules for tribal land
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal officials published a new regulation Thursday aimed at overhauling the way private companies pay royalties to American Indian tribes for the...
article Conservation groups appealing ruling on Grand Canyon mining
(Arizona) -- A coalition of conservation groups announced Thursday that it's appealing a court decision that opens the door to new uranium mining 6 miles from Grand...

4/29/2015

article North Dakota governor signs sweeping oil tax law
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota, the second-largest U.S. oil producer, has approved a sweeping reorganization of its oil tax code, cutting the overall rate and ending a...

4/28/2015

article MHA Nation Reacts to Oil Tax
(North Dakota) -- The bill that lowers the extraction tax on oil from 6 and a half to 5 percent starting on Jan. 1, has received a great deal of attention in the last...

4/27/2015

article Awaiting Justice: Indigenous Resistance in the Tar Sands of Canada
(Canada) -- On April 11, 2015 there were dozens of rallies across Canada demanding true leadership to deal with the climate crisis we face around the world. The federal...

4/26/2015

article Clyde River Inuit take offshore oil and gas plan to court
(Toronto) -- On April 20, the Inuit of Clyde River, Nunavut were in a Toronto courtroom seeking to overturn a plan approved by the National Energy Board (NEB) to search...

4/24/2015

article Blackfeet launch campaign to cancel energy leases
(Montana) -- Blackfeet tribal leaders have joined with environmental groups, other American Indian tribes and the band Pearl Jam to campaign for the cancellation of oil...
article Reverse trade show looks for aboriginal partners
(Saskatchewan) -- Building business relationships is best done face-to-face, says Allen Sawatzky. That why oil giant Enbridge is putting on a series of Aboriginal...
article Blackfeet Campaign To Ban Drilling On Badger-Two Medicine
(Montana) -- Wednesday, the Blackfeet Nation launched a campaign urging the termination of oil and gas leases in the Badger-Two Medicine area southeast of Glacier...
article Blackfeet launch campaign to protect Badger-Two Medicine
(Montana) -- The Blackfeet Nation on Wednesday launched a campaign aimed to block oil and gas drilling on the Badger-Two Medicine area west of its reservation, where...
article Blackfeet, Solenex at standoff over gas drilling
(Montana) -- The Blackfeet Tribe and a Louisiana company that wants to drill on federal land with religious significance to the tribe reached an impasse again after a...
article Haisla say documents show Enbridge Northern Gateway process flawed
(British Columbia) -- The Haisla First Nation has obtained documents through an access to information request, showing government staff raised concerns about whether the...

4/23/2015

article Blackfeet Campaign To Prevent Drilling
(Montana) -- The Blackfeet Nation is ramping up efforts to protect what it calls sacred lands from drilling. Nestled between Glacier National Park, The Bob Marshall...

4/22/2015

article Blackfeet tribal leaders ask Obama to protect Badger-Two Medicine
(Montana) -- Blackfeet tribal leaders are asking the Obama administration to intervene in canceling the last remaining energy leases in the Badger-Two Medicine country...
article Indian Congress, Pearl Jam join Blackfeet in fight against leases
(North Dakota) -- The Blackfeet Tribe and National Congress of American Indians announced a campaign Wednesday to cancel the remaining oil and gas leases within the...
article Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Opposes Proposed North Dakota Oil Tax Bill
(North Dakota) -- KFYR-TV The Fort Berthold Reservation provides one third of the North Dakota's oil production. The tribal chairman says changing the oil tax...
article Tribal chairman proposes changes to oil tax rate change
(North Dakota) -- The chairman of the tribes whose lands produce 30 percent of North Dakota's oil proposed changes Tuesday to a late-session bill that would lower...

4/20/2015

article Judge Allows Uranium Mining at Sacred Native American Site
(Arizona) -- A preexisting uranium mine, located about six miles from the Grand Canyon, will be allowed to reopen, according to a judge’s ruling last week.
article Blackfeet Nation and NCAI to Announce National Campaign to Protect Sacred Lands from Oil and Gas Drilling
(Montana) -- On Wednesday, the Blackfeet Nation and the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) will announce a national campaign to cancel remaining oil and gas...
article Life on the road: Five days on a fracking tour through the Sahtu
(Northwest Territories) -- I was supposed to fly to Norman Wells on Sunday, but that flight went mechanical. I'm not the first person that's happened to. It...

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