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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 […]
The fight against the Dakota Access pipeline is NOT OVER! Donald Trump is trying to seal the deal on getting this dirty Bakken oil project completed and we need your help to demonstrate that we are not alone in this struggle! The Department of Army has filed a notice of intent to complete an Environmental […]
The Battle Ahead Lies in our Hearts By Cherri Foytlin   It is hard to believe that it was only about a year ago that many of us were in Paris, France, at the 21st Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Paris Agreement, which came out of […]

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.

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.

Support A Just(ice) Based Recovery For Frontline Communities!

Hurricane Harvey flooding refugees evacuate as rains persist – Photo Credit: Business Insider

The devastation of Hurricane Harvey is horrific and unprecedented, affecting millions of people in Texas and Louisiana. Estimates are now being tallied from the impacts of widespread flooding and this event will be the largest ever since Katrina.

Beyond the obvious devastation and what is not being talked about enough in the mainstream is the environmental damage from leaking petroleum refineries, chemical plants, and manufacturing facilities. As the storm moved in these plants began shutting down operations which included burning off noxious gases into the air and releasing cancer-causing pollutants that made their way into rising waters.

Join the National Day of Action

We are a growing coalition of communities and organizations that care deeply about our rights to clean water, clean air, a stable climate, and a democratic society. We believe that landowners and indigenous tribes have the right to determine what happens to their land. But Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), a giant oil company based in Texas, has been consistently violating those rights in their drive to build new oil and gas pipelines. And along the way, communities have suffered.

‘The Fight Doesn’t End Until We Stop It at the Source’

Listeners may recall photographs of Native American people on horses facing masses of law enforcement in riot gear and tanks near Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. The powerful images seemed to symbolize the fight of indigenous communities and others against a pipeline carrying fracked oil from the Bakken Fields some thousand miles into Illinois, crossing the Missouri River that serves as a life source for the Standing Rock and others in the region.

But fights have many fronts, some less visible than others. And as activists know, struggles don’t end when media lose interest. The No DAPL fight may not be in your news feed anymore. That doesn’t mean it’s over; far from it.

Ft. Berthold group sues BLM over frack waste protection delay

Lisa DeVille

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.

10 Indigenous and Environmental Struggles You Can Support in 2017

The places that need help most, and all ways to support them. The Black Snake is not yet dead. Far from it. The corporations behind the Dakota Access pipeline made it clear that they “fully expect to complete construction of the pipeline without any additional...

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.

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 permitting) will...

#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...