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Monday, August 22, 2016

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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 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 which 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

Standing Rock: Cheyenne River Sioux Chairman's Message to All People of Faith

Navajo Nation to Standing Rock 'Continue to Fight the Good Fight'

AUGUST 23, 2016
WINDOW ROCK-Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez issued a letter today supporting the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The Standing Rock Sioux have been fighting the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, which is proposed to be built under the Missouri River on Treaty lands a half-mile from their reservation. According to the Standing Rock Sioux, their water supply is being threatened by the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline.
“We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe as they defend the encroachment of potential environmental disasters along their traditional border,” President Begaye said.
Native American tribes are constantly fighting to protect the sanctity of their natural resources and tribal territories.
Often this includes opposing the development of natural resource industries or construction developments that are proposed near or adjacent to sacred tribal lands.  It also includes protecting the purity of water sources and opposing the mining of caustic or radioactive elements.
“Time and again, Native American tribes have faced encroaching development upon tribal lands from industry and the federal government. Industrial interests have damaged Indian lands and left tribes with the legacy of cleaning up,” Vice President Nez said. “From uranium mining to the recent Gold King Mine spill and Dakota Access Pipeline, these issues continue.”
In this day and age, the need for tribes to band together is critical in uniting against outside interests. It shows the government and corporations that Native Americans are serious when it comes to defending their lands and resources.
“In defending their traditional homeland against development that could potentially harm their lands and the purity of their natural resources, the Navajo Nation stands in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe,” President Begaye said.
The letter, which is addressed to Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II, pledges water and other necessities to assist those who are present in the formal resistance and opposition of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

ACLU: North Dakota Violating Rights of Native Americans Protesting Pipeline

Photo Allie Fredericks
Statement of ACLU of North Dakota

'Peaceful protest is at the core of the First Amendment and restrictions to such activity, such as the closing of highways with the effect of preventing assembly or effective messaging of protesters, should be viewed skeptically.  Law enforcement agents have a duty to ensure that the rights of protesters are protected, not just the rights of corporations.' ACLU

Aug. 22, 2016

CANNON BALL, North Dakota – The curbing of peaceful protests at the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline construction is in violation of our core principles of free speech.
Jennifer Cook, policy director of the ACLU of North Dakota has released the following statement on the government action regarding ongoing demonstrations at the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline construction in Cannon Ball, ND.
“The right to protest is fundamental to our democracy and the interference with that right by agents of the counties and the state of North Dakota violates both the spirit and letter of the First Amendment.  As the courts in this state have recognized, the First Amendment forbids the enactment of laws ‘abridging the freedom of speech ... or the right of the people peaceably to assemble.’  The protest at the Dakota Access pipeline is precisely the type of assembly protected by the First Amendment.  Peaceful protest is at the core of the First Amendment and restrictions to such activity, such as the closing of highways with the effect of preventing assembly or effective messaging of protesters, should be viewed skeptically.  Law enforcement agents have a duty to ensure that the rights of protesters are protected, not just the rights of corporations. While law enforcement officers have a right to ensure the safety of all of our citizens, this goal should be achieved by ensuring that all citizens, including protesters, are protected and that there are enough police in place to prevent violence, but not prevent peaceful protest or assembly.
The ACLU of North Dakota supports peaceful protests and encourages protesters to know their rights.  Anyone who believes their First Amendment rights have been violated should contact us at”

Al Jazeera on O'odham land: 'Stuck in a Border War'

Al Jazeera shows up and does what other media refused to do

Article by Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Ofelia Rivas, O'odham is interviewed by Al Jazeera. Thank you AJ for finally telling the real story, and interviewing Ofelia, who lives on the border. She has been battling the U.S. Border Patrol all these years. 
Mike Flores, Tohono O'odham, of the American Indian Movement, is also interviewed.
Ofelia and Mike point out that the U.S. government has awarded the Israeli Apartheid corporation Elbit Systems the contract to build spy towers in their community.
Although other newspapers and TV have been asked to provide this coverage, and come to the community, only Al Jazeera has come through with this coverage without censoring the truth.

Apache Stronghold Solidarity with Standing Rock Against Pipeline


Apache Stronghold brings power of Geronimo to Standing Rock

Wendsler Nosie Sr, San Carlos Apache Councilman, and leader at Apache Stronghold, traveled to North Dakota to offer support and prayers to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. "Wendsler and Standing Rock Chairman David Archambault II met Saturday as two leaders and two men who understand what it means to fight for their people, their waters and their land. The Apache Stronghold have been fighting to protect their sacred site Oak Flat in Arizona for 10 years with going on two years occupation from the foreign mining company, Rio Tinto." (www.apache-stronghold.comPhoto and caption by Allie Fredericks 

Apache Stronghold Stands in Solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Against the Pipeline

By Allie Fredericks

CANNON BALL, North Dakota -- Apache Territory has been taken away piece by piece from the beginning of the Reservation system. It began with the loss of the Chiricahua Reservation, the loss of the Aravaipa lands, then after the San Carlos Reservation was established, the loss of Mt. Graham for its timber, the loss of the eastern side for Copper, Silver and Water and then the loss of the western side for Copper, and Silver again. Just like the Apache, Sioux lands have been taken away for decades, beginning with a 1851 treaty that was not honored than another treaty in 1868, then gold was found in the Black Hills, then the 1941, 1954, and again in 1960 the reservation was reduced for Dams and flooding. Now they are threatened by an oil pipeline that is less than one mile away from their northern border that threatens their water source which is upstream.
The Sioux are fighting to keep the oil pipeline out of the watershed of sacred tribal lands, lands that are ancestral homelands. Likewise the San Carlos Apache Tribe and Apache Stronghold are trying to keep a sacred site, Oak Flat, from being destroyed by Resolution Copper and protecting the water that will be taken to mine the copper that will deplete the San Carlos water aquifers.
Wendsler Nosie Sr. and Apache Stronghold stand in Solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux to protect what is left. Wendsler Nosie Sr. wrote in a letter from the Stronghold to the Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Archambault II, “As indigenous people, the recent stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the inevitable loss of water and sacred places affects all people. Your issues are our issues."


OWE AKU at Standing Rock: United States Violating UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples

the United States of America is in violation of local, state and international law - we must all be the front line to protect the water and the earth to make the United States accountable for its violations to man-made and natural law...
the law of Unci Maka...
#NODAPL #OWEAKU #RedWarriorCamp

The camps are growing daily, more and more water protectors, elders, youth, artists, musicians, NVDA trainers, warriors, and cooks are arriving every hour.  From coast to coast, peoples of many Red Nations and our allies from many states and provinces, are standing up to DAPL!  Everyday a minimum of 2,000 people need food and water, training, first aid stations, and youth education.


You don't have to be there to help.  We can all be of service.
Your donations of $5, $10, $25 are keeping us afloat.
Your prayers keep the spirits of our water protectors high.

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Good people are gathering in Cannon Ball, ND to stop the Blue man, who has come in the form of a poisonous pipeline. Pipelines running under shifting river beds where they cannot be observed, are ticking bombs for the environment and clean water.‪#‎DakotaAccessPipeline‬ ‪#‎NoDapl‬
From Black Elks Vision "I could see the hills and valleys and the creeks and rivers passing under. We came above a place where three streams made a big one--a source of mighty waters--and something terrible was there. Flames were rising from the waters and in the flames a blue man lived. The dust was floating all about him in the air, the grass was short and withered, the trees were wilting, two-legged and four-legged beings lay there thin and panting, and wings too weak to fly.
Then the black horse riders shouted "Hoka hey!" and charged down upon the blue man, but were driven back. And the white troop shouted, charging, and was beaten; then the red troop and the yellow.
And when each had failed. they all cried together: "Eagle Wing Stretches, hurry!" And all the world was filled with voices of all kinds that cheered me, so I charged. I had the cup of water in one hand and in the other was the bow that turned into a spear as the bay and I swooped down, and the spear's head was sharp lightning. It stabbed the blue man's heart, and as it struck I could hear the thunder rolling and many voices that cried "Un-hee!," meaning I had killed. The flames died. The trees and grasses were not withered any more and murmured happily together, and every living being cried in gladness with whatever voice it had. Then the four troops of horse men charged down and struck the dead body of the blue man, counting coup; and suddenly it was only a harmless turtle."

Mohawk Nation News 'Scuttle Scullin'



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MNN. 22, 2016. The motion was filed to remove US District Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. from sitting in this trial – Jones v. Parmley, et al.[5:98-CV0734 [FJS][GHL]. This case does not belong in any Admiralty court [all US courts]. It belongs in a non-Admiralty dispute resolution court, Permanent Court of Arbitration.
Trial starts on September 20, 2016.
Getting ready for the trial of “I-81 INDIAN Detail” starting on September 20, 2016, in Syracuse.

On August 18 Scullin arrived 10 minutes late to the “pre-trial meeting” and said, in effect, “This is my court and everyone shall obey my rules!” Five pro se plaintiffs/victims of the May 18, 1997 assault by the I-81 INDIAN Detail were a few minutes late. Security was holding them. Scullin immediately threw them out of the case. After verbal objections, they were reinstated.
Scullin: "Sooo .. I was trying to remember my lines".
Scullin J.: “Sooo .. I was studying my lines”.
Scullin appeared to be hostile, racist, biased, disrespectful and definitely not neutral. We cannot get a fair trial if he sits on the bench. The transcript and audio will support this.
Scullin asked if we still wanted a jury trial or a bench trial. Asst. Attorney General Tim Mulvey, lawyer for the “I-81 INDIAN Detail”, quickly jumped up and said, “Yes, yes, yes”. We said, “No, no, no!” We want a fair and impartial evidentiary hearing in an open court so a jury can judge the facts, with witnesses and evidence presented.
Every member of the I-81 INDIAN Detail must be tried. Their allegation they were “following orders’ was thrown out twice. Three police disks are filed, along with discovery, transcripts, interrogatories, police notes of the I-81 INDIAN Detail and a list of witnesses.
We want our day in court . Why did it take 18 years to get this trial?
Judge Scullin showed absolute disrespect. When pro se plaintiffs asked how to file and try to carry out court procedures, he said “That’s your problem”. th
We have been personally harmed by the attack on May 18, 1997 and by the subsequent procedural court machinations. We are not lawyers and have no experience in corporate law. Scullin deliberately tried to demean and demoralize us so that we will give up in frustration or he can throw it out. Then the INDIAN Detail criminals can remain unpunished and “at large”.
Scullin’s bias could help have this case thrown out through judicial procedural chicanery. He set unreasonable timelines, he told a 77-year old plaintiff to drive 5 hours and personally deliver documents to him which violates corporate Admiralty procedures.
We demand a hearing on this motion to remove Judge Scullin from our case before he rules on anything to do with our case.
Troopers James Parmley & George Beach getting their orders from the top.
Troopers James Parmley & George Beach getting their orders from the top. Gov. Cuomo promoted Beach to NYS Police Superintendent. 
We have been left stranded by the court, our lawyers Hoffman, Anello, Peiken and the others.
Dinah Washington sings about big changes coming: “I’m gonna change my way of livin’, and that ain’t no shock. Why, I’m thinking of changin’ the way I gotta set my clock. Because nobody wants you when you’re old and gray. There’s gonna be some changes made today. There’ll be some changes made.”
Video: Scullin reminds us of the infamous Judge Roy Bean who said, “If they wanted a fair trial, they shouldn’t have come to my court”. Watch “The Life and times of Judge Roy Bean” Image created by Americans
Any concerned person should call these these parties and ask them what their position is: District Court Fax 315-234-8501, Angela C.; Brittany E. Aungier; Carol L. Rhinehart; Devin M. Cain; Elkan Abramowitz; Gabriel M. Nugent 315-425-2836 Fax 1-315-425-2836; Joanna Gozzi; Jodi M. Peikin; Robert J. Anello; Terrance J. Hoffman 315-471-4107; Timothy P. Mulvey 315-448-4800 Fax 1-315-448-4800; Judge Scullon’s assistant Nicole Eallonardo Fax 1-315-234-8501. Ask Syracuse Post Standard to cover this rial 315-470-0011. New York Times 
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Most of the victims were women and children.
So! Most of the victims were women and children.

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