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Despite Standing Rock Brutality, Wells Fargo Board Recommends Against Indigenous Peoples Policy

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Featured

INDIGENOUS LEADERS CITE HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN CONDEMNING WELLS FARGO’S DECISION TO FINANCE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 25, 2017 Media Contact: Matt Remle, (206) 639-3610, mcremle@hotmail.com On Tuesday, April 25th, Wells Fargo will convene its annual meeting of stockholders at the Sawgrass Marriot in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, where they will vote on an Indigenous People’s Policy. This policy calls on “Wells Fargo & Company (WFC) to develop and adopt a global policy regarding the rights of indigenous peoples which includes respect for the free, prior and informed consent of indigenous communities affected by WFC financing.” The Board of Wells Fargo has recommended stockholders vote against...

Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska Votes to Divest from Wells Fargo over Dakota Access Pipeline

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Featured

Juneau, AK – At the annual Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska Annual Tribal Assembly held April 19-21, a resolution was passed to “Discontinue the Tribe’s Relationship with Wells Fargo Bank” due to its financial backing of the Dakota Access pipeline. According to the resolution (RESO 17-11) “the Tribe finds that Wells Fargo’s investment in the Dakota Access Pipeline and recent misconduct and dishonest business practices are contrary to Tribe’s strong commitment to conducting its business with socially responsible banks that support the sovereignty and well-being of Indian Tribes, and it is in the Tribe’s best interest to strengthen its framework for social equity and...

Commission Votes to Deny Liquor Licenses to Whiteclay “Skid Row of the Plains”

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Featured

Lincoln, NE – On April 19th, the Nebraska State liquor board voted 3-0 to deny liquor licenses to beer stores located in Whiteclay, an unincorporated village of 14 people. It is often referred to as the “Skid Row of the Plains”. Whiteclay, which is 200 feet from the border of the Pine Ridge reservation, consists of just four beer stores, has long been at the center of controversy and a target for on-going protests. The beer stores sell, on average, 4.5 million cans of beer annually to primarily citizens of the Pine Ridge reservation where alcohol sales are illegal. According to, the documentary Battle for Whiteclay, “In 1882 U.S....

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes divests from Wells Fargo

Posted by on Apr 22, 2017 in Featured

April 20 2017, From the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) Communication Office PABLO – The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes had used the services of Wells Fargo Investments for years. However, Wells Fargo’s involvement and participation with the North Dakota Access Pipeline caused a change of heart for the CSKT’s Tribal Council. Last month, Council voted to divest from Wells Fargo and began moving all funds to other accounts. Currently, CSKT has no funds invested or held by Wells Fargo Investments. “The Salish, Pend d’Oreille and Kootenai people stand in support of protecting sacred sites and the rights of indigenous tribes,” said CSKT Chairman Vernon S. Finley. CSKT...

Three Sided Coin by “Kuni” Tyrone Ross Thompson

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in Featured

A generation gap & enrollment has a certain sentiment often exclusive with bourgeois being the consistent attempted dialogue turned into being vile systolic feeling of resentment Identity questioned again among kinship like I walked from the gangplank into colonial boundary words added threads to the noose but older ones are supposed to led our kinship? This worldview is able to see past the reactionary infliction at attempted subjugation by a imaginary conquered rule and I choose to move forward beyond petty infliction Tried to attack personal habits & identity I was trying to communicate what sovereignty is contradicted on a larger scale not enrolled to your tribe so I...

KLAMATH’S SALMON DISASTER: Why it happened, who’s responsible and what’s needed now

Posted by on Apr 14, 2017 in Featured

In his recent Indy Media report, Record Low Klamath Salmon Run Spurs Tribal,Commercial and Sport Fishery Closures, reporter Dan Bacher claims that projected low salmon returns to the Klamath River are “due to a combination of several years of drought, water diversions in the Klamath Basin and to the Sacramento River and the continued presence of the PacifiCorp dams.” Dan’s claims repeat talking points and press releases from tribal and fishing leaders who seek to advance their own agendas, including Klamath Dam removal and federal disaster relief payments. But those claims are not the reason there will be record low returns of salmon to the Klamath River and severely...

Seattle Moves Towards Divesting from Fossil Fuels

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in Featured

Seattle, WA On April 12, 2017, Mayor Murray urged the Seattle City Employees Retirement System (SCERS) board to support divestment of its $2.5 billion pension fund from fossil fuels. “Today I want to add my voice to the chorus of other advocates from 350[Seattle].org and other organizations in calling for the Retirement Board to divest from fossil fuels,” wrote Mayor Murray in a communication from his office to the SCERS Board and the City Council. In the letter, Mayor Murray calls for the SCERS Board to immediately divest from coal and look into options around divesting from oil and gas. He also requests that the Board create a fossil...

