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The reality of environmental racism in Canada

Diversity is strength. That’s true in nature and human affairs. But recent painful events have shown society has yet to grasp this. The appalling deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Toronto’s Regis Korchinski-Paquet, Chantel Moore from Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation and many others — all at the hands of those tasked to serve and protect — have ignited awareness of the intense, often violent racial discrimination that continues to oppress Black and Indigenous people and people of colour in Canada and the U.S.

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10/21/2020

article Indigenous Women to Financial CEOs: An Open Letter
(California) -- A group of Indigenous women and their allies on Monday urged the heads of major global financial institutions to stop propping up the tar sands industry...

10/20/2020

article After the Local Coal Mine Shuts Down, These Navajo and Hopi Communities Seek a Just Transition
(Arizona) -- Herb Yazzie recalls the days when he could graze his herds of cattle and sheep across his homelands in the northeastern Arizona region of the Navajo Nation...

10/16/2020

article ‘Another broken promise’: Tribes say feds ignored their input on Roadless Rule exemption for Tongass
(Alaska) -- Changing a federal rule isn’t simple, but the Trump administration is on the verge of doing it. Last month it started a 30-day clock to completely...

10/13/2020

article Minnesota Supreme Court hears dispute over canceled PolyMet mine permits
(Minnesota) -- The Minnesota Supreme Court will decide whether state regulators erred in issuing permits for PolyMet Mining Corp.’s copper-nickel mine without a...

10/12/2020

article Australian Aboriginal Leaders Testify Mining Firm's Gag Clause Silencing Opposition to Destruction of Ancient Sacred Site
(Australia) -- Leaders of an Aboriginal group fighting to save a 46,000-year-old sacred rock shelter told an Australian federal inquiry Monday that lawyers for the Rio...
article Fortescue has applied to mine near destroyed caves, Aboriginal group claims
(Australia) -- An Australian Aboriginal group whose sacred rockshelters Rio Tinto destroyed earlier this year now says Fortescue Metals (OTCQX:FSUMF) applied last month...

10/8/2020

article Alaska tribal groups sue federal government over Ambler road
(Alaska) -- A tribal consortium and five tribal governments from the Interior have filed a lawsuit against the federal government to stop a road project that would carve...

10/7/2020

article Villages sue Trump administration over proposed mining road that would cut through remote Interior Alaska
(Alaska) -- A tribal consortium and five tribal governments in Alaska are suing the federal government to stop the 200-mile so-called Ambler Road that would carve...

10/5/2020

article Utes Fear Uranium Mill Is Becoming Radioactive Waste Dump
(Utah) -- Native tribes and environmental groups alike are worried that a Utah uranium-processing mill is becoming a dumping ground for foreign industrial polluters --...
article Pebble hits scandal recovery mode during permit homestretch
(Alaska) -- The Pebble Partnership has turned to an old hand — a retired executive — to again lead the mining company after the spectacular ouster of its...

10/3/2020

article Fight is back on in HD Mountains
(Colorado) -- A fight is brewing in the HD Mountains. In what was once ground zero for battles over the impact of oil and gas development, the pressure for drilling is...

10/2/2020

article Despite Australia Atrocity, Oak Flat Mine Presses On
(Australia) -- It seemed like a rare example of corporate accountability, albeit one that came too late. Earlier this month, the head of Australian-English mining giant...
article Indigenous leaders appalled after being granted access to Illawarra's Whale Cave for first time in decades
(Australia) -- The locked gates protecting Sydney's water catchment are helping conceal the legacy of mining damage to Aboriginal cultural heritage sites along the...

9/30/2020

article Landowners and Tribal Members React to Badger Minerals Decision
(Wisconsin) -- The news of Badger Minerals decision not to pursue further mining exploration at the Oneida County site near the Wolf River came as a relief to some...
article Washington state tribe: Refinery spewed noxious stench
(Washington) -- Multiple members of a tribal community in Washington state have reported burning throats and headaches after flaring at a nearby refinery released an...

9/25/2020

article Pebble CEO Tom Collier resigns after release of secretly recorded videos that show him talking about his ties to Alaska politicians and regulators
(Alaska) -- Pebble Limited Partnership CEO Tom Collier resigned on Wednesday after an environmental group released secretly recorded videos of Collier and Ron Thiessen,...
article Sen. Sullivan says ‘No Pebble mine' following release of secretly recorded videos of company executives and criticism by Gross
(Alaska) -- Alaska Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan cemented his opposition to the Pebble mine on Thursday after secret recordings were released of the project’s...
article Aboriginal owners decry ‘corporate vandalism’ after sacred site destruction
(Australia) -- The traditional owners of an ancient Aboriginal site in Australia blown up by Rio Tinto accused the mining giant of a “shocking act of corporate...

9/22/2020

article Bristol Bay Tribes shocked at depth of Pebble’s deception, efforts to rig the process
(Alaska) -- The latest news of Pebble’s duplicitous efforts to get a favorable permit decision confirm what Bristol Bay Tribes and residents have long suspected:...
article OP/ED: Resignation of mining CEO after destruction of Aboriginal caves represents a tectonic shift in social investing
(Australia) -- Ten years ago — maybe even a year ago — it would be unlikely that the CEO of a major mining corporation would have lost his job for destroying...
article Resignation of mining CEO after destruction of Aboriginal caves represents a tectonic shift in social investing
(Australia) -- Apologies and cuts to executive pay at Rio Tinto weren't enough. Companies must 'play a major social role in society,' says Paula Luff, owner...

9/21/2020

article Rio Tinto expected to destroy 124 more Aboriginal sites
(Australia) -- Mining giant Rio Tinto is feared to be pressing ahead with plans to destroy 124 Aboriginal heritage sites at an iron-ore development in Australia –...

