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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Standing Rock Sioux Chairman urges United Nations, 'Stop the Pipeline'


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Stop the pipeline for the benefit of the children not yet born

Article by Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Sept. 20, 2016

GENEVA -- Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II addressed the United Nations Human Rights Council today and urged the U.N. to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Chairman Archambault told the U.N. Human Rights Council that the Standing Rock Sioux Nation is a sovereign nation, located in the United States, whose sovereignty is recognized by the legally-binding treaties of 1851 and 1868, and signed by the traditional government Oceti Sakowin.
Oil companies are causing the deliberate destruction of their sacred places and burials, he told the U.N.
"Dakota Access Pipeline wants to build an oil pipeline under the river that is the source of our nation's drinking water."
"This pipeline threatens our communities, the river, and the earth."
Oil companies and the U.S. Government have failed to respect their rights, he said, describing the struggle for the "benefit of our children not yet born."
Chairman Archambault said that today the pipeline construction continues, although it is temporarily stopped near the Standing Rock Sioux Nation.
Chairman Archambault said Dakota Access Pipeline has knowingly destroyed graves and sacred sites with bulldozers, and used attack dogs against the people who protect the people's water and sacred sites.
"I condemn all violence, including the use of guard dogs."
"Our courts have failed to protect our sovereign rights, our sacred places and our water."
Chairman Archambault called on the U.N. Human Rights Council and all member states, to condemn the destruction of their sacred places, and to stop the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline, in order to "protect the environment, our nation's future, our culture and our way of life."
Earlier, on Sept. 3, Dakota Access Pipeline security guards attacked women and children with attack dogs and mace, as they defended the burial grounds of ancestors. Dakota Access Pipeline knowingly sent bulldozers to destroy the ancestral burial place, after it was identified the day before, on Sept. 2.
The State of North Dakota targeted the media with arrest, issuing arrest warrants for Amy Goodman, producer of Democracy Now, and Cody Hall, Lakota spokesperson for Red Warrior Camp. Hall spent four days in jail on misdemeanor criminal trespass charges. Then, last week, the live streamers, Unicorn Riot, were pointed out by police, arrested and jailed.
While arresting those defending the Missouri River from the pipeline, and defending the burial places, the State of North Dakota has refused to arrest the security guards who attacked the defenders. The online community found it easy to identify Frost Kennels of Ohio, from its license plate at the scene of the attack, and four former Bismarck police officers acting as private security.
The State of North Dakota filed felony charges against young people who locked down to heavy machinery to stop the pipeline last week.

Although there were misleading news reports that the pipeline had been stopped, the pipeline continued tearing through the earth near Bismarck.
Today, Native Americans are protesting at the Morton County Jail, as one of the water defenders, Lakota grandmother Olowan  Sara Martinez, continues to be incarcerated.
Following a flow of steady lies from Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, incorrectly stating that the water defenders were armed and violent, the Governor of North Dakota called out the National Guard. The National Guard has been monitoring a checkpoint near the Standing Rock Camp, where thousands are camped. The ACLU said this checkpoint is a violation of Constitutional Rights to assemble and voice free speech.
The majority of stocks in the Dakota Access Pipeline are owned by Energy Transfer Partners of Dallas, Texas, whose CEO is Kelcy Warren, and Enbridge Energy Partners in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Alberta is the home region of tar sands mining that has already poisoned the land and water of the Cree and surrounding communities.
After the Keystone XL pipeline was halted, this new pipeline was permitted in segments, to avoid detection, and includes pipeline segments with transfer points all the way from the Alberta tar sands to the Gulf of Mexico.
Currently, protesters in Iowa are being jailed as they defend their small farms from seizure by eminent domain, and the threat of poisoning the waterways of Iowa.

While incarcerated in Morton Country Jail, Olowan Sara Martinez wrote this message yesterday. Sara Long, who was jailed with her while live videotaping, shared it.

"Anpetu waste' beautiful resistors, Olowan Miye.. I would like to share with you my Innerstanding of what is happening around me..
"I must start by acknowledging my love for my ancestors, my children, and of course for Mni Sose. I also pray my words reach you in good strong health and spirits..
"As I sit here in Morton County Jail I can see clearly that us sacred water protectors are the least of their problems..
"thru the tears stories and friendship shared with me by the beautiful women of the surrounding communities I know I was meant to be here and for that I have no regrets..
"the heartache of a life tormented by abuse of mind body & spirit, the grief of love lost, death and abuse, and the anger of feeling helpless and hopeless is limitless to creed or color..
"I have also come to Innerstand that the threat to poison the Mni Sose aka the Missouri River is felt by all..
"Altho the sacredness of our first medicine must always be stressed it is always Innerstood by those who choose to listen, and many are listening to Mitakuyapi, my relatives..
"I encourage all to keep up the battle to save sacred water thru all tactics being used.. DO NOT GIVE UP!
"To the surrounding communities of Morton County, open your eyes, us sacred water protectors are thinking of your grandchildren's grandchildren whether you want to believe it or not..
"We are not getting paid to be here! Everything for everyone, nothing for ourselves.
"Hecetuye
"Olowan Sara
"Liilii Red"
Also see:
Mercenaries identified attacking burial place defenders with dogs and mace:
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2016/09/torchlight-mercenaries-identified.html

