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June 13, 2012
Standing On Sacred Ground Screenings a Success
Posted by: Miriam Frank

In May, SLFP screened segments of the forthcoming Standing on Sacred Ground film series at the U.N. Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York and the annual conference and film festival of the International Funders for Indigenous Peoples.

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February 27, 2012
Tribe & Sacred Mountain in India Face Renewed Mining Threats
Posted by: Amberly Polidor
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Nearly two years after the Dongria Kondh tribe in the Indian state of Orissa won a historic victory to halt an open-pit bauxite mining project on its sacred lands, both tribe and land are facing renewed threats.

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January 26, 2012
Tibetan Village Stops Mining on Sacred Mountain
Posted by: Amberly Polidor

In the face of threats and violence from a Chinese mining company and local authorities, a small village’s year-long effort to stop a gold mining project on the slopes of one of Tibet’s holiest mountains finally paid off, perhaps with a little help from the mountain.

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November 9, 2011
Mining Threat to B.C. Sacred Lake Persists
Posted by: Amberly Polidor

To the disappointment and frustration of the Tsilhqot’in Nation, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency announced it would accept a repackaged proposal for the previously rejected Prosperity Gold-Copper Mine, which threatens the sacred lake Teztan Biny in British Columbia.

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November 8, 2011
Support Grand Canyon Mining Ban
Posted by: Amberly Polidor

The Grand Canyon is close to receiving federal protection from an increase in uranium mining after the Bureau of Land Management on Oct. 26 issued a final environmental impact statement that supports a 20-year moratorium on new mining claims in a million-acre buffer zone around the canyon.

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November 1, 2011
Wixárika Bring Sacred Site Protection Fight to Mexican Capital
Posted by: Amberly Polidor

A delegation of Wixárika people and their allies converged in Mexico City last week to urge the government to protect their sacred landscape, the Wirikuta Reserve in the northern state of San Luis Potosí, from imminent threats by mining and agroindustrial projects.

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July 29, 2011
PNG Court Rules in Favor of Nickel Mine
Posted by: Marlo McKenzie

A court in Papua New Guinea this week cleared the way for the Chinese state-owned China Metallurgical Group Corp. to proceed with a massive nickel-mining project that had been blocked by injunctions over the environmental impact of the company’s plan to dispose of mine tailings in the ocean.

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June 21, 2011
Grand Canyon Mining Ban Extended
Posted by: Amberly Polidor

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar yesterday announced a six-month extension of a temporary moratorium on new uranium mining claims in a million-acre buffer zone around the Grand Canyon, while the Interior Department considers implementing a 20-year ban.

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April 6, 2011
NY Times: No to Tar Sands Pipeline
Posted by: Amberly Polidor

In its lead editorial in the Sunday, April 3 edition, the New York Times spoke out strongly against a proposed 1,700-mile oil pipeline that would connect tar sands fields in Alberta, Canada, with refineries on the Gulf Coast of Texas. Proponents of the pipeline point out

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March 29, 2011
PNG Villagers Fight in Court to Halt Deep-Sea Tailings Dumping
Posted by: Jennifer Huang

On March 1, a Papua New Guinea judge and lawyers in a mine tailings-disposal case went to see first hand the environments they’ve been discussing for weeks. At issue are a Chinese company’s plans to mine nickel and cobalt and dump the untreated waste into the sea.

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February 11, 2011
Communities in PNG Defend Land in Court
Posted by: Marlo McKenzie

Despite amendments to the Environment Act barring legal challenges to mining and other resource projects, local land owners in Papua New Guinea have filed a lawsuit to stop a plan to dump waste from the Ramu nickel mine directly into the ocean.

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August 31, 2010
India Halts Controversial Mine on Tribe’s Sacred Lands
Posted by: Marlo McKenzie

In a major victory for indigenous land rights, India’s environment minster on Aug. 24 struck down a controversial mining project in eastern Orissa state that would have threatened the survival of the 8,000-member Dongria Kondh tribe.

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June 22, 2010
Cultural Survival Launches Campaign to Defend Landowners in Papua New Guinea
Posted by: Marlo McKenzie

“An international outcry is needed. Toxic mine tailings dumped into the Bismarck Sea could undermine the marine food chain at its source, potentially rendering all fish unsafe to eat and destroying the livelihoods of the Indigenous people who depend on the sea. Could thousands of letters from world citizens get the attention of the PNG government?”

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June 7, 2010
PNG Strips Landowner Rights to Challenge Resource Exploitation
Posted by: Amberly Polidor

The government of Papua New Guinea dealt a harsh blow to traditional landowners May 28 when it passed a pair of amendments to the country’s Environment Act barring legal challenges to mining and other resource projects.

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June 1, 2010
SLFP Crew Detained by Police in Papua New Guinea
Posted by: Toby McLeod

Still jet-lagged on Monday, April 12, in Madang, we arrived at the courtroom at 8 a.m. hoping to score an interview with James Wang, chief technical director of the Chinese government-owned mining company Ramu NiCo, a division of MCC, the China Metallurgical Group Corp. Wang, backed by several Australian lawyers, was asking a judge to [...]

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May 31, 2010
Tibetans Protest Mining on Sacred Mountains
Posted by: Amberly Polidor
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Chinese police in Markham County in eastern Tibet have reportedly cracked down on protesters attempting to block the resumption of mining operations on their sacred mountains.

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February 25, 2010
Uranium Mining Resumes at Grand Canyon
Posted by: Amberly Polidor

After a nearly 20-year hiatus, uranium mining has resumed on public lands surrounding the Grand Canyon. In late December, Denison Mines Corp. began extracting high-grade uranium ore from its Arizona 1 mine, located about 10 miles from the boundary for Grand Canyon National Park.

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February 12, 2010
U.N. Issues First-Ever “State of the World’s Indigenous Peoples” Report
Posted by: Marlo McKenzie

In January, the U.N. released its first-ever report on the “State of the World’s Indigenous Peoples,” which presents a global view of the current situation of indigenous peoples, examining poverty and well-being, culture, education, health, human rights, environment and emerging issues.

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January 26, 2010
Court Blocks Mount Tenabo Gold Mine
Posted by: Amberly Polidor

Reversing an earlier U.S. district court decision permitting Barrick Gold Corp. to proceed with plans for a massive open-pit gold mine at Nevada’s Mount Tenabo, a federal appeals court ordered a preliminary injunction against the mine.

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January 6, 2010
Peabody’s Black Mesa Permit Revoked
Posted by: Toby McLeod

A Department of Interior administrative law judge has overturned Peabody Coal Co.’s life-of-mine permit for operations at Black Mesa on Navajo-Hopi land in Arizona. The controversial permit was granted by the Department of Interior’s Office of Surface Mining in the final days of the Bush administration and was appealed by native activists and environmental organizations. [...]

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October 29, 2009
“Power Paths” PBS National Broadcast on Nov. 3
Posted by: Toby McLeod

POWER PATHS, a one-hour film directed by Bo Boudart, written by SLFP’s Jessica Abbe and narrated by Peter Coyote, will be nationally broadcast Nov. 3 on the PBS series Independent Lens. SLFP Project Director Toby McLeod contributed advice and archival footage to this timely documentary on renewable energy development in Indian Country. POWER PATHS offers [...]

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September 4, 2009
Read Our Latest Sacred Site Reports
Posted by: Amberly Polidor

Over the past month we published one new and three fully updated sacred site reports—featuring locations in the Himalaya, California and Nevada—which we invite you read

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August 2, 2009
Read Our Latest Sacred Site Reports
Posted by: Amberly Polidor

In June and July, we published one updated and two new sacred site reports—featuring locations in Malaysia, Bulgaria and Arizona—which we invite you read

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July 22, 2009
New York Times Calls for Mining Law Reform
Posted by: Amy Corbin

The New York Times called the 137-year-old federal Mining Law a “disaster” in a July 20 editorial. The 1872 law was created to encourage development in the West by offering cheap land and allowing hardrock mining without royalties or environmental protections — policies clearly outdated in the 21st century

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April 29, 2009
National Trust for Historic Preservation Names Mount Taylor to 2009 List of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places
Posted by: Toby McLeod
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On April 28, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Mount Taylor, near Grants, New Mexico, to its 2009 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. This annual list highlights important examples of the nation’s cultural and natural heritage that are at risk of destruction or irreparable damage. Located midway between Albuquerque and Gallup, [...]