9/20/2020

article U.S. Border Protection Drones Conducted Flyovers Near Homes of Indigenous Pipeline Activists, Flight Records Show
(Minnesota) -- Thomas Goldtooth awoke on Feb. 21 expecting a pretty regular day ahead. And by all accounts, his day was normal. He was on the road by 11 a.m. to catch a...
article Special report: Pebble Mine, the people’s story spanning more than two decades
(Alaska) -- Pebble Mine is just weeks away from clearing the last hurdle to a federal permit − after nearly two decades of scientific, engineering and...

9/19/2020

article Tribal and environmental groups sue Trump administration over methane emission rollbacks
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribal and environmental groups have filed lawsuits challenging a Trump administration rule that weakened methane emission regulations. The...

9/18/2020

article NAC: The toxic legacy of abandoned mines
(Indian Country) -- The Trump Administration promises new efforts to clean up mineral mining sites that continue to contaminate water, soil and air decades after the...
article Environmental study on Nunavut mine undervalues Inuit knowledge, hunters say
(North Canada) -- Communities close to Mary River Mine say environmental impacts that the mine's operator calls insignificant are exactly the opposite for Inuit....

9/17/2020

press release 'Nobody has done anything': Amazon indigenous group decries illegal mining
(Brazil) -- An Amazon indigenous group that earlier turned away a planned hydroelectric dam is now battling a surge of illegal gold mining in its territory during the...

9/15/2020

article Tribal and Environmental Groups Sue Trump Administration over Methane Emissions Rollbacks
(Washington D.C.) -- Earthjustice, on behalf of Clean Air Council, Fort Berthold Protectors of Water and Earth Rights (POWER), and Sierra Club, filed lawsuits...

9/12/2020

article Spiking coronavirus cases and falling oil prices deliver dual blow to North Dakota
(North Dakota) -- A recent surge in coronavirus cases is rekindling economic anxieties in North Dakota, where wildly fluctuating oil prices and recent drops in...

9/11/2020

article Rio Tinto CEO to leave over destruction of Indigenous sites in Australia
(Australia) -- Rio Tinto chief executive Jean-Sebastien Jacques will leave the Anglo-Australian mining giant by March over the destruction of Australian Indigenous...

9/8/2020

article EPA unveils new office to focus on abandoned mine cleanup in Arizona, Western states
(Arizona) -- The Environmental Protection Agency announced plans for a new office that will focus on tracking and cleaning up abandoned mines in Western states, a...
article Rio board to consider further executive sanctions over Aboriginal cave blasts
(Australia) -- Rio Tinto is set to discuss further executive sanctions over the destruction of two 46,000-year-old Aboriginal shelters in Western Australia. The company...

9/7/2020

article A massive LNG project faces rising opposition in Oregon. The quiet backer is a Canadian firm.
(Oregon) -- For the past several years, Mike Williams has had hanging over his head the possibility that a Calgary oil and gas company could kick him and his family out...

9/6/2020

article Tusk, tusk: First Nation concerned Yukon placer miners digging up more than gold
(Yukon) -- A Yukon First Nation is growing increasingly concerned that miners in the territory are walking away with ancient woolly mammoth ivory that’s both...

9/4/2020

article Oil wells along Fort Berthold boundary subject of potential tax changes
(North Dakota) -- More changes could be on the horizon regarding the way oil taxes are divvied up between the Three Affiliated Tribes and the state of North Dakota, as...

9/3/2020

article Oklahoma Governor Pushing to Undo Tribal Sovereignty Ruling
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma has publicly stated that he must seek to have Congress pass legislation to override the U.S.Supreme Court McGirt v. Oklahoma...
article Grant opportunity could help Tribes develop bioenergy resources
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs on Sept. 3 announced it is providing funding to hire consultants to identify,...

9/1/2020

article Rule to Speed Oil Drilling in National Forests Released
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration took the wraps off a new rule that will make it easier to drill for oil and gas in national forests. At a time when...

8/29/2020

article Oklahoma Governor Asked EPA to Strip Tribes of Environmental Authority
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt (R-OK) has asked the EPA to give his state jurisdiction over environmental regulations on Native American reservations. This would include...
article Pebble mine must now clear an unusually high hurdle before it can be developed, experts say
(Alaska) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Monday left a narrow path toward construction of the proposed Pebble mine in Southwest Alaska, setting stricter...

8/25/2020

article NAC: Trump Administration plans Arctic National Wildlife Refuge oil leases
(Indian Country) -- The U.S. Department of Interior could put oil and gas leases up for auction in the Arctic Wildlife National Refuge by the end of next year according...
article Traditional Owners Block Access to Australia's Most Controversial Coal Mine
(Australia) -- A throng of more than 20 protesters—including Traditional Owners of local Wangan and Jagalingou country—has blocked the main road to Australia...

8/24/2020

article How Pebble Mine opponents used Fox News push Trump to delay the Alaska project
(Washington D.C.) -- A small but influential group of conservatives used Fox News to successfully pressure President Trump to pause issuing a permit to a controversial...
article Trump administration surprises environmentalists and rejects Pebble Mine
(Washington D.C.) -- Eleven days after his father’s administration cleared the way for development of a massive copper and gold mine in the wilds of Alaska, Donald...
article 'We want them out': Traditional Owners block road to Adani coal mine in central Queensland
(Australia) -- Protesters, including Traditional Owners of Wangan and Jagalingou country, have blocked the main road to the controversial Adani Carmichael coal mine in...

8/23/2020

article Trump set to block controversial Alaska gold mine
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration is planning to block the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska early next week, six people familiar with the plans told POLITICO,...

8/22/2020

article Trump set to block controversial Alaska gold mine
(Alaska) -- The Trump administration is planning to block the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska early next week, six people familiar with the plans told POLITICO, marking a...

