Past Campaigns

Standing Strong for Carbon Regulation in New Mexico

The village of Kivalina in Alaska, once home to a traditional Inupiat Eskimo community, is now seeking refuge due to the melting of sea ice causing uninhabitable conditions for the village. With climate change quickly becoming a reality, Indigenous peoples around the globe are feeling the affects of droughts, floods and other climate catastrophes. New Mexicans are no different and action is being taken. The New Energy Economy and the Southwest Indigenous Uranium Forum called on Honor the Earth for help in mitigating climate change and to help promote regulatory limits on the amount of greenhouse gases polluting New Mexico's...

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Dooda Desert Rock

Desert Rock is a proposed 1,500 megawatt mine-mouth plant slated for the Four Corners Region of the Navajo reservation, an area plagued by two existing coal-fired power plants and tens of thousands of oil and gas wells. While most Navajos haul water for their own use, the plant would deplete 1.2 million gallons of water a year—and contaminate that water. Desert Rock would also emit 12.7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide a year, the primary greenhouse gas causing global warming.

Along with greenhouse gases, the plant would emit pollutants associated with asthma, pulmonary disease, increased rates of heart attack...

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Stop the Tar Sands!

Rising oil prices have spurred companies to turn to unconventional sources of crude oil previously viewed as too costly or destructive to consider. A case in point: the tar sands in Alberta, Canada. Located beneath the boreal forests that Cree, Dené and Metis First Nations call home, tar sands (also called ‘oil sands’) development has been dubbed the most destructive energy project in the world. To get a single barrel of tar sands crude from surface mining, the forest is chopped down, about four tons of earth is removed, several barrels of water are used and giant tailings ponds are...

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Stop the Big Stone II Plant!

Since 2007, Honor the Earth has been working with the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of Sisseton, SD to pressure Otter Tail Power to withdraw their commitment to a proposed 580 megawatt coal-fired power plant called Big Stone II. We are excited to announce that on September 11th, Otter Tail made the right choice for the Earth and all our relations and cancelled their investment in the project!

Today, the peoples of Sisseton-Wahpeton and a host of environmental allies are giving thanks for and celebrating the Big Stone II victory. Mryna Thompson of the Office of Environmental Protection at Sisseton was elated by...

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Dakota Access Pipeline

The Dakota Access Pipeline is currently under construction, proposed to carry fracked oil from the Bakken fields in North Dakota 1,172 miles to Patoka, Illinois.  On Tuesday, July 26, 2016, the US Army Corps of Engineers (“USACE”) approved the water crossing permits for the pipeline.  Soon after, a historic grassroots resistance movement erupted at the site of the original spirit camp established in April on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, determined to stop the pipeline through prayer and non-violent direct action.   The encampment at Standing Rock blossomed as many thousands of people representing hundreds of...

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No Coal Goal

Navajo and Dine Bii Kiya


Crow Coal


Crow, Cheyenne, and Navajo Terrain

Diné Bii Kaya, combined with the Crow Nation, Northern Cheyenne and Powder River Basin is home to one-third of all western coal reserves. This land has been exploited for over fifty years for coal mining, and has been termed a “national sacrifice area” by the National Academy of Sciences in l973.  (The exception has remained Northern Cheyenne, which continues to oppose coal mining, but it is, once again, on the ballot as a referendum in that nation.) This...

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Love Water Not Oil


Tour Schedule: We will ride from Rice Lake on the Mille Lacs Ojibwe reservation to Rice Lake on the White Earth Ojibwe reservation. This traces the proposed Sandpiper pipeline route, and chases that oil back west. We will have tour stops in locations along the way to have concerts, to share stories and empower one another in standing for the protection of the sacred. For detailed schedule click here.

Learn more about the proposed Sandpiper...

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Sexual Violence in Extraction Zones

There is an epidemic of sexual violence being perpetrated against indigenous women in the Great Lakes region, driven by extreme extraction in the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota and the Tar Sands of Alberta.  Whether through fracking, or oil sands mining, or mountaintop removal, the violation of the earth through extreme extraction runs parallel to the violation of the human rights of Native people. "Violence against our earth and water is perpetrated on a daily basis, against those things absolutely vital to our very existence. We can't be surprised that people who would rape our land are...

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Protect our Manoomin

This map of Enbridge's Sandpiper Pipeline and manoomin. In treaty land terms, Sandpiper runs primarily through the 1855 ceded land area. As we know, the IRA tribal councils at White Earth and Leech Lake have yet to resolve the situation regarding reserved treaty rights in the 1855 treaty area. In federal Indian law, it has been established that off-reservation resources, i.e., hunting, fishing and gathering rights on ceded lands, are pertinent to the health and well-being of tribes in an affected treaty land area. So the question is - how are sustenance resources that provide for the health and well-being...

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