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Indigenous resistance grows strong in Keystone XL pipeline battle

By: Crysbel Tejada and Betsy Catlin | First published by Waging Nonviolence on May 8, 2013:

Dwane and Carter Camp are both long time AIM (American Indian Movement) veterans. (Photo: Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance/Girard Oz)

Dwane and Carter Camp are both long time AIM (American Indian Movement) veterans. (Photo: Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance/Girard Oz)

On cloudy days, heavy smoke fills the air of Ponca City, Okla., with grey smog that camouflages itself into the sky. The ConocoPhillips oil refinery that makes its home there uses overcast days as a disguise to release more toxins into the air. These toxins are brimming with benzene — a chemical that, according to the Centers for Disease Control, can cause leukemia, anemia and even decrease the size of women’s ovaries. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, in 2008 the ConocoPhillips refinery released over 2,000 pounds of this chemical into the air in Ponca City.

“Of the maybe 800 of us that live locally, we have averaged over the last five to seven years maybe one funeral a week,” explained Casey Camp-Horinek, a Ponca woman and longtime activist. “Where we used to have dances every week, now most people are in mourning.”

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First Nation demands resignation of Alberta Energy Regulator chair, ex-Big Oil exec Gerry Protti

I Stand With ACFNBy: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive

The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) is demanding the resignation of Gerry Protti, the newly-appointed chair of Alberta Energy Regulator, a new agency charged with monitoring environmental issues. The ACFN is concerned that, under Protti’s leadership, the agency will prioritize advancing the interests of the oil, gas and coal industries, while compromising environmental protection and First Nations issues.

“How can Gerry Protti be diligent to First Nations concerns and uphold treaty rights when he clearly has no previous experience engaging First Nations and still has such strong industry ties?” said the ACFN in a press release.

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Minnesota First Nations Group Orders Enbridge Pipeline Off Their Land

Day seven of blockade: Group hopes to slow down the flow of Canadian tar sands oil

By: Lauren McCauley | Common Dreams

Braving frigid temperatures and intense snowfall, a group of Red Lake Nation tribal members are now on their seventh day of a blockade of an Enbridge oil pipeline, which they say passes illegally through their sacred tribal land in northern Minnesota.

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Native leaders across U.S., Canada will do what it takes to stop tar sands pipelines

Source: Calgary Herald

OTTAWA — An alliance of First Nations leaders is preparing to fight proposed new pipelines in the courts and through unspecified direct action.

Native leaders from Canada and the United States were on Parliament Hill on Wednesday to underline opposition to both the Northern Gateway and Keystone XL pipelines.

The first would tie the Alberta oil sands to the West Coast, while the second would send bitumen to refineries on the American Gulf Coast.

Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/business/Native+leaders+across+Canada+stop+oilsands+pipelines/8127263/story.html#ixzz2O7ezjO2M

Canada is tarnishing its green image by lobbying on behalf of tar sands: First Nations Chief

Source: EurActiv.com

Canada is tarnishing its green image by lobbying on behalf of tar sands, labelled in the EU’s proposed revision of the Fuel Quality Directive as more polluting than conventional oil sources, said Indigenous Chief Bill Erasmus, in an interview with EurActiv.

Bill Erasmus is regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations and the national chief of the Dene, a Canadian indigenous group. He spoke by phone from Germany to EurActiv’s Marc Hall. This interview was edited into a shorter form.

Tell us about the situation of tar sands in Canada. What is your personal experience?

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CSIS spying on citizens at alarming rate, FOIs reveal

Mike Chisholm and Jenny Uechi | Vancouver Observer

Environmental activist Rod Marining knows the feel of steel handcuffs on his wrists.

As co-founder of Greenpeace International, he sailed aboard Greenpeace ships campaigning against French atmospheric nuclear testing in French Polynesia, Japanese whaling in the Pacific and was thrown in jail for demonstrating against mahogany lumber imports to Europe.

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