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ETP Seeks Dakota Access Expansion
Argus Media  -  31 MAR 2017
    Houston, 31 March (Argus) — Energy Transfer Partners is looking to expand its 470,000 b/d Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) even before the controversial pipeline begins full service.
    Energy Transfer has launched a supplemental open season for incremental capacity on the line that will transport crude from the Bakken shale in North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois, for further delivery to the US Gulf coast. The company is considering boosting capacity on DAPL to as much as 570,000 b/d depending on shipper interest.
    The company is in the process of commissioning the pipeline and preparing to place it into service in the second quarter after completing a contested water crossing in North Dakota, according to a court filing earlier this week. The company said on 23 February that the line should be "fully line-packed and ready to go" prior to 1 June.
    The open season also includes the Energy Transfer Crude Oil pipeline which stretches from Patoka to Nederland, Texas. Shippers have the option to sign up for a local DAPL tariff or a joint tariff on the two systems which would provide a direct route from the Bakken to the Gulf coast.
    The open season notice did not specify a closing date.
    DAPL was delayed for months amid large protests led by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and regulatory delays. Former President Barack Obama's administration ordered new environmental reviews of the $3.8bn project. But President Donald Trump moved to rescind the order and an easement was issued for the final crossing on 8 February.
    The Sioux Standing Rock tribe has vowed to continue a legal fight against the pipeline.  
Attorneys for Dallas Firm ETP's Dakota Access Pipeline Face Religious Argument from Tribes
Dallas News  -  31 MAR 2017
    BISMARCK, N.D. -- Attorneys for the developer of the Dakota Access pipeline are fighting an attempt by Sioux tribes to argue that oil under their water source potentially interferes with their religion, even as the company steadily fills the line with oil.
    The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes sued last summer on other grounds, including that the pipeline threatened cultural sites and water supply, which they get from Lake Oahe, a reservoir on the Missouri River in North Dakota. Energy Transfer Partners this week asked a federal judge to reject an attempt by the tribes to amend their lawsuit in part to include the religion argument....
TrumpCare Dies, XL Flies and the Secret Winner Is…
by Greg Palast, Nation of Change  -  31 MAR 2017
    When RyanCare-TrumpCare finally ended up face-down in the swimming pool, triumphalist Democrats whooped and partied and congratulated themselves on defeating the Trump-Ryan monstrosity.
    But deep in their counting house, counting their gold, three brothers cackled with private jubilation.
    David and Charles Koch knew the day was theirs.
    Joining them in the celebration was Brother Billy, William Koch, who will share in their $21 billion windfall that the President arranged for them only hours before TrumpCare crashed – when Trump announced his State Department had formally approved the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Let’s start with that $21 billion.
    The XL Keystone Pipeline would take the world’s heaviest, filthiest crude from Canada’s tar sands, and snake with it all the way down to Texas.
    Now here’s a question I never hear from our sleep-walking media: Exactly why are we sending oil all the way across the United States to Texas. I mean, doesn’t Texas already have a little oil?...  
North Dakota Human Rights Coalition Meeting
by ND Human Rights Coalition on Facebook  -  30 MAR 2017
    DAPL panel discussion featuring Winona LaDuke (former vice presidential candidate/environmentalist) and many others. Senator Tim Mathern, BJ Nastacio, Rebecca Kemble, Dennis Kooren...  
Here’s the Data Republicans Just Allowed ISPs to Sell Without Your Consent
Privacy watchdogs blasted the vote as a brazen GOP giveaway to the broadband industry.

by Sam Gustin, Motherboard  -  28 MAR 2017
    Financial and medical information. Social Security numbers. Web browsing history. Mobile app usage. Even the content of your emails and online chats.
    These are among the types of private consumer information that House Republicans voted on Tuesday to allow your internet service provider (ISP) to sell to the highest bidder without your permission, prompting outrage from privacy watchdogs.
    The House action, which was rammed through by a vote of 215 - 205 on a largely partisan basis by the GOP majority, represents another nail in the coffin of landmark Federal Communications Commission consumer privacy rules that were passed in 2016. The rules, which were set to go into effect later this year, would have required broadband providers to obtain "opt-in" consent before using, sharing, or selling private consumer data.
    "Ignoring calls from thousands of their constituents, House Republicans just joined their colleagues in the Senate in violating internet users' privacy rights," Craig Aaron, CEO of DC-based public interest group Free Press Action Fund, said in a statement. "They voted to take away the privacy rights of hundreds of millions of Americans just so a few giant companies could pad their already considerable profits."...
The Keystone XL Pipeline — Bringing oil to Texas?!?
Greg Palast, YouTube  -  24 MAR 2017
    Why in the world would you have to ship oil to Texas? And how do the Koch Brothers make money from such an environmentally obscene venture? I followed the stench of the Koch's oil and money to find out....  
Big Mountain Resident Famous for HPL Resistance Passes On
by Krista Allen, Navajo Times - 30 MAR 2017
    TUBA CITY -- Katherine Smith, a cultural educator, a relocation crusader and resistor from Big Mountain, Ariz., has died. She was 98 years old, according to records, but her family says she was more than 100 years old.
    Mary Katherine Smith, the daughter of Katherine Smith, said her mother passed away at 11:18 a.m. on March 29.
    Behind a fence holding a rifle outside her Hogan, wearing her traditional outfit, is an iconic photograph of Katherine Smith that shows her amid a territorial dispute between the Diné and the Kiis’áanii.
    This Diaspora is also the focus of “Broken Rainbow,” an Oscar-nominated documentary that she took part in.
    Katherine Smith was Tábąąhá, and born for Chíshí Dine’é. Her maternal grandfather was Tł’ízíłání and her paternal grandfather was Naakaii Dine’é.
    Katherine Smith often drew on Diné philosophy to explain her profound connection to her ancestors’ traditional land she called home, and played an indispensable role protecting it when the federal government removed thousands of Diné families from Hopi Partitioned Lands.
    In the mid-summer of 1979, a Bureau of Indian Affairs crew set out to fence her property in Big Mountain – Dziłntsaa in Diné Bizaad – only to find themselves staring into the muzzle of her .22 caliber rifle, according to history. She fired over their heads, and when they scattered, she began pulling apart the fence.
    Katherine Smith at that point in time was arrested on serious charges, only to receive a directed verdict of acquittal from a judge.
    “That was just a representation of what she stood for,” Mary Smith said in an interview with the Navajo Times on Wednesday night. “One of her last words … a couple of days ago was, ‘I never sold out. I never sold my land, I never left, I never took payment, and I never got a relocation house. I stayed on my land where I was born, and I feel like I won this battle.’”...
by Darren Thompson, Native News Online  -  22 MAR 2017
    DENVER – Family and supporters of Red Fawn Fallis are hosting an art auction fundraiser on Friday, March 27 from 7 pm to 10 pm at the Corazon Gallery during the weekend of the annual Denver March Powwow. The art auction will feature renowned artists, musicians, appearances by the International Indigenous Youth Council and leaders of the Water is Life movement.
    Red Fawn Fallis was originally arrested near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation on Thursday, October 27 along with 140 others when law enforcement forcibly removed water protectors encamped on treaty land in the path of the Dakota Access Pipeline. She was initially charged with attempted murder of a police officer by the State of North Dakota, but now faces separate Federal felony charges of civil disorder, discharging a firearm in relation to a felony crime of violence, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
    If convicted of discharging a firearm, she faces a minimum of 10 years in in federal prison....  
An anonymous letter claimed the Scotland Yard unit accessed activists’ email accounts for ‘a number of years’.     Photograph: Kirsty O'Connor/PA
Met Police Accused of Using Hackers to Access Protesters' Emails
Exclusive: Watchdog investigates claim that secretive unit worked with Indian police to obtain campaigners’ passwords

The Guardian  -  21 MAR 2017
    The police watchdog is investigating allegations that a secretive Scotland Yard unit used hackers to illegally access the private emails of hundreds of political campaigners and journalists.
    The allegations were made by an anonymous individual who says the unit worked with Indian police, who in turn used hackers to illegally obtain the passwords of the email accounts of the campaigners, and some reporters and press photographers.
     The person, who says he or she previously worked for the intelligence unit that monitors the activities of political campaigners, detailed their concerns in a letter to the Green party peer Jenny Jones. The peer passed on the allegations to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which is investigating....  
A Lesson Trump and the E.P.A. Should Heed
by William D Ruckelshaus, New York Times  -  07 MAR 2017
    In March 1983, President Ronald Reagan asked me to return to Washington to run the Environmental Protection Agency. I had been the E.P.A.’s first administrator, from 1970 to 1973, and over the agency’s first 10 years, it made enormous progress in bringing the country’s worst pollution problems under control despite resistance from polluting industries and their lobbyists. A worried and outraged public had demanded action, and the government responded.
    Yet the agency and its central mission came under attack during the 1980 presidential campaign. The Clean Air Act was criticized as an obstacle to growth. The agency was seen as bloated, inefficient, exceeding its congressional mandates and costing jobs. The Reagan administration and its new administrator were going to fix that. Sound familiar?
    The E.P.A. I returned to in the spring of 1983, some 28 months into President Reagan’s first term, was dispirited and in turmoil. Its administrator, Anne M. Gorsuch, had been cited for contempt of Congress. Its budget had been reduced by almost 25 percent, with more cuts promised. Staffing had been slashed.
    There were internal conflicts, resignations of key officials, complaints of documents being destroyed and reports of secret meetings with officials from companies under investigation by the agency. One political appointee, Rita Lavelle, was facing accusations of lying to Congress, for which she would later be convicted. And voters were taking notice. President Reagan discovered that government backsliding on protecting Americans’ health and the environment would not be tolerated by an awakened, angry and energized public.
    While I awaited Senate confirmation hearings that April, several chemical industry chief executives asked to meet with me. I expected to hear complaints that over-regulation was stifling economic growth, just as I had heard 10 years earlier.
    Instead, I was stunned by their message. The public, they told me, was spooked about the turmoil at E.P.A. Americans didn’t believe anything was being done to protect their health and the environment. They didn’t believe the E.P.A., and they didn’t believe the chemical industry. These executives had concluded that they needed a confident, fair and independent E.P.A. They knew that an environmental agency trusted by the public to do its job gave their businesses a public license to operate....  
Louise Erdrich, one of the most prolific American Indian authors alive, awarded National Book Critics Circle Award.
Louise Erdrich Wins National Book Critics Circle Award for “LaRose”
by Levi Rickert, Native News Online  -  17 MAR 2017
    NEW YORK — Louise Erdrich, a tribal member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction on Thursday in New York for her latest novel, “LaRose.” She won the award in 1984 for “Love Medicine.”
    “LaRose” is the last in a trilogy that began with “Love Medicine.”
    In her acceptance speech, Erdrich veered in the political climate that exists in current times:
    “I’d like to thank my mother, a strong Native woman,” Erdrich said. “And my 91-year-old father, the son of immigrants. We are all in this together. It is so important right now, as truth is being assaulted not just in this country, but all over the world. Let us dig into the truth. Let us be fierce and dangerous about the truth. Let us find in that truth the strength to demand that truth from our government.”  
Cherokee Nation Breaks Ground on 11 New Homes in Vinita
Native News Online  -  17 MAR 2017
    VINITA, OKLAHOMA — The Cherokee Nation broke ground Friday on 11 new homes being built in a new addition in Vinita, a town of more than 5,500 in Craig County.
    The three-bedroom homes are being built through the New Home Construction Program, which was implemented by Principal Chief Bill John Baker in 2012. The homes will feature one and a half bathrooms with 1,003 square feet of living space and a garage.
    “Access to safe housing is a key to good health and remains a critical piece of the foundation for success for Cherokee families,” Chief Baker said. “In Craig County we have created jobs, expanded health care and invested in public education. Now this opportunity for Cherokee Nation citizens to become homeowners ensures our tribal government is truly improving the lives of our people and building a brighter future for the next generation.”
    The Vinita home recipients will be selected from the Housing Authority’s waiting list of local New Home Construction applicants who do not own land. The monthly cost of the homes for the recipients has not yet been determined....  
Wisconsin police guard a Trump rally on March 29, 2016 in Janesville, Wisconsin. Hank Johnson and Michael Shank write that the Pentagon and Homeland Security department have transferred tens of billions of dollars’ worth of military equipment to domestic law enforcement agencies and to the streets of America. While President Obama limited the transfer of military-grade weapons to local law enforcement via executive action, Trump is expected to roll back those restrictions.
Scott Olson/Getty   
Dumping Military Kit on Cops Makes Main Street a War Zone
by Hank Johnson and Michael Shank, Newsweek  -  17 MAR 2017
    As thousands of Native Americans protested across the country this weekend, led in part by the Standing Rock Sioux, taking the protest to the White House and to Trump Tower, it’s important to remember that Standing Rock was recently a war zone.
    Pictures of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests and the heavily militarized police response attest to the war equipment, military tactics and weaponry that were deployed against Americans.
    North Dakota and Wisconsin State police forces, which have been the most aggressive in using military equipment to enforce domestic laws, are looking more and more like our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.
    This is the new normal. We saw it at Standing Rock. We saw it in Seattle. We saw it in Ferguson, and we’ll see more military equipment being used to confront peaceful protesters across the nation....  
Tipi Action at the Trump Hotel, Washington, D.C.
Indigenous Rising Media  -  17 MAR 2017
    During the #NativeNationsRise March a street performance was held in front of the Trump Hotel, where a tipi was erected and Indigenous Peoples conducted an interpretative dance, imitating how the Bison protect their youth when threatened.
    During the performance there was also a symbolic shaming of Trump, as he has violated Indigenous Rights by approving the Dakota Access and Keystone XL Pipeline.
    Our non-violent direct actions during Native Nations Rise were meant to send a clear message to the Trump Administration: we are rising, in all directions, to protect our rights as Indigenous Peoples.  
These Are Urgent Issues, Deserving of Your Attention and Action Now
Native Solidarity  -  17 MAR 2017
    A Catalog of Indigenous Issues Across North America in Need of Support...  
VA’s Rule Establishes a Presumption of Service Connection for Diseases Associated with Exposure to Contaminants in the Water Supply at Camp Lejeune
VA to provide disability benefits for related diseases

Veteran's Administration  -  14 MAR 2017
    VA regulations to establish presumptions for the service connection of eight diseases associated with exposure to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune, N.C. are effective as of today.
    “Establishing these presumptions is a demonstration of our commitment to care for those who have served our Nation and have been exposed to harm as a result of that service,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David J. Shulkin. “The Camp Lejeune presumptions will make it easier for those Veterans to receive the care and benefits they earned.”
    The presumption of service connection applies to active duty, Reserve and National Guard members who served at Camp Lejeune for a minimum of 30 days (cumulative) between Aug.1, 1953 and Dec. 31, 1987, and are diagnosed with any of the following conditions:...  
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Issues New Fact Sheet in Form of Q & A with Chairman Archambault
Chairman Archambault discusses the water protectors, allegations of misuse, and the current state of the DAPL fight

ICMN Staff, Indian Country Media Network  -  16 MAR 2017
    Standing Rock Sioux Tribal chairman David Archambault II has been a part of the resistance against the Dakota Access Pipeline project’s intrusion on Lakota territory for the better part of three years. The conflict arose in 2016 as DAPL was rerouted by its parent company, Energy Transfer Partners, from Bismarck, North Dakota to a path through the Great Sioux Nation treaty land, where it cut across historic sacred sites and posed a threat to the source of Standing Rock’s drinking water, the Missouri River.
    Throughout last year, Chairman Archambault shared video messages and issued updates on the need for prayerful and non-violent actions as more and more water protectors arrived in Cannon Ball, North Dakota to join in the Standing Rock nation’s fight. Ultimately, more than 300 tribal nations, along with non-Natives, celebrities, and supporters from around the globe joined the Lakota on the frontlines.
    As an increasing number of law enforcement arrived with militarized gear at the behest of Energy Transfer Partners, Chairman Archambault worked to maintain the focus of the water protectors. Following violent actions by law enforcement—the excessive use of water cannons, mace, and concussion grenades—a harsh winter, and the Trump administration’s greenlighting the completion of the pipeline, Chairman Archambault and the Standing Rock Tribal Council voted to evacuate the camps on tribal property. They maintained that the fight against DAPL had moved from the plains to the court system and Washington, D.C.
    In this release issued by the Standing Rock administration, Chairman Archambault answers questions that address, among other things, objections to the SRST Council’s decisions, the high cost of the camps and the cleanup to the tribe, and allegations made against his leadership....  
Donald Trump signs a presidential memorandum to revive the Dakota Access pipeline, we speak to Standing Rock activist Bobbi Jean Three Legs. Last year, she and Joseph White Eyes led a group of youth water runners on a 2,000-mile trek from Sacred Stone Camp in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, to Washington, D.C., where they delivered a petition against the Dakota Access pipeline to the Army Corps of Engineers headquarters.
Video: "Water is Life, Water is Sacred": Standing Rock’s Bobbi Jean Three Legs Speaks Out Against Trump
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!  -  First Aired on 25 JAN 2017
    AMY GOODMAN: The Standing Rock Sioux issued a statement on Facebook, reading, quote, "Today, Trump announced an executive order on DAPL; it not only violates the law, but it violates tribal treaties. Nothing will deter us from our fight for clean water. We will be taking legal action, and will take this fight head on. We urge you to fight and stand tall besides us. The EIS statement"—environmental impact statement—"is still in process, so please submit your comments to the link below. This helps us compound our claim that the pipeline poses grave environmental risks. Please also call your congressional representatives and let them know that the people do not stand behind today’s decision. Stand together as one and we will not fall." That’s the statement of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
    We’re joined here in Park City by Bobbi Jean Three Legs. She is a water protector who led other young people in a hundreds of miles—well, how long was the run that you participated in, Bobbi Jean, that went from, oh, North Dakota to Washington, D.C.?
    BOBBI JEAN THREE LEGS: Yes, it was about a 2,000-mile relay run. My brother Joseph White Eyes and I led about 40 youth from the ages of 30—from the ages of 13 to 30.
    AMY GOODMAN: And when you heard this news about the presidential memorandum, the executive action, issued by President Trump yesterday, what were your thoughts?
    BOBBI JEAN THREE LEGS: That he is waking up a lot of people, that a lot of people are really paying attention to the climate change now, that we’re never going to back down.
    AMY GOODMAN: Are you afraid?...  
Letter from Board of Directors, Amnesty International USA, to North Dakota Governor
Amnesty International  -  09 MAR 2017
    Re: Serious Human Rights Concerns about the Treatment of People Opposed to the Dakota Access
    Dear Governor Burgum and Attorney General Stenehjem,
    Amnesty International urges you to take immediate steps to prevent human rights violations against
Indigenous Peoples and their allies opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline, and to ensure accountability
for any past human rights violations. The organization remains deeply concerned about the treatment of
Indigenous Peoples and their allies by authorities, most recently in relation to the clearing of camps and
the eviction of people near the pipeline construction site.
    Amnesty International has documented a number of instances where the force used by law enforcement
officers appears to have been excessive; repeated instances of law enforcement outfitted with military
equipment, in riot gear, and the display of weapons that appear intended to intimidate peaceful protesters;
and a pattern of cases where people appear to have been excessively charged as punishment for or
deterrence from taking part in future demonstrations against the pipeline. Together with the passage of
several bills in the North Dakota legislature recently (HB 1293, 1304 and 1426), the organization is
gravely concerned about a serious erosion of the right to peaceful protest, and violations of freedom of
assembly and expression in the state of North Dakota.
    We urge you to take the following actions without delay to prevent such human rights violations from
happening in the future, ensure accountability for human rights violations that may have occurred, and
uphold the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution
and international human rights law:...  
Wells Fargo's Dakota Access Financing Prompts a Shareholder Vote
by Laura J Keller, Bloomberg  -  15 MAR 2017
    Wells Fargo & Co. shareholders will vote next month on whether to require the bank to adopt policies to help protect indigenous groups after protesters targeted its role in financing the Dakota Access pipeline.
    The vote was requested by five investors who collectively hold more than $10,000 of the bank’s stock, the company said in a regulatory filing Wednesday. It’s among 10 items on the ballot for the firm’s annual shareholder meeting set for April 25 in Jacksonville, Florida.
    Proponents, citing reputational damage from the controversial pipeline project, said the bank should describe how it examines whether deals will hurt indigenous groups, their cultures and access to traditional lands. The company’s board recommended shareholders reject it, because the firm already supports the right of indigenous people to be consulted and strives to do business with customers who abide by those principles and operate responsibly.
    “We have a responsibility to respect human rights, including the rights of indigenous peoples to determine their own way of life on their own lands, according to their time-honored cultures, traditions and beliefs,” the board wrote in the filing....
Anthony Van Dunk (left), who is a chief of the 5,000-member Ramapough Indians, with Jean Louis Bourgeois Goldwater. J.C. Rice
Millionaire Returning $4M Piece of Manhattan to Indian Tribe
by Christy Smith-Sloman, NY Post  -  Originally Published 18 DEC 2016
    An eccentric millionaire is giving Manhattan back to the American Indians — at least his small part of it.
    Jean-Louis Goldwater Bourgeois, 76, an architectural historian and activist for Native American causes, is in the process of transferring the deed of his $4 million, landmarked West Village house to a nonprofit controlled by the Lenape tribe, the original Manhattanites.
    “I have a romance with the history of the city, and I have been generally appalled that the land that the city is on has been taken by whites,” he told The Post.
    “This building is the trophy from major theft. It disgusts me.”
    He said he feels “rage against what whites have done and some guilt, no, a lot of guilt, that I have profited from this major theft. The right thing to do is to return it.”...
Oceti Sakowin Site Was Not Disaster
by Ann Knudson, Bismarck Tribune  -  08 MAR 2017
    Some journalists have referred to the Oceti Sakowin camp as an ecological “disaster.” That’s making a mountain out of a molehill. The term “disaster” belongs to events like the Deepwater Horizon spill of 2010, which set 210 million gallons of oil loose in the Gulf of Mexico.
    The Oceti Sakowin camp hasn’t yet spilled any oil into the river. Yes, there were vehicles left when the camp closed. However, even if the Corps of Engineers fails to get them out, the total oil and gas in them was less than 420 gallons. If House Bill 1151 becomes law, anything under 420 gallons isn’t even worth reporting. Check the North Dakota Department of Health Environmental Incident Reports (http://www.ndhealth.gov/ehs/foia/spills/) and you'll find a long list of actual spills, not potential spills.
    They get little attention. It normally takes something like the Belle Fourche spill, 176,000 gallons, to make the news. Double standard much? There have been accusations that there was human waste left in the camp. Up into December, the camp used portapotties. After that, they switched to composting toilets, which are accepted by the EPA (EPA 832-F-99-066). When the water protectors left camp Feb. 22, their waste had been moved to composting containers off site, where it will safely turn into rich soil.
    For comparison, in the flood of 2011, Omaha alone pumped 6 million gallons of raw sewage into the Missouri every day for months. The water protectors had made great progress in cleanup, and the material left was pretty tame: no herbicides, pesticides, fertilizer, etc. Hay bales, firewood and lumber are much like the trees and grass that wash into the river with every flood. Even if the corps didn’t clean up another thing, what remained of Oceti Sakowin after Feb. 22 was nowhere near a “disaster.”...
One Woman Against Big Oil and Patriarchy
Alicia Cawiya, an indigenous activist prepared to defy the powerful to save Ecuador’s Yasuní, talks to Linda Etchart.

