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

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

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2/24/2017

article Bill would ban pipelines from crossing underneath rivers, lakes
(Montana) -- Dustin Monroe held up an old Gatorade bottle filled with orange, oil-contaminated water and implored Montana legislators to approve a bill that would ban...
article City of Vancouver to request judicial review of Kinder Morgan expansion
(British Columbia) -- Vancouver city councillors passed a motion Wednesday to request a judicial review of the B.C. Liberal's environmental approval of the...

2/23/2017

article Out west, MAGA means steamrolling local perspective in favor of oil driller greed
(New Mexico) -- In the northwestern corner of New Mexico, inside a makeshift cave deep within a winding canyon, there is a spiral carved into the sandstone.

2/22/2017

article US House committee urges EPA to drop opposition to Pebble mine
(Washington D.C.) -- A U.S. House committee on Wednesday urged the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency to reverse the agency's plans to limit development...

2/19/2017

article Enbridge pipeline leaks 200,000 litres of oil condensate in Strathcona County
(Alberta) -- Cleanup efforts are underway after an Enbridge pipeline leaked 200,000 litres of oil condensate at an industrial site in Strathcona County. The Line 2A...

2/17/2017

article Native Sun News Today: Drilling test in treaty territory stirs concern
(South Dakota) -- After tribal authorities and other public meeting-goers roundly questioned proposals for drilling deep boreholes to test nuclear waste disposal...

2/16/2017

article Petronas Canada LNG Plant Buoyed by Incentives to Native Groups
(British Columbia) -- A proposed $27 billion liquefied natural gas project in western Canada got a boost after British Columbia offered at least C$145 million ($111...

2/15/2017

article 35 years later, Carrie Dickerson remembered for strategy that ended Black Fox nuclear plant project
(Oklahoma) -- Camping in the rain on public property, about 500 people spent the night playing folk music, reciting poetry and putting the finishing touches on hand-...
article Derailments 'too frequent, too dangerous' for Mattagami First Nation councillor
(Ontario) -- Jennifer Constant has looked at the rail lines that cross near her northern Ontario community differently ever since a CN train carrying crude oil jumped...
article Pacific NorthWest LNG reaches pacts with two First Nations
(British Columbia) -- Pacific NorthWest LNG has reached impact-benefits agreements with two First Nations, part of a series of announcements designed to spur plans to...

2/13/2017

article How province pressured 6 First Nations to accept Sisson deal
(New Brunswick) -- A Maliseet First Nations chief says the New Brunswick government threatened to cancel lucrative tax deals with her band and other Indigenous...
article Tribal Members Convene in Duluth over Enbridge Energy Pipelines
(Minnesota) -- As oil pipelines become increasingly controversial, Enbridge Energy's projects are coming under scrutiny. Nearly one hundred tribal members from...
article Bill would send oil taxes to Washington tribes
(Washington) -- A bill co-sponsored by Representative Steve Tharinger would add a tax to any oil coming into Washington and invest those funds into tribes....
article Ontario commits to cleanup of mercury contamination near Grassy Narrows First Nation
(Ontario) -- The Ontario government is promising to find and remediate all the mercury contamination that continues to poison people at Grassy Narrows and Wabaseemoong...

2/12/2017

article Survey praises Canadian Arctic companies for respecting Indigenous rights
(Arctic) -- An international survey on resource development in the Arctic has ranked Canadian companies among the highest in the world for their policies on respecting...

2/11/2017

article 6 Maliseet First Nations agree to Sisson mine deal
(New Brunswick) -- The six Maliseet First Nations in New Brunswick have reached a multimillion-dollar financial deal with the provincial government that clears the way...

2/6/2017

article Native Americans using red tape to block oil and gas projects
(USA) -- When the US oil boom hit North Dakota a decade ago, wells sprang up quickly on the edges of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, an expanse of prairie and...
article Tuahka Indigenous Leader Murdered in the ‘Mining Triangle’
(Nicaragua) -- Mounting regional chaos has claimed the life of another Latin American Indigenous leader in Nicaragua. Well-known Tuahka Indigenous Territorial Government...

2/5/2017

article Coastal Commission to revisit reasoning of its Banning Ranch denial
(California) -- The California Coastal Commission is scheduled to convene Thursday in Newport Beach to review its rejection last year of a proposed mixed-use development...

2/4/2017

article Red tape chokes off drilling on Native American reservations
(North Dakota) -- When the U.S. oil boom hit North Dakota a decade ago, wells sprang up quickly on the edges of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, an expanse of...

