10 Indigenous and Environmental Struggles You Can Support in 2017
The Places That Need Help, And All The Ways To Support Them
Editorâ€™s Note: This article was written by the Indigenous #NoDAPL coalition who have been organizing at Standing Rock. The Black Snake is not yet dead. Far from it. The corporations behind the Dakota Access pipeline made it clear that they â€œfully expect to complete construction of the pipeline without any additional rerouting in and around Lake Oahe.â€ The winter camps will stand their ground as long as DAPL construction equipment remains on Oceti Sakowin treaty land. We can all continue to support them byÂ emailingÂ or calling the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 202-761-8700 to ask when it will open the Environmental Impact Statement process to public comment. We can also keep pressure on the banks to divest with our international campaign toÂ #DefundDAPL. But while international attention has been on the Standing Rock Sioux and the #NoDAPL struggle, the Obama and Trudeau administrations have approved several other pipeline projects slated to run across indigenous territories from Canada to the U.S. and Mexico. The struggle to protect sacred lands from climate change, toxic pollution, and the fossil fuel industry continues to rage around the world. In the year ahead, it is our hope that the energy and love we have received in our struggle against the Dakota Access pipeline can also be extended to other indigenous communities in their local battles. Here are ten struggles you could consider donating to, volunteering time for, or supporting in other ways:
In May 2016, the Obama administration approved two pipeline projects by Energy Transfer Partners, the same company behind DAPL. TheÂ Trans-PecosÂ andÂ Comanche TrailÂ pipelines would carry fracked gas from Texas into Mexico, where it will supply the Mexican energy grid.Â The Two Rivers campÂ is a resistance camp being erected in the face of the Trans-Pecos pipeline. Support theirÂ legal defense fundÂ andÂ camp fundraiser. Or support the efforts ofÂ No Trans Pecos Pipeline, theÂ Big Bend Conservation Alliance, and theÂ Frontera Water Protection AllianceÂ as they organize against these pipelines.
- Trans-Pecos pipeline and Comanche Trail pipelineÂ â€“ Texas - Chihuahua, Mexico
The Algonquins of Barriere Lake have set-up aÂ land protection campÂ at a proposed mining site in the heart of their territory, where core sample drilling for theÂ RiviÃ¨re DorÃ© copper mineÂ is scheduled to begin at any time. They have been camped for weeks to protect the headwaters of the Ottawa River, which could have catastrophic downstream effects if mined. The staked area is abundant with lakes, wetlands, and waterways and is also a crucial hunting and fishing area for Barriere Lake families. See their urgent call to actionÂ hereÂ and donate to the campaign or get involvedÂ here.
- Copper One RiviÃ¨re DorÃ© MineÂ â€“ Quebec, Canada
TheÂ Sabal Trail pipeline, a 515-mile natural gas pipeline project, is being constructed from Alabama to Georgia to Florida. It threatens one of the largest freshwater aquifers in the world. TheÂ Sacred Water CampÂ andÂ Water Is Life CampÂ are ongoing camps in need of supplies, experienced organizers, and other people. An upcomingÂ mass civil disobedienceÂ event is inviting all to mobilize in Florida.Â Get in touch hereÂ orÂ donateÂ to support the camps. Also support the organizing efforts of theÂ SPIRET FoundationÂ and Bobby C. Billie, one of the clan leaders and spiritual leader of the Council of the Original Miccosukee Simanolee Nation Aboriginal Peoples, in their efforts to hold regulatory agencies accountable for support of the pipeline. Contact organizers Shannon Larsen or email Beth Huss. Keep up to date with events with all groups statewide at theÂ Water Protector AllianceÂ calendar.
- Sabal Trail pipeline â€“ Alabama - Georgia - Florida
Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently announced the government'sÂ approvalÂ of the massiveÂ Line 3 pipeline project, designed to transport tar sands oil from the mines of Hardisty, Alberta, to Superior, Wisconsin, through the heart of Anishinaabe territory and some of the most beautiful lakes and wild rice beds in the world. The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs is challenging the Trudeau government's approval of Line 3.Â FollowÂ and supportÂ Honor the Earthâ€™sÂ work, learn aboutÂ ongoing resistanceÂ to Line 3, and follow community membersâ€™ opposition to the pipelineÂ here.
- Line 3 pipelineÂ â€“ Â Alberta, Canada to Superior, Wisconsin
The expansion ofÂ Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, also approved by Canadaâ€™s federal government, would transport tar sands oil from northern Alberta to the British Columbia coast. TheÂ Sacred TrustÂ is an initiative of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and a mandate to stop this project. You canÂ donate hereÂ throughÂ RAVENÂ (Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs) orÂ Join their mailingÂ list to follow this campaign and receive updates.
- Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipelineÂ â€“ Â Alberta to British Columbia, Canada
The Ramapough Lunaape Nation, a community in the Ramapo Mountains currently face the threat of theÂ Pilgrim pipeline, which would transport Bakken crude oil from Albany, New York, to Linden, New Jersey. Meanwhile, Spectra Energy continues to expand its pipeline network so that more fracked natural gas can be transported and ultimately exported out of the country. Read about the history of the Ramapough LunaapeÂ here, follow the developments atÂ Split Rock Prayer Camp, and follow ongoing efforts to resist continued Spectra expansion with theÂ FANG CollectiveÂ andÂ Resist Spectra.
- Pilgrim pipelineÂ â€“ New York and New Jersey
TheÂ Petronas/Pacific Northwest TerminalÂ is a proposed liquefied natural gas plant on traditional Lax Kw'alaams territory Lax U'u'la (Lelu Island) at the mouth of the Skeena river near Prince Rupert, British Columbia. Plans call for a 48-inch diameter submarine pipeline to be dredged into estuary sediment to supply fracked gas from Treaty 8 territory. Ten Indigenous nations and 60,000 people in the Skeena watershed rely on fish there for food, commercial fishing, and cultural identity. TheÂ Lelu Island CampÂ has been set up on Lax Kw'alaams traditional territory to stop this terminal from being built without consent.
- Petronas/Pacific Northwest TerminalÂ â€“ Prince Rupert, British Columbia
Arkansas RisingÂ is a collective of guardians working through direct action to stop the Diamond pipeline, a 20-inch diameter pipeline that would run 440 miles from Cushing, Oklahoma, to Memphis, Tennessee. The pipeline would cross more than 500 waterways, including five major watersheds. Construction has already begun. Donate to their effortsÂ here.
- Diamond pipelineÂ â€“ Oklahoma - Arkansas - Tennessee
The Atlantic Sunrise pipeline is a proposed high-pressure 42-inch diameter pipeline to carry fracked gas from Marcellus Shale to U.S. markets to the south. Members ofÂ Lancaster Against PipelinesÂ and supporters have built a blockade, nicknamed â€œThe Stand,â€ on a farm in Conestoga in Lancaster County in the path of a proposed route. They are refusing to grant right of way to the project and have said they will occupy it if construction begins. Visit theÂ Clean Air CouncilÂ for more information, find the schedule for public inputÂ here, and keep an eye out for an upcoming mobilization atÂ Pennsylvania Against Atlantic Sunrise. The Sunoco Mariner East pipeline is a proposed natural gas liquid pipeline that would cross four states. The construction permits for the pipeline could be granted any day. Â Stay updated atÂ Juniata Watershed People Before Pipelines. Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics are parent corporations of the Dakota Access pipeline and will be merging in the first quarter of 2017.
- Atlantic Sunrise pipeline and Sunoco Mariner East 2 pipelineÂ â€“ Pennsylvania
In 2017,Â Bold LouisianaÂ is organizing to stop the proposedÂ Bayou Bridge pipelineÂ in Louisiana, a state that is experiencing climate devastation and coastline loss at an average rate of one football field of land every hour. This pipeline, a sister and end point to the Dakota Access pipeline, would run from Lake Charles to St. James, Louisiana.Â SupportÂ their efforts,Â followÂ their progress, or go to Baton Rouge to Â disrupt the Bayou Bridge public hearingÂ on January 12. #NoDAPL #TwoRiversCamp #NoTPPL #NoCTPL #BarriereLake #StopSabalTrail #StopLine3 Â #StopKM Â #StopETP #WaterIsLifeCamp #SacredWaterCamp #StopSpectra#StopPilgrimPipeline #SplitRockCamp #NoLNG #ArkansasRising #StopDiamondPipeline #NoASPL #LancasterAgainstPipelinesÂ #NoMarinerEast #NoBayouBridge AND WEâ€™LL SUGGEST THREE MORE: SUPPORT THE LONG-RUNNING RESISTANCE OFÂ PROTECT MAUNA KEAÂ ON THE BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII, THEÂ UNISâ€™TOTâ€™EN CAMPÂ IN BRITISH COLUMBIA, ANDÂ SAVING OAK FLAT! AT THEÂ SAN CARLOS APACHE INDIAN RESERVATIONÂ IN ARIZONA.Â
- Bayou Bridge pipelineÂ â€“ Louisiana
This article was written by the Indigenous #NoDAPL coalition who have been organizing at Standing Rock:Â Honor the Earth,Â Sacred Stone Camp,Â Indigenous Environmental Network, and theÂ International Indigenous Youth Council.