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HOOPA VALLEY TRIBE APPLUADS APPEALS COURT’S DECEISON TO UPHOLD LIFE-SAVING WATER RELEASES FOR HOOPA FISH

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Featured

February 21, 2017 – Today, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld water releases to the Trinity River to prevent salmon die-off downstream. Since the horrific 2002 salmon kill on the Lower Klamath River, the Bureau of Reclamation has released supplemental water from the Trinity River Reservoir on numerous occasions to prevent similar fish kill. Reversing the Eastern District Court’s judgment, the appeals court ruled that federal and state laws authorized the Bureau of Reclamation release water from its reservoirs to protect migrating fish in the Lower Klamath River, downstream of the Trinity River confluence. The Bureau’s over diversion of water from the Klamath River in Oregon had killed...

Saving Licton Springs by Matt Remle

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Featured

Nestled away in a North Seattle residential and commercial district lays the remnants of one of the last remaining sacred sites of the Duwamish peoples, Licton Springs. Licton (pronounced LEE’kteed) is derived from the Duwamish word le?qtid meaning red-paint, a connotation of the reddish colored mud from the springs. The springs served as a location for spiritual gatherings for the Duwamish peoples, where they would gather annually to build sweat-lodges for cleansing. The red ochre pigment was also collected from the springs and used as a paint for different ceremonies and to decorate longhouses and other items with spiritual imagery. The reddish-mud was also utilized as an ointment by...

Wolakota Mitakuye Oyasin: Statement from Water Protectors

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Featured

For Immediate Release In the interest of the Water Protection Efforts, Dakota Access Pipelineand International Law, specifically the 1851 Ft.Laramie Treaty. FROM THE DESCENDANTS OF OGLALALEADERS AND HEADS MEN, AND REPRESENTATIVES OF OGLALA TIOSPAYE(s)/Extended Family na TIWAHE(s)/Nuclear Family The Descendants of Oglala Leaders and Headsmen,and Representatives of Tiospaye(s) na Tiwahe(s) recognizes the right of the Water Protectors to look after the future generations of all Peoples while acting within the borders of the 1851 Treaty Territory, this includes north of the River Where Sacred Stones Are Made, AKA, The Cannon Ball River. This is International Law, not only recognized by the world but also in the American Constitution, and...

Germans Demand Bavarian Bank Bayern LB to Divest from the Dakota Access Pipeline

Posted by on Feb 20, 2017 in Featured

On February 17th, people took to the streets of Berlin to demand their publicly owned bank Bayern LB to divest from the Dakota Access pipeline. “People took to the streets on Friday, February 17th in Berlin, Germany to call on the publicly owned Bavarian bank Bayern LB to divest $120 million from the Dakota Access Pipeline. Chants of “Wasser Ist Leben // Water is Life” echoed up the marble buildings lining Friedrichstrasse in solidarity with Water Protectors at Standing Rock and around the world.” ~Andrea Marcos Photos from Berlin action Prior to the rally, Berlin organizers reached out to Seattle divestment campaign organizers for solidarity. The following letter was...

Defund DAPL National Conference Call Set: Learn how to run a Divestment Campaign

Posted by on Feb 18, 2017 in Featured

2/17/2017 – A National conference call has been set for February 21 where people can call in and hear from the organizers of Seattle’s successful campaign to divest over $3 billion from Wells Fargo due to its financial backing of the Dakota Access pipeline. Seattle’s success has brought a tidal wave of energy from other cities, towns and Tribes looking to conduct similar campaigns. As Energy Transfer moves towards completion of the pipeline, now is the time to increase efforts to divest from banks affiliated with Energy Transfer Partners and the Dakota Access pipeline What: National conference call to learn how to run divestment campaign When: February 21st 2017...

Santa Monica City Council Moves towards Divesting from Wells Fargo

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Featured

On February 14th 2017, the Santa Monica city council voted 5-0 to begin the process towards divesting from Wells Fargo. The unanimous vote will, “direct staff to examine its investment practices and consider divesting all City funds from Wells Fargo, due to their business practices and their involvement in financing the Dakota Access Pipeline.” The item was placed on the agenda by Councilmembers Terry O’Day and Tony Vazquez. In an on-line petition started by Jenna Perelman, she writes, “Santa Monica has long been a leader in sustainability. To be a true leader in this field, we must embrace sustainability in all aspects of our community, including our investments. Let...

Department of the Army Gives Notice of Intention to Clear NoDAPL Camps

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in Featured

In a letter sent to Chase Iron Eyes dated 2/3/17, Colonel John Henderson states the Army Corps of Engineers intention to began clearing the NoDAPL camps located along the Cannonball River. Citing concern over flooding and other reasons, the Colonel states that they plan to give owners of personal property until Feb 22nd to retrieve personal belongings. After which time, “all remaining unauthorized structures will be removed.” Further, “all remaining vehicles will be removed and impounded.” Read full letter here http://lastrealindians.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Doc-Feb-14-2017-11-10-AM.pdf On April 1, 2016 the Sacred Stone Camp was first erected to oppose the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. By, mid-August the Rosebud Camp and Oceti Sakowin...

BREAKING Judge Denies Request to Stop Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 in Featured

February 13, 2017, The AP is reporting that a Federal Judge has denied an emergency order requested by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe to halt the construction of the remaining section of the Dakota Access pipeline. According to the AP, “U.S. District Judge James Boasberg, in Washington, D.C., said that as long as the oil isn’t flowing through the pipeline, there is no immediate harm to the Cheyenne River and Standing Rock Sioux tribes, which are suing to stop the project. But he said he’d consider the arguments more thoroughly at another hearing on Feb. 27.” Last week, the tribes requested a temporary injunction...

Nataanii Means and Witko Release “God Bless Amerikkka”

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 in Featured

Nataanii Means and Witko release their latest “God Bless Amerikkka” “We been up in the Treaty Camp dedicated to doing our best to remain there protecting the water. This is music from our surroundings, how we grew up, and how we think, actually we wrote this song a year ago but just now recorded it in Fort Yates. Just goes to show we’ve been on this, and we’ve also performed it in Germany before. This is Music to free your soul so dont be scared, share this, like it, and tell your friends. At the end is a sound bit from “Voices from Standing Rock” her name is Helen...

Waters Protectors Shut Down Wells Fargo & Interstate in Actions in WA State

Posted by on Feb 12, 2017 in Featured

February 11, 2017 Seattle WA – two major actions were held in Western Washington on Saturday opposing the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. In Seattle, following on the heels of its historic vote to divest $3 billion from Wells Fargo, a march and rally was held in its Capitol Hill neighborhood leading to the shutting down of the bank. Following a rally sponsored by the LGBTQ community where speakers spoke out against Trump’s executive actions and attacks on immigrants, refugees and Native peoples, people took to the streets and marched to a Wells Fargo bank shutting it down. The Seattle NoDAPL Coalition is currently working with numerous city’s,...

City of Davis Divests from Wells Fargo

Posted by on Feb 11, 2017 in Featured

Davis, CA – On February 8 2017, the City of Davis city council voted unanimously to divest from Wells Fargo due to its finical backing of the Dakota Access pipeline. The vote followed on the heels of Seattle’s vote to divest $3 billion from Wells Fargo. According to the Sacramento Bee, the city council was, “responding to residents who took particular issue with Wells Fargo’s role as a financier of the Dakota pipeline, as well as a scandal regulators uncovered last year in which the bank set up bank accounts for consumers without their knowledge,” further, “Some council members said they wanted to direct the city’s financial business toward...

Guide to Divestment by Rachel Heaton

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 in Featured

“When people with no easy access to money take on big money, it’s always a hard, uphill battle. The side with lots of money can afford to take some losses and burn through resources in court proceedings that those without money cannot. Therefore, a variety of strategies are necessary to even the playing field: direct action, media pressure, shaming, etc. One such method that has worked when dealing with well-moneyed opposition is divestment.” ~Gyasi Ross (Blackfeet) & Matt Remle (Lakota) So you would like to see your own city divest from one of the banks that support Dakota Access Pipeline???? Here is how the Defund DAPL: Seattle Action Coalition...

Coalition calls for Pipeline Divestment from City of Bellingham and U.S. Bank

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 in Featured

The Bellingham #NoDapl Coalition announced today the call from Bellingham community members for the City of Bellingham to support socially responsible financial practices by not using banks that support fossil fuel companies. The coalition stated municipalities have an obligation to take into account the social cost of investing public funds in banks that have a hand in funding destructive policies against Tribal Nations and the environment. The Bellingham #NoDAPL Coalition held an action at US BANK on the corner of Holly and Commercial in Bellingham, Washington on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 11:30 AM. Approximately 100 Bellingham community members flooded the bank lobby to demand that US Bank withdraw...