Posted by on Sep 25, 2016 in Featured

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

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

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 it to be a sacred place; even according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: At the Cannonball Ranch, there are burials of notable Standing Rock memebers [sic] and their families including Maltida Galpin, Alma Parken, Louisa Degray Van Solen, and Charles Picotte, among whom are signatories on the Treaty of Fort Laramie. There is also an unmarked grave of...

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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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