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Dallas Goldtooth, dallas@ienearth.org 

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US Supreme Court Underwrites Settler Violence Upon Indigenous Communities

WASHINGTON -

Today, the US Supreme Court made its decision in the case West Virginia v EPA. In this decision the court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency has limited ability to regulate carbon emissions and the US energy sector. 
 
This decision comes on the heels of two other destructive opinions, the rollback of Roe v. Wade and Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta. 
 
The following is IEN’s statement response:
 
“To be clear, the Supreme Court’s latest decisions underwrites continued settler violence perpetrated against Indigenous peoples, our lands, our bodies, our nations, and our futures. By circumventing well-settled precedent and statutory law, the conservative Court is reaching far beyond its constitutional authority, “legislating from the bench” and is being used by the Right to push a full assault on the working class, BIPOC communities and tribal nations. However, these decisions do not prevent President Biden from taking executive action to stop the expansion of fossil fuels and declaring a climate emergency. We will continue to protect Mother Earth, defend our rights and confront interests who seek to destroy our futures.

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Established in 1990 within the United States, IEN was formed by grassroots Indigenous peoples and individuals to address environmental and economic justice issues (EJ). IEN’s activities include building the capacity of Indigenous communities and tribal governments to develop mechanisms to protect our sacred sites, land, water, air, natural resources, health of both our people and all living things, and to build economically sustainable communities.

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