News Feb. 2017

Kristeen Hernandez aka Lady2Soothe
2-28-17 ~ Here’s how the Standing Rock Sioux will keep fighting Dakota Access — in court
The Sioux’s best shot at stopping Dakota Access now lies in court. It may be a long shot, but a legal win is still possible, some advocates say. A legal challenge filed by the tribe on Feb. 14 charges pipeline builder Dakota Access, LLC, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with a range of environmental, cultural, and treaty-based violations. It asks a federal judge to rule on whether the Army Corps broke laws and treaties by allowing construction of the last leg of the pipeline under Lake Oahe, a reservoir along the Missouri River in North Dakota.

2-27-17 ~ New Mexico Democrats Divest From Wells Fargo Over Dakota Access Pipeline
The Democratic Party of New Mexico, in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and tribes throughout New Mexico, made the decision to divest from Wells Fargo, one of the many financial institutions supporting the Dakota Access Pipeline.

2-27-17 ~ Plunging Profits of Standing Rock Sioux Casino Blamed on Dakota Pipeline Protests and Frigid Winter
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North Dakota says a brutally cold winter, as well as massive protests over the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline, are responsible for a budget shortfall of nearly $6 million. Tribal leaders say business at the Prairie Knights Casino has dropped sharply of late, and were unsure when it would pick back up.

2-27-17 ~ Iowa Pipeline Bursts Only Days After Trump Approved DAPL Construction
Hanlontown, IA — Beginning around 5:30 am on Wednesday morning, local authorities in Hanlontown, Iowa, realized the Magellan Pipeline was leaking what amounted to 138,600 gallons of diesel fuel.

2-27-17 ~ North Dakota Pipeline FORCED To Be Shut Down After LEAKING In The Mississippi River Just Like Standing Rock Protesters Warned
A six-inch line operated by Belle Fourche Pipeline leaked into the river northwest of Belfield in Billings County. By the time it was shut down, oil had traveled about 2.5 miles down the river

2-27-17 ~ Sheriff Kirchmeier: No weapons found at Oceti Sakowin #NoDAPL protest camp
Video: Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier spoke with us about today’s clearing out of the Oceti Sakowin #NoDAPL protest camp. He reports that no guns were found.

2-27-17 ~ Three Unicorn Riot Journalists Face Trial This Week From DAPL Coverage
Chris Schiano and Niko Georgiades have trial dates of March 1st and March 3rd in Morton County, North Dakota for criminal trespass. They were both arrested in a mass arrest on September 13th while reporting on a direct action which stopped pipeline work.

2-25-17 ~ Cuthand: Dakota Access protest was just the beginning
On Feb. 22 the police moved in and the few remaining protesters at Standing Rock set fire to the temporary shelters and tents and left. A few diehards stayed on and were arrested. So ended the biggest confrontation between Native Americans and the American government in modern times.

2-25-17 ~ 35 Native American Tribes File Lawsuit Against Energy Transfer Partners
On Wednesday, February 22, 2017, the Navajo Nation filed an amicus brief in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia with 34 Federally Recognized Indian Tribes against the Lake Oahe Easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline granted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

2-25-17 ~ Final Prayer – Drums and Songs Lead Water Protectors Out of Oceti Sakowin
Amid snow and wind, a large contingent of Water Protectors departed Oceti Sakown for the last time, just one hour before the Federal and State mandated evacuation deadline on Feb. 22. This final prayer march took people southward over the Cannon Ball River bridge, allowing everyone to avoid charges from the Morton County Sheriff and the Federal government. Most people leaving the camp plan to either remain in the area to continue Standing Rock actions, or to move onto other pipeline struggles.

2-24-17 ~ Democrats Silent as Trump Crushes Dakota Access Pipeline Protest
On February 21 and 22, the Morton County Sheriff’s Department evacuated the remaining water protectors protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock. Though several Democrats praised the Army Corps of Engineers’ decision on December 4 to conduct an environmental impact assessment, they have been silent on the issue since construction of the pipeline has moved forward under the Trump administration. The decision to stop the pipeline is now in the hands of the courts, as the Standing Rock Sioux tribe attempts to force the Army Corps of Engineers to enforce their December 4, 2016, decision.

2-24-17 ~ Is this the new face of oil?
Tsleil-Waututh elder Amy George was keening at the shore of an oil sands tailings site in the summer of 2013. Her raw honesty over the devastation of land, culture and “Mother Earth” left an indelible impression on the 500 of us gathered for the Healing Walk in Northern Alberta.

2-24-17 ~ “They cannot extinguish the fire that Standing Rock started”
Once again Big Oil has been forced to rely on brutal militarized force to bludgeon, bully, beat and intimidate peaceful water protectors fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline.

2-24-17 ~Tom Goldtooth: ‘They Cannot Extinguish the Fire That Standing Rock Started’
Once again Big Oil has been forced to rely on brutal militarized force to bludgeon, bully, beat and intimidate peaceful water protectors fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline. But in the face of such violence and intimidation, the growing movement against new fossil fuels will not be intimidated, it will only grow.

2-24-17 ~ Oil could be flowing through the Dakota Access pipeline in just a few weeks
This is one of the last steps in building the 1,200-mile pipeline that will move North Dakota oil through South Dakota and Iowa to a shipping point in Illinois. ETP says the pipeline will be complete and ready to flow oil between March 6th and April 1.

2-24-17 ~ ‘Absolutely False’: No Contact From Trump Administration, Archambault Says
Standing Rock Sioux Chairman David Archambault II on Thursday blasted as “absolutely false” presidential Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s assertion that the administration of President Donald Trump had consulted with the tribe about the Dakota Access Pipeline. The phony fact came out of the White House daily press briefing on February 23, which took place even as the Oceti Sakowin water protectors camp was being bulldozed.

2-24-17 ~ Trump’s moves on the Dakota Access Pipeline portend more clashes with states
During the Obama administration, the Army Corps of Engineers (COE) slowed the regulatory review process of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to accommodate the cultural and environmental concerns of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. In the first weeks of the Trump administration, however, the COE reversed its stance and approved the DAPL to move forward.

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe reacted to yesterday’s false claims by White House Press Secretary Spicer that “our team has been in contact with all the parties involved” and also claimed that “we are constantly in touch with them” regarding the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL). In fact, no one from the Administration has contacted the tribe according to a press statement sent to Native News Online this morning regarding issue. The tribe maintains Spicer twice lied about the President’s promise to negotiate a solution between Tribes and Energy Transfer Partners.

2-24-17 ~ Water Is Life: The Story of Standing Rock Won’t Go Away
Powers That Be think it’s the endDAPL will now have much money to spendBut Standing Rock is a rally cry Rebalance our world before we die. The Dakota Access pipeline is set and oil will flow. But this is not the only fight about water, and Standing Rock is only one chapter somewhere in the middle of a long story.

2-24-17 ~ The Indigenous Environmental Network Responds to Forced Evacuation of DAPL Resistance Camps

Regina Brave, affectionately known to many as “Grandma Regina,” was among those arrested on Thursday as the militarized police swept the Oceti Sakowin encampment of occupants. Since the 2pm evacuation deadline on Wednesday, there have been 47 arrests made according to the Morton County Sheriff Department.

2-24-17 ~ Dakota Access Pipeline Protests: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
The months-long protests – which have only grown despite mass arrests, claims of injury and dramatic images of protesters on horseback facing off against police officers in armored vehicles – are simply the Native American people’s way of saying: Enough. At long last, Enough. However, on January 24, new President Donald Trump – who had investments in the company building the pipeline – signed an executive order to advance it forward.

TransCanada Applies for Presidential Permit to Build the Keystone XL Pipeline
Just two days after the Trump administration announced its executive actions to move forward with the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline and re-open the door for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, TransCanada submitted a Presidential permit application to the U.S. Department of State for approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

2-24-17 ~ This isn’t over: take up the torch and defund DAPL!
For the umpteenth time in the history of Plains Indians-U.S. relations, the United States government is using its military might to evict indigenous people from their land so that settlers can extract a profitable resource from the earth. To some non-indigenous people looking into this moment from the outside, this may seem an abstract exaggeration. No one has died, they might say. There are legal dimensions to the issue.

2-24-17 ~ Water Is Life: The Story of Standing Rock Won’t Go Away
It’s true that North Dakota used the power of the state this week to march into the camps along the Missouri River and round up the remaining water protectors. But think about that story: A few dozen people were arrested at camps where more than 10,000 people once said no to the Dakota Access pipeline. That people power did not evaporate. Even today more people, tens of thousands, perhaps millions, are still a part of that effort via social media and through direct action.

2-23-17 American Milestone: A Report from the Last Days at Standing Rock
There are two important, seemingly contradictory things to understand today about the Standing Rock saga. One: After the militarized police action, the hundreds of arrests and the thousands of veterans on the ground in solidarity, the Dakota Access Pipeline is going to be completed. Two: this is not a failure in the eyes of the movement.

2-23-17 ~ Police Remove Last Of Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters From Camp
Officers on Thursday arrested 46 protesters and forced out all other people who remained in a camp that had been the epicenter of opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Morton County sheriff’s department announce

2-23-17 ~ North Dakota Dismantles #NoDAPL Oceti Camp
Just after 11 am, the combined eviction forces began their approach into the camp. Between a few dozen to a hundred water protectors were estimated remaining in camp at that time, with most having left the previous day but some having returned that morning by walking across the frozen Cannonball River. Bypassing the main entrance, two Bobcat-type skid steer loaders were used to clear a path down the snowy hill into the north end of Oceti Oyate. Bearcat and MRAP armored vehicles, accompanied by a large number of Humvees and sheriff’s deputies, police with riot gear and live weapons, descended down the path into the camp.

2-23-17 ~ Gov. Burgum signs 4 DAPL-inspired bills into law
Gov. Doug Burgum signed four bills into law Thursday afternoon. The bills all have ties to the Dakota Access pipeline protests.House Bill 1293 expands the scope of criminal trespass under state law, but reduces the offense to a $250 citation rather than criminal charges. House Bill 1304 makes it a misdemeanor to wear a mask or hood when committing a crime. House Bill 1426 increases penalties for riot offenses. It allows prosecutors to charge those who take part in a riot in a manner consistent with the potential for actual harm to health safety and well-being. Senate Bill 2302 allows the Attorney General to appoint ad hoc special agents. An example of this would be an out-of-state officer who comes to North Dakota responding to a request for assistance. All four bills have emergency clauses that make them effective immediately.

2-23-17 ~ Trump administration withdrew legal memo that found ‘ample legal justification’ to halt Dakota Access pipeline
The 35-page legal analysis of the pipeline’s potential environmental risks and its impact on treaty rights of the Standing Rock Sioux and other indigenous tribes was authored in December by then-Interior Department Solicitor Hilary C. Tompkins, an Obama appointee who was — at the time — the top lawyer in the department. “The government-to-government relationship between the United States and the Tribes calls for enhanced engagement and sensitivity to the Tribes’ concerns,” Tompkins wrote. “The Corps is accordingly justified should it choose to deny the proposed easement.”

2-23-17 ~ BREAKING: Trump Orders Army to Evict Sioux from Standing Rock at Gunpoint
American forces are storming lands that rightfully belong to Native Americans per U.S. treaties. Trump’s hearkening America back to one of its ugliest historical legacies. The only difference is that our soldiers aren’t on horseback this time. Now, they’re using snipers, bulletproof armor, and Humvees to storm the Native Americans’ protest camps. Continue Reading…

2-23-17 ~ Militarized Police Just Evicted The Sioux Tribe From Standing Rock At Gunpoint
Federal authorities have begun their raid to evict the water protectors from the Oceti Sakowin camp, and the images coming out of the protest site are extremely disturbing. History is repeating itself as heavily militarized United States law enforcement storm Native American treaty land to run them off- only this time they’re riding in Humvees and not on horses. Continue Reading …

2-23-17 ~ Dakota Access oil pipeline camp cleared of protesters
It took 3 ? hours for about 220 officers and 18 National Guardsmen to methodically search the protesters’ temporary homes. Authorities said they arrested 46 people, including a group of military veterans who had to be carried out and a man who climbed atop a building and stayed there for more than an hour before surrendering.

2-23-17 ~ Morton County says main DAPL protest camp officially closed
ND Highway Patrol says 36 people were arrested Thursday as the camp was cleared, bringing the total number arrested since the eviction notice to 47.

2-22-17 ~ A Beacon Of Hope At Standing Rock
Dusk was quickly approaching and my friend and I had just arrived at Oceti Sakowin, one of the Water Protector camps outside of Cannon Ball, North Dakota. We saw a guy having a cigarette near what appeared to be the media hub. He was dressed head-to-toe in camouflage, had a chin tattoo and did not look particularly welcoming. He looked like a warrior. As soon as we approached him, however, his face broke into a wide grin. He shook my hand firmly and introduced himself as Ernesto. Before we parted ways, he looked me right in the eye, thanked me for coming to Standing Rock, and gave me a giant hug.

2-22-17 ~ 10 arrested as Oceti Sakowin DAPL protest camp evacuated Wednesday
Governor Burgum and other state authorities say Thursday at 9 a.m. they will re-start clean up efforts at the Oceti Sakowin Camp. And they’re giving protesters still left at the camp one more chance to leave.

2-22-17 ~ LA TIMES… 10 arrested as authorities close in on Dakota Access pipeline protest camp
The standoff marked the culmination of one of the nation’s largest and longest environmental protests, which at its peak drew thousands of activists who said the project would threaten the water supply and sacred sites of the North Dakota tribe.

2-22-17 ~ Scheduled Eviction of Main #NoDAPL Encampment
After nearly a year of struggling against the Dakota Access Pipeline’s construction underneath the Missouri River, water protectors are now scheduled to be evicted from their main encampment. The encampment, on unceded Fort Laramie Treaty land and maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers, has a few hundred water protectors still holding steady as the eviction looms.
Ceremonial fires have been raging throughout the snow-filled morning.

2-22-17 ~ These last moments of the Standing Rock protest will break your heart
After a Trump administration executive order, the Army Corps of Engineers ordered protesters to vacate the camp by 2 p.m. local time on Feb. 22, 2017. Authorities were set to physically remove everyone in the way of the Dakota Access Pipeline’s construction upon sacred Native American land.

2-22-17 ~ Last Remnants of Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Camp Are Engulfed in Flames
Some of the last remnants of the Dakota Access pipeline protest camp went up in flames Wednesday as opponents of the project set fire to makeshift wooden housing as part of a leaving ceremony ahead of a government deadline to get off the federal land.

2-22-17 ~ Dakota Access Protesters Arrested As Deadline Passes To Depart Camp
Images showing clashes with law enforcement and pipeline security workers motivated thousands of Americans to support the tribe by donating hundreds of thousands of dollars or joining Oceti Sakowin and the other water protector camps. It also provided a model for environmental protests that essentially went viral as camps sprang up to halt pipelines in Texas, Florida and other spots around the country. “The camp was the light in the middle of the dark,” said Indigenous Environmental Network organizer Dallas Goldtooth. “It was the fire that fueled so many fights across the country,”

12-22-17 ~ THE LAST AKICITA ~ Final Day at #NoDAPL’s Oceti Camp. by Ythsta Resovich
He stands, quiet leaning against the War Pony, looking out over the camp with a faraway stare, seeing the past five months of who and what he is now like a movie playing in his mind. I didn’t understand, couldn’t understand until I got here, the phrases “there is no time” and “that’s old news”. I didn’t see the world the way it is here, all too safe and secure in my white-bread existence.

2-22-17 ~ Standing Rock & the Fight to Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground
Right now, water protectors are being evacuated from the main camp at Standing Rock. The state of North Dakota issued an emergency evacuation last week for the main camp, formerly known as Oceti Sakowin, that goes into effect today. While some are optimistic as new camps emerge on higher ground and as the land is returned to its former state, others can’t help but feel heartache to see the camp pack up and to see Dakota Access prepare to drill under the Missouri River.

2-21-17 ~ All eyes on Standing Rock: A list of livestreamers in the area
Senator John Hoeven claimed that “the Acting Secretary of the Army Robert Speer informed us that he has directed the Army Corps of Engineers to proceed with the easement needed to complete the Dakota Access Pipeline.”

2-18-17 ~ North Dakota Senate OKs Bills Aimed at Pipeline Protesters
A trio of North Dakota House measures influenced by the dispute between Dakota Access pipeline protesters and law enforcement sailed through the Republican-led Senate Thursday, though some Democrats called the bills an overreaction and unnecessary.
The Senate voted 33-12 in favor of a measure that makes it a crime for adults to wear masks in most cases. The Senate also approved bills that increase penalties for rioting and trespassing by even wider margins.

2-17-17 ~ Journalists covering Standing Rock face charges as police arrest protesters
While mainstream media have covered flashpoints in the protests, a core of mostly freelance, left-wing, and Native American outlets have remained at the site to provide daily coverage. Several of those journalists are facing charges, including trespass and engaging in riots, after being caught in mass arrests as police cracked down on protests or tried to clear camps in recent months. CPJ is aware of at least 10 journalists covering the story who are facing charges.

2-17-17 ~ Judge dismisses trespass cases midway through trial
A judge dismissed the criminal trespass charges against three pipeline protesters halfway through their jury trial this morning. According to lawyers in the courtroom, the judge found the prosecutor had not shown the land was posted or that the protesters had been asked by an authorized person to leave — at least one of which is required to prove criminal trespass.

2-17-17 ~ Water Protectors Call on Women of all nations to Join Them at Standing Rock
“As care takers of Unci Maka (Mother Earth) and Life-givers we hold a responsibility to secure the future for our children and the next seven generations to come.” Water protectors opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline are calling on women of all nations and ages to join them at the Oceti Oyate – Cheyenne River Camp this weekend, February 18-19, for an Indigenous women’s gathering.

2-17-17 ~ Standing Rock Chairman Calls Protests an ‘Awakening’ at Cornell
David Archambault II, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe caught in the crosshairs of a $3.7 billion oil development, pledged Thursday to fight President Trump on the Dakota Access pipeline just two weeks after the Army Corps green-lighted the project’s completion.

2-17-17 ~ Japanese citizens demand mega-banks end funding for Dakota pipeline project
Citizen’s groups on Friday delivered a petition with more than 11,300 signatures to three of Japan’s mega-banks to demand they halt funding for the Dakota Access Pipeline reinstated by Army Corps of Engineers. A group of concerned citizens started the online petition at They are calling on Mizuho Bank, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, and the Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group to withdraw their funding for the Dakota Access Pipeline, saying the $3.7 billion project threatens Lake Oahe, the indigenous Standing Rock Sioux Nation’s only source of drinking water in North Dakota.

2-16-17 ~ Steel Made by Russian Company Tied to Putin Used in Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines
much of the steel for the Dakota Access project appears to have been manufactured in Canada by Evraz North America, a subsidiary of the Russian steel giant Evraz. Evraz is owned in part by Roman Abramovich, a Russian multi-billionaire credited for bringing Russian President Vladimir Putin into office in the late 1990s. “Energy Transfer Partners was so eager to build the pipeline that it began staging mountainous piles of steel pipe across the four-state route before it had gotten all necessary easements and regulatory approval from federal regulators

2-16-17 ~ Dakota Access pipeline continues America’s oldest narrative: Cowboys vs. Indians
Nothing surprises us. When the Army Corps of Engineers rerouted the pipeline, we were not surprised the powers that be quickly approved running it through our land and waterways instead. We were not surprised with this week’s ruling against our temporary restraining order. I was not surprised to be arrested and charged with felony counts for peacefully demonstrating.

2-16-17 ~ A reporter’s arrest crystallizes her commitment to cover Standing Rock
THE DAY THE DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY granted the final easement for the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline, I hopped into my pickup truck—a beater that I rent from a local—and drove straight to the Sacred Stone Camp. Darkness fell slowly over the yurt-village of campers, who were only then learning the news.

2-15-17 ~ Photographer captures Standing Rock
Johnny Nguyen’s photo exhibit “And If I Can Show You, You Would Never Leave Her” is on display through Feb. 26 at the Hill Street Country Club in Oceanside. The three-day photo journal examines the people and conditions of those protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.

2-14-17 ~ Feds join Dakota Access protest camp cleanup in race to avoid ‘environmental disaster’
North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum announced Tuesday that the federal government is moving in to accelerate the cleanup at the Dakota Access protest camp before the snowmelt turns the area into an “environmental disaster.”

2-14-17 ~ No proof Trump ever sold his investments in Dakota Access Pipeline
The Washington Post was the first news outlet to irresponsibly report that Donald Trump sold his shares in Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the parent company of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The Post simply parroted Trump’s spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, despite the absence of any evidence to back up her claim.

2-14-17 ~ Water Protectors Feel Safer With US Veterans At Standing Rock
They’ve been spraying them with water and mace and other things,” said Wilbur Hilton, of Flint, a retired plumber and Vietnam War-era U.S. Army veteran. “We as veterans want to know if they can do the same to us. And if they will do this to us veterans of the military, then what does that tell us about our country?”

2-14-17 ~ Edmonton photographer wins prestigious award for Standing Rock coverage
Albertan photographer Amber Bracken is the 2017 first prize winner of the World Press Photography award in the Contemporary Issues category.

2-13-17 ~ Veterans at Standing Rock see police retribution after arrest and charges
Police have filed charges against two US veterans supporting Standing Rock, holding one in jail for several days, raising concerns that law enforcement is trying to prevent them from aiding activists at the Dakota Access pipeline.

2-13-17 ~ Judge Won’t Halt Dakota Access Pipeline Construction
U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg’s ruling allows Energy Transfer Partners to work on a crossing beneath a North Dakota reservoir while there are ongoing lawsuits against the oil project by Native American tribes. In rejecting the request for a temporary restraining order, the judge said the tribes failed to show that the pipeline posed immediate, irreparable harm, according to BuzzFeed. Boasberg will consider the request to freeze work again at a Feb. 27 hearing, the Associated Press reported.

2-13-17 ~ North Dakota bills could strip Dakota Access Pipeline protesters of their rights
There are currently four bills in the state’s House and Senate that create new criminal penalties for acts of protest or heighten existing penalties. And there is a fifth bill that could put demonstrators in physical danger.

2-13-17 ~ After visiting Standing Rock, Swedish Bank opposes working with DAPL
After a visit by its representatives to Standing Rock, Swedish financial institution Nordea announced today that it will not back the Dakota Access Pipeline.

2-13-17 ~ De Blasio considers cutting contracts from Dakota pipeline banks
The Seattle City Council recently voted to end its contract with Wells Fargo, one of several banks helping finance the project. De Blasio, in an interview with WNYC’s Brian Lehrer, cited his “Seattle envy” and said he would consider the same.

2-13-17 ~ Journalist faces charges after arrest while covering Dakota Access pipeline protest
Jenni Monet, 40, on assignment for Indian Country Today and the Center for Investigative Reporting, has been arrested and charged with criminal trespass and “engaging in a riot” by Morton County prosecutors. She was arrested Wednesday and released on bond late Thursday.

2-13-17 ~ These 10 Quotes From an Oglala Lakota Chief Will Make You Question Everything About Our Society
Luther Standing Bear was an Oglala Lakota Sioux Chief who, among a few rare others such as Charles Eastman, Black Elk and Gertrude Bonnin occupied the rift between the way of life of the Indigenous people of the Great Plains before, and during, the arrival and subsequent spread of the European pioneers. Raised in the traditions of his people until the age of eleven, he was then educated at the Carlisle Indian Industrial Boarding School of Pennsylvania, where he learned the english language and way of life. (Though a National Historical Landmark, Carlisle remains a place of controversy in Native circles.)

2-13-17 ~ Army veterans return to Standing Rock to form a human shield against police
Army veterans from across the country have arrived in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, or are currently en route after the news that Donald Trump’s administration has allowed the oil corporation to finish drilling across the Missouri river.

2-13-17 ~ In 2 Years, Company Behind DAPL Reported 69 Accidents, Polluting Rivers in 4 States
A report the organization released today (February 6), with partnership from a researcher from, looks at reports Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) filed to the National Response Center, a federal establishment where companies and individuals can report oil spills or chemical releases. The report lists 42 oil spills, 11 natural gas spills, nine gasoline spills, three propane spills, two “other” spills and two “unknown” spills. The 69 accidents led to eight injuries and five evacuations.

2-12-17 Pueblo U.S. Veteran Brandee Paisano: Why I, a veteran, joined the fight at Standing Rock
‘I bled in Iraq and you’re going to threaten to shoot me on a bridge in North Dakota?’ Laguna Pueblo U.S. Veteran Brandee Paisano. Veterans here say there are a number of reasons drawing them in, including standing up for Indigenous people, environmentalism and even seeing an opportunity to put specialized survival skills to use.

2-12-17 ~ Michael Jackson’s daughter just used the Grammys to protest the Dakota Access pipeline
Paris Jackson, Michael Jackson’s daughter, used her moment introducing a performance by Daft Punk and The Weeknd at Sunday night’s Grammy awards to speak out against the Dakota Access pipeline. “We could use this kind of excitement at a pipeline protest,” Jackson said as the crowd cheered. “Hashtag no DAPL!”

2-12-17 ~ FBI Contacting Water Protectors
Officers from the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force have been approaching people associated with the water protectors at Standing Rock. At least three people associated with the water protectors who participated in the standoff against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) have been approached by U.S. antiterrorism experts allegedly fishing for information, according to a report in The Guardian. While the scope and purpose behind the FBI contacting water protectors could not be determined, free-speech advocates called the revelation worrisome.

2-12-17 ~ After Visiting Standing Rock, Swedish Bank Nordea Puts Companies Behind DAPL on Watch
fter a visit by its representatives to Standing Rock, Swedish financial institution Nordea has announced that it will not back the Dakota Access Pipeline if it violates the demands of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Nordea met with tribal representatives on the ground, including Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman David Archambault II. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe urged Nordea to divest and respect the rights of Indigenous communities via a letter delivered by Sami artist and activist Sofia Jannok and Greenpeace.

Every action to build the pipeline is met with many more reactions to stop it. The fight about this pipeline — and the broader issues it represents is far from over. “Our fight is no longer at the North Dakota site itself,” said tribal chairman Dave Archambault II. “Our fight is with Congress and the Trump administration. Meet us in Washington on March 10.”

2-12-17 ~ Veterans Are Heading Back to Standing Rock
After President Donald Trump signed two executive orders to continue the construction of the Keystone XL and North Dakota Access pipelines, military veterans are redeploying to a front line of their choosing: Standing Rock.

Jenni Monet, a Native American journalist, was arrested last week while covering Standing Rock. You’d think that would trigger a lot of support from the national and regional news media.

2-11-17 ~ Resistance at Standing Rock: The People From Oceti Sakowin Camp
Is this resistance movement something that can move to another fossil fuel fight? “Oh yeah, there’s so much energy here. Theres so much compassion here. Part of the reason people come out here is so they can relate to this situation in some way in their life. My tribe was part of the trail of tears and I couldn’t be there for them, but I can be here for this tribe.”

2-11-17 ~ ND lawmakers sound off after final easement issued for Dakota Access Pipeline
Construction on the pipeline is now resuming, less than 24 hours after the Federal Government granted a final easement allowing for completion of the project on Wednesday. Now, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) is sounding off, after months of protests and ongoing legal challenges. “At the end of the day, we have got to get out of limbo.”

2-11-17 ~ FBI Terrorism Taskforce Investigating Standing Rock Activists
The FBI is investigating political activists campaigning against the Dakota Access pipeline, diverting agents charged with preventing terrorist attacks to instead focus their attention on indigenous activists and environmentalists.

2-11-17 ~ Army Veterans Have Just Returned To Standing Rock To Form a Human Shield Against Police
The growing group of military veterans could make it harder for police and government officials to try to remove hundreds of activists who remain camped near the construction site and, some hope, could limit use of excessive force by law enforcement during demonstrations. “We are prepared to put our bodies between Native elders and a privatized military force,” said Elizabeth Williams, a 34-year-old air force veteran, who arrived at Standing Rock with a group of vets late on Friday. “We’ve stood in the face of fire before. We feel a responsibility to use the skills we have.”

2-10-17 ~ Leaked Audio: Dakota Access Pipeline Executive Admits Trump Is In Their Pocket: “Election Night Changed Everything” That’s Why DAPL “Is Going Through”
King stated on social media and on the SoundCloud page on which he posted the file that a source sent him the file on December 13, hours after Matthew Ramsey — COO of Energy Transfer Partners — gave his speech. The source who gave King the audio, he explains on SoundCloud, “claimed to be in a corporate meeting at Energy Transfer Partners” and told him that the person speaking was Matthew Ramsey, the COO of Energy Transfer Partners. King also wrote that the recording was made during a mandatory company meeting.

2-10-17 ~ Citing Religious Freedom Act, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Requests Temp. Restraining Order to DAPL
Attorneys for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe have filed a motion for a Temporary Restraining Order and a Preliminary Injunction to permanently block further construction and operation of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) on the grounds that the easement granted Thursday (February 8) by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers burdens the Tribe’s exercise of its religion and violates the Corps’ fiduciary duty as trustee of tribal land and water resources.

2-10-17 ~ Judge rejects Dakota Access activists’ request to stop ‘excessive force’ by police
U.S. District Court Chief Judge Daniel L. Hovland said that officers were outnumbered when they deployed hoses and other non-lethal means against a crowd of 1,000 protesters trying to remove a police barricade on the fire-damaged Backwater Bridge during the Nov. 20-21 melee.

Recent images of Bureau of Indian Affairs (“BIA”) agent brutality beating a water protector have emerged from the Sacred Stone Camp. Sources present at the incident indicated that BIA agents drove toward individuals with around seven (“7”) vehicles marked “BIA” and the officers identified themselves as BIA agents. Video images of the incident have been uploaded to various media and internet outlets showing water protectors being beaten with security batons in the legs until they fall. Audio from the video clearly picks up the water protectors’ screams. Once fallen, the water protectors were arrested.

2-9-17 ~ Four More Water Protectors Indicted on Federal Charges
The Department of Justice unsealed a federal indictment Wednesday charging four more water protectors allegedly connected to incidents on October 27, when riot police violently cleared the “1851 Treaty Camp” from the easement of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Water protector James White (aka Angry Bird) was arrested Wednesday and federally charged with felony civil disorder and use of fire to commit a federal crime. Federal agents are actively looking for three more water protectors. If convicted, they could face up to 15 years in prison.

2-9-17 ~ Taking the pipeline to court
In abandoning the report and granting the easement, the Army Corps referenced one of Donald Trump’s first acts as president: a presidential memorandum expediting the pipeline. But that may not be good enough to clear the legal hurdles, according to environmental experts who say the agency needs to provide a reason for reversing course on completing the report, which the Army had deemed necessary just a few months ago.

2-9-7 ~ Video Shows Morton County Dumping Trash Inside Standing Rock Camp To Frame Protesters
Puente narrates that a man — whom he describes as employed by Morton County — can be seen standing near the quickly amassing pile of waste, taking pictures of the progress and attempting to persuade a few of the crew to pose in lawn chairs in front of it.

2-8-17 ~ Tribe files legal challenge to stall Dakota Access pipeline
Construction crews have resumed work on the final segment of the Dakota Access pipeline, and the developer of the long-delayed project said Thursday that the full system could be operational within three months.

2-8-17 ~ Construction Begins On Final Section Of The Dakota Access Pipeline
The company building the Dakota Access Pipeline has begun construction on the final section of the project. Energy Transfer Partners spokeswoman Vicki Granado confirmed in an email to The Huffington Post that the company had begun drilling. She said they estimate the project will be complete in just under three months.

2-8-17 ~ 2 Cities To Pull More Than $3 Billion From Wells Fargo Over Dakota Access Pipeline
Seattle’s City Council has voted to not renew its contract with Wells Fargo, in a move that cites the bank’s role as a lender to the Dakota Access Pipeline project as well as its creation of millions of bogus accounts. As a result, the city won’t renew its contract with the bank that expires next year. The unanimous vote will pull more than $3 billion in city funds from the banking giant, the council says. Seattle says the bidding process for its next banking partner will “incentivize ‘Social Responsibility.'” Not long after Seattle’s vote, the City Council in Davis, Calif., took a similar action over the pipeline. It voted unanimously to find a new bank to handle its roughly $124 million in accounts by the end of 2017.

2-8-17 ~ Water Protectors Call for Global Mass Mobilizations as Army Plans to Approve Dakota Access Pipeline
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday it will greenlight the final phase of construction of the pipeline. Amnesty International called the announcement “an unlawful and appalling violation of human rights.” In recent months, police have launched an escalating and violent crackdown against the resistance at Standing Rock. Last week, more than 70 people were arrested after militarized police raided a new resistance camp set up on historic Sioux treaty land. Among those arrested was award-winning Pueblo journalist Jenni Monet, who was on assignment for Indian Country Media Network.

2-8-17 ~ BIA Agent caught on Video Hitting Female Water Protector with Baton during Arrest in Standing Rock
On Saturday evening, a video emerged out of Standing Rock which showed a female water protector beaten by a Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) officer with his baton during an arrest. The unarmed woman is seen walking away from a BIA agent when he starts to hit her with the weapon. The woman can be heard yelling at the officer during the attack “Stop brutalizing me”

2-6-17 ~ Why Tribal Councils will turn on their own people — by American Indian Genocide Museum
Even at Standing Rock, you have to read between the lines and look behind the scenes to understand why tribal councils will turn on their own people. On February 15, 1974 the government, through an act of Congress called the Indian Claims Commission, offered the Lakota $17 million dollars for their homeland. When it became obvious that the Indians would not take such a piddling amount, the Congress passed another act called the Indian Claims Commission Act Amendment which added $85 million more in interest under the 5th amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Currently, that amount has grown to $1.3 billion dollars.

2-6-17 ~ Water Protector Recalls Moment National Guard Took Selfies With Caged Protectors In Background
When our bus pulled in to the Morton County facility, we saw that the bus before us had already unloaded the other Water Protectors into the dog kennels and they had been stripped down to their base layer of clothing and it was freezing cold in the garage.

2-6-17 ~ Indigenous Rising
We are RISING to DEFEND our rights as Indigenous Peoples; to PROTECT the sanctity and integrity of Mother Earth; and to RENEW our original instructions towards a just and sustainable future.

2-6-17 ~ Health Awareness Notice
This is more than a pipeline. Please consider some facts that effect many of YOU. – Health Awareness Notice – All American Citizens Special Attention: South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas

2-6-17 ~ The Fight At Standing Rock Is Back — And U.S. Veterans Are Ready To Mobilize
In early December, many Americans celebrated the Army Corps of Engineers decision to withhold a final permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline, a project that drew ongoing demonstrations from native Standing Rock Sioux “water protectors,” environmentalists, and other activists.

2-5-17 ~ Water Protector Recalls Moment National Guard Took Selfies With Caged Protectors In Background
There were police officers and National Guards standing around casually eating pizza and joking with each other. From my window I had a view of the cage where they were holding the men. I could hear them singing and chanting #mniwiconi to keep their spirits up. It felt good to hear that, I felt connected to them even though they were outside of the bus we were on because we are all one heart, one mind and one prayer.

2-5-17 ~ Massive Cleanup Underway Where Environmentalists Camped for Pipeline Protest
Many of the several hundred protesters who remained after the early December snowstorm are helping with the effort, some of them attempting to salvage reusable goods. Other activists have been less helpful.

Ladonna Bravebull Allard says, “This movement was started by the people, and led by our youth. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s decision to negotiate with the State and disown the people who came to fight for our water is risking more than they understand. We have had many thousands of people ready to stand together in front of those machines. The Indigenous nations of Turtle Island had united as never before. But as division grows, it is very difficult to see a path forward. We have no choice but to break the cycle of trauma so our future generations can have a better life.” Continue Reading

2-4-17 ~ BREAKING: Trump Admin Sends In Federal Agents To Haul Out Dakota Access Protesters
The agents being dispatched are Bureau of Indian Affairs agents – officers of the federal government who continually exercise law enforcement actions over the tribes.

2-3-17 ~ Obama Just Announced He’s Going to Save Standing Rock By Rerouting Pipeline
President Obama just announced to MSNBC that he’s personally monitoring Army Corps of Engineers efforts to reroute the Dakota Access Pipeline (#dapl) away from the sacred lands of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in North Dakota.

2-3-17 ~ Army Corps of Engineers issues final closing date for DAPL protest camp on Corps land
The Army Corps of Engineers has issued a final closing date for the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp on Corps land. The Corps sent out a release, saying February 22 they will close federal property in the floodplain located at the mouth of the Cannonball River.

