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California Tribe’s annual Run4Salmon goes from 300-mile prayer journey to virtual due to COVID-19

Starting this week, the annual Run4Salmon Prayer Journey of 300 miles goes virtual for 2020 due to COVID-19.  Adapting, instead of canceling the annual event, this year’s Run4Salmon offers online participation. By Dan Bacher According to a press release from the Winnemem Wintu Tribe: “For the past four years, Winnemem Wintu Chief Caleen Sisk and […]

July 19th

Federal Judge orders Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) shut down!

A federal judge ruled today that owners of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), Dakota Access, LLC, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners, must halt operations while the government conducts a full-fledged analysis examining the risk DAPL poses to the Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribes. By Dan Bacher This order by James E. Boasberg, United States District […]

July 7th

Tribes and climate activists celebrate court-ordered shutdown of Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL)

A U.S. district court on Monday delivered a major win to local Indigenous organizers and climate activists—and a significant blow to the fossil fuel industry and the Trump administration—by ordering the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to be shut down and emptied of oil by Aug. 5 while federal regulators conduct an environmental review of the project. By Jessica […]

July 6th

‘The Future Does Not Belong to You,’ Climate campaigners say to Big Oil after cancellation of Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Following years of widespread grassroots opposition led by vulnerable local communities and national environmental organizations, two U.S. energy behemoths on Sunday abruptly cancelled the planned Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a sprawling project that would have transported dirty fracked gas along a 600-mile route through West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams “Today […]

Cheyenne River Sioux Chair Offers to Rip Down Mount Rushmore—”Free of Charge… By Myself If I Must”

Describing the iconic South Dakota mountain carving that depicts the heads of famous U.S presidents as nothing but a monument to “our molesters,” the chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Nation Harold Frazier this week said he would willingly tear down Mount Rushmore if given the chance—with or without help—and pay for its destruction personally. […]

Interior requests funding for Shasta Dam raise, Sites Reservoir and Friant-Kern Canal under WIIN Act

The Trump administration on Monday, June 22, requested $15 million for the Shasta Dam enlargement project, a project that Tribes, fishing groups and conservation organizations say will drive imperiled winter-run Chinook salmon closer to extinction and flood many of the remaining sacred cultural sites of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe. This $15 million was part of […]

June 25th

Environmental Justice: Chronically underfunded Indian Health Service means death for many Navajos with COVID-19

On Friday, the Navajo Nation, the largest American Indian reservation by geography and population, reported 92 new cases of COVID-19 and five deaths. That brings the corresponding totals to 6,470 with 303 deaths, with no end in sight. You can see the Navajo Department of Health’s take on it at Dikos Ntsaaígíí-19. By Meteor Blades On a per capita […]

June 17th

Native American tribes’ pandemic response is hamstrung by many inequities

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is novel, but pandemic threats to indigenous peoples are anything but new. Diseases like measles, smallpox and the Spanish flu have decimated Native American communities ever since the arrival of the first European colonizers. Now COVID-19 is having similarly devastating impacts in Indian country. Some reservations are reporting infection rates many times […]

June 14th

Under cover of Coronavirus, Trump admin tries to ram through more mining on Navajo lands

While Navajo tribal leaders were focused on the coronavirus pandemic, Feds held virtual hearings on a proposal to permit new extractive operations near Native ancestral lands: The plan, if enacted, would allow fracking and mineral leasing around the Chaco Culture National Historical Park, land that the Pueblo Indians consider their homeland. By Meteor Blades Navajo leaders and some New […]

June 6th

California water wars: Rally TODAY (March 2) to stop the North Coast water grab!

Please share this new flyer for the only North State Delta Tunnel hearing on March 2nd. The artwork by Mahlija Florendo. Carpools are coming from all over to support the Tribal members and youth that demanded a North State hearing. By Dan Bacher According to Regina Chichizola of Save California Salmon: “On February 28, the Trump […]

March 2nd

Tar Sands Pipelines: In Canada, militarized police attack indigenous peoples on their own land

From the Indigenous Environmental Network: Watch this video of heavily militarized police invading #Wetsuweten territories. Right now dozens of militarized police with assault rifles and dogs have been deployed against unarmed Wet’suwet’en land defenders on unceded Indigenous land. Militarized RCMP Raid Gidimt'en Monitoring Post at 39KM SHARE WIDELY – This morning at approximately 4:30am, heavily militarized RCMP invaded unceded […]

February 7th

Top 13 recommended books by and about American Indians

Over the years, one question I have been asked repeatedly is for a recommendation of a book that comprehensively tells the story of American Indians. In fact, there’s no book that does that because, just like other people who live in the USA, Indians aren’t monolithic. Hundreds of federally recognized tribes, hundreds more that are unrecognized, 29 language groups and […]

June 16th

‘I will fight no more forever.’ The iconic words of Nez Perce Chief Joseph that he never said

This year marks the 27th anniversary of the first National Native American Heritage Month declared by President George H.W. Bush. It’s one of the few times American Indians are anything but stereotypes or invisible. Unfortunately, while Indians and some of our allies make an effort to correct the historical record, too many myths continue to thrive. […]

November 24th

DAPL pipeline company sues “eco-terrorist” environmental groups

The pipeline operator Energy Transfer has filed a lawsuit against Greenpeace, Earth First, and a number of other organizations, alleging that attempts to solicit donations and interfere with construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline constituted “eco-terrorism.” By James Ayre  In other words, Energy Transfer alleges that the environmental groups in question engaged in “acts of terrorism” […]

August 25th