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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Biden Allows Dakota Access Pipeline Oil to Flow: Endangering Water and the Future

Photo by Ryan Vizzions Standing Rock 2016

Biden Delivers Disappointment on the Dakota Access Pipeline

April 9, 2021
By Earthjustice

Today, the Biden administration announced that it will not take immediate action to shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline while the government conducts a court-ordered environmental review. The controversial pipeline has been transporting toxic crude oil near the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s reservation since 2017 and operating illegally since March 25, 2020.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Lakota Youths on No DAPL Walk Blocked by Police from Entering Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Nation

Lakota women and children blocked by tribal police from entering Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara tribal headquarters

By Brenda Norrell
with Govinda Dalton live
Censored News

NEW TOWN, North Dakota -- Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation Chairman Mark Fox blocked entry to Lakota women and children on the No DAPL Walk arriving from Standing Rock.
Chairman Fox positioned tribal police in a roadblock at the entrance to the tribal compound today, Thursday afternoon, as Lakota women and children from Standing Rock, Cheyenne River and Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara arrived on a solidarity walk.
Standing with tribal police and tribal security who created a police roadblock as the walkers arrived, Chairman Fox blocked the entrance.
Chairman Fox told Lakota youth walkers that oil and gas drilling and fracking will continue on the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation. Fox said that President Biden's executive order halting new oil and gas drilling, and examining old leases, did not apply. Fox told youths that tribes were exempt.
Positioned with police at the entrance, Chairman Fox told Lakota youths and children that the tribe would not stop Dakota Access Pipeline.
The Lakota women had planned to gather in the parking lot at tribal headquarters and speak out about the threats to the future. They also planned to urge the tribe to create a plan for a just transition from fossil fuels to sustainable energy.

Photo by Kandi White: Walk arrives in New Town

A Warm Welcome Home in Standing Rock

Earlier today, Native youths received a warm welcome home at Standing Rock, following their actions in the streets of Washington DC to shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline and Enbridge Line 3 in Minnesota.

In DC, Native youths delivered 400,000 petitions to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers demanding that the pipelines be shut down. They marched through the streets of D.C. with a 200-foot black snake, symbolizing the pipelines, which was "killed" outside the White House.
Lakota youths locked down to tripods outside the White House during the actions on April 1.
Calling out to President Biden to shut down both pipelines, they resounded "Water is Life, Mni Wiconi," the refrain of the Water Protectors Camp at Standing Rock.
The U.S. mainstream media censored the news of the Lakota frontline pipeline actions in DC.
There was a bizarre news blackout of the events in the United States, which should have appeared on the front pages of major newspapers across the country.
Although censored in the United States, the actions were covered by the news media in France, Iran, Russia, Germany, and Latin America.

Gas Flaring and Man Camps 

Meanwhile, those arriving today at New Town saw the horror of the gas flaring spread across the barren land of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation. The gas flaring fumes choke the people and cause respiratory illness.
The oil and gas man camps of workers here have resulted in the abuse of children, sex trafficking, drugs, and violent crime.

In the Pattern of Custer's Scouts

In related news, it was Heath Harmon, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, who was the paid FBI informant in Standing Rock Water Protectors Camp in 2016.
Harmon set up Red Fawn for arrest and imprisonment, reports The Intercept.
Harmon, in his discussions with law enforcement, said his uncle Gerald Fox worked in BIA law enforcement special operations targeting the American Indian Movement in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, and elsewhere in Indian country.

-- Censored News with Govinda Dalton reporting live from New Town, North Dakota today.

No DAPL walkers arrive today from Standing Rock in New Town.

Screen captures from live feeds by Censored News

NO DAPL walkers from Standing Rock arriving in New Town.

Photo by Kandi White: NO DAPL Solidarity Walk to Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara

Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Chairman Mark Fox and tribal police blocking entry to Lakota women and children arriving from Standing Rock this afternoon on the NO DAPL solidarity walk.

Blood Money: The dark history of oil and gas leases on the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation

Rising to popularity as leader of the National Congress of American Indians, Tex Hall was a popular chairman and well-liked in Indian country. But while he charmed Indian country, another force was set in motion. Hall brought widespread oil and gas drilling to his homeland, poisoning the air, land, and water.
The man camps were riddled with crimes against girls, drug trafficking, and violence, and it continues today.
In the end, Hall's business partner in the oil and gas industry was convicted of murdering two of their other business partners. One was a young man who was bludgeoned to death, and the other was murdered by a hitman at his home in Washington State.
The oil and gas money is blood money. -- Censored News

Read more in the New York Times article:

Life sentence in contract killing:

Biden's executive order pausing new oil and gas drilling:

Article copyright Brenda Norrell, Censored News

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Uranium Mine Flooding Near Grand Canyon

 Megan Kelly by Megan Kelly, Energy Manager

By Grand Canyon Trust

April 6, 2021

Water in the desert is a rare and beautiful thing. Humans and animals alike need these springs and creeks to quench their thirst, which makes ongoing flooding at Canyon uranium mine, near the Grand Canyon, all the more troubling as millions of gallons of precious groundwater vanish into the air. 

WECAN 'Women for Climate Justice Leading Solutions on the Frontlines'

By WECAN International
Censored News

Join us this coming week at the Global Just Recovery Gathering! WECAN invites you to join us for our panel on April 9 at 11:15am PDT/2:15pm EDT, “Women for Climate Justice Leading Solutions on the Frontlines”.
Frontline women leaders, alongside representatives from international climate justice organizations, will speak out to address the need for solutions based in a climate justice framework, including forest and biodiversity protection, Indigenous rights, agro-ecology, fossil fuel resistance, feminist care economics, and protection of women land defenders. Register for the gathering and WECAN panel here:

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Voices of the Youths: Love and Silas

Watch new video on Facebook at:
Standing Rock Youth Council

Love and Silas have been standing up for the water, the land and their people since they were 6 and 7. This week they traveled to Washington D.C to demand that Biden #ShutdownDAPL #StopLine3 and #BuildBackFossilFree
Join us in this Week of Action through April 9th. Call the White House and Ask Biden to Shut it down, find out where your water comes from, see what ways you can encourage your local community to just transition. Stand with us
Mni Wiconi, Water is Life.

Tiny House Warriors and Braided Warriors accomplices lock down on Trans Mountain site equipment

Tiny House Warriors and Braided Warriors accomplices lock down on Trans Mountain site equipment

By Braided Warriors
Censored News
April 3, 2021 6:30AM 

Land defenders are locked down to Trans Mountain Blue River pumping station to send a clear message of support to Indigenous land defenders and affirm "no consent, no pipelines." Braided Warriors and Tiny House Warriors are holding ceremony close by.