News Dec. 2016

Kristeen Hernandez aka Lady2Soothe

12-30-16 ~ Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council accused of misappropriation of donated funds
For months there have been questions regarding why the large donations to the Standing Rock Sioux were not being seen by the water protectors in Standing Rock. People who have been there for months have watched millions of dollars in donations pour in, yet they can still barely get gas.

12-30-16 ~ Native American PROPHECY Of The COLLAPSE of AMERICA Is Dead-On
The following clips are from the Hopi Elders describing the eventual destruction and almost near eradication of nearly 80 million native Americans. His diagnosis of the terminally ill United States is so simple but cuts to the core. All morals and values have been subverted to create a nihilistic empire collapsing under it’s own corruption and ego.

12-30-16 ~ Standing Rock issues winter storm disaster declaration
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe on Friday issued a disaster declaration due to a winter storm earlier this week that caused power outages and hazardous travel.

12-30-16 ~ Out Charges Against Journalist Who Covered Dakota Access Pipeline
Amy Goodman, host and executive producer of Democracy Now, was facing riot charges related to a report she filed earlier this month from a protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline. At a hearing Monday in Mandan, North Dakota, Judge John Grinsteiner ruled there was no probable cause to support the allegations, and he dismissed the case.

12-28-16 ~ Standing Rock – DAPL Threatens Lives of Water Protectors in Prayer
Report on the militarized police and Dakota Access Pipeline Security attack on Water Protectors on Tues. Dec. 27, 2016. There were 15-20 with shields, 6-8 armored vehicles, a bunch of vans, a sound cannon and water cannons rolled out again, this time around Turtle Island sacred site and Heyoka Camp.

12-28-16 ~ More arrests made at Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp Tuesday
Morton County law enforcement officials say there were more arrests made at the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp on Tuesday. The Morton County Public information officer is preparing a release to be sent out later today with more information on the arrests.

12-28-16 ~ Water Protectors Arrested, Shot At, During Prayer Dec. 27, 2016
“Earlier today: Water Protectors are in a Prayer Circle at the top of Turtle Island and are at the Constantina wire with massive police mobilization close behind! Water Cannons drove out but turned around. Police armed with less than lethal weapons. “2 pm today: Police Arrest and Violate the Religious Freedoms of 4 Peaceful Water Protectors Praying by the Mni Wiconi on a Peaceful Prayer Walk! Share Everywhere! Praying peacefully is a right all people have! Police mobilizing 5+ Humvees and massive presence!

12-28-16 ~ “Dear Native Young”: Carlos Santana’s Powerful Message for Young Lakota People
“I want to send a special message to my young Lakota relatives. The Creator has blessed me with a successful music career. But I was tested along the way; and it has been a long, hard journey to get where I am today – and life hasn’t always been easy or a piece of cake. Although our struggles can feel overwhelming, it’s important to remember that they are temporary.

12-28-16 ~ North Dakota: Four Water Protectors Arrested Opposing Pipeline
Water protectors say the four were taking part in a peaceful prayer walk and encountered police armed with a water cannon, riot gear and armored vehicles.

12-28-16 ~ Investors Delay $2 Billion Purchase of Dakota Access Pipeline Stake
Meanwhile, the company building the Dakota Access pipeline suffered another setback this week, after a pair of major investors held off on a purchase of a $2 billion stake in the project. A filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows Enbridge Energy Partners and Marathon Petroleum Corporation won’t meet a previous deadline of December 31 to complete a sale.

12-28-16 ~ Indigenous youth from northern Sask. walking to Standing Rock
A group of eight young Indigenous men and women from Stanley Mission, Sask. passed through Regina on Tuesday as part of a 1400-kilometre journey on foot.

12-28-16 ` How President Obama Has Protected Our Sacred Land for Future Generations
Today, President Barack Obama has signed a proclamation to protect this land as a national monument for future generations of Navajo people and for all Americans. Thanks to his action, this land will be finally given the legal reverence and protection it deserves.

12-28-16 ~ DAPL Hero Charged With Felony Terrorizing For Saving Lives by De-escalating Deadly AR15 Standoff
In return for heroically de-escalating a situation in which an employee of the Dakota Access Pipeline pointed a loaded AR-15 at bystanders, Brennon Nastacio is being charged with a felony — and has been placed on the Morton County Sheriff’s most wanted list.

12-28-16 ~ Why I Answered the Call for Veterans to Go to Standing Rock
At Standing Rock, for the first time, I felt like I was finally serving the people. I lay among friends, huddled and cold in our sleeping bags. We listened to the lashing wind and the drums and prayer chants coming from the sacred fire, and we reflected on why we, four Iraq War veterans, were here.

12-27-16 ~ Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman gives Thanks to Water Protectors
Today, I want to take time to thank each and everyone of you who stood with us over the course of the past year. We face a long struggle ahead, but let that not overshadow the tremendous victory we have achieved here. I want to take today to recognize that this would not have happened without you.

12-27-16 ~ MEDIA BLACKOUT! The DAPL Protests Are STILL Going Strong Because the Pipeline Is Still Being ILLEGALLY Built
Water protesters celebrated Christmas as the fight against the pipeline continues into 2017. Despite Christmas day bringing harsh winter conditions, Dakota Acess pipeline protestors have continued their fight and brought in the holidays together.

12-27-16 ~ MEDIA BLACKOUT! The DAPL Protests Are STILL Going Strong Because the Pipeline Is Still Being ILLEGALLY Built
Despite Christmas day bringing harsh winter conditions, Dakota Acess pipeline protestors have continued their fight and brought in the holidays together. December has been a particularly brutal month for protesters at the camp. Many decided to leave after an earlier blizzard left more than half a foot of snow and strong winds whipped the protest site.

12-26-16 ~ North Dakota: The Historic Blizzard of March 1966
One of the most severe blizzards on record to impact the Northern Plains occurred 50 years ago between March 2-5 of 1966. The blizzard was particularly memorable for its long duration, as well as for its very heavy snowfall totals of 20 to 30 inches in some locations and wind gusts exceeding 70 mph at times. Snowfall totals reached as high as 38 inches, with drifts 30 to 40 feet high in some locations.

26-16 ~ Dakota 38 + 2 Wokiksuye by Matt Remle
On December 26th 1862, the United States Army hung 38 Dakota warriors in Makato, Minnesota. It was, and remains, the largest mass execution in American colonial history. Two Dakota warriors who had escaped into Canada were eventually captured, returned to the United States, and hanged at Fort Snelling in 1865.

Even though the winter solstice officially arrived at 5:44 a.m. this past Wednesday morning, it has already been a long winter for the water protectors, who have opposing the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. For most of December, water protectors have faced fierce snowstorms, coupled with the harsh prairie winds, that have brought windchill temperatures well below zero, water protectors are enjoying Christmas in the warmth of camp fires, propane heaters and generosity of thousands across Indian Country and beyond. On Christmas Eve, the Pueblo campers made dozens of luminarias to line the pathway to bring the Christmas spirit to the camp.

12-25-16 ~ North Dakota DAPL Protests Continue Despite Winter Storms
Water protesters celebrated Christmas as the fight against the pipeline continues into 2017.
Despite Christmas day bringing harsh winter conditions, Dakota Acess pipeline protestors have continued their fight and brought in the holidays together.

12-25-16 ~ Riding to Reconciliation
For the 11th Year, the Dakota 38+2 Wokiksuye Ride Seeks Solace & Healing

12-25-16 ~ Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman gives Thanks to Water Protectors
The Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Dave Archambault II, sends a message of thanks and recognition to the water protectors involved in the fight to stop the Dakota Access pipeline.

12-24-16 ~ Christmas comes to Standing Rock: Christmas Stockings, Cold Weather Supplies and Gifts Delivered to Water Protectors At DAPL Protest Camp
When a child in the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protest camp asked recently if Santa would be delivering presents to the children at the camp this Christmas, a Standing Rock Sioux tribal member was able to say yes, thanks to the generosity of others.

12-23-16 ~ Veterans for Standing Rock – A Photo Essay
On December 2, Ruth Fowler joined a convoy of approximately 4,500 veterans heading to North Dakota in response to a plea put out by Michael Wood Jr. and Wesley Clarke Jr. for fellow vets to support Standing Rock water protectors and provide frontline relief.

12-23-16 ~ Local DAPL protesters stay in N.D. for holidays
It may be Christmas, but that is not stopping Kentwood resident Lee Sprague and hundreds of others protesters that are hunkered down in North Dakota. But despite camping in sub-zero temperatures this year, he says they’re still feeling the holiday spirit.

