Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Featured

Tribal Opposition Mounts Against the Dakota Access Pipeline

Tribal Opposition Mounts Against the Dakota Access Pipeline

On February 5th, the Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Dave Archambault II, released a statement reaffirming the tribe’s opposition to the proposed construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. He states, “As Chairman, one of my most important obligations is to protect and preserve the lands, waters and cultural resources of the Tribe.  For this reason, along with the Tribal Council and the Tribe’s staff, I am working hard to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline.”  See full text of his statement below. The Dakota Access Pipeline is a 1,168-mile, 30-inch diameter pipeline, backed by Texas based Energy Transfer Partners.  If built, the pipeline would begin in western North Dakota near Stanley and would end near Patoka, Ill. The Dakota Access Pipeline would transport as much as 450,000 barrels of oil per day with a future capacity of 570,000 barrels per day.  Its proposed route would also cross the Cannon Ball River on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation and over the Missouri River, posing a serious threat to water...

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Posted by on Feb 6, 2016 in Featured

40th Anniversary Statement by Leonard Peltier

40th Anniversary Statement by Leonard Peltier

February 6, 2016 Greetings friends, supporters and all Native Peoples. What can I say that I have not said before? I guess I can start by saying see you later to all of those who have passed in the last year. We Natives don’t like to mention their names. We believe that if we speak their names it disrupts their journey. They may loose their way and their spirits wander forever. If too many call out to them, they will try to come back. But their spirits know we are thinking about them, so all I will say is safe journey and I hope to see you soon. On February 6th, I will have been imprisoned for 40 years! I’m 71 years old and still in a maximum security penitentiary. At my age, I’m not sure I have much time left. I have earned about 4-5 years good time that no one seems to want to recognize. It doesn’t count, I guess? And when I was indicted the average...

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Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Featured

NATIONAL “STOP DISENROLLMENT”  VISUAL ADVOCACY MOVEMENT WILL LAUNCH  ON MON. FEB. 8, AT 2PM

NATIONAL “STOP DISENROLLMENT” VISUAL ADVOCACY MOVEMENT WILL LAUNCH ON MON. FEB. 8, AT 2PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 3, 2016 CONTACT: Indigenous Peoples Pictured Here, or stopdisenrollment@gmail.com NATIONAL “STOP DISENROLLMENT” VISUAL ADVOCACY MOVEMENT WILL LAUNCH ON MON. FEB. 8, AT 2PM PST American Indigenous Artists, Actors, Musicians, Elected Leaders, Educators, Advocates, Professionals To Proclaim #stopdisenrollment Seattle, WA – On Monday, February 8, 2016 at 2 PM PST, a collective of Indigenous People spanning the U.S., will commence a national advocacy campaign: #stopdisenrollment. The crowd-sourced, online campaign is best understood by visiting www.stopdisenrollment.com. There and through social media channels, Indigenous Peoples who believe that disenrollment is contrary to tribal values and traditions, and thus should be stopped, will engage in a powerful, uncensored mode of visual self-expression. All Indigenous Peoples are encouraged to participate. #stopdisenrollment is a leaderless movement, which intends to first attract representatives of all 567 federally-recognized tribes in the United States, and ultimately attract as many participants as there are disenrolled Indians. Currently, over 80 federally recognized tribes–or 15% of all tribes–in 17 states, have disenrolled their kin. It is estimated...

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Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 in Featured

Debora Juarez: Disenrollment is not sovereignty

Debora Juarez: Disenrollment is not sovereignty

Disenrollment is tantamount to relinquishment of my Birthright.  But unlike relinquishment of parental rights, disenrollment is based on no fault of my own. Disenrollment is a decision to steal from me my own Creator-given DNA, my spark, my own gift.  I understand. Because, as an Indian Mother who gave up an Indian Son, it feels eerily reminiscent of a day 39 years ago. He was there.  Then taken from my arms.  Then gone. I never again had any say. Disenrollment is like a unilateral politically motivated divorce or forced adoption.  It is like a relinquishment of parental rights, yet with no due process. Your Birthright is there.  Then taken.  Then gone.  Never again do you have any say. Disenrollment is not sovereignty That’s like the South saying slavery was a “state’s rights issue”; a “sovereignty issue.” No. Absolutely not. Tribal Councils do not own my Birthright.   It is not their property to acquire or extinguish. Likewise, it is not the providence of the Federal Government to assign me a...

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