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Jan
9

Native Americans fight Texas pipeline using ‘same model as Standing Rock’

Indigenous activists have set up camps in the Texas desert to fight a pipeline project there, the latest sign that the Standing Rock “water protector” movement is inspiring Native American-led environmental protests across the US.

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Jan
2

Pipeline Resistance Gathers Steam From Dakota Access, Keystone Success

When President-elect Donald Trump takes office next month, his pro-drilling, anti-climate action energy policy will buoy the oil industry. But it will also face staunch resistance from a pipeline opposition movement that gathered momentum, particularly with this year’s successful showdown over the Dakota Access pipeline, and shows no signs of slowing.

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Jan
1

Shielded Native American Sites Thrust Into Debate Over Dams

A little-known federal program that avoids publicizing its accomplishments to protect from looters the thousands of Native American sites it’s tasked with managing has been caught up in a big net.

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Dec
28

A Tribal Coalition Wins a Monument for Bears Ears

Even before President Obama uncapped his pen Dec 28, to sign a proclamation creating the Bears Ears National Monument, Utah’s political figures, from the statehouse to the U.S. Congress, had gone off on a caterwauling binge.

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Dec
19

Navajo Nation Seeks $160 Million in Damages for Gold King Mine Spill

The Navajo Nation is seeking more than $160 million in damages and for alleged ongoing injuries caused by the August 2015 Gold King Mine spill, which released millions of gallons of toxic wastewater into one of the tribe’s significant waterways.

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Dec
13

Pipeline 150 miles from Dakota Access protests leaks 176,000 gallons of oil

A ruptured pipeline has spilled more than 176,000 gallons of crude oil into a hillside and a Little Missouri River tributary about 150 miles west of Cannon Ball, N.D., where thousands of activists have spent months fighting construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, state officials said Monday.

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Dec
11

Mohawks Become First Tribe to Take Down a Federal Dam

A century after the first commercial dam was built on the St. Regis River, blocking the spawning runs of salmon and sturgeon, the stream once central to the traditional culture of New York’s Mohawk Tribe is flowing freely once again.

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Dec
5

Big Win for Dakota Pipeline Opponents, But Bigger Battle Looms

Opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline won an important victory on Sunday when the US Army Corps of Engineers denied the final permission to cross Lake Oahe near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. But even as Native Americans protestors celebrated, they acknowledged the larger battle is far from won.

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Dec
5

Tribe files federal tort claim for mine spill

The Navajo Nation has filed a more than $160 million claim under the Federal Tort Claims Act for damages and ongoing injuries incurred from the Gold King Mine spill.

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Dec
5

“I DIDN’T COME HERE TO LOSE”: HOW A MOVEMENT WAS BORN AT STANDING ROCK

If the “water protectors,” as the protesters called themselves, were cleared out, the pipeline would continue east under the Missouri River, coming within 1,500 feet of Lake Oahe, the Standing Rock Sioux’s water supply. A leak or spill, activists believed, would poison the drinking water of as many as 10 million people, […]

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Dec
5

Trump advisors aim to privatize oil-rich Indian reservations

Native American reservations cover just 2 percent of the United States, but they may contain about a fifth of the nation’s oil and gas, along with vast coal reserves. Now, a group of advisors to President-elect Donald Trump on Native American issues wants to free those resources from what they call […]

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Nov
28

What Oil Pipelines Can Do to Native American Land and Life

Black, ant-like figures crown a russet hill ringed by the Cannonball River at the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota. Soon they come into focus: dozens of policemen in full riot gear, stationed on high ground so as to better surveil the handful of people lingering in the aftermath of […]

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Nov
28

Governor orders immediate evacuation of Dakota Access protest camp; protesters say they are staying put

Gov. Jack Dalrymple has ordered an emergency evacuation of the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camps on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land, citing safety concerns due to harsh winter weather.

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Nov
27

ARRESTS OF JOURNALISTS AT STANDING ROCK TEST THE BOUNDARIES OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT

The arrests of journalists and filmmakers covering the front lines of the Dakota Access pipeline fight highlight the limits of press protections and the central role of police, prosecutor, and court discretion in deciding whether or not members of the press should face legal consequences when covering protests. The arrests […]

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Nov
25

At Standing Rock and Beyond, What Is to Be Done?

We were facing Dakota Access Pipeline workers threatening us with baseball bats and wrenches, one of whom had only moments ago sped his large truck through our ranks. They had called us “the scum of the earth,” and replied to our assurance that we were nonviolent by warning, “We’re not.” […]

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Nov
25

A Dakota pipeline’s last stand

In the Dakota language, the word “oahe” signifies “a place to stand on.”And that’s what the Standing Rock Sioux and its allies in the environmental and activist movements say they are doing: using Lake Oahe in North Dakota as a place to take a stand by setting up camps and […]

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Nov
25

Blackfeet Tribe Regains Sacred Land

The Obama Administration has cancelled oil and gas leases on 30,000 acres of Montana’s Badger-Two Medicine region near Glacier National Park, land the Blackfeet Nation considers sacred. Blackfeet Tribal Council Secretary Tyson Running Wolf discusses the significance of this decision with host Steve Curwood, as well as the next steps […]

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Nov
21

From the Sioux to the Sault: Standing Rock spirit spreads to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

The children were encouraged to raise a ruckus last week as gray clouds hung low and the last brittle, rust-colored leaves blew off trees in Michigan’s far north. They were joined by other adult members of the Sault (pronounced “Soo”) Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, various First Nation communities […]

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Nov
21

MEDICS DESCRIBE HOW POLICE SPRAYED STANDING ROCK DEMONSTRATORS WITH TEAR GAS AND WATER CANNONS

As police unleashed streams of icy water Sunday night against Dakota Access pipeline demonstrators, Linda Black Elk, a member of the Standing Rock Medic and Healer Council, was helping care for injured demonstrators. The council estimated that 300 people were treated for injuries, including 26 who were taken to area hospitals.

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Nov
17

Crow Creek tribe sues U.S. government for $200 million

The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, which resides on a reservation on the eastern banks of the Missouri River in central South Dakota north of Chamberlain, is locked in a legal showdown with the federal government in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

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