Top photos by Unicorn Riot: Tribal women storm, lead others past security perimeter, shut down construction site. Photos below courtesy photos from the frontline.#NoDAPL
From the resistance, Monday, Aug. 15, 2016: "Natives broke through and flanked workers and gained ground quick, took the hill where private security sits. Workers fled as natives surrounded machinery and work site. Native female warriors made it all the way to the lake and escaped apprehension from troopers and sheriff's as more natives crossed cut fence area and occupied the work site. Victory in numbers. Great job to all."
Now: Horseback riders take on the pipeline blockade
Arrests ongoing at pipeline blockade.
Statement from Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman on the Dakota Access Pipeline Date: August 15, 2016 FORT YATES, ND – The following is a statement from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman, Dave Archambault II on the Tribe’s opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline proposed project. "The United States via the Army Corps of Engineers is in the midst of moving ahead with an oil pipeline that officials are claiming is not potentially harmful to the Standing Rock Sioux Nation. I am here to advise anyone that will listen, that the Dakota Access Pipeline Project is harmful. It will not be just harmful to my people but its intent and construction will harm the water in the Missouri River, which is one of the cleanest and safest river tributary left in the United States. We have been told by the officials that there will be breaches in the pipeline, but they claim that the situations are generally never very bad. This is unacceptable. Our Mother Earth is sacred. All things evolve and work together. To poison the water, is to poison the substance of life. Everything that moves must have water. How can we talk about and knowingly poison water? I’ve been told and taught that it is our responsibility to stand for our relatives, the ones that crawl, the ones that fly, the ones that burrow, the ones that swim, the ones that flower. Relatives that cannot speak for themselves. Who will speak for them? We have to speak for those who are not here – our ancestors, for those children who are not yet born. Our ancestors left sacred sites for us. We have to speak for them. Children not yet born will not live without water. We have to speak for them. Several of our Lakota and Dakota relatives have had visions and dreams. They have been visited in a spiritual sense and have been told that there is a black poisonous snake trying to come among us. Our relatives have said this. Our instructions say snakes are good – they serve a great purpose in the web of life. Our elders and the elders before them have given us wonderful teachings and a beautiful way to live and co-exist with all that is, however, the black poisonous snake we are being warned about does not come from the Creator. It is man-made and the creature is made of nothing but Greed. There is nothing good that has ever come from Greed. Greed is pure poison. It blinds and twists thinking. It is what my people have endured and continue to endure. Right now the Rosebud reservation, the Cheyenne River reservation, the Pine Ridge reservation and my Standing Rock reservation represent five of the 10 poorest places or counties in the United States, according to the 2010 Census. Our state of being is not our fault. We did not cause this. United States lawmakers and their policies caused this. Why?? Greed – and now again, even what little we have left is under attack. Is it too much to respectfully and peaceably request that we not live in fear of being bitten by this creature of eminent harm? Isn’t living in fear and terror unacceptable in the United States? The United States should use all its will and power to be a real great world leader. It should swear off oil production because we all know it is harmful to it is to our planet. The United States should use all its wisdom and technology to develop alternative sources of power. It should be a great wise leader to preserve and enhance this earth, not knowingly destroy the webs of life. What I ask is that my fellow American citizens stand with my people to stand with us. I ask you to please call or write your Senators and Representative to stop this blindness and this greed. And, if nothing else, please, offer a prayer for my people and all the people who are standing with us in prayer. Just offer some thoughts of protection for us. We ask that you offer a prayer for sensibility and common sense on behalf of all the two-legged that walk as this is not just a Lakota/Dakota issue, this is a human issue. This land that is being disturbed was once ours. Our people, our Indian Nations lived and governed our peoples all over this territory. This land across the Cannonball River that is now threatened was forcibly taken from us and there was nothing that we could do about it then and now. Nonetheless, we still believe that we are the keepers of this beautiful land. Although it was taken from us, we know, we must stand and speak on this land’s behalf. We want everyone and the federal government to respect this land and take care of it. That is why our people are standing up and standing with the land and water. We have to be here. It is instructions that the Creator has given us. We have to be here. We have to stand to protect ourselves and those cannot speak for themselves. When the President of the United States came to Cannonball, I did not ask him for anything. I tried to let his wife, Michelle and him, see for themselves a little of our reality. They saw our people in our happiest times, singing and dancing, but they also heard the tough reality of life for so many of our youth. I believe both were impacted but knowing what I know now, I wish I would have asked President Obama to help us in this struggle. I will pass away someday, which is all part of the Creator’s plan, but I have a son and daughter. I have no doubt that they will give me grandchildren. What will we leave for our grandchildren? Poisoned water? The substance of Life! In my language, we describe water as the source of Life. We say Mni Wiconi! My Tribe asks how can we live with ourselves if we don’t respect the rights and needs of our future generations? Today I realize that everything happens for a reason. Although I didn’t ask the President for a dime, I see our people are peacefully speaking out in a good way now. This is hugely important to my Tribe and all of our Tribal Nations. This peaceful demonstration is a cry to stop the desecration of land and water. I pray that the powers that be, hear our prayer because all this behavior we are exhibiting is a prayer on our part. Thank you for listening and enjoy your families, your children and grandchildren." Dave Archambault II, Chairman Standing Rock Sioux Tribe [Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Steve Sitting Bear
Oglala Lakota Tribal members Scotti Clifford and Juliana Brown Eyes-Clifford from the band Scatter Their Own have been arrested for protesting against the Dakota Access Pipeline. They have been standing in solidarity with their relatives in Standing Rock SD to protect the sacred water! You can contribute to the Legal Defense Fund for Sacred Stone Spirit Camp. https://fundrazr.com/d19fAf Photos by Juliana Brown Eyes Clifford
CANNON Ball, North Dakota -- On August 24, 2016, a federal judge in Washington, DC will issue his ruling on the injunction filed by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Many water protectors and land defenders have gathered here to show love and respect for our first medicine, the sacred water.
This morning five people were arrested at the site where DAPL is building a road they will use to transport their equipment to the work site. Guy Dull Knife, Oglala Lakota elder of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation was one of the people arrested when he blocked the gate to the DAPL worksite. Many more people have given themselves to be arrested as the days move toward August 24th. We have set up our Red Warrior Camp and are holding Non-Violent Direct Action trainings in camp and at the action site. We are entrenched and will protect the Mni Sosi River (Missouri) that we all belong to. Red Nations from all along the river are here. Many citizens of America are here to protect sacred water. This is our Treaty Territory, our Ancestral Homelands.
Our ancestors trusted us to continue to protect our first medicine. We do this in a good way, out of love. We do not bring hate here. We are a spiritual people and we will defend our relative, sacred water. Our Pte San Win (White Buffalo Calf Woman) brought us the sacred pipe, and She also handed us the bow and arrow. We follow Her teachings in this way.
Owe Aku has trained thousands of people through Moccasins on the Ground NVDA training camp held for four years when we were challenging TransCanada, Inc and the KXL Tarsands Pipeline. Communities and families are ready, they are here. This pipeline has the potential to contaminate water forever. This issue is a Human Rights Issue. It affects all of us. To support our NVDA work, please visit our website at www.oweakuinternational.org
Paid staff at Indian Country Today making money from stolen work of sacrificing, unpaid writers By Brenda Norrell Censored News Publisher
Indian Country Today's reporter/editor has plagiarized her entire article on the Dakota Access Pipeline protest.
If reporters are getting a paycheck to cover an action, then they should be present. I've never seen this reporter present on a news story in the past 34 years, even though she claimed to be covering the Southwest for many years.
Armchair reporters are just like all other profiteers -- they do it for the money and they deceive people to do it.
The owners of Indian Country Today, the Oneida Nation in New York, are wealthy. The reporters and editors don't need to stay home and plagiarize. These stay-at-home plagiarizers receive salaries for stealing the hard work of others, including the writers and photographers who are spending their last dime to be out at Cannon Ball, North Dakota at the pipeline blockade. Those present are sacrificing their all, even arrest, to be present.
If Indian Country Today is using your photos without permission, send them a bill. If they are plagiarizing you -- copying and pasting your work without permission -- let the world know. The reporters and editors are getting a paycheck for it.
The paid reporters who are copying and pasting from Facebook, and smashing it together with plagiarism from hard working reporters, are not involved in journalism. They are opportunists making money.
If we fight injustice, then we must fight all injustice -- including the frauds in the media.
MNN. Aug. 15, 2016. This will be the last Olympics! No more pitting elite athletes from expensive elite sports that mostly corporate elites can afford. The Nazis invented the Olympic ritual, using the eagle as the main symbol. Sports are selected that enhance the image of the fascist way while the corporate matrix ravages and cripples the world. The military in Brazil is throwing the poor out of their homes to make way for the Olympic infrastructure. But the land and waters are left putrid and toxic.
US swimming team in Rio waters.
Rio Olympics is a disaster! US athletes are getting robbed at gunpoint. Algae and super bacteria infest the pools and venues. Athletes are suffering severe stomach infections. Some can’t compete. Most of the Russian athletes fortunately bowed out as the victims of politics ad power.
The IOC racketeers are finished! The people finally see the sham that is the Olympics. No more slick propaganda. No more pretending to ‘bring people together’. American “exceptionalism” is a farce!
The Brazllian people are probably not sad about this. They get the bills. The 1976 Montreal Olympics is not paid off yet and never will be. All wars are banker wars and all Olympics are banker’s Olympics. Fascism is in firm control of the Olympics.
The stands are empty in Rio because very few can afford the admission. And they can’t see the athletes through the green filthy water. This spectacle is a farce.
A new real Olympics should be created on the environmental sustainability model. The first game of tewaraton [lacrosse] was played between the four legged and the winged ones. It was to welcome man to the world through the game. Today a few promote themselves on the backs of the many.
Ancient game of life.
The Olympics is the opium of the masses. As Roy Orbison sings about our love for the corporation being over: “It’s over! It’s over! It’s over! You won’t be seeing rainbows anymore. Your baby doesn’t love you anymore. Golden days before the end, whisper secrets to the wind. Your baby won’t be near you anymore.… we’re through, we’re through… setting suns before they fall echo to you, that’s all! That’s all!”
PEACEFUL RESISTANCE IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW AT THE SACRED STONE AND RED WARRIOR CAMPS AT THE CANNON BALL RIVER.
THE GOVERNOR MAY CALL IN THE NATIONAL GUARD, RAISING TENSIONS AND MILITARIZING A PEACEFUL PROTEST TO PROTECT SACRED WATER
CALL GOVERNOR DALRYMPLE AND ASK HIM NOT TO DO THIS. THE GOVERNOR'S PHONE NUMBER IS 701-328-2200
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The Dakota Access Pipeline is waiting for the federal judge to issue a ruling on August 24, 2016 on an Injunction filed by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Everyday the DAPL continues to build its access road, getting closer to the Missouri River-Mni Sosi. There are many people from all walks of life at the DAPL work site conducting prayer and non-violent direct action. We need people to call the North Dakota Govenor Jack Dalrymple 701-328-2200 to ask him to refrain from calling in the National Guard against the non-violent people at the DAPL worksite.
Owe Aku is a grassroots organization of Lakota people and our allies founded to promote the protection of sacred water and preservation of our territorial lands. Our actions for environmental justice rely upon cultural revitalization as our major tool in achieving our goals. The principle location from which are operations are based are on Lakota territory along Wounded Knee Creek on what is called the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation . More information on our work can be found at www.oweakuinternational.org
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