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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Red Warrior Camp Frontline Dakota Access Pipeline Protest



Photo credit Natalie Hand

RED WARRIOR CAMP – FRONTLINE OF DAKOTA

ACCESS PIPELINE PROTEST

August 16, 2016
CANNONBALL, North Dakota -- Several hundred water protectors from native nations and their allies have converged on the Dakota Plains Access Pipeline construction site near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
The Red Warrior Camp was established near the site to protect the land and water that lies within the 1851/1868 Ft. Laramie Treaty Territory.
Over the last few days, water protectors have conducted a series of non-violent direct actions to defend their sacred water from the imminent threat of a crude oil pipeline that will be buried under the Missouri River.

To support the Red Warrior
Camp, visit www.oweakuinternational.org or to learn more, contact Media Spokesperson Cody Hall at (605) 220-2531.

Dakota Access pipeline terrorizing Native Americans


Photo copyright Greg Grey Cloud, Camp of the Sacred Stones
Pipeline granted temporary restraining order, federal judge chooses Big Oil over future generations of Native Americans


By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
updated Tuesday night

BISMARCK, North Dakota -- The billion dollar oil corporation Dakota Access pipeline has filed for a restraining order against the Dakota and Lakota land and water defenders who are sacrificing their all to protect their water source of the Missouri River.
Dakota Access Pipeline has named Standing Rock Chairman Dave Archambault, Councilman Dana Yellow Fat, and individual land and water defenders in a temporary restraining order filed yesterday by the pipeline in federal court here.
The move against the Dakota and Lakota officials, and individual land and water defenders, is seen as an attack on some of the most financially desperate people in America.
U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland granted Dakota Access pipeline a temporary injunction today, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016, at 10:20 a.m., effective when the defendants are served.
Cheyenne River Lakota Natalie Stites urged the water and land defenders to continue in prayer and peaceful protest.
"Oyate! Allies! Take Courage!" said Stites, who was recently at the Sacred Stones Camp, and is a law graduate of UCLA.
"You have constitutional rights to freedom of speech and assembly. The temporary restraining order issued by the North Dakota District Court today prohibits interference in their operations, the surveying, construction, tool, etc."
"The order does not and cannot stop anyone from peacefully, prayerfully and non-violently protesting the desecration of our lands and poisoning of our water on the front line."

Judge Hovland's ruling clearly sides with the pipeline and big business. The order ignores the threat to Native Americans water source, the Missouri River, which will affect future generations.
Judge Hovland's ruling follows the pattern in Indian country of federal judges ignoring Indigenous Peoples rights, ignoring Treaty rights and ignoring tribal sovereignty.
Judge Hovland's order fails to adhere to the United States government's requirement of corporations to consult with Indian Tribes. Further, it fails to respect the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which requires "free, prior and informed consent" before corporations enter Indigenous Peoples territory, disrupt their natural resources, and engage in development.

Jody Ernest read the order and points out the failure of the court to recognize the long term harm that would come from a crude oil pipeline under the Missouri River. "Aside from the usual trampling on the rights of indigenous people, this whole thing is about the long-term harm!"

Judge Hovland's ruling in favor of a temporary restraining order asserts that corporation profits are more important than the threat to Native Americans:


Even if the Defendants are able to demonstrate that they will suffer harm, such harm will likely be short-lived.

The balance of harm factor clearly favors Dakota Access. Given the relatively short time period and the potential for Dakota Access to suffer lengthy and costly delays resulting in significant harm, the Court finds the 'balance of harm' Dataphase factor strongly weighs in favor of issuance of an ex parte temporary restraining order.

Judge Hovland scheduled a hearing for Thursday, August 25, 2016, at 2:30 p.m., in the Eagle Courtroom in U.S. District Court in Bismarck, to determine whether a preliminary injunction will be granted.

The temporary restraining order prohibits threats of violence or harm, and criminal activity.
It does not restrict peaceful protest, which the judge states is part of democracy.
The order states that persons at the construction site would also be served with the notice of the temporary restraining order by the pipeline.

While the pipeline claims fear of the Dakotas and Lakotas, Native Americans gather to defend the land and water point out that the pipeline company, Dakota Access pipeline, is the predator.

The ridiculous and exaggerated claims of the pipeline in the order include the following. Apparently, "traveling on foot," is a frightening idea for pipeline workers.

Dakota Access representatives did not engage in any construction activities on August 13, 2016; however, protests continued at the construction site and spread to nearby roadways. See Docket No. 6. At one point, a group of individuals blocked traffic by traveling on foot on N.D. Highway 1806 for two miles, heading north from the Cannon Ball Bridge to the construction site.

The temporary restraining order is a crushing blow to Native Americans who believed in the U.S. justice system. The Standing Rock Sioux Nation welcomed President Obama in 2014 to see the desperate needs for himself.

