Environmental Activities

    350.Org stated in an E-mail, July 12, 2018, "This is big. Really big. Pope Francis just called for urgent collective action to repair the planet, and gave his blessing to 'citizen pressure groups' organizing ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit in September. 1 That means us.
     Just before the Summit, we will call for decisive action on climate with actions across the globe and a mass march in San Francisco.
    On September 8th, thousands of people will come together in San Francisco where the Summit is taking place, and in towns and cities across the world to demand our local leaders take bold action on climate change and commit to a Fossil Free world. Will you Rise for Climate with us?
    At the Vatican Conference last week, Pope Francis made a clear declaration to Catholics and citizens worldwide: it is our duty and our moment to "cooperate in responsibly cultivating and protecting the Earth."
    We will mobilize the weekend before the Summit to show that true climate leadership means nothing less than a fast, fair and just transition to 100% renewable energy that protects communities, creates jobs, and brings an immediate end to new fossil fuel projects.
    We’ll be demanding that local and civic leaders take real climate action - and each gathering, however big or small, will help build momentum. Each and every action around the U.S. will help bolster our efforts and show solidarity with communities impacted by the climate crisis.
    It’s up to us to make this more than a political flashpoint. Every city has been invited to make a commitment in the lead up to the Summit. 2 We must demand and help implement commitments to climate justice in our states, cities, places of worship and neighborhoods.
    Together, we will not stop fighting for a just and equitable future. Rise with us on September 8th : ., "An urgent Message from the World,” December 6, 2018, stated, “ Right now at the COP24 climate conference in Poland, our mission is crystal clear: we have 10 years to take down the fossil fuel industry and fight for a just 100% renewable energy future.
No matter where you live or who you are, the scientists behind the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report agree: we have just over 10 years to keep temperatures from warming above 1.5 C to avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change.
It’s a global threat that requires a global response. But that is 350’s greatest strength. Already, everywhere from South Africa to Brazil to Japan, our staff are facing enormous odds, and still putting everything on the line to take on the fossil fuel industry—resisting, delaying and defeating fossil fuel projects.
     Staff around the world recorded this quick video [at the above link] to show you how people power has taken on the fossil fuel industry in 2018 and share how we plan to scale up our fight in 2019 – with your support."

    "International Indigenous Peoples Forum On Climate Change Opening Plenary Statement At Cop 24," Cultural Survival, December 03, 2018, Cultural Survival,, reported, " International Indigenous Peoples Forum On Climate Change, Opening Plenary Statement, 24th Conference Of The Parties Of The United Nations Framework Convention On Climate Change, (Cop 24), December 2, 2018, Katowice Poland:
     Presented by Ruth Kaviok, National Inuit Youth Council of Canada and Inuit Circumpolar Council
    ' I fear for my future. I fear for my community.' These words were spoken by a 17-year old from the Salt River First Nation in Northern Canada during the first meeting of the Indigenous Peoples Caucus at COP 24 and he told about the diminishing traditional food and water sources and drastic weather changes already affecting his Peoples.
     Indigenous youth of the world stand before you today to affirm that we share his fears for our future. We were outraged to read the recent Emissions Gap Report from UNEP, which stated that greenhouse gas production actually increased last year, indicating that current State actions to reduce emissions are falling far short of what is required to meet the essential 1.5 degree goal of the Paris Agreement. The IPCC now predicts a temperature rise of 3 degrees or more at the current rate, which means two-to- three times higher in the Arctic. This will be devastating for Indigenous Peoples in the Arctic and around the world.
    Indigenous Peoples have been at the forefront in warning about the impacts of the unabated production of greenhouse gases by the fossil fuel-based energy economy. The recent fires in California demonstrate that we are not alone in facing relocation, loss of life and our communities. We call upon the delegates to this COP to commit to a just transition to sustainable energy before it’s too late for Indigenous Peoples, and for yourselves.
    We have agreed to work with you to develop a new Platform for the protection and exchange of Indigenous traditional knowledge, based on equal participation, respect for our rights and recognition of the innovative and time-tested solutions we can offer to the world community. We are committed to carry this through at COP 24. The children yet to come will look back on your actions at this critical moment and ask what you did to ensure a viable future for them. What will you tell them?"

[tag]Jake Johnson, "'This Is Zero Hour': Youth-Led Marches Across the Globe Demand Immediate and Ambitious Climate Action: 'Climate change is our last chance to either fix colossal systems of inequality or reach a chaotic state where your privilege ultimately decides if you live or die,'" Common Dreams , July 21, 2018,, reported, " Declaring that climate change is ' an issue of survival' that must be confronted with urgency, young activists across the globe on Saturday kicked off three days of marches and demonstrations to pressure elected officials to 'reject the corrupting monetary influence of fossil fuel executives,' ban all new dirty energy developments, and safeguard the planet for both its current inhabitants and future generations.
     'Climate change is our last chance to either fix colossal systems of inequality and emerge as a more efficient, better equipped society as a whole, or reach a chaotic state where your privilege ultimately decides if you live or die,' said 16-year-old climate activist Ivy Jaguzny ahead of Saturday's events, which are expected to take place ' in cities from Washington, D.C. to Butere, Kenya.'
    'This isn't something that's going to affect us 70, 80 years in the future,' added Talia Grace, social media director for Zero Hour, the movement behind this weekend's mass actions. 'This is going to affect us. Our futures, our careers, our lives.'
     'This Is Zero Hour,' the slogan and label of the worldwide marches, is aimed at clearly articulating the necessity of immediate and bold climate action as warming global temperatures continue to spark extreme weather events and wreak havoc, disproportionately inflicting irreversible harm on the poorest nations and most vulnerable communities.
    A year of relentless organizing and planning in the making, the three days of action beginning Saturday are bolstered by a detailed and ambitious platform (pdf) that calls on political leaders to:
    Respect the rights of Indigenous people;
'Recognize the constitutional right of youth to a livable climate';
Eliminate all fossil fuel subsidies 'immediately'; and
'Ban all new fossil fuel infrastructure and make massive investment in local solar and wind energy companies' in the coming years
    'Kids are suing the government, we're marching, we're lobbying, we're just pretty much just getting down and just begging them: Can I not have a world that’s totally falling apart?' Jamie Margolin, a 16-year-old environmentalist, told the Huffington Post.
    'Everything is on the line, so it's very hard to plan your future assuming that everything is going to be the same when you know it’s not,' Margolin added. 'It's really scary, especially for a young person who is looking into what I want to do with my life... I just want to have a world to grow up in where I can live my life and not have to worry about such existential fears.'
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     Jessica Corbett, "'Stand With People, Not Polluters': Sit-In on Last Day of COP24 Highlights #PeoplesDemands for Ambitious Climate Action," Common Dreams , December 14, 2018,, " More than 150 representatives from movements across the globe came together in protest at the 'corporate-captured U.N. climate talks'.
    As world leaders continue to negotiate a global game plan for climate action on the final day of the COP24 summit in Katowice, Poland, more than 150 representatives from movements across the globe came together for a sit-in to
demand that governments 'stand with people, not polluters' and 'commit to action in line with the urgency of the crisis.'
    The purpose of the 'corporate-captured U.N. climate talks,' as the activists have called them, is to write a rulebook for the 2015 Paris agreement—supported by every nation on Earth except the United States, thanks to President Donald Trump's vow to withdraw from it. The accord aims to limit global warming within this century to 1.5ºC above pre-industrial levels.
"Governments must take responsibility and provide real leadership to halt climate breakdown. They are failing completely to do so, and their failures are on full display here at COP24," charges a statement from the sit-in organizers. 'Inside these halls, we are calling on the rich polluting countries to stop obstructing progress and to support the just transition we need.'
    Demanding 'climate justice and a world under 1.5ºC of warming,' and accusing decisions-makers of
sticking to "business as usu' 'system change, not climate change,' and 'which side are you on?'
     The People's Demands, drafted with input from southern movements and climate justice groups worldwide, are :
    Keep fossil fuels in the ground;
    Reject false solutions that are displacing real, people-first solutions to the climate crisis;
    Advance real solutions that are just, feasible, and essential;
    Honor climate finance obligations to developing countries;
    End corporate interference in and capture of the climate talks; and
    Developed countries must honor their "Fair Shares" for largely fueling this crisis
    Friday also saw U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres—who warned on Wednesday that 'it would be suicidal' to conclude COP24 without a bold strategy to limit global warming—return to Poland ' to add support for a successful outcome,' and youth activists striking in solidarity with 15-year-old Swedish climate advocate Greta Thunberg.
    Poland, the global summit's host country, began circulating a draft of the Paris accord's rulebook on Wednesday and, according to BBC News, negotiators are 'preparing to work well past the official close of the conference on Friday evening.' Activists have expressed concern that in its current form, it won't ensure accountability for efforts to slash greenhouse gas emissions in hopes of curbing global warming .
    A key U.N. report released in October—which triggered a diplomatic standoff at the talks between a few oil-exporting nations, including the United States, and the rest of the world— warned that the international community must take immediate and unprecedented action to avert climate catastrophe.
    COP24 comes amid worldwide protests demanding dramatic climate action in light of record-breaking levels of carbon emissions, ' off the charts' rates of melting ice, and rapidly increasing concerns about extreme weather and species extinction. As one climate scientist concluded in Poland on Thursday, 'I've worked on this for 30 years and I've never been as worried as I am today.'
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Julia Conley, “Rallies Planned for Cities Nationwide to Back Climate Youth Battling Trump in #TrialoftheCentury: ‘All of us have a responsibility to double down in supporting the young people holding the U.S. government responsible for perpetuating climate change and threatening our collective future,’" Common Dreams , October 25, 2018,, reported, “ Supporters of 21 children and young adults who are suing the federal government will gather in cities and towns across the U.S. in the coming days to urge the justice system to hear the plaintiffs' case.
The plaintiffs in the landmark climate case Juliana vs. the U.S. were planning to bring their case to trial this coming Monday, October 29, after fighting in the courts for three years in order to hold the government accountable for its failure to protect their generation from the climate crisis.
The U.S. Supreme Court took the highly unusual step of issuing a stay on the case at the request of the government—which argued the cost of litigation would be burdensome.
‘As the administration pulls out every attempt to delay, deceive, and distract us from what's being considered the trial of the century, it makes you wonder just what they're hiding.’ —Thanu Yakupitiyage,
‘This lawsuit could change everything, but the federal administration continues to try and silence these courageous youth,’ said Thanu Yakupitiyage, communications manager for ‘All of us have a responsibility to double down in supporting the young people holding the U.S. government responsible for perpetuating climate change and threatening our collective future."
In response, the young plaintiffs, who are represented by Our Children's Trust, quickly pulled together a 103-page brief ‘in hopes of receiving a decision from the Chief Justice before the week’s end.’
The rallies will be held on Sunday and Monday in cities including Eugene, Oregon, where the trial was scheduled to begin in a U.S. District Court; Washington, D.C.; and New York, with supporters demanding the case be allowed to move forward. A map showing the locations of the events in nearly every state in the nation is available here:
The 21 Juliana v. US youth plaintiffs are suing the federal government for violating their constitutional rights by causing #climatechange. The government continues to try to silence them. Stand in solidarity with these climate heroes on Monday: #youthvgov
— Our Children's Trust (@youthvgov) October 23, 2018
‘As the administration pulls out every attempt to delay, deceive, and distract us from what's being considered the trial of the century, it makes you wonder just what they're hiding," said Yakupitiyage. "That's why thousands of people will rally across the country, demanding these youth voices are heard and that the government act in accordance with our constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property."
The plaintiffs ‘allege that the U.S. government has knowingly violated their constitutional rights for over 50 years by causing and contributing to climate change,’ said Our Children's Trust in a call to action.
‘On October 29th,’ the group added, the young people ‘will march into court—with America standing behind them—to demand a science-based National Climate Recovery Plan: a plan that would end the reign of fossil fuels and require the United States government to do its part to address dangerous climate change for young people and all future generations.’
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Jessica Corbett, “Backed by Ocasio-Cortez, Youth Climate Activists Arrested at Pelosi's Office Demanding Democrats Embrace 'Green New Deal': ‘Nancy Pelosi is bringing a squirt gun to a wildfire,’" Common Dreams, November 13, 2018,, reported, “ Youth climate activists with the Sunrise Movement and Justice Democrats were arrested on Capitol Hill Monday for staging a sit-in at the Washington, D.C. office of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)—who is expected to serve as the next speaker of the House—to demand that congressional Democrats back a "Green New Deal."
Long a demand by the climate justice movement—and popularized in the latest election cycle by incoming progressive Democrats like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Antonio Delgado of New York, Deb Haaland of New Mexico, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota— a Green New Deal would pair actions to address the global climate crisis with policies to create jobs and a more just economy.”

     Unite Humanity Against Climate Catastrophe has rapidly become extremely active, according to an E-mail from Victoria Fernandez, Sunrise, December 10, 2018. "It’s working. Our generation is turning the tide of history. Let me explain.
     A month ago, no one was talking about the Green New Deal. Nancy Pelosi was preparing to resurrect a failed climate committee from a decade ago. We marched into her office and joined with Rep.-elect Ocasio-Cortez to demand a Select Committee for a Green New Deal. In only three weeks, 22 Congressional Democrats signed on.
    Then, just this morning, 1,000 of us went back to offices of the Democratic leadership. 143 were arrested. The New York Times, NBC, CBS, the Washington Post, the AP, and dozens of other outlets covered our challenge to Democratic leaders.
    And we saw our pressure working. One of the most powerful Democrats in the House, Rep. Jim McGovern, stepped out of his office to declare his commitment to forming the Select Committee for the Green New Deal. As news of our protest spread, four more Representatives - Barbara Lee, Peter Welch, and Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Steve Cohen - also committed to supporting the Select Committee.
    These are huge wins. But nothing is certain until the rest of Democratic leadership - especially Nancy Pelosi - approves the Select Committee.
    We’re going to mobilize every resource and every volunteer we can to get this done before Congress breaks for winter recess this Thursday. We’ve got 3 more days to win this and guarantee the Green New Deal makes it onto the 2019 Congressional agenda.
    In the next three days, Democrats will finalize their 2019 agenda and leave D.C for the holidays. What they do between now and then will determine whether we get a Select Committee for a Green New Deal with mandate to draft the most ambitious climate legislation ever.
    Today’s action - and the new allies we’ve won in the Democratic caucus - have brought us closer to victory than ever before. But too many people in the Democratic establishment are still too comfortable delaying action, accepting money from fossil fuel executives, and condemning our generation to catastrophe.
    But we have a growing movement of young people from across the country, and that could make all the difference. We need to train new leaders, expand our phonebanking and digital tools, and ramp up our lobbying efforts as fast as possible."

     Michael "Little Feather" Giron, Costal Band of the Chumash Nation," became the first Dakota Access Pipeline Water Protector to be sentenced to prison because of his actions opposing the pipeline at Standing Rock. He was sentenced to 36 months in prison on a plea bargain that he took, after finding the local juries hostile and being denied a change of venue ("United States: Native American Water Protector First to be Sentenced to Prison in Pipeline Protests, " Cultural Survival Quarterly, September 2018.

    Leah Temper, "Standing Rock moment: First Nations fight pipelines in British Columbia: People push back against TransCanada project by reviving their own traditions of 'free, prior and informed consent,'" ICT, December 14, 2018,, commented, " Ground zero in the global battle against climate chaos this week is in Wet'suwet'en territory, northern British Columbia. As pipeline companies try to push their way onto unceded Indigenous territories, the conflict could become the next Standing Rock-style showdown over Indigenous rights and fossil fuel infrastructure.
    Since 2010, the Unist'ot'en clan, members of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation, have been reoccupying and re-establishing themselves on their ancestral lands in opposition to
as many as six proposed pipeline projects."

    Talli Nauman, "Cheyenne River citizens plead against water permit for Pe’ Sla gold prospecting," ICT, November 26-, 2018,, reported, " South Dakota state officials announced on Nov. 13 that they will take testimony from four Cheyenne River Sioux tribal members who want to nix a permit for temporary use of Rapid Creek water in gold exploration near the sacred Pe’ Sla trust in the Black Hills."
    "The plaintiffs lost a similar case they filed in state Circuit Court regarding the temporary water permitting for the gold prospecting, due to jurisdictional procedure arguments. The latest filing alleges that issuing a temporary water permit would be 'arbitrary, capricious, and contrary to the laws of the state of South Dakota.'”
    The tribal members say that 'the proposed water use and gold exploration will pollute or otherwise adversely affect the land, natural resources, and water in the Black Hills and will pollute or otherwise adversely affect the flow of water in Rapid Creek, which feeds Pactola Reservoir, which is the largest reservoir in the Black Hills and provides drinking water to residents and persons who visit Rapid City, South Dakota, and the proposed water use and gold exploration will cause noise and disruption and interfere with the solitude of the Black Hills.'”

    Greenpeace, December 14, 2018,, reported, "After an incredible few months, and 1.3 million of you taking action, the world's largest palm oil trader, Wilmar, released a groundbreaking plan that gives forest-destroying palm oil companies nowhere to hide.
    Map all of its palm oil suppliers
    Use satellites to monitor them
    Suspend any suppliers that destroy forests

Jessica Corbett, “Calling for 'Corridor of Life and Culture,' Indigenous Groups From Amazon Propose Creation of Largest Protected Area on Earth: ‘We have come from the forest and we worry about what is happening,’" Common Dreams , November 21, 2018,, reported, “ Alarmed by rampant destruction in the Amazon rainforest and the long-term impacts on biodiversity, an alliance of indigenous communities pitched the creation of the world's largest protected area, which would reach from the Andes to the Atlantic Ocean, at a United Nations conference in Egypt on Wednesday.
‘We have come from the forest and we worry about what is happening," declared Tuntiak Katan, vice president of COICA, the alliance. ‘This space is the world's last great sanctuary for biodiversity. It is there because we are there. Other places have been destroyed.’
COICA, which represents about 500 groups across nine countries and is seeking government-level representation at the U.N. Convention on Biodiversity, aims to safeguard a "sacred corridor of life and culture" about the size of Mexico.
The alliance hopes to implement an ‘ ambitious ’ post-2020 regional plan to protect biodiversity in the Andes-Amazon-Atlantic or ‘triple-A’ corridor from agribusiness, mining, and the global climate crisis, but they are also concerned about territorial rights, as they don't recognize modern national borders created by colonial settlers.
‘Indigenous communities are guardians of life for all humanity, but they are in danger for protecting their forest,’ Katan said. ‘We are integrated with nature—it runs through our lives and we need rights to defend it.’
While fighting for the right to defend the forest from development and the impacts of global warming, the indigenous groups said they welcome opportunities for collaboration.
Although Colombia had crafted a similar triple-A plan that was set to be unveiled at next month's climate talks, as the Guardian noted , ‘the election of new rightwing leaders in Colombia and Brazil has thrown into doubt what would have been a major contribution by South American nations to reduce emissions.’
Outlining recent shifts in regional politics, the newspaper reported:
Colombia's initial proposal was smaller and focused only on biodiversity and climate. But government enthusiasm has waned since an election in June in which the rightwing populist Iván Duque took power. Brazil was more sceptical but had previously engaged in ministerial-level talks on the corridor-plan. Its opposition is likely to grow under its new rightwing president, Jair Bolsonaro, who will take power in January.
Last month Bolsonaro indicated he would only stay in the Paris climate agreement if he had guarantees ensuring Brazilian sovereignty over indigenous land and the ‘triple-A’ region.
Bolsonaro's comments about environmental and indigenous issues on the campaign trail ‘are concerning because they nurture a disturbing tendency in different parts of the world, where almost three-fourths of environmental defenders assassinated in 2017 were indigenous leaders; where opposing agroindustry is the main cause for assassination of our leaders worldwide; and where imposing projects on to communities without their free, prior, and informed consent is at the root of all attacks to indigenous and community leaders,’ said Juan Carlos Jintiach of COICA.
‘Likewise, we see that it is increasingly frequent for indigenous peoples and communities to face costly and difficult processes to legalize their lands, while corporations obtain licenses with ease,’ Jintiach noted, calling on Bolsonaro to obey all laws and ensure the rights and safety of the people of Brazil.
Despite the changes to the local political climate, Katan vowed the indigenous communities will keep working to play a key role in protecting the forest. ‘We know the governments will try to go over our heads," he said. "This is nothing new for us. We have faced challenges for hundreds of years.’
‘Indigenous peoples and local communities are a solution to the devastation of our ecosystems and climate change both in the Amazon as well as in the rest of the world," Katan added in a statement. "But whether policies addressed at mitigating climate change and promoting the restoration of rainforests succeed, depends on the security of having possession of community lands.’
This post has been updated with additional comment from Tuntiak Katan and Juan Carlos Jintiach of COICA.
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Matthew Taylor and Damien Gayle, “Dozens arrested after climate protest blocks five London bridges: Thousands of protesters occupied bridges across the Thames over extinction crisis in huge act of peaceful civil disobedience,” The Guardian, November 17, 2018,, reported, “ Thousands block five London bridges to protest over climate crisis.
Eighty-five people have been arrested as thousands of demonstrators occupied five bridges in central
London to voice their concern over the looming climate crisis.
Protesters, including families and pensioners, began massing on five of London’s main bridges from 10am on Saturday. An hour later, all the crossings had been blocked in one of the biggest acts of peaceful civil disobedience in the UK in decades.”

    Environmental Defense Action Fund (EDF Action), stated, July 23, 2018,;jsessionid=00000000.app350b, "GOP Rep. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) put forward the Market Choice Act — an innovative proposal to fund American infrastructure that would also cut carbon pollution.
     This is a unique chance to return to bipartisan engagement on policy solutions — because a safer world shouldn’t be a liberal or conservative issue. It’s something all Americans deserve."
Here are some crucial details about the bill:
While this bill alone isn’t enough to fully address climate change, it contains important design features that will help advance the policy debate. Unique for a carbon tax bill, it establishes clear and measurable pollution reduction goals along with transparent mechanisms to measure progress and stay on course for meeting them.
It requires that companies pay when they pollute — since it should not be free to pollute in this country.This approach allows companies flexibility to choose how best to cut climate pollution, while creating incentives to invest and innovate in clean technologies.
And credible analysis of the Market Choice Act shows that under the policy, America’s power sector could slash emissions by more than half by 2030, in comparison to 2005 levels.
    Let’s be clear: we’re not endorsing any specific legislative proposal at this early stage. But we do need to recognize the importance of advancing climate action — on both sides of the aisle.
    To have any hope of truly addressing the climate crisis, we need Republicans willing to take it seriously and buck the party line. This is a crucial step towards revitalizing a serious and meaningful conversation about solutions.
     It’s time to make protecting the American people a bipartisan issue again."

     Americans for Carbon Dividends, a lobbying group with conservative credentials, also backed by Bernie Sanders and Janet Yellen, are starting a campaign with advertisements to begin running in fall 2018, for a national carbon tax on greenhouse gas emissions (John Schwartz, "Laying Groundwork for a Carbon Tax that Pays Dividends," The New York Times, June 20, 2018).

     Citizens' Climate Lobby (, "We exist to create the political will for climate solutions by enabling individual breakthroughs in the exercise of personal and political power," states, " Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.
     Our consistently respectful, nonpartisan approach to climate education is designed to create a broad, sustainable foundation for climate action across all geographic regions and political inclinations. By building upon shared values rather than partisan divides, and empowering our supporters to work in keeping with the concerns of their local communities, we work towards the adoption of fair, effective, and sustainable climate change solutions.
    In order to generate the political will necessary for passage of our Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal we train and support volunteers to build relationships with elected officials, the media and their local community."

     The Climate Change Leadership Institute (CCLI),, "is a non profit organization dedicated to phasing out greenhouse gas emissions & empowering community thru the ethics of conservation, the adoption of clean energy and the act of taking responsibility as a civil society. To these ends, we offer direct action projects & seed grants, paid student internships, ecology education, climate action events and integrity oriented environmental stewardship initiatives.
     Our Mission
CCLI believes communities have the strength to raise our nation - the highest per capita and historical emitter of greenhouse gases - up to the forefront in helping sustain life and liberty on earth. It is incumbent on us to completely break away from the fossil fuel economy that caused and perpetuates the climate challenge threatening civilization and instead to power our society wholly with renewable energy and state of the art energy efficiency with a premium on conservation. As we carry out the new era of energy and restoration - comprehensively committing to sustainability and righting climate injustices - we will once again serve as a beacon of light in the world.
In carrying out the mission – working through community and civil society to advance bold US leadership addressing climate change and uplifting those most vulnerable – the Climate Change Leadership Institute adopts the following central organizing principles and approaches to change-making: Education, Direct Action, Justice, Innovation, Stewardship, and Conservation.
Programs in New Mexico include:
“MM Healthy Soils Initiative:
The health of our soil underpins the vitality of our state’s economy & ecosystem; yet, according to the USDA’s National Resources Inventory, a majority of our working lands are facing serious degradation. Supporting soil health stewardship statewide, which this initiative is seeking, will lead to major benefits: improved water retention, reduced soil erosion, increased resilience to extreme weather events & drought, greater profitability of farms & ranches, better health & the meaningful sequestration of atmospheric carbon.”
The Art of Climate Justice: Every year CCLI - along with an awesome team of hosts, sponsors & partners including the Santa Fe Public Schools - encourages students to deploy their limitless creativity & artistic talents into climate action! The Art of Climate Justice is for any interested Santa Fe students (4th grade thru community college) that wants to make a vital difference in our community for our world.”
“Weatherizing homes in Northern New Mexico: Every winter CCLI provides the funding and brings together a host of partners (the Mortgage Finance Authority, Central New Mexico Housing Authority, LANL Community Relations & more) to weatherize homes in northern New Mexico for families in need. This can involve sealing ducts, installing insulation, energy efficient furnaces, programmable thermostats, low flow faucets, carbon monoxide monitors and much more. The outcomes are reduced emissions, water savings, health, safety and warmth benefits, supporting jobs in a worthy profession and a lot of money saved from the resulting reduced utility bills which families can use for their vital needs.”
A Carbon Free Dividend for NM: Last session the NM Senate passed a memorial #23 calling for a study on a carbon fee & dividend program in New Mexico, which is pretty impressive given that we are an "Oil & Gas" state. What's more impressive is the final work product of Climate XChange which shows a viable path forward. Climate Defenders and partners (including the Climate Change Leadership Institute) funded the study and just last week local students presented an overview of it to the interim committee on natural it's time to take this to the next level of legislation and action. You can help by reading the report and getting behind this important endeavor.”

Andrea Germanos, “’This Is Our Darkest Hour': With Declaration of Rebellion, New Group Vows Mass Civil Disobedience to Save Planet: ‘We have a right and duty to rebel in the face of this tyranny of idiocy—in the face of this planned collective suicide,’" Common Dreams , “Wednesday, October 31, 2018,, reported, “ To underscore the planetary emergency and denounce the U.K. government's inaction on the climate crisis, a new group calling itself Extinction Rebellion rallied over 1,000 people to block Parliament Square in London on Wednesday. The direct action marks the launch of a mass civil disobedience campaign, with the group issuing a ‘Declaration of Rebellion’ against the government because the activists ‘refuse to bequeath a dying planet to future generations by failing to act now.’
Police arrested 15 people taking part in the action, but organizers say the wrong people were taken into custody. ‘If we lived in a democracy,’ Extinction Rebellion declared in a tweet, "the police would be here to arrest the criminal politicians who are wrecking the planet."
Noted speakers at the action included Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, journalist George Monbiot, and 15-year-old Greta Thunberg, the Swedish schoolgirl "on strike" from school over her own government's climate inaction. ‘ We're facing an immediate unprecedented crisis that has never been treated as a crisis and our leaders are all acting like children. We need to wake up and change everything,’ she stated.
Green Party MEP Molly Scott Cato took part as well. In an op-ed at the Guardian, she explained that she felt there was no alternative to being a lawmaker turned law-breaker. ‘We are prepared to halt lorries entering fracking sites; to stand in the way of bulldozers building roads and block traffic along heavily congested and polluted streets. Direct actions like these have a long and proud history; it's time to carry them through in a systematic way to protect the climate, and to be willing to be arrested for doing so.’
Pointing to the latest IPCC report and the World Wildlife Fund's latest assessment of the Earth's declining biodiversity, she added, ‘It is no exaggeration to say that our survival as a species is at risk. Enough. Enough of words; of hypocrisy and broken promises. It's time to act.’
The declaration declares, in part: ‘The ecological crises that are impacting upon this nation, and indeed this planet and its wildlife can no longer be ignored, denied, nor go unanswered by any beings of sound rational thought, ethical conscience, moral concern, or spiritual belief.‘
As such, we ‘declare ourselves in rebellion against our government and the corrupted, inept institutions that threaten our future,’ it continues.
They charge they government of having ‘wilful complicity’ that ‘has shattered meaningful democracy and cast aside the common interest in favor of short-term gain and private profits.’
‘This is our darkest hour... The science is clear—we are in the sixth mass extinciton event and we will face catastrophe if we do not act swiftly and robustly.’
  —Declaration of Rebellion ‘This is our darkest hour... The science is clear—we are in the sixth mass extinciton event and we will face catastrophe if we do not act swiftly and robustly.’—Declaration of RebellionThe declaration, said noted U.S. climate activist and author Bill McKibben, ‘should ring true not just for Brits, but for Americans (who have a declaration in their past) and for people anywhere.’
Wednesday's action was far from the end of the road for Extinction Rebellion; they've got a week of action lined up for mid-November in London if their three demands—that the government openly communicate the severity of the crisis and urgency for change; enact legally binding policies to slash emissions; and allow for a Citizens' Assembly to monitor and hold government to account for enacting to ‘the bold, swift, and long-term changes necessary’ aren't met.
‘This is just a warm up. Rebellion Day is on November the 17th. Same time, same place,’ the environmental group, which is backed by nearly 100 leading academics, tweeted.
The escalating actions, they say, are because we "are raging against this madness and our hearts are breaking."
We have a right and duty to rebel in the face of this tyranny of idiocy—in the face of this planned collective suicide.’
‘We are going to act,’the group says, ‘and in acting together we will overcome.’
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License.”

Oil Change International stated, September 26, 2018,, “Yesterday, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) released its draft energy sector strategy – and it's even worse than we thought. It's a mess that leaves way too much room for taxpayer dollars to go to new fossil fuels, particularly gas.
So far, more than 4,600 of us have taken action to demand that Germany stop obstructing climate leadership at the EBRD. For an institution like the EBRD, even a few hundred messages can have an impact – and we're generating thousands. Now is a crucial window to take action and ramp up the pressure on Germany to do the right thing and fix this draft.”
For more information go to:
NARF, “Rosebud Sioux Tribe And Fort Belknap Indian Community File Suit To Rescind The Keystone Xl Presidential Permit,” Cultural survival, September 10, 2018,, reported, “ The Rosebud Sioux Tribe (Sicangu Lakota Oyate) and the Fort Belknap Indian Community (Assiniboine (Nakoda) and Gros Ventre (Aaniiih) Tribes) in coordination with their counsel, the Native American Rights Fund, today sued the Trump Administration in the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana, Great Falls Division, for numerous violations of the law in the Keystone XL pipeline permitting process [Complaint filing at:]. The Tribes are asking the court to declare the review process in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and to rescind the illegal issuance of the Keystone XL pipeline presidential permit.
On March 23, 2017, the U.S. Department of State granted TransCanada’s permit application and issued it a presidential permit to construct and operate the Keystone XL Pipeline. This decision reversed two previous administrative decisions and was done without any public comment or environmental analysis. The permitting process was completed only 56 days after TransCanada submitted its application for the third time. The State Department provided no explanation in the 2017 decision for its contradictory factual finding; instead, it simply disregarded its previous factual findings and replaced them with a new one. The reversal came as no surprise. According to a 2015 personal public financial disclosure report filed with the Federal Election Commission, then-candidate Trump held between $250,000 and $500,000 worth of stock in TransCanada Pipelines, Ltd. NARF Staff Attorney Natalie Landreth explains, ‘President Trump permitted the Keystone XL pipeline because he wanted to. It was a political step, having nothing to do with what the law actually requires. NARF is honored to represent the Rosebud Sioux and Fort Belknap Tribes to fully enforce the laws and fight this illegal pipeline.’
Snaking its way from Alberta to Nebraska, the pipeline would cross the United States-Canada border in Philips County, Montana, directly adjacent to Blaine County and the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. The pipeline would cross less than 100 miles from the headquarters of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation and run directly through sacred and historic sites as well as the ancestral lands of the Gros Ventre and Assiniboine Tribes. In South Dakota, the pipeline would cross through Tripp County, just miles from the boundaries of the Rosebud Indian Reservation and within yards of Rosebud’s trust lands and tribal members’ allotments. These lands are well within the area of impact for even a small rupture and spill. There are countless historical, cultural, and religious sites in the planned path of the pipeline that are at risk of destruction, both by the pipeline’s construction and by the threat of inevitable ruptures and spills if the pipeline becomes operational. Additionally, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe operates its own water delivery system, which is part of the Mni Wiconi Rural Water Supply Project. The pipeline would cross the two sources of water for the Mni Wiconi Project.
Despite all of these facts, throughout the permitting process, there was no analysis of trust obligations, no analysis of treaty rights, no analysis of the potential impact on hunting and fishing rights, no analysis of potential impacts on the Rosebud Sioux Tribe’s unique water system, no analysis of the potential impact of spills on tribal citizens, and no analysis of the potential impact on cultural sites in the path of the pipeline, which is in violation of the NEPA and the NHPA.
William Kindle, who was president of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in August 2018 when the Tribal Council authorized NARF to finalize and file this lawsuit, stated at that time that, “As President of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, I want to make it perfectly clear, and give fair warning to President Trump, Secretary Zinke, The United States Army Corps of Engineers, TransCanada and their financial backers and potential investors, South Dakota Governor Daugaard, Representative Noem, and Senators Thune and Rounds that the Rosebud Sioux Tribe opposes the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Through our attorneys—the Native American Rights Fund—the Rosebud Sioux Tribe will use all means available to fight in the courtroom this blatant trespass into Sicangu Lakota territory.” reported via E-mail, August 30, 2018,, " Courageous pipeline fighters in Minnesota are currently facing off against the enormous Line 3 tar sands pipeline, including 30 people who were arrested yesterday taking direct action to urge the Governor to stop the project.
    We know how pipelines get stopped: by thousands of people standing together and taking action. You can help stop another tar sands pipeline – stand in solidarity with Indigenous water protectors and call the Governor of Minnesota today.
    Enbridge Energy secured their permits in June to move forward with the project – ignoring the input of tribal nations and climate science. Our friends and allies in Minnesota have asked us to stand with them and call their Governor, Mark Dayton, to thank him for his work opposing Line 3 so far and ask him to intervene and stop Line 3.
    This pipeline would transport more than 760,000 barrels of tar sands oil from Canada every day, crossing the Mississippi headwaters and forcing downstream pipeline expansions throughout the Midwest. 1 It would be disastrous for the climate -- and devastating for communities near and far."
    "Indigenous-led resistance is stopping the fossil fuel industry in its tracks. It’s been 521 days since Trump 'approved' Keystone XL, and it still hasn’t been built. Not even close.
    Pipeline fighters and Ojibwe Bands opposed to Line 3 filed legal challenges against the pipeline’s environmental review, and are building resistance on the ground and in communities.
    If built, this pipeline would put a $287 billion cost on future generations from climate change, contributing to climate chaos we’re already watching play out in the forest fires all across the west. 2" stated by E-mail, October 31, 2018, “ Trucks and trains full of pipes slated for Keystone XL have started to arrive in South Dakota and Montana as TransCanada begins pre-construction.
We’ve stopped this pipeline before, and we’ll stop it again. Thank you for submitting a public comment to the state department calling out Trump’s latest sham environmental review of this project – it's our best opportunity right now to stand in solidarity with Indigenous communities and stop KXL.
The deadline is in 8 days and every comment helps build the case against Keystone XL. Can you share this action with your friends on Facebook, Twitter or email?
The law requires that these comments are tallied, analyzed, and considered in the final environmental review. We can make our voices opposing this pipeline heard if we have too many signatures for them to ignore.
In August, a federal judge ruled that the federal review of the pipeline was inadequate – so the Trump Administration came back just 37 days later with another rushed job claiming the impacts of the project would be ‘minor.’ Yet just last year, the Keystone 1 pipeline spilled more than 200,000 gallons of dirty oil in South Dakota.
We can't let the Trump administration re-write the facts about the harm Keystone XL would do to the climate and communities. Share this action now.
There are only 8 days left before the deadline. This fight is about to ramp up, but we’re ready. There are three active lawsuits, 17,000+ people ready to take peaceful action in solidarity with Indigenous communities on the route if called upon, and a strong coalition led by Indigenous leaders that’s prepared to take on whatever comes.
Keystone XL would be game over for the climate
– and we must stop it with everything we’ve got.”

    Bold Iowa,, in conjunction with Indigenous Iowa, stated in an E-mail, October 9, 2018, “In a world where it seems that most news is bad news, I’m sorry to have to pile on. But it’s better to know the truth than to live in denial — and if the truth doesn’t always set you free, it at least let’s you know what you’re up against and gives you a fighting chance to push back.
So, here’s the bad news: Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) is planning to lay a second pipeline across Iowa!
Last week, I received an anonymous call from a long-time professional in the oil industry. I’m by nature cautious and not inclined to believe claims that aren’t well founded. So, I spent close to three hours on the phone with the caller. I also did a whole lot of additional research to corroborate what they told me.
Sorry to say, but their claim adds up. Just as ETP was quiet about DAPL #1 in 2014 — not letting the public know until it had bought off Iowa’s political establishment and had its ducks in a row — ETP wants to keep this new pipeline under wraps as long as possible.
We can’t let that happen! If we are to defeat this new pipeline, we have to start organizing NOW. One of Bold Iowa’s next steps is to determine what exactly ETP has to do to site the new pipeline, since it’s not immediately clear what existing easements allow.
Beyond that, there are three things YOU can do to help. Here’s our call to action:
1. Ask state and federal candidates running for office in Iowa if they support or oppose a second Dakota Access pipeline running diagonally across Iowa. We especially need to know where the candidates for governor and US Congress stand, but also candidates for the state legislature. Ask them (documented with a video if possible), let us know what they say, and we’ll spread the word so voters know.
2. Donate to Bold Iowa. We need your financial support to keep this fight going. Please consider a monthly donation as that gives us the solid base we need to focus on our work. We already spend way less time fundraising than most non-profits, and our monthly donors make that possible.
3. Share this press release through your social media connections and with any member of the mainstream media you have a connection with. Here’s a link to the release and the full text:
Contact: Ed Fallon at (515) 238-6404 and or Christine Nobiss at (319) 331-8034.

