The Keystone XL Pipeline's end

We hear from a land and water protector who fought the Keystone XL Pipeline for 13 years. Plus we'll show you another fight to protect the land and the water. And we're chopping it up with those Snotty Nose Rez Kids.
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Faith Spotted Eagle is a land defender and water defender. For 13 years she’s been on the frontline in the battle against the Keystone XL Pipeline. Today she’s celebrating. News came late Wednesday that TransCanada Energy is terminating Phase 4 of the Keystone pipeline. Faith joins us to talk about her journey and this victory. 

People opposing the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline kicked off a summer of resistance this past week as they participated in the Treaty People Gathering organized by several Indigenous and allied organizations. Taking place in Northern Minnesota, Indigenous people and allies gathered to oppose the controversial project. Our national correspondent, Mary Annette Pember takes us to the gathering. 

This month is Indigenous Heritage Month in Canada. And one First Nations hip hop duo is getting noticed by millions. Snotty Nose Rez Kids recently found themselves on the top of both YouTube and Spotify. Vincent Schilling talked to the group about their popularity and how they blend tradition with hip hop.

A Slice of our Indigenous world

  • Tribes are responding to TransCanada’s decision to terminate its Keystone XL pipeline project. 
  • A massive disease outbreak is putting Klamath salmon on a path to extinction. 
  • After losing their lake to climate change the Uru people in southwestern Bolivia are trying to bring back their language. 
  • A Native Immersion school in South Dakota graduated its first kindergarten class. 
  • The Crazy Horse Memorial is adding 44 new tribal flags to its displays in the Cultural Center.

Find more details on these stories at the top of Thursday's newscast.

Some quotes from today's show.

Faith Spotted Eagle:

"Well, when I heard the news, everybody started texting me and calling me and messaging me and I felt really very thankful. Tears of joy. I felt surreal. My pipeline fighting life flash before me, I could smell all the food, the fires, the people that were together. The last 13 years, wherever we met on the river in community centers, during snow storms, it just all came before me."

"And I immediately went to the river because during the period of time, when we'd sit through the brutal hearings where the people on the panel would listen to us with deaf ears and it drove me crazy. And every time I came home, I went to the river shed. My peers did my prayers. So I went to talk to the river and of course she already knew that was my first response thankfulness."

"I think people have no idea how this consumed our life. Some 10 years, some three years, however long, maybe one day that we fought and it really did consume our life. So it was like every day we waited to see what kind of development would occur. And I remember when Obama canceled it, I was alone in my kitchen and I just started screaming and hollering."

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Mark Trahant, Shoshone-Bannock, is editor of Indian Country Today. On Twitter: @TrahantReports Trahant is based in Phoenix.

Patty Talahongva, Hopi, is executive producer of Indian Country Today. Follow her on Twitter: @WiteSpider.

Mary Annette Pember, Red Cliff Ojibwe, is national correspondent for Indian Country Today. On Twitter: @mapember. Based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Vincent Schilling, Akwesasne Mohawk, is associate editor of Indian Country Today. On Twitter @VinceSchilling. Email: vschilling@indiancountrytoday.com he is also the opinions’ editor, opinion@indincountrytoday.com

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