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Thursday, September 8, 2016

National Guard at Highway Checkpoint on 1806 'NO DAPL'

National Guard and Highway Patrol at checkpoint 9 miles south of Mandan, North Dakota, on the route to the Standing Rock Camp, where Native American water protectors and burial place protectors, and their supporters, have taken the position of 'no compromise, enough is enough.'

Ihanktonwan Oyate (Yankton) file federal lawsuit against Dakota Access Pipeline

By Brenda Norrell
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In breaking news on Thursday, Ihanktonwan (Yankton) Sioux in South Dakota filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for granting permits to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Those federal agencies failed to abide by federal laws protecting Native American burial places; failed to consult with Native American Tribes; and failed to adhere to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which requires "free, prior and informed consent" before development is undertaken in Indigenous territories, the lawsuit states.

Lockdown at Dawn -- Protecting Burial Place from DAPL Bulldozers

By Brenda Norrell
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CANNON BALL, North Dakota (Sept. 8, 2016) -- Protectors of burial places locked down to heavy construction machinery before first light this morning to protect the burial place of chiefs in the path of bulldozers of Dakota Access Pipeline.
Construction workers did not arrive, apparently because of muddy road conditions.
North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple announced today that he has the National Guard on standby.
Democracy Now reports:
In North Dakota, Governor Jack Dalrymple has activated the National Guard ahead of Friday’s ruling on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s lawsuit against the U.S. government over the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline.
On Friday, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg will rule on an injunction in the lawsuit, which is challenging the Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to issue permits for the pipeline, arguing it violates the National Historic Preservation Act.
Thousands of people representing more than 100 Native American tribes have traveled to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation to resist the pipeline’s construction.
On Saturday, September 3, the Dakota Access pipeline company unleashed dogs and pepper spray on Native Americans as they attempted to stop the company from destroying a sacred tribal burial site. The bulldozers and company security guards were forced to retreat. The company was also forced to halt construction on Tuesday after two indigenous land defenders, Victor Puertas and Julz Richards, locked themselves to heavy machinery.
On Thursday, Governor Jack Dalrymple said the National Guard will be deployed Friday to a checkpoint along Highway 1806. As many as 100 additional Guardsmen from the 191st Military Police Company will be on standby and could be deployed at any moment. -- Democracy Now
A federal judge refused to protect the burial place on Monday, after bulldozers ripped into the topsoil of the burial place.
Six protectors were bitten by vicious attack dogs of the pipeline, many were maced and some were assaulted by private security of the pipeline.
Morton County Sheriff's Kyle Kirchmeier office released a statement of lies, blaming the burial place defenders for violence. These lies were distributed by major media outlets. The Sheriff's office falsely claimed the protectors had weapons, which they did not. Major news outlets, including AP, repeated those lies.

OWE AKU: Critical Request: Call ND Governor: Stop the Militarization of a Peaceful Protest






The Dakota Access Pipeline is waiting for the federal judge to issue a ruling on Sept 9th (tomorrow) on an Injunction filed by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Everyday the DAPL continues to build its access road, getting closer to the Missouri River-Mni Sosi. There are many people from all walks of life at the DAPL work site conducting prayer and non-violent direct action. We need people to call the North Dakota Govenor Jack Dalrymple 701-328-2200 to ask him to refrain from calling in the National Guard against the non-violent people at the DAPL worksite.
Owe Aku
International Justice Project
Owe Aku
Bring Back the Way
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

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Mercenaries identified in attack on Native Americans with vicious dogs at Standing Rock

Mercenaries identified in attack on Native Americans with vicious dogs at Standing Rock

Update by Censored News:
Feb. 27, 2018

Tiger Swan infiltrators and provocateurs are identified in a new article. The active and retired military were infiltrators and provocateurs hired, with the goal of creating conflict to prolong lucrative security contracts.

TigerSwan's lead provocateur retired Delta Force Sgt. Major John Porter pretended to be a water protector, calling out on his radio for Warriors to come to the North Bridge. There, water protectors were shot with rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannons in below-freezing temperatures on Nov. 20, 2016. Many water protectors were critically injured.

Among those exposed in the article is Landon Steele, shown below in the chart, who was in camp and denied being a security operative. Steele was a contractor for Silverton security, and his dog was a bomb-detecting canine.

Read more:

Previous post in 2016:

Those who attacked with dogs at Standing Rock are easy
to identify because of their license plates, including
Frost Kennels of Ohio.


North Dakota refuses to charge security guards attacking Native American women and children with vicious dogs -- Justice Department urged to prosecute DAPL guards

Sept. 30, 2016 -- This article identifying those responsible for siccing vicious dogs on the water protectors on Sept. 3 has been updated. Since North Dakota officials seem to be having difficulty identifying these dog handlers, the online community has been doing it.

Robert Lee Frost, the owner of Frost Kennels in Ohio, was identified by his red truck plates at the scene by one reader. Now his criminal charge for failure to control a dog in 2012 has been added.

Four of those acting as DAPL security guards on that day -- when the dogs attacked and people were pepper-sprayed while defending the burial places -- have been identified as former Bismarck police officers.

By Brenda Norrell
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CANNON BALL, North Dakota -- North Dakota refuses to charge the Dakota Access Pipeline security guards and dog handlers responsible for the vicious attack on Native Americans who were protecting ancestral graves on Sept. 3.

While protecting the attackers, North Dakota has charged two persons in the media with criminal trespass, Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! and Cody Hall, Lakota spokesperson for the Red Warrior Camp at Standing Rock Camp.

Cody Hall was released on Monday after spending four days in jail on the two misdemeanor charges, simply for being present. Hall said they tried to break him down in jail.

As shown above, the online community is now identifying those responsible for siccing vicious dogs on women and children.

UPDATE: After Democracy Now!’s broadcast, Torchlight founder Eric Kirsch confirmed in a Facebook post that Landon Steele was on the pipeline site in North Dakota and is a Torchlight advisor, but wrote: "Mr. Steele was not on the job for Torchlight in ND." Kirsch also contacted Democracy Now! and stated: "Torchlight is not involved in any capacity in ND."

Landon Steele was identified as one of those present but is not shown in the video using his dog to attack. He is a U.S. veteran and paramilitary.  Landon Steele, shown in the two photos above, was identified using the information on the Torchlight USA, LLC. website.

"Landon Steele was the heavily bearded man with the brindle and white pit bull that left in the silver Silverado very early on. He and the driver (the blue Cane Corso handler) bolted as soon as crowds and cameras came out," a reader said.

Torchlight has denied any involvement.

 Torchlight said Steele was present but was not involved in the attack by dogs.

As for Torchlight, the husband of Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol Palin, is one of the other board members of Torchlight. His name is Dakota Meyer.

The license plates on one vehicle at the scene exposed the fact that the attack dogs were from an Ohio attack dog corporation owned by Edward William Frost, Frost Kennel in Ohio. 

After being exposed by a Censored News reader, Frost Kennel confirmed his company was present. Frost denied the attack and injuries, and said they were just patrolling the area.

In the photo below, Frost is standing in the background, as one of the Frost Kennel dog handlers is being attacked by one of their own dogs.

On Saturday, six persons, Native Americans, and supporters were bitten by dogs as they defended the burial place of chiefs and important cultural items, as bulldozers were ripping through the ground in violation of federal laws protecting Native American burial places. Those bitten by the dogs included a pregnant woman and child. The protectors were also maced, and some were assaulted.

However, the Morton County Sheriff's Office released a statement of lies about those defending the burial site. Those lies were circulated by many in the mainstream media, including The Associated Press.

Democracy Now was present and broadcast the video showing the Native Americans and supporters that were protecting the site were attacked.

North Dakota officials investigating the attack on burial place protectors told Bismarck Tribune that they could not identify the dog handlers responsible in the attack.

However, the officials need only to track the license plates of the vehicles, the way our reader did. This will lead them to Frost Kennels of Ohio. Others were identified by tattoos and markings on their vehicles, and their bragging on Facebook, which confirmed their role. A simple search then reveals those with felony charges.

Their Facebook posts led our readers to identify an entire network, revealing others' identities, in a large network of former military.

Each time they attack this article at Censored News, more people in this network are identified. The most common items appearing in their photos are beer, boots, beards and weapons. 

Reader comments:

Bismarck PD Lieutenant Steven Kilde owns the Security firm that has the Federal contract

He also owns a company that gets State funding to do Aerial Monitoring.


The owner of Frost Kennels, Robert Lee Frost, was charged
with a criminal count of not controlling a dog in 2012.



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OWE AKU: Obama Has No Answer Despite Promises to Native Peoples


Despite Multiple Promises and Pandering to Indigenous Peoples, Obama Evades Question on Genocide and Current Invasion on Native Lands

POTUS states he'll "have to go back to my staff and find out how are we doing on this one."  


THE WHITE HOUSE: (202) 456-1111
Obama stammering through a question about america's continuing genocide of Indigenous peoples in the united states of america.  Call and remind the president of his promises.  
THE WHITE HOUSE: (202) 456-1111


1.  DONATE - go to and click on the "Donate" button.  All the money we collect goes directly to supplying the on-the-ground water protectors on the front line.  There are thousands that need your support.

2.  SHARE - everything you see and read on social media or in the press or expressions of your own feelings, share them with everyone and anyone you know.  We are a peaceful camp and our strongest defense is the awareness of the public.
3.  CALL the Governor's Office again: Tell them the job of State Police is to protect the Water Protectors, not to disappear when the people are assaulted with attack dogs and pepper spray.
Office of Governor
State of North Dakota
600 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505-0100
701.328.2200: phone
701.328.2205: fax [to send an email]
4.  CALL the Morton County Sheriff's Office and tell them that they have a responsibility and an oath to uphold the law and protect peaceful Water Protectors, against aggressive mercenaries with weaponry.  The SHERIFF'S PHONE NUMBER:  701-667-3330

5.  CONTACT the Dallas company, Energy Transfer, building this pipeline, plenty of numbers to call and offices to sit it. These are the people paying the private security forces to attack Water Protectors. Ms. Granado, public relations for the Fat Taker corporation, deserves a little hassling I think in her capacity as protector of the bad guys.  
Engergy Transfer
Vicki Granado
Office: 214-599-8785
If your from other regions you can also call local numbers about the potential dangers.  Their website states that the following phone numbers are the numbers to call if you notice anything "unusual" that could be a leak! Well, there are a lot of unusual things that could be a leak; in fact the existence of the pipeline itself is an 'unusual' occurrence that we know will cause a leak:
Pipeline Emergency Numbers
ETC Liquids 1-888-844-8134
Fayetteville Express Pipeline 1-888-844-8030
Florida Gas 1-800-238-5066
Houston Pipeline 1-800-392-1965
Lone Star NGL 1-877-839-7473
Panhandle Eastern, Sea Robin, Trunkline 1-800-225-3913
Regency Emergency Reporting - Primary 1-877-404-2730
Regency Emergency Reporting - Secondary 1-210-404-2730
San Antonio Gas Control, SEPTS, ET Fuel, Oasis 1-800-375-5702
Tiger 1-888-844-3735
Transwestern 1-866-999-8975
West Virginia 1-800-375-5702

6.  CALL the WHITE HOUSE:  He may be a lame duck but he's still a duck!  Let's get the president involved!!!
THE WHITE HOUSE: (202) 456-1111
Owe Aku
International Justice Project
Owe Aku
Bring Back the Way
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

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

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Our mailing address is:
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PO Box 325
Manderson, SD 57756


Sacramento Protest Against Dakota Access Pipeline Outside Citibank

Sacramento area activists stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Photo by Dan Bacher.

Sacramento Area Residents Hold Protest Against Dakota Access Pipeline Outside Citibank

by Dan Bacher
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Over 20 people showed their solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) Wednesday by holding a demonstration outside of Citibank on Alhambra Boulevard in Sacramento from noon to 1 pm. 