New Internationalist Magazine  -  MARCH 2017 Issue
    On 3 August 2013, Alicia Cawiya, Vice-President of the Huaorani Nation of Ecuador, stood up to address the country’s Constituent Assembly in Quito, broadcast live on national television.
    She was expected to follow the script given to her by her President, Chief Moi Enomenga, to accede to oil drilling in her homeland in the headwaters of the Amazon River.
    Moi had already signed agreements with Chinese oil companies, giving them the right to extract oil on the territory of the Huaorani, Taromenane and Tagaeri peoples, in the Yasuní national park, one of the most bio-diverse places on the planet, designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1989.
    Instead, Alicia defied her President and the government and made a magnificent speech, first in her native Huaorani language, then in Spanish, to denounce the oil companies and to speak up in defence of her people, her indigenous brothers and sisters from other groups, and their culture.
    The message to the Ecuadorian government and to the transnational companies was clear: keep out. ‘Seven companies have been working in Huaorani territory and we have become poorer… How have we benefited? Not at all,’ declared Alicia to applause from the Assembly. ‘The animals are now in danger of extinction. Who is to blame? Not us… We have been conservationists. We want our territory to be respected. Let us live the way we want to live.’
    The vote to save the Yasuní from oil drilling was lost that day in the National Assembly, by 108 to 133 votes, but Alicia had captured the hearts of Assembly members and the nation. Her message was front-page news; from that moment Alicia became an inspiration for indigenous women and a respected national political figure, tirelessly campaigning for the rights of her people, of the uncontacted groups of the Amazon and its environment.
    But she had also made powerful enemies, among them her own community leader. Alicia claims that following her speech, Huaorani President Moi threatened to kill her....  
Oklahomans take to the streets to protest DAPL Saturday March 11, 2017.     (Fox 25, okcfox)
Oklahomans Take to the Streets to Protest Dakota Access Pipelines
by Shardaa Gray, Fox 25, okcfox - 11 MAR 2017
    OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) — Protests against construction of the Dakota Access Pipelines have spread across the country. Saturday, a few hundred people took to the streets in Oklahoma to keep the march going.
    Despite Saturday’s rain, a few hundred people showed up in downtown Oklahoma City in reference to the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. Organizers tell Fox 25 if those pipelines were to break, it would destroy their drinking water.
    “We're trying to support our brothers and sisters from all over the United States,” said OKC Pow-Wow Club, Tom Morgan.
    The message Saturday was to support Native Americans to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipelines. Saturday's peaceful march took place in downtown Oklahoma City, where organizers say the construction would affect Oklahomans.
    “One of those pipelines would break, it would destroy the water, the drinking water,” Morgan said. “It just wouldn't be good for the state of Oklahoma.”...  
Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II, photographed in the offices of The Washington Post on Feb. 8, 2017. (Thomas Simonetti/The Washington Post)
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman: "I Was Slighted. I Was Disrespected."
by Juliet Eilperin, Brady Dennis and Joe Heim; The Washington Post  -  08 FEB 2017
    Standing Rock Sioux Chairman David Archambault II arrived in Washington on Tuesday afternoon expecting to make a last-minute pitch to head off the Dakota Access Pipeline at a scheduled White House meeting the next morning.
    But as he walked through Reagan National Airport, he learned on a phone call that he might as well have stayed in North Dakota. The Army Corps of Engineers had decided to grant the company behind the pipeline the critical easement it needed, rendering his meeting with the Trump administration moot.
    “I just feel that I was slighted. I was disrespected. I think that I was set up,” said Archambault, whose tribe has been fighting the pipeline since 2014 on the grounds that it would infringe on the tribe’s rights and could pose a risk to its drinking water.
    The machinery of the federal government often moves slowly. But in the past two weeks, at President Trump’s urging, a process that his predecessor had decelerated was suddenly moving forward, culminating in the Army’s decision Wednesday to give Energy Transfer Partners an easement to drill under a vast reservoir less than a mile from the Standing Rock Sioux’s reservation....  
The Native Nations Rise march started just west of Union Station, as thousands set out from 4th and G streets NW on a course through downtown and to the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue.
American Indians from around the U.S. March on White House in Rally for Rights
Protesters Opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline March in D.C.

by Joe Heim, The Washington Post  -  10 MAR 2017
    Jesse and Chantelle Beeson, members of the Mohawk nation, drove to Washington Friday morning from Akwesasne, N.Y. Mae Hank, who’s Inupiat, flew in from Point Hope, Alaska. Khannie Tobacco, an Oglala Sioux member from Pine Ridge, S.D., made the long journey by bus.
    For a few hours on Friday, their paths crossed with those of thousands of other protesters from across the country who had trekked to the capital demanding treaty rights and meaningful dialogue, and calling on President Trump to meet with their leaders. Organizers of the Native Nations Rise march say it was intended as a show of solidarity against a federal government that has long shunted aside indigenous concerns on a range of environmental, economic and social issues.
    With wet snow falling, the demonstration started just east of Verizon Center, as the marchers set out on a course through downtown. Despite the foul weather, the protesters were in good spirits, cheering loudly and chanting, “We’re cold, we’re wet, We ain’t done yet!” Office workers peered out of windows, some waving or giving the thumbs-up.
    “I’ve never really protested before, but this is so important for everyone,” said Elizabeth Turnipseed who came to the march with her husband David, a member of the Puyallup tribe in Washington state. “Our waters are being destroyed, and I’m just tired of them disrespecting Mother Earth.”

    [Standing Rock Sioux chairman: ‘I was slighted. I was disrespected.’]

