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Tulalip Tribes Man Choked to Death by Police: Family Responds

Posted by on Sep 20, 2016 in Featured

“He yelled “I can’t breath.” But the officers continued to choke him, until he died. And when he stopped breathing, the officers thought he was “faking it.” On September 18th, 2015, Cecil D. Lacy Jr (Tulalip Tribes) died while in police custody. The incident happened around 10 p.m. on the Tulalip Tribes reservation, located 1-hour north of Seattle, WA, when two Tulalip Tribal Police officers and a Snohomish Country Sheriff’s deputy responded to a report of a man walking in the road. During an unwarranted altercation between the police and Lacy, Lacy became unresponsive and died. Police used an electronic stun gun on Lacy and placed him in a...

Federal Judge Dissolves DAPL’s Injunction Against Water Protectors

Posted by on Sep 17, 2016 in Featured

North Dakota U.S. District Court Judge Daniel L. Hovland today dissolved a temporary restraining order (TRO) against Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II, Councilman Dana Yellowfat, and a number of other water protectors resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), including John and Jane Doe. One of the defendants, Jonathan Edwards, was represented by the The American Civil Liberties Union. Dakota Access LLP applied for the restraining order on August 15 in an effort to suppress demonstrations that have effectively shut down construction near the Oahe Crossing on the Missouri River in North Dakota. This type of restraining order is also known as Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation...

Protecting My Community, Protecting Water and Stopping the Dakota Access Pipeline by Jaye Two Bears

Posted by on Sep 17, 2016 in Featured

Mni wiconi, water is life. Over the past couple months, our word for water, mni wiconi, has been introduced to the world. Mni wiconi, the literal translation ‘it gives me life’, essential to all life, to all creation. Mni wiconi, our first medicine, needed for life to exist. We search the heavens, distant planets and moons trying to find evidence of water, evidence of life. Mni wiconi, that life giver is being threatened in my community. My name is Jaye Two Bears, and I am a student athlete for the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and I grew up in the community of Cannonball on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation....

Yakama Nation Responds to Dakota Access Pipeline Threats to Native Lands and Lives; Law Enforcement Brutality; and Mainstream Media Misinformation

Posted by on Sep 15, 2016 in Featured

TOPPENISH, WA. – The Yakama Nation supports the Obama Administration’s “stop-work” of construction of the interstate oil pipeline known as the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), as an emergency measure to stop further destruction of Native lands, burial grounds, and sacred sites. “But the Yakama Nation believes that the only way the United States can honor its Treaty promises to the Sioux Peoples is by stopping DAPL forever,” said Chairman JoDe Goudy. “Nor does the Yakama Nation fail to appreciate that DAPL could be moved down the Missouri River and thereby pose further threat to the water, natural resources, and the approximately 17 million American citizens that benefit from an...

Chicago Passes Indigenous Peoples Day Resolution

Posted by on Sep 15, 2016 in Featured

Today, the Chicago City Council passed a resolution naming the second Monday in October, Indigenous Peoples Day. “Victory is ours! Our Indigenous Peoples Day Resolution passed Chicago City Council today, marking the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples Day in Chicago. This is another win for Indigenous Rights as we continue to build a foundation of solidarity for all People, especially educators and students broadly. Let IPD give Indigenous Peoples the platform to speak on the burning issues like #NoDAPL and #MMIW as well as honor the many accomplishments our people have made. Next up is getting IPD passed in the State of Illinois and abolishing Columbus Day!”...

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe responds to Energy Transfer Partners statement: Tribe vows to explore all options to stop pipeline construction

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Featured

Cannon Ball, N.D.—Today, Energy Transfer Partners Chairman Kelcy Warren released a statement responding to the recent court decision and DOJ announcement about construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.  Dave Archambault II, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe responds. “The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will continue to explore all legal, legislative, and administrative options to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The pipeline has already led to the destruction of our sacred sites. It is unfortunate that the corporate world chooses to ignore the millions of people and hundreds of tribal nations who stand in opposition to the destruction of our lands, resources, waters, and sacred sites. Energy...

The Seattle City Council Passes Resolution Supporting the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Opposition the Dakota Access Pipeline

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Featured

Seattle, WA – On September 9, 2016, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and oppose the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. Seattle becomes the latest non-Tribal government to support the Tribe’s efforts and affirm the Tribe’s treaty rights, tribal sovereignty and the protection of Native peoples lands, waters, cultural and sacred sites. Earlier, the Seattle Mayor issued a letter of support to the Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Over the past three years, the Seattle City Council, in working with the urban Native population and the surrounding Tribal Nations has passed a series of resolutions in support of Native...

Court Rulings, Federal Intervention and What’s Next in the Battle Against the Dakota Access Pipeline by Matt Remle

Posted by on Sep 10, 2016 in Featured

September 9th, was a roller coaster day in the on-going battle over the construction on the Dakota Access pipeline. First, Federal Judge James Boasberg denied the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s request for an injunction against the Dakota Access pipeline. The Tribe had filed the injunction in effort to stop the pipelines construction from going underneath the Missouri river. They further stated that the U.S. Army Corps had failed to conduct a proper environmental and cultural impact study. After the Judge’s decision, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe immediately filed an “injunction pending appeal” in US District Court. Not long after the Judge’s ruling, three Federal agencies the U.S. Department of...

Statement from Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe on Dakota Access Pipeline Ruling

Posted by on Sep 10, 2016 in Featured

For Immediate Release: September 9, 2016 EAGLE BUTTE, S.D. – Late this afternoon, the D.C. district court issued its highly anticipated ruling on a motion for a preliminary injunction against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers filed by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline from destroying sacred sites of the Great Sioux Nation and to protect the waters of the Missouri River. Standing Rock’s claims are based on the Corps’ failure to consult with tribes prior to issuing permits that allowed Dakota Access to begin construction on the pipeline. The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe intervened in the suit last month, and filed...