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"For much of the state of Maine, the environment is the economy"
                                           — US Senator Susan Collins, 2012 Jun 21

News Release

April 2, 2005

Local anti-LNG campaign victory takes on national threat:
Passamaquoddy tribal members defend local and national homelands

On March 28, 2005, despite an offer of a million dollars a year proceeds, the voters of Perry, Maine rejected the proposed Quoddy Bay LNG port project.

"While we are very pleased with Perry voters adhering to their values and honoring the intent of Article 40, it's always been our focus to defeat Quoddy Bay LLC and to ensure that corporate-funded 'social disruption' never happens here again," said Vera Francis, organizer of the Passamaquooddy campaign to defeat LNG.

David Bridges, co-organizer of Nulankeyutomonen Nkihtahkomikumon (We Protect the Homeland) added, "Governor Baldacci and Governor Francis need to assure us and our neighbors that they will honor Perry's vote."

Building on the momentum of this popular rejection of LNG, Francis & Bridges are embarking on a national campaign to educate themselves and others about the national scale of this threat to local communities and bioregions.

Vera Francis and David Bridges, members of the Passamaquoddy tribe of Maine, will travel to New Orleans, to attend Tulane's Annual Environmental Law Conference, which is focused on LNG.

The Sierra Club, which is hosting the Passamaquoddy ambassadors, have organized a series of meetings with local indigenous groups, and with local media venues. They will be discussing processes and tactics to defeat LNG on Tribal land and to resist the divisive incursion into Tribal lives.

On Sunday, April 3rd, Francis and Bridges will tour the Coden, Alabama community to work with community leaders concerned about the impact of proposed Compass Pass (LNG) Port and pipeline on Coden and the historical Native American sites in the area.

The Humma (LA) will host a luncheon media event on Tuesday, where they will confer with community leaders about the impacts of LNG pipeline on community and sacred sites.

Meanwhile, fellow tribal member Gail Dana will be participating in Washington DC in a Native energy campaign hosted by the Indigenous Environmental Network.

The "Indigenous Environmental Network Washington, D.C. Energy Legislation Education of Congressional Leaders Days" will be held April 2-5, 2005. This is coordinated in partnership with Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC), Environmental Justice Climate Change Initiative (EJCC), and Nuclear Information Resource Service (NIRS).

"Indigenous peoples have always been at the forefront of movements to protect basic rights to clean air, water, land, wildlife and biodiversity," claims Dana.

Gail Dana will be strengthening local communities ties to the national network of indigenous peoples resisting continued privatization and destruction of their homelands by poorly conceived and implemented energy policy.

Native persons participating include:

IEN Affiliate Delegation (not in any specific order):


Manuel (Manny) Pino
Scottsdale Community College
9000 E. Chaparral Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85256
Tel: (480) 423-6221
Fax: (480) 839-4565

Tribe: Acoma (Pueblo), New Mexico

Organization Affiliation:Founder, member, Laguna-Acoma Coalition for a Safe Environment Board Member, Indigenous Environmental Network

Tribal work: Laguna, Acoma, Navajo and other tribes.

Issue: Uranium mining, clean-up, compensation, research on nuclear power/weapons industry – cradle to grave and Native lands, mining and environmental justice policy.


Jodie L. White
#3 1st Ave. W.
Roseglen, ND 58775
Tel: (701) 743-4589
Fax: None

Tribe: Fort Berthold Three Affiliated Tribes, North Dakota

Organization Affiliation: Environmental Awareness Committee of Fort Berthold / S.O.S. (Save Our Sacred) Earth


Tribal work: Three Affiliated Tribes of Fort Berthold (Arikara, Mandan, Hidatsa) reservation, North Dakota.

Issue: Organizing to stop the siting of a clean-fuels oil refinery on their reservation. Health, historical and cultural impact issues.


Wahleah Johns
51 Papago Blvd.
Winslow, Arizona 86047
Tel: (928) 289-9464
Cell: (928) 607-8584
Fax: (not available)
Web site:

Tribe: Navajo

Organization Affiliation: Black Mesa Water Coalition
408 East Route 66, Suite #1
Flagstaff, Arizona 86001
Tel: (928) 226-0310
Fax: (928) 774-6138

Tribal work: Navajo and Hopi reservation, Arizona/New Mexico/Utah

Issues: Organizing to halt coal mining via a water aquifer protection strategy, organizing to halt the siting of a proposed coal-fired power plant, protection of water resources and sacred sites (San Francisco Peaks), involved in Navajo energy policy work.


Gail Dana
Mailing address (not available)
Tel: (207) 945-4184
Fax: (not available)

Tribe: Passamaquoddy, Maine

Organization Affiliation: Nulankeyutomonen Nkihtahkomikumon (Passamaquoddy People Who Take Care of the Land)

Mailing address (not available)
Tel: c/o Vera Francis (207) 853-4052 or
Fax: (not available)

David Bridges
Tel: 207-853-2765 Cell (207) 266-0576

Issues: Organizing to stop the siting of a Liquefied Natural Gas terminal on Passamaquoddy tribal lands.


Faith Gemmill
Mailing address (not available)
Tel: (530) 244-3430
Fax: (not available)

Tribe: Gwich’in, Alaska/Pit River, California

Organization Affiliation: REDOIL (Resisting Environmental Destruction On Indian Lands), An Alaska Native grassroots regional network of IEN. Also affiliated with the International Indian Treaty Council.

Mailing address (not available)
Tel: (same as above)
Fax: (not available)
Email: (same as above)

Issues: Resisting oil, gas (and coal bed methane) development in Alaska. Includes, but is not limited to National Petroleum Preserve, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope, Cook Inlet, Copper River/Cordova Pipeline, Off-shore oil development. Other environmental issues as capacity permits.


Jihan R. Gearon
Environmental Justice Climate Change
Program Associate
Redefining Progress
1904 Franklin Street, 6th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
Tel: 510-444-3041, x310
Fax: 510-444-3191

Tribe: Navajo

Organization affiliation: Environmental Justice Climate Change Initiative / Redefining Progress
Tel: (same as above)
Fax: (same as above)
Email: (same as above)
Web: and

Issues: Coordinates the Climate (Youth) Corp Project of EJCC. This is a summer youth intern project that trains people-of-color and Native young adults on climate justice issues and places them in host organizations / communities for summer internship experience. Works on climate justice research, policy issues and provides staff assistance on a climate justice film project.


Margene Bullcreek
Mailing address (not available)
Tel: (435) 831-6009
Fax: (same as telephone, call first)

Tribe: Skull Valley Band of Goshute Shoshone

Organization affiliation: Ohngo Gaudadeh Devia
Mailing address (not available)
Tel: (same as above)
Fax: (same as above)
Email: (same as above)

Issues: Organizing to stop the siting of a high-level radioactive waste dump facility on Skull Valley Goshute tribal lands. The production of radioactive spent fuel rods from U.S. nuclear power plants are destined to be transported to her reservation. The tribal council supports this development and is in partnership with Private Storage Facility (PSF), a private consortium of nuclear power utility companies.

IEN Staff

Clayton Thomas-Muller
Indigenous Mining (Oil) Campaign Project
Tel: (604) 683-4702
Cell: (218) 760-4563

Tom B.K. Goldtooth
Executive Director
Tel: (218) 751-4967
Cell: (218) 760-0442
Fax: (218) 751-0561


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