|Faith Spotted Eagle/Photo Melissa Merrick|
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|Photo Melissa Merrick|
Statement by the White Buffalo Calf Woman Society, Inc.
By Brenda Norrell
French translation by Christine Prat, Dutch by NAIS
Photos by Melissa Merrick, via phone, thank you for sharing with Censored News!
August 16 and 17, 2013
PICKSTOWN, South Dakota -- The White Buffalo Calf Woman Society, Inc. is one of many partners supporting the Protect the Sacred II Conference: Protect the Women and Children From Keystone XL Violence Say No To Man Camps in Oceti Sacowin Territory being held today and tomorrow in Pickstown, SD. The topics include the statistics about violence against Indian women and the current conditions facing Indian reservations and communities in the Great Plains Region with “Man Camps.”
|Photo Melissa Merrick|
|Photo Melissa Merrick|
The Ihanktkonwan Treaty Council and Brave Heart Society are hosting the events in partnership with the Oceti Sacowin Tribes and Treaty Councils, along with the WBCWS, Spirit Lake Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Program, Ft. Berthold Victims Services Program, Wica Algi, Native Women’s Society of the Great Plain, South Dakota Coalition Ending Domestic & Sexual Violence and the First Nations-Women’s Alliance of North Dakota.
Routzen also states, “I urge all of our relatives to take the prospect of the Keystone XL Pipeline very seriously and express many thanks to Faith Spotted Eagle for her fearless leadership. We as WBCWS are committed to ensuring the safety, health and healing of the women, children and men who are affected by crimes like domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Regardless of the jurisdiction or race of perpetrators and victims, our people deserve protection and justice.”
The White Buffalo Calf Woman Society is a domestic violence shelter and advocacy organization for victims of violent crime, including sexual assault and stalking. The organization has been in existence for thirty-five years on the Rosebud reservation and provides critical services to the Rosebud and Pine Ridge reservations.
Gathering updates from Native Women's Society of the Great Plains:
The conference's line-up of speakers presented valuable information on the man camps of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline near Yankton, Rosebud and Cheyenne River Sioux reservations. The conference was organized to promote awareness of the negative influences in the man camps, which include sex trafficking, sexual assaults and prostitution and increased drug use.
Lisa Brunner of Nation Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, said, "Men treat women like they do Mother Earth, Mother Earth as they do women. They think they can own us, buy us, rent us, rape us, poison us, use for recreation, blow us up and kill us. You cannot stand for one and not the other, for we are the same -- creators of Life."
|Photo by Melissa Merrick|
Rosebud Tribal President Cyril ‘Whitey’ Scott, spoke of several cases that occurred on the Rosebud Sioux Tribe involving perpetrators trying to lure girls into trafficking. He emphasized the use of Facebook and social networking was a tool used by recruiters. Present at the Protect the Sacred Conference II on Friday were tribal officials from Rosebud and from the Yankton Sioux Reservation.
Speakers said there needs to be awareness to tribal officials on Cheyenne River and Santee Sioux, where the proposed man camps will be nearby.
A man camp is proposed 10 miles from the Cheyenne River reservation on land owned by Dean Wink, Speaker Pro Tempore of the SD House of Representatives. TransCanada does not need a conditional use permit from Meade County. This proposed man camp will have a far greater impact on Ziebach County residents as most Meade County residents live in Faith or Sturgis. Ziebach County has a population of 2800, 35 percent under 18, 50 percent women, 24 percent white and 71 percent Native American. It is the fourth poorest county in the nation with a ranch economy. It is estimated the man camp will bring over $500,000 in revenue to Meade County. The closest medical facility is in Spearfish 97 miles away. Howes has 140 residents.
Fort Peck, MT (Valley County) man camp will be
located 25 miles of Fort Peck Lake and Fort Peck reservation. Valley
County has a population of 7,500, 22 percent under 18, 49 percent ar
women, 87 percent are white and 10 percent are Native. Closet medical
facility is in Ft. Peck and largest hospital in near Billings.
In Nebraska, the pipeline plan is to have man camp near O’Neill, Neb, located 50 miles from Santee Reservation and 60 miles from the Yankton Reservation. Holt County recently passed a resolution against crude or tar sands pipelines. O’Neill has a population of 4000.
French translation by Christine Prat, thank you from Censored News!
SABLES BITUMINEUX : LA SOCIETE DE LA FEMME BISON BLANC DECLARE : « PROTEGEZ LES FEMMES ET LES ENFANTS DES ‘CAMPS MASCULINS’ DU KEYSTONE XL »
WHITE BUFFALO CALF WOMAN SOCIETY: BESCHERM VROUWEN EN KINDEREN TEGEN KEYSTONE XL ’MAN CAMPS ‘!
Bron: Censored News Foto’s door Melisa Merrick voor Censored News
MEDEDELING DOOR DE WHITE BUFFALO CALF WOMAN SOCIETY,INC. PICKSTOWN, ZUID DAKOTA : De White Buffalo Calf Woman Society,Inc. Is een van de vele ondersteunende partners van de ‘Protect the Sacred II ‘ conferentie : bescherm de vrouwen en kinderen tegen het geweld van de Keystone XL , zeg NEEN tegen ‘Man Camps’ in Oceti Sacowin territorium. De conferentie ging door op 16 en 17 augustus in Pickstown, Zuid Dakota. Een der thema’s ging over de statistieken van geweld tegen Indiaanse vrouwen en het huidige probleem met ‘Man Camps’ (tijdelijke woningen voor olie arbeiders. N.v.d.r.) , in Indiaanse reservaten en gemeenschappen in de regio van de Grote Vlakten. “ Deze bijeenkomst helpt ons om ons voor te bereiden op een invasie van geweld tegen vrouwen en families die de energie ontwikkeling met zich mee zal brengen. In deze zogenaamde “Man Camps’ nemen de aan drugs en alcohol gerelateerde misdrijven zoals verkrachtingen en mensenhandel toe. In deze context willen wij mensen bewust maken van het geweld tegen vrouwen en ons voorbereiden op dat wat onze verwanten in het noorden op dit moment moeten doormaken”, zegt Janet A. Routzen,Esq.,Executive Director van WBCWS.......... ...... Routzen zegt verder: “ Ik wil dat al onze verwanten het vooruizicht van de Keystone XL Pipeline ernstig nemen" ...... De White Buffalo Calf Woman Society is een opvangtehuis voor slachtoffers van verkrachtingen en stalking. De organisatie bestaat reeds 35 jaar en is gevestigd op het Rosebud reservaat en voorziet crisisopvang in de Rosebud en Pine Ridge reservaten. Voor meer zie: http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com