A new report by Simon Fraser University researchers concludes the probability of a marine tanker oil spill for the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project is between 95.3% and 99.9% over the operating life of the project.
These tanker spill probabilities based on the US Oil Spill Risk Analysis model are much higher than the 18% probability estimated by Enbridge.
The report also forecasts an average of 15 pipeline spills per year on the Northern Gateway based on Enbridge’s actual pipeline spill record from 2002 to 2010.
The findings are contained in a report completed by Dr. Thomas Gunton, Director of the Resource and Environmental Planning Program at Simon Fraser University and Sean Broadbent. Read more...
By WINONA LADUKE
This Earth Day, let's quit being extremists.
That's what the U.S. economy relies on right now, and that's how the huge mineral and fossil fuel companies are making their money: extremism.
When they peel off layers of the Earth for oil and make poisonous tar sands, they are acting like extremists.
And when they crack and contaminate aquifers for natural gas, a process known as fracking, they are acting like extremists.
And when they blow off the top of a mountain for coal, or maybe just put an oil well in a pristine ecosystem and drill 20,000 feet down into the depths of our ocean, they are acting like extremists.
It is arrogant, and it is wrong.
And often, American Indians pay the price. Read more...
ManiFest 420: Music, Performance Art, Activism, Live Painting, Massage & Healing
~Nahko & Medicine For The People - CD RELEASE "Dark as Night"
~i like you.
Who wants some new Nahko & Medicine For The People music?! Mark Murphy (Wookiefoot front man) has just finished producing the new Nahko & Medicine For The People Album! The worldwide premier of the new album "Dark as Night" will be at ManiFest 420 at the Cabooze on Saturday April 20th!!
8:30-9:30: i like you.
9:30-10:00: Ben Suchy
10:00-11:00: Dustin Thomas Band
11:00: Fire Performance on Patio
11:00-11:30: Ben Suchy
11:30-1:30: Nahko & Medicine For The People
18+ $12 ADV/$15 DOS
LIVE PAINTING: By Annmarie Misik - facebook.com/RiDesign1 Read more...
Please distribute these resources and links widely. These links are all focused on the many concerns, actions, and impacts Native and First Nations have been raising in the push against tar sands and the Keystone XL pipeline.
*The Keystone XL tarsands oil pipeline will cross the drinking water pipeline of the Lakota Nation. The Lakota Nation tribe passed legislation opposing KXL and called upon every Lakota people to defend the water. In the words of one member of the Lakota Nation: "We will defend the water. The federal government, Transcanada or whoever will defend the Keystone is going to have to put us in jail, or kill us."
*The Oglala Sioux have passed a resolution through their tribal government to stop Keystone XL from entering their Treaty Territory Read more...
Industrial Economy is not the Only Economy
March 21, 2013
Economic development is a word that gets tossed around a lot on the Navajo Nation. It seems that tossing the word around is as far as it gets. When you look at the economic development in our communities, chances are you are sure to find gas stations, Laundromats, car washes, or fast food chains.
There is also another form of economic development that we don't see, but it supplies our tribe with a significant amount of revenue. Read more...
Our relatives in Canada, and around the world, need our voices in the coming days as the fate of the Keystone Xl Pipeline is set to be discussed by the US Senate on Tuesday. The vote will be close. ALL of our voices are needed to call on your Senators to oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline. The Tar Sands are destroying the homelands, and poisoning the communities of our Cree relatives, and contributing to global warming. Those Red Lakers have been camping on top of a Tar Sands Pipeline that illegally crosses their territory for over a week now. We need to tell these senators to LISTEN to us. While the final decision is still in the hands of the State Dept and White House, we need our representatives to put the pressure on, and fairly advocate for us. Read more...
By DAVID BORNSTEIN
From The New York Times
March 6th, 2013
If you wanted to get large numbers of people actively engaged in helping to solve global warming, how might you go about it? For years, the main approach in the environmental movement has been to sound the alarm bell and implore people to consume less, switch to green products, recycle, and speak up to companies and politicians. It hasn’t always been an easy sell. However, if the approach of a promising Oakland-based start-up takes hold, there may be another line of action that could become available to ordinary people: directly financing renewable energy. Read more...
by Winona LaDuke
“Yesterday, the devil came here,…Right here. Right here. And it smells of sulfur still today…” Mr. Chavez said, in 2006 comments at the United Nations. Then Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez made the sign of the cross, brought his hands together as if in prayer and glanced toward the ceiling.
