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Indigenous Ecuadorians March Against Canadian Copper Mine
QUITO, Ecuador, March 8, 2012 (ENS) – Several hundred members of the largest Ecuadorian indigenous organization today began marching to the capital, Quito, to protest new mining in their territory. They expect to arrive in Quito on March 22. The indigenous march started from Yantzaza in Zamora Chinchipe province southern Ecuador, where …

Blackfeet Nation launches campaign to ban drilling at sacred site

April 23, 2015, www.indianz.com | “The Blackfeet Nation launched a public campaign to prevent oil and gas development on the sacred Badger-Two Medicine Area of Montana. The tribe is calling on Congress and the Obama administration to cancel 18 drilling leases in the 165,000-acre area near the reservation. Development was originally approved in the early 1980s without consultation.”

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The tribe is calling on Congress and the Obama administration to cancel 18 drilling leases in the Badger-Two Medicine Area.
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Six Environmentalists Each Win $175,000 Goldman Prize

winnersApril 20, 2015, ens-newswire.com | “The activists honored with the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize at a ceremony Monday evening have protected the planet by shutting down a lead smelter, blocking dam construction, stopping a proposed gold and copper mine, and safeguarding fisheries.”

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Six Environmentalists Each Win $175,000 Goldman Prize SAN FRANCISCO, California, April 20, 2015 (ENS) – The activists honored with the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize at a ceremony Monday evening have protected the planet by shutting down a lead smelter, blocking dam construction, stopping a proposed gold and copper mine, and safeguarding fisheries. – Six Environmentalists Each Win $175,000 Goldman Prize | ENS

Woman defeats mine, saves wilderness, wins $175,000

Marilyn Baptiste, 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize winner for North America, led the Xeni Gwet'in community in defeating one of the largest proposed gold and copper mines in British Columbia that would have destroyed Fish Lake—a source of spiritual identity and livelihood for the Xeni Gwet’in. Photo courtesy of the Goldman Environmental Prize.April 20, 2015, news.mongabay.com | “When a huge open-pit mine threatened a pristine lake and surrounding forest in British Columbia, Canada, Marilyn Baptiste jumped into action, spearheading efforts to collect environmental impact data and even physically turning away construction crews. Because of her efforts, the Canadian government rejected the mine, leaving wild a part of the Canadian Rockies upon which First Nations communities have depended for generations. Today, Baptiste was honored for her work when she was presented the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize at a ceremony in San Francisco.”

“When a huge open-pit mine threatened a pristine lake and surrounding forest in British Columbia, Canada, Marilyn Baptiste jumped into action, spearheading efforts to collect environmental impact data and even physically turning away construction…
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Woman walks Paris marathon with bucket on head

bucket469459594.jpgApril 13, 2015, www.cbsnews.com | “Mark Korir of Kenya won the Paris Marathon on Sunday but it was an unknown woman from Gambia who was turning heads. Siabatou Sanneh carried a jerry can of water on her head, while holding a placard that read: ‘In Africa, women travel this distance everyday to get potable water.'”

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 A Mighty Girl's photo.

“At the Paris Marathon last Sunday, Siabatou Sanneh of Gambia stood out from the other racers — in addition to her race number, she wore traditional Gambian garb and carried 45 pounds of water on her head. Sanneh, who had never left her home country before, participated in the marathon as part of an effort to raise awareness of the difficulties African women face in accessing clean water…”

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Indigenous land defenders protect sacred mountain Mauna Kea

April 4, 2015, www.idlenomore.ca | “Idle No More supports and acknowledges the Mauna Kea Hui, protecting the Sacred Mauna Kea and surrounding water against construction of a Canadian funded proposal to build a massive 18-story telescope.  The structure will reach 20 feet underground and also  include a  21,000 square foot office building, road and parking lot all on conservation lands on Mauna Kea’s summit. This mega-telescope is called the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT).”

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Idle No More supports and acknowledges the Mauna Kea Hui, protecting the Sacred Mauna Kea and surrounding water against construction of a Canadian funded…
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  • Robert Brothers BACKGROUND re protests against huge new telescope
    “Why learn more about the stars when there is so much that we do not know, and very much need to know, about the Earth. Money spent ignoring the Earth is an ignorance we cannot afford.”
    — RB

    Stand with us to help save Hawai’i’s most sacred mountain – Mauna Kea ‘Aole TMT! @ Facebook “Protect…
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Colombia heads plan to create ‘ecological corridor’ and establish the world’s largest protected area

February 23, 2015, eyeonlatinamerica.wordpress.com | “Colombia has announced plans to lead a project that would see the creation of the world’s largest ‘ecological corridor’ across northern South America as part of the region’s contribution to the global fight against climate change. The reserve, which was proposed last week by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, would cover some 135 million hectares (1.35m km²), linking the Andes Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean via the northern Amazon Rainforest. It would become the largest protected area in the world, a title currently held by the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, which covers 1.27m km².”

Colombia proposes an ambitious plan that would establish the world’s largest ‘ecological corridor’, protecting vast swathes of Amazon rainforest stretching from…
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Grant will help restore ‘legacy’ oak habitat in Southern Oregon and Northern California

Marko Bey, executive director of the Ashland-based Lomakatsi Restoration Project, checks out a large oak tree in the Colestin Valley. Mail Tribune / Jamie Lusch

January 16, 2015, www.mailtribune.com | “New grant will help Lomakatsi restore 3,000 acres of ‘legacy’ oak habitat.  For the vast majority of its 400-plus years, a mammoth black oak rising from a hill outside of the Colestin Valley has been a vibrant giver of life.  Oak titmice would nest in its cavities while everything from black-tailed deer, woodpeckers and even Native Americans feasted on its bountiful acorn crop, but 60 years of bad neighbors have inflicted a heavy price.”

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 GREEN JOBS
“We’re unearthing these treasures buried in here and bringing them back to life.” Read about how federal funding secured by Lomakatsi and our partners will support ongoing efforts to protect large, old oak trees and restore oak woodland habitat in Southern Oregon and Northern California.
For the vast majority of its 400-plus years, a mammoth black oak rising from a hill outside of the Colestin Valley has been a vibrant giver of life.
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First Snows Mountain Blessing, Mount Ashland

Peia Luzzi offered her musical talents while individuals approached the altar. JD Anderson. Ashland Daily Tidings, 11-24-14January 7, 2014, goodnewsfortheearth.org | “No speeches, no sermons, only uninterrupted prayers, spoken and musical — all heart!  In how many more places can we do what we did on Mount Ashland on 11/23, thanks to those offering prayers, spoken and musical (clockwise from bottom left) Nancy Bloom, Naomi Kerongo, Devon Strong, Peia Jessyka Luzzi, Zahira Clement, Larry Morningstar, and (not shown) Ron Griffith, Sara Tone, Krishna Deva, Suzanne Mathis McQueen, & Robert “Bobcat” Brothers — with help from Olympic Skier and snow ceremony activist Suzy Chaffee.”

3 YEARS AGO – SOUTHERN UTE CEREMONY BRINGS SNOW TO VAIL
Ending worst dry spell in 30 years, 8” that day, and 2 ft in the next 2 weeks.
“The amazing thing is that it actually worked,”
— Ben Cohen, Wall Street Journal
“It not only helps us here, it helps Mother Earth.”
— Eddie Box Jr, ceremony leader, Southern Utes, January 7, 2012
“The storm broke a spell that had been Vail’s driest in 30 years, dumping eight inches at Vail, nine at Beaver Creek, seven at Breckenridge and six inches at Steamboat that day.” – Vail Business Journal
Sources: Wall Street Journal , Vail Business Journal. Indian Country, and more.
http://www.wsj.com/…/SB100014240529702044680045771670423824…, including “Lunch Break” video interview with Ben Cohen.
Top Photo: “Southern Ute Indian royalty, Little Miss Southern Ute Alternate, Yllana Chanelle Howe, 7, right center, Junior Miss Southern Ute, Izabella “Oewichichi” Howe, 10, center, and their mother, Marquetta Howe, left, help lead the crowd in a Southern Ute snow dance Saturday at the base of the Vista bahn chair lift in Vail Village. Yllana’s Ute name is “Nanacivchi” meaning butterfly while Izabella’s Ute name is “Oewichichi” meaning Yellow Bird.”, from Indian Country.
Bottom Photo: an unidentified young man and Betty Box, the wife of Eddie Box, Jr.
This a screen shot taken from the main video in the Wall Street Journal article.
! Thanks to Suzy Chaffee, Olympic Skier, activist for Snow Ceremonies by Native Americans, and Ski Programs for Native Youth, President of the Native American Olympic Team Foundation (NAOTF.org) for letting me know about this, and to Jamie Schectman, Mount Ashland Ski Area, who introduced us after inviting me to organize a similar ceremony on Mount Ashland, a “First Snows” Mountain Blessing, 11/23/14. Afterwards, Jamie was happy to report that there was “considerably more snow than forecasted.”
3 YEARS AGO – SOUTHERN UTE CEREMONY BRINGS SNOW TO VAIL<br />
Ending worst dry spell in 30 years, 8” that day, and 2 ft in the next 2 weeks.<br />
“The amazing thing is that it actually worked,”<br />
-- Ben Cohen, Wall Street Journal<br />
"It not only helps us here, it helps Mother Earth.”<br />
-- Eddie Box Jr, ceremony leader, Southern Utes, January 7, 2012<br />
“The storm broke a spell that had been Vail’s driest in 30 years, dumping eight inches at Vail, nine at Beaver Creek, seven at Breckenridge and six inches at Steamboat that day.” – Vail Business Journal<br />
Sources: Wall Street Journal , Vail Business Journal. Indian Country, and more.<br />
http://www.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052970204468004577167042382438200, including "Lunch Break" video interview with Ben Cohen.<br />
http://www.vailbusinessjournal.com/article.php?id=6679<br />
http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2012/01/13/southern-utes-snow-dance-works-wonders-weather-72125<br />
http://www.outdoors720.com/2012/01/vail-resorts-to-snow-dance-lake-tahoe.html<br />
Top Photo: “Southern Ute Indian royalty, Little Miss Southern Ute Alternate, Yllana Chanelle Howe, 7, right center, Junior Miss Southern Ute, Izabella "Oewichichi" Howe, 10, center, and their mother, Marquetta Howe, left, help lead the crowd in a Southern Ute snow dance Saturday at the base of the Vista bahn chair lift in Vail Village. Yllana's Ute name is "Nanacivchi" meaning butterfly while Izabella's Ute name is "Oewichichi" meaning Yellow Bird.”, from Indian Country.<br />
Bottom Photo: an unidentified young man and Betty Box, the wife of Eddie Box, Jr.<br />
This a screen shot taken from the main video in the Wall Street Journal article.</p>
<p>! Thanks to Suzy Chaffee, Olympic Skier, activist for Snow Ceremonies by Native Americans, and Ski Programs for Native Youth, President of the Native American Olympic Team Foundation (NAOTF.org) for letting me know about this, and to Jamie Schectman, Mount Ashland Ski Area, who introduced us after inviting me to organize a similar ceremony on Mount Ashland, a “First Snows” Mountain Blessing, 11/23/14. Afterwards, Jamie was happy to report that there was “considerably more snow than forecasted.”<br />
http://goodnewsfortheearth.org/first-snows-mountain-blessing/</p>
<p>-- Reported by Robert Brothers
COMMENTS:

