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State, tribal oil tax agreement clears final hurdle

North Dakota House members put their stamp of approval on a new tribal oil tax agreement, the final hurdle for resolving a dispute with the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation over how oil revenue is shared.

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6/23/2019

article Exploration under way for southeast Alaska mine project
(Alaska) -- The developer of a proposed mine in southeast Alaska is moving ahead with exploration following a favorable court decision. Constantine Metal Resources took...

6/22/2019

article Lloyd Omdahl: First, land; next, buffalo; now oil
(North Dakota) -- Does the white man have no shame? Our consciences ought to be enraged by the effort the state is making in relation to oil that belongs to the Three...
article Protect our culture and lifestyle
(Alaska) -- The destruction of subsistence food and activity is the destruction an annihilation of a culture and people as will happen with the Pebble Mine and Donlin...

6/21/2019

article Yurok Tribe calling for help to defend Klamath River against proposed gas pipeline
(California) -- The Yurok Tribe is asking for help from tribal members to attend a hearing on a proposed gas pipeline and liquefied natural gas export terminal which...

6/20/2019

article House Votes to Suspend Pebble Mine Funding
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. House of Representatives has passed an appropriations package, with an amendment to bar funding for the Pebble Mine permitting process.

6/18/2019

article Massive Gemini Solar Project near Las Vegas faces resistance
(Nevada) -- The construction of a solar plant that would send power to Nevada, Arizona and California is receiving pushback from some environmental groups. The Gemini...

6/16/2019

article Tester Ramps up Pressure on Interior to Safeguard Badger-Two Medicine
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Sen. Jon Tester on Thursday ramped up pressure on Interior Department officials with a resolution to furnish permanent protections on the...
article Udall, Henirich seek hearing on mining act
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are seeking a hearing on the Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act. The two Democratic senators made the...

6/15/2019

article Supreme Court rejects Tsilhqot'in appeal in Taseko mine case
(British Columbia) -- The Tsilhqot'in Nation says it will continue to protect what it considers a sacred lake in the central Interior despite a blow from Canada'...

6/14/2019

article Supreme Court rejects Tsilhqot'in appeal in Taseko mine case
(British Columbia) -- The Tsilhqot'in Nation says it will continue to protect what it considers a sacred lake in the central Interior despite a blow from Canada'...

6/13/2019

article 'We're deeply sorry:' Husky fined $3.8M for leak into North Saskatchewan River
(Saskatchewan) -- Husky Energy was fined $3.8 million Wednesday for a pipeline oil leak that fouled a major river, harmed fish and wildlife and tainted the drinking...
press release Canadian Premium Sand Announces Completion of a Positive Preliminary Feasibility Study Technical Report at the Wanipigow Sand Project in Manitoba
(Alberta) -- Canadian Premium Sand Inc. ("CPS" or the "Company")(TSXV:CPS) is pleased to announce the results of an independent Preliminary...

6/12/2019

article Trump administration signals support for uranium mining that could touch Grand Canyon
(Arizona) -- The Trump administration is signaling a renewed push to consider uranium mining near the Grand Canyon, a move that would undoubtedly ignite a political...
article Dakota to Cushing Pipeline Proposed
(Oklahoma) -- Two companies are proposing a $1.6 billion pipeline to move North Dakota crude oil, making it the biggest such project to move oil out of the state since...
article Wyoming joins Utah, Western Colorado and Northern Ute Tribe on Natural Gas Initiative
(Wyoming) -- Continuing work to advance new market access for the West’s natural energy resources, Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) and its government partners...
article Vapour release at Shell
(Ontario) -- There was a hydrocarbon vapour release at Shell’s Corunna site Wednesday morning. In a Facebook post, Aamjiwnaang First Nation Emergency Planning...

6/11/2019

article $1.6B pipeline proposed to move North Dakota crude oil
(North Dakota) -- Two companies are proposing a $1.6 billion pipeline to move North Dakota crude oil, making it the biggest such project in the state since the Dakota...
article Court to mull continuing order against B.C. LNG pipeline opponents
(British Columbia) -- Coastal GasLink and opponents of the company’s natural gas pipeline are set to make arguments in B.C. Supreme Court over whether an interim...
article First Nations have good reason to support pipelines, says Fraser Institute
(Ontario) -- The construction of pipelines in Western Canada stand to benefit small, remote and “fairly poor” First Nation communities in Alberta and British...

6/4/2019

article The Trump Administration Is Targeting Pipeline Protesters With a Proposed Crackdown
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration targeted pipeline protesters with a new proposal on Monday, June 3. According to Politico, the Department of Transportation...
article What Happens When the Feds Can't Be Wrong?
(Washington D.C.) -- When you write the rules, you’re never the bad guy. That’s been the U.S. government’s guiding mantra since its inception when it...
article Tribes back bill to ban new uranium mining around Grand Canyon
(Arizona) -- Fresh off one policy strike against the Trump administration, tribes and Democrats in Congress are looking to score another with a ban on new uranium mining...
article Gordon asks AG for strategy to sue Washington over coal ports
(Wyoming) -- Governor Mark Gordon asked Attorney General Bridget Hill to research how Wyoming could sue Washington over that state’s decision to deny a coal port...

6/3/2019

article Trump administration seeks criminal crackdown on pipeline protests
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration is joining calls to treat some pipeline protests as a federal crime, mirroring state legislative efforts that have spread...
article Interior Department’s coal reboot ignores tribes and curtails public input
(Montana) -- Within miles of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe’s reservation in southeastern Montana, coal mines leave claw marks on the landscape and smokestacks rise...
article Interior Department’s coal reboot ignores tribes and curtails public input
(Montana) -- Within miles of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe’s reservation in southeastern Montana, coal mines leave claw marks on the landscape and smokestacks rise...
article Montana Tribe Rips Trump Administration Over Federal Coal Leasing
(Montana) -- Reuters reported that a Montana tribe last week blasted the Trump administration for seeking to overturn an Obama-era moratorium on federal coal leasing...
article North Dakota tribe defends its rights to minerals from state
(North Dakota) -- For nearly two centuries, the federal government has repeatedly assured a Native American tribe in North Dakota that it has rights to a reservation...

6/2/2019

article Wyoming joins Utah, Western Colorado and Northern Ute Tribe on natural gas initiative
(Wyoming) -- Continuing work to advance new market access for the West’s natural energy resources, Consumer Energy Alliance and its government partners across the...

6/1/2019

article Wyoming joins Western coalition to promote development around natural gas
(Wyoming) -- Wyoming is the newest member of a Western energy advocacy group that seeks to promote natural gas production and infrastructure development in the region....
article North Dakota tribe defends its rights to minerals from state
(North Dakota) -- For nearly two centuries, the federal government has repeatedly assured a Native American tribe in North Dakota that it has rights to a reservation...

5/31/2019

article Criminal charges withdrawn against 14 people for 2016 Muskrat Falls occupation
(Labrador) -- Criminal charges have been withdrawn against 14 people who were arrested after a 2016 demonstration at the Muskrat Falls dam project site in Labrador.
article That’s a wrap in Attawapiskat
(Ontario) -- Plant decommissioning has started at the De Beers Group’s Victor open-pit diamond mine complex near Attawapiskat. The international diamond miner...

5/30/2019

article Historic agreement could open up overseas markets for Western states' natural gas
(Utah) -- Signers inked a historic agreement Thursday at the Governor's Energy Summit, potentially opening up natural gas markets for Western states and the Ute...

5/29/2019

article Montana tribe rips Trump administration over federal coal leasing
(Washington D.C.) -- A Montana tribe this week blasted the Trump administration for seeking to overturn an Obama-era moratorium on federal coal leasing without...

5/28/2019

article Coastal First Nations slam senators, say upper house doesn't have 'legitimacy' to kill tanker ban
(British Columbia) -- With some in the Senate angling to the end the federal Liberal government's B.C. oil tanker ban bill, some coastal First Nations are slamming...

5/27/2019

article Critics say state attempts to expand drilling waste that can be released in Cook Inlet
(Alaska) -- Cook Inlet watchdog groups and fishermen are coming out against a new state plan they say will allow oil companies to boost the amount of drilling and...

5/25/2019

article You Could Get Prison Time for Protesting a Pipeline in Texas—Even If It’s on Your Land
(Texas) -- The fight against a Texas pipeline just got a little more challenging. On Monday, the Texas Senate passed legislation that makes interfering with pipelines...

5/23/2019

article New Lawsuit Calls Louisiana's Pipeline Protest Law 'Unconstitutional'
(Louisiana) -- In Louisiana, pipeline opponents are fighting a law they say hinders their ability to practice free speech. A lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court...
article Environmentalists, Tribes Battle Rosemont Mine In Southeastern Arizona
(Arizona) -- A proposed mine in southeastern Arizona is pitting environmentalists and tribes against groups who say this would be a massive economic boon for the state....

5/22/2019

article Indian Country supports reform of mining laws
(Washington D.C.) -- Navajo, Chilkat and Black Hills representatives joined lawmakers here on Capitol Hill on May 9, to announce introduction of the Hardrock Leasing and...

5/19/2019

article Tribes, environmentalists battle copper mine in Arizona
(Arizona) -- Scenic State Highway 83 gently curves through southeastern Arizona’s wine country, past waves of blond grass dotted with orange-tipped ocotillo plants...
article Opposition grows for proposed mining in Skagit River headwaters
(British Columbia) -- A Canadian company has proposed exploratory mining for gold and copper in the headwaters of the Skagit River in British Columbia. Some officials,...
article Protesters march to White Mesa uranium mill
(Utah) -- Fifty anti-nuclear activists including Ute Mountain Ute tribal members showed up Saturday for a 5-mile protest march to the entrance of the White Mesa uranium...

5/18/2019

article Judge dismisses lawsuit brought by fishermen and paid for by Pebble
(Alaska) -- A lawsuit brought by a small group of Bristol Bay commercial fishermen to keep a seafood marketing group from spending money to stop the Pebble copper and...

5/17/2019

article Controversial silica sand operation gets provincial approval
(Manitoba) -- The province has issued an environmental license to allow Canadian Premium Sands to set up a controversial silica sand operation in Hollow Water First...
article Silica sand mine approved for site near Seymourville, Hollow Water First Nation
(Manitoba) -- The Province of Manitoba has approved and issued a licence for a silica sand mine that had divided opinions among those who live near the site. The...

5/16/2019

article After Standing Rock, protesting pipelines can get you a decade in prison and $100K in fines
(USA) -- Cherri Foytlin and her fellow protestors spent much of last summer suspended 35-feet in the air in “sky pods” tied to cypress trees. They were...
article Tribes Seek Injunction against Hudbay Minerals’ Colossal Copper Mine Set to Desecrate Burial Grounds and Sacred Sites
(Arizona) -- Three Native American Tribes have filed a preliminary injunction against Canadian mining company Hudbay Minerals to stop its plans to raze lands which...
article Amazon Tribe Wins Lawsuit Against Oil Company, Saving Huge Amount Of Rainforest
(Ecuador) -- An Amazon tribe has won a huge lawsuit against big oil, saving vast acres of precious rainforest by doing so. The Ecuadorian government’s intentions...

5/15/2019

article Environmental and Native American groups appeal against Alaskan mining permit
(Alaska) -- Environmental and Native American groups are continuing their campaign against a proposed multi-deposit mine in the US state of Alaska, appealing a federal...

5/13/2019

article Federal Hearing to Review South Dakota Uranium Mine Dispute
(South Dakota) -- Federal regulatory officials have scheduled a hearing on a South Dakota uranium mine proposal that is intended as a step toward resolving a decade-old...
article Hoopa’s Copper Bluff Mine listed as Superfund site
(California) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officially added the Copper Bluff Mine in Hoopa to the Superfund National Priorities list, one of seven sites...

5/12/2019

article TRIBES: Tribes and First Nations say no to gold mining in Skagit River headwaters
(Washington) -- Since time immemorial our ancestors have stewarded the waters, wildlife and environs of the Skagit River, from its headwaters in British Columbia to its...
article Uranium hearing scheduled in Rapid City
(South Dakota) -- A hearing has been scheduled in Rapid City as part of the long-running regulatory review of a proposed uranium mine near Edgemont. The federal Atomic...

5/11/2019

article First Nation tells court it should have been consulted after artifacts found at pipeline worksite
(British Columbia) -- Members of a Northern B.C. First Nation are arguing in court that they should have been consulted on an archaeological mitigation plan prepared by...

5/10/2019

article ‘Kill the bill! Save the land!’ Native protectors disrupt Texas legislature
(Texas) -- Indigenous land and water protectors in Austin, Texas, briefly disrupted the state legislature on Tuesday when they unfurled two banners in the Texas State...

5/7/2019

article Klamath Tribes Optimistic After Delay in Jordan Cove Pipeline Project
(Oregon) -- A long-planned, controversial Southern Oregon fracked gas pipeline project was dealt a major setback on Monday, spurring celebration from the many groups who...
article Nobody objects to Forest Service’s rejection of oil and gas leasing in portion of Ruby Mountains
(Nevada) -- The objection period following the U.S. Forest Service’s rejection of an oil and gas leasing proposal in the Ruby Mountains has ended, and neither the...

5/6/2019

article Aquila’s Back Forty Permit Upheld by State of Michigan
(Michigan) -- After a lengthy court battle, Aquila Resources (TSX:AQA,OTCQB:AQARF) has been issued a final decision and order from the State of Michigan that upholds the...

5/5/2019

article The third-largest copper mine in America is Arizona's next big fight
(Arizona) -- Sloping ridges descend from the rocky spine of the Santa Rita Mountains, forming an undulating landscape of gold-tinged grass dotted with the greens of...
article Respect rights of indigenous people, culture, pope tells mining industry
(Canada) -- A “fallacious” economic model that exploits the earth’s resources while disregarding the rights and cultures of indigenous people has left...
article Tester urges Interior to fight drilling near Glacier
(Montana) -- U.S. Sen. Jon Tester is urging the Interior Department to continue its fight against energy development on land in northwestern Montana considered sacred to...

5/4/2019

article Tundra swans dying from toxic mining waste in northern Idaho
(Idaho) -- Tundra swans are dying along the Coeur d'Alene River flood plain in northern Idaho. Boise State Public Radio reports an average of 150 tundra swans are...

4/29/2019

article Vermonters Marched 65 Miles for Climate Justice
(Vermont) -- On April 9, after a five-day, 65-mile walk from Middlebury, approximately 350 activists, from toddlers to octogenarians, stood silently with their fists in...

4/28/2019

article Horseman Rides Into Crowd of Anti-Coal Protesters in Australia, Injuring Woman
(Australia) -- The battle over plans for a gargantuan coal mine in central Australia turned violent Sunday, when a man on a horse rode into a crowd of protesters,...

4/25/2019

article Federal government lacking in tribal consultations
(Washington D.C.) -- The federal government is supposed to hold formal consultations with Native American tribes when infrastructure projects like pipelines could harm...
article Alaska tribes say state unwilling to consult on projects
(Alaska) -- The Alaska governor's administration has refused to consult with two Native tribes on proposed projects, the tribes have said. The Orutsararmiut Native...
article Utah, Colorado and Ute Tribe see gold in liquified natural gas exports
(Utah) -- Utah is joining forces with the Ute Tribe and a trio of western Colorado counties in a newly formed advocacy group to tap into the global export market for...

4/24/2019

article Dunleavy Administration declines Kuskokwim Tribes government-to-government Donlin Gold Project Consultation
(Alaska) -- On January 30, 2019, Orutsararmiut Native Corporation sent a letter to the Dunleavy administration requesting government-to-government consultation regarding...
article Two Tribes, Dunleavy At Odds Over Tribal Sovereignty
(Alaska) -- Two tribes say that Gov. Mike Dunleavy and his administration aren’t doing enough to consult with their leaders on big issues facing the state. The...
article Study examines how tribes have used treaty rights to successfully halt energy development on indigenous lands
(Kansas) -- The protests at Standing Rock in opposition to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline brought international attention to energy development on tribal...

4/23/2019

article DNR Commissioner denies tribes’ requests for consultation on mining projects
(Alaska) -- The Chilkat Indian Village of Klukwan is one of three native groups accusing the Dunleavy administration of eroding government-to-government relations with...

4/22/2019

article UM prof: Blackfeet Tribe should co-manage Badger-Two Medicine with Forest Service
(Montana) -- The Blackfeet Tribe has battled for decades against oil and gas development in the Badger-Two Medicine, but co-managing the national forest might be the...

