Blood Oil in North Dakota, Rights of Nature Tribunal in Ecuador

Indigenous Peoples gathered for the Rights of Nature Ethics Tribunal in Ecuador, as violence and crime spread on Indian land in North Dakota from the oil and gas industry

By Brenda Norrell

Cree actress Tantoo Cardinal served as a judge at the Rights of Nature Ethics Tribunal in Ecuador in January on the case of hydraulic fracking in the United States. The Tribunal comes as Native Americans and First Nations are waging battle against hydraulic fracking, tar sands mining and the oil and gas industry that is devastating American Indian and First Nations communities.

Urging for the case to go forward against the US for fracking, Tantoo Cardinal said of fracking, "They are shattering the bones of Mother Earth and she is creating earthquakes all over the place.”

Meanwhile, in North Dakota, the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara have a new resolution aimed at suspending Chairman Tex Hall, alleging that Hall has illegally benefited from the oil and gas industry there. The resolution, prepared for a Business Council session slated for Thursday, comes as a murder investigation is underway, and a rising movement by tribal members to protect the land, water and air from the widespread destruction and pollution caused by the oil and gas industry. The widespread oil and gas drilling has resulted in an infestation of violence and crime in the communities from the "man camps" of oilfield workers.

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Photo by Pennie Opal Plant. On left, Casey Camp, Ponca from Oklahoma, was an expert witness at the Ecaudor Tribunal.

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Video: Listen to Tantoo Cardinal

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Read more on Blood Oil and Tex Hall:

http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2014/02/by-brenda-norrell-censored-news-new.html

Read more about the Ecuador Tribunal:

http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2014/02/videos-rights-of-nature-ethics-tribunal.html

 

 

About Brenda Norrell

Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 34 years. She is publisher of Censored News, focusing on Indigenous Peoples, human rights and the US border. Censored News was created after Norrell was censored, then terminated, by Indian Country Today after serving as a longtime staff reporter. Now censored by the mainstream media, she previously was a staff reporter at numerous American Indian newspapers and a stringer for AP, USA Today and others. She lived on the Navajo Nation for 18 years, and then traveled with the Zapatistas. She covered the climate summits in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Cancun, Mexico, in 2010.

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Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 34 years. She is publisher of Censored News, focusing on Indigenous Peoples, human rights and the US border. Censored News was created after Norrell was censored, then terminated, by Indian Country Today after serving as a longtime staff reporter. Now censored by the mainstream media, she previously was a staff reporter at numerous American Indian newspapers and a stringer for AP, USA Today and others. She lived on the Navajo Nation for 18 years, and then traveled with the Zapatistas. She covered the climate summits in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Cancun, Mexico, in 2010.