12-23-16 ~ DAPL Water Protectors Forge a Way Forward Against the ‘Black Snake’
Though it hasn’t ended, it has shifted drastically on several fronts, and the fate of the situation remains unpredictable. While the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe continues to fight their battle through diplomacy and legal action, President-elect Donald Trump continues to appoint climate change deniers to his cabinet, which does not bode well for any environmentalist causes. 1000s are staying and they’re here sacrificing for us because DAPL won’t stand down. They need our courage right now, not our doubt. That’s it. We help when it gets tough, we don’t run.”

Members of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference braved subfreezing temperatures December 15 to deliver 700 Christmas stockings to water protectors still camped near the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation in North Dakota.

12-22-16 ~ Sen. Bernie Sanders: ‘We Need To Organize And Mobilize’
Many of those alarmed by the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump are turning to Sanders for guidance as to how to wage an effective opposition force. His main point? Organization is everything.

12-22-16 ~ Black Snake Bleeding Out: How DAPL Is Duping Investors
The Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) is yet another violent variable in the equation of environmental racism that plagues the United States, and the world—to the peril of Indigenous and low-wealth communities of color everywhere.

The incoming chairman of the U.S. Committee on Indian Affairs, Senator John Hoeven (R – North Dakota) wants the water protectors fighting against the Dakota Access pipeline to leave the encampments.

12-22-16 ~ Sierra Club supporters close bank accounts to express opposition toward Dakota Access Pipeline
While some opponents to the Dakota Access Pipeline held signs outside the First Hawaiian Bank Headquarters Thursday afternoon, others like Vicky Holt-Takamine closed their bank accounts.

The tribal council states: “we are in no way ‘negotiating’ with the companies nor the administration. we are not giving into the proposed route and never will.”

12-21-16 ~ More than 220 Scientists Say Dakota Access Pipeline Threatens Biodiversity and Clean Water
The DAPL is a proposed 30-inch diameter pipeline spanning approximately 1,150 miles to transport crude oil in the United States. In July 2016, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of Fort Yates, North Dakota filed a lawsuit against the United States Army Corps of Engineers over the approved construction of DAPL segments in North Dakota despite assessments ignoring important ecological, cultural, socioeconomic, and public health impacts on the Tribe and region.

12-21-16 ~ ‘This Is Our Ghost Dance.’ Standing Rock Sioux Will Continue Their Dakota Access Pipeline Battle
Despite a freezing winter, hundreds of activists and Native Americans hunker down in a sustained effort to block an oil pipeline next to the Standing Rock reservation.

12-21-16 ~ Dalrymple: Mob rule, intimidation overshadow tribe’s concerns in DAPL protest
The Dakota Access Pipeline has been marred by a steady stream of misinformation and rumor. As governor of North Dakota, I feel it’s important to share facts regarding the route, permitting and our North Dakota law enforcement’s exemplary management of protesters.

12-21-16 ~ Trudeau says First Nations ‘don’t have a veto’ over energy projects
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in British Columbia Tuesday for the first time since approving a new $6.8 billion Trans Mountain oil pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby, said he respects the right of opponents to vigorously protest the project.

12-21-16 ~ Judge Orders #NoDAPL Defendants to Pay Their Lawyers: “You Can Get a Job and Pay These Costs Back”
Earlier this month a state prosecutor handling some of the hundreds of criminal cases resulting from the #NoDAPL protests filed a motion stating that the state would be seeking to have the activist defendants reimburse the state for their public defenders.

President Barack Obama announced yesterday what he called a permanent ban on new oil and gas drilling in federal waters in the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans in a bold move to preserve an environmental legacy that cannot be so quickly undone by Donald Trump

12-21-16 ~ Senate Confirms First Native American Ambassador…
The Senate confirmed Keith Harper as ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council Tuesday, making him the first Native American to ever become a U.S. ambassador.Harper is an attorney who was one of the lawyers behind a landmark class action lawsuit brought by Native Americans against the federal government.

12-21-16 ~ Watch the Bizarre Videos That Cops Made About the North Dakota Pipeline Protesters
At a press conference on December 8, North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple complained that his state has found itself “outgunned” in countering a “social-media machine” operated by shadowy environmentalist groups in support of the anti-pipeline protests near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation.

12-21-16 ~ Jane Fonda Celebrates 79th Birthday Supporting Standing Rock with Lily Tomlin and Frances Fisher
Jane Fonda returned to her activist roots for her 79th birthday on Wednesday in Los Angeles when she appeared at a rally with famous friends Lily Tomlin, Frances Fisher and Catherine Keener.

12-21-16 ~ Fonda calls on Trump to back native American protest
The actress spoke out as she closed her account at the Hollywood branch of Wells Fargo in protest at the bank’s investment in the Dakota Access Pipeline, the subject of a months-long protest by indigenous tribes.

12-20-16 ~ With phones and drones, capturing Standing Rock images the public was never supposed to see
“If you do not like what you’re seeing, please share it,” Kevin Gilbert says, narrating a video he filmed with his phone and broadcast live on Facebook. It turns out that many people didn’t like what they saw the night of November 20, when activists trying to remove a barricade near the Dakota Access Pipeline’s contested site on Highway 1806 were met with water cannons wielded by law enforcement officers.

12-20-16 ~ North Dakota Becomes First U.S. State To Legalize Use of Armed Drones by Police To Defend ILLEGAL Pipeline
As if it isn’t bad enough that drone-driven weapons are actually a thing… now, police in North Dakota are able to use this technology to remote-control situations that they feel require weaponized force — most notably and obviously, against protesters fighting the illegal Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL)

12-20-16 ~ Sage Against The Machine
There’s a battle happening right here on U.S. soil and it’s at a place called Standing Rock. Standing Rock is a Sioux indian reservation in North Dakota. Now I’m pretty sure if you’re an American you know the story of how white people came to this country and pretty much stole land from the Native Americans.

12-20-16 ~ Inspection planned for bridge closed by protest
A bridge that’s been closed for nearly two months because of possible damage during the Dakota Access Pipeline protest will be inspected Thursday to determine whether it needs repairs before being reopened.

12-20-16 ~ Two protesters convicted in first pipeline jury trial
The trial pertained to two men — Benjamin Schapiro, 30, of Ohio, and Steven Voliva, 62, of Washington — who were arrested Sept. 27 and accused of blocking a highway to allow a caravan of protesters to proceed. A jury convicted the men of obstructing a highway and disorderly conduct, and fined them $1,285.

12-20-16 ~ Treatment leaves mark upon our history
“Finally, as Austin Emineth’s recent letter exemplifies, “go home” is a coded message. It also means “we don’t want you here,” and “we don’t want to hear what you have to say.” This “go home” bigotry and xenophobia has been on vicious display in North Dakota. It signals that we do not care about being better as a people; do not care about learning from others; do not care about the thoughts, well-being, or lives of strangers.”

12-20-16 ~ How Faith Spotted Eagle became the first Native American to win an electoral vote for president
As Faith Spotted Eagle, 68, drove to the Yankton Sioux Reservation’s offices Tuesday morning, she remembered when she was a young girl, maybe 8 years old, fishing with her father along the Missouri River in South Dakota.

12-20-16 ~ Standing Rock ‘water protectors’ dig in for the winter
Successive blizzards have left the camp thickly blanketed with snow. Even as winter rages over the Dakotas and temperatures plummet below freezing, members of the movement are not ready to pack it in yet. Those who have chosen to hold the ground at Oceti Sakowin have doubts that Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the DAPL, will honour the Army Corps’ decision.

12-19-16 ~ Iowa Farmers Continue Fight Against Dakota Access Pipeline
Last week, 9 Iowa farmers and landowners fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline were in court challenging the granting of eminent domain to Energy Transfer Partners, owners of the pipeline. BOLD Iowa is supporting the landowners and opposing the project. State Director Ed Fallon says the court case has national implications and could be precedent setting.

12-19-16 ~ FAA Helps Police Suppress Reporting From Dakota Pipeline Protests
Since large-scale protests began near Standing Rock, the FAA has instituted three no-fly zones that have banned all civilian aircraft—and therefore prevented any aerial footage for news reports—for miles around the protests. This prohibition is particularly powerful in the area near Standing Rock—a rural, widespread, and sparsely-populated area where comparable information is impossible to obtain on the ground.

12-19-16 ~ ND senator calls for remaining Dakota Access protesters to leave
North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) is pushing tribal officials to help vacate a protest camp set up for those demonstrating against the Dakota Access pipeline.

