indigenous rights

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 […]

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    Indigenous Resistance Blocked 400 Coal Plants’ Worth of Climate Pollution

    Indigenous Resistance Blocked 400 Coal Plants’ Worth of Climate Pollution

    Indigenous-led resistance to 21 fossil fuel projects in the U.S. and Canada has prevented or delayed the equivalent of one-quarter of those countries’ climate warming pollution, a recent report says. The analysis from the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) and Oil Change International finds Indigenous efforts have staved off more pollution than all the cars on […]

    Enbridge Line 3 Opponents Camp at Minnesota Capitol to Protest Oil Pipeline

    Enbridge Line 3 Opponents Camp at Minnesota Capitol to Protest Oil Pipeline

    By Jake Johnson With Enbridge on the verge of completing its multibillion-dollar Line 3 pipeline, thousands of Indigenous leaders and environmentalists brought their protests against the sprawling tar sands project to the grounds of the Minnesota state capitol building on Wednesday to demand that lawmakers intervene before the dirty oil starts flowing. Roughly 2,000 demonstrators […]

    Biden Nominates First Native American to Lead National Parks Service

    Biden Nominates First Native American to Lead National Parks Service

    President Biden nominated Charles “Chuck” Sams III to serve as director of the National Park Service on Wednesday. If confirmed, the former director of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and current member of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council would be the first Native American to direct the agency that oversees millions […]

    ‘Horrible and Unconscionable Betrayal’: Biden DOJ Backs Trump Tar Sands Pipeline Approval

    ‘Horrible and Unconscionable Betrayal’: Biden DOJ Backs Trump Tar Sands Pipeline Approval

    By Jessica Corbett Indigenous and environmental activists fighting against the Line 3 tar sands pipeline were outraged Thursday after the Biden administration filed a legal brief backing the federal government’s 2020 approval of the project under former President Donald Trump. Critics of the project — which Canadian energy giant Enbridge has undertaken to replace an […]

    6 ‘Green Nobel Prize’ Recipients Announced

    6 ‘Green Nobel Prize’ Recipients Announced

    Nicknamed the “Green Nobel Prize,” the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize recognizes grassroots activists from six continents who have moved the needle on environmental issues their communities face. This year’s recipients led the charge on environmental justice, wildlife and rainforest conservation, plastic pollution, dams and coal projects. “These phenomenal environmental champions remind us what can be […]

    The Keystone XL Pipeline Is Officially Dead

    The Keystone XL Pipeline Is Officially Dead

    The Keystone XL pipeline is officially canceled. TC Energy, the Canadian company behind the pipeline that would have moved oil from Alberta’s tar sands to Nebraska, confirmed Wednesday that it was giving up on the controversial project. “The Company will continue to coordinate with regulators, stakeholders and Indigenous groups to meet its environmental and regulatory […]

    Activists Protest Against Line 3 as Enbridge Accelerates Pipeline Construction

    Activists Protest Against Line 3 as Enbridge Accelerates Pipeline Construction

    By Jake Johnson Thousands of people from across the nation traveled to northern Minnesota this past weekend to join Indigenous leaders in what organizers described as the “largest resistance yet” to Line 3, an Enbridge-owned tar sands pipeline whose construction has accelerated in recent days as opponents warn the project poses a threat to waterways […]