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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Monday, October 24, 2016

Minneapolis passed support resolution, County sent special ops to terrorize Standing Rock


Photographed in Bismarck, North Dakota this week.
Minnesota special ops now in militarized gang of police and mercenaries assaulting Native Americans praying for the water

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Minneapolis was the third city in the United States to pass a resolution of support for Standing Rock Sioux Nation and its fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Now, the Hennepin County Sheriff has sent Special Operations units, which Lakotas say are part of the militarized police assault which is terrorizing women, children and elderly.
The Hennepin County Sheriff claims they are responding to an emergency. Standing Rock water protectors say the only emergency is their human rights and civil rights are being violated by a violent, out-of-control, militarized police gang.
Native Americans and allies are under attack by a militarized police operation -- with public funds and services co-opted by a private pipeline -- which violates their human rights, and civil rights, with every violent attack by police.
Violent police attack at Standing Rock Camp
In recent weeks, Morton County Sheriff's deputies, National Guard, Highway Patrol and DAPL private security have engaged in a reign of terror -- with increasing violence.
Water protectors in prayer have been pepper-sprayed repeatedly in the eyes, grabbed by the neck and thrown to the ground, beaten with batons, and terrorized with loaded assault weapons and shotguns pointed at them, while surrounded by armored vehicles.
They have been bitten by vicious dogs.
Morton County has strip-searched women and men and then jailed them without credible charges, victimizing them with false imprisonment.
Further, one Lakota woman was strip-searched and left naked in a jail cell all night, with no credible charge. She is the daughter of LaDonna Brave Bull Allard who owns the land where Camp of the Sacred Stones is located.
Minneapolis was the third city to pass a resolution in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation's fight to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Cities of Seattle and St. Paul previously passed resolutions in support of halting the pipeline that threatens the water source, the Missouri River, of the Dakota, Lakota and Nakota peoples.
Members of the Minneapolis City Council and St. Paul City Council delivered the resolutions on Sept. 5, 2016.
Minneapolis said in its resolution, "The Dakota Access pipeline – a project also financially supported by the Enbridge company – has received weeks of resistance from the Oceti Sakowin, or the Seven Council Fires comprised of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Nations."
"The Oceti Sakowin established the Sacred Stone Spirit Camp in Cannon Ball, North Dakota to halt the project due to its lack of environmental review and consultation with Tribal leaders."
"If built, this line would carry as many as 570,000 barrels of fracked crude oil per day for more than 1,100 miles from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota to Illinois," Minneapolis said.
Now, the huge militarized vehicles of Hennepin County, where Minneapolis is the county seat, have arrived to terrorize Standing Rock.
Here is the statement from Hennepin County:
“At the request of the Governor of the State of North Dakota, and as approved by the State of Minnesota, on Sunday, Minnesota Sheriff’s Deputies from the Hennepin, Anoka, and Washington Counties’ Sheriff’s Offices were deployed to assist in Morton County, North Dakota. These deputies are part of a larger contingent of hundreds of law enforcement officers from around the Country who have responded to the request made through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, (“EMAC”), a nationally adopted system for sharing personnel and resources via state-to-state aid agreements. 
These Minnesota peace officers will assist in maintaining the public’s safety, preserve the peace, and protect the constitutional rights of protesters. These Sheriff’s deputies train and prepare to respond to emergency calls throughout the region, state and nation following any declaration of a state of emergency.
Reimbursement for all expenses related to providing this service will be made through the State of Minnesota. The EMAC system was ratified by Congress and has been adopted as law in all 50 states -- to ensure no sheriff, no deputy, and no state stands alone in the state of an emergency.”
Respectfully,
Shane
Deputy Shane Myre #533
Intergovernmental Relations
Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office
612.543.0694 (office)
612.223.4951 (cell)
shane.myre@hennepin.us

Zapatistas solidarity after Bacum Yaqui killed in resistance to gas pipeline


Bacum Yaquis in Sonora established a land defender camp to resist a gas pipeline from Arizona

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News


LOMAS DE BACUM, Yaqui Territory, Sonora, Mexico -- The Zapatistas and the National Indigenous Congress of Mexico sent a message of solidarity and support of the resistance in the Yaqui community of Bacum, after one Yaqui was shot and killed, and eight others wounded. They pointed out that corporate outsiders pushing for a gas pipeline are responsible for the divisions which led to this violence.
"We condemn the conflict and discord that are planted and promoted in the communities by the bad governments and their overseers, national and international corporations, who want to take control over the gas, water, and minerals of the Yaqui territory. To this end, the powerful sow division as a tool to impose death and destruction in our territories. For them, we are merely a path to more power and more money," the Zapatistas and National Indigenous Congress said.
Bacum established a land defenders camp to resist the pipeline, according to TeleSur.
"Teodulo Gonzalez, commissioner for the defense of land, water and human rights of the Yaqui tribe, said a group of people descended on a site where land defenders have set up a camp to prevent the construction of the pipeline and started a physical confrontation."
The proposed pipeline, being built by IENova for Mexico's Federal Electric Commission, is designed to bring natural gas from across the border in Arizona to the Mexican states of Sonora and Sinaloa." http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Mexico-Clash-Over-Pipeline-Leaves-1-Dead-in-Yaqui-Community-20161022-0015.html
More on clash over pipeline: http://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/yaqui-communities-clash-over-pipeline/




JOINT COMMUNIQUE FROM THE CNI AND THE EZLN SUPPORTING THE DIGNIFIED RESISTANCE OF THE YAQUI TRIBE

JOINT COMMUNIQUE FROM THE CNI AND THE EZLN SUPPