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Call for Support – Stand with Standing Rock

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Featured

You can support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in its fight to protect its waters and sacred places by contacting your members of Congress and the Administration to oppose the easement from the Army Corps of Engineers: Do not allow the Army Corps to grant Dakota Access Pipeline an easement to drill under Lake Oahe until the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s waters and sacred places are protected. 1. Call or Email your Congressional Representative or Senator. To find your Congressional Representative click here. 2. Call or Email Denis McDonough, Chief of Staff to the President and Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of Army Corp of Engineers: Denis McDonough, Chief of...

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Declares a ‘State of Emergency’ over Impacts from Dakota Access Pipeline

Posted by on Aug 28, 2016 in Featured

On August 26th, 2016, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal council declared a State of Emergency due to the threat and impacts from the Dakota Access pipeline. “Within our sovereign authority the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe declared a State of Emergency to address the serious nature of the situation [the impacts from the Dakota Access Pipeline]. The tribe will continue to protect our waters, sacred places, and most importantly our children.” Standing Rock Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II The Chairman further called on support from other Tribal Nations and individuals to call on their members of Congress, and the White House, to oppose the granting of an easement to the...

Oceti Sakowin Camp ‘Taking it Back’ by Sunny Red Bear

Posted by on Aug 28, 2016 in Featured

Bringing in the Horse Nation as Leksi Arvol Looking Horse spoke to the people…The way he spoke & the way we listened made me feel like I was living a Grandmothers dream. In this day I was overwhelmed with a pride that I could not have imagined as a little girl. Growing up I was ashamed to be Native, groomed by history books as the only viable resource to finding out who I was. The only natives that I had known in my life at that point were described to me as drunks, poor & irresponsible. Thinking as a child that I had the same blood pumping through my...

Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Statement Regarding Argument in District Court on Tribe’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction Against Dakota Access Pipeline

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in Featured

Washington, DC (August 24, 2016) – Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault, II releases the following statement regarding arguments heard on the Tribe’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction against Dakota Access Pipeline in the District Court for the District of Columbia: “We are pleased that we had our day in Court today, and we look forward to a ruling soon. I believe that everyone who attended the hearing today will understand that the Tribe is seeking fundamental justice here—as we seek to protect our waters and our sacred sites. Second, whatever the final outcome in court I believe we have already established an important principle—that is tribes will be heard...

Tribal Nations Respond to Standing Rock’s Call to Action Against Dakota Access Pipeline

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Featured

Last week, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe issued a call of support to other Native Nations to pass resolutions or send letters of support in their effort to stop the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. To date, 87 Tribal Nations have answered the call and issued support to Standing Rock to stop the pipeline. Below is from Steve Sitting Bear, External Affairs Director for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Call to Action Update Against Dakota Access Pipeline August 22, 2016: The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has received notice from 87 Tribal Nations who have officially taken action to support our opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Below are...

Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Stands in Unity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in Opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline

Posted by on Aug 22, 2016 in Featured

Juneau, AK (August 18, 2016) – Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska’s Executive Council unanimously adopted a resolution opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline. As stewards of the air, land, and sea, who have respect for nature and property, Central Council stands in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe who have been peacefully protesting to protect their way of life, water, people and land. “As we embark on our own battles over transboundary mining issues, we need to support our brothers and sisters across Indian Country so that we might be able to call on them to do the same for us in the spirit...

Standing Rock Tribal Chairman Responds to North Dakota Governor’s Declaration of Emergency

Posted by on Aug 21, 2016 in Featured

I appreciate the pressure that Governor Dalrymple is working under. We are all feeling the tension created by the recent decision of the Corps of Engineers and Energy Transfer Partners to rush ahead with construction of the Dakota Access pipeline while important legal issues of tribal sovereignty and public health and safety remain unresolved. Tribal leaders are committed to non-violence and peaceful prayer as the guiding principle of Cannon Ball River camps. We are doing everything in our power to promote that spirit. This is an opportunity to work together in a spirit of cooperation, and we should take advantage of that opportunity. But with all due respect, the...

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and IITC file an Urgent Communication to the United Nations Citing Human Rights Violations Resulting from Pipeline Construction

Posted by on Aug 20, 2016 in Featured

Ft. Yates, North Dakota, United States: On Thursday, August 18, 2016 the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) jointly submitted an urgent action communication to four United Nations (UN) human rights Special Rapporteurs. It cited grave human rights and Treaty violations resulting from the construction of the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline in close proximity to the Standing Rock Reservation by the United States Army Corps of Engineers and Dakota Access LLC, a subsidiary of Texas-based Energy Transfer. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (SRST) stands in firm opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. The pipeline would carry nearly half a billion barrels of crude...

Water Determines Territorial Boundaries By Dakota Wind

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 in Featured

Hunkpapa and Yanktonai Homeland Traditional Territory Defined by Water Cannonball, ND – In 1915, Colonel Welch met Wakíŋyaŋ Tȟó (Blue Thunder), a renowned camp crier (his voice was said to have carried five miles) and traditional historian of the Iháŋktȟuŋwaŋna Dakȟóta and Húŋkpapȟa Lakȟóta at Fort Yates, ND. Welch asked Blue Thunder from where he came. Blue Thunder replied that he was born on Tȟaspáŋna Wakpána (“Thorn Apple Creek;” Apple Creek), or Bismarck, ND. Blue Thunder’s answer reflected the pre-reservation tradition of naming the stream along which one was born, from which one came, by way of introductions. It also enforced the ideology of territorial boundary. The post reservation...