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Last weekend some 400 Karankawa Kadla and their supporters organized protests across Texas to call attention to the expansion plans for an Enbridge oil terminal. It’s already the largest crude export terminal in North America potentially transporting as much as 1.5 million barrels of oil per day.

“The Enbridge terminal expansion is planned to be constructed in the ancestral settlement and land of the Karankawa Kadla, where thousands of sacred Karankawa artifacts remain and ceremony and prayer have continued for the past 2,000 years,” said a news release from the Indigenous Environmental Network. “If the expansion of the Enbridge terminal on Karankawa land continues, the Karankawa Kadla will lose direct access to their land and ancestral artifacts in addition to the pollution of sacred natural waters.”

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The release also included a simple line asking for “accountability from Enbridge and Bank of America, one of the major funders of the expansion, for developing on Indigenous land without consent and the environmental destruction of the Gulf Coast.”

That word “accountability” shifts the protest to another kind of action, one based on ESG standards; a metric that includes Environment, Social and Governance as well as the planning for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. READ MORE.Mark Trahant, Indian Country Today


Hawaii lawmakers have submitted legislation that would create a nine-member governing body for Mauna Kea’s summit, where astronomers want to build a new telescope opposed by Native Hawaiian activists.

The bill introduced in the state House of Representatives would require a new stewardship authority to limit the development of astronomy on the mountain. The body would also establish a plan to return the mountain to its natural state above 9,200 feet, though the legislation doesn’t set a time frame for doing so.

The governing body would include Native Hawaiian cultural practitioners and those with land management experience.

Astronomers wouldn’t have a seat on the body, but the authority would establish an advisory group that would provide guidance on astronomy.

Lawmakers drafted the bill in response to a report compiled by a working group formed by House leadership last year. The legislation has yet to be scheduled for a hearing.

Mauna Kea’s summit has about a dozen telescopes that are among the world’s most advanced observatories. — Associated Press

Ash Barty, an Ngarigo woman, is two wins away from winning a major on her homelands. The top ranked player is set to play Madison Keys. The winner will compete in a Saturday night championship match.

In 2021, she became only the second Indigenous woman from Australia to win Wimbledon's history. READ MORE. Associated Press

Around the world: A teenage activist is killed in Colombia, pesticides are being dispersed in the Amazon rainforest, a Māori employment plan is delayed, an Inuit traditional food program gets high marks in Ottawa, and Australia’s new cybersafety law stirs debate.

Coverage around the world on Indigenous issues for the week ending Jan. 23. READ MORE. — Deusdedit Ruhangariyo, special to Indian Country Today

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Indigenous economics, politics and an exhibit about a Northern Paiute and Pit River artist.


Williams Lake First Nation in British Columbia says a preliminary geophysical investigation has identified 93 reflections that could indicate the number of children buried around the site of a former residential school.

Chief Willie Sellers says only excavation would confirm the presence of human remains and much more work is needed to make final determinations.

From the 19th century until the 1970s, more than 150,000 Indigenous children in Canada were forced to attend state-funded Christian schools as an effort to assimilate them into Canadian society.

According to Sellers, out of the 93 reflections, 43 may be associated with a historic cemetery – and the remaining 50 are not. READ MORE. — APTN National News


Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others died in a helicopter crash on this date two years ago. Here's how Kobe's death impacted some in Indian Country.

  • Native Americans have higher death rates, lower life expectancy than white, Black and Hispanic populations, CDC study shows.
  • Klamath Tribes release video series to teach tribal history in schools.
  • Indigenous scholars at ASU share traditions, knowledge.

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