12-18-16 ~ Seattle Divests $3,000,000,000 From Wells Fargo Over Their Funding of ILLEGAL Dakota Access Pipeline
Over the past few months activists opposed to the Dakota Access pipeline have ramped up pressure on the pipeline company’s financiers, and now the city of Seattle is showing what kind of weight a large municipality can add as it looks at taking $3 billion in city business away from Wells Fargo.

12-18-16 ~ Federal Bill Seeks First Native American Land Grab in 100 Years…
Even as the Dakota Access Pipeline protest in Standing Rock has galvanized Native Americans across the U.S., a bill entered in the U.S. House of Representatives by Utah Republican congressmen Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz seeks to take 100,000 acresof Ute tribal lands and hand them over to oil and mining companies.

12-17-16 ~ Spiritual: White buffalo have returned: are we considering the message?
I wonder if very many people know that there are three white buffalo walking the earth at this very time. They live in North Dakota. For tribal people, the very existence of these beings is an amazing occurrence. To understand why, is to connect with the spiritual foundations of our lives as tribal people.

12-16-16 ~ WPLC Calls for Morton County Prosecutor Resignation and Permission for Out-of-State Lawyers to Represent Water Protectors
North Dakota Supreme Court issued an order calling for public comments on a petition filed by the Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC), an initiative of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG). The deadline for comments is set for 4 PM on Friday, December 30.

The surreal meeting on Friday, December 9, 2016 in Washington, D.C. was a direct result of frontline water protectors, tribal leaders, spiritual leaders and elders, the camps at Standing Rock, and allies all across the world praying and participating in non-violent direct actions for the successful denial of the Dakota Access Pipeline easement and the repeated tribal requests for an Environmental Impact Statement (“EIS”).

12-15-16 ~ It’s Not Over. Standing Rock was never just about the pipeline.
It’s about an existential fight against the corporate interests who would sacrifice people and the planet on the altar of short-term gain.

12-15-16 ~ Sitting Bull is Alive, By Chase Iron Eyes
Today, December 15, 2013, marks the 123rd memorial/anniversary of the murder of Chief Sitting Bull of the Hunkpapa Lakota (Great Sioux Nation). My daughter asked me about the circumstances surrounding Sitting Bull’s murder. I told her how Sitting Bull was one of our people that made the conscious decision to hold on to our ways of life when our world of +123 years ago was falling apart at its very foundations.

12-15-16 ~ Standing Rock: Water Protector Red Fawn Fallis Still in Custody
In more news on Standing Rock, water protector Red Fawn Fallis is still in custody and had a preliminary hearing Monday on a federal charge of possession of a weapon by a felon. She originally faced charges of attempted murder of a police officer—charges that were later dropped by Morton County, reportedly for lack of evidence.

12-15-16 ~ Orlando Bloom Continues To Show Support For Standing Rock
The 39-year-old actor along with Jane Fonda, Rosanna Arquette, Orlando Bloom, and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. joined Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II at the first public conversation in Los Angeles about the Dakota Access Pipeline at the DEPART Foundation.

12-15-16 ~ Prosecutor asks judge to keep environmental, treaty issues out of first protester trial
The first pipeline protesters will go on trial Monday and the prosecutor is asking that they keep issues of tribal sovereignty, the concerns about the Dakota Access Pipeline and “any other social or political cause” out of the courtroom.

12-15-16 ~ From Standing Rock to Trans Mountain, dissent is in the pipeline
Melina Laboucan-Massimo, a Lubicon Cree, grew up in Alberta’s oil country. Since the age of 7, she has joined blockades and protests aimed at protecting her community’s traditional lands from resource development. “I was born into it,” she said in an interview. “It’s my inheritance.”

12-14-16 ~ Sandbranch, Texas: A Small Community Denied Water for Over 30 Years Fights Back
Sandbranch has never had running water in the entire 138 years of its existence, but up until the 1980s, people in the community used well water, which has now either run dry or is too contaminated to drink.

12-14-16 ~ Feds withheld key documents from Standing Rock Sioux
One report modeled damage from potential spills; another weighed the likelihood of spills; a third compared alternative routes and discussed the environmental justice concerns raised by the project.

12-14-16 ~ Feds withheld key documents from Standing Rock Sioux
In its consultations with the Standing Rock Sioux about the pipeline crossing underneath Lake Oahe within a half mile of the reservation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers purposefully withheld key studies that could have helped the tribe evaluate the risks. One report modeled damage from potential spills; another weighed the likelihood of spills; a third compared alternative routes and discussed the environmental justice concerns raised by the project. The revelation highlights the federal government’s perception of its limited responsibility to consult with tribes even on matters that could threaten its welfare.

12-14-16 ~ Water Protector Who Disarmed Dakota Access “Infiltrator” Put on Morton County Most Wanted List
Brennon Nastacio: “To be on Morton County’s most wanted list sends me a message that Morton County doesn’t care about the people at camp. They would have rather let Kyle Thompson come in and shoot everybody at camp than for me to disarm him. I hope that ain’t the case, Morton County. And I hope they realize that I saved lives that day, and drop this arrest warrant that they have out for me. You know, I approached Kyle Thompson to disarm him because I was concerned about the safety of the camp.”

12-14-16 ~ Ancient One Returns to Tribes
the Senate of the United States passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016, also referred to as the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, clearing the way for the Ancient One, also known as the Kennewick Man, to be returned to the Tribe’s for reburial.

12-14-16 ~ After Visiting Standing Rock, Swedish Bank Puts Companies Behind DAPL on Watch
After a visit by its representatives to Standing Rock, Swedish financial institution Nordea announced today that it will not back the Dakota Access Pipeline if it violates the demands of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

12-14-16 ~ “Staying Ahead of the Game”
ALL NATIONS CAMP – While Arctic winds and near-record snows pummel the prairies, all is not quiet on the pipeline front. The camp that drew tens of thousands of supporters from across the world, Oceti Sakowin, or the Seven Council Fires Camp, has been shut down. The sacred fire lit continuously since July has been extinguished, but a new fire has taken its place.

12-14-16 ~ U.S. Government Study FINALLY Admits Water Contamination Caused by Fracking
The US Environmental Protection Agency’s (US EPA) recently released study of fracking impacts to water clearly refutes the fracking industry’s long-standing claim that “there has not been one single confirmed case of water contamination related to hydraulic fracturing.”

12-14-16 ~ Attorney’s Call on Morton County to Remove Illegal Blockade of Hwy 1806 To Water Protector Camp
The Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC) an initiative of the National Lawyers Guild sent a letter yesterday to the Morton County Commission and Sheriff Dept. calling for the immediate removal of barriers blocking a section of Hew 1806.

12-14-16 ~ The Misuse of Power & the Rise of the Divine Masculine at Standing Rock
I was inspired this morning to see a video of a veteran on national news announcing that over 2,000 veterans made their way to Standing Rock to serve, protect and support the people after so much violence and human right violations.

12-14-16 ~ The City Of Seattle Plans To Removes $3 Billion From Wells Fargo In Protest To The Atrocities At Standing Rock
Turns out revolutionary acts can have a big impact not just on an individual level, but even spreading out to whole cities. It was announced yesterday in an article from Indian Country Today Media Network that the city of Seattle are attempting to cut ties with Wells Fargo bank due to their support of Energy Transfer Partners .

12-14-16 ~ Rick Perry Is on the Board of the Company Building the Dakota Access Pipeline
Donald Trump’s pick to run the Energy Department also happens to be the favorite politician of the company attempting to build the Dakota Access Pipeline. For the past two years, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry has held a paid position on the board of directors of Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the controversial project.

12-14-16 ~ Big Muddy and the Black Snake: Environmental Racism and the Dakota Access Pipeline
Lakota and Hopi indians once prophesied a black snake as the eighth of nine signs preceding the end of life. Slithering across the northern plains of America is the Dakota Access Pipeline, now 70 percent complete. The pipeline will transport hundreds of thousands of barrels of crude oil from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota more than 1,100 miles to an oil tank farm in Illinois.

12-13-16 ~ Youths From Pine Ridge Reservation Vow to Stay at Standing Rock Despite Blizzards
Oglala Lakota youths from Pine Ridge Reservation were inside their tent at Standing Rock on December 7. A winter blizzard lasting for days continued to howl outside the tent walls with blowing snow and sub-zero temperatures. They have been there for weeks and were joined by veterans from Pine Ridge who went to Standing Rock last weekend, and by four others who needed shelter.

