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Questioning the chairman: Tribal resolution calls for independent investigation on Tex Hall’s business dealings

Questioning the chairman: Tribal resolution calls for independent investigation on Tex Hall’s business dealings | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
NEW TOWN, N.D. -- Pressure is building on the Fort Berthold Reservation for tribal leaders to take action after details in a criminal investigation raised questions about Tribal Chairman Tex Hall’s business relationships.

The chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes is linked in court documents...
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It's about damn time. Tex Hall has always been about Tex Hall. This man has never cared about anything else other than increasing his wealth and power on the backs of his own people. 

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5 Water Warriors Defending Rights from North Dakota to Chile

5 Water Warriors Defending Rights from North Dakota to Chile | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
For World Water Day, teleSUR looks at some of the figures behind the fight to protect water in North, Central and South America.
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India becomes second country to give rivers human status

India becomes second country to give rivers human status | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
The ruling said the rivers, both of which are considered sacred to Hindus and personified as goddesses, were crucial in providing "physical and spiritual sustenance" to locals.
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A Crude Awakening: 9 Photographers Show Oil's Impact on the Environment

A Crude Awakening: 9 Photographers Show Oil's Impact on the Environment | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
9 photographers explore the oil industry's impact on the environment in photos
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Mercury contamination ongoing issue for First Nation communities

Environmentalist and member of Grassy Narrows First Nation Judy DaSilva said the mercury poisoning has had horrific health effects on the residents who are being diagnosed with different mercury related diseases.

“I feel like it’s a deterioration of my body,” DaSilva said on Monday at Lakehead’s Research and Innovation Week.

About half the members of Grassy Narrows are affected and in some extreme cases they are suffering from dementia, ALS and Parkinson’s.
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Arne Vainio: Taking Jim Northrup's rez car out for another journey

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​United Nations denounces North Dakota State Government

​United Nations denounces North Dakota State Government | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
In addition to local and federal government dismissiveness, Native Americans face the full force of negative health impacts from extraction, with rising levels of heavy metals in water and contamination in livestock from spills, faulty well construction, and the effects of fracking, or toxic and non-biodegradable discharges into surface waters.

The oil boom has also attracted thousands of oil and gas workers, creating an “incredible increase” in human trafficking, drugs, and sex crimes, Tauli-Corpuz said.

“The trauma accumulated as a result of a the largely discriminatory policies of the government toward Indian tribes and individuals since first contact and today, still results in distrust of government initiatives and poor health outcomes for Indian individuals,” Tauli-Corpuz said.
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Kristen was the picture of health. She died of colorectal cancer at 38

Kristen was the picture of health. She died of colorectal cancer at 38 | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
“If something feels different. If something has changed. If you’re someone who never had a problem with their bowels and all of a sudden you have a problem with your bowels. If you’ve never seen rectal bleeding, and especially if it’s persistent. Weight loss, change in caliber of your stools, you need to present to your physician,” Schnoll-Sussman said.
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I know this disease first hand. I was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2013. My ascending colon was removed. Fortunately, my cancer was Stage I. Three years later, there was a recurrence of colon cancer metastasis to my liver. I had surgery, the tumor was removed, and my surgeon declared me as clean. I'm currently on adjuvant chemotherapy. DO NOT mess with this disease. Get screened. And if you feel any changes in your body, do not hesitate to see your physician. 
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9th Circuit Affirms Indian Reservations Have Reserved Groundwater Rights

9th Circuit Affirms Indian Reservations Have Reserved Groundwater Rights | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
On Tuesday, March 7, 2017 the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed "the district court’s partial summary judgment in favor of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and the United States, which declared that the United States impliedly reserved appurtenant water sources, including groundwater, when it created the Tribe’s reservation…
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Pipeline owner reaches milestone in Iowa: 28 spills since 2000

Pipeline owner reaches milestone in Iowa: 28 spills since 2000 | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
More than 46,000 gallons of diesel were dumped on northern Iowa farmland in January.
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Medical marijuana companies face proposed class-action suits over pesticide use - The Globe and Mail

Medical marijuana companies face proposed class-action suits over pesticide use - The Globe and Mail | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Mettrum and OrganiGram were both found selling medical marijuana that contained unauthorized chemicals
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White Minority Rule Here to Stay in America, Under the Guise of Patriotism - Indian Country Media Network

White Minority Rule Here to Stay in America, Under the Guise of Patriotism - Indian Country Media Network | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
The Trump Administration and the GOP are continuing down the footpath of Karl Rove and his patrons to maintain white minority rule in America.
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Gas sniffing and lead poisoning may be causing indigenous suicides across generations: Toronto researchers

Gas sniffing and lead poisoning may be causing indigenous suicides across generations: Toronto researchers | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Genetic changes caused by lead poisoning could affect brain, increase risk of suicide - and be passed
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Poisoned Lands: San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation Steeped in Dioxin - Indian Country Media Network

Poisoned Lands: San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation Steeped in Dioxin - Indian Country Media Network | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Decades ago the U.S. government sprayed the herbicide silvex, which contains dioxin, onto the San Carlos Apache Reservation; now health is being affected.
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These Cities Are Pulling Billions From the Banks That Support the Dakota Access Pipeline

These Cities Are Pulling Billions From the Banks That Support the Dakota Access Pipeline | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Last September, as water protectors faced down militarized police in North Dakota’s rural riverlands, activists in Seattle set out to withdraw municipal money from banks backing the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).
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Bald eagle population threatened by lead poisoning, US scientists warn

