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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Akwesasne Supports Standing Rock: Will Shut Down International Bridge if People Harmed











Akwesasne territory supporting STANDING ROCK. Message : If our people in STANDING ROCK are harmed we will shut down the international bridge AND the International Seaway. Fires lit also across the land in other territories. We will send delegation for STANDING ROCK support in Washington August 24, 2016. On this day we had meeting and are in action 8-18-2016 with the full moon. 
-- Leadhorse Choctaw

Dakota Access Pipeline Environmental Assessment Failed to List Endangered Butterfly

Stopping the pipeline, Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), that is. 
Environmental Assessment left out endangered Poweshiek Skipperling
By Renee Matlock
Censored News copyright
I am, first and foremost a mother.   I am also an Environmental Engineer.   I hold college degrees in Communications, Environmental Science, Engineering and Environmental Engineering.   When I see my social media being flooded with outrage over a particular environmental issue, I pay attention.  I, and about a dozen other, mostly Lakota, friends have spent a significant amount of time over the last few days researching, reading Environmental Assessments, investigating people and generally looking into the DAPL and going over information with the proverbial “fine-toothed comb” looking for a chink in the armor of DAPL.   Earlier this evening I found “it” – the “thing” I was looking for – the “thing” that could have a federal court issuing a stop work order.  

Apache Naelyn Pike's message to Standing Rock Youths

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Naelyn Pike, Apache, defending Oak Flat



Apache Youth Responds to Standing Rock's Call for Support

Construction Shut Down of Dakota Access Pipeline for Now


Photo Allie Fredericks

Barricades going up on the road a few miles south of the veterans cemetery on 1806 near Fort Lincoln. Highway patrolmen are taking down license plates. Why is all this necessary? The protesters will likely celebrate equipment leaving.
Photos Dakota Resource Council

Dakotas and Lakotas counter Sheriff's Accusations


Update Thursday morning, Aug. 18, 2016
"DAPL construction is still going on. The police blocked the highway so that work could continue near Fort Rice. Scouts have reported back that the company is trying to move equipment by barge and float equipment down the river. We need boats on the water."

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
French translation by Christine PratNative American water defenders today denied claims by Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier that the people at Sacred Stones Camp have weapons. Water defenders said they are carrying out a peaceful action of prayer and ceremony.
The Red Warrior Camp camp said, "The Dakota Access Pipeline Project is on hold as of August 17, 2016. Water defenders have responded to a call for warriors to come to the Northern border of the Oceti Sakowin Confederacy to stop the pipeline. That is our purpose here. The Red Warrior Camp has established a home for all who are willing to facilitate Non-Violent Direct Action in peace and prayer to achieve no other goal than to stop the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. This is a continuation of the actions initiated in early April 2016 by the Sacred Stone Camp."
"The Red Warrior Camp condemns the falsehoods and fear mongering that the Morton County Sheriff is exhibiting. There are no guns, or pipe bombs, or weapons of any sort in the entire camp. The Morton County Sheriff is lying so that the foundation can be laid, fraudulently, for law enforcement to escalate the tensions and initiate violence against citizens exercising their basic human and constitutional rights to protect safe drinking water for all in the Missouri River basin."
"The Morton County Sheriff is deliberately or negligently defaming the peaceful character of the camp in order justify a reason to call in the National Guard."
"Calling in the National Guard would relieve Morton County's staffing and financial burden of providing safety for the protestors and the DAPL employees."
"Thus far, the activities by the Sacred Stone Camp protestors have included attempts at preventing access to the construction site leading to arrests. There has thus far been one time when the construction was halted, when women, without planning, initiated a direct non-violent action. This is only fitting, as women of all Nations have a sacred connection to water. There are many Tribal Nations and non-Native allies represented in the entire camp. The sole reason 500 people responded to the call for warriors is to come in peace and prayer to stop the pipeline. The Red Warrior Camp stands in solidarity with the Sacred Stone Camp and will continue to stay in 1851 Treaty Territory until the pipeline has been stopped."
Sheriff's press conference
Sheriff Kirchmeier held a press conference Wednesday and announced the Dakota Access Pipeline is halting construction at the site where 28 people have been arrested. Dakota Access Pipeline plans to put a crude oil pipeline under the Missouri River, endangering the peoples water source.
Sheriff Kirchmeier said it is an "unlawful protest" and Highway 1806 near Mandan, into the Sacred Stones Camp, is closed and traffic re-routed. He said law enforcement has pulled officers out of the construction site. He claims there has been threats of violence toward officers and construction has been shut down for safety reasons.
Sheriff's claims refuted
However, peaceful water defenders at the site said there was no violence or weapons. They question the strategy that is underway and question the reason for the Sheriff's press conference of misinformation.
Water defenders say the construction was not halted -- just moved to the other side of the river.
From the frontlines at the camp, water defenders responded to the Sheriff's claims.
"Our greatest weapon is spirituality! We came with our Chanupa and our prayers! No guns. No bombs. Water is life," said Phyllis Young.
The water defenders said that in new developments, Dakota Access Pipeline has moved their equipment to another location near Fort Rice.
"Dakota Access Pipeline and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe are in negotiation. Dakota Access Pipeline wants back its heavy duty equipment that were deserted by Dakota Access Pipeline security a couple days ago. Dakota Access Pipeline is proposing to shut down until the August 24th court date in exchange for their equipment."
"Yesterday during the Water Prayer at the river, people -- including children -- had guns pointed at them from Dakota Access Pipeline crews from the east shoreline. A few days ago women who were arrested were bruised and manhandled by Dakota Access Pipeline security and police!"
"But the judge issued a restraining order and said it was to ensure the safety of Dakota Access Pipeline workcrew. Money talks!"
"Again our people are reduced to less than human status by the United States courts."
"Water is life!"
Stay camped!
Andrew Ironshell, Lakota, said, "It's better to stay camped, stay put. Eventually the building season will be over, no progress in actual construction of DAPL and we begin to divest the snake at it's weakest point -- in it's wallet."
"Courts are a distraction, stay camped and enjoy being free and united. Lakota territory is a great place to be."
"We will not celebrate until the snake is dead," Ironshell said.
Chief Arvol Looking Horse led marchers to the site today, as water and land defenders poured in to the camp by the hundreds.
Occupation continued today
Videographers at the blockade, Unicorn Riot, reported today that state police began checkpoints, roadblods and psyops, as protesters united to defend water.
The occupations and demonstrations continued today, August 17, 2016.
"With no police or workers seemingly on site, demonstrations persisted against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Thousands of protesters, including many young children and elders, gathered at the entrance. Tribal members wearing yellow vests safely directed all traffic past the protests, unabated."
"After hours of anxiously waiting for construction crews or authorities to arrive, word came that police were setting up concrete road blocks in Mandan, south of Bismarck. Later in the afternoon, Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier gave a press conference where he stated that traffic was being restricted to anyone heading towards Standing Rock Reservation and only residents who lived in the area would be allowed through," Unicorn Riot reports.
"Eventually, protesters entered the construction site without incident in a massive act of non-violent civil disobedience. A group of horses, vehicles, and protesters on foot, ascended on the nearby hill."
Breaking news, please check back.
Oglalas arrive!

