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Saturday, October 22, 2016

NOW! Standing Rock: Water Protectors Running, Surrounded, Arrests Underway Sat. Oct. 22, 2016

Standing Rock Water Protectors Beaten with Batons, Pepper Sprayed During Prayer

More than 140 arrested and taken to county jails throughout North Dakota on Saturday night

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In the early morning of October 22nd 2016, Water Protectors left the encampment to walk to DAPL work site #127, off highway 1806. We walked to the work site where our comrades locked themselves down to equipment to prevent any more work being done on the Black Snake. They took action because the Black Snake must not be built, the risk is too high and a devastating spill is an inevitability, we went because we too recognize our duty to take action. We went because we have had enough of Energy Transfer Partners and this pipeline, and so have all of us here at Oceti Sakowin, we have had enough of the heavy handed terrorism so casually deployed by Kyle Kerchmeier of the Morton County Sheriffs, DAPL Private Security G4S, and the National Guard.

Over 140+ Water Protectors were chased down by riot police, pepper sprayed, beaten with batons, and kettled in. The police made the mass arrests at this site, the charges were Criminal Trespass, and Engaging in a riot. The First wave of innocent Protectors were in court today and all pled not guilty, they are awaiting trial at this time.
DAPL is in direct violation UNDRIP on Sacred Sites and as well as in violation of all Indigenous Laws anywhere worldwide. To desecrate the bodies of our Ancestors is an abomination, yet somehow the illegal and corrupt Government and corporations give themselves permission to take these actions in the name of genocide and land theft. They work together and promote a capitalist lifestyle that is in direct opposition to natural law, they are rooted in profits and have no sense of the destruction to not only land and water but also to Indigenous Peoples lives they leave in their wake. They have no jurisdiction or permission from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to build this pipeline, and it is not only our right and our duty to protect the Ancestors it is our responsibility to the future generations to take action to uphold the People’s right to say NO.
The future of the planet depends on what Indigenous Land Defenders and Water Protectors do NOW, we cannot afford to sell the future of the entire planet for momentary and monetary greed. They are unleashing a violent fascist police state on the people in a bid to make the most money the fastest, leaving our lands and water poisoned. We recognize that we the People acting in Unity and Prayer will stop this pipeline, and we are acting accordingly.
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Unprovoked police brutality, watch video below of today:

Watch video above now!
By Brenda Norrell
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Message from water protector: "Sitting at the hospital in Fort Yates because today at the action the police maced, and hit innocent people with their batons. Our fellow youth council members were hit with a baton multiple times because they tried to protect the children. One of us got arrested and another is in the hospital. This is what they are doing to us. Police brutality at its finest people. We are unarmed. We are peaceful & prayerful. Come stand with standing rock. Pray for us please!"
Water protectors were pepper sprayed and thrown to the ground by police. About 200 water protectors carried out a prayer walk on Saturday morning, where one lock down was underway at sunrise.
The arrests include Lorenzo, Unicorn Riot live streamer. This makes the fifth Unicorn Riot live streamer arrested. The location is three miles west of 1806. Hwy 1806 closed in both directions Saturday morning.
Arrests Underway
"We need cars from camp, we have elders."
"We are surrounded."
Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016
"They have us surrounded. This is not even Dakota Access property."
"We are peaceful."
"There are little children here."
Watch video below.

Below Lockdown at Dawn Saturday Oct. 22, 2016 Posted by West Coast Women Warriors


Kanahus Arrested Today, from Tori:
You can see the videos of what went down on the link below:
I have called the jail for details and when she will appear for bail. They told me to call back tonight, I will report she was less than helpful and you could hear a lot of loud background noise when I reached the jail by phone.
It has also been reported that Sasheen & Crow have also been arrested, however I cannot confirm that as of yet. I will try when I call back tonight.
The Morton County Sheriff's dep't posted about the arrests on their FB page. You can contact the MCS dep't here:
1-701-667-3330 Phone
1-701-667-3318 Jail
205 1st Ave NW, Mandan, ND 58554


Water Protectors’ Prayer Walk Confronts DAPL Construction near Lake Oah

Morton County, ND – Early on Saturday, October 22nd, water protectors from the camps near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation set out on foot to confront construction that threatens to destroy more sacred burial sites.
Dakota Access has continued with construction despite the September 9 request from the federal government to suspend construction within 20 miles east and west of Lake Oahe. On Saturday morning dozens of riot police were guarding the construction site, which is about five miles away from the encampments. Unicorn Riot was on the ground providing live streaming coverage today.
Unicorn Riot reporters’ live feed is here:

Tipiziwin 'Warriors Come Back! They are Chasing our People to the River'

Videos reveal unprovoked police brutality today, water protectors 
beaten with police batons, pepper sprayed, large number arrested

By Tipiziwin Tolman
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Please watch the video posted by Wiyaka Eagle Man, the police, the military, armored vehicles, assault rifles, they are chasing our people, surrounded our people, chasing them into the river. I started crying, holding my baby daughter, because we come from so much people who were chased down, hunted down and gunned down by the military and the police. History is repeating itself. All those stories we were raised with, that we carry in our hearts, of our people, fleeing, running, racing, for our lives, just to live. We are the grandchildren and great grandchildren of those who survived the US Government federally mandated massacres on our people.
Ikíčhize wičháša épi na Ikíčhize Wíŋyaŋ nitȟáwapi kiŋ
uŋwičháši '
Come back to Standing Rock's northern border, all Ocheti Sakowin, all nations, all people. Come be a witness for the water and for the world. Come stand and protect our people and our water and our future.
Please. Remember all those caravans from Pine Ridge, Cheyenne River, Lower Brule, etc., come back, and come now.
Even if you have to walk.
Who am I to ask this of our people, the people, I really am nobody or nothing but I am a mother and a teacher of children from Standing Rock. I grew up on the Missouri, this is my home. And my family has lived along the Missouri since 100 years before the stars fell (1730) according to our families winter count. I know there are so many sacred sites, prayers sites, grave sites, that are being plowed over.
I know what is at stake.
Our water is our first medicine in our historical and LIVING traditions. It is the main component in all our ceremonies. It is the very reason we are alive.
Please share this post far and wide, and --
Please come or come back to Standi
ng Rock. Now.
We need you, more than ever.

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