User: irge304 Topic: Environmental Justice Issues
Category: Indigenous People
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Army hands victory to Standing Rock protesters, says it won't allow Dakota Access pipeline in disputed area 5.12.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The Army Corps of Engineers on Sunday denied permission for the Dakota Access pipeline to cross under a section of the Missouri River, handing at least a temporary victory to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters.

The decision came after months of protests by thousands of self-proclaimed...

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Letter: Support our tribal nations and stop the land grabs 23.11.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
On Nov. 9 I attended a “Kill the Bill” (Rob Bishop’s Public Lands Initiative) rally in Fort Duchesne. After attending this rally, a thought occurred to me: How can we, as a nation, honor treaties with some foreign sovereign nations, and not honor treaties with the sovereign nations of the American Indians? Almost all treaties with the various American Indian peoples have been violated or discarded for enrichment of the mineral extraction industries or homesteading. The Ute Nation of Utah is fac...
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Navajo youths travel 1,000 miles to protest haze 19.11.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Nineteen-year-old Sheldon Natoni worries about the haze hanging over his tribe’s sacred mountains in Arizona and the effect it is having on the health of others in the Navajo Nation. His friend Sebale Tsosie, 21, has the same concerns, saying it’s unfair that a massive coal-fired power plant blamed for the pollution will not have to drastically cut back emissions until a generation from now. Federal rules exempt the Navajo Generating Station in Page, Arizona, from drastically reducing haze-causi...
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Showdown at Standing Stone Camp 16.11.2016 American Prospect
As a seasoned Beltway lawyer and lobbyist representing Native peoples, Tara Houska is no stranger to public conflicts. A member of the Couchiching First Nation and Ojibwe tribe, Houska represents tribal interests on Capitol Hill on a range of land-use and environmental issues. But when she saw a Facebook post in mid-July from a Standing Rock Sioux member named LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, Houska knew she had to act fast. An oil conduit known as the Dakota Access Pipeline was threatening traditional Native American burial sites, and if it ruptured, would pollute the Missouri River. Allard was putting out a call for people to take action on the North Dakota banks of the Missouri River. Houska packed up her stuff, jumped in her car, and drove across the country to join the ranks of the self-described “water protectors” at the Standing Stone Camp, where she would spend the next three months. When she arrived, her tent stood alone in a big field. By the beginning of fall, it was just one of many along a ...
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Southeastern Utah tribe worries about contamination 14.11.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
White Mesa • Concerns about possible water contamination has some residents of a remote Utah town considering relocation. Data suggest that an aquifer located below the White Mesa uranium mill contains multiple contaminants, but there’s disagreement about whether the pollution is related to natural hazards, or coming from the current mill or past mining and industry in southeastern Utah. And regardless the source, residents say, state, federal and even tribal leaders don’t seem concerned about t...
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Global protesters demand climate justice at UN talk 14.11.2016 AP Business
MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) -- Several thousand activists have marched in the Moroccan city of Marrakech to demand environmental justice, just a few kilometers (miles) away from where high-level U.N. climate change talks are being held....
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Global protesters demand climate justice at UN talk 14.11.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Several thousand activists have marched in the Moroccan city of Marrakech to demand environmental justice, just a few kilometers (miles) away from where high-level U.N. climate change talks are being held. Native Americans protesting against the Dakota Access Pipeline demonstrated Sunday alongside local indigenous Amazigh groups protesting against a Moroccan company’s […]
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Trump is not my president: US students protest at COP22 9.11.2016 New Kerala: World News
Trump is not my president: US students protest at COP22
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Here Are the Races to Watch If You Care About Global Warming 7.11.2016 Mother Jones
The climate didn't get much attention in this year's debates, but Tuesday's election will still have a major consequences for the fight against global warming. Donald Trump thinks climate change is a hoax ; he's pledged to withdraw from the historic Paris climate accord and to repeal President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan , which is intended to cut greenhouse gas emissions from coal plants. Hillary Clinton has said she will continue Obama's climate legacy and has called for installing half-a-billion solar panels by the end of her first term. The debate isn't restricted to the top of the ticket; there are a number of state races that will play a key role in determining US climate policy, along with a handful of ballot initiatives covering everything thing from rooftop solar to a proposed carbon tax. The situation in each state is unique. Some races—New Hampshire's Senate contest, for instance—feature two candidates who want to act on climate change. Others, such as West Virginia's gubernatorial ...
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Becoming 'water protectors' changed their lives 28.10.2016 CNN: Top Stories
On Thursday, tensions surrounding protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline reached a new pitch, with fires and forcible removal of protestors reported. Over the past few months, 269 people, including journalists, minors and "Divergent" star Shailene Woodley, have been arrested for their efforts to fight the pipeline. The controversial $3.7 billion project is set to cover 1,172 miles and cross the Missouri river less than a mile from the Standing Rock Reservation, which opponents say puts the tribe's drinking water at risk. While Dakota Access LLC has continued construction on the project, advocates have been risking their safety and engaging in non-violent direct actions in order to protect their community from a dangerous project.
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In fight over ND pipeline, tribe leader calls for peace and prayers 27.10.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline have been raging. Tribe leader Dave Archambault II says he's telling supporters "not to react to any form of aggression that law enforcement brings."
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In Fight Over N.D. Pipeline, Tribe Leader Calls For Peace And Prayers 27.10.2016 NPR News
Protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline have been raging. Tribe leader Dave Archambault II says he's telling supporters "not to react to any form of aggression that law enforcement brings."
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Oil and gas will get closer look near Chaco Canyon 24.10.2016 Durango Herald
The U.S. Department of the Interior announced last week it will conduct further evaluation for future oil and gas development to address the concerns regarding Chaco Culture National Historic Park.“For the time, the Bureau of Land Management’s Farmington Field Office and the...
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Feds step up efforts to protect Puget Sound ecosystem 19.10.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