4/20/2019

article State defends South Dakota pipeline protest legislation
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota's governor and attorney general are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit challenging a new law that aims to prevent...
article Judge Orders Trump Admin Into Negotiations Over Coal Sales On Public Lands
(Montana) -- A federal judge Friday ruled that the Trump administration failed to consider potential damage to the environment from its decision to resume coal sales...
article Southern Utah environmental group sues feds over public lands leased for oil and gas development in Alkali Ridge
(Utah) -- A southern Utah environmental group is suing the U.S. Department of Interior and Bureau of Land Management over its leasing public lands with plentiful...

4/17/2019

article Ring of Fire development to be 'slow, contested' if Far North Act replacement stands as-is, legal expert says
(Ontario) -- Ontario's proposed revamping of legislation that dictates how development proceeds in the province's far north doesn't do enough to protect the...

4/16/2019

article Tribal leaders call for less drilling near sacred sites at congressional hearing in Santa Fe
(New Mexico) -- Leaders of the Navajo Nation and Pueblo tribes expressed frustration Monday with federal oversight of oil and gas leases on public holdings near ancient...

4/15/2019

article Considering the sacred: Lawmakers weigh push to restrict drilling near sacred sites
(New Mexico) -- Federal lawmakers ventured thousands of miles to hear from tribal leaders, archaeologists and others Monday as advocates urge Congress to establish...
article As Pebble hearings continue, large turnouts and varied testimony
(Alaska) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continued its series of public hearings on the proposed Pebble Mine and the project’s draft environmental review last...
article Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to Hold Hearing on Suppression of Indigenous Resistance to Extractive Industries
(North Dakota) -- The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) recently announced that it will conduct a hearing on the Suppression of Indigenous Resistance to...
article Witness list for Congressional field hearing on sacred sites and energy development
(Washington D.C.) -- The House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources is holding a field hearing on Monday to discuss the impacts of energy development on sacred...
press release Consumer Energy Alliance Announces New Report on Impacts of Increased Production and Infrastructure in Colorado and Utah’s Piceance and Uinta Basins
(Colorado) -- Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA), the leading consumer advocate for energy, today released a report on “Natural Gas Markets for the Western States and...

4/12/2019

article Three Mi’maw grandmothers vow to keep up the pressure on Alton Gas
(Nova Scotia) -- The three mi’kmaw grandmothers arrested Wednesday for trespassing and ignoring a court order not to block the Alton Gas site say their fight...

4/10/2019

article Trump Signs Orders to Speed Up Oil and Gas Pipeline Construction
(Texas) -- President Trump signed two executive orders on Wednesday that he says will speed up construction of pipelines and other projects to enhance the production and...
article 3 arrested at Alton Gas site as RCMP enforce injunction
(Nova Scotia) -- RCMP officers enforcing a court-ordered injunction arrested three protesters Wednesday at an encampment next to the site of a controversial natural gas...
article Tribes challenge final permit for toxic open‐pit copper mine on sacred lands
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham Nation, Pascua Yaqui Tribe, and Hopi Tribe filed a complaint in U.S. District Court today challenging the U.S. Army Corps of...
article Arizona tribes challenge permit for open-pit copper mine
(Arizona) -- Three Native American tribes went to court Wednesday to oppose a planned open-pit copper mine in southern Arizona. A complaint, jointly filed in U.S....

4/9/2019

article Trump to issue executive orders seeking to speed up oil and gas projects
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump is planning to issue a pair of executive orders on Wednesday to “help American energy companies avoid unnecessary red tape...

4/8/2019

article The Indigenous Peoples War Against Pipelines
(Washington D.C.) -- The world will continue to to rely on fossil fuels for most of its energy needs. Political, economic, and technological realities make it impossible...

4/7/2019

article OP/ED: Interior’s Badger-Two Med decision troubling
(Montana) -- In a disconcerting twist to the long-disputed battle over energy rights on the Badger-Two Medicine area, the federal government last week dropped its appeal...
article Pebble backs lawsuit to halt Bristol Bay seafood association’s funding for anti-mine groups
(Alaska) -- Six Bristol Bay commercial fishermen are suing a regional seafood association they belong to, challenging over $250,000 in contracts it made with groups that...

4/6/2019

article Government, Earthjustice appeal Badger-Two Medicine drilling lease cases
(Montana) -- The past week has been an eventful one for the three-decade controversy over oil and gas drilling in the Badger-Two Medicine....

4/4/2019

article US backs off appeal of Montana energy lease cancellation
(Montana) -- The Trump administration has scaled back its fight against oil and gas leases on land considered sacred to Native American tribes in Montana and Canada. The...

4/3/2019

article Ruby Mountains: A Push to Drill, a Failure to Consult Native Peoples
(Nevada) -- It’s a frigid December morning when I meet Chairman Joseph Holley at the Te-Moak tribal headquarters in Elko, Nevada, seven hours north of Las Vegas....
article Trudeau blasted over handling of N.S. natural gas project
(Nova Scotia) -- A Mi'kmaw woman from Nova Scotia criticized Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government's handling of a controversial natural gas project...

4/2/2019

article Native Sun News Today: Tribal precedents bring halt to fracking on public lands
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal judge here relied on precedents set by the Oglala and Standing Rock Sioux tribes when he handed down a “landmark” ruling March...
article Court order restricts Alton Gas foes to patch of land for 'peaceful protest'
(Nova Scotia) -- A court order has laid out a small patch of fenced land where Aboriginal and other protesters will be required to remain as they oppose a plan to store...
article LADUKE: Sleeping with the Wiindigo, and how to wake up
(Minnesota) -- Way to go Fond du Lac. First you all throw us under the bus over a pipeline. All Minnesota Chippewa Tribes opposed the pipeline formally, but then, you...

