Global Week of Actions Against GMO Trees in Brazil Ends in Success

 Occupations in Brazil Today Follow Emergency Global Day of Action on 3 March New York (5 March 2015)–This morning 300 peasants organized by La Via Campesina occupied the meeting of the Brazil National Biosafety Technical Commission (CTNBio) in Brasilia, which...

Lakota Youth Send Video Message To President Obama

This morning youth of the Oceti Sakowin released and delivered a video to President Obama asking him to uphold his commitment to Indigenous youth and to reject Keystone XL. The video, supported by Indigenous Environmental Network, Energy Action Coalition and NO KXL Dakota will be delivered to top tribal representatives in the White House administration.

U.N. COP Must Firewall The Fossil Fuels Lobby to Address Climate Crisis

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change brought together negotiators from nearly 200 countries at its 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) in Lima, Peru. Held Dec. 1-12, the summit was called to make progress on establishing a global agreement addressing climate change, with the final deal to be decided next year in Paris.

Outrage Over US Secret Approval of Genetically Engineered Trees

Groups from around the world [1] today joined together to denounce the US government for allowing the first genetically engineered tree, a loblolly pine, to be legalized with no government or public oversight, with no assessment of their risks to the public or the environment, and without regard to overwhelming public opposition to GE trees.

Tribal Nations Ask President Obama to Reject KXL and Request Emergency Meeting with Department of Interior

Rapid City, SD – The Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association (GPTCA) Chairman and President of Oglala Sioux Tribe, John Steele sent an official letter yesterday to President Barack Obama expressing several urgent tribal concerns about the proposed Keystone XL pipeline’s impact on tribal homelands. The letter urged the President to reject the Keystone XL presidential permit, informed him of a South Dakota Public Utility Commission (SDPUC) process currently happening to recertify the construction permit for that state and requested a meeting with Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell to discuss tribal concerns of the proposed pipeline. The GPTCA is made up of the 16 Sovereign American Indian Tribes in the states of North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska.

IEN Response to Sen. Murkowski’s Comments on Tsimshian “Gavel”

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Response to Senator Murkowski’s Actions and Comments in Senate Meeting on KXL Bill

January 9, 2015 – The Indigenous Environmental Network is dismayed by the actions and comments made yesterday by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), in her first day as the new chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources’ Committee. The Senator spoke about her usage of a Tsimshian “gavel” at the conclusion of the meeting and after adjournment was overheard on the live stream stating, “It’s kind of evil looking, isn’t it?”, referring to the gavel. Although we cannot assume the full history and connection the Senator has with the cultural item, her remarks were inappropriate and disrespectful nonetheless.

In the context of this meeting and the Senate discussions on the Keystone XL pipeline, we are curious why the only indigenous representation seen so far is a gavel used by Senator Murkowski. Given that the proposed Keystone XL route passes through Oceti Sakowin — Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Sioux – territory in the Great Plains, and given that Senator Murkowski has been a longtime member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, we wonder why Native voices have not been included in these …read more

South Dakotans to fight TransCanada on their own turf

 Press conference: Capitol Building sidewalk, 15 minutes after PUC hearing ends Press call: Wednesday, October 29, 11:30am CT: 866-952-7528, Passcode KXL Dakota Rural Action will be live-tweeting the PUC hearing; follow @DakotaRural Pierre, SD – The fight to stop...

Indigenous Peoples Unite to Stop Genetically Engineered Trees

 Indigenous Peoples Unite to Stop Genetically Engineered Trees: GE Trees: Another Form of Colonization Qualla Boundary, North Carolina–In the shadow of Columbus Day and the legacy of colonization in the Americas, the Indigenous Environmental Network [1] and...

Right Prescriptions

  September 19 – 23, New York: Mobilize and organize to: Stop and Prevent Planet Fever! When we, as human beings, get a fever, we immediately get worried and take action. After all, we know that if our body temperature rises 1.5ºC, let alone 2ºC [3.6 ºF] above...

During Obama Visit, Tribes Will Push for Keystone XL Rejection

 MEDIA ADVISORY June 13, 2014 Contact: Aldo Seoane,, 605-319-8151   During Obama Visit, Tribes Will Push for Keystone XL Rejection North Dakota — When President Obama and the First Lady visits the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in...

World Slams California’s Offsets

 Opposition Mounts as California Expands its Cap-and-Trade Market Regime to Include Methane Capture from Coal Mining and Rice Farming   Contacts: Tom B.K. Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network, 218-760-0442, Mari Rose Taruc, Asian Pacific...

Genetically Engineering Poplars for Paper and Biofuels Condemned

 Industry Hype & Misdirected Science Undercuts Real Energy/Climate Solutions Genetically Engineering Poplars for Paper and Biofuels Condemned  Washington, DC–Scientists and environmentalists today condemned a recent press release by researchers at the...