August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Members of Congress, Tribes, State Governments call to shut down Dakota Access Pipeline

Photo by Ryan Vizzions Standing Rock NO DAPL

MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, TRIBES, STATE GOVERNMENTS FORMALLY JOIN CALL TO SHUT DOWN DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE

Now, 24 members of Congress, 27 Tribes and Tribal organizations, and 19 state governments submit briefs supporting the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s fight against the pipeline

We’re thankful that so many members of congress, Tribes, and state governments are standing with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in saying no to DAPL. These leaders understand that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe deserve the right to reject a pipeline running through their lands -- Jan Hasselman, Staff Attorney, Earthjustice

By Earthjustice
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Sept. 23, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Members of Congress, Tribes, and state governments today submitted briefs in support of shutting down the Dakota Access Pipeline to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The briefs come after a federal judge in July found that the pipeline violated federal law and ordered it shut down pending an environmental impact statement examining the impacts the DAPL would have on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The case is now on appeal before the D.C. Circuit, which has scheduled a hearing for Nov. 4.

The following is a statement from Jan Hasselman, Earthjustice staff attorney, who has been representing the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their fight against DAPL:

“We’re thankful that so many members of congress, Tribes, and state governments are standing with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in saying no to DAPL. The decision on whether DAPL should keep running is ultimately a political one, and these leaders understand that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe deserve the right to reject a pipeline running through their lands.”
Brief submitted by Members of Congress
Brief submitted by the Tribes and Tribal organizations
Brief submitted by state governments

CONTACTS


Siham Zniber, Earthjustice

Listuguj Mi’gmaq battle Canada for Treaty lobster fishing rights


 


Listuguj Mi'gmaq Government
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On Sunday, September 20, the Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government (“LMG”) began its fall lobster fishery. The catch will be used to provide for the community’s needs, with most distributed to community members for food and the rest sold to finance fisheries operations and community initiatives to support economic recovery in the wake of COVID-19. Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), however, will issue a licence prohibiting the sale of lobster caught by the LMG this fall, restricting its use to food, social, and ceremonial purposes. This goes against the Supreme Court of Canada’s 1999 decision in Marshall, which confirmed that the Peace and Friendship Treaties of 1760-61 protect the right of Mi’gmaq communities to fish and sell fish in pursuit of a moderate livelihood.
“Canada tells us repeatedly that they acknowledge our treaty right to sell fish in pursuit of a moderate livelihood,” said Darcy Gray, Chief of the LMG. “But, as an institution, the DFO won’t change how it operatesto allow us to sell the lobster we catch every fall. Instead, they criminalize us for exercising our rights. That is systemic racism. It continues year after year.”

Ohlone West Berkeley Shellmound and Village Site announcement Sept. 24, 2020


Ohlone West Berkeley Shellmound and Village Site announcement Sept. 24, 2020

Special Announcement by the National Trust for Historic Preservation Regarding the West Berkeley Shellmound and Village Site

The Campaign to Save the Historic West Berkeley Ohlone Shellmound and Village Site and the National Trust for Historic Preservation will hold a Press Conference to Make a Special Announcement regarding the Shellmound and Village site at 1900 Fourth Street in Berkeley, CA, Thursday, September 24, at 10 AM PT.

Lisjan Ohlone leader Corrina Gould, along with Brian Turner of the San Francisco Field Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Sacred Land Film Project director Toby McLeod, Confederated Villages of Lisjan attorney Michelle LaPena, Berkeley Vice-Mayor Sophie Hahn, the Save the West Berkeley Shellmound Campaign Steering Committee (and other speakers to be announced) will hold a press conference to make this exciting special announcement: