Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Featured

History Snobs ask Why Now? by Trace L Hentz

History Snobs ask Why Now? by Trace L Hentz

“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 the world have been forced to confront connections to slavery throughout their histories. From Brown to Yale, Oxford and in South Africa, students, faculty, and administrations wrestle with how to expose, conceal, honor, or memorialize the legacies of slavery. LINK: https://www.brown.edu/initiatives/slavery-and-justice/global-public-history/schedule Esteemed historians, I’ve met quite a few of them. I remember Yale at a similar symposium in 2000. I...

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Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Featured

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

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

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 put our bodies on the line. The eviction notice came in a letter from the US Army Corps of Engineers to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, informing the tribe that on Dec. 5th, it will “close” all lands north of the Cannonball River, where the Oceti Sakowin encampment is located. It is no coincidence that the Army Corps of Engineers...

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Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in Featured

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

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

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 police intentionally throw concussion grenades at unarmed people, by the lack of charring of flesh at the wound site and by the grenade pieces that have been removed from her arm in surgery and will be saved for legal proceedings. Sophia was safely taken out of North Dakota for emergent surgery and is currently in stable condition. Below is her...

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Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in Featured

Standing Rock Chairman Responds to Police Violence

Standing Rock Chairman Responds to Police Violence

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,” Archambault said. “Live video footage on Facebook this Sunday night (Nov. 20) clearly document that North Dakota’s law enforcement and government officials have sanctioned aggressive acts in failed attempts to disperse water protectors who have the right to demonstrate against and report on this failing project. It’s time for President Obama to condemn these tactics and this pipeline.” Standing Rock’s...

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Posted by on Nov 17, 2016 in Featured

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

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

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 taken such a visionary step toward permanent protection of this area,” said Harry Barnes, chairman of the Blackfeet Nation Tribal Business Council. “The Badger-Two Medicine is like a church—a divine sanctuary—to our people.” “The Badger-Two Medicine is our land, it is everything to us,” Blackfeet Chief Earl Old Person said. “Many years ago, our ancestors turned down payment for this...

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