Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

August 22, 2016

Standing Rock: River of Support Pours in from Indian Nations and Researchers

Standing Rock camp 
Photo: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe headed to Washington today for the case in federal court to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline. Photo by Robin LeBeau.

Standing Rock receives resolutions and letters of support from 87 Indian Nations

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Resolutions of support:

CANNON BALL, North Dakota -- The resolutions from Indian Nations have come in from the Four Directions, with the Tlingit and Haida in Alaska among the latest to send support to the Standing Rock Sioux Nation. Standing Rock is battling the crude oil pipeline of Dakota Access, with construction threatening the Missouri River. This river is the source of water for the Dakotas and Lakotas.

There are 28 Native American Tribes living along this river.
Now, the Standing Rock Sioux Nation said it has received letters and resolutions of support from 87 Indian Nations. The Kickapoo in Mexico are sending a delegation.
Further, environmental engineer Renee Matlock proves that the environmental assessment failed to list an endangered species present, the Poweshiek Skipperling.
This tiny endangered butterfly has the power to halt the construction of the pipeline -- a pipeline now endangering the people, their water source, and their burial places.
The permit process for the Dakota Access Pipeline was a fraud, deeply buried in secrecy and political and corporate manipulations of the public trust. With the potential of poisoning the water supply throughout the heart of America, Dakota Access Pipeline and its U.S. government partners are constructing a pipeline of genocide. In Iowa alone, the pipeline would cross rivers 60 times.
Environmental engineer Renee Matlock shows how the failure to list the tiny butterfly can halt the pipeline, if the United States adheres to its laws.
Matlock tells Censored News that the failure to list the endangered butterfly invalidates the permit.
“There are two ways the permits can be invalidated. Either through Federal Court action or through forcing the agencies that approved the permits to cancel the permits.  In this instance, there is a hearing on 24 August, 2016 in Federal Court and another on 25 August 2016 related to DAPL being allowed to continue." (Article at Censored News.)
The endangered whooping crane, gray wolves and many more endangered species are already listed as impacted through this beautiful scenic heart of this country.
Researchers join Indian Nations and the water defenders in a wall of resistance to halt this pipeline. Currently, a campaign of divestment, boycott and sanctions is underway, with the investors in the pipeline named, including the dirty tar sands pipeline corporation Enbridge in Calgary, Alberta, along with Marathon and Phillips 66.
In its documents to the Dept of Energy, Dakota Access Pipeline reveals that this pipeline was already in the works in June of 2014 when Obama was in Standing Rock. During the permit process in 2014, the pipelines states: "Petitioners emphasize that all interested parties had an opportunity to participate in the Open Season, which commenced on March 12, 2014, and ended at 12:00 p.m. (CT) on May 23, 2014." (Photo of Obama in Standing Rock in June of 2014, by Bismarck Tribune.)
The Dakota Access Pipeline is part of a new larger pipeline systems that goes all the way from the Alberta tar sands to the Gulf of Mexico.
While the movement to halt the Keystone XL pipeline grew, this new pipeline system was quietly being permitted in segments to avoid detection.
The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska’s Executive Council unanimously adopted a resolution opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline.
“As stewards of the air, land, and sea, who have respect for nature and property, Central Council stands in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe who have been peacefully protesting to protect their way of life, water, people and land.”
“The drilling required for the construction of the pipeline would disturb burial grounds and sacred sites on ancestral treaty lands.
“The Dakota Access Pipeline violates Article 2 of the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty which guarantees that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe shall enjoy the ‘undisturbed use and occupation’ of their permanent homeland.”
As the resolutions arrive from the Four Directions, so do the announcements that more donations are on the way. Today, there was an announcement that a cow had been donated to feed the people, a car dealer had donated an SUV to deliver supplies, and truckloads of buffalo and water are on their way. Buses were also on their way from as close by as Rosebud, while supporters were traveling by car to Standing Rock from across America today.
The Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas also sent its support for the protection of Missouri River water rights of 28 Indian Nations. The Kickapoo point out the failure of the US Corps of Engineers and the lack of a real environmental assessment.
Indian Nations point out in their resolutions the failure of the US Corps of Engineers to consult with Native American Tribes before rapidly permitting the pipeline; failure to adhere to federal laws protecting historic sites and burial places, including the National Historic Preservation Act; and failure to provide an adequate environmental assessment of the impacts.
Hoopa Valley in California answered the call for support. Hoopa Valley is sending donations and giving employees time off to go to North Dakota and support Standing Rock. Further, Hoopa Valley will be seeking alternative energy sources to reduce dependence on fossil fuels in support of the struggle.
The Northern Cheyenne in Lame Deer, Montana, sent their support  in a resolution unanimously passed by the Tribal Council. The Northern Cheyenne Nation said its villages and burial sites -- which shows their peoples footprint -- are threatened by the pipeline.
Standing Rock Resistance Radio is now live in camp, at 87.9 FM and will soon be live online, when more equipment arrives, necessary because of failed cell service.
Govinda of Earthcycles, live grassroots radio, drove from northern California for days with little sleep, and Michelle Cook, Dine' (Navajo) drove from southern Arizona to help Govinda with Standing Rock Resistance Radio. Michelle is a recent law graduate which also points out the need for more legal observers to come to the camp and join the efforts.
In camp, cooks and security are hard at work serving the people.
These are some of the latest, in a long list of supporters for the water defense of the Missouri River by Standing Rock Sioux Nation along the Missouri River.

View many resolutions here at Censored News

A list of Indian Nations support:

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
Crow Creek Sioux Tribe
Santee Sioux Tribe
Lower Brule Sioux Tribe
Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate
Rosebud Sioux Tribe
Oglala Sioux Tribe
Yankton Sioux Tribe
Flandreau Santee Sioux
Spirit Lake Nation
Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux Tribe
Meskwaki Nation
Omaha Tribe of Nebraska
Anishinaabe Nation
Menominee Nation
Blackfeet Nation of Montana
San Carlos Apache
Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska
Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe of Nevada
Chippewa Cree Tribe of Rocky Boy, MT
Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma
Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho
Ponca tribe of Oklahoma
Gwich'in Nation of Alaska
Hoopa Valley Tribe of California
Comanche Tribe of Oklahoma
Jatibonicu Taino People of Puerto Rico
Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley, Idaho
Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas
Swinomish Tribal Community of Washington
Mauna Kea Ohana of Hawaii
National Congress of American Indians
Siletz Tribe
Kickapoo Tribe
Cheyenne Arapoho of Oklahoma
Spirit Lake Nation

  • ... and more flowing in


Mary4NPPD said...

Thank you for keeping us updated. Can someone please post the donations site also? Thank you

Anonymous said...

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Kent said...

Greetings. To donate to the the Red Warrior Camp #RedWarriorCamp you can visit Owe Aku's website at and click on the donate button. You can also follow us on Facebook at Owe Aku Bring Back the Way and/or Red Warrior Camp. Thanks for the question and big wopila to Brenda for all her hard work and brilliant independence.

kent lebsock
owe aku international justice project

Censored News, publisher Brenda Norrell said...

Thanks for posting the links to donate to Sacred Stone Camp and its legal fund. Red Warrior Camp, Owe Aku, is also in need of donations and the link will be posted here. Censored News is also raising funds for Michelle Cook, Dine' Navajo, with the new Resistance Radio at the camp. She is a law school graduate who is also assisting with the legal work. Censored News is also in need of funds for equipment to continue publishing and broadcasting. Thank you!