Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Featured

Despite Standing Rock Brutality, Wells Fargo Board Recommends Against Indigenous Peoples Policy

Despite Standing Rock Brutality, Wells Fargo Board Recommends Against Indigenous Peoples Policy

INDIGENOUS LEADERS CITE HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN CONDEMNING WELLS FARGO’S DECISION TO FINANCE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 25, 2017 Media Contact: Matt Remle, (206) 639-3610, mcremle@hotmail.com On Tuesday, April 25th, Wells Fargo will convene its annual meeting of stockholders at the Sawgrass Marriot in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, where they will vote on an Indigenous People’s Policy. This policy calls on “Wells Fargo & Company (WFC) to develop and adopt a global policy regarding the rights of indigenous peoples which includes respect for the free, prior and informed consent of indigenous communities affected by WFC financing.” The Board of Wells Fargo has recommended stockholders vote against this proposal, as the Board claims to have the necessary risk management, human rights, and indigenous rights policies in place. The undersigned denounce the Board’s position, as Wells Fargo still chooses to finance the Dakota Access Pipeline, a project embroiled in treaty violations, indigenous rights violations, and human rights abuses. United Nations’ rapporteurs, NGOs, faith leaders, journalists, and over 200...

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Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Featured

Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska Votes to Divest from Wells Fargo over Dakota Access Pipeline

Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska Votes to Divest from Wells Fargo over Dakota Access Pipeline

Juneau, AK – At the annual Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska Annual Tribal Assembly held April 19-21, a resolution was passed to “Discontinue the Tribe’s Relationship with Wells Fargo Bank” due to its financial backing of the Dakota Access pipeline. According to the resolution (RESO 17-11) “the Tribe finds that Wells Fargo’s investment in the Dakota Access Pipeline and recent misconduct and dishonest business practices are contrary to Tribe’s strong commitment to conducting its business with socially responsible banks that support the sovereignty and well-being of Indian Tribes, and it is in the Tribe’s best interest to strengthen its framework for social equity and responsibility in contracting by enacting authority and responsibilities to ensure the Tribe conducts business with partners who are committed to support of Indian Tribes, their sovereignty, and the health and welfare of their citizen.” The resolution, which was presented by the Seattle Seattle Tlingit & Haida Community Council, further states that the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes...

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Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Featured

Commission Votes to Deny Liquor Licenses to Whiteclay “Skid Row of the Plains”

Commission Votes to Deny Liquor Licenses to Whiteclay “Skid Row of the Plains”

Lincoln, NE – On April 19th, the Nebraska State liquor board voted 3-0 to deny liquor licenses to beer stores located in Whiteclay, an unincorporated village of 14 people. It is often referred to as the “Skid Row of the Plains”. Whiteclay, which is 200 feet from the border of the Pine Ridge reservation, consists of just four beer stores, has long been at the center of controversy and a target for on-going protests. The beer stores sell, on average, 4.5 million cans of beer annually to primarily citizens of the Pine Ridge reservation where alcohol sales are illegal. According to, the documentary Battle for Whiteclay, “In 1882 U.S. President Chester A. Arthur decreed a fifty-square-mile buffer zone in Nebraska south of the Pine Ridge Agency in South Dakota at the urging of the U.S. Indian Agent and Oglala Lakota elders, for the protection of reservation residents from illegal whiskey peddlers operating in this area. In 1889, and again in 1890, the U.S. Congress enacted legislation incorporating this buffer...

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Posted by on Apr 22, 2017 in Featured

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes divests from Wells Fargo

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes divests from Wells Fargo

April 20 2017, From the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) Communication Office PABLO – The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes had used the services of Wells Fargo Investments for years. However, Wells Fargo’s involvement and participation with the North Dakota Access Pipeline caused a change of heart for the CSKT’s Tribal Council. Last month, Council voted to divest from Wells Fargo and began moving all funds to other accounts. Currently, CSKT has no funds invested or held by Wells Fargo Investments. “The Salish, Pend d’Oreille and Kootenai people stand in support of protecting sacred sites and the rights of indigenous tribes,” said CSKT Chairman Vernon S. Finley. CSKT uses various banks and investment houses to protect tribal assets. Council’s formal vote took place March 2. The City of Seattle and Davis, California have also cut all ties with Wells Fargo. Posted by Wakíƞyaƞ Waánataƞ (Matt Remle-...

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