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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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12/5/2016

article Trump advisors aim to privatize oil-rich Indian reservations
(Washington D.C.) -- Native American reservations cover just 2 percent of the United States, but they may contain about a fifth of the nation’s oil and gas, along...
article National Chief Perry Bellegarde faces divisions over pipelines as AFN meets
(Ottawa) -- First Nations leaders who support pipeline projects are afraid to speak out because they have become stigmatized by some protesters, AFN national chief Perry...
article North Dakota Fracking Company Fined $2.1 Million For Pollution Of Native American Reservation
(North Dakota) -- During the past few centuries, the US federal government has consistently abused North American indigenous groups through the seizure of land and...
article Umatilla Indian Reservation grapples with pipelines in Northeastern Oregon
(Oregon) -- The explosion shook the ground beneath the Umatilla Indian Reservation and unleashed a massive fireball that roared up to 500 feet into the air. On Jan. 2,...

12/4/2016

article While one tribe fights oil, another cautiously embraces it
(Montana) -- While North Dakota’s Standing Rock Sioux Tribe makes headlines in protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline, oil development is playing out...
article North Dakota fracking co slapped with $2.1mn fine over pollution of Native American reservation
(North Dakota) -- A North Dakota oil drilling company has agreed to pay a $2.1 million fine imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency for causing air pollution on a...
article Umatilla Indian Reservation grapples with pipelines
(Oregon) -- The explosion shook the ground beneath the Umatilla Indian Reservation and unleashed a massive fireball that roared up to 500 feet into the air.
article Did Trudeau make the right decision on the oil pipelines?
(Canada) -- The Trudeau government gives the 'go ahead' to two controversial pipelines, and kills another. Opponents say they'll fight to the end to kill the...
article Echoes of Oka: Trudeau minister says military involvement possible against oil pipeline resistance
(Canada) -- Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr suggested Thursday Canada is prepared to deploy the military against anti-pipeline actions deemed “not to be...
article Liberal pipeline approvals continue to trigger protests
(Canada) -- Protests continue to flare over the Justin Trudeau Liberal government’s decision to approve to new pipelines. The Trudeau government announced this...
article Supreme court hears 2 cases that may define consultation in the future
(Canada) -- Two communities went before the Supreme court Wednesday to challenge whether Canada failed to uphold it’s duty to consult. One fo the cases has to do...

12/3/2016

article British Columbia grand chief calls Trudeau a ‘serial liar’ over broken promises
(British Columbia) -- The grand chief of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs didn’t mince words Tuesday about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Stewart Phillip called...
article Canada’s climate commitments in jeopardy as Trudeau approves two major pipeline projects
(Canada) -- On Tuesday, Canada’s Liberal government approved two major oil pipelines that, if constructed, would send one million more barrels of oil a day from...
article Nations react to Ottawa approving Trans Mountain, Line 3 pipelines
(Canada) -- Nations across the country are reacting to Tuesday’s announcement by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s approval of the Trans Mountain and Line 3...

12/2/2016

article Umatilla Indian Reservation grapples with pipelines
(Oregon) -- The explosion shook the ground beneath the Umatilla Indian Reservation and unleashed a massive fireball that roared up to 500 feet into the air. On Jan. 2,...
article Tribal leaders press feds on drilling plan in New Mexico
(New Mexico) -- Leaders from several American Indian communities want federal land managers to consider the cultural significance of a large swath of land surrounding...

12/1/2016

article David Suzuki tells Kathleen Wynne she's wrong to delay mercury clean up at Grassy Narrows
(Ontario) -- Two of Canada's most prominent environmental experts are calling out Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne for spreading "needless" fears about a...
article Looking for arsenic in toenails: study to measure impact of Yellowknife mines on human health
(North Canada) -- Plans are underway to conduct the most comprehensive sampling program ever done to determine the concentrations of arsenic and other contaminants in...
article Tribes, environmentalists sound alarm over B.C. pipeline
(British Columbia) -- Local tribes and environmentalists sounded the alarm after Canada approved the Trans Mountain pipeline. They're worried about the impact the...
article Tribes Will Be the Last Stand Against a New Rush of Tar Sands Oil into the Salish Sea
(Washington) -- On Tuesday afternoon the Canadian government approved the expansion of a pipeline that will triple the flow of tar sands oil between Alberta and an...
article Umatilla Tribes Learned Potential Dangers Of Fossil Fuel Pipelines Years Ago
(Oregon) -- The explosion shook the ground beneath the Umatilla Indian Reservation and unleashed a massive fireball that roared up to 500 feet into the air. On Jan. 2,...

11/30/2016

article 'I think we are going to see a Standing Rock': Local opponents react to approval of 2 pipelines
(Manitoba) -- Manitoba opponents were quick to express their disappointment and frustration Tuesday evening after Justin Trudeau announced the approval of two oil...
article Canadians' views on pipelines divided, but 'social licence' gives opening to Liberals
(Canada) -- The decision by the Liberal government to approve the Trans Mountain and Line 3 pipelines while dismissing the application for Northern Gateway has the...
article Elders council needed to oversee pipeline, resource projects: FSIN
(Saskatchewan) -- A national "elders advisory board" and other First Nations oversight should be mandatory for all pipeline and resource project applications,...