12-13-16 ~ Remembering the US soldiers who refused orders to murder Native Americans
Every Thanksgiving weekend for the past 17 years, Arapaho and Cheyenne youth lead a 180-mile relay from the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site to Denver.
The annual Sand Creek Massacre Spiritual Healing Run opens at the site of the Sand Creek Massacre near Eads, Colorado, with a sunrise ceremony honoring some 200 Arapaho and Cheyenne people who lost their lives in the infamous massacre. This brutal assault was carried out by Colonel John Chivington on Nov. 29, 1864.

12-13-16 ~ Sask. protesters brave extreme cold on long walk to Standing Rock
Through freezing winds and extreme cold temperatures, a group of pipeline protesters are on a 1,400-kilometre trek from northern Saskatchewan to Standing Rock, North Dakota.

12-13-16 ~ Ancient One Returns to Tribes
For more than 20 years, Columbia Basin tribe’s have battled to have the remains of the over 9,000 year old Kennewick Man returned for reburial. Discovered in 1996, Kennewick Man, who is among the oldest and most complete skeletons found, has been subject to great controversy as Tribe’s sought to have the ancestor returned and the science community wanting to conduct studies on the remains.

12-13-16 ~ My New Favorite Christmas Song [VIDEO]
After many requests from family and friends, Shoshone Elder Oldhands decided it was time he recorded and posted his original Christmas song. Be careful, it is a rather catchy tune that you will be humming for days.

12-13-16 ~ Archambault, Dalrymple meet, agree barricaded bridge should be reopened
Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman David Archambault II and Gov. Jack Dalrymple met late Monday in an attempt to restore relations following months of conflict over the Dakota Access Pipeline: The result may be a barricaded bridge near the reservation will be inspected and possibly reopened.

12-13-16 ~ Chairman says rumor swirl of hoarding donations, selling out protest unwarranted
Since then, he’s been accused of selling out the protest and taking money from such unlikely people as pipeline owner Kelcy Warren and using it to buy homes in Florida and Bismarck.

1-13-17 ~ Filings: Pipeline opponents allegedly threatened officials
Police allege in court filings that opponents of the Dakota Access oil pipeline made threats against officers and public officials in North Dakota last year, prompting additional security for the state’s governor.

12-13-16 ~ Port: N.D. will ask #NoDAPL defendants to pay for their own lawyers, prosecutors say
Here’s an excerpt where Erickson argues that the #NoDAPL defendants are really being advised by activist attorneys, and are only taking state-provided indigent defense to run up costs for taxpayers.

12-12-16 ~ Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman’s update on the Dakota Access pipeline
Following last week’s decision by the Department of the Army to not grant the easement under Lake Oahe, we are all focused on important actions that must be undertaken in the coming weeks. The announcement cited need for further examination of key issues, including treaty rights. It was suggestive of a reroute, and indicated that there will be an Environmental Impact Statement initiated to review the crossing. We look forward to this process getting underway.

12-12-16 ~ Kenny Frost – Stockpiles Supplies and the Chairman’s Deal at Standing Rock
This is just one corner of the many warehouse rooms where the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe stockpiles donations. That were received in recent months. The boxes, marked by the senders of specific camps of water protectors, are in the process of being distributed.

12-12-16 ~ North Dakota law enforcement sends angry letter to Obama administration
Despite our anger and frustration with federal officials in Washington DC, their local representatives, specifically U.S. Attorney Chris Myers and U.S. Marshal Paul Ward, have been tireless champions of our cause. They understand the dynamics of what is occurring within their community and have repeatedly communicated this through their chain of command, only to be met with resistance and contempt for their concerns.

12-12-16 ~ N.D. law enforcement officials ‘completely and utterly abandoned’ by federal government
Officials wrote a letter to President Barack Obama, describing inaction by the federal government during the protests. It was signed by sheriffs and police chiefs from across the state, including Morton County, Minot, Fargo and Wahpeton.

12-12-16 ~ Tulsi Gabbard Proves Once Again That She Is The True Alpha Female Of The Democratic Party
While Elizabeth Warren is busy making viral Youtube videos showing herself bravely browbeating indifferent billionaire bankers who will suffer no consequences for their actions, while Hillary Clinton is frying her circuitry by weeping hydraulic fluid from her mechanical face about her “painful” election loss, while Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp is actively praising the Army Corps’ eviction notice of Dakota Access protesters, Hawaiian Representative Tulsi Gabbard is standing with Standing Rock, alongside thousands of her fellow warriors.

12-12-16 ~ Standing Rock chairman says ‘selfish’ for people to stay as some dig in
It’s was seen as a victory, but not all want to leave, despite the chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe calling them do so.

12-11-17 ~ Canadian Native Youth Arrive at Standing Rock After Walking for Almost a Month – Buffalo greeted the youth as they arrived at the #NoDAPL camp site.
Three youth from the Woodland Cree First Nation in Saskatchewan, Canada, arrived to the Oceti Sakowin Camp at Standing Rock in North Dakota yesterday (January 10) after walking since November 26, 2016. This journey symbolized their solidarity with the #NoDAPL movement against the 1,172-mile long Dakota Access Pipeline set to cut through sacred territories of the Sioux people.

12-11-17 ~ ‘We must kill the black snake’: Prophecy and prayer motivate Standing Rock movement
There is an ancient Lakota prophecy about a black snake that would slither across the land, desecrating the sacred sites and poisoning the water before destroying the Earth. For many Indigenous people gathered near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, that snake has a name — the Dakota Access pipeline.

12-11-16 ~ Red Warrior Camp Leaves Oceti Sakowin
The Red Warrior Camp has said their official goodbye to Standing Rock. In an official press release published Saturday night, the Red Warrior Camp announces they have officially departed the lands and waters of Oceti Sakowin. Red Warrior Camp was the main direct-action effort and is the reason the pipeline was halted for many days. The bold actions from the protectors of this resistance camp ended up costing Dakota Access Pipeline more out of pocket than any of the other actions.

12-11-16 ~ Mohawks Become First Tribe to Take Down a Federal Dam
A century after the first commercial dam was built on the St. Regis River, blocking the spawning runs of salmon and sturgeon, the stream once central to the traditional culture of New York’s Mohawk Tribe is flowing freely once again.

12-11-16 ~ Exxon’s Pro-Fracking CEO Is Suing to Stop Fracking Near His Mansion
Fancy a side of irony with your corporate hypocrisy? Last night on MSNBC, Nation Editor-at-Large Chris Hayes profiled ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, a vocal proponent of hydraulic fracking, who is suing to prevent the construction of a water tower near his eighty-three-acre, $5 million horse ranch in Bartonville, Texas. The purpose of the tower? Storing water for fracking. Tillerson and his super-wealthy neighbors are concerned, the lawsuit states, that the fracking tower might “devalue their properties and adversely impact the rural lifestyle they sought to enjoy.”

Nineteen Diné families will get running water after a non-profit organization generated around $40,000 from 350 national donations in a single day.

12-11-16 ~ US Court hands Standing Rock another victory
Resistance won’t stop, and starting Jan. 2, dissatisfied investors will have the option of pulling out of the controversial, money-losing project.

12-10-16 ~ Standing Rock Camp 1,000 Warriors Strong, Zero Degrees

12-10-16 ~ Standing Rock Warriors Laugh At Being Told They “Need To Go Home” Because They “Can’t Survive The Winter”
With the Dakota Access Pipeline having been halted for the time being, Stand Rock Sioux Chairman David Archambault II said on Tuesday that with winter closing in, and calls for extreme weather conditions- for the safety of the water protectors, and best interest of the NoDAPL movement, protectors are urged to leave the camps and continue the battle from the comfort of their own homes.

12-10-16 ~ Veterans came to North Dakota to protest a pipeline. But they also found healing and forgiveness
Inside the auditorium at a reservation casino, Wes Clark Jr. and about a dozen veterans in formation behind him faced a small group of Sioux spiritual leaders. Encircling them, hundreds of other veterans looked on.

12-10-16 ~ Cops Are FINALLY Being Sued For ILLEGALLY Spraying Standing Rock Protesters With Water In Freezing Temperatures
An Excessive Force lawsuit was filed against the Morton Country Sheriff for the gruesome events that took place during a November 20 bridge attack on Water Protectors at DAPL, but the Sheriff’s office continues to assault people claiming the Sheriff simply didn’t know that the lawsuit had been filed. Why didn’t Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier know about the lawsuit?

