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Coalition calls for Pipeline Divestment from City of Bellingham and U.S. Bank

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 in Featured

The Bellingham #NoDapl Coalition announced today the call from Bellingham community members for the City of Bellingham to support socially responsible financial practices by not using banks that support fossil fuel companies. The coalition stated municipalities have an obligation to take into account the social cost of investing public funds in banks that have a hand in funding destructive policies against Tribal Nations and the environment. The Bellingham #NoDAPL Coalition held an action at US BANK on the corner of Holly and Commercial in Bellingham, Washington on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 11:30 AM. Approximately 100 Bellingham community members flooded the bank lobby to demand that US Bank withdraw...

Hoopa Valley Tribe Wins Court Case to Protect Salmon

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 in Featured

Hoopa Valley Tribe Wins Court Case to Protect Salmon: District Court action forces Federal Government to Reevaluate Flows and Take Immediate Action to Prevent Fish Kills Contacts: Ryan Jackson, Chairman – 530 249-8683 Mike Orcutt, Fisheries Director – 707 499-6143 Thomas Schlosser and Thane Somerville, Attorneys for HVT – 206 386-5200 Sean Ledwin, Senior Fisheries Biologist – HVT – 585 943-3792 A U.S. District Court judge ruled today that federal agencies must take preventative and emergency measures to reduce the incidence of disease among juvenile salmon, the major source of mortality limiting runs of returning adults to the Klamath River and its tributaries. This decision was welcomed by the...

Coalition Voices Disappointment in Pipeline Easement, Vows Challenge

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 in Featured

Bellingham, Washington — In a late Tuesday night meeting the Bellingham #NoDAPL Coalition unanimously voiced disappointment in the announcement to grant easement by the U.S. Department of the Army for the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Bellingham #NoDAPL Coalition vowed to continue solidarity actions to bring awareness to issues impacting Mother Earth, Tribal Sovereignty, and Indigenous people’s rights. In addition, the Bellingham #NoDAPL along with other local grassroots coalitions will keep up local fights against fascism and stay the course to build a better community. Michelle Vendiola, Bellingham #NoDAPL Coalition organizer stated, “This decision is a travesty that highlights not only bad decision making by the current U.S. Government’s administration,...

Victory! Seattle Divests $3 Billion from Wells Fargo

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Featured

Seattle, WA On February 7th 2017, the Seattle city council voted unanimously to end its relationship with Wells Fargo due to the banks financing of the Dakota Access pipeline and other unethical banking practices. “We are taking a bold policy step today that is what this movement wants to see and asks to see.” Seattle City council member Lorena Gonzalez Last September, LRI editor Matt Remle approached council member Kshama Sawant to support efforts to divest Seattle from Wells Fargo due to their backing of the Dakota Access pipeline. What followed was the crafting of a socially responsible banking ordinance that not only ended Seattle’s $3 billion per year...

NATIONAL “STOP DISENROLLMENT” VISUAL ADVOCACY MOVEMENT WILL RELAUNCH ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in Featured

Seattle, WA – On Wednesday, February 8, 2017, the one-year anniversary of the birth of the national advocacy campaign, #stopdisenrollment, the movement will recommence through news and social media. Celebrated Indian author Sherman Alexie is headlining this year’s movement. In addition to Alexie, the following prominent American Indians, pictured below, are participating: Yakama Nation Chairman JoDe Goudy Seattle City Councilwoman Debora Juarez (Blackfeet) Actor Solomon Trimble from the Twilight movie (Apache/Lakota/Creek/Ojibwe) Washington State Senator John McCoy (Tulalip) U.S.A. Gymnast Ashton Locklear (Lumbee) Arkansas Law School Dean Stacy Leeds (Cherokee) Robinson Rancheria Tribal Chairman Eddie Crandell, Sr. Coyote Valley Tribal Chairman Michael Hunter Smoke Signals Director Chris Eyre (Cheyenne/Arapaho) First Nations...

Sustaining Healthy Relationships by Damon Corrie

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in Featured

CONTINUOUS ROMANTIC INTIMACY IS A PREREQUISITE FOR A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP – BUT BEYOND THAT: I do NOT know why anyone else’s marriage has failed, I only know why mine has been successful, so i’ll just speak about that…I can break it down into 9 simple snippets…which can be condensed into one word ‘RESPONSIBILITY’. #1 – I promised my grandmother when I was 16 that by the age of 20 I would be married back into the tribe and be a father…so I had a responsibility to keep my word to my maternal grandmother, when I was 19 and my wife was 17 this was done. #2 – I see...