2/2/2017

article Native Americans Continue The Fight To Stop The Trans-Pecos Pipeline In West Texas
(Texas) -- The Dakota Access Pipeline protests in North Dakota has served as a blueprint for environmental and pipeline related protests around the country.
article Chip Colwell: Oil pipelines take economic toll on our cultural heritage
(Colorado) -- On his fourth day as U.S. president, Donald Trump penned executive orders to advance construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline Project pipeline and the...
article Nez Perce Tribe, Idaho Rivers United, and U.S.F.S. resolve 9th Circuit appeal of megaloads decision
(Idaho) -- Recently, the Nez Perce Tribe (Tribe), the U.S. Forest Service (Forest Service), and Idaho Rivers United (IRU) announced a settlement agreement to resolve the...
article Hereditary tribal chiefs, matriarchs challenge Pacific NorthWest LNG critic
(British Columbia) -- A group of more than 20 hereditary chiefs and matriarchs in the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation is crying foul over an aboriginal leader whose...
article Chaco Canyon Oil and Gas Leases Spark Protests
(New Mexico) -- Chaco Canyon is an ancient sacred Indian archaeological site in northwestern New Mexico. It is an incredible window into the past. Chaco Culture National...

2/1/2017

article Three Life-or-Death Reasons Why Climate, Food, and Native American Activists Need to Keep Working Together
(USA) -- On Tuesday, January 24, Donald Trump signed presidential memorandums to revive the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines—two major...
article Tribes Promise Encampment For Diamond Pipeline
(Oklahoma) -- Tribal representatives and environmentalists are promising an encampment similar to the ongoing protest against the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota...
article Water Protectors Fight Trans-Pecos Pipeline in West Texas
(Texas) -- In recent weeks, a small but steady stream of water protectors have begun to travel to western Texas to join escalating efforts to stop Energy Transfer...
article Winona LaDuke: Tribes emboldened by resistance at Standing Rock
(Minnesota) -- Tribal nations across Turtle Island have been emboldened by the resistance movement at Standing Rock, and are taking unprecedented actions to protect our...
article Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs granted leave to seek judicial review of Line 3 pipeline approval
(Manitoba) -- The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs were granted leave Tuesday to apply for a judicial review of Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline approval. The pipeline...
article First Nations given role on Pacific NorthWest LNG environment committee
(Ottawa) -- The federal government is announcing two B.C. First Nations have agreed to be members of a new environmental monitoring committee for the proposed $11.4-...

1/31/2017

article Lax Kw’alaams Band signs environmental agreement with province and feds on Pacific NorthWest LNG
(Ontario) -- The federal and provincial governments have signed an historic agreement with the Lax Kw’alaams Band regarding the environmental impact of the...
article Oklahoma Natives to fight pipeline that will cross Trail of Tears sacred burial grounds
(Oklahoma) -- People gathered at the Oklahoma State Capitol announcing they will fight the Diamond Pipeline that will run from Cushing through Arkansas to Memphis,...

1/30/2017

article Activists threaten to block Oklahoma pipeline construction
(Oklahoma) -- Native American and environmental activists have vowed to block a planned crude oil pipeline, hinting at a standoff in Oklahoma reminiscent to the...
article Oklahomans join protest against pipeline that will cross Trail of Tears
(Oklahoma) -- People gathered at the Oklahoma State Capitol announcing they will fight the Diamond Pipeline that will run from Cushing through Arkansas to Memphis,...
article Native American Tribes Criticize State Taxation Of Reservation Energy Projects
(Washington D.C.) -- As some Native American tribes renew their push for more control over the natural resources on their lands, they will also urge Congress and...
article 'This fight means my kids will have drinking water': 16yo arrested protesting pipeline in Texas
(Texas) -- Destiny Willcuts, a Lakota Sioux youth of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, was placed in custody at a youth detention center after chaining herself to a bulldozer in...
article Nova Scotia judge sides with Mi'kmaq band on gas-storage project appeal
(Nova Scotia) -- A Mi’kmaq band has won a victory in its battle against an energy company’s plan to store natural gas in underground caverns in central Nova...

1/29/2017

article Drilling rights near Chaco Canyon sell for $3M
(New Mexico) -- The Bureau of Land Management has auctioned oil and gas drilling rights in northwest New Mexico despite protest from Native Americans and...
article Gloomy potash outlook not shared by Muskowekwan chief
(Saskatchewan) -- The wave of bad news swamping the potash industry isn't dampening the enthusiasm of the Muskowekwan First Nation chief. The Saskatchewan First...

1/27/2017

article Native American tribes decry state taxation of reservation energy projects
(USA) -- As some Native American tribes renew their push for more control over the natural resources on their lands, they will also urge Congress and President Donald...
article Red tape chokes off drilling on Native American reservations
(USA) -- When the U.S. oil boom hit North Dakota a decade ago, wells sprang up quickly on the edges of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, an expanse of prairie and...
article Native American sacred sites not valued over infrastructure
(Iowa) -- Within just a few days, President Donald Trump has signed several executive actions in hopes of advancing progress in completing the Keystone XL and Dakota...
article Yankton Sioux Tribe Seeks Pipeline Contacts
(South Dakota) -- The Yankton Sioux Tribe (YST) is calling on President Donald Trump to make public all of his communications regarding two controversial pipelines which...

