Action Alert: Help Protect Winnemem Ceremony

Each summer, the Winnemem Wintu, whose home is the McCloud River watershed in northern California, hold a four-day coming-of-age ceremony on the river for the tribe’s young women. But this sacred ritual has, in recent years, been threatened by the presence of outsiders drinking alcohol and shouting threats and racial slurs as they travel on…

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PNG Court Rules in Favor of Nickel Mine

A court in Papua New Guinea this week cleared the way for the Chinese state-owned China Metallurgical Group Corp. to proceed with a $1.5 billion nickel-mining project, which had been blocked by injunctions over the environmental impact of the company’s plan to dispose of mine tailings in the ocean. The long-awaited decision denied a petition for…

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July 21 Event: Winona LaDuke and Stewart Brand

Two thought leaders with clashing viewpoints on the future of environmental stewardship will be going head to head on the topic of whether technologies like nuclear power can be used to foster sustainability, at 7 p.m. on July 21 at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, as part of  Earth Island Presents. Winona LaDuke, Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe)…

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Grand Canyon Mining Ban Extended

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar yesterday announced a six-month extension of the moratorium on new uranium mining claims in a million-acre buffer zone around the Grand Canyon. The temporary ban — enacted in July 2009 and due to expire next month — will now be in effect until December of this year, while the Bureau…

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Q’eros Resist DNA Sampling, But Larger Threat Looms

Earlier this month, leaders of Peru’s indigenous Q’eros people effectively blocked geneticists from collecting DNA samples from their community as part of National Geographic’s ongoing Genographic Project, which has been gathering DNA from people around the world. Members of the Genographic Project had planned to arrive on May 7 to begin collecting samples from several…

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Glen Cove Protest Continues — How You Can Help

Now in its fourth week, the Glen Cove spiritual encampment in Vallejo, Calif., is still going strong as Native American activists and supporters continue their round-the-clock occupation of the sacred Ohlone burial site in an effort to protect it from development. (See previous SLFP news post.) Although the protest has delayed construction at the 15-acre site,…

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Uranium Mining Resumes at Grand Canyon

After a nearly 20-year hiatus, uranium mining has resumed on public lands surrounding the Grand Canyon. In late December 2009, 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. The mine had been shut down in 1992, never having produced any…

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