4/1/2019

article Anti-pipeline campaigners found not guilty by judge because 'protest against climate change crisis' was legal 'necessity'
(New York) -- More than a dozen protesters who clambered into holes dug for a high pressure gas pipeline said they had been found not responsible by a judge after...

3/31/2019

article ‘I feel that he heard me’: Mi’kmaw grandmother tells Trudeau to get Alton Gas out of our waters
(Nova Scotia) -- A Mi’kmaw grandmother who confronted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Halifax Thursday says she told him that the Alton Gas project must be...
article LNG project makes progress, adjusts to delays
(Oregon) -- You may have recently heard the names Pembina and its Jordan Cove Project as we’ve opened new offices and launched an information campaign across...

3/30/2019

article Trump’s Order to Open Arctic Waters to Oil Drilling Was Unlawful, Federal Judge Finds
(Alaska) -- In a major legal blow to President Trump’s push to expand offshore oil and gas development, a federal judge ruled that an executive order by Mr. Trump...

3/29/2019

article Disputed oil, gas lease sale brings in $15M
(New Mexico) -- An oil and gas lease sale that drew criticism from tribal leaders and environmentalists has netted more than $15 million in revenue. The Bureau of Land...

3/28/2019

article Burgum signs oil tax-sharing bill with North Dakota tribe
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has signed a bill that aims to end a longstanding disagreement over shared revenues on the oil-rich Fort Berthold Indian...

3/26/2019

article Tribes urge US to ban drilling around sacred New Mexico site
(New Mexico) -- Native American leaders are banding together to pressure U.S. officials to ban oil and gas exploration around a sacred tribal site that features massive...

3/25/2019

article Nevada tribes join opposition to plutonium shipments
(Nevada) -- Thirteen Nevada Indian tribes have joined the chorus of opposition to secret plutonium shipments to the state last year. Tribal leaders sent letters to...
article Nevada, Utah tribes join protest against plutonium shipments
(Nevada) -- Thirteen tribes in Nevada and western Utah are urging President Donald Trump and Energy Secretary Rick Perry to suspend any shipments of weapons-grade...

3/23/2019

article Native tribe opposes Sargent Ranch quarry project on sacred land
(California) -- For thousands of years, indigenous tribes near San Jose have hosted ceremonial practices, prayer and festivities on the land they refer to as Juristac...

3/22/2019

article Court rules against Klukwan, conservation groups in BLM permitting lawsuit
(Alaska) -- A federal court ruled that the Bureau of Land Management does not have to consider future impacts of mine development before approving activities for mineral...

3/21/2019

article Port: Attorney General Stenehjem disputes Treasurer Schmidt’s claim that his office told her to continue erroneous oil tax allocations
(North Dakota) -- Earlier this year it was revealed that oil tax allocations to various state funds weren’t being made properly. This was revealed during...

3/20/2019

article ND Legislature Approves Oil Tax-Sharing Bill With Tribe
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota's Republican-led Legislature has passed legislation that aims to end a longstanding disagreement over shared revenues on the oil-rich...
article State, tribal oil tax agreement clears final hurdle
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota House members put their stamp of approval on a new tribal oil tax agreement, the final hurdle for resolving a dispute with the Mandan,...
article A Fracking Boom Ransacks the Four Corners
(New Mexico) -- The sandstone mesas around Chaco Culture National Historical Park deserve contemplative quiet, in respect to the Pueblo people who built this masonry...
article Leasing Utah Away
(Utah) -- The Bureau of Land Management's plan to sell more than 217,000 acres of oil and gas leases in southeastern Utah doesn't sit well with environmental...
article Native Americans Are Saying No to Coal, and Yes to Solar
(Montana) -- If I asked you to imagine a place where 40 percent of people live without electricity, more than 90 percent live below the poverty line, and the...

3/18/2019

article Mining Companies Polluted Western Waters. Now Taxpayers Have to Pay for the Clean Up.
(Montana) -- The remnants of an abandoned gold and silver mine scar the Little Rocky Mountains just south of the Fort Belknap Indian Community in Montana, bleeding...
article Tribes Request More Stringent Standards for Pollutants in Lake Koocanusa
(Montana) -- A joint council of tribes is urging Montana, Idaho and British Columbia to adopt a more protective water quality standard to protect fish species in Lake...
article Feds Turn Deaf Ear to Alaskans in Pebble EIS Process
(Alaska) -- Federal regulators continue to ignore the requests of Bristol Bay Tribes, fishing organizations, State Legislators and the Alaska Delegation who have asked...
article Nova Scotia court grants injunction against Mi'kmaw protester at Alton Gas site
(Nova Scotia) -- A judge has granted a temporary order that requires an Indigenous man and others camped on a Nova Scotia company's property to move their protest....

3/16/2019

article First Nation attempts to halt drilling at B.C. lake considered sacred
(British Columbia) -- A First Nation in British Columbia's Central Interior says it will seek an injunction from the province's top court in order to halt the...

3/14/2019

article Forest Service kills plan to seek oil, gas in Nevada’s Ruby Mountains
(Nevada) -- The U.S. Forest Service has struck down an unpopular plan to open federal land in the Ruby Mountains in Northern Nevada for oil exploration.

3/13/2019

article Alton Gas asks court for order to remove Mi’kmaw protestors from Shubenacadie River site
(Nova Scotia) -- A group of 40-50 people opposed to a plan by Alton Natural Gas Storage Inc. to dump brine into the Shubenacadie River packed a courtroom in Halifax...
article ENERGY INDUSTRY: Why Liberals’ Bill C-69 won’t reduce Canada’s rising regulatory burden
(Canada) -- In just two years, under the Justin Trudeau government’s watch, $100 billion worth of energy projects were killed, cancelled or stalled, according to a...
article Brazil to build long-resisted Amazon transmission line on indigenous land
(Brazil) -- Brazil’s Bolsonaro government has invoked reasons of national security to push forward on the construction of a long-resisted 125 kilometer (78 mile)...