    The march was led in part by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, which has been involved in a long-standing dispute over the Dakota Access pipeline. The tribe has argued in court that the 1,172-mile pipeline threatens its drinking water, crosses sacred lands and was approved by the government without adequate consultation.
    As the pipeline battle played out last year in a remote section of one of the country’s least populated states, it was slow to gain national attention. But by midsummer, Standing Rock’s struggle began to resonate with a growing coalition of Indians and environmentalists. The dispute soon galvanized hundreds of tribes to offer support and funding to the Standing Rock Sioux and it also helped propel a new wave of activism and engagement among Native Americans across the country.
    Guy Jones, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe who now lives in Dayton, Ohio, said he wasn’t sure how many people would turn out for Friday’s march. As wave after wave of demonstrators walked past, he expressed his amazement.
    “Two years ago I had to explain to everyone where Standing Rock was. Now the whole world knows where Standing Rock is,” said Jones, 61. “It has become a symbol.”...  
Amal Clooney Is Trying to Stop Genocide and Instead We’re Talking about Her ‘Blossoming Baby Bump’
by David Boddiger, Fusion  -  11 MAR 2017
    It appears that some members of the news media have learned nothing from this week’s Day Without A Woman protest and International Women’s Strike.
    International human rights lawyer Amal Clooney stood before the United Nations this week and urged the world’s governing body to do something about ongoing acts of genocide committed by the Islamic State. With her was Nadia Murad, who at 22 was enslaved, terrorized and repeatedly raped by members of ISIS before she managed to escape and flee to Germany.
    But all of that was just a sideshow, because what really mattered to more than a few publishing groups was a) Amal Clooney is George Clooney’s wife, b) she’s pregnant, and c) she wears nice clothes.
    But wait, it gets better....  
Haida Clan Strips Chiefs of Titles for Supporting Enbridge Pipeline
One of the chiefs admits he received money from the oil company

by Hilary Beaumont, VICE  -  16 AUG 2016 - Reprinted 12 MAR 2017
    A Haida clan in British Columbia has stripped two hereditary chiefs of their titles because they supported the construction of an Enbridge pipeline that the Nation fought in court.
    The two chiefs signed a letter in support of the pipeline, and one of the chiefs told VICE News he met with the company and received per diems, but he believes the issue is being blown out of proportion. The chiefs have threatened a defamation suit for "lies" they say are being spread about them.
    On Saturday, in front of 500 people, clan members in Old Massett held a ceremony marked with traditional dances in which the hereditary chiefs were stripped of their leadership, and matriarchs appointed new chiefs in their place. A ceremony like this one hasn't happened since smallpox struck Haida Gwaii, an archipelago along the coast of northern BC, in the 1800s....  
ACLU Response to Warrant Issued to Search Facebook Page of a NoDAPL Advocacy Group
LRINSPIRE  -  09 MAR 2017
    Bellingham WA – On March 8th the American Civil Liberties Union [ACLU] filed a motion to quash a warrant that had been issued to police to search for information on a Facebook community page dedicated to protesting against the Dakota Access pipeline.
    According to an ACLU press release, “The warrant served on Facebook seeks private, sensitive information about people’s political views and opinions, images of political actions, and personal information, including locations.”
    The warrant specifically targets the Bellingham WA NoDAPL Facebook page. The page highlighted issues surrounding the Dakota Access pipeline and provided information on local environmental justice related issues and events.
    The motion filed by the ACLU argues that the warrant violates both the First and Fourth Amendments. The motion will be heard March 14, 8:30 am 3rd Floor of Whatcom County Superior Court....  
Striking Protest Photos Show the Power and Pride of Indigenous Communities
Mashable  -  12 MAR 2017
    "We exist. We resist. We rise."
    This powerful statement was boldly brought to the White House, through protest signs and spirit, on March 10 as part of the Native Nations Rise protests.
    Thousands of Native Americans from tribes across North America marched to the White House to rally for Indigenous rights and environmental protection. The protest was in response to President Donald Trump's recent actions targeting Indigenous populations.
    Native demonstrators and their allies gathered to condemn the construction of the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines. Recent approval to construct these pipelines by Trump and his administration, according to tribal leaders, are in violation treaty law protecting Indigenous land....  
"In the River: A Protest Song for Standing Rock" by Raye Zaragoza
Raye Zaragoza, Facebook  -  SEPT 2016
    There is something especially beautiful and moving about the simple presentation of just a beautiful voice and a guitar. It is art in its purest form. It is pristine, honest, raw; and it is a soul-baring experience for the artist. It is the performing arts equivalent of standing naked before the world and saying, "Here I am. This is who I am, and this is what I have to offer the world. I share with you the gifts that Creator has seen fit to bestow upon me in hopes that you will get a blessing from this offering. Love me or hate me, but take the time to see and appreciate this glimpse into my heart."
    SENAA International supports and encourages all young Indigenous artists in all art forms as our way of showing the world that the Indigenous People of Turtle Island (the big Turtle Island) are among the most talented people on the planet, and that they choose to use their gifts to support their people and to bring attention to important indigenous issues.
    We are happy to introduce Raye Zaragoza in her video "In the River: A Protest Song" that she wrote and recorded in support of the efforts to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline that became the Standing Rock #NoDAPL movement.
    This is just one of the songs that will be on her coming debut album. This song will be on her debut album twice; once as a fully orchestrated version, and again with just Raye and her guitar.
    We ask that you recognize and support this talented young artist by purchasing one or more copies of her soon-to-be-released debut album. More can be learned about her first album on her Facebook page. Just click her name link in the header of this post to visit her page. While you're there, click "Follow" to follow her, and choose the "See First" option to be sure and get any updates regarding the release date for her debut album.
    This song is from Raye Zaragoza's soon-to-be released debut album. Check back here or on SENAA International's Facebook page often for the release date of Raye Zaragoza's premier album, or click the title link above, log on at Facebook, follow Raye, and choose the "See First" option to be sure to get her updates.
Stand With Standing Rock #NODAPL Water Warriors Video, Lor Brothers Version
by the Lor Brothers, YouTube  -  07 MAR 2017
Dance routine to Trevor Hall's song "Stand Up"
Stand Up - Standing Rock by Trevor Hall - Official Video
Mr. Catfysh, YouTube - 28 OCT 2016
The Official Video for Trevor Hall's song "Stand Up"
NoDAPL March and Rally in Los Angeles
March And Rally Los Angeles  -  10 MAR 2017
Levi Rickert Live at the #NoDAPL Rally in D.C.
Native News Online  -  10 MAR 2017
How Victory at Standing Rock Could Provide a Blueprint for Resistance in Trump's America
by The Naked Truth  -  29 DEC 2016
    Protesters won a major victory over the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) project. Braving water cannons, dogs, police brutality, and extreme weather, #NoDAPL activists captured the world’s attention and convinced President Obama the pipeline needed to be rerouted away from sacred land. But as Donald Trump, who has said he supports the project, prepares to take office, many in the movement realize the struggle has just begun.
Standing Rock Activists Just Released Their First Brutally Effective #NoDAPL TV Commercial
by Rafi Schwartz, FUSION  -  09 MAR 2017
    Since it began, the fight against the Dakota Access oil pipeline has always existed in two separate, but related arenas: The actual courtroom, and the court of public opinion.
    This week, #NoDAPL activists at the Lakota Law Project released what is perhaps the most direct appeal to that second arena to date: A short, emotionally stirring TV commercial that highlights not only the potential environmental risks posed by the oil pipeline, but the blatant hypocrisy of those who argued to move its path away from a city at the expense of the neighboring Standing Rock tribe....
Legendary Native Activist Exposes DAPL as a SHAM
TYT Politics on Facebook - Posted about 3 months ago
Jordan, of TYT Politics speaks with Wynona LaDuke about DAPL
End of Mission Statement on United States by the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
UNSR Victoria Tauli-Corpuz  -  03 MAR 2017

United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,
Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
End of Mission Statement
3 March 2017

    In my capacity as United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, I carried out a visit to the United States of America from 22 February to 3 March 2017 to study the human rights situation of indigenous peoples, in particular with regard to energy development projects, and to follow up on key recommendations made by my predecessor, James Anaya, in both his 2012 report on the situation of indigenous peoples in the United States (1) and his 2013 report on indigenous peoples and extractive industries.(2)
    Over the last ten days I have travelled to: Washington, D.C.; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Window Rock, Arizona; Boulder, Colorado; Fort Yates, Fort Berthold and Bismarck, North Dakota. I met with representatives of the federal government in Washington, D.C., including federal and regional representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of State, the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Energy, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and the Department of Justice. In North Dakota, I met with the Governor, and representatives from the State Historic Preservation Office and the Commission on Indian Affairs. I also met with members of the legislative branch including the office of Senator John Hoeven, chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and the office of ranking member Norma Torres of the House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular, and Alaska Native Affairs. Finally, I met with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
    I visited several tribal communities: the Navajo Nation in Window Rock, Arizona, and other tribes from the Southwest, including the Hopi Tribe, the Tohono O'odham Nation, and several of the Pueblos, as well as tribes from the Great Plains, including the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, the Yankton Sioux Tribe, and the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation. I also met with leaders from the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, the Southern Ute Tribe, the Northern Ute Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation, and the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe. I received numerous requests for visits from indigenous communities throughout the country who described their difficult situations, but due to time constraints I was unable to visit them all. I did however hold the first-ever virtual consultation where I spoke with representatives from indigenous communities around the country including from Alaska and Hawaii. I also met with representatives of indigenous peoples and a wide range of civil society and human rights organizations working on indigenous peoples' rights....  
UN Expert Urges Consistent Policies for US on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights for Projects like Dakota Access Pipeline
UNSR Victoria Tauli-Corpuz  -  03 MAR 2017
    WASHINGTON, D.C. / GENEVA (3 March 2017) – A UN human rights expert has called on all levels of government in the United States to adopt consistent practices when consulting with indigenous tribes on projects that could affect their rights, like the Dakota Access Pipeline.
    The appeal was made by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, at the end of a mission to the US to assess the impact of energy development projects. During the visit, Ms. Tauli-Corpuz, noted that, in spite of a US commitment to positive and meaningful engagement with tribal governments, challenges remained.
    The Special Rapporteur said: "The legislative regime regulating consultation, while well intentioned, has failed to ensure effective and informed consultations with tribal governments. The breakdown of communication and lack of good faith in the review of federal projects leaves tribal governments unable to participate in dialogue with the United States on projects affecting their lands, territories, and resources."
    Nevertheless, the Special Rapporteur saw encouraging steps being taken by federal agencies to follow procedures set out in the UN's Declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples. She said: "Since 2012, the federal government has made commendable efforts to develop policies toward more robust measures."
    "I also applaud the January 2017 joint report from the Departments of Interior, Army and Justice to solicit recommendations on engaging tribes in infrastructure-related activities. I am encouraged by the process of meaningful consultation with the tribes that the United States undertook in creating this report, and applaud the efforts made by the government to consider ways in which to improve consultation processes."...
    She added that given the impacts on indigenous peoples of the Dakota Access Pipeline, she was deeply concerned by a presidential memo on 24 January clearing away the last hurdle so that construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline under Lake Oahe could begin. The Special Rapporteur also expressed concern about similar issues on other projects....  
USA / Indigenous Peoples’ Rights: UN expert to Assess Impact of Energy Development Projects
UNSR Victoria Tauli-Corpuz  -  21 FEB 2017
    GENEVA / WASHINGTON (21 February 2017) – United Nations Special Rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz will undertake a country visit to the United States of America from 22 February to 3 March to study the human rights situation of indigenous peoples, in particular with regard to energy development projects.
    "I will place particular focus on developments in areas of extractive industries and examine, among other things, progress and gaps, and make recommendations for the way forward for the current administration," Ms. Tauli-Corpuz said recalling the recommendations made in a 2012 report on the USA by her predecessor, James Anaya.
    The independent expert mandated by the UN Human Rights Council to monitor, report and advise on the human rights situation of indigenous peoples around the world will travel to Washington, D.C; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Window Rock, Arizona; Boulder, Colorado; and Bismarck, North Dakota.
    During her ten-day mission, the Special Rapporteur will meet representatives of the Government and Congress, American Indian tribes and individuals and civil society organisations working on issues related to indigenous peoples' rights.
    In the Great Plains region, she will pay particular attention to the situation of Indian Tribes affected by recently adopted executive order and presidential memoranda related to pipelines, including Keystone XL pipeline and Dakota Access pipeline....  
Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
UNSR Victoria Tauli-Corpuz  -  04 MAR 2017
    Information about Victoria Tauli-Corpuz's indigenous rights investigations, including investigation of the U.S. government's relationships with and treatment of Indigenous Peoples within U.S. borders.  
Feds Opening 73 Million Acres off Alabama, Gulf States for Oil and Gas Exploration
by Leada Gore, al.com  -  07 MAR 2017
    The federal government is opening 73 million acres offshore from Alabama and other Gulf Coast states to oil and gas exploration and development, the Department of the Interior announced Monday.
    Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said the department will offer leases on all available unleased areas in federal waters off Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and Florida at its Aug. 16 auction. The sale is the first in a five-year program that will including two auctions per year.
    "Opening more federal lands and waters to oil and gas drilling is a pillar of President Trump's plan to make the United States energy independent," Zinke said. "The Gulf is a vital part of that strategy to spur economic opportunities for industry, states and local communities to create jobs and home-grown energy and to reduce our dependence on foreign oil."...  
Video: Cheyenne River Chairman: Speaking out for Freedoms and Rights at South Dakota Legislature
Brenda Norrell, Censored News  -  07 MAR 2017
    Cheyenne River Sioux Chairman Harold Frazier describes legislation in South Dakota concerning protesting, and First Amendment Rights Video by We Are the Media....
U.S. Judge Rules Against Tribes Seeking to Stop Dakota Access Pipeline
RT.com  -  07 MAR 2017
    A federal judge has denied the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe’s request to block the final phase of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. The tribe had argued that the presence of the pipeline desecrated its sacred land and water.
    The final leg of the pipeline is set to be built under Lake Oahe in North Dakota. The Cheyenne River Sioux sought a preliminary injunction against the construction because they use the lake for sacred ceremonies. They argued that the project would interfere with their religious practices.
    US District Judge James Boasberg dismissed the tribe’s arguments on Tuesday.
    “Cheyenne River’s religious-exercise claim ... involves a government action — granting an easement to Dakota Access to build and operate a pipeline — regarding the use of federal land —the land under Lake Oahe — that has an incidental, if serious, impact on a tribe’s ability to practice its religion because of spiritual desecration of a sacred site,” he wrote in his 38-page decision.
    Dakota Access, the company building the pipeline, had already “modified the pipeline workspace and route more than a hundred times in response to cultural surveys and Tribes’ concerns regarding historic and cultural resources," Boasberg wrote, adding that rerouting the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) around the lake “would be more costly and complicated than it would have been months or years ago.”
    The problem with rerouting is that it would not just be a simple change of plans, but would requiring the company to abandon “part of a near-complete project and redoing the construction elsewhere,” he continued.
    While the tribe argued that its treaties with the United States provided access to fresh water, Boasberg countered that legal precedent defined that access in terms of agriculture, irrigation and drinking water, not access for religious purposes.
    It is not the first time Boasberg has ruled against Native Americans fighting the pipeline. In mid-February, he dismissed a request by a group of tribes to stop the construction of the final link, which was also made on religious grounds. In that dismissal, Boasberg stated there was no imminent harm to the tribes’ religious practices as oil is not flowing through the pipeline yet....  
ABC News  -  07 MAR 2017
ABC News  -  07 MAR 2017
Judge Won't Stop Construction of Dakota Access Pipeline
by Blake Nicholson, Associated Press, ABC News  -  07 MAR 2017
    A federal judge declined Tuesday to temporarily stop construction of the final section of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline, clearing the way for oil to flow as soon as next week.
    The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux had asked U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in Washington to direct the Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw permission for Texas-based developer Energy Transfer Partners to lay pipe under Lake Oahe in North Dakota. The stretch under the Missouri River reservoir in southern North Dakota is the last piece of construction for the $3.8 billion pipeline to move North Dakota oil to Illinois.
    The tribes argued that construction under the lake violates their right to practice their religion, which relies on clean water, and they wanted the work suspended until the claim could be resolved.
    When they filed the lawsuit last summer, the tribes argued that the pipeline threatens Native American cultural sites and their water supply. Their religion argument was new, however, and disputed by both the Corps and the company.
    Boasberg in his ruling Tuesday said the tribes didn't raise the religion argument in a timely fashion....  
New Interior Secretary Zinke Sets Sights on Balance
by TOM LUTEY, Billings Gazette  -  04 MAR 2017
    It might not be long before the inscription atop Yellowstone National Park’s iconic Roosevelt Arch is posted in Ryan Zinke’s new digs.
    It’s what the new Interior secretary says is his mission for the Department of Interior’s management of federal lands: “For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People.”
    “Sitting in my office and I am now recognizing the task before me. I’m excited about it. It’s great to be asked by the president to be his voice on public lands,” Zinke said Friday. “I look forward to going out in the field and visiting our parks, our refuges and our holdings and just talking to the people. It goes back to ‘the benefit and enjoyment of the people,’ and I intend to live up to the model.”...  
Confidential Dakota Pipeline Memo: Standing Rock Not a Disadvantaged Community Impacted by Pipeline
Pipeline builder claimed that mostly white Bismarck communities along its original route would have more minorities impacted than one near tribe's reservation.

by Phil McKenna, Inside Climate News  -  06 MAR 2017
     As the Standing Rock Sioux tribe was mounting opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline last spring, the pipeline company told federal officials that its final route skirting the reservation would not impact any minority or impoverished community.
    A confidential environmental justice analysis comparing the original proposed route north of Bismarck and the final one upstream of the Standing Rock reservation was sent by Dakota Access LLC employees to senior officials at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Its counterintuitive findings appear to have been largely incorporated into the Corps' final environmental assessment of the Standing Rock route last July, but weren't given to the tribe or made public.
    The 11-page memo, made available through court records, concludes that the pipeline's original path near Bismarck would have "more direct and more disproportionate" impacts to minorities. Those communities surrounding Bismarck are 96 percent white and only 2 percent of residents live below the poverty line....  
Magellan Has 28 Pipeline Spills in Iowa. Will Dakota Access Do Better?
by Kevin Hardy, The Des Moines Register  -  07 MAR 2017
    The company whose pipeline dumped more than 46,000 gallons of diesel on northern Iowa farmland in January has had more spills than any other pipeline operator in the state over the past 16 years, according to a Des Moines Register analysis.
    Magellan Midstream Partners pipelines leaked 27 times in Iowa between 2000 and 2016, spewing tens of thousands of gallons of hazardous products, according to Iowa Department of Natural Resources data. Magellan's spills are nearly double the 14 of Enterprise Products Offering, the second most frequent offender.
    Magellan reported its 28th spill Jan. 25 near Hanlontown, Ia., where a rupture dumped thousands of gallons of diesel onto snow-covered crop fields....  
by Janette Brimmer, Earthjustice  -  28 FEB 2017
    Editor’s note 2/28/17: Today, President Trump issued an executive order directing the EPA to roll back the Clean Water Rule. The rule was put in place by the Obama administration to help ensure that ALL waters of the U.S. are protected, not just some. President Trump also directs the EPA to further weaken its application of the Clean Water Act, instructing the agency to follow an interpretation designed to reject Clean Water Act protections for many waters across the U.S.
    The Clean Water Act was passed by a bi-partisan vote in the early 1970s after decades of Congress trying unsuccessfully to get the states to clean up pollution in our nation’s waterways. With mounting public demand, Congress passed what remains one of the most popular and effective environmental laws our nation has ever had, the Clean Water Act. For years, steady progress has been made to clean up our nation’s waters and protect valuable wetlands under this law.
    Despite the fact that a majority of Americans consistently support stronger clean water protections, the president today bows to the pressure of big polluting industries and the Dirty 31 states that have been attacking the EPA’s Clean Water Rule in federal court (see story below for more details). No one voted for dirtier air and water in the last election, yet President Trump’s executive order seeks to put our waters at risk. The president’s action is also contrary to established science. A panel of some of the most-distinguished and knowledgeable scientists advised the EPA at length on the Clean Water Rule that the president seeks to destroy with today’s order.
    The president needs to stop listening to polluters and instead pay heed to the wishes and actual needs of the American people. Take action now.


    “The Dirty 31” is what we’re calling the 31 states that recently joined the usual suspects—big polluting industries, corporate agribusinesses and mega-developers—in attacking the EPA’s Clean Water Rule in federal court.
    These states aggressively argue that they should be allowed to foster pollution and the destruction of waters within their borders, outside the protections of the Clean Water Act. Is your state among them?...

by Native News Online Staff  -  04 MAR 2017
    WASHINGTON – Concluding a fact-finding mission to the US, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, detailed significant flaws in the federal government’s existing approach to tribal consultation and made recommendations to rectify the process. “The legislative regime regulating consultation, while well-intentioned, has failed to ensure effective and informed consultations with tribal governments. The breakdown of communication and lack of good faith in the review of federal projects leaves tribal governments unable to participate in dialogue with the United States on projects affecting their lands, territories, and resources,” says Ms. Tauli-Corpuz.
    The UN Special Rapporteur’s mission from February 22 to March 3 was to catalog the human rights situation of indigenous peoples, with particular emphasis on the impacts of energy development on tribal communities. Ms. Tauli-Corpuz met with representatives of the Navajo Nation, the Hopi Tribe, the Tohono O’odham Nation, several Pueblo Nations, the Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, Yankton and Crow Creek Sioux tribes, the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, the Piikani Nation of the Blackfoot Confederacy, the Ute Mountain Ute, Southern Ute and Ute Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation. “Throughout the course of my mission, I heard universally that there is a pressing need for the federal government to precisely identify requirements for meaningful consultation with Indian tribes and to implement a consistent system across all federal agencies.”
    Ms. Tauli-Corpuz found that many of the issues confronted by tribes and tribal citizens in the face of energy development “are rooted in a long history of land and resource dispossession.” The Special Rapporteur acknowledged the shadow of historical trauma suffered by tribes in federal and state prioritized extractive industry operations, referencing the imposition of allotment through the 1887 Dawes Act. The UN gave considerable focus to the crisis at Standing Rock brought to a head by the Trump administration-backed Dakota Access Pipeline, and the revived Keystone-XL Pipeline. “In the context of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the potentially affected tribes were denied access to information and excluded from consultations at the planning stage of the project. Furthermore, in a show of disregard for treaties and the federal trust responsibility, the Army Corps approved a draft environmental assessment regarding the pipeline that ignored the interests of the tribe,” Ms. Tauli-Corpuz finds....  
EDGE OF MORNING: Native Voices Speak for the Bears Ears
Kickstarter  -  04 MAR 2017
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A License to Hate
by C.S. Hagen, HPR  -  02 MAR 2017
    FARGO - Militarized police armed with emergency declarations, beanbags and bullets, zip ties and presidential orders, have scattered most of the camps pitted against the Dakota Access Pipeline, but local hatred against the movement remains.
    And it’s being promoted across the state, from rural farmer to urban politician.
    As the activists’ camps consolidate to its last bastion, Sacred Stone Camp, where the movement originally began, no one has been killed. Many have been injured, and more than 750 have been arrested in what was once North Dakota’s tenth largest community.
    “What this past year has exposed is the ugly underbelly of North Dakota,” Tom Asbridge, former Democratic candidate for the House of Representatives in North Dakota, said. “We are as much or more racist and authoritarian than the Old South. It is inescapable. Our Christian values have not stood the scrutiny of our actions. I have been ashamed of my state in ways I never imagined I could be. Certainly our entire religious community must be challenged.”
    Now, North Dakota political leaders, bolstered by the Trump Administration, are more concerned with falling oil prices and returning to a “whiter” America by toughening its stances on protesters and immigration policies. North Dakota State Legislature has proposed and recently passed an unholy trinity of draconian bills targeting protests -- a fundamental right protected by the First Amendment....
The Women Protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline Aren't Done Fighting
by LINDSAY MILLER, Popsugar  -  03 MAR 2017
    Sara Jumping Eagle is a pediatrician, a mother of three, a member of the Great Sioux Nation, and an activist to be reckoned with. On Feb. 27, Donald Trump and the Army Corps of Engineers were slapped with an emergency lawsuit over the contentious North Dakota Access Pipeline, and Jumping Eagle is its lead plaintiff. In late January, Trump issued an executive order to expedite the pipeline, following a hard-won victory by protesters to stop the construction late last year. But Jumping Eagle continues to fight. She is one of more than a dozen Oceti Sakowin, or Great Sioux Nation, tribe members behind this latest legal action, which demands an immediate halt to construction on the pipeline.
    Jumping Eagle's lead counsel, Bruce Afran, says the lawsuit is two-pronged. In a statement to POPSUGAR, he wrote: "The Tribal Members are alleging that the Trump administration failed to make any, let alone, adequate environmental findings, to support the grant of an easement allowing oil to flow under Lake Oahu, a waterway in which the water rights are still retained by the Sioux Nations and that is their exclusive source of drinking water. The Tribal Members also allege that the easement violates their religious practices because Lake Oahu is the source of sacred water necessary to the Lakota faith." The White House has not responded to POPSUGAR's request for comment on the suit.
    We spoke with Jumping Eagle about why she's persevering, what she wishes more people understood about the threat the Dakota Access Pipeline poses to the Standing Rock Reservation, and her message for Donald Trump....
City Finalizes Divestment Plans from Wells Fargo over Dakota Access Pipeline
by Kate Cagle, Daily Press Staff Writer, Santa Monica Daily Press  -  04 MAR 2017
    The City has officially split with Wells Fargo over funding for the Dakota Access Pipeline. On Tuesday, the City Council made the final vote to divest from the bank and submit a request for proposal from a new financial institution large enough to deal with the City’s billion-dollar annual banking transactions.
    Councilmember Tony Vazquez, who brought the motion to divest from Wells Fargo before the council last month, also cited Wells Fargo’s past practice of secretly opening unauthorized accounts for customers as a reason to break ties with the bank. In September, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) fined the bank $100 million for the practice.
    When opening a new account, City staff will not consider any bank that has been cited by the CFPB or another regulatory agency that protects consumers from improper sales practices.
    About a dozen activists attended Tuesday’s City Council meeting in support of the divestment. Many identified themselves as Native Americans or protesters who had been to Standing Rock themselves....  
Dakota Access Pipeline Protest at Bank of America in Amherst Calls on Customers to Move Their Money to Smaller Banks
by Brian Steele, Mass Live  -  04 MAR 2017
    AMHERST - A small group of protesters linked their arms through 55-gallon drums and sat in the frigid cold outside the downtown Bank of America branch for more than an hour-and-a-half on Saturday morning, calling on customers to move their money to smaller institutions.
    At 9 a.m., three protesters describing themselves as "guerrilla theater activists" covered themselves in prop oil and sat under a sign decrying the bank's funding of the Dakota Access pipeline, a controversial North Dakota energy project. A handful of others taped off the area and distributed literature.
    The bank entrance remained unobstructed.
    The protesters are targeting financial institutions funding the $3.7 billion, 1,200-mile-long pipeline that snakes through four states. Supporters tout hundreds of millions of dollars in expected tax revenue on oil sales, and the benefits from thousands of construction jobs.
    Marc Osten, of Pelham, said he was answering the call of Native Americans who are trying to stop the pipeline from going through the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, located in North Dakota and South Dakota....  
Notice of Eviction from Prairie Nights Casino
Myron Dewey, Digital Smoke Signals  -  02 MAR 2017
How We Refer Pro Hoc Attorneys to Water Protectors
On-the-ground legal support for the Dakota Access Pipeline resistance at Standing Rock

