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Red Cliff Band Joins Groups Opposed to Superior Gas Plant

The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has joined environmental groups urging state regulators to reject a plan to build a $700 million natural gas-fired power plant in Superior. The State Journal reports that the Native American tribe is worried that the Nemadji Trail Energy Center would damage local wetlands, contribute to climate change and promote hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

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6/30/2020

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6/29/2020

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6/28/2020

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6/27/2020

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6/26/2020

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6/24/2020

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6/22/2020

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6/19/2020

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6/18/2020

article Alberta Energy Regulator keeps suspension of environmental regulations despite opposition
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6/17/2020

article COMMENTARY: Tesoro High Plains Pipeline offer to Native landowners in North Dakota unacceptable
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6/16/2020

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6/15/2020

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6/13/2020

article EPA: Study cites risks to some tribal members
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6/12/2020

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6/11/2020

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6/10/2020

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6/9/2020

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6/4/2020

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6/3/2020

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6/1/2020

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5/29/2020

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(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

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5/27/2020

article Environmentalists lose bid to halt uranium mine in Arizona
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article Company floats new proposal for hydropower on tribal land
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5/26/2020

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5/25/2020

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5/24/2020

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5/23/2020

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5/22/2020

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5/21/2020

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5/20/2020

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5/19/2020

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5/16/2020

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5/14/2020

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5/13/2020

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article States, tribe seek to suspend coal sales on US lands
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5/10/2020

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5/9/2020

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5/3/2020

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5/2/2020

article Alaska conservationists urge action on transboundary mining
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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

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4/26/2020

article Yukon First Nations leaders fear mine will increase violence against women in ‘land of the caribou’
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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
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4/20/2020

article Northern B.C. workers at Alberta oilsands camp test positive for COVID-19
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4/19/2020

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article Officials in northern Sask. link COVID-19 cases with travel to Alberta
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4/18/2020

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4/17/2020

article Natural gas plant construction causes concerns for Native American landowners
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4/15/2020

article 'Dangerously compromising': Quebec mining sector reopening a concern for Indigenous leaders
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4/14/2020

article Native people, environmentalists fight Nevada mine's plan to pump billions of gallons of groundwater
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4/13/2020

article Yukon First Nations want mining operations suspended over Covid-19
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4/12/2020

article Conservationists oppose water rights for Nevada gold mine
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article WILSON: Rushing Pebble Mine review during a pandemic is reckless
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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
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4/4/2020

article ‘Worried sick’ about spreading virus during pipeline construction
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4/2/2020

article Grassy Narrows signs agreement for new mercury treatment facility
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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
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3/22/2020

article MGM Names Casino Veteran Bill Hornbuckle as Its Acting CEO
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article Industrial Update: B.C.’s minister of mines tours Cariboo region mines
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3/20/2020

article US panel approves pipeline, natural gas terminal in Oregon
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3/19/2020

article Agnico Eagle sends home Nunavut workers as Rankin Inlet residents blockade road
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3/12/2020

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3/10/2020

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3/9/2020

article 1854 Treaty Authority opposes Minntac’s expansion
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3/8/2020

article Sokaogon Chippewa community members, allies march in opposition of Wolf River drilling project
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3/7/2020

article Canada has enough pipelines to circle the globe several times. Can they ever be incident-free?
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3/6/2020

article Appeals court supports tribal lawsuit over oil trains
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3/5/2020

article Working Relationship: Tribal Relations and Land Management Considerations for Pipeline Companies
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3/4/2020

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article BLM: Oilfield developers should protect indigenous women
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3/3/2020

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3/2/2020

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3/1/2020

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2/27/2020

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2/26/2020

article New coal firm signs agreement with federal government
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2/25/2020

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2/24/2020

article Pebble mine opponents say process is being rushed
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2/23/2020

article Last-minute negotiations settle a First Nation's concerns over the Teck Frontier oilsands mine
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2/21/2020

article Tribes worry a Canadian mine could poison Washington salmon
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2/20/2020

article Court documents allege premier, others knew of plan for 'unconquered people' argument
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2/19/2020

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2/18/2020

article First Nations leaders call for peace as federal politicians debate infrastructure disruptions
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2/15/2020

article Leaks reveal refined Pebble Mine plan
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2/13/2020

article South Dakota tribes speak against 'riot-boosting' penalties
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2/12/2020

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2/11/2020

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2/10/2020

article Calgarians rally on Reconciliation Bridge in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en land defenders
(Alberta) -- Protesters drummed, smudged and held a round dance in front of the Calgary headquarters of the company behind a proposed pipeline project, one of many...
article Kahnawake Mohawks protest in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en Nation, blocking service on Exo's Candiac line
(Quebec) -- People in Kahnawake say they will continue to block a section of a Canadian Pacific railway that runs through the Mohawk community on Montreal's South...
article Mohawks prepare to enter 6th day of railway shutdown in support of Wet'suwet'en
(Ontario) -- The people staging a demonstration in support of Wet'suwet'en pipeline opponents that has led to a five-day shutdown of passenger and freight rail...
article Mohawks prepare to enter 6th day of railway shutdown in support of Wet'suwet'en
(Ontario) -- The people staging a demonstration in support of Wet'suwet'en pipeline opponents that has led to a five-day shutdown of passenger and freight rail...
article RCMP arrests in Wet'suwet'en territory spark protests nationwide
(British Columbia) -- Arrests by the RCMP in Wet'suwet'en territory in northern B.C., have triggered railway blockades and other protests across the country in...
article Environment minister doesn't rule out deferring a decision on the Teck oilsands mine
(Canada) -- Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said today he won't rule out deferring a decision on the proposed Teck Frontier oilsands mine. "None of the...

2/8/2020

article Tensions continue to rise between RCMP and Wet'suwet'en amid pipeline dispute
(Canada) -- The RCMP continued to make arrests on Saturday — the third day in a row of police enforcement against the Wet'suwet'en and their supporters...

2/7/2020

article Tribe Loses Bid to Intervene in Gas Pipeline Construction Suit
(Rhode Island) -- The Narragansett Tribe lacks standing to intervene in a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission proceeding over the construction of a natural gas pipeline...

2/6/2020

article As RCMP begin arrests, Gidimt'en spokesperson Molly Wickham issues declaration on Wet'suwet'en rights
(British Columbia) -- Molly Wickham, a.k.a. Sleydo', has been an articulate spokesperson for Wet'suwet'en Nation members and their allies who are fighting...
article Grand Chief Stewart Phillip describes RCMP raid on Wet'suwet'en as "disgusting violation" of UN declaration
(British Columbia) -- One of B.C.'s best-known Indigenous leaders has heartily condemned the B.C. RCMP's enforcement of a B.C. Supreme Court injunction on...
article RCMP Are Raiding Wet’suwet’en Land Defender Camps
(British Columbia) -- The first sound was a snowmobile, somewhere in the distance. Then, with no warning, a dozen RCMP vehicles, including prisoner vans and RCMP-branded...
article RCMP locks down Wet’suwet’en territory as enforcement of injunction begins
(British Columbia) -- In a dark, grainy video posted early Thursday morning on Facebook, spokesperson Molly Wickham said the Wet’suwet’en camp had been...
article Several arrested at Wet'suwet'en anti-pipeline camp as RCMP move in to enforce injunction
(British Columbia) -- Multiple arrests have been made on traditional Wet'suwet'en territory as RCMP enforce an injunction order against people blocking...
article Proposed Reroute Of Oil Pipeline In Northern Wisconsin Sows Division
(Wisconsin) -- The land where Jan Penn and her husband Rick made their home in far northern Wisconsin checked a lot of the boxes when they bought it more than 40 years...
article RCMP concerned Indigenous rights advocates will gain public support: new study
(Canada) -- As police enforce a court injunction against two Indigenous camps standing in the way of a proposed B.C. pipeline, the authors of a new report say their...
article Freeport-McMoRan's Planned Mining Waste Site Includes Tribal Homelands
(Arizona) -- The nearly 17,000 acres of Arizona State Trust land sold to the copper mining company Freeport-McMoRan this month holds historical significance for several...
article Brazil's Bolsonaro unveils bill to allow commercial mining on indigenous land
(Brazil) -- Brazil’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, unveiled a controversial bill on Wednesday that would allow commercial mining on protected indigenous...