1/26/2017

article Keystone, Dakota Access Lines Face Hurdles Despite Trump Support
(USA) -- President Donald Trump may have revived prospects for the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines, but the path to their completion still...

1/25/2017

article Tribes push back as President Donald Trump revives unwanted pipelines
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribal leaders across the nation are standing united as they push back against unwanted infrastructure projects on their homelands. The battle is...
article Former First Nations chief stakes legal claim on mining minister’s property
(British Columbia) -- A former First Nations chief who has battled the B.C. government over its mining policies says she has legally staked a claim on the private...
article Judge orders removal of blockade against northern Alberta pipeline construction
(Alberta) -- A Fort McMurray judge has issued an order that authorizes the RCMP to remove a blockade set up to protest construction of a natural-gas pipeline. Court of...
article Yukon gov't, First Nations agree to 'one government' approach to mining
(Vancouver) -- The Yukon government and 11 of the territory's First Nations are vowing to work together on a "one government approach" to Yukon's...

1/24/2017

article 200,000 litres of oil spills onto First Nations agricultural land near Stoughton
(Saskatchewan) -- About 200,000 litres of oil spilled near Stoughton, Sask., last week. The pipeline breach occurred on First Nations land about 140 kilometres southeast...
article Ocean Man oil spill odour detected a week ago, chief says
(Saskatchewan) -- The chief of the Ocean Man First Nation, Connie Big Eagle, says an oil spill on the band's land had to have occurred earlier than Friday, when the...
article Pipeline historian unsurprised by Sask. oil spill
(Saskatchewan) -- A pipeline historian says oil spills such as the one that occurred on the Ocean Man First Nation, Sask., last week are not uncommon or surprising.
article Métis protest construction of northern Alberta TransCanada gas pipeline
(Alberta) -- Pipeline protesters outside Fort McMurray are attempting to block construction of a natural gas pipeline because the Métis community says they weren't...

1/23/2017

article Feds Order Inspection Of Disputed Alaska Mining Permits
(Alaska) -- The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement on Wednesday ordered an inspection of state permits belonging to a company for a planned coal strip...

1/22/2017

article Sask. First Nation potash project signs major deal with India
(Saskatchewan) -- A major potash deal could mean big business for a Saskatchewan First Nation. Encanto Potash has signed an agreement with National Federation of Farmers...

1/20/2017

article B.C. First Nation council set to debate LNG dock location
(British Columbia) -- A contentious liquefied natural gas project will be under scrutiny when the elected band council of the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation asks its...
article Bad River Band Adds Voice To Concerns About Aging Line 5 Pipeline
(Wisconsin) -- Five pipelines carry fossil fuels across the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians reservation in Ashland and Iron counties. While...
article Trudeau's project approvals betray First Nations
(Canada) -- Justin Trudeau promised a new era of nation-to-nation negotiations with First Nations. His mandate letters to each new cabinet minister stressed this point....

1/19/2017

article 'It is our Standing Rock:' First Nations announce legal actions against feds, Kinder Morgan
(British Columbia) -- Three First Nations have announced they're taking legal action challenging the federal government's approval of the Kinder Morgan Trans...
article B.C. First Nations take Ottawa to court over Trans Mountain pipeline approval
(British Columbia) -- Opposition is mounting against the proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline as three First Nations launch fresh legal challenges aimed at...

1/18/2017

article Bad River Chippewa Want Enbridge Pipeline Removed
(Wisconsin) -- The Bad River (Mashkiziibi or Medicine River) Band of Lake Superior Chippewa tribe is denying renewal of the Enbridge Line 5 crude oil pipeline easement...
article Court says tribe’s suit against BNSF can proceed
(Washington) -- A federal court ruled last week that BNSF Railway breached its contract with the Swinomish tribe by increasing the number of rail cars crossing over the...

1/17/2017

article Interactively Tracking Stolen Land in the Name of Oil
(Ecuador) -- Kichwa activists in Ecuador have a new tool for showing the oil-related theft of their territory: an interactive digital story map with details of how the...

1/16/2017

article Enlisting Alberta First Nations to bolster pipeline monitoring
(Alberta) -- A new program in the works at Alberta's research and development agency aims to improve pipeline monitoring and spill response by enlisting more...
article Federal government vows action on mercury contamination Grassy Narrows ‘once and for all’
(Ottawa) -- The federal government has promised action that will deal with Grassy Narrows mercury contamination “once and for all.” Working closely with the...
article Inuvik leaders take aim at prime minister over Arctic drilling ban
(North Dakota) -- The Town of Inuvik and Indigenous leaders are set to write letters to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, protesting his decision to ban Arctic drilling for...
article Wisconsin Tribe Votes to Evict Oil Pipeline From Its Reservation
(Wisconsin) -- The Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians in northern Wisconsin voted not to renew an easement for a major oil and gas pipeline...

1/15/2017

article B.C. First Nation expected to launch court challenge of LNG approval
(British Columbia) -- Members of a B.C. First Nation are expected to launch another legal challenge of a massive liquefied natural gas project proposed for the province...
article Enlisting Alberta First Nations to bolster pipeline monitoring
(Alberta) -- A new program in the works at Alberta's research and development agency aims to improve pipeline monitoring and spill response by enlisting more...
article Oil and gas lease sale near Chaco Canyon scheduled
(New Mexico) -- An oil and gas lease sale that would auction off about 840 acres near Chaco Culture National Historical Park will proceed on Jan. 25 after five years of...
article Ontario First Nations take TransCanada to court over pipeline consultation process
(Ontario) -- Two Ontario First Nations are taking the National Energy Board and TransCanada to court over consultation. TransCanada planned a number of maintenance...

1/14/2017

article Tribes to levy more tax on North Dakota reservation
(North Dakota) -- Oil companies will be charged a higher tax rate than the state on the reservation's oil production, the chairman of North Dakota's Three...
article Last Two Oil and Gas Leases for Sacred Badger-Two Medicine Canceled
(Montana) -- Finally, after a 35-year effort by the Blackfeet Nation, the last two oil and gas leases of an original 47 in the sacred Badger–Two Medicine area have...
article Opening Arguments in BLM Frack Rule Appeal Delayed Until March
(Colorado) -- The Obama administration will not have an opportunity to defend an embattled rule governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on public and tribal lands,...
article Federal Government Seeks to Quash Lawsuit Against Mount Polley and B.C. Government Before Evidence Heard
(British Columbia) -- The federal government is seeking to stay a private lawsuit brought against Mount Polley Mining Corporation and the B.C. government in October 2016...
article VIDEO: EPA says it can't pay damages from mine spill
(Colorado) -- The Environmental Protection Agency won't repay claims totaling over $1.2 billion for economic damages from a mine waste spill the agency accidentally...

1/13/2017

article Low price of uranium slows expansion of mine near sacred Mato Tipila
(Wyoming) -- In the wake of dismal 2016 profits from uranium production worldwide, Peninsula Energy Ltd. has decided to shelve Ross uranium mine and mill expansion plans...
article Bad River Tribal Council Member Details Enbridge Decision
(Wisconsin) -- Last week, the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa voted to deny the renewal of an easement of the Enbridge Energy Line 5 on tribal lands near Lake...
article Forest Guardians: Indigenous Continue Fight against Illegal Logging and Mining
(Brazil) -- As seasonal rains provide a respite from forest fires and illegal logging, and Brazil’s Congress takes its annual vacation, the country’s...

1/12/2017

article How the Spectre of Oil Trains is Deceptively Used to Push Pipelines
(Canada) -- Either support new pipelines or your community will be incinerated by an oil-carrying train. It sounds outrageous, but it’s been a foundational...
article Northern Wisconsin tribe wants Enbridge to remove pipeline from reservation
(Wisconsin) -- A northern Wisconsin tribe wants a Canadian energy firm to remove its pipeline from tribal reservation lands. The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa...
article B.C. premier says five conditions met on Trans Mountain pipeline
(British Columbia) -- British Columbia gave its blessing Wednesday to the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline as Premier Christy Clark announced all five conditions...
article Enbridge May Face Tough Legal Battle to Keep 60-Year-Old Pipeline Running
(Alberta) -- Enbridge Inc may be set for a bruising legal battle in Wisconsin after a Native American tribe voted against renewing land use agreements on a major crude...

1/11/2017

article Tribal officials try to stop Chaco leasing
(New Mexico) -- Navajo Nation officials and residents will travel to Santa Fe next week to meet with the Bureau of Land Management's state director in hopes of...
article An aging pipeline has driven this Native American tribe into an unprecedented move
(Wisconsin) -- A Wisconsin Native American tribe wants a 64-year-old oil pipeline removed from its reservation due to concerns that it poses a grave environmental threat.
article Wisconsin Native Americans vote no to renewing deal with Enbridge’s oil pipeline
(Wisconsin) -- A Native American tribe in Wisconsin has voted against extending the contracts which allow Enbridge Inc. to use their land for a crude oil pipeline. It...
article Two Gitxsan chiefs seek to block Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal construction
(British Columbia) -- Two Gitxsan hereditary chiefs have filed a court challenge in a bid to block Pacific NorthWest LNG’s plans to construct a massive terminal in...
article Don’t be fooled by ‘good-looking Liberals,’ says Jane Fonda of Justin Trudeau
(Alberta) -- The Hollywood icon joined indigenous leaders in raising concerns about the Alberta oilsands and said the prime minister has “betrayed” the...
article Interior cancels oil and gas leases in Montana’s Badger-Two Medicine
(Montana) -- This morning, as John Murray drove north from his home on the Badger-Two Medicine River to his job as the historic preservation officer for the Blackfeet...
article County, tribal leaders worry toxins from Smurfit site could enter Clark Fork River
(Montana) -- Officials from the Environmental Protection Agency were grilled on Tuesday about cleanup and monitoring efforts at the former Smurfit-Stone Mill site west...

1/10/2017

article Tribe threatens to leave oil tax agreement with ND
(North Dakota) -- The leader of the oil-rich Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation threatened to leave the oil tax agreement with North Dakota on Tuesday, Jan. 10, during a...
article Final energy leases canceled on Badger-Two Medicine
(Montana) -- The U.S. government has canceled and refunded payments for the final two energy exploration leases in the Badger-Two Medicine area, considered sacred to the...
article Tribe wants pipeline off its land
(Wisconsin) -- A northern Wisconsin Indian tribe wants pipeline company Enbridge Energy off of its tribal land. The Bad River band of Lake Superior Chippewa has notified...
article B.C. First Nation to launch court challenge against LNG approval
(British Columbia) -- Members of a B.C. First Nation are expected to launch another legal challenge of a massive liquefied natural gas project proposed for the province...
article Two Gitxsan chiefs seek to block Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal construction
(British Columbia) -- Two Gitxsan hereditary chiefs have filed a court challenge in a bid to block Pacific NorthWest LNG’s plans to construct a massive terminal in...
article Jane Fonda in Fort McMurray: 'Listen, I'm not against you,' actress tells resident during parking lot squabble
(Alberta) -- Oscar-winning actress Jane Fonda, who once visited Hanoi to protest the Vietnam War, was back in the spotlight Tuesday, only this time the setting was a...

1/9/2017

article Bad River Band wants Enbridge pipeline off reservation
(Wisconsin) -- The Bad River Tribal Council has taken formal action to kick the Enbridge Energy Line 5 pipeline off reservation land.
article Tribe denies easements for Enbridge Line 5
(Wisconsin) -- A Native American tribe in Wisconsin has denied easement renewals for Enbridge's 540,000 b/d Line 5 crude and NGL pipeline, citing concerns about a...
article Native Americans fight Texas pipeline using 'same model as Standing Rock'
(Texas) -- Indigenous activists have set up camps in the Texas desert to fight a pipeline project there, the latest sign that the Standing Rock “water protector...
article EPA: 540 tons of metals entered river in Colo. mine spill
(Colorado) -- Nearly 540 tons of metals — mostly iron and aluminum — contaminated the Animas River over nine hours during a massive wastewater spill from an...

1/8/2017

article Judge says tribal treaties don't apply to crude oil pipelines
(Minnesota) -- An administrative law judge has rejected claims that 19th century treaties give American Indians a say in choosing a route for a new crude oil pipeline...
article Wisconsin tribe wants oil pipeline moved from its reservation
(Wisconsin) -- A Chippewa tribe in Wisconsin is calling for 12 miles of pipeline to be removed from its reservation after 64 years of operation, saying they want to...
article First Nation chiefs take legal action over pipeline replacement
(Manitoba) -- Manitoba’s aboriginal chiefs have thrown a legal obstacle at Ottawa’s energy agenda by challenging the Trudeau government’s approval for...

1/7/2017

article Citing fear of spills, Wisconsin tribe turns on pipeline
(Wisconsin) -- The Bad River tribe in northern Wisconsin has called for a major oil pipeline that crosses its land to be shut down and removed by its owner, Enbridge Inc...
article Sacred Water: Michigan mine gains two state permits; tribe vows to continue fight
(Michigan) -- The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality this week approved a general mining permit and an air use permit for the Back Forty mine in the western...

1/6/2017

article Clean Energy: The Challenge of Achieving a "Just Transition" for Workers
(USA) -- Tackling climate change is good for the economy, good for business and good for people. This is the narrative often pushed out by campaigners, researchers and...
article Wisconsin Tribe Wants Pipeline Moved From Its Reservation
(Wisconsin) -- A Chippewa tribe in Wisconsin is calling for 12 miles of pipeline to be removed from its reservation after 64 years of operation, saying they want to...
article Tanya Tagaq’s ‘Sulfur’ Targets Tar Sands
(Canada) -- It’s a stark, deathly-looking series of images: Angry drills pierce the ground relentlessly; muck flows into and through rivers and streams; poisoned...

