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Dakota Pipeline Construction Halted Amid Ongoing 'Defiance of Black Snake' 20.8.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline has been temporarily halted as protests against the $3.8 billion, 1,172-mile project continued this week at the North Dakota state capitol building as well as at a "spirit camp" at the confluence of the Cannonball and Missouri rivers.

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In Nevada, Tribes Push To Protect Land At The Heart Of Bundy Ranch Standoff 19.8.2016 NPR News
National monument designations that bypass Congress are hugely controversial. In this presidential election year, the politics in a state like Nevada are even more sensitive.
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Indigenous Australians Fight Planned Nuclear Dump On Sacred Lands 19.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Enice Marsh remembers the black clouds of “poison stuff” that billowed from the northwest after British atomic bomb tests in the 1950s spread fallout across swathes of South Australia. Now a new kind of radioactivity could head to her ancestral home in the remote Flinders Ranges - a nuclear waste dump. “To me, it feels like a death penalty,” said Marsh, 73, standing in the cemetery of the outback town of Hawker, where many of her relatives are buried under red earth. “We are one big family and the land also is family to us. We care for the land just in the same way we care for our family.” South Australia is at the heart of a debate over the nation’s nuclear future that highlights a familiar tension between quick economic gain and long-term custodianship of land occupied by Aboriginal people for more than 50,000 years. Two separate proposals divide opinion in the state with the country’s biggest uranium mine and a history going back nearly 20 years of saying “no” to nuclear ...
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Native American Protesters Halt Pipeline Construction Near North Dakota Reservation 18.8.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A growing protest led by hundreds of Native Americans stopped construction of an oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota on Tuesday. Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier of Morton County ordered the workers to stop on builder Dakota Access’ pipeline after protesters surged into the construction zone , the Bismarck Tribune reported. It’s unclear when work will resume, the sheriff told the newspaper.  The $3.8 billion-project will funnel 500,000 barrels of crude per day from North Dakota to Illinois later this year. Members of the Sioux tribe have argued the pipeline will pollute drinking water as it crosses the Missouri and Little Missouri rivers and will disturb sacred sites. The rivers are a water source for thousands of residents from the reservation and millions more downstream.  “I am here to advise anyone that will listen, that the Dakota Access Pipeline Project is harmful ,” Standing Rock Sioux Chairman David Archambault II said in a statement on Monday. “It will not be just ...
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Tribal Activists Defy Lawsuit, Vow Continued Resistance Against Dakota Pipeline 16.8.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

An epic battle over land rights is being waged in the Dakotas, as a local Indigenous community, facing arrests and litigation, is standing firm in its resistance to a massive Bakken crude pipeline project.

