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Methane waste may be invisible, but its impacts are all-too obvious By Lisa DeVille When the Trump administration suspended long-overdue updates of regulations on preventing methane waste and limiting wasteful flaring of natural gas last month, it was a slap in the face for all of us who live on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in Manderee, […]
For Immediate Release: Friday November 17th, 2017 PRESS CONTACT: Jade Begay, Communications Coordinator – Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) jade@ienearth.org, whatsapp +1 505 699 4791 Dallas Goldtooth, dallas@ienearth.org   The Paris Agreement Does Not Recognize Indigenous Rights On the final day of the UNFCCC COP23, the Indigenous Environmental Network and its allies face a long road […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, November 11, 2017 Contact: Jade Begay,  jade@ienearth.org, whatsapp: +1-505-699-4791 In Response to America’s Pledge, Californians Ask Governor Brown: Still In for What? As California Governor Jerry Brown arrives to UN Climate Talks to Promote His Climate Agenda, Californians and Frontline Groups Put Pressure on the Governor to Take Bolder Climate Action […]
For Immediate Release PRESS CONTACTS: Jade Begay, Media/Communications Coordinator, Indigenous Rising Media-Indigenous Environmental Network, jade@ienearth.org; whatsapp +1 505 699 4791  Thanu Yakupitiyage, U.S Communications Manager, 350.org thanu@350.org; whatsapp: +1-413-687-5160; German # +49-0175-666-8608 Hoda Baraka, Global Communications Director, 350.org hoda@350.org; whatsapp: 20-100-184-0990; German # +49-175-665-6970 The U.S. People’s Delegation Takes on the Trump Administration ______________________________________________________ While […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 5th, 2017 Contact: Eriel Deranger, Indigenous Climate Action, indigenousclimateaction@gmail.com Dallas Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network, dallas@ienearth.org   First Nations organizing leads to TransCanada Ending Its East Energy East Pipeline and Eastern Mainline proposals. Indigenous Climate Action and Indigenous Environmental Network respond to this decision and its impact on First Nations and Indigenous […]
Indigenous Environmental Network Releases powerful video showing the impact of Bayou Bridge and the plight of coastal Indigenous people in the Louisiana wetlands 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 […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 14, 2017 Contact: Jade Begay, jade@ienearth.org, 505-699-4791 Nina Smith, nina@megaphonestrategies.com, 301-717-9006 IEN Statement on Federal Court Ruling to Revisit DAPL Environmental Analysis 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 […]
  Indigenous Groups Pledge Mass Mobilization to Stop Keystone XL Pipeline and Dakota Access Pipeline “Donald Trump Has Declared War on Indigenous Nations” “We will set up camps along the KXL route to resist this pipeline.” The Indigenous Environmental Network today hosted numerous Indigenous people from across the country today in a call with press […]
The following is a statement by the #NoDAPL Oceti Sakowin Headsmen Council. With its permission, it is being re-posted here on this blog: Oceti Sakowin Camp, The Horn January 28th, 2016 Local Leadership comes to decision, Oceti Sakowin Headsmen meet with ND Governor. Cannon Ball River, ND – After days of deliberation between the North […]

Keep It In the Ground News Archives

Articles covering news regarding IEN’s work on pipelines, gov’t actions, etc. For specific issues refer to category and menu links.

The GOP & Trump Administration’s Last Attack on Indigenous Rights of 2017

The Tax Reform Bill Opens the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for Oil and Gas Drilling, Putting Alaskan Natives at Further Risk of Climate Disaster and Harms The Natural Resources They Depend On

Washington D.C. -Today the Republican House and Senate passed the Republican Tax Reform Bill, a bill that has seen unprecedented disapproval by American citizens. According to The Hill, “Public polling on the GOP’s tax overhaul indicates support hovering at less than 30 percent, which is even lower than the favorability toward ObamaCare when Democrats passed it in 2010”. In addition, every democrat from both chambers opposed the bill.

The primary goal of the bill is to cut taxes, but the bill will also repeal the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate and will open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Northern Alaska for oil and gas drilling.

Joint Statement on the US Army Corps of Engineers’ Approval of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline

Yesterday, December 14, 2017, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers granted permits to Bayou Bridge, LLC, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners, to construct a 162.5-mile crude oil pipeline from Lake Charles to St. James, Louisiana. The Army Corps of Engineers refused to conduct a full Environmental Impact Statement for the project, despite pleas for such a study from communities directly impacted by the pipeline.