8/21/2020

article Under Pressure from Tribes, Canadian Coal Mine to Undergo Federal Review
(Montana) -- Facing pressure from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and other Montana stakeholders, Canadian environmental authorities have agreed to conduct a...

8/18/2020

article 'This land is all we have left': Tribes on edge over dam proposal
(Navajo Nation) -- Shortly before Lucille Daniel’s father died, he told her: “Take care of the land. Take care of the livestock.” This land, a patch of...
article Trump Administration Denounced for ‘Foolish and Deeply Damaging’ Plan to Drill in Arctic Wildlife Refuge
(Washington D.C.) -- Environmental advocates vowed to sue the U.S. Department of Interior following its announcement Monday that the Trump administration has finalized...
article Fed’s OK of 4,250-well gas field dodges water quality question
(Wyoming) -- The Bureau of Land Management has approved a 4,250-well expansion of the Moneta Divide gas and oilfield northeast of Shoshoni, leaving critical water-...

8/15/2020

article What is environmental racism and why should we care about it
(Worldwide) -- Poisoned tap water in Flint, Michigan. Toxic waste dumps in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. A town in China where 80% of children have been poisoned by old...

8/13/2020

article Trump administration to scrap limits on methane leaks at oil and gas sites
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration is scrapping limits on methane leaks, allowing oil and gas companies to decide how much of the potent greenhouse gas can...

8/12/2020

article State wades into tribal lawsuit over disputed minerals
(North Dakota) -- The state of North Dakota is wading into a lawsuit over lakebed minerals filed last month by the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation. State officials...
article Feds yank oil and gas leases near Arches, Canyonlands parks from upcoming sale
(Utah) -- Bowing to the wishes of Grand County officials, the Bureau of Land Management will not offer oil and gas leases on 87,000 acres near Arches and Canyonlands...
article Trump administration backs off plans to open land near Utah national parks to drilling
(Utah) -- The Trump administration has canceled plans to open tens of thousands of acres for oil and gas drilling near three national parks in Utah next month, a victory...

8/11/2020

article N.C. Tribes Faced Obstacles to Atlantic Coast Pipeline Water Planning, Study Shows
(North Carolina) -- The now-canceled Atlantic Coast Pipeline project would have crossed streams and wetlands important to Indigenous people in North Carolina, raising...

8/10/2020

article Watchdog to weigh probe of Trump administration advancements of Pebble Mine
(Alaska) -- A Defense Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) watchdog will consider probing the Trump administration’s moves to advance the proposed...

8/9/2020

article Biden vows to block Alaska mine project if elected
(Alaska) -- Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said on Sunday that if he’s elected, his administration would stop a proposed copper and gold mine in...

8/8/2020

article Northern First Nations call for a major overhaul of mining legislation
(Yukon) -- The Na-Cho Nyäk Dun, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and Vuntut Gwitchin governments are the latest to call for a major overhaul of mining policy in a...
article Big Nevada gold mine expansion on hold in face of opposition
(Nevada) -- Facing fierce opposition from conservationists and tribal leaders on multiple fronts, Nevada’s largest mining company has suspended its proposed...

8/7/2020

article Flagstaff Woman Nears The End Of 2,000-Mile Roller Skate For Tribal Environmental Justice
(Arizona) -- A Flagstaff woman is nearing the end of a 2,000-mile journey across the country … on roller skates. But it’s not just for fun – Daisy...

8/6/2020

article Canada Indigenous Groups Gain Formal Standing in Pipeline, Transmission Approvals
(Canada) -- Canadian natives gained a say in national supervision of pipelines and power transmission Wednesday, when the Canada Energy Regulator (CER) appointed its...
article Brazil suspends raid on illegal miners in Amazon indigenous land
(Brazil) -- Brazil's Defense Ministry on Thursday suspended operations by environmental agents against illegal miners on an indigenous reservation in the Amazon,...

8/5/2020

article Rio Tinto says it “missed opportunities” to prevent demolition of sacred caves
(Australia) -- Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto has admitted that it missed a series of chances to better communicate with traditional landowners that might have...

8/4/2020

article Donald Trump Jr. opposes Pebble mine as Trump administration weighs key permit
(Alaska) -- Donald Trump Jr. said Tuesday on Twitter he opposes the Pebble mine prospect, as the Trump administration considers whether to issue a key permit for...

8/2/2020

article The reality of environmental racism in Canada
(Canada) -- Diversity is strength. That’s true in nature and human affairs. But recent painful events have shown society has yet to grasp this. The appalling...
article Yukon’s Gold Rush-era system for staking mineral claims, explained
(Yukon) -- Skeeter Wright has owned his densely wooded property in Whitehorse since the 1970s but, for the past two decades, he’s had to share it, in a sense,...

8/1/2020

article Marathon to appeal order to close pipeline on reservation
(North Dakota) -- Marathon Petroleum Corp. plans to appeal an order by a federal agency to shutdown a pipeline that crosses part of an American Indian reservation in...

7/31/2020

article Another North Dakota oil pipeline ordered to shut down
(North Dakota) -- A federal agency has ordered the shutdown of a pipeline that delivers oil to Marathon Petroleum's Mandan Refinery, seven years after an easement...
article 3 accused of taking bribes for North Dakota reservation work
(North Dakota) -- Three members of a tribe on the oil-rich Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota are accused of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in...

7/28/2020

article Agnico Eagle pipeline plans halted after community outcry
(North Canada) -- A Nunavut regulator has given mining company Agnico Eagle a "significant rebuke" over a controversial pipeline proposal for the Meliadine...
press release OP/ED: Court should side with MHA Nation on riverbed minerals
(North Dakota) -- The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation is suing the federal government to enforce tribal rights to the lands and minerals under the Missouri River...

