August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Greater Chaco: Biden Attorneys Defend Trump's Illegal Drilling in U.S. Court of Appeals



Greater Chaco Photo Credit Spoken Image

Indigenous and conservation groups to federal court: Protect Greater Chaco region from illegal fracking


10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver hears arguments in lawsuit challenging Trump-era drilling permits in Greater Chaco Landscape


By Jen Dickson, WildEarth Guardians jdickson@wildearthguardians.org

Kyle Tisdel, Western Environmental Law Center tisdel@westernlaw.org

Robyn Jackson, Diné C.A.R.E. robyn.jackson@dine-care.org

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DENVER—Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit heard oral arguments related to the Trump administration’s illegal approval of more than 370 drilling permits in the Greater Chaco region of northwest New Mexico.

Attorneys with the Biden administration defended the Trump administration’s illegal drilling permits, even as President Biden and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland have embarked on the “Honoring Chaco Initiative,” a new collaborative process to address the need for landscape-level management reforms.

On this day, sixteen years ago, Censored News was born

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Tohono O'odham and Mohawk Solidarity: Border summit organizer
Mike Flores, Tohono O'odham, with Mark Maracle, Mohawk.
Photo by Brenda Norrell


Keith Secola and band with Floyd Westerman.
Photo by Brenda Norrell

On this day, sixteen years ago, Censored News was born, when I was censored and terminated as a longtime staff reporter at Indian Country Today. It was the same day that I was enroute to the Indigenous Border Summit of the Americas. Today, we remember powerful words at the border summit.


By Brenda Norrell

Publisher, Censored News


 SAN XAVIER DISTRICT, TOHONO O’ODHAM NATION (2006) -- Indigenous at the Border Summit of the Americas opposed a border fence that will separate Indian communities in their ancestral territories and contribute to the Bush administration’s plan for corporate profiteering.

   Without compromise, Indigenous called for a halt to the militarization, oppression and psychological terrorism created by the military-industrial complex along the US/Mexico border.

   Mohawks from the northern border united with Tohono O’odham from the southern border and demanded a halt to the militarization of their lands by the US Border Patrol, National Guard and federal agents.

   Mohawk Mark Maracle, representing the Women Title Holders, said Mohawks from the north are ready to support the Tohono O’odham in the south “by any means necessary.”


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