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We Cannot Negotiate for the Water! Sacred Stone Camp Responds to Army Corps Statement on Dakota Access Pipeline

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Featured

Cannon Ball, North Dakota— Today the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a statement offering to consult with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe about ways to proceed with the Lake Oahe crossing. While this is a step in the right direction, this ignores the demands made by the tribes, the grassroots encampment, countless allied environmental organization, and millions of people standing in solidarity across the globe. The tribe’s pending lawsuit against the Army Corps for its violation of federal law during the permitting process thoroughly articulates the tribe’s case which asks for the Corps to permanently vacate the permits and initiate a full Environmental Impact Statement and a survey...

The fight for water, the fight for oil by Dana Lone Hill

Posted by on Nov 15, 2016 in Featured

Another Veteran’s Day has come and gone and we were all subjected to commercials, tv shows, news stories, listening to the honor ceremonies at football stadiums, all the tearful and sad stories of our young women and men who are overseas “fighting for our freedom.” Don’t get me wrong, I am not criticizing them. Many of my ancestors have gone to war for this government and they all came back different, wounded, and PTSD. Many died before their time due to these circumstances and issues that happened because of them. I know the government recruits in poverty stricken areas, I have seen them come to our reservation offering opportunities...

Thousands Rally in the Northwest to Protect Water by Matt Remle

Posted by on Nov 14, 2016 in Featured

On November 12th, thousands rallied in Tacoma WA against the Dakota Access pipeline and against numerous proposed energy intensive projects slated to be built in the Salish Sea. The Medicine Creek Treaty Tribes of Washington State, the Nisqually, Puyallup, Steilacoom, Squawskin (Squaxin Island), S’Homamish, Stehchass, T’Peeksin, Squi-aitl, and the Sa-heh-wamish called for the action to draw attention and support to not only the on-going fight over the Dakota Access pipeline, but also to proposed oil and coal terminals slated for the Northwest. In addition to offering support to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Northwest Tribal leaders highlighted numerous issues impacting local tribes. Quinault Nation battles proposed oil by rail...

#NoDAPL: Let’s Talk About the Wins by Patty Stonefish

Posted by on Nov 12, 2016 in Featured

I reference Egypt a lot. I do so because I was there not only during an influential time in my life, but an influential time in history. The culmination of the two lead to many lessons – and lessons do little good if they are not shared. One of the lessons I learned along the way, from a close friend, was to “count the small wins”. He was referring to the importance of recognizing these wins during the time following the January 25th Egyptian revolution in 2011. Since then, I’ve worked hard to apply this to my daily life, and doing so has helped immensely! Counting small wins in...

My Once Life By Pamela J. Peters

Posted by on Nov 11, 2016 in Featured

My Once Life is a hybrid video poem about the continuing impact of colonization on tribal peoples. Native people resist their violent history and contemporary political struggles through engaging with deep historical knowledge and creating new oral histories. The poem is read by 12 Native women living in Los Angeles whose strong voices embody empowerment : Nanabah Hill, (Navajo-Oneida), Diana Terrazas, (Paiute), JaNae Collins, (Dakota-Crow), Xelt’tia Temryss Lane, (Lummi Nation), Viki Eagle, Sicanqu (Lakota-Sioux), Cheyenne Phoenix, (Northern Paiute-Navajo), Stephanie Mushrush, (Washoe Tribe), Hakekta Winyan Jealous Of Him (Lakota), Chrissie Castro, (Navajo), Neyom Friday, (Cheyenne-Arapaho and Mskoke Creek), Vivian Garcia, (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma), and Deja Jones, (Eastern Shoshone). My...

Dakota Access, LLC Announces Plan to Drill Under Missouri River

Posted by on Nov 10, 2016 in Featured

While the world’s attention focused on the U.S. Presidential election, Dakota Access, LLC released a statement on November 8th denying claims by the Army Corps of Engineers that they had agreed to a slowdown in construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. Further, they stated their intention to drill under the Missouri River, even without the permits to do so, within the next couple weeks. Dakota Access, LLC statement “According to officials with the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Army Corps of Engineers intends to rescind the statement it released last night in error concerning the status of the project in North Dakota. To be clear, Dakota Access Pipeline has not...

