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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Friday, September 2, 2011

VIDEO: Native people against the tar sands and pipeline

Video with footage from today's rally of Native Americans and First Nations at the White House to halt the tar sands.

VIDEO Natives arrested at White House halting tar sands




Native Americans and First Nations were arrested today, Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, at the White House to send a message for President Obama to say "No!" to the Keystone XL Pipeline.
In the video, Gitz Crazyboy, First Nation Dene/Pikini (Blackfoot), Alberta, Canada, describes the threat of the tar sands for generations to come. The video includes images of Native Americans and First Nations arrested today at the White House sit-in.
The pipeline would go across the heartland, and the massive Oglalla aquifer, from Canada to Texas, endangering the environment and generations to come. Already the Alberta tar sands are destroying the homeland of First Nations in Alberta.
Watch another video: Native people against the tar sands, with footage from today's rally at the White House: http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2011/09/video-native-people-against-tar-sands.html

Natives: Portraits of Arrests White House Tar Sands Sept 2, 2011

Tom Goldtooth/Photo Shadia Fayne Wood
Debra White Plume, Lakota/Photo Shadia Fayne Wood
Kandi Mossett, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara/Photo Shadia Fayne Wood
Gitz Crazyboy and Tom Goldtooth/Photo Shadia Fayne Wood.
Robert Chanate (Kiowa), with the Indigenous Peoples Power Project (IP3)- Ruckus Society and one of the IEN Action Trainers getting arrested. Photo Shadia Fayne Wood.
Darrell "Curley" Youpee, Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux, Montana/Photo Shadia Fayne Wood
Author activist Naomi Klein arrested/Photo Shadia Fayne Wood
Patrick Speaks, Intertribal Council on Utility Policy, Great Plains Tribes Dakotas, Wyoming and Nebraska. Photo by Shadia Fayne Wood.
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Marty Cobenais/IEN/Red Lake Ojibwe/Photo Shadia Fayne Wood
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Kent Lebsock, Lakotas' Owe Aku, Bring Back the Way. Photo Shadia Fayne Wood.


IEN men getting out of jail/Photo Joshua Kahn Russell

Gitz Crazyboy at rally before he was arrested./Photo Josh Lopez


Kandi Mossett speaking before her arrest./Photo Josh Lopez

Debra White Plume speaking before her arrest/Photo Josh Lopez

Chief Bill Erasmus support at the rally. Photo Josh Lopez
Native delegation with Naomi Klein/Photo Tar Sands Action
NEW! Watch the slideshow of all the Indigenous heroes arrested:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tarsandsaction/sets/72157627454426585/show/
See photos of everyone arrested on Friday, Sept. 2, 2011:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tarsandsaction/sets/72157627577507110/with/6107318838/


CENSORED NEWS
http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com
Portraits of Arrests Sept. 2, 2011: Native Americans and First Nations arrested at White House to halt the tar sands pipeline. Photos Shadia Fayne Wood and Josh Lopez/Tar Sands Action.
Those arrested include Tom Goldtooth, director of the Indigenous Environmental Network; Debra White Plume, Oglala from Pine Ridge, S.D., and Kandi Mossett, Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara, from North Dakota.
Watch video:
http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=2039650298276806223#editor/target=post;postID=8546733352410177393

Read statement: http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2011/09/natives-arresting-at-white-house.html
Thank you to all the photographers, support staff and brave ones who were arrested at the White House!

Natives arrested at White House protesting tar sands


Native delegation with Naomi Klein/Photo Josh Lopez

Photo Tar Sands Action


Photo Josh Lopez


This article has been updated with photos of arrests:

CENSORED NEWS
Also see: Natives arrested at the White House, Narcosphere, on Google News:
http://narcosphere.narconews.com/notebook/brenda-norrell/2011/09/native-leaders-arrested-white-house

For Immediate Release
September2, 2011

FirstNations and American Indian Leaders Arrested In Front Of White House To ProtestKeystone XL Pipeline

Press statement

WASHINGTON -- American Indian and Canadian Native leaders were arrested today in front of the White House as they refused to move under orders from the police. Representatives of Native governments and Native organizations from the United States and Canada traveled long distances to join thousands of people that have come to Washington DC during the past two weeks to tell US President Barack Obama not to issue a permit for the construction of a controversial 1,900 mile oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast.