Bald eagle population threatened by lead poisoning, US scientists warn | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Last week, nearly 30 doctors and scientists sent a letter to the department of the interior to “strongly support” a rule that Ryan Zinke, Donald Trump’s new interior secretary, revoked on his first day in the post. The rule, enacted by the Obama administration on its last day, would have banned lead ammunition across 150m acres of national wildlife refuges.
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EPA Official Accused of Helping Monsanto ‘Kill’ Cancer Study

EPA Official Accused of Helping Monsanto ‘Kill’ Cancer Study | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
“If I can kill this I should get a medal,” Rowland told a Monsanto regulatory affairs manager who recounted the conversation in an email to his colleagues, according to a court filing made public Tuesday. The company was seeking Rowland’s help stopping an investigation of glyphosate by a separate office, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, that is part of the U.S. Health and Human Service Department, according to the filing.
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Roundup's active ingredient facing wave of legal challenges as alleged carcinogen

Roundup's active ingredient facing wave of legal challenges as alleged carcinogen | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Whether the cases pay out for plaintiffs remains to be seen. But at the very least, they represent a big opportunity for litigators, with some thinking “glyphosate” could become a legal buzzword on par with asbestos.

“They certainly do see these Roundup cases as following the trajectories of asbestos, PCBs, and tobacco,” said Carey Gillam, a director of the consumer group U.S. Right to Know, who is following the cases and has researched Monsanto for years. “They see thousands and thousands of potential plaintiffs, not just in the U.S., but around the world.”
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EPA chief says carbon dioxide not a primary cause of global warming

EPA chief says carbon dioxide not a primary cause of global warming | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it

“The arsonist is now in charge of the fire department, and he seems happy to let the climate crisis burn out of control,” said Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune.

Penguin population plummeting in changing Antarctic climate
Pruitt “is spewing corporate polluter talking points rather than fulfilling the EPA’s mission of protecting our air, our water and our communities,” Brune said, noting that EPA has a legal responsibility to address carbon pollution.

Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, said the comments underscore that Pruitt is a “climate denier” and insisted lawmakers will stand up to him.

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Cancer survivor has change of heart over Obamacare

Cancer survivor has change of heart over Obamacare | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Dick Woodruff, who lobbies Congress on behalf of the American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network, said under the current Republican proposal a forty-something cancer survivor making around $50,000 a year could expect to pay at least $1,000 monthly for treatment -- far above the $400 Koehler was paying in the Obamacare market.
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The True Story Of How Standing Rock Fell – Extra Newsfeed

The True Story Of How Standing Rock Fell – Extra Newsfeed | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
At the end of a protest that lasted for nearly a year, one veteran traveled to Standing Rock to find answers. “Fuckin’ hippies need ta get a job,” remarked the pipeline worker in his thick Louisiana…
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Leech Lake Band disappointed by U.S. State Department decision to hold meeting on line 67 expansion off-reservation

Leech Lake Band disappointed by U.S. State Department decision to hold meeting on line 67 expansion off-reservation | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
CASS LAKE — The Leech Lake Environmental-Land Department (LLELD) is disappointed by the failure of U.S. State Department to hold a public meeting here regarding the proposed expansion of Enbridge Line 67.
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EU experts accused of conflict of interest over cancer-linked herbicide

EU experts accused of conflict of interest over cancer-linked herbicide | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Greenpeace has accused members of a European Union expert committee of having conflicts of interest over whether a controversial weedkiller linked to cancer and harmful effects on bees should be banned.
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Nanaboozhoo and the Wiindigo: An Ojibwe History from Colonization to the Present

Nanaboozhoo and the Wiindigo: An Ojibwe History from Colonization to the Present | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Nanaboozhoo is the name of our teacher, and Wiindigo—otherwise known as colonization—is the name of the monster that was killing us. Colonization and historical trauma travel together. Known to the world, historical trauma was committed against the Jewish people in Nazi Germany during World War II. This history of genocide is told the world over. Yet the genocide committed against the Indigenous Americans is not known. Historical trauma is committed against an entire “people,” in our case, the Ojibwe of the Leech Lake Nation. That trauma is passed down from generation to generation and exhibits itself in the behaviors, both psychological and physiological, of our people today. These aftereffects of historical trauma are called historical loss symptoms. Depression, anger, suicide, dysfunctional parenting, alcohol and drug abuse, unemployment, and diabetes are examples of these loss symptoms. The loss symptoms occur because of the traumatic and historical losses of our peoples. Kathleen Brown-Rice lists three historical losses: loss of people, loss of land, and loss of culture. 
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Three Unicorn Riot Journalists Have #NoDAPL Arrest Charges Dropped - UNICORN RIOT

Three Unicorn Riot Journalists Have #NoDAPL Arrest Charges Dropped - UNICORN RIOT | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Lee County, IA & Morton County, ND – Three Unicorn Riot journalists who were arrested and charged with criminal trespassing while documenting #NoDAPL direct actions have had their charges dropped in court dates set for the first three days of March. On Wednesday, March 1, Unicorn Riot journalist Jenn Schreiter had their criminal trespass charge …
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Feds play support, not lead, in Grassy Narrows mercury contamination: Trudeau

Feds play support, not lead, in Grassy Narrows mercury contamination: Trudeau | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - The ongoing mercury poisoning on the Grassy Narrows First Nation is "very much" an Ontario issue, Justin Trudeau says — a point of contention for indigenous leaders who want action on the prime minister's personal promise to address the problem "once and for all.”
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