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Standing Rock and the Dakota Access Pipeline: Native American Perspectives: Other Indigenous and Environmental Causes

Mural outside a thrift store in Flagstaff, Arizona


West Berkeley Shellmound - Berkeley, California

The West Berkeley Shellmound/Village site is the oldest inhabited site in the entire Bay Area. This site once held at least one shellmound/funerary site of the Ohlone people. If developers have their way, a five-story building with shops, apartments, and an underground parking garage will be built on the site of a historic Indian village at 1900 Fourth Street, Berkeley. A coalition of Native organizations, individuals, and families, as well as groups and involved in historic preservation, social justice, and cultural diversity have created an ad hoc committee to oppose this development. For more information and how to support see:


Resolution Copper - San Carlos Apache Reservation

In December 2014, President Barack Obama signed the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, which would give land scared to the Apache in Arizona to Resolution Copper Mine a joint venture owned by Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton. The Act cleared the way for the land swap in which Resolution Copper would receive 2,422 acres of National Forest land in exchange for deeding to the federal government 5,344 acres of private land. The mine would destroy an area set aside in 1955 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower that is sacred to the San Carlos Apache. For more information and how to support see:

Trans-Pecos pipeline and Comanche Trail pipeline - Texas - Chihuahua, Mexico

The Trans-Pecos and Comanche Trail pipelines would carry fracked gas from Texas into Mexico, where it will supply the Mexican energy grid. For more information and how to support see:

Sabal Trail pipeline - Alabama - Georgia - Florida

The Sabal Trail pipeline, a 515-mile natural gas pipeline project, is being constructed from Alabama to Georgia to Florida. It threatens one of the largest freshwater aquifers in the world. For more information and how to support see:

Pilgrim pipeline - New York and New Jersey

The Ramapough Lunaape Nation, a commuinity in the Ramapo Mountains currently face the threat of the Pilgrim pipeline, which would transport Bakken crude oil from Albany, New York, to Linden, New Jersey. For more information and how to support see:

Diamond pipeline - Oklahoma - Arkansas - Tennessee

Arkansas Rising is a collective of guardians working through direct action to stop the Diamond pipeline, a 20-inch diameter pipeline that would run 440 miles from Cushing, Oklahome, to Memphis, Tennessee. The pipeline would cross more than 500 waterways, including five major watersheds. For more information and how to support see:

Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline and Sunoco Mariner East 2 pipeline - Pennsylvania

The Atlantic Sunrise pipeline is a proposed high-pressure 42-inch diameter pipeline to carry fracked gas from Marcellus Shale to U.S. markets to the south. Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics are parent corporations of the Dakota Access pipeline and will be merging in the first quarter of 2017. For more information and how to support see:

Bayou Bridge pipeline - Louisiana

In 2017, Bold Louisiana is organizing to stop the proposed Bayou Bridge pipeline in Louisiana, a state that is experiencing climate devastation and coastline loss at an average rate of one football field of land every hour. This pipeline, a sister and end point to the Dakota Access pipeline, would run from Lake Charles to St. James, Louisiana. For more information and how to support see:


Unist'ot'en Camp - Wet'suwet'en Territories, British Columbia

A constantly expanding number of companies have proposed Tar Sands and Fracking Gas pipelines through Unist’ot’en territory. Three particular companies, Chevron, TransCanada, and Enbridge, are still working without consent from Unist’ot’en.

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Copper One Riviere Dore Mine - Quebec, Canada

The Algonquins of Barriere Lake are the First Nation who hunt, fish, trap, and harvest on more than 10,000 square kilometers of territory north of Ottawa in what is now called Quebec. They are currently working to protect their land from the development of a copper mine. The mining claim covers over 300 square kilometers, including the large part of the La Verendrye wildlife reserve, and the headwaters of the Ottawa river. This will have a devastating impact on the community and on other downstream. For more information and how to support see:

Line 3 pipeline - Alberta, Canada to Superior, Wisconsin

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently announced the government's approval of the massive Line 3 pipeline project, designed to transport tar sands oil from the mines of Hardisty, Alberta, to Superior, Wisconsin, through the heart of Anishinaabe territory and some of the most beautiful lakes and wild rice beds in the world. For more information and how to support see:

Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline - Alberta to British Columbia, Canada

The expansion of Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, also approved by Canada's federal government, would transport tar sands oil from northern Alberta to the British Columbia coast. Since the 1960's, the longest period of time the Trans Mountain pipeline has gone without a spill is approximately four years. Most of these spills have been of crude oil. Crude oil spills hae dire and long-lasting impacts on the environment, and are incredibly difficult to clean. For more information and how to support see:

Petronas/Pacific Northwest Terminal - Prince Rupert, British Columbia

The Petronas/Pacific Northwest Terminal is a proposed liquefied natural gas plant on traditional Lax Kw'alaams territory Lax U'u'la (Lelu Island) at the mouth of the Skeena river near Prince Rupert, British Columbia. Plans call for a 48-inch diameter submarine pipeline to be dreged into estuary sediment to supply fracked gas from Treaty 8 territory. Ten Indigenous nations and 60,000 people in the Skeena watershed rely on fish there for food, commercial fishing, and cultural identity. For more information and how to support see: