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Navajo Nation files Lawsuit against EPA over Toxic Mine Spill

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Featured

The Navajo Nation has filed a $160 million lawsuit against the U.S. government for damages caused by the massive August 2015 mine spill that released millions of gallons of toxic waste into the Animas and San Juan rivers. In a press release Navajo Nation Attorney General Ethel Branch stated, “In particular, it has impaired our ability to maintain the cultural, ceremonialism, and spiritual practices that undergird the Navajo way of life. Through this claim and our corresponding lawsuit, we are demanding that the US government finally provide the Navajo Nation relief.” The toxic spill released lead, mercury and arsenic into to rivers that Navajo and others rely on for...

A Message from Tahrir to #NoDAPL Original By Tarek Nasr Revamped by Patty Stonefish

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Featured

This article was originally written in response to #IdleNoMore – however, after talking to my good friend Tarek Nasr, who is responsible for the original piece, we decided it’s time to be revamped and released again for #NoDAPL. (You may see the original, “A Message from Tahrir to #IdleNoMore” here.) Having started our own uprising roughly 2 years ago and continuing to struggle for Bread, Freedom & Social Justice we have learned a lot (and continue to learn) from this once in a lifetime experience. Having said that I will divide this post into 3 parts; the first some advice (hopefully valuable) to my Indigenous brothers and sisters and...

History Snobs ask Why Now? by Trace L Hentz

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Featured

“The great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by it in many ways, and history is literally present in all that we do.” ― James Baldwin, The Price of the Ticket: Collected Nonfiction, 1948-1985 This headline ought to get me a few gasps and new readers. No, I’m not a history snob. I’m a lover. I can’t get enough of what I call His-Story, where/there, when/then, what/that. I watched (with baited breath) the live feed of the history symposium at Brown University. Official title: SLAVERY AND GLOBAL PUBLIC HISTORY: New Challenges. It’s about: Universities across the United States and...

Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau Approves Two Major Tar Sands Pipelines

Posted by on Dec 2, 2016 in Featured

On Tuesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved two major Tar Sands pipelines. Trudeau and his cabinet signed off on the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline and Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline. Combined, the pipelines will bring over a million barrels of Alberta oil sands to global markets. Separately, Trudeau rejected the permit for the Northern Gateway pipeline. The Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline will increase the capacity of an aging pipeline from 300,000 barrels to 890,000 barrels per day running from the Alberta Tar Sands to Vancouver B.C. Additionally, it will expand the tanker port as tanker traffic is anticipated to increase from five tankers per month, to 34...

President Fidel Castro made a huge positive contribution to social justice in the modern world by Damon Corrie

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Featured

The focus of my article today is on Fidel Castro, a man whom EVERY BLACK SOUTH AFRICAN (and every human being who opposed the racist Apartheid tyranny in South Africa) HAVE TO THANK for ending the white racist rule of Apartheid . No – Apartheid did NOT end because you and your friends prayed nightly, or marched in the streets of your own countries worldwide with placards aloft chanting outside of South Africa, nor did it end because of all your letter writing campaigns calling on your governments to impose economic boycotts on the Apartheid Regime …let us NOT deceive ourselves, whatever pacifist resistance you did to show your...

The U.S. Army Cannot Evict Us from Treaty Lands

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Featured

Coalition response to the U.S. Army Corps announcement that it will evict people from the Oceti Sakowin Camp by Dec 5th. On Friday, November 25, after the turkey was pardoned, the Obama Administration issued an eviction notice to the Oceti Sakowin encampments at Standing Rock. We are a coalition of grassroots groups living and working at the encampments, and we will not be moved. We stand united in defiance of the black snake and are committed to defense of water, our Mother Earth, and our rights as Indigenous people. We call on all people of conscience, from all Nations, to join the encampments and stand with us as we...

Army Corps Issues Eviction Notice to Oceti Sakowin Camp

Posted by on Nov 26, 2016 in Featured

In a letter addressed to Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II, the US Army Corps of Engineers Col. John Henderson issued an eviction notice to water protectors currently camped at the Oceti Sakowin Camp. He states that he will be closing Army Corps managed federal lands North of the Cannonball River, the current location of the Oceti Sakowin Camp, on Dec 5th. The land in question is tribal lands affirmed in the 1851 Ft. Laramie treaty, in which the Army Corps took possession of, illegally, in 1944. Read full letter here, by Wakíƞyaƞ Waánataƞ (Matt Remle-...

Water Protector Seriously Injured by Police Violence: Statement by Standing Rock Medic & Healer Council

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in Featured

On November 21st as a direct result of the violent police response at Standing Rock towards unarmed people opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline, a 21 year old woman from New York City, Sophia Wilansky, was severely injured when a concussion grenade thrown by police hit her left arm and exploded. Sophia was heading to bring water to the unarmed people who were being attacked for several hours by Morton County Sheriff forces. The Morton County Sheriff’s Department has stated that she was injured by a purported propane explosion that the Sheriff’s Department claimed the unarmed people created. These statements are refuted by Sophia’s testimony, by several eye-witnesses who watched...

No Water Challenge by Dana Lone Hill

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in Featured

When I read comments from non Natives regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline, it is kind of shocking to me how much people disregard water. In fact, a few online friends of mine shocked me last year when they said they don’t even like water. They hated the way it tasted, etc. I of course, after getting over my disbelief went into a rant about how someday water will be more precious than anything. That is something that was taught to me by my grandfather, taught to him by his grandfather. The Lakota prophecy that dates back at least 300 years talks of all the water turning black someday. It...

Standing Rock Chairman Responds to Police Violence

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in Featured

CANNON BALL, N.D. — Under the cover of darkness, North Dakota law enforcement have leveraged tear gas and water cannons to force Native Americans and allied water protectors to submit to unlawful police tactics in the wake of a standing order by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers to stand down for further environmental review, Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chair Dave Archambault II charged on Sunday night. “The easement to build the unsafe Dakota Access Pipeline has not been granted. But under the cover of darkness, North Dakota law enforcement continues to engage in unlawful and dehumanizing tactics to subdue peaceful water protectors with tear gas and water cannons,”...

Washington State Republican Senator to Introduce New Crime Bill Targeting Protestors as “Economic Terrorist”

Posted by on Nov 18, 2016 in Featured

Olympia, WA- 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. If passed, the new bill would allow for felony prosecution of protestors who, “block streets, cause property damage, threaten jobs and put public safety at risk.” Further it would allow for felony prosecution of, “those who intentionally break the law in an attempt to intimidate or coerce private citizens or the government by obstructing economic activity.” From a news release on his webpage, “Washington needs to take a firm stand against illegal protests that block transportation and commerce, cause...

Blackfeet Nation celebrates the cancellation of illegal oil leases on sacred tribal land

Posted by on Nov 17, 2016 in Featured

U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Devon Energy Corp. and Blackfeet Nation announce cancellation of illegal oil leases on sacred tribal land: Justice prevails for Blackfeet Nation after 30 years of fighting to protect its homeland BROWNING, MONT.—The U.S. Department of the Interior today announced it would retire 15 of Devon Energy’s undeveloped oil leases in the Badger-Two Medicine region, a federally-recognized Traditional Cultural District encompassing 130,000 acres along Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front. The area is sacred to the Blackfeet Nation, containing many of the tribe’s traditional foods and medicines. It’s also home to the tribe’s creation story. “We’re grateful that this administration and the leadership at Devon Energy have...

Members of Congress Urge Obama to Deny Easement for the DAPL to cross the Missouri River

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Featured

Washington, D.C. – President Obama should take concrete steps to reduce the tensions at the Dakota Access Pipeline, argued Representatives Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ), Jared Huffman (D-CA), and 21 members of Congress today in a letter to the White House. The lawmakers recommend that the federal government deny the easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross Lake Oahe, deploy observers to ensure water protectors and journalists are safe and their rights are upheld, and urge the state of North Dakota to stand down from its escalation of the use of force. The letter follows today’s announcement by the Army Corps of Engineers that the agency will continue consultations...