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Great News! Govinda of Earthcycles is on his way to the Dakota Access pipeline defense. Govinda is bringing his live radio equipment and more.
Censored News is raising funds Michelle Cook -- Navajo and recent law school graduate -- to assist him with the live broadcast from the camp. Both are on their way to the camp now. Funds for Michelle can be donated at Censored News. Please make a note on the donation for the purpose.
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Map of new pipeline system from Alberta tar sands to Gulf

Red Warrior Camp Counters Sheriff's Accusations



For Immediate Release - from the Red Warrior Camp on the Cannon Ball River -
Non Violent Direct Action to Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline
Owe Aku
International Justice Project
Owe Aku
Bring Back the Way

August 18, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Media Contact: Cody Hall
Organization: Red Warrior Camp
Voice Phone Number: (605) 220.2531
Email Address: RedWarriorCamp@gmail.com
Social Media: Facebook.com/RedWarriorCamp ,
Twitter:  @ZuyaLutaOceti
Donations:  www.oweakuinternational.org

Cannonball River,
1851 Treaty Territory
Dakota Access Pipeline Project Stopped Temporarily
The Dakota Access Pipeline Project is on hold as of August 17, 2016. Water defenders have responded to a call for warriors to come to the Northern border of the Oceti Sakowin Confederacy to stop the pipeline. That is our purpose here. The Red Warrior Camp has established a home for all who are willing to facilitate Non-Violent Direct Action in peace and prayer to achieve no other goal than to stop the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. This is a continuation of the actions initiated in early April 2016 by the Sacred Stone Camp.
The Red Warrior Camp condemns the falsehoods and fear mongering that the Morton County Sheriff is exhibiting. There are no guns, or pipe bombs, or weapons of any sort in the entire camp. The Morton County Sheriff is lying so that the foundation can be laid, fraudulently, for law enforcement to escalate the tensions and initiate violence against citizens exercising their basic human and constitutional rights to protect safe drinking water for all in the Missouri River basin. The Morton County Sheriff is deliberately or negligently defaming the peaceful character of the camp in order justify a reason to call in the National Guard. Calling in the National Guard would relieve Morton County's staffing and financial burden of providing safety for the protestors and the DAPL employees.
Thus far, the activities by the Sacred Stone Camp protestors have included attempts at preventing access to the construction site leading to arrests. There has thus far been one time when the construction was halted, when women, without planning, initiated a direct non-violent action. This is only fitting, as women of all Nations have a sacred connection to water. There are many Tribal Nations and non-Native allies represented in the entire camp. The sole reason 500 people responded to the call for warriors is to come in peace and prayer to stop the pipeline. The Red Warrior Camp stands in solidarity with the Sacred Stone Camp and will continue to stay in 1851 Treaty Territory until the pipeline has been stopped.
Any donations are welcome to help the water protectors at the Red Warrior Camp on the Cannonball River
www.oweakuinternational.org and click on the PayPal button
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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PO Box 325
Manderson, SD 57756

 

You are receiving this email because you are an ally in our struggle to preserve sacredwater

Our mailing address is:
Owe Aku International Justice Project
PO Box 325
Manderson, SD 57756

 

Fraudulent Scheme: Dakota Access Pipeline Goes From Tar Sands to Gulf


Dakota and Lakota at construction site: Standing Rock


Watch video: Explanation of scheme to permit alternative pipeline system from Alberta tar sands to Gulf, which Dakota Access is now part of

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

The Dakota Access Pipeline is part of a new pipeline system that goes all the way from the Alberta tar sands to the Gulf of Mexico. The scheme was carried out in secret while people were focused on halting the Keystone XL pipeline.
Enbridge schemed behind the scenes and creating the pipeline in segments to avoid exposure and permit denial.
The scheme was already in place when President Obama visited Standing Rock Sioux Nation in 2014. Now the tar sands giant Enbridge is a major owner of Dakota Access Pipeline.
As the photo below shows, Obama was hugging babies, while not revealing the threat that was to come here. The pipeline destruction and threat is now at the Standing Rock Sioux Nation as shown below.
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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.
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Map of new pipeline system from Alberta tar sands to Gulf