DEBRA WHITE PLUME (Lakota) Director of Owe Aku (www.oweakuinternational.org) works to bring back our way of life which includes humanity's role in nature: we are a part of it, not outside of it, not having dominion over it. To achieve this Owe Aku works to stop mining that contaminates our water and land. Owe Aku has reestablished programs that utilize the wisdom of our ancestors in combatting the effects of inter-generational trauma caused by colonization and the intentional attempts for hundreds of years to destroy our culture. In the Lakota Language Owe Aku means Bring Back the Way.
While the current fate of KXL North rests upon U.S. Presidential approval, KXL South's now lies in the broad-spectrum opposition it has garnered in the form of legal cases as well as the grassroots civil disobedience campaigns by groups like Great Plain Tar Sands Resistance and Tar Sands Blockade. Should KXL North be permitted to start construction, these groups along with grassroots indigenous organizations, several Lakota Nation tribal councils, and over 60,000 others have pledged resistance in the form of non-violent direct action to halt pipeline construction.
STEPHANY SEAY - Media Outreach Coordinator (www.buffalofieldcampaign.org)
Kill the Bills, Not the Buffalo! Twelve anti-buffalo bills were alive at the start of this legislative session. Thanks to you and other friends of the buffalo, only two survive!
HB 143, which would have made it mandatory for the Department of Livestock to immediately kill, capture, harass, quarantine and trap for slaughter all buffalo migrating into Montana, failed yesterday in its 3rd reading in the Montana House by a vote of 50 to 50.
HB 328, which allows wildlife officials to reveal the location of wild buffalo to hunters, unfortunately, was signed into law on Friday.
Montana Governor Steve Bullock is the last line of defense against the last two surviving bills.
HB 396 would grant unconstitutional powers to county commissioners, giving them full authority over any wild buffalo transferred or introduced in Montana. It would also make it legal for the Montana Department of Livestock to auction or sell wild bison and keep the money.
SB 256 would legislatively undo a long standing Montana Supreme Court precedent that wildlife does not belong to any owner by making the state liable for any private property damage or public safety hazard caused by reintroduced buffalo.