DAPL Fails to Meet Tree Planting Agreement and Other News

News in this blog:

  • DAPL Fails to Meet Tree Planting Agreement
  • Native Nations Win Big in New Federal Farm Bill
  • Brazil’s Indigenous Peoples Face Increasing Threats from New President

DAPL Fails to Meet Tree Planting Agreement

Energy Transfer Partners, the company that owns the Dakota Access Pipeline, was supposed to plant some 20,000 new trees by the end of 2018 as part of  settlement agreement with the North Dakota Public Service Commission. It’s missed its goal by more than 50 percent, according to a story in EcoWatch. So far only Energy Transfer Partners has planted only 8,800.

Energy Transfer Partners is asking for more time. The contractor it hired to plant the tress provided numerous excuses for missing the deadline. Perennial Environmental Services said it had equipment and staffing problems, poor planting conditions, and met land owner resistance to tree plantings.

Is anyone surprised?

Native Nations Win Big in New Federal Farm Bill

Native Nations took a big step forward in having their sovereignty recognized in the latest U.S. Farm Bill, according to a story last month by MPR. It grew out of a coordinated effort by Native nations. According to the story:

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community organized the Native Farm Bill Coalition as part of the tribe’s Seeds of Native Health campaign in the fall of 2017. Since then, 170 tribes across the United States have joined the effort.

“This is really one of the first times where you saw a large number of tribal governments coming together speaking with one strong voice and and being able to get a substantial number of changes,” said Colby Duren, executive director of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative at the University of Arkansas. …

“This farm bill acknowledges the fundamental sovereignty and competence of tribal governments far more than previous farm bills,” said Keith Anderson, vice chair of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and co-chair of the Native Farm Bill Coalition.

Click on the link above for more details.

Brazil’s Indigenous Peoples Face Increasing Threats from New President

In international and troubling news, Brazil’s President, Jair Bolsonaro approved several measures that will “hurt historically marginalized communities,” within hours of taking office,according to a New York Times story. He “transferred responsibility for certifying indigenous territories as protected lands to the ministry of agriculture,” it said. “The ministry has traditionally championed the interests of industries that want greater access to protected lands.”

Bolsonaro “has compared indigenous communities living in protected lands to animals in zoos,” the New York Times story said.

Click on the link above for the full story.

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