Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

March 22, 2012

Photos: Obama isolates dissent in Cushing, Oklahoma


Photos by Justin Hayden/Censored News/Thank you!

Article by Brenda Norrell
Censored News

CUSHING, Okla. -- When the hometown folks of Cushing gathered to protest Obama's sudden coyote shift and promotion of the Keystone XL pipeline here, they were isolated in a park and surrounded by state troopers. While Obama campaigned for himself, and supported the environmental nightmare of the pipeline, the people of Cushing were kept away.

The protesters were threatened with arrest if they left the park.

Obama told those invited to his address in Cushing:"Now, right now, a company called TransCanada has applied to build a new pipeline to speed more oil from Cushing to state-of-the-art refineries down on the Gulf Coast. And today, I'm directing my administration to cut through the red tape, break through the bureaucratic hurdles, and make this project a priority, to go ahead and get it done. (Applause.)"Read more:

It was a sad day for Mother Earth, a sad for America and a sad day for the good folks of Cushing.

Native Americans, who were arrested at the White House protesting the pipeline and the tarsands devastating Cree and First Nation lands in Canada, said they have been betrayed by Obama.
“President Obama is an adopted member of the Crow Tribe, so his fast-tracking a project that will desecrate known sacred sites and artifacts is a real betrayal and disappointment for his Native relatives everywhere,” said Marty Cobenais of the Indigenous Environmental Network. “Tar sands is devastating First Nations communities in Canada already and now they want to bring that environmental, health, and social devastation to US tribes.” Read more:

The Keystone pipeline will threaten waterways with the contamination from the dirty crude oil of the tarsands, including the Red River along the Oklahoma and Texas border which flows into Louisiana.



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