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Winnemem Wintu leaders, journalists and legal experts to hold live panel on the Shasta Dam raise

The Winnemem Wintu Tribe has led the resistance against the proposed Shasta Dam raise since the early 2000s, and now the Trump administration and Westlands Water District are using the cover of Covid-19 to fast-track the project in possible violation of state, federal and International law. By Dan Bacher The general public can learn more […]

July 31st

Action Alert: Tell CA Water Commission to pull Sites Reservoir funding

The Sites Reservoir is a potential large new reservoir on 14,000 acres approx. 80 miles northwest of Sacramento. As currently proposed, the $4.7 billion project would create new water diversions from the Sacramento River and would increase pressure to divert water from the Trinity River, in order to store and transport water for industrial agriculture […]

July 13th

If Trump wanted a real celebration at Rushmore, he’d support Lakota sovereignty over the Black Hills

In a time of belated monument removal—officially or by volunteers—it’s fitting that on Friday Donald Trump will be on hand for Independence Day fireworks in the Black Hills of South Dakota at the nation’s biggest statuary monument to white supremacy. The venue is Mount Rushmore, which carries the name of a man who donated a large sum to help sculpt the […]

July 3rd

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Klamath Basin ‘Takings’ Case, Upholding Tribes’ Senior Water Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court today refused to hear the case of Baley v United States, a case regarding water rights on the Klamath Basin, agreeing with the Court of Appeals that Basin irrigators’ water rights were subordinate to the Tribes’ federal reserved water rights. The court’s refusal to hear the 18-year-old case brought by the Klamath Basin irrigators settles “for […]

June 23rd

Piling pandemic on top of injustice: Elizabeth Warren calls attention to Native Americans under the coronavirus

Sen. Warren and Rep. Haaland co-author op-ed on federal response to COVID-19 on Native reservations: American Indians and Alaska Natives already suffer disproportionately from health conditions and environmental injustices that make them more susceptible to complications during a pandemic. The Navajo Nation had infection rates higher than any state. In New Mexico, American Indians make up 11% of the […]

May 30th

Judge ridicules Interior Dept. document on taking back land from Mashpee Wampanoag tribe

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe that welcomed the pilgrims in 1620 has been fighting with the federal government over the removal of the tribe’s 321 acres of communal land from trust status. "One of the worst written documents I've ever read from any government agency": A federal judge trashed the Trump administration for changing course on […]

May 28th

Despite the Coronavirus pandemic, California’s water-stealing Delta Tunnel plan forges ahead

On April 30 during the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the negotiators for the Department of Water Resources and the State Water Contractors finalized an Agreement In Principle (AIP) for the State  Contract Amendment for Delta Conveyance, according to a notice sent out yesterday by the Kearns and West Facilitation Team. By Dan Bacher This is a significant […]

May 13th

Failure to provide Coronavirus relief money shows America never gets tired of sticking it to Indians

Back in the 19th century, when the U.S. was removing, corralling, and slaughtering the American Indian population, treaties and other agreements were made to provide regular compensation to those tribes that agreed to stop fighting the ongoing theft of their land, culture, religion, and language, and confine themselves to reservations. Corruption, chicanery, bureaucratic rules, and outright […]

May 3rd

Trump’s border wall is the exact opposite of where our priorities should be (It’s the climate change, stupid!)

The Trump administration has undertaken a massive, unprecedented response to the climate crisis. In fact, they clearly see this enormous undertaking as their signature project  – the legacy this administration will leave the nation. I’m not talking about some tree-planting pledge or a sudden change of heart about windmills. Folks, I’m talking about Trump’s border […]

February 24th

Natives and eco-activists begin duel with Trump over national monuments

Nearly two weeks ago, plaintiffs filed a pair of motions in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking summary judgments against Donald Trump’s shrinking of two national monuments in Utah—Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante. “The proposed summary judgment motions will be ‘partial’ in the sense that they seek to resolve plaintiffs’ entitlement to relief on their core claims that […]

February 22nd

California tribal members and youth ask for North state hearings and river protection at Delta Tunnel hearing

Northern California Tribal members, supporters, and members of the Hoopa High School water protector club traveled to Sacramento to ask the state of California to protect the Trinity and Sacramento Rivers, and to schedule meetings in Northern California on the Governor’s proposed Delta Conveyance Project, according to a press release from Save California Salmon. By […]

February 4th

Help needed: Pine Ridge Oglala Sioux brace for yet another storm, with no Federal aid in sight

Here at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, we are bracing for the second unusually powerful storm in less than a month. As Winter Storm Wesley bears down, promising more severe weather for our Oglala Sioux Tribe homeland, the reservation still has a long way to go to recover from flooding caused by Winter Storm […]

April 12th