2/5/2020

article Indigenous Youth for Wet’suwet’en occupy federal minister’s office in Winnipeg
(British Columbia) -- Roughly 20 young people are occupying the office of Northern Affairs Minister Dan Vandal in Winnipeg demanding that authorities leave Wet’...
article RCMP Raid of Wet'suwet'en Territory 'Imminent' As Pipeline Talks Break Down
(British Columbia) -- A militarized RCMP raid of Wet’suwet’en territory appears “imminent” after talks broke down between First Nations leaders...
article RCMP urge Coastal GasLink pipeline protesters to leave disputed area or face arrest
(British Columbia) -- The B.C. RCMP say they are ready to enforce an injunction order against protesters of the Coastal GasLink pipeline —and urge protesters to...
article Talks break down between province, Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs over Coastal GasLink pipeline standoff
(British Columbia) -- Last-ditch talks between the British Columbia government and Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs aimed at finding a peaceful resolution to an...
article Winnipeg protesters rally at MP's office in solidarity with northern B.C. pipeline opponents
(Manitoba) -- Dozens of protesters gathered at the Winnipeg office of a member of Parliament Tuesday to voice their opposition to a pipeline in northern B.C.
article What you need to know about the Coastal GasLink pipeline conflict
(British Columbia) -- The conflict over a natural gas pipeline in northwestern British Columbia is the latest flashpoint between resource development and Indigenous...

2/2/2020

article RCMP pipeline checkpoint ‘arbitrary and discriminatory,’ says Wet’suwet’en hereditary chief, UBCIC
(Canada) -- The Wet’suwet’en hereditary clan chiefs and their supporters want a public investigation into the way the RCMP are controlling access along a...

1/31/2020

article Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs agree to a week of ‘respect’ talks with B.C.
(British Columbia) -- Eight hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en Nation agreed on Thursday to undertake seven days of talks with the British Columbia...
article RCMP to stand down as Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs and province start de-escalation talks
(British Columbia) -- The Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs and the B.C. government have announced they will be in talks over the next seven days to de-escalate a...
article Indigenous LNG supporters chide human rights advocates over pipeline comments
(British Columbia) -- A collective of First Nations who support the liquefied natural gas industry in British Columbia say human rights advocates failed to do their...
article LNG terminal, pipeline can lift First Nation out of poverty: chief
(British Columbia) -- Haisla Nation Chief Councillor Crystal Smith gave a passionate, off-the-cuff speech Thursday in defence of LNG development at the BC Natural...
article Indigenous leaders support Smith Landing's fight against Teck Frontier project
(Northwest Territories) -- The leaders of the K'atl'odeeche First Nation and the N.W.T Métis Nation are supporting the Smith's Landing First Nation in their...
article Trump pushes for uranium production near Grand Canyon
(Arizona) -- In a clearing on Forest Road 305, about 15 miles south of Grand Canyon National Park, an enormous steel headframe towers beside a retention pond. Beneath...

1/30/2020

article Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs among those calling for civilian review of RCMP actions
(British Columbia) -- A coalition that includes Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs, the B.C. Civil Liberties Association and the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs is...
article 'We need to gather together': NB rally supports Wet'suwet'en pipeline protest
(New Brunswick) -- A group of about 50 people marched on Fredericton City Hall on Wednesday in solidarity with the We'suwet'en hereditary chiefs who are trying...

1/29/2020

article Coastal GasLink opponents build new camp near pipeline route
(British Columbia) -- Supporters of Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs blocking a pipeline route near Houston, B.C., have built a third camp on disputed land covered...

1/28/2020

article ‘We’ve got a real divide in the community:’ Wet’suwet’en Nation in turmoil
(British Columbia) -- The battle over the CGL pipeline in British Columbia both on social media and in the press is dividing the Wet’suwet’en Nation some...
article County to vote on Enbridge Line 5 land deals
(Wisconsin) -- The Ashland County board will vote Thursday whether to allow Mellen to sell a 5.58-acre parcel of land to Enbridge Energy for use in rerouting the...
article Noem prepares to again introduce 'riot-boosting' legislation
(South Dakota) -- Gov. Kristi Noem renewed her pitch Tuesday for lawmakers to try again to pass laws against “riot boosting," despite opposition from Native...

1/27/2020

article Seventh Circuit Says Hands Are Tied in Tribe’s Fight With EPA Over Mine
(Chicago) -- A Seventh Circuit panel ruled Monday that federal law offers no recourse for a Wisconsin tribe challenging a permit which would allow runoff from a Michigan...
article B.C. premier tasks former MP Nathan Cullen with 'de-escalating' Coastal GasLink conflict
(British Columbia) -- Former Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen is stepping into the Coastal GasLink dispute to act as an intermediary between the Wet'suwe'...

1/24/2020

article Appeals Court to Decide Fate of Final Badger-Two Medicine Lease
(Montana) -- Blackfeet leaders and conservation partners whose advocacy to save the Badger-Two Medicine dates back nearly 40 years saw their efforts pared into a 40-...
article “Equitable” partnerships with First Nations will make the Ring of Fire go smoothly
(Ontario) -- Chiefs from two economically-depressed communities near the Ring of Fire told Queen’s Park politicians they want to be "equitable partners"...

1/23/2020

article Oglala Sioux Tribe Appeal Seeks Survey Of Uranium Mine Site
(South Dakota) -- A Native American tribe in South Dakota has filed an appeal that it hopes will force a scientific survey of artifacts, burials and other cultural...

1/22/2020

article Court hears arguments on last oil, gas lease
(Montana) -- Oral arguments for the last standing oil and gas lease in the Badger-Two Medicine area were the focus of a hearing Tuesday before the U.S. Court of Appeals...
article Wyoming, Montana seek Supreme Court ruling on coal exports
(Wyoming) -- Wyoming and Montana asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to rule on Washington State’s denial of a permit for a port facility that could boost U.S...

1/21/2020

article States seek Supreme Court decision on Longview coal project
(Wyoming) -- Wyoming and Montana asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to rule on Washington’s denial of a permit for a port facility that could boost U.S. coal...
article First Nations representatives address hearing on proposed pipeline expansion in west central Alberta
(Alberta) -- Federal energy regulators are hearing from First Nations representatives who wish to comment on a proposed $500-million natural gas pipeline expansion...
article LETTER: Pebble falsely claims Tribal support
(Alaska) -- I received from Pebble mine a mailed pamphlet making it sound like the Nondalton Tribal Council and Cunyung Tribal Council helped produce the draft EIS. In...
article Tribes Unite to Protect Bristol Bay Salmon and Native Sovereignty
(Alaska) -- Canadian First Nations, Washington State Tribal leaders, and leaders from Native American regional and national organizations held a press conference to...

1/19/2020

article Disrespectful that Horgan won't meet during northern B.C. tour: hereditary chief
(British Columbia) -- It's disrespectful that Premier John Horgan won't meet with five hereditary chiefs who oppose a natural gas pipeline while he is touring...

1/18/2020

article Legal divide lies behind Wet'suwet'en pipeline protest, expert says
(Canada) -- Behind the standoff between pipeline company Coastal GasLink and Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs in B.C. lies a deeper divide, says one legal scholar...

1/17/2020

article Judge says conservation group can look into energy panel’s activities
(Montana) -- A conservation group can seek details from the Trump administration on whether it followed recommendations from an illegally created industry advisory group...
article Tribe members discuss best practices to clean up oil spills
(North Dakota) -- Tribal members at a Bismarck conference talked oilfield best practices, including how to clean up oil spills using microorganisms. The oilfield service...
article Judge won’t stop Idaho tribe lawsuit against mining company
(Idaho) -- A Clean Water Act lawsuit filed by the Nez Perce Tribe that seeks to force a Canadian gold mining company to acquire permits for pollution discharged from its...

1/16/2020

article Tribes talk oilfield best practices at Bismarck conference
(North Dakota) -- A company on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation has found success cleaning up oil spills using microorganisms, and it’s looking to train more...
article Council supports tribe, opposes mine proposal
(California) -- Following a demonstration outside City Hall led by area Amah Mutsun tribal members and their supporters, the Morgan Hill City Council on Jan. 15...

1/15/2020

article RCMP set up checkpoint restricting access in Wet'suwet'en territory amid clash over pipeline
(British Columbia) -- The RCMP have blocked access to a First Nation's territory in northern B.C., heightening tensions as government officials and hereditary chiefs of...

1/14/2020

article The gift of coal for Hopi and Navajo families
(Arizona) -- Imagine actually wanting to get coal in your stocking this holiday season. Or rather a truck load of coal over cologne, perfume, jewelry or whatever it was...

1/13/2020

article Indigenous-led protest to slow western portion of Ontario's 401
(British Columbia) -- An Indigenous-led rolling blockade that travelled between London, Ontario and Six Nations, Ontario slowed traffic, which the organizers said is to...
article Minnesota court rejects three PolyMet permits, sends them back to DNR for hearing
(Minnesota) -- Plans to build Minnesota’s first copper-nickel mine suffered a major setback Monday when the state Court of Appeals reversed three permits issued to...

1/12/2020

article EPA to Ease Rules on Power Plants Storing Deadly Coal Ash
(Washington D.C.) -- Utilities soon could get federal approval for the riskiest way to get rid of coal ash. The latest Trump EPA proposal to prop up the financially...
article Government Bill Would Permit Extensive Economic Exploitation on Indigenous Lands
(Brazil) -- The federal government is finalizing a bill to be submitted to Congress that provides for the exploitation of indigenous lands, one of President Jair...

1/11/2020

article B.C. human rights commissioner calls on Canada to stop eviction of Wet'suwet'en people in pipeline standoff
(British Columbia) -- B.C.'s human rights commissioner is urging the Canadian government to stop the eviction of Wet'suwet'en and Secwepemc peoples who are...
article 'We don't give consent': Portage and Main round dance shows solidarity for Wet'suwet'en in pipeline battle
(Manitoba) -- Despite frigid weather, more than 100 people turned out for a round dance at the iconic corner of Portage Avenue and Main Street in Winnipeg Friday...

1/10/2020

article Coal Mine’s Closure Leaves Hopi, Navajo Homes Without Heat This Winter
(Arizona) -- The Kayenta coal mine in northeastern Arizona shut down last year, along with the power plant it supplied. Coal from that mine used to light up Las Vegas...
article Judge Won't Stop Idaho Tribe Lawsuit Against Mining Company
(Idaho) -- A Clean Water Act lawsuit filed by the Nez Perce Tribe that seeks to force a Canadian gold mining company to acquire permits for pollution discharged from its...

1/9/2020

article What the Wet’suwet’en case says about how Canadian courts address Indigenous law
(Canada) -- About 30 years before the Wet’suwet’en First Nation faced the possibility of a natural gas pipeline through its territory, members fought a...
article Coastal GasLink opponents monitor logging road as prospect of pipeline standoff grows
(British Columbia) -- Thirty-nine kilometres down a snow-covered logging road, four men chop wood and work to erect a canvas wall tent in a pullout area. Cody Merriman,...

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