Federal Court Blocks South Dakota Laws Suppressing Pipeline Protests

By Staff, Aclu.org September 20, 2019 | RESIST! SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A federal court today blocked enforcement of the unconstitutional provisions of several South Dakota laws, including the recently-enacted “Riot Boosting” Act, that threaten activists who encourage or organize protests, particularly protests of the Keystone XL pipeline, with fines, civil liabilities, and/or criminal penalties of up to 25 years in prison. In granting plaintiff’s motion …

Climate Strike Demands

Here are the demands of the Climate Strike listed at https://strikewithus.org/#demands Green New Deal Transform our economy to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2030 and phase out all fossil fuel extraction through a just and equitable transition, creating millions of good jobs A halt to all leasing and permitting for fossil fuel extraction, processing and infrastructure projects immediately  Indigenous Sovereignty Honor …

The Illegal Overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom Government

By Keanu Sai, PhD, NEA Today.August 31, 2019 | EDUCATE! NOTE: This is the first of three articles we are publishing by Dr. Keanu Sai, a member of the Hawaiian Kingdom Subcommittee of the National Lawyers Guild. The articles were written to provide accurate information to Hawaiian (and other) students about Hawaiian history. Status Of The Hawaiian Kingdom Under International Law In 2001, …

New program gives remote Native American Tribes greater access to affordable electric vehicles

Blue Lake Rancheria has teamed up with GRID Alternatives and the Native American Environmental Protection Coalition to conduct direct outreach to tribal communities to provide information on incentives and funding to make electric vehicles more affordable for low-income drivers. The One-Stop-Shop Pilot will streamline and improve access to clean transportation incentives to consumers around the state who meet income qualifications. …

Zapatistas announce major expansion of autonomous territories

In a surprise announcement, the EZLN proclaim the creation of 11 new “caracoles” and autonomous municipalities, significantly expanding the territory under rebel control. Leonidas Oikonomakis, August 19, 2019 It all started, in typical Zapatista fashion, with the publication of four new communiqués signed by Subcomandante Insurgente Galeano (formerly known as Marcos) between August 10 and 15. The first one, titled Enter el telonero (“The …

Country’s Largest Tribal Nation Seeks Congressional Delegate

By The Associated Press, Aug. 16, 2019 OKLAHOMA CITY — The newly elected chief of the Oklahoma-based Cherokee Nation plans to appoint the tribe’s first-ever delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives, which is outlined in a nearly 200-year-old treaty with the federal government. In a letter Thursday to the speaker of the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council, Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin …

Guide or ‘gold standard’ for public and private sector projects that encourage sustainable economic development while upholding Indigenous rights

The lands of the world’s 350 million Indigenous peoples and local communities hold 80 percent of the world’s biodiversity and sequester nearly 300 billion metric tons of carbon. Over 80 percent of biological diversity is managed by local communities. But forested landscapes are vulnerable to climate change, the encroachment of agriculture and extraction activities. The gold standard aims to: Strengthen respect, recognition and protection …

Revitalizing indigenous languages, listen to greetings in 55 indigenous languages

August 9, 2019 Google Earth launched a new interactive project Friday aimed at preserving Indigenous languages from around the world. Featuring 55 languages from 27 different countries, the project invites users to explore the globe while listening to audio clips from Indigenous language speakers, as well as written anecdotes describing why the preservation and revitalization of their culture and language is important. …

How the Women of Standing Rock Are Building Sovereign Economies

 YES! Magazine Aug. 24, 2019 by Tracy L. Barnett Sources reviewed this article for accuracy. For Sicangu Lakota water protector Cheryl Angel, Standing Rock helped her define what she stands against: an economy rooted in extraction of resources and exploitation of people and planet. It wasn’t until she’d had some distance that the vision of what she stands for came into focus. …