Pacific Northwest Tribes are taking Big Oil to Court

Date: January 3, 2024
Complete Article: Center for Climate Integrity


The Makah Indian Tribe and Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe are facing millions in costs to move their communities because of rising seas — and they’re demanding that Big Oil companies pay their fair share.

We are facing hundreds of millions of dollars in costs to relocate our community to higher ground and protect our people, our property, and our heritage. These companies need to be held accountable for that.

Charlene Nelson, Chairwoman of the Shoalwater Bay Tribe

The two tribes are both surrounded by water and forests on the Olympic Peninsula — ecosystems that are closely linked with the tribes’ history and are being permanently altered by acidification, hotter temperatures, droughts, and other climate damages. The tribes are the latest to join dozens of communities across the [United States] that have sued oil companies to make them pay for their climate deception and destruction.

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