Posted by on Jul 10, 2015 in Featured

NCAI Calls for Full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on Proposed Oil Pipeline

NCAI Calls for Full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on Proposed Oil Pipeline

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 9, 2015 Honor the Earth, Callaway MN, www.honorearth.org Media Contact: Thane Maxwell, 612-900-5108 On July 1, 2015, the National Congress of American Indians adopted a formal resolution calling for a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on Enbridge Energy’s proposed Sandpiper/Line 3 oil pipeline corridor across treaty-ceded territory in Northern Minnesota. The NCAI is the oldest and largest national organization of American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments. The official resolution can be viewed on their website here. The resolution calls for immediate and coordinated action by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Army Corps of Engineers, to address the serious threats to tribal sovereignty, natural resources, and environmental justice that the pipelines pose, especially in light of the highly flawed regulatory process at the state level. It emphasizes the EPA’s obligation to designate appropriate Bands of Ojibwe/Chippewa as “cooperating agencies” in the thorough environmental review required by the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA), and work closely with tribal governments to protect precious...

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Posted by on Jun 8, 2015 in Featured, Press Release

For Immediate Release:  Tribes Oppose the PUC Sandpiper Ruling

For Immediate Release: Tribes Oppose the PUC Sandpiper Ruling

Honor the Earth For Immediate Release: Tribes Oppose the PUC Sandpiper Ruling “The Minnesota PUC’s decision to grant a certificate of need to the Enbridge corporation is a declaration of war against the Anishinaabeg people,a slap to tribal governments, and a threat to the water of Minnesota,” Winona LaDuke from Honor the Earth told the media. Honor the Earth and the Ojibwe community is disappointed in the PUC decision to grant the certificate of need to the Enbridge Corporation for a new energy corridor through the heart of our territory.” The Ojibwe tribes as represented by the Mille Lacs and White Earth bands and the Minnesota Chippewa tribe have expressed their concerns , and asked to be heard, and the Minnesota PUC has exercised sheer disdain for tribal governments and people. The Enbridge company and the PUC have stated that running this dangerous oil pipeline along a highway, and near urban areas poses a risk to society, but is willing to sacrifice our tribal people, lands and wild rice...

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Posted by on Jun 5, 2015 in Featured

Coalition of Native American and Women’s Organizations File Submission to United Nations Requesting Intervention in Epidemic of Sexual Violence

Coalition of Native American and Women’s Organizations File Submission to United Nations Requesting Intervention in Epidemic of Sexual Violence

On April 21, 2015, a coalition of Native American and women’s organizations filed a submission to the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, requesting UN intervention in the epidemic of sexual violence brought on by extreme fossil fuel extraction in the Great Lakes and Great Plains region. This body was convened in New York from April 20 to May 1, 2015, for the Fourteenth Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. The submission documents the connection between extreme extraction and sexual violence against Native women in the Bakken oil fields of western North Dakota and eastern Montana, and the Tar Sands region of Alberta, Canada, where vast “man camps” of temporary labor have become lawless hubs of violence and human trafficking. It also contextualizes this epidemic within the history of colonization, genocide, and systemic violence against Indigenous peoples, which has always disproportionately affected women and girls. The submission was made by Dr. Dawn Memee Harvard of the Native Women’s Association of Canada, also...

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Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in Featured

For Immediate Release: ‘Love Water Not Oil’ Northern Tour

For Immediate Release: ‘Love Water Not Oil’ Northern Tour

For Immediate Release: ‘Love Water Not Oil’ Northern Tour  East Lake, Minisinoo, Minnesota – Monday, August 18th, Winona LaDuke, Executive Director of Honor the Earth, embarks on a horse ride against the proposed Enbridge Sandpiper pipeline. Partnering with the leadership for the ride is Shane Davis, Executive Director Fractivist.org. Along the way the riders will raise awareness of the proposed pipeline by informing native communities and landowners of the inherent risks of the project and their rights to oppose it.  The initial leg of ride will traverse the Sandy Lake and Rice Lake watersheds, a mother lode of wild rice in Minnesota.. The proposed pipeline would divide the traditional wild rice beds from East to West. LaDuke says “Enbridge chose a bad path. The people of Minnesota love their water more than oil and they are standing up against the pipeline.” District 2 Rep. of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, David “Niib” Aubid said “I can’t fathom how they would put the pipeline in. …this particular area. It’s...

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Posted by on Aug 2, 2014 in Featured

Honor the Earth Environmental Features: Eastern Indigenous Resistance And Paddling For Protection

Honor the Earth Environmental Features: Eastern Indigenous Resistance And Paddling For Protection

Today we’ll hear about Indigenous resistance to environmental destruction in the Eastern part of Turtle Island and on Aanishinaabe territories in the mid West. From the homelands of the Wetsuweten First Nation at the Unist’ot’en Action Camp, an active blockade against a proposed energy cooridor that would cross the territories of the Unist’ot’en Clan, hear from really inspiring young people taking on energy extraction in their own communities. Today’s show will feature an interview with youth from the Aamjiwnaang First Nation and a workshop about the proposed “Energy East” – or “Energy Beast” – pipeline. Speaking at the Unistoten Action camp, workshop presenters Amanda Lickers and Crystal Greene gave a teach in and strategy session on extractive energy projects in the East of what is called “Canada” on Turtle Island, focusing specifically on the TranCanada Energy East, or “Energy Beast” pipeline project. First Crystal and Amanda talk about the details of the proposed pipeline project, which is larger than the Keystone XL, and then we will hear an example...

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