Posted by on Sep 25, 2016 in Featured

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

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

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 for Barrasso to schedule a hearing, he needed requests from other senators to do so. However, according to Senator Tester (D-MT), this isn’t the case and Barrasso can immediately schedule a hearing on the impact the Dakota Access Pipeline construction is having and will have on Indian Country. On Friday September 16th, the Indigenous Youth Council confronted Senator Barrasso, and...

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Posted by on Sep 23, 2016 in Featured

Northwest Tribal Leaders Hold Mass Rally to Oppose Dakota Access Pipeline

Northwest Tribal Leaders Hold Mass Rally to Oppose Dakota Access Pipeline

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 Rock Sioux Tribe. “In Lakota, we call water mni wiconi, the literal translation being “it gives me life.” Remember that water, mni, is every being’s first medicine. Know water, know life. No water, no life. Together we can stop the Dakota Access pipeline, together we can help heal our Nations” —Matt Remle Lakota The Sacred Water Canoe family led the...

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Posted by on Sep 23, 2016 in Featured

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

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

“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 Rock go off of is one of our leaders of the past was famous, famous for his quotes. If you ever hear of Sitting Bull, if you know who Sitting Bull is… Sitting Bull came from Standing Rock and one the most famous quotes that he has is, “Let’s put our minds together and see what we can build for...

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Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in Featured

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

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

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 eastern border of the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. Along with other Sioux tribes, the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation draws nearly all of its drinking water from the Oahe Reservoir. Committee testimony is scheduled for Thurs. Sept. 22, 2016 at 1:30 PM, 210 Cannon House Office Building. Chairman Frazier is available for interviews directly following his testimony at the Cannon House...

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Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in Featured

Far Right Oath Keepers Seek to Exploit Water Protectors’ Stand

Far Right Oath Keepers Seek to Exploit Water Protectors’ Stand

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 Native lands and our communities as so many profit-making opportunities. When we stand together to demand that American institutions recognize the sovereignty of tribal nations and the full humanity of all people. And when we stand together to tell the forces of organized racism that their bigotry and division are not welcome in our communities – we can change the...

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