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Major Milestone for the Cree Nation -

Rare Cree beaded hood finally returns home after almost two centuries
"It's like meeting my Gookum [grandmother]," she said.

Dinah Simard, far left, and Trifona Simard, fourth from left, admire the beaded hood with a group at the Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute. The hood is believed to have originally belonged to Jane Gunner, Dinah's grandmother and Trifona's great-grandmother. (Celina Wapachee/CBC)

 

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Pine Point Solar Installation!

In March 2016, just days before a train crashed into a propane truck and exploded in our village of Callaway, requiring a full evacuation of the town, we successfully trained 8 tribal members on the White Earth Reservation to install solar thermal panels. These are being installed on the homes of people in the village, where some folks today pay $800 a month in electric bills and 90% of the people live below the poverty level.  We have a plan: efficiency, thermal and solar.  And we do it ourselves.  After these installs, we hope to begin work on solar at the Pine Point Elementary School.  We will need help.  We will need help to begin the transition for our tribe from a fossil fuel economy, which explodes in our villages and pollutes our rice beds, to a mino bimaatisiiwin, a good life of local food and local energy; a local economy that can be a model for others.  We are also planning the next mural project for our village.   

The Anishinaabeg are not waiting for a transition to clean energy.  We are leading the way, and training our own people to do the work.  But we need your help.  Join us as we create our mino bimaatisiiwin, our good life, our good future, together.  

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Youth Climate Change Lawsuit Upheld!

Yesterday, the Federal District Court in Oregon rejected the appeals by the oil and gas industry and decided in favor of the 21 youth climate leaders in their landmark constitutional climate change case brought against the federal government. This is unprecedented!

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Open Letter from Secretary Kerry - Berta Cáceres human rights justice in Honduras

Many thanks once again for all the support on the Open Letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, as well as your continued support on the case of Berta Cáceres and for the defense and protection of human rights in Honduras.
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Menominee River Water Walk

Walk with Menominee River Water Walk, walking and praying for the Sacred Water where the Wild Rice grows.  for the water. We will begin at Keshena Falls in the land of the Menominee and end at the proposed mine site, in Stephensen, Michigan, about 40 miles from Marinette, Wisconsin where the wild rice was seeded. #‎WaterisLife#‎ProtecttheSacred

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Native Texans Oppose Dos Republicas Mine

Native Texans Oppose Dos Republicas Mine

JOIN US AS WE PROTEST THE DOS REPUBLICAS COAL MINE OUTSIDE OF EAGLE PASS, TEXAS April 16th 

Do not let this mine happen in Texas. The city and the county oppose it. The people oppose it. It will destroy wildlife, water and over 100 archeological sites.  This is sacred ancestral land – it is not for sale! 

 

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Justice for Berta Cáceres - Murder of Honduran Indigenous and Environmental

An Open Letter to Secretary of State John Kerry regarding the Murder of Honduran Indigenous and Environmental Activist Berta Cáceres.

We write in shock and deep sorrow regarding the murder of Honduran human rights and environmental defender Berta Cáceres, founder and general secretary of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH). We urge a response from the State Department that is not business as usual but a profound change of direction towards improving the abysmal situation of human rights in Honduras. 

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#SaveOakFlat Year in Review

Honor the Earth is proud to be supporting the Apache Stronghold in our most recent grant release. On February 7, 2015, March was held from San Carlos Apache to Oak Flat to Protect Oak Flat from mining by Resolution Copper. They have Occupied Oak Flat for one year. 

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Grantee Forced to Flee Home by Climate Change, Wins $40m to Relocate

Honor the Earth is proud to be supporting the Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw in our most recent grant release.  This Louisiana tribe is now America's first official climate refugees.  

The plight of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians, who have called this land home since the mid-19th century, was documented in the 2010 documentary, Can't Stop the Water, and relocating the tribe has been the subject of a 13-year-long advocacy campaign by Chief Albert White Buffalo Naquin.  

http://vimeo.com/27413869

"This award will allow our Tribe to design and develop a new, culturally appropriate and resilient site for our community, safely located further inland," Chief Naquin said, according to the Institute for Southern Studies.

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New Report Exposes Enbridge's Threats to Great Lakes Region

On February 18, 2016, a coalition of environmental and tribal groups released a new in-depth report, ENBRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER, detailing the risk and destruction posed by Enbridge's plan for a web of new pipelines throughout the region.  Winona LaDuke, Executive Director of Honor the Earth, is a co-author of the report.  

The report highlights the various tar sands and fracked oil projects Enbridge operates across the Great Lakes region and the devastating impact the company has had on communities...and will continue to have if Enbridge is permitted to continue its scheme to expand its pipeline system through the towns, rivers, properties, wetlands, and streams of the Great Lakes region.

“These pipeline projects pose a devastating threat to tribal peoples, our homelands, and our future survival,” said Tara Houska, National Campaigns Director with Honor the Earth. “Enbridge's plans will destroy Anishinaabe wild rice beds and wipe out an entire culture. The new report details why Enbridge must be stopped and why billions of dollars in pipeline investments are an incredible waste in a time when we are moving to a post-fossil fuels economy.”

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