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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Twenty-three Jailed Water Protectors Being Denied Attorney Visits 'NO! DAPL'

By Brenda Norrell
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UPDATE Sept. 20, 2016 'Free Olowan' rally for jailed Lakota grandmother:

UPDATE MIDNIGHT: Red Warrior Camp said, "The Morton County Jail booking process of the water protectors continued on into the evening hours. Jail officials informed the Camp's legal team that the North Dakota States Attorney, Al Koppy, had ordered that only a North Dakota licensed attorney could visit the jailed water protectors, which is a violation of their constitutional right to counsel of their choosing for an initial consultation." Read more:

CANNON BALL, North Dakota -- Morton County Sheriff's Office is denying jailed water protectors contact with an attorney, so they are unable to post bail tonight.
More than 20 water protectors were arrested today defending the Missouri River water from the construction of Dakota Access Pipeline.
Cody Hall, the media spokesperson for Red Warrior Camp, said jail staff are using the excuse that none of the Standing Rock Camp attorneys are licensed in the State of North Dakota.
Hall said police in riot gear with semi-automatic weapons arrested the water protectors today.
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Please call and leave messages of encouragement for our brothers and sisters that are being detained without bail!
Call the below number to leave a message for our 23 detained relatives:
Morton County Correction Center Voicemail, 701-663-9984

Call the below numbers to demand the release of our brothers and sisters:
Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, 701-667-3330
Morton County Jail, 701-667-3318
ND Highway Patrol, 701-328-5590

Stay strong and stay vigilant water protectors! #FreeThe23 #NoDAPL #MniWiconi#RedWarriorCamp

Unarmed water protectors face heavily-armed riot police as DAPL lays pipe


By Red Warrior Camp
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9/13/16 2:37 p.m. Central time

MANDAN, North Dakota -- According to reports from on-site and online media outlets, 20 people have been arrested (including medics and two journalists from Unicorn Riot) and at least two people remain locked to bulldozers as construction was stopped at two sites along the Dakota Access Pipeline Route. Approximately 100 law enforcement have arrived in riot gear and officers with semi-automatic rifles came up from behind water protectors as they pointed rifles at the heads of the unarmed persons.  One event is occurring west of Mandan at site 89, near Highway 94 south from exit 120. According to current reports, police have shut down all road access to the site.  

These non-violent direct actions are part of a long-term commitment to prevent the contested DAPL pipeline from entering into the ground, which water protectors (both indigenous and non-native allies) see as a raping of Mother Earth.

Today's construction by Energy Transfer Partners comes in defiance of an Obama administration request that the "pipeline company voluntarily pause all construction activity within 20 miles east or west of Lake Oahe" following Friday's decision by Judge Boasberg of the United States District Court denying an injunction sought by the Standing Rock Tribe to prevent pipeline construction to continue.  This ruling was followed up by a joint statement between the Obama administration, Department of Justice, Department of the Interior and the U.S. Army, who blocked portions of the construction underneath Lake Oahe for an undetermined amount of time.

Red Warrior Camp is following the story live (via Unicorn Riot livestream), but with interruptions and gaps in service (
One Red Warrior Camp Facebook post shows photographs of large pipes placed into newly dug trenches approximately : "This is how horrible the land looks when DAPL trenches deep to lay the pipeline. All the children of Mother Earth need to help Her and Protect her and take care of Her as She has taken care of us all our lives. Be strong and come to Standing Rock. Help us. Stand with us. Pray for us."

A bus load of police arrive in full riot gear at DAPL site 89 west of Mandan.

In a phone call from Peoples Media at 1:43 PM, Morton County Sheriff spokesperson Rob Keller mentioned the situation is currently unfolding and he could provide no details except that law enforcement from the Morton County Sheriff and most likely the North Dakota Highway Patrol were on the scene and assessing the situation. Keller was unable to provide arrest or location information.

Water protectors have pledged to defend the land and water for as long as it takes. The water protectors urge people to stay vigilant, informed and strong as these events unfold. They reiterate that they are non-violent and the only weapons they have are their prayers and bodies. They vow to stand in the way of the military and bulldozers and are preparing for the long haul.

Images and video are available on Facebook at Red Warrior Camp, with credit to Red Warrior Camp or other noted media outlet.  Additional information available at Unicorn Riot-

LOCKDOWN on DAPL Construction Machinery Sept. 13, 2016

Twenty water protectors arrested by police in riot gear during multiple lockdowns west of Mandan

By Brenda Norrell
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MANDAN, North Dakota -- Heavily armed police in riot gear have arrested about 22 water protectors, following multiple lockdowns to construction machinery this moring.
Medics and Unicorn Riot journalists were arrested at the Dakota Access Pipeline site 89, west of Mandan.
At 4 p.m., one water protector remained locked down. Police were not letting anyone take the person water.
Red Warrior Camp said, "Relatives, do not let media, the North Dakota Morton County Police Dept and these corporations lie to you! Construction was only halted within 20 miles of the river! All other areas are still being dug up and pipe is being laid! Seek truth relatives and take heart! Warriors to the front! 
As police charged in riot gear with assault wespons, the Unicorn Riot livestream was censored by Facebook.
#NoDAPL #MniWiconi"
Before being arrested, the Unicorn Riot journalists said, "So they're pointing at everyone with camears saying, he's going, she's going ... So it, seems they're targeting media for arrest. We might be getting arrested here ..."

Allies are locked down at a construction site of Dakota Access Pipeline. The halt to DAPL construction on Friday did not apply to 20 miles east and west of the lake.
VIDEO NOW! Busload of police arrive in riot gear at construction site!

Listen -- Leonard Peltier live on Standing Rock Spirit Resistance Radio!


Leonard Peltier talks with Standing Rock Spirit Resistance Radio his 72nd birthday!

Article by Brenda Norrell
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Audio by Govinda
Standing Rock Spirit Resistance Radio
Sept. 12, 2016

CANNON BALL, North Dakota -- Leonard Peltier called Standing Rock Spirit Resistance Radio from Coleman prison in Florida on his 72nd birthday.
Peltier said the people at Standing Rock are heroes.
"You guys are showing a lot of love, I admire you. I am so proud of you. I get chills thinking about it," Peltier said of those camped at Standing Rock, defending the water of the Missouri River and ancestral graves.
"You guys are heroes to me, you guys are the real heroes. I can't say thank you enough."
Peltier said he takes it one day at a time, and this is how it got through the past 41 years of imprisonment.
With hopes of clemency, Peltier spoke of his health. He said the tumor in his chest is being monitored.
"They are monitoring my aneurysm, it is a tumor in my chest."
Peltier speaks about back in the day, when the movement for Native American rights began, and the real threat of termination at that time.
This plan for termination of Native American Tribes was already underway by the United States government. The first ones targeted for termination were Menominee and Klamath Falls, he said.
"Back in the day, we weren't just raising hell for no reason."
"We stood up against them."
In Standing Rock Camp, on the evening of Peltier's birthday, Sheila Peltier, his sister, spoke and there were songs of tribute.
Listen to Peltier's words:

Tribune Songs to Leonard Peltier at Standing Rock Camp
Photos by Jean Roach, Lakota
Leonard Peltier's Birthday Celebration at the Oceti Sakowin Camp. Special Prayers from a elder woman Marlene from the Blood Tribe from Canada. Robbie Romero Red Thunder played a freedom song, and the drumgroup Midnight Express played a Birthday Song for Leonard. Special guest included Leonard's youngest sister. Beautiful evening! -- Jean Roach, Lakota

  • Leonard Peltier website: Who is Leonard Peltier
  • Call President Obama for Leonard Peltier: 202-456-1111 (White House Comment Line)  or 202-456-1414 (White House Switchboard); and send a text to these numbers if your cellphone provider allows for text-to-landline service (a fee may apply) .
  • Email President Obama:
  • Post a comment on Obama’s Facebook page: or message him at (or
  • Send a tweet to President Obama: @POTUS or @WhiteHouse and use hastags #FREELEONARDPELTIER #LeonardPeltier and/or #FreePeltier.
  • Write a letter: President Barack Obama, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500.
  • You also can send a post card to the President here.
  • Watch the calls to action by our friends at the Human Rights Action Center. Then please urge President Obama to grant clemency.
  • Also visit the 2016 clemency campaign for Leonard Peltier hosted by Amnesty International – USA and take action.
  • The Office of the Pardon Attorney (OPA), DOJ, welcomes communications regarding clemency matters. Express your strong support of Leonard Peltier’s application for clemency in a letter, email and/or phone call to the OPA. Make reference to Leonard Peltier #89637-132 and his application for clemency dated February 17, 2016. Urge the OPA to recommend to President Obama that he grant clemency to Leonard Peltier:  Honorable Robert A. Zauzmer, Acting Pardon Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC  20530; Telephone: 202-616-6070; Email:

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