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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Red Warrior Camp 'Resilient like our ancestors'


Media Contact:  Cody Hall
Organization:  Red Warrior Camp
August 25, 2016

Cannon Ball River, 1851 Ft Laramie Treaty Territory -- A day after the federal judge declared that he will wait up to two weeks to issue his ruling to temporarily halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Red Warrior Camp continues to grow and thrive.

The camp has established a recycling program; a food distribution program to support camp kitchens; nonviolent direct action training and culture based activities.

North Dakota Homeland Security Division’s decision to abruptly remove their trailers and drinking water tanks have not affected the people in camp.

Much like our ancestors before us, we are resilient and will persevere. These delays will not deter, but in fact will motivate, the people to focus on what they came here for -- to protect the water.

More than 50 native nations and allies from around the world have converged here on the banks of the Cannon Ball River to be a voice for the sacred water and Mother Earth. The population is expected to increase in the coming week with the influx of additional tribal nations arriving.

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Photos 'Rally for Standing Rock in Reno' by Buck Sampson


Reno Sparks Indian Community Supports Standing Rock





Photos by Buck Sampson, Paiute 

Article by Brenda Norrell
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RENO, Nevada -- Native Americans from Nevada and California rallied in Reno today, sending support to Standing Rock Lakotas who are fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline which threatens to poison their water supply, the Missouri River, with an underground crude oil pipeline.
Buck Sampson, Paiute, said, "We Natives are having big rally in Reno in support of our Tribesmen Standing Rock Sioux."
"We have some people from Standing Rock talking, the drum, Las Vegas Paiutes from Moapa, Pyramid Lake Tribe, Yerington Tribe, Schurz Tribe, Reno Sparks Tribe, Lovelock Tribe, Fallon Tribe, Northern Paiute Tribes in Nevada, Susanville Tribe Paiute, Washoe, Maidu and Pit River."
"We got a few Lakotas here, 300 Natives."
"There were Shoshones from Duckwater, Duck Valley, and Shoshone Paiutes from northern Nevada."
"They did round dance and sang songs, lots of traditional songs. There was a TV crew here. Now they're singing the AIM song," Buck Sampson told Censored News late on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016.

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Standing Rock Camp 'We Shall Remain' Photos by Michelle Cook

Photos by Michelle Cook, Dine' copyright
Standing Rock Camp 'No Dakota Access Pipeline'
Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016

'We shall remain' photos today by Michelle Cook
Clyde Bellecourt, cofounder American Indian Movement

A delegation of Amnesty International greets Joye Braun, Cheyenne River Lakota, one of the original organizers of Sacred Stones Camp

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NOW: Message coming in from Buck Sampson, Paiute. 'We Natives are having big rally in Reno in support of our Tribesmen Standing Rock Sioux. We have some people from Standing Rock talking, the drum, Las Vegas Paiutes from Moapa, Pyramid Lake Tribe, Yerington Tribe, Schurz Tribe, Reno Spark Tribe, Lovelock Tribe, Fallon Tribe, Northern Paiute Tribes in Nevada, Susanville Tribe Paiute, Washoe, Maidu, Pit River. We got a few Lakotas here, 300 Natives. They did round dance and sang songs, lots of traditional songs. There was a TV crew here.' And back at camp today, photos, 'We shall remain,' by Michelle Cook, Dine'. Thank you all.

Amnesty International arrives in Sacred Stones Camp at Standing Rock

Photo copyright Michelle Cook, Dine' (Navajo)
Today, a delegation of Amnesty International greeted Joye Braun, Cheyenne River Lakota, and an original organizer of Sacred Stones Camp.

Article by Brenda Norrell
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August 25, 2016

CANNON BALL, North Dakota -- Amnesty International arrived at the Sacred Stones camp today, where thousands of Native Americans and allies have gathered to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline.
With 28 arrests, battles in federal court, and verbal assaults by the North Dakota governor and media, Amnesty International is the most recent to arrive in the camp in Cannon Ball, along the Missouri River.
Native Americans have been blockading the construction of the pipeline and protecting burial places of Dakota and Lakota, and protecting their drinking water in the Missouri River. The river is the source of water for millions in the heart of America.
The Dakota Access Pipeline was secretly permitted in segments to avoid detection, while water protectors were focused on halting the Keystone XL pipeline.
The Dakota Access Pipeline relied on manipulations of the public trust, and rapid fire permitting by the U.S. Corps of Engineers. It then began the destruction of the land for the pipeline.
Dakota Access Pipeline is part of a larger system that goes all the way from the Alberta tar sands in Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. The dirty crude oil pipeline from the Alberta tar sands could flow through this system. The tar sands pipeline owner Enbridge in Calgary, Alberta, is a major investor in Dakota Access Pipeline.
The Dakota Access permits were requested from the United States in the spring of 2014. President Obama visited Standing Rock, where Lakotas were battling to protect the Ogallala Aquifer from the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline -- that June. Obama later announced that the Keystone XL pipeline was rejected, but there was no mention of that the Dakota Access Pipeline was being permitted.
If this pipeline were to proceed, the underwater pipeline could poison the water. Pipelines always leak, say Native Americans defending the water.
The ACLU also released a statement and said that the police blockade on the highway near Mandan, to camp from Bismarck, violates the First Amendment right to Free Speech.
The Standing Rock Sioux Nation has sued Dakota Access Pipeline and federal court. Yesterday in Washington, a judge delayed ruling on the pipeline until Sept. 9, and slated the appeal court date as Sept. 14, 2016.

Statement by Amnesty International

AUGUST 24, 2016

Amnesty International USA to Observe North Dakota Pipeline Protests

As a federal court issues a decision regarding whether construction of a disputed pipeline can go forward, Amnesty International USA has sent a delegation of human rights observers to monitor the response of law enforcement to protests by Indigenous communities in North Dakota.
Thousands of people have gathered in recent weeks at the construction site of the Dakota Access Pipeline at the border of North and South Dakota, close to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. State law enforcement has removed state-owned water tanks that have served as the main supply of drinking water for the encampment, citing public safety concerns. 29 people have been arrested in the past two weeks.
AIUSA sent a letter today to the North Dakota Highway Patrol and the Morton County Sheriff Department notifying them of the delegation and outlining how authorities are required to act in accordance with international human rights standards and the U.S. Constitution during the policing of protests.
“It is the legitimate right of people to peacefully express their opinion,” the letter reads. “Public assemblies should not be considered as the ‘enemy.’ The command hierarchy must convey a clear message to law enforcement officials that their task is to facilitate and not to restrict a peaceful public assembly.“ 
Amnesty International has history of monitoring protests and police conduct to ensure adherence to international standards for human rights. In the United States, AIUSA has deployed delegations of observers to Ferguson, MO, and Baltimore, MD, to monitor protests in the wake of police killings, as well as to Cleveland and Philadelphia to monitor the protests outside the Republican and Democratic National Conventions earlier this year.
AIUSA’s letters to authorities in North Dakota make clear:
  • The decision to disperse an assembly should be a last resort and should be communicated clearly and with ample time for people to comply. If a small minority tries to turn a peaceful assembly into a violent one, police should protect the peaceful protestors and not use isolated violence as a pretext to impede the rights of the majority of protestors.
  • Police should not use force against protestors simply for assembling; the decision to disperse an assembly should only be taken when there are no other means available to protect public order from an imminent risk of violence; and the type of equipment used to disperse an assembly must be carefully considered and used only when necessary, proportional and lawful.
  • Police should not selectively enforce laws against the media, legal observers, or protest organizers.
  • Arrest and detention should be carried out in accordance with the law and should not be used as a means to prevent peaceful protest or to intimidate or punish people for participating in a public assembly.
  • If people are arrested, police should not use restraints in an excessive manner; people who are arrested should have access to food and water, restrooms, medical attention, and legal counsel.

Oak Flat Resistance live Standing Rock Resistance Radio

Apache Naelyn Pike

Video by Govinda, Earthcycles
Standing Rock Resistance Radio
Article by Brenda Norrell
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CANNON BALL, North Dakota -- On Standing Rock Resistance Radio, live from camp, Naelyn Pike, Apache and protector of Oak Flat, describes how Arizona Sen. John McCain militarized their Apache sacred place of Oak Flat for Resolution Copper mining. Listen to this great program of interviews with this Native youth group.
Baasé Pike, Apache, 12, speaks on pipeline resistance at the camp, and Dine' Anthony Redhouse from Shiprock, N.M., 18, speaks on the sacred runs and protecting Mount Graham. Speaking on sacred water, he says, "Water is life."
Naelyn says the youths have to keep the fight going for the next generations. Recorded live by Govinda on the 87.9 FM mobile radio van in camp. 'No Dakota Access Pipeline,' Cannon Ball, North Dakota.
Radio stations may rebroadcast. Credit Govinda at Standing Rock Resistance Radio.
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Listen: Mekasi Camp Horinek on Standing Rock Resistance Radio

Photo by Bold Nebraska
Listen to Mekasi Camp Horinek, Ponca
speaking to the Standing Rock Camp
Recorded by Govinda, Standing Rock Resistance Radio

Article by Brenda Norrell
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CANNON BALL, N.D. -- In Standing Rock camp, Mekasi Camp Horinek, Ponca, speaks to the water protectors about how the water defense of the Missouri River began, when Dakota Access Pipeline construction began.
The people decided to sacrifice for the water.
"We decided some of us would sacrifice, and be arrested that day." "We are not going to allow them to oppress us anymore. We have children."
"Prayer and sacrifice."
Mekasi said, "Elders would tell me, 'I want to get arrested today.' He said he has never seen elected leaders want to get arrested with the people, like Standing Rock Chairman Dave Archambault and Councilman Dana Yellow Fat did.
He said there were no pipe bombs or weapons like police have claimed. The elders kept them centered in prayer and ceremony.
"This isn't just a Native issue, it is a human rights issue."
"This is no longer a camp. It is a village."
"We don't need weapons, we don't need pipe bombs."
The American Indian Movement had a lot to do with the spiritual awakening of the people, he said.
His uncle, Carter Camp, Ponca, was a cofounder of the American Indian Movement.
The Seven Council Fires are back together.
The Sacred Lodge is back up.
The traditional governing system is back in place.
"I don't want anyone to get hurt, but we have to stand our ground."
"Strong hearts to the front."

Standing Rock Chairman: Our Day in Court: Justice, a Voice and Unity

Today in federal court in Washington DC
Chairman Archambault arrested defending
the people at the blockade of Dakota Access Pipeline construction

Federal judge will not rule on pipeline until September

Now! Photos at Standing Rock camp by Michelle Cook, Dine'
Water defenders, including veterans, waited for judge's ruling today on the front line of resistance.

By Brenda Norrell
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WASHINGTON -- A federal judge delayed a decision on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's federal case to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline, a crude oil pipeline now threatening the Missouri River. The case in federal court, the motion for preliminary injunction against Dakota Access Pipeline, is being heard in the District Court for the District of Columbia.
U.S. District Judge James Boasberg heard arguments and said he would rule in September. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is challenging the Army Corps of Engineers' decision to grant permits for Energy Transfer Partners' $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline, which crosses through four states.
Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault, II said, “We are pleased that we had our day in Court today, and we look forward to a ruling soon. I believe that everyone who attended the hearing today will understand that the Tribe is seeking fundamental justice here—as we seek to protect our waters and our sacred sites."
"Second, whatever the final outcome in court I believe we have already established an important principle—that is tribes will be heard on important matters that affect our vital interests. The companies and the federal government now know that they cannot ignore tribes—like they tried to do with the Dakota Access Pipeline. I believe that we have established an important precedent, and that in the future, Indian voices will be heard before the federal government acts."
"Third, I believe we have set the foundation for the future in terms of tribal unity. We have seen the power of tribes coming together in unity and prayer and we will continue to pray for the protection of water, mother earth and her creation, as well as all past and future generations. And I look forward to strengthening the Oceti Sakowin and the Council lodge. Most of all, these steps in unity must be done in the right way—which means that we must remain proud and peaceful. I want to emphasize once again—as I have throughout this matter—that there is no place for violence or threats or unlawful activity in what we do. We must stay unified in peace and in prayer. That is the way we will provide a better life for generations to come," Chairman Archambault said.
The pipeline plans to deliver 450,000 barrels of Bakken crude oil per day from North Dakota to Illinois, where it will be shipped to refineries on the Gulf Coast.
However, the map of the pipeline shows transfer points on a new pipeline system that goes all the way from the Alberta tar sands in Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. The new pipeline system was permitted in sections to avoid detection while the focus was on halting the Keystone XL pipeline. 
The Dakota Access Pipeline documents show that the pipeline had already applied for permits to the U.S. Dept. of Energy, in the spring of 2014, before President Obama came to visit Standing Rock.
The case is Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Case No. 1:16-cv-01534-JEB, was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on July 27, 2016.

Listen: 'A Menominee Story,' by Lakota Youth on Standing Rock Resistance Radio

A Lakota youth from Standing Rock, now living in Flagstaff, Arizona, speaks on the support she received to come here and protect the water. The support came from her Menominee friends in Wisconsin, where she went to college. Listen to her story, along with the live drum and Lakota songs by elder in camp.
Recorded live by Govinda on Standing Rock Resistance Radio, 87.9 FM.

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