12-9-16 ~ Veteran Finds Forgiveness, Peace in Standing Rock Fight
For months, Dustin Monroe has made the 11-hour drive from his home in Missoula, Montana, to this remote part of the frozen North Dakota plains to bring supplies and support to the thousands protesting the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. The Oceti Sakowin camp has become a second home, a place that has given him a new purpose.

12-9-16 ~ I Went to Cover #StandingRock and What I Found was Eye Opening
After being frustrated with the lack of media coverage and human rights violations Standing Rock was receiving, so my friend Nathalie and I decided to go to North Dakota to get as much footage as possible to share with the world. It was a last minute decision that has changed my view of the world and where I want to take my contributions in journalism. I

12-9-16 ~ ND officials call out federal government for lack of involvement in DAPL protest
In a letter, dated Dec. 9, 12 local law enforcement leaders say that President Barack Obama has abandoned police on the ground, as well as the Bismarck-Mandan community.

12-9-16 ~ Energy Transfer Partners May Have Misled State to Secure Tax Break
The oil and gas company has received more than $250 million in tax breaks through the state’s biggest corporate welfare program.

12-9-16 ~ What’s next for the Dakota Access Pipeline — ND lawmakers weigh in
Rep. Cramer recently met with President-elect Donald Trump to discuss the pipeline and says the decision will likely be reversed. “I think we can get this handled rather quickly in a Trump administration,” Cramer said. “He can get that easement in the hands of the companies so they can start construction sometime in middle to early early mid 2017.”

12-8-16 ~ Nebraska Supplied State Troopers, Surveillance Aircraft to North Dakota Under EMAC
Documents acquired through a series of public records requests shine light on ongoing out-of-state law enforcement assistance to the Morton County Sheriff and the state of North Dakota in their militarized police operations to protect construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Greg Wilz, Homeland Security Division Director at the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services, appears to be one of the main North Dakota officials responsible for coordinating bringing out-of-state law enforcement to Morton County under EMAC.

12-8-16 ~ Remembering Trudell by Matt Remle
On December 8th, 2015 Santee Sioux activist, artist, actor, poet, and one time national chairman for the American Indian Movement John Trudell passed on.

12-8-16 ~ Masked men tell Dakota Access protesters to go home or they’ll hurt them
The video shows two men who have covered their faces approaching the blocked vehicle. A man with a skull mask tells the protesters to go home, using obscenities. “Us North Dakota people are going to f— you up,” the masked man yells.

12-8-16 ~ Weather affects oil pipeline spill cleanup in North Dakota
The state Health Department says winter weather is affecting cleanup of a “significant” pipeline break that leaked crude oil into a tributary of the Little Missouri River. State environmental scientist Bill Suess (sees) says the spill was discovered Monday by a landowner near Belfield, in western North Dakota. Suess say the cause of the leak is under investigation, and the amount of the spill is unknown.

12-8-16 ~ ‘Miracles Are Happening’: Photos of the Tireless Women of Standing Rock
Thanks to the efforts of Standing Rock protesters, the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline has been diverted. Photographer Celine Guiout went to Standing Rock to shoot the women who made it happen.

12-8-16 ~ Latest Update For Sophia Wilansky
The latest from her family states she is still undergoing surgical recovery and her bandages are being changed regularly. She is doing much better now and is expected to be able to recover at home and see her dog again this week.

12-8-16 ~ Standing Rock: Protectors Demand Police End Roadblock Amid Blizzard Evacuations
The Standing Rock Medic & Healer Council said it has treated two people for hypothermia, and condemned the state of North Dakota for maintaining a police roadblock on Highway 1806—the main road leading in and out of the camps—that has been delaying the evacuation of patients amid the blizzard.

12-7-16 ~ North Dakota Had 292 Oil Spills In 2 Years, Only 1 Was Made Public
From January 2012 – September 2013, these pipeline spills were just a part of approximately 750 “oil field incidents” that took place in the state without the public’s knowledge. It’s estimated that around 4,328 barrels worth of oil were spilled in this period.

12-7-16 ~ Standing Rock chair: Pipeline off treaty lands is OK, but climate change is the bigger issue
Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council Chairman Dave Archambault said Wednesday that any Dakota Access oil pipeline route that stays off treaty lands would be acceptable.

12-7-16 ~ Prairie Knights becomes shelter for DAPL protesters during blizzard
The Pavilion Room became a storm shelter for several hundred people. The general manager says protesters and some people unable to pass through the area took shelter there. “It was an extraordinary event this past few days. It was life-threatening – that’s why we took the measures we did to make sure people were warm, that they had someplace to go,” says Everett Iron Eyes, Prairie Knights Casino and Resort General Manager.

12-6-16 ~ I’m a Journalist and I Was Stopped From Covering Standing Rock
I was escorted into a room and given a pen and paper. The Customs and Border Protection officer had a list of every country I had traveled to in the last five years and asked me to write down in detail what I was doing in each place. I didn’t even begin to worry until later, when I was told to hand over my phones. The officer said: “Now we just need to look into your cell phone to be sure there’s no photos of you posing next to some dead body somewhere.”

12-6-16 ~ Fargo Wants Peace, State Wants More Help, Energy Transfer Partners Will Carry On
Energy Transfer Partners reported it didn’t care what the US Army Corps of Engineers said. The Dakota Access Pipeline will carry on.

12-6-16 ~ Because I Was Asked How White Dakotans See Natives
I grew up among the Sioux.*** The largest city in South Dakota is called Sioux Falls. In its second-largest town, my hometown of Rapid City, we have Sioux Park, the Sioux Sanatorium hospital, and countless other appropriations of the name that originated as an insult

12-6-16 ~ Fight Not Over: Dakota Access Protests Continue After Army Corps Announces Pipeline Project Review
The day after the Obama administration announced that the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) project would be required to undergo additional review, protests against the banks that funded the project continued, with organizers nationwide saying they planned to keep up their resistance.

12-6-16 ~ Why they’re staying: A win for Standing Rock, but not a victory
The sweet taste of victory has already begun to sour at the Oceti Sakowin camp just north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

12-6-16 ~ I Stand with Standing Rock
I spent many nights and camping trips with friends and family down on its shoals and reading Mark Twain. Huckleberry Finn? I read the book twice. We used to jump in upriver with life-preservers on and float several miles downstream and then walk back up or be picked up and do it all over again. I canoed on its tributaries as a teenager. To me, the Missouri is the heart and soul of America.

12-6-16 ~ Fargo Wants Peace, State Wants More Help, Energy Transfer Partners Will Carry On
Energy Transfer Partners reported it didn’t care what the US Army Corps of Engineers said. The Dakota Access Pipeline will carry on.

12-6-16 ~ While Eyes Were On Standing Rock, The Dakota Pipeline Was Being Drilled Under Another Water Source
Last Friday, while the media focused on the thousands of protestors at Standing Rock, a construction crew working on the same under-protest project finished drilling through rock under the Des Moines River in Iowa—another major source of drinking water.

12-6-16 ~ Thousands of snow geese die in Montana after landing on contaminated water
Several thousand snow geese have died after a snowstorm forced large flocks to take refuge in the acidic, metal-laden waters of an old open pit mine in Montana.

12-6-16 ~ Veterans for Standing Rock Head Evacuation Mission
“It’s mostly involving helping people get back on the roads … people who have slipped off the road, and getting people to Prairie King,” Iraq War veteran Johnathan Engle told VOA, referring to the casino about 15 kilometers from the Oceti Sakowin camp. Thousands of “water protectors” have been staying at the camp while they protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline, which they see as a threat to drinking water and cultural sites.

12-6-16 ~ Did prayer work in Standing Rock? Surprising evidence!
A mazingly, the announcement came at the midpoint of a prayer vigil intended to prompt the rerouting. In the vigil, local protesters were joined by tens of thousands who participated remotely from all parts of the globe. The mass event was organized by Unify, Uplift, and other groups, and was scheduled to last for six hours.

12-6-6 ~ Pipeline Protesters, Battered By Blizzard, Vow To Stay
At Camp Oceti Sakowin, where those protesting the nearly completed pipeline have been camped for months, people gathered in larger structures and designated heating areas. Camp leadership closed the entrance and exits to the camp for a short time, citing the dangerous road conditions.

12-6-16 ~ Sheriff Caught Scrubbing Facebook Page of Evidence of DAPL Civil Rights Violations after Fed Lawsuit
In a stunning turn of events, Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, who for months has used the department’s Facebook page as a means of spouting propaganda – often posting photos accusing people of crimes without any respect for due process – took the page down for almost a week.

12-5-16 ~ These photos capture the emotion of the Dakota Access pipeline protest
After months of struggle, protesters housed in teepees, motorhomes and tents celebrated the news Sunday that the 1,172-mile Dakota Access pipeline’s construction would halt.

12-6-16 ~ What does Standing Rock mean for anti-pipeline protesters in Canada?
Clayton Thomas- Muller of the Mathais Colomb Cree Nation of Manitoba on how the North Dakota protests might affect pipeline opposition north of the border.

12-5-16 ~ Locals plan to aid community, cops during protests
Tyler Everding, founder of the DefeND BisMan Facebook group, saw the video while in the bathroom during the event at the Bismarck Moose Lodge. He grabbed two dozen people gathered there and took off toward the hotel. There, they talked to hotel employees, whom Everding said were in tears, and agreed to leave two vehicles with supporters until things calmed, in case employees wanted to be walked to their cars, escorted home or supported in other ways.

12-5-16 ~ BREAKING: Oil Company Openly States They Will Defy Army Corps Order in Standing Rock
Balking at an earlier decision by the Army Corps of Engineers, Energy Transfer Partners — the company responsible for constructing the Dakota Access Pipeline — says the denial of an easement necessary to drill under the Missouri River is of no consequence for its plans to complete the project.

The fine is part of a settlement with Slawson Exploration Company, the largest oil producer in the Midwest, that will allow the company to avoid trial. The EPA found that Slawson had not installed required pollution controls 170 of its oil storage locations in North Dakota. Most of these locations were on the Fort Berthold Indian reservation in the state.

12-5-16 ~ Standing Rock activists stay in place, fearing pipeline victory was a ‘trick’
Though the US denied a permit for the Dakota Access pipeline, many worry that the Trump administration and the pipeline company could reverse the decision Native American activists at the Standing Rock “water protector” camps vowed to remain in place the morning after the US Army Corps of Engineers denied a key permit for the Dakota Access pipeline, with many expressing concerns that the incoming Trump administration and potential legal action from the pipeline company could reverse their victory.

12-5-16 ~ Standing Rock activists stay in place, fearing pipeline victory was a ‘trick’
Native American activists at the Standing Rock “water protector” camps vowed to remain in place the morning after the US Army Corps of Engineers denied a key permit for the Dakota Access pipeline, with many expressing concerns that the incoming Trump administration and potential legal action from the pipeline company could reverse their victory.

12-5-16 ~ Today Is Not A Victory For Water Protectors
Headlines do not stop pipelines. Today is NOT a Victory. I want to make that crystal clear.

12-5-16 ~ Veterans at Standing Rock just announced where they’re heading next — and it’s awesome
The veterans who just joined the indigenous protest to the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota are heading to Flint, Michigan next.

12-5-16 ~ Duluth City Council votes in support of anti-pipeline demonstrators
By a unanimous vote Monday night, the Duluth City Council passed a resolution voicing support for demonstrators who have been working to block the construction of a petroleum pipeline under the Missouri River in North Dakota.

12-5-16 Trump advisors aim to privatize oil-rich Indian reservations
Native American reservations cover just 2 percent of the United States, but they may contain about a fifth of the nation’s oil and gas, along with vast coal reserves. Now, a group of advisors to President-elect Donald Trump on Native American issues wants to free those resources from what they call a suffocating federal bureaucracy that holds title to 56 million acres of tribal lands, two chairmen of the coalition told Reuters in exclusive interviews.

12-5-16 ~ Trump sells his stake in Dakota Access Pipeline developer
Donald Trump has sold his entire stake in Energy Transfer Partners, the company overseeing construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, a Trump spokeswoman told NBC News.

12-5-16 ~ Standing Rock Victory Photos: Pictures of the Celebration
“Something happened. Something incredible. Something beautiful. It was unintended. It was by accident. But something beautiful happened. Something that no politician has been able to do. Something that no religious leader has been able to do. Something that no diplomat or peace maker or human rights activist or group has been able to do. But in a place, a small place that before now, most people never knew existed. A place called Standing Rock. A group of Indigenous Americans came together.

12-5-16 Dakota Access Pipeline operator lashes out at decision to halt construction
Energy Transfer Partners plans to push ahead under Trump administration

12-5-16 ~ Police Smear Campaign Against Standing Rock Veterans Backfires
December 4, Morton County Sheriff’s Department held a press conference at which Sheriff Paul D. Laney made the claim, with no evidence, that self-proclaimed water protectors planned on arming the veterans assisting them at Standing Rock in order to trigger their PTSD. “An element within the protest movement wants to exploit veterans with PTSD, arm them, try to trigger their PTSD and turn them aggressive,”

While this is clearly a victory, the battle is not “over”. A response statement from Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics said the corporations remain “fully committed to ensuring that this vital project is brought to completion and fully expect to complete construction of the pipeline without any additional rerouting in and around Lake Oahe. Nothing this Administration has done today changes that in any way.”

12-5-16 ~ Water Protectors Celebrate Army’s Halt of Pipeline, Brace for Trump Pushback
The Dakota Access Pipeline has been paused, but the incoming president will have the power to put the project back into motion.

12-5-16 ` The Historic Victory at Standing Rock
Surely some of the protesters believed they would prevail, but among the experts—the law professors, financial analysts, and industry journalists who pride themselves on knowing the ins and outs of federal rules—almost no one expected it. The so-called experts were getting ready to shake their heads and sigh, to lament that once again a federal agency had failed to respond to a historic protest and had failed to protect the most vulnerable. And then the incredible happened.

12-4-16 ~ Watch Veterans Confront Police At Standing Rock, Demand End To Attacks On Pipeline Protesters
Veterans at the Standing Rock Sioux protests in North Dakota bravely walked out to deliver a message of peace to the besieging police officers and security forces defending the interests of the fossil fuel corporations behind the Dakota Access Pipeline.

12-4-16 ~ Victory at Standing Rock
Protesters across the United States celebrated today after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it would “explore alternate routes” for the Dakota Access Pipeline instead of granting an easement the pipeline. Over 2,000 U.S. military veterans had joined the thousands of protesters at the site to protect them from the authorities, and federal officials had given them until tomorrow to leave the site .

12-4-16 ~ Reprieve for Native Tribes as Army Denies Dakota Pipeline Permit
The secretary of the Army Corps of Engineers said Sunday it turned down a permit for a controversial pipeline project running through North Dakota, in a victory for Native Americans and climate activists.

12-4-16 ~ DAPL PERMIT DENIED: Live Standing Rock Spirit Resistance Radio
The dept. of the Army will not approve an easement that would allow the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe.

12-4-16 ~ Standing Rock: US denies key permit for Dakota Access pipeline, a win for tribe
Army Corps of Engineers will not grant the permit for the Dakota Access pipeline to drill under the Missouri river, handing a major win to environmental activists

12-4-16 ~ ‘Shoot at Us First’: Veterans Form Literal ‘Human Shield’ to Protect Standing Rock Protesters from Cops
A steady stream of U.S. military veterans continued to pour into the Standing Rock protest camps over the weekend, with our sources on the ground estimating nearly 5,000 vets already there, and more arriving throughout the night to take part in the “Veterans Stand for Standing Rock” movement.

12-4-16 ~ Dakota Pipeline project denied federal permits as tribal protestors win the day
The Army Corps in a statement Sunday said it would not allow the pipeline to be built under Lake Oahe, a Missouri River reservoir. The corps said it would explore alternative routes for the pipeline that do not involve crossing the Missouri there.

12-4-16~ After Two Wars, Standing Rock is the First Time I Served the American People
I was in Iraq when President Bush announced the “surge” in January 2007. I was in Afghanistan when President Obama announced the “surge” in December 2009. But it wasn’t until I visited Standing Rock in October 2016 when I actually served the American people. This time, instead of fighting for corporate interests, I was fighting for the people.

12-3-16 ~ Standing Rock: US Vets rescue stolen tribes’s canoes from authorities
One veteran told that a group of their men had engaged in an operation to rescue canoes belonging to the Sioux people after they were allegedly stolen and smashed by authorities. U.S. Army veteran Joseph Hock told: ‘Morton County Sheriff’s Department and the Dakota Access Pipeline people came in the middle of the night and stole canoes which belong to the Sioux.

12-3-16 ~ US Veterans Build Barracks for Pipeline Protesters in Frigid Weather
U.S. military veterans were building barracks Friday at a protest camp in North Dakota to support thousands of activists who have squared off against authorities in frigid conditions to oppose a multibillion-dollar pipeline project near a Native American reservation.

