Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Featured

Navajo Nation files Lawsuit against EPA over Toxic Mine Spill

Navajo Nation files Lawsuit against EPA over Toxic Mine Spill

The Navajo Nation has filed a $160 million lawsuit against the U.S. government for damages caused by the massive August 2015 mine spill that released millions of gallons of toxic waste into the Animas and San Juan rivers. In a press release Navajo Nation Attorney General Ethel Branch stated, “In particular, it has impaired our ability to maintain the cultural, ceremonialism, and spiritual practices that undergird the Navajo way of life. Through this claim and our corresponding lawsuit, we are demanding that the US government finally provide the Navajo Nation relief.” The toxic spill released lead, mercury and arsenic into to rivers that Navajo and others rely on for water for people, crops and animals. Read Navajo Nation press release...

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Posted by on Dec 2, 2016 in Featured

Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau Approves Two Major Tar Sands Pipelines

Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau Approves Two Major Tar Sands Pipelines

On Tuesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved two major Tar Sands pipelines. Trudeau and his cabinet signed off on the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline and Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline. Combined, the pipelines will bring over a million barrels of Alberta oil sands to global markets. Separately, Trudeau rejected the permit for the Northern Gateway pipeline. The Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline will increase the capacity of an aging pipeline from 300,000 barrels to 890,000 barrels per day running from the Alberta Tar Sands to Vancouver B.C. Additionally, it will expand the tanker port as tanker traffic is anticipated to increase from five tankers per month, to 34 per-month. The pipeline has been widely opposed by numerous 1st Nations. “Now is the time to stand beside Indigenous people in support of our timeless struggle to defend Mother Earth. There is a battle being waged across the globe by Indigenous Peoples and their allies demanding a safe, healthy world for future generations. This is about water versus oil and...

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Posted by on Nov 26, 2016 in Featured

Army Corps Issues Eviction Notice to Oceti Sakowin Camp

Army Corps Issues Eviction Notice to Oceti Sakowin Camp

In a letter addressed to Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II, the US Army Corps of Engineers Col. John Henderson issued an eviction notice to water protectors currently camped at the Oceti Sakowin Camp. He states that he will be closing Army Corps managed federal lands North of the Cannonball River, the current location of the Oceti Sakowin Camp, on Dec 5th. The land in question is tribal lands affirmed in the 1851 Ft. Laramie treaty, in which the Army Corps took possession of, illegally, in 1944. Read full letter here, by Wakíƞyaƞ Waánataƞ (Matt Remle-...

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Posted by on Nov 18, 2016 in Featured

Washington State Republican Senator to Introduce New Crime Bill Targeting Protestors as “Economic Terrorist”

Washington State Republican Senator to Introduce New Crime Bill Targeting Protestors as “Economic Terrorist”

Olympia, WA- On Wednesday November 16th, Washington State Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, stated that he is crafting a bill that would create a new crime of “economic terrorism” targeting protestors. If passed, the new bill would allow for felony prosecution of protestors who, “block streets, cause property damage, threaten jobs and put public safety at risk.” Further it would allow for felony prosecution of, “those who intentionally break the law in an attempt to intimidate or coerce private citizens or the government by obstructing economic activity.” From a news release on his webpage, “Washington needs to take a firm stand against illegal protests that block transportation and commerce, cause property damage, threaten jobs and put public safety at risk, says state Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale. Ericksen has prepared a bill for next year’s legislative session that would create a new crime of economic terrorism. The measure would allow felony prosecution of those who intentionally break the law in an attempt to intimidate or coerce private citizens or the government...

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Posted by on Nov 14, 2016 in Featured

Thousands Rally in the Northwest to Protect Water by Matt Remle

Thousands Rally in the Northwest to Protect Water by Matt Remle

On November 12th, thousands rallied in Tacoma WA against the Dakota Access pipeline and against numerous proposed energy intensive projects slated to be built in the Salish Sea. The Medicine Creek Treaty Tribes of Washington State, the Nisqually, Puyallup, Steilacoom, Squawskin (Squaxin Island), S’Homamish, Stehchass, T’Peeksin, Squi-aitl, and the Sa-heh-wamish called for the action to draw attention and support to not only the on-going fight over the Dakota Access pipeline, but also to proposed oil and coal terminals slated for the Northwest. In addition to offering support to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Northwest Tribal leaders highlighted numerous issues impacting local tribes. Quinault Nation battles proposed oil by rail terminals in Greys Harbor Currently, Washington State has five oil refineries, four of which already receive oil via rail and the fifth has applied for a permit to do so as well. Roughly, 3 billion gallons of crude moves from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota through Washington annually and oil companies are aggressively seeking to expand their presence...

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