August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Wixarika Walked 32 Days to Mexico City for Return of their Land: Press Conference Today


On April 25, 2022, more than 200 members of the community of San Sebastián Teponahuaxtlán and its annex Tuxpan de Bolaños, belonging to the Wixárika people and located in the municipalities of Mezquitic and Bolaños, Jalisco, started a caravan on foot that seeks to reach to Mexico City and demand from the head of the federal executive power the restitution of more than 11,000 hectares of communal land located on the borders of Jalisco and Nayarit.

Wixárika Dignity and Consciousness Caravan Program in Mexico City

“Our feet are tired, but we are more tired of waiting for justice so that our lands are restored to us."

 May 26

5:00 a.m. Exit of the Marchioness, Route: Constituyentes, Highway Reforma Interior Circuit
1:00 p.m. Reception of the Caravan at the Antimonument at 43
2:00 p.m. Press conference at the Antimonument at 43
16:00 hrs Restarts the Caravan to the Basilica of Guadalupe
Route: Reforma Calzada de Guadalupe
18:00 hrs Arrival at the Basilica of Guadalupe
8:00 p.m. Overnight on the esplanade of the Basilica

Fort Berthold's Oil and Gas Wells: Toxins Endanger Thousands of Children and Adults

Flares burn on the Fort Berthold Indian on Oct. 27, 2021. Credit: Isaac Stone Simonelli/Howard Center for Investigative Journalism

NEW ANALYSIS: Oil and gas production in North Dakota threatens the health of 38,239 residents including 10,660 children 
Map Data Shows EPA Must Strengthen Newly Proposed Safeguards to Protect Public Health, Climate

Dakota Resource Council
Sean Arithson, Communications Coordinator
Earthworks Alan Septoff, Earthworks |

BISMARCK, North Dakota -- A new geospatial analysis released by Earthworks today shows 38,239 residents, including 10,660 children, reside near or attend schools or daycares within a ½ mile threat radius of active oil and gas operations in North Dakota.

This analysis comes as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) works to finalize their widely supported proposed safeguards to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and associated toxic air pollution from new and existing oil and gas facilities and as they prepare to introduce a supplemental rule to address routine flaring and smaller leak-prone wells.

“The Oil and Gas Threat Map confirms what those of us living on Fort Berthold Reservation already know, North Dakota’s Oil and Gas development puts tens of thousands of adults and children in harm's way. Our state, federal, and tribal governments and regulators must reign in this industry and protect the air we breathe. I urge EPA and BLM agencies to take this opportunity and put an end to routine flaring and venting which plague our communities.” Lisa DeVille, Mandaree, ND Board member Dakota Resource Council and Fort Berthold Protectors of Water and Earth Rights.

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