As agencies weigh in on the impact of the project, Native voices have been largely left out of the discussion, regardless of the fact that their land and livelihoods would be put most at risk by the dangerous pipeline. Most recently, the Department of Interior refused this week to meet with tribal leaders to discuss their concerns about the pipeline in advance of the February 2nd deadline to submit comments to the State Department.
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.
The Paiter-Suruí REDD project in Brazil is often held up as a successful indigenous-led REDD project. In December 2014, REDD-Monitor published an English translation of an interview by CIMI(the Indigenous Missionary Council) with Henrique Suruí in which he gives a completely different opinion of the project.
Groups globally mobilize to stop commercial release of genetically engineered eucalyptus trees in Brazil and US