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“Who’s Banking on DAPL” Dakota Access Pipeline Finance Update

Posted by on May 12, 2017 in Featured

The Bakken Pipeline cost about $4.8 billion. That includes $3.8 billion for DAPL. There was a $2.5 billion project loan, and the rest was put on Energy Transfer credit cards, since paid off using money from selling a big ownership stake to Enbridge and Marathon. Phillips 66 is another big stakeholder, and major shipper on the pipeline. The banks financing the pipeline have faced enormous political pressure, under the banners #DefundDAPL and #MazaskaTalks. Many of the DAPL banks are also financing the companies behind four tar sands pipeline projects — TransCanada’s Energy East and Keystone XL; Enbridge’s Line 3; and Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain. Bayerische Landesbank, ING, BNP Paribas,...

Native Activists Head to Europe for Solidarity Tour

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in Featured

From May 20th till June 14th, some activists of the Standing Rock’s movement will come to Europe for a solidarity tour called “Stand Up With Standing Rock”. In Standing Rock, North Dakota, United States, the so called “water protectors” fought against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Thanks to months of non-violent resistance gathering people from all over the country and from various backgrounds, they put a stop to the project during the Obama administration. But as Trump got the presidency, he decided to defend his own financial interest by sending the army to evacuate the Oceti Sakowin camp, build in the pipeline route. One month after, the oil was...

Water Protectors Shut Down JP Morgan Chase in Seattle

Posted by on May 9, 2017 in Featured

Seattle, WA – On May 8th, a coalition of Native peoples and 350 Seattle followed through on their promise to shut down JP Morgan Chase bank if they did not issue a statement stating that they would not give project level loans to TransCanada to build the Keystone XL pipeline. “We told JP Morgan Chase that we would shut their banks down if they did not provide a statement saying they would not issue project level loans to finish the Keystone XL Pipeline. They did not issue that statement, so we took 13 of them over. I was a part of the Indigenous Leaders affinity group and not only...

Indigenous Leaders Launch New Campaign To Defund All Four Proposed Tar Sands Pipelines

Posted by on May 9, 2017 in Featured

Indigenous Leaders Launch New Campaign To Defund All Four Proposed Tar Sands Pipelines May 9, 2017 Contact: Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion, info@treatyalliance.org, 514-445-4414 Matt Remle, Last Real Indians, mcremle@hotmail.com, 206-639-3610 Tara Houska, Honor the Earth, tara@honorearth.org, 612-226-9404 Cannon Ball, ND – Today, a coalition of grassroots Indigenous groups from across Turtle Island joins the 121 First Nations and Tribes united by the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion, to launch a new, integrated divestment campaign against the banks funding Dakota Access and the four tar sands crude oil pipelines currently proposed out of Canada. “We call on all banks and financial institutions to withdraw their investments in...

Raise a Paddle: Resistance from the Pacific Islands to the Tar Sands

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Featured

In 2014, a group of Pacific Islanders led a blockade of the world’s largest coal port in Australia. Now, these Pacific Climate Warriors are headed to the Canadian tar sands. Justin Trudeau’s recently approved pipelines will unleash catastrophic climate change — for Pacific islanders this means rising sea levels threatening their homes, communities, and cultures. These pipelines clearly go against the promises Trudeau made to climate impacted communities and Indigenous peoples on the world stage. That’s why the Pacific Climate Warriors are inviting Trudeau to join them in Vancouver to explain his broken promises. The Warriors are also calling on people everywhere to stand with them, and stand with...

Philadelphia Moves Towards Divesting from Wells Fargo

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Featured

Philadelphia, PA – On May 1st, 2017, the City of Philadelphia moved closer towards ending its relationship with Wells Fargo. The City Council’s Committee on Finance unanimously voted to end its 48-year relationship with Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo currently oversees the city’s $2billion per-year employee payroll account. The resolution was sponsored by Councilwoman Cindy Bass. In a statement Councilwoman Cindy Bass praised her colleagues for their vote, “As many of you know, I have been pushing for the city to divest from Wells Fargo for quite some time. Time and time again their actions have revealed them to be the antithesis of corporate social responsibility. I want to thank...

