BISMARCK, N.D. –– Ft. Berthold Protectors of Water & Earth Rights (POWER) sued the U.S. Bureau of Land Management on July 10 over the agency’s decision to ignore parts of a rule designed to reduce the waste of natural gas resources belonging to tribal government and mineral rights owners on allotment land. The Methane Waste Prevention Rule went into effect in January 2017. However, in June, at the urging of industry groups, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke stayed provisions of the rule, preventing its full implementation for at least six months. Ft. Berthold POWER is challenging the stay as part of a coalition of community and environmental groups represented in court by Earthjustice. “This is the third time that the industry has influenced the new administration to force the repeal of this much-needed regulation that protects our resources and air quality,” said Mandan Hidatsa & Arikara Nation member Lisa DeVille, the president of Ft. Berthold POWER, a local affiliate of the grassroots statewide Dakota Resource Council.
From May 26-28, 2017, a gathering was held in Xapuri, in the state of Acre, Brazil, around “the effects of environmental and climate policies on traditional peoples.” In addition to the publication of the Xapuri Declaration, videos were disseminated with statements from indigenous leaders, seringueiros (rubber tappers) and other participants at the event. Since then, many of those leaders have been pressured and threatened by the „owners of power in Acre“.
Chinese oil consortium Andes Patroleum has been given a go ahead to explore and exploit lands in the Ecuadorian Amazon, including territory of the Sapara people. Amazonian leaders have denounced this development, as Andes Patroleum will cause genocide against the Sapara Nation and uncontacted indigenous peoples if it drills in their ancestral territory in the Ecuadorian rainforest.
Join us at the Chinese Consulate for a solidarity and visibility action, and delivery of a letter demanding Andes Petroleum cancel the contract to explore and drill oil in Sapara territory immediately. This action will coincide with Sapara leader Gloria Ushigua Santi’s visit to the bay area.
On Friday, June 3oth, at approximately 2:36 pm, Bertha Zúniga and a friend were on their way back home after visiting in the community of Cancire of the Municipality of Santiago Puringla in the department of La Paz, when they were attacked by four men wielding machetes and throwing rocks at them while they were in their vehicle. As reported, the driver of their vehicle was able to avoid a deadly accident with defensive driving skills and evading future incident by taking a detour. These kinds of attacks are all too frequent and many times deadly. Bertha’s mother Berta Caceres was murdered last year as a direct result of her work to bring justice to the Indigenous Peoples of Honduras. Berta Isabel Cáceres Flores was an environmental activist, indigenous leader of her people, and co-founder and coordinator of the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH).
Gulf Coast Environmental Justice Organizers launch the L’eau Est La Vie (Water is Life) Camp, the new hub for the Bayou Bridge Resistance
Springfield, LA – Following legal victories for the Tribes at Standing Rock, Water Protectors in Southern Louisiana will open the L’eau Est La Vie (Water is Life) Camp tomorrow. The launch marks the next fight to protect Indigenous rights, life-giving water and to stop Energy Transfer Partners from committing acts of environmental injustice. The Indigenous Environmental Network announced the opening of the camp with a video, highlighting, Cherri Foytlin who represents IEN’s interests in the Bayou. The video explains the connection between the Bayou Bridge and Dakota Access Pipeline, the Houma tribe, and all people who will be impacted by these pipelines, and why completion of the Bayou Bridge pipeline must be stopped.
Washington, D.C. – The Indigenous Environmental Network, in coordination with the D.C.- based Rising Hearts Coalition, the Hip Hop Caucus, and Earth Justice, among other Water Protectors rallied today at the U.S. District Courthouse in support of Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne Sioux Tribes, as they seek to end Dakota Access Pipeline. A U.S. district court judge ruled last week that the Army Corps of Engineers failed to complete a thorough environmental review and that the agency unlawfully expedited permits needed to finish the pipeline. In the historic ruling, the judge cited environmental justice arguments made by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and its allies that the Corps failed to consider oil spill impacts on treaty fishing and hunting rights and therefore violated environmental laws and treaty rights.
From 26 to 28 May 2017, a meeting took place in Xapuri, in the state of Acre, Brazil. The meeting brought together Apurinã, Huni Kui, Jaminawa, Manchineri and Shawadawa indigenous peoples, representatives of traditional communities, rubber tappers, academics and supporting organisations. The meeting’s theme was, “The effects of environmental / climatic policies on traditional populations”. The meeting was supported by Friends of the Earth International, the Indigenous Missionary Council (CIMI), the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and the World Rainforest Movement. In a short report about the meeting, Daniel Santini of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, writes that the participants reject the term “carbon credits”, because they are actually “pollution credits”. Trading pollution makes the climate problem worse by giving the illusion that something is being done, when in fact it allows pollution to continue.
Bemidji, MN – The Indigenous Environmental Network is continuing efforts to keep fossil fuels in the ground — this time calling on supporters to sign a petition calling on big banks to #DefundPipelines. The growing movement is calling on banks, investors, pension funds, and the public officials that manage public money to protect water, Indigenous rights and our climate by defunding DAPL and four proposed new tar sands pipelines. These banks have come under increasing pressure to stop financing human rights abuses and environmental destruction since the #NoDAPL struggle last year.
Bemidji, MN — Today, Indigenous peoples and Water Protectors marked a crucial victory in the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline. A federal judge ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers failed to complete a proper environmental examination and that the permits issued for the Dakota Access Pipeline were issued in haste. The judge ordered the agency to reconsider parts of their final environmental analysis. “This is a huge victory for the tribal nations of the Oceti Sakowin, Water Protectors around the world and for the Indigenous leaders who led organizing efforts to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Bemidji, MN – Yesterday, June 1st, Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the parent company of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) announced that DAPL is officially fully operational. This comes just a week after documents were leaked by a TigerSwan contractor revealing that Energy Transfer Partners was involved in using counterterrorist tactics on non-violent Water Protectors. What’s more is that DAPL has already had three oil spills during test runs, this adds to ETP’s already bad track record of being responsible for oil spills, yet taking very little accountability clean spills up or prevent future spills.
The Trump Administration is once again pandering to the Fossil Fuel companies with this action which ultimately sacrifices our future as Indigenous Peoples of the Arctic. We are seeing Climate Change impacts in Alaska, the permafrost is melting, the breeding patterns of our salmon are changing. We believe that for our survival we need keep 100% of the oil and gas in the Arctic in the ground instead of lifting regulatory mechanisms such as the Paris Agreements, which would give us a fighting chance.
Bemidji, MN – Early this morning the Intercept published an article revealing leaked documents that prove Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the parent company of the Dakota Access Pipeline, and law enforcement from five states were using counterterrorist tactics during the time the #NoDAPL camps were operating. A contractor who worked with TigerSwan, the security company hired by ETP, leaked over 100 internal documents revealing that “TigerSwan spearheaded a multifaceted private security operation characterized by sweeping and intrusive surveillance of protesters.” The documents also show that the security company compared the Water Protectors to jihadist fighters.