August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Statement on Debra White Plume's Health by Owe Aku International Justice Project

Statement from Owe Aku regarding our leader Debra White Plume

Many of you have inquired about the status of Debra White Plume’s health and we wanted to update you on her condition. Doctors discovered a mass on Debra’s lung along with a couple of masses in her abdomen. Because of the seriousness of this discovery, doctors decided to begin chemotherapy and radiation before the biopsy results were returned from the Mayo Clinic. Debra is comfortable and surrounded by her extended family and stated that the “anti-nausea meds are working real good.” Owe Aku and especially Ama’s Freedom School continues to operate and Debra is participating, as always, with her wisdom and guidance while our young leaders step up to fill the gap left by her illness We all continue to be encouraged by the prayers and warm thoughts coming in from around the world and are grateful to all of our supporters, friends, allies and especially tiyospaye.

For people that want to assist during this time donations and/or supplies can be sent to Debra’s temporary residence near the hospital in Rapid City.

Please email Owe Aku for Debra's street address in Rapid City: 

Some recommendations for donations are:
*Assistance with medical house rental. Rather than commute 200+miles roundtrip for weekly appointments and treatments, Debra has secured a rental home near the hospital in Rapid City SD.
*Rental House Utility Bills (electric, internet, cell phone)
*Gas for transport and for rotating caregivers
*Walmart, Target, or Safeway gift cards for a healthy, plant-based diet and household/personal necessities.
*Food delivery service to give caregivers a respite from meal prep: Grub Hub available in Rapid City.
For more information contact

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Censored News: Celebrating Red Warrior Debra White Plume

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Indigenous Women: Protect the Tongass National Forest in Alaska


Indigenous Women Respond to U.S. Forest Service Plans to Gut Protections on The Tongass National Forest in Alaska

By Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International
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SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, California – With wildfires blazing in the Amazon Rainforest and across western states in the U.S.— and the climate crisis and environmental degradation ever escalating— efforts to repeal environmental protections continue to expand globally. Currently, the United States Forest Service (USFS) is intensifying plans to roll back long-standing protections against logging and road-building in the Tongass National Forest in Alaska. Today, the USFS announced a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and moved one step closer to exempting the Tongass, known as the nation’s “climate forest,” from the hard-fought for National Roadless Rule.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Fed. Court Sets August Trial Date for Thunderhawk v. Morton County -- Standing Rock Civil Rights Lawsuit

Federal Court Sets August Trial Date for Standing Rock Civil Rights Lawsuit
Thunderhawk v. County of Morton, North Dakota
By Columbia Law School
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New York, September 25, 2020 — Judge Daniel M. Traynor (U.S. District Court for North Dakota) has set aside two weeks for trial starting August 16, 2021 for Thunderhawk v. County of Morton, a federal civil rights lawsuit challenging the five-month discriminatory closure of Highway 1806 at the height of the NoDAPL movement at Standing Rock.  The trial was set at a recent status conference before Magistrate Judge Charles S. Miller (U.S. District Court for North Dakota), at which swift discovery deadlines were also imposed.
"We are pleased that this case is moving forward so expeditiously," lead attorney Noah Smith-Drelich said. "We appreciate the commitment that Judge Traynor and Judge Miller have shown to ensuring that the plaintiffs in this case have their day in court without further delay."

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Members of Congress, Tribes, State Governments call to shut down Dakota Access Pipeline

Photo by Ryan Vizzions Standing Rock NO DAPL


Now, 24 members of Congress, 27 Tribes and Tribal organizations, and 19 state governments submit briefs supporting the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s fight against the pipeline

We’re thankful that so many members of congress, Tribes, and state governments are standing with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in saying no to DAPL. These leaders understand that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe deserve the right to reject a pipeline running through their lands -- Jan Hasselman, Staff Attorney, Earthjustice

By Earthjustice
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Sept. 23, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Members of Congress, Tribes, and state governments today submitted briefs in support of shutting down the Dakota Access Pipeline to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The briefs come after a federal judge in July found that the pipeline violated federal law and ordered it shut down pending an environmental impact statement examining the impacts the DAPL would have on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The case is now on appeal before the D.C. Circuit, which has scheduled a hearing for Nov. 4.

The following is a statement from Jan Hasselman, Earthjustice staff attorney, who has been representing the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their fight against DAPL:

“We’re thankful that so many members of congress, Tribes, and state governments are standing with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in saying no to DAPL. The decision on whether DAPL should keep running is ultimately a political one, and these leaders understand that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe deserve the right to reject a pipeline running through their lands.”
Brief submitted by Members of Congress
Brief submitted by the Tribes and Tribal organizations
Brief submitted by state governments


Siham Zniber, Earthjustice