Environmental Racism

https://aptnnews.ca/2019/07/13/reconciliation-pipeline-how-to-shackle-native-people/

Winona LaDuke
Special to APTN News

“You can’t make this stuff up.

At the end of the fossil fuel era, the plan is to transfer the liability to Native people.

And it’s not going to work.

Dressed up as “equity positions”, or “reconciliation”, across the continent, corporations and governments are trying to pawn off bad projects on Native people.

The most recent case was the attempt to stick the Navajo Nation with a 50 year old coal generating plant – Navajo Generating Station.

That’s after BHP Billiton, the largest mining corporation in the world dumped a 50 year old coal strip mine, with all sorts of environmental and health liabilities, on the tribe.

Always good to get rid of liabilities on some poor people you’ve taken advantage of for fifty years or so.

It didn’t work, the Navajo Nation rejected the offer.

Now here’s a new one – a really good one in Canada.

It turns out that no one really wants a tar sands pipeline.

Well, except some pipeline companies, the Koch brothers, Syncrude and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Here’s the skinny: The Trans Mountain would “twin” another pipeline making this a 1,150 km pipeline with a 800,000 barrel a day capacity.

That existing pipeline is currently Canada’s only way to get oil to Chinese markets.

That pipeline was originally purchased for $4.5 billion in August of 2018 from Kinder Morgan, who faced stiff opposition in the courts and in the streets.

Trudeau purchased that pipeline, for the people of Canada, and the next day the Court of British Columbia ruled that all permits were null and void on the pipeline, as Indigenous people had not been consulted and had to give consent.

Risky Business

Fast forward to January of 2019, when the value of the pipeline, now dubbed ‘TMX’ (I call it Trudeau West) has dropped about $700 million in value.

A pipeline without approvals, is a risky thing, getting riskier by the day.

Interest payments on a pipeline project are also pretty hefty. Robyn Allan, an independent economist critical of  an expanded Trans Mountain pipeline, says financial statements show the existing pipeline suffered a C$58 million loss in the first four months that the government owned it.

Economists disagree on the interest payments on just pipeline debt- it’s somewhere between $149 and $249 million annually, and that’s a chunk of change.

That’s a lot of money. No time better to send that debt over to the First Nations.

After all, most of the Canadian First Nations have poverty rates four times the national average, a lack of potable water, and inadequate infrastructure.

It makes perfect sense that a First Nation, or coalition of First nations should assume Canada’s debt and liability on a mega project which will wreak environmental and economic havoc.

Enter Reconciliation Pipeline

Clever, for sure in the political spin.  “Let’s make it the Reconciliation pipeline. Through majority Indigenous ownership, it can improve Indigenous lives throughout the West. How? By returning profits made from shipping resources to market to the traditional owners of the land from which those resources came,” their website explains.

“Project Reconciliation wants Indigenous peoples to use capital markets to take a majority ownership stake in Trans Mountain. It also wants to create a Sovereign Wealth Fund to create intergenerational wealth to improve Indigenous lives across the West by investing in infrastructure and renewable energy projects.”

That’s one bid for the risky pipeline.

Two more “competing” First nations coalitions allegedly seek to buy the pipeline.

The ‘Iron Coalition’ from Alberta has invited 47 First Nations and about 60 Métis organizations in the province to sign up for the effort, which was endorsed by the Alberta-based Assembly of Treaty Chiefs last fall.

And then there’s a third- the Western Indigenous Pipeline Group, comprised of First Nations already along the infrastructure’s route, impacted by the present 300,000 barrel a day tarsands pipeline, to be “ twinned” should a miracle occur in financing.

That’s three coalitions all preparing a bidding war for a pipeline project which faces massive opposition.

The whole initiative, Rueben George, of the Tsleil-wauluth First Nation, and leader in the opposition to the pipeline calls this new development “ a new smallpox blanket.”

Economically, he’s probably right.

Big Money on the Line

Click the link to read more….wow, these people really think everyone is stupid.

Protesting the Piplines

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jul/08/wave-of-new-laws-aim-to-stifle-anti-pipeline-protests-activists-say

‘Protesters as terrorists’: growing number of states turn anti-pipeline activism into a crime

“Conservative lawmakers have put forward laws criminalizing protests in at least 18 states since 2017 that civil liberties advocates say are unconstitutional”

 

Pipeline Map

 

https://www.vancouverisawesome.com/2019/07/08/csis-surveillance-data-pipeline-protesters-canada/

Spy agency CSIS allegedly gave oil companies surveillance data about pipeline protesters

“The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) Monday released thousands of pages of heavily-redacted documents suggesting the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) spy agency illegally spied on Indigenous and environmentalist groups opposed to the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline project.”

 

http://www.therepublic.com/2019/07/10/us-pipeline-protest/

Woman’s horseback protest against pipeline is almost done

“FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — A Virginia woman who mounted a horseback protest against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is nearing the end of her journey through three states.

The Fayetteville Observer reports Sarah Murphy arrived this week in Cumberland County, North Carolina, after riding along the pipeline’s route and expects to finish in the next week or so near Pembroke.”

 

https://www.itemonline.com/news/texas-lawmakers-may-stiffen-penalties-for-pipeline-damage/article_77f4035e-7784-11e9-9f80-ab8e95135534.html

Texas lawmakers may stiffen penalties for pipeline damage

“AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lawmakers in Texas are considering a bill that would stiffen penalties for damaging or trespassing around oil and gas operations despite opposition from environmental groups who say it would quell peaceful protests and overly criminalize offenses.”

A Victory!

Mission accomplished! After more than 1,200 of you sent emails in a single day, the White House declared a public assistance disaster for the Oglala Sioux Tribe — a major victory for Pine Ridge.

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This incredible news means that the Oglala will receive more than $10 million in support to rebuild public infrastructure like roads, water systems, and public housing. While it’s an extremely satisfying conclusion to months of hard work, we must not rest on our laurels.

LPLP’s flood relief efforts have been costly but well worth the investment. Your generosity now can provide for the crucial battles ahead. Please give today — and consider making a monthly contribution — as we gear up to defeat the Keystone XL pipeline and assist Pine Ridge’s full recovery.

At Pine Ridge, where 97 percent of people live below the poverty line, my role as public relations director for OST President Julian Bear Runner has given LPLP a new and powerful way to serve Lakota Country. As an officially-designated “Promise Zone,” Pine Ridge can apply for significant federal grant funding, but the tribe lacks the resources to do so. In addition to ensuring the FEMA process ends well, our Lakota Law team will help OST to optimize its Promise Zone opportunities.

Your ongoing friendship can also empower my colleagues, Phyllis Young and Madonna Thunder Hawk, at their home nations. Phyllis’ efforts to #GreenTheRez at Standing Rock are in full swing, and Madonna is organizing resistance to KXL at Cheyenne River.

Today, as we celebrate a great, shared victory, I ask that you stay with us and continue to pledge your support to our team so we can accomplish every critical goal we have for 2019 and the years to come.

Wopila Tanka — I can’t thank you enough for standing with Pine Ridge and LPLP!

Chase Iron Eyes
Lead Counsel
The Lakota People’s Law Project

Pine Ridge Needs Your Help

Stand with Pine Ridge: Federal Flood Relief Needed Now!
Months after the Pine Ridge Reservation was flooded by devastating winter storms, it’s still awaiting its own federal disaster declaration. Tell President Trump to do the right thing—declare an official public infrastructure disaster for the reservation and provide for the Oglala Lakota Nation.

From: https://www.lakotalaw.org/

We are now several months into our team effort to remind FEMA of its obligations to Indian Country. With the support of friends like you, we have made real progress: FEMA has now pledged to assist individual homeowners on the Pine Ridge Reservation with repairs—a major victory which will generate millions of dollars in aid.

That said, the federal process isn’t over, and we must push Washington D.C. one more time to get us across the finish line. Repairs to our public infrastructure — roads, water systems, bridges, culverts, and more — are still unfunded. We estimate that at least $10 million in damage exists, and that’s why politicians in D.C. need to know you’re paying attention.

 

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Please watch our new video, then send an email to the White House telling President Trump to grant the public assistance disaster declaration that Pine Ridge needs for infrastructure support.

When poor communities suffer disasters, they become even poorer — unless FEMA steps in to level the playing field. In the past, FEMA’s record has been terrible here at Pine Ridge. Last year, when a hail storm did millions of dollars of damage to homes, FEMA deemed the fallout “cosmetic” and did nothing. This time around, we’re committed to getting a better result for the people of one of the poorest communities in the nation.

So far, moral support from friends like you has helped us work with Oglala Sioux Tribe President Julian Bear Runner and the emergency management office here to bring more than a dozen skilled workers to the reservation. Together, we’ve raised money directly for the tribe, helped fill a warehouse with in-kind donations, and provided expert media and public outreach to keep the community and the wider world informed.

Now, the tribe’s request for infrastructure assistance is on Trump’s desk, and we’re awaiting his response. Watch our new video, sign our letter to the White House, and share this action with your networks. Please make your voice heard on behalf of Pine Ridge one more time.

Wopila — Your solidarity can keep the momentum going!

Chase Iron Eyes
Lead Counsel
The Lakota People’s Law Project

Special thanks to the United Methodist Committee on Relief for offering essential financial support to our team during this period of crisis. Together with UMCOR and allies like you, we’ve been able to make a huge difference. Now it’s time for one last push to bring FEMA into the fold!

 

The MMIWG Report

As An Indigenous Woman, I Was Triggered By The MMIWG Report. Here’s What Needs To Happen Now

‘The true power of the inquiry does not lie in the hands of the government. It lies with us—the survivors, families and people who the inquiry is about.’

by Andrea Landry

Andrea-Landry-mmiwg-report-personal-essay-1044x783https://www.chatelaine.com/opinion/as-an-indigenous-woman-i-was-triggered-by-the-mmiwg-report/

**Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls   (MMIWG)

Keystone Pipeline Updates

 

Trump claims he didn’t get any gratitude over Keystone

“On Thursday, Trump claimed to an audience in Ohio that he never heard any gratitude from TransCanada Corp., the company behind the controversial project, after he signed an executive order approving it.”

https://globalnews.ca/video/rd/1198132291908/?jwsource=cl

 

Court delays block Keystone XL pipeline construction in 2019

May 3, 2019

“BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An executive for the company proposing the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada’s oil sands into the U.S. says it has missed the 2019 construction season due to court delays.”

https://apnews.com/68d25c64d1ea4ae39d142ad25788bda5

May 27 2019 – Fighting Tar Sands Expansion

“In 2018, Indigenous-led opposition to each of the three major proposed tar sands oil pipelines in North America continued to spotlight the outcomes of failing to secure free, prior and informed consent, alongside the pipelines’ threats to the climate and broader environment. The Trans Mountain pipeline saw the most spectacular setbacks, with Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal quashing the project’s approvals and permits, ruling that both the federal government’s consultation with First Nations communities and its environmental assessments were inadequate.1As former sponsor Kinder Morgan exited the project, Ottawa finalized its extraordinary purchase of the pipeline for C$4.5 billion.”

https://lastrealindians.com/news/2019/5/27/may-27-2019-fighting-tar-sands-expansion

 

May 28 2019 – Trump Gives False Information about Keystone XL Pipeline at Meeting with Business Leaders in Japan

Tokyo, Japan (May 28th, 2019) – While meeting with business leaders in Japan President Trump gave false information regarding the Keystone XL Pipeline. TC Energy (formerly TransCanada) announced on May 6th that the KXL pipeline was delayed due to “ongoing legal challenges” many of which involving Indigenous communities, including the Indigenous Environmental Network.”

https://lastrealindians.com/news/2019/5/28/trump-gives-false-information-about-keystone-xl-pipeline-at-meeting-with-business-leaders-in-japan

 

Keystone Pipeline Maps

http://www.keystone-xl.com/kxl-101/maps/

 

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Water is Life

FountainBut we are wasting it…I have been working on a thread on the Internations site:

https://www.internations.org/forum/thread/4460461

Here is what we write about there, and water is a topic we have discussed:

For years we have been in a war on misinformation. The misinformation about our radically changing climate is now being exposed. If you do not believe it, it just has not effected you personally yet. The problems are here now, people are dying now, crops are beginning to fail now. What can we do, what are you doing, what is the plan in your community?

