Indigenous

‘Worst Possible Person’: 300+ Groups Demand Senate Reject Trump’s Pick to Manage US Public Lands

Over 300 groups on Monday called on the Senate to reject President Donald Trump’s pick to manage nation’s public lands, pointing to William Perry Pendley’s decades-long public record of extremist views and actions as evidence he is “abjectly unfit” to hold the office. The demand from the civil rights, environmental, tribal, and immigrant advocacy groups came …

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Global Witness Reveals 2019 Was ‘Deadliest Year on Record’ for Eco-Defenders, With 212 Murdered Worldwide

“In 2019, Global Witness recorded 212 murdered land and environmental defenders—making it the deadliest year on record for people defending their homes, forests, and rivers against climate-destructive industries.” That’s according to Defending Tomorrow: The climate crisis and threats against land and environmental defenders (pdf), an annual report released Wednesday by the watchdog group, which has …

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Activists Ramp Up Pressure on Other Insurers After Swiss Company Ditches ‘Climate-Wrecking’ Trans Mountain Pipeline

Climate campaigners and Indigenous activists celebrated after reporting from Reuters revealed on Wednesday that the Swiss insurance giant Zurich will soon stop providing coverage to the Canadian government-owned Trans Mountain Pipeline, increasing the pressure on other insurers to also ditch the existing tar sands pipeline and long-delayed expansion project. “Insurers should protect us from risk, …

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Holding US Government to Its Treaty Promises ‘For Once,’ Supreme Court Rules Nearly Half of Oklahoma Still Native American Territory

Indigenous leaders on Thursday hailed the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in McGirt vs. Oklahoma as a victory for tribal sovereignty for affirming that the U.S. government’s treaty with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation must still be recognized by Congress and that nearly half of what is known as the U.S. state of Oklahoma is actually Native American land.  In the 5-4 decision, Justice …

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‘Monumental Victory’: Tribes and Climate Activists Celebrate Court-Ordered Shutdown of Dakota Access Pipeline

A U.S. district court on Monday delivered a major win to local Indigenous organizers and climate activists—and a significant blow to the fossil fuel industry and the Trump administration—by ordering the Dakota Access Pipeline to be shut down and emptied of oil by Aug. 5 while federal regulators conduct an environmental review of the project. …

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‘An Attack on Indigenous People’: Mount Rushmore Trump Event Denounced as Racist, Dangerous, and Disrespectful

President Donald Trump’s planned July 3 fireworks ceremony at Mount Rushmore is facing sustained criticism over its risks to public health and the environment and is being rebuked as “an attack on Indigenous people.” A crowd of 7,500 people is estimated for the gathering at the South Dakota mountain carving, where public health guidelines to …

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#DropOutHickenlooper, Say Indigenous Activists, After ‘Disgraceful’ Photos Surface of Former Gov in Imitative Native American Dress

A group of Indigenous women and their allies issued a public letter Saturday urging former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to withdraw from the state’s Democratic Senate primary over his involvement in an event in which participants dress in imitative Native American garb. “This sort of red face racism has no place in our politics,” tweeted …

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‘Incredibly Reckless’: Trump Moves to Expand Fossil Fuel Drilling in Alaska’s Western Arctic Region

The Trump administration was lambasted Thursday for a proposal to open up most of Alaska’s Western Arctic reserve for fossil fuel drilling—a move conservation groups say would be a “disaster” for the climate and wildlife as well as the rights and well-being of Indigenous communities. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the “preferred plan” …

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Arara People of Brazilian Amazon ‘Very Worried’ as Vulnerable Tribe Faces Highest Known Covid-19 Infection Rate in Region

As criticism of far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s response to the coronavirus pandemic continues to stack up, global Indigenous rights advocates and the Arara people are raising new concerns that the crisis could devastate the recently-contacted tribe in the Xingu basin of the Amazon rainforest. “We’re very worried,” an Arara man told Survival International, a …

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Amid Growing Death Toll in Brazil, Bolsonaro’s Handling of the Covid-19 Pandemic Condemned as ‘Pitiful’

Brazil is now second only to the United States in terms of both Covid-19 cases and deaths, and its daily death toll is the highest in the world—conditions that public health officials within and beyond the South American country continue to partly blame on far-right President Jair Bolsonaro’s “reckless” response to the pandemic. As of …

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No—Argue Noam Chomsky, Roger Waters, Monia Mazigh, and 100+ Others—Canada Does Not Deserve UN Security Council Seat

As Canada vies for a temporary seat on the United Nations Security Council an open letter published Tuesday argues the Ottawa government—despite a more rosy reputation compared to its powerful U.S. neighbor—should be seen for what it more accurately is: a powerful international force in its own right that continues to play a negative role …

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‘Not Today. Not Tomorrow. Not Ever’: Indigenous Campaigners Protest As KXL Pipeline Construction Begins Amid Legal Challenges

With the coronavirus pandemic keeping them from gathering to stop the construction of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, indigenous rights advocates displayed a “virtual banner” as oil giant TC Energy began placing pipes in the ground this week despite legal challenges to the pipeline. “Not Today. Not Tomorrow. Not Ever. No KXL. Mni Wiconi,” read …

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“Cruel:” Trump Admin. Moves to Take Land of Mashpee Tribe—Whose Casino Plans Irked President’s “Special Interest Friends”—Out of Trust

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe vowed Friday to fight for its land after the Trump administration announced its reservation would be “disestablished” and its land trust status removed. This is unconscionable. And making this move in the middle of a pandemic seems to be a clear attempt to steal land while people are otherwise occupied. We …

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‘Huge Victory’ for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe as Federal Court Rules DAPL Permits Violated Law

A federal judge handed down a major victory for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe of North Dakota on Wednesday, ruling that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers violated the National Environmental Policy Act by approving federal permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline. The USACE must complete a full environmental impact study of the pipeline, including …

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