Aboriginal land council protests against whitehaven coal mine at the Burdekin Indian Reservation. In 2012, five of the seven tribes represented in the Standing Rock Sioux tribe voted to boycott whitehaven coal.
“We have a reservation right to tribal lands, and we do have it, and we’re going to use it,” said Tom Anderson, chair of the Indian Health Service.
Anderson said his department is trying to enforce a number of state regulations to protect the tribes and their lands.
He also says the government and the tribes are working together in areas where federal and state land is being developed. Anderson says that is important because federal regulations can’t apply in all of North Dakota and many of the state’s tribal members live in remote areas and lack transportation to reach it.
“I see myself as a member of the tribes. I’m not a member of the federal government,” he said.
Anderson says many of the tribes in North Dakota have long suffered from white-collar discrimination. Anderson also says the federal government didn’t have enough money to make sure tribes in tribal lands weren’t forced to sell out to white buyers.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council and others, however, say it’s illegal for the federal government to forcibly clear land to build a mine for coal. In December, a federal judge ruled against the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in a challenge to the state’s land exchange program and the federal government’s refusal to pay tribal council members their promised land compensation.
After the ruling, the tribe appealed to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled late last week that the state and federal governments lacked standing to challenge the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council’s claim of treaty rights.
Anderson says the ruling will give tribes access to land not just for mining, but that the tribe could potentially build a mine on it.
But Anderson says the tribes have long complained that the federal government doesn’t give them the inf우리카지노rastructure to ensure safety and clean water protections.
“What it does say, and what it’s jarvees.comtelling us is, that the Federal Lands Administration is not in a position to take any action that is consistent with the treaties that we have signed, not in a position to take that action with respect to any of these sites because the federal government does not have the money to do that,” Anderson said.
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