In one of the biggest victories ever for the environmental movement, on Friday November 6, President Barack Obama announced that he has rejected the application from Canadian company TransCanada to construct the Keystone XL pipeline. This is a historic victory for our Mother Earth and a huge step in the transition to a just future based on renewable energy. It shows what is possible when we come together across the lines that divide us, and form a powerful diverse grassroots movement. Congratulations and many thanks to the countless people who have been fighting this battle for the last 7-8 years!!! It has been an honor to stand with you. Read more.Read more
We are honored that our Anishinaabekwe Tara Houska (Zhaabowekwe) was one of the leaders of a federal initiative to keep fossil fuels in the ground. On Wednesday, November 4, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Jeff Merkley, and national grassroots environmental leaders held a rally and press conference to unveil major new legislation to combat climate change and keep fossil fuels in the ground on public lands. This legislation would, for the first time, aggressively tackle the impact of oil, gas and coal extraction on federal public lands on climate change.
We are extremely grateful for Tara's courage in speaking the truth about the disproportionate impact these fossil fuel projects have on indigenous communities, and the need to protect our Mother Earth and future generations. Chi-miigwech, Tara. Read more...Read more
Honor the Earth is excited to invite your organization to submit a grant proposal for consideration at our Board Meeting, July 22 2018. The deadline for submittal is July 16 2018, 5PM CT. Our priority area of focus is in the protection and revitalization of sacred ways, rivers, and places. We are passionate in supporting the opposition to extreme extraction and the transition to an Indigenous economy. At this time, our funding is limited to indigenous-led organizations only.Read more
Immediate Release Honor the Earth: Pipeline Free Breast Campaign Introduced for Breast Cancer Awareness
Honor the Earth is introducing the Pipeline-free Breast Campaign as a part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Noting, “Fossil Fuels are bad for your boobs. Chemicals created and used during petroleum extraction, refining, and use; benzene, toluene, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and a few other bad guys are known carcinogens.” The organization points to last year’s controversy over a corporate “ pink-washing” of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, as one reason it was important to inform the public of health risks. “Baker Hughes, who makes drill bits for the fracking industry introduced some pink drill bits for breast cancer awareness month, and donated some $l00,000 for the second year in a row to Susan G. Komen, the best-funded breast cancer organization in the U.S. In return, apparently Baker Hughes got to use the specific shade of pink Susan G. Komen has trademarked.” Read moreRead more
WECAN International, and Honor the Earth endorses this calling for a Global Women's Climate Justice Day of Action on September 29th, 2015. Decentralized actions worldwide - no act is too small! A simple photo of yourself with a statement is a strong action. Take Action ! Join WECAN InternationalRead more
On Monday, September 14, the Minnesota Court of Appeals unanimously revoked the Certificate of Need for the Sandpiper pipeline and required a full Environmental Impact Statement to be conducted. The appeal was filed by the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy on behalf of Friends of the Headwaters. The Court ruled that the MPUC (Minnesota Public Utilities Commission) had violated state law by granting Enbridge a Certificate of Need for the pipeline without conducting a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), as required by the Minnesota Environmental Protection Act. The Court sent the case back to the PUC, a huge victory for citizen and environmental groups.
The decision postpones indefinitely the permit proceedings for both the Sandpiper and Line 3 pipelines, because they are proposed for the same new corridor. Line 3 is an existing tar sands pipeline from Alberta that Enbridge has proposed to abandon and replace with a new line.
September 10th — Judge Michael Davis heard oral arguments Thursday in Minneapolis Federal court over the illegal backroom deal conducted between the U.S. State Department and Canadian pipeline company, Enbridge, to nearly double the capacity of its Alberta Clipper tar sands pipeline without completing the environmental review required by law. The plaintiffs are White Earth Nation and a coalition of environmental groups including Honor the Earth, Indigenous Environmental Network, Minnesota Conservation Foundation, MN350, Center for Biological Diversity, Sierra Club, and National Wildlife Federation. The lawsuit charges the US State Department with bypassing environmental review and allowing Enbridge to use a blatantly illegal "switcheroo" scheme to skirt around the limitations of their cross-border Presidential Permit that allows them to bring oil from Alberta into the US via the Alberta Clipper pipeline.
Summarizing the case, Ken Rumelt, Attorney for Plaintiffs stated, "The state department has approved two projects that collectively surpass Keystone XL pipeline’s ability to import oil into the United States. And it has done that without any kind of compliance with the mandatory national procedures-National Environmental Policy Act and National Historic Preservation. We firmly believe that the State Department has violated those federal statutes."
This Thursday, September l0 at 9:00 am, Federal Judge Michael Davis will hear White Earth Nation v. Kerry. Plaintiffs, including the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, Honor the Earth and the Sierra Club, charge that the US State Department secretly approved Alberta Clipper aka the “switcheroo project,” skirting the environmental review required under the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”) and the National Historic Preservation Act (“NHPA”). The State Department’s action has allowed Enbridge to switch lines at the border from the Alberta Clipper Line to an expanded and improved, (but aging) Line 3. The l6 mile border segment moves oil between the Clipper line and the Line 3 segment to, ostensibly, according to plaintiffs, avoid federal law. Read moreRead more
"Right to Rice" 1835, 1855, 1867 and more Treaties is a right, trust, obligation and agreement which includes the right to hunt, fish, harvest and gather within the treaty territory not just on the reservation.
Things are not as they should be in the North. This last week, your Department of Natural Resources decided to issue some citations to Ojibwe people for ricing on Hole in the Day Lake. That is, after the cameras were gone. The officers went out to track down Morningstar and Harvey Goodsky citing them for harvesting wild rice off the reservation, without your permission. Sort of like “poaching wild rice.” You are out of line, need to do some accounting to us all. Let me do my best to explain why.Read more
Two charges of wild ricing and illegal fish netting were brought against Natives challenging the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). These are uncharted waters because it is a treaty rights dispute that has not been heard in any level of the judicial system so far.
Some Northlanders are among a group of Ojibwe tribal members pushing the envelope to bring attention to what they say are their treaty rights from the 1855 pact with the United States. The DNR interprets the treaty differently. The DNR says hunting and gathering rights for tribal members, off the reservation, are not provided by the treaty.