11/29/2016

article First Nations, environmentalists vow 'long battle' on approved Kinder Morgan pipeline
(British Columbia) -- The Trudeau government's approval of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is meeting fierce opposition in B.C., including a vow...
article David Suzuki, Manitoba chiefs join fight against oilsands expansion
(Manitoba) -- Scientist and environmentalist David Suzuki is joining First Nations chiefs from across Canada to speak out against oilsands expansion and protecting...
article First Nations have most to lose in pipeline battle: Steward
(Canada) -- Alberta and British Columbia are Canada’s new Two Solitudes these days. But somehow, Justin Trudeau is going to have to align their interests in the...
article Sask. First Nations concerned over Line 3 pipeline project
(Saskatchewan) -- The federal government today approved a massive pipeline project that runs through Saskatchewan — one that many First Nations in the province...
article Umatilla Indian Reservation grapples with pipelines
(Oregon) -- The explosion shook the ground beneath the Umatilla Indian Reservation and unleashed a massive fireball that roared up to 500 feet into the air. On Jan. 2,...

11/28/2016

article Trudeau cabinet to discuss Trans Mountain pipeline Tuesday as B.C. First Nation vows to oppose it
(British Columbia) -- As the deadline for Ottawa's decision on the Trans Mountain pipeline fast approaches, CBC News has learned that federal cabinet will discuss...
article What Oil Pipelines Can Do to Native American Land and Life
(North Dakota) -- Black, ant-like figures crown a russet hill ringed by the Cannonball River at the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota. Soon they come into focus...
article First Nations still wary of supporting Trans Mountain pipeline expansion
(Canada) -- It's closing in on decision time for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion plan. The federal government needs to decide whether to approve the project...

11/27/2016

article ‘It’s Standing Rock North’: Trans Mountain pipeline in Canada stirs strong opposition
(British Columbia) -- Canada’s Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion would nearly triple the amount of Alberta oil transported to the Vancouver-area port just across...

11/26/2016

article Trudeau government set to make major decisions on Enbridge tarsands pipelines
(Alberta) -- The federal government’s lengthy balancing act between the energy industry and the environment will soon be tested as it rules on the fate of two...
article Illegal Miners Threaten Uncontacted Amazon Tribe
(Brazil) -- The area where a 100-person uncontacted tribe in the Amazon lives is at risk of being extinguished by illegal gold miners. Tribal advocacy group, Survival...

11/25/2016

article Umatilla Indian Reservation grapples with pipelines
(Oregon) -- The explosion shook the ground beneath the Umatilla Indian Reservation and unleashed a massive fireball that roared up to 500 feet into the air. On Jan. 2,...
article Crow Tribe concerned about stream protection rule, coal mining
(Montana) -- Saying they weren’t meaningfully consulted, Crow tribal officials are asking the federal government not to publish a new stream protection rule that...

11/22/2016

article While One Tribe Fights Oil, Another Cautiously Embraces It
(North Dakota) -- While North Dakota’s Standing Rock Sioux Tribe makes headlines in protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline, oil development is playing out...
article Trudeau expected to approve giant Canadian pipeline -- tankers in our waters
(Canada) -- Native America protests against Dakota Access Pipeline have verged on violence this week, while Kennedy family members and actress Daryl Hannah were getting...

11/21/2016

article Pawnee Nation Sues to Stop Drilling Permits
(Oklahoma) -- The Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma filed a lawsuit Friday against the Interior Department, Bureau of Indian Affairs and U.S. Bureau of Land Management, asking a...

11/20/2016

article Local tribes voice opposition to pipeline
(California) -- The Karuk Tribe announced it’s opposition last week to the Pacific Connector Pipeline, a 232-mile long pipeline that would travel throughout...
article Oklahoma tribe sues to halt oil and gas drilling
(Oklahoma) -- The Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma has filed a lawsuit against the federal government to void drilling permits for oil and natural gas wells on tribal land that...

11/19/2016

article Pawnee Nation sues U.S. claiming oil, gas well leases on tribal land were improperly approved
(Oklahoma) -- Linking recent oil and gas activity to the state’s largest earthquake, the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma has filed a lawsuit against the federal...
article Alaskan politicians to renew push for drilling in Arctic wildlife refuge: Yukon MP
(Yukon) -- Yukon MP Larry Bagnell says he's spoken with Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski about the future of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), the calving...

11/18/2016

article Vancouverites to make mass pledge to resist Kinder Morgan
(British Columbia) -- People at a mass rally against Kinder Morgan on Saturday are expected to make a group pledge to take escalating actions if the pipeline project is...
article Colville Tribes Await $8.3 Million Settlement From Teck Metals as Mining Company Appeals Damages
(Washington) -- Nearly three months after a landmark $8.3 million ruling against Teck Metals Ltd., the Colville Confederated Tribes are still waiting for their court-...

11/16/2016

article Obama administration cancels oil and gas leases on Blackfeet tribe’s sacred grounds
(Montana) -- The Interior Department on Wednesday announced a settlement with Devon Energy for the cancellation of leases in Montana for oil and gas drilling on lands...
article US cancels drilling leases in sacred Badger-Two Medicine area
(Montana) -- Surrounded by Blackfeet leaders in ceremonial headdress, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell signed papers canceling 15 energy exploration leases in the Badger-...
article US cancels energy leases in sacred area
(Montana) -- U.S. officials are canceling 15 oil and gas leases in an area bordering Glacier National Park that's considered sacred to the Blackfoot tribes of the U....
article Fossil Fuel Opponents Face New Challenges Under Donald Trump
(Washington D.C.) -- For months now, demonstrators have protested against the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota, and they've drawn inspiration from a big...
article Tribes divided over unlocking energy wealth
(Washington D.C.) -- There is black gold beneath the rugged hills of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in southern Montana: millions of tons of coal that remains...

11/14/2016

article Karuk tribe opposes Pacific Connector Pipeline
(California) -- The Karuk Tribe opposes the Jordan Cove LNG terminal and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline projects. “With our fisheries and water quality already...

11/13/2016

article Pebble seeks more permits
(Alaska) -- The Pebble Partnership is asking the state for permission to continue it's work, but at least one organization and hundreds of Alaskans are opposing...

11/12/2016

article First Nations and Environmental Groups Launch Legal Action Against Trudeau Approval of Massive LNG Facility
(British Columbia) -- Several legal challenges have been launched by First Nations and environmental groups opposed to the recent federal approval of the massive Pacific...
article Tug recovery near Bella Bella still hampered by stormy weather
(British Columbia) -- Four weeks after a tug ran aground and sank near Bella Bella, the salvage operation continues on the North Coast of B.C.

11/11/2016

article Port of Morrow agrees to withdraw Coyote Island Terminal application
(Oregon) -- After five years of planning and legal battles, a proposed coal dock at the Port of Morrow in Boardman has been dumped. The Coyote Island Terminal, part of...

11/9/2016

article It’s Not Just Standing Rock. Native American Tribes Are Fighting Environmental Battles All Along the Columbia River.
(Oregon) -- For two months, the Dakota plains of Standing Rock Reservation have become a national flashpoint over the rights of Native Americans to protect their land....

11/8/2016

article Similar project to DAPL begins close to home
(Washington) -- Some Washington tribes are facing the same issues as their counterparts in North Dakota: the U.S. government hasn’t consulted with them prior to...

11/7/2016

article Transport Canada Minister Marc Garneau visits diesel spill near Bella Bella, B.C.
(British Columbia) -- Federal Minister of Transportation Marc Garneau visited the northern coastal B.C. town of Bella Bella Sunday, which has been battling a diesel...
article Justin Trudeau assures better ship tracking for indigenous groups
(British Columbia) -- When the tug Nathan E. Stewart and its empty fuel barge ran aground on a reef and began leaking diesel fuel in the waters off the Great Bear...

11/5/2016

article VIDEO: Kinder Morgan braces for Standing Rock-type protest
(Alberta) -- A person only has to read a few of the stories about the Standing Rock protest or see some of the pictures and videos to get a sense of the hostile...

11/4/2016

article Canada could face ’20 Standing Rocks,’ says Mohawk chief as Ottawa rejects need for ‘consent’
(Quebec) -- Canada could face “20 Standing Rocks,” said a Mohawk chief in response to the Justin Trudeau government’s revelation Thursday it doesn...
article A Diesel Spill Is Putting the World's Largest Temperate Rainforest at Risk
(British Columbia) -- In the early hours of Oct. 13, a petroleum tug-barge tanker called the Nathan E. Stewart ran aground near Waglisla (Bella Bella) on the central...
article Ministerial panel on Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion ‘fills in the blanks,’ hands in report
(British Columbia) -- A three-member panel given the job of filling in the blanks of the National Energy Board review of a proposed oil pipeline through the Rocky...
article 'Real climate leaders don't build pipelines,' say protesters occupying MP's office
(Manitoba) -- A dozen people occupied the Winnipeg constituency office of Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr on Thursday. Protesters held signs and chanted their...
article Southern Ute Tribe settles lawsuit over federal fracking regulation
(Colorado) -- The Southern Ute Tribe will continue to regulate fracking on its reservation after reaching a settlement with the Obama administration.

11/2/2016

article Ottawa defends Pacific NorthWest LNG decision as court challenges filed
(British Columbia) -- First Nations along with environmental organizations have launched a lawsuit to stop the building of a multi- billion dollar LNG facility.
article Trudeau government approves fracked gas pipeline expansion
(Canada) -- The Trudeau government has approved the expansion of a TransCanada fracked gas pipeline. Reuters reports, "The Canadian government on Monday approved...

10/31/2016

article aptn Investigates – Lelu Island: A Resistance
(British Columbia) -- Rob Smith has Lelu Island: A Resistance. Last year, when the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation members turned down a billion dollars offered to them...
article B.C. oil spill shows what can go wrong under difficult conditions
(British Columbia) -- Crews fighting to contain fuel leaking from a sunken tug near Bella Bella, B.C., have had to deal with just the kind of conditions predicted in a...
article From the Magazine: My Tribe's Stand Against Corporate Mining
(Wisconsin) -- At the start of the second week of April 2014, more than a foot of fresh snow blanketed the Bad River Chippewa Reservation of northern Wisconsin.

10/28/2016

article Indigenous rights declaration not simple
(British Columbia) -- The opposition to Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain pipeline expansion by coastal First Nations was formalized with the raising of a totem pole...

10/26/2016

article On Melting Ice: Inuit Struggle Against Oil and Gas in the Arctic
(Canada) -- The Inuit in the Canadian Arctic are engaged in a centuries-old fight to retain their culture and reestablish self-determination and genuine sovereignty. In...
article First Nations filing lawsuits against Pacific NorthWest LNG project
(British Columbia) -- First Nations and environmental groups are planning to file lawsuits Thursday against the federal government and Malaysian state-owned oil firm...

10/25/2016

article Police issue 99 trespass citations during pipeline protest on Parliament Hill
(Ottawa) -- The Liberal government's conflicting climate and pipeline policies were thrown into sharp relief Monday as more than 200 protesters marched on Parliament...

10/24/2016

article 99 arrests in Ottawa as students confront Trudeau over pipelines
(Ottawa) -- Close to 100 students and youth were arrested on Parliament Hill today for their participation in what organizers describe as “the largest act of youth...
article Winnipeggers detained at oil pipeline protest on Parliament Hill
(Ottawa) -- Three students from the University of Winnipeg were among dozens detained Monday morning during a protest on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
article Diesel spill has reached the shores after tugboat crash
(British Columbia) -- Shoreline cleanup crews have been deployed to try to recover diesel contaminating tidal beaches and rocky shoreline areas from the sunken Nathan E...

10/23/2016

article Wisconsin can only watch mine planned amid sacred sites at river's edge
(Wisconsin) -- Final approval could come as soon as next summer for a proposed 83-acre open pit mine along the Menominee River, which runs along the border between...

10/22/2016

article Siksika protester vows to appeal injunction, keep teepee blockade in place
(Calgary) -- A protester who put up a teepee to block flood damage restoration on the Siksika Nation is standing firm that his blockade isn't going anywhere and he...
article Native Americans in Ohio protest pipeline, push green energy
(Ohio) -- Native Americans and allied groups in Ohio have used prayers, speeches and traditional singing to protest a planned pipeline near Indian lands and to call on...
article Mexico Clash Over Pipeline Leaves 1 Dead in Yaqui Community
(Mexico) -- The community of Loma de Bacum opposes the pipeline over safety and environmental concerns. An Indigenous leader accused “provocateurs” of...

10/21/2016

article Cowlitz Tribe Asserts Opposition To Longview Coal Terminal
(Washington) -- The Cowlitz Indian Tribe has stepped up its opposition to a proposed coal terminal in Longview, Washington, saying state and federal officials have...
article Crow, Montana settle dispute over taxing coal owned by tribe
(Montana) -- The Crow Nation and the state have settled nearly four decades of litigation over whether Montana can tax coal owned by the tribe, with the state to pay $15...
article Feds to look closer at oil, gas drilling near Chaco Canyon
(New Mexico) -- The federal government announced Thursday that it will study the potential effects of drilling on public and tribal lands near Chaco Culture National...
article Indigenous people find employment in Ontario's Ring of Fire
(Thunder Bay) -- The one company in the Ring of Fire still doing active exploration said it has already made a positive impact on neighbouring Indigenous communities....

10/19/2016

article Diesel spill near Bella Bella an 'environmental disaster,' says nearby First Nation
(British Columbia) -- Efforts are underway to remove tens of thousands of litres of diesel fuel from a sunken tug boat near Bella Bella on B.C.'s Central Coast, but...

10/17/2016

article Republicans upset with lack of criminal charges in Gold King Mine disaster
(Washington D.C.) -- Key Republican lawmakers are lashing out at the Obama administration after federal prosecutors declined to bring criminal charges in connection with...

10/16/2016

article Grays Harbor Oil Terminal Would Threaten Quinault Indian Nation
(Washington) -- The cultural significance of the Chehalis River to the Quinault Indian Nation cannot be overstated. Fishing is fundamental to our way of life and to our...
article From the Dakotas to the Desert: Energy Companies Threaten Native Culture
(California) -- An energy company plans a project that would destroy land Native people hold as sacred. Despite Native protests, neither state nor federal agencies...
article A tale of two tribes: Colorado’s Southern Utes want to drill as Sioux battle pipeline
(Colorado) -- The Southern Ute Indian Tribe of southwestern Colorado has a higher long-term credit rating than Wells Fargo & Co. and more oil and natural-gas wells...

10/15/2016

article Murky waters
(North Dakota) -- Oil industry representatives and private mineral owners are questioning whether the state of North Dakota is trying to claim ownership of minerals...
article Can oil and gas wealth improve First Nations conditions?
(Alberta) -- Even during a major downturn in the oil industry, the Fort McKay First Nation in northern Alberta continues to find work for all of its residents wanting a...
article Sacred corn grown in protest of Atlantic Coast Pipeline
(Virginia) -- Opponents of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline are harvesting sacred "ponca corn," planted near the path of the pipeline as "seeds of resistance...

10/14/2016

article T’kemlups Indian Band reaches $3-million pipeline deal with Kinder Morgan
(British Columbia) -- Following in the steps of neighbouring bands, municipalities and Thompson Rivers University, the Tk’emlups Indian Band (TIB) has inked a deal...

10/13/2016

article Sacred Site Under Siege—Ravaging the Past
(Nevada) -- A fire glows outside a sweat lodge, where Western Shoshones are gathered with a healer to pray and sing in the language of their ancestors.

10/12/2016

article Documentary Exposes Exploitation of Native American People in North Dakota
(North Dakota) -- “A Different American Dream” will be shown for the first time in North America on October 15, 2016 at the Margaret Mead Film Festival at...
article 'Dangerous' move by climate-change activists cuts off pipeline flow from Canada to U.S.
(USA) -- Climate-change activists on Tuesday disrupted the flow of millions of barrels of crude from Canada to the United States in rare, co-ordinated action that...
article Tale of Two Tribes: Utes Want to Drill as Sioux Battle Pipeline
(Colorado) -- The Southern Ute Indian Tribe of southwestern Colorado has a higher long-term credit rating than Wells Fargo & Co., and more oil and natural gas wells...
article Ahtna drills cautious well as Native companies step into oil and gas exploration
(Alaska) -- Beneath snow-clad peaks not far from Glennallen, a rumbling drilling rig punched deep into the earth Monday in pursuit of natural gas to lower energy costs...