Cherri Foytlin, Bold Louisiana said: “To be honest, my hopes were never with the state and federal agencies who have consistently proven their lack of vision and scarcity of protection for the people and waters of this great state. The idea that this company, Energy Transfer Partners, who has destroyed land and water all over the United States, who carry the designation of “worst spill record,” who has created and maintained space for human rights abuses upon peaceful people – that they would be allowed to endanger over 700 of our waterways for their own profit is not only inconceivable, but proof of a moral bankruptcy within our systems of environmental protections. Yet, this is where we are. And while I am saddened by the news, I am equally sure that we will stand together as the mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers, to peacefully endeavor to right the wrong of these misguided and foolish permittings.”

Senators Warren, Merkley, and Udall Join the Gwich’in Indigenous Pray-In Against GOP Tax Bill

Washington, DC — Leaders from the Gwich’in Nation and Inupiaq Tribe traveled from northern Alaska and the Yukon Territory in Canada today to lead a pray in against the tax bill and urge Congress to drop drilling in the Arctic from the bill. Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Jeff Merkley, Senator Mark Udall, and Representative Alan Lowenthal all came out to support and joined the call to stop Arctic drilling.

The Gwich’in Nation of Alaska and Canada have always and will continue to subsist on the Porcupine Caribou herd, whose calving grounds are in the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The place is vital for the survival of the Gwich’in and Inupiaq people. Today marked the 57th anniversary of the Refuge.

Trump Attacks Sacred Sites and Indigenous Rights By Lifting Protections From The Bears Ears National Monument

Salt Lake City, UT – On Monday, December 1st, during a brief visit to Utah, President Trump announced plans to shrink the Bears Ears and the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments in Utah. This is the largest removal of federal land protection in the nation’s history. In 2016, President Obama designated the Bears Ears region as a national monument, after five local tribes led a decade long campaigns to ensure the protection of these ancestral lands.

Shortly after Trump’s announcement, an inter-tribal coalition, comprised of the Ute Mountain Tribe, the Ute Indian Tribe, the Navajo Nation, the Hopi and the Zuni, filed the first lawsuit against the executive order on the basis that President Trump does not have the legal authority to remove the national monument protections.
Within the Bears Ears National Monument there are over 100,000 sacred sites and this region continues to provide cultural knowledge and value to the surrounding tribes. Indigenous Peoples still need these lands for ceremony, to harvest plants medicines, and to ensure that their traditions thrive. Secretary Ryan Zinke, Senator Orrin Hatch, and President Trump did not meet with tribal representatives to hear their arguments for maintaining the national monument, nor did they receive consent from these tribes to remove the protections. This is a direct violation of the nation to nation relationship that the federal government should maintain with sovereign tribal nations.

U.S. Senate Tax Bill Will Have Devastating Impacts on the Alaska Native Gwich’in Peoples’

Bemidji, MN – Before dawn on Saturday morning, December 2nd, the U.S. Senate passed a monumental tax overhaul with no Democratic support that overwhelmingly benefits corporations and the top 1%. The bill, written by a small panel of Republicans, behind closed doors was rushed to a vote, bypassing regular order that would have included hearings and committee meetings with both parties participating. In fact, the bill has ignited an outcry from Democrats, calling this process of the bill, “Washington at it’s worst”.

While the focus of criticism is centered on how the bill will not benefit a majority of taxpayers in the long term, there are immediate and potentially dire impacts within this bill for Indigenous Peoples that is being overlooked in the media. Two provisions inserted by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) direct Sec. Zinke to approve at least two lease sales for drilling. Each would consist of no fewer than 400,000 acres and 2,000 acres (of the 800,000 total acres), known as 1002 Area, set aside for wells and support facilities within ANWR’s 1.5 million-acre coastal plain.

Nebraska Approves KXL Route: Indigenous Groups Respond

Lincoln, NE – Today, November 20, 2017, the Nebraska Public Service Commission (NPSC) announced their approval of the permit for the Keystone XL (KXL) Pipeline to cross through the state. Nebraska was one of the last strongholds in the fight to prevent KXL from being completed. This announcement comes just days after the KXL pipeline leaked 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota and after the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP23, where Indigenous Peoples from across the world have spent two weeks advocating to stop new oil development and to keep fossil fuels in the ground. In addition, today, November 20th, marks the anniversary of the night the US National Guard and North Dakota Law Enforcement used water cannons on peaceful protesters at Standing Rock in subzero temperatures to protect the interests of Energy Transfer Partners.