Missoula City Council Votes to Divest Funds from Wells Fargo

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Featured

Missoula, MT – On April 3rd, the Missoula city council voted to divest from Wells Fargo due to their financial backing of the Dakota Access pipeline. The resolution, proposed by council members Ruth Swaney and Heidi West, divests $2.6 million the city had invested in a money market account with Wells Fargo. It states, “the City of Missoula finds that Wells Fargo’s investment in the Dakota Access Pipeline and recent misconduct and dishonest business practices are contrary to the City of Missoula’s fiscally prudent investment practices and recognition of Indigenous People’s rights, it is in the City’s best interest to strengthen its framework for social equity and responsibility in...

Indigenous Peoples and Allies to Hold Encampment at Wells Fargo over Dakota Access Pipeline in NYC

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in Featured

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND ALLIES TO CAMP OUT AT WELLS FARGO TO TELL DE BLASIO TO DIVEST FROM WELLS FARGO OVER DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE INVESTMENTS #NoDAPL Wells Fargo Encampment & March on Mayor de Blasio Indigenous Peoples and allies will begin an overnight protest encampment on April 5th at 5:30pm at the Wells Fargo branch at 463 Broadway, between Grand and Broome Streets. The next morning on April 6th at 9:30am, we will march to City Hall for a press conference at 10:15am on City Hall’s steps calling on Mayor de Blasio to divest from Wells Fargo and other banks financing the Dakota Access pipeline. Gloria Steinem, feminist icon and...

BREAKING Seattle City Council Passes Resolution Opposing Keystone XL Pipeline

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in Featured

April 3 2017 Seattle, WA – The Seattle city council has unanimously passed a resolution opposing the construction on the Keystone XL pipeline. The resolution was sponsored by council-member Kshama Sawant. The resolution, which was crafted by the same coalition that brought Seattle’s ordinance to divest $3 billion from Wells Fargo over its investment in the Dakota Access pipeline, states the Seattle City Council’s opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline, and; “request[s] the Department of Finance and Administrative Services (FAS) reject bids to provide banking services to the City of Seattle from financial institutions that provide credit level facilities or project-level loans to TransCanada.” The proposed Keystone XL pipeline...

Solidarity Actions Against Dakota Access Pipeline Held in Europe

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Featured

On March 30th, people in four European countries came together in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) for an online day of action targeting four banks invested in the DAPL: Deutsche Bank in Germany, Intesa San Paolo Bank in Italy, BBVA in Spain, and Credit Suisse in Switzerland. This action comes on the heels of tribes, cities, and banks divesting from the DAPL. Just weeks before the action, the Sami people pushed Norway to divest state pension funds from DAPL. This was only a day after the city of San Francisco announced its divestment plans. News of major divestments...

A Race Construct by Damon Corrie

Posted by on Apr 2, 2017 in Featured

White Skin Developed in Europe Only As Recently as 8,000 Years Ago Say Anthropologists THIS IS SAYING THAT PRIOR TO 8,000 YEARS AGO ‘WHITE SKINNED PEOPLE’- AS A RACE POSSESSING THAT COMMON SKIN COLOUR AS WE KNOW EUROPEANS TODAY – LITERALLY DID NOT EXIST (only people of every other skin color – except for the rare Albino here & there). Makes the description of them (‘white people’) by wise indigenous elders of other races as óur youngest brothers’ prove to be accurate again…no wonder they know so little of deep spiritual matters…they are the ‘curious children’ of mankind. Interesting, I always suspected that Caucasoids (as in the 3 main...

Wake Up The World Tour – Voices of Water

Posted by on Apr 1, 2017 in Featured

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wake Up The World Tour – Voices of Water After a long fight for water and Indigenous treaty rights at the Oceti Sakowin camp (also known as the Oceti Oyate resistance camp north of the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota) a group of dedicated water protectors are taking the next steps to continue their fight by hitting the road, going on tour, and sharing their frontline experiences across Turtle Island. The Wake Up The World Tour features musical performances, workshops and speaking events by Nataanii Means, Witko, Calina Lawrence, Art Vee, Tufawon, Yaz Like Jaws, Jayohcee, and hosted by Comedian/Poet, Chad Charlie. All of whom...