Sacred Sites Bears Ears and Gold Butte Designated as National Monuments

Today, President Obama signed a proclamation designating the sacred sites, Bears Ears and Gold Butte, as National Monuments. Bears Ears, sacred to the Diné, Hopi, Ute, and Zuni houses numerous ceremonial sites, ancient cliff dwellings, rock art and contains numerous cultural artifacts. Gold Butte, sacred to Paiute’s also contains numerous sites of historical and cultural significance. Continue reading

Washington Tribes Demand Obama to Stand with Standing Rock

Washington Tribes continue to stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. We support their call to deny the easement of the Dakota Access Pipeline and to reroute the pipeline away from tribal lands, waters and sacred places. Continue reading

1200+ Archeologists, Museum Directors Urge Obama Administration to Halt Dakota Access Pipeline Destruction of Cultural Resources

“The destruction of these sacred sites adds yet another injury to the Lakota, Dakota, and other Indigenous Peoples who bear the impacts of fossil fuel extraction and transportation.” Continue reading

Judge Denies Preliminary Injunction, But Obama Administration Halts Construction at Missouri River Crossing

Today, U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg denied the preliminary injunction request by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to cease construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Soon after, the Department of Justice, the Department of the Army, and the Department of the Interior issued a joint statement that halts construction at the contentious Missouri river crossing. Continue reading

Chair of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Calls on Government to Comply with Indigenous Rights

On August 25, 2016, the Standing Rock Sioux and hundreds of people gathered in Washington D.C. in opposition to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Judge delayed his ruling, until September 9, on the lawsuit submitted by the Sioux against the Army Corps of Engineers for lack of consultation. Continue reading