Anishinaabe Treaty Rights
Ojibwe tribal members retain certain property rights called usufructuary rights that are guaranteed by the treaties between Ojibwe bands and the US government. They include the rights to hunt, fish, gather medicinal plants, harvest and cultivate wild rice, and preserve sacred or culturally significant sites. The proposed new oil pipelines in northern MN violate the treaty rights of the Anishinaabeg by endangering critical natural resources in the 1854, 1855, and 1867 treaty areas. For more information, videos, and resources, please visit our Anishinaabe treaty rights page here, or simply view/download our factsheet on treaty rights and oil pipelines here.
NCAI resolution requesting EIS for pipelines.
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.
Turtle Mountain Chippewa Tribal Resolution
The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa prohibits in perpetuity any hydraulic fracturing or any other process that is toxic on lands adjoining the Shell VaHey aquifer or its tributaries. or flowing water that has the potential to channel to the Shell Valley aquifer and water resources, underground springs,. and wetlands where tribal citizens reside on or near the Turtle Mountain
Reservation. Download the resolution here.
Haudenosaunee Tribal Resolution
The Haudenosaunee will not allow hydrofracking on or near thier aboriginal territory, and calls on the Government of New York State to similarly ban hydrofracking and other unconventional gas drilling methods with New York State. Download the resolution here.
Ho-Chunk Tribal Resolution Protecting Rights of Nature
In September 2015, the Ho-Chunk Nation passed a resolution to add a clause to its Constitution, in Section 2 of the Bill of Rights, that acknowledges the inherent rights of nature and gives legal standing to those rights in order to protect the environment. This concept has been part of the culture and worldview of many indigenous peoples for millenia. As a legal strategy, it has also been used in Ecuador as part of the Constitution and has helped indigenous struggle there to protect the earth. Download the resolution here.
Sustainable Tribal Economies Handbook
A guide to restoring energy and food sovereignty in native America. Download Handbook
Green Jobs for Brown People Handbook
We are working on a Green Jobs Initiative in Native communities. We call it the Green Jobs for Brown People Initiative and are beginning to launch this work with a booklet designed to inform and engage tribal communities, councils and non-profits to think about creating and sustaining Green Jobs in their community. Download Handbook