1/5/2017

article Michigan Mine Gains Two State Permits, Tribe Vows to Continue Fight
(Michigan) -- The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality this week approved a general mining permit and an air use permit for the Back Forty mine in the western...
article An intersectional rebel south alliance is opposing the Sabal Trail Pipeline
(Florida) -- The sometimes infamous, always interesting, U.S. ‘rebel south’ has embraced a new and worthy cause, and joined the Indigenous activated...
article Bad River Tribal Council rejects Enbridge pipeline easement renewal
(Wisconsin) -- The Bad River Tribal Council Wednesday passed a formal resolution to not renew easement rights-of-way for the Enbridge Energy Line 5 crude oil pipeline...

1/4/2017

article Tribal members learn more about another pipeline project -- this one in northern Minnesota
(Minnesota) -- Concerned tribal members gathered Wednesday to give input on and discuss the proposed replacement of an oil pipeline owned by energy company Enbridge that...
article Native American Tribe Ramps up Pipeline Fight in New Jersey
(New Jersey) -- The Ramapough Lunaape Nation says the proposed pipeline could affect the water supply of around 5 million people in New Jersey. While the protests...

1/3/2017

article Washington state deals blow to proposed Longview coal terminal
(Washington) -- Opponents of a proposed Longview, Wash., coal export terminal are claiming victory after a state agency said it won’t allow the developer to use...
article Washington to reject coal export terminal near Longview
(Washington) -- The state of Washington may have killed a controversial plan to build a coal export terminal on the Columbia River west of Longview. Outgoing Public...
article Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs to challenge Enbridge Line 3 pipeline approval in Federal Court
(Canada) -- The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs is challenging the Trudeau government's approval of the Line 3 pipeline. Grand Chief Derek Nepinak has posted on Facebook:
article Pebble, EPA want to freeze lawsuit and push settlement — until well after Trump is in office
(Alaska) -- The developer of the proposed Pebble gold and copper mine and the federal agency seeking to block it are asking a federal judge to halt their court battle...

1/2/2017

article 2017: Pipeline Resistance Gathers Steam From Dakota Access, Keystone Success
(USA) -- When President-elect Donald Trump takes office next month, his pro-drilling, anti-climate action energy policy will buoy the oil industry. But it will also face...
article Native American tribe is fighting against the Pilgrim Pipeline in New Jersey
(New Jersey) -- As oil and gas companies race to plan more pipelines to criss-cross America, conservationists are similarly ramping up their efforts to resist the...

1/1/2017

article Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs to challenge Trudeau in federal court over Line 3 pipeline approval
(Manitoba) -- The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs is challenging the Trudeau government's approval of the Line 3 pipeline. Grand Chief Derek Nepinak has posted on...

12/31/2016

article Canada, Arizona Tribes Sue to Save Lands from Energy Projects
(Manitoba) -- Expansions of an oil pipeline and a mining project into tribal lands will threaten important cultural heritage, the tribes said. The Manitoba Chiefs in...

12/30/2016

article Tribal meetings focused on Line 3 announced
(Minnesota) -- The Leech Lake Tribe in coordination with the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe will hold a meeting to gather concerns of tribal members regarding Enbridge...
article Quarry owner critical of bill protecting Native American burial sites
(Wisconsin) -- The owner of a quarry is criticizing a state panel’s recommendations for how to protect possible Native American burial sites. A legislative study...

12/29/2016

article Quarry owner unhappy with tweaks to burial site laws
(Wisconsin) -- A quarry owner locked in a bitter dispute over excavating tribal burial mounds said Thursday he isn't happy with changes a legislative committee wants...
article Michigan mine gains two state permits; tribe vows to continue fight.
(Michigan) -- The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality this week approved a general mining permit and an air use permit for the Back Forty mine in the western...
article Ramapough Lenape chief: We're being targeted
(New Jersey) -- Ramapough Lenape Chief Dwaine Perry claims the tribe is being unfairly targeted after receiving court summonses for allegedly building tepees without...
article Ramapough Lenape Tribe concerned about Mahwah pipeline plan
(New Jersey) -- A New Jersey Native American tribe says that it is ready to fight against a plan that could put a pipeline through its ancestral lands in Bergen County....
article US Indigenous Tribe Braces for New Anti-Pipeline Struggle
(New Jersey) -- Members of the Ramapough Lunaape Nation are invoking the strength of Standing Rock to protect their own communities. The Ramapough Lunaape tribe in New...

12/27/2016

article Mahwah tribe seeks support in protest of future oil pipeline
(New Jersey) -- A Native American tribe based in northern New Jersey is seeking support for the group's protest of a proposed oil pipeline that may potentially run...
article Federal board rules on Crow Butte disputes
(South Dakota) -- The Crow Butte Uranium Mine at Crawford will be allowed to continue its operation according to a partial ruling issued by the Atomic Safety and...
article New Mexico’s DAPL is dead
(New Mexico) -- The Piñon Pipeline, touted as the Southwest’s version of the Dakota Access Pipeline, has perished, even before the real battle over it began. In...
article State extends Pebble permit after flood of comments
(Alaska) -- Following a flood of comments and a report addressing pollution concerns at the proposed Pebble mine, Alaska resource managers have temporarily delayed a...

