In about a half hour, Rob Quist will hold his last rally with Bernie Sanders in Bozeman. The event is being held on the campus of Montana State University. Here’s a tweet sent by Quist’s campaign, just moments ago. KBZK TV is planning to livesteam the event on FB. Update: it is live now! There are signs in the audience which read “Save the Wilderness” and “Resist with Quist.” https://twitter.com/dan_osullivan/status/866105509182570497 More news about the rallies, which Quist has deemed “Big Sky Bern” including a clip with a Montana mom and why she came to support Quist. Also, if you wish …Continue reading →
Native American reservations cover just 2 percent of the United States, but they may contain about a fifth of the nation’s oil and gas, along with vast coal reserves.
Now, a group of advisors to President-elect Donald Trump on Native American issues wants to free those resources from what they call a suffocating federal bureaucracy that holds title to 56 million acres of tribal lands, two chairmen of the coalition told Reuters in exclusive interviews.
The group proposes to put those lands into private ownership – a politically explosive idea that could upend more than century of policy designed to preserve Indian tribes on U.S.-owned reservations, which are governed by tribal leaders as sovereign nations.
The plan dovetails with Trump’s larger aim of slashing regulation to boost energy production. It could deeply divide Native American leaders, who hold a range of opinions on the proper balance between development and conservation.
The proposed path to deregulated drilling – privatizing reservations – could prove even more divisive. Many Native Americans view such efforts as a violation of tribal self-determination and culture.
“Our spiritual leaders are opposed to the privatization of our lands, which means the commoditization of the nature, water, air we hold sacred,” said Tom Goldtooth, a member of both the Navajo and the Dakota tribes who runs the Indigenous Environmental Network. “Privatization has been the goal since colonization – to strip Native Nations of their sovereignty.”
TYT covers the story here:
The rest of the news will be in the comments… Have a great day!
Headed out to #NoDAPL Day Of Action event? Not able to go to an event but want to get a look at things from the people on the ground? Here are some pretty damn amazing grassroots inspired songs in support of the Water Protectors to pump you up, to pass around, and overall… to just make your day better. Genres may vary.
Starting things off with one video here, and the rest will be in the comments.
Good morning fellow progressives…looks like a decision will be made in North Dakota court today regarding Dakota Access Pipeline’s right to bull doze Native American burial sites and Lakota Sacred sites in their bid to complete a 4 state oil pipeline. The proposed pipeline will cross Iowa, North and South Dakota and Illinois, eventually connecting up with a pipeline that runs to the Gulf where most of the oil will be exported. Meanwhile Republican ND Governor Jack Dalrymple has called out the National Guard to protect the multi-millionaire owned DAPL oil pipeline. On Thursday, September 8, North Dakota Gov. Jack …Continue reading →