10/11/2016

article Activists Shut 5 Canada-US Pipelines to Support Standing Rock
(Minnesota) -- A Climate Direct Action spokesperson said the group had spent months researching how to safely shut down the pipelines. Several climate-change activists...
article Activists target five pipelines, including in Clearbrook, in solidarity with Dakota Access opponents
(Minnesota) -- Activists who tampered Tuesday, Oct. 11, with five oil pipelines that carry Canadian crude into the United States said they’re standing in...
article Indian Treaties, Oil Pipelines and Presidential Elections: A Tale of Lies, Deception and Hypocrisy
(USA) -- The American people are about to elect another president to do their bidding. Whoever is chosen will make important decisions about military, corporate and...
article More than 100 people gather along highway 144 to protest Gogama derailment clean-up
(Ontario) -- More than one hundred protesters slowed down cars and trucks along a northern Ontario highway today. The protesters along Highway 144 were mainly residents...
article On Melting Ice: Inuit Struggle Against Oil and Gas in the Arctic
(Canada) -- The Inuit in the Canadian Arctic are engaged in a centuries-old fight to retain their culture and reestablish self-determination and genuine sovereignty. In...

10/10/2016

article Iowa protesters call on Wells Fargo to divest from pipeline project
(Iowa) -- Opponents of the Dakota Access pipeline brought their battle to the banks Monday, specifically to a Wells Fargo branch in downtown Des Moines. After marching...
article Protesters Demonstrate Against Jordan Cove Energy Project
(Oregon) -- Protesters are calling for unity and action against a proposed liquefied natural gas pipeline in Klamath Falls. The Herald and News reports that opponents of...
article 'Using the courts to take down my teepee is not our way of life': Siksika man fights for right to protest
(Calgary) -- After living in a teepee on the Siksika Nation for nearly a year, Ben Crow Chief appeared in a Calgary courtroom on Friday afternoon, arguing he should be...

10/9/2016

article First Nations communities in the Gaspé unite against fracking
(Quebec) -- A group of First Nations communities in Quebec have come out in opposition to hydraulic fracturing projects on their territories in the Gaspé and on...

10/7/2016

article Activists visit Iowa pipeline protest camp
(Iowa) -- A group of American Indian activists offered prayers and encouragement for anti-pipeline protesters here at a small encampment along the Mississippi River on...

10/6/2016

article Revealed: ‘Master plan’ to open up uncontacted tribe’s Park to Big Oil
(Peru) -- Survival International has learned that the Peruvian government is developing a “Master Plan” for a new national park that could pave the way for...

10/5/2016

article Energy in Native America
(New Mexico) -- Dueling perspectives on energy development on tribal lands emerged at a US House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee field hearing Tuesday...
article Tribal leaders, U.S. lawmakers discuss energy development, drawing protest
(New Mexico) -- Tribal officials told a congressional panel meeting in Santa Fe on Tuesday that they want more autonomy from the federal government and that their...

10/4/2016

article Oil giant to donate land for $30-million Vancouver native youth centre
(Vancouver) -- A representative from one of the world’s biggest oil producers will be at city hall Wednesday to announce the company will donate a former gas...
article U.S. Asks Judge to Uphold Badger-Two Medicine Decision
(Montana) -- The Obama administration is asking a federal judge to uphold its decision to block oil and gas drilling on land considered sacred to some tribes in the U.S...
article Deep divisions over LNG
(Canada) -- By promising hundreds of millions of dollars in benefits, the B.C. government has won wide First Nations support for the Pacific NorthWest LNG project and...
article Obama asks judge to uphold cancellation of Montana energy lease
(Montana) -- The Obama administration wants a federal judge to uphold its decision to block oil and gas drilling on land considered sacred to some tribes in the U.S. and...

10/3/2016

article LNG approval shows Trudeau failing Indigenous campaign promises, critics say
(British Columbia) -- At this time last year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was campaigning on promises of a renewed nation-to-nation relationship with Canada's...
article Husky Energy reimburses James Smith Cree Nation for oil spill cleanup
(Saskatoon) -- The James Smith Cree Nation is now being reimbursed $140,000 by Husky Energy after a pipeline leaked upwards of 225,000 litres of oil into the North...
article Northern Alberta chief says Aboriginal oilsands foes are poorly informed
(Calgary) -- A treaty signed by more than 50 aboriginal groups who oppose oilsands project and pipeline developments is based on misinformation, says a northern Alberta...
article First Nations look to break 'pipeline gridlock'
(Calgary) -- Less than two weeks after First Nations formed an alliance to stop the construction of oil pipelines, several other First Nations are gathering to discuss...
article Army Corps of Engineers Gives Coal Terminal Favorable Review
(Montana) -- A proposal to ship coal from Montana and Wyoming out of a port in Washington has received a favorable review from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The...
article House panel heads to New Mexico to hear from tribes on fossil fuels
(New Mexico) -- A House committee is heading out west to hear from Native American leaders over how their lack of control over energy production on tribal lands is...

