Bay Mills Indian Community Continues Fight Against Line 5-Petition to Intervene in MI Public Service Commission Proceedings


2020-05-11 U-20763 Petition to Intevene by Bay Mills (Cover ltr+POS)

2020-05-13 U-20763 Comments of Bay Mills Indian Community + Attachments A-F (cover ltr +POS)

Sioux Tribes Request Precautionary Measures to Protect Against DAPL


Filed on behalf of Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, and Yankton Sioux Tribes by the American Indian Law Clinic at Colorado Law, Earthjustice, and Fredericks, Peebles and Morgan LLP.

Measures requested:

  1. Deny the easement allowing construction of the pipeline under the Missouri River at
    Lake Oahe as soon as possible;
  2. Complete a full environmental impact statement in formal consultation with the Tribes;
  3. Establish clear rules requiring that indigenous peoples who may be affected by
    government decisions have the opportunity for full and meaningful prior informed
    consent within the meanings established in the UN Declaration on the Rights of
    Indigenous Peoples and the jurisprudence of the Inter-American Court and this
  4. Establish clear rules ensuring full environmental and social assessment of activities that may affect indigenous peoples, with the full participation of the affected indigenous peoples;
  5. Immediately take all actions necessary to guarantee the safety of those engaging in
    peaceful prayer and protest concerning DAPL, and to ensure the full enjoyment of their rights to expression and assembly;
  6. Any other action this Commission deems appropriate.

Earthjustice Seeks Applicants for Summer 2017 Law Clerk Positions

Download announcement here.

Several offices are actively involved in issues that affect Native communities.  These include the Alaska offices (one in Juneau and one in Anchorage), the Northwest office located in Seattle, the Mid-Pacific regional office in Honolulu, the Rocky Mountain office in Denver, and the Northern Rockies office in Bozeman.

Associate Attorney Opening with Earthjustice in Denver

Link to job announcement here.

“The Rocky Mountain Office has nine attorneys, including this position, handling a range of cases involving, among other things, the protection of public lands and wildlife from fracking, mining and off-road vehicle damage; species protection under the Endangered Species Act; defending important riparian areas from groundwater pumping; challenging the mining and combustion of coal and oil shale; and utility rate-setting proceedings to expand clean energy sources like rooftop solar.  We are also helping communities fight off environmental impacts from uranium mining and milling in Utah and in the greater Grand Canyon area, and we anticipate growing our environmental justice docket.  Our goal is to produce the highest quality legal work in a diverse, inclusive, supportive, and collegial environment.”

Associate Attorney Opening with Earthjustice in Seattle

Link to job announcement here.

“The Northwest Office opened in 1987 to enable Earthjustice to take a more active role in preserving the unique natural resources and environment of the Pacific Northwest. Since that time, the Northwest office has undertaken campaigns to protect old growth forests, promote salmon recovery, improve water quality, protect Puget Sound and the communities that depend on it, stop coal-fired power plants, protect farmworkers and their families from pesticides, and respond to climate change, among other things.”

Earthjustice’s Northern Rockies Office Seeks Associate Attorney and Summer Law Clerks

Earthjustice’s Northern Rockies Office Seeks Associate Attorney and Summer Law Clerks

Earthjustice’s Northern Rockies Office in Bozeman, Montana, is currently accepting applications for an associate attorney to begin no later than Fall 2016, and law clerks for Summer 2016.

Earthjustice is the nation’s premier nonprofit environmental law organization, with eleven regional offices across the country.  In the Northern Rockies, we are engaged in litigation focused on protecting and preserving the iconic wildlife species and wild lands of this incomparable region and combating coal mining, coal-fired power, and natural gas development that threatens public health and drives climate change.  In recent years, our work has increasingly touched on Native American interests and issues of Indian law, including work to restore wild bison to tribal lands; to oppose oil and gas exploration on public national forest lands of extreme cultural and spiritual importance to the Blackfeet people; and to halt a state proposal to open a massive new coal mine on lands significant to the Northern Cheyenne in southeast Montana.  We regularly litigate federal and state court cases in an effort to defeat the major threats to the ecological integrity of the Northern Rockies region.

More information about our work is available here.

Information about the associate attorney and summer law clerk positions and application requirements is available here.

Associate Attorney opening with Earthjustice – Northern Rockies

From Earthjustice (2015 Associate Attorney Northern Rockies):

We are currently seeking an associate attorney to join our public interest environmental litigation practice next fall and we are eager to reach candidates with an interest in and knowledge of Indian law and Native American issues.  More information about the position and our organization is available online at

Moapa Band of Paiute Indians Appeals EPA Air Standard for Coal Plant to Ninth Circuit

AP article via the Mercury News here.

Earthjustice press release is here and includes the petition.

Senator Harry Reid discussed the issue in a recent ICTMN interview here.