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.
"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.
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.”
The next round of MN regulatory hearings for the Sandpiper/Line 3 pipeline corridor is starting...Come along for another trip down the rabbit hole! There will be 13 public meetings across northern Minnesota, from April 25 - May 11, 2016. Please attend as many hearings as you can and give written or verbal comments about what the EIS should include! Treaty rights, wild rice, spill risk, abandonment, liability, water and air quality, climate change, etc.....this is your chance to voice your concerns. Visit our event page for details and links to everything you need.
Tribal and citizen groups are asking the MN Environmental Quality Board and Governor Mark Dayton to transfer control of the Environmental Impact Statement for the Sandpiper and Line 3 Replacement pipeline corridor into the correct hands. We want the state's environmental agencies (DNR and PCA) in charge of the EIS because they have more expertise and are the only ones capable of navigating the Native American issues in the case. Please submit comments to the EQB supporting our request, before May 2. In December 2015, the White Earth Nation filed a motion to the Public Utilities Commission asking them to relinquish their status as the Responsible Government Unit (RGU) for the EIS and transfer that status to the state's environmental agencies. White Earth also asked to be included as a cooperating agency. Honor the Earth filed a motion in support of these requests. Now it's up to the people to demand they become a reality.
Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, this was an occasion in which some of the top U.S. leaders recognized the voice and importance of inclusivity of indigenous peoples. We fight for the seventh generation. #LoveWaterNotOil #IndigenousRising
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Honor the Earth is pleased to announce a step towards the future and expansion of our organization. In our goal to create awareness and support for Native environmental issues while developing resources for indigenous communities, Honor the Earth would like to welcome three new additions to our staff:Read more
On February 1, 2016, four enrolled Ojibwe band members given citations last summer for exercising their treaty rights, appeared in court and pled not guilty, with a pre-trial conference scheduled for April 26, 2016. The MN Department of Natural Resources (DNR) gave the 4 citations on August 28, 2015. Two were cited for harvesting wild rice on Hole in the Day Lake without a Minnesota DNR permit (Morningstar and Harvey Goodsky) and two were cited for casting a gill net on Gull Lake (Todd Thompson and Jim Northrup). The four individuals were exercising their constitutionally-protected right to subsist off the land in the 1855 Treaty area. The civil disobedience action was organized by the 1855 Treaty Authority in an effort to have these rights clarified and validated by federal courts. Read more.....
Honor the Earth Grants $90K to Indigenous Organizations to Protect Sacred Sites, Cultural Traditions
Honor the Earth is proud to announce the release of $90K in new grants to Indigenous Organizations across the US. The grants range from the work to protect sacred ceremonial grounds and traditions to the repatriation of Ojibwe birchbark scrolls. “This year’s grants are particularly focused on protection of sacred sites, and the continuation of strong cultural traditions in our Native communities,” Board of Directors Co-Chair Shannon Martin (Potawatami/Anishinaabe) said.
“We are very pleased to be able to join with communities protecting their sacred sites, encouraging and nurturing their youth, and restoring cultural traditions,” Board Co-chair Paul DeMain said. These continue to be trying times for Native people, as the industrial economy, often working through some of the largest polluters in the world, continues to threaten what remains of ecosystems and watersheds. Some 75 percent of the world’s biodiversity remains in Indigenous territories, and many of the most pristine watersheds remain in Indigenous territories.
More than 70 North American groups, including Honor the Earth, are urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canada’s premiers to turn away from new pipeline and fossil fuel projects in order to meet the country’s international climate change commitments.
Honor the Earth has prepared a “2015 Year-In-Review” for Enbridge Energy, delivered personally by Executive Director Winona LaDuke to CEO Al Monaco. The report highlights some of the most exciting, frustrating, and at times dangerous adventures that Enbridge had in 2015, along with acknowledging risks to investors in the Canadian pipeline company. Read more here...Read more
Last year, the ND courts ruled in favor of Enbridge in a lawsuit against the Botsford family that attempts to condemn their land and force the Sandpiper pipeline on it. The ND judge ruled that Enbridge (a Canadian corporation) could use eminent domain powers to do that. On January 15, 2016, the Botsfords appealed the case to the ND Supreme Court. They feel that eminent domain should be reserved for things that serve the public, not foreign profits. They feel they have a right to say no, we dont want our farmland to be poisoned. We agree.Read more