10/2/2016

article Police Raid Abruptly Interrupts Native Prayer Against Dakota Pipeline
(North Dakota) -- The ongoing battle over the North Dakota pipeline has lead to an increased hostile environment. In recent news, North Dakota police have surrounded...
article 1,000 Lakota Sioux Youth To Descend Upon Pipeline Protest
(South Dakota) -- The Standing Rock Lakota Sioux are taking a stand to protect the water, the land, and their heritage threatened by the construction of the Dakota...
article Mi’kmaq group blocks access to controversial gas project site in Nova Scotia
(Canada) -- A small, but persistent, Mi’kmaq-led group blocked access to a controversial project Monday.They’re demanding the Nova Scotia government pull...
article The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, October 2, 2016
(USA) -- Election draws ever closer, a poignant Tribal Nations Conference, the Heiltsuk receive the royals, and one of our own wins a so-called Genius Grant. This and...

10/1/2016

article Study: coal terminal won't damage tribal fishing
(Washington) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Friday morning released a massive draft environmental study of the proposed $680 million Longview coal terminal that, at...
article Young activist is on the front lines of First Nations' fight against pipelines
(Canada) -- Vanessa Gray’s hand shakes as she talks about the prison sentence dangling over her head. The 23-year-old activist says she’s “a little...
article ‘Isn’t that insulting?’: From celebration to ‘shame feast’ Liberals losing favour with First Nations
(Ottawa) -- The hereditary chiefs from four British Columbia First Nations had flown to Canada’s capital Monday for a Tuesday meeting with Fisheries Minister...

9/30/2016

article First Nations’ right to be consulted not a right to veto energy projects
(Canada) -- A new opponent of pipelines has announced its existence – the Treaty Alliance against Tar Sands Expansion. It consists of more than 50 Canadian First...
article AFN national chief Perry Bellegarde walks tightrope on divisive pipeline projects
(Canada) -- Perry Bellegarde, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, admits it will be tough to find common ground between Indigenous communities when it comes...
article Oil sniffing dogs now at work on the James Smith Cree Nation
(Saskatoon) -- Husky Energy is today confirming that it has deployed oil sniffing dogs to the James Smith Cree Nation to see if contamination from a July spill has...

9/29/2016

article Trudeau government on defensive after approving "carbon bomb"
(Canada) -- Less than 24 hours after the approval of a controversial $36-billion liquefied natural gas project in British Columbia, the Trudeau government —...
article Vowel: Indigenous reconciliation becomes a distraction for the Liberals
(Canada) -- In approving a natural gas pipeline project in British Columbia, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says the project is “consistent with the...
article Sipekne'katik band prepared for long protest at AltaGas site
(Nova Scotia) -- Indigenous people and other residents near Stewiacke, N.S., aren't backing down in their opposition to a Calgary company's plans for a natural...

9/28/2016

article First Nations predict "hordes" will disrupt Parliament Hill if pipelines approved
(British Columbia) -- First Nations chiefs across Canada haven't discussed the details of the plan yet, but they aren't ruling anything out if the Trudeau...
article Court papers proof political pressure rushed pipeline approval: First Nation
(Alberta) -- An Alberta First Nation says court documents suggest political and industry pressure hustled approvals for an oilsands pipeline through regulators and...
article Meet the lady who crashed Catherine McKenna’s Petronas LNG press conference with a jar of salmon
(British Columbia) -- Lax Kw'alaams First Nations band member Christine Smith-Martin carried a jar of salmon when she crashed a Trudeau cabinet ministers’...
article Trudeau government at pains to explain Pacific Northwest LNG
(British Columbia) -- It is, of course, very easy for the leader of the opposition to say. But no doubt imagining that the question might very soon be moot, Rona Ambrose...

9/27/2016

article Memorandum of understanding for treaty rights in the works
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal agencies will be signing a memorandum of understanding to address tribal treaty rights, top Cabinet officials said.
article Megaloads worry tribe
(Idaho) -- A stand against future oversized shipments on U.S. Highway 12 is being called for by some Nez Perce tribal members. About 20 people with the Nimiipuu...
article Federal government approves liquefied natural gas project on B.C. coast with 190 conditions
(British Columbia) -- The federal government has conditionally approved the Pacific NorthWest liquefied natural gas project in British Columbia with 190 legally binding...
article States, Industry Urge 10th Circ. To Uphold Frack Rule Ban [sub req]
(USA) -- Four states, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and several other oil and gas industry groups on Friday told the Tenth Circuit it should not disturb a lower court...

9/26/2016

article Citing Dakota Access, Jewell Promises Reforms in Tribal Consultation
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Monday promised that the Obama administration will reform how it interacts with Native American tribes when...
article Trudeau’s Canadian Honeymoon Is About to End
(Canada) -- Along Canada’s evergreen-draped west coast, the fate of a multi-billion-dollar energy project and a nation’s reconciliation with its dark,...
article Alton gas protesters block AltaGas from work site near Stewiacke
(Nova Scotia) -- About 20 protesters have blocked the road to the Alton Natural Gas Storage work site near Stewiacke, N.S., calling for better science and consultation.
article Chaco Canyon: Too precious to frack
(New Mexico) -- Our public lands are under siege, and the Bureau of Land Management continues to prioritize oil and gas extraction over our climate, air and water.