7/27/2020

article Army Corps rubber stamps proposed Alaska Pebble Mine, threatening world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery
(Alaska) -- On July 23, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Pebble Mine, a massive gold and copper mine and...
article Pebble closes in on a federal permit, supporters and critics respond
(Alaska) -- The Pebble Limited Partnership is now one step away from receiving a federal permit for the proposed Pebble Mine, a deeply controversial development that...

7/26/2020

article Gold vs. Salmon: An Alaska Mine Project Just Got a Boost
(Alaska) -- From the air it looks like just another tract of Alaska’s endless, roadless tundra, pockmarked with lakes and ponds, with a scattering of some of the...
article Bolivia Is Ransacking Lithium From Its Indigenous People
(Bolivia) -- In a tweet back in may by Kawsachun News, a video shows indigenous natives of Bolivia standing up for what’s been happening to them in this industry...

7/25/2020

article Trump administration environmental report opens door for approval of Pebble mine in Southwest Alaska
(Alaska) -- The Trump administration on Friday released a final environmental review of the proposed Pebble copper and gold mine in Southwest Alaska that smooths the...

7/24/2020

article Trump administration says massive Alaska gold mine won’t cause major environmental harm, reversing Obama
(Washington D.C.) -- Trump officials concluded Friday that a proposed gold and copper mine in Alaska — which would be North America’s largest — would not pose serious...

7/20/2020

article States, Environmentalists Sue Feds Over Planned Coal Leases
(Washington D.C.) -- A large coalition of states, environmental organizations and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe have filed fresh challenges against the Trump...
article States, groups sue to block federal coal leasing program
(Washington D.C.) -- Four states, as well as a coalition of environmental groups and tribes, are challenging the Trump administration in an attempt to prevent it from...
article The Energy 202: Supreme Court decision declaring half of Oklahoma Indian land raises big questions for oil drillers
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma's oil industry, already beset by the coronavirus pandemic, now is dealing with the uncertainty stemming from a major Supreme Court decision...
article ‘We feel like we're held hostage’ say diesel-dependent First Nations
(British Columbia) -- Hereditary Chief Willie Moon’s remote coastal First Nation knows well what it means to be powerless. The remote Dzawada̱ʼenux̱w First Nation...

7/17/2020

article Sparks Fly as Estonian Radioactive Waste Fires Heat Environmental Debate in Utah
(Utah) -- The US’s only fully-licensed and operating conventional uranium mill, the White Mesa Mill processes uranium ore and accepts uranium material from...

7/13/2020

article Indigenous groups paying the price for Russia's massive Arctic fuel spill
(North Canada) -- In 2017, the New York Times called Norilsk "Russia's coldest and most polluted industrial city." It may not be getting colder but it'...

7/10/2020

article Legal Battles Over Pipelines Like DAPL and Keystone XL Could Be Wearing Down the Fossil Fuel Industry
(USA) -- Despite the climate crisis getting worse and the Trump administration continuing to go out of its way to dismantle crucial environmental protections, this week...

7/9/2020

article Alaska at center of Trump administration’s drive to drill public lands during pandemic
(Alaska) -- Traditional subsistence hunting has always been a pillar of life along Alaska’s remote North Slope. Dependable migrations of bowhead whales, Arctic...

7/8/2020

article Tribal Leaders Say Permitting Update Could Boost Energy Projects
(Washington D.C.) -- The National Environmental Policy Act can be an obstacle when it comes to expediting energy production on Indian land, some tribal leaders told...

7/7/2020

article North Dakota regulators say no to imposing oil production cuts
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota regulators on Tuesday decided not to impose any mandatory production cuts on the oil industry, following the lead of Texas and Oklahoma,...
article New Inuit benefit agreement worth $1B over life of Mary River Mine
(North Canada) -- Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association have a new agreement for Inuit oversight of the Mary River Mine. Officials from...
article Gold mine along Hassayampa River may imperil tribal cultural, riparian sites
(Arizona) -- Wendy Hodgson scaled a steep scree-covered slope in the upper Hassayampa River canyon. “We’re going up to meet this agave,” she said....

7/5/2020

article Energy companies abandon long-delayed Atlantic Coast Pipeline
(USA) -- The two energy companies behind the controversial 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline on Sunday abandoned their six-year bid to build it, saying the project has...
article New analysis shows seismic risks related to Pebble mine
(Alaska) -- New analysis commissioned by Bristol Bay fishermen contends that plans for the Pebble mine project and environmental review do not adequately account for...

7/3/2020

article Chiefs urge Tiny House Warriors to end pipeline protest camp in B.C.'s central Interior
(British Columbia) -- The Blackfoot Confederacy is the latest group of Indigenous Albertans calling for the firing of Alberta Premier Jason Kenney's speechwriter...

6/30/2020

article Energy lobbyists pose as Tribal Nations to promote Jordan Cove LNG pipeline
(Oregon) -- A pro-pipeline lobbying group calling itself Western States and Tribal Nations is spreading a message that directly opposes that stance of some Oregon tribes...

6/29/2020

article Satellite imagery shows illegal gold mining in Brazil has increased, threatens the Yanomami tribe in the heart of the Amazons
(Brazil) -- Illegal gold mining activity has risen sharply over the last five years in Brazil’s indigenous Yanomami reservation in the heart of the Amazon...

6/28/2020

article First Nations worry they'll lose out on cash to clean up old oil and gas wells in Western Canada
(Canada) -- As Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan dole out $1.5 billion in federal funding to reclaim inactive oil and gas wells, Indigenous leaders are...

