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What the Wet’suwet’en case says about how Canadian courts address Indigenous law

About 30 years before the Wet’suwet’en First Nation faced the possibility of a natural gas pipeline through its territory, members fought a different battle in court. Lawyer Peter Grant, who represented the Wet’suwet’en and neighbouring Gitxsan First Nation, reportedly called an elder as a witness and asked her to sing a death song.

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12/25/2019

article Will Uinta Basin tribal lands be subject to pollution requirements?
(Utah) -- Federal regulators are proposing to invoke new controls on emissions from oil and gas production on tribal lands in the Uinta Basin to help solve the region...

12/24/2019

article Protests mount against Bureau of Land Management's latest sale of public land to oil and gas
(New Mexico) -- Tribal and environmentalist groups in New Mexico protested the Bureau of Land Management’s upcoming auction of public land leases slated for...

12/23/2019

article NDP wants RCMP investigated following report of plan to send snipers to Wet'suwet'en blockade
(British Columbia) -- The NDP is calling for an independent investigation into how police handled the Wet'suwet'en pipeline blockade in northern B.C. earlier...
article Mining Firm Writing Its Own Environmental Report For U.S. Forest Loses Round In Court
(Idaho) -- A Canadian gold-mining company allowed by the Trump administration to write its own assessment of the environmental impact of its proposed project on federal...
article Pebble Mine opponents troubled by Dunleavy’s letter
(Alaska) -- Fishermen, tribal communities and legislators are reacting to a report last week from CNN alleging Gov. Mike Dunleavy worked in close coordination with the...

12/22/2019

article Reports of RCMP snipers dispatched to Wet'suwet'en blockade 'concerning,' says Indigenous Services minister
(British Columbia) -- The Indigenous Services minister is calling for a review of how RCMP resources are deployed in "sensitive" conflicts over Indigenous land...
article Six relics vs. one B.C. pipeline: How the Wet’suwet’en’s fight against a natural gas project became an argument about archeology
(British Columbia) -- The Coastal GasLink pipeline has pitted an energy firm against Wet’suwet’en Nation chiefs whose case hinges on artifacts they say were found in the...
article Exclusive: Controversial mining company coached Alaska's governor to lobby White House
(Alaska) -- A mining company secretly collaborated with the governor of Alaska to lobby the Trump administration to move forward with a mining project that Environmental...

12/17/2019

article Goldman Sachs will no longer fund drilling in Arctic refuge sacred to First Nations
(North Canada) -- In the wake of a U.S. banking giant's announcement that it will no longer invest in new oil projects in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Gwich...
article 1.2 million acres opened up to fracking, drilling: Areas around SNF, Porterville included in map
(California) -- On Thursday, the Trump administration signed off an order to open up 1.2 million acres from the Central Coast to the San Joaquin Valley to fracking and...

12/15/2019

article Lawmakers to talk drilling near tribal land during Tribal Taxation Committee
(North Dakota) -- Lawmakers are trying to squeeze in last minute meetings before the new year. Monday will be an important one for North Dakota’s tribal nations....

12/14/2019

article 2°C: Beyond the limit: Facing catastrophic climate change, they still can’t quit Big Oil
(Alaska) -- The varnished wooden cross stands amid a cluster of grave markers tilted at odd angles in the cemetery, because the ground beneath them is sinking. Rising...
article Group protests uranium decision
(South Dakota) -- A handful of protestors braved cold temperatures Friday evening to display their opposition to the U.S. Atomic Safety and Licensing Board decision to...

12/11/2019

article Sudbury area First Nations geologist among mining industry award recipients
(Ontario) -- A Northern Ontario prospector and a champion of Indigenous participation in mineral development are among the 2020 recipients of awards being handed out by...

12/10/2019

article First Nations youth protest proposed massive oilsands mine at UN climate conference
(Spain) -- First Nations youth from Canada are at a United Nations climate change conference in Madrid, Spain, demonstrating against a massive proposed oilsands mine in...
article Atlantic Coast Pipe Dreams, Protests and Politics
(North Carolina) -- Construction of the planned 600-mile underground pipeline is already behind schedule. Protests and bureaucratic hurdles plague the Atlantic Coast...

12/9/2019

article The Palmer Project, a mining prospect outside Haines, could transform into a large-scale operation
(Alaska) -- The Palmer Project site is a historic gold claim where the Saksaia Glacier flows through the mountains. Prospectors have tried to strike it rich there since...

12/6/2019

article 10 months later, criminal charges laid against man arrested at Wet'suwet'en barricade
(British Columbia) -- More than 10 months after the RCMP enforcement of an interim injunction in Wet'suwet'en territory related to the Coastal GasLink pipeline,...
article Supreme Court says companies must pay for Grassy Narrows mill-site maintenance
(Ontario) -- Two forest-product companies are on the hook for maintaining a mercury waste site near Ontario's Grassy Narrows First Nation, the Supreme Court of...

12/2/2019

article A tale of two oil pipelines and their place in the presidential race
(USA) -- The political debate over how to regulate the fossil fuel industry in the United States is more important — and ideologically divisive — than ever...
article New measures could help tribal citizens who suffer from oil industry pollution
(North Dakota) -- New oil-and-gas pipeline protection measures could help people like Mandan Hidatsa & Arikara tribal member Lisa Deville and her family, who suffer...

11/29/2019

article Native Americans Continue Fight Over Oil Pipelines
(South Dakota) -- It's been three years since Native American communities attempted to block an oil pipeline in the Standing Rock protests. After a spill from...

11/28/2019

article Fight over Proposed Quarry on Tribal Land is Shaping Up to be Silicon Valley’s Standing Rock
(California) -- Just past noon on Sep. 8, hundreds of people gather in prayer. This isn’t a typical Sunday church service, though. The congregation has come to the...

11/27/2019

article Nevada toxic mine neighbors may stop getting bottled water
(Nevada) -- State environmental regulators plan to decide in January whether to cut off most bottled water deliveries to neighbors of an abandoned toxic mine in rural...

11/26/2019

article Wisconsin’s Democratic Governor Signs Anti-Protest Bill into Law
(Wisconsin) -- Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, a Democrat who took office earlier this year, has signed into law a bill designed to criminalize and chill environmental...

11/24/2019

article Opposition emerges in village close to proposed North Slope oil project
(Alaska) -- A proposed North Slope oil production project is facing opposition from a nearby village, with some people expressing concern it could affect hunting and...
article Letter: Misleading Pebble ad
(Alaska) -- Thanks to Chief Thomas Tilden of Curyung and President George Alexie of Nondalton Tribal Councils for calling out the Pebble Partnership over their grossly...

11/21/2019

article Evers signs pipeline protest bill over critics’ objections
(Wisconsin) -- Gov. Tony Evers on Wednesday signed a widely supported, yet also controversial, bill escalating penalties for trespassing on pipelines and other energy...

11/20/2019

article Uranium mine water permits spur call for help
(South Dakota) -- The Western Mining Action Network is circulating a call that asks for help from tribal members and clean energy advocates to delay EPA water permit...
article Evers signs bill making it a felony to trespass on pipelines
(Wisconsin) -- Gov. Tony Evers signed into law a bipartisan proposal Wednesday making it a felony to trespass or damage oil or gas pipelines in Wisconsin, a measure that...

11/19/2019

article Tribal Perspective On The Proposed Felony Trespass Bill
(Wisconsin) -- Bipartisan legislation making its way to the governor’s desk would make it a felony to trespass on or damage the property of oil and gas lines. Some...

11/18/2019

article First Nations near proposed Sask. diamond mine cautiously optimistic about future
(Saskatchewan) -- Three First Nations in central Saskatchewan say they've begun informal talks with a large multinational mining company planning a large diamond...
press release New Mexico Joins Western States and Tribal Nations Natural Gas Initiative
(New Mexico) -- The State of New Mexico today became the newest member of Western States and Tribal Nations (WSTN) natural gas initiative, adding a strong advocate for...

11/17/2019

article NATIVE LEADERS: Don’t be misled: Pebble’s permitting process is broken
(Alaska) -- As elected leaders of our tribal governments, we have a duty to our people and to the public to tell the truth. An advertisement in the Anchorage Daily News...

11/15/2019

article ‘We couldn’t even hunt this year’: Problems at Unist’ot’en village surface after arrest
(British Columbia) -- The arrest of a 29-year old opponent of a pipeline being built across northern British Columbia has uncovered problems with an agreement with the...

11/14/2019

article Osage Tribe Campaigns to Get Gov't to Open County to New Drilling
(Oklahoma) -- With a shutdown of oil and gas drilling in Oklahoma’s Osage County, it means less revenue for the county. And it continues to disturb leaders of the...

11/12/2019

article Hoping to avoid ‘riot boosting’ repeat, tribal leaders ask Noem to loop them in on bills
(South Dakota) -- Some legislators want Gov. Kristi Noem to more thoroughly vet any legislation related to South Dakota's crime laws to avoid a trip to court over...

11/9/2019

article Tribe members: Ancient bison kill site desecrated by mining
(Montana) -- When a coal company contractor working under federal oversight used a backhoe to dig up one of the largest known Native American bison killing grounds and...

11/7/2019

article School Board Challenger Urges APS To Divest From Oil And Gas
(New Mexico) -- New Mexico politicians paid lip service this election cycle to a landmark education ruling about inequities in public schools. But no one was drawing a...

11/4/2019

article EPA to scale back federal rules restricting waste from coal-fired power plants
(Washington D.C.) -- The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday plans to relax rules that govern how power plants store waste from burning coal and release water...

11/1/2019

article Pipeline company CEO says Alberta premier supports an Indigenous rights challenge to Ottawa's regulatory laws
(Alberta) -- Alberta could play a role in planned Indigenous rights-based court actions against Ottawa's environmental review and tanker ban laws, according to the...

10/31/2019

article Pipeline company CEO says Alberta premier supports an Indigenous rights challenge to Ottawa's regulatory laws
(Alberta) -- Alberta could play a role in planned Indigenous rights-based court actions against Ottawa's environmental review and tanker ban laws, according to the...

