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    The Old, Hidden Pipeline at the Bottom of the Great Lakes

    The Old, Hidden Pipeline at the Bottom of the Great Lakes

    By Conor Mihell At dawn, I launch my kayak and paddle into a velvety expanse of turquoise water. Here, in northern Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac, Great Lakes Michigan and Huron meet like the middle of an hourglass. To the east, the rounded form of Mackinac Island is the centerpiece of an archipelago in Lake Huron. […]

    Dakota Access Pipeline to Remain Operational During Environmental Impact Study

    Dakota Access Pipeline to Remain Operational During Environmental Impact Study

    On Wednesday, a federal judge ruled that the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) can continue operating pending an environmental review by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe sued the Corps in July 2016, arguing that the pipeline destroyed sacred sites and threatens the water quality of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation […]

    The Energy East Pipeline Is Dead, but Three Tar Sands Pipeline Projects Remain

    The Energy East Pipeline Is Dead, but Three Tar Sands Pipeline Projects Remain

    By Ron Johnson Last week, energy company TransCanada pulled the plug on its 2,800-mile Energy East Pipeline and Eastern Mainline projects, which would have shipped 1.1 million barrels of crude oil from the Athabasca tar sands to refineries in eastern Canada. The move was celebrated as a victory by environmentalists and Indigenous people pushing for […]

    For Native Americans, a River Is Sacred

    For Native Americans, a River Is Sacred

    By Rosalyn R. LaPier The environmental group Deep Green Resistance recently filed a first-of-its-kind legal suit against the state of Colorado asking for personhood rights for the Colorado River. If successful, it would mean lawsuits can brought on behalf of the river for any harm done to it, as if it were a person. In […]

    Standing Rock: One Year Later

    Standing Rock: One Year Later

    By Liz Blood A little over a year ago, Morgun Frejo, a member of the Pawnee, Otoe-Missouria, Navajo nations, began camping at Oceti Sakowin at Standing Rock. The Missouri River is sacred to both his Pawnee and Otoe-Missouria tribes and Frejo recalls elders in both tribes telling him stories of its importance as a child. […]

    Navajo Nation Readies Legal Action if Trump Shrinks Bears Ears National Monument

    Navajo Nation Readies Legal Action if Trump Shrinks Bears Ears National Monument

    Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke‘s recommendation to reduce the size of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah could spark a legal battle between the Navajo Nation and the Trump administration. “We are prepared to challenge immediately whatever official action is taken to modify the monument or restructure any aspect of that, such as the Bears […]

    Native Tribes Continue Fight Against Pipelines

    Native Tribes Continue Fight Against Pipelines

    The Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes asked a federal judge Tuesday to shut down the Dakota Access pipeline. While the tribes insist that a June order instructing the Army Corps of Engineers to complete a more thorough analysis of the pipeline means that pipeline operations should be shut down in the meantime, […]