Water Protector Legal Collective - Originally Published 28 FEB 2017
    We are now seeing very serious federal charges being filed against Water Protectors in addition to ongoing mass arrests and pending misdemeanor and felony charges in state and tribal courts. Of the 800+ people facing criminal charges, at least 300 do not have counsel. Of the 500 who do have attorneys, some are dissatisfied and asking that we help find new attorneys to take their cases. In an ideal world we could link everyone up with attorneys immediately, but the reality of the numbers means that it is impossible. So we are prioritizing indigenous folks and those who are facing serious felony charges or otherwise identified as being higher risk to be connected with a pro hac vice volunteer attorney first. We also take into account whether and when a trial date has been set.
    The factors we consider can be loosely summarized as follows:...
New Mexico Democrats Divest From Wells Fargo Over Dakota Access Pipeline
    Commentary: Albuquerque, N.M. – The Democratic Party of New Mexico, in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and tribes throughout New Mexico, made the decision to divest from Wells Fargo, one of the many financial institutions supporting the Dakota Access Pipeline.
    Chairwoman Haaland, the first Native American state party chair in the country, said, “The Democratic Party of New Mexico knows that it's imperative tribes have a seat at the table and that their voices are respected. Donald Trump's action to continue the Dakota Access Pipeline is a direct assault on meaningful tribal consultation, and now we must make sure our support is not only heard but felt. We are closing our accounts at Wells Fargo, and we encourage others who feel compelled by this issue to do the same."...  
German Bank BayernLB Seeks to Divest from Dakota Access Pipeline
Last Real Indians  -  23 FEB 2017; published 03 MAR 2017
    February 23, 2017 – Today, the German bank BayernLB, announced that they will “withdraw from the financing contract [of the Dakota Access pipeline] at the earliest possible date.” Further, they will not be renewing their contract with Energy Transfer Partners.
    BayernLB, who currently has $120 million invested into the Dakota Access pipeline, has been a target of environmental groups and supporters of water protectors at the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to divest from both the pipeline and fossil fuels and to invest in a green future.
    According to Andrea Marcos, who is active in pushing for BayernLB to divest, “As a result of public pressure, Bavarian owned public bank Bayern LB will divest $120 million from the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Landesbank met in a private financial meeting on Thursday and announced that they will divest. They are currently in the process of making an exit plan. The larger context is that the bank is in process with the government, being a gov-owned bank, and the gov called them to a meeting to discuss the investment in DAPL, and they collectively have decided to divest.”
    On February 17th, an mass action was held at BayernLB where over 260,000 signatures were delivered opposing the Dakota Access pipeline....  
Video: Watch and Share: Proof That Law Enforcement Involved in Dakota Access Pipeline Protests Have Been Lying (log-in to Facebook may be required)
Prolific TheRapper on Facebook  -  Created 04 DEC 2016; Posted 02 MAR 2017
    First we look at their claims, then we look at the video evidence....
Dakota Access Pipeline Too Risky
by Alyssia Veltri, The Grand Island Independent  -  01 MAR 2017
    I am sure you are aware by now of the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota. You should also know that it is the worst idea in the world. The online videos of the police blasting activists with water cannons makes me sick and I am appalled that our leaders allowed it. The governors of North Dakota and Nebraska should be ashamed of themselves and their so-called family values pledge. We should be holding the president accountable for choosing polluting profits over our sacred children.
    It’s not right that people can’t have the freedom to assemble in a peaceful demonstration, especially when such hostile actions were taken by local and state governments. I like to remind people of the importance of the Missouri River because it provides water for millions of people. If an oil spill were to occur, it could pollute the drinking water of the Standing Rock native community and travel downstream throughout the country. Our crops, livestock and freshwater are all too important. This also violates historic agreements such as the Treaty of Fort Laramie of April 29, 1868, that describes the boundaries of the Great Sioux nation....
BIA Federal Police and Park Rangers Have Set Up a Hard Barricade at Sacred Stones Camp
Johnny Dangers on Facebook  -  01 MAR 2017
    BIA Federal Police and Park Rangers will NOT allow LaDonna Tamakawastewin Allard through the hard barricade on to her own property at Sacred Stone Camp! LaDonna shares her thoughts on the situation just outside the barricade in Cannonball.
    Share and spread the word to the World about the injustice of shutting down a Prayer Camp!
    Follow Johnny Dangers and Johnny K. Dangers for continuing on the ground updates and more on defeating the Black Snake that is the Dakota Access Pipeline! Click where it says "Follow" on my profile and change it to "See First" to not miss any #NoDAPL updates.  
Regina Brave Speaks on Constitutional and Treaty Law
Posted by 7 Fires on Facebook  -  27 FEB 2017
No Immediate Ruling Made on Dakota Access Pipeline Work
by Sam Hananel and Blake Nicholson, AP, Bismarck Tribune  -  28 FEB 2017
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge said Tuesday that he'll decide within a week whether to temporarily halt construction of the final section of the Dakota Access pipeline over claims that it violates the religious rights of two Indian tribes.
    U.S. District Judge James Boasberg told lawyers at a hearing that he wants to issue a ruling before oil begins flowing in the pipeline, which could be weeks away.
    Boasberg is considering a request by the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes to order the Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw permission to lay pipe under Lake Oahe in North Dakota. The pipeline has prompted months of protests and hundreds of arrests.
    The stretch under the Missouri River reservoir is the last piece of construction for the $3.8 billion pipeline, which would move oil through the Dakotas and Iowa to a shipping point in Illinois.
    Tribal attorney Nicole Ducheneaux argued during the 1 ½ hour hearing that the mere existence of an oil pipeline under the reservoir that provides water to neighboring reservations violates their right to practice their religion, which relies on clean water.
    Boasberg asked Ducheneaux how there could be a contamination issue if "the pipeline itself doesn't even touch the water."
    "Can you claim a property interest in the land as well as the water?" he asked....  
Yurts for medics are among dozens of other dwellings in a camp known as Eagle's Nest, an extension from the Sacred Stone Camp on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. As of Monday, February 27, medics and others began packing up to leave the months-long movement to try and stop the Dakota Access Pipeline after the Bureau of Indian Affairs issued a trespassing notice to campers.
After the Razing at Standing Rock
After the Oceti Sakowin camp is razed at Standing Rock, water protectors scatter, a few stand

Jenni Monet, Indian Country Media Network - 28 FEB 2017
    STANDING ROCK, ND—A large circle had formed around a raging fire fueled by stacks of wooden pallets. Its smoke blew west toward a salmon-colored sun that was disappearing behind a pair of bluffs known as the Twin Buttes.
    Morgan Hale, 30, broke out in song.
    “Father, grandfather, oh help me know, which direction I’m supposed to go…”
    The Nashville resident wore blue braids topped with a black cowboy hat adorned with feathers. Thick, jagged designs were painted around her eyes. She said she had arrived at Sacred Stone Camp fresh off the trail from Burning Man, Nevada’s Black Rock Desert arts festival centered around a temporary community. The Sacred Stone Camp was the first encampment to form behind the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s push to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).
    “We’ve been fighting a pipeline and fighting racism, all while praying,” said Hale. “It’s compassion, and there’s so much of that here. And as far as I’m concerned, we won already.”...
Comments and Video of Disbanding of Sacred Stones Camp
Johnny Dangers on Facebook  -  28 FEB 2017
    At least 2 BI drove around camp with looking around Sacred Stone Camp checking on the tremendous progress on moving over the past 24 hours. Camp needs more time. 3 US Army Core and 1 Governors office representative walked around back camp to decide where Army Core property line land is.
    Follow Johnny Dangers and Johnny K. Dangers for continued on the ground updates and more on defeating the Black Snake that is the Dakota Access Pipeline! Click where it says "Follow" on my profile and change it to "See First" to not miss any #NoDAPL updates.  
Arrest of Native American Using Sweat Lodge Was ‘a Misunderstanding,’
Fargo Mayor Says

by Ryan Johnson, Forum News Service, Prairie Business Magazine - 27 FEB 2017
    FARGO — Fargo police will undergo cultural sensitivity training after an officer arrested a man late last week for legally using a Native American sweat lodge in southwest Fargo.
    Mayor Tim Mahoney said a man was arrested Thursday, Feb. 23, night at the sweat lodge, which is on an open patch of land just west of 39th Street South between 36th Avenue South and 37th Avenue South near a city salt and sand storage facility.
He said the Fargo Police Department officer, Jacob Rued, saw what appeared to be a large fire at the site and didn’t know about the sweat lodge, which has been there for three or four years. Mahoney said participants use a fire outside to heat stones that are then moved inside the makeshift shelter lined with blankets. It’s shouldn’t have been an issue, the mayor said.

Rued went to check on it and he questioned a man who didn’t want to comply with his orders because he said he had the right to be there, Mahoney said.

The man arrested is Zebadiah Gartner, 20, Mahoney confirmed. He was booked into the Cass County Jail at 10:24 p.m. Thursday and released at 1:41 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24, according to jail records....  
North Dakota Pipeline FORCED To Be Shut Down After LEAKING In The Mississippi River Just Like Standing Rock Protesters Warned
Alternative Media Syndicate  -  27 FEB 2017
    This is why water protectors continue to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline, despite freezing temperatures and winter storms.
    In case you missed it, “water protectors” have been camped out near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, since April in protest of the four-state Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL). The pipeline threatens to uproot burial ground, as well as contaminate the Missouri river. It’s because of this that activists have put their lives on the line.
    In recent months, protestors of the DAPL have been maced, tased, shot with rubber bullets, beaten with batons, and even hosed down in freezing temperatures with water cannons. Now, even when it’s below 0 degrees F and snowstorms threaten to take lives, protestors – along with thousands of veterans – remain on the plains to prevent Energy Transfer Partners from continuing the pipeline’s construction....  
Update from Sacred Stones Camp (28 February 2017)
Myron Dewey, Digital Smoke Signals  -  28 FEB 2017, approximately 14:00 hours (2:00 PM)
BIA coming through camp to do an assessment "NOT" arrest or harass anyone.
This will determine if BIA will come through.
The Final Hours of Sacred Stone Camp. SHARE!
Johnny Dangers on Facebook  -  28 FEB 2017
    The final hours of Sacred Stone Camp Share!
Elder Uncle Robert Eder powerfully explains why he must tend the Sacred Fire! Sacred Stone Water Protectors discuss their time at camp and I once again sit by the Cannonball River. Love and Solidarity
    Follow Johnny Dangers and Johnny K. Dangers for continued on the ground updates and more on defeating the Black Snake that is the Dakota Access Pipeline! Click where it says "Follow" on my profile and change it to "See First" to not miss any #NoDAPL updates....
The Final Hours of Sacred Stone Camp, 28 February 2017
Johnny Dangers, YouTube  -  28 FEB 2017
Another Update from Sacred Stone
Myron Dewey, Digital Smoke Signals  -  28 FEB 2017
Update from Sacred Stone
Myron Dewey, Digital Smoke Signals  -  28 FEB 2017
Standing Rock Update with Myron Dewey, 27 February 2017, Sacred Stone Camp
Mystic Dave2 on YouTube  -  27 FEB 2017
    Live stream provided by Myron Dewey from Digital Smoke Signals, "Sacred Stone Road Block"
Update from Sacred Stone Camp
Indigenous Life Movement - 26 FEB 2017
Summary of BIA raid and evacuation of Oceti Oyate Camp on 23 February 2017.
North Dakota [and BIA] Dismantles #NoDAPL Oceti Oyate Camp
Video URL: https://livestream.com/unicornriot/events/7046185/videos/150255396