6/27/2020

article Sovereign Iñupiat for a Living Arctic response to Alaska Congressional Delegation regarding the Reality of Racism
(Alaska) -- Recently the Alaska Congressional delegation, Don Young, Dan Sullivan, and Lisa Murkoski shamefully attempted to utilize this moment of racial spotlight to...
article Feds, company say valid mining claims not needed for Rosemont Mine OK
(Arizona) -- A federal judge misread federal laws and regulations last year by overturning approval of the Rosemont Mine, the U.S. government and the mining company...

6/26/2020

article Mining company blasts through 46,000-year-old cultural site in Australia
(Australia) -- Multinational iron ore mining company Rio Tinto is under fire for blasting through a 46,000-year-old Aboriginal cultural site in Western Australia last...

6/24/2020

article Move to Strip MHA Nation of Missouri River Mineral Rights Is a ‘Land Grab’ and ‘Attack on Our Trust Resources’
(North Dakota) -- For nearly two centuries, up until recently, the federal government has affirmed the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara (MHA) Nation’s property rights...

6/22/2020

article Teck’s proposed B.C. coal mine isn’t slated for a federal environmental review. Here’s what you need to know
(British Columbia) -- Teck Resources’ Castle Mountain is being described by the company as an expansion of an existing mine, and not a 'new' mine —...

6/19/2020

article Remote B.C. community of Klemtu granted $4.6M to transition from diesel power
(British Columbia) -- The remote coastal community of Klemtu, B.C., has been granted $4.6 million to transition from diesel to hydroelectric power. The Kitasoo/Xai'...
article Rio Tinto to release Aboriginal heritage review after site destruction
(Australia) -- Rio Tinto initially said it would only provide key findings of the review to the government; it has now committed to releasing the review in full. The...

6/18/2020

article Alberta Energy Regulator keeps suspension of environmental regulations despite opposition
(North Canada) -- Temporary restrictions on environmental monitoring of oilsands projects during the COVID-19 pandemic will remain in place, says the Alberta Energy...

6/17/2020

article COMMENTARY: Tesoro High Plains Pipeline offer to Native landowners in North Dakota unacceptable
(North Dakota) -- Tesoro High Plains Pipeline recently began sending a right-of-way and “past use” agreement to hundreds of individual landowners on the Fort Berthold...

6/16/2020

article Northern B.C. First Nations wrap up testimony against Rio Tinto (Alcan), B.C. and Canada
(British Columbia) -- Saik’uz and Stellat’en First Nations have concluded their testimony in a case against Rio Tinto (Alcan), British Columbia and Canada in...

6/15/2020

article The Atlantic Coast Pipeline Battle Is About People, Not Precedent
(USA) -- Decision day at the Supreme Court on Monday brought joy and justice for the LGBT community. But it also handed severe setbacks to others—specifically, the...

6/13/2020

article EPA: Study cites risks to some tribal members
(Oklahoma) -- Children and adults following traditional tribal practices in the area of the Tar Creek Superfund Site are at risk of exposure to toxic metals in the...

6/12/2020

article Shale gas protesters react in disbelief to watchdog findings
(New Brunswick) -- Lorraine Clair, who reported being "brutalized" by the RCMP in 2013 while protesting against shale gas development on unceded Miꞌkmaq...
article Mining Firm Plans to Destroy Indigenous Australian Sites, Despite Outcry
(Australia) -- A giant mining company on Thursday said it would go ahead with destroying at least 40 ancient Indigenous sites in the Pilbara desert in Western Australia...
article Rio Tinto CEO says sorry for heritage destruction
(Australia) -- Rio Tinto (RIO +3.6%) CEO Jean-Sebastien Jacques apologizes for the company's destruction of two ancient and sacred Aboriginal caves in Western Australia...

6/11/2020

article N.W.T. leaders ask feds to reinstate Alberta oilsands environmental monitoring
(North Canada) -- Environmentalists and Indigenous leaders from the southern N.W.T. are asking the federal government to intervene in a controversial set of...
article Questions surround Pebble Mine’s environmental review
(Alaska) -- Just months away from deciding whether to permit construction of the proposed Pebble Mine, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is wrapping up its...

6/10/2020

article As the Pebble Mine Nears a Decision, Questions Surround its Environmental Review
(Alaska) -- Just months away from deciding whether to permit construction of the proposed Pebble Mine, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is wrapping up its...
article Shunning virus and Big Oil, Alaska tribe revives traditions
(Alaska) -- Arriving home on one of the last regular flights before pandemic restrictions went into effect in mid-February, Sarah James got to her house to find two...

6/9/2020

article Legal experts call for halt to 'mining as usual' during pandemic
(Ontario) -- A number of legal experts are calling on the provincial government to press pause on mineral staking and permitting processes on Indigenous territory in...
article Northern B.C. First Nations wrap up testimony in supreme court case against Rio Tinto (Alcan)
(British Columbia) -- Saik’uz and Stellat’en First Nations are expected today (June 9) to conclude their part of a landmark court case against Rio Tinto (...
article Shunning virus and Big Oil, Alaska tribe revives traditions
(Alaska) -- Arriving home on one of the last regular flights before pandemic restrictions went into effect in mid-February, Sarah James got to her house to find two...
article VIDEO: Aboriginal activists protest Rio Tinto
(Australia) -- Aboriginal activists have taken their fight to Rio Tinto headquarters over the blasting of a 46,000 year old heritage site.

6/4/2020

article VIDEO: Rio Tinto says sorry for blasting 46,000 year old Aboriginal sacred site
(Australia) -- Mining giant Rio Tinto has sparked anger across the country after it destroyed a 46,000 year old Aboriginal site in the Pilbara. What's even more...

6/3/2020

article EPA Curbs State and Tribal Authority to Block Projects that Harm Waterways
(Washington D.C.) -- Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a rule that limits states’ and Indigenous tribes’ authority to protect the water...

