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KLAMATH’S SALMON DISASTER: Why it happened, who’s responsible and what’s needed now

Posted by on Apr 14, 2017 in Featured

In his recent Indy Media report, Record Low Klamath Salmon Run Spurs Tribal,Commercial and Sport Fishery Closures, reporter Dan Bacher claims that projected low salmon returns to the Klamath River are “due to a combination of several years of drought, water diversions in the Klamath Basin and to the Sacramento River and the continued presence of the PacifiCorp dams.” Dan’s claims repeat talking points and press releases from tribal and fishing leaders who seek to advance their own agendas, including Klamath Dam removal and federal disaster relief payments. But those claims are not the reason there will be record low returns of salmon to the Klamath River and severely...

Seattle Moves Towards Divesting from Fossil Fuels

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in Featured

Seattle, WA On April 12, 2017, Mayor Murray urged the Seattle City Employees Retirement System (SCERS) board to support divestment of its $2.5 billion pension fund from fossil fuels. “Today I want to add my voice to the chorus of other advocates from 350[Seattle].org and other organizations in calling for the Retirement Board to divest from fossil fuels,” wrote Mayor Murray in a communication from his office to the SCERS Board and the City Council. In the letter, Mayor Murray calls for the SCERS Board to immediately divest from coal and look into options around divesting from oil and gas. He also requests that the Board create a fossil...

Missoula City Council Votes to Divest Funds from Wells Fargo

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Featured

Missoula, MT – On April 3rd, the Missoula city council voted to divest from Wells Fargo due to their financial backing of the Dakota Access pipeline. The resolution, proposed by council members Ruth Swaney and Heidi West, divests $2.6 million the city had invested in a money market account with Wells Fargo. It states, “the City of Missoula finds that Wells Fargo’s investment in the Dakota Access Pipeline and recent misconduct and dishonest business practices are contrary to the City of Missoula’s fiscally prudent investment practices and recognition of Indigenous People’s rights, it is in the City’s best interest to strengthen its framework for social equity and responsibility in...

Indigenous Peoples and Allies to Hold Encampment at Wells Fargo over Dakota Access Pipeline in NYC

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in Featured

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND ALLIES TO CAMP OUT AT WELLS FARGO TO TELL DE BLASIO TO DIVEST FROM WELLS FARGO OVER DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE INVESTMENTS #NoDAPL Wells Fargo Encampment & March on Mayor de Blasio Indigenous Peoples and allies will begin an overnight protest encampment on April 5th at 5:30pm at the Wells Fargo branch at 463 Broadway, between Grand and Broome Streets. The next morning on April 6th at 9:30am, we will march to City Hall for a press conference at 10:15am on City Hall’s steps calling on Mayor de Blasio to divest from Wells Fargo and other banks financing the Dakota Access pipeline. Gloria Steinem, feminist icon and...

BREAKING Seattle City Council Passes Resolution Opposing Keystone XL Pipeline

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in Featured

April 3 2017 Seattle, WA – The Seattle city council has unanimously passed a resolution opposing the construction on the Keystone XL pipeline. The resolution was sponsored by council-member Kshama Sawant. The resolution, which was crafted by the same coalition that brought Seattle’s ordinance to divest $3 billion from Wells Fargo over its investment in the Dakota Access pipeline, states the Seattle City Council’s opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline, and; “request[s] the Department of Finance and Administrative Services (FAS) reject bids to provide banking services to the City of Seattle from financial institutions that provide credit level facilities or project-level loans to TransCanada.” The proposed Keystone XL pipeline...

Solidarity Actions Against Dakota Access Pipeline Held in Europe

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Featured

On March 30th, people in four European countries came together in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) for an online day of action targeting four banks invested in the DAPL: Deutsche Bank in Germany, Intesa San Paolo Bank in Italy, BBVA in Spain, and Credit Suisse in Switzerland. This action comes on the heels of tribes, cities, and banks divesting from the DAPL. Just weeks before the action, the Sami people pushed Norway to divest state pension funds from DAPL. This was only a day after the city of San Francisco announced its divestment plans. News of major divestments...

