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Army Corps Approves Dakota Access Pipeline: Land and Water Defenders Respond, Vow to Continue to Fight by Matt Remle

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in Featured

“The protection of water is a sacred obligation to Indigenous people. Without clean water, life will cease to exist. Our obligation to protect water is an overall respect for life itself.” –Chief Isadore Day (Serpent River First Nation On July 26th, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s approved most of the final permits necessary to allow for the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. The Dakota Access pipeline, backed by Texas based Energy Transfer Partners, is a 1,168-mile, 30-inch diameter pipeline that would carry Bakken crude from western North Dakota to a distribution hub Illinois on route for refinement in the Gulf Coast. Once built, the Dakota Access pipeline...

Letter to Obama ‘Rezpect Our Water’ Standing Rock Youth Reach out to Stop Dakota Access Pipeline

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in Featured

Dear President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, It has been two years already since I met you during your visit to Standing Rock. When you were here, you sat and listened to what we had to say. You made us feel like we mattered, we didn’t feel invisible anymore. I am writing this letter to you because I am concerned about the wellbeing of my people. The Army Corps of Engineers just issued a construction permit allowing Dakota Access LLC to build a massive pipeline through our Missouri River. This pipeline will transport 570,000 barrels of crude oil through our water every day. In 2012-2013 alone, there were...

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Takes Action to Protect Culture and Environment from Massive Crude Oil Pipeline

Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in Featured

For Immediate Release: July 27, 2016 Tribe files legal action against U.S. Army Corps’ misguided approval of Dakota Access Pipeline that threatens livelihoods, sacred sites, and water. Washington, D.C. — Yesterday, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, represented by Earthjustice, filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) for violating the National Historic Preservation Act and other laws, after the agency issued final permits this week for a massive crude oil pipeline stretching from North Dakota to Illinois. The complaint, filed in federal court in Washington D.C., says the Corps effectively wrote off the Tribe’s concerns and ignored the pipeline’s impacts to sacred sites and culturally important...

Hoopa Valley Tribe files lawsuit against the Federal Government

Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in Featured

Federal Agency Actions Drive Klamath- Trinity River Fisheries to brink of Extinction and the Hoopa Valley Tribe to Court. 29 July 2016 Contacts: Ryan Jackson, Chairman – 530 249-8653 Michael Orcutt, Fisheries Director – 707 499-6143 Ton Schlosser Legal Counsel – 206 669-6142 Hoopa Valley Tribe– Today, the Hoopa Valley Tribe (HVT) filed its lawsuit against the federal government for violations of Endangered Species Act (ESA) regarding its management actions on the Klamath River, California’s second largest river system. “The harm caused by the Bureau of Reclamation’s and National Marine Fisheries Service’s failure to protect the Coho is driving this federally protected fish and our Tribe to extinction,” said...

Winona LaDuke leads environmental horse ride against Enbridge’s new pipeline route in Minnesota

Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in Featured

Rice Lake, MN – Winona LaDuke, executive director of Honor the Earth lead another horse ride along Enbridge’s proposed route for Sandpiper and Line 3 in Minnesota, which includes crossing irreplaceable wild rice lakes and rivers and freshwater aquifers at the very source headwaters for 3 of the 4 North American continental watersheds; north by Red River to Hudson Bay, east to Lake Superior to the Atlantic Ocean and south by the Mississippi river to the Gulf of Mexico. The horse ride follows the Enbridge proposed route between 2 of the historically most-important wild rice producing lakes for the Chippewa, both called Rice Lake and established as federal wild...

State of Our Watersheds 2016: Salmon Habitat in Decline Report by Northwest Treaty Tribes

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in Featured

Despite the economy in western Washington slowing to a crawl during the recent recession, the destruction of salmon habitat continued, according to a new report recently released by the treaty tribes in western Washington. The State of Our Watersheds Report compiled data covering 22 watersheds in western Washington, tracking indicators that directly tie to salmon productivity. “The snapshot we cover in this report covers the years around the beginning of the Great Recession and the years the economy started to improve,” said Lorraine Loomis, chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commision. “You might think we’d see an improvement in some numbers, but all we see is a steady decline...

It Takes Roots! From the Democratic National Convention: Berta didn’t die—she multiplied!

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in Featured

For Immediate Release Press contact: Lillian Boctor, (917) 480-9025, lillian@ggjalliance.org Berta didn’t die—she multiplied! Hundreds of activists march on the DNC with the daughter of Berta Cáceres bearing masks of the slain Honduran Indigenous activist calling for an end to US Military Aid. Philadelphia–Several hundred grassroots organizers from across the country marched on the eve of the Democratic National Convention bearing a masks and a giant puppet of the Honduran Indigenous activist Berta Cáceres, and will do so again today on the DNC’s opening day. They are joined by Berta’s daughter, Laura Cáceres, and Rosalina Dominguez, a leader from COPINH (Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras),...

Honor the Earth’s 4th Annual Love Water Not Oil Tour

Posted by on Jul 18, 2016 in Featured, Press Release

Honor the Earth’s 4th Annual Love Water Not Oil Tour CONTACT: Frank Bibeau, frankbibeau@gmail.com, 218-760-1258 Winona LaDuke, winonaladuke@honorearth.org, 218-280-1720 Thane Maxwell, thane@honorearth.org, 612-900-5108 Today, July 18th, 2016, Honor the Earth begins its 4th Annual Love Water Not Oil tour, a spiritual journey by horseback along the proposed route of the Sandpiper and Line 3 crude oil pipeline corridor. The ride begins in the Rice Lake Wildlife Refuge, part of the Mille Lacs Reservation off Hwy 65, and continues west along the proposed pipeline route, against the current of proposed oil. The journey will end on August 1 at Lower Rice Lake on the White Earth Reservation. Local media is...

Nooksack General Council Convenes Emergency Meeting; Elects Four Interim Councilpersons

Posted by on Jul 18, 2016 in Featured

(Deming, WA) – On Thursday night (July 14th), the Nooksack General Council convened an emergency meeting that resulted in the election of four interim Tribal Councilpersons and the unanimous passage of a Resolution that invoked the body’s inherent, reserved authority given the breakdown in Nooksack constitutional government. Because the holdover Tribal Council refused to convene an election for four Tribal Council seats that was constitutionally required by March 19, 2016, and overthrew the Court before the election was about to be judicially compelled, the General Council convened the meeting and held its own election. Four non-Nooksack 306 members were elected to office: Robert Doucette, Vice Chairman, Bernie Roberts, Treasurer,...