    The Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition, “Atlantic Coast Pipeline,”, visited October 28, 2018, stated, “ The environmental cost of Dominion's proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline is unacceptable.
The proposed pipeline will cross the central Allegheny Highlands, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the adjacent valleys. It will cut through 30 miles of national forest and cross numerous rivers, streams, and wetlands. This area represents the heart of the remaining wild landscape in the eastern United States, and it is a major biodiversity refugium that can only increase in rarity and importance.
The proposed pipeline will be 42 inches in diameter, requiring excavation of an 8 to 12-foot-deep trench and the bulldozing of a 125-foot-wide construction corridor straight up and down multiple steep-sided forested mountains. It will require construction of heavy-duty transport roads and staging areas for large earth-moving equipment and pipeline assembly. It will require blasting through bedrock, and excavation through streams and wetlands. It will require construction across unstable and hydrologically sensitive karst terrain.
Pipeline construction on this scale, across this type of steep, well-watered, forested mountain landscape, is unprecedented
It will be impossible to avoid degradation of water resources, including heavy sedimentation of streams, alteration of runoff patterns and stream channels, disturbance of groundwater flow, and damage to springs and water supplies.
It will be impossible to avoid fragmentation and degradation of intact, high-integrity forests, including habitat for threatened and endangered species and ecosystem restoration areas.”
The Pipeline Compliance Surveillance Initiative (CSI), a program of the Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance (ABRA), is working to crowdsource oversight of Atlantic Coast Pipeline construction.
In support of this effort, ABRA has published the CSI Mapping System 4.0, a unique online geographic information system that includes user-selectable environmental layers and provides access to construction plans and aerial photography of construction in progress. Citizens, technical and legal experts, and even regulatory agency personnel, can access the CSI Mapping System to check actual construction for compliance with agency-approved construction plans.”
    “ When the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved construction of the ACP in late 2017, it made its approval conditional upon approvals from other regulatory agencies. However, when a U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in May 2018 voided one of the required approvals, Dominion continued with construction of the ACP and FERC did nothing to stop it. Only after the Court voided another permit in August of 2018 and reconfirmed its earlier ruling, did FERC finally issue a stop work order. By then ACP construction activity in West Virginia included over 30 miles of right-of-way clearing and excavation, extensive trenching, and deployment of over 30,000 feet of pipe in the construction corridor. Although Dominion was on notice that it lacked an essential approval when it chose to continue with construction, FERC has accepted Dominion’s request that it be allowed both to complete installation of deployed pipe in previously excavated trench and to excavate additional trench in steep slope areas. Dominion is gaming the system, and FERC is playing along.”
    “The SCIENCE IS MISSING,” June 7, 2018, “ DEQ’s waterbody crossing conclusions are without valid support.
The Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition has issued a new report entitled
The Agency Has No Records . . . DEQ’s Failure to Use Sound Science to Protect Virginian’s from Pipeline Threats .
The report describes Virginia DEQ’s responses to a series of records requests DPMC filed in the last two months to discover what evidence DEQ has to support its claims that a Corps of Engineers permit will protect Virginia waters where the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline propose to dig and
blast through streams and wetlands.
In nearly every case, DEQ was forced to admit it had no such records, showing that it has not applied the most basic scientific protocols to ensure these waterbody crossings can meet Virginia water quality standards. Administration officials have told the Governor, the State Water Control Board, and the public that it has conducted certain investigations and analyses. However, the results of our information requests refute those claims and show promises that Virginia is relying on science to make decisions have been empty.”

WildEarth Guardians, “Guardians moves to block 3,500 new fracking wells in Wyoming: Wells located next to iconic Wind River Range,” September 27, 2018,, “Guardians yesterday moved to block the Trump administration’s approval of 3,500 new fracking wells in western Wyoming. The wells would be located next to the state’s iconic Wind River Range.
Over 10 years, 3,500 new oil and gas wells would be drilled across 220 square miles of public lands in the Upper Green River region of western Wyoming, a vast expanse of sagebrush steppe that is vital habitat for wildlife including sage grouse, mule deer, and pronghorn.
Adding insult to injury, the Upper Green River area already has a smog problem, which stems directly from a surge in oil and gas development. According to the Bureau of Land Management, the new fracking project would release hundreds more tons of volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides (pollutants that form ozone, a key ingredient of smog) each year.”

Action Network stated, October 5, 2018,, “ Under US pressure, Colombia's president Duque is planning on resuming aerial fumigations. This is despite widespread research indicating that supply-side eradication doesn't work. What's more, glysophate has detrimental impacts such as respiratory problems, soil contamination, displacement of communities, miscarriages and eradication of food crops. Write your Representative to demand that this practice be stopped!”

Ciel, October 8, 2018,, stated “ Today, we’re celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the United States — a time to commemorate the history and culture of Indigenous Peoples across the country and reflect on how we can deepen our solidarity with them in light of the current and historical oppression many Indigenous communities have faced.
Around the world, Indigenous communities continue to confront threats to their traditional lands, cultures, and livelihoods. In a new case, we are supporting Indigenous Ngäbe and Buglé communities who live on Panama’s Atlantic Coast to contest a project that would threaten their very way of life : a 330-km electrical transmission line. The transmission line puts the rights of local communities at risk, traversing the ancestral lands and territories of the Ngäbe and Buglé and some of the last untouched rainforests in the country.
The Ngäbe and Buglé have lived on these lands for thousands of years, yet the Panamanian government has yet to legally recognize the rights of all Indigenous groups in the region to their land — a collective right protected under international law. This lack of recognition has made it incredibly difficult for communities to exercise their right to free, prior, and informed consent regarding development projects, like the transmission line, that could threaten their homes — and the cultural values, traditions, and ethnic identities that are tied to those ancestral territories.
Yet it’s not the transmission line alone that has communities worried. It’s the threat of an even bigger rush of development that would come along with itfrom new roads that would tear up the land to massive mining projects that would pollute the rivers.
Backing this project is some $2 million from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank’s private lending arm. With CIEL's support, communities are bringing their concerns to both the Bank and Panama's state-owned National Transmission Company ETESA. They are requesting a dialogue with the company and an investigation into whether the failure to consult local Indigenous communities violates the IFC’s own social and environmental policies.
Now, the IFC’s accountability office is moving forward with the complaint: Communities will be meeting with the accountability office this week in Panama as the first step toward a dialogue with the company behind the project.
The Ngäbe and Buglé communities are working to ensure their right to participate in decision-making that affects them, and we are honored to support their struggle; join us in celebrating Indigenous Peoples in Panama and around the world, today and every day.
In Solidarity, Carla García Zendejas, Director, People, Land, & Resources.
P.S. Indigenous communities are on the frontlines of many environmental threats, including climate change. That’s why we’re also working with partners from the International Indigenous Peoples' Forum on Climate Change to highlight States' commitments to respect and protect Indigenous Peoples’ rights and traditional knowledge when implementing the Paris Climate Agreement. Our joint report will help advocates push for rights-based climate action at the upcoming climate negotiations in Katowice, Poland, in December.”

Sum of Us reported by E-mail, November 8, 2018, “ Last Friday Pepsi’s business partner Indofood had its palm oil mill and estates' "sustainability certificate" taken away.
Over 240,000 SumOfUs members signed the petition demanding the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) take action against the industry laggard, for exploiting its workers and destroying Indonesia’s rainforest.
Thousands more tweeted and shared a campaign video paid for by SumOfUs members. Together, we pressured the world’s leading palm oil certification body to respond. That's something to celebrate!
Now’s our chance to get Pepsi to finally cut ties with Indofood. Pepsi still cashes in obscene profits from a joint venture partnership with the company, and Pepsi has a new CEO who hasn’t heard from SumOfUs members yet.
Can you help make this victory count by telling Pepsi to distance itself from the toxic palm oil company for good?”
Our allies at Rainforest Action Network first revealed Indofood’s abuses two years ago. Together, SumOfUs members used our collective power to drive up pressure this summer and achieve these sanctions.”
    For more information go to Rainforest Action Network at:

A group of Dine environmentalist demonstrated against the continuance of the Navajo Generating Station on the Navajo Nation at the headquarters of Avenue Capital Group, in New York City, which was considering funding the station (Alexis Egeland, "Dine take NGS protest to Manhattan," Navajo Times, September 13, 2018).

     In Germany, in September, Police began clearing protesters who have been living in a dozen tree houses (at one time there were 60) for several years in an attempt to protect what was left of the once vast Hambach forest from the expansion of an RWE open pit coal mine. The protestors pointed out the contradiction between Germany's pledge to greatly reduce carbon emissions and its continuing allowance of coal mining and burning (Melissa Eddy, "In Germany, Coal Protest in Old Forest Is Quashed," The New York Times, September 15, 201 5).

[tag]“Expired! Congress failed to renew the most important program for funding parks and protecting special places,” The Wilderness Society, October 11, 2018,, stated, “ Our parks and wildlands could suffer drastically unless you act now. Congress failed to renew America’s top program for protecting parks and our outdoors, but we’re trying to fix that.
The Land and Water Conservation Fund (or LWCF) is an enormously popular program that was established in 1964 to fund conservation and outdoor recreation initiatives. It enjoys widespread support among Democrats and Republicans because it has paid for projects in just about every community in America – and it does so WITHOUT USING TAXPAYER DOLLARS.
The LWCF has been used to protect iconic landscapes in all 50 states, including thousands of places you love from the Grand Canyon to your local ballfield. The fund draws on revenues from oil and gas drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf to pay for these projects. It’s a way of giving back to our public lands some of what was taken from them.
It’s unthinkable that Congress has failed to renew a landmark, bipartisan program that pays for itself. Public land projects supported by the LWCF could be thrown into limbo.
We are working hard to permanently renew this program that has helped protect parks, wildlands and open spaces for decades. We need your help .

    A Shinnecock Indian claiming the traditional right to fish off the Shinnecock reservation at East End Long Island was arrested by New York Environmental Conservation officers for fishing illegally, and catching baby eels, which is illegal in the state, which sell for high prices (Corey Kilgannon, "Indians in the Hamptons Stake Claim to a Tiny Eel With a Big Payday," The New York Times, February 1, 2018).

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    The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) reported the following:
    " NCAI Applauds Congress for Passing Strong 2018 Farm Bill for Indian Country
NCAI Applauds Congress for Passing Strong 2018 Farm Bill for Indian Country,
December 12, 2018,, stated, "Today, in a 369-47 vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 2018 Farm Bill, which includes a historic number of tribal provisions.
    'NCAI applauds the work of the Conference Committee; Senate and House Agriculture Committee leadership Chairman Pat Roberts, Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, Chairman Mike Conaway, and Ranking Member Collin Peterson; and Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Chairman John Hoeven and Vice Chairman Tom Udall for their tireless commitment to the passage of this bill,' said NCAI President Jefferson Keel. 'This legislation recognizes the governmental status of tribal nations and the role tribal growers and producers have in the food systems and resource management practices that affect the daily lives of all Americans. We look forward to President Trump’s swift signing into law of the 2018 Farm Bill.'
    The passage of the 2018 Farm Bill in the House comes on the heels of the U.S. Senate passing the bill in an 87-13 vote on Tuesday, which followed the release of the 2018 Farm Bill Conference Report by the House-Senate Conference Committee late on Monday.
    Coordinating closely with tribal nations, the Native Farm Bill Coalition, tribal organizations, and other partners, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) worked to ensure that the voices of our tribal leaders, citizens, and communities were heard and recognized.
Below is a list of key provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill that will benefit Indian Country:
·  Expansion of Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act contracting authority (638 authority) to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations;
·  Expansion of 638 authority for Tribal Forest Protection Act management activities at USDA and the U.S. Department of the Interior, as well as eligibility for tribal nations to exercise Good Neighbor authority for forest management agreements with USDA and states (both of these measures will help tribal nations prevent wildfires from spreading from federal lands to tribal forest lands);
·  Establishment of a Tribal Advisory Committee at USDA to identify issues and make recommendations to the Secretary; and
·  Recognition that the Office of Tribal Relations is an important function of USDA that should be within the Office of the Secretary.
    The 2018 Farm Bill will now head to the President for his signature.
For more information about the 2018 Farm Bill Conference Report, read the House and Senate Agriculture Committees’ full press release here and the full Farm Bill Conference Report here.
    For more information about the individual tribal provisions, visit the Native Farm Bill Coalition website""

    "Statement from the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA), the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), Native American Rights Fund (NARF), and the Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA) about the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) judgment stay pending appeal," December 4, 2018,, stated, " Yesterday’s decision to stay the District Court’s ruling in Brackeen v. Zinke pending appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is welcome news for Indian children and families, especially in states like Texas where efforts already were underway to remove ICWA’s protections. ICWA remains the law of the land and applicable in all 50 states. The critical work between states and tribes to apply the ‘gold standard in child welfare’ by keeping Indian children with their family and community will continue.”
    NCAI President Jefferson Keel (Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma) said:
    'The stay granted yesterday by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is a welcome and positive step. It means that no Indian child who encounters the child welfare system in Texas, Indiana and Louisiana during this time should be denied the protections and safeguards afforded them under the Indian Child Welfare Act. NCAI will continue to support the intervening Tribal Nations and the Department of Justice as they fight to protect the best interests of all Indian children across the United States through the Indian Child Welfare Act.'
    NARF Staff Attorney Dan Lewerenz (Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska) said:
    'The Fifth Circuit made the right decision. ICWA is not some new, unimplemented statute that can be set aside without repercussions. It is an Act of Congress, 40 years tried and true, that is intricately woven into state and tribal child welfare systems. Its unraveling would have had serious and harmful effects on dozens, if not hundreds, of Native children. We’re glad that the Fifth Circuit recognizes that.'"

