Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in Featured

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

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

“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 will transport as much as 450,000 barrels of oil per day with a future capacity of 570,000 barrels per day. A spokeswoman for the corps’ Omaha District stated that the agency approved 200 water crossings and three Section 408 easements. The pipeline will cross Lake Oahe, Lake Sakakawea and the Missouri River. The construction of the pipeline has been strongly...

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Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in Featured

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

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

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 300 oil pipeline breaks in the state of North Dakota. When the Dakota Access Pipeline breaks, it will not only contaminate our water but it will also destroy our sacred land and threaten our individual, societal and community’s health. A few months ago, the youth from my Tribe started speaking out against the Dakota Access Pipeline. We created a petition...

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Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in Featured

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

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

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 landscapes. The pipeline travels through the Tribe’s ancestral lands and passes within half a mile of its current reservation. The Corps’ approval of the permit allows the oil company to dig the pipeline under the Missouri River just upstream of the reservation and the Tribe’s drinking water supply. An oil spill at this site would constitute an existential threat to...

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Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in Featured

Hoopa Valley Tribe files lawsuit against the Federal Government

Hoopa Valley Tribe files lawsuit against the Federal Government

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 Chairman Ryan Jackson. “These fish have been essential to our culture, religion and economy since time immemorial,” added Jackson. Federal irrigation project and private dam operators on the Klamath River divert and store water, leaving less for fish. The water that remains is warmer than tolerable for salmon and polluted with nutrients and chemicals. Under those conditions, fish are vulnerable...

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Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in Featured

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

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

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 rice refuges by Congress for the exclusive use of the Chippewa at the beginning of the 20th century. “I cannot emphasize enough the importance of protecting our sacred manoomin (wild rice) which is at the root of our cultural and spiritual ways of life with mother earth we call bimaadiziwin, living our life in a good way” said Winona LaDuke,...

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