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For Immediate Release: New Report Reveals High Risks, No Reward of Alberta Clipper Tar Sands Pipeline Expansion

A new report released today by the Sierra Club and 13 other groups including the Indigenous Environmental Network, examines the proposed expansion of the Alberta Clipper tar sands pipeline and concludes that there are significant threats to water, health and climate. The report, All Risk, No Reward: The Alberta Clipper Tar Sands Pipeline Expansion, comes in advance of a rally to stop the Alberta Clipper expansion that will take place before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission public hearing in St. Paul, MN on April 3.

“The risks are too high, said Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network. “Any spill, leak or explosion could have a devastating effect to the rich biodiversity and cultural diversity of northern Minnesota. The human rights of Native people in northern Alberta, Canada where this crude oil comes from are already being violated. There can be no reward when it comes to dirty oil that ruins the quality of water, ecosystems and the life of people.”

“This report confirms our worst fears about the proposed Alberta Clipper expansion,” said author Sarah Mine. “This tar sands expansion project is far too risky to communities in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, who would be subjected to extreme environmental degradation, extreme carbon pollution, and tremendous threats to their land, water, and health.”

Canadian pipeline company Enbridge Inc. plans to pump 800,000 barrels per day of one of the planet’s dirtiest sources of oil through North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. This expansion project would almost double the pipeline’s current capacity and put it on par with the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

READ MORE HERE: http://lastrealindians.com/for-immediate-release-new-report-reveals-high-risks-no-reward-of-alberta-clipper-tar-sands-pipeline-expansion/

For Immediate Release: New Report Reveals High Risks, No Reward of Alberta Clipper Tar Sands Pipeline Expansion

A new report released today by the Sierra Club and 13 other groups including the Indigenous Environmental Network, examines the proposed expansion of the Alberta Clipper tar sands pipeline and concludes that there are significant threats to water, health and climate. The report, All Risk, No Reward: The Alberta Clipper Tar Sands Pipeline Expansion, comes in advance of a rally to stop the Alberta Clipper expansion that will take place before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission public hearing in St. Paul, MN on April 3.

“The risks are too high, said Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network. “Any spill, leak or explosion could have a devastating effect to the rich biodiversity and cultural diversity of northern Minnesota. The human rights of Native people in northern Alberta, Canada where this crude oil comes from are already being violated. There can be no reward when it comes to dirty oil that ruins the quality of water, ecosystems and the life of people.”

“This report confirms our worst fears about the proposed Alberta Clipper expansion,” said author Sarah Mine. “This tar sands expansion project is far too risky to communities in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, who would be subjected to extreme environmental degradation, extreme carbon pollution, and tremendous threats to their land, water, and health.”

Canadian pipeline company Enbridge Inc. plans to pump 800,000 barrels per day of one of the planet’s dirtiest sources of oil through North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. This expansion project would almost double the pipeline’s current capacity and put it on par with the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

READ MORE HERE: http://lastrealindians.com/for-immediate-release-new-report-reveals-high-risks-no-reward-of-alberta-clipper-tar-sands-pipeline-expansion/

Top Ten Bullshit Reasons People Cite for Keeping Indian Mascots:

1.. It’s an Honor.
2. We have more important things to worry about.
3. You’re promoting victimhood.
4. I’m not a Redskin/Indian/EnterMascot; I’m a [EnterTribalName].
5. It’s just a name, for fun.
6. Quit being so insecure.
7. Why now? Why wait until now to say something.
8. Who’s going to get the backlash if they drop their Indian mascot?
9. They don’t have an actual mascot, these drunk white guys in headdresses doing the tomahawk chop mean no harm.
10. Some Tribes actually support Indian Mascots.
[feel free to add more;)]

We’re only $4,811 away from our goal of $50,000 for the Heating the Rez campaign. Don’t miss this opportunity to take part in bringing regenerative heating to Dakota reservations. We can break fossil fuel dependency one step at a time, starting here. Thank you.

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/heating-the-rez

Black History Month -Indigenous Connections by Matt Remle

February marks “Black” history month, where in classrooms across the country students will learn about heroics of MLK, Rosa Parks, and a select handful of other Black leaders who fought bitterly to end segregation and for civil rights. They will learn about Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in professional sports. Some classes will discuss the landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education which ended segregation in public schools.

Less discussed in these classrooms will be the utter horror that an estimated 2 – 8 million Africans died over the course of the Middle Passage alone with the Atlantic ocean serving as the graveyard for the untold millions of African men, women and children. For the 10 million or so of Africans who survived the Middle Passage they faced a life no less brutal as families watched loved ones sold at auction blocks to never been seen, or heard from, again. Students are also not likely to learn that during the years following the end of Reconstruction to the start of the Great Depression an estimated 3,000+ Black men were lynched in Southern states, often with crowds of picnic going Whites dressed in their Sunday best smiling and laughing on as a lifeless Black body hung from a tree.

READ MORE HERE: http://lastrealindians.com/black-history-month-indigenous-connections-by-matt-remle/

Black History Month -Indigenous Connections by Matt Remle

February marks “Black” history month, where in classrooms across the country students will learn about heroics of MLK, Rosa Parks, and a select handful of other Black leaders who fought bitterly to end segregation and for civil rights. They will learn about Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in professional sports. Some classes will discuss the landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education which ended segregation in public schools.
Less discussed in these classrooms will be the utter horror that an estimated 2 – 8 million Africans died over the course of the Middle Passage alone with the Atlantic ocean serving as the graveyard for the untold millions of African men, women and children. For the 10 million or so of Africans who survived the Middle Passage they faced a life no less brutal as families watched loved ones sold at auction blocks to never been seen, or heard from, again. Students are also not likely to learn that during the years following the end of Reconstruction to the start of the Great Depression an estimated 3,000+ Black men were lynched in Southern states, often with crowds of picnic going Whites dressed in their Sunday best smiling and laughing on as a lifeless Black body hung from a tree.

READ MORE HERE: http://lastrealindians.com/black-history-month-indigenous-connections-by-matt-remle/

Heating the Rez!

Since launching the new campaign “Heating the Rez,” we’re raised over $38,000!

Heating the Rez is more than a band aid fix. It’s a permanent solution. Regenerative heating will keep Native families on Dakota reservations warm without burning fossil fuels. It’s much cheaper too.
We’re not done yet. We still need to raise $12,000 to reach our $50,000 goal. Please continue to reblog the link, and donate if you can.

No one else has to freeze to death.

Tomorrow! Saturday Feb 15 at 11:00am MST at the Rapid City Civic Center Band Shelter - Rapid City. Snacks & Drinks offered after!

Lakota Art Studio is bringing 30 shirts 1st come 1st served for 1st 30 registrants (only 10$) come run a 5k or 10k or walk a mile for the cause: we’ve raised 37k so far and stoves will be installed! But we’ve got big dreams with this, thank you all for your support.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/heating-the-rez

Tomorrow! Saturday Feb 15 at 11:00am MST at the Rapid City Civic Center Band Shelter - Rapid City. Snacks & Drinks offered after!

Lakota Art Studio is bringing 30 shirts 1st come 1st served for 1st 30 registrants (only 10$) come run a 5k or 10k or walk a mile for the cause: we’ve raised 37k so far and stoves will be installed! But we’ve got big dreams with this, thank you all for your support.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/heating-the-rez