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January 27, 2009
Barrick Gold May Drill Mount Tenabo
Posted by: Toby McLeod
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A federal judge has ruled Barrick Gold Corp. may proceed with plans for a massive gold mine at Mount Tenabo in Nevada, despite Western Shoshone objections on religious grounds. U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks ruled that there is not enough evidence to force Barrick to postpone digging a 2,000-foot deep open pit at the Cortez [...]

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December 29, 2008
Bush/Cheney Salvo: Peabody Gets Life-of-Mine Permit at Black Mesa
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In a last-minute Administration decision, the Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation (OSM) approved a life-of-mine permit for Peabody Western Coal on Hopi and Navajo land. This allows Peabody to continue to operate at the Black Mesa mine and the Kayenta mine for as long as the mine produces coal. This is a devastating decision [...]

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September 30, 2008
Takla First Nation Carrying On Their Struggle
Posted by: Amy Corbin
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Guest post by our researcher Amy Corbin All summer, the Takla of British Columbia blockaded road access to Bear Mountain and Bear Lake, a sacred landscape in which Imperial Metals wants to set up a copper mine.  It’s another courageous stand against unregulated resource development in British Columbia, one of the most crowded battlegrounds in [...]

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September 7, 2004
Woodruff Butte Lawsuit Affirms Sacred Site Protections
Posted by: Toby McLeod

Opponents of sacred site protection have failed again. In our film, In the Light of Reverence, we told the story of an Arizona butte that is sacred to the Hopi and Zuni where mining for gravel has destroyed nine Hopi shrines. The owner of Woodruff Butte teamed up with Mountain States Legal Foundation to argue [...]

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February 9, 2004
Letters Needed to Oppose the Judicial Nomination of William Myers
Posted by: Toby McLeod
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An intense fight is underway to prevent the confirmation of former mining industry lobbyist and Interior Department Solicitor William Myers to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Myers was instrumental in overturning the Clinton administration decision to protect Indian Pass in California from a massive open-pit gold mine that would decimate a landscape long held [...]

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December 9, 2003
Glamis Seeks $50 Million in NAFTA Damages
Posted by: Toby McLeod
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Glamis Imperial, the Canadian goldmining company, has served notice that it will seek to use NAFTA and UNCITRAL (United Nations Commission on International Trade Law) to challenge through international arbitration a U.S. Interior Department decision that has hindered a Glamis open pit gold mining project because it would have damaged Quechan Indian Pass, a culturally [...]

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August 4, 2003
Zuni Salt Lake Has Been Saved!
Posted by: Toby McLeod

The Salt River Project (SRP) of Phoenix, Arizona has announced that it will relinquish all permits and coal leases for the proposed Fence Lake coal stripmine, which threatened to devastate the sacred Zuni Salt Lake and surrounding Sanctuary Area in New Mexico. SRP claims in a press release that it has found a cleaner, more [...]

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July 1, 2003
Western Shoshone Land Claim Distribution Bill
Posted by: Toby McLeod
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On June 18, the Western Shoshone Distribution Bill (H.R. 884) was heard before the House Committee on Resources. The bill proposes a controversial one-time land claim settlement to the Western Shoshone in a forced buyout of their ancestral lands in Crescent Valley, NV — land now worth billions to gold mining companies and developers. The [...]

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May 29, 2003
Zuni Salt Lake is one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places
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The National Trust for Historic Preservation today announced its new list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. Topping the list are two landscapes sacred to native peoples: Zuni Salt Lake in New Mexico, which is threatened by the Salt River Project’s proposed coal stripmine, and Ocmulgee Old Fields, a national monument in Georgia, where [...]

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April 15, 2003
Quechan Indian Pass Reprieved
Posted by: Toby McLeod
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In a landslide vote of 63-5, the California State Assembly passed, and Governor Gray Davis signed, SB 22, legislation that will require Glamis Gold Ltd. to fully restore a proposed open-pit gold mine at Indian Pass after mining is completed. The California desert site contains ancient rock carvings and pottery shards and is used for [...]

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March 5, 2003
Quechan Indian Pass and Medicine Lake on CWC Threatened List
Posted by: Toby McLeod
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The California Wilderness Coalition’s list of California’s 10 Most Threatened Wild Places of 2003 includes two areas sacred to Native Americans which were protected by the Clinton Administation only to see the protections reversed by the Bush Administration. Quechan Indian Pass is threatened by Glamis Gold Ltd.’s proposed cyanide heap-leach open-pit mine, while the Medicine [...]

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