10/30/2019

article House Passes Bill to Protect Land Around Grand Canyon From Mining
(Washington D.C.) -- The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed two bills to protect a combined 1.3 million acres of land in Arizona and New Mexico from new mining...

10/28/2019

article Spring Creek Mine re-opens, challenges remain
(Montana) -- The Spring Creek coal mine in southeastern Montana will re-open after a two-day cease in operations, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality...

10/25/2019

article South Dakota Settles “Riot Boosting” Suit by Agreeing to Nonenforcement
(South Dakota) -- The state of South Dakota has settled a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of Native American and environmental...
article This Alaska mine could generate $1 billion a year. Is it worth the risk to salmon?
(Alaska) -- A brown bear loped across rolling green tundra as Charles Weimer set down a light, single-engine helicopter on a remote hilltop. Spooked, the big grizzly...

10/24/2019

article Lawsuit settlement: state officials agree not to enforce pipeline protest, riot laws
(South Dakota) -- Gov. Kristi Noem and Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg have agreed not to enforce two anti-riot laws and parts of new laws aimed at protests against the...
article South Dakota drops pipeline protest laws after lawsuit
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota has agreed to stop enforcing laws seen as curtailing protests over the construction of oil pipelines after a lawsuit claimed it violated...
article UTBB director testifies on Pebble permitting process before Congress
(Washington D.C.) -- During the hearing in Washington, D.C., supporters and opponents of the proposed mine testified before the House Subcomittee on Water Resources and...

10/23/2019

article House panel OKs update to mining law; critics say it will kill industry
(Washington D.C.) -- A House committee gave preliminary approval Wednesday to an overhaul of a 147-year-old federal mining law that supporters called “antiquated,...
article Tribe, environmental groups ask Appeals Court to reverse copper mine permits
(Minnesota) -- The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and a herd of environmental groups squared off against PolyMet Mining and state regulators in the Minnesota...
article Cleveland Play House’s ‘Pipeline’ connects emotionally, civically
(Ohio) -- With poor, young African-American, Native American, and Latinx students being suspended and expelled from school more frequently than their middle-class white...

10/22/2019

article Supporters of pipeline trespassing bill say it protects lawful protest, despite concerns by environmental groups
(Wisconsin) -- Lawmakers behind bipartisan legislation designed to protect critical infrastructure and utility workers say the bill also guards the right to protest,...
article Southwest tribes oppose spent nuclear fuel storage plans
(New Mexico) -- Native American leaders from New Mexico are opposing plans that call for storing in the desert Southwest tons of spent nuclear fuel from power plants...

10/21/2019

article Southwest Tribes Oppose Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage Plans
(New Mexico) -- Native American leaders from New Mexico are opposing plans that call for storing in the desert Southwest tons of spent nuclear fuel from power plants...

10/16/2019

article Trump to pick former Alaska oil industry attorney for federal judgeship
(Alaska) -- President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he intends to pick Joshua Kindred, a former oil industry attorney, as a new U.S. District Court judge for...
article Court Blocks Trump’s Plan to Ease Bird Protections on Oil Lands
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal judge on Wednesday blocked the Trump administration’s plan to ease protections for an iconic bird that makes its home on millions of...

10/12/2019

article ID mining company wants lawsuit over cyanide cleanup put on hold
(Idaho) -- A Canadian-based gold mining company in Idaho asked a judge to put a hold on a lawsuit brought by the Nez Perce Tribe after the company allowed deadly...
article US official: Research finds uranium in Navajo women, babies
(New Mexico) -- About a quarter of Navajo women and some infants who were part of a federally funded study on uranium exposure had high levels of the radioactive metal...
article The Strange, Uncertain Fate of One of the World’s Most Valuable Salmon Habitats
(Alaska) -- Anna Hoover and I ease up and down in limestone-colored water on a warm, windless afternoon in early July, our backs to the mouth of the Egegik River. She...

10/9/2019

article Uranium Poisoning Navajo Women and Babies Decades After Mining Ended
(New Mexico) -- A study by the University of New Mexico found that hundreds of Navajo women presented alarming levels of uranium in their systems — even decades...
article Tribes, environmental groups sue to stop mine in Alaskan salmon spawning areas
(Alaska) -- Five native, business and environmental organizations sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday over a proposed controversial Alaska gold and...
article A year after Prince George pipeline blast, B.C. First Nation wants answers
(British Columbia) -- A year after a natural gas pipeline exploded near Prince George, B.C., the people who felt their homes shake are still waiting for answers about...
article Pipelines leak saltwater on Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in 2 recent spills
(Montana) -- Two significant pipeline spills occurred recently in Dunn County, leaking saltwater onto portions of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. The bigger of the...

10/8/2019

article Tribal leaders to address hearing on proposed Arizona mine
(Arizona) -- Tribal leaders are preparing comments for Tuesday's public hearing on the possible impacts of an underground copper mine proposed for the mountains east...

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