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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

One Woman Blockade: Cheyenne River Hero Halts Megaload

Joye Braun: NO! to fat takers, halts megaload to oilfields

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Courtesy photo published with permission

EAGLE BUTTE, S.D. -- A Cheyenne River Lakota woman turned a megaload around today, saying "No!" to fat takers and megaloads" headed to the oil fields, adding that "you have to be the change you want."
Joye Braun told Censored News, "There were two trucks that came through yesterday, but no one stopped them. I just saw pictures. So when I heard about this one this morning I wasn't going to let it through.
"Husband came back from the store early this morning and said there is a megaload staged at Ampride Cenex here in town (Eagle Butte, SD). I grabbed slippers, coat and out the door we ran. 
"You see I believe you have to be the change you want and the day before I just got done talking about being more direct in our actions. 
"My husband took the pics, but we belong to United Urban Warrior Society Eagle Butte Chapter and you can bet we are not going to let these megaloads cross our land and will do whatever we can whenever we can. 
"The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe has about 6 tribal council resolutions against these megaloads and oil company fat takers. More than just about any other tribe, yet we have to be willing to put our words into actions.
"The driver did turn back the way he came and he did talk to his dispatcher to find him a different route NOT on our tribal land, because we have laws against megaloads."
"Just for the record, we asked the truck driver if his load was considered a megaload, asked to see his trip itinerary, destination of load, and if it was for the oil fields. The truck driver said yes it was a megaload, and yes it was for the oil fields.
"My husband and I have been pushed off the road by these big rigs on my reservation before."

Also see:
Joye Braun: The Black Hills are not for sale. Read at Lakota Voice:

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