Muckleshoot Indian Tribe Divests from Wells Fargo

Posted by on Feb 4, 2017 in Featured

February 3 2017, today the Muckleshoot Indian Tribal council voted to divest from Wells Fargo. Muckleshoot Councilman Louie Ungaro, who introduced the resolution, stated, “The Muckleshoot Tribal Council has just committed to divest from Wells Fargo – following the City of Seattle.  Wells Fargo is one of 17 banks that have directly invested in the Dakota Access Pipeline. It is imperative that we stand with the Water Protectors and that we make every effort to invest in socially responsible banking practices from here on out. Wells Fargo very recently has targeted Natives, the elderly and college students in creating unauthorized and unnecessary bank accounts. This has now negatively affected...

Dutch Bank Will Not Pursue Future Business With Energy Transfer Equity due to the Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline

Posted by on Feb 4, 2017 in Featured

February 2nd, ABN AMRO Bank based in Amsterdam released a statement strongly condemning Energy Transfer Equity (ETE), the parent company to Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), over the Dakota Access pipeline. While the Dutch based bank is not involved in financing the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline, and is not a direct lender to the project sponsors, it does have a finical relationship with ETE. ABN AMRO Bank states that they strictly follow the principals of Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) and has condemned ETE for not adhering to FPIC with regards to the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline and non-consultation with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe....

Police Mass Arrest Water Protectors near Dakota Access Construction Site

Posted by on Feb 3, 2017 in Featured

On February 1st, approximately 70 water protectors were arrested near the Dakota Access pipeline construction site along the Cannonball River. Among those arrested was Chase Iron Eyes. In the early morning on Wednesday, water protectors lit a sacred fire to establish “Last Child’s Camp”, on high ground near the Dakota Access pipeline construction site. The “Last Child’s Camp” is the name of an old camp last established by Tasunka Witko (Crazy Horse). On the establishment of the “Last Child’s Camp”, Chase posted the following, “In honor of the Last Child Warrior Society, the only such society created by Crazy Horse we are asking all front-liners in camp to come...

Seattle City Council Committee Votes to Send Ordinance to Divest from Wells Fargo to Full Council for Vote

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in Featured

Seattle, WA Today, the City of Seattle Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods and Finance committee voted unanimously to send an ordinance to the full City council for vote to divest and end its banking relationship with Wells Fargo. If passed, the socially responsible banking ordinance would end Seattle’s $3 billion relationship with Wells Fargo due, in part, to its finical backing of the Dakota Access pipeline. Wells Fargo currently handles the city’s employee payroll. Wells Fargo is one of the largest financial backers of the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) having invested nearly $500,000,000 in project-level loans and revolving credit. Additionally, Wells Fargo also has a history of profiting from racially discriminatory...

Courts Side with Quinault Nation over ownership of Lake Quinault

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Featured

TAHOLAH, WA (1/30/17)– The Washington State Court of Appeals in Seattle issued a decision Monday rejecting the latest attempt by a handful of property owners to deprive the Quinault Indian Nation of jurisdiction over Lake Quinault. The decision affirms a March 2016 opinion issued by the Thurston County Superior Court and concurs with a federal court ruling the year before that. North Quinault Properties, a non-profit established late in 2014, had alleged that Lake Quinault is a “public trust resource” owned by the State of Washington pursuant to the State Constitution. Thus they claimed the State has a duty to ensure unlimited access to the Lake. They also claimed...

Sabal Trail Pipeline Resistance by Tabitha Milian

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Featured

Standing Rock inspired the World. It’s hard to keep that in context, especially when you lived at the camp. Camp life felt like an alternate universe, a community of shared resources. Taking care of one another after facing off with sheriff’s, private security, and national guard was just another day. From this ongoing movement, that is currently still in resistance with Water Protectors faithfully keeping watch and even sacrificing their safety for Life Giving Water, resistance springs and wells up just as water springs from the earth. An Elder at the Autonomous University in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, México told a group of us that were visiting,...

Leaked White House Memo Puts Gag Order on the Dept of Interior: Stops Communication with Tribal Leaders

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Featured

A memo leaked on January 24th, 2017 finds the White House issuing a gag order on all of the bureaus that fall under the Department of the Interior. Bureaus include; the Bureau of Land Management, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Bureau of Indian Affairs, and others. It states, “all incoming congressional and gubernatorial correspondence as well as correspondence from Indian or Alaska tribal leaders and leaders from national level environment/recreational and industry organizations must be forwarded to OES prior to responding, regardless of addressee or signature level.” The gag order stops the various bureaus from corresponding with entities ranging from...