Last Friday, the US Department of State issued the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) concluding the pipeline would have"no significant impact" on the environment. President Obama now has about three months to determine whether the controversial project is in the national interest of the US.

“The Dene National Assembly in northern Canada passed a resolution standing in solidarity with Native Americans and other people opposing this Keystone XL project. We want the people of America to hear our concerns first hand, as peoples’ that live downstream from the tar sands development” said Chief Bill Erasmus, Dene Regional Chief of Northwest Territories and representative of the Assembly of First Nations, Canada’s largest tribal organization.

Gitz Deranger, Dene from the village of Fort Chipewyan, Alberta, located downstream of the tar sands says, “I have seen the devastation of our environment and people's health with increased cancer deaths. If Obama approves this pipeline, it would only lead to more of our people needlessly dying.”

“This is an issue of our right to say no, as sovereign independent indigenous nations. The US government doesn’t haveour best interest in mind, nor the rights of Mother Earth” says Deb WhitePlume, Lakota grassroots leader, with Owe Aku, an Oglala Lakota organization in South Dakota. “Our Lakota people oppose this pipeline because of the potentialcontamination of the surface water and of the Oglala aquifer. We have thousands of ancient andhistorical cultural resources that would be destroyed across our treaty lands.”

“It’s my responsibility as a woman to stand with Mother Earth against corporate male-dominated greed. White Plume stood proud as her hands were handcuffed behind her back and led away.

“This is amatter of life and death, our way of life and our human rights should not be onthe altar of US energy policy,” says Pat Spears, a Lakota, with IntertribalCouncil on Utility Policy, of South Dakota. “The arrogant pollution from mining and pipelines for tar sands oil is totally unnecessary relative to meeting usoil needs. The building of this pipeline will result in the increase in the cost of oil and its exportation,from the Gulf Coast to other countries. This does not make good economic sense.”

Chief George Stanley, Cree Regional Chief of Alberta spoke eloquently reminding the protesters that the pipeline proposal was initiated under the previous Bush administration and inherited by Obama. “Our First Nations in Alberta have been concerned of the lack of consultation of the pipelines and tar sands expansion. President Obama can do what’s right. For the President to approve this pipeline is not in the national interest of US or Canada.”

Tom Goldtooth,director of the Indigenous Environmental Network whose group organized this Indigenous Day of Action in DC said, “The Canadian tar sands, the proposed Keystone XL and all the other current and proposed pipelines and heavy hauls are weapons of mass destruction leading the path to triggering the final overheating of Mother Earth. President Obama made promises to Native Nations. Here is an opportunity for him to honor those promises and be a man of conscience by standing up to corporate power, address the compounding changes of climate change and over consumption of the resources of Mother Earth; and saying no to the Keystone XL pipeline.”

For more information, hi-resolution photos or to arrange interviews contact:

Clayton Thomas-Muller
Cell: 613297 7515 or email monsterredlight@gmail.com

Melina Laboucan-Massimo
Cell: 347471 6424 or email miyowapan@gmail.com

Or visit www.ienearth.org or www.tarsandsaction.org


Read previous press statement:
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2011/09/media-advisory-thursday-september-1.html
With support coming in from across the Americas, Faith Spotted Eagle said this morning in South Dakota, "The Ihanktonwan Dakota early on filed suit against the Dept of State for this invasion but it was dismissed, we wish we had funds to appeal it. From the Treaty Council of the Ihanktonwan Oyate we complete oppose this erosion of justice and human life."
We'll add other names and photos soon.

Photo Tar Sands Action mobile upload.

