Posted by on May 29, 2016 in Featured

Hoopa Valley Tribe Slams San Luis Settlement Agreement

Hoopa Valley Tribe Slams San Luis Settlement Agreement

On May 24, the Hoopa Valley Tribe from Northern California filed its objection to two bills proposed in the House of Representatives to implement the controversial San Luis Settlement Agreement, saying the agreement would “forever condemn the Tribe to poverty.” The Tribe filed its complaint prior to a hearing on the two bills, H.R. 4366 (Rep. David Valadao) and H.R. 5217 (Rep. Jim Costa, D-CA), held by the U.S. House of Representative Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans. The video is posted now at: http://naturalresources.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=400473 “Our Tribe is an indispensable party to this settlement,” said Chairman Ryan Jackson, in a press release. “We notified Congress and the Bush and Obama Administrations on numerous occasions over the past several years of our concerns. Though we have been mostly ignored, rest assured, this legislation will not advance in absence of protection of our interests.” The invited witnesses were John Bezdek , Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior; Tom Birmingham, General Manager, Westlands Water...

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Posted by on May 28, 2016 in Featured

Coalition of Pipeline Fighters Respond to USFWS Revoking Sovereign Lands Construction Permit for Dakota Access Pipeline in Iowa

Coalition of Pipeline Fighters Respond to USFWS Revoking Sovereign Lands Construction Permit for Dakota Access Pipeline in Iowa

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Revokes Sovereign Lands Construction Permit for Dakota Access Pipeline in Iowa Standing Rock Sioux Tribe & Coalition of Pipeline Fighters Respond Des Moines, IA – The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has revoked its approval of a construction permit for the Dakota Access pipeline through the Big Sioux River Wildlife Management Area in Northwest Iowa. This permit, called the Sovereign Lands Construction Permit, was revoked because a significant Native American archaeological site was discovered along the proposed pipeline path. Due to the permit revocation, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources has ordered that Dakota Access LLC stop all construction work for its Bakken oil pipeline until it receives the green light from the state archaeologist and FWS. The Dakota Access project is a 1,168-mile Bakken oil pipeline proposed to carry up to 450,000 barrels per day. The pipeline would cross the “Breadbasket of America” through the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois. The following are statements from the Standing...

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Posted by on May 28, 2016 in Featured

For Immediate Release: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Revokes Permit for Dakota Access Pipeline in Iowa

For Immediate Release: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Revokes Permit for Dakota Access Pipeline in Iowa

For Immediate Release: 5/27/16 Press Contact: Dallas Goldtooth, 708-515-6158, dallas@ienearth.org Des Moines, IA – The United States Fish and Wildlife Service has revoked its approval of a construction permit for the Dakota Access pipeline through the Big Sioux River Wildlife Management Area in Northeast Iowa. This permit is called the Sovereign Lands Construction Permit and was revoked because a significant Native American archaeological site was discovered along its proposed path. Due to the permit revocation, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources has ordered that Dakota Access LLC stop all construction work for its Bakken oil pipeline until a survey of the area is conducted and consultation with local agencies and tribes is completed. The Dakota Access project is a 1,168-mile Bakken oil pipeline proposed to carry up to 450,000 barrels per day. The pipeline would cross the “Breadbasket of America” through the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois. Dallas Goldtooth, Keep It In the Ground Campaign Organizer for The Indigenous Environmental Network gives the following statement:...

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Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Featured

Quinault Indian Nation fights to protect Grays Harbor from Proposed Crude Oil Terminal*

Quinault Indian Nation fights to protect Grays Harbor from Proposed Crude Oil Terminal*

“Tribal and commercial fisheries, tourism and the best razor clams anywhere are among the many ways Grays Harbor, our rivers and coastline set the table for local food, jobs and our economy. There’s nothing more important to our future prosperity and way of life than keeping our waterways healthy, productive, and safe from crude oil.” -Tyson Johnston, QIN Vice-President No crude oil currently moves through the Quinault Indian Reservation or Grays Harbor, but in the coming months this could change, as state and local leaders will decide whether to permit expanded facilities at the Port of Grays Harbor that will allow crude oil to move through our region. The good news is that plans for two other proposed terminals are in question. U.S. Development Group has terminated its Port of Grays Harbor lease option. Renewable Energy Group (REG) has stated it will not pursue crude oil shipments in and out of its expanded terminal, but the Nation is monitoring the status of the original proposal to limit REG’s activities....

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