Native Americans

Biden Interior secretary pick likely to face rocky confirmation hearing

BY: - February 22, 2021

U.S. Senate Republicans may use this week’s Interior confirmation hearing for U.S. Rep. Debra Haaland to air their grievances about the Biden administration’s energy policies, running the risk of alienating Native Americans in Western states. GOP U.S. Sens. John Barrasso of Wyoming and Steve Daines of Montana sit on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, […]

Oil and water: Resistance, construction intensify on Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline

BY: - February 1, 2021

The camp was quiet when Winona LaDuke stepped outside to share the news: Enbridge didn’t have permission to drill under the frozen Mississippi River. Construction on that piece of the Line 3 oil pipeline would be delayed — at least as long as the frigid weather held. LaDuke had barely finished the sentence when cheers […]

State panel orders Enbridge permit rehearing after Whitmer’s Line 5 shutdown order

BY: - December 9, 2020

The small Michigan regulatory panel charged with deciding whether to let Canadian oil company Enbridge build a tunnel-encased pipeline under the Mackinac Straits is shifting gears, announcing Wednesday that it has ordered a rehearing for Enbridge’s application now that the company’s 1953 easement has been revoked by the state. Enbridge had originally filed an application […]

As Enbridge fights for Line 5, Indigenous activists block Line 3 construction in Minnesota

BY: and - December 7, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last month ordered Canadian oil company Enbridge’s easement with the state to be revoked, giving Enbridge until May to shut down its controversial Line 5 pipeline in the Mackinac Straits. Enbridge responded in full force with a lawsuit against the state. The outcome of that lawsuit, which will likely end up in […]

Once-ignored promises to tribes could change environmental landscape in Michigan, other states

BY: - December 3, 2020

Last month, Michigan officials announced plans to shut down a controversial Line 5 oil pipeline that runs below the Great Lakes at the Straits of Mackinac. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel, both Democrats, cited several reasons for the decision, including one that got the attention of tribal leaders in Michigan who have […]

New: Tribal members urge EGLE to deny or delay Line 5 permits after archeological finds

BY: - October 16, 2020

Updated, 12:15 p.m. and 1:05 p.m., 10/16/20 with additional comments A group of tribal water protectors and Michigan environmentalists plan to submit comments to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) Sunday, urging the state to consider new archaeological discoveries near the Line 5 pipeline before granting permits to Canadian oil company […]

Tribal-led Line 5 investigation unearths ancient cultural artifacts

BY: - October 14, 2020

A group of Michiganders concerned about the Line 5 oil pipeline’s impact on the Straits of Mackinac, led primarily by women of Michigan’s tribal communities, says it may have stumbled upon a significant Ice Age-era cultural site just a short distance from the dual underwater pipelines. “The ROV [remote operated vehicle] and sonar findings seem […]

Whitmer declares Monday Indigenous Peoples Day

BY: - October 12, 2020

As she did last year, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proclaimed Monday Indigenous Peoples Day in Michigan. “… The resolution states that Indigenous Peoples Day shall be used to reflect upon the ongoing struggles of Indigenous peoples on this land and to celebrate the thriving cultures and values that the Odawa, Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and other indigenous peoples […]

Native American tribes ‘very close to reaching a breaking point’ in COVID-19 response

BY: - October 1, 2020

WASHINGTON — Native American tribes are facing a dire situation from the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing some of them to a breaking point, American Indian health leaders told members of Congress Wednesday. In many places, tribal leaders are scrambling to respond to disproportional illness and death in their communities. Confirmed COVID-19 cases among American Indians and Alaska […]

Proposed U.P. mine faces mounting troubles

BY: - August 24, 2020

A controversial proposed open pit metallic sulfide mine on the Michigan-Wisconsin border has suffered major financial and permitting setbacks due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and increasing public concerns over the safety of tailings dams to store mine waste. The proposed Back Forty Mine would be located next to the Menominee River, which flows into […]

Anti-Line 5 activists buoyed by national pipeline victories

BY: - July 7, 2020

Indigenous activists and environmentalists scored two major victories over pipeline companies this week in quick succession. On Sunday, two major energy companies in Virginia and North Carolina announced that permitting delays, economic concerns and legal challenges have caused them to pull the plug on a $8 billion natural gas pipeline. The Atlantic Coast pipeline would […]

Michigan ranks 3rd worst in nation for Black educational attainment

BY: - June 2, 2020

Structural racism in Michigan and across the country can be traced back to racial inequities that have persisted for decades. One significant contributor to overall racial inequity is disparities in educational attainment, which is highlighted by a new report from the Lansing-based think tank the Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP). According to the MLPP, […]