Tribes and individual Indigenous people are increasingly in the path of oil pipelines and other energy infrastructure projects. At the same time, the spotlight is on a seemingly decreasing ability by tribes to alter environmentally harmful policies. One Lumbee environmental scientist thinks the environmental assessment for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline largely ignored populations of Native Americans in North Carolina. Tribes are also fighting pipeline proposals in northern Minnesota, North Carolina, British Columbia, and North Dakota. That’s in addition to environmental fights in Arizona, Washington state and Alaska among others. What role does race play in locating potentially harmful projects?
Daniel Tso (Diné) – organizer and educator
Beata Tsosie-Peña (Santa Clara Pueblo) – environmental health and justice program coordinator for Tewa Women United
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