14th Session of The Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

 Indigenous Environmental Network, MADRE, CICA (Consejo Indígena de Central America), CAOI, ECUANARI, Chief Oren Lyons-Haudenosaunee, Indigenous Information Network, Indigenous Peoples Council on Biocolonialism, Consejo Indio Exterior, Comisión Júridica de los...

Tribal Resilience Plans in an Age of Sea Level Rise

  What If the Water Can’t be Stopped? Tribal Resilience Plans in an Age of Sea Level Rise Monday, April 20, 2015 3:00 – 4:30 PM 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building Please RSVP to expedite check-in: www.eesi.org/042015tribal#rsvp Live webcast (connection...

ICYMI: Facing Opposition, TransCanada Delays Major Pipeline Project

 As yet another tar sands project fizzles, it’s clear the industry has no viable alternative to Keystone XL This morning, TransCanada confirmed that it will not build a terminal for its proposed Energy East tar sands pipeline in Cacouna, Quebec, and that it has...

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.

Indigenous Environmental Network Response to Presidential Veto of Keystone XL Bill

“Vetoing KXL, Obama is showing that he’s listened to the Oceti Sakowin – Seven Council Fires of the Dakota, Nakota, Lakota Nations and all people resisting the pipeline. But the fight is not over. We need an outright REJECTION of the KXL permit. That would be the final nail in the coffin for Keystone XL. We stand united with Indigenous peoples across Turtle Island who are fighting against tar sands development and infrastructure, from northern Alberta to the Great Plains to the Gulf. We will see this fight through to the end”

IEN Response to EPA comments on KXL

In response to comments released today by the Environmental Protection Agency regarding the State Department’s Final Supplementary Environmental Impact Statement on the Keystone XL pipeline, Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, released the following statement:

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...