News Sept. 2016

Kristeen Hernandez aka Lady2Soothe
9-30-16 ~ Tribe denied request for state emergency aid
The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services declined a request from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe for aid from the North Dakota Department of Health at the site of one of the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camps.

9-30-16 ~ Montanans trek to Dakota to fight pipeline
Cannon Ball, N.D. — The serene and prayer-filled camp near the confluence of the Missouri and Cannon Ball rivers on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation has drawn thousands of Native Americans like Lois Red Elk of Wolf Point.

9-30-16 ~ Amnesty International to Morton County Sheriff: Halt dog attacks, armored vehicles, police assault weapons
On 3 September, protests of the Dakota Access Pipeline construction moved on to private property in response to the potential destruction of land that was earlier marked as containing burial grounds and sacred sites for the local Native American tribes.

9-30-16 ~ Oil CEO Says Bribing Native Americans Will Stop Dakota Protests
The CEO of North Dakota’s biggest oil company said that simply paying off native communities with oil related work would defuse the ongoing standoff against the US$3.7 billion Dakota Access pipeline. Native American communities say that economics are not a factor faced with the irreparable damage.

9-29-16 ~ How to Contact the 17 Banks Funding the Dakota Access Pipeline
Here are CEO names, emails, and phone numbers—because banks have choices when it comes to what projects they give loans to.

9-29-16 ~ Lawyer’s View: Recent Days at Standing Rock
I am a civil rights lawyer, just back from my second stay at the Standing Rock Camp where I am part of the Camp’s legal team — the Red Owl Collective assembled by the National Lawyers Guild. We are pro bono attorneys and legal workers seeking to maintain a regular presence in the camp.

9-29 -16 ~ How to Contact the 17 Banks Funding the Dakota Access Pipeline
The Dakota Access pipeline is funded directly by 17 banks, many of which—Citibank, Wells Fargo—are ones you’ve probably heard of or do business with.

9-28-16 ~ Military-Style Raid Ends Native Prayer Against Dakota Pipeline
North Dakota police with military-style equipment surrounded Native Americans gathered in prayer against the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline on Wednesday, disrupting their plan to cross sacred and treaty-protected land in protest of a project they fear will destroy their livelihood.

9-28-16 ~ ND authorities deploy armed personnel with shotguns and assault rifles, military vehicles, and Crop Dusters spray tear gas on peaceful Water Protectors gathered in prayer.

9-28-16 ~ Surrounded by Police
Police loaded shotguns, dropped tear gas or chemical substance, on water protectors. Armored vehicle on site. Excessive force by police as 21 water protectors arrested today.

9-28-16 ~ Life in the Native American oil protest camps
An Indian reservation in North Dakota is the site of the largest gathering of Native Americans in more than 100 years. Indigenous people from across the US are living in camps on the Standing Rock reservation as they protest the construction of a new oil pipeline.

9-28-16 ~ UN Experts Validate Standing Rock Sioux Opposition To Dakota Access Pipeline
United Nations Expert, the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, released a statement yesterday calling upon the United States to immediately halt the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, in recognition of dire and direct threats to the drinking water, burial grounds and sacred sites of the Standing Rock Sioux people.

9-28-16 ~ Standing Firm at Standing Rock: Why the Struggle is Bigger Than One Pipeline
The people of the Oceti Sakowin and Sacred Stone camps were preparing for another challenge: a North Dakota winter. Already at night, the temperature drops to 40 degrees Fahrenheit; deliveries of blankets and warm clothing were constant, as was the chopping of wood for fires and discussion of what kinds of structures would allow the camps to stay in place through the bitter cold months ahead.

9-28-16 ~ Water Protectors Stand Firm
Benjamin Conrad, 20, only brings out his grandfather’s war bonnet for special occasions. Today was such a day.

9-27-16 ~ Oil Company Lied About Safety of DAPL – Report Exposes Thousands of Spills in Last 6 Years Alone
In securing the route for their 30-inch pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners has stolen land from private landowners through eminent domain, bulldozed their way through ancient Native American burial grounds, put hundreds of waterbodies at risk and is threatening the Missouri River water source of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.

9-27-16 ~ Breaking Action: Standing Rock ‘NO DAPL’
Standing Rock water protectors moved in mass today, by the hundreds, and halted construction at multiple sites of Dakota Access Pipeline, where work was supposed to be halted. ‘The roads were blocked — the eagle guided us,” said one of the Lakota women, among hundreds who rushed to the sites to halt construction today. Pipeline workers fled as water protectors arrived. Police arrived in riot gear with a sound canon, acoustic weapon, which has not been used as of now. “We are going to come back every day until we shut this pipeline down,” said one of the Lakota men protecting the land, water and air for future generations. “As long as they’re not working — we’re winning my Relatives,” he said, with thanks to the Horse Nation for being here, on Treaty land.

9-27-16 ~ Oil Company Lied About Safety of DAPL – Report Exposes Thousands of Spills in Last 6 Years Alone
Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) has demonstrated to the world how U.S. oil interests and government co-conspirators will let nothing stand in their way to reap billions from the continued exploitation of fossil fuels.

9-26-16 ~ Two Men Packed a Power-Filled Gift for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
Isaac and Yazzie, solar energy business partners, accepted the challenge without hesitation and resolved to build a 20-foot trailer and gift their own solar unit to the camp.

9-26-16 ~ How You Can Help Standing Rock #NoDAPL
Water is sacred, it gives life to everything and without water there is no life. Non-violent direct action Water Protectors have tried to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (aka DAPL), which will traverse four states.

The team went to Standing Rock more than a week ago hoping to hold medical clinics as protestors prepare for winter and the onset of cold and flu season, deliver supplies, and possibly help establish a reliable source of clean drinking water.

9-25-16 ~ Contractor Behind Positive Dakota Access Pipeline Environmental Assessment Was Working on Connecting Pipeline For Same Company
In 2014, Energy Transfer hired Perennial, a Houston-based environmental consultancy, to perform the Environmental Assessment (EA) for its then-proposed Dakota Access Pipeline, a four-state project that will carry crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken region to Illinois.

9-22-16 ~ UN human rights expert calls on US to halt construction of North Dakota oil pipeline
A United Nations human rights experts today called on the United States to halt the construction of an oil pipeline in the state of North Dakota, citing significant risks to the drinking water of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the potential destruction of their burial grounds and sacred sites.

9-22-16 ~ First Nations across North America sign treaty alliance against the oilsands
The thunderous pounding of Indigenous drums echoed in the air on Thursday as more than 50 Indigenous nations across North America rallied together to sign a historic, pan-continental treaty alliance against oilsands expansion in their traditional territory.

9-22-16 ~ With Attention on Dakota, Obama Quietly Approves Two New Pipelines
While the U.S. Department of Justice temporarily halted construction of a section of the Dakota Access Pipeline, two other pipelines are moving forward.

9-22-16 ~ A Strategy to Stop the Funding Behind the Dakota Access Pipeline
A key pipeline loan is still pending, and banks can be vulnerable to public pressure. We can fight alongside the Standing Rock Sioux at any one of 38 banks.

9-21-16 ~ Shailene Woodley Supports NoDAPL on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Myers
Actress and activist Shailene Woodley appeared on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers on Thursday to discuss her newest movie,Snowden. During her interview and seated alongside former Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders, Woodley took several minutes out to discuss how Hillary Clinton could win millennial votes by supporting Native American rights, specifically in relation to the efforts to stop the Dakota Access pipeline.

9-20-16 ~ The growing indigenous spiritual movement that could save the planet
“We are not here to be anything but peaceful, but we are here,” Case told ThinkProgress, describing the moment she linked arms with fellow demonstrators and stared down rows of police in Bismarck. “We will stand here in our tribal names in respect and honor.”

9-20-16 ~ Obama Approved 2 Pipelines to Mexico Amid Dakota Access Pipeline Protests
At the same time the pipeline and protests surrounding it were galvanizing an international swell of solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and its Sacred Stone Camp, another federal move on two key pipelines has flown under the radar.

9-20-16 ~ How Did an Ohio Kennel Get Involved in Dakota Access Pipeline Security?
An Ohio kennel made headlines earlier this month when a truck bearing its name and logo was photographed at the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.

Lee Miller made the 650-plus trip from the Menominee Indian Reservation in Wisconsin to the Oceti Sakowin encampment near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation late last week with a truckload of firewood.

9-18-18 ~ Non-violence Training Teaches White Paternalism at Camp Standing Rock
What the white man seeks to destroy and what the non-profit industrial complex is financed to carry out: the destruction of the Indigenous Warrior culture. This is not news to native people, however, this reality is all but lost on today’s white “left”. [Further reading: Part II of an Investigative Report into Tar Sands Action & the Paralysis of a Movement.

A photo posted by Tyler Eldridge on Facebook on Thursday is going viral. It suggests the photo is of the crowd at the Sacred Stone encampment at Standing Rock. The photo suggests the media is not properly covering the #NoDAPL demonstration at Standing Rock.

9-16-16 ~ U.S. Army Corps of Engineers grants Special Use Permit to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
Omaha District Commander, Col. John W. Henderson, informed Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II, that the Tribe’s Spiritual gathering, located south of the Cannonball River, has been granted a Special Use Permit, which allows the Tribe to gather to engage in a lawful free speech demonstration on Federal lands designated in the permit.

9-15-16 Rudy TwoMoon ~ I don’t think a lot of people understand the secret message here! We have tribes traveling from all over the planet! Think about it, this is the most sacred spot on the earth at this time! They may have attacked the buried ancestors, but look what the people have created! All we need are indigenous people from colonized Africa, colonized Russia and colonized Basque areas…. we literally have the planet standing together against a few shiny badges with guns. This is just too big… this is living symbolism… this is the New World without the Order. This is the planet standing against colonization! You sure do live in exciting times folks. Support your local protectors!

9-16-16 ~ Tribes across North America converge at Standing Rock, hoping to be heard
The Department of Justice blocked construction on part of the $4 billion Dakota Access Pipeline, the very pipeline that brought these thousands of protesters here to rural North Dakota. But celebration soon turned to suspicion. That’s because work on the pipeline hasn’t fully stopped. In areas outside of federal jurisdiction, construction continues, as do efforts to block it.

9-16-16 ~ Demonstrators turn North Dakota protest site into sprawling community
Tribal flags, horses, tents, hand-built shelters and teepees dominate one of the biggest, newest communities in North Dakota

9-14-16 ~ National Guard Begins Arresting Pipeline Protestors At Gunpoint
The National Guard has now been called in to get rid of the people who simply want to protect our drinking water. Armed to the teeth, these Guard members are arresting people by the truckload to allow corporations to have unfettered access to our natural resources.

9-14-16 ~ North Dakota’s Governor Declared a State of Emergency to Deal With Peaceful Oil Pipeline Protesters. We Call It a State of Emergency for Civil Rights.
200 or so tribes that are protesting the construction of the $3.7 billion Dakota Access Pipeline have not united together for more than 150 years. Several thousand indigenous people from across the county have journeyed to a little-known pasture on the prairie just miles from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s reservation — where the oil pipeline is slated to cross the Missouri River

9-14-16 ~ Felony Charges Pursued in DAPL Protest Activities
Mandan, ND – Morton County authorities are investigating multiple protest activities in an area north of Almont that occurred Wednesday morning, September 14th .

9-14-16 ~ Federal Police Making Mass Arrests at Dakota Pipeline After Issuing Warrants for Arrest Against Journalist
Militarized police backed by National Guard personnel are intimidating protestors with armed police dressed in riot gear making mass arrests including about 20 journalists, medics and protestors.

9-14-16 ~ Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Brings Pipeline Protest To The White House
Just hours after 22 more people were arrested for protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota on Tuesday, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe brought its battle against the pipeline to the White House.

9-13-16 ~ Seattle City Council Demands That North Dakota Drop All Charges Against Activists and Journalists at Standing Rock
Tribal leaders who visited the council meeting from as far away as Alaska spoke about the importance—and universality—of expressing solidarity with what has become a national movement.

9-13-16 ~North Dakota Police Arrest Seattle Activist, 21 Others, at Dakota Access Pipeline Construction Site
Morton County and North Dakota Highway Patrol officers have arrested 22 people this afternoon at a Dakota Access Pipeline construction site, where two activists have locked themselves to construction equipment. One of the activists locked to equipment is Carlo Voli, an environmental activist with 350 Seattle.

9-13-16 ~ North Dakota’s Governor Declared a State of Emergency to Deal With Peaceful Oil Pipeline Protesters. We Call It a State of Emergency for Civil Rights.
There is another kind of history happening here. It’s a history that is all too familiar to indigenous people; it is the shameful cycle of government-sanctioned disregard for the human and civil rights of Native Americans.

9-13-16 ~ North Dakota Landowner Wins Easement Battle Against Oil Company
North Dakota Pipeline Inc., a joint venture of Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. and Williston Basin Pipe Line LLC., was ordered to abandon an easement on the Botsford’s farmland. In addition the company must reimburse the Botsfords $82,581.25 in attorney and other fees.

9-13-16 ~ Society For American Archeology
Lt. General Todd Semonite Commanding General and Chief of Engineers Headquarters US Army Corp of Engineers

“Soon the parade begins again…all the big shot enviros are looking for their token Indians…this Hunkpapa says to remember this day of infamy…they hate us as well….taken nearly ten years ago, waiting for the right moment…” — Harold One Feather

9-13-16 ~ Protest, Ruling and a Pagan Reaction
Pagan support and involvement has also expanded dramatically, since that report. Donations have been collected by groups like Ár nDraíocht Féin, Solar Cross Temple and more, an active petition was set out by the Reclaiming Tradition and a number of Pagans showed up at the protest to act as witnesses and support the action.

9-12-16 ~ The Standing Rock Sioux Have Been Heard. Now What?
Construction on a part of the Dakota Access Pipeline has been suspended, but protesters aren’t going anywhere.

9-12-16 ~ Neighbors Say North Dakota Pipeline Protests Disrupt Lives and Livelihoods
Where Native Americans see the camp as a scene of prayer and peaceful protests, Mr. Schaaf and other ranchers and residents in the conservative, overwhelmingly white countryside view the protests with a mix of frustration and fear, reflecting the deep cultural divides and racial attitudes in Indian country. “You get 2,000, 3,000 Natives together — is it safe?” He was tired of navigating a police checkpoint if he wanted to drive into Mandan for a pizza. He complained that closings at Lake Oahe had prevented him from boating.

9-12-16 ~ After Dakota pipeline battle, Indigenous people say they share “unprecedented unity”
The totem pole, measuring 22 feet in length, made stops along the way at various Indigenous-led movements against fossil fuel expansion in North America, with the goal of recruiting more partners in the climate change battle, and strengthening alliances between Indigenous tribes, advocacy groups, and community leaders that support the cause.

9-12-16 ~ N.D. Pipeline Protester: ‘It’s About Our Rights As Native People’
The tribe says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers should have done a better job consulting with tribal leaders before approving construction. Now the Corps will go back and determine whether it should reconsider any of the conclusions the agency made that led to approving the pipeline.

9-12-16 ~ Standing Rock protests: this is only the beginning
State troopers with batons and riot helmets stood between the mostly young native activists and the North Dakota state capitol.

9-11-16 ~ Members of Native American Tribe Turn Down $267,000 Per Person To Allow Pipeline To Be Built Through Their Land
Malaysian energy giant Petronas and its partners had offered the 3,600-member band a total of $960 million to allow construction of its $30-billion-dollar Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal and Prince Rupert gas pipeline to proceed.

9-10-16 ~ Who’s Banking on the Dakota Access Pipeline?
The Standing Rock Sioux are inspiring the world with their resistance against the pipeline. But it’s not just Big Oil and Gas that they’re opposing.

9-9-16 ~ To understand the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, you need to understand tribal sovereignty
Nonwhite people tend to live with more contaminated air, water, and soil. Too many people tend to think of tribal sovereignty as something that’s allocated, which can be given or taken away depending on the circumstance. But it’s not. The Standing Rock Sioux Nation’s tribal sovereignty, which essentially precedes colonization, is permanent, and it’s recognized (as opposed to granted) by the federal government.

9-9-16 ~ Without Water We Can Not Exist #NoDAPL
The comparison between Standing Rock and the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” when Alabama State Trooper’s unleashed tear gas and attack dogs on Black Voting Rights Activists marching from Selma to Montgomery.

9-9-16 ~ “The World Is No Longer Just Watching, The World Is With US!
I am here to protect the water for the children and all of the unborn, and to protect our ways of life,” saidAmerican Horse. “I came here to let them know that what they’re doing is wrong. This is nonviolent civil disobedience—and this is what it comes down to, and I’m here.”

9-9-16 ~ Without Water We Can Not Exist #NoDAPL

9-9-16 ~ Here’s What It’s Like At The Standing Rock Pipeline Protest In North Dakota
Right about the time the news came in that construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline would be at least temporarily halted, it started to pour. For the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and the thousands who’d amassed to support their fight against Energy Transfer Partners’ plans to run 17,000 gallons of oil per minute within miles of the tribe’s drinking water source.

9-9-16 ~ A History of Native Americans Protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline
“We have not been consulted in an appropriate manner about…the traditional cultural properties, sites, or landscapes vital to our identity and spiritual well-being.”

9-7-16 ~ Oil Pipeline On Native American Reservation In North Dakota Spills 1,000,000 Gallons of Fluid
A million gallons of saltwater and an unknown quantity of crude oil have leaked from a North Dakota pipeline into a creek that feeds the Missouri River.

9-6-16 ~ G4S Admits It Guards Dakota Pipeline as Protesters Get Attacked
G4S is one among several private security companies protecting the pipeline construction, a spokesperson told teleSUR.

9-6-16 ~ Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Calls for Investigation of Dog Attacks on Native American Protesters
Security guards working for the Dakota Access pipeline company attacked Native Americans with dogs and pepper spray as they resisted the $3.8 billion pipeline’s construction on a tribal burial site.

9-4-16 ~ What Dakota Access Destroyed: Standing Rock Former Historic Preservation Officer Explains What Was Lost
This demolition is devastating,” said Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman David Archambault II. “These grounds are the resting places of our ancestors. The ancient cairns and stone prayer rings cannot be replaced. In one day, our sacred land has been turned into hollow ground.

9-3-16 ~ Video’s#NoDAPL – Mar. 24 thru Aug. 31, 2016

9-3-16 ~ Dakota Access Pipeline Protests: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Months-long protests against a multi-billion-dollar oil pipeline have boiled over into tense clashes as snarling dogs were used against protesters, the tribe claims burial grounds were bulldozed, and law enforcement used armored vehicles to force mass arrests.