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Hoopa Valley Tribe Slams San Luis Settlement Agreement

Posted by on May 29, 2016 in Featured

On May 24, the Hoopa Valley Tribe from Northern California filed its objection to two bills proposed in the House of Representatives to implement the controversial San Luis Settlement Agreement, saying the agreement would “forever condemn the Tribe to poverty.” The Tribe filed its complaint prior to a hearing on the two bills, H.R. 4366 (Rep. David Valadao) and H.R. 5217 (Rep. Jim Costa, D-CA), held by the U.S. House of Representative Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans. The video is posted now at: http://naturalresources.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=400473 “Our Tribe is an indispensable party to this settlement,” said Chairman Ryan Jackson, in a press release. “We notified Congress and...

Coalition of Pipeline Fighters Respond to USFWS Revoking Sovereign Lands Construction Permit for Dakota Access Pipeline in Iowa

Posted by on May 28, 2016 in Featured

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Revokes Sovereign Lands Construction Permit for Dakota Access Pipeline in Iowa Standing Rock Sioux Tribe & Coalition of Pipeline Fighters Respond Des Moines, IA – The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has revoked its approval of a construction permit for the Dakota Access pipeline through the Big Sioux River Wildlife Management Area in Northwest Iowa. This permit, called the Sovereign Lands Construction Permit, was revoked because a significant Native American archaeological site was discovered along the proposed pipeline path. Due to the permit revocation, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources has ordered that Dakota Access LLC stop all construction work for its...

For Immediate Release: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Revokes Permit for Dakota Access Pipeline in Iowa

Posted by on May 28, 2016 in Featured

For Immediate Release: 5/27/16 Press Contact: Dallas Goldtooth, 708-515-6158, dallas@ienearth.org Des Moines, IA – The United States Fish and Wildlife Service has revoked its approval of a construction permit for the Dakota Access pipeline through the Big Sioux River Wildlife Management Area in Northeast Iowa. This permit is called the Sovereign Lands Construction Permit and was revoked because a significant Native American archaeological site was discovered along its proposed path. Due to the permit revocation, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources has ordered that Dakota Access LLC stop all construction work for its Bakken oil pipeline until a survey of the area is conducted and consultation with local agencies...

Quinault Indian Nation fights to protect Grays Harbor from Proposed Crude Oil Terminal*

Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Featured

“Tribal and commercial fisheries, tourism and the best razor clams anywhere are among the many ways Grays Harbor, our rivers and coastline set the table for local food, jobs and our economy. There’s nothing more important to our future prosperity and way of life than keeping our waterways healthy, productive, and safe from crude oil.” -Tyson Johnston, QIN Vice-President No crude oil currently moves through the Quinault Indian Reservation or Grays Harbor, but in the coming months this could change, as state and local leaders will decide whether to permit expanded facilities at the Port of Grays Harbor that will allow crude oil to move through our region. The...

Native American Students Demand Accountability from Western Washington University by Michaela Vendiola & Tahlia Natachu

Posted by on May 25, 2016 in Featured

On May 23, 2016, Native students from Western Washington University’s Native American Student Union met with the colleges administration to address the college’s failure to both support Native students and its lack of engagement with local tribes. Students issued a set of demands that included: implementation of a tribal liaison, the building of a traditional Coast Salish Long House on campus, Government-to-Government Training between WWU government and the local Tribal Governments, and more. Below is the students letter to administration. Dear, President Bruce Shepard incoming President, Dr. Sabah Randhawa, and Western Washington University’s Board of Trustees, CC: Paul Dunn, Kunle Ojikutu, Brent Carbajal, Stephanie Bowers, Eileen Coughlin, Richard Van...

IHANKTONWAN/YANKTON SIOUX ASSERT SOVEREIGNTY AGAINST ARMY CORPS AND LAY GROUNDWORK FOR TRUE MEANINGFUL CONSULTATION IN CONTENTIOUS DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE REVIEW

Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Featured

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, May 23, 2016 YANKTON SIOUX CONTACT: Thomasina Real Bird, Yankton Sioux Tribe (303) 673-9600 or Jason Cooke, Yankton Sioux Tribe (605) 384 3641 Faith Spotted Eagle, Ihanktonwan Treaty Chair 605 481 0416 A long awaited meeting between the Yankton Sioux Tribe and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”) took place at the Tribe’s Ft. Randall Casino on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. The Yankton adamantly oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline (“DAPL”), and further resent the appropriation of the name “Dakota,” which means “the people” in the Dakota language, by DAPL officials. Though it was initially termed “consultation” in the Tribe’s invitation, the Tribe chose to...

“Modern Day Warriors” Fight to Protect Their Homelands by Zaysha Grinnell

Posted by on May 21, 2016 in Featured

My name is Zaysha Grinnell. I am 15 years old and I am a member of the Three Affiliated Tribes which is located on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation here in North Dakota. I have lived on the reservation all of my life. Ever since I was a little girl, I always saw the beauty in it. Which is why I am choosing to put up a fight to stop two pipelines that will be crossing through our lake. I had put together a youth group called the “Modern Day Warriors” within the last three weeks to help me bring more awareness to the pipelines. On April 26th 2016,...

Global Actions Taken to Break Free from Fossil Fuels

Posted by on May 19, 2016 in Featured

From May 3rd-15th, tens of thousands of people took action on six continents to demand that we break free from fossil fuels. From Brazil, Germany, Australia, to the Philippines and Nigeria people took to the streets and waters, engaged in direct actions, and demanded that we keep fossil fuels in ground and for a just transition to renewable energy. Across the globe the impacts of climate change are being felt. This past January, for the first time ever, the Department of Housing and Urban Development allocated $48 million to relocate the Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi Chitimacha Choctaw and the Lowlander Center in Louisiana due to the...

Bernie Sanders Comes to Indian Country by Allison Renville

Posted by on May 19, 2016 in Featured

The past few days have sure been hectic for the major cities in the Dakotas, with a quick visit to both states, after a great turnout and meeting day before in Montana. The Senator from Vermont has re-ignited a spirit of activism in many people across the Dakota Territory. With stops in Rapid City, Pine Ridge and Sioux Falls while in South Dakota. Both sides of the river were able to meet personally with the Senator and his wife Dr. Jane Sanders. During the last few months by way of social media and the Indian country’s 2 degrees of separation, I came in contact with both of Bernie’s native...