Native Americans

Trump’s Expedited Drilling Threatens Ancient Native American Center

Elizabeth Miller
The Guardian
The Trump Administration’s aggressive efforts to turn public lands over to the oil and gas industries threatens New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon, the epicenter of Puebloan civilization from 850 to 1250 AD. UNESCO termed the ancient urban ceremonial center “unlike anything constructed before or since.” The accelerated oil and gas development threatens the Native American connection to this sacred place and all our attempts to understand the mysteries of its way of life.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Prepares to Push Back Against Trump's Dakota Access Pipeline Order

Lynda V. Mapes
The Seattle Times
In response to President Donald Trump's executive order to advance construction of the stalled Dakota Access Pipeline, tribal opponents say they will fight a restart of the project in court. While President Trump issued an executive order Tuesday intended to advance construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, restarting the stalled project may not be simple.

Top Prosecutor in Leonard Peltier Case Urges Clemency in 'Extraordinary' Move

Sam Levin
The Guardian (UK)
An open letter to Obama, penned by US attorney involved in the case against the Native American activist, is a stunning development in his bid for freedom. A senior US attorney who was involved in the prosecution of Native American activist Leonard Peltier has requested that Barack Obama grant clemency, with a rare plea that has energized the campaign to free the high-profile indigenous prisoner.