Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

August 12, 2016

Arrests underway at Dakota Access Pipeline blockade at Cannon Ball, North Dakota

The face of Apartheid in Palestine, heavy machinery by John Deere, on Dakota Lakota land at the blockade of the Dakota Access pipeline in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, where 12 were arrested yesterday.
Photo by Jon Eagle, Sr.

Dakota and Lakota women and youths on the frontline as 11 were arrested Thursday defending sacred land and water from Dakota Access pipeline in Cannon Ball, North Dakota.


Bismarck Tribune photo

Three photos above: Oglala Lakota woman arrested at Sacred Stones Camp, blockade of Dakota Access pipeline

Censored News screen capture, Unicorn Riot video:

Watch video above: Reinforcements on horseback and the Drum!

KFYR photo above

Above: Dakota and Lakota children and youths
who ran to DC and protested at White House,
and New York City, joined blockade today.

Words of Dakota Lakota Women

LaDonna Bravebull Allard (Lakota, Dakota)

"The place where pipeline will cross on the Cannonball is the place where the Mandan came into the world after the great flood, it is also a place where the Mandan had their Okipa, or Sundance. Later this is where Wisespirit and Tatanka Ohitika held sundances. There are numerous old Mandan, Cheyenne, and Arikara villages located in this area and burial sites. This is also where the sacred medicine rock [is located], which tells the future.”

Avis Little Eagle, Standing Rock
Hunkpapa Lakota woman, Avis Little Eagle, former Vice Chairwoman of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and current Publisher of The Teton Times Newspaper

I read one of the news stories in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader and the reporter kept saying that the water protectors were outside reservation boundaries. Like"go back to the reservation" Indians. That is one of the reasons Native America must write their own stories .. The water protectors are standing their ground in 1868 Treaty Territory, which if the reporter knew their U. S. Constitution, is supreme law, above and before the Congress and the U. S. Courts. And as for the Army Corps, they are also ignoring treaty and Winters Doctrine Rights of the Lakota/Dakota Oyate who are protecting the Missouri River from a $3 billion dollar pipeline that will run 470,000 gallons of crude Bakken oil a day across the Mni Sose. It's not if it will leak but when, and there are 12 million people downriver that also rely on that river for drinking water, not to mention the wildlife that rely on the river. So I'm proud of and praying for our people, humble and pitiful as they are for taking on Big oil when every card in the deck is stacked against them. History will show they made the right choice. But sadly it will be after the river is contaminated and drinking water is fouled and wildlife and fish and the winged nation start dying from the contamination. Then the oil company will pack it's bags and move on and the U.S. EPA will cry that it doesn't have the money to clean up the river. So yes, stand strong Oyate.

Tipiziwin Tolman, Standing Rock
Standing Rock is my home. I grew up where the Missouri meets the Porcupine Creek. We are Hunkpapha Lakota and Wiciyena Dakota - We are Sitting Bull's people among many others. We are the people who have always lived along the Missouri river, on both banks. Our history is tied to this water, our identity is tied to this water. We come from this water - We were never displaced, this is where Creator put us. This water and this land recognizes our language and our prayers. This water, like all water gives us life and we all need water to live. This pipeline and all the oil fracking is pure POISON. Please come to Standing Rock's northern border and stand to protect this pipeline from being built underneath our water, directly above our water intake where our drinking water comes from. When you turn on a faucet today, think of our people and what we are standing for. Calling for all Oceti Sakowin, all nations, to come stand together - come to the northern border of Standing Rock and stand for the future, be a witness for the water, and for the world. (Please share if you can, please pray if you can, please come if you can.)


Words of Jon Eagle, Sr.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe by resolution claim all stone features, stone cairns and stone effigies within the aboriginal homelands of the Oceti Sakowin. Wherever the buffalo roamed our ancestors left evidence of their existence and connection to everything in the universe. There is a prophesy among our people that told us one day man was going to go to far and when that time came the animal nations were going to show their sacred color. The birth of the white buffalo in Jamestown, ND was a sign that we were in that time of prophesy. The Dakota Access Pipeline is crossing the aboriginal homelands of the Oceti Sakonwin and is destroying sites of religious and cultural significance to the tribes. DAPL will have an adverse effect on the land, the air and the water. Now is the time to go back to our sacred places and pray.

No Dakota Access in Treaty Territory - Camp of the Sacred Stones 

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Boycott criminal oil companies

The Dakota Access pipeline will go through South Dakota and Iowa enroute to the Gulf Coast. Boycott all these corporations:

The pipeline, currently under construction, will connect western North Dakota to the Energy Transfer Crude Oil Pipeline Project (ETCOP) in Patoka, Illinois. From there, it will connect to the Nederland and Port Arthur, Texas, area, where refiners including Valero Energy, Total and Motiva Enterprises operate some of the largest U.S. refining facilities. source


The army of police sent to arrest Dakota and Lakota women
and peaceful protesters

6 comments: said...

Curley Youpee

Cultural heritage sites show a stunning success of human resourcefulness and are an important interchange of human values over an extended period of time. Places where Indigenous settled and used the land in a way that represents their culture. The authenticity and the manner a site is protected and managed are important factors. Most importantly, an individual can only appreciate his self-worth if he enjoys not only his civil and political rights, but also his socio-economic and cultural rights, and so he places both collections of rights on one foundation by treating them as indivisible, interlinked and mutually strengthening. Such mutual corroborations create synergies that contribute to tribal people securing their rights, enhancing their human capabilities and escaping from poverty.
National and federal regulatory institutions and courts which have historically provided substantive interpretation to elusive and abstract terms found in local and international human rights instruments are equally capable of bringing substantive content to an Indigenous used environment. However, in shaping the substantive content of these rights, the regulatory institutions and courts will have to weigh the conflicting visions and values of human behavior, while their decision must reflect the society’s perception of the environment which should be preserved as American Indigenous Heritage.
Section 106 does not work against the total loss of Indigenous sites in the Bakken field. The state of North Dakota does absolutely nothing on private land to protect cultural sites and tribal burial grounds. The fabric of our physical heritage is destroyed, American heritage is destroyed, energy companies get fatter.

Unknown said...

I heard a woman ask the cops who they were protecting. Damn good question. I thought "protect and serve" was supposed to be for the ppl not the destroyers. Prayer for these brave souls who are standing up for all of us and our first mother.

Unknown said...

I heard a woman ask the cops who they were protecting. Damn good question. I thought "protect and serve" was supposed to be for the ppl not the destroyers. Prayer for these brave souls who are standing up for all of us and our first mother.

Anonymous said...

This is a Pauling. You pipelines are disgraceful. How would you like someone to do that to your Grandma's grave?????

John Turner said...

Stop the digging, stop the pipeline. This is sacred ground. How would you like it if your family was dug up said...

God bless Amy Goodman and Democracy Now for airing to the public this important issue. As a Christian I am appalled at what our government is doing to our fellow citizens in the Native American Community for the profit of large international corporations. As a Title Land Specialist with over 40 years experiance I can tell you that an easement is required from the owner of any land they own in order for a private corporation to buy an easement over their property; in order to cross over or do any work on on under their land. That is just common decency and the law. Why should that law not apply as well to our Native American brothers and sisters? The Native American Tribes evidently are not granting any easements - and that should be their privilege unless the government takes the land easement by condemnation for the good of all, but which is not supposed to be done for the benefit of a private corporation as in this case. C.J. Cota