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

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

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Mining & Drilling

8/28/2014

article Officials: Montana reservation feels ill effects of Bakken oil field
(North Dakota) -- Tribal officials said Thursday that Eastern Montana’s Fort Peck Indian Reservation is feeling the adverse effects of the nearby oil boom –...
article Shell now hopes to use two drill rigs for Chukchi exploration in 2015
(Alaska) -- Shell is now planning to bring the TransOcean Ltd. semi-submersible drill rig Polar Pioneer to the Chukchi Sea in 2015 to explore along with the drillship...

8/27/2014

article Bakken: $3M in grants to address violence against women in rural, tribal communities
(North Dakota) -- Federal authorities have named recipients of $3 million in grants to address violence against women in rural and tribal communities in the oil patch of...
article Western Washington tribe brings protest against planned coal export terminal to Spokane
(Washington) -- Members of a Western Washington tribe stopped Tuesday near the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Spokane, part of a “totem pole journey...
article Mining disaster has lesson for Chilliwack, says coalition
(British Columbia) -- A coalition of First Nations, sport fishing groups and environmentalists is warning that a Mt. Polley type disaster could happen in Chilliwack if a...

8/26/2014

article Mount Polley spill: blockade ends, First Nation to oversee review of tailings pond
(British Columbia) -- A B.C. company behind a tailings spill earlier this month has signed an agreement with a First Nation to review the tailings facility in a separate...

8/25/2014

article 3,000 barrels of brine spilled on reservation
(North Dakota) -- A pipeline near the town of Mandaree on North Dakota's Fort Berthold Indian Reservation leaked 3,000 barrels of brine, state agencies confirmed...
article Alberta shutting First Nations out of oilsands planning review, say lawyers
(Alberta) -- Six aboriginal groups near Alberta's oilsands are wondering where they can voice their concerns about growing development after the government said they...
article Abandoned Snowfield camp saddens Dettah chief
(North Canada) -- The first thing passing boaters will notice is the white nylon bulk sample bags, split open and shredded, lying along what was a pristine shore of...
article Native Sun News: Laguna Pueblo still affected by uranium mine
(New Mexico) -- Even if authorities meet demands to ban new uranium mines until abandoned ones are cleaned up no amount of effort can reclaim the cultural losses the...
article Land deal to protect reservation’s Book Cliffs
(Utah) -- New federal legislation is paving the way for a deal to protect parts of eastern Utah’s scenic Book Cliffs on American Indian reservation land while...

8/24/2014

article Canada's First Nations people seek to 'evict' energy companies from land
(British Columbia) -- A freight railroad operated by the Canadian National Railway stretches approximately 3,000 miles from Halifax in the country's east to a port...
article Opinion: Highway robbery / Megaload corridor debate reveals the true conservatives
(Montana) -- Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has worked hard for six years to turn the state's Highway 12 into a corridor for sending massive, 200-foot-long megaloads of...
article Treaty Victory as Northwest Tribes Celebrate Oregon Coal Train Rejection
(Oregon) -- Tribes opposed to the transport of coal by rail through their territory are celebrating the decision of the Oregon Department of State Lands to reject a...

8/22/2014

article Native American leaders emerge hopeful from EPA meetings
(Wisconsin) -- Several Native American leaders from Wisconsin say they're happy with environmental meetings they had with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency...
article Stumbling blocks: Getting jurisdictions on the same page could be key to snuffing ND flares
(North Dakota) -- A clash with tribal leaders over gas capture policies and federal permitting delays could be the greatest hindrances to bringing North Dakota’s...
article EPA holds another hearing in Dillingham on Pebble
(Alaska) -- Region 10 Administrator Dennis McLerran and other EPA officials heard close to four hours of testimony during the agency's fourth visit to Dillingham...
article TNG calls for improved First Nation/mine partnerships
(British Columbia) -- The Tsilhqot’in National Government (TNG), along with ?Esdilagh First Nation (Alexandria), have chosen not to sign an Economic Community...
article Leonardo DiCaprio visits Alberta's oilsands
(Alberta) -- Leonardo DiCaprio is the latest name of A-list of celebrities who have visited Alberta's oilsands. DiCaprio is in Fort McMurray for a few days to tour...

8/21/2014

article Pipeline protest: Riding against the current
(Minnesota) -- Environmental activists on horseback passed through the Brainerd lakes area this week with the mission to raise awareness of what they say are the dangers...
article ‘Lack of confidence’ in B.C. from Alaskan fishing industry since Mount Polley breach
(British Columbia) -- Heather Hardcastle has spent her life fishing for salmon at the mouth of the Taku River, which starts in a remote corner of northwestern British...
article Meetings begin between tribes, EPA to discuss halting northern Wisconsin mine
(Wisconsin) -- For the second time this year, the federal Environmental Protection Agency is being asked by Native American tribes to use its powers under the Clean...
article Tribal Leaders Will Ask EPA To Halt Mining Activity This Week
(Wisconsin) -- Many, if not all, of the tribal leaders meeting with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Wednesday and Thursday will ask the agency to halt mining...