Photo: Natives prepare for arrest at the White House today



This article has been updated:
Please see: 'Portraits of Arrests'
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2011/09/natives-portraits-of-arrests-white.html

Censored News
http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com

For Immediate Release
September2, 2011

First Nations and American Indian Leaders Arrested In Front Of White House To Protest Keystone XL Pipeline

Press statement

WASHINGTON -- American Indian and Canadian Native leaders were arrested today in front of the White House as they refused to move under orders from the police. Representatives of Native governments and Native organizations from the United States and Canada traveled long distances to join thousands of people that have come to Washington DC during the past two weeks to tell US President Barack Obama not to issue a permit for the construction of a controversial 1,900 mile oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast.

Last Friday, the US Department of State issued the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) concluding the pipeline would have"no significant impact" on the environment. President Obama now has about three months to determine whether the controversial project is in the national interest of the US. 

“The Dene National Assembly in northern Canada passed a resolution standing in solidarity with Native Americans and other people opposing this Keystone XL project. We want the people of America to hear our concerns first hand, as peoples’ that live downstream from the tar sands development” said Chief Bill Erasmus, Dene Regional Chief of Northwest Territories and representative of the Assembly of First Nations, Canada’s largest tribal organization.

Gitz Deranger, Dene from the village of Fort Chipewyan, Alberta, located downstream of the tar sands says, “I have seen the devastation of our environment and people's health with increased cancer deaths. If Obama approves this pipeline, it would only lead to more of our people needlessly dying.”

“This is an issue of our right to say no, as sovereign independent indigenous nations.  The US government doesn’t haveour best interest in mind, nor the rights of Mother Earth” says Deb WhitePlume, Lakota grassroots leader, with Owe Aku, an Oglala Lakota organization in South Dakota. “Our Lakota people oppose this pipeline because of the potentialcontamination of the surface water and of the Oglala aquifer. We have thousands of ancient andhistorical cultural resources that would be destroyed across our treaty lands.”

“It’s my responsibility as a woman to stand with Mother Earth against corporate male-dominated greed.  White Plume stood proud as her hands were handcuffed behind her back and led away.

“This is amatter of life and death, our way of life and our human rights should not be onthe altar of US energy policy,” says Pat Spears, a Lakota, with IntertribalCouncil on Utility Policy, of South Dakota. “The arrogant pollution from mining and pipelines for tar sands oil is totally unnecessary relative to meeting usoil needs.  The building of this pipeline will result in the increase in the cost of oil and its exportation,from the Gulf Coast to other countries. This does not make good economic sense.”

Chief George Stanley, Cree Regional Chief of Alberta spoke eloquently reminding the protesters that the pipeline proposal was initiated under the previous Bush administration and inherited by Obama. “Our First Nations in Alberta have been concerned of the lack of consultation of the pipelines and tar sands expansion. President Obama can do what’s right. For the President to approve this pipeline is not in the national interest of US or Canada.”
Tom Goldtooth,director of the Indigenous Environmental Network whose group organized this Indigenous Day of Action in DC said, “The Canadian tar sands, the proposed Keystone XL and all the other current and proposed pipelines and heavy hauls are weapons of mass destruction leading the path to triggering the final overheating of Mother Earth. President Obama made promises to Native Nations. Here is an opportunity for him to honor those promises and be a man of conscience by standing up to corporate power, address the compounding changes of climate change and over consumption of the resources of Mother Earth; and saying no to the Keystone XL pipeline.”

-For more information, hi-resolution photos or to arrange interviews contact:

Clayton Thomas-Muller
Cell: 613297 7515 or email monsterredlight@gmail.com

Melina Laboucan-Massimo
Cell: 347471 6424 or email miyowapan@gmail.com

Or visit www.ienearth.org or www.tarsandsaction.org


Read previous press statement:
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2011/09/media-advisory-thursday-september-1.html
With support coming in from across the Americas, Faith Spotted Eagle said this morning in South Dakota, "The Ihanktonwan Dakota early on filed suit against the Dept of State for this invasion but it was dismissed, we wish we had funds to appeal it. From the Treaty Council of the Ihanktonwan Oyate we complete oppose this erosion of justice and human life."
We'll add other names and photos soon.
Photo Tar Sands Action mobile upload.