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BREAKING Judge Denies Request to Stop Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 in Featured

February 13, 2017, The AP is reporting that a Federal Judge has denied an emergency order requested by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe to halt the construction of the remaining section of the Dakota Access pipeline. According to the AP, “U.S. District Judge James Boasberg, in Washington, D.C., said that as long as the oil isn’t flowing through the pipeline, there is no immediate harm to the Cheyenne River and Standing Rock Sioux tribes, which are suing to stop the project. But he said he’d consider the arguments more thoroughly at another hearing on Feb. 27.” Last week, the tribes requested a temporary injunction...

Nataanii Means and Witko Release “God Bless Amerikkka”

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 in Featured

Nataanii Means and Witko release their latest “God Bless Amerikkka” “We been up in the Treaty Camp dedicated to doing our best to remain there protecting the water. This is music from our surroundings, how we grew up, and how we think, actually we wrote this song a year ago but just now recorded it in Fort Yates. Just goes to show we’ve been on this, and we’ve also performed it in Germany before. This is Music to free your soul so dont be scared, share this, like it, and tell your friends. At the end is a sound bit from “Voices from Standing Rock” her name is Helen...

Waters Protectors Shut Down Wells Fargo & Interstate in Actions in WA State

Posted by on Feb 12, 2017 in Featured

February 11, 2017 Seattle WA – two major actions were held in Western Washington on Saturday opposing the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. In Seattle, following on the heels of its historic vote to divest $3 billion from Wells Fargo, a march and rally was held in its Capitol Hill neighborhood leading to the shutting down of the bank. Following a rally sponsored by the LGBTQ community where speakers spoke out against Trump’s executive actions and attacks on immigrants, refugees and Native peoples, people took to the streets and marched to a Wells Fargo bank shutting it down. The Seattle NoDAPL Coalition is currently working with numerous city’s,...

City of Davis Divests from Wells Fargo

Posted by on Feb 11, 2017 in Featured

Davis, CA – On February 8 2017, the City of Davis city council voted unanimously to divest from Wells Fargo due to its finical backing of the Dakota Access pipeline. The vote followed on the heels of Seattle’s vote to divest $3 billion from Wells Fargo. According to the Sacramento Bee, the city council was, “responding to residents who took particular issue with Wells Fargo’s role as a financier of the Dakota pipeline, as well as a scandal regulators uncovered last year in which the bank set up bank accounts for consumers without their knowledge,” further, “Some council members said they wanted to direct the city’s financial business toward...

Guide to Divestment by Rachel Heaton

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 in Featured

“When people with no easy access to money take on big money, it’s always a hard, uphill battle. The side with lots of money can afford to take some losses and burn through resources in court proceedings that those without money cannot. Therefore, a variety of strategies are necessary to even the playing field: direct action, media pressure, shaming, etc. One such method that has worked when dealing with well-moneyed opposition is divestment.” ~Gyasi Ross (Blackfeet) & Matt Remle (Lakota) So you would like to see your own city divest from one of the banks that support Dakota Access Pipeline???? Here is how the Defund DAPL: Seattle Action Coalition...

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....