6/1/2020

article Questions linger about notification, impact of refinery's oil spill
(Saskatchewan) -- Chief Todd Peigan of Pasqua First Nation is concerned that it took a week to be notified of an oil spill at Regina’s Co-op Refinery Complex (CRC...

5/29/2020

article EPA opts not to delay controversial Alaska mine for now
(Alaska) -- A top official at the Environmental Protection Agency informed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Alaska late Thursday that the EPA would not formally...

5/28/2020

article Environmentalists And Havasupai Tribe Lose Bid To Halt Uranium Mine
(Arizona) -- A federal judge has ruled against environmental groups and a tribe in their bid to keep a uranium mine south of the Grand Canyon from operating. The Canyon...
article Why an Alberta court decision to quash an oilsands project affects Treaty Rights cases in B.C.
(British Columbia) -- When Woodland Cree Chiefs met with commissioners of the Crown at Lesser Slave Lake in June 1899 to sign Treaty 8, it’s likely no one...

5/27/2020

article Environmentalists lose bid to halt uranium mine in Arizona
(Arizona) -- A federal judge has ruled against environmental groups and a tribe in their bid to keep a uranium mine south of the Grand Canyon from operating. The Canyon...
article Company floats new proposal for hydropower on tribal land
(Arizona) -- A Phoenix-based company that was eyeing the Little Colorado River for power generation is floating a new proposal that would rely on groundwater rather than...
article Aboriginal sacred site obliterated as mining giant expands iron mine
(Australia) -- An Aboriginal sacred site which showed evidence of almost 50,000 years of ongoing human use has been deliberately destroyed by a mining company in Western...

5/26/2020

article Pebble opponents in Bristol Bay say they will refuse access to lands for controversial mine project
(Alaska) -- A major change by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for surface access for the proposed Pebble Mine has raised more worries about the project among rural...

5/25/2020

article Owners of Diamond Point Deny Pebble Use of Property
(Alaska) -- Igiugig Village Council (IVC) responded today to the news that the Pebble Limited Partnership (PLP) applied to alter their Project Description to “...

5/24/2020

article Judge Nixes Bid to Stop Coal Sales That Trump Revived
(Montana) -- A judge threw out a lawsuit on Friday from a coalition of states, environmental groups and American Indians which sought to revive an Obama-era moratorium...

5/23/2020

article Groups accuse Corps of Engineers of last-minute change favoring Pebble mine
(Alaska) -- A federal agency on Friday announced a preferred transportation route for precious metals leaving the proposed Pebble mine, angering groups opposed to the...

5/22/2020

article Judge nixes bid to stop coal sales that Trump revived
(Montana) -- A judge threw out a lawsuit on Friday from a coalition of states, environmental groups and American Indians which sought to revive an Obama-era moratorium...
article Nunavut mine to release 1.5 years' worth of old water into Meliadine Lake
(North Canada) -- Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. got an emergency amendment to its water licence to release a year and a half's worth of melted snow and rain water into...

5/21/2020

article US to grant more time to consider New Mexico drilling plan
(New Mexico) -- U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said Thursday he’ll extend the public comment period on a contested plan that will guide oil and gas...

5/20/2020

article Drilling on Public Lands: Native American Voices Frustrated by Virtual Public Hearings Over Zoom
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration has attempted to plow forward with its plans to open up public lands to drilling for oil and gas exploration. To do so, it...
article Environmental watchdogs are raising alarms over Pebble and other projects. But is anyone listening?
(Alaska) -- Pebble Mine opponent Lindsey Bloom thought she had the goods. When she saw a video showing an executive from Pebble’s parent company make a pitch to...
article The White Mesa Mill Has Become A Dumping Ground For Radioactive Waste, Tribe And Advocates Say
(Utah) -- When the White Mesa Mill was built in 1980, it was permitted to process domestic uranium ore for 15 years. There were no plans for it to be an international...
press release Mining companies rush to shield indigenous communities from COVID-19
(Australia) -- Big mining companies that rely on indigenous workforces or operate near remote communities have acted fast to curb the spread of the coronavirus and avoid...

5/19/2020

article Hydro hands injunction to Tataskweyak community members blocking access to Keeyask site
(Manitoba) -- Members of Tataskweyak Cree Nation have been ordered to stop blocking the road to Manitoba Hydro's Keeyask generating station construction site. The...

5/16/2020

article Oil revenues plunge for many Indigenous communities in Western Canada
(Canada) -- Considering how much effort the Frog Lake First Nation has spent developing its oil business over the decades, the decision to turn off the taps was...

5/14/2020

article Signing of Wet'suwet'en agreement could land Ottawa in court
(British Columbia) -- Despite objections from some elected leaders of the Wet'suwet'en First Nations, the federal and B.C. governments plan to sign an agreement...
article Wet'suwet'en, B.C. and Canada sign MOU on negotiations for legal recognition of title
(British Columbia) -- Hereditary chiefs of the Wet'suwet'en Nation have signed a memorandum of understanding with B.C. and Canada that sets the path for...

5/13/2020

article Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs moving ahead with rights and title MOU with B.C. and Canada
(British Columbia) -- The Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs say they're moving forward with signing a memorandum of understanding with B.C. and Canada on...
article States, tribe seek to suspend coal sales on US lands
(Montana) -- A coalition of U.S. states, environmentalists and an American Indian tribe asked a federal judge on Wednesday to revive a moratorium on coal sales from...

5/10/2020

article Acho Dene Koe reviewing legal options after Supreme Court defeat
(British Columbia) -- The Acho Dene Koe First Nation, or ADK, took the territorial government to court over benefits plans agreed with Paramount Resources, an oil and...

5/9/2020

article OP/ED: Despite legal victory, tribes still a target in water wars
(Nevada) -- As longtime opponents of the Las Vegas pipeline, tribal members and governments were relieved after the state and Southern Nevada Water Authority decided not...

5/3/2020

article Tribes, conservationists, urge action on transboundary mining
(Alaska) -- Even as leaders are focused on combating the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic turmoil, conservation and tribal groups are calling on federal...

5/2/2020

article Alaska conservationists urge action on transboundary mining
(Alaska) -- Federal lawmakers have been urged by tribes and local conservation groups to address transboundary mining, which some consider a threat to southeast Alaska....

4/30/2020

article Northern Ontario First Nations want pause to mining permits until COVID-19 subsides
(Ontario) -- Northern Ontario First Nations want the province to put a hold on mining exploration permits and pause the operation of a system that allows for the remote...

4/29/2020

article Northern Ontario First Nations want pause to mining permits until COVID-19 subsides
(Ontario) -- Northern Ontario First Nations want the province to put a hold on mining exploration permits and pause the operation of a system that allows for the remote...

4/26/2020

article Yukon First Nations leaders fear mine will increase violence against women in ‘land of the caribou’
(Yukon) -- First Nations leaders in southeastern Yukon know all too well what new mines can do to their people. They’ve been down this path before. Companies push...

4/24/2020

article Alberta's top court overturns oilsands project approval over Aboriginal concerns
(Alberta) -- Alberta's highest court has overturned regulatory approvals for a $440-million oilsands project that would have encroached on land a First Nation...
article Yukon First Nations leaders fear mine will increase violence against women in ‘land of the caribou’
(Yukon) -- First Nations leaders in southeastern Yukon know all too well what new mines can do to their people. They’ve been down this path before. Companies push...
article EPA Concerns Intensify Over Transboundary Mining Pollution
(Montana) -- New information surrounding mining operations in British Columbia’s Elk River Valley has “further heightened” the concerns of...

4/23/2020

article Supreme Court of Canada dismisses Mill River appeal request
(North Canada) -- The legal battle over the sale of the Mill River golf course has come to an end after the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed an application to appeal a...

4/22/2020

article Makivik president demands Quebec premier reconsider decision to reopen mines
(Quebec) -- The head of the organization representing Inuit in northern Quebec is outraged over a provincial government decision allowing mines to reopen in the midst of...

4/20/2020

article Northern B.C. workers at Alberta oilsands camp test positive for COVID-19
(British Columbia) -- The province reported five new cases of COVID-19 in northern B.C. on Monday, with the region's lab-confirmed total now at 39, including cases...

4/19/2020

article Officials in B.C. and Saskatchewan advise travellers returning from Alberta oil sands site to self-isolate
(Canada) -- Health officials in British Columbia and Saskatchewan are advising people to self-isolate if they’re returning from an area of Alberta where an oil...
article Officials in northern Sask. link COVID-19 cases with travel to Alberta
(Canada) -- Provincial and Indigenous health officials in northern Saskatchewan are investigating COVID-19 cases they say are linked to travel to Alberta. A statement...

4/18/2020

article B.C and Saskatchewan issue COVID-19 warnings following cases at oilsands site
(Canada) -- Health officials in British Columbia and Saskatchewan are advising people to self-isolate if they’re returning from an area of Alberta where an...

4/17/2020

article Natural gas plant construction causes concerns for Native American landowners
(North Carolina) -- A plan for Piedmont Natural Gas to construct a liquefied natural gas plant in Robeson County is causing conflict among Native American landowners....

4/15/2020

article 'Dangerously compromising': Quebec mining sector reopening a concern for Indigenous leaders
(North Canada) -- News that the mining sector has been added to the list of priority activities in Quebec is being met with worry and concern from some Indigenous...

4/14/2020

article Native people, environmentalists fight Nevada mine's plan to pump billions of gallons of groundwater
(Nevada) -- Native people and environmental groups are fighting a proposed gold mine expansion in northeastern Nevada they say could dry up springs, harm wildlife and...

4/13/2020

article Yukon First Nations want mining operations suspended over Covid-19
(Yukon) -- First Nation communities in the Yukon are saying that mines that are still operating could be putting their members at risk. Despite the concerns over the...

4/12/2020

article Conservationists oppose water rights for Nevada gold mine
(Nevada) -- Five conservation groups have joined a tribe's effort to block the expansion of a northeast Nevada gold mine. The Reno-based Great Basin Resource Watch...
article WILSON: Rushing Pebble Mine review during a pandemic is reckless
(Alaska) -- Recently, the Pebble Partnership announced that despite the global coronavirus crisis, the project is moving forward with the backing by the U.S. Army Corps...

4/10/2020

article Conservationists oppose water rights for Nevada gold mine
(Nevada) -- Five conservation groups have joined a tribe’s effort to block the expansion of a northeast Nevada gold mine they say would suck water from other area...

4/5/2020

article OP/ED: Killing resource projects hurts Indigenous communities
(Canada) -- The decision by Teck Resources to withdraw its application for the Frontier oil sands project could risk future opportunities for Indigenous communities if...

4/4/2020

article ‘Worried sick’ about spreading virus during pipeline construction
(South Dakota) -- Major construction projects moving forward along the U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico are raising fears the coronavirus could race through temporary...

4/2/2020

article Grassy Narrows signs agreement for new mercury treatment facility
(Ontario) -- The community of Grassy Narrows has inked an agreement for a mercury treatment centre to help community members dealing with mercury poisoning. “Today...

3/27/2020

article Court OKs Trump repeal of Obama public lands fracking rule
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal judge on Friday upheld the Trump administration’s decision to repeal an Obama-era rule that established standards for hydraulic...

3/24/2020

article Native Groups, Private Citizens Among Those Concerned About Possible Mining Near Wolf River
(Tennessee) -- Badger Minerals, a subsidiary of a Canadian mining company, wants to begin exploratory testing in eastern Oneida County near the headwaters of the Wolf...