The Dakota Access pipeline quickly obtained U.S. permits, brought in heavy equipment and began digging last week. Hundreds of Native Americans began protesting and defending the Missouri River.
The Dakota Access pipeline plans to tunnel under the river for the crude oil pipeline, creating an environmental nightmare for future generations who depend on the river for drinking water and survival.
In July, the Standing Rock Sioux Nation filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, accusing the federal agency of violating the National Historic Preservation Act and other laws.

Standing Rock Chairman Dave Archambault said this greed is represented in a black poisonous snake.
"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."


While the Standing Rock Sioux Nation is still waiting to have their case heard in court, Dakota Access pipeline -- flanked by dozens of North Dakota Highway Patrol, Morton County deputies and DAPL private security -- ramrodded into the area and began digging before the tribe's case has been heard in court.
Meanwhile, support continues to pour in to Standing Rock.
The Northern Cheyenne in Lame Deer, Montana, sent their support today 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.
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.
Hoopa Valley in California also answered the call for support, recalling when they earlier had a call to arms to defend their rights. 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 out alternative energy sources in support of the struggle.
These are the latest Indian Nations, in a long list of Indian Nations, supporting the actions and ongoing water defense of the Missouri River by Standing Rock Sioux Nation and water defenders camped at the Camp of Sacred Stones, near the banks of the Cannon Ball River, a tributary of the Missouri River.

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Great News! Govinda of Earthcycles is on his way to the Dakota Access pipeline defense. He is bringing his live radio equipment and more. Censored News is raising funds Michelle Cook -- Navajo and recent law school graduate -- to assist with the live broadcast from the camp. Both are enroute to the camp. Funds for Michelle can be donated at Censored News. Please make a note on the donation for the purpose.
Funds are also needed for new equipment for Censored News ongoing breaking news coverage for video camera, laptop and audio equipment.
Brenda Norrell, PMB 132, 405 E. Wetmore Rd., Ste 117, Tucson, Arizona 85705
brendanorrell@gmail.com
Map of new pipeline system from Alberta tar sands to Gulf, carried out in secret, and now includes Dakota Access Pipeline, and investor Enbridge of dirty tar sands fame in Alberta.

https://turtletalk.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/7-dct-order-granting-tro.pdf

Please see below both federal court actions filed. Check back for more on this breaking news. (Use bar on right side to scroll down the lawsuits. Pop out to enlarge.)

Standing Rock's suit against U.S. Corps of Engineers

VIDEO: Native Women Block Bulldozer at Dakota Access Pipeline Defense

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Mohawk Nation News 'NYST--Onondaga Savage Saga: 8/18/16'



NYST-ONONDAGA SAVAGE SAGA: 8/18/16


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SYRACUSE SHOWDOWN IN SEPTEMBER

To March and Protest against NYS and Support the Native Plaintiffs who were unjustly attacked and severely injured on Sovereign Land by NYS Troopers at the Onondaga Nation. WARNING: Violence may Erupt if we are Challenged by Local, State, and Federal Law Enforcement as WE DO NOT BACK DOWN !!! This is a Public Announcement from the #ChiefExecutiveOfficer, Deborah McComber. A #WarriorCallout is hereby Officially Published. Please join us. Please Share. nia:wen kowa (thank you very much). Blessings to us all.Please post and distribute.
MNN. AUG. 16, 2016. We’re hoping the wait for justice may soon be over! After almost 20 years since the brutal beating of over 100 onkwe’hon:weh by the New York State Troopers [Jones, et al v. Parmley, et al 5:98-cv-00374-FJS-TWD] the following bunch of orders came:
beating
Justice railroad being dismantled.
Justice railroad being dismantled.
The Court hereby ORDERS that Counsel for Defendants and all pro se Plaintiffs shall attend in person pretrial conference on August 18, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. in Syracuse, New York. .. the Court will dismiss with prejudice the claims of any pro se Plaintiff who fails to attend. The Court further ORDERS that the date for filing and serving pretrial submissions and motions … and any opposition to motions in limine, as set further in the Court’s Order dated February 12, 2016, remains in effect. The Court also advises … September 8, 2016 meeting is on and does not affect the date for the commencement of the trial … September 20, 2016. Signed by Senior Judge Frederick J. Scullin, Jr. on 7/8/2016. [Copy served upon pro se plaintiffs via regular mail] [nmk]
NYS Troopers advance into court.
NYS Troopers advance into court.
We are the victims. 17 of us have no lawyers. Terrance Hoffman, Anello, Peikin and the rest dumped us as clients when we refused to take the money offered by NYS to drop everything and keep our mouths shut. The Court in Syracuse is “procedurciding” us.
Scullin sent a threat to us to visit his [court] house or else! Also, we have to file and serve this and that paper to him and dozens of his friends by a complicated costly railroading system called a ‘dead’line or else they’re good for nothing! We don’t have electronic mail. They won’t accept anything by email or fax. Our custom is to send a runner with a wampum to verbally deliver our messages.
Scullion says we have to be at the court by 11:00 or else!
Judge Scullion says we have to be at his house by 11:00 or else!

We’re being jerked around. We need worldwide support.
Ask these officials what’s going on: Angela C. Winfieldawinfield@barclaydamon.com; Brittany E. Aungierbaungier@barclaydamon.com; Carol L. Rhinehart crhinehart@ongov.netdkarle@ongov.net; Devin M. Caindcain@maglaw.com; Elkan AbramowitzEAbramowitz@maglaw.com; Gabriel M. Nugent gnugent@barclaydamon.com Fax 1-315-425-2836; Joanna GozziJoannagozzi@ongov.netdenisekarle@ongov.net; Jodi M. Peikin JPeikin@Maglaw.com,CSeel@Maglaw.comRAnello@Maglaw.com; Robert J. Anello ranello@magislaw.com; Terrance J. Hoffman tjhoffman@cnymail.com; Timothy P. Mulveytimothy.mulvey@ag.ny.gov Fax 1-315-448-4800; Judge Scullon’s assistant Nicole Eallonardo Nicole_eallonardo@nynd.uscourts.gov Fax 1-315-234-8501. Please let us know what you find out.The
Johnny Cash’s song “Cocaine Blues” ia dedicated to the Troopers: “In walked the man holding the verdict in his right hand. The verdict read in the first degree. I hollered, “Lawdy, lawdy. Have mercy on me!” The judge he smiled as he picked up his pen – 99 years in the Folsom pen … 99 years underneath that ground … Come on, you gotta listen unto me … lay off that whiskey and let that cocaine be.”
ALERT: PayPal has taken all of MNN’s funds [$165] without explanation. They are asking for payment to close down account. MNN Mohawk Nation News kahentinetha2@yahoo.com for more news, to donate and sign up for MNN newsletters, go to mohawknationnews.com More stories at MNN Archives. thahoketoteh@ntk.com Address: Box 991, Kahnawake [Quebec, Canada] J0L 1B0 or original Mohawk music visit https://soundcloud.com/thahoketoteh


Denver: Organizing Meeting Support Standing Rock on Aug. 17, 2016






Denver - Organize for Support - Red Warrior Sacred Stone Camp
See the Facebook Page for the Gathernig to Support the Front Line
WHEN:  Wednesday August 17th,
7:00 p.m.

TOMORROW!

WHERE:  Four Winds
American Indian Council
201 W 5th Ave, Denver, Colorado 80204 
This will be a gathering to update local folks who are interested in supporting the ongoing resistance to the Dakota access pipeline, happening in the treat territory of Standing Rock. We will accept donation and supplies to be sent to the camp as well as connect local supporters with one another.
ATTENTION RELATIVES AND ALLIES…IF YOU PLAN TO COME TO THE STANDING ROCK RESERVATION TO SUPPORT THE EFFORTS TO BLOCK THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE, PLEASE COME PREPARED AND SELF-SUFFICIENT.
THE HUNKPAPA OYATE ARE DOING THEIR BEST TO ACCOMMODATE ALL OF THE INCOMING WATER DEFENDERS, SO CAMPING SITES ARE AVAILABLE.
LODGING IS "PRIMITIVE" CAMPING. THIS MEANS, YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SHELTER, FOOD AND WATER.
YOU WILL NEED:
• YOUR OWN TENT/CHAIR
• YOUR OWN BEDDING
• YOUR OWN COOLER
• BUG SPRAY
• SUNSCREEN
THERE IS A COMMUNAL KITCHEN ON SITE, BUT PLEASE BRING FOOD AND COOKING POTS, COOKING UTENSILS, ETC. TO SUPPORT FEEDING THE MASSES!
AS PROTECTORS OF MOTHER EARTH, PLEASE TRY TO BRING YOUR OWN RE-USEABLE DISHES.
TEMPERATURES ARE HOT BY DAY, COLD BY NIGHT…SO PLEASE BRING APPROPRIATE CLOTHING/BEDDING.
Natalie Hand – Lakota Media Project OWE AKU
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 15, 2016

Cannon Ball, ND…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.
"Everyday the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) continues to build its road to get closer to the Missouri River. There are water protectors here at the frontline armed with prayer and love for our first medicine. Join us if you can. Bring your camping gear. August 24 is the hearing in Washington, DC when a judge will decide if the DAPL must stop or if he decides it can go on. In 9 days DAPL plans to win the case, and begin drilling UNDER the Mni Sosi Missouri River. Where you will stand on August 24? There will be many at the Red Warrior Camp at the Front. We need you. Our first medicine needs you."
Wioweya Najin Win from the Front Line
720-469-1178
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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