9/25/2016

article Obama administration asks tribes about infrastructure projects
(Washington D.C.) -- With President Barack Obama heading into his last official conference with tribal leaders, federal agencies are opening talks on a hot-button issue...
article Obama Wants Government Consultations with 567 Native American Tribes
(North Dakota) -- In what is being hailed as a "historic" move, the Obama administration invited hundreds of Native American tribes on Friday to particpate in...
article Reaction to Scheduled Tribal Consultations
(Washington D.C.) -- On Friday, the Departments of Army, Interior and Justice today invited all federally recognized tribes for a formal government-to-government...
article Native American tribes and Canadian First Nations sign treaty against oilsands expansion
(Canada) -- Representatives from over 50 indigenous communities across the U.S. and Canada signed a treaty alliance against the expansion of oilsands projects and...
article Feeling neglected by Husky, First Nation crowdfunds to clean up after oil spill
(Saskatchewan) -- A First Nation in Saskatchewan whose waters were contaminated after a major Husky Energy oil spill in July has started a crowdfunding campaign to clean...
article Coal’s last gamble: A desperate industry bets on one more big score
(Alaska) -- Squeezing into a wobbly four-seater propeller plane is the only way to reach the tiny tribe of Tyonek, tucked deep in the roadless Alaskan wilderness....
article Local Native Americans express pipeline fears at annual pow wow
(Pennsylvania) -- Noxen's 12th annual fall intertribal pow wow is uniting Native Americans in our area. Hundreds showed up to celebrate their roots and keep their...

9/24/2016

article North Dakota tribes seek review of pipelines under reservoir
(North Dakota) -- An oil-rich group of American Indian tribes in North Dakota has asked a federal appeals court to quickly decide whether a Texas company needed tribal...
article Federal Government Invites Tribal Leaders to 'Consultations' Over Pipeline Protests
(Washington D.C.) -- The Federal government invited tribal leaders today to government-to-government consultations, as the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe continues its fight...
article Feds Invite Tribes to Take Part in Infrastructure Decisions
(North Dakota) -- The Obama administration has invited leaders from 567 federally recognized tribes to participate in a series of consultations aimed at getting input on...
article Dozens Of U.S., Canadian Tribes Unite Against Proposed Oil Pipelines
(USA) -- U.S. Native American tribes and Canadian First Nations are banding together to "collectively challenge and resist" proposals to build more pipelines...
article Jim Carr rejects idea First Nations are united against pipelines
(Canada) -- Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr is dispelling the idea that all Indigenous groups in Canada are united against pipelines after a group of First Nations...

9/23/2016

article Feds schedule tribal meetings for energy permitting review
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal agencies have scheduled six meetings for tribes to provide input on a proposed review of the permitting process for projects on American...
article Listening sessions established to allow tribal input on federal infrastructure projects
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal agencies have scheduled a listening session and tribal consultations in six regions of the country in response to concerns raised by the...
article Native American tribes back Iowa pipeline fight
(Iowa) -- Two Native American tribes are supporting the battle against the Dakota Access Pipeline in Iowa, as foes of the $3.8 billion project attempt to broaden their...
article Indian tribe fights to protect lands and waters – in Wisconsin
(Wisconsin) -- The story of an Indian tribe fighting to protect its sacred lands and waters is a subject that is familiar to many of us, given the attention locally to...
article San Carlos Apaches, Others Sue Over Copper Mine Waste Site
(Arizona) -- The San Carlos Apache Tribe and a coalition of environmental groups have filed two lawsuits challenging plans for the Resolution Copper Mine waste site....

9/22/2016

article North Dakota tribes seek review of pipelines under reservoir
(North Dakota) -- An oil-rich group of American Indian tribes in North Dakota has asked a federal appeals court to quickly decide whether a Texas company needed tribal...
article Canada, U.S. Aboriginal tribes form alliance to stop oil pipelines
(Canada) -- Aboriginal tribes from Canada and the northern United States signed a treaty on Thursday to jointly fight proposals to build more pipelines to carry crude...
article Montana board rejects more fracking disclosures
(Montana) -- Montana regulators on Thursday turned back an effort by environmentalists, health advocates and some landowners who sought to force energy companies to...

9/21/2016

article Chairman Mark Fox addresses Petroleum Conference
(North Dakota) -- Chairman Mark Fox spoke about the positives and negatives of the oil boom on the Fort Berthold Reservation. He under-scored the importance of...
article Federal regulators investigate Sacagawea Pipeline
(North Dakota) -- Federal pipeline regulators will be in North Dakota this week investigating complaints about an oil pipeline recently installed under Lake Sakakawea....
article Menominee Tribe Organizes Opposition To 'Back Forty' Mine As Project Nears Approval
(Michigan) -- The state of Michigan recently issued a draft mine permit for a gold and zinc mine bordering Wisconsin known as the Back Forty mine. As the project nears...
article Menominee Tribe's sacred walk hopes to raise awareness about Michigan mine
(Michigan) -- An mine is drawing closer to reality next to the Menominee River in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan near the Town of Stephenson. A open pit mine for gold,...

9/20/2016

article Government Delays Pipeline Settlement Following Tribe Complaint
(Michigan) -- The federal government has agreed to postpone final approval of a multi-million-dollar settlement with Canadian pipeline giant Enbridge, Inc., a move that...
article Alberta First Nation revives lawsuit over Grand Rapids pipeline
(Alberta) -- An Alberta aboriginal leader says inaction from the provincial government is forcing his First Nation to reactivate a court challenge to an approval for a...
article River fight boosts a tribe's long-threatened culture
(Wisconsin) -- Probe the right forest, gorge, river or lake in the Northern Midwest and you find a well-kept secret: Concealed beauty. This is “Small Sky”...