8/20/2014

article Tribe official: Tests not shared on brine spill
(North Dakota) -- The environmental director of an American Indian tribe said he's been shut out of the tribe's response to a massive saltwater spill on its...
article Official on spill: 'We're in the absolute dark'
(North Dakota) -- The environmental director of an American Indian tribe said he's been shut out of the tribe's response to a massive saltwater spill on its...
article Board rules uranium mine opponents can view data
(South Dakota) -- Opponents of the proposed uranium mine near Edgemont had a minor win Wednesday when the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board ruled that Powertech, the...
article Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe gears up for uranium battle
(South Dakota) -- As the Oglala Sioux Tribe prepared to testify against proposed foreign uranium mining and milling in Black Hills treaty territory, the mining proponent...
article Deal protects land near Book Cliffs, allows other drilling
(Utah) -- A long-awaited deal will protect remote southern reaches of the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation from development and, at the same time, let the tribe and...

8/19/2014

article Federal licensing board hears testimony on SD uranium mine
(South Dakota) -- A licensing board of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission tasked with approving a South Dakota uranium mine questioned expert witnesses Tuesday to...
article Uranium mining hearings return to the Hills
(South Dakota) -- Three judges from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board traveled to Hot Springs Monday to hear from the public on...

8/18/2014

article British Columbia government review to look at all mine tailings ponds
(British Columbia) -- The Canadian province of British Columbia said on Monday it has ordered an independent review of all tailings ponds at every permitted mine in the...
article Mount Polley mine spill: Minister reveals plans for 2 reviews
(British Columbia) -- Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett says the B.C. government is setting up two separate reviews following the Mount Polley tailings pond...
article N.B. fracking protest raised fears of copycat rallies
(New Brunswick) -- Federal officials closely tracked the fallout of an RCMP raid on a First Nations protest against shale-gas exploration in New Brunswick, at one point...
article Oregon agency rejects coal terminal on Columbia River
(Oregon) -- Oregon state regulators have rejected a proposal for a coal terminal on the Columbia River that would be a conduit for exporting millions of tons of American...

8/17/2014

article Mount Polley mine spill fallout: Neskonlith deliver Ruddock eviction notice, Red Chris blockade continues
(Canada) -- Imperial Metals is dealing with more than just local fallout from the tailings pond breach that flooded and polluted waterways near its Mount Polley gold and...
article Mount Polley mine: sediment near spill may harm fish
(Canada) -- The latest test results from a tailings pond that spilled waste from the Mount Polley mine in the Cariboo show that while the discharged sediment is still...

8/15/2014

article Chief hand-delivers eviction notice to Imperial Metals
(British Columbia) -- After witnessing the environmental damage from the Mount Polley mine disaster Chief Judy Wilson wants the company out of her territory.
article The Mount Polley Tailings Pond Disaster Has Sparked a First Nation Blockade
(British Columbia) -- After a man-made lake full of mining waste collapsed last week, BC Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett compared the disaster to an avalanche...
article County again tables decision on La Bajada mesa mine
(New Mexico) -- A collective groan was heard from the crowd in the Santa Fe County Commission chamber on Tuesday when commissioners came out of a closed-door session and...
article Still no La Bajada gravel mine decision
(New Mexico) -- A decision as to whether to create a mining zone to allow an Albuquerque-based company to start up a sand and gravel mining operation on La Bajada Mesa...
article “I don’t know what the hell party I belong to”: Why this hardcore Republican learned to love the EPA
(Alaska) -- Rick Halford is Republican to the core. The retired politician served the party in the Alaska state Legislature for 24 years, including stints as Senate...

8/14/2014

article Eagle Mine Gets Court Nod as Keweenaw Bay Indian Appeal Overturned
(Michigan) -- The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community has lost its 12-year legal battle to stop the construction of Eagle Mine on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
article Cree youth in Quebec trying to save river valley from logging and mining
(Quebec) -- They saved it once from hydro development. Now, the Cree of northern Quebec are calling on the province to protect a pristine river valley from logging and...

8/13/2014

article Appeals court OKs permits for Upper Peninsula mine
(Michigan) -- The Michigan Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a decision by state regulators to allow construction of a nickel and copper mine in the Upper Peninsula...
article MEET THE MORON: Colorado Legislator Defends Fracking By Saying ‘Indians’ Benefited From Methane In Water
(Colorado) -- In an interview with former Navy chaplain turned conservative activist Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt, Colorado state senator Randy...
article Hundreds make their case on Pebble mine to EPA in Anchorage hearing
(Alaska) -- The fight over the proposed Pebble mine came to the Egan Center on Tuesday at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s public hearing before a crowd...
article Mount Polley mine spill: fish safe to eat, water ban mostly lifted
(British Columbia) -- A drinking water ban that followed a mine tailings spill in British Columbia was mostly lifted Tuesday and fish from the area were declared safe to...
article Reports Of Skin Falling Off Salmon After Mount Polley Mine Spill
(British Columbia) -- Reports of sickly salmon with skin that’s peeling off have prompted a First Nations fishing shutdown in British Columbia’s Cariboo...
article Beleaguered miner Imperial Metals gets eviction notice from First Nation
(British Columbia) -- The aftershocks from the Mount Polley mine disaster just keep coming for Imperial Metals (TSX:III), which is now being given an eviction notice by...
article First Nation aims to evict Imperial Metals over Mount Polley tailings spill
(British Columbia) -- A First Nations band in British Columbia has issued an eviction notice to the company that owns the Mount Polley tailings pond, which spilled...
article Feds promise N.W.T. $163M over 10 years in gas tax money
(North Canada) -- Communities in the Northwest Territories will get $163 million in federal gas tax funding over the next 10 years, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard...
article Faulkner: Local energy expansion fuels tribal independence
(California) -- The nation’s economic woes have hit American Indians hard. Between 2008 and 2013, unemployment for American Indians never once dipped below 10...

