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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Cheyenne River Warriors force another megaload off their land!

Megaload Escorted off Cheyenne River


By Joye Braun
Censored News

March 26, 2014 -- In the windy cold of the night Unci Maka warriors from Cheyenne River stood their ground to have Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe’s megaload law enforced last night March 25, 2014.
It was reported about 6 pm that evening that a megaload was parked at the Cheyenne River Sioux Motel. Several people checked on the load, and at first thought that they would confront the driver the following morning as they knew he was probably in his room and his South Dakota permit wouldn’t allow him to move during the evening hours. However a young warrior Joseph White Eyes saw the truck on his way home from work and told his ride to whip into the parking lot and he decided he would make a stand to watch over the load.
White Eyes called the Cheyenne River Police but at first the police refused to contact the driver or allow anyone else to contact the driver at the motel. The police left and White Eyes was posting updates on the Facebook.
Joye Braun heard about the situation at the motel, and decided she would go and support this young warrior and try and get the megaload off the reservation. She bundled up in blankets and parked herself in front of the truck while White Eyes sat under the bumper of the truck in front of the wheels refusing to move until the truck was escorted off the reservation.
Other members of the tribe started showing up to show their support and also refused to leave until the truck was removed from the reservation.
CRST Council Representative Robin LeBeau showed up to act as a mediator for the group between the truck driver and tribal government. She told Chairman of the tribe and the Vice-chair of the tribe that she was not in charge but just acting as a mediator. The group of protestors asked her to do this, and told her their demands, of removing the truck from reservation boundaries and enforcing our megaload laws.
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Keckler was reached and he ordered the police to remove the megaload from reservation boundaries and to have it go back the way it came. The group was happy to see Chairman Keckler step up for the cause against the oil companies and stand up for our tribal sovereignty.
The CRST Police escorted the truck off the reservation with two patrol cars back across the Missouri River at night with lights to warn drivers that this was a dangerous load.
Protestors were happy and akeesha’s and lili’d as the truck left the parking lot.

Joye Braun

Previous article: One Woman Blockade: Cheyenne River Hero halts megaload:

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.
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2014/03/one-woman-blockade-cheyenne-river-hero.html

Tulalip and Northwest tribes 'Hell No to Coal'

By Deborah Parker
Censored News

My daughter Kayah and I join our families and tribal nations in opposing coal terminals.  We hope you will join us.

The Tulalip Tribes has joined other Northwest tribes in saying, "Hell No to Coal". Please spread the word to OPPOSE any such devastating action against our lands and waters.

Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, representing 57 Northwest tribes declares, "Fossil fuels should not be transported through the Pacific Northwest and exported out of ports in Washington and Oregon."

The transport of coal, via coal trains, to these terminals would have a negative social and environmental impact on Tulalip as well as others in our region.

News received this morning from our friend Steve Robinson (which is partly why we are writing this post) states, "Gateway Pacific, the giant export terminal north of Bellingham, took a major step forward Thursday as developers agreed to a $7.2 million contract for an environmental study on what would become Washington’s first coal-export terminal."

We need to STOP this DESTRUCTION. We don't need another study.  We need to open our eyes.  We already know the results.

You can help by 1). Educating yourself  & others on this issue 2). Reposting information 3). Rallying against coal exports.

ʔut̕igʷicid čəɬ dxʷʔal tiʔəʔ sləx̌il.

t̕igʷicid,

tsi-cy-altsa & halthleah
Deborah Parker & Kayah George (15)