Monday, January 22, 2018

Dineh Marcus Mitchell 'Morton County shot out my eye at Standing Rock'

By Marcus Mitchell, Dineh
Censored News
Published with permission

Good morning everyone, it is a beautiful morning. I had a dream about what is to come last night. The time has come for all of us to go after North Dakota law enforcement.
The events that have affected all of us are for life.
We pray to our ancestors, the mountains, the trees, the birds for guidance.
I ask my relatives for their aid, everyone that was on the Backwater Bridge on Highway 1806 on January 18,2017, the day I was shot, to help me collect videos and photos of that night.
The time is now,we can no longer wait for something to happen, you can go to the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission and file a complaint with them about your human rights that were violated at Standing Rock.
The damages I received, some can be permanent. The loss of sight in my left eye, loss of feeling on parts of my face, my taste is affected as well, as my hearing.
The photo was taken of January 24,2017 at the United Nations hearing at Prairie Knights Casino.
I put down my corn pollen and my medicines, l, make my offering. Now we must hunt these monsters and bring them to justice.
The time is now. If we are to beat this we must do this together, for our kids and their children.
Mni wiconi and always and forever NODAPL
as the drum beats louder, you can see.

Northern Nevada AIM Leads Women's March -- Photos by Bad Bear

Photos by Western Shoshone Carl Bad Bear Sampson
Women's March in Reno, Nevada 2018
"The Natives lead the March. The Jingle Dress Dancers and Drum group Northern Nevada AIM Chapter," said Western Shoshone Carl 'Bad Bear' Sampson, photojournalist.

Photos by Western Shoshone Carl Bad Bear Sampson, Censored News

Watch videos below by Western Shoshone Carl Bad Bear Sampson, Censored News

Listen:Paiute Jan Gardipe

                           (Above video) Listen: "We are here to take a stand! Our land! Our water!"

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Rattler Reaches Non-Cooperating Plea Agreement

Rattler (Photo: Jonathan Klett Liminal Films)

By Water Protector Legal Collective

Censored News

MANDAN, North Dakota: A change of plea hearing has been scheduled for Michael Markus, who is known as Rattler, after reaching a non-cooperating plea agreement with prosecutors. Under the agreement, the government will drop the most serious charge and both parties will recommend a sentence of 36 months for the one remaining charge of Civil Disorder.

This is a non-cooperating agreement relating only to Rattler’s own actions and that does not require any testimony or information about anyone else.

Rattler was charged with Civil Disorder and Use of Fire to Commit a Federal Felony Offense, arising from October 27, 2016 protests at Standing Rock. Under this plea agreement, the Use of Fire charge – which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and the possibility of up to 15 years in prison – will be dropped entirely. Prosecutors and the defense will then jointly recommend a sentence of 36 months on the Civil Disorder charge, although the judge does have the have the authority to go as high as five years. There is no minimum sentence. If the judge decides not to accept the agreement the case will continue to trial on both charges.

Rattler made the difficult decision to enter into the plea agreement as he was nearing trial in Bismarck North Dakota, a region that has demonstrated severe prejudice against Water Protectors. A commissioned survey found that 77% of potential jurors in Morton County and 85% in Burleigh County had already decided that defendants were guilty and many potential jurors have close connections to law enforcement or the oil industry.

Given these limited options and high stakes, Rattler decided to enter into a plea agreement that does include significant prison time but removes the risk of being convicted and sentenced to a 10 year mandatory minimum with a possibility of up to 15 years.

Rattler is an Oglala Lakota who was raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. He is a Sundancer and a ceremonial pipe carrier in the Lakota spiritual tradition and a Marine Corps veteran of the Gulf War. At Standing Rock he took on significant responsibilities caring for and protecting others in camp.Links:

Free Rattler Facebook page
PayPal contribution directly to Rattler
Esquire article featuring Rattler
*This statement may be excerpted or reproduced in full on the condition of proper attribution to: Water Protector Legal Collective.
Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC) provides on-the-ground legal representation and coordination for Water Protectors engaged in resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock, ND.

'Big Industry Cronies Lie -- Divide and Conquer of Oil and Gas Industry' by Lisa DeVille

.Letter to the Editor                                             1-19-18

By Lisa DeVille, Fort Berthold Protectors of Water Earth Rights
Mandaree, ND

Davis Refinery near the Theodora Roosevelt National Park

I attended the Department of Health’s hearing for a minor source synthetic air quality permit for Davis refinery on January 17 in Dickinson. I was one of many people who oppose the fact that Meridian has the audacity to want to site a refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park. 

I can speak from experience; my community is impacted by oil and gas. I’ve seen every tactic that companies use when they want to develop an area.

I’ve seen the devastation that a refinery can bring to communities and can see the inevitable desecration that will be brought to our only National Park.

First, I and every speaker in attendance that oppose the refinery are not paid. It’s sad that pro-refinery folks resulted to insulting people who had every right to testify.

The public comments ran about 4 hours long, with overwhelming opposition (30-12) to industrializing the perimeter of TRNP.

I’ve learned that when large industries come into small communities, they intentionally divide to conquer. Citizens that were once friends and neighbors are pitted against each other over false promises such as jobs, and money. In my experience, the pie in the sky is only for a select few and the external costs and damages are on the shoulders of everyone else.

I urge the DOH to deny this air permit, it’s foolish to think that it’s our right to allow a company with no long-term interest in North Dakota to compromise our park.

If this company was going to bring such prosperity to the Belfield area, why would they have contingencies on their promises? Such as “once the refinery gets going, THEN you can have a new school.” If they were trying to be honest with the public, they would go through the proper siting permit with the Public Service Commission. Don’t fall for empty promises, big industry cronies lie.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Frack Off Chaco -- Albuquerque Court Hearing Jan. 24, 2018

Rally with us and witness oral arguments in federal court in the case fighting against the onslaught of drilling in across the Greater Chaco Landscape.
*Show your support for Greater Chaco protection!*

Because of overwhelming interest, we will be rallying outside of the federal courthouse before the court proceedings.

8AM-8:30AM -- Rally outside the courthouse. Bring your signs and banners for Greater Chaco protection, environmental justice, and indigenous rights.

The argument is scheduled for January 24, at 8:30 am, at the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico, in Albuquerque, 460 Vermejo Courtroom before District Judge James O. Browning. The address is 333 Lomas Blvd NW # 270, Albuquerque, NM 87102 (between 3rd & 4th Streets).

If you want to enter the courtroom, you need a government-issued ID. Camera phones, banners and signs are NOT allowed in the courthouse. The specific information is below.

Kyle Tisdel from Western Environmental Law Center and Samantha Ruscavage-Barz from WildEarth Guardians will be representing plaintiff groups which include Diné C.A.R.E., San Juan Citizens Alliance, NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), WildEarth Guardians and others.
NOTICE of Motion Hearing regarding Plaintiff's Opening Merits Brief scheduled for 01/24/2018 at 08:30 AM in Albuquerque - 460 Vermejo Courtroom before District Judge James O. Browning.

Case Name: Dine Citizens Against Ruining our Environment et al v. Jewell et al
Case Number: 1:15-cv-00209-JB-LF

Halliburton destroying the sacred Chaco region,
in Lybrook, New Mexico area, on Jan. 10, 2018
Photos by Daniel Tso

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

U.S. Border Patrol Continues Destroying Life Saving Water for Migrants -- New Report 2018

U.S. Border Patrol has been accused of destroying food and water left in the Arizona desert for migrants. Above, a still from a video of an agent pouring water bottles out 
Dear friend of No More Deaths,

Today, No More Deaths, in collaboration with La Coalición de Derechos Humanos, is releasing Interference with Humanitarian Aid: Death and Disappearance on the US–Mexico Border. This report is the second installment of a three-part report series entitled Disappeared: How US Border-Enforcement Agencies Are Fueling a Missing-Persons Crisis. In part 2, we detail the intentional destruction of over 3,000 gallons of water left out for border crossers, implicating the US Border Patrol in the majority of this destruction.