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    Biden’s EPA to Restore Power of States and Tribes to Block Pipelines

    Biden’s EPA to Restore Power of States and Tribes to Block Pipelines

    In a move that will reverse a rule from the former Trump administration, the Biden administration is prepared to again allow states and Tribes to block energy projects, like pipelines and coal terminals, that could pollute local waterways. Since 1972, the Clean Water Act has allowed states and Tribes to review federal project permits and […]

    Meet the 2022 Goldman Environmental Prize Winners

    Meet the 2022 Goldman Environmental Prize Winners

    A teenage girl in California who shut down a toxic oil-drilling site; a Nigerian lawyer who got long-overdue justice for communities devastated by two Shell pipeline spills; two Indigenous Ecuadorians who protected their ancestral lands from gold mining. These are just some of the inspiring winners of this year’s so-called “Green Nobel Prize.”

    The Goldman Environmental Foundation today announced the seven 2022 winners of its annual Goldman Environmental Prize, which is the highest honor one can receive for participating in grassroots environmental activism.  “While the many challenges before us can feel daunting, and at times make us lose faith, these seven leaders give us a reason for hope […]

    Supreme Court Refuses to Consider Dakota Access Pipeline Appeal

    Supreme Court Refuses to Consider Dakota Access Pipeline Appeal

    The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to consider an appeal by Energy Transfer, the Dallas-based operator of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), over a 2020 ruling requiring an environmental review of the oil pipeline, The Guardian reported.

    The lawsuit was brought by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe who — along with the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the Yankton Sioux Tribe — has opposed the pipeline for years. The decision by the Supreme Court means that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must continue to conduct the environmental […]

    Indigenous People Reclaim Hundreds of Acres of California Redwood Forest

    Indigenous People Reclaim Hundreds of Acres of California Redwood Forest

    Northern California’s majestic redwood forest was once the home of Indigenous tribes, including the Sinkyone people, that were forced from their land by European settlers. On Tuesday, nonprofit Save the Redwoods League transferred ownership of 523 acres of forest on the Lost Coast — which includes 200 acres of old-growth redwoods — to the Intertribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council, a non-profit group of ten tribes, a statement from Save the Redwoods said.

    In a celebration of the strength of the Sinkyone tribe, the forest will again be known as Tc’ih-Léh-Dûñ (pronounced tsih-ih-LEY-duhn), which means “Fish Run Place” in the language of the Sinkyone people. “The Sinkyone Council today represents the Indigenous Peoples who are the original stewards of this land. Their connection to the redwood forest is […]

    Environmental Defender Missing in Mexico

    Environmental Defender Missing in Mexico

    An Indigenous environmental defender is missing in Mexico. Irma Galindo Barrios has been working to protect forests in the Mexican state of Oaxaca from illegal logging. She was last seen on October 27, and Indigenous communities in Mexico are demanding her safe return. “Please sign the petition to pressure Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Presidente De […]

    Indigenous Groups Officially Excluded From COP26, Continue Calling for Action

    Indigenous Groups Officially Excluded From COP26, Continue Calling for Action

    Indigenous groups from around the world are preparing to travel to Glasgow for COP26 to call for climate action and demand a greater say in negotiations, the Arizona Republic reports. However, despite being among the least culpable and most harmed by the climate crisis, they will not be fully credentialed while they seek to influence […]

    Indigenous Groups Call for Urgent Action on Climate, Infrastructure

    Indigenous Groups Call for Urgent Action on Climate, Infrastructure

    On the anniversary of the day murderous tyrant Christopher Columbus accidentally washed up on Guanahani, Indigenous peoples in the Amazon rainforest called on global leaders to respect their lands and human rights as a start to address the climate crisis and protect biodiversity. “People who exploit and take out resources don’t live [in the Amazon] […]

    Indigenous Coalition to Biden: Communities Need Clean Water and Climate Action, Not ‘Empty Words’

    Indigenous Coalition to Biden: Communities Need Clean Water and Climate Action, Not ‘Empty Words’

    By Jake Johnson

    On the heels of President Joe Biden’s proclamation formally marking Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a coalition of Indigenous and environmental leaders on Sunday delivered a blunt message to the White House: “We don’t need performative proclamations, our communities are dying.” The Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) — a broad alliance of tribes, Indigenous rights groups, labor organizations, […]