Posted by on May 23, 2017 in Featured

Indigenous Divestment Delegation goes to Europe

Indigenous Divestment Delegation goes to Europe

On Sunday, May 21 an indigenous delegation of Water Protectors—Rachel Heaton, Waśté Win Young, Naát’áaníí Nez Means, and Rafael “Tufawon” Gonzalez—and 35 activists from Les Amis de la Terre France and ANV Nonviolent Action COP21 laid a “pipeline” inside a Société Générale branch in Paris. The action denounced the role of French banks in the construction of new oil infrastructure in the United States, especially the Dakota Access Pipeline. The action is part of a month-long European tour called “Stand Up with Standing Rock,” which aims to call on European banks to divest from pipeline projects being planned without the Free, Prior, and Informed Consent of Indigenous People. Among these pipelines are the Dakota Access, Keystone XL, Trans Mountain, Line 3, Energy East, LNG, and many more. The four indigenous activists are speaking to European climate justice activists about divestment as a tool for promoting indigenous rights and testifying about their experience at Standing Rock. The tour comes as a coalition of grassroots Indigenous groups from across Turtle Island...

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Posted by on May 23, 2017 in Featured

More Leaks Found Along Dakota Access Pipeline

More Leaks Found Along Dakota Access Pipeline

May 22 2017 – The Associated Press is reporting that two additional leaks have been found along the Dakota Access pipeline. This marks the pipelines third known leak. On two separate incidents the Dakota Access pipeline is reported to have leaked more than 100-gallons of oil in North Dakota. On March 3rd, 84 gallons spilled in in Watford City and 20-gallons spilled in Mercer County on March 5th. On April 4th, 84-gallons of oil leaked from a pump station in South Dakota. In an interview with Last Real Indians in 2016 Nicole Montclair-Donaghy (Lakota) stated, “The more concerning threat is what this pipeline WILL do to the environment. All pipelines break at some point in their lifetime.*Pipelines spill their contents.” The Dakota Access pipeline, of which Energy Transfer Partners assured would be safe, has leaked over 200-gallons on three separate known incidents. Water protectors and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe continue to challenge the pipeline. by Wakíƞyaƞ Waánataƞ (Matt...

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Posted by on May 19, 2017 in Featured

Anti-Indian Leader Comes to Skagit County, Rally Called to Support Tribal Rights

Anti-Indian Leader Comes to Skagit County, Rally Called to Support Tribal Rights

A leading national anti-Indian activist is headed to Skagit County – and supporters of tribal and human rights are rallying to expose her bigotry and stand with Indian Nations. Elaine Willman will speak Saturday, May 20th at a meeting in Sedro Woolley hosted by the Skagit County Citizens Alliance for Property Rights. The Skagit County Republican Party and KGMI radio host Kris Halterman are also promoting the event. Elaine Willman is a longtime leader of the Citizens Equal Rights Alliance (CERA), a Wisconsin-based group that seeks to terminate tribes and abrogate treaties between Indian Nations and the United States. Willman calls tribal sovereignty a “tiresome myth” that was “nullified by the U.S. Constitution” and asserts that “[T]he federal government should no longer be honoring treaties with its own citizens.” Both statements are at odds with the U.S. Constitution and long-standing Supreme Court precedent. “CERA and Elaine Willman would gut the Constitution and end tribal nationhood in the United States,” said Chuck Tanner of the Institute for Research and Education...

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Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Featured

First Peoples of East and West Stand United with Yezidis

First Peoples of East and West Stand United with Yezidis

LALISH, Nineveh, Iraq. May 18, 2017 – The Baba Sheikh Khurto Hajji Ismail has invited two leading Native American advocates of the world’s First Peoples to tour Ezidikhan in Kurdish-administered Iraq next month. According to the Yezidi nation’s official news agency, His Holiness the Baba Sheikh recently appointed the Caribbean indigenous rights activist Damon Gerard Corrie as the Yezidi nation Ezidikhan’s official ambassador-at-large. Last month, Mr. Corrie served as the Yezidi nation Ezidikhan’s official envoy at the 16th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues where he presented Ezidikhan’s official statement objecting to Turkish air attacks upon Yezidi territory. Ambassador Corrie will visit Kurdish-administered Iraq in June at the invitation of the Baba Sheikh, who will swear in Ambassador Corrie and bless his mission in Ezidikhan and across the world. Ambassador Corrie will be accompanied by Chase Iron Eyes, a prominent Native American Indian activist, attorney, politician, video documentary producer, and member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North America. Ambassador Corrie is currently seeking...

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