That is perhaps one reason that Hugo Chavez was disliked by the US government. To Chavez , the Devil was George Bush. That’s what you get to say, when you are a third world leader who supplies maybe a million gallons of crude oil to an oil addicted country every day. You get to say anything you want.
I was a great admirer of Hugo Chavez, thankful for his generosity, his courage, his leadership, and his commitment to Indigenous peoples. Read more...
Tessa McLean, Anishinaabe
What happens when you’ve had enough of oil companies illegally passing pipelines through your tribal land? You practice self-determination and your sovereign rights to occupy that land. That is exactly what a group of Red Lake Tribal members are doing. Read more...
Fall 2012 Honor the Earth Grant Awards
Honor the Earth is pleased to announce these grants being given to thirty-
nine well-deserving organizations; $136,000 is being re-granted this year.
Many great projects out there being done by these organizations, such as
fighting the environmental destruction of the Canadian tar sands, resistance to the pipelines running across Canada and the United States, community run gardens, the protection of sacred water against a mining corporation development right beside a sacred site, reclaiming salmon to restore the sacred balance of water, healing land restoration and more.
Advocates for the Protection of Sacred Sites (APOSS)
Location: Northern California, Pitt River and Wintu Nations territory Read more...
Winona LaDuke Spoke at Northwest Indian College this week. Along with Chief Rueben George and Jewel James. The speakers discussed the topics of environmental justice, human rights, preservation of sacred indigenous sites, and global efforts to protect the environment. They also spoke about the proposed Cherry Point shipping terminal, which Lummi leaders have said they are opposed to because of environmental concerns and the cultural significance of the area. Read more...
ACTIVIST TRAINING - March 8, 2013 8pm - March 10, 2013, 3pm - Location to be announced - Manderson, South Dakota/Oglala Lakota Nation
Sponsored by Owe Aku & many allies
* Treaty Rights
* Human Rights
* Strategy Design
* Advocacy Tools
* Social Media
* Street Medic
* and much, much more... Read more...
Winona LaDuke on the Warriors of Peace, the Ogichidaag
“In this book, I consider the scope of our historic and present relationship with the military and discuss economic, ecological and psychological impacts. I then examine the potential for a major transformation from the US military economy that today controls much of Indian Country to a new community-centered model that values our Native cultures and traditions and honors our Mother Earth.”
(from the Foreword, The Militarization of Indian Country) Read more...
By Winona LaDuke
“ A nation is not conquered until the hearts of its’ women are on the ground…”
Cheyenne proverb Read more...
By Winona LaDuke--As Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence enters her third week on a hunger strike outside the Canadian capital building, thousands of protesters in Los Angeles, London, Minneapolis and New York City, voice their support. Spence and the protesters of the Idle No More Movement, are drawing attention to some deplorable conditions in Native communities, and recently passed legislation C-45, which sidesteps most Canadian environmental laws. "Flash mob" protests with traditional dancing and drumming have erupted in dozens of shopping malls across North America, marches and highway blockades by aboriginal groups across Canada and supporters have emerged from as far away as New Zealand and the Middle East. Read more...
This past month, I have traveled across Indian Country, meeting with people from the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming to the village of Crownpoint, on the Navajo reservation. I have spoken with young mothers from the Athabascan basin of Alberta, who want water which is not poisoned. And I have journeyed to one of our most sacred sites -- Eagle Rock, in the heart of Anishinaabe territory. Our people are courageous, and our people need your support.
What I know is this: If you do not fight, you will have no chance to protect our Mother Earth. And, if we do not begin to adapt to the change in our climate, we will be hungry ten years from now.
Honor the Earth needs your help to continue this work. Read more...
By Winona LaDuke
As the wind breathes out of Wind Cave in my face, I am reminded of the creation of humans and my own small place in this magnificent world. Wind Cave National Park is named for the Cave itself, called Washun Niya, or the Breathing Hole of Mother Earth, by the Lakota People. In this creation story, it is from here that they emerged to this world.
It is a complex cave system, according to scientists, we may only have a sense of 5% of the cave’s volume and breadth, and likely even less of its power. In the vernacular of some, this might be known as the “ known unknown.” To most Indigenous peoples, there is an understanding of the Great Mystery.
We Need Your Help to Keep Coal in the Ground, Fracking off Indian Territory and Pipelines from Native Lands!
Help us connect the Native fossil fuel resistance movement to national divestment campaigns like 350's Do the Math1 attachment: