Marathon Oil pulls its support from the Sandpiper Pipeline, a project which would've sent fracked oil through Anishinaabe wild rice beds and Minnesota's watersheds. The Certificate of Need was granted based on Marathon's "need" for this oil, so what now, big oil?
“After four years of hard work on the Sandpiper – and as the people who would be most impacted by the proposed pipeline – we are extremely happy with this announcement. Our tribes have opposed this from the start,” said Winona LaDuke, Executive Director, Honor the Earth. “The battle against the nefarious Line 3 – with 760,000 barrels per day of oil – and the Alberta Clipper expansion – of 400,000 barrels – continues to impact our sacred wild rice watershed. The entire set of projects in light of a massive drop in Bakken production and decline in oil prices remains a financial problem for Enbridge. Our tribes stand opposed to any new lines.”
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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
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.
Honor the Earth is excited to invite your organization to submit a grant proposal for consideration at our Board Meeting, December 12th 2015. The deadline for submittal is December 1 2015, 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
"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
PRESS RELEASE: MN PUC grants Eminent Domain for Sandpiper, calls for Environmental Review and Cooperation with Tribes, Federal Agencies
On Monday, August 3, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) issued two orders for Enbridge’s Sandpiper pipeline application – granting the Certificate of Need, which conveys to Enbridge the powers of eminent domain, and commencing the routing permit review process. However, there were conditions. First, the PUC order requires a thorough Comparative Environmental Analysis (CEA), which “shall also include a qualitative as well as quantitative analysis of the environmental impacts of the various route alternatives; and consider the environmental impact of the Sandpiper facility alone and the cumulative impact of both the Sandpiper facility in the Line 3 replacement project.” This is an important shift in regulatory process, as the PUC previously denied the motion by Honor the Earth to combine environmental analysis for Line 3 and Sandpiper.
On July 1, 2015, the National Congress of American Indians adopted a formal resolution calling for a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on Enbridge Energy’s proposed Sandpiper/Line 3 oil pipeline corridor across treaty-ceded territory in Northern Minnesota. The NCAI is the oldest and largest national organization of American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments. The official resolution can be viewed on their website here.
The resolution calls for...Read more