8/12/2014

article Native Sun News: Tribes urged to ban fracking on reservations
(North Dakota) -- Last Real Indians (LRI) and Honor the Earth are among Native American organizations calling for pressure on tribal councils to approve anti-fracking...
article Tribal Groups Disagree on the Stakes of B.C. Mine Projects
(Alaska) -- Some Alaska tribal organizations say the August 4th dam break at a British Columbia mine shows what could happen at proposed near-border mines. But some B.C...
article Neskonlith Indian Band hands Imperial Metals eviction notice
(British Columbia) -- The Neskonlith Indian Band is vowing to halt another proposed mine associated with Imperial Metals after the Mount Polley Tailings Pond breach.
article Tribal rep steers oil money to low-income housing
(North Dakota) -- Multiple families squeezed into one home are getting relief in New Town, North Dakota. The North Segment region of the Forth Berthold Indian...

8/11/2014

article Judge denies quarry's bid to remove protection for mounds
(Wisconsin) -- A group of Native American burial mounds should not be removed from state protection, a Dane County judge ruled Friday, turning back a bid by a Madison...
article First Nations worry Mount Polley impact not as benign as claimed
(British Columbia) -- First Nations whose traditional territories have been spoiled by the Mount Polley tailings pond failure are seeking independent reviews of...
article Tribal groups disagree about BC mine projects
(Alaska) -- Some Alaska tribal organizations say Aug. 4’s dam break at a British Columbia mine shows what could happen at proposed near-border mines. But some B.C...
article North Dakota tribe wants fees from oil companies for wasting natural gas
(North Dakota) -- Tribal leaders on an American Indian reservation in the heart of North Dakota's booming oil patch are proposing fees for companies that burn and...
article North Dakota Tribes Eye Fees on Flared Gas; Industry Concerned
(North Dakota) -- In what could become a major regulatory jurisdictional, if not legal, dispute, the three affiliated tribes on North Dakota's Fort Berthold...
article Tribe takes aim at wrong target on flaring
(North Dakota) -- It is understandable that the folks on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation want to fix the flaring problem. After all, the reservation is home to some...
article North Dakota tribal refinery to open this fall
(North Dakota) -- The transload facility, the first part of the Three Affililated Tribes’ Thunder Butte Petroleum Services Inc. refinery project west of Makoti,...

8/10/2014

article Uranium mining on Navajo Reservation: How we did this
(Arizona) -- Uranium mining for America's Cold War nuclear arms buildup has proved a lasting scourge on the nation's largest American Indian reservation, and one...
article It’s a Hardrock Life
(Wisconsin) -- In Wisconsin’s picturesque Northwoods, a big battle over iron-ore extraction is pitting environmentalists and Native Americans against mining...

8/9/2014

article First Nations Take Their Last March Through Canada's Dystopian Tar Sands
(Alberta) -- The fifth and final Tar Sands Healing Walk took place on June 28 in Fort McMurray, Canada. Hundreds of people joined First Nations leaders in a prayer-...
article Company That Designed Burst BC Tailings Pond Was Hired by Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay
(British Columbia) -- The Polley Mine tailings-pond disaster unfolding in British Columbia is being watched closely by those opposing the Pebble Mine proposal in...
article Horrific Toxic Spill in B.C. Called Another Exxon Valdez
(British Columbia) -- A tailings pond breach has sent rivers of toxic slurry cascading into three lakes in British Columbia, contaminating drinking water, endangering...
article Pour Him a Tall One! Mining Exec Insists He'd Drink Water From Tailings Pond
(British Columbia) -- First Nations are demanding immediate action, and a lot more communication, from officials at Imperial Metals Corp, whose ruptured tailings pond...
article Video: Watch 4 Billion Gallons of Mining Waste Pour Into Pristine B.C. Waterways
(British Columbia) -- First Nations, environmentalists and just about everyone else are aghast at the severity of the toxic spill from a tailings pond.

8/8/2014

article Mount Polley spill could affect whole mining industry
(British Columbia) -- B.C.’s mining association says the Mount Polley spill could lead to changes for the industry, even as First Nations leaders predicted the...
article Northern Shuswap Tribal Council issues fishing caution
(British Columbia) -- Due to the devastating environmental catastrophe at Mount Polley mine which resulted in the release of the contents of the tailing pond into...
article First Nation announces blockade at new Imperial Metals mine
(British Columbia) -- A group of Tahltan Nation elders have blocked entry to Imperial Metals' Red Chris mine near Iskut in northern British Columbia in response to a...