Unicorn Riot statement and video on its arrest, and the arrest of Sara Long.
http://www.unicornriot.ninja/?p=9147

Article copyright Brenda Norrell, no portion may be reproduced without permission.
brendanorrell@gmail.com

Photos 'Free Olowan!' Rally at Morton County Jail





Photos Today: Free Olowan! gathering happening today September 20th outside Morton County Corrections Facility and City Hall Building in Mandan, North Dakota. She has been incarcerated since September 13 and the direct action to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline for that day. We love you Olowan!


Article by Brenda Norrell
Censored News

MANDAN, North Dakota -- 'Free Olowan!' was the message sounded out at the Morton County Jail today, as water protectors sought release of Lakota grandmother Olowan Sara Martinez.

While incarcerated in Morton Country Jail, Olowan Sara Martinez wrote this message yesterday. Sara Long, who was jailed with her until yesterday, shared Olowan's message from jail. Sara was charged while live video streaming the Dakota Access Pipeline destruction, see link below.

Olowan's message from jail


"Anpetu waste' beautiful resistors, Olowan Miye.. I would like to share with you my Innerstanding of what is happening around me..
"I must start by acknowledging my love for my ancestors, my children, and of course for Mni Sose. I also pray my words reach you in good strong health and spirits..
"As I sit here in Morton County Jail I can see clearly that us sacred water protectors are the least of their problems..
"thru the tears stories and friendship shared with me by the beautiful women of the surrounding communities I know I was meant to be here and for that I have no regrets..
"the heartache of a life tormented by abuse of mind body & spirit, the grief of love lost, death and abuse, and the anger of feeling helpless and hopeless is limitless to creed or color..
"I have also come to Innerstand that the threat to poison the Mni Sose aka the Missouri River is felt by all..
"Altho the sacredness of our first medicine must always be stressed it is always Innerstood by those who choose to listen, and many are listening to Mitakuyapi, my relatives..
"I encourage all to keep up the battle to save sacred water thru all tactics being used.. DO NOT GIVE UP!
"To the surrounding communities of Morton County, open your eyes, us sacred water protectors are thinking of your grandchildren's grandchildren whether you want to believe it or not..
"We are not getting paid to be here! Everything for everyone, nothing for ourselves.
"Hecetuye
"Olowan Sara
"Liilii Red"

The rally for her release said, "Olowan is currently incarcerated at Morton County jail for her defense of the Water at a #NoDAPL action to stop the continued construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The state is pushing for her extradition on charges connected with her resistance at Whiteclay, Nebraska (to stop alcohol sales from destroying her community) and is attempting to hold her for weeks without proper representation and process."


BACKGROUND:

Olowan is an Oglala Lakota Mother and Grandmother. She is a long time Indigenous Land Defender, Water Protector, a born and raised Warrior. Her roots in resistance run deep and strong, far and wide, from Liberation Days to the Sounds of Resistance, she has worked to bring together the Women’s Peace March, to organize with Mothers Against Meth, to protect Indigenous women from industrial man camps and to stand in the way of resource extractive industry time and time again. Olowan is not only an Indigenous Land Defender and Water Protector, she is also working to actively protect her community from the oppressions tied to drugs and alcohol.

Olowan is a Sundancer, a Pipe Carrier, she is a spiritual woman, a mother to the movement, a teacher, a matriarch and a mentor to the youth. Her war cry has brought so many to these frontlines and many others. We don’t leave our Warriors behind and we will not let Olowan become another missing and murdered Indigenous woman, kidnapped by the state, we will not let her become another statistic, Indigenous women are the largest and fastest growing prison population.

#FreeOlowan #NoDAPL #RedWarriorCamp #EarthsArmy #MniWiconi#WaterIsSacred #BlackSnakeKilla

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OFFICIAL: Free Olowan Fund - Red Warrior Matriarch
https://fundrazr.com/21AODf?ref=ab_74UP82

VIDEO: #FreeOlowan https://www.facebook.com/Westcoastwomenwarriors/?fref=ts


Also see:

Unicorn Riot statement and video of its arrest, and the arrest of Sara Long.

http://www.unicornriot.ninja/?p=9147