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Neil Young Supports Indigenous Organizers fighting Tar Sands

Neil Young, The Calgary Address:

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No Keystone XL Blacksnake will Cross Lakota Lands

"Lakota are united with our relatives and allies up north. We must stop this kxl from entering the territory our ancestors loved, lived on for thousands of generations, and gave their greatest gift of all to defend, their lives." -Debra White Plume, Owe Aku International

http://www.oweakuinternational.org

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First Nations protesters arrested at Elsipogtog begin West Coast tour in Vancouver

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1/21/2014 Honor the Earth grants $120,000 to Indigenous grassroots organizations across North America

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Honor the Earth, in collaboration with the Headwaters Fund, the Indigo Girls, Medicine for the People, and a number of individual and institutional donors, are pleased to announce grants of $120,000 to Indigenous grassroots organizations across North America. We are tremendously grateful to our Board of Directors, and our donors for making it all possible.  In this grant cycle, we’ve been able to support organizations working in restorative agriculture, honoring traditional cultural practices, protection of sacred sites, and in opposition to destruction of water, land and life. 

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Enbridge’s Right of Ways… Enter the Pig

 

“This is land that has been in my family for decades. It is prime Red River valley agriculture land. It was handed down to me by my mother and father when they passed away, and I’m intending to hand it down to my children when I pass away ….  My wife and I have …told our children that we   will pass this on.  Of course if 225,000 barrels of oil bursts through this thing, that certainly is the end of this family legacy. “

James Botsford, North Dakota landowner

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Three Horseback Journeys Trace Paths of Imminent Pipeline Destruction

There’s a beauty in the breath of horses, fall mornings’ breath seen in the air, and the smell and sound of horses. We rode horses from the Headwaters of the Mississippi along the proposed route of a new oil pipeline that would cross the reservation. It was the third of a series of rides on oil pipeline routes.

 

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Thanksgiving for All

especially  grateful, as on November 25, the Minnesota federal court, recognized that Anishinaabe people have a right to continue that covenant with the Creator to live that Anishinaabe life.

I am  thankful to the  Anishinaabeg men , who were hauled into  state court charged with buying and selling walleyes from lakes on the Leech Lake and Red Lake reservations. Those men had their charges dismissed. I am thankful to these men and to our ancestors, who negotiated complex treaty agreements with the US government in l837, l842, l855 and l867.In the US constitution, treaties are the supreme law of the land. They are agreements between all of our ancestors.. 

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Economics for the Seventh Generation – Part II

We did a study on the White Earth Reservation in 2008 where we interviewed about 200 households, and asked people where they shopped, when they did. We found that our community spent around eight million dollars a year on food purchases for households and tribal programs.  Seven million of those dollars went off reservation to companies like Walmart, Food Service of America, and Sysco. On top of that, the money we spent on reservation was largely sucked up by convenience stores, where we purchased really cool stuff like pop, chips, microwavable pizzas, and baked goods.

So, what are the consequences of this?

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Economics for the Seventh Generation – Part I

“Seems like people don’t want to stick around another thousand years.”    —Mike Wiggins, Tribal Chairman of the Bad River Band of Anishinaabe, on the proposed GTAC taconite mine, which will impact the watershed of the Bad River.

Let’s say that is not true.  Let’s say that we are people who want to live in a way that restores our relationship with Mother Earth. We want to live in small, medium, and large communities, with a low fossil fuel impact on the world.

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Our concerns about the “Enbridge Alberta Clipper Expansion”

In the North, our land and water - lifeblood of the Anishinaabeg peoples - sustains and nourishes us. One-fifth of the world's fresh surface water supply lies here and it is worth protecting. But our land and water are being threatened by:

  • Enbridge pipelines transporting ever larger amounts of Tar Sands oil (and also toxic lighter “diluents”) across Minnesota.
  • Including permits sought by Calumet Refinery to ship oil on Lake Superior.

Our sacred "Wild Rice Beds,” Lakes and Rivers are precious and our Regional Fisheries generate $7.2 billion annually and support 49,000 jobs. But now Enbridge Inc., responsible for the largest on-land spill in U.S. history, wants to increase the amount of Alberta Tar Sands Diluted Bitumen (DilBit) in its Alberta Clipper pipeline to a maximum of 880,000 barrels a day. Already 1.7 million barrels of oil flow through and across Minnesota daily, but even this is not enough. Increasing the amount of Alberta Tar Sands Diluted Bitumen through Minnesota holds with it an unacceptable level of environmental risks.

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