Line 3 Pipeline Threatens Minnesota Waters and Indigenous Wild Rice Harvests

Line 3 Pipeline Threatens Minnesota Waters and Indigenous Wild Rice Harvests

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer The controversial Line 3, a pipeline expansion under construction in northern Minnesota that would transport one million barrels of tar sands per day, hasn’t begun operating yet, but is already causing harm. The line’s construction, coupled with drought, has created low water levels in Minnesota lakes where Indigenous Anishinaabe […]

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A Record 227 Climate Defenders were Killed in 2020

A Record 227 Climate Defenders were Killed in 2020

By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor Over 200 environmental activists were murdered in 2020 while protecting lands and waters across the world, averaging more than four deaths per week and setting a new record. Even as emissions dipped due to the COVID-19 pandemic, defenders of the planet faced increasing violence across the world. Now, experts […]

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Federal Judge Throws Out Permits for Major Alaska Drilling Project

Federal Judge Throws Out Permits for Major Alaska Drilling Project

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Last week a federal judge threw out permits for a significant Alaska drilling project granted under Trump and legally backed by the Biden administration. The project isn’t dead yet, and ConocoPhillips says it will be evaluating its options to continue the operation. Still, Indigenous communities and environmental groups are celebrating the decision. “Today’s […]

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Illegal Amazonian Gold Rush Poisons Water Supply for Indigenous Communities

Illegal Amazonian Gold Rush Poisons Water Supply for Indigenous Communities

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Wildcat gold mining in the Amazon rainforest has skyrocketed since 2019, leading to an increase in deforestation and public health crises for Indigenous communities. Now, the mercury used to strip gold from sediment has poisoned the Tapajós river, leaving the Munduruku tribe without clean water or fish for food. Despite […]

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Climate and COVID Are Increasing Indigenous Food Insecurity

Climate and COVID Are Increasing Indigenous Food Insecurity

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer The COVID-19 pandemic has shined a light on BIPOC communities’ systemic lack of access to healthcare and the role that environmental injustice plays in health outcomes. Now, it’s shining a light on food insecurity in some of North America’s most remote regions. Canadian non-profit Mikinakoos Children’s Fund found that the cost of getting […]

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Nevada Activists Fight For Federal Protections for Native Lands

Nevada Activists Fight For Federal Protections for Native Lands

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Activists in Nevada are fighting to permanently protect a stretch of Mojave Desert with ecological and Native American cultural importance. The proposed site would be called Avi Kwa Ama National Monument and would encompass 594 square miles, including a Spanish Colonial Revival house that belonged to 1920s stars Clara […]

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