On Saturday, private security guards working for DAPL unleashed attack dogs on American Indian water protectors, drawing outrage from people throughout the country and world:… 
The protesters targeted Citibank because it is one of the financial institutions whose loans have funded the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Phil Kim, the event organizer, said, "We are here today to show solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Citibank is one of the primary funders of the DAPL and we are here to tell them to not fund this pipeline."
"I'm here to protest the banks that are paying for the pipeline that is bringing the crude oil down the Missouri River to Texas," said Carol Standing Elk, Lakota Sioux. "My relatives have gotten as far as they have because of prayer. They have a prayerful camp and a peaceful camp. We want the construction of the pipeline to stop."
"We hope to open the minds of everybody, regardless whether they're yellow, white, red, brown, black or green. They all drink water and they all breathe air. The Standing Rock Sioux are standing up against the pipeline in a good way," said Standing Elk.
After assemblying on the sidewalk outside the bank, the group walked into the bank, where Kim handed the bank manager a letter urging the bank to stop funding the pipeline. Standing Elk also briefly spoke about the urgency of stopping of the pipeline, in spite of threats by the clearly agitated bank manager that he would call the police and have the protesters arrested if they did not leave the bank immediately.
The group then returned to the sidewalk where they held an array of signs with slogans including "Dakota Access Pipeline Supports Dirty Oil & Climate Change," "Honor the Treaties, Not Big Money, " Keep It In The Earth," "I Support Standing Rock, No DAPL, Peaceful, Prayerful Camp," "Water Is Life," "Oil Or Water?," and "Water Is Sacred , No DAPL, Stop Funding It!"
"I'm happy people showed up today in support of the Standing Rock Sioux. It's good to be here with like-minded people," said Fiona Pulscamp, Navajo. 
As detailed in a report just released by Food & Water Watch, the Standing Rock Sioux are not just up against the oil and gas industry and the federal government in their battle against the environmentally destructive pipeline that threatens the Tribe's sacred sites.
 "They are up against many of the most powerful financial and corporate interests on Wall Street, the profit-driven institutions that are bankrolling this pipeline plan and so many others like it throughout the country," according to Jo Miles and Hugh MacMillan.  
Seventeen financial institutions, including Citibank, Wells Fargo, and BNP Paribas,l have loaned Dakota Access LLC $2.5 billion to construct the pipeline. Miles and MacMillan also said banks have "committed substantial resources" to the Energy Transfer Family of companies so it can build out more oil and gas infrastructure:
There are also 2 solidarity events in Sacramento scheduled on Friday: 11 AM at the Sacramento County Courthouse, 720 9th St. 12 PM at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office, 1325 J St.…
Court denies Tribe's TRO; decision on case expected by Sept. 9
On Sunday,  September 4, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe filed an emergency motion for a temporary restraining order (TRO) to "prevent further destruction of the Tribe's sacred sites" by Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).  The U.S. District judge denied the TRO as requested by the Tribe.
"Today's denial of a temporary restraining order against Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) west of Lake Oahe puts my people's sacred places at further risk of ruin and desecration," said David Archambault II, Chairman of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. "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."
Thousands of people from more than 200 Native Tribes have joined the Standing Rock Sioux's efforts to protect their lands, waters and sacred sites from harm during construction of the 1,200-mile pipeline. The Yurok, Hoopa Valley, Winnemem Wintu and other Tribes from California and the Klamath Tribes of Oregon have passed resolutions in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux while tribal members have traveled to the camp to join the defenders. 
On the same day, "Dakota Access Pipeline and Energy Transfer Partners brazenly used bulldozers to destroy our burial sites, prayer sites and culturally significant artifacts," Chairman Archambault said in a press release. "They did this on a holiday weekend, one day after we filed court papers identifying these sacred sites. The desecration of these ancient places has already caused the Standing Rock Sioux irreparable harm. We're asking the court to halt this path of destruction."
After the initial destruction Saturday, Dakota Access Pipeline returned to the area and dug up additional grounds in the pre-dawn hours Sunday, Archambault said.
The motion sought to prevent additional construction work on an area two miles west of North Dakota Highway 1806, and within 20 miles of Lake Oahe until a judge rules on the Tribe's previous motion to stop construction, according to Archambault. That motion is based on the Standing Rock Sioux's assertion that it was not properly consulted before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers fast-tracked approval of the pipeline project. 
A decision on the case, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, is expected by September 9. If built, the 1,200-mile pipeline would carry a half-million barrels of crude oil across the Tribe's treaty lands each day, according to the Tribe.
In a message on Tuesday, September 6, Chairman Archambault said, "Today, as we remain peaceful and prayerful, I feel we are turning the corner! As the injustices implemented on our indigenous rights and lands start to surface, eventually, this great nation will do the right thing and stop the pipeline from crossing our water
In other DAPL news,  TeleSUR revealed that the shadowy security company G4S us is one of several private security companies "protecting" the Dakota Access Pipeline. The company is now under fire for providing services to Israeli prisons and settlements, expanding across the Middle East including Afghanistan and Iraq and operating juvenile detention centers and handling deportations from the U.S. For more information, go to:   

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