Trump’s Order Silences Alaskan Native Voices

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in Featured

Bering Sea Elders Group Condemns President Trump’s Revocation of Critical Bering Sea Executive Order, as Alaska Delegation Stands By April 28, 2017 — Today President Trump, flanked by Alaska Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan and Representative Don Young, revoked a critically important Executive Order that we, 40 of Alaska’s coastal Tribes, had drafted and advocated for. Executive Order 13754: Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience, issued by President Obama on December 9, 2016, was the product of years of tireless work by local Alaskans, Tribes, and nonprofits who—when faced with the devastating effects of climate change and the dramatic increase of large scale shipping right on our front doorstep—sought...

Native Vet Shot and Killed by Police in Mandan, ND

Posted by on Apr 29, 2017 in Featured

Mandan, ND – On April 14th, police shot and killed Ivan Wilson-Dragswolf in Mandan, ND. The A.P. reports that the police were responding to a domestic dispute when they encountered Wilson. The police state that they shot Wilson when he moved towards them while holding a knife. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Three officers are on administrative leave while the Bureau of Criminal Investigation investigates. Few other details about the shooting are released at this time. From his obituary Ivan was a resident of Mandan, North Dakota at the time of passing. Ivan attended school in New Town from kindergarten up until he graduated from New Town...

Anti-Keystone XL Pipeline Activists Issue Demand to JP Morgan Chase: Don’t Fund Pipeline!

Posted by on Apr 29, 2017 in Featured

Seattle, WA – On April 27th, anti-Keystone XL pipeline activists issued a demand to JP Morgan Chase, “Don’t give project level loans to TransCanada to build the Keystone XL pipeline, or face mass civil disobedience and lose the ability to bid on City if Seattle contracts.” The following press release comes from 350 Seattle: On Thursday, 350 Seattle publicly announced its Shut Down Chase direct action. Standing Rock Sioux and DeFund DAPL/MazaskaTalks.org organizer Matt Remle, Muckleshoot tribal member and DeFund DAPL/MazaskaTalks.org organizer Rachel Heaton, City Councilmember Mike O’Brien, Saanich member Paul Cheokten Wagner, and 350 Seattle activist Kara Sweidel all spoke at the conference, which represented a major escalation...

Tesoro Refinery in Washington Seeks Expansion

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 in Featured

The Tesoro refinery, located at March Point in Anacortes, WA, is currently looking to expand. The Tesoro refinery, along with the neighboring Shell oil refinery, are two of largest polluters in the Northwest. They were both constructed on lands stolen from the Swinomish Indian Nation. “March Point is the ancestral territory of the Swinomish peoples. March Point was taken from the Swinomish in 1873 by President Ulysses Grant, in an Executive Order, that diminished the size of the Indian reservation. This action opened up the land to be occupied by settler colonists and later occupied by oil corporations. The Swinomish ancestors signed the 1855 Treaty that gave acquired right...

Wells Fargo shoots down Indigenous People’s Policy at shareholder meeting, will continue funding DAPL

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 in Featured

On Tuesday, April 25th, Wells Fargo convened its annual meeting of stockholders at the Sawgrass Marriot in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Wells Fargo shareholders voted against a proposed Indigenous Peoples Policy, which aimed “to develop and adopt a global policy regarding the rights of indigenous peoples.” Indigenous Environmental Network, Honor the Earth, Mazaska Talks, Women’s Environmental Climate Action Network (WECAN), Last Real Indians, members of the WECAN Indigenous Women’s Delegation to Norway issued a statement condemning Wells Fargo’s Board for recommending shareholders vote against the proposal. Several Water Protectors protested the shareholder meeting, including representatives from Turtle Island Liberation Now (Florida), San Francisco Defund DAPL Coalition, and UIN #unitedindigenousnations....

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

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Featured

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...

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

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Featured

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...