Paramilitary security tracked and targeted DAPL opponents as “jihadists,” docs show

Grist Special Report – By Antonia Juhasz on Jun 1, 2017 As people nationwide rallied last year to support the Standing Rock Sioux’s attempts to block the Dakota Access Pipeline, a private security firm with experience fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan launched an intrusive military-style surveillance and counterintelligence campaign against the activists and their allies, according to internal company documents. Its surveillance …

Enabling better planning for droughts in Africa

University of Exeter. “Summer rainfall in vulnerable African region can be predicted.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 25 May 2017. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170525085109.htm Summer rainfall in one of the world’s most drought-prone regions can now be predicted months or years in advance, climate scientists at the Met Office and the University of Exeter say. The Sahel region of Africa — a strip across the southern …

10 Ways to Boost Tribal Language Programs

Steve Newcomb says support for tribal language programs is one of the best things we can do to try to help reverse some of the cultural destruction we have caused.   If you want to watch a fabulous five minutes — perhaps the best opening of a talk I’ve ever heard, check out the beginning of Wade Davis lecture at …

Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project, first solar farm on tribal land, is now online

Originally published on Solar Love and in the Santa Fe New Mexican, 22 March 2017 On March 16th, the first solar farm on tribal land in the US was activated. The 250 megawatt Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project, located on the 112 square mile Moapa River Indian Reservation about 30 miles north of Las Vegas, contains more than 3.2 million solar panels covering …

Memory, Fire and Hope: Five Lessons from Standing Rock

By Alnoor Ladha, Originally published on Common Dreams, 8 March 2017   “The ongoing struggle will not go down in the flames at Oceti Sakowin,” writes Ladha. (Photo: Stephen Yang/Getty Images) “The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.” —Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting Last week, on February 22, 2017, water protectors …

Climate Conference with Justice Action Mobilization Network in NYC, March 10-11

This event is Presented By: Tisch School of the Arts, in association with Hip Hop Caucus and Justice Action Mobilization Network The Climate Action Conference will bring together diverse stakeholders on climate at a critically important time within our new political reality in America. Through the conference we intend to jump start new strategies for collaboration and communicating about climate …

Remembering Berta Cáceres and what was so neat about her

Indigenous and environmental leader Berta Cáceres was murdered in her home in Honduras on March 2, 2016.  (Photo: Goldman Enviornmental Foundation) Interview by Beverly Bell in Common Dreams, 2 Mar 2017 How do you see your mother’s legacy? Berta Zúñiga Cáceres: She didn’t view her role in a top-down way, as in “I’m saving the people,” but rather she recognized the …

Yankton Sioux Challenges ‘Plenary Power’ Doctrine in DAPL Case; U.S. Has violated Article VI of the Constitution

By Peter d’Errico • February 27, 2017, Originally posted at Indian Country Media Network The Yankton Sioux and their Chairman, Robert Flying Hawk, have broken new ground in litigation against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to protect the waters of the Missouri River from invasion and desecration by the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL): Their complaint challenges the federal Indian law concept …