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Sadly, mega animal farms are on the rise in the United Kingdom

Report says industrial-scale farms have increased 26% in the past six years. […]

A woman who fought predatory oil and gas leasing on Native lands got the Presidential Medal of Honor.

It’s not often that the highest civilian honor in America goes to an accountant, but Elouise Cobell was no ordinary accountant.

Cobell grew up on a reservation in Montana in the 1950s, a time when America was flush with cash. But Cobell’s home, like many, didn’t have a telephone, running water, or electricity, even though the Blackfeet Tribe owned acres of valuable land.

The Blackfeet knew what was up. The land was being leased out by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Department of the Interior, and the money never made it back to the reservation. Cobell learned accounting and banking, which ultimately led her to file a landmark, 15-year-long lawsuit. When it was over, the Department of the Interior agreed to pay $3.4 billion to compensate for decades of lost revenue and to purchase land that had been split up so that it could be returned whole to the tribes.

The process of freeing Blackfeet land from oil and gas leases continues today. The Department of the Interior announced a settlement with one of the last companies holding a lease to Badger-Two Medicine, the site of many Blackfeet creation stories.

Cobell died in 2011, but the ideals that motivated her live on, most visibly at Standing Rock.


Bureau Creates Opportunity For MILegalize By Suggesting Petition Denial

The Michigan Bureau of Elections today issued a Staff Report containing a recommendation for the Board of State Canvassers to not certify the petitions submitted by the MILegalize marijuana legalization campaign. That’s a good thing, said MILegalize Chair, attorney Jeffrey Hank. “The Bureau gave the expected response- but the speed of the decision really creates […]

Portland Hempstalk Will Return To Portland After A Lengthy Battle

Hempstalk has been a part of the Oregon marijuana scene since the very first Hempstalk in 2005. Whenever I go to events in other states, Hempstalk is usually the Oregon event that they are most familiar with that is dedicated entirely to cannabis. The Oregon Country fair is another one that comes up a lot, […]

Clinton State Dept Emails Contain Redacted Job Description for Top Energy Diplomat; Lobbyist Gets Job

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogThe U.S. State Department released a batch of 3,000 searchable documents formerly stored on the private hard drive and in a private email account of Democratic Party presidential candidate and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Among them: a fully redacted job description for State Department International Energy Coordinator/Diplomat-At-Large. Image Credit: United States Department of StateDavid Goldwyn — now a fellow at the Atlantic Council, fellow at the Brookings Institution and head of Goldwyn Global Strategies — would eventually come to assume that role as head of the State Department’s Bureau of Energy Resources, a Bureau that premiered under the watch of then-Secretary Clinton.Goldwyn, as revealed in a Mother Jones article by Mariah Blake, headed up the State Department’s Global Shale Gas Initiative as the leader of the Bureau of Energy Resources, where he “sold fracking to the world.” A biography for Goldwyn that appears to have come from the job application process for the position was also released by the State Department.The job description document was whited out because it fell under the B(5) “deliberative process privilege,” a controversial rationale used by the federal government to redact large chunks of emails and other documents. […]

New Hope for Tres Ríos — A New Plan From BLM

Animas River, Colorado fritzmb photo (cc) When I look at the Bureau of Land Management’s map of the Tres Ríos Field Office area, I see a rich and varied landscape, dotted with place names that have some meaning, like Dolores, which is shorthand for the devotional El Río de Nuestra Señora de los Dolores, (The River of Our Lady of Sorrows) named by Santa Fe explorer Juan Rivera in 1765. Or the Animas River, “River of Souls,” fed by snowmelt from the awe-inspiring peaks, it courses through to become the lifeline of Durango, my grandmother’s birthplace. And, of course, there is Mesa Verde, the green plateau, and ancestral pueblo homeland. […]

A Way of Life: Juan Palma’s Leadership on Public Lands

Juan Palma managed BLM lands in Utah for multiple uses. BLM Photo I recently had the opportunity to speak with Juan Palma, a warm, friendly and highly respected leader in managing public lands, who retired last month after five years as the State Director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Utah. Anyone familiar with the West would understand that being the State BLM Director in Utah is one of the biggest, most complicated, contentious jobs in any public lands agency. Utah’s public lands encompass a sensitive, arid ecosystem, unparalleled geological resources, centuries upon centuries of cultural treasures, and some of the most iconic scenery in the United States. […]