3/12/2019

article Fracking Sacred Ground
(New Mexico) -- On the packed earth behind the Counselor Chapter House, the local tribal headquarters for a town-sized portion of Navajo-owned lands in northwestern New...

3/11/2019

article Local tribe's 'Traditional Cultural Property' request and its effect on Jordan Cove LNG
(Oregon) -- The Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians (CTCLUSI) request for a 'traditional cultural property historic district'...

3/10/2019

article Feds inch closer to approving Alaska mining project seen as a threat to Pacific Northwest
(Alaska) -- Over the past several decades, fishermen, business owners, Alaska Native organizations and environmental groups have protested a proposed open-pit copper and...

3/8/2019

article Feds Battle To Escape Uranium Mine Cleanup Liability (sub req)
(Arizona) -- The federal government on Thursday asked an Arizona federal judge to limit its liability for cleanup costs at 19 retired uranium mines on Navajo Nation land...
article Amazon rainforest's riches up for grabs as Brazil to open indigenous reserves to mining
(Brazil) -- Brazil’s new right-wing government led by former army captain, Jair Bolsonaro, is going ahead with announced changes to current mining regulations,...
article Brazil aims to open indigenous reserves to mining: minister
(Brazil) -- The government of Brazil’s right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro is preparing an overhaul of mining sector regulations that will include opening up...

3/5/2019

article Army Corps Confirms It Aims to Issue Permit to Allow Rosemont Mine Construction
(Arizona) -- It has been confirmed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that they want to issue a crucial permit authorizing construction of the proposed Rosemont Mine in...

3/2/2019

article Fishermen’s group calls Corps’ analysis of potential tailings dam failure at Pebble ‘woefully inadequate’
(Alaska) -- A new study commissioned by a Bristol Bay seafood marketing group paints a doomsday scenario if the bulk tailings dam at the proposed Pebble mine ever...

2/28/2019

article Mikisew Cree say Frontier oilsands mine deal includes vote on future development
(Alberta) -- The industry relations director for the Mikisew Cree First Nation says the community's support of the massive Frontier oilsands open pit mining project...
article Pipeline Protests Surge in Canada, with First Nations at the Fore
(British Columbia) -- First Nations and other environmental advocates reacted strongly this week when Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) once again recommended...
article North Slope village tribal government sues over ConocoPhillips’ drilling plans
(Alaska) -- The tribal government for a North Slope village near a growing number of oil projects is suing the federal government over its approval of ConocoPhillips...

2/25/2019

article Interior hands out nearly 1,700 waivers to offshore drilling safety rules
(Washington D.C.) -- The Interior Department has given offshore oil drillers nearly 1,700 exemptions to Obama-era safety rules put in place after BP's 2010 Gulf of...

2/22/2019

article GAO: EPA Should Improve the Reliability of Data on National Priorities List Sites Affecting Indian Tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- EPA's National Priorities List sites are some of the most contaminated places in the country. They may pose unique challenges for Indian tribes...

2/20/2019

article North Dakota Senate advances state, tribal oil tax compromise
(North Dakota) -- A bill that sets the groundwork for a new oil tax agreement with the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation cleared a hurdle on Wednesday, Feb. 20, as the...
article Tribal oil tax agreement passes Senate
(North Dakota) -- The Senate has finished their bills a couple days before the crossover break. The last one they voted on and passed could be the most important for...
article First Nation 'deeply disappointed' after Steelhead LNG pulls out of Vancouver Island project
(British Columbia) -- A Vancouver Island First Nation says it is "deeply disappointed" that a liquefied natural gas company has pulled out of a planned...

2/19/2019

article 'We believe in you,' Scheer tells controversial pro-pipeline movement
(Ottawa) -- Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer welcomed a controversial convoy bringing a pro-pipeline message to Ottawa today, assuring participants that "we've...
article First Nation 'deeply disappointed' after Steelhead LNG pulls out of Vancouver Island project
(British Columbia) -- A Vancouver Island First Nation says it is "deeply disappointed" that a liquefied natural gas company has pulled out of a planned...

2/18/2019

article Morigeau bill would give tribes access to loans from Montana's Coal Tax Fund
(Montana) -- Tribal governments would be allowed to access a state infrastructure loan program under legislation debated Monday in the Montana House Appropriations...

2/15/2019

article B.C. gas pipeline on hold as company investigates Indigenous artifacts claim
(British Columbia) -- Construction on a controversial gas pipeline project in British Columbia's northern Interior has been suspended while the company investigates...

2/14/2019

article Gwich’in, Allies Oppose Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Oil Leasing at D.C. Public Hearing
(Washington D.C.) -- On Wednesday, February 13, 2019, the Bureau of Land Management and Department of the Interior held its final public hearing on oil and gas leasing...
article Millbrook chief wants Indigenous monitors to be able to shut down Alton gas project
(Nova Scotia) -- A Nova Scotia Mi'kmaw chief wants more Indigenous oversight of the proposed Alton natural gas storage project near Stewiacke, N.S. — including...

2/13/2019

article First Nations say Alberta has no right to cut oil activity on their land
(Alberta) -- Some First Nations in Alberta want an exemption from the provincial government's decision to mandate oil production cuts. The First Nations say the...

2/12/2019

article Study: No leaking radiation from Alaska island nuclear site
(Alaska) -- The latest round of testing on Alaska’s remote Amchitka Island found no radioactive material has leaked from locations where the federal government...

2/11/2019

article Northern Nevada Tribe Wants Gov. Sisolak To Reverse Deal On Contaminated Site
(Nevada) -- Another tribe in Northern Nevada wants Nevada’s new governor to reverse a deal made under the previous administration to clean-up the Anaconda Copper...
article Second Nevada tribe wants to undo polluted Anaconda mine deal backed by Sandoval, EPA
(Nevada) -- Amber Torres says there is a threat to her rural Nevada community, and she wants Nevada’s newly elected governor to take it seriously. Torres, chairman...
article North Dakota lawmakers consider removing oil tax 'trigger'
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota lawmakers are considering changing state oil tax policy to remove a requirement that oil companies pay higher taxes when crude prices rise...
article N.W.T. Mineral Resources Act to require benefit agreements with Indigenous gov'ts
(Northwest Territories) -- The Northwest Territories government says more accountability on negotiations between industry and Indigenous governments is a hallmark of its...

2/10/2019

article 'We need it': Indigenous group holds pro-pipeline rally in northern Alta.
(Alberta) -- An Indigenous group held a pro-pipeline rally in Lac La Biche, Alta., Sunday to support the oil and gas industry. Hundreds of people brought Canada Action...
article Indigenous rally in northern Alberta says energy industry is vital for their community
(Alberta) -- Indigenous supporters of Canada’s oil and gas industry rallied in Lac La Biche, Alta. on Sunday to stress the importance of the energy sector in their...

2/9/2019

article Kuskokwim Tribes Fight Donlin Mine Permits
(Alaska) -- Thursday a consortium of tribal governments from the Kuskokwim region led by Orutsararmiut Native Council (ONC) has filed an appeal of two permits recently...

2/8/2019

article US delays oil-and-gas lease sale near sacred tribal land
(New Mexico) -- U.S. land managers no longer plan to move forward in March with the sale of oil and gas leases that include land near Chaco Culture National Historical...
article B.C., Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs begin new reconciliation process
(British Columbia) -- B.C. says it's starting a new reconciliation process with the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs, who are at the centre of opposition to a...

2/6/2019

article North Dakota Oil Drilling Suit Gets Boot From Washington
(North Dakota) -- A Native American tribe opposed to oil and gas drilling underneath Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota should not have filed their case in Washington, a...

2/4/2019

article Brazilian indigenous community threatened in aftermath of dam burst
(Brazil) -- In her 88 years, Antonia Alves has seen much hardship as a member of Brazil's indigenous community, whose people have often been driven from their ancestral...

2/3/2019

article Wet'suwet'en hereditary leaders, supporters call for stop work order on Coastal GasLink pipeline
(British Columbia) -- Driving along the forest service road outside Houston, B.C. voices come in and out over the radio channels as people co-ordinate with one another...
article ‘The Nation Has Stood Up’: Indigenous Clans in Canada Battle Pipeline Project
(British Columbia) -- Amid vast forests of spruce, pine and poplar trees, deep in the interior of British Columbia, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrived at a small...
article BLOG: Canada Hates Indigenous People
(British Columbia) -- Our Elders wept as they surveyed the damage left behind by CGL at a trapping site our people have always used. A day after a sweat ceremony, with...

1/31/2019

article Document reveals effort to remove opposition of Native American tribes to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline
(North Carolina) -- The first error stated, incorrectly, that the law firm Cultural Heritage Partners acted on behalf of Dominion Energy in approaching Native American...
article Indigenous communities warn of oilsands camp moratorium consequences
(Edmonton) -- Two Indigenous communities in the Fort McMurray region are expressing their concerns about the oilsands camp moratorium that was unanimously supported by...
article Wet'suwet'en complaints about pipeline builder to be probed by government, police
(British Columbia) -- The British Columbia government says it will inspect the site of a planned natural gas pipeline southwest of Houston following allegations that the...

1/27/2019

article Colorado Court Asked To Reconsider Ruling In Oil-Gas Case
(Colorado) -- The Colorado Supreme Court was asked Thursday to reconsider its decision in an oil and gas lawsuit filed by Hispanic and Native American plaintiffs because...

1/26/2019

article Oregon again a battlefield for fracked gas pipeline and Jordan Cove LNG terminal
(Oregon) -- When the incumbent Democratic Governor Kate Brown defeated Republican Knute Buehler in a contentious race for Oregon’s governorship, many in the state...

1/25/2019

article Pipeline victories celebrated on treaty anniversary
(South Dakota) -- Water protectors from far and wide gathered here in an all-day event on January 15 to celebrate and foster the 6-year-old International Treaty to...
article Trump considers undercutting state authority in quest to expedite pipeline development
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration is reviewing steps it could take to prevent state officials from using their authority under the Clean Water Act to deny...

1/23/2019

article Alaska Native tribes seek help against Canadian mines from human rights commission
(Alaska) -- Fifteen tribal nations in Southeast Alaska have petitioned an international commission for human rights for help in influencing the Canadian government to...

1/20/2019

article Trump shrank a Utah monument for coal, but few care to dig
(Utah) -- On the eastern end of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, narrow slot canyons shoot through the rocks in shades of terra-cotta red and pale peach. To...

1/18/2019

article Yerington Paiute tribe wants state to reverse Sandoval-era decision on polluted mine site
(Nevada) -- Leaders of a Yerington-area American Indian tribe want Nevada’s top elected officials to undo an agreement that put the state in control over cleanup...

1/17/2019

article B.C. First Nations leaders lend their support to Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs at Smithers rally
(British Columbia) -- First Nations leaders from communities across B.C. gathered in Smithers Wednesday in support of the Wet'suwet'en hereditary leadership...
article Former Sask. Chief says First Nations ownership would aid Trans Mountain pipeline
(Saskatchewan) -- A well-known First Nations politician in Saskatchewan has formed a company called Project Reconciliation to put a bid forward to buy the Trans Mountain...
article Oilpatch CEOs support Indigenous bid for Trans Mountain
(Alberta) -- Some oilpatch CEOs are supporting a bid by Indigenous groups in Western Canada to purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline and the proposed expansion project.

1/16/2019

article An outgrowth of pipeline protests, first-ever Indigenous Peoples March set for Friday on National Mall
(Washington D.C.) -- A historic demonstration stemming from oil pipeline protests in North Dakota and Minnesota is descending on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.,...

1/13/2019

article Canada, First Nations express concern over U.S. Arctic drilling plans
(Canada) -- The Canadian government, two territories and several First Nations are expressing concerns to the United States over plans to open the calving grounds of a...

1/12/2019

article Federal officials expected nationwide protest from RCMP action at Wet'suwet'en camp
(British Columbia) -- Federal officials have long expected a nationwide fallout of protests from an eventual RCMP action against the Wet'suwet'en nation over the...
article People arrested at Gidimt'en anti-pipeline camp allege inappropriate use of force
(British Columbia) -- The agreement reached Thursday between Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs and RCMP over the enforcement of a injunction was spurred by concerns...

1/11/2019

article Federal officials expected nationwide protest from RCMP action at Wet'suwet'en camp
(British Columbia) -- Federal officials have long expected a nationwide fallout of protests from an eventual RCMP action against the Wet'suwet'en nation over the...
article People arrested at Gidimt'en anti-pipeline camp allege inappropriate use of force
(British Columbia) -- The agreement reached Thursday between Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs and RCMP over the enforcement of a injunction was spurred by concerns...
article Indigenous convoys slow Ontario highway traffic in solidarity with B.C. pipeline protest
(Ontario) -- Two convoys of vehicles slowed traffic on stretches of Canada's busiest highway Friday morning in Ontario in a show of solidarity with an anti-pipeline...

1/10/2019

article Deal reached between Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs and RCMP over road access for pipeline company
(British Columbia) -- Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs say a deal has been reached with the RCMP over the enforcement of an interim injunction order to allow...
article Does the B.C. gas pipeline need approval from hereditary chiefs?
(British Columbia) -- Earlier this week, the RCMP enforced a court-ordered injunction on a group of protestors in northwestern B.C. from the Wet’suwet’en...
article RCMP, Wet'suwet'en reach tentative deal to let gas company workers through
(British Columbia) -- A tentative agreement has been reached to allow natural gas pipeline company workers to access an area in northern B..C. that had been the focal...
article ‘Be a man!’: Indigenous protesters assail Justin Trudeau at B.C. town hall
(British Columbia) -- During a town hall in B.C. on Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had a fiery exchange with a First Nations woman frustrated with the federal...
article OP/ED: The Unist’ot’en Movement, Not the RCMP, Has the Law on Its Side
(British Columbia) -- A debate is raging across Canada about whether the RCMP committed an injustice against the Wet’suwet’en peoples by going into their...
article When pipeline companies want to build on Indigenous lands, with whom do they consult?
(British Columbia) -- The tensions unfolding over a natural gas pipeline project in northern B.C. have raised questions about who a resource company should consult among...
article 'Enough is enough': Winnipeg Wet'suwet'en anti-pipeline camp supporters rally at Portage and Main
(Manitoba) -- Winnipeg supporters of a fight to keep pipeline workers​ out of the traditional territory of a B.C. First Nation rallied in solidarity at Portage and Main...
article Ihanktonwan/Oceti Sakowin Lands WOPIDA (Thanksgiving) of International Treaty to Protect the Sacred Against Tarsands & KXL at Yankton Sioux Homelands Planned
(South Dakota) -- In a dej’avu moment repeated from January 2013, NOKXL allies will come together at an all-day Thanks/Wopida gathering at Ft. Randall Casino and...

1/9/2019

article Document reveals effort to buy silence of American Indian tribes on Atlantic Coast Pipeline
(North Carolina) -- A law firm specializing in cultural and historic preservation presented documents offering American Indian tribes along the Atlantic Coast Pipeline...
article Justin Trudeau talks jobs, economy and pipeline expansion in Kamloops
(British Columbia) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is back in British Columbia on Wednesday, flying into Kamloops for a public town hall and fundraising lunch. Trudeau...
article Justin Trudeau welcomed by angry pipeline supporters and protestors in Kamloops
(British Columbia) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's arrival in Kamloops, B.C., on Wednesday morning was met with loud jeers from over 100 pipeline supporters and...
article RCMP roadblock lifted, allowing supporters and media access to Unist'ot'en anti-pipeline camp
(British Columbia) -- RCMP have opened their roadblock on a remote forest road in northern B.C., allowing access to a camp that has been the focal point of a First...
article Smithers councillor voices Wet’suwet’en support
(British Columbia) -- Smithers Coun. Greg Brown posted on Facebook late Tuesday night his support of “the Wet’suwet’en” and mentions “the...
article B.C. premier 'confident' for peaceful resolution after arrests at Gidimt'en camp checkpoint
(British Columbia) -- The premier of B.C. says he's "confident" there will be a "peaceful resolution" to an ongoing standoff between RCMP and...
article Kitimat, B.C., mayor defends LNG project amid protests
(British Columbia) -- Kitimat is one of the British Columbian cities at the heart of the Coastal GasLink project, which led to protests and arrests this week. Fourteen...
article Unist'ot'en camp awaits RCMP after injunction enforced at Gidimt'en anti-pipeline checkpoint
(British Columbia) -- It remained to be seen Wednesday how the RCMP would enforce a court injunction that would grant the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline project...

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