12/26/2016

article Native American Tribe Fights Pilgrim Pipeline Plan in New Jersey
(New Jersey) -- A potentially huge protest is shaping up against an oil pipeline through New York and New Jersey, just weeks after Native Americans won a victory over a...

12/24/2016

article Trudeau says First Nations ‘don’t have a veto’ over energy projects
(British Columbia) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in British Columbia Tuesday for the first time since approving a new $6.8 billion Trans Mountain oil pipeline from...
article Obama, Trudeau, Invoke Indigenous Rights in Curtailing Arctic Drilling
(USA) -- Environmental advocates are hailing President Barack Obama’s ruling that quashes offshore drilling in parts of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans and...

12/23/2016

article Railroad in fiery derailment agrees to changes
(Montana) -- The nation's largest freight railroad has agreed to more thorough inspections and maintenance improvements after a fiery oil train derailment in Oregon...
article First Nations communities take Canadian government to Supreme Court over fossil fuel projects
(Canada) -- Canadian fossil fuel projects, including recently approved expansions of pipelines in Alberta and British Columbia, are meeting fierce opposition from local...

12/22/2016

article Osage Nation Schedules Oil Meeting
(Oklahoma) -- Osage Principal Chief Standing Bear has sent a request to the Osage Minerals Council, Osage Nation Energy Services, LLC, and the Osage Congress to jointly...
article Southern Utes contest accusations of retaliation against whistleblower
(Colorado) -- The Southern Ute Indian Tribe responded to claims it threatened retaliation against “whistleblowers,” asserting that the federal employees...

12/21/2016

article Obama cites Native subsistence needs in ban on offshore drilling
(Washington D.C.) -- President Barack Obama closed off more than 100 million acres in Alaska to offshore drilling in a bid to protect Native subsistence areas from...
article President Obama Blocks Drilling of Atlantic and Arctic Ocean Areas from Future Oil & Gas Leasing
(Washington D.C.) -- President Barack Obama announced on Tuesday, December 20, 2016, he is he is withdrawing offshore areas in the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans from future...

12/20/2016

article Reports of privatizing oil-rich Native lands are overblown, but big changes are still in store under Trump
(Washington D.C.) -- When Oklahoma legislator Markwayne Mullin recently told Reuters, "We should take tribal land away from public treatment," the backlash was...
article Wisconsin Tribe Halts $1.5 Billion Open-Pit Mine
(Wisconsin) -- The drill rigs are gone. A couple of dozen boreholes lie abandoned where mining company Gogebic Taconite had dug core samples for what was to be the...
article Obama blocks drilling in Arctic, Atlantic oceans
(Washington D.C.) -- President Obama on Tuesday formally blocked offshore oil and gas drilling in most of the Arctic Ocean, answering a call from environmentalists who...

12/19/2016

article Massive 2013 oil spill in North Dakota still not cleaned up
(North Dakota) -- Three years and three months later, a massive oil spill in North Dakota still isn't fully cleaned up. The company responsible hasn't even set a...

12/17/2016

article Piñon Pipeline Project DOA: Company Withdraws Application for Right-of-Way to Develop Pipeline
(New Mexico) -- Saddle Butte San Juan, the company seeking to develop the controversial Piñon pipeline, has withdrawn its application to the Bureau of Land Management...
article 'We need to protect' Lake Winnipegosis islands from mining, chief says
(Manitoba) -- A network of islands at the north end of Lake Winnipegosis could be vulnerable to mining if the province doesn't do more to protect the land, a local...

12/16/2016

article Not just Standing Rock: Water sources along pipeline at risk
(Iowa) -- A Native American tribe's fight over its water source has grown into an international cause, with all attention focused on the Dakota Access pipeline's...
article Oklahoma’s Osage Nation wants Oil & Gas Development to Hit the Accelerator—Now
(Oklahoma) -- Osage Nation’s desire to continue its legacy of oil wealth is being stymied by the U.S. government; tribe wants oil companies to explore new plays,...
article Report: Southern Ute tribe threatened oil and gas lease whistleblower
(Colorado) -- An investigation has found the Southern Ute Indian Tribe threatened retaliation on a federal employee who in 2012 tried to raise an alarm the tribe skirted...
article As a First Nations community, we support Trudeau’s pipeline decisions
(British Columbia) -- While many First Nations communities have expressed their strong opposition to the recent federal approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline, the...
article Emergency responders concerned about slow notification of Missoula diesel spill
(Montana) -- Missoula emergency officials aren’t happy with how they learned of a 7,000-gallon diesel fuel spill in the Montana Rail Link train yard. MRL says it...
article Grand Canyon Tribe Fights to Protect Sacred Mountain From Mining
(Arizona) -- The Ninth Circuit heard arguments Thursday that the U.S. Forest Service failed to protect a sacred site for the Havasupai Tribe by allowing the resumption...
article Havasupai, Enviros Battle Over Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon
(Arizona) -- The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Dec. 15 in two cases involving uranium mining near Grand Canyon National Park. In 2012 the Interior...

