Posted by on May 19, 2017 in Featured

Anti-Indian Leader Comes to Skagit County, Rally Called to Support Tribal Rights

Anti-Indian Leader Comes to Skagit County, Rally Called to Support Tribal Rights

A leading national anti-Indian activist is headed to Skagit County – and supporters of tribal and human rights are rallying to expose her bigotry and stand with Indian Nations. Elaine Willman will speak Saturday, May 20th at a meeting in Sedro Woolley hosted by the Skagit County Citizens Alliance for Property Rights. The Skagit County Republican Party and KGMI radio host Kris Halterman are also promoting the event. Elaine Willman is a longtime leader of the Citizens Equal Rights Alliance (CERA), a Wisconsin-based group that seeks to terminate tribes and abrogate treaties between Indian Nations and the United States. Willman calls tribal sovereignty a “tiresome myth” that was “nullified by the U.S. Constitution” and asserts that “[T]he federal government should no longer be honoring treaties with its own citizens.” Both statements are at odds with the U.S. Constitution and long-standing Supreme Court precedent. “CERA and Elaine Willman would gut the Constitution and end tribal nationhood in the United States,” said Chuck Tanner of the Institute for Research and Education...

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Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Featured

First Peoples of East and West Stand United with Yezidis

First Peoples of East and West Stand United with Yezidis

LALISH, Nineveh, Iraq. May 18, 2017 – The Baba Sheikh Khurto Hajji Ismail has invited two leading Native American advocates of the world’s First Peoples to tour Ezidikhan in Kurdish-administered Iraq next month. According to the Yezidi nation’s official news agency, His Holiness the Baba Sheikh recently appointed the Caribbean indigenous rights activist Damon Gerard Corrie as the Yezidi nation Ezidikhan’s official ambassador-at-large. Last month, Mr. Corrie served as the Yezidi nation Ezidikhan’s official envoy at the 16th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues where he presented Ezidikhan’s official statement objecting to Turkish air attacks upon Yezidi territory. Ambassador Corrie will visit Kurdish-administered Iraq in June at the invitation of the Baba Sheikh, who will swear in Ambassador Corrie and bless his mission in Ezidikhan and across the world. Ambassador Corrie will be accompanied by Chase Iron Eyes, a prominent Native American Indian activist, attorney, politician, video documentary producer, and member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North America. Ambassador Corrie is currently seeking...

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Posted by on May 17, 2017 in Featured

No, US Bank Has Not Stopped Funding Pipelines, Yet

No, US Bank Has Not Stopped Funding Pipelines, Yet

A recent viral article published by Ecowatch has inaccurately reported that US Bank is the “first major bank to stop financing pipeline construction.” If you take a closer look at US Bank’s 2017 Environmental Responsibility Policy, you’ll see they have only committed to cease “project financing.” There’s the rub- despite this new policy, U.S Bank continues to provide hundreds of millions of dollars of corporate financing to pipeline companies for general use, including pipeline construction. US Bank is behind many oil giants, including Enbridge, Energy Transfer Partners (here and here), Phillips 66 (here and here), and Marathon. All four of these companies own major stakes in the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL), and Phillips 66 and Marathon are the primary shippers of oil through DAPL. US Bank also finances Cabot Oil & Gas, DTE Energy (here and here), EQT (here and here), National Fuel Gas, Plains, Range Resources and Williams. So while it may not provide new project-level loans, US Bank is most definitely financing pipeline construction, and the drilling...

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Posted by on May 17, 2017 in Featured

Coalition Disrupts JPMorgan Chase Shareholders Meeting: Demand they Defund Tar Sands

Coalition Disrupts JPMorgan Chase Shareholders Meeting: Demand they Defund Tar Sands

May 16 2017 – today a coalition of activists disrupted JPMorgan Chase shareholders meeting demanding that they Defund the Tar Sands. Jackie Fielder, of Mazaska Talks and the San Fransisco Defund DAPL Coalition, took over the stage to deliver a joint letter signed by numerous Indigenous, environmental and human rights organizations that called on the bank to respect “Indigenous human rights and protect the climate.” The action follows the May 8th direct actions in Seattle where 13 Chase banks were shut down and 26 arrested. Read full text of joint letter below: May 16, 2017 James Dimon, Chair and CEO JPMorgan Chase & Co. 270 Park Ave. New York, NY 10017 Dear Mr. Dimon, We write to ensure the actions of your institution respect Indigenous human rights and protect the climate. As you know, JPMorgan Chase’s Environmental and Social Policy Framework commits the bank to aligning with the IFC Performance Standard 7 on Indigenous peoples, including ensuring the Free, Prior, and Informed Consent of Indigenous Peoples. It also recognizes...

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