Mobilizing Against Renewable Energy and Fossil Fuel Extraction

Our efforts are needed now. We continue to mobilize across Indian Country to stop oil and gas leasing to protect our sacred lands, cultural resources, water, and environments from imminent harm. Presently, the Biden administration is outpacing Trump on issuing oil and gas leases on public lands. The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 allocates funds for promising increases in renewable energy and health care costs over time, but it does not adequately address or prevent devastation caused by extraction that will compound environmental degradation and climate chaos across the globe. The IRA will reinstate three oil and gas leases, two in the Gulf of Mexico and one impacting the Cook Inlet of Alaska by the end of this year. While the IRA significantly expands offshore leasing for wind energy, it also requires that oil and gas leases be offered over massive areas of the outer continental shelf as a condition of making wind leases available. Progressive policy provisions are supported by NOA, but compromise is not enough with respect to taking action on climate resiliency.

The Indigenous Environmental Network stated that the IRA is, “a distraction from the need to declare a climate emergency while allowing polluting industries to continue business as usual.” Our partners at NDN Collective submitted a letter to President Biden, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi outlining the misstep of passing a bill that links clean energy with fossil fuel extraction. “When it comes to offshore drilling, the coupling of the expansion of oil and gas with the development of renewables, is not only morally unsound but a betrayal of this Administration’s pledge to combat environmental racism and destruction.”

In unification with the voices heard across Indian Country demanding for the Biden-Harris administration to uphold promises of a transition to clean energy on public lands, NOA is resolute in pursuing efforts to leverage collective power in taking action to protect lands and waters sacred to our peoples. Efforts to eliminate environmental racism and continued devastation of our lands and waters requires true government-to-government meaningful consultation between Tribal Nations and the federal government in any and all decision-making that will impact Indigenous people.

Sign our petition today to voice your support for legislation that will protect our sacred lands, cultural resources, environments, peoples, and places. The petition will be presented to the House Committee on Natural Resources before the end of the year, December 2022. Join us in adding your name as we stand together in support of this landmark legislation.

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CNN made the right decision to fire Rick Santorum

CNN fired Rick Santorum after Indigenous groups along with Native Organizers Alliance called for his removal because of his comments dismissing thousands of years of Native American history and culture and contributions to the United States.

Native Organizers Alliance released the following statement following the news of CNN terminating Rick Santorum’s contract.

“CNN made the right decision to fire Rick Santorum. His racist comments are a deliberate erasure of our Native peoples to prop up white supremacy. If we don’t exist, then you can take our lands, poison our waters, and desecrate our sacred places, without any thought to the people who were here first.

Firing Santorum is a start but CNN must do more as an international media organization and hire Native peoples to tell our own stories. CNN must feature Native commentators and cover the issues of Indian Country.”

Before CNN took action to address this issue, Judith LeBlanc Director of Native Organizers Alliance wrote the following op-ed for Huffpost

History Made! Deb is Confirmed!

On the eve of Deb Haaland’s confirmation hearings Native Organizers Alliance projected this image onto The Department of the Interior building in Washington, D.C. to show our support for the appointment of a Native American woman as the head of the DOI.

“For the first time, we will have a person who looks like us and who, like us, shares a deep understanding of our ancestral responsibilities to care for the sacred lands and waters of this country.” – Judith LeBlanc Director of Native Organizers Alliance

March 15, 2021 —The United States Congress confirmed the appointment of Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) for the U.S. Secretary for the Department of the Interior, making her the first Native American to serve in the U.S. cabinet.

The following is a statement from Judith Le Blanc (Caddo), director of Native Organizers Alliance:

“The impact of Deb Haaland’s confirmation as Secretary of the Interior can’t be understated. For the first time, we will have a person who looks like us and who, like us, shares a deep understanding of our ancestral responsibilities to care for the sacred lands and waters of this country.

For thousands of years before settlers arrived, our Native ancestors protected and cultivated our lands, a commitment which must be shared by all who live on this land. We pray for the earth as a living being, and understand we must work together to maintain balance with the natural world. This isn’t something we have to explain to Secretary Haaland. Our shared experiences connect us.

Given her vast experience in natural resources and tribal sovereignty, we hope that Secretary Haaland will help shape a new era where tribes are informed long before decisions are made, and give consent at all phases of the project.

For too long, pipelines, large-scale infrastructure projects like dams, mining, and more, have been pushed through without proper consultation with, and the consent of, tribal nations. Many times, this is in direct violation of the treaties and the U.S. Constitution. The end result of this flawed process is degraded and destroyed sacred lands, waters, fish, and wildlife. When our natural resources are carefully managed and protected, we all benefit.

As an organization dedicated to uplifting the voices and supporting the rights of Native nations across the U.S., we call on the Department of Interior to protect our sacred places, especially Bears Ears, the Grand Canyon, Chaco Canyon, the Arctic, Mauna Kea, Missouri River and Oak Flat.

The work ahead to protect our sacred places is the work our ancestors began long before us. It is an historic moment to have a Laguna Pueblo woman in this leadership position who shares our understanding of the sanctity of our natural resources. We look forward to the department forging new and stronger relationships with sovereign tribal nations.”

In celebration, of Deb Haaland being appointed as the Secretary of the Interior, the digital gender justice organization UltraViolet partnered with Protect the Sacred, ACLU of South Dakota, IllumiNative, Center for Native American Youth, Native Organizers Alliance, Advance Native Political Leadership, and Indigenous Life Ways, to create a mobile billboard in DC, broadcasting a congratulatory message to Secretary Haaland as well as the hopes and dreams of seven Indigenous women leaders who helped make this moment possible.

Leading up to this historic confirmation and appointment Native Organizers Alliance launched a campaign along with IllumiNative, 350.org, Sierra Club, Friends Committee on Legislation, the Women’s March and Advance Native Political Leadership Action Fund, for constituents to contact their senators to show support for the confirmation of Deb Haaland for Secretary of the Interior. This resulted in 16,578 letters sent to U.S. Senators.

During Deb Haaland’s confirmation hearing Native Organizers Alliance hosted a watch party and celebration with hundreds of Native leaders from all over the United States, and VIP guests Mark Ruffalo, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Sharice Davids and even – Secretary Deb Haaland herself, along with her sisters and partner Skip.

See our Watch Party and Celebration here