Unicorn Riot  -  24 FEB 2017
    Cannon Ball, ND – The water protector camp that for months formed a beachhead against Dakota Access Pipeline construction was destroyed midday Thursday, February 23rd. A combination of law enforcement and military units forced aside the last inhabitants so the remaining structures could be demolished, while a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) helicopter orbited overhead.
    The Army Corps of Engineers’ deadline of Wednesday, February 22nd, demanding water protectors clear out of the main #NoDAPL camp, passed without law enforcement entering the camp, although several journalists were attacked (see our full report).
    The main camp, which several weeks ago hosted thousands of people, known as Oceti Sakowin or Oceti Oyate, often called ‘Oceti’ for short, was dismantled with 46 arrests reported on Thursday (AP)....
As Police Evict Water Protectors, Tribes Vow to Continue the Fight
“This isn’t the end by any means. This is the spark. The whole world is waking up now.”

by Jenni Monet, Yes! Magazine  -  24 FEB 2017
    On Thursday, as North Dakota police moved in with a fleet of bulldozers, Humvees, and armored MRAP vehicles, Gov. Doug Burgum signed into law four bills that would bring harsher punishment for protest-related activity in the state. The bills, his press statement said, were meant to protect landowners’ rights. But for the 46 people arrested that day, their stand was about defending historic treaty territory.
    “We’ve always been around this river, and that’s why we’re here to protect this river,” said Harold Frazier, chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, the sister nation to Standing Rock. “That river brings life to the people.”
    Frazier has become a vocal supporter in the ongoing yet shifting movement to stop the Dakota Access pipeline. Despite Thursday’s razing of the main demonstration camp, Oceti Sakowin, he and dozens of water protectors, or protesters, have vowed to continue the fight to guard the Missouri River from a potential oil spill—if and when the pipeline is completed....  
Police Begin Arresting Last Pipeline Protesters at Standing Rock
CBC News  -  23 FEB 2017
    CBC News Network's Andrew Nichols speaks with independent journalist Jenni Monet, about the latest on the arrests at Cannon Ball.
An End and a Beginning at Standing Rock
by Jenni Monet; Reveal, from The Center for Investigative Reporting  -  24 FEB 2017
    It was the kind of operation I had expected, although it happened a day later: a heavily militarized evacuation of the last protesters at Oceti Sakowin, the main camp behind the movement at Standing Rock.
    By midday Thursday, the Humvees and helicopters had moved in and as many as 33 people had been arrested on federal lands managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Another 60 or so people who had defied the corps’ Feb. 22 evacuation order had fled, crossing the frozen Cannonball River to escape arrest.
    The ultimate goal, according to Lt. Tom Iverson with the North Dakota Highway Patrol, was to “speed up this cleanup process.” Iverson was referring to Gov. Doug Burgum’s call to clear the network of camps behind one of the largest indigenous gatherings in history. The stated urgency: spring flooding.
    Starting Thursday morning, bulldozers dug into temporary structures and police slashed open teepee-style dwellings. Like the fast-tracking of the final stretch of the $3.8 billion energy project, the razing was on the radar of President Donald Trump.
    In a White House briefing, press secretary Sean Spicer said the Trump administration had “been involved with the tribe and the governor” about the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).
    “We are constantly in touch with them,” Spicer said.
    Representatives of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe were quick to deny their portion of the secretary’s remarks....
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 31 OCT 2016 
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Download the entire North Dakota Peace Officer Standards and Training Board Law
(requires Adobe Reader or other PDF file viewer)

by Al Swilling, SENAA International  -  24 OCT 2016
    North Dakota Law Contains a Detailed Code of Conduct and Oath of Office That Its Peace Officers Must Vow to Uphold--That Applies to the Morton County, ND, Sheriff, His Deputies, and Reinforcements from Other Sheriff's Departments Who Are Working Temporarily for the Morton County Sheriff, or for any other Law Enforcement entity in the state of North Dakota....
A Word About Brenda Norrell and Censored News
Al Swilling, SENAA International - 14 FEB 2015
   For those wondering why the vast majority of shared posts on SENAA International's Web site and Facebook page are from Brenda Norrell's Censored News, it's very simple—and very complex. For many years, Brenda Norrell was a major journalist for (forgive me, Brenda) Indian Country Today (ICT) until they censored Brenda's articles and terminated her without cause. After leaving Indian Country Today, Brenda created the appropriately named Censored News.
   While at ICT, Brenda was a voice for the Dineh (Navajo) people at Black Mesa, Arizona, where bed partners  Peabody  Coal  and  the  BIA  were trying to forcibly remove Dineh residents from their ancestral homes in order to strip mine the land of its coal. That greed took the form of a contrived, fictional "land dispute" between Dineh' and Hopi....
Censored News by Journalist & Publisher Brenda Norrell
Censored News - 12 FEB 2015
   Censored News was created in 2006 after staff reporter Brenda Norrell was censored repeatedly, then terminated by Indian Country Today. Now in its 9th year, with 3.7 million page views around the world, Censored News is published with no advertising, grants or sponsors.
   Today, Censored News maintains a boycott of Indian Country Today, whose reporters have relied on plagiarism of others' hard work for years, instead of being present to cover news stories. Now, with a collective of writers, Censored News focuses on Indigenous Peoples and human rights. www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com

   Please Donate to and Support this important voice for Indigenous people and human rights. --Al Swilling, Founder, SENAA International
Worldwide Prayer Gatherings Will Resume Weekly
by SENAA International  -  28 OCT 2014
What Is a Worldwide Prayer Gathering?
   Though the specific details may vary from one support group to another, and from one geographical location to another, the essential concept remains the same.

A Worldwide Prayer Gathering is not so much a physical gathering into one physical location as it is the spiritual gathering of individuals and groups from around the world who are of one mind and one accord into one spiritual place for a common purpose, which is to ask for the Creator's help to bring about the circumstances that will accomplish our common goal according to His promise.
and What to Do About Them

SENAA International  -  16 FEB 2010
The computing public is becoming increasingly aware of the existence of Local Shared Objects (LSOs), also called "Flash cookies" or "Persistent Identification Elements" (PIEs), the dangers they pose, and the unethical ways that they are placed on our machines. LSOs are the busybodies of  the   Internet,   sticking  their  noses  in   your   personal business  at every opportunity  without  your  knowledge  or consent; and like most busybodies, they're being found out.
   With growing public awareness of LSOs comes a growing demand for effective, real time control of them. Most LSO management solutions offer management or deletion of LSOs after potentially malicious ones have had time to do their damage. Stand-alone LSO management utilities do not offer real time protection, either. This tutorial provides real-time management of LSOs....





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Medical Fund for
Sophia Wilansky

GoFundMe - 21 NOV 2016
    Sophia Wilansky is a water protector from New York. She left New York City several weeks ago to help with the struggle at Standing Rock. She been an active participate and family to the activist groups NYC Shut It Down and Hoods4Justice. Sophia has always been committed to confronting injustice through vigilance and resistance.
    Sophia was giving out bottles of water to protectors holding down the space when she was shot with a concussion grenade. The explosion blew away most of the muscles, femural and ulnal arteries were destroyed, and one of her forearm bones was shattered. She was air lifted to County Medical Center in Minneapolis were she’s currently undergoing a series of extensive, hours-long surgeries from the injuries sustained from the blast.
    We must to support our comrades when they need us the most. She needs all of us right now. After all she is our family.
    Please consider donating to help pay for her treatment.

 Help spread the word!

Medical Fund for Vanessa (Sioux Z)
GoFundMe - 27 NOV 2016

    Vanessa has been on the front lines fighting DAPL and working security for Oceti Sakowin since September 11. During the action on November 20 at the Backwater bridge, she was intentionally shot in the eye with a tear gas canister from 6 feet away. It was aimed directly at her face by a Morton County officer. She was seen at Bismarck Sanford hospital and released because she had no insurance. She has a detached retina and needs surgery to ensure her vision. She is now seeking medical attention in Fargo. Donations will be used for the cost of the 2 ER visits, surgery, medications, and recovery.

08 December 2016 Worldwide Prayer Gathering Special Prayer

BEGINS: 03:30, 08 DEC 2016
ENDS: When the Judge's Decision Has Been Rendered
LOCATION: Pray from wherever you are. Your prayers will join others.

    SENAA International will be hosting a second Worldwide Prayer Gathering of the month, from 08 December through 09 December 2016 to pray that on Friday, 09 December 2016, the judge will uphold the Army Corps of Engineers' denial of the easement to drill beneath Lake Oahe and the Missouri River; and to pray for protection for those remaining at the Water Protectors camps at Standing Rock, as they brave brutal North Dakota winter conditions
    In addition to prayers for protection for the Water Protectors and Veterans, we ask that you continue your prayers for Vanessa "SiouxZ" Dundon, who sustained serious injury to her eye after being struck in the eye by a teargas canister fired from close range; and for Sophia Wilansky, who faces multiple surgeries after her forearm was almost severed by a concussion grenade thrown at her by a Morton County Sheriff's Deputy or one of the department's hired mercenaries. They are both in need of and deserve our prayers.
    We ask for everyone to lend their spiritual energy to this 2-day prayer vigil.
    One voice singing in an auditorium is sweet to hear, but low in volume. A hundred voices singing in harmony is beautiful and powerful enough to shake the rafters and move the soul.
    Please join us and add your voice to the choir.

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