So far we have discussed these topics:

Arctic Sea Ice/Antarctica Glaciers
Artificial Intelligence
Building sustainable infrastructure
Climate change and what causes it
Climate change and health implications
Climate Change Refugees
CO2
Current extreme weather events around the world
Desalination of sea water
Earth Day
Economic inequality and how that effects the efforts to halt climate change
Energy consumption/storage
Extinction Rebellion
Food production and consumption
Food and water shortages
Forms of energy production and energy innovations
Fossil Fuel Industry
Greenland Ice Sheet/Sea Level Rise
Individual efforts to change
Innovations
Investing in sustainable industries
Impact of climate change on financial sectors
Impact of climate change on indigenous populations
Impact of climate change on animal and plant species
IPCC Report
Mass extinction of animal species
Melting of Glaciers
Methane Gas and Melting Perma-Frost
Methods to reduce carbon emissions
Ocean Acidification
Political will to make necessary change
Problems with plastics in our environment
Public protest around the world regarding the lack of action from governments
Recycling efforts
Reports and Scientific Journals on Climate change
Solar Energy
Urban Greening
Waste and waste management
Water pollution
Wave Energy
Wind Energy
World wide efforts to force government leaders to set environmental policies

This thread has almost 2000 views. Please do use the links provided here to further discuss and research this very important topic. Share your ideas. What is happening where you live?

The week of Earth Day there were protests around the world to draw the attention of government leaders to focus on creating policies and regulations that mitigate the crisis. Notice that these protests have been sustained over many weeks. The urgency is felt all over the world. People are waking up that this is an emergency, a crisis that needs to be faced now, not later in some hazy future.
In addition, April 11th was a very bad day for all concerned about getting and sharing information. The arrest of Julian Assange directly effects news, reports, and information in the public interests – and that includes everything related to the climate crisis.
As we move into another hot summer in the Northern Hemisphere, let us put our government leaders to task about how their policies are going to help people, not only in our own countries, but also in less developed countries struggling to overcome devastating floods, storms, and fires.

Please support your posts with links to information that we can all read and analyze.

Nathan Phillips: A Hero

Stand with Nathan Phillips for Peace with Justice
Fri, Feb 8, 2019 1:26 pm
Chase Iron Eyes, Lakota Law (info@lakotalaw.org
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Truth, Peace, Justice

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Sign the Letter for
Peace with Justice

In the wake of the events at the Lincoln Memorial after the Indigenous Peoples March, much has been said and written. After all the spin, we believe the clearly visible facts of the incident involving Nathan Phillips highlight the importance of having a real discussion about normalized and systemic racism and the need to build bridges of understanding that allow us to move forward as a society — peace with justice.

Please watch our video, in which I describe first-hand and contextualize the events that occurred at the Lincoln Memorial. Then please sign onto our open letter saying you stand with Nathan Phillips and his effort to promote racial harmony while confronting the injustice filtering down from the White House.

We believe in our brother, and we share Nate’s goals of bringing attention to the issues that divide us, of taking strong action to stop the cycle of repression and disrespect toward Indigenous people and immigrants, and of forwarding a progressive vision for a better future.

Let’s use what happened to keep the focus on the reasons we marched in the first place: stopping the epidemics of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women; the removal of Native American children from their families and tribes in violation of the Indian Child Welfare Act; and the despoiling of sacred, tribal lands by fossil fuel companies hellbent on warming our climate to a dangerous level.

Let’s show, en masse and unencumbered, that we won’t accept the spin from right-wing media outlets. Their game plan attempts to switch the focus to irrelevant details and conveniently ignore the genocide of Native Americans and past enslavement of African Americans — meaningful context to what happened in D.C. An Omaha-Ponca elder stepping in to halt a hostile exchange and diffuse racial tension is an act of bravery that needs to be replicated, not covered over.

The events at the Lincoln Memorial highlight how far we still have to go. You can help us harness the power of that moment to create real change. Your voice is needed, now more than ever.

Wopila Tanka—Your solidarity emboldens our struggle!

Chase Iron Eyes
Lead Counsel
Lakota People’s Law Project

P.S. Please sign onto our open letter today, and share it far and wide. Your support can help us continue to engage key influencers — political figures, clergy, and allied organizations among them — and ensure that Nathan’s stand was not in vain. You can help Indigenous peoples take back our collective power by standing with Nathan Phillips, in dignity, for peace with justice.

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