Eugene Solar Power Supplier Speaks At PIELC

Among the long list of speakers at the University of Oregon’s Public Interest Environmental Law Conference is president and founder of Eugene-based Grape Solar, Ocean Yuan, who’s proven there’s a market for consumer solar panels.  The Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC), open to the public, runs March 3-6 at the UO School of Law and features a variety of green-oriented keynote speakers, panels and films. Continue reading 

Apaches Discuss Arizona Land Grab At PIELC

Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act was “dirty politics”

Apache Tribal members

Late on a December night in 2014, Sen. John McCain attached a rider to the National Defense Authorization Act, swapping 2,400 acres of federally owned land for 5,300 acres of land owned by Resolution Copper Mining. San Carlos Apache Tribe Councilman Wendsler Nosie, Sr., and his granddaughter Naelyn Pike will be keynote speakers at the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference at the UO this week talking about their efforts to regain the land that is sacred to the San Carlos Apache Tribe and the Yavapai-Apache Nation. Continue reading 

Celilo Falls, Community Rights Explored At PIELC

A March 6 Public Interest Environmental Law Conference panel explored the environmental damage stemming from the flooding of the falls and discussed solutions

Salmon fishing with large loop nets by Native Americans circa 1938. Photo credit: Archival photograph by Mr. Sean Linehan, NOS, NGS and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce.

In March of 1957, the gates of The Dalles Dam on the Columbia River closed and Celilo Falls, 8 miles upstream, was covered up within six hours. A March 6 Public Interest Environmental Law Conference panel explored the environmental damage stemming from the flooding of the falls and discussed solutions. Continue reading