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Opposing Corporate Theft of Mayan Textiles, Weavers Appeal to Guatemala's High Court 14.8.2016 Truthout - All Articles
A member of the 13 B'atz' weavers collective tightens the threads on the piece that she is weaving. The final product will then go to another member who will embroider birds and other animals on the piece. (Photo: Jeff Abbott) Continuing their centuries-long resistance against the forces of conquest, imperialism and genocide, Guatemala's Indigenous Mayan weavers are appealing to the country's highest court to stop the appropriation of their sacred textile designs by national and transnational companies. A member of the 13 B'atz' weavers collective tightens the threads on the piece that she is weaving. The final product will then go to another member who will embroider birds and other animals on the piece. (Photo: Jeff Abbott) Guatemala's Indigenous Mayan communities are doubling down in their struggle against the corporations that are increasingly seeking to turn aspects of their culture into commodities promoted to tourists. The struggle is just the latest front in their centuries-long resistance ...
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Settler solidarity against colonial urban development 3.8.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
trr_rpn_aug1-5_2016_stop_windmill.mp3 Like this podcast? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. On this week's episode of Talking Radical Radio, Scott Neigh speaks with William Felepchuk and Brian McDougall. They are members of Stop Windmill: Student and Labour Allies for Akikodjiwan, a group that aims to bring predominantly non-Indigenous people together in support of Algonquin demands that a sacred site in the Ottawa river be protected from a proposed condominium development and returned to Algonquin ownership and ...
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Utah Monument Fight Pits Native Americans Against Land-Use Militants 3.8.2016 American Prospect
(Photo: AP/Rick Bowmer) U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell speaks during a tour of the Indian Creek Area in Utah on July 14, 2016. By all accounts, the looting was terrible. Across the Southwest a century ago, thousand-year-old Native American granaries were pillaged by clay pot hunters. Grave robbers worked in the open. In the sandstone dwellings perched high in the cliffs, tourists cut souvenirs out of the ancient ceiling beams. Vandals carted off heirlooms by the wagonload. In response, Congress acted swiftly. In the summer of 1906, the House and the Senate passed, and President Theodore Roosevelt quickly signed, a law known as the Antiquities Act, which was designed to protect America’s cultural and physical treasures. Results were immediate. Within two years, Roosevelt had invoked the new law to protect Wyoming’s Devil’s Tower (held sacred by the Cheyenne and the Lakota as “Bears Lodge”) from timber and mining interests, to provide new security to Chaco Canyon and Gila Cliff Dwellings in New ...
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2 consultants to South Dakota Indian tribe developing marijuana resort charged with drug crimes 3.8.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — 2 consultants to South Dakota Indian tribe developing marijuana resort charged with drug crimes.
If it doesn't tackle policing, Trudeau's national inquiry risks becoming national disgrace 2.8.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
If it doesn't tackle policing, Trudeau's national inquiry risks becoming national disgrace
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Standing Rock Sioux sues over pipeline permits 29.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Bismarck, N.D. • The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is suing federal regulators for approving part of a $3.8 billion oil pipeline between North Dakota and Illinois that would be the biggest-capacity pipeline yet carrying oil out of the state’s oil patch. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in Washington challenges the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ decision a day earlier to grant permits at more than 200 water crossings in four states for the Dakota Access pipeline. The line, being built by D...
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Standing Rock Sioux sues Corps over oil pipeline permits 28.7.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is suing federal regulators for approving permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline that will move oil from North Dakota to Illinois. Tribal officials filed the lawsuit Wednesday against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which issued permits for the project on Tuesday. The Standing Rock tribe […]
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Systemic Sexism in Canada Could Derail National Inquiry 11.7.2016 Truthout - All Articles
After former Prime Minister Stephen Harper's 10-year war against First Nations, the environment, democracy and basic human rights; an overwhelming number of Canadians embraced political change and elected a Liberal government headed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Literally overnight, the language, symbolism and public messaging from the federal government changed. Trudeau announced that Canada would work cooperatively with First Nations on a "Nation to Nation" basis and, as part of this new relationship, that he would seek to undo some of the harm done by the Harper regime. To this end, he committed to review all the legislation imposed on First Nations during the last decade and seek to repeal any which offended constitutionally-protected Aboriginal and treaty rights. He further promised to implement all 94 recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, TRC, report which highlighted both the atrocities committed in Indian residential schools and the lasting intergenerational impacts it ...
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Here's The Draft Democratic Party Platform 2.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
38 Bring Americans Together and Remove Barriers to Create Ladders of Opportunity 39 40 Democrats believe that everyone in America deserves the chance to live up to their God-given 41 potential. We will work to break down barriers standing in the way of Americans and replace 42 them with ladders of opportunity. 43 44 Racial Justice 45 Democrats will fight to end institutional and systemic racism in our society. We will challenge 46 and dismantle the structures that define lasting racial, economic, political, and social inequity. 1 Democrats will promote racial justice through fair, just, and equitable governing of all 2 institutions serving the public and in the formation of public policy. We will push for a societal 3 transformation to make it clear that black lives matter and there is no place for racism in our 4 country. 6 Racial Wealth Gap 7 America's economic inequality problem is even more pronounced ...
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Federal court overturns Northern Gateway pipeline approval 1.7.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Thursday, June 30, 2016 The ruling cited a lack of meaningful consultation with First Nations affected by the pipeline. The Federal Court of Appeal has overturned approval of Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline after finding that the federal government failed to consult with First Nations communities whose rights would have been affected by the proposed pipeline. "Canada failed to make reasonable efforts to inform and consult . It fell well short of the mark," the ruling said. The Court ruled in favour of the eight First Nations, four environmental organizations and one union, ...
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Condominium development threatens protection of Algonquin sacred site 29.6.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 "You don't develop an Algonquin sacred place," says Algonquin scholar and activist Lynn Gehl. So why is a proposed condo development continuing to be planned? Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. The fight to protect the sacred Chaudière Falls from a condominium development is gaining momentum following a massive sacred walk on Friday, June 17. The sacred walk, which was initiated by Algonquin Elders from Pikwàkanagàn, brought out approximately 500 people on the Friday afternoon. The day after the sacred march Stop Windmill, a group of non-native student and labour allies, called a rally for Monday, June ...
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After having land stolen for generations, Juaneño Indians get a sliver back 23.6.2016 LA Times: Commentary

For the Acjachemen descendants, known today as the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians, several of their sacred sites throughout San Juan Capistrano had been pillaged or desecrated. In more modern times, development encroached on the land.

But now, land is being returned — in a sense — to the tribe....

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The Slants and the Redskins push trademark battles to the Supreme Court 21.6.2016 Washington Post
The Slants and the Redskins push trademark battles to the Supreme Court
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Indian tribe vacates statehouse seat it has held since 1800s 20.6.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Penobscot Nation is formally vacating a seat it has held in Maine’s Legislature for more than 150 years amid tensions between the state and American Indian tribe. The tribe will instead select an ambassador to work with state and federal governments. The Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/28JlaAH ) reports that the […]
'Collaborative consent' or Indigenous rights: Condo development on Ottawa sacred site 17.6.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Friday, June 17, 2016 Today is the "It Is Sacred" walk in honour of the at-rish sacred site that is slated for condo development. Greg Macdougall questions how this development is "an exercise in reconciliation." Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these ...
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