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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Thursday, November 17, 2022

COP27 Draft Fails to Recognize Role of Environmental Human Rights Defenders

Indigenous Lenca water protector Berta Cáceres was killed in March 2016, less than three months after the COP21 climate summit, for her opposition to the Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam on the Gualcarque River in Honduras. Photo by Carlos Castro.

COP27 draft declaration fails to recognize role of environmental human rights defenders

Published by Brent Patterson
November 17, 2022

The just-released 20-page draft of the final declaration of the COP27 summit fails to reference environmental human rights defenders.

The UN Human Rights Council has affirmed that “human rights defenders, including environmental human rights defenders, must be ensured a safe and enabling environment to undertake their work free from hindrance and insecurity, in recognition of their important role in supporting States to fulfill their obligations under the Paris Agreement.”

Klamath dams are coming down: The salmon are coming home

Photo by Dan Bacher

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission votes to approve dam removal on Klamath River!

by Dan Bacher
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Washington, DC — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today unanimously approved the staff recommendation to surrender the license for the four lower PacifiCorp dams on the Klamath River in California and Oregon and begin the dam removal process.

The vote follows the August 27th release of the FERC staff's final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) recommending the removal of the lower four Klamath River Dams.

Services for Water Protector and Warrior Joye Braun

Dear Cheyenne River Lakota Oyate Family, please note the funeral information for a Cheyenne River Tribal Member with prayerful consideration:

Joye Michelle Braun, age 53, of Eagle Butte, South Dakota, entered the Spirit World on Sunday, November 13, 2022, at her home in Eagle Butte.

A wake service begins at 7:00 PM, Friday, November 18, 2022, at the Cheyenne River Tribe's Bingo Hall at Eagle Butte. Funeral services will begin at 10:00 AM, Saturday, November 19, at the Bingo Hall. After a luncheon is served, burial will follow at the UCC Cemetery at LaPlant, South Dakota.

Ninth Circuit to rehear Apache Stronghold case to save Oak Flat


Photo by Steve Pavey

BREAKING: Federal appeals court gives Oak Flat another chance

Ninth Circuit will rehear Apache Stronghold’s appeal to save sacred land

By Apache Stronghold
November 17, 2022

WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court will take a second look at Apache Stronghold’s appeal to save their sacred site at Oak Flat. In Apache Stronghold v. United States, the Ninth Circuit previously ruled that the federal government could give Oak Flat to a foreign-owned mining company that will swallow the site in a massive crater, ending Apache religious practices forever (Watch this short video to learn more). Today, the court announced that it will rehear the case “en banc”—meaning in front of a full panel of eleven judges—giving Apache Stronghold a second chance to win protection for Oak Flat.

MNN 'Mohawk Mothers Granted -- Injunction October 27, 2022'


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kanien’kehá:ka kahnistensera (Mohawk Mothers)

November 14, 2022

Update on next steps – Mohawk Mothers vs SQI et al.


On Thursday, October 27, 2022, at the Quebec Superior Court, Montreal District, the Kanien’kehá:ka Kahnistensera (Mohawk Mothers) made history as Justice Gregory Moore granted an interlocutory injunction to immediately halt “any excavation in furtherance of the redevelopment of the Allan Memorial Institute or the Royal Victoria Hospital” until the parties have completed discussions regarding the best archaeological practices to be used.

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