8/7/2014

article Stakes are high in fracking debate on Indian reservations
(North Dakota) -- For Native Americans, the debate over fracking on reservations is not much different from the arguments elsewhere. But the stakes are vastly higher....
article Tribes won’t appoint mining board member
(Wisconsin) -- Wisconsin’s 11 American Indian tribes won’t appoint a representative to a state mining board. The seven-member Mining Investment and Local...
article Wisconsin's 11 Indian tribes won't have member on state mining board
(Wisconsin) -- Wisconsin's 11 Indian tribes have given up their chance to have a say over how communities should be reimbursed for its expenses in the proposed...
article First Nations leaders slam mine policies
(British Columbia) -- Local First Nations bands are in an uproar over the recent tailings pond breach at Mount Polley and its ensuing environmental devastation. The mine...
article Mount Polley mine spill: Christy Clark says good early news from water tests
(British Columbia) -- B.C. Premier Christy Clark told reporters to expect some good early news when she announces the initial results from water testing following the...
article Mount Polley mine tailings spill: Imperial Metals could face $1M fine
(British Columbia) -- Bill Bennett, B.C's minister of energy and mines, says Imperial Metals will have to acknowledge and pay for any mistakes that led to the...
article Mining camp for First Nation youth expands
(Saskatchewan) -- When Reneya Lemaigre arrived last year at the inaugural Mining Matters Mining Rocks Earth Sciences Camp she didn’t know anyone and didn’t...
article Tribe wants fees for flaring
(North Dakota) -- Tribal leaders on the Fort Berthold reservation in the heart of North Dakota’s oil patch are proposing fees for companies that burn and waste...
article BLOG: Guatemalan Court Rules in Favor of Indigenous over Canadian Mining Company
(Guatemala) -- A Guatemalan court ruled in favor of the indigenous people of the municipality of Sipacapa over transnational mining in the area. The court says the...

8/6/2014

article Line 9 blockade halts work on Enbridge pipeline
(Ontario) -- Protesters set up a blockade at an Enbridge pipeline site in southwestern Ontario on Tuesday, disrupting work on what is called Line 9. The demonstration at...
article First Nations, environmentalists worry about salmon run after Mount Polley
(British Columbia) -- Chilliwack First Nations have fielded worries from environmental groups and their own members about the Fraser River salmon run after the Mount...
article Mount Polley mine disaster a blow to First Nations cooperation on B.C. mines
(British Columbia) -- The blow that the Mount Polley mine tailings-pond collapse has dealt to the confidence of B.C. First Nations in mine safety may be the biggest...
article Mount Polley mine tailings pond breach followed years of government warnings
(British Columbia) -- The B.C. Ministry of Environment says it warned Imperial Metals about the Mount Polley mine tailings pond levels repeatedly before this week's...

8/5/2014

article Alaskan tribal group targets Sen. Murkowski on Pebble mine
(Alaska) -- A tribal advocacy group is targeting Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) for supporting the controversial Pebble Mine project in Bristol Bay, Alaska.
article Ring of Fire 'soap opera' continues with recent court ruling
(Ontario) -- A mining industry observer says a recent court ruling will do nothing to spur development in the Ring of Fire. A divisional court ruled last week that...
article Mount Polley Mine tailings pond dam stable: Imperial Metals
(British Columbia) -- The Vancouver-based mining company whose tailings pond dam failed Monday, sending five million cubic metres of effluent flowing out into waterways...
article Tsilhqot'in send cease and desist letter to junior miner
(British Columbia) -- Another mining company has run up against the Tsilhqot’in First Nation, whose aboriginal title to land in its traditional territory was...

8/4/2014

article Quebec Innu upset with IOC's deal with Labrador Innu
(Quebec) -- The Telegram reported that First Nations groups have claim to territory where the company is conducting mining operations.

8/2/2014

article Quebec Innu upset with IOC’s deal with Labrador Innu
(Quebec) -- Two Innu First Nations groups in Quebec are claiming rights over lands in Labrador where the Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC) has already concluded an...
article BLOG: Big Oil Throws Gauntlet; Wants to Frack Sioux Lands
(North Dakota) -- Oil and Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) are coming to Sitting Bull’s homelands it would seem as the “Wicks Brothers” (claiming Sioux...

8/1/2014

article Shell, Alaska Natives to share in oil profits
(Alaska) -- An Alaska Native regional corporation and six Native Village corporations signed an agreement with a Shell Oil subsidiary Thursday that aims to share the...

7/31/2014

article Shell, Native corporations unveil joint venture in Chukchi Sea leases
(Alaska) -- Energy giant Shell, which has yet to hit oil after spending about $5 billion on a program to drill in waters off Arctic Alaska, on Thursday announced a deal...
article Stoney Nakoda oil and gas deal with Chinese firm questioned
(Calgary) -- A Calgary business expert says he's skeptical an oil and gas deal between the Stoney Nakoda First Nation and a Chinese firm will come to fruition.
article BC First Nations: $5.3 billion gold, copper mine approved
(British Columbia) -- The British Columbia government has granted environmental approval for a proposed $5.3-billion mine in the provinces north, which would tap into...

7/29/2014

article Stoney Nakoda First Nation signs 'huge' oil deal with Chinese firm
(Alberta) -- Alberta's Stoney Nakoda First Nation says it has signed a "huge" deal with a Chinese petrochemical company to develop oil and gas on its land...
article Native Sun News: Native nations unite on uranium mine cleanup
(New Mexico) -- Agencies under U.S. Congressional mandate to set cleanup priorities at abandoned uranium mines in the Navajo Nation area have their work cut out for them.

7/28/2014

article Nunavut groups launch legal challenge to oil, gas exploration
(Nunavut) -- The remote Nunavut community of Clyde River launched a legal challenge on Monday against plans to conduct a large-scale seismic survey across Baffin Bay and...

7/25/2014

article Pebble Mine will not be built: Friedland
(Alaska) -- The proposed open-pit copper and gold Pebble Mine will not be built, according to billionaire mining financier Robert Friedland.

7/24/2014

article Fight heats up over EPA sabotage of Alaska gold mine
(Alaska) -- The Environmental Protection Agency is under fire for a preemptive strike against a massive copper and gold mine in Alaska, where hundreds of billions of...
article Ngati Ruanui opposes mining appeal
(New Zealand) -- Ngati Ruanui is opposing an appeal to the High Court by a company, which wants to mine iron sand on the South Taranaki coast.

7/23/2014

article Greenpeace, Inuit come together to fight Arctic seismic testing
(North Canada) -- Greenpeace and the Inuit have joined forces to protest Arctic seismic testing, warning that plans to gauge oil and gas reserves with high-intensity...
article Yukon fracking committee hears an overwhelming 'No'
(North Canada) -- So far 108 people in nine Yukon communities have spoken to the Yukon government’s select committee on fracking, and the overwhelming majority are...

7/21/2014

article B.C. government offers Gitxsan First Nation signing bonus
(British Columbia) -- The B.C. government has written directly to about 60 hereditary chiefs of the Gitxsan First Nation, outlining a multimillion-dollar gas-pipeline...
article Gitxsan displeased with pipeline offer made directly to hereditary chiefs
(British Columbia) -- A $12-million provincial offer to Gitxsan chiefs to clear the way for gas pipeline development is inadequate and ill-timed, community leaders say.
article North Dakota's Oil And Gas Boom Has Brought Prosperity, But Critics Wonder About The Costs
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota’s Heritage Center makes for a jarring sight in this Midwestern prairie capital. The newly-expanded museum consists of four interlocking...
article Uintah deputies arrest anti-tar sands activists
(Utah) -- Twenty-one activists were arrested Monday during a "blockade" of a tar sands company’s construction equipment in eastern Utah, according to...

7/18/2014

article EPA proposes Pebble Mine restrictions
(Alaska) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday said it intends to impose strict restrictions on the proposed Pebble mine to protect Bristol Bay’s...
article Native Sun News: North Dakota tribe contains spill at pipeline
(North Dakota) -- The Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara (MHA) Nation, working with federal, state, and corporate officials, has contained a pipeline spill that threatened to...
article EPA proposal could block huge Alaska mine
(Alaska) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed restrictions Friday that would essentially block development of a planned massive gold-and-copper mine near...
article EPA proposes to restrict mining on Alaska's Bristol Bay
(Alaska) -- The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing protections for Alaska's Bristol Bay that would restrict plans to develop a mine nearly as deep as the...
article Chippewa, EPA set meeting on Gogebic mine
(Wisconsin) -- The six tribes of Wisconsin's Chippewa Federation will meet with federal environmental officials next month to outline their objections to Gogebic (...
article Six Nations protesters stop Enbridge Line 9 dig in North Dumfries
(British Columbia) -- Individuals from Six Nations and their allies have interrupted work on a section of Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline. The work stoppage began...
article BLOG: Oil Sands: Destroying the Foods Native Americans Rely On
(Canada) -- A new study released last week found higher than normal levels of pollutants in wild foods that comprise a large part of traditional Native American (First...
article Kaibab Paiute Tribe wants different route for Lake Powell Pipeline
(Utah) -- A Native American tribe is asking to change the route of the Lake Powell Pipeline, calling on Utah state officials to bring the project straight through their...

7/17/2014

article Aboriginal groups want oil and gas moratorium in Gulf
(Nova Scotia) -- Aboriginal groups on the East Coast want a moratorium on any oil and gas exploration in the Gulf of St. Lawrence until a comprehensive environmental...
article Indigenous leaders call for 12 year drilling moratorium in Gulf of Saint Lawrence
(Nova Scotia) -- First Nation leaders from across Atlantic Canada are speaking out about proposed drilling in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. Mi’kmaq, Maliseet and...
article Oil Sands: Destroying the Foods Native Americans Rely On
(Alberta) -- A new study released last week found higher than normal levels of pollutants in wild foods that comprise a large part of traditional Native American (First...

7/16/2014

article Oklahoma Receives Nearly $2 Million for Earthquake-Fracking Study
(Oklahoma) -- As the number of earthquakes in Oklahoma catapults, the Oklahoma Geological Survey (OGS) has received a copy.8 million federal grant to study possible...
article PEMBER: Wisconsin Tribes Urge EPA to Use Clean Water Act to Stop Gogebic Taconite Mine
(Wisconsin) -- The Wisconsin Federation of tribes has asked the Environmental Protection Agency to use the 404 C portion of Clean Water Act to stop mining activity by...
article Inside the turbulent Guatemalan movement against Canadian mining
(Guatemala) -- I'm taking his picture when two loud pops crack open the sky. Tires squeal, heads turn, people duck for cover. The truck screeches around the corner,...

7/14/2014

article Northern Gateway pipeline: First Nations outline constitutional challenges
(British Columbia) -- Several B.C. First Nations are launching at least nine court challenges to try to block Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline, leaders revealed...
article Oil byproduct that spilled in North Dakota extends 2 miles
(North Dakota) -- The path of brine spilled from an underground North Dakota oil pipeline extends nearly 2 miles down a steep ravine, but dead vegetation is limited to...