  • Lou FedericoWe are more powerful than we realize, we have just forgotten these truths. Thanks for sharing, we need to be reminded from time to time, just who we are.”
  • Robert BrothersVideo showing lots of powder snow the day after: The Ute Indian Tribe Perform A Snow Dance in Vail Colorado https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daj-uorWRuk#t=18

    Vail locals were honored to see the Southern Ute Indian…
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  • Suzy ChaffeeHail Robert “Bobcat” Brothers for giving gratitude to Southern Ute Elder Eddie Box Jr. for leading the 2012 Vail Snowdance Miracle, restoring joy to millions of Colorado skiers, residents and Nature. A few weeks later on January 28, in appreciation to our compassionate Mother Earth, Ute Mt Elder-snowboarder Reggie Lopez led a Gratitude Snowdance in Telluride to the delight of Tel-Ski’s owner Chuck Horning. The Rocky Mts were blessed with more snow and Telluride the most … 6 ft… thanks to having a Ute Snowsports Program. Giving Gratitude and hosting on-going programs inspire amazing Snowblessings!”

Young Navajos Stage 200-Mile ‘Journey for Existence’

January 5, 2015, indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com | ” At dawn on January 6, 2015, a group of young Diné (Navajo) women and their supporters will gather at sunrise near the fire department at the base of Dził Na’oodiłii (Huerfano Mountain). From here the group will embark on a 200-mile trek through eastern New Mexico—a tribute to the 150th anniversary of the tragic “Long Walk.” Throughout this journey they intend to raise awareness about the historical and present day challenges faced by Diné people and inspire hopeful solutions to address these issues.”

“THE MOUNTAINS WERE OUR ORIGINAL LEADERS …. We are returning to our original leadership by letting the mountains determine how we walk on the land. EVERYTHING WE DO IS A PRAYER TO RETURN TO OUR ORIGINAL SELVES.”
— Laura Red Elk, Pueblo Pintado, New Mexico
In a tribute to the Longest Walk, Diné youth will embark on a 200-mile journey Jan. 6 to raise awareness about historical and present day challenges.
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Yankton Sioux Lead Fight Against TransCanada and Keystone XL in South Dakota

January 5, 2015, indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com | ” The Yankton Sioux, along with the Cheyenne River, Rosebud and Standing Rock tribes, are joining forces against TransCanada on January 6 as they continue to forestall attempts to run the Keystone XL pipeline through their lands in South Dakota.”

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The Yankton Sioux, along with the Cheyenne River, Rosebud and Standing Rock tribes, are joining forces against TransCanada on January 6 as they continue to…
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