Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Featured

This isn’t over: take up the torch and defund DAPL! by Jacqueline Fielder

This isn’t over: take up the torch and defund DAPL! by Jacqueline Fielder

Today, for the umpteenth time in the history of Plains Indians-U.S. relations, the United States government is using its military might to evict indigenous people from their land so that settlers can extract a profitable resource from the earth. To some non-indigenous people looking into this moment from the outside, this may seem an abstract exaggeration. No one has died, they might say. There are legal dimensions to the issue. But this is no exaggeration. Today, on February 22, 2017, the United States is repeating history, and unless we get ourselves, our cities, our states, our pension funds, and our universities to divest from banks financing the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and Keystone XL Pipeline (KXL), we all have oil on our hands. In 1851, the U.S. government subjected Lakota and Dakota bands to the Fort Laramie Treaty. This treaty outlined the boundaries of “The Great Sioux Nation.” When settlers discovered gold within the bounds of the Great Sioux Nation, the United States government used its military might to...

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Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Featured

Hoopa Valley Tribe Appaulds Appeals Court’s Decision to Uphold Life-Saving Water Releases for Hoopa Fish

Hoopa Valley Tribe Appaulds Appeals Court’s Decision to Uphold Life-Saving Water Releases for Hoopa Fish

February 21, 2017 – Today, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld water releases to the Trinity River to prevent salmon die-off downstream. Since the horrific 2002 salmon kill on the Lower Klamath River, the Bureau of Reclamation has released supplemental water from the Trinity River Reservoir on numerous occasions to prevent similar fish kill. Reversing the Eastern District Court’s judgment, the appeals court ruled that federal and state laws authorized the Bureau of Reclamation release water from its reservoirs to protect migrating fish in the Lower Klamath River, downstream of the Trinity River confluence. The Bureau’s over diversion of water from the Klamath River in Oregon had killed as many as 70,000 adult salmon in 2002. Six times since then, the Bureau of Reclamation, at the request of the Hoopa Valley Tribe, has released extra water from the Trinity Project to augment flow in the Lower Klamath and avert repetition of the fish epizootic. “Once again, the Court of Appeals has acted to uphold our property rights in...

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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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