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Widespread Water and Soil Contamination in North Dakota Linked to Fracking Spills

Posted by on Apr 28, 2016 in Featured

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 27, 2016 CONTACT: Lisa DeVille, Dakota Resource Council board member, 701.421.8020 Nicole Donaghy, DRC staff, 701.202.0927 Jennifer Weisgerber, DRC Communications Coordinator, 701.224.8587 Tim Lucas, Duke University News, 919.613.8084, tdlucas@duke.edu Note: Avner Vengosh is available for additional comment at 919.681.8050 or vengosh@duke.edu. Contamination in ND linked to fracking spills: Duke University study shows evidence of “widespread and persistent” contamination, with clear effects on downstream water and soil BISMARCK, N.D. – Accidental wastewater spills from fracking-related oil production in North Dakota have caused widespread water and soil contamination, a new Duke University study finds. Researchers found high levels of ammonium, selenium, lead and other toxic contaminants as...

Run For Your Life: NO DAPL A Relay Run In Opposition of Dakota Access Pipeline

Posted by on Apr 28, 2016 in Featured

For Immediate Release: April 27th, 2016 Run For Your Life: NO DAPL Contact: Media contact personnel, Jessye Stein, peopleoverpipelines@gmail.com , 605-223-5930 Other: Manape LaMere (712)-204-0570 Joseph White Eyes (605)-200-1044 Donnielle Wanatee (641)-481-6152 Omaha, NE – In solidarity with the ongoing fight against the Dakota Access pipeline, a group of Native and Non-native youth have organized a 500-mile spiritual relay run from Cannonball, ND to the district office of the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in Omaha, NE. The run is titled “Run For Your Life: No DAPL.” It departed the Cannonball community on April 24th, 2016 and plans to arrive in Omaha on May 3rd, 2016. The...

Opposing the Black Snake Pipeline & Running for Future Generations by Shayla Gayton

Posted by on Apr 27, 2016 in Featured

Han, mitakiyapi. Chante wašteya nape chiyuzapi. Waohola win emačiyapi. Othunwahe hota el wathi. Inyan woslate hematahan kšto. When I was first asked to join this run, I didn’t know the facts. I always supported the opposition of the pipeline because I listen when elders talk. I remember listening to all Unci Delores taken Alive’s stories in my high school Lakota classes. She talked about the land and how it used to be and what it has and is becoming. The land is the way it is and it was never meant to be altered in any way. This black snake that is threatening our water is going to affect...

Protecting Water from Big Oil by Matt Remle

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in Featured

On April 24th, runners set forth from Cannonball, ND, on the Standing Rock Sioux tribe reservation, to embark on a 500-mile relay run to deliver a message to the Army Corp of Engineers that they “resist the construction of a pipeline from crossing beneath sacred water needed for life.” Opposition against the proposed Dakota Access pipeline, also known as the Bakken pipeline, has spread significantly after the pipeline backer, Texas based Energy Transfer, received its permit for construction approved in Iowa in early March, despite fierce opposition from Iowa farmers and land owners.   Energy Transfer had previously had its permits for construction approved by the states of North Dakota,...

Secret Klamath Dam Discussions Part 2: Endangered Suckers Dead on Lost River by Kayla Godowa-Tufti

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in Featured

Secret Klamath Dam Discussions: Part 2: Endangered Suckers Dead on Lost River (Upper Klamath Basin, Oregon) April 26th 2016 Dozens of endangered Lost River and short nose suckers trapped and dying in pools below Anderson Rose Dam were found by volunteers of a conservation organization Sunday, April 24th. The US Bureau of Reclamation shut off significant flows of water down the Lost River in the Upper Klamath Basin. The result has stranded critically endangered fish attempting to swim upstream to spawn. The endangered suckers are intended to be protected under the Klamath Tribes Treaty of 1864 and are of extreme cultural significance to the Tribes. No news release has...

Nooksack Judge Fired (In Her Own Words), and Why You (Each of You) Should Care by Gabe Galanda

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in Featured

So a month of speculation ended on Friday with this Bellingham Herald story, and former Chief Judge Susan Alexander’s explanation of her termination “without cause.” After Judge Alexander passed a “random” drug test (for the second time this year), she was fired while finishing an opinion to compel an election that a Nooksack Tribal Council faction has simply refused to call—she was terminated “at a critical juncture” in the case, as she put it. The Tribal Council faction decided to “take a different direction” with the Court, and are now going to replace Judge Alexander if they can “find a right fit with a judge.” There’s no need to...

People Over Pipelines: Runners Relay to Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline

Posted by on Apr 25, 2016 in Featured

For months, both Native and non-Native peoples in the Midwest have been battling the construction of the Dakota Access/Bakken pipeline, a project that will go from North Dakota to Illinois and cross the 12,000 year old Missouri River, which is the main water resource for millions of people. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is making the final decision on whether or not to issue the last permit that Dakota Access, LLC needs to construct the Dakota Access/Bakken pipeline on May 4th, 2016. We, People Over Pipelines, are organizing a SPIRIT RELAY RUN from Cannon Ball, ND to the office of the Army Corps of Engineers in Omaha, NE,...

Nooksack 306 and Supporters Rally Against Disenrollment

Posted by on Apr 24, 2016 in Featured

On April 18th 2016, members of the Nooksack 306, Idle No More and supporters marched through the streets of Seattle to draw attention to the issue of disenrollment. For the past several years, 306 members of the Nooksack tribe have been fighting against efforts of the Nooksack tribal council to disenoll them from their tribe. Recently, the Nooksack tribe, led by its Chairman Bob Kelly whom ironically is adopted into the Nooksack tribe, has taken extreme measures against the Nooksack 306 including barring their attorneys from Galanda Broadman from practicing in their courts then firing tribal court Judge Susan Alexander due to a ruling she made against the tribal...

Domestic Disturbances: One Family’s Struggle with Police Brutality By Cindy Gomez-Schempp

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Featured

Isabel Escobedo and her family have been through a lot. She has survived abusive relationships, and the suicide of her sister, but those are not the traumas that have led to Isabel’s uncontrolled anxiety, depression, and fear of being killed. Isabel Escobedo lives in fear of the police. It all started in the summer of 2014 when, according to her, the police brutally arrested and beat her 15 year old daughter because, they claimed, they smelled marijuana emanating from an open vehicle from which she was recovering a phone. The police dispatched 13 officers to arrest one 15 year old Afro-Mexican girl weighing around 115 lbs. They denied any...