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Chief of Blackfeet Nation Seeks President’s Support in Ending Oil Leases on Sacred Lands

By ICTMN Staff - Indian Country Today

Oil leases in the United States are seen as a way to break the need to rely on other countries, however for others, like Chief Earl Old Person they are seen as a way to breaking the back of the world.

The Blackfeet Nation member wrote a letter to President Barack Obama in March seeking his support in ending oil leases in the Badger-Two Medicine area of the Rocky Mountains. The Badger-Two Medicine is 165,588 acres of significant cultural and spiritual importance to the Blackfeet Nation. The mostly roadless area is surrounded by the Blackfeet Reservation, Glacier National Park, the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex and the Rocky Mountain Front. For the Blackfeet, the area is known as the “Backbone of the World.”

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1,000-mile walk takes Navajo on 'Journey For Existence'

by Aljazeera

An oil pipeline approved for development across the US state of New Mexico has prompted members of the Navajo Nation to commemorate the 150th anniversary of "The Long Walk". Activists began marching against the 130-mile long Piñon Pipeline in January to demonstrate how their tribal lands have been "desecrated by resource extraction". Called the "Journey For Existence", this 1,000-mile walk aims to galvanize Navajo communities throughout the US.

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‘We’re Going to Be Out of Water’: Navajo Nation Dying of Thirst

by Laura Paskus

For centuries, the Diné people have raised their families and livestock on the high desert lands of the Navajo Nation in New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. They have survived even the most difficult of conditions. But as drought has dragged on, more or less for two decades—and the climate continues to warm—some are saying the tribal government needs to better protect its water resources and undertake more long-term planning.

“When you’re living in the desert, you don’t expect it to get even worse,” said Russell Begaye, a Navajo Nation Tribal Council Delegate from Shiprock, NM. He pointed out that reservoir levels are dropping, farming plots are becoming sandier, and the rain- and snowfall have declined.

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Apache tribe occupies sacred land to be destroyed by mine, refusing to leave

by msnbc

Oak Flat—once part of an Apache reservation—is considered sacred space by the local tribe but it was awarded to a mining company through a defense bill in 2014 and will be completely destroyed. Now the tribe has occupied the land and refuses to leave, claiming their freedom of religion is being infringed upon.

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Marchers demand justice for Gallup’s Natives

by Shondiin Silversmith - Navajo Times

Dozens of people marched along Highway 66 in Gallup for the Native people who lost their lives in the city.

At least 60 people marched down Route 66 through Gallup on April 4 holding up black and yellow signs with bold letters stating, “Stop Racist Violence Against Natives.”

Printed underneath were the names of Native people who lost their lives due to unnatural causes in the City of Gallup since 2013.

“We hold the City of Gallup responsible for these deaths and for its continued negligence and active discrimination against Native people living in Gallup — especially the poor and homeless,” stated a press release.

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Lumbee Tribe remains in long quest to gain federal recognition

By indianz.com

The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina is once again looking to Congress to pass a federal recognition bill.

The tribe's first documented request for recognition dates to 1885. After decades of lobbying, leaders and members thought they secured federal status with the passage of the Lumbee Act in 1956.

The tribe quickly discovered otherwise. The law recognized the Lumbees as "Indians" but denied them any benefits that would come with federal recognition.

“There are a lot of us who work in Indian affairs, and we are perceived by the rest of Indian country as basically second-class Indians because we're not federally recognized,” attorney Locklear, a prominent attorney who was the first Native woman to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court, told UNC News Bureau.

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Fort Good Hope questions value of fracking regulations meeting

By CBC News

"Shameful," and "a practical joke" were some of the words used to describe a community consultation in Fort Good Hope, N.W.T., on proposed regulations for hydraulic fracturing Monday night.

About 50 people came out to meet a representative for the territorial government who was in town to present the proposed regulations but many at the meeting felt it was put together too quickly and poorly organized.

With no decision makers in attendance — no MLAs or ministers — many felt the government wasn't taking the consultations seriously.

"We don't want to shoot the messenger," said Joe Grandjambe, addressing director of petroleum resources Menzie McEachern.

"Bring the message back to your politicians. We want to have a good discussion. We're not altogether against development."

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Lucy Lawless, Naomi Klein join fight against Nunavut seismic testing

By CBC News

Opponents of seismic testing off the coast of Nunavut, including community groups in Clyde River, have a fierce new fighter in their corner: Xena the Warrior Princess.

The former star of the syndicated TV series, Lucy Lawless, has joined activist and author Naomi Klein and 43 organizations, including Amnesty International and Greenpeace, in signing a solidarity statement prepared by the Clyde River Solidarity Network.

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Hawaii Gov. Announces Construction Stand Down On Sacred Mauna Kea

by Mauna Kea Protectors - Intercontinental Cry

APRIL 7, 2015 - We applaud Governor Ige for stepping forward to take some kind of action in this crisis.

His call for a one-week halt to TMT’s construction is a victory for the Mauna Kea Protectors, clear evidence that he recognizes the worldwide groundswell of public support we have for halting further desecration of our sacred mountain. Mahalo, Governor Ige.

However, it is not enough to pause for a week. We need a commitment from the Governor or TMT to stop the desecration until our legal appeals can work their way through the courts to the State Supreme Court.

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Stop Adani Destroying Our Land And Our Culture

By Adrian Burragubba

We, the Wangan and Jagalingou people, are the TRADITIONAL OWNERS of the land in Queensland’s Galilee Basin. Coal company Adani wants to use our ancestral lands for their Carmichael coal mine.

We do hereby firmly REJECT a Land Use Agreement with Adani for the Carmichael mine on our traditional lands.

We DO NOT consent to the Carmichael mine on our ancestral lands.

We DO NOT accept Adani’s “offers” to sign away our land and our rights and interests in it. We will not take their “shut up” money.

We will PROTECT and DEFEND our Country and our connection to it.

We call on Adani to IMMEDIATELY WITHDRAW from this damaging project on our land.

Read more and sign the petition here.

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