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Friday, September 23, 2016

'Black Snake Corporation' destroying Native burials at Big Bend after Obama's permit

Lakota arrested halting Dakota Access Pipeline owned by Energy Transfer Partners of Dalla/Photo by Bold Nebraska

Bulldozers tear through ancient Indian site.
Big Bend Conservation Alliance
By Brenda Norrell
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The same corporation that bulldozed Native American burial places in North Dakota -- and attacked Native American women and children with vicious dogs and pepper spray -- is now bulldozing an ancient Indian site in Big Bend, Texas.
President Obama approved two pipelines to cross the border into Mexico, owned by the same company in Dallas that owns the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The corporation known as the “black snake pipeline,” Energy Transfer Partners, stole both the name of ‘Dakota’ for its northern pipeline, and stole the name ‘Comanche,’ for one of the pipelines now being constructed to flood Mexico with fracked gas.
In Dallas on Saturday, the American Indian Movement of Central Texas, and their allies, will protest Energy Transfer Partners, and its CEO Kelcy Warren.
In other censored News, Lakota Grandmother Olowan Sara Martinez, was extradited and released on bond for protecting the water of the Missouri River, where thousands of Native Americans are camped at the Standing Rock Sioux Nation.
The State of North Dakota is now charging the water protectors with felonies, and targeted the media and medics for arrest last week by riot police.
While the State of North Dakota charges water protectors and the media with crimes, North Dakota refuses to charge those who attacked women and children with vicious dogs and pepper spray. The online community found it easy to identify the dog handlers from the license plates at the scene, Frost Kennels in Ohio, and four former Bismarck police officers acting as security guards for Dakota Access Pipeline, during the attack on Sept. 3.
Amy Goodman, producer of Democracy Now, and Cody Hall, media spokesman for Red Warrior Camp, were charged with criminal trespass. Hall spent four days in jail.
In the north, the Onondaga 15 are in court and have filed suit against the New York State Troopers who attacked and beat them in 1997. The judge has forbidden them to speak to the media. Earlier, Ronald Jones said, “They broke my back that day.”
Even Censored News is now censored -- this time by Twitter. Twitter has blocked all links from the Censored News publisher. Twitter’s excuses vary.
Read more:
Obama approved same company's pipelines to Mexico
Lakota grandmother and water protector jailed and extradited
Onondaga 15 forbidden to speak to media
Standing Rock live streamers pointed out and arrested by riot police in North Dakota
Dallas march against Energy Transfer Partners on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016
Mercenaries and dog handlers identified in attack on Native Americans at Standing Rock
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DALLAS: March Against Energy Transfer Partners Sept. 24, 2016

American Indian Movement of Central Texas and Allies: March in a peaceful manner at Energy Transfer Partners

The same black snake corporation that bulldozed the burial place in North Dakota, and attacked women and children with vicious dogs and pepper spray at Standing Rock, is now bulldozing ancient Indian area in Big Bend, Texas

Following the rally, participants – mournful of the desecration of indigenous peoples’ sacred burial sites and the environment -- will embark on a silent, somber procession past the residence of ETP’s Chief Executive Office.
IMPORTANT NOTE: As this is about a 30-minute MARCH, please, wear your most COMFORTABLE Walking Shoes!! Bring sunblock, water in refillable container
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Note: The ETP used to be on Oak Lawn, but is ^ here now.
THE American Indian Movement of Central Texas (AIMCTX), is bringing together people from many organizations IN A PEACEFUL MANNER, at the ENERGY TRANSFER PARTNERS (ETP) corporate headquarters, located in Dallas, Texas to march and to say: "Shut DAPL Down."
THIS Big Oil corporation, ENERGY TRANSFER PARTNERS (ETP), is Responsible for and is Overseeing the Attempted Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. THE DAPL IS PROJECTED To GO Through NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA, IOWA, and ILLINOIS.
CONCERNED ONLY with Its Corporate Profits, ETP has No Regard for the Tens of Millions of People WHO WOULD BE NEGATIVELY AFFECTED by a Dakota Access Pipeline,
STANDING ROCK SIOUX Tribal Chairman, DAVE ARCHAMBAULT II, has stated: “We have a right to our treaty lands, and we have a say. The company, the U.S. government, the state government never got permission from us to be on that land, to do this [destroy ancestral burial places and sacred sites] to our lands….They knew something was going to happen when they leapfrogged over 15 miles of undisturbed land to destroy our sacred sites. They knew that something was going to happen, so they were prepared. They hired a company that had guard dogs, and then they came in, and then they waited. And it was—by the time we saw what was going on, it was too late. Everything was destroyed. The fact is that they desecrated our ancestral gravesites. They just destroyed prayer sites. And it’s disturbing. And that’s why we’re filing for the temporary restraining order. They need to stop working. This company needs to go away. Energy [Transfer] Partners is a bad company.”
Note: ETP is similarly destroying a 5,000 year old Native Sacred site known as Trap Spring in West Texas’ Brewster County, near Big Bend National Park. A major part of the site is being irreparably damaged—despite being determined eligible as a State Archeological Landmark (SAL), the highest honor bestowed upon archeological sites in Texas. You can witness the site and its destruction, in much the same way that the Standing Rock Sioux's sacred burial grounds were callously bulldozed a week ago, here:

ETP is using such tactics as Land Grab by EMINENT DOMAIN—and, as importantly, is ROUTING DAPL BENEATH The MISSOURI RIVER, before it becomes the MISSISSIPPI RIVER. Plans for the Trans Pecos Pipeline seem to be following the blueprint of the DAPL.

COSPONSORS with American Indian Movement of Central TX (AIMCTX):
Animal Connection of Texas,
Backbone Campaign,
Big Bend Conservation Alliance,
Big Bend Democrats,
Big Bend Sierra Club,
Blackland Prairie Rising Tide,
Coalition of 57,
CODEPINK Greater Dallas,
Curry Gallery and Studio,
Dallas Peace & Justice Center,
Dallas Sierra Club,
Defend Big Bend,
Democratic Socialists of America—North Texas,
Downwinders at Risk,
Dr. Avinash Rangra, former mayor, Alpine, TX
Drought Project,
Earthworks Oil & Gas Accountability Project,
Eve's Garden B&B,,
Flush the TPP–Dallas,
Food & Water Watch,
Global Justice for the Animals and Environment,
Green Party of Texas,
Iraq Veterans Against the War,
Irving Impact,
Liveable Arlington,
LULAC 102 Domingo Garcia,
North Texas Light Brigade,
North Texas Veterans for Peace,
Pax Christi Dallas,
People Demanding Action,,
Progressive Allies Confluence,
Public Citizen Texas,
SEED Coalition,
Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter,
Southern Christian Leadership Conference,
System Change Not Climate Change—DFW Chapter,
Tar Sands Blockade,
Texas Campaign for the Environment,
Texas Drought Project,
Trade Justice Alliance,
Waco Friends of Peace.

American Indian Movement of Central Texas (AIMCTX) Members and supporters in Dallas Texas with Allies Will Gather IN A PEACEFUL MANNER and March against "Energy Transfer Partners.

Censored News censored by Twitter: It's no big deal

Censored News through the years, beginning with the Indigenous Peoples Border Summit on Tohono O'odham land, and on to the live coverage of the Boarding School Tribunal in Green Bay, WI. There was the live coverage of the Vicam Yaqui Water Forum in Sonora, Mexico, as they began their highway blockade for water rights that lasted for years. There's AIM West coverage, the resistance at Standing Rock, and the five month live radio broadcast with Govinda of Earthcycles from the Longest Walk 2 northern route. Thank you to each of you for 10 incredible years! -- Brenda

By Brenda Norrell
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Twitter is still blocking me from posting Censored News links. When you consider all the bizarre content that Twitter allows, this is a high honor to be blocked by Twitter.
Censored News has original content. There are no ads, grants or revenues. We are in our 10th year with nearly 8 million pageviews.
We have a birthday coming up at the end of September. That's when I was fired by Indian Country Today, after being censored as a staff writer, and began Censored News. I was threatened by the editor before that, in writing, and told that if I didn't stop writing about grassroots Native people, that I would be fired.
I was on my way that day to cover the Indigenous Peoples Border Summit at San Xavier on Tohono O'odham land. So, with no place to post the articles and photos, Censored News was born.
So censorship by Twitter is no big deal. We've been censored by lots of folks. Take a peek at Censored News


Onondaga 15 forbidden to speak to media during trial

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

The Onondaga 15 have been forbidden to talk to the media during the trial. They can't speak out even though they are the victims of this tragic horror when the New York State Troops Indian Detail attacked them at Onondaga on may 14, 1997.
Ronald Jones said in an earlier interview that he rejected an offer of a $40,000 settlement earlier.
"They broke my back that day," Jones said.

The media is covering the trial from outside the courtroom.

Trial against State Police for alleged brutality in 1997 begins:
Onondagas demand trial over police brutality in 97

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