9/19/2016

article Federal regulators investigate Sacagawea Pipeline
(North Dakota) -- Federal pipeline regulators will be in North Dakota this week investigating complaints about an oil pipeline recently installed under Lake Sakakawea.
article Alberta First Nation revives lawsuit over Grand Rapids pipeline
(Alberta) -- An Alberta aboriginal leader says inaction from the provincial government is forcing his First Nation to reactivate a court challenge to an approval for a...
article First Nation says Grand Rapids pipeline approval was 'botched'
(Alberta) -- A northern Alberta First Nation has filed a court challenge over the Grand Rapids pipeline project, alleging the approval process was "botched."...
article Mining Leaves a Wisconsin Tribe's Hallowed Sites at Risk
(Wisconsin) -- Guy Reiter was an archaeologist before he was an activist. But the two merged after a dream six years ago. “I was in a van and when we drove by the...

9/18/2016

article Tribes open new front in fight over pipelines
(North Dakota) -- The Obama administration is launching a review of energy permits on American Indian lands, opening a new front in the fight over oil pipelines in the...
article DAPL Leaves Climate Change & Polluted Water for Future Generations
(North Dakota) -- The battle cries across the length of Dakota Access’ crude oil pipeline are “Water is Life” and “For Future Generations.” These cries have been...
article East Siders sending support to Standing Rock
(Minnesota) -- A group of East Side organizers, called Water Warriors Twin Cities, are helping demonstrators from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their opposition to...
article Penobscot Native Americans in Maine gather in solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux
(Maine) -- On Saturday, September 17th, #penobscot nation representatives Kathy Paul and June Sapiel joined representatives from 350 Maine, The Sierra Club, Maine...

9/16/2016

article Federal judge asked to restore cancelled energy lease in sacred tribal area
(Montana) -- To the Blackfeet tribe, the Badger-Two Medicine is sacred land -- 115,000 acres of mountains, ridges, river valleys and wetlands along Montana’s Rocky...
article Alabama, Georgia declare state of emergency after pipeline spill
(Alabama) -- Gov. Robert Bentley issued an executive order Thursday declaring a state of emergency in Alabama over concerns about fuel shortages in the wake of a...
article San Carlos Apache, environmentalists fight drilling plan near Superior
(Arizona) -- The San Carlos Apache Tribe and environmental groups have filed two related lawsuits against the U.S. Forest Service and Tonto National Forest supervisor...

9/15/2016

article Oil company vs Indians: Flathead Reservation has been there before
(Montana) -- Every day, a line of gray tank cars rolls between Missoula and Thompson Falls – reminders of another time an oil company got in a fight with Indian...
article Facing losses, fighting back - Tar Creek Conference concludes
(Oklahoma) -- The final day of the 18th Tar Creek National Environmental Conference drew a consensus of all attending that the responsibility lies with each member of...
article Maine push to jumpstart mining gets backlash
(Maine) -- The state is facing backlash from environmentalists, tribal members and fishing and recreational groups over its latest proposal to jumpstart mining. Mining...
article Michigan Tribe Aims to Block Enbridge Pipeline Spill Settlement
(Michigan) -- A Native American tribe from the northeast shore of Lake Michigan is trying to halt the approval of a multi-million-dollar settlement between Canadian...

9/14/2016

article Oil company vs Indians: Flathead Reservation has been there before
(Montana) -- Every day, a line of gray tank cars rolls between Missoula and Thompson Falls – reminders of another time an oil company got in a fight with Indian...

9/13/2016

article Michigan Tribe Aims to Block Enbridge Pipeline Spill Settlement
(Michigan) -- A Native American tribe from the northeast shore of Lake Michigan is trying to halt the approval of a multi-million-dollar settlement between Canadian...
article Gedicks: Michigan mine threatens Menominee Nation’s sacred sites
(Michigan) -- Imagine an open pit mine deeper than the height of Wisconsin’s tallest building, Milwaukee’s U.S. Bank tower. The depth of that pit, a mere 150...

9/10/2016

article The Unseen & The Unheard: A Tribe Vows to Stop Chinese Oil Drilling in the Amazon
(Ecuador) -- It seemed nothing, despite talks and protests, could stop Ecuador’s government from selling oil exploration rights in a remote corner of the Amazon...

9/8/2016

article Wondering what’ll happen if Trudeau approves a pipeline? Look south
(Canada) -- Many analysts speculate that the Trudeau government will approve the Kinder Morgan TransMountain pipeline this fall. If he does, what kind of resistance...

9/7/2016

article EPA apparently will shut down 17 Osage County disposal wells in reaction to Pawnee earthquake
(Oklahoma) -- The Environmental Protection Agency apparently intends to shut down 17 disposal wells in Osage County in response to Saturday’s magnitude 5.6...

9/6/2016

article Fort McKay First Nation to put $350M into Suncor oilsands tank farm
(Calgary) -- Suncor Energy is bringing in a northern Alberta aboriginal band as partner in a $1-billion storage facility being built to serve its Fort Hills oilsands...
article EPA shuts down 17 wells in Osage Nation after Oklahoma quake
(Oklahoma) -- Federal regulators have shut down 17 wastewater disposal wells in the Osage Nation of northeastern Oklahoma following a weekend earthquake that matched the...
article Pawnee picking up the pieces after 5.6 earthquake; experts weigh in
(Oklahoma) -- After Saturday’s earthquake, much of the fallen brick and rocks in Pawnee have been collected but there are still remnants of the aftermath and...

9/3/2016

article Judge won't immediately stop pipeline construction
(North Dakota) -- An oil-rich American Indian tribe in North Dakota was handed a setback on Sept. 1 in its fight against a Texas company building oil and natural gas...

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