7/11/2014

article Fort MacKay residents short on cash after oilsands profits dip
(Alberta) -- Some residents from the wealthy Fort McKay First Nation are in financial trouble after the band failed to provide an expected dividend from oilsands profits...
article Cleanup area extends nearly 2 miles after ND spill
(North Dakota) -- The path of brine spilled from an underground North Dakota pipeline extends nearly 2 miles down a steep ravine, but dead vegetation is limited to about...
article Gitxsan First Nation evicting rail, logging, fishing interests
(British Columbia) -- British Columbia First Nations are wasting no time in enforcing their claim on traditional lands in light of a landmark Supreme Court of Canada...

7/10/2014

article Tribe Loses Appeal Over Drilling of Its Texas Land
(Texas) -- A Native American tribe cannot sue the U.S. government for allowing oil and gas drilling on its aboriginal lands in several east Texas national preserves and...
article N.D. Pipeline Leaks Into Lake at Fort Berthold Reservation
(North Dakota) -- Around 1 million gallons of saltwater has leaked from a North Dakota pipeline, some of it into a bay that leads to a lake that provides drinking water...
article Supreme Court to decide on Grassy Narrows logging dispute
(Ontario) -- A ruling from the Supreme Court of Canada on Friday will help determine who controls resource extraction across much of the country.

7/9/2014

article Inspector General Sees Shortfalls in Permitting, Staffing for Oil Boom on American Indian Land
(North Dakota) -- While fossil fuel production from federal lands and waters has been decreasing overall, oil production from American Indian lands has tripled in recent...
article North Dakota Looks to Extend Pipelines Through Tribal Land to Reduce Natural Gas Burn-Offs
(North Dakota) -- While North Dakota takes steps to limit the volume of natural gas that is being burned off, or “flared,” in its rapidly expanding oil...
article NAVAJO OIL AND GAS: a fight for control over a $485 million company by the good ole’ boys Featured
(Arizona) -- Several of the key players in the continuing Navajo Nation Oil & Gas Company (NNOGC) drama have a long history in the Navajo legal and judicial forum...
article Lightning ignites saltwater disposal well in North Dakota
(North Dakota) -- A lightning strike Monday sparked a fire and explosion that destroyed the third North Dakota saltwater disposal facility in recent weeks, sending thick...
article White House singles out oil patch in drug strategy
(North Dakota) -- The White House has singled out the oil patch of northwestern North Dakota and northeastern Montana as part of its 2014 national drug control strategy.
article 5th Circ. Nixes Tribal Bid To Block Texas Drilling
(Texas) -- The Fifth Circuit on Wednesday dismissed a tribal lawsuit accusing the federal government of illegally approving drilling leases on aboriginal land in Texas,...

7/8/2014

article Tribes oppose coal terminal project over fishing
(Oregon) -- The developer of a proposed Columbia River coal export terminal is facing resistance from local tribes who argue the terminal's dock would interfere with...
article Study suggests link between oilsands and Fort Chip illnesses
(Edmonton) -- A study conducted by First Nations groups and scientists from the University of Manitoba released Monday suggests the Alberta oilsands are in part to blame...
article ND Department of Health says saltwater pipeline has leaked on Fort Berthold Indian Reservation
(North Dakota) -- The North Dakota Department of Health says a saltwater pipeline has leaked on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.
article Honor the Earth conducts protest of proposed pipeline in Backus
(Minnesota) -- Critics of a proposed Sandpiper Pipeline route that would cut through Cass County gathered Monday at the Backus Corner Store to bring attention to their...

7/7/2014

article Oregon man at center of murder-for-hire scandal in North Dakota's Bakken oil fields
(Oregon) -- Even in the underbelly of North Dakota's Bakken oilfields, the murder of Doug Carlile stands out, a tale of a Matt Damon look-alike felon from Oregon, an...
article The tribes are right: EPA should review mine proposal
(Wisconsin) -- Gov. Scott Walker has, from the start of the debate about developing a massive Gogebic Taconite mine in northern Wisconsin, adopted a "don't...
article Fort Chipewyan cancer study suggesting oilsands link to be released today
(North Canada) -- A long-awaited health study suggesting the Alberta oilsands are in part to blame for some health concerns in the downstream community of Fort Chipewyan...

7/5/2014

article BLM publishes notice of intent to prepare impact statement for Coeur Rochester Mine
(Nevada) -- The Bureau of Land Management published a Notice of Intent June 27 to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Coeur Rochester Plan of Operations...
article Oil companies accused of racial discrimination at Wyoming site
(Wyoming) -- The Equal Opportunity Commission and employees of Dart Energy and J&R Well Service are suing, accusing the companies of racial discrimination on job...

7/4/2014

article Tribes seek to intervene in lawsuit over Pebble
(Alaska) -- A consortium of tribes is seeking to intervene in support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a lawsuit challenging EPA’s authority to...

7/3/2014

article Alaska tribes to back EPA in Pebble Mine case
(Alaska) -- A coalition of Alaska Native tribes will intervene to support the Environmental Protection Agency in a lawsuit that challenges its authority to halt a major...
article Walker on EPA, Tribes & the mine, plus jobs
(Wisconsin) -- Governor Scott Walker says he hopes the EPA won't intervene based on political reasons to stop an iron mine permitting process from moving forward.
article Supes not swayed by Planet Ranch presentation
(Arizona) -- Despite a long presentation by a Freeport-McMoRan vice president on Wednesday, Mohave County Supervisors are not pleased with a settlement agreement over...

7/2/2014

article Native Sun News: Mahto Tipila threatened by mining proposals
(South Dakota) -- A Prayer Gathering for the protection of sacred and burial sites is set for June 28 at Mahto Tipila, also known as Bear’s Lodge or Devils Tower,...
article Yukon judge allows camera in court for Peel Watershed case
(North Canada) -- In an unprecedented decision, a Yukon Supreme Court judge will allow a camera in the courtroom to film a portion of a trial connected to the future of...
article Judge: Conservation groups can’t join lawsuit over oil, gas drilling
(Montana) -- A federal judge has denied the petition of several conservation groups to intervene in a lawsuit seeking to force U.S. officials to lift a suspension on...

7/1/2014

article Iron Range history comment riles Native American
(Minnesota) -- A St. Louis County commissioner, a supporter of a controversial copper mine, is at the center of a controversy for a history lesson he gave during a...

6/30/2014

article Nunavut Inuit furious over seismic testing decision
(North Canada) -- Some Inuit in Nunavut are furious over the National Energy Board's decision last week to approve an application to do seismic testing in Baffin Bay...

6/28/2014

article Fracking: Are We Crying Wolf at the Wrong Wolf?
(Oklahoma) -- The Tulsa World Sunday, June 9 edition published an article by Russell Gold. Gold is the author of a new book on fracking called “The Boom.”

6/27/2014

article Tribes ask EPA to intervene in Gogebic iron mine proposal
(Wisconsin) -- Six Chippewa Indian bands in Wisconsin have asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to evaluate the environmental effects of a proposed iron ore...
article Tribes ask for EPA review of mine
(Wisconsin) -- Six Chippewa Indian tribes are asking federal environmental regulators to review the proposed iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin.
article Bristol Bay tribes remain steadfastly against harmful mining
(Alaska) -- As Bristol Bay has prepared for the new fishing season, the cloud of uncertainty continues to loom over us as the battle to protect our fish and way of life...
article First Nations hold final 'healing walk' in oilsands
(Alberta) -- Walking through the oilsands is nothing like flying over the oilsands, or driving past them. Starting today, June 27, hundreds of First Nations people from...

6/26/2014

article Compass: Bristol Bay tribes stand ground against Pebble
(Alaska) -- As Bristol Bay has prepared for the new fishing season, the cloud of uncertainty continues to loom over us as the battle to protect our fish and way of life...
article 'Peoples Lawsuit' launched over shale gas
(New Brunswick) -- Eighteen New Brunswickers are suing the provincial and federal governments and SWN Resources for allegedly violating aboriginal, Constitutional,...

6/25/2014

article Ottawa greenlights Arctic offshore seismic tests over Inuit objections
(North Canada) -- Ottawa has approved energy exploration in offshore Arctic waters over the objections of Inuit communities and organizations. In a letter to the...

6/24/2014

article Obama administration flips on tribal sovereignty after ‘historic’ Indian country visit
(Washington D.C.) -- After President Obama touted his dedication to the “nation-to-nation” relationship with Native American tribes during a rare visit by a...
article Fracking testimony in Watson Lake comes with a beat
(North Canada) -- About 30 people came out in Watson Lake to have their say on Yukon fracking policy, with many saying fracking can be done safely and create jobs.

6/21/2014

article It’s a hard-rock life: The steep costs of Koch-backed mining
(Wisconsin) -- The cab of Bill Heart’s Ford Ranger is cluttered with pamphlets and fishing gear, and as we pull out onto Highway 77, just north of the high ridge...

6/20/2014

article Improved Valuation Method for Oil Produced on American Indian Lands Announced
(Washington D.C.) -- Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced Thursday that the Department is proposing a set of common sense regulations for valuing oil...
article Pay Attention! We Live Here! Indigenous Sámi Fight Open Pit Mine in Sweden
(Michigan) -- Environmental history professor Nancy Langston visited far northern Sweden to study the impact of a proposed open-pit mine on the indigenous Sámi people.
press release For Immediate Release: Sandpiper Pipeline Schedule Changes‏ by Honor the Earth
(Minnesota) -- The Enbridge Sandpiper Pipeline continues to move through the Public Utilities Commission process, but all of the initial timelines for regulatory...

6/19/2014

article Comment sought on rule regarding oil produced on American Indian Lands
(Washington D.C.) -- Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that the Department is proposing a set of common sense regulations for valuing oil produced...
article Interior Proposes Changing Method for Calculating American Indian Oil Royalties
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) has proposed amending its regulations over how it determines the value, for royalty purposes, of oil produced...
article SURVEY: Interior Department Seeks Comments on Indian Oil Valuation Amendments
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of Interior published the following proposed rule in the Federal Register:
article Wet’suwet’en First Nation group warns Enbridge: "You're going to be walking out"
(British Columbia) -- A chain has gone up across a bridge over the Morice River near Smithers, B.C. In a telephone interview, Freda Huson told the Straight that the...

