Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Featured

Wolakota Mitakuye Oyasin: Statement from Water Protectors

Wolakota Mitakuye Oyasin: Statement from Water Protectors

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 now more than ever it is critical to enforce these rights against despotism and corporate interests. Further, the water protectors Lakota and Non, have Inherent Rights, beyond Treaty or NATION States Mandates, we recognize this as well. In saying so we, as Indigenous People with inherent relationships to the lands openly endorse and support the actions of the various water...

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Posted by on Feb 20, 2017 in Featured

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

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

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 sent from Seattle organizers and read at the Berlin action. “Solidarity statement from Seattle NoDAPL. Greetings to our relatives in Berlin. It is with great enthusiasm that we send our support to you in your efforts in getting BayernLB to divest from Energy Transfer Partners and the Dakota Access pipeline. As you are aware, the Dakota Access pipeline is a...

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Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in Featured

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

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

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 Camp were erected to oppose the...

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Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 in Featured

Guide to Divestment by Rachel Heaton

Guide to Divestment by Rachel Heaton

“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 and the local Native community did it. Guide to divestment · Important article on why it’s important to divest. http://lastrealindians.com/divest-now-joint-statement-regarding-the-next-stage-in-the-fight-against-dakota-access-pipeline-by-gyasi-ross-matt-remle/ · “The How to Divest” tool kit- Use this kit to get your city’s campaign started and see what we’ve done to get our city to divest. Here is the link to get started https://sites.google.com/view/divest-city/home · Focus on all banks...

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Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 in Featured

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

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

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 funding from the Energy Transfer Partners and Sunco Logistics which fund the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Members of Bellingham #NoDAPL read a letter to a representative from the US Bank, provided a community update on the Sacred Stone Camp, and supported a community member who closed their account at the bank. The Bellingham #NoDAPL Coalition continues their campaign to have...

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