Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Featured

Trump Proposes Deep Cuts to Indian Affairs Budget

Trump Proposes Deep Cuts to Indian Affairs Budget

Washington D.C. – On Tuesday, the Trump Administration released its proposed budget, which includes cutting $300 million, roughly 10%, from the Interior Indian Affairs budget. Proposed cuts include: 1. $64 million from Indian Education 2. $21 million from tribal law enforcement and public safety 3. $27 million from tribal natural resources management programs 4. $23 million from human services (which includes Indian Child Welfare) 5. $50 million from the construction budget 6. $48 million for the Native American Housing Block Grant program at Housing and Urban Development 7. $35 million for Contract Support Costs 8. $15 million cut to real estate services Reduction in adequate spending on Tribal education and health care by the Federal government is a violation of Tribe’s treaty rights.  Included in Tribal treaty rights are a right to education and health care. The proposed Trump budget overall sees cuts in other domestic programs such as, the Department of Education, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Dept of Housing and Urban Development. Spending on the Dept...

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Posted by on May 23, 2017 in Featured

More Leaks Found Along Dakota Access Pipeline

More Leaks Found Along Dakota Access Pipeline

May 22 2017 – The Associated Press is reporting that two additional leaks have been found along the Dakota Access pipeline. This marks the pipelines third known leak. On two separate incidents the Dakota Access pipeline is reported to have leaked more than 100-gallons of oil in North Dakota. On March 3rd, 84 gallons spilled in in Watford City and 20-gallons spilled in Mercer County on March 5th. On April 4th, 84-gallons of oil leaked from a pump station in South Dakota. In an interview with Last Real Indians in 2016 Nicole Montclair-Donaghy (Lakota) stated, “The more concerning threat is what this pipeline WILL do to the environment. All pipelines break at some point in their lifetime.*Pipelines spill their contents.” The Dakota Access pipeline, of which Energy Transfer Partners assured would be safe, has leaked over 200-gallons on three separate known incidents. Water protectors and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe continue to challenge the pipeline. by Wakíƞyaƞ Waánataƞ (Matt...

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Posted by on May 16, 2017 in Uncategorized

U.S. Bank to Stop Financing Pipeline Construction

U.S. Bank to Stop Financing Pipeline Construction

At their annual shareholders meeting in April, U.S. Bank announced that they will no longer fund future oil and gas pipelines. According to their newly released Environmental Responsibility Policy 2017 “The company does not provide project financing for the construction of oil or natural gas pipelines.” U.S. Bank went on to further outline that it will no longer finance coal mines, Mountain Top Removal Projects, and committed to sustainable energy projects such as wind and solar. “We do not extend credit to, provide financing to, or participate in relationships involving individual Mountain Top Removal (MTR) projects or coal producers who rely on MTR for anything more than a limited portion of its firm’s overall coal production. In addition, we will not participate in any relationship involving or provide project financing or other forms of asset-specific financing for the development of new coal mines” They further committed to no longer financing forestry projects that adversely impact Indigenous communities, “We do not finance forestry operations that negatively impact indigenous people and...

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Posted by on May 9, 2017 in Featured

Water Protectors Shut Down JP Morgan Chase in Seattle

Water Protectors Shut Down JP Morgan Chase in Seattle

Seattle, WA – On May 8th, a coalition of Native peoples and 350 Seattle followed through on their promise to shut down JP Morgan Chase bank if they did not issue a statement stating that they would not give project level loans to TransCanada to build the Keystone XL pipeline. “We told JP Morgan Chase that we would shut their banks down if they did not provide a statement saying they would not issue project level loans to finish the Keystone XL Pipeline. They did not issue that statement, so we took 13 of them over. I was a part of the Indigenous Leaders affinity group and not only did we shut banks down, we closed bank accounts, we sang songs, acknowledged the land we stood upon, and listened to teachings. We are doing the work we were created for. This fight is far from over, we are fighting for our future generations. Every decision we make today impacts them.” ~Rachel Heaton (Muckleshoot) The coalition targeted JP Morgan Chase...

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Posted by on May 9, 2017 in Featured

Indigenous Leaders Launch New Campaign To Defund All Four Proposed Tar Sands Pipelines

Indigenous Leaders Launch New Campaign To Defund All Four Proposed Tar Sands Pipelines

Indigenous Leaders Launch New Campaign To Defund All Four Proposed Tar Sands Pipelines May 9, 2017 Contact: Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion, info@treatyalliance.org, 514-445-4414 Matt Remle, Last Real Indians, mcremle@hotmail.com, 206-639-3610 Tara Houska, Honor the Earth, tara@honorearth.org, 612-226-9404 Cannon Ball, ND – Today, a coalition of grassroots Indigenous groups from across Turtle Island joins the 121 First Nations and Tribes united by the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion, to launch a new, integrated divestment campaign against the banks funding Dakota Access and the four tar sands crude oil pipelines currently proposed out of Canada. “We call on all banks and financial institutions to withdraw their investments in the corporations proposing to build new pipelines to carry even more tar sands oil out of Canada,” says Grand Chief Derek Nepinak of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs on behalf of the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion. “We call on individuals, businesses, organizations, and governments to withdraw their money from these financial institutions until they divest from these pipeline...

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