6/18/2014

article A big bet on coal / Navajo Mine faces uncertain future with new carbon regulations
(New Mexico) -- Faced with the possibility of losing $40 million in annual revenue and several hundred jobs for its members, the Navajo Nation last year placed a high-...
article B.C.’s LNG ambitions give First Nations leverage
(British Columbia) -- The battle over Northern Gateway could spill into B.C.’s emerging liquefied natural gas sector if First Nations withdraw or temper their...
article Scientists, native leaders invoke Exxon Valdez spill in response to Gateway
(British Columbia) -- They gathered to discuss one of the greatest environmental success stories of the past 50 years – the return of sea otters to the West Coast...
article Months after receiving surprise gift, Alaska nonprofits sell interest in Pebble Partnership
(Alaska) -- Two Alaska nonprofits who were gifted an investment in the controversial Pebble Mine project this spring have opted to sell the stocks.
article The Murder Investigation Roiling North Dakota's Oilfields
(North Dakota) -- In the summer of 2012, I flew to North Dakota to write about the strange events happening on an Indian reservation, which, thanks to advances in...

6/16/2014

article Methane and the Transformation of an Indigenous Community in Colorado
(Colorado) -- Amidst all the negativity one often reads about the predicament of indigenous communities worldwide, particularly with reference to extractive industries...

6/15/2014

article Standoff with Indians blocking entrance to mining project in Brazil's Amazon end peacefully.
(Brazil) -- A two-day standoff with Indians who had blocked an entrance to a mining project in the Amazon where 50 workers were holed up has ended peacefully.

6/14/2014

article North Dakota Tribes to Obama: Deregulate Energy
(North Dakota) -- President Obama will visit Cannonball, N.D., today, home of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation, to celebrate increased cooperation between tribal and...

6/13/2014

article Mi'kmaq continue to fight to protect their territory from environmental devastation with a new blockade
(Canada) -- Mi'kmaq continue to fight to protect their territory from the environmental devastation of resource extraction with a new blockade. This is not the first...

6/12/2014

article Alberta aboriginal band looks to social media for funds in oilsands fight
(Alberta) -- An Alberta aboriginal band is hoping to fund a court fight against the province’s oilsands regulator through a plea on the Internet and social media.
article Alberta First Nations suing regulator over denial to weigh in on oilsands project
(Alberta) -- Two aboriginal bands are taking Alberta's energy regulator to court after it denied them the right to speak at hearings into an oilsands development...

6/11/2014

article B.C. firm has $10B plan to refine oilsands for Asia
(British Columbia) -- A Vancouver company is pitching a $10-billion oilsands refinery on British Columbia's north coast that aims to connect Alberta's vast...

6/10/2014

article On the Front Lines of Wisconsin's Big-Money, Small-Town Iron Mine War
(Wisconsin) -- The thunderheads loom dark and low as Mike Wiggins Jr. navigates the small motorboat through the shoulder-high grass. “All this,” the Bad...
article $11 Million Available in 2014 for Tribal Communities to Develop Energy & Mineral Resources
(Washington D.C.) -- Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn Tuesday announced that the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED) is...
article Navajo Nation Oil and Gas Company Announces 4th Quarter Financials
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation Oil and Gas Company (NNOGC), a fully integrated oil and gas company, has released its fourth quarter financials (unaudited) showing positive...

6/9/2014

article Elders in Northwest Territories speak out about fracking
(Northwest Territories) -- Every year elders from all regions of the Northwest Territories are invited to the legislature to share and debate issues facing their...

6/8/2014

article Cloud Peak starts exploration work on Crow coal reserve
(Montana) -- A Wyoming coal company plans to begin exploratory drilling this week on a 1.4 billion ton coal reserve on the Crow Indian Reservation.
article Carbon emissions standards delayed for coal-fired plants on reservation land
(Arizona) -- Two of the Southwest's largest coal-fired power plants straddle the San Juan River in northwestern New Mexico, one within clear view of the other.
press release Utes Intend to Develop Its Natural Resources, Boost Economy
(Utah) -- The Ute Indian Tribe is developing a gas-powered generation facility to maximize the benefits from its expansive gas reserves and to address the growing energy...

6/5/2014

article Cowichan Tribes seeks pipeline intervenor status
(British Columbia) -- The Cowichan Tribes have notified the National Energy Board that they want intervenor status in a decision sought by the City of Vancouver...

6/4/2014

article Peru approves genocide for uncontacted tribes
(Peru) -- Peru has approved the highly controversial expansion of the Camisea gas project onto the land of uncontacted Amazon tribes – despite international...

6/1/2014

article Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Oil Sands: Beware of Climate Change ‘Powder Keg,' Reject Keystone XL
(Alberta) -- Nobel Laureate and anti-Apartheid activist Bishop Desmond Tutu has joined the list of prominent global citizens visiting the Alberta oil sands to emphasize...
article Desmond Tutu calls tar sands the product of "negligence and greed"
(Vancouver) -- "The oil sands are emblematic of an era that must end," said South African Archbishop and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu at a...

5/31/2014

article Nations band together to fight future oil exploration in Gulf of Saint Lawrence
(Quebec) -- The gulf of Saint-Lawrence is the outlet for the great lakes to the Atlantic ocean. It provides an important fishery for various first nations who have lived...
article Protestors march on Cameco in Saskatoon
(Saskatchewan) -- A small group of northerners and environmentalists protested outside the headquarters of uranium giant Cameco’s headquarters in Sasktatoon.
article Company hopes government pushes Ring of Fire
(Alberta) -- A company with a stake in the chromite rich Ring of Fire hopes the provincial government will continue to push for the development to finally start.
article Utah Oil Spill Has Environmentalists Fearing for Colorado River
(Utah) -- Officials are mopping up a spill that sent an undetermined amount of oil into the Green River—and potentially into the Colorado River, environmental...

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