3/22/2020

article MGM Names Casino Veteran Bill Hornbuckle as Its Acting CEO
(Las Vegas) -- MGM Resorts International named Bill Hornbuckle as its acting chief executive officer effective immediately, tapping the casino giant’s top...
article Industrial Update: B.C.’s minister of mines tours Cariboo region mines
(British Columbia) -- B.C.’s minister of mines toured the Cariboo region earlier in March visiting two mining operations and meeting with representatives from...

3/20/2020

article US panel approves pipeline, natural gas terminal in Oregon
(Oregon) -- A U.S. regulatory agency on Thursday approved a controversial natural gas pipeline and marine export terminal project in Oregon, but the state's...

3/19/2020

article Agnico Eagle sends home Nunavut workers as Rankin Inlet residents blockade road
(Nunavut) -- Residents of Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, took to the streets Wednesday evening, blockading a road to a nearby gold mine in an attempt to stop operations amid...

3/12/2020

article Mining Tribal Land Weighs on Crow Family as Cost of Prosperity
(Montana) -- Wayne Moccasin turned his face into a light breeze suffused with the pungent smell of sagebrush. He pointed to a broad basin of prairie where he used to run...

3/10/2020

article LIM: Has Trudeau (Politely) Betrayed Native People Again?
(Canada) -- When Justin Trudeau became prime minister of Canada in 2015, he promised a new relationship with Indigenous people, “built on respect, rights and a...

3/9/2020

article 1854 Treaty Authority opposes Minntac’s expansion
(Minnesota) -- As a permit for the U.S. Steel’s Minntac iron-ore mine heads to the Minnesota Supreme Court, the company has also asked the state Department of...

3/8/2020

article Sokaogon Chippewa community members, allies march in opposition of Wolf River drilling project
(Wisconsin) -- More than a hundred people came together in Crandon in an effort to protect a local source of water that is considered sacred to many. In February, Badger...

3/7/2020

article Canada has enough pipelines to circle the globe several times. Can they ever be incident-free?
(British Columbia) -- Energy companies should invest more of their profits in safety inspections and replacing aging infrastructure, says the former chair of the U.S....

3/6/2020

article Appeals court supports tribal lawsuit over oil trains
(Washington) -- A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling protecting the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community’s right to sue to enforce an agreement that restricts...

3/5/2020

article Working Relationship: Tribal Relations and Land Management Considerations for Pipeline Companies
(USA) -- Historically, tribal land management issues have been focused on state and federal jurisdictional concerns, but it is now shifting toward pipeline companies...

3/4/2020

article BNSF Loses Bid to Keep Hauling Shale Oil Across Tribal Land
(Washington) -- BNSF Railway Co.'s shipments of crude oil across tribal land in Washington state violated a right-of-way and easement agreement, a federal appeals...
article BLM: Oilfield developers should protect indigenous women
(Wyoming) -- Companies seeking to expand the Moneta Divide gas- and oilfield should screen, train and police boom-time workers to protect vulnerable Northern Arapaho and...
article Waubetek, Laurentian sign agreement for Indigenous mining centre
(Ontario) -- Waubetek Business Development Corp. and Laurentian University have signed an agreement signalling an intent to cooperate on the Centre of Excellence for...
article Logging lifer: Q&A with BC contractor Shelley Stewart
(British Columbia) -- Shelley Stewart was raised in the world of logging and ranching in the B.C. Interior. At 19 years old, she bought her first log truck and launched...

3/3/2020

article Tensions arise between Natives, Non-Natives in Indian Country
(Minnesota) -- Despite political successes for the Native community in Minnesota in recent years, 2020 has started with tension building between Native and Non-Native...

3/2/2020

article How a Pipeline Is Dividing Minnesota’s Democrats Ahead of Super Tuesday
(Minnesota) -- The planned route for this pipeline runs past small Northwoods towns populated with union laborers. It cuts across one Native American reservation, while...
article Ontario, First Nations agree on missing link road to the Ring of Fire
(Ontario) -- The Ontario government and two First Nation communities have signed an historic agreement to start the process for the environmental assessment, planning,...

3/1/2020

article Buffalo Declaration a 'clear display of ignorance,' says Alberta treaty nation
(Alberta) -- Alberta First Nation leaders from Treaty Six are speaking out against a recent notice released by four Conservative MPs from Alberta, which they say they...
article Pebble Mine is on the 'fast track'
(Alaska) -- Governmental agencies and tribes are reviewing a proposal to develop a huge mine in Alaska. The Pebble project would be the largest mine in North America and...

2/27/2020

article Mohave Supervisors Vote For Expanded Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon Amid Federal Ban
(Arizona) -- The Mohave County Board of Supervisors has unanimously voted in support of expanded mining on lands adjacent to the Grand Canyon. They say a federal ban on...
article Tribes Urge McSally To Support Grand Canyon Uranium Mining Ban
(Arizona) -- Tribal and environmental groups are calling on Arizona Republican Senator Martha McSally to back a bill permanently banning uranium mining near Grand Canyon...
article Trump administration argues resuming coal sales from public lands has little greenhouse gas impact
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration said Wednesday a resumption of coal sales from public lands that had been blocked under former President Barack Obama will...

2/26/2020

article New coal firm signs agreement with federal government
(Tennessee) -- A Navajo Nation-based coal operator reached an agreement with the U.S. government on Saturday, giving federal regulators the authority to enforce...

2/25/2020

article Tribes turn to other heat sources after closure of Kayenta coal mine
(Arizona) -- Navajo and Hopi families in northeastern Arizona that have long relied on coal to heat their homes are looking to other sources after last year’s...

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