Mni Wiconi ~ Water is life! Medicine Creek Treaty Tribes to Rally for Standing Rock and Raise Awareness about Local Environmental Issues

Posted by on Nov 9, 2016 in Featured

“Our traditional homelands, waterways, and sacred sites are under assault by the fossil fuel industry. From the Dakota Access pipeline in the Dakota’s to the proposed coal and oil export terminals in the Salish Sea, our lands, traditions and livelihood is being desecrated in the name of profit.” ~Rachel Heaton Muckleshoot Mni Wiconi ~ Water is life! Medicine Creek Treaty Tribes to march and rally for Standing Rock On Saturday, November 12th, the Medicine Creek Treaty Tribes of Washington State, the Nisqually, Puyallup, Steilacoom, Squawskin (Squaxin Island), S’Homamish, Stehchass, T’Peeksin, Squi-aitl, and Sa-heh-wamish, will coverage for a rally and march to both support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s battle...

Seattle City Councilmember Introduces Legislation to end City Relationship with Wells Fargo

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in Featured

Seattle, WA- On November 2nd, Seattle City councilmember Kshama Sawant announced proposed legislation to help guide the city to contract with socially responsible banking institutions. Additionally, the legislation aims to end the cities finical relationship with Wells Fargo, citing both its recent defrauding of customers scandal and its finical backing of the Dakota Access pipeline. Wells Fargo currently manages depository services for over $3 billion of the City’s money. Councilmember Sawant has been a staunch advocate for Native Americans since taking office having worked with grassroots Native organizers on numerous issues including; co-sponsoring Seattle’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day resolution, sponsoring a resolution condemning the United States governments boarding school era...

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe ends Relationships with Financial Institutions that Support Dakota Access Pipeline

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in Featured

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has passed a resolution, Council Resolution 591-16, that will, “end its financial relationships with banks, mutual funds, security companies or other financial entities that invest in, or otherwise financially support any aspect of the Dakota Access Pipeline. This action will end more than two decades of banking with Wells Fargo.” Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Council Resolution 591-16: There is a growing movement to have individuals, tribes and cities to divest from banks financially backing the pipeline. List of finical institutions financing the Dakota Access pipeline. Posted by Wakíƞyaƞ Waánataƞ (Matt Remle-...

Northwest Tribes Bring United Front Against Dakota Access Pipeline and Proposed Coal and Oil Terminals

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Featured

Seattle, WA- On October 29th, a coalition of Northwest Tribal citizens, Urban Natives, environmentalists and representatives from Black Lives Matter held a joint action to show both solidarity against the Dakota Access pipeline and continued resistance against the numerous proposed coal and oil terminals throughout Coast Salish territory. Over the past several years, oil, gas and coal companies have turned their sights on the Pacific Northwest as a destination to export Bakken and Tar Sands crude and coal. Northwest Tribes have vigorously fought these proposed projects and are winning with a powerful alliance of Tribal government leaders, grassroots Urban Native organizers, environmentalists, and support from other social justice movements....

So Much Water So Close to Home by Cara Moulton ​

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Featured

August 2016, I left the reservation, where I have lived almost four years, to pursue a law degree. I was not the only to leave the res to pursue more schooling this semester; a brilliant Lakota young man and Dakota young woman who took some classes at the same college as non-Native me headed out for Yale and Dartmouth, respectively. Not long after we all started Fall classes an oil company with ties to state politicians began construction on land along the northern border of the reservation, without the tribe’s consent or acquiescence. The state’s law enforcement soon replaced the private security for that company, and it wasn’t long...

Eyewitnesses Dispute Police Claims of Shots Fired by Water Protectors

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Featured

On October 27th, a heavily militarized police force moved on water protectors who had erected a blockade along Highway 1806 in effort to stop the Dakota Access pipeline. In all, police arrested 141 people, used pepper spray, shot rubber bullets (including at a horse who later died from injuries), tore down tipi’s and even pulled people out of sweat lodges and prayer circles and arrested them. Accounts of police actions have been widely shared in news media and on social media. Early reporters from the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services stated, “At the Dakota Access Front Line Camp on Highway 1806 a woman was arrested for firing three...

End the Political Repression Against Standing Rock Protesters by Council Member Kshama Sawant

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in Featured

Thursday in North Dakota, a police force backed by corporate paramilitary agents and armored vehicles moved against indigenous people and other activists courageously protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. Organizers were beaten, maced, shot with rubber bullets, threatened with automatic weapons, and more than 100 arrested for having the audacity to stand up and protect indigenous treaty rights, the region’s watershed, and the climate. “This is a war zone!” declared a filmmaker at Standing Rock, who had previously reported on the ground in Iraq. Native News Online noted, “those arrested and detained are not allowed to post bail. Government officials have stated that they will no longer communicate with those...