12/15/2016

article Lawyer for Yaqui Tribe Fighting Mexico’s DAPL Kidnapped
(Mexico) -- Yaqui tribe lawyer was kidnapped on her way to a community meeting to plan the next steps in their fight against the U.S.-Mexico Agua Prieta pipeline.
article New Oil Spill Contaminates Indigenous Community
(Peru) -- Hunching his shoulders against a driving rain Pastor Dahua scrambled down a muddy bank and stepped across a pool of blackened water to a makeshift shelter that...
article PNG to deploy military to stop tribal fighting and protect gas project
(Papua New Guinea) -- The Papua New Guinea Government has announced it will deploy the military to stop violence near the country's biggest resources project.

12/14/2016

article 'You couldn't hear, you couldn't sit': Activists asked to leave Enbridge meeting Tuesday night (W/ VIDEO)
(Minnesota) -- A community meeting hosted by energy company Enbridge quickly dissolved Tuesday after a Bemidji police officer asked environmental activist Winona LaDuke...

12/13/2016

article Oil pipeline spill near Belfield estimated at 176,000 gallons
(North Dakota) -- Belle Fourche Pipeline Co. estimates that 130,200 gallons of oil spilled into a tributary of the Little Missouri River last week and another 46,200...
article Activists asked to leave Enbridge pipeline community meeting
(Minnesota) -- A community meeting hosted by energy company Enbridge quickly dissolved Tuesday after a Bemidji police officer asked environmental activist Winona LaDuke...
article EPA concludes fracking can, in some circumstances, impact drinking water
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal regulators have determined that hydraulic fracturing in oil and gas fields can contaminate local drinking water, pleasing state...
article A maze of pipelines cross tribal homelands
(Arizona) -- It took mapmaker Aaron Carapella six months to create a map showing pipelines that are in process but not yet completed, many of which border or are on...

12/12/2016

article West of Standing Rock, the Blackfeet win their own fight for sacred land
(Montana) -- As the Standing Rock Sioux celebrate halting, for now at least, the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, another Native American nation is also...

12/11/2016

article Citing cultural degradation and religious desecration, local tribe opposes mining project
(California) -- Following in the footsteps of its ancestors, the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band is seeking historical and cultural preservation at the tribe’s most sacred...
article US slated to sell $375 million of emergency reserve oil this winter
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. government is slated to sell $375 million worth of crude oil from the country’s emergency reserve this winter after Congress passed a...
article Peru's Amazon Tribes Will Risk Their Lives to Stop Oil Drilling
(Peru) -- Indigenous tribes are willing put their bodies on the line to protect the Amazon from destructive oil drilling.The Federation of Achuar Indigenous People, or...

12/10/2016

article Nova Scotia Crown lawyer in Alton Gas appeal removed from the case: minister
(Nova Scotia) -- The Nova Scotia Crown lawyer behind a controversial legal brief implying members of a First Nation band are a conquered people has been taken off the...

12/9/2016

article Pipelines dominate disscussions at AFN gathering in Gatineau
(Quebec) -- It should come as no surprise that pipelines were a hot topic at the Assembly of First Nations annual gathering in Gatineau, Que. Wednesday.
article Senate report calls for pipelines, but better consultation with Indigenous people
(Ottawa) -- As pipeline talks continue across the country, a Senate committee released a timely report Wednesday. And it calls for more pipelines.

12/7/2016

article Environmentalists have impoverished First Nations, pro-pipeline chief says
(Canada) -- Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline has been vehemently opposed by many First Nations groups, but voices on the other side of the divide emerged...
article Pacific Northwest tribes plan action against B.C. oil pipeline
(Washington) -- While Standing Rock protests continue in North Dakota, Pacific Northwest tribes are meeting Thursday to plan action against a newly approved oil pipeline...
article Oklahoma Residents Sue Companies over Mag 5.0 Quake in Cushing
(Oklahoma) -- Five companies are being sued over a magnitude 5.0 earthquake at Cushing, Oklahoma. The lawsuit filed by David and Myra Reid, Valerie Branyan and Timothy...

12/6/2016

article Pipeline protests won’t change decision to proceed, Notley says
(Vancouver) -- Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says environmental and indigenous opponents of the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion have a legitimate right to protest, but...
article Snow geese deaths from Butte pit number in the thousands
(Montana) -- Several thousand snow geese died after a snowstorm forced tens of thousands of the migratory birds to take refuge in the acidic, metal-laden waters of Butte...

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...

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