Even with this decision, TransCanada has an uphill battle moving forward. The NPSC rejected TransCanada’s preferred route, so TransCanada will have to go through a new planning process for new pumping stations, acquire new easements from landowners, and there’s an opportunity for pipeline fighters to demand a new environmental impact statement for the new route segments.

Joye Braun on the Wakpa Waste Camp and the Fight to Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline

The water protectors camp, called the Wakpa Waste Camp, continues to stand in protection of water that threatens the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe including continuing to stand against the Dakota Access pipeline, and against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. If built, the Keystone XL pipeline would would carry Tar Sands crude from Alberta and come within less than 1-mile of the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe’s boundaries.

Last Real Indian’s editor Matt Remle recently spoke with veteran water protector Joye Braun about the Wakpa Waste camp and fight against the Keystone XL pipeline. For those who are unaware of the water protectors camp at Cheyenne River tell us more about the camp.

Grassroots Leaders and Community Members March to Kelcy Warren’s Home

Dallas, TX — On Friday, September 8th, 2017, the #STOPETP coalition rallied at the headquarters of Energy Transfer Partners. The rally featured speakers who traveled from the Dakotas, Pennsylvania, Louisiana and other communities who are impacted by ETP’s pipelines. Following the rally, organizers of the event led a march to Kelcy Warren’s home, the CEO of Energy Transfer Partners. As the CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, Warren is responsible for the many violations committed in the construction and operation of his company’s pipelines. He and his company are also responsible for using illegal counter-terrorist tactics on Indigenous Peoples and their allies during the Standing Rock movement.

StopETP Coalition Rallies at Energy Transfer Partners HQ in Dallas

Despite unprecedented protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and being charged for many violations during the construction of DAPL, Energy Transfer Partners continues to expand its operations across the United States. From North Dakota to Pennsylvania, from Ohio to Louisiana, from Michigan to Texas, ETP violates Indigenous sovereignty, human and environmental rights. “Enough is enough. Across the country, Energy Transfer Partners steals land, poisons air and water, and trashes the climate,” said Yolonda Blue Horse, Society of Native Nations. “But the buck stops here. We’ve come together today to say ‘Stop.’ Stop the violence, stop the pollution, #StopETP.”

National Day of Action: EJ Groups Target Energy Transfer Partners

Dallas, TX — On Friday, September 8, a nationwide coalition of frontline and indigenous communities and allies will lead a nonviolent direct action and rally at the Energy Transfer Partners headquarters in Dallas, TX. This rally precedes a National Day of Action announcing the launch of the campaign to #StopETP’s violations of human rights and the environment. ETP is the parent company of controversial pipelines including the Dakota Access, Bayou Bridge and Rover Pipelines.

U.S. Senate Tax Bill Will Have Devastating Impacts on the Alaska Native Gwich’in Peoples’

Bemidji, MN – Before dawn on Saturday morning, December 2nd, the U.S. Senate passed a monumental tax overhaul with no Democratic support that overwhelmingly benefits corporations and the top 1%. The bill, written by a small panel of Republicans, behind closed doors was rushed to a vote, bypassing regular order that would have included hearings and committee meetings with both parties participating. In fact, the bill has ignited an outcry from Democrats, calling this process of the bill, “Washington at it’s worst”.

While the focus of criticism is centered on how the bill will not benefit a majority of taxpayers in the long term, there are immediate and potentially dire impacts within this bill for Indigenous Peoples that is being overlooked in the media. Two provisions inserted by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) direct Sec. Zinke to approve at least two lease sales for drilling. Each would consist of no fewer than 400,000 acres and 2,000 acres (of the 800,000 total acres), known as 1002 Area, set aside for wells and support facilities within ANWR’s 1.5 million-acre coastal plain.

Carbon Offsets cause Conflict and Colonialism

Brazilian indigenous Child with No REDD Shield 2New York –A false solution to climate change known as REDD+ causes conflict and is a new form of colonialism and must be immediately canceled, Indigenous Peoples denounced at the United Nations. REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) is a carbon offset mechanism that uses Nature as a sponge for greenhouse gas pollution instead of cutting emissions at source. “The sacred air we breathe is being sold to the highest bidder. We implore the UN to have compassion for humanity and Mother Earth by immediately canceling carbon trading, carbon offsets, and REDD+ projects in or near Indigenous Peoples’ lands and territories” said Calfin Lafkenche of the Mapuche Nation in Chile.

Climate Study: Ending New Federal Fossil Fuel Leases Would Keep 450 Billion Tons of Carbon Pollution in Ground

PotentialGreenhouseGasEmissionsWASHINGTON— Ending new fossil fuel leasing on lands and offshore areas controlled by the U.S. government would keep up to 450 billion tons of greenhouse gases from polluting the atmosphere, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis by EcoShift on behalf of the Center for Biological Diversity and Friends of the Earth released today.

The analysis, The Potential Greenhouse Gas Emissions of U.S. Federal Fossil Fuels, models the life-cycle greenhouse gas pollution that would result from developing federally-controlled coal, oil shale, natural gas, crude oil and tar sands on public lands and offshore ocean areas under government control.

Allowing these publicly owned fossil fuels to be developed would cripple the U.S.’ ability to meet its obligations to avert the worst effects of the global climate crisis, the report finds.

#NoDAPL Last Stand Call to Action!

Helen Red Feather, Wounded Knee Veteran,
Photo from Oceti Sakowin Camp
photo via Ayşe Gürsöz.

The Indigenous Coalition at Standing Rock is calling for an international day of emergency actions to disrupt business as usual and unleash a global intersectional resistance to fossil fuels and fascism. Connect with other struggles. Think long-term movement building. We are in this for the long haul.

Native Leaders Remark on Shell & Arctic Drilling Announcement

Shell Abandons Arctic DrillingSeptember 29, 2015 – Royal Dutch Shell has announced its plans to abandon its attempts to drill for oil off Alaska’s northwest coast, citing disappointing results from exploratory wells. Native American leaders who have been campaigning against the Shell project and other extreme energy developments share their thoughts on the announcement made yesterday:

Hillary Clinton Announces Opposition to KXL, Native Leaders Respond

Image7At a town hall meeting in Iowa yesterday afternoon, Hillary Clinton finally gave her position on the Keystone XL pipeline, telling the crowd, “I oppose it. I oppose it because I don’t think it’s in the best interest of what we need to do to combat climate change.”

EPA Accidentally Spills Millions of Gallons of Waste Water

EPA-mine-spill2“DENVER (AP) — A million-gallon mine waste spill that sent a plume of orange-ish muck down a river in southwest Colorado on Thursday was caused by a federal mine cleanup crew.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said that a cleanup team was working with heavy equipment Wednesday to secure an entrance to the Gold King Mine. Workers instead released an estimated 1 million gallons of mine waste into Cement Creek.

“The project was intended to pump and treat the water and reduce metals pollution flowing out of the mine,” agency spokesman Rich Mylott said in a statement.

The creek runs into the Animas River, which then flows into the San Juan River in New Mexico and joins the Colorado River in Utah.”

On August 8, 2015 Ft. Berthold Protectors of Water and Earth Rights along with Indigenous Environmental Network hosted our first annual 2015 Water Blessing and Healing Walk. We prayed for all the sacred waters of the Earth.

NRC RULING GIVES VICTORY TO MINE OPPONENTS

JOINT PRESS RELEASE FROM CLEAN WATER ALLIANCE, OWE AKU/BRING BACK THE WAY, IT’S ALL ABOUT THE WATER, AND DAKOTA RURAL ACTION April 30, 2015 Contact: Jeffrey Parsons, Attorney 303-823-5738 Lilias Jarding, Ph.D., 605-787-2872 (Clean Water Alliance) Debra White Plume,...

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 Pueblos,...

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.

Eight Hottest Environmental Battlegrounds in Indian Country

Corporate interests have been gobbling up indigenous land and rights since contact more than 500 years ago. Today, American Indians are still fighting to maintain their stewardship and the integrity of the land. From the uranium invasion of the Grand Canyon, to the...

Navajo tribe considers extending Navajo Generating Station lease

By Jenny Kane jkane@daily-times.com FARMINGTON — Companies leasing the Navajo Generating Station are volunteering to pay an increase of more than $40 million dollars annually to the Navajo Nation.Even though the companies do not have to pay more according to the...

At the Altar of the Dollar

This song was written as a challenge to myself to do something about climate change. I hope it will inspire you to join us, the Citizens Climate Lobby volunteers. Help us pass national legislation that places a fee on the carbon in fossil fuels (a fee equal to the...