Tribes want share of oil revenue

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A delegation from Canadian Indian tribes on Thursday used a traditional visit to the District to urge President-elect Barack Obama to pressure Canada to share its oil revenues with the resource’s “rightful owners.”

“President-elect Obama must apply international pressure on Canada, the largest supplier of crude oil to the U.S., and its failure to share resource wealth with the indigenous communities from which the oil is extracted,” said Terrance Nelson, a spokesman for the National Assembly of First Nations, which represents 633 Canadian First Nations.

Chief Nelson, speaking at the National Press Club, also said the oil industry and the Canadian government are making billions of dollars off oil pipelines “but they don’t offer us a dime as the rightful owners of the lands.”

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