12-3-16 ~ Police in Riot Gear Welcome Native Winter Gifts
Sheriff’s deputies in riot gear welcomed gifts donated by Oceti Sakowin and International Indigenous Youth Council Friday when the No DAPL activists delivered boxes filled from the department’s winter donation list. “They seemed pretty caught off guard,” Amsterdam said. “They wouldn’t let us inside, even though they have asked the public to bring supplies to them. We showed compassion and humanity today and they had the opportunity to do the same, which they did not.”

12-3-16 ~ 3000 Religious Will Come to Oceti Sakowin Camp for “The Day of Prayer”
Between 2,000 and 3,000 members of interfaith religious groups from across the country are expected to converge in North Dakota Sunday. The representatives of United Religions Initiative, a nonprofit based in San Francisco, will take part in an Interfaith Day of Prayer at the Oceti Sakowin Camp, where members of the Standing Rock Sioux and their supporters have been trying to block a segment of the 1,200-mile Dakota Access Pipeline from threatening their land.

12-3-16 ~ Lynch sends mediators to defuse South Dakota standoff over pipeline (no wonder nothing is happening, she sent them to the wrong state)
Lynch, on Friday called Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman David Archambault II, said that she had offered community policing resources to local officials and had sent “conciliators from the Community Relations Service to North Dakota.”

12-3-16 ~ Hundreds of veterans ‘to put our bodies on the line’ in pipeline protest
Tasheena Cloud said Saturday that she and the hundreds of other veterans who have been filing into this protest camp near the Dakota Access pipeline will remain peaceful when they put themselves between law enforcement officers and passionate demonstrators in coming days.

12-3-16~ Police consider pulling back from Backwater Bridge
A sheriff who is leading operations for law enforcement at the protest camps in southern Morton County said at a news conference Saturday that officials are considering withdrawing from Backwater Bridge on N.D. Highway 1806.

12-3-16 ~ After Months Of Police Brutality, US Senator Finally Calls For Investigation Of DAPL Oppression
As government intervention to date has done little to stymie the conflict surrounding the controversial Dakota Access pipeline, a Senator from New Jersey is calling for an investigation into “all credible reports of inappropriate police tactics” that have been used against pipeline protestors in North Dakota. Senator Cory Booker sent a letter to US Attorney General Loretta Lynch

12-3-16 ~ North Dakota fracking co slapped with $2.1mn fine over pollution of Native American reservation
Slawson Exploration Co, the largest oil producer in the Midwest, was hit with the fine for air pollution arising from 170 oil and gas wells, the majority of which were on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.

12-2-16 ~ Judge allows police to use grenades against Dakota Access Pipeline protesters
The rejection is based on a technicality. According to Hovland, the Water Protector Legal Collective, which is representing the protesters, had failed to provide written proof that all the defendants—at least 76 law enforcement agencies from 10 states, including the North Dakota National Guard—were informed of the request.

12-2-16 ~ Donald Trump finally weighed in on the Dakota Access pipeline—and it’s not good
Trump made clear that despite the growing chorus of opposition to the pipeline’s construction, he enthusiastically supports the controversial project, and wants to see it completed.

12-2-16 ~ Udall also wants Dakota Access Pipeline moved, denounces violence
“The violence at the protest site has continued, with law enforcement and private security forces using inexcusable means against peaceful demonstrators, including rubber bullets, attack dogs and even water cannons in sub-freezing temperatures.”

12-2-16 ~ Cuba-Trained Doctors Head to Standing Rock
A delegation of doctors trained at the Latin American School of Medicine in Cuba announced they will head to Standing Rock to “serve in solidarity.”

“A multi-state coalition of police led by the Morton County Sheriff’s Department inflicted hours of punishing violence against peaceful Standing Rock water protectors — leaving hundreds injured and traumatized — so a coalition of lawyers has now filed a class-action, excessive force lawsuit.”

12-2-16 ~ International Indigenous Youth Council gives peace offering to law enforcement
Several weeks ago, law enforcement dealing with DAPL protests sent out a list of goods they could use if the community would like to donate them. The International Indigenous Youth Council saw that list and decided to use it as an opportunity for de-escalation. Lead by the council, demonstrators dropped off Gatorade, water, batteries, breakfast bars and more.

12-2-16 ~ KC Doctor Heals People at Standing Rock
A doctor from St. Joseph left his practice in Kansas City to help those injured at the North Dakota Access Pipeline protests.

12-2-16 ~ Navajo Veterans Prevented from Chartering Plane, Will Travel by Bus to Standing Rock
Dine’ Warriors for Standing Rock Update: well, my dear peeps this will be the Chei (grandpa) of all major updates. This report will be a bit long so don’t be in a hurry and don’t make any conclusion until you’ve read this through. I’m gonna’ give you the low-down. As of noon yesterday we were ready to fly first-class, by 3:00 that came crashing down. My contact from the Veterans Stand for Standing Rock group called and said the plane deal fell through. What happened is the plane charter company had initially quoted $50,000 for the plane and apparently after they found out where they were taking our Vets and for what purpose, the price got jacked up to $160,000.

12-2-16 ~ Water Protectors Deliver Donations to Morton County Officers
“North Dakota taxpayers have already bankrolled the Morton County Sheriff Department with approximately 10 million dollars for the suppression of peaceful water protectors. Despite this excessive financial support, Morton County officers are asking taxpayers to donate supplies.

12-2-16 ~ US military veterans join Standing Rock protests in N Dakota
Hundreds of US military veterans have joined activists in North Dakota protesting against the installation of a multi-billion dollar oil pipeline. The activists, who are demonstrating in sub-zero temperatures, have been ordered to leave the area by Monday.

12-2-16 ~ Trevor Noah Has Brilliant Suggestion for Standing Rock: Maybe This Time the White People Could Move
“Native Americans were super friendly,” Noah began the segment. “They’re like, ‘Hey, I’m not actually Indian, but I don’t want to embarrass him in front of all of his ships,'” he joked, drawing on Christopher Columbus’ infamous mistake. “I’ll tell him later, what’s the worst that could happen?”

12-2-16 ~ Nurses Donate $50,000 to Aid Veterans Stand with Standing Rock
National Nurses United today announced that it is donating $50,000 to support U.S. service veterans who are assembling this weekend as peaceful, unarmed defenders for the water protectors at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota who are enduring military style police assaults for opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) project.

12-2-16 ~ HAPPENING NOW: Vets Shut Down Bridge At Standing Rock To Protect Protesters (VIDEOS)
Newly arrived veterans at the Standing Rock Sioux protest camp take part in native chants, introduce themselves to the viewers, and speak on what moved them to travel all the way to North Dakota.

12-2-16 ~ Sheriff Caught Scrubbing Facebook Page of Evidence of DAPL Civil Rights Violations after Fed Lawsuit
In a stunning turn of events, Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, who for months has used the department’s Facebook page as a means of spouting propaganda – often posting photos accusing people of crimes without any respect for due process – took the page down for almost a week.

12-2-16 ~ Training ‘preferable, but not required’ for out of state cops in Standing Rock
According to documents obtain by The Fifth Column, the Morton County Sheriff’s department openly recruited untrained officers to supplement the forces backing the construction of the pipeline in North Dakota through the use of EMAC (Emergency Management Assistance Compact) agreements.

12-2-16 ~ “My Whole Heart Is With You Tonight”: A Letter to the Dakota Access Front Line
I write these words on what’s a cold night in my city, and a much colder night where my heart is—with my friends in Standing Rock. My writing, which typically centers movements, often sways between news and analysis.

12-2-16 ~ Thousands expected at Standing Rock interfaith event Sunday
Beetween 2,000 and 3,000 members of interfaith religious groups from across the country are expected to converge in North Dakota Sunday at the site where protesters are trying to stop a pipeline that they say will threaten water resources and Native American sacred sites.

12-2-16 ~ Women Walk & Hold Space
On Sunday Nov 27, I woke up before the dawn to join the ceremony at the sacred fire (this happens everyday) then I went with a large number of us down to the river to join in a water ceremony. We gave our prayers to the water. Men held space for women and then women for men.

12-2-16 ~ US Civil Rights Commission Will Observe Standing Rock Standoff
“This is to me the closest thing to what we’ve done since the time that we would go down in the 1960s to the Jim Crow South,” the chairman of the US Commission on Civil Rights said.

12-2-16 ~ Representatives of the Veterans Delegation meet law enforcement, DAPL Security, National Guard and the Veterans Association on Backwater Bridge
Wesley, Kandi, and Brenda walked together across the bridge to have a discussion with representatives on the other side. The purpose of the discussion was to clarify that the delegation of more than 2,000 veterans comes in peace and will remain nonviolent and in prayer during their visit to Standing Rock.

