In partnership with the Standing Rock Nation and Great Plains Water Alliance on behalf of the Oceti Sakowin, Lakota Law is co-producing a series of videos detailing the ongoing need to stop the Dakota Access pipeline. You can view every episode here.
Huber Mill threatens land in northern Minnesota and a precious way of life By Annie Humphrey – Honor The Earth
28 acres of wetlands will be drained and filled for a private railroad spur – paid for by Itasca County taxpayers. Huber Mill will become the 12th-highest polluter of greenhouse gas emissions and particulates will invade respiratory systems for miles. The project has been halted by the Army Corp, &a
“You know, I never, ever want to take it for granted,” she says, referring to raising her children out on the yintah (Wet’suwet’en territory), about a two-hour drive up a mountainous road west of Houston, where the family has lived since Liam was a baby.
“I’m so in awe of them and so grateful for the way that they get to live. And so bewildered by how much they know.” She pauses and tucks a strand of her brown hair behind her ear.
Sleydo’ and Woos talk about the recent decision to criminalize Wet’suwet’en land and water defenders and their allies who are upholding Wet’suwet’en laws.
The sun is breaking through the rolling clouds that have brought heaps of rain to northern B.C. over several days in mid-July. Molly Wickham, also known by her Wet’suwet’en name of Sleydo’, stops in the rural town of Houston on the way to visit her mother in Smithers with her husband, Cody, and three children.
This story is published as part of the Global Indigenous Affairs Desk, an Indigenous-led collaboration between Grist, Indian Country Today, and High Country News. Joseph Lee and Carina Dominguez Indigenous communities around the world face an alarming quartet: state violence, human rights abuses, harmful conservation practices, and extractive industries.
Hundreds of water protectors are currently facing criminal charges in Minnesota for standing in defense of the water, the climate, and the treaty rights of the Anishinaabeg people. These individuals put their bodies on the line to stop Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline, a massive tar sands project that threatens the state’s lakes, rivers, aquifers and wild rice beds.
“Wet’suwet’en is an international frontline to protect the rights of Indigenous peoples and to prevent climate change,” says Gidimt’en Checkpoint spokesperson Sleydo’ amid her clan’s fight against Coastal GasLink’s pipeline.
Plans to flush out salt caverns for gas storage hit a wall of Mi’kmaq grandmothers Cheryl Maloney’s eyes glossed over with tears as she stood near the bank of the Stewiacke River in the middle of Nova Scotia. The news was finally sinking in.
Freda Huson has been praying. The Wet’suwet’en matriarch and wing chief of the Unist’ot’en Dark House Clan left her home on the Witset First Nation more than a decade ago to return to her yintah, the land of her ancestors, in order to protect it from encroaching industry.
For the past few years, violent police raids against Indigenous populations – like the Wet’suwet’en in co-called British Columbia, the Standing Rock Nation in the Dakotas, and the Anishinaabe People in Minnesota – have become standard procedure. Law enforcement is always there to protect prospective pipeline profits for the fossil fuel industry.
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Jerry cans of gas in an overflowing pool of water. Oil barrels lying on the ground. A dumpster filled to the brim, its lid propped open and bags of garbage left out in bear country. Murky water flowing into wetlands, lakes, streams and rivers.
The project would have featured a natural gas pipeline crossing 229 miles in four southwestern Oregon counties to the Jordan Cove liquefaction plant in Coos Bay. From there, the gas would have been loaded onto ships for export to Asian markets.
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CONTENT WARNING: POLICE VIOLENCE AGAINST INDIGENOUS WOMEN
The RCMP violently raided unceded Gidimt’en territory on November 19th, 2021, removing Indigenous women from their land at gunpoint on behalf of TC Energy’s proposed Coastal GasLink pipeline.
The raid involved about 50 police, including 20 tactical officers in green military fatigues, with assault weapons and attack dogs who surrounded the camp. During the raid, the RCMP breached two structures – Skïy ze’ Cabin, a cabin built on the proposed drill pad site, and a nearby tiny home. RCMP cut the camp’s satellite internet and radio antenna cords.
The police attempted to enter the tiny house, but Cas Yikh supporting chief Sleydo’ demanded to see a warrant. Police then broke down the door with an axe and a chainsaw belonging to the land defenders, and arrested everyone inside, including Sleydo’. Police also entered Skïy ze’ cabin with a chainsaw and arrested everyone there, including Dinï ze’ Woos’ daughter, Jocey.
For 56 days, Gidimt’en land defenders (under the direction of Dinï ze’ Woos) re-occupied their ancestral Cas Yikh territory, blocking the Coastal Gaslink pipeline from drilling beneath Wet’suwet’en headwaters. The land reclamation known as Coyote Camp was established to protect the sacred Wedzin Kwa. Over the course of November 18th-19th, 32 people were arrested, including 3 journalists and 3 Legal Observers. All land defenders have now been released from prison, with a February 14th, 2022 court date.
Critics warn that carbon markets incentivize countries and corporations to offset – rather than cut – emissions responsible for global heating by investing in so-called green energy projects like biofuel monocrops and hydroelectric dams, which are linked to environmental destruction, forced displacement, arbitrary arrests and even murder.
In addition, such carbon credit schemes often rely on sequestering land, forests and rivers relied on by indigenous and local communities for food, water, medicine and spiritual traditions, and there is little evidence to suggest they lead to a genuine drop in emissions.
Indigenous communities facing an upsurge in land grabs, water shortages and human rights violations as a result of the Cop26 deal have accused world leaders of sacrificing them in order to postpone meaningful climate action and shield corporate profits.