Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Featured

My people don’t need to be saved, we want to be respected! by Rachel Heaton

My people don’t need to be saved, we want to be respected! by Rachel Heaton

I’ve always thought from the get go when outsiders/non-natives are coming into our community’s… there should be a protocol in place… like an orientation, or even bigger than that. I believe that if one is going to work or volunteer in American Indian communities, then 1. You must have the heart for it, not everyone from the outside can handle Indian Country. My people have suffered hundreds of years of trauma and still live the effects of it in our communities. So if you aren’t coming to our lands with a genuine heart and the want to really understand our people, then you aren’t ready to help us. 2. If you have never lived among us, been around us, learned our ways or even aware of them… then as outsiders you must learn or have value in it enough to respect it. Respect who we are and understand that we want the help, we want the support. But we do not need outsiders to come in and try to...

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Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Featured

Open Letter to Water Protectors: Support Leonard Peltier by Jean Roach

Open Letter to Water Protectors: Support Leonard Peltier by Jean Roach

Dear Water Protectors, Relatives and Friends: Let me introduce myself. My name is Jean Roach, of the Mnicoujou Lakota from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. I am a board member of the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee (ILPDC). I am also a survivor of the “1975 Oglala Firefight.” I have introduced myself to many representatives who have been to Standing Rock in support of our fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). There are many Leonard Peltier Supporters staying at the Standing Rock camp called Oceti Sakowin. We support Leonard Peltier as a “Political Prisoner” and his bid for Executive Clemency, Justice and Freedom. We are asking all Water Protectors and allies who supported the FIGHT against the DAPL to send tribal resolutions, or letters of support to President Obama. We have resolutions and support letters from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Oglala Sioux Tribe, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewas, Spirit Lake Tribe, Yankton Sioux, Crow Creek Sioux and numerous others, but it is urgent that we gather as...

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Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Featured

Court Sides with Quinault Nation: Call for Further Review of Proposed Oil Terminals

Court Sides with Quinault Nation: Call for Further Review of Proposed Oil Terminals

This morning the state Supreme Court unanimously sided with the Quinault Indian Nation and forced further review of two proposed expanded oil terminals in Grays Harbor. The question was whether the expanded terminals on the harbor would be covered under the Ocean Resources Management Act (ORMA). You can read the entire ruling here. Quinault has been battling oil transportation through Grays Harbor for years: “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,” said Tyson Johnston, Quinault Vice-President. The expansions are not small. Here is how the court describes one: Westway plans to expand its existing facility by constructing four aboveground storage tanks for storing crude oil. Each tank will have a capacity of 8.4 million gallons, meaning the entire Westway project will...

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Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Featured

Coalition Against Coal Terminals Celebrate Major Victories

Coalition Against Coal Terminals Celebrate Major Victories

Last week, a coalition of Tribes, environmentalist, and climate justice activist celebrated two major victories over Big Coal in Washington State. Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands, Peter Goldmark, announced two major blows to the coal industry. First, Commissioner Goldmark rejected a request from Northwest Alloys to sublease the state’s aquatic lands to Millennium Bulk Terminals for a proposed coal export terminal project. If built, the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminal would have become the largest coal export terminal in North America. The terminal would have been built in Longview, WA along the Columbia River. The project was opposed by regional Tribe’s due to the coal trains and proposed terminals impact on traditional lands and waterways. Secondly, the Commissioner, at the request of the Lummi Nation, expanded an aquatic reserve to now include Cherry Point, which will further protect lands that Big Coal previously sought to build a coal export terminal. The expanded aquatic reserve will provide more permanent protections to Cherry Point. Last year, the same coalition of Tribes...

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