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Racism for You, Me, and Everyone By Maleaha Brings Plenty

Posted by on May 19, 2016 in Featured

The other day, my family and I were driving to Savannah for a weekend vacation. On the way there, we stopped in Spartanburg, South Carolina for dinner. While we were driving to the restaurant, we passed by a restaurant that struck me as odd and infuriating. It was called “Chief’s: Wings and Firewater”. This struck my family and me on many different levels; the first one being the obvious and blatant racism. The fact that someone would name their business after something so racist blows my mind and infuriates me at the same time. I’m not sure what the reasoning behind the name is, but I’m sure it’s nothing...

Hoopa Tribe Sues Federal Government over Inadequate Protections for Juvenile Salmon

Posted by on May 19, 2016 in Featured

The Hoopa Valley Tribe has filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) and NOAA Fisheries for violating the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Failure by these federal agencies to reinitiate consultation on the flawed 2013 Klamath Project Biological Opinion (BiOp) will simply add to the millions of sick and dead juvenile salmon already lost due to the Klamath Irrigation Project. High infection prevalence of the deadly salmon parasite Ceratomyxa nova has been directly linked to the Project and its effect upon natural flows in the river. “The juvenile fish kills in 2014 and 2015, while not as noticeable to the naked eye as dead...

Colonialism has Ended – Except in the Americas by Damon Corrie

Posted by on May 19, 2016 in Featured

COLONIALISM HAS ENDED – EXCEPT IN THE AMERICAS – WHERE THE DESCENDANT HEIRS & BENEFICIARIES TO COLONIZATION ARE STILL RULING THIS HEMISPHERE AS HEADS OF NEO-COLONIAL POLITICAL NATION-STATE CONSTRUCTS THAT ARE MORE AKIN TO 21st CENTURY MACRO PLANTATIONS! Let me speak out once again on this topic myself – since my contemporaries seem afraid to say these things as publicly as I do, and prefer to handle ‘less government-upsetting issues’…so concerned are they about their continued access to funding for their NGO’s – they hide under the excuse of ‘diplomacy’…and never raise their voice on this principal issue. Under International Human Rights Laws each Amerindian/American Indian/First Nations tribal nation...

Indigenous Updates from the Organization of American States Sessions by Damon Corrie

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in Featured

As the head of the Caribbean Caucus delegation to this current session of the Organization of American States working on the draft Declaration on the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas I had to make this position of OURS absolutely clear, we are here to negotiate in good faith – not to deceive or be deceived, and definitely NOT to agree to ANYTHING that would diminish the rights of ANY Indigenous Tribal Nations of the Americas by accepting text that would DIMINISH our rights – just for the sake of saying ‘we achieved a document’…it will be NO DAMN USE to achieve something that WEAKENS our position,...

Carbon Offsets cause Conflict and Colonialism

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in Featured

Indigenous Peoples denounce at United Nations; Demand Cancelation of REDD+ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 18, 2016 Contact: Tom BK Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network, + 1 218 760 0442, ien@igc.org Alberto Saldamando, human rights lawyer, + 1 415 656 9198 (English/Spanish) Juan Antonio Correa Calfin, Mapuche leader, Chile juanantoniocorreacalfin@gmail.com (Español) New York –A false solution to climate change known as REDD+ causes conflict and is a new form of colonialism and must be immediately canceled, Indigenous Peoples denounced at the United Nations. REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) is a carbon offset mechanism that uses Nature as a sponge for greenhouse gas pollution instead of cutting emissions at source....

Demers: Desecration or Development? Molalla Tribe Sacred Site in Danger of Mine Project by Kayla Godowa-Tufti

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in Featured

May 17th 2016 (Oakridge, Oregon) An article published by the Eugene Weekly February 11, 2016 stated, “Old Hazeldell Quarry, an investment of Ed King of King Estate Winery, has applied to Lane County to change the zoning of the hillside, currently zoned F1 and F2 forestlands, to allow for quarry mining. This area is known by residents of Oakridge as “TV Butte”. Phil Donovan, a spokesman for the quarry, says the area was a quarry before current zoning was put in place in the 1970s. Donovan also clarifies that Greg Demers and the McDougal Brothers, who have been involved in a number of controversial resource extraction projects such as...

Bigotry, Calls for Violence, Follow Protest of Tribal Treaty Fishing

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Featured

The more things change, the adage goes, the more they stay the same. While fisheries management in Washington State has undergone a political sea-change in the decades following the 1974 Boldt decision, one thing appears to have stayed the same – mobilizations against treaty-reserved fishing rights still bring out the worst in some of our fellow citizens. In the wake of the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (WDFW) May 1 closure of the salmon-fishing season in several lakes and the lower reaches of most Puget Sound rivers, and a small federally-approved ceremonial and subsistence fishery by treaty tribes, recreational fishing industry groups organized protests. In the process,...

Royal Dutch Shell Spills Over 88,000 Gallons of Crude Oil in the Gulf of Mexico

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Featured, Press Release

For Immediate Release Friday, May 13, 2016 Contact: Dallas Goldtooth, 708-515-6158, dallas@ienearth.org Monique Verdin, 504-330-0768, moniquemverdin@gmail.com Faith Gemmill, 907-750-0188, redoilone@gmail.com Royal Dutch Shell Spills Over 88,000 Gallons of Crude Oil in the Gulf of Mexico.  Spills Occurs as Gulf Coast Citizens Prepare to Speak Out Against Offshore Drilling in Washington DC New Orleans, LA – On thursday, an 88,200 gallon oil spill was discovered in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, forcing Royal Dutch Shell to shut in all wells that flow to its Brutus platform. An oil sheen 2 miles wide and 13 miles long, 2100 barrels equal to 90,000 gallons (or at least thats what being reported), from...

YANKTON SIOUX/IHANKTONWAN TO HOST GOVERNMENT TO GOVERNMENT CONSULTATION WITH US ARMY CORPS ON BAKKEN PIPELINE/DAPL

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Featured

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: YANKTON SIOUX/IHANKTONWAN TO HOST GOVERNMENT TO GOVERNMENT CONSULTATION WITH US ARMY CORPS ON BAKKEN PIPELINE/DAPL Thomasina Realbird, Yankton Sioux Tribe (303) 673-9600 or Jason Cooke, Yankton Sioux Tribe, 605 384 3641 Faith Spotted Eagle, Ihanktonwan Treaty Chair, (605) 481-0416 After two requests from the Yankton Sioux Tribe on March 17 and April 13, 2016 and numerous phone calls; the US Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to Consultation with the Yankton/Ihanktonwan on the Bakken Pipeline, otherwise termed the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Yankton reject the appropriation of the name “Dakota” in a project that is in violation of aboriginal and treaty lands. The word Dakota means...