    "National Native Organizations NCAI and AAIA File Brief Opposing President Trump’s Attempt to Decimate Bears Ears National Monument," NCAI and AAIA, November 19, 2018,, stated, "Today, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and the Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA) filed a 'friend of the Court' brief supporting the ongoing legal challenge to the Administration’s attempt to diminish most of the Bears Ears National Monument. Five Tribal Nations – the Hopi Tribe, Navajo Nation, Ute Indian Tribe, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, and Zuni Tribe – filed the lawsuit last year, arguing that the Administration’s action violates the Antiquities Act of 1906.
    The NCAI-AAIA brief provides a national perspective on the importance of Bears Ears and the perils of the Administration’s unprecedented move. In particular, they identify specific landmarks, structures, and objects of cultural, historic, and religious importance to tribal nations not otherwise represented in the case, including many Pueblos of New Mexico. According to NCAI and AAIA, all these sites and artifacts – many of which are considered sacred – face significant risk of being forever damaged, lost, or destroyed if the Administration’s action is allowed to stand.
    NCAI and AAIA also emphasize the unique role Tribal nations played in creating the Bears Ears National Monument. According to their brief, 'Bears Ears is the first national monument protected at the request of Tribes and the first to be collectively managed by…representatives from multiple Tribes.' The Administration, however, has attempted to strip away tribal involvement in the management of Bears Ears at the same time the protections themselves are eliminated.
    'NCAI’s brief brings together knowledge and perspectives from a wide variety of tribes – to help the Court understand how important Bears Ears is to thousands of Indian citizens,' NCAI General Counsel Derrick Beetso explained. 'We especially appreciate the contributions of the All Pueblo Council of Governors – who represent the 20 Pueblos of New Mexico and Texas – in helping us put together critical new information for the Court’s consideration.'
    'One of AAIA’s primary initiatives is to advocate for the protection of sacred lands and Native American cultural resources,' according to AAIA Executive Director Shannon Keller O’Loughlin. 'Without the designation of Bears Ears as a National Monument where Tribal management is a cornerstone to the Monument’s protection, our sacred Bears Ears will be lost to development – and so will our faith in the government-to-government relationship between Tribal nations and the U.S. government.'”

    "National Congress of American Indians and Native American Rights Fund Oppose the Nomination of Eric Miller to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit," NCAI and NARF, October 16, 2018,, stated, "Today, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Executive Committee adopted an emergency resolution opposing the nomination of Eric Miller to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. NCAI and the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) had previously sent a joint letter to the Chair and Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee expressing their grave concerns about Mr. Miller’s nomination.
     'Our concern is that [Miller] chose to build a law practice on mounting repeated challenges to tribal sovereignty, lands, religious freedom, and the core attribute of federal recognition of tribal existence. His advocacy has focused on undermining the rights of Indian tribes, often taking extreme positions and using pejorative language to denigrate tribal rights. Indeed, his law firm website touts his record, with over half his private practice achievements coming at the expense of tribal governments,' said NCAI and NARF leadership.
    Today’s emergency resolution immediately responds to reports that the Senate leadership will proceed with Miller’s nomination hearing during the Congressional recess next week.
     'We are gravely concerned that the Committee is planning to consider this nominee at a time when members of Congress are not in D.C. and will not be able to fully examine his record on Indian law issues,' said NCAI President Jefferson Keel. 'This is not how a lifetime appointment to a federal court with jurisdiction over 427 federally recognized Indian tribes should be handled.'
    Both NCAI and NARF are committed to protecting the rights of tribal governments. For nearly two decades, NCAI and NARF have jointly advocated for the nomination and confirmation of federal judges who, along with their commitment to uphold the Constitution, are committed to the principles of tribal sovereignty, treaty rights, and the federal trust responsibility enshrined within it. Mr. Miller’s record reflects hostility toward tribal sovereignty, treaty rights, and the federal trust responsibility, or their role in the Constitution and federal law.
    Read the full NCAI Resolution #DEN-18-042 at:, along with the joint letter NCAI and NARF sent to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on August 21, 2018 on questions and concerns regarding Eric Miller’s nomination."

    "NCAI Urges Senate to Consider Judge Kavanaugh’s Views on Federal Indian Law and the Governmental Status of Tribal Nations During Upcoming Confirmation Process," NCAI, July 10, 2018,, stated, " The United States Senate faces a momentous decision in the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. Jefferson Keel, President of the National Congress of American Indians, urges the Senate to consider Judge Kavanaugh’s views on the law as it pertains to tribal nations: 'Unfortunately, many law schools leave tribal nations and federal Indian law out of their curriculum. Too many judges encounter Indian law questions for the first time on the bench. Most have never visited an Indian reservation. Tribes strongly encourage the Senate to consider the nominee’s understanding of and experience with federal Indian law, specifically his commitment to uphold the unique political status of tribal governments under the U.S. Constitution and treaties with the United States during the confirmation process.' NCAI and its partner the Native American Rights Fund will analyze Judge Kavanaugh’s record in the coming weeks.
    NCAI Executive Director Jacqueline Pata urged consideration of Kavanaugh’s views on other issues of great importance to tribal nations such as climate change. For example, Justice Kennedy was the swing vote on Massachusetts v. EPA, an important decision regarding the EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases. 'Indigenous peoples of North America depend on local natural resources more directly than other populations, and are disproportionately vulnerable to climate change,' said Pata. 'Native foods and fisheries are declining, and tribal access to traditional foods and medicines is often limited by reservation boundaries. The federal trust responsibility merits strong and urgent action to preserve the vitality, uniqueness, and diversity of tribal ecosystems and cultures. The Supreme Court will have an increasingly important role in protecting these resources for future generations.'
Pata also urged the Senate to consider voting rights during the confirmation process, where     Kennedy was the pivotal fifth vote on decisions that limited voting rights: 'Voting rights are first-generation rights along with freedom of speech, the right to a fair trial, and freedom of religion. Yet American Indian and Alaska Native voters continue to encounter language barriers, enormous distances to polling places, arbitrary changes in voter identification laws, purged voter rolls, and intimidation and animosity in reservation border towns that disenfranchise Native voters. Equal access to voting is not only a matter of fairness, but it is a fundamental civil right afforded to all citizens, including American Indians and Alaska Natives.'
    NCAI President Jefferson Keel urged tribal leaders to closely follow the confirmation proceedings for Judge Kavanaugh: 'Justice Kennedy was a key vote on many important issues for Indian Country and the country at large. It is critical that we all communicate with our Senators about the pending confirmation vote to ensure that tribal sovereignty and treaty rights are honored by the Supreme Court for decades to come.'”

    "NCAI Objects to the Department of the Interior’s Decision on the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and Questions What It Means to the Future of Indian Country," NCAI, September 11, 2018,, stated, " The National Congress of American Indians disagrees strongly with the Department of the Interior’s recently announced decision affecting the tribal homelands of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.
    In the decision, the Department (DOI) failed to consider the totality of the Tribe’s evidence in determining whether or not the Tribe was “under the jurisdiction” of the Federal Government in 1934. Instead, the Tribe was unfairly expected to prove that each individual submitted piece of evidence on its own proved that the Tribe was under federal jurisdiction, rather than viewing the collective evidence presented by the Tribe and then making a determination based on all of the assembled facts.
     DOI rendered this unfounded decision despite the fact the Tribe presented evidence that Mashpee Wampanoag children, enrollees of the federal Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania, were subjected to the most repugnant policies toward Indians during that era – the forced removal of Native children from their tribal homes so they could be stripped of their cultures and languages. The Tribe also presented evidence that the Office of Indian Affairs considered the Tribe in several large policy discussions, including whether to remove certain groups of Indians from their reservations. In addition, the Tribe provided evidence that a United States (U.S.) Attorney represented the Tribe’s interests in court, but DOI suggested that the Tribe needed to show the actual authorization from the Federal Government enabling the U.S. Attorney to take the case, or some other comparable indicia that a U.S. Attorney was acting on behalf of the Federal Government other than his title at the time he provided the Tribe his services.
    Furthermore, the Tribe presented evidence that its lands and people were included in various federal reports documenting Indian tribes at various points in history. However, the decision rejects this clear evidence of federal jurisdiction by inexplicably claiming that these federal reports – in some cases commissioned by Congress – somehow do not constitute “exercises” of federal jurisdiction. DOI also failed to mention the plenary authority exercised by the Federal Government over Indian tribes (as that term is used in the Constitution), much less applicable canons of construction, both of which should have been material factors in making this momentous decision.
     This decision severely restricts the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s sovereignty and its ability to exercise meaningful self-governance. In addition, the Tribe’s reservation is now threatened with disestablishment. The Tribe is effectively stripped of important 'reliance interests' that will affect the social service programs it provides to its citizens, as well as the economic development ventures (including gaming) that the Tribe relies on to support critical tribal government functions and provide job opportunities to its people.
     NCAI is extremely disappointed in this decision, as it reflects the obvious failure of the Federal Government to uphold its trust responsibility to Indian tribes. NCAI demands an immediate response from the Department as to whether this decision indicates that the Administration’s current land policy towards Indian tribes is one of 'how to get to no.'”

    "Official Statement of NCAI President Jefferson Keel on the Forced Separation of Immigrant Families," NCAI, June19, 2018,, stated, “ The forced separation of immigrant children from their families is simply immoral and harkens back to a dark period for many Native American families. For decades, the U.S. government stole Native children from their parents and forced them into boarding schools hundreds and sometimes thousands of miles away. Our communities know too well the intergenerational psychological trauma that will flow from the actions that the United States is taking today. Congress and the President should take heed of such abhorrent mistakes from the past and actually live the moral values this country proclaims to embody by immediately ending this policy and reuniting the affected children with their parents. Families belong together.”

    "Leading National Civil Rights and Racial Justice Organizations Condemn Backroom Ploy by Washington NFL Team to Get New Stadium Deal through Congress," NCAI, December 13, 2018,, reported, "Today, nine leading national civil rights and racial justice organizations jointly condemned an attempt by the Washington National Football League (NFL) team to attach a rider to the FY 2019 appropriations bill currently before Congress that would pave the way for the team to build a new stadium at its preferred location in the District of Columbia while keeping the “R-word” racial slur as the team’s name and mascot.
    On Saturday, the Washington Post reported that team owner Daniel Snyder, in a move that would limit public debate, has been working with the Administration and some Washington, D.C. city officials to insert a provision into the bill that would enable the team to clear some significant hurdles that stand in its way of building a new stadium at the site of the team’s former home at Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) Memorial Stadium.
     In August, these same nine civil rights and racial justice organizations issued a joint statement calling upon the team to change its name and mascot as a condition of this stadium relocation effort. In that statement, the coalition declared the R-word the “moral equivalent of the N-word,” and demanded the team and NFL throw this “ dictionary-defined racial slur into the dustbin of history, where it belongs.”
    It also took particular exception with proposals to locate the new stadium at the RFK Stadium site, given that the R-word would be an affront to the legacy of Robert F. Kennedy, who was an ardent champion of equality for communities of color, notably this country’s First Americans . Events DC, the city’s official convention and sports authority, is planning a major redevelopment project at the site that will serve 'as a place of remembrance and a place of teaching and practicing the civil rights and equality ideals Robert F. Kennedy championed.'”

    "Celebrating the Second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day," NCAI, October 8, 2018,, stated, " Though many continue to call it Columbus Day, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) again proudly joins the growing number of tribal nations, states, counties, cities, and school districts that are instead celebrating the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples Day . In so doing, we honor the enduring social, cultural, and political survivance of tribal nations that authored the original story of America.
    'Long before Christopher Columbus stumbled upon what he thought was ‘India,’ the First Americans sustained thriving societies across this country,' said NCAI President Jefferson Keel. 'As we bring more awareness to this holiday, it is equally important to congratulate those who have risen to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day by acknowledging the rich histories, vibrant cultures, and resilience of contemporary tribal nations and peoples. Today is a day in which we all come together to respect our histories and unique heritage.'
    The first peoples whose cultures and inherent governance structures predate the United States government enjoy an unique political relationship with the federal government. NCAI is grateful to those who uplift our stories by supporting and recognizing Indigenous Peoples Day. Through education, outreach, and political engagement we can make a difference. We can re-author our histories, take control of our futures and grow the modern tribal governments entrusted to represent their peoples’ interests alongside federal, state, and local governments.
    In 2011, NCAI passed a resolution advocating for the renaming of the second Monday of October to Indigenous People Day. NCAI has seen a ground-swell of support encouraged by the resolution. Join NCAI in the movement to change the second Monday in October to Indigenous Peoples Day by educating friends and family and contacting your school boards, city councils, mayors, state legislators, governors, and members of Congress."
“Contribute to help Native Americans in North Dakota vote,” Daily Kos, October 17, 2018,, stated, “The Supreme Court delivered a major defeat for Native American voting rights when it allowed the implementation of North Dakota’s Republican-backed voter ID law.
Now, voters in North Dakota are required to present documentation of a residential address instead of just a post office box. This requirement is a naked attempt to suppress Native American voters, since those living on reservations often lack such an address and instead use a post office box, because the postal service doesn’t deliver mail to often remote reservations.
Fortunately, tribal identification must be accepted at the polls
. So Daily Kos has teamed up with North Dakota Native Vote—an organization working with local tribes to provide updated identification cards, or address verification documents to tribal citizens.

The Lakota People’s Law Project communicated by E-mail, October 25, 2018, “Last week, we shared a troubling story with you about Native voter suppression in North Dakota. We also told you of our plan to break through the barriers so that my Native brothers and sisters across the state can participate fully in the upcoming election. Since then, we’ve hit the ground running.
We’ve formed a partnership with my Standing Rock Sioux tribe and allied organization Four Directions, and our combined organizing and media awareness efforts are gaining more traction by the day. Over the past week, we’ve seen a big spike in the issuance of new IDs and we have done interviews with NBC, the New York Times, the Guardian, Pacifica Radio, Buzzfeed, Bustle, and many more. We are also contributing to the comprehensive canvassing campaign, and we’ll have transportation ready to take people to the polls on election day.
     In our new video [], I talk about why this effort could make a tremendous difference. As the election approaches, we’ll continue to lend LPLP’s support to Standing Rock with press and social media outreach, video production, and messaging — and by lending some of our top organizers to the larger team. Your gift today can help us empower more of my relatives on Standing Rock and around the state — and ultimately make the biggest impact possible this election season.
National interest is high because the stakes of this election are no secret: In a state as sparsely populated as North Dakota, political races can easily swing when tens of thousands of Native votes go uncast or uncounted. With so many close races nationally this fall, what happens here could have huge ramifications for all.
Our coalition has a 20-person outreach team on the ground, and we have already helped to generate several major press stories and hundreds of additional votes from Standing Rock tribal members. We expect our combined efforts to dramatically grow those numbers over the next two weeks.”
The Lakota People’s Law Project reported by E-mail, November 1, 2018, “It’s been an incredible week at Standing Rock! With your support, in tandem with the tribal office and our other partners, we are getting out the vote on a massive scale. We’re lending organizers to another partner that has employed 55 canvassers, and together we’ve knocked on countless doors and driven hundreds of people to get new, valid IDs so they can cast a ballot.
    The tribe has now issued approximately 500 new IDs to community members, and we have tripled the typical number of absentee ballots usually cast prior to election day! And, with one week left, these numbers will escalate rapidly

CREDO Action, “Tell Congress: Stop the Native American land grab,” November 24, 2018,, stated, “ It's absolutely deplorable: Western-state Republicans are once again attempting to rip sovereign tribal land away from Native Americans in Utah and give it to the fossil fuel industry. 1
After failed attempts in 2016 to strip lands from the Ute tribe, which more than 150,000 CREDO members opposed, Rep. Rob Bishop and Sen. Orrin Hatch are pushing hard for Congress to pass legislation once again to hand over Native reservation land to extractive industries during the lame-duck session just before Democrats take control of the House.
Their bill is not only a huge giveaway to the fossil fuel industry, it would also be the first Native American land grab in over 100 years. We must demand that Congress prevent this bill from ever getting a vote in Congress.
This legislation is just the latest attempt by Rep. Bishop and other enemies of Native and public lands to undermine sovereign land and water rights. In 2016, Bishop introduced legislation that would have stripped away protections for 100,000 acres of Ute tribal lands to allow for oil drilling and uranium mining and would have prevented then-President Obama from designating 18 million acres of unprotected land at Bears Ears a national monument. 2 And it's no surprise why: After becoming chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources, Rep. Bishop got a massive payout to his campaign, receiving hundreds of thousands in contributions from the energy, agribusiness and oil and gas industries. 3
In addition to stealing indigenous tribal lands, this Republican bill, dubbed the Emery County Public Land Management Act, would neglect to protect more than 1 million acres of public lands, transfer public lands to the state of Utah and allow for destructive, motorized recreational use. And according to the Grand Canyon Trust, ‘ Native American tribes were totally excluded from deliberations’ and ‘countless important rock art panels and other cultural sites are left available for oil and gas drilling, and that’s just unacceptable.’ 4
We stopped Republican efforts to steal Native lands before, and we can do it again. We must act now before the end of the congressional session to demand that Congress stop this modern-day Native American land grab.”
The Ute Indian Tribe PAC, ‘ FACT SHEET: Exposing Congressman Bishop's Misinformation on the Uncompahgre Reservation ,’ Oct. 9, 2018.
Dan Zukowski, ‘ Federal Bill Seeks First Native American Land Grab in 100 Years ,’ EcoWatch, Sept. 20, 2016.
Emma Baccellieri, ‘ For campaign cash, many lawmakers use a big map; Rob Bishop nears 93 percent out-of-state ,’ Open Secrets, July 8, 2016
Grand Canyon Trust, ‘ The Grand Canyon Trust opposes the Emery County Public Land Management Act of 2018 ,’ June 28, 2018.”

“Cultural Survival Stands With The Mashpee Wampanoag Nation,” Cultural Survival,
September 12, 2018,, commented, “ Cultural Survival condemns the recent Trump administration decision that could take the Mashpee Wampanoag land in Massachusetts out of trust. The land, which includes 150 acres in the town of Mashpee and another 170 acres in the city of Taunton, had been established into trust as of September 2015 by the Obama administration, after years of advocacy work by the Mashpee Tribe. This would mark the first time Native land has been taken out of trust since the “termination era” of the 1940s-1960s in which the US government intentionally attempted to assimilate Native Americans into the broader culture.
On September 7, 2018, Tara Sweeney, the recently-appointed Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, issued the decision that could pave the way for the reservation to be taken out of trust.
The Mashpee Wampanoag, the People of the First Light, have occupied the same region for over 12,000 years and have faced diminishment of their homelands since colonization. The lands of the Mashpee Wampanoag Reservation today represent less than one half of one percent of their original territories. The latest decision is a blow to Tribal sovereignty and undermines the future of and sustainability of the nation. For the Mashpee Wampanoag population, loosing their homelands would be devastating, says Cedric Cromwell, Tribal Chairman, who explained in a hearing that losing their trust lands would mean losing funding for services on their homeland and could mean the closing of language immersion schools.
In 2007, after decades of battling the US government, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe was finally federally recognized, however they are the only federally recognized Tribe in New England that does not have any statute that establishes protection for their land. The Mashpee Wampanoag have a right to their ancestral homelands, as recognized in the the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Article 25 states: ‘Indigenous peoples have the right to maintain and strengthen their distinctive spiritual relationship with their traditionally owned or otherwise occupied and used lands, territories, waters and coastal seas and other resources and to uphold their responsibilities to future generations in this regard’
Article 26 states ‘1. Indigenous peoples have the right to the lands, territories and resources which they have traditionally owned, occupied or otherwise used or acquired. 2. Indigenous peoples have the right to own, use, develop and control the lands, territories and resources that they possess by reason of traditional ownership or other traditional occupation or use, as well as those which they have otherwise acquired. 3. States shall give legal recognition and protection to these lands, territories and resources. Such recognition shall be conducted with due respect to the customs, traditions and land tenure systems of the indigenous peoples concerned.’
Cultural Survival stands with the Mashpee Wampanoag Nation and encourages US citizens to take action by calling their representatives to support senate bill 2628 and house bill 5244, ‘The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act.’ If passed, this bill would prevent the reservation from being taken out of trust, reports . The Senate bill is being sponsored by Sen. Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), who issued a joint statement: ‘The decision by the Trump administration to move forward with denying the Mashpee Wampanoag a right to their ancestral homeland and to keep their reservation is an injustice… America has a painful history of systematically ripping apart Tribal lands and breaking its word. We cannot repeat that history.’
Call your representative at (202) 224-3121. Ask to speak with your representatives, and then convey your support for Senate Bill 2628 and House Bill 5244 the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act.”

    "Cultural Survival Condemns The Trump Administration’s Zero-Tolerance Policy," Cultural Survival, June 22, 2018,, stated, " Migrants and asylum seekers are protected by international human rights, refugee, and humanitarian law. We believe that all people should be treated with dignity and respect, no matter what their country of citizenship, their country of residence, their legal status, ethnicity, or their economic conditions. International human rights law was created to protect the most vulnerable populations, and the United States has a moral and legal obligation to uphold those standards and to treat with dignity any human beings fleeing conditions of violence and economic injustice.
     Today, the vast majority of those crossing the US-Mexico border undocumented are coming from Central America, countries whose populations include high numbers of Indigenous Peoples. Indigenous Peoples in Central America disproportionately experience extreme poverty and marginalization, and make up a large majority of those who choose to migrate. Among the Central Americans arriving at our borders today are asylum seekers: Indigenous women and children escaping domestic violence, teens fleeing gang violence and recruitment, human rights defenders fleeing repercussions from oppressive governments. We deplore the Trump administration’s dehumanizing and disparaging language categorizing people who are migrating as drug dealers, rapists, murderers, and animals, and denounce Trump administration’s decision to treat migrants as criminals.
     Trump’s recent executive order to end his administration’s policy of separating undocumented immigrant families likely will not apply to the more than 2,300 children who have already been taken from their parents, and will now result in the indefinite incarceration of innocent children with their criminalized parents. It fails to recognize non-nuclear family relationships, meaning that aunts, uncles, grandparents and siblings many continue to be separated.
    'Once again, the ideology of conquest, racism, greed, and difference fuels our government policy-making against those seeking freedom, justice and equality and the rights that every human being should be accorded no matter where they are. We only have to look at the history of this country building walls, fences, internment camps, concentration camps and slavery to understand the deep seated and dark side of power, racism, and control that we have yet to move beyond, and the reality of it happening again,” stated Cultural Survival Executive Director Suzanne Benally (Santa Clara Tewa/ Navajo).
    Human rights go beyond politics as they are universal and recognize the inherent dignity and equality of all humans. They are universal, interdependent, and inalienable. We all have a moral obligation to uphold human rights for everyone, especially vulnerable populations. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a reminder of rights and responsibilities that we all have.
    As citizens, we can hold governments accountable for their obligations to respect, protect, and fulfill human rights. The duty to fulfill human rights extends equally to individuals, organizations, corporations, government, and all other institutions.
    Article 1 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights states: 'All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.'
    Article 14 states: '(1) Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.
    (2) This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.'
Article 25 states:
    'Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.'
    We call on everyone to continue to ask questions about how all children will be reunited with their families and demand answers to the continued incarceration of families in detention centers. We ask that you continue to put political pressure on political leaders to end the human rights abuses, and the unjust and inhumane policies and practices towards undocumented migrants."

    Daisy Finch, "Cronkite News: Ancestral tribal sites threatened by copper mine: Native Americans hope to protect ancestral sites threatened by multibillion-dollar copper mine ," IndianZ, December 11, 2018,, reported, " Resolution Copper plans to develop the mine east of Superior and predicts the mine will meet about a quarter of the nation’s demand for copper once it is in full production. The company says the mine, which may cost as much as $8 billion, is the “ largest single investment in Arizona history.”
    It has been passionately opposed by some Native Americans who say it will destroy a sacred site near Oak Flat Campground in the Tonto National Forest about 70 miles east of Phoenix."

Nani Omerod, “Hawaiians Oppose Plans For Kamehameha Bio-Film,” Cultural Survival, September 21, 2018,, reported, “ A coalition of Indigenous Hawaiian scholars, activists and filmmakers are speaking out against Dwayne ‘The Rock’Johnson’s second attempt to produce and star in a biographical motion picture about King Kamehameha the Great. Citing cultural appropriation and historical wrongs perpetrated against the Hawaiian people, they say that Johnson, and producer-director Robert Zemeckis have no right to use Kamehameha’s story. Nor do they have the right to create what would be construed as their intellectual or artistic property based on the King’s life.
‘Let’s be clear, this movie is not by or for the Indigenous people of Hawaii,’ said Healani Sonoda-Pale, longtime activist, and spokesperson for Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi Political Action Committee. ‘If made, it would be in spite of us, and it would serve the U.S. military and tourism industries in Hawaii, not the Hawaiians. It would be about the haole (foreign) perspective of us, our history, and our struggle, and ultimately it would justify the ongoing illegal occupation of Hawaii by the U.S.’
Her reference to the U.S. presence in Hawaii has become ubiquitous locally and abroad; legal and political challenges to the U.S. takeover are a constant refrain that have been used to stop everything from new telescopes on Mauna Kea to commercial real estate developments.
On the issue of whether or not Mr. Johnson’s part-Samoan ancestry makes him the right person to play the role, Sonoda-Pale said, ‘From a traditional Hawaiian perspective, Hawaiian mō‘ī — Hawaiian royalty — and their moʻolelo (stories) are sacred, and are not intended for Hollywood exploitation. What he is attempting to do is a form of desecration. Also, I am an Indigenous Hawaiian who has Samoan ancestry. I don’t get these things confused. The Rock is NOT a descendant of Hāloa. Only Hawaiians, such as Kamehameha, trace our genealogy back to Hāloa. The Rock is not Hawaiian, he has no kuleana (entitlement and responsibility) to our stories.’
Others, along with Sonoda-Pale, disagree with any plans for a movie, which is expected to cost more than $100 million. Native Hawaiian filmmaker and journalist, Anne Keala Kelly, has published dozens of articles, op-eds and essays, often on the subject of Hawaiian representation, and she produced and directed an award-winning feature length documentary about Hawaiian resistance.
One of Kelly’s articles, ‘Haolewood,’ about Johnson’s first attempt to make this film, was a Honolulu Weekly cover story in 2002. It included interviews with prominent Hawaiian intellectuals and political activists, all of whom criticized what Johnson was trying to accomplish. Their condemnation of the project led to its demise —or its 16-year hiatus. Last week, Kelly turned to social media when she heard about the project and posted that, and other articles she had written at the time, in an effort to galvanize Hawaiian opposition to the announcement.
‘This whole issue is troubling because Hawaiian representation is pretty much non-existent in media,’ Kelly said. ‘So, it’s easy for a movie star to prey on our vulnerabilities and divisions. The Rock’s way of getting an Academy Award is to turn Kamehameha into a Hawaiian Braveheart, which is in and of itself insulting to all Hawaiians. But at least 16 years ago there were Hawaiian leaders speaking out against what he was trying to do, and I had a place to publish their position. Now, there are no publications where Hawaiian resistance can be conveyed consistently. And because of social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram, it’s very easy to manipulate Hawaiians into agreeing to be subjugated.’
When asked why she thinks Misters Johnson and Zemeckis cannot make a film about Kamehameha that is respectful, Kelly said, ‘There are many cultural and genealogical reasons, and turning Hawaiian culture inside out to answer that question is just wrong. But suffice it to say they are using Kamehameha to undo what we know of ourselves and our mōʻī. Their intention is clear in what The Rock said on Instagram.’
She is referring to one of Johnson’s Instagram posts, saying that Kamehameha was “...the first to unite the warring Hawaiian islands—fulfilling a prophecy that surrounded his fabled life since birth and creating the powerful and spiritual 50th state as we know it today.” Kelly said, ‘The word fable means fiction. He also makes it sound like our kupuna (ancestors) were savages who needed to be tamed. Equally as disrespectful, in his mind the U.S. takeover of the Hawaiian Kingdom was a prophecy that Kamehameha ushered in. That’s a bald-faced lie. Kamehameha would never have agreed to become American, nor would he have agreed to let a Polynesian culture-pimp tell his story.’
Kelly’s distrust for Johnson is, in part, based on his role in Disney’s animated film, ‘Moana.’ She and many others say it turned the Demi-god, Maui, into a buffoon, and merchandized Pacific cultural beliefs. She said, “If we allow this film, they won’t stop until they have exploited all our ali‘i (royalty), all of our heritage to death, just like what Americans have done, and continue to do, to our land. Our identity, our stories, our land—all that is sacred to us is just real estate to them.’
Sonoda-Pale agrees. “There is nothing good in this for Indigenous Hawaiians. The only thing fueling this project is Dwayne The Rock Johnson’s fame, wealth, and privilege, all of which was provided to him by the American film industry. That industry works hand in hand with U.S. imperialism and has historically created racist portrayals of Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders to support U.S. hegemony and justify military control of the entire region. Indigenous Hawaiian culture, lands, stories and intellectual property are among the most merchandized in the world. And Hawaii is one of the most militarized places on earth. I do not trust that industry or Dwayne Johnson with Kamehameha’s story, even if The Rock is part-Samoan.”

Americans for Indian Opportunity (AIO),, (505)842-8677,, In late 2018 was facilitating a multi Indian organization effort to build community in Albuquerque, NM. This has included holding: Third Thursday Indian Lunches, Second Wednesday Cultural Nights and Fourth Thursday Evening Native Professional Meetings. AIO also has been serving tribes and Indian organizations in participatory problem solving and strategic planning, employing its Indigenous Leaders Interactive System (ILIS).
Among the Native Organizations involved in Albuquerque are: Native Health Initiative (, with a variety of programs including, educating health professions students about health equality and inequalities in Native communities; creating tribe-directed sustainable health projects; and youth empowerment toward healthy living.
Native Professional Parent Resource, Inc. (, "dedicated to empower, educate and provide support service to build healthy children and families." NAPPR's four key programs are: Tribal home visiting, Early Intervention, Early Head Start, and Dental Support Center.
     Native Voice Network (NVN),, "was founded in response to the need for a national voice for Native American families and communities in local and national policy issues impacting Native communities.
    More than thirty Native American organizations are members of the NVN, including grassroots community organizations, large-scale service providers and national institutions. NVN member organizations have diverse areas of interest and represent urban and rural tribal communities. 
    Native Voice Network Member Organizations include:
American Indian Center of Chicago
American Indian Community Council of Los Angeles
American Indians in Texas at the Spanish Colonial Mission
Americans for Indian Opportunity
Binational Center for the Development of Oaxacan Indigenous Communities
Black Mesa Water Coalition
Diné Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment
First Alaskans Institute
First Nations Development Institute
First People’s Fund
Hopi Foundation
Indian Law Resource Center
Kwatson Radio
Native American Community Development Institute
Native American Voter Alliance
Native American Youth and Family Center
Native Americans in Philanthropy
Native Youth Leadership Alliance
National Indian Child Welfare Association
National Urban Indian Family Coalition
Phoenix Indian Center
Red Eagle Soaring
Santa Fe Leadership Institute
Tewa Women United
Tonatierra Community Development Institute
Tucson Indian Center
Washington State Indian Civil Rights Commission."

Throughout 2018, Hawai'i Peoples Fund ( has continued to provide funding to grassroots organizations in the Islands, including Native groups working on justice, environmental, education and culture issues.

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    “We Are Still Here!” Indigenous Peoples March Is Heading to D.C.," Cultural Survival, December 07, 2018,, reported,

    " The Indigenous Peoples Movement is a collective of Indigenous activists, organizers, tribal leaders, social entrepreneurs, artists, educators, innovators, youth leaders, and change-makers who are working to build the collective power of Indigenous Peoples, communities and Nations. 
    On January 18, 2019, we are uniting the Indigenous Peoples across the world to stand together to bring awareness to the injustices affecting Indigenous men, women and children. Indigenous People from North, Central and South America, Oceania, Asia and the Caribbean are a target of genocide. The Indigenous Peoples March will be the first International march of its kind
- this is history in the making! 
     Currently, many Indigenous People are victims of voter suppression, divided families by walls and borders, an environmental holocaust, sex and human trafficking, and police/military brutality with little to no resources, nor awareness of this injustice
    We Must Unite and Help!! 
    We are inviting a ‘call to action’ for defenders of human and environmental rights to join us, in Washington DC, in front of the Office of Interior Affairs on January 18, 2019, at 8am (which is the day before the Women's March). This will be the first step of uniting our communities, tribes and nations in a universal cry for justice from the grassroots level and up.     This march is the beginning of building strong coalitions to make our homes, families, and lands a safe, protected, and a clean place to live. 
     The goal of The Indigenous Peoples Movement coalition is to eliminate the borders of our injustices, as it all starts with us! Whether it is asserting our inherent treaty rights to protect and manage traditional land, waterways, or to engage in our traditional knowledge, the Indigenous grassroots action is organized and strong!
     The Washington D.C. inaugural march will also explore the challenges and possible solutions to revitalize Indigenous Peoples’ identities and encourage the protection of their rights in or outside of their traditional territories.    
    Read more about Indigenous Peoples March and RSVP at:, Nathalie Farfan,, Kelly Holmes,, Event details:

    Indigenous Activists Networks, Defenders of the Land, Truth Campaign, Idle No More, "Indigenous Activist Networks Will Continue to Push Back Against Canada’s Pro- posed Indigenous Rights Recognition Framework Until it is Stopped," November 15, 2018, received via E-mail, stated, "Yesterday’s press report suggesting that the Federal government has killed its Rights Recognition Framework has already been contradicted by the Minister’s office. In fact, the offensive will, in the government’s own words, be “accelerated” in the coming months.
    – The misleading press CBC News press report stated in part:
     One of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's key promises on Indigenous rights — de- livered on Valentine's Day — won't come to pass before the next federal election, CBC News has learned.
     The Liberal government won't be tabling legislation to create its promised Federal Recognition and Implementation of Indigenous Rights Framework this fall as previously planned.
    Although the delay of the proposed legislation was referred to in the CBC news article it was not explicitly mentioned in the Statement from the Office of the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations also released yesterday:
     Attributable to the Minister’s office…
     Our Government is committed to advancing the framework, and to continue ac- tively engaging with partners on its contents
     Minister Bennett has led more than 100 engagement sessions since last spring with Indigenous organizations, communities and people to develop with The Recognition and Implementation of Indigenous Rights Framework. She is continuing to meet with Indigenous peoples on the Framework - in fact, this week she is meeting with First Nations in Alberta and Quebec.
    This framework will not be imposed on anyone except the federal government. The legislative and policy reforms we are committed to will get Ottawa out of the way so that Indigenous nations and governments can accelerate their path to self-determination.
     We continue to make substantial progress in accelerating the recognition and im- plementation of Indigenous rights through policy changes and the development of the Recognition of Rights and Self-Determination Tables
     We look forward to continue working with our partners on developing more of this crucial framework. [emphasis added]
    Our collective response to the CBC news article and the above Statement from Minister Bennett’s Office are as follows.
    First of all, if there is a really a delay in the legislative process—which remains to be seen—then we believe our national grassroots campaign contributed to this by putting pressure on many Chiefs, and their organizations, to publicly reject the federal “Rights Recognition Framework” legislation as a violation of our Inherent Indigenous Rights, Title and original Treaty Rights.
    Secondly, a delay of the “Framework” legislation is not a halt or a reset! The federal “Framework” is more than legislation, it involves changes to policy and negotiating agreements at “recognition tables”, as well as, comprehensive claims and self-government tables, which are being done in secret without our First Nation Peoples!
    The statement from Minister Bennett’s office clearly says: “ Our Government is commit- ted to advancing the framework, and to continue actively engaging with partners on its contents…We continue to make substantial progress…through policy changes and the development of the Recognition of Rights and Self-Determination Tables…We look for- ward to continue working with our partners on developing more of this crucial frame- work”. That doesn’t sound like a delay or reset to us!
    Therefore, we are not only continuing our campaign to stop the “Framework” process, but we are going to take actions to step up the pressure on the federal government and its First Nation “partners” to stop this colonial “Framework” process and respect our rights
    Our campaign is about stopping the Trudeau government’s secret, top down “Frame- work” because it is a direct threat to our sovereignty, our international right of self-deter- mination, our Treaties and our Aboriginal Title and Rights.
    Indigenous Activist Networks Spokesperson, Russ Diabo said “ The Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister only announced a delay not a stop or reset! I believe our grassroots campaign needs to be stepped up to convince the federal government to acknowledge their mistake in conducting a secret, top down approach to a new "nation-to-nation" relationship and a "reconciliation" process! This means stopping their colonial "Frame- work" process and start a process with Indigenous communities and Nations outside of Indian Act institutions and organizations from the ground up..”
Indigenous Activist Networks Spokesperson, Russ Diabo added “we must go ahead with the December 4th Day of Action to denounce the federal approach as colonial and we need to work internally within our Indigenous communities and Nations on what we mean by self-determination and not have it turned into a federal government municipal type funding program like they did with "self-government"!”
Indigenous Activist Networks Spokesperson, Rachel Snow said “ Many of us have been saying this federal “Rights Recognition Framework” is based on the objectives of the 1969 White Paper on Indian Policy and if adopted will domesticate our original Treaties with Great Britain. We have consistently asked AFN to provide a proper critical analysis of the federal government’s 10 Principles on Indigenous Relationships and dissolving the Department of Indian Affairs, which are part of the federal “Framework”, instead of just going along with the Federal agenda for funding purposes. So far, no response from AFN on the 10 Principles or federal restructuring. Meanwhile, Minister Bennett is still saying our Treaty rights are “section 35 Rights”. This is Wrong. Section 35 was put in place to protect the way of life guaranteed by Treaty. The section 37 First Ministers Conferences were to flesh out how Canada could continue their obligations to us—the original people. Section 35 is unfinished business; there needs to be a political agreement on this matter.”
[tag]In order to empower our youth to stop the “Framework”, our Indigenous Activist Networks are calling for a National Day of Action for December 4, 2018, in support of the AIAI (Association of Iroquois & Allied Indians) Rally to be held on Parliament Hill (stolen Algonquin Territory)! We ask our Elders, spiritual leaders, youth and adults to come to Ottawa for the Rally or hold an action in your own lands whether you are on the land, in a town or city!
    For More Information Contact: Communications Contact: Tori Cress at E-Mail:, Rachel Snow, Spokesperson, Cell: (403) 703-8464, Russ Diabo, Spokesperson, Cell: (613) 296-0110.

    Friends of the Earth, December 11, 2018,, stated, "In 2015 the palm oil company REPSA allegedly spilled toxic waste into Guatemala’s Pasion River, leaving local Mayan community members in a devastating food crisis. Then, when they fought back, Indigenous environmentalist Rigoberto Lima Choc was murdered and three human rights defenders were kidnapped.
    For years, REPSA sold its dirty palm oil to international agribusiness giants Cargill and Wilmar. Indigenous organizations in Guatemala asked for international help to get these two companies to condemn the atrocious human rights violations by cutting their ties with REPSA. And last year, engaged Friends of the Earth members like you helped push them to do just that. This was a major victory in holding multinational corporations accountable.
But things on the ground haven’t changed much -- and this week, Cargill and Wilmar will meet to consider re-establishing business with REPSA. So we need you to step up again and help protect communities in Guatemala from REPSA’s violence and destruction.
     Tell agribusiness giants Cargill and Wilmar to respect local communities and stay out of Guatemala’s conflict palm oil!
    A culture of violence and intimidation runs rampant in the Sayaxaché region of Guatemala, where the 2015 spill occurred. Meanwhile, REPSA has used all the means at its disposal to stall investigations into their corrupt practices.
    The good news is, REPSA’s horrible behavior has come to light. Several REPSA execs are currently awaiting trial for bribery. Workers have confessed that REPSA paid them to protest a legal order telling the company to suspend operations. A national movement led by indigenous farmers is demanding a total halt to the expansion of the palm oil industry in Guatemala.
    We fought for two years to get Cargill and Wilmar, the biggest buyers of palm oil in Central America, to suspend their contracts with REPSA -- and we succeeded. But Cargill and Wilmar along with other agribusiness companies are chomping at the bit to get REPSA’s products back into circulation. We need your help to stop them again.
     Help send 30,000 messages to Cargill and Wilmar: Tell them to stay out of Guatemala’s conflict palm oil and respect human rights.
    Any decision to buy from REPSA should be driven by the local communities whose lives are directly shaped by this destructive industry -- not by Cargill and Wilmar. But local organizations have expressly stated that there has been no consultation. Legal cases into the pollution, the murder, and even charges of bribery against company officials have not been properly investigated. Thousands of workers in REPSA’s fields have filed a list of grievances that have not been resolved.
    The network of affected communities has explicitly told Cargill and Wilmar that the decision to re-establish business is premature and based not on reality, but on commercial interest.
    In short, none of REPSA’s problems have been fixed. Clearly, Cargill and Wilmar want conflict palm oil back on the shelves to put more money back in their pockets -- and they’re willing to disregard community input and even people’s safety to make that happen.
Friends of the Earth members like you have stood with frontline communities in the past -- pressuring Cargill and Wilmar to cut ties with REPSA. Now we need you to speak out and stand with the people of the Sayaxaché region again. Can we count on your support?"

    John McPhaul, “Indigenous Peoples In Costa Rica Denounce Forced Removal From Legislature,” Cultural Survival, September 07, 2018,, reported, “On August 9, 2018, the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, the Costa Rican National Front of Indigenous Peoples made up of members of the Cabecare, Bribri, Teribe, Ngöbe and Ngöbe Bugle Peoples gathered at the National Assembly and issued a declaration stating that the Costa Rican government answered their call to pass an Indigenous autonomy law with ‘violence, ethnocide, impunity, humiliation, contempt and discrimination against the Indigenous Peoples of Costa Rica.’
‘On August 9, 2010, Indigenous delegates and representatives, sick and tired of waiting for a debate on the Autonomous Development of the Indigenous Peoples Law project, met in the Legislative Assembly in San José to demand a yes or no to that project,’ stated the declaration. ‘Their answer was to remove us with violence, beatings and dragging from the Legislative Assembly, as criminals.’
Indigenous leaders said that they returned to their ‘peoples and territories to continue with the struggle for autonomy, recovering [their] lands and territories, spirituality, cultures and strengthening [their] own organizations.’
‘Throughout these years of exercising our rights we have been shot, macheted, beaten, threatened with death, slandered, offended, imprisoned and denounced,’ said the declaration, ‘and despite all we have denounced, impunity prevails in all cases.’
The declaration stated that the State of Costa Rica, through its different administrations, has ignored the national and international laws that protect and safeguard the rights of Indigenous Peoples. The declaration comes as the controversy over the take-over of Indigenous lands in the southeastern region of Salitre continues to simmer.
Teribe and Bribri peoples in 2014 took their case to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and obtained an order obliging the government of Costa Rica to take precautionary measures to protect Indigenous Peoples against non-Indigenous settlers on Indigenous land
. In July 2012, Sergio Rojas, a Bribri community leader, led Bribri and Teribe community members in an effort to reclaim land within the Salitre Indigenous reserve in the Talamanca Mountains in southwestern Costa Rica.
Though the 11,700 hectares of land had been guaranteed to Indigenous communities by a 1977 Indigenous Law. The failure of the government to compensate landowners or control the illegal sale of the land to ‘white’ outsiders resulted in the displacement of Indigenous communities.
The government at the time said addressing Indigenous people’s complaints was complicated by the fact that various factions exit in Indigenous communities. While the territory belongs to the Bribri people, cases exist of Bribris married to outsiders or to the closely related Cabecar people, complicating ownership rights.
In the August 9 declaration, Indigenous leaders requested a meeting with President Carlos Alvarado to discuss and propose concerns and like the previous rulers, the President ignored requests, and on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, the day Indigenous Peoples of Costa Rica were violently evicted from the Legislative Assembly will be commemorated.
‘We reaffirm our struggle for our autonomy, land, and freedom. We maintain our slogan of total recovery of Indigenous territories, in the process of autonomous territorial affirmation, which includes land, territory, governance, culture and spirituality. We support the peoples who are recovering their territories and denounce any compensation that is intended to be made to the usurpers of our land.’”

More than 3000 Indigenous people gathered in Brazil's capital, in June 2018, for a five-day National Indigenous Mobilization calling for respect of their rights, the official marking of their territories, and opposition to invasion of their lands, especially by destructive mining, agriculture and lumbering, which have been increasing under a pro mining and agrobusiness government. The Mobilization also mourned the victims of state violence ("Brazil: Thousands of Indigenous Peoples Converge on Brasilia," Cultural Survival Quarterly, September 2018).

    "Survival International calls for Police Protection for Uncontacted Tribe," Survival International, December 4, 2018,, reported, " Survival International has called for an urgent increase in police protection for one of the world’s most vulnerable uncontacted tribes, after moves to protect their territory stalled.
     The Kawahiva tribe live in one of the most violent areas in Brazil, where rates of illegal deforestation have been the highest in the country. Many members of the tribe have been killed in recent decades.
    Violence from illegal loggers and ranchers means
FUNAI , Brazil’s Indigenous Affairs department, has been prevented from properly carrying out its work in the area, leaving the tribe exposed and at risk of annihilation.
The FUNAI team responsible for protecting the Kawahiva’s land requires police accompaniment for their safety and for their expeditions to monitor for illegal logging and evict invaders.
    In the Brazilian Amazon, a tiny group of uncontacted Indians teeters on the brink of extinction. Survival’s global campaign is pushing Brazil’s government to protect their land – the only way they can survive.
     Send an email urging Brazil’s Indigenous Affairs Department FUNAI to physically map out and protect the Kawahiva’s land, to give them a future.
     In April 2016, Brazil’s Minister of Justice signed a decree to create a protected indigenous territory on the tribe’s land to keep intruders out. This was a big step forward for the Kawahiva’s lands and lives, and followed pressure from Survival’s supporters around the world.
But efforts to map out and protect the territory, known as Rio Pardo, have stalled, and vital steps in the demarcation process have not been completed. Survival has been lobbying for this process to be accelerated and for police support for FUNAI’s work in the area.
     Survival has launched an emergency action, '4 weeks for the Kawahiva', to encourage Brazil’s government to map out their land and prevent their genocide before Jair Bolsonaro becomes President on 1 January.
    The Kawahiva’s territory lies within the municipality of Colniza, where around 90% of income is from illegal logging. The Kawahiva are nomadic hunter-gatherers, but are now living on the run. They flee the illegal invasions of their forest, which put them at risk of being wiped out by violence from outsiders looking to steal their land and resources, and from diseases like the flu and measles to which they have no resistance.
Jair Candor, the Coordinator of FUNAI’s Kawahiva team, said: “The only way to ensure their survival is to map out the land and put in place a permanent land protection team. Otherwise, they will be relegated to the history books, just like so many other tribal peoples of this region."
Stephen Corry, Director of Survival International, said today: “In the wake of John Allen Chau’s tragic attempt to contact the Sentinelese people, there has been a great increase in public support for uncontacted tribes to be left in peace. They are the most vulnerable peoples on the planet, but where their land is protected, they thrive.
    'The work of FUNAI and environmental protection agents is crucial for preventing the genocide of the Kawahiva, and the destruction of their territory, which is an incredibly diverse part of the Amazon. We urge people to write to the Brazilian authorities in support of their right to survive.'”

    Shaldon Ferris, “Khoi And San People Protest At The Johannesburg Stock Exchange,” Cultural Survival, October 12, 2018,, reported, “ The Johannesburg Stock Exchange in South Africa was the scene of protest action organized by Khoi and San people on October 9, 2018. Echoes of the struggle song, “What have we done”, which is reminiscent of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, could be heard in Maude Street Sandton, where the Stock Exchange is situated, the richest square mile in Africa. The spokesperson for the group, Anthony Williams, who is also the leader of Indigenous First Nation Advocacy of South Africa (IFNASA) handed a memorandum to a representative of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). The memorandum noted that the JSE is symbolic of the economy of Johannesburg, and also the economy of the country.
South Africa's Indigenous citizens include the San peoples—!Xun, Khwe, and Khomani—the Nama Communities, the Griqua associations and Koranna descendants, and the “revivalist Khoisan,” which we refer to collectively as the Khoisan, making up about one percent of the country’s total population of 50 million . During the apartheid regime, Indigenous identification and culture were discouraged, when not actually banned, and many Khoisan people were forced to learn Afrikaans as their primary language. In 1996, the post-apartheid South African government took steps toward recognizing Khoisan rights. Article 6 of the constitution contains references to Indigenous languages, and Article 12 creates an active role for traditional leadership within the nation’s legal system . Khoisan ability to exercise two these rights is restricted by the country's continued use of the out-dated designations of Black, White, and Colored. Indigenous Peoples are not formally recognized in terms of national legislation as a customary community. This is slowly shifting with the pending Traditional and Khoisan Leadership Bill 2015, but it is unclear when this Bill will be passed. South Africa has voted in favor of adopting the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples but has yet to ratify ILO Convention No. 169.
The memorandum presented on October 9 stated the grievances of Khoi and San peoples of Johannesburg which can be summarised as follows:
Indigenous Khoi and San peoples are overlooked in terms of employment and business opportunities,
Indigenous Peoples are still referred to by the term apartheid term “Coloured”, even 24 years after the advent of democracy,
Indigenous Khoi and San peoples are overlooked when it comes to Corporate Social Investment,
Indigenous Khoi and San peoples are neglected in terms of South Africa’s broad based black economic empowerment policy,
Not much has been done to improve the lives of Indigenous Khoi and San peoples since the advent of democracy.
The peaceful march attracted the attention of many major media houses in South Africa, as well as that of nearby employees and passers-by. Khoi and San activists have previously embarked on similar peaceful initiatives, the most memorable perhaps being in December 2017, where they waited for the President of South Africa on the lawn of the Union Buildings, in order for the Khoi and San communities to be recognized as First Nation citizens, an action for which they are still advocating.”

    Fortify Rights, “Governments: Ensure Protection for Rohingya Refugees and Human-Trafficking Survivors: New research documents Rohingya on-the-move and exploitation,” October 24, 2018,, The Governments of Thailand, Malaysia, India, and Bangladesh should ensure protections for Rohingya refugees and survivors of human trafficking, Fortify Rights said today. New research authored by two Fortify Rights Human Rights Specialists and published today by Humanitarian Practice Network documents the human trafficking of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar through Bangladesh, India, Thailand, and Malaysia by criminal syndicates.
Rohingya are undertaking risky journeys in search of safety and security after facing persecution in Myanmar, and traffickers are easily preying on their desperation,” said Amy Smith, Executive Director of Fortify Rights. “Regional governments can prevent human trafficking by providing refugees with the protection they legally deserve.”
The new research is summarized in an article entitled “Mass Atrocities and Human Trafficking: Rohingya Muslims on the Move” by Fortify Rights Human Rights Specialists Puttanee Kangkun and John Quinley III and published by Humanitarian Practice Network in Humanitarian Exchange Magazine documents recent Rohingya refugee movements from Myanmar through Bangladesh to Thailand and Malaysia.
The research documents exploitative conditions Rohingya face during their journeys, including extortion and deprivations of liberty, food, and water. Human traffickers caged and withheld food and water from Rohingya men, women, and children in Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, and Thailand while demanding payments for onward journeys.”

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