2-3-17 ~ BREAKING: Standing Rock Tribal Council Betrays Water Protectors, Sends In Cops
Law enforcement showed up at LaDonna Tamakawastewin Allard’s front door on Thursday, claiming the need to perform an “assessment” of the Camp of the Sacred Stones — the original Dakota Access Pipeline opposition camp erected in early April — but refused to offer a warrant or explanation for the sudden appearance.

2-3-17 ~ The Fight at Standing Rock Is Back – and U.S. Veterans Are Ready to Mobilize
Before his inauguration, President Donald Trump was expected to push DAPL through, and he quickly made good on that assumption upon taking office. Trump issued executive orders to authorize construction on both DAPL and the highly controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

2-2-17 ~ Police raid new camp, evict and arrest 70+ DAPL protesters
Over 70 people were evicted and arrested after police raided a new camp near the Dakota Access pipeline construction, claiming it was illegal. The arrests come a day after federal officials started a final review of the pipeline. The new camp was erected on a hill Wednesday morning, a quarter of a mile from the original Oceti Sakowin camp in the floodplain. Seven tepee frames represented the seven tribes involved in the protest.

2-1-17 ~ GOP wants state control of reservations
Two Republican state lawmakers, Representatives Vicky Steiner and Keith Kempenich, introduced a bill Thursday, January 26, proposing state control of federal Indian reservations.

2-2-17 ~ BREAKING: Standing Rock Tribal Council Betrays Water Protectors, Sends In Cops
Law enforcement showed up at LaDonna Tamakawastewin Allard’s front door on Thursday, claiming the need to perform an “assessment” of the Camp of the Sacred Stones — the original Dakota Access Pipeline opposition camp erected in early April — but refused to offer a warrant or explanation for the sudden appearance.

2-2-17 ~ Police and Army Corp at Sacred Stone Camp
Police, Federal Agents and Army Corp entered Sacred Stone Camp Without permission at noon today Feb. 2, 2017. LaDonna Allard said “They are raiding Sacred Stone now with Frank White Bull, Ben Harrison and with BIA Police. Invading Sacred Stone Camp by the Standing Rock Tribal Council betrayed by pur own Nation”

2-2-17 ~ Seattle Committee Responds to Standing Rock
On Wednesday, Seattle’s Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods and Finance Committee voted unanimously to forward a bill to pull $3 billion from DAPL lender Wells Fargo to the full City Council. This follows a Tuesday announcement that the U.S Army Corps of Engineers will issue an easement allowing them to begin the last stages of construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline.

2-1-17 ~ Chase Iron Eyes among 76 arrested after DAPL protesters attempt to set up new camp on private land
The new camp, with seven tepee frames representing the seven tribes, was erected on a hill Wednesday morning a quarter mile from the original Oceti Sakowin Camp. A group of activists who said they wanted to establish a more peaceful and prayerful protest presence built the new dwelling. “We want to make it more spiritual, we want to make it a difference from the old Oceti. We want to call this camp the Last Child Camp,” says Rance Sneed, protester.

2-1-17 ~ DAPL Moves Forward: “People Are Going To Die. It’s Just Them Shooting Us Now”
“I have received word the Department of Defense is granting the easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline and Congressional notification is imminent. It’s time to get to work and finish this important piece of energy infrastructure enhancing America’s energy security and putting North Dakotans and Americans back to work. President Trump has proven to be a man of action and I am grateful for his commitment to this and other critical infrastructure projects so vital to our nation.” Some water protectors at the camps said that there are ice breakers on the river right where the drilling has begun again.

2-1-17 ~ US Army Corps ordered to allow the completion of the Dakota Access pipeline
Aacting Secretary of the Army Robert Speer had “directed the Army Corps of Engineers to proceed with the easement needed to complete the Dakota Access pipeline,” and that Congressional notification was “imminent”.

2-1-17 ~ Standing Rock Sioux Tribe says they are not associated with DAPL protesters who attempted to establish new camp
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe issued a statement saying they are not associated with the people who attempted to establish a new camp on private land late Tuesday night. The tribe claims these campers put the Standing Rock cause and peoples’ lives at risk and are asking people not to return to the camp. Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault said

2-1-17 ~ US veterans group says Dakota Access pipeline ‘will not get completed. Not on our watch’
“We are committed to the people of Standing Rock, we are committed to nonviolence, and we will do everything within our power to ensure that the environment and human life are respected. That pipeline will not get completed. Not on our watch,” said Anthony Diggs, a spokesman for Veterans Stand.

2-1-17 ~ Police Raid Standing Rock Camp, Destroy Tipis and Are Burning What Remains
Following our earlier report from Standing Rock on the police raid of the Last Child camp, reports began to roll in that police had taken down tipis and burned whatever remained. Some of the livestreaming of these incidences was blocked, but what we have been given is as follows.

2-1-17 ~ U.S. Government Bans Native American Tribe From Protesting On Their Own Land – Send In Police To Remove Protesters
A North Dakota federal court has prohibited indigenous tribes from protesting the Bakken pipeline on their own reservations.
Dakota Access, a developer of the pipeline, filed the report citing “Worker and law enforcement safety was at risk”.

2-1-17 ~ The Army Is Now Accepting Your Comments On The Dakota Access Pipeline
The Department of the Army is now accepting public comments leading up to its environmental impact statement in connection with Dakota Access’ request for them to grant an easement for the pipeline to cross North Dakota’s Lake Oahe. The comment period is open until Feb. 20.