12-1-16 ~ What I Found in Standing Rock
Near the edge of the Standing Rock camp in North Dakota, about 50 yards from a tributary of the Missouri River, there’s a basketball hoop. It’s one of those worn-out outdoor hoops that leans forward a little bit, almost as if the wind had bent it.

12-1-16 ~ North Dakota sheriff scrubs Facebook of incriminating #NoDAPL information
For months, Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier has used Facebook as a means to taunt the #NoDAPL movement, often accusing people of committing crimes without respecting their due process rights.

12-1-16 ~ Native Legend Describes Where Our Soul Goes When We Dream
One of the eternal questions we all ask ourselves is where does the soul go when we dream? Does it come with us into the dream world or stays behind in our body while our mind roams through the dreamland?

12-1-16 ~ Jane Fonda: Standing Rock Is Greed Vs. Humanity’s Future
We must rapidly cure ourselves of this disease or it will take us all down

12-1-16 ~ Veterans leave PDX to join Standing Rock protesters
Two veterans left from Northeast Portland on Thursday morning hoping to peacefully support tribal efforts and keep the pipeline from running through sacred Native American ground.

12-1-16 ~ Contractor Tied to Blackwater Mercenary Group Leads DAPL Protest Surveillance
The security firm responsible for operations in Standing Rock. “Tiger Swan”, was actually in charge of coordinating the intelligence operations against the protesters Morton County Sheriff documents “inadvertently revealed” Tiger Swan’s responsibility.

CJFE is deeply concerned by the October 1, 2016, seizure of electronic devices owned by journalist Edward Ou. Mr. Ou is an award-winning Canadian photojournalist who has spent years reporting from the frontlines of social movements. In early October, Mr. Ou sought entry to the United States via the Vancouver Airport and was on his way to cover protests at Standing Rock, North Dakota, on behalf of Canada’s national broadcaster, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

12-1-16 ~ Dem Senator Calls On Barack Obama To Defend Standing Rock Protesters
The letter comes nearly three months after the Obama administration paused construction on the controversial pipeline over water safety concerns that the Standing Rock Sioux and other tribes raised.

12-1-16 ~ Van Jones on ‘Chelsea’: Standing Rock Is the New Selma
If there is one news story that his suffered the most amidst America’s Trump obsession, it is the protests that have been raging for months at the Standing Rock Native American Reservation over the Dakota Access Pipeline. “Nobody’s talking about this”

12-1-16 ~ Pipeline protesters bear the cold despite governor’s orders
Misty Jackson was building a wigwam at the main Oceti Sakowin protest camp on Thursday afternoon, despite orders from the governor and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to clear the area. An Ojibwe woman from Wisconsin, Jackson recently quit her job at her reservation’s casino to join the Dakota Access Pipeline protest full-time. She is one of thousands who have gathered to express concern the pipeline will contaminate the Missouri River and disturb sacred sites.

12-1-16 ~ Signs Of A Creepy Government Conspiracy At Standing Rock
That vague title leaves a lot open to interpretation. And if the internet has taught us anything, it’s that interpretation is not the average person’s strong suit … or even their medium suit, for that matter. “Clash” suggests an equal meeting of force, and that’s really not the case when one side has military hardware and the backing of a multi-billion-dollar corporation.

12-1-16 ~ North Dakota pipeline protest garners support from U.S. veterans
‘I bled in Iraq and you’re going to threaten to shoot me on a bridge in North Dakota?’ American veteran Matthew Crane has been to Iraq and Kuwait, and has led disaster relief teams in the U.S. Now he says he’s found a new mission at the Oceti Sakowin Camp in North Dakota, supporting those opposing the Dakota Access pipeline.

12-1-16 ~ 3 Reasons The Revolution Will Accelerate This Weekend
This coming weekend of December 3rd and 4th, 2016 is likely to mark a massive shifting point for our world. While the sea change has been in motion for quite some time, this weekend is likely to produce more visible signs that humanity’s servitude to masters of control and deception is swiftly coming to an end.

12-1-16 ~ North Dakota Veterans oppose veteran involvement in Standing Rock protests
The North Dakota group says they’re not taking a side on the pipeline issue, but they are upset with what they consider illegal, unlawful and unbecoming conduct that has been on-going at the site.

12-1-16 ~ Protesters from Colorado ready to join those at North Dakota pipeline
The frigid North Dakota cold hasn’t stopped thousands of protesters from camping outside, trying to halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. And they’re about to get a boost from more people. Some from Colorado intend to join the protest. So do hundreds of veterans.

12-1-16 ~ U.S. veterans arriving at pipeline protest camp in North Dakota
U.S. military veterans were arriving on Thursday at a camp to join thousands of activists braving snow and freezing temperatures to protest a pipeline project near a Native American reservation in North Dakota.

12-1-16 ~ U.S. Congresswoman & Military Vet to Join the Resistance With Fellow Veterans at Standing Rock
In a show of solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux, U.S. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, a Hawaii Democrat who served two tours of duty in the Middle East, and who continues to serve as a Major in the Army National Guard, announced that she will be joining thousands of veterans coming from across the country to protest the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) near the Standing Rock Reservation.

12-1-16 ~ 2,000 veterans to give protesters a break at Standing Rock
Helping DAPL protesters could get you a $1,000 fine

12-1-16 ~ Tulsi Gabbard just took the floor of Congress to demand Obama protect Standing Rock (VIDEO)
In a sternly worded 5-minute speech, Rep. Gabbard outlined the multiple dangers surrounding the pipeline, which has been challenged by hundreds of indigenous tribes this year who say stopping the pipeline is essential for the protection of their drinking water and natural resources.

12-1-16 ~ Matt McGorry Says Police Jammed His Phone So He Can’t Document Standing Rock Protests
Orange Is the New Black and How to Get Away With Murder star Matt McGorry has become known as more than an actor since his rise to fame. He’s also an activist who fights for issues from Black Lives Matter to women’s and trans rights, and with an Instagram following of nearly two million, his voice is heard widely.

12-1-16 ~ Ace Hardware statement on North Dakota protest and product sales
In an effort to clear any misunderstanding and/or misinformation, Ace Hardware can now confirm that there is no ban on the sale of products at our locally-owned Ace stores; customers should feel free to check with their local store for inventory availability.

12-1-16 ~ Help to the troops in nasty winter weather
These guys helped pull this bus of troops out of the snow in Bismarck early Tuesday morning.

12-1-16 ~ Your Call: Native Americans at Standing Rock say they’re staying
On the December 1st edition of Your Call, what rights do Native Americans and their allies at Standing Rock have to remain where they are?

12-1-16 ~ Dakota Access Pipeline: The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Issues Statement
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, by majority vote, issued an official statement regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline. As we commemorate Native American Heritage Month, the recent protests against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline have highlighted the intersection of numerous issues the Commission has investigated recently, including the excessive use of force by police, the civil and sovereign rights of Native Americans, and environmental justice.

12-1-16 ~ Mohawks block trains carrying oil from passing through Kahnawake
A group of Mohawks from Kahnawake is preventing freight trains carrying oil or other dangerous materials from passing through the territory on a Canadian Pacific Railway line for 24 hours.

12-1-16 ~ How North Dakota police used Facebook to issue warrants for #NoDAPL water protectors
North Dakota authorities used Facebook posts and video to issue arrest warrants for three men to face charges in connection with a confrontation between anti-Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) demonstrators and an armed security contractor working for the pipeline company.

12-1-16 ~ Federal judge denies restraining order filed by DAPL protesters against ND law enforcement
Federal Judge Daniel Hovland rejected the request saying that the National Lawyers Guild did not follow rule 65 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which requires that efforts were made to give notice of legal action to the defendant or give reason why a notice should not be required.

12-1-16 ! Cornel West: I Am Heading to Standing Rock to Show Solidarity with Historic Indigenous Uprising
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President Obama, he specializes in symbolic gestures because he gives pretty speeches. He’s very brilliant, he’s very charismatic. But, when, in terms of — when in comes time to implement and execute on the ground, often times he’s — there’s a deficit there. We’ll see whether he comes through.

12-1-16 ~ Major Victory! One of the Largest Banks Funding DAPL Just Pulled Its Assets from the Project
DNB warned it might withdraw funding for construction of the contentious pipeline if concerns raised by the Standing Rock Sioux were not addressed promptly.