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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Obama asked about Native rights and Dakota Access Pipeline -- doesn't seem to know anything about it



By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

President Obama, speaking in Laos, was asked about Native American rights, and the Dakota Access Pipeline. Obama said he couldn't provide any specifics, and that he would have to get with his staff on this one. Most of his response focused on him praising his work with Native American Tribes.

Obama was asked by a Malaysian reporter about Standing Rock and what he was doing to ensure the protection of ancestral land, the supply of clean water, and environmental justice.

“I can’t give you details on this particular case, I'd have to go back to my staff and see how we are doing on this one," Obama said.

https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4619223/obama-dakota-access-pipeline


It turns out, the Dakota Access Pipeline applied to the U.S. Dept. of Energy for permits in the spring of 2014 -- before Obama came to Standing Rock in June of 2014.

Obama was photographed with babies and promised to work together with Dakota, Lakota and Nakota for a brighter future.

Although Obama rejected Keystone XL, a new pipeline was slyly permitted.

This new pipeline, which includes Dakota Access Pipeline, was permitted in sections with transfer points, in order to avoid public detection and outcry. The new pipeline goes all the way from the Alberta tar sands to the Gulf of Mexico.

The new pipeline had already been obtaining permits for one year, when Obama announced the rejection of Keystone XL in November of 2015.

On Saturday, Dakota Access Pipeline bulldozers plowed into a burial area where chiefs are buried, and important cultural areas are located, according to court documents.

Dakota Access Pipeline attacked Native Americans with vicious dogs and mace, as they tried to protect the burial grounds. Six people, including a pregnant woman and child, were bitten, and many maced. Democracy Now was present and broadcast the attack by the pipeline.

However, the Morton County Sheriff's Office released a statement of lies about what happened, blaming those who were attacked for violence, and falsely accusing them of having weapons.

Many mainstream media outlets, who refuse to be present and cover the news, including The Associated Press, published the lies of the Morton Country Sheriff's Office without making any effort to ascertain the facts.

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Photos above, Native Americans and supporters attacked by vicious dogs of Dakota Access Pipeline on Saturday. Photo 2 shows the blood of the burial place defenders on the teeth of the attack dog.



Federal Judge Violates Federal Law Protecting Native American Burial Places


Federal Judge James Boasberg gives go ahead for bulldozing of chiefs' graves
By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

This is a sad day for humanity.
Federal judges usually cut their deals and do their scheming in the back rooms. However, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in Washington has violated all federal laws protecting burial places of Native Americans.
Judge Boasberg ruled pipeline bulldozers can continue digging into the graves of important chiefs, and sites of cultural items.
At the same time, Boasberg and corporate media released a misinformation campaign, leading people to believe the temporary restraining order of Standing Rock had been granted.
However, the TRO was only grated on the east side, not on the wide side of the lake, where the burial place is located. It was identified on Friday, before Dakota Access pipeline bulldozed it on Saturday.
Judge Boasberg prefers to allow Dakota Access pipeline to seize farmers land with eminent domain, and destroy everything in its path, in total disregard for federal laws protecting Native American burial places.
It turns out Judge Boasberg is also on the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Court. Locally, the Morton Co. Sheriff continues to incite local racists with lies and misinformation.
More on the judge's ruling on Tuesday:
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2016/09/federal-judge-refuses-to-protect-burial.html

Federal Judge Refuses to Protect Burial Places -- TRO granted in part Sept. 6, 2016


Two persons locked down to DAPL machinery today and stopped construction.
Burial places remain in the path of DAPL bulldozers


Standing Rock Chairman David Archambault said, "Today's denial of a temporary restraining order against Dakota Access Pipeline west of Lake Oahe puts my people's sacred places at further risk of ruin and desecration.We are disappointed that the U.S. District Court's decision does not prevent DAPL from destroying our sacred sites as we await a ruling on our original motion to stop construction of the pipeline."

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

CANNON BALL, North Dakota -- Standing Rock Chairman Dave Archambault said he is disappointed that a federal judge in Washington failed to protect burial places today.
"We're disappointed at the decision," Chairman Archambault said after a federal judge failed to grant a temporary restraining order where burial places and sacred places have been identified.
"We know there are sacred sites."
Chairman Archambault said the federal judge's ruling puts the burial places and sacred places at risk of more destruction by Dakota Access Pipeline.
The court documents reveal that the area bulldozed, and now vulnerable to more destruction, was one of the most significant discoveries in North Dakota in years.
The site holds an "extraordinary concentration of graves, including burials of important chiefs" directly in and adjacent to the pipeline's route.
Red Warrior Camp said, "There was absolutely no victory in the courtroom today. The judge stopped construction on the east side of the Missouri River for 20 miles. "Well, we have never even had any actions on the east side of the Missouri, and all that east of the Missouri construction is mostly done."
"The judge allowed DAPL to continue construction where we are at, destroying sacred sites west of 1806 as of today. That is why water protectors went there to shut down construction. We honor them. It's very simple."
"There are people who want to witness history, not really caring if the pipeline is built. Then there is this whole other movement of people who traveled thousands of miles to actually make history, by stopping this pipeline by any non-violent means necessary."
"Why did we come here? The water called us together. Now, the damage they've done to the sacred sites cannot be undone."
"Stay unarmed and non-violent, but let's stay together and stop this pipeline!" Red Warrior Camp said.
AP reports, "U.S. District Judge James Boasberg said Tuesday that work will temporarily stop between State Highway 1806 and 20 miles east of Lake Oahe, but that work will continue west of the highway because he believes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lacks jurisdiction on private land."
On Saturday, Dakota Access Pipeline bulldozers tore into the earth of a major sacred site where cultural items and burials are located on the west side of Lake Oahe, which Judge Boasberg refused to protect today.
Judge Boasberg, it turns out, is also a judge on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
Native Americans protecting the burial place were attacked by Dakota Access Pipeline security and attack dogs on Saturday. Six people, defending burial places were bitten by vicious dogs, dozens were pepper sprayed, and some were assaulted by DAPL private security and construction workers.
Afterwards, the Morton Co. Sheriff's Office released a statement of false accusations, accusing the protectors of violence. In doing so, the Sheriff's office exposed the corruption in law enforcement in North Dakota, which is protecting the energy industry, and facilitating the destruction of Mother Earth, in violation of the ethics of their offices.
Chairman Archambault said today that the pipeline company provoked the water protectors on Saturday.
Mainstream media, who have refused to be present to cover the news, published and broadcast the lies of the Morton Co. Sheriff's office on Saturday.
Once again, the victims were victimized first by law enforcement and, then by the media which refuses to be present and ascertain the facts.
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Read more on today's court decision and watch video below:
http://www.keloland.com/news/article/news/the-latest-judge-grants-short-work-stop-on-4-state-pipeline

Water Protectors Halt Construction as Judge Rules

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Media Contact:  Cody Hall
Red Warrior Camp
Social Media:  Facebook.com/RedWarriorCamp , @ZuyaLutaOceti on Twitter

Cannon Ball River, 1851 Ft Laramie Treaty Territory…Today, in a unified effort, the water protectors of the resistance camps near the confluence of the Cannon Ball and Missouri Rivers have stopped Dakota Access Pipeline construction.
Although a temporary restraining order hearing to stop construction was scheduled for late afternoon, Dakota Access workers traveled to work sites this morning.  They were met by over 200 water protectors who quickly surrounded two bulldozers.  The construction workers were allowed to leave the machines and left the work site unharmed.
In this nonviolent direction action, two water protectors used "lock boxes" to attach themselves to the bulldozers and begin a five hour protest to prevent construction.
Green Party Presidential Candidate Dr. Jill Stein and running mate Ajamu Baraka visited the site and participated in the direct action.  Stein spoke passionately about the need to stop the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline.
"I came here to support the Standing Rock Sioux and the actions here.  I am here to support the protection of the Standing Rock water supply, the water that nourishes millions of people, and the sacred sites and the ancestral lands of the indigenous people." Stated Stein.
The water protectors maintained control of the work site until late in the day as they awaited the ruling on a temporary restraining order filed Saturday to halt construction.
U.S. District Judge James Boasberg ruled that work can continue west of ND Highway 1806, including the location where significant cultural and burial sites were unearthed. He believes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lacks jurisdiction on private land and ruled that work will temporarily stop on Army Corps land between Highway 1806 and 20 miles east of Lake Oahe.
In reality, the Army Corps was the federal agency that issued the permit for the construction of the pipeline. Water Protectors hold the Army Corps accountable for the destruction of the significant sites that their contracted archaeologists overlooked during the early stages of the permitting process.
Morton County Sheriff deputies and North Dakota State Troopers were present at the protest site for a short time. They made no attempts to disperse the Water Protectors.  Dakota Access's contracted private security workers maintained posts on the east and west sides of the work site and did not unleash their attack dogs on water protectors today.
F.B.I. Supervisory Senior Resident Agent Jake O'Connell was also at the protest site. O'Connell stated that although he was called due to a report of armed protestors, he was unable to locate anyone with a weapon.  He also stated that the FBI will not be investigating Saturday's incident that involved Dakota Access's use of private security guards siccing attack dogs on unarmed Water Protectors at the construction site where workers willfully destroyed significant cultural findings.
Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier was unavailable for comment during the action, but later held a press conference and noted that Water Protectors were masked and wore goggles.
On reports of the civil disobedience and vandalism, Kirchmeier stated, "We are actively investigating these incidents by reviewing videos and social media sites to identify people."
In response to the vandalism claims, a Lakota warrior responded to the claims saying, "Spray painting bulldozers is nothing compared to the vandalism committed by Energy Transfer Partners digging up Unci Maka (Mother Earth), and burial and sacred sites."
Water protectors and land defenders from all around the world continue to make their way to the resistance camp to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their case to protect the water supply for millions of people.
We remain committed to nonviolent direct action to protect the water and sacred sites.