News Nov. 2016

Kristeen Hernandez aka Lady2Soothe

11-30-16 ~ ‘We opened eyes’: at Standing Rock, my fellow Native Americans make history
As an Indigenous American, there was never any question of whether I should travel to Standing Rock or not. I needed to witness firsthand what was happening there, and wanted to offer solidarity to those fighting for the right of tribes to exercise agency over their own futures.

The difficulties spring partly from the area’s remoteness and the rugged terrain, but more-so now from what can only be psychological-driven digital attacks. Sudden signal loss, computer files disappearing, fried fiber optic cables, sudden battery deaths from a near full charge, are common. At least one person’s PayPal account was emptied of all monies, according to activists.

11-30-16 ~ 2,000 Veterans To Form ‘Human Shields’ To Protect Standing Rock Protesters
More than 2,000 veterans have agreed to act as “human shields” to protect protesters from December 4 to 7, according to a Facebook event. They launched the effort, called Veterans Stand for Standing Rock on Tuesday and after months of protesters clashing with the police over the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline.

11-30-16 ~ Audio: Tribe objected to pipeline nearly 2 years before lawsuit
Audio released by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe from a September 2014 meeting with Dakota Access Pipeline representatives contradicts recent claims made by a pipeline company executive.

11-30-16 ~ These #NoDAPL activists are taking police to court over violent crackdowns at Standing Rock
This week, lawyers filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of eight Standing Rock protesters who claim they were subjected to excessive force during a police action on the night of November 20. The suit, which lists Morton County, ND, Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, and the city of Mandan among the defendants, alleges law enforcement “unleashed a violent, unjustified, and unprovoked physical attack on Plaintiffs and others, without warning or opportunity to disperse.”

11-30-16 ~ Sacramento City Council Puts Standing Rock Resolution on Dec. 6 Consent Calendar
In a surprisingly quick action, the Sacramento City Council on Tuesday night voted to put a resolution in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline on the consent calendar for the next council meeting on December 6 starting at 6 pm.

11-30-16 ~ Seattle’s contribution to Standing Rock: A new twist on the teepee
Paul Cheyok’ten Wagner, a Native American from the Coast Salish tribe, is the inventor of what has been coined the “tarpee,” a low budget contemporary teepee made from heavy duty polyethylene tarp and 16-foot-long two-by-four poles.

11-30-16~ Vancouver Rallies Against Kinder Morgan Pipeline
Justin Trudeau’s decision to approve the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in Canada will result in protests and protection of the water in the same vein as the resistance happening at Standing Rock. Video report

11-30-16 ~ Dalrymple’s Staff Asks for Meeting with Tribal Council
Members of Dalrymple’s staff began today contacting Standing Rock Tribal Council members in an effort to schedule a meeting. He says it’s part of an effort to find a peaceful resolution to the ongoing Dakota Access Pipeline issue and to rebuild strong, long-term relationships between the state and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

11-30-16 ~ 30 Years of Oil and Gas Pipeline Accidents, Mapped
The sheer number of incidents involving America’s fossil fuel infrastructure suggests environmental concerns should go beyond Standing Rock.

11-30-16 ~ Al Gore: Dakota Access Pipeline is an “Absolute Atrocity”
In Washington, D.C., former Vice President Al Gore has spoken out against another pipeline, the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline, while speaking at The New York Times Global Leaders’ Collective conference.

11-30-16 ~ Justice Department Must Investigate Policing of Standing Rock Demonstrations
Based on information gathered by four Amnesty International USA human rights observer delegations and reports from the area, AIUSA has formally requested an investigation by the Department of Justice into the policing of the Dakota Access Pipeline demonstrations.

11-30-16 ~ Dakota Access pipeline protester: Governor “has no authority here”
“The governor is saying this is a dangerous way to live in these conditions. He sure didn’t care when it was the same temperature as it is outside when he was fire hosing our people.” Braun said. “He didn’t care about it then, so why is he caring about it now?”

11-30-16 ~ Feds Approve NEXUS Pipeline, Which Will Run Through Northeast Ohio
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today approved the NEXUS pipeline project and its environment impact on Ohio communities. (The pipeline will also travel through Michigan to Canada; it was approved in its entirety.)

11-30-16 ~ U.S. veterans to form human shield at Dakota pipeline protest
North Dakota law enforcement backed away from a previous plan to cut off supplies to the camp – an idea quickly abandoned after an outcry and with law enforcement’s treatment of Dakota Access Pipeline protesters increasingly under the microscope.

11-30-16 ~ Morton Co. Sheriff responds to class action lawsuit filed against agency over DAPL protests
Several law enforcement agencies responding to Dakota Access Pipeline protests are being sued by some demonstrators for using excessive force during an incident earlier this month.

11-30-16 ~ Standing Rock Protester Shot in Face With Tear Gas Canister May Go Blind
Police at Standing Rock said it was too dangerous to move burned-out vehicles from a bridge there on Nov. 20, leaving it to protesters like Vanessa Dundon to get rid of the wrecks so emergency vehicles could get through in the case anyone needed medical treatment.

11-30-16 ~ Navajo Veterans Leave For Stanfing Rock on Dec. 2, 2016
Dine Warrior for Standing Rock!

11-30-16 ~ North Dakota courts strained by pipeline protest arrests
The hundreds of arrests (575) during the months of protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota have created an unprecedented burden for the state’s court system, which faces huge cost overruns and doesn’t have enough judges, lawyers and clerks to handle the workload.

11-30-16 ~ Girl Has Perfect Response To Offensive Assignment To ‘Dress Like An Indian’
When Tremeka Greenhouse first saw the school assignment for her daughter Nyemah to “dress like an Indian,” she was planning to skip doing it. But 5-year-old Nyemah didn’t want to get in trouble with her teacher, so they came up with a compromise to fulfill the requirements of the culturally appropriative assignment.

11-30-16 ~ When an elder requests you do something; you do it
I n the respectful ways of the Sioux culture, when an elder requests you to do something, you do it. This shows your respect for their wisdom and compassion. This editorial is from a request by elders from both Standing Rock and Pine Ridge Reservations regarding the camp at Cannonball.

11-30-16 ~ Our ‘National Disgrace’: The Crime at Standing Rock
Native American men and women have defended the United States during wartime in greater percentages than any other demographic. And even though they were not allowed to be citizens until 1924, their intense patriotism has shone like a beacon. Once again, through their determination to protect the waters and lands of this country, they are showing us what true patriotism looks like.

11-30-16 ~ Iraq War Veteran’s New Battle Is Fighting Dakota Access Pipeline
A Marine wounded in combat in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004 has found new purpose as a self-proclaimed peaceful warrior fighting against a 1,172-mile pipeline that protesters fear threatens the water source of Native Americans in North Dakota.

9-29-16 ~ Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Donates $250,000 to Standing Rock Legal Fund
“We support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s effort to ensure the United States Army Corps of Engineers, or any other agency or department of the United States, strictly adheres to federal environmental review and tribal consultation requirements prior to authorizing any projects that may damage the environment or any sites that are of historic, religious, and cultural significance to any Indian tribe,” said Agua Caliente Chairman Jeff L. Grubbe.

11-29-16 ~ Psychological and Cyber Warfare at Standing Rock
People have reported having their phones misbehaving in odd ways. Sterling has personally heard from hundreds of people about their cell phones acting odd. Batteries dying without warning are the most common reports. But there are creepier incidence, like FaceTime turning on by itself, voice recorders activating, apps malfunctioning, browsers seizing, messages disappearing, and strange noises during calls. My iPhone reset itself as if brand new from the box in my first week at Standing Rock.

11-29-16 ~ No physical blockade of pipeline protest camp – N. Dakota officials
North Dakota officials on Tuesday backed away from plans to physically block supplies from reaching oil pipeline protesters at a camp near the construction site, saying they will instead use financial deterrents to prevent food and building materials from coming in.

11-29-16 ~ Women Are the Backbone of the Standing Rock Movement
I was sitting in a coffee shop in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, the night it hit me: I had to go to Standing Rock to document all sides of the ongoing Dakota Access Pipeline fight. This has happened before, a film choosing me, rather than me choosing it.

11-29-16 ~ Delivering supplies to protest camp could warrant $1,000 fine
Anyone delivering supplies to the main protest camp in Morton County could be subject to a $1,000 fine for violating the emergency evacuation order, but a local minister said this will not deter her church from providing support.

11-29-16 ~ North Dakota officials hope to quell pipeline protests with fines
North Dakota officials on Tuesday moved to block supplies from reaching oil pipeline protesters at a camp near the construction site, threatening to use hefty fines to keep demonstrators from receiving such critical supplies as food, building materials and even portable bathrooms.

11-29-16 ~ Neil Young asks Obama to stop ‘violent aggression’ at Dakota pipeline protest
Neil Young asks Obama to stop ‘violent aggression’ at Dakota pipeline protest Musician who has performed at the Standing Rock protest site asked Obama to intervene in an impassioned Facebook post before Trump becomes president
Musician who has performed at the Standing Rock protest site asked Obama to intervene in an impassioned Facebook post before Trump becomes president

11-29-16 ~ New York Times – Veterans to serve as Human Sheilds for Dakota Pipeline Protestors

11-29-16 ~ Dakota Access Pipeline protesters plan to defy evacuation order
Thousands of people protesting an oil pipeline in North Dakota say they will defy a mandatory evacuation order. North Dakota’s governor calls winter weather conditions at camp “life threatening” and has ordered protesters to leave.

11-29-16 ~ For the First Time Since Standing Rock Began, US Senator Calls for Investigation of DAPL Oppression
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker is calling for the Department of Justice to ‘promptly and thoroughly’ investigate reports of brutal and abusive police tactics employed against peaceful water protectors opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.

11-29-16 ~ No Plans To Enforce Evacuation Order Against North Dakota Pipeline Protesters
Authorities say no action will be taken to enforce the North Dakota governor’s emergency evacuation order for protesters of the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline.

11-29-16 ~ Kirchmeier, Morton County sued for excessive force in protests
The Water Protector Legal Collective filed suit Monday in U.S. District Court in Bismarck seeking an immediate injunction to prevent Kirchmeier and other agencies from using impact munitions, such as rubber bullets, lead-filled beanbags, water and sound cannons, directed energy devices, water hoses, explosive tear gas grenades and other chemical agents against the protesters.

11-29-16 ~ Sioux Indians and environmental campaigners ordered off oil protest site Standing Rock
NORTH Dakota’s governor ordered the expulsion of thousands of Native American and environmental activists camped on federal property near an oil pipeline project they are trying to halt, citing hazards posed by harsh weather as a blizzard bore down on the area.

11-29-16 ~ The Coronado in Phoenix Under Attack on Facebook After Standing Rock Fundraiser
The owners of The Coronado — a restaurant in central Phoenix — held a fundraiser the day after Thanksgiving to benefit the people protesting the Northern Access Pipeline on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota. They raised an estimated $3,000 for the cause

11-29-16 ~ Morton County officials being sued for use of ‘excessive force’ against protesters
e National Lawyers Guild (NLG) filed a class action suit through the US District Court against Morton County, Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirschmeier, and other law enforcement agencies for using excessive force against Dakota Access Pipeline protesters earlier this month. The suit was filed through the U.S. District Court in Bismarck by those who were hurt on November 20th and November 21st.

11-29-16 ~ North Dakota law enforcement to block pipeline protesters’ supplies
North Dakota law enforcement will begin to block supplies from reaching protesters at a camp near the construction site of an oil pipeline project in an effort to force demonstrators to vacate the area, officials said on Tuesday.

Not everyone has warm feelings about Kevin it seems. Pro DAPL workers and locals of Bismarck, the closest major city where the pipeline is being constructed in North Dakota, have not been happy about the resistance to the pipeline’s construction. Water protectors have been peacefully and prayerfully protecting their land and water from the inevitable oil leaks that would destroy their drinking water and millions more. It is these people who have not taken liking to Kevin’s work in spreading the water protectors message.

11-29-16 ~ Psychological and Cyber Warfare at Standing Rock
Connecting to the internet in Standing Rock is a difficult task. Most people have been using cellular data from a single hill, named “Facebook Hill”, in the west of camp. Unfortunately, the signal has been weak and is suspected of being interfered with by unknown parties. If there is a real need for wifi, people head to the casino 10 minutes south by car.

11-29-16 ~ Robert F. Kennedy, Jr: ‘I’ll See You at Standing Rock’
In 1966, my father held Senate hearings to investigate violent attacks by growers against pickers in the produce fields surrounding Delano, California. A young United Farmworkers organizer, Cesar Chavez, was orchestrating peaceful protests by Filipino and Chicano farmworkers against meager pay and brutal working conditions.

11-29-16 ~ Sheriffs Across US Refusing To Send Police And Equipment To DAPL As Outrage And Costs Grow
In response to an increasingly furious public outcry, sheriffs from around the country have refused to send personnel and equipment to assist the Morton County Sheriff’s Department in guarding construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

11-29-16 ~ More felonies against pipeline protesters dropped
In an order entered in the cases of 124 protesters last week, South Central District Judge Cynthia Feland said Morton County failed to show probable cause that any of the individuals conspired to endanger people or property by fire or explosion during the hours-long confrontation on Oct. 27. An identical order was first entered on Nov. 17 in the 15 cases assigned to Feland and subsequently applied to the rest of the people charged with conspiracy from that day, according to court records.

11-29-16 ~ Congressmen Demand Meeting with Obama to Discuss Human Rights Violations at NoDAPL
“Since then, headlines of mass injuries, frigid water being sprayed at demonstrators in sub-freezing temperatures, and of rubber bullets and similar anti-riot weapons being fired at peaceful, unarmed civilians, make it clear that this situation is only getting worse. Additionally, the Army Corps of Engineers letter announcing the closure of the Oceti Sakowin camp to demonstrators represents a concerning and disappointing course of action by the federal government.”

11-29-16 ~ North Dakota officials to start blocking vital supplies to DAPL campsite
“They have deliveries, retailers that are delivering to them – we will turn around any of those services,” Maxine Herr, a spokeswoman from the Morton County Sheriff’s Department. Trucks with “anything that goes to sustain living there,” including food, building materials as well as propane tanks, will be turned back. Those violating the order, both individuals and businesses ferrying supplies, can be stopped, questioned and face a fine as high as $1,000. According to Emergency Services spokeswoman Cecily Fong, the measure has not been yet enforced on Tuesday and no supplies coming to the campsite have been stopped.

It is our right to conserve the territories, the cultures and the spirituality which have nourished the lives of the original peoples of the world. We, the undersigned, representatives of indigenous and campesino communities, non-governmental organizations, and independent academics of the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, manifest our opposition to the systematic violation of indigenous human rights by the violent imposition of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which affects the territory, water, and culture of the Sioux Tribe at Standing Rock.

11-28-16 ~ Morton County officials being sued for use of ‘excessive force’ against protesters
he National Lawyers Guild (NLG) filed a class action suit through the US District Court against Morton County, Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirschmeier, and other law enforcement agencies for using excessive force against Dakota Access Pipeline protesters earlier this month.

11-28-16 ~ Redding Rancheria members headed to Standing Rock
Around 30 members from the Redding Rancheria are on their way to Standing Rock in North Dakota to help protesters against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

11-28-16 ~ WORLD NEWS Literally Too Many Veterans Have Signed Up to Join DAPL Protests
Last week, the newly formed group “Veterans Stand for Standing Rock” called on veterans to nonviolently stand up to militarized law enforcement at the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. Since its initial call to action, the veterans’ movement has grown exponentially.

11-28-16 ~ Cherokee Nation files breach of trust lawsuit against federal government
The Cherokee Nation is suing the federal government in order to secure an accounting of its trust funds. This legal action is necessary because the United States government managed and controlled the Cherokee Nation’s property but never in hundreds of years provided a full accounting as the law requires.

11-28-16 ~ Sen. Reid on Standing Rock – Video
This month is Native American heritage month. during this month, we honor the contribution of American Indians. Also, of course, Alaska natives and Hawaiians. but we don’t have to look very far, madam president, to see how Native Americans continue fighting for their heritage, and they really must fight for their heritage. pick up a newspaper, turn the news on any channel you want, and you’ll see what’s happening at the standing rock reservation in North Dakota. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe is opposed to the construction of a portion of the North Dakota access pipeline that passes near their reservation where it

Articles of a treaty made and concluded at Fort Laramie, in the Indian Territory, between D. D. Mitchell, superintendent of Indian affairs, and Thomas Fitzpatrick, Indian agent, commissioners specially appointed and authorized by the President of the United States, of the first part, and the chiefs, headmen, and braves of the following Indian nations, residing south of the Missouri River, east of the Rocky Mountains, and north of the lines of Texas and New Mexico, viz, the Sioux or Dahcotahs, Cheyennes, Arrapahoes, Crows. Assinaboines, Gros-Ventre Mandans, and Arrickaras, parties of the second part, on the seventeenth day of September, A. D. one thousand eight hundred and fifty-one.

11-28-16 ~ Collection of Kevin Gilbertt’s livestream from Standing Rock
Kevin Gilbert’s livestream shows that the water cannons in Standing Rock were not being used to put out fires

11-28-16 ~ Dalrymple Orders Emergency Evacuation To Safeguard Against Harsh Winter Conditions
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jack Dalrymple, Governor of the State of North Dakota, order a mandatory evacuation of all persons located in areas under the proprietary jurisdiction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers. This definition of the evacuation area shall remain in effect even if the United States Army Corps of Engineers redefines or removes these prohibited areas. These persons are ordered to leave the evacuation area immediately, and are further ordered not to return to the evacuation area.

11-28-16 ~ ND Governor orders Emergency Evacuation for DAPL protesters
Governor Dalrymple signed the order on Monday “out of concern for the safety of those camping on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land in southern Morton County.”

11-28-16 ~ Dalrymple orders mandatory evacuation of DAPL protest camp on Army Corps land
The order says the unpermitted camp sites are not zoned for dwellings suitable for living in winter conditions and do not provide proper sanitation infrastructure to sustain a hygienic living environment.

11-28-16 ~ The FAA banned drones from flying at the Standing Rock oil pipeline protest
Drone footage of clashes with police at the campsite have gone viral. This weekend the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration issued a temporary flight restriction over the Standing Rock oil pipeline protest in North Dakota, banning all aircraft except those flying in support of law enforcement. The FAA will make exceptions for journalists as long they get special approval beforehand.

11-28-16 ~ Water Protectors file class action suit for retaliation and excessive force against brutal police
On November 20, 2016 Native Americans and their allies walked on to a public bridge and prayed. They bowed their heads in the frigid North Dakota dusk, lit sage and cedar, and began praying for the survival of the Missouri River, for their indigenous cultures, and for the planet and all its inhabitants.

11-28-16 ~ US Army Corps of Engineers clarifies stance on Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp
he US Army Corps of Engineers provided an update this afternoon on their plans to close off their land involved in the Dakota Access PIpeline Protests to the public. The Oceti Sakowin Camp, which lies just north of the Cannonball River in southern Morton County, is Corps land leased to a rancher for grazing.

11-28-16 ~ Tulsi Gabbard Set to Join “Veterans For Standing Rock”
Hawaiian Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is set to join hundreds of veterans at the Dakota Access Pipeline protest on December 4, taking a step few other notable individuals have in their fight against Oil Police.

11-28-16 ~ Sarah Palin: “Thanksgiving is for Real Americans Not Indians”
Rudy TwoMoon ~ (2013 and is true) Further proof I’m not American. Not only do the Treaties state… The said Americans and the said (tribe) Indians…This is probably the only smart thing maggot brain has ever said. FYI, she was paid to say this…. The Interviewer was told to ask this… Just for the simple reason this will cause us to become angry… And these creatures feed on anger and hate. So let’s starve em.

11-28-16 ~ US authorities: Dakota pipeline protesters can stay
The US Army Corps of Engineers said those protesting a North Dakota pipeline will not be forcibly removed.

11-28-16 ~ Neil Young Begs Obama To Step In And End The Violence At Standing Rock
Neil Young and his girlfriend, Daryl Hannah, published an open letter on Monday calling for President Barack Obama to do whatever he can to make sure authorities begin to treat the protestors at the Standing Rock Native American Reservation with decency and respect.

Veterans from all around our Nation are forming up and heading to Standing Rock to stand up for the Native Americans and all the others standing firm for the RIGHT to live your live as the way you see fit and NOT be bullied my Big Money interests that can literally BUY a BIG chunk of Government to move things their way. So watch the videos as these Vets explain how THEY see it. Always remember there are many reasons why THIS was the FIRST Amendment in the Bill of Rights.

11-27-16 ~ Brilliant New Device Lets Protesters Block Surveillance and Stingrays
Reports about agents using a Stingray on protesters to unconstitutionally monitor their phones are circulating widely, and now protesters have a way to fight back.

11-27-16 ~ After A Month of Conflict, Mass Media Arrives in Force at Standing Rock
The group included a smattering of advocacy bloggers, freelance journalists, and staff reporters with such elite publications as Vogueand The Washington Post.The day before, Wise was posting Facebook LIVE events from the encampment on behalf of The New York Times.

11-27-16 ~ WATCH: Witness Says Cops Targeted Sophia Wilansky Before Blowing Up Her Arm
Protesters of the North Dakota Access Pipeline, along with people from around the world are outraged that Sophia Wilansky‘s arm was blown up November 20 during a confrontation with police.

11-27-16 ~ HOLDING TO SELF-EVIDENT TRUTHS Alleged ‘Non-Lethal’ weapons lead to serious injuries to Water Protectors
“We are hereby calling for an immediate Restraining Order upon the Army Corps of Engineers, The State of North Dakota, & Dakota Access Pipeline Employees pending our upcoming lawsuit, & we are seeking immediate federal protection in this case, for the sake of our undisturbed, peaceful occupancy of the land under the 1851 Treaty.

11-27-16 ` Sheriff on Dakota Access pipeline protests: We will not “allow people to become unlawful”
Don’t look for apologies from the North Dakota sheriff leading the response to the Dakota Access oil pipeline protests, especially for the recent — and, in some circles, controversial — action against demonstrators who he believes have become increasingly aggressive.

11-27-16 ~ ‘We stand strong’: Standing Rock water protectors defy Army Corps’ threat of camp eviction (VIDEO)
Standing Rock activists said they would continue to stand their ground in the fight against the crude oil Dakota Access Pipeline, in defiance of a US Army Corps notice which stated that the location of a protest camp will be out of bounds from December 5.

11-27-16 ~ Uncovered Emails Raise Suspicions of Oil Company Paying Police for DAPL Crackdown
Unicorn Riot has obtained emails from the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, which call for an investigation into the money trail enabling the militarized police crackdown at DAPL. One email from the Stutsman County Sheriff’s Department, which lends their MRAP armored vehicles for use by SWAT teams, states the following.

11-27-16 ~ Omaha District Commander provides update regarding North Dakota activities

11-27-16 ~ Sheriffs Across US Refusing to Send Police and Equipment to DAPL as Outrage and Costs Grow
In response to an increasingly furious public outcry, sheriff’s from around the country refused to send personnel and equipment to assist the Morton County Sheriff’s Dept. in guarding the Dakota Access Pipeline.

11-27-16 ~ Standing Rock Supporters May Block Canadian Pipelines: Chief
A Manitoba indigenous chief says there’s a desire for action — which could include blockades of Canadian pipelines and railways — in support of a protest against a North Dakota pipeline project.

11-26-16 ~ The History of Dakota Resistance, The Crimes Committed against America’s First Nations (1492-2016)
Why the First Nations People Regard Thanksgiving Day as a National Day of Mourning and Why Minnesota Governors Sibley and Ramsey Should Posthumously Stand Trial for Crimes Against Humanity.

As the world seems to spiral out of control, each one of us needs to take a trip inside ourselves, in an effort to understand our place in this Life… We need to unlearn what we have assimilated, to think and to look outside the box, and to learn to trust our inner voice.

11-26-5-16 ~ Army Corps will close anti-DAPL protest camp at Standing Rock by Dec. 5
The US Army Corps of Engineers announced it will close the portion of federal land on which water protectors are camping in North Dakota by December 5, to protect the public amid violent confrontations between protesters and law enforcement.


Senator Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch urging the Justice Department to intervene and send federal monitors to Standing Rock “to ensure protesters can peacefully assemble and exercise the First Amendment rights.”

11-26-16 ~ North Dakota officials: Protesters should leave federal land
An organizer of protests against the Dakota Access pipeline says he believes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to close land to demonstrators will escalate tensions.

11-26-16 ~ Trump Takes Aim At Standing Rock
However, it has recently been in the news for much different reasons. Private security has been photographed and videotaped assaulting protesters with weapons as well as attack dogs.

11-26-16 ~ Governor calls for federal help in eviction of camped protesters
Dallas Goldtooth, an organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network, urged opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline, to stand strong in defending territorial treaty rights. “This is a disgusting continuation of 500 years of colonialization,” he said. “That is the state of affairs that we are in.”

11-26-16 ~ Federal officials Not Closing ALL Standing Rock Protest Camps
Do not let reports that Oceti Sakowin is being closed sway you or prevent you from donating, getting involved, or traveling out to Standing Rock. Oceti would be a great loss, but it is the ONLY camp on ACE land.

11-26-16 ~ Army Corps orders Dakota Access pipeline protesters out by Dec. 5
“This decision is necessary to protect the general public from the violent confrontations between protesters and law enforcement officials that have occurred in this area, and to prevent death, illness, or serious injury to inhabitants of encampments due to the harsh North Dakota winter conditions,” Army Corps district commander Col. John Henderson said in the letter.

11-26-16 ~ Sen. Heitkamp praises Army Corps decision to remove DAPL protesters from federal land
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., called the decision to remove Dakota Access Pipeline protesters from U.S. Army Corps land needed and asked President Barack Obama to make a final decision on Missouri River easement Saturday.

11-26-16 ~ Police Departments Refuse Participation In Dakota Access Pipeline Crackdown
Widespread outrage over both the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline and violent police crackdowns rages on. That outrage is spreading even to police agencies now returning from deployment to the reservation.

11-26-16 ~ At least 33 DAPL protesters arrested at Kirkwood Mall Friday
Bismarck Police say officers responded shortly before 1 p.m. to a report of about 100 protesters inside the mall near Target. They say mall management instructed authorities to not allow any demonstrations in or on their property. The mall is private property.

11-26-16 ~ Sheriff Gary Schartzenburger Removed From Office At At Standing Rock DAPL Protest For Allegedly Bullying And Militant Police Actions
North Dakota Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger was placed on interim suspension while working at the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protest on Wednesday night, pending his removal from office by the governor.

11-26-16 ~ North Dakota owes Nebraska $287,000 for troopers sent to Dakota Access oil pipeline protest
Sending Nebraska state troopers to the ongoing Dakota Access oil pipeline protest will cost North Dakota an estimated $287,000. The cost includes salaries, overtime, meals and travel for two sets of 11 Nebraska State Patrol troopers, along with a patrol airplane and two crew members, according to records from the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency. The two separate deployments lasted about two weeks each, with the second group returning Wednesday.

11-26-16 ~ Officials to Close Standing Rock Protest Campsite
Citing public safety concerns, federal officials plan to close access to a campsite where demonstrators have protested the construction of a crude oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota and create a “free speech zone.”

11-26-16 ~ Mayan Elders Go to Standing Rock to Show Solidarity
In a show of solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux, Maya representatives from the Mam and Ixil peoples of Guatemala came to the Oceti Sakowin Camp to sit down with the members of the Standing Rock Tribal Council to share the pain of their own experiences.

11-26-16 ~ Massive Oil Pipeline Leak Under North Dakota Farmer’s Fields Proves DAPL Pipeline Cannot Be “Safe”
orth Dakota farmer who discovered an oil spill the size of seven football fields while out harvesting wheat says that when he found it, crude was bubbling up out of the ground.

11-25-16 ~ Victory? Public outrage may force Feds to revisit approval of the Dakota Access Pipeline

11-25-16 ~ Exclusive: Jane Fonda at Standing Rock: ‘I’ve Rarely Seen So Much Love’
Fonda, an Academy-Award winner repeatedly recognized for her innumerable gifts, arrived at Standing Rock during the week of Thanksgiving and donated seven butchered bison for a celebratory meal hosted by actress Shailene Woodley.

11-25-16 ~ Flooded With Support, Standing Rock Vets Ramp Up Operation And Brace For Showdown
As donations and volunteers pour in, Veterans Stand For Standing Rock prepares for a sizeable “deployment” to halt progress on the Dakota Access Pipeline.

11-25-16 ~ Army Corps evicting everyone from Standing Rock on December 5

11-25-16 ~ Army Corps are evicting everyone out of Oceti Sakowin Camp on December 5
In a breaking development, the Army Corps of Engineers have decided to evict everyone from the Oceti Sakowin Camp on December 5, one day after a large group of vets are set to arrive in the area.

11-25-16 ~ Statement from Chairman Archambault on Army Corps Decision
“Today we were notified by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that on Dec. 5th, they will close all lands north of the Cannonball River, which is where the Oceti Sakowin camp is located.

11-25-16 ~ Oregon Community Just Donated Tiny Homes and Solar Energy to DAPL Water Protectors
Donations of warm clothing, blankets, and other items to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe water protectors and their supporters have been welcomed as several encampments brace for a severe North Dakota winter on the open plains. But, perhaps most welcome among those donations, are tiny houses transported all the way from Oregon by a carpenter.

11-24-16 ~ Hundreds pour into Standing Rock ahead of Thanksgiving
Hundreds of people continue to pour into the front-line Oceti Sakowin Camp, despite calls from the Mayor of Bismark to those opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline to return home for Thanksgiving. Marcus Lloyd (Ngāti Porou) who is at Standing Rock says the people here won’t leave, instead more vehicles are arriving in support the Standing Rock’s Sioux tribe.

11-24-16 ~ Heinrich calls on Obama to move Dakota Access Pipeline
On Thanksgiving, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich called on President Barack Obama to reroute the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline and condemned the response by police to protests.

11-24-16 ~ On Thanksgiving — Native Americans are Being Beaten, Gassed, & Shot in North Dakota
State agents chose the ironic weapon of water to devalue the lives of anyone daring to protect the water from careless corporate greed.

11-24-16 ~ Pressure mounts on Obama to end Dakota pipeline standoff
North Dakota’s governor and congressional delegation are pressuring President Obama to pave the way for completion of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline, protests over which they say are taxing law enforcement and are costing millions of dollars.

11-24-16 ~ Join Standing Rock With Global Prayers on Saturday November, 26th
A global one-hour synchronized praying event has been arranged to enable people all over the world to silently unite in support of the demonstration against the Dakota Access Pipeline currently ongoing at Standing Rock.

11-23-16 ~ The New York Times just responded to the police violence against Standing Rock protesters
The editorial board for the nation’s top newspaper just took a bold stand for the indigenous groups protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline.

11-23-16 ~ From Across the Country, Gifts of Tiny Houses Arrive for Standing Rock
How five large trees in remote Oregon ended up as winter housing for water protectors, including their first newborn baby.

11-23-16 ~ Standing Rock: injured protester’s father says police account is ‘bogus nonsense’
Officers claim protesters set off explosion but Sophia Wilansky’s father and on-site medical professionals say injury is ‘entirely consistent’ with grenade blast

11-23-16 ~ Veterinarian Drives 900 Miles To Help Horses Injured At Standing Rock
“I just think everybody needs to help and this was the best way that I could.”

11-23-16 ~ Authorities Erect New Barrier North of Protest Camp
Authorities have erected a new barrier on Backwater Bridge just north of the Oceti Sakowin Camp. A crane was brought in last night to place multiple concrete slabs on the bridge.

11-23-16 ~ Two Athabascan men join Standing Rock protest
Some people participate in direct actions– peaceful protests near the path of the pipeline. Samuel Johns an Anchorage resident who is Ahtna and Gwich’in Athabascan, originally from Copper Center, said that’s where the trouble comes in.

11-23-16 ~ The New York Times just responded to the police violence against Standing Rock protesters
The editorial board for the nation’s top newspaper just took a bold stand for the indigenous groups protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline.

11-23-16 ~ New York Times – Power Imbalance at the Pipeline Protest
When injustice aligns with cruelty, and heavy weaponry is involved, the results can be shameful and bloody. Witness what happened on Sunday in North Dakota, when law enforcement officers escalated their tactics against unarmed American Indians and allies who have waged months of protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

11-23-16 ~ Sheriffs Refuse to Send Troops to Standing Rock as Public Outrage and Costs Mount
North Dakota is stretched thin in its battle to protect the Dakota Access pipeline construction: Costs are nearing $15 million, and police reinforcements are diminishing.

11-23-16 ~ Buying Silence: Why So Many Democrats are Mute About Standing Rock
The response from the Department of Justice and Obama Administration to what has been occurring at Standing Rock has left a stain on the end of President Obama’s second presidential term. Despite visiting the Standing Rock reservation in 2014 and affirming his commitment to Native American rights, his administration has remained neutral amid reports for weeks of abuses towards the water protectors.

11-23-16 ~ New York Times – The Conflicts Along 1,176 Miles of the Dakota Access Pipeline
The police confronted hundreds of protesters on Monday. Nearly 300 people were treated for injuries resulting from the use of police force, according to the Standing Rock Medic and Healer Council.

11-23-16 ~ Here Comes The Cavalry: Meet The Veterans Getting Ready To ‘Deploy’ To Standing Rock
Veterans Continue To Serve Their Country At Standing Rock. There’s a planned deployment to Standing Rock, scheduled for December 4, but these men and women will be standing with the citizens protesting desperately to keep their lands and water clean.

11-23-16 ~ Hundreds Of Veterans “Self-Deploy” To Standing Rock To Defend Protesters
As the government increasingly turns to appalling violence in their efforts to subdue the unshakable will of the Standing Rock Sioux, the protesters fighting to protect their sacred lands have a new ally – our veterans.

11-23-16 ~ Twenty-eight tribal leaders in Washington urge Obama stop Pipeline
Declaring their solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the tribal chairs wrote, “We support their call to deny the easement of the Dakota Access Pipeline and to reroute the pipeline away from tribal lands, waters and sacred places.”

11-23-16 ~ We’re Not Going to Go to War’: The Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Preaches Peace and Patience
I don’t think anybody really built this movement. It wasn’t me individually or the tribe. What we did was stood up for something that’s dear to us, something that’s precious—and that’s water.

11-23-16 ~ Trump dumped his stock in the Dakota Access pipeline owner over the summer
Trump’s share, which in a May 2015 disclosure was listed at between $500,000 and $1 million, had fallen to less than $50,000 by the time he sold it in the summer of 2016, according to a disclosure earli
er this year.

11-23-16 ~ When Sisters Traveled to Standing Rock They Found Community, and Violence
“Part of the issue is that we don’t want pipeline— it’s a danger to all of us as it could harm the water going under Missouri River, which is the source of water for 20,000,000 people,” Sister Ceil says. “But it’s also about the support of the sovereignty of indigenous people. We want indigenous peoples’ rights and beliefs to be respected.”

11-22-16 ~ Chairman Archambault Releases Statement on Wilanski
Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault released a statement today about Wilansky. “Our deepest gratitude, thoughts and prayers are with water protector Sophia Wilansky and her family right now. She sustained severe injuries to her arm when a concussion grenade blew part of her arm away. Doctors are working to save her arm.”

11-22-16 ~ Veterans to deploy for Standing Rock
Wesley Clark Jr., a veteran, screenwriter and activist, created the event along with Michael Wood Jr., a retired Baltimore police officer and Marine Corps veteran who advocates for police reform.

Over the past few months, the Dakota Access pipeline and the Standing Rock Sioux tribe that opposes this oil project went from anonymity to full blown national newscoverage. Since August, the news media has been reporting on the Native Americans who have gathered in camps in North Dakota to protect sacred land and the Missouri River, the Standing Rock tribe’s sole water source. For months, we have been informed only about the most dramatic developments, but I discovered after a visit to the Sacred Stone camp two weeks ago that public understanding of what this movement is all about is based on misrepresentations. We are missing how peaceful, respectful and solemn this struggle is.

11-22-16 ~ New York Times – Presidential Transition, Mosul, Standing Rock: Your Tuesday Briefing
In our latest 360 video, a lifelong resident of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation talks about his relationship to the land and the water, and his fear for their future. Law enforcement officials defended their recent use of fire hoses against protesters, despite temperatures below freezing.

11-22-16 ~ Wichitans deliver supplies to pipeline protesters in N.D.
A group from Wichita is headed to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota to support people protesting the construction of an oil pipeline.

11-22-16 ~ Wheeling Man to Donate Time Over Thanksgiving Weekend to Native Americans at Standing Rock
A Wheeling man will head toward the area to peacefully support the people he calls his friends. Matt Welsch, better known as the Vagabond Chef, is usually found creating delicious and unique meals for his patrons in the Ohio Valley.

11-22-16 ~ Confirmed: DAPL Water Protector Might Lose Arm Because of Police Grenade, Here’s How to Help Her
In an act of hubris defying logic, the Morton County Sheriff’s Department now claims Sunday night’s vicious offensive against water protectors opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline — during which two tribal elders suffered cardiac arrest, a rubber bullet struck a 13-year-old girl in the face, and a young woman carrying water to others had her arm nearly blown off — is the fault of the activists.

11-22-1 ~ Police tear gas and blast water cannons at North Dakota pipeline protesters
Police have used tear gas and water cannons against hundreds of protesters, in the latest violent clash between law enforcement and activists over the Dakota Access Pipeline.

11-22-16 ~ Dakota Access pipeline protester ‘may lose her arm’ after police standoff
Sophia Wilansky, 21, was seriously injured after being hit by projectile when officers threw less-than-lethal weapons at demonstrators.

11-22-16 ~ Officials Defend Dousing Pipeline Protesters With Water in Subfreezing Weather
Authorities on Monday defended their decision to douse protesters with water during a skirmish in subfreezing weather near the Dakota Access oil pipeline, and organizers said at least 17 protesters were taken to the hospital — including some who were treated for hypothermia.

11-22-16 ~ Call for DOJ Observers in North Dakota as DAPL Activists Face Severe Injuries, Arrests
“Woman hit by concussion grenade may lose her arm. Way past time for federal observers at Standing Rock.

11-22-16 ~ CNN, Mainstream TV News Continues Ignoring Dakota Access Pipeline
A lazy mainstream media propagates false narratives based on second-hand sources.

11-22-16 ~ North Dakota Highway Patrol Doesn’t Know About Hypothermia
The spokesman for North Dakota Highway Patrol can’t figure out why it was wrong for authorities to shoot water at Dakota Access Pipeline protesters in freezing weather.

11-22-16 ~ The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Issues Statement Regarding Dakota Access Pipeline
Commission Chair Martin R. Castro stated, “The issue of the pipeline is not just about the pipeline alone, but rather it is about the entire relationship between the United States and sovereign Indian Nations, their rights, traditions and religious beliefs. As we prepare our civil rights report on this relationship we call on Congress to make it a priority to address the problems in Indian country by holding its own hearings to hear from Native leaders about the unmet needs and unmet promises owed to Native Americans by the United States of America.”

11-22-16 ~ Veterans prepare to join Standing Rock protesters to stop Dakota Access Pipeline
Indigenous water protectors at the Dakota Access Pipeline construction site just got assistance from military veterans.

11-22-16 ~ ‘Where Evil Resides’: Veterans ‘Deploy’ To Standing Rock To Engage The Enemy — The US Government
On Dec. 4, if everything goes according to plan, hundreds of veterans will muster at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. The mission: To stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.

11-22-16 ~ Veterans Organizing “Like a Military Unit” to Defend DAPL Protesters from Militarized Police
Resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is about to get a major boost. On Dec. 4, U.S. military veterans — possibly numbering in the hundreds — plan to gather “like a military unit” to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.

11-21-16 ~ What’s behind the Dakota pipeline protests?
The conflict over the construction of an oil pipeline in North Dakota flared up again Sunday night. At least 17 protesters were taken to the hospital after authorities used tear gas, rubber bullets and water hoses to disperse a crowd of 400 people who had gathered there in subfreezing temperatures

11-21-16 ~ Leader of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Calls On Obama to Halt Pipeline After Violent Clash
The leader of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe called on President Barack Obama to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline today, after a clash last night that protest organizers say left 17 people hospitalized and scores more injured after law enforcement unleashed water, rubber bullets and tear gas on demonstrators in below-freezing temperatures near Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

11-21-16 ~ Water Protector in Critical Condition After DAPL Police Grenade Blew Apart Her Arm
A young water protector faces possible amputation thanks to a police concussion grenade.

11-21-16 ~ Artist creates mirrored shields for Standing Rock protesters
Cannupa Hanska Luger says he hopes the project will empower demonstrators and create a connection with police

11-21-16 Veterans are planning a ‘deployment’ to Standing Rock to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline
“Most civilians who’ve never served in a uniform are gutless worms who’ve never been in a fight in their life,” Wes Clark Jr. declares. “So if we don’t stop it, who will?”

11-21-16 ~ Water Protector in Critical Condition After DAPL Police Grenade Blew Apart Her Arm
A young water protector faces possible amputation thanks to a police concussion grenade.

en. Al Franken (D-Minn.) urged the Department of Justice to take action to protect the safety and First Amendment rights of Dakota Access Pipeline protesters following reports that law enforcement used high pressure fire hoses for crowd control in sub-freezing temperatures.

11-21-16 ~ Standing Rock Police Attack Protesters Again: ‘He Just Smiled and Shot Both My Kneecaps’
The ‘water defenders’ trying to stop an oil pipeline were hit with water cannons that turned to ice in the frigid temperatures as rubber bullets and tear gas flew. It didn’t stop them from coming back though.

11-21-16 ~ Dakota Pipeline: Protesters Soaked With Water in Freezing Temperatures
Tear gas, freezing cold water and rubber bullets were used to disperse a crowd of 400 protesters at the Dakota Access Pipeline in clashes late Sunday and early Monday that left more than 150 activists and one law enforcement officer injured.

11-21-16 ~ Police defend use water cannons on Dakota Access protesters in freezing weather
Authorities on Monday defended their decision to douse protesters with water during a skirmish in subfreezing weather near the Dakota Access oil pipeline, and organizers said at least 17 protesters were taken to the hospital — including some who were treated for hypothermia.

11-21-16 ~ Standing Rock caravan leaves from Port Townsend
t is Standing Rock or bust for the 30 or so members of the Standing with Standing Rock Thanksgiving Caravan, which is scheduled to embark this morning from Port Townsend on a 1,350-mile journey to the site of a protest camp in North Dakota.

11-21-16 ~ UN condemns abuse of Standing Rock water protesters
United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association Maina Kiai issued a blistering condemnation on November 15 of the militarized response to the Standing Rock water protectors’ peaceful protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

11-21-16 ~ Standing Rock Protests Escalate As Police Attack Activists With Water Cannons In Freezing Weather Call for More National Guard Troops
Standing Rock activists faced a new wave of assault from law enforcement agencies as officers sprayed them with paper spray, fired rubber bullets at them, and blasted them with water cannons in freezing weather.

11-21-16 ~ Standing Rock protest: hundreds clash with police over Dakota Access Pipeline
Protesters opposing the controversial pipeline reported being hit with teargas, rubber bullets and percussion grenades during the standoff

11-21-16 ~ Dakota Access pipeline protesters congregate again at bridge after overnight clashes with police
The Latest on the protest against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. (all times local): 11:15 a.m. Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters are congregating again at a shut-down bridge on a state highway near their camp in southern North Dakota where they clashed with law officers overnight.

11-21-16 ~ Resolution 16-121 Support Standing Rock Lakota Tribe and Opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline
PASSED AND ADOPTED by the Homer City Council this 21st day of November, 2016.

11-21-16 ~ Injustice At Standing Rock
The mainstream media is missing quite a remarkable story.

11-20-16 ~ Petition asks Department of Justice to Prosecute ND’s Governor Dalrymple for Standing Rock Abuses / Tear Gas Video
These are the distilled comments made on this petition over less than one hour, and I have edited all of those who simply said Yes, OR YES please prosecute. You will find mine below, in which I suggest that the author of the petition write an OEN article but specifically to layout what statutes might be applicable.

11-20-16 ~ Hundreds of Water Protectors Injured as Police Fire Water Cannons In Freezing Tempertures

11-20-16 ~ Slovenia becomes first EU nation to enshrine human right to water in their constitution
While the United States faces a major environmental backslide under President-elect Donald Trump, a small central European nation has become the first to enshrine the right to drinking water in their constitution. The new amendment to Slovenia‘s constitution states that drinkable water is a human right. Largely to prevent the commercialization of the country’s water resources, the Slovenian parliament just voted in favor of the new law. Prime Minister Miro Cerar, in favor of the amendment, described water as “the 21st century’s liquid gold.”

11-20-16 ~ At least 167 injured by police at Standing Rock. #NoDAPL
Tonight, I held a young man’s hands after pouring milk of magnesia into his eyes as he cried and wailed in pain after being a victim of a violent tear gas attack.


11-20-16 ~ CBS NY – Police, Protesters Face Off On Bridge In Dakota Access Pipeline Protest
Police were firing water cannons and tear gas at the protesters, and had arrested at least one person late Sunday

11-20-16 ~ Attention, Please. The Answer to Standing Rock. Again
Some corrupt federated and incorporated fake “county governments” have seen a way to line their pockets with money from pipeline company and oil company profits. So they cut a deal allowing these corporations to put a pipeline through.

11-20-16 ~ How to Contact the People Sending Militarized Police to Standing Rock
Have a question about the militarization of policing near Dakota Access pipeline construction? Here’s who to call, starting with Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier.

11-20-16 ~ NEW LAW Now Charging ALL Protesters With Terrorism, Spread the News and SHARE THIS!!
The United States is one of the best places to live. You have rights that are given to you from the Constitution, you have the freedom to do what you want (within reason of course), and you have the ability to live in one of the strongest nations in the world. At least it is supposed to be like that.

11-20-16 ~ Obama Blocks Gas And Oil Drilling In Arctic Ocean And Sacred Native Land
The move carries significant weight in the context of the ongoing Dakota Access Pipeline protests. If conceived, the 1,172-mile pipeline would run underneath the Missouri River and carry crude oil from oilfields in North Dakota to Illinois. The route would go through sacred burial grounds and the main source of water of the Standing Rock Tribe.

11-25-16 ~ Exclusive: Jane Fonda at Standing Rock: ‘I’ve Rarely Seen So Much Love’
Fonda, an Academy-Award winner repeatedly recognized for her innumerable gifts, arrived at Standing Rock during the week of Thanksgiving and donated seven butchered bison for a celebratory meal hosted by actress Shailene Woodley.

11-19-16 ~ This is What Organization Looks Like
There are meetings all day. There is at least one meeting in Oceti Sakowin Camp about construction per day. We have dedicated teams that work diligently for countless hours to winterize this camp. We look out for each other. We gather around fires at night and share food around tables bustling with conversation, and glowing with connection. This is what hope looks like when we take it in our hands and live it—instead of wishing for it and waiting for our dreams to be accomplished for us. We work together to find strengths within this community and from the foundation of individuals’ skills, we build. Many of us are here to stay.

11-19-16 ~ New Reports From Standing Rock Detail Horrific Conditions Of Police Brutality
A couple weeks ago one of my best students disappeared from the argumentation and advocacy class I teach at the local community college. I emailed to see if she was ok. I learned she was on her way to Standing Rock to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline.

11-19-16 ~ Massive Diesel Spill On Native Land Goes Unreported by Mainstream Media
At the heart of the Heilsuk Nation in Bella Bella, British Columbia an environmental disaster of epic proportions is unfolding. The waters have been poisoned for over a month due to a spill of more than 52,850 gallons of diesel failing to be cleaned up in a timely manner.

Fonda will be part of a delegation 50 people from around the country who will be visit the site of the Standing Rock action against the Dakota Access Pipeline — to serve a Wopila Feast to thank American Indian water protectors for their courage in defending Mother Earth.

11-18-16 ~ Police say Standing Rock winterized protest camps against the law – Video
North Dakota has had a bit of an extended summer. But now that temperatures are starting to drop water protectors at protest camps in Standing Rock need to winterize. And with that, may come some legal issues.

11-18-16 ~ Police Killing of Unarmed Native American Continues To Receive Little Media Attention
The tragic case of Corey Kanosh, 35, has received very little media attention, in spite of the growing outrageover police shootings of unarmed, innocent citizens.

11-18-16 ~ ‘Get on right side of history’: Greenpeace demand banks ditch ‘toxic’ Dakota pipeline
Greenpeace has implored financial institutions investing in the Dakota Access pipeline to “get on the right side of history” after the largest bank in Norway reportedly sold its assets in the crude oil project.

11-18-16 ~ These Chefs Are Preparing a Thanksgiving Feast at Standing Rock
With the Wopila Feast, a delegation of chefs, activists, and volunteers plan to feed 500 people at Standing Rock.

11-18-16 ~ Dakota Access is in Financial Jeopardy by Sacred Stone Camp On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, just hours after the arrival of the drill at Standing Rock, Dakota Access LLC filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers for delaying its decision on the last required easement. Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault said in response, “They are wrong and the lawsuit will not succeed.

11-18-16 ~ Another Pipeline Bursts Endangering Drinking Water Of 6 Million People – Same Company Behind Dakota Access Pipeline
While most of us are enjoying lower gasoline and natural gas prices these days – a big help to the family budget – it is increasingly difficult to defend the oil and gas industry when it keeps polluting our treasured natural resources.

11-18-16 ~ 35 Native Protesters Added To Federal “Threat” List
Thirty-five of the 89 Indigenous activists secretly investigated and profiled by the RCMP as potential threats to public safety have ties to New Brunswick, a recently released document shows.

11-18-16 ~ For many Native Americans, Thanksgiving is a day of mourning
For many indigenous people in Greater Boston, the holiday is a day of mourning as they reflect on centuries of racism, genocide, and attempts to destroy their culture.

11-18-16 ~ Veteran Protector Defending the Land & Finding His Roots
For George Chavis the call to Standing Rock was only partly about being a veteran. For the most part this journey has been a culmination of returning to his Indigenous roots. He spent 12 years on active duty, enlisting first at 20 years of age in 1999.

11-18-16 ~ New U.S. Army Regulations May Further Delay the North Dakota Pipeline
The U.S. Army plans to issue a new rule to improve consultations with Indian tribes for permitting decisions, a move that could delay the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline, according to a notice posted Thursday on a White House website.

11-18-16 ~ North Dakota Cops Get ‘Doxed’ and Don’t Like It
The Morton County Sheriff Department — responsible for shoorting water protectors with rubber bullets, tear-gassing them, beating them, strip searching them, and jailing them in ‘dog kennel’s with Nazi type numbers written on their arms — says it has been ‘doxed.’

11-18-16 ~ Largest Bank in Norway Sells Its Assets in Dakota Access Pipeline
The largest bank in Norway, DNB, has announced that it has sold its assets in the Dakota Access pipeline. The news follows the delivery of 120,000 signatures gathered by to DNB by Greenpeace Norway and others urging the bank and other financial institutions to pull finances for the project. DNB recently indicated that it is reconsidering the loan it provided, which amounts to 10 percent of the total funding.

11-18-16 ~ Largest Bank in Norway Pulls $3M from Dakota Access Pipeline
This is a major win for water protectors, who have been advocating to target the project’s financial interests.

11-18-16 ~ DAPL Investors Getting Antsy: If Pipeline Doesn’t Move Oil by January First the Contract EXPIRES
Though water protectors have held their ground at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access pipeline for months now, they need only push for a month and a half longer until it is possible that their mere presence may actually kill the oil-funneling project.

11-18-16 ~ Bernie Sanders Calls on President Obama to Stop the Pipeline by Declaring Standing Rock a National Monument
Bernie Sanders’ new political revolution is calling on the American public to get involved to help stop the Dakota Access Pipeline in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, by putting pressure on the Obama administration to designate a “Standing Rock National Monument” on the site of the protest by the Lakota Sioux reservation at the confluence of the Missouri and Cannon Ball Rivers.

11-18-14 ~ FAA Can Regulate Small Drones: NTSB Reverses Judge’s Ruling
Overturning a federal judge’s ruling that the Federal Aviation Administration had overstepped in fining a man $10,000 for flying a small drone, the National Transportation Safety Board says the agency has the authority to regulate such drones.

11-18-16 ~ Morton County Sheriff’s Department says DAPL protesters are erecting unlawful structures
The Morton County Sheriff’s Dept. says Dakota Access Pipeline protesters are illegally erecting structures at a camp north of the Cannon Ball River on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ land. The Department’s says photographs show people living at the camp getting ready for winter by constructing temporary and permanent structures without a permit.

11-18-16 Colonial Pipeline Company Eyes Expansion After Spills
A business development manager for the Alpharetta-based Colonial Pipeline Company told a Georgia legislative committee Thursday it continues to consider expansion following two incidents that spilled gas in a rural parts of Alabama.

11-18-16 ~ North Dakota lawmakers punish tribes for taking #NoDAPL stand
The North Dakota Legislative Management Committee canceled the 2017 tribal leader address to the state Legislature. Republicans cited safety concerns at the State Capitol, according to news reports, even though the only people who have been hurt so far are the #NoDAPL resisters.

11-17-16 ~ For native Americans, pipeline sparks climate awakening
Opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline has unified tribes from across America. Some here believe this protest is becoming something bigger – a turning point for both native Americans and the climate movement.

11-17-16 ~ Judge throws out felony charges against Standing Rock protesters – US Uncut
The felony charges facing some of the Dakota Access Pipeline protesters who were arrested during last October’s raid have been dismissed by a local judge.

11-17-16 ~ Judge throws out felony charges against several north camp protesters – Dickenson Press
139 people were charged with one felony count of conspiracy to endanger by fire or explosion and two misdemeanor counts. The prosecutors filed a single complaint and supporting affidavit against all of them on Nov. 10. The affidavit alleges protesters at least implicitly agreed to set multiple fires throughout the day, thereby endangering law enforcement, firefighters and nearby pasture land.

11-17-16 ~ Largest bank in Norway pulls its assets in Dakota Access pipeline
The news follows the delivery of 120,000 signatures from Greenpeace Norway and others to DNB urging the bank and other financial institutions to pull finances for

11-17-16 ~ Police respond to #NoDAPL Targeting Officers
Today police say protesters released personal information of law enforcement, including date of birth and home address of a one officer. We looked into whether these kinds of posts are illegal or even terroristic in nature. Bullying intimidation – even violence – all tactics either side of the Dakota Access pipeline battle accuse the other.

11-17-16 ~ Washington Republican proposes charging protestors with ‘economic terrorism’
A Republican state lawmaker who was an outspoken supporter of President-elect Donald Trump is proposing a bill that would allow authorities to charge protesters with committing “economic terrorism.”

The United States is one of the best places to live. You have rights that are given to you from the Constitution, you have the freedom to do what you want (within reason of course), and you have the ability to live in one of the strongest nations in the world. At least it is supposed to be like that.

11-17-16 ~ Dakota Access Pipeline decision unlikely until early 2017
A federal judge likely won’t decide until early next year whether to give the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline permission to finish the $3.8 billion project, according to court documents.

11-17-16 ~ Professional protestors release personal information of police officers, attempt to target and harass them and their families
During today’s illegal protest activities, protestors released personal information, including date of birth and home address, of a Bismarck Police Department officer. Protestors have also publicly identified several other Bismarck Police Department officers and a Morton County Sheriff’s Deputy.

11-17-16 ~ Judge throws out felony charges against several north camp protesters – Bismarck Tribune
A judge has thrown out felony charges against several Dakota Access Pipeline protesters arrested during a raid of the northern camp on Oct. 27.

11-17-16 ~ UN Denounces Abuse of Free Assembly Rights for Water Protectors Standing Against DAPL
The militarized response to water protectors’ efforts to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline through sacred burial grounds and underneath a key water source constitutes “excessive force” that is directly at odds with the right to assemble peacefully, a key United Nations expert has ruled.

Scholars have estimated that, prior to the ‘discovery’ of the Americas by Europeans, the pre-contact era population could have been as high as 100 million people.

11-17-16 ~ North Dakota Law Enforcement Official: “I’ll ultimately be paid by the oil people…”
Emails obtained by Unicorn Riot through a public records request to the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (ND DOCR) raise questions about the deployment of personnel from various state agencies to protect the Dakota Access Pipeline from the water protectors who have been staging direct actions for months. In response to April Anderson, a man named Tyler J. Falk wrote in an email: “I’ll ultimately be paid by the oil people dealing with the protests. I’m guessing when all of that is finally over and the dust settles, the oil company is going to want all the paperwork for reimbursement. I figured I should have some formal form instead of writing hours on a napkin (smiley face). Thanks.” – Tyler Falk

11-17-16 ~ Suddenly Time—And the Oil Market—Are On the Side of the Standing Rock Sioux
The Army has determined that additional discussion and analysis are warranted in light of the history of the Great Sioux Nation’s dispossessions of lands, the importance of Lake Oahe to the Tribe, our government-to-government relationship, and the statute governing easements through government property.”

11-16-16 ~ Indigenous Activist Zip-Tied & Locked in Dog Kennel for 6 Hours for Protesting Dakota Access Pipeline
In an update on police treatment of activists at the Standing Rock standoff, Tara Houska, national campaigns director for Honor the Earth, describes how she was “arrested for criminal trespass as I was leaving a peaceful demonstration and getting into my car on a public road.” She says police handcuffed her with zip ties and held her in a dog kennel for six hours without charging her with a crime. “After that, I was strip-searched and then thrown into jail and, finally, late, late that evening, was charged with a crime.”

11-16-16 ~ Squash, Rice and Roadkill: Feeding the Fighters of Standing Rock
On any given night, supper lines here at the dusty prairie camps near the Missouri River where the last piece of a 1,170-mile pipeline is set to be placed might include young Navajo women from Arizona who have never camped in the cold, and older white women for whom chaining themselves to a fence for a cause is nothing new.

Desperation comes from the company’s January 1, 2017 deadline for completing the project. Dakota Access has previously told the District Court that if they are not delivering oil by January 1, their shipper contracts will expire and the project will be in jeopardy.

As the gathering of water protectors in Mandan got underway, several speakers described how the oil and gas man camps spread human trafficking, sexual exploitation, and hard drugs such as methamphetamine, to surrounding communities.

11-16-16 ~ Obama administration cancels oil and gas leases on Blackfeet tribe’s sacred grounds
The Interior Department on Wednesday announced a settlement with Devon Energy for the cancellation of leases in Montana for oil and gas drilling on lands considered sacred by the Blackfeet Tribe.

11-16-16 ~ Ohio troopers return from North Dakota pipeline protest Thirty-seven Ohio state troopers have returned home after assisting North Dakota officials in handling a pipeline protest near an Native American reservation.

11-16-16 ~ IEEFA Report: Dakota Access Pipeline Driven by ‘High-Risk Financing’ in Overbuilt Region; Little-Known Economic Weaknesses in Controversial Project
The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis today published a report noting weaknesses in the financing behind the Dakota Access Pipeline and questions around the long-term usefulness of the project.

11-16-16 ~ Victory for Native American Blackfoot tribes as 15 oil and gas leases near Glacier National Park are cancelled
US interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the move would protect the area’s ‘rich cultural and natural resources’ from the ‘irreparable impacts [of] oil and gas development’

11-16-16 ~ Washington State Republican Senator to Introduce New Crime Bill Targeting Protestors as “Economic Terrorist
On Wednesday November 16th, Washington State Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, stated that he is crafting a bill that would create a new crime of “economic terrorism” targeting protestors.

11-16-16 ~ Interior Cancels Oil Leases On Sacred Tribal Lands In Montana
In a rare win for Native American rights over the oil industry, the Department of the Interior canceled 15 oil and gas leases in the Badger-Two Medicine area of northwest Montana, land that the Blackfeet Nation considers sacred.

11-16-16 ~ Delays from Protests Cost Dakota Access Pipeline Company $100 Million
As actions against the Dakota Access pipeline swept the country and world Tuesday, Energy Transfer Partners filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington, D.C., seeking to “end the Administration’s political interference in the Dakota Access Pipeline review process.”

11-16-16 ~ Worldwide Protests Demand U.S. Army Reject Dakota Access Pipeline
Actions were held in hundreds of cities worldwide Tuesday to protest the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline, which would carry crude from the Bakken oilfields of North Dakota through South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois.

11-16-16 ~ CEO behind Dakota Access to protesters: ‘We’re building the pipeline’
The struggle over the Dakota Access oil pipeline intensified this week, with protesters in a number of cities joining the Native tribes who are opposed to the project. Meanwhile, the company building the pipeline is pushing back, filing suit in federal court yesterday to get its last permit issued.

11-16-16 ~ Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Visits Standing Rock on #NoDAPL Day of Action
Environmental attorney and activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr., made a special visit to the Oceti Sakowin camp on Tuesday, November 15, to extend his support in the fight against Energy Transfer Partners and the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL).

11-16-16 ~ WA: Protesters Blockade Trains Carrying Fracking Materials to North Dakota
Meanwhile, in Olympia, Washington, protesters have set up an ongoing encampment called Olympia Stand to blockade trains carrying fracking materials from the Port of Olympia to the Bakken oilfields in North Dakota.

11-16-16 ~ BREAKING: DAPL Drill Brought In Overnight
Digital Smoke Signals was able to get drone footage of a drill that was brought in overnight to the building site of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

11-16-16 ~ This Gorgeous Short Film Takes Us to the Heart of the Dakota Access Pipeline Standoff
Given what we’re seeing in the election’s aftermath, photographer-filmmakerLucian Read clearly picked a prescient title for his recent mini-doc series on inequality in the United States: America Divided.

11-16-16 ~ New York Times – 16 Arrested at North Dakota Pipeline Protest
Tensions continued in North Dakota on Monday afternoon as law enforcement officials arrested 16 people at a demonstration, one day after hundreds clashed with the police over the Dakota Access Pipeline.

11-15-16 ~ Native Americans facing excessive force in North Dakota pipeline protests – UN expert
GENEVA: A United Nations human rights expert has accused US security forces of using excessive force against protesters trying to stop an oil pipeline project which runs through land sacred to indigenous people.

11-15-16 ~ Contaminant levels in question at Belton spill site
Three environmental groups have said pipeline giant Kinder Morgan underreported the extent of gasoline pollution around an Anderson County gasoline spill site, but the state refuted that, saying the pipeline giant has been “responsive” to cleaning up the area.

11-15-16 ~ ‘Day of Action’: More than 200 protests planned against Dakota Access Pipeline
Demonstrators across the US are planning to hold more than 200 rallies against the Dakota Access Pipeline on Tuesday. The ‘Day of Action’ is expected to be the largest protest against the pipeline since the government halted the project in September.

11-15-16 ~ Dakota Access Pipeline Protests Sweep Across Country With New Urgency After Trump’s Election
Crowds urged the Army Corps of Engineers to deny a permit to Energy Transfer Partners to build a portion of the 1,172-mile pipeline beneath Lake Oahe near the Standing Rock Sioux’s reservation. Much of the pipeline is already built,=.

11-15-16 ~ Company files suit to complete Dakota Access Pipeline without further delay
In a push to finish the Dakota Access Pipeline, its developers claimed in a federal lawsuit Tuesday that they have all permits needed to complete the project, and accused the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of political interference to delay it.

11-15-16 ~ Native American Council offers amnesty to 220 million undocumented whites
A council of Native American leaders has offered partial amnesty to the estimated 220 million illegal white immigrants living in the United States.

11-15-16 ~ UPDATE w/ ND Authority Statements – ETP CEO Kelcy Warren Says They Have Offered to Pay Protest Related Expenses
Energy Transfer Partners CEO Kelcy Warren says the company wants to reimburse the state of North Dakota and Morton County for expenses related to the Dakota Access Pipeline Protests, but authorities in North Dakota have yet to accept the offer.

11-14-16 ~ Shot in the Back at Standing Rock
Elders kept in cages. Demonstrators shot with rubber bullets. What’s happening at Standing Rock isn’t just a protest, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Josh Fox writes. It’s a character test—one America is failing.

11-14-16 ~ How a fight against the ‘black snake’ at Standing Rock formed a global community
One snowy afternoon in April, a small group of Native Americans rode on horseback through the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and set up camp on a windy hillside overlooking the Cannonball River. They erected tepees, foraged for firewood and prayed for allies to help their people fight “the black snake.”

11-14-16 ~ Army Corps Withholds Final Dakota Access Pipeline Permit, Will Consult Further With Standing Rock Tribe
The Army Corps stated that it will not grant the final easement needed by Dakota Access to bore under Lake Oahe until its new consultation with Standing Rock is complete.

11-14-16 ~ Video’s #NoDAPL – Nov. 11–20, 2016

11-14-16 ~ Standing Rock ~ Stories from the Frontlines ~ Nov. 14, 2016

11-14-16 ~ North Dakota’s Sacred Albino Buffalo Walks On
Born on the Shirek Buffalo Ranch near Michigan, North Dakota on July 10, 1996, White Cloud was an extremely rare female albino bison. She went to live with the herd at the National Buffalo Museumin Jamestown, North Dakota in 1997 and was visited by some 3 million people during her stay there. In May 2016, she returned to the ranch where she was born.

11-14-16 ~ North Dakota state capitol locked down to keep out Dakota Access protesters
The North Dakota state capitol was locked down Monday to stop hundreds of Dakota Access protesters from entering and refusing to leave, as they have done in the past.

11-13-16 ~ Keeping Unrest Alive
LOL, how convenient, no way did this all of a sudden come to light 2 days after the 2016 Presidential election. I call bullshit. Obama’s administration is *only now* reviewing the Democratic Coalition’s investigative report highlighting ten “clear links” the FBI failed to investigate about Trumps 250 registered business in Russia????

11-13-16 ~ Crow Creek tribe sues U.S. government for $200 million
About 270 river-miles downstream from the Dakota Access pipeline protest camp, a South Dakota Native American tribe is quietly fighting for $200 million in compensation over alleged water-rights violations.

11-13-16 ~ Man Pistol-Whips Woman and Opens Fire Near Standing Rock Water Protectors at Anti-Bakken Dakota Access Pipeline Prayer Action
The Bismark area countryside echoed with screams of horror on Saturday when a man pistol-whipped a woman from the window of his truck, then opened fire over the heads of Standing Rock Water Protectors praying near a Bakken Dakota Access Pipeline workspace.

11-13-16 ~ Burial ground at center of police confrontations is known historical site
At least three people, including two important Sioux women, were once interred on this hill, known as Turtle Island.

11-13-16 ~ Back to the War Zone
I’m writing to you from the Minneapolis airport on my way back to Standing Rock, N.D. CLDC is coming in with full brains a blazin’ this time. I am accompanied by CLDC’s computer-security guru (and political economist), Dr. Jamil Jonna and CLDC member and psychologist Dr. Erin Chaparro. We will defend water protectors in court and help organize court support for over 470 arrestees; we will pursue the civil rights actions we are working on against cops and jails.

ACLU calling on the Justice Department to demilitarize Standing Rock. With the election, this story has gotten less attention, but it is still happening and we need to continue to ensure the activists at Standing Rock are not treated like wartime protesters.Right now on a North Dakota prairie, nonviolent protesters are being confronted by police in riot gear with armored military vehicles, automatic rifles, sonic weapons, concussion grenades, attack dogs, pepper spray, and beanbag bullets.

11-13-16 ~ Nov 15 #NoDAPL Day of Action at Army Corps of Engineers
Indigenous leaders are calling on us to take to the streets and disrupt “business-as-usual” one week after the election to demand that President Obama’s Army Corps of Engineers and the incoming administration stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.

11-12-16 ~ Dakota Pipeline Protesters Block Work Crews
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is expected to make a decision on the controversial project in coming days. Protesters against the Dakota Access oil pipeline briefly blocked two entrances to a pipeline work yard in a rural North Dakota town early on Saturday morning, causing workers to leave the area

Chief Arvol Looking Horse and other American Indian leaders sent a letter on Friday to President Barack Obama urging him to meet face-to-face to discuss the United States responsiblities to Indigenous People relating to the Dakota Access pipeline.

11-12-16 ~ “I Couldn’t Go to Standing Rock, So I Closed My Bank Accounts Instead” by Cedar Wilkie Gillette
Feeling helpless after seeing the military and police brutality, I decided to divest on October 30.. I wrote to the U.S. Bank CEO about why I needed to close my accounts. I was upset that my money was connected to these human rights violations. “This excessive force is not to protect the people, but to protect the man camps and the ongoing pipeline construction,” I wrote. “Shame on you U.S. Bank and its CEO for investing in greed and condoning human rights violations solely for your benefit. And the egregious use of the people’s money to in effect poison the people.”

11-11-16 ~ Tribal Leader Calls on Obama to Halt Pipeline Construction Before Trump Takes Office
The chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe has called on President Obama to “set a lasting and true legacy” by halting construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline before President-elect Donald Trump takes office next year.

11-11-16 ~ Police are spending millions of dollars to monitor the social media of protesters and suspects
Hundreds of local police departments across the United States have collectively spent about $4.75 million on software tools that can monitor the locations of activists at protests or social media hashtags used by suspect

11-11-16 ~ Administration denies green light coming for Dakota Access
“The process is ongoing and no decisions have been made,” an administration official said. Sources familiar with the process said earlier Friday that a go-ahead for the $3.7 billion project was expected as soon as Monday, raising concerns about nationwide protests planned against the project on Tuesday.

11-11-16 ~ Mayan Elders from Guatemala Traveled to Standing Rock to Show Their Support for #NoDAPL
Few indigenous groups know the pain of losing friends, loves ones, and entire communities in defense of tribal lands as acutely as the Mayan ethnic groups of Guatemala.

11-10-16 ~ DAPL Ignores 2nd Army Corps Request to Stop Construction for 30 Days
Energy Transfer Partners is refusing to stand down on its construction plans despite two requests from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that it do so. DAPL said they planned to begin drilling in two weeks—even though at the moment it does not have the easements necessary for it to tunnel under the river legally.

11-9-16 ~ Gallery: Portraits from the Standing Rock protests
In September 2016, photographer Camille Seaman joined protesters at the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota. Here, she brings us up close with some of the many people who have been drawn there to defend the water and the earth.

11-9-16 ~ Sheriffs LEAVE Standing Rock, Saying ‘It’s Completely Unethical’
Outrage is spreading even to police agencies now returning from deployment to the reservation. Two departments have already refused to return, citing personal and public objections. As if that wasn’t enough, an army of sympathizers is re-purposing social media to combat police efforts in Standing Rock.

11-9-16 ~ What Donald Trump’s Win Means for the Dakota Access Pipeline
Just a week ago environmental activists protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline hoped that a rejection of the project by the federal government would signal a deepened U.S. commitment to slowing the pace of oil and gas drilling. The election of Donald Trump likely erased those hopes while also reviving the fight over the Keystone XL pipeline rejected by President Obama last year.

11-9-16 ~ Navajo Code Talker George James Sr. dies at age 92
A World War II Navajo Code Talker died Wednesday morning at the age of 92. George James Sr. was born and raised in Red Valley on the Navajo Nation. At the age of 17, he volunteered to serve in the United States Marine Corps during World War II and was selected to become a Navajo Code Talker.

11-9-16 UN Expert Releases Report on Conditions Surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline
In response to an October 28, 2016 letter of invitation to me as an Expert Member of the UNPFII from Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman, David Archambault, I traveled from my community to North Dakota to see, firsthand, the conditions that he, his peoples and those from other communities have been facing in relation to the clearing of the right of way and subsequent construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

11-8-16 ~ Alaskans At Standing Rock
A delegation of Indigenous women from all over Alaska is at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota to support opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

11-7-16 ~ Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners’ bank may withhold loans over Dakota Access pipeline issues
Protests in Dallas and elsewhere against the Dakota Access pipeline have reached a bank in Norway. The bank’s reaction could create a financing problem for the Dallas company building the pipeline.

11-7-16 ~ Standing Rock ~ Stories from the Frontlines ~ 11-7-16
A few days ago I posted biographical information on Matilda Galpin, Waŋblí Ayútepiwiŋ (Eagle Woman Who All Look At), one of the women buried on the top of the hill.

11-7-16 ~ Environmentalists Target Bankers Behind Pipeline
Citigroup and Wells Fargo of the United States, TD Bank of Canada and Mizuho of Japan — have come under fire for their role in bankrolling the pipeline.

11-7-16 ~ This Is Stolen Land’: 38 Water Protectors Arraigned in North Dakota
Mandan, North Dakota, 51 water protectors* were scheduled to appear before Judge Gail Hagerty at Morton County District Court to be arraigned on charges related to arrests that took place on October 22 near the Dakota Access Pipeline construction site just north of the Standing Rock Reservation in Morton County. Of the 51 scheduled to appear, 38 water protectors were present to enter their pleas.

11-6-16 ~ Livestock killings near protest camp gain attention
The killing and injuring of cattle and horses is one of the most emotionally charged incidents associated with the pipeline protests in Sioux and Morton Counties in North Dakota.

11-6-16 ~ Peltier Again Not Among Federal Prisoners Chosen by Obama for Clemency
President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted the sentences of 58 federal prisoners. Yet, once again, Native American political prisoner Leonard Peltier was not among the selected to receive freedom.

11-5-16 ~ Rubber Bullets – Palestine, Ferguson and Standing Rock
Emma Groves was permanently blinded in both eyes after being hit by a rubber bullet. The bullet came through her living room window after a soldier aimed at her and shot eight yards away.

11-5-16 ~ #NoDAPL is #NativeLivesMatter: The protests at Standing Rock are not only about environmentalism, they’re about racism
The Dakota Access Pipeline needs to be seen as a symptom of the systemic racism inflicted upon Native Americans

11-5-16 ~ Dakota Pipeline Protest for Dummies ~ Rob Reiken
Dakota Pipeline Protest for Dummies who do NOT understand what this is about. Six or so years ago when the BP Gulf Oil Spill happened, the native Indians put Barges in place to stop the oil flowing up their river but instead the Feds being the parasites they are didn’t allow this so “they” removed them.

11-4-16 ~ Video Archive ~ Standing Rock
100’s of videos going back to March 24, 2016

11-4-16 ~ Trusted News Sources ~ Standing Rock
TV Programing, Movies, News Delivery Services, Commercials etc. frame corporate media agenda’s, manipulating any given circumstance, factual or implied into pre-formed perspectives with the intent to influence by indoctrinating the public to their way of thinking. Broadcasters often fail, don’t care to check the authenticity of stories, or flat out lie.

11-4-16 ~ Cheyenne River Sioux Chair Calls for Resignation of US Army Corps’ Henderson
Cheyenne River Sioux Chairman Harold Frazier is calling for the resignation of the local commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Commander and District Engineer of the Omaha District Colonel John W. Henderson, based on conduct he said does not uphold the impartiality that federal authorities are legally required to maintain on federal land, impedes the constitutional rights of water protectors to engage in peaceful protest, and comments that he called racist and insulting.

11-4-16 ~ Police Turn In Badges Rather Than Incite Violence Against Standing Rock Protestors
It should be evident if you’re following news concerning the Standing Rock protests in North Dakota that tension continues to escalate between protestors supporting the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and riot police. The big deal? A four-state Dakota Access Pipeline which threatens to uproot sacred burial ground, poison the Missouri river, and make null an 1881 treaty ensuring the property belongs to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.

11-3-16 ~ 2 Police Officers Turn In Badges In Support Of Standing Rock Water Protectors
“There have been at least 2 reports of police officers turning in their badges acknowledging that this battle is not what they signed up for. You can see it in some of them, that they do not support the police actions. We must keep reminding them they are welcome to put down their weapons and badge and take a stand against this pipeline as well. Some are waking up.”

Standing Rock Water Protectors described human rights violations by law enforcement to United Nations representatives during interviews this week. Water Protectors described being kept in chain link cells resembling kennels, and strip searched. They also report being denied food, water, clothing, attorneys, phone calls, beds, bedding, and access to the restroom.

11-3-16 ~ The Standing Rock Victory You Didn’t Hear About
The day 40 to 50 Native water protectors kept 250 militarized police from attacking camp.

11-3-16 ~ A journalist at Standing Rock was shot by police for no reason—and caught the awful moment on video
As peaceful protests over the controversial Dakota Access Pipelineagain turn violent, one journalist near the Standing Rock Sioux Indian reservation in North Dakota captured shocking video showing herself being shot by police out of nowhere as she conducted an interview.

11-3-16 ~ NBC: Police Fire Rubber Bullets as Pipeline Protesters Try to Protect Sacred Site
Police in riot gear shot rubber bullets and used pepper spray on demonstrators — who call themselves water protectors — on the shoreline of the Cantapeta Creek, just north of the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation here on Wednesday.

11-3-16 ~ Dakota Access: North Dakota Capitol Shut Down After Day of Clergy-Led Protest
About a hundred anti-Dakota Access Pipeline protesters and clergy held a prayer rally on the lawn of the North Dakota state Capitol in Bismark on Thursday evening, ending in a police-ordered lockdown of the Capitol and more than a dozen arrests.

Last month, spirit rider Mason Redwing was charged with felony reckless endangerment of law enforcement and a felony count of terrorizing law enforcement after he allegedly rode his horse towards a police line. On Tuesday, Judge Romanick found no probable cause and dismissed all charges against Redwing.

11-3-16 ~ Terrorizing Charges Dropped Against NoDAPL Water Protectors
Spitir Mason Redwing was charged with felony reckless endangerment of law enforcement and a felony count of terrorizing after he allegedly rode his horse toward a police line.

An activist at the Dakota Access Pipeline protest got an unwelcome surprise in the middle of filming an on-camera interview, when she was shot in the back with a rubber bullet.

11-3-16 ~ Time to Move the Standing Rock Pipeline
President Obama has pointed a way out of a dangerous standoff over an oil pipelinebeing built in North Dakota. He told an interviewer on Tuesday that the Army Corps of Engineers was looking for a new pipeline route, presumably away from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

11-3-16 ~ The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Litigation on the Dakota Access Pipeline
An independent expert hired by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has found that the government’s Environmental Assessment of the Dakota Access pipeline’s environmental impact was inadequate.

11-2-16 ~ How to Contact the People Who Sent Militarized Police to Standing Rock
Here is a list of officials from the involved states, plus the county and city police confirmed by news reports, to have sent troops and equipment to North Dakota. Questions can be directed to these people.

11-2-16 ~ 1 arrested after DAPL protesters build makeshift bridge across creek to gain access to Cannon Ball Ranch
Officers used rubber bullets, pepper spray and bean bag rounds on protesters.

11-2-16 ~ Sheriff Who Was Harassing Native Pipeline Protesters Accidentally Shoots Self
A Lake County, Indiana sheriff’s officer on special assignment with Homeland Security in North Dakota accidentally shot himself in the foot Oct. 25 while checking his department-issued rifle

11-2-16 ~ Journalist Erin Schrode shot at Standing Rock (with rubber bullet)
I arrived in the early hours at Standing Rock today. My first task was bringing supplies around the camp— But, almost immediately, I was told to rush to the front line to get video of police shooting water protectors with rubber bullets.

11-2-16 ~ Native Protesters Have The Last Laugh, As North Dakota Cops Admit They Can’t Afford To Keep Up Police Presence For Much Longer
A legislative committee will be reviewing an emergency request to borrow MORE money from the Bank of North Dakota to cover the cost of law enforcement related to protecting of the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

11-2-16 ~ ‘Pray’: Armed Police Descend on Water Protectors at DAPL Site
Police descended on water protectors in North Dakota on Wednesday, as images on social media showed a dramatic standoff along a creek that borders a construction site for the long-opposed Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

11-2-16 ~ Emergency Call to Action at Standing Rock as Police Violently Attack Prayer Ceremony
Cannon Ball, ND – Law enforcement responded violently to water protectors attempting build a wooden footbridge across a creek linking the main Native encampment and the Dakota Access Pipeline construction area for a prayer ceremony. The police responded with a vicious assault on the peaceful water protectors.

11-2-16 ~ Law Enforcement DESTROYED a bridge, shot people with rubber bullets, bean bags, and maced them
Native American Water Protectors gathered at the river to hold a water ceremony this morning, and were met by 60 police and at least 3 police boats. Police shot them with rubber bullets, bean bags, and maced them.

Morton County Dump Trucks Dump Eagle Feathers and Sacred Items on Ground. Watch video. “I wish I could keep the camera on it, but it hurts too much.” “We are sitting here broken, but we didn’t give up.” “We are a village of protectors. We are protecting this land.”

11-2-16 ~ Public Servants or Corporate Security?: An Open Letter to Law Enforcement and National Guard in North Dakota
So you joined law enforcement or the National Guard because you wanted to uphold the law, protect innocent civilians against the bad guys, and help your community in times of need. Instead, they’re having you blockade unarmed people who are trying to hold a prayer vigil, chasing them with armored vehicles and ATVs, raiding their tipis and sweat lodges at gunpoint, and shooting them (and their horses) with pepper spray, concussion grenades, tasers, and rubber bullets. You thought you’d be the cop on the beat or the citizen soldier, and they’ve made you into the cavalry riding in with Custer.

11-2-16 ~ Military Veteran: Standing Rock Is The First Time I Actually Fought For The 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.

11-2-16 ~ Standing Rock ~ Stories from the Frontlines ~ 11-2-2016
Today many of our protectors tried to cross the river to pray on top of a hill where Oceti Sakowin ancestors are buried, this place has been desecrated by the police and DAPL. The militarized police responded with brutal force, a young man was shot point blank with a rubber bullet and has been coughing up blood, another woman was shot by one of heavily armed officers on a boat.

11-2-16 ~ Video’s #NoDAPL – Nov. 1-10, 2016

11-2-16 ~ A #NoDAPL Map
Thousands of Native Americans and their allies have gathered on unceded Sioux land delimited by the 1851 Treaty of Fort Laramie to try and stand in the way of the “black snake” that could poison the Standing Rock Reservation’s water supply.

11-1-16 ~ Trump And Clinton Are Both Ignoring Standing Rock, And It’s Unacceptable
The fact that neither Trump nor Clinton has made a substantive statement regarding the DAPL protests is pitiful.

11-1-16 ~ Report back from the Battle for Sacred Ground
The Battle: Around midday, a line of police vehicles shows up blaring their sirens—but not on the highway. They are taking the access road beside the pipeline construction, where we have no defenses. People start parking their cars to block the access road and crowds start to gather.

11-1-16 ~ Hillary Clinton Caught Between Key Allies on Dakota Pipeline
After a tortuous ‘Will-she-or-won’t-she’ over the Keystone XL pipeline, Hillary Clinton is facing a different pipeline headache that pits some of her own allies against each other, presenting her with a possible lose-lose political dilemma.

11-1-16 ~ Obama Speaks on Dakota Access Pipeline and say’s Nothing
President Obama woke up from his coma on Standing Rock but he’s still trying to fool the people by saying nothing. He said he wants the situation to a a little more before doing anything… “play out” a little more?

11-1-16 ~ Could Dakota Access Pipeline Owners Be Legally Liable for Human Rights Abuses?
Owners of the North Dakota Access Pipeline have been warned that they risk legal liability over several instances of human rights abuses agianst peaceful Native American and environmental activists opposing the US$3.8 billion pipeline, as militarized law enforcement have increasingly used violence and repression at protest camps.

11-1-16 ~ ND hemorrhaging money because of the pipeline protest
A legislative committee will review an emergency request to borrow more money from the Bank of North Dakota to cover the cost of law enforcement related to the protest of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. The state’s Emergency Commission, headed by Gov. Jack Dalrymple, will vote Tuesday on whether to borrow $4 million from the state-owned bank. The panel borrowed $6 million from the bank in September and officials say that money already has been used to cover law enforcement costs.

11-1-16 ~ Mongolia Nomadic Tribes Stand With Standing Rock Sioux And Water Protectors
Mongolia is one of the last countries with vast landscapes of big nothingness, no cities, no trace of humans as far as the eye can see.

11-1-16 ~ Ottawa approves $1.3 billion western gas pipeline expansion
The NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd (NGTL) expansion project will create up to 3,000 jobs during construction and involve building and operating new gas pipelines facilities in northern Alberta, Natural Resources Canada ministry said in a statement.

11-1-16 ~ Police REFUSE To Charge DAPL Security Guard Who Aimed Assault Rifle At Native Protesters
Law enforcement officials say a member of DAPL security disguised as a protester last week was in fact a “victim of a crime” and not a suspect, even though he was photographed aiming an AR-15 assault rifle at Native American pipeline protesters.

11-1-16 ~ Authorities say DAPL Security Member was a victim of crime
The man was told to leave the area. A chase ensued in the ditch and the man’s truck was eventually forced through a fence. He got out with a gun in hand and retreated into the Cannon Ball River. He was approached by a handful of men and eventually taken into custody by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. He was questioned and released.

11-1-16 ~ Feisty Tough as Nails Farmer Fighting Pipeline by Allowing Protesters to Camp on her Farm Land
“It may get underground, but it`s gonna get stopped so they can never put oil through it,” said 81 year-old Shirley Gerjets on Friday, and that’s what the Calhoun County farmer is hoping for, even as construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline continues to progress all around her farm land.

11-1-16 ~ Red Fawn Fallis: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
A 37-year-old Denver woman has been charged with trying to murder a law enforcement officer during the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. Red Fawn Fallis is accused of firing three rounds at officers after they took her to the ground to arrest her on October 27, according to a post from the Morton County Sheriff’s Department.

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