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At a pier under Seattle’s Great Wheel, they joined hundreds of other Native Americans and non-tribal people in mid-September to honor the circle of the salmon’s life — a journey which also typically totals hundreds of miles to-and-from the sea. The 24th annual Salmon Homecoming Celebration marked the fish’s fall […]
Disparate tribal voices in Washington state found unity in the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, which was created following the Boldt Decision. The decision spider-webbed out to other regional bands of tribes coalescing around shared fishing rights.
In early August, just as protesters from across the country descended on North Dakota to rally against an oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, some of the world’s biggest banks signed off on a $2.5 billion loan to help complete the sprawling project. Now, those banks — which […]
Donald, 60, has lived on his family’s land his whole life. Time passes slowly in his corner of the Pine Ridge Reservation, and at no point in his six decades have local authorities connected his family’s miniature community of shacks and trailers to the reservation’s electricity grid or provided them […]
The Nooksack Indians, who live in northwest Washington near the border of Canada, are fighting to save local salmon populations through a variety of innovative measures.
Native American protesters on Monday occupied privately owned land in North Dakota in the path of the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline, claiming they were the land’s rightful owners under an 1851 treaty with the U.S. government.
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension presents the second annual Native Waters on Arid Lands Tribal Summit, Nov. 9-10 in Las Vegas. The purpose of the summit is to help tribal communities in the Great Basin and American Southwest adapt to climate change, with a focus on water resources and agriculture.
In a soft, clear voice, an 11-year-old girl from a small village on Kodiak Island described a vision Monday for living Alaska Native values, for embracing environmental causes, for connecting with other people in this electronic age.
The Potomac River Water Walk began with a water ceremony — a tradition in the Ojibwe tribe — at Fairfax Stone, the 18th-century marker now located in a West Virginia state park that marks the source of the Potomac River. Participants took water from the clear pool at the start of the river and filled the copper vessel. Starting on Oct. […]
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is here to gauge sentiment regarding five regional tribes’ proposal for a Bears Ears National Monument on 1.9 million acres of nearby federal land. As participants arrive, they’re offered color-coded T-shirts: Baby blue for monument supporters, brown for opponents. It’s a visual cue that demonstrates how the […]
There are echoes of Wounded Knee in the conflict that has sprung up near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, in North Dakota. Since midsummer, thousands of Native Americans have gathered at the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball Rivers to protest the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, which would […]
Climate-change activists on Tuesday disrupted the flow of millions of barrels of crude from Canada to the United States in rare, co-ordinated action that targeted several key pipelines simultaneously.
By the time three federal government agencies issued their joint statement halting construction of the Dakota Access pipeline on September 9, there were some 5,000 protesters on site in Cannon Ball, North Dakota challenging the project. The groups spread out over a massive campsite on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, where the tribe […]
The meticulous work on secluded land may help Eastern Band tribe members regain the right to forage for wild ramps in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a practice banned since 2007. That would be momentous. Cherokee people have collected and consumed the plants for thousands of years. National park property […]
Ranchers are arming themselves before they climb onto tractors or see to their livestock. Surveillance helicopters buzz low through the prairie skies. Native Americans fighting to prevent an oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation are handing out thick blankets and coats and are building maple-pole shelters that can […]
From Pipelines to Grizzly Bears, Tribal Nations Are Engaged in a Fierce Fight Against Govt. for the Rights of Nature
In an unprecedented series of events, Tribes from across North America are rising up to protect land, water and wildlife such as the sacred grizzly bear from degradation by greedy corporations.
The Standing Rock Sioux Nation and its allies were already two years into a legal fight to stop the 1,200-mile Dakota Access Pipeline (known as DAPL), which was slated to transport fracked Bakken crude oil under the Missouri River half a mile upstream from the reservation’s boundary. The spirit camp formed […]
In the latest legal showdown over the Dakota Access pipeline, federal judges seemed skeptical today of American Indian tribes’ arguments for extending a work freeze on a contentious stretch of land in North Dakota.
In a letter to President Obama today, the heads of five trade unions slammed the administration’s decision last month to intervene in the project and withhold a necessary easement while agencies conduct further review.
The walk had two objectives: Draw attention to the Back Forty mine, an 83-acre open-pit mine on track for approval upstream of here. Canada-based Aquila Resources, Inc., will pull gold, zinc, copper and silver from land adjacent to both the river and ancient burial sites—things sacred to the tribe but […]
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