A Race Construct by Damon Corrie

Posted by on Apr 2, 2017 in Featured

White Skin Developed in Europe Only As Recently as 8,000 Years Ago Say Anthropologists THIS IS SAYING THAT PRIOR TO 8,000 YEARS AGO ‘WHITE SKINNED PEOPLE’- AS A RACE POSSESSING THAT COMMON SKIN COLOUR AS WE KNOW EUROPEANS TODAY – LITERALLY DID NOT EXIST (only people of every other skin color – except for the rare Albino here & there). Makes the description of them (‘white people’) by wise indigenous elders of other races as óur youngest brothers’ prove to be accurate again…no wonder they know so little of deep spiritual matters…they are the ‘curious children’ of mankind. Interesting, I always suspected that Caucasoids (as in the 3 main...

Wake Up The World Tour – Voices of Water

Posted by on Apr 1, 2017 in Featured

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wake Up The World Tour – Voices of Water After a long fight for water and Indigenous treaty rights at the Oceti Sakowin camp (also known as the Oceti Oyate resistance camp north of the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota) a group of dedicated water protectors are taking the next steps to continue their fight by hitting the road, going on tour, and sharing their frontline experiences across Turtle Island. The Wake Up The World Tour features musical performances, workshops and speaking events by Nataanii Means, Witko, Calina Lawrence, Art Vee, Tufawon, Yaz Like Jaws, Jayohcee, and hosted by Comedian/Poet, Chad Charlie. All of whom...

Los Angeles Moves Towards Divesting from Wells Fargo over the Dakota Access Pipeline

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Featured

Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles City Councilmembers Mitch O’Farrell and Paul Koretz have introduced a motion to divest from Wells Fargo over their financial backing of the Dakota Access pipeline. In their motion, councilmembers state LA’s commitment to the environment and to the health and welfare of people and feel that Wells Fargo’s support for the Dakota Access pipeline is, “at odds with these principals.” The City currently holds over $40m in securities with Wells Fargo. Read full motion here WELLS FARGO DIVEST The movement made great headway today but the fight continues. We now have the opportunity to use Los Angeles’ massive financial portfolio as leverage to...

KLP Pension Fund Divests $68 Million from Companies Affiliated with the Dakota Access Pipeline

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in Featured

KLP, a Norwegian pension fund that manages government employees’ pensions, has decided to remove its investments from companies behind the Dakota Access pipeline. In a statement released by KLP they state, “KLP has decided to exclude Energy Transfer Partners (“ETP”), Enbridge Energy Partners, Phillips 66 and Marathon Petroleum from investments by KLP and the KLP Mutual funds (‘KLP’) as of 13 March 2017 due to an unacceptable risk of contributing to serious or systematic human rights violations.” KLP had $68 million invested in Energy Transfer Partners (“ETP”), Enbridge Energy Partners, and Phillips 66. Read KLP’s full fact finding report here NPR reports that KLP’s decision stems from pressure applied...

Bank in Netherlands Sells Stake in Dakota Access Pipeline

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Featured

3/20/17 – the Netherlands-based financial  institution, ING, has announced that it has sold off its share of loan debt to the Dakota Access pipeline.  In selling off its $120 million of DAPL debt, ING, one of 17 syndicate banks financing DAPL, becomes the first bank to cut ties with the project. According to ING, the decision came after a meeting with representatives from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. “In our meeting with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe on 10 February, we discussed the Tribe’s concern regarding the pipeline’s proposed routing. The Tribe made its belief clear that its interests and position as a sovereign nation weren’t properly recognised in...

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Remains Committed to Court Fight After D.C. Circuit Denial of Injunction

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Featured

Eagle Butte, SD — March 20, 2017 On Saturday, March 18, 2017, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe’s emergency motion for injunction pending appeal to stop the flow of oil in the Dakota Access Pipeline under Lake Oahe while the appeals court considers the Tribe’s challenge pursuant to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (“RFRA”). The case in the D.C. Circuit is an appeal from the district court’s March 7, 2017 Order denying the Tribe’s motion for preliminary injunction under RFRA. Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier stated: “The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of course is disappointed in the outcome of this motion....

Oil could flow through DAPL today; here’s how we can stop it by Jacqueline Fielder

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in Featured

Dakota Access LLC has claimed that oil could flow through the Dakota Access Pipeline as early as today. The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes will continue to ask the courts to “order the pipeline turned back off.” We, as a movement, have exhausted many avenues to prevent the flow of oil, but there are still a few we have not yet exhausted. METHOD – RESULT Indigenous youth organize a petition & run to D.C. IGNORED August 6, 2016 Army Corps rejects easement for Dakota Access LLC REVERSED Jan. 24, 2016 Water Protectors resist in prayer at Sacred Stone FORCIBLY REMOVED Feb. 24, 2017 Cheyenne River and Standing...