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The Need to End Corporate Sponsorship in Indian Country: Resolution Copper Mining, Army Corps, & BNSF Railway to Sponsor AISES Conference

Posted by on Sep 30, 2016 in Featured

Over the past few years, Last Real Indians has shined a light on the efforts of major corporations to sponsor events in Native communities, and specifically pointed out the potential areas of conflict of interest stemming from accepting money from corporations involved in activities negatively impacting Native communities. In 2013, Indigenous land and water protector Clayton Thomas-Muller brilliantly called out the corporate sponsorship of the Indispire Awards Show (formally National Aboriginal Achievement Awards). He challenged Native organizations to reject corporate sponsorship especially corporations like CIBC, Cameco, Shell and others who are actively committing ecocide in 1st Nations homelands. “It is my belief that to be sovereign we must develop...

How to Abolish Columbus Day and Get An Indigenous Peoples Day Resolution Passed by Mahtowin Munro

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Featured

We had an amazing victory in June 2016 in the city of Cambridge, MA when Columbus Day was abolished and Indigenous Peoples Day declared. There were many Indigenous and other people working behind the scenes to garner public support for this campaign, and it took a persistent effort over several months to make sure that the City Council would do the right thing. We were fortunate also in having some strong support on City Council, and this snowballed into a unanimous vote on their part. Key elements were having a consistent campaign and message, bringing in Indigenous and non-Native people to testify before City Council, enlisting letters and phone...

Statement from Chairman Harold Frazier of Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Regarding Arrests of Water Protectors. #NoDAPL

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Featured

FOLLOWING COMPLAINTS OF ARMED ARRESTS AT PEACEFUL PRAYER CIRCLE, CHEYENNE RIVER SIOUX TRIBE CHAIRMAN FRAZIER PLEADS FOR FEDERAL MONITORING EAGLE BUTTE S.D. – On Sept. 29, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier sent a letter to United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch requesting Federal monitors in North Dakota and asking her to condemn of the aggressive actions against the water protectors at Standing Rock by privately sanctioned personnel and law enforcement. “We are a peaceful people who have fought and died for the right to pray and be present in the protection of our lands. Yesterday, people who were gathered in peaceful prayer near the construction site near...

Still Sacred: Why Energy Transfer Partners’ Cannonball Land Grab Doesn’t Change Anything by Gabriel Galanda

Posted by on Sep 25, 2016 in Featured

The media was quick to report that Energy Transfer Partners, the developer of the “Dakota” Access Pipeline (DAPL), purchased the Cannonball Ranch last Thursday. What wasn’t reported was the extent to which Ranch is sacred to both Native and Non-Native society. Indeed, its sacredness spans both worlds. As the Rapid City Journal reported a decade ago: The ranch, since statehood, has been the land that bridged North Dakota to the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation, on the other side of the Cannonball River. Through the eyes of non-Natives, the ranch “was the first to be inducted in the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame.” The Sioux Peoples likewise believe...

Sen Barrasso Refuses Hearing on Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline

Posted by on Sep 25, 2016 in Featured

Chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs Ignores Treaty Rights Washington D.C. – Representatives of the International Indigenous Youth Council of Standing Rock and Oceti Sakowin Youth encampment have requested that Senator John Barrasso (R- WY) hold a Senate committee hearing on Indian Affairs in response to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. As the 114th Congressional session is coming to an end, the window of opportunity is closing to give notice to other Senators, as required by procedural rule 4.a for the Indian Affairs committee. Senator Barrasso’s legislative director, Bryn Stewart, advised Youth Council representatives on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, that in order...

Northwest Tribal Leaders Hold Mass Rally to Oppose Dakota Access Pipeline

Posted by on Sep 23, 2016 in Featured

On September 16th, a massive rally and march was held in Seattle, WA to show opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline and to show solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Leaders from Northwest tribes from Quinualt, Makah, Lummi, Suquamish, Tulalip, Swinomish, Puyallup and more were joined by local elected officials included Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Seattle City Council members Kshama Sawant, Bruce Harrell, and Debora Juarez. The rally started at Seattle City Hall, where the Mayor signed a resolution passed by the City Council to oppose the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. In his remarks, he challenged other cities to take similar actions to support the Standing...

Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman’s Statement at the Protecting Native Land and Resources, Rejecting North Dakota Pipeline Forum

Posted by on Sep 23, 2016 in Featured

“Thank you for taking this time to hear us. It’s really important that we understand where we are coming from as tribes from across this nation. From my perspective, I don’t think it’s the perception that we oppose economic development or we oppose energy independence or we oppose national security. What we oppose is it being done off our backs. For too long, there are too many cases where tribes have been forced to give and continue to give. Today, we pay for the Missouri river, Lake Oahe Hydropower with Western Area Power Association so that this nation gets affordable electricity. One of the things that we at Standing...

Cheyenne River Sioux Chairman to Testify on Threats to Water Posed by the Dakota Access Pipeline

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in Featured

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FOLLOWING ALABAMA PIPELINE BREAK, CHEYENNE RIVER SIOUX TRIBE CHAIRMAN FRAZIER TO TESTIFY AT HOUSE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES ON DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE AND THE THREAT TO RESERVATION DRINKING WATER WASHINGTON D.C. – Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier will be giving testimony this week at the House Committee on Natural Resources Democrats Forum regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline in advance of the White House Tribal Nations Conference taking place September 24-26. Last week, the Continental Gas Pipeline broke, spilling 600,000 gallons of gasoline in Alabama. The Dakota Access Pipeline proposes to move 570,000 barrels of oil daily to cross under the Missouri River, along the...

Far Right Oath Keepers Seek to Exploit Water Protectors’ Stand

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in Featured

This letter is written in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, the Oceti Sakowin and the many tribes and non-Native allies around the country who have joined together to block the Dakota Access Pipeline and its potential contamination of the water on which we all depend. Water is Life. The courageous stand of the Protectors offers a path out of the dilemmas we currently face. It is the path of communities standing together – a community of communities acting boldly and resolutely to save the Earth and truly demand justice for all. When we stand together to stop giant companies like Energy Transfer Partners and Enbridge that view...