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Oct
10

Ranchers Tote Guns as Tribes Dig In for Long Pipeline Fight

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 […]

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Oct
6

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.

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Oct
6

Opposing a Pipeline Near Sacred Sioux Sites

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 […]

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Oct
5

Judges appear skeptical of freezing pipeline

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.

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Oct
3

Labor groups urge action on stalled pipeline

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.

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Sep
29

One tribe’s ‘long walk’ upstream for environmental and cultural justice

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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Sep
26

Fact Sheet: The 8th Annual White House Tribal Nations Conference

Today, the White House will host the 8th Annual White House Tribal Nations Conference, bringing together leaders from federally recognized tribes to Washington, DC. The President and members of his Cabinet will discuss a range of issues important to tribal leaders, with an emphasis on ways the federal government can […]

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Sep
23

Dozens Of U.S., Canadian Tribes Unite Against Proposed Oil Pipelines

U.S. Native American tribes and Canadian First Nations are banding together to “collectively challenge and resist” proposals to build more pipelines from tar sands in Alberta, Canada. At least 50 First Nations and tribes signed a treaty on Thursday at ceremonies held in Vancouver and Montreal.

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Sep
20

Government Delays Pipeline Settlement Following Tribe Complaint

The federal government has agreed to postpone final approval of a multi-million-dollar settlement with Canadian pipeline giant Enbridge, Inc., a move that will allow time for a Native American tribe from the northeast shore of Lake Michigan to protest terms of the agreement.

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Sep
20

River fight boosts a tribe’s long-threatened culture

This story begins at the mouth of the Menominee River, which forms the Michigan-Wisconsin border. The Menominee’s creation story starts where the Menominee River empties into Lake Michigan, but the mouth’s health disappeared long ago, sullied as industry—a foundry, an herbicide manufacturer, gas plant, chemical companies—set up factories and plants […]

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Sep
13

Michigan Tribe Aims to Block Enbridge Pipeline Spill Settlement

A Native American tribe from the northeast shore of Lake Michigan is trying to halt the approval of a multi-million-dollar settlement between Canadian pipeline giant Enbridge, Inc., and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians has objected to a deal that calls for Enbridge to pay a […]

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Sep
11

The Big Difference at Standing Rock Is Native Leadership All Around

This year’s massive buildup of resistance to the Dakota Access pipeline follows closely on the heels of the victory over Keystone XL pipeline, something often credited to feverish organizing by 350.org. But years before 350’s involvement, there was the Indigenous Environmental Network, which launched that movement and its “Keep It […]

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Sep
10

Obama Administration: Dakota Pipeline ‘Will Not Go Forward At This Time’

In a major concession to tribal opponents of the Dakota Access pipeline, and brushing aside a fresh court ruling, the Obama administration announced it would not grant a permit for a key portion of the project near Sioux land until further, extensive review.

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Sep
8

Making small changes for healthier families

O’Keefe, who lives within the rural Lower Sioux Indian Reservation about 100 miles west of Minneapolis, chairs the Lower Sioux Health and Human Services Advisory Committee –  an 8-person working group selected by community members — which aims to boost healthy eating and reintroduce indigenous foods back into the community.

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Sep
7

Judge Fails to Block Dakota Pipeline Construction After Burial Sites Destroyed

A federal judge declined to halt construction of part of the Dakota Access pipeline on Tuesday, despite pleas from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe that sensitive cultural artifacts are being destroyed. The decision could heighten tensions between the Native Americans protesting the project and the pipeline builder, a situation that’s […]

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Sep
6

Michigan proposes approval for controversial Upper Peninsula mine near sacred tribal sites

The mine would provide an economic boost to the region and metals such as gold, zinc, copper and silver that fuel our tech- and gadget-driven lifestyle. But would come at the expense of land and water that is central to the existence of the Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin. The decision […]

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Aug
29

North Dakota oil pipeline protesters stand their ground: ‘This is sacred land

The pipeline’s planned route takes it close to the northern boundary of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation and the town of Cannon Ball within it, which means it would cross the Missouri immediately upstream, endangering, protesters say, the reservation’s drinking water and threatening sacred sites. At Standing Rock, they have […]

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Aug
25

Native Americans Encouraged as Judge Delays North Dakota Pipeline Ruling

Native American activists have said they are still hopeful they can halt the construction of a controversial oil pipeline that will run from North Dakota to Illinois, after a federal judge said he needed more time to decide whether indigenous rights were violated when the project was approved.

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Aug
25

Confronting the Feds: Armed Ranchers and Peaceful Native Water Protectors

Settlement of the western U.S. was a government project, subsidized every step of the way, starting with the military part of the Indian Wars. In addition to suppressing Indian opposition, the government funded the transcontinental railroad, and the Homestead Act of 1862 promised “free” land (only lightly used by the […]

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Aug
24

Essay: Everything has water flowing through it

This essay is part of “Sacred Water,” EHN’s ongoing investigation into Native American struggles—and successes—to protect culturally significant water sources on and off the reservation.

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