The Obama administration on Tuesday stepped up efforts to protect Puget Sound, including forming a new federal task force to identify priorities for restoring one of the nation’s largest estuaries.
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Erin Biggs: Clean water, sacred land 21.9.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Three local Steamboat Springs residents including myself (and a fourth from Denver) drove the 12 hours up to the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation in North Dakota this past weekend in order to join in the protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline. There are now approximately 7,500 water protectors in the Sacred Stone Camp, and it is growing every day. The camp is a camp built by Native Americans in the proposed path of a huge oil pipeline. This pipeline is intended to go through some sacred Indian lands in North Dakota that are owned by the local indigenous people through treaty. The pipeline would go under the Missouri River, so the resulting oil spills would irreparably pollute the drinking water of millions of people. This pollution affects all of us. It is a human issue, not a North Dakota issue, not a Standing Rock issue, and not a Native American issue. The camp was very peaceful with over 7,500 people coming together from over 250 tribes (including tribes that have traditionally not been ...
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Corrupt capitalism meets violent protest in the urgent documentary 'When Two Worlds Collide' 16.9.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The documentary “When Two Worlds Collide,” about Peru’s internal strife between government leaders and indigenous peoples working to protect the Amazon from then-President Alan Garcia’s  economic policies, has been a project of filmmakers Heidi Brandenburg and Mathew Orzel since 2007. But because...

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Hatch, Lee seeking Utah exemption from monument-creating Antiquities Act 16.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • Utah Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee introduced legislation Thursday to exempt the state from a law allowing the president to designate new national monuments, but critics dismissed the move as a desperate “Hail Mary” in trying to halt protection of the Bears Ears region in southeastern Utah. The measure would prohibit the president’s use of the 1906 Antiquities Act within Utah, extending a loophole that now covers Wyoming, as part of an effort to keep President Barack Obama or his...
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A Siberian river has mysteriously turned blood red 9.9.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Alarmed Russians are sharing photos on social media of the red Daldykan River, located above the Arctic Circle. The Russian government thinks a pipeline leak from a local factory could be to blame.
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A Siberian River Has Mysteriously Turned Blood Red 9.9.2016 NPR News
Alarmed Russians are sharing photos on social media of the red Daldykan River, located above the Arctic Circle. The Russian government thinks a pipeline leak from a local factory could be to blame.
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We've Destroyed One-Tenth of the World's Wilderness Since 1990 8.9.2016 Mother Jones
The world's wilderness areas are declining at "catastrophic" rates, according to a new study published today in Current Biology. Since 1990, we've lost about one-tenth of these large, mostly unpopulated landscapes—amounting to 3.3 million square kilometers, or twice the size of Alaska. Current Biology The lost wilderness areas, highlighted in red in the map above, were crucial for protecting endangered plants and animals, regulating local climates, and storing carbon, while some were home to indigenous communities, according to the researchers from the University of Queensland in Australia. Since the wilderness is, by definition, relatively free from human disturbances, it's often ignored by conservation efforts, but things like road expansion, industrial mining, forestry and large-scale agricultural operations have threatened it, the researchers note. South America and Africa have been the most affected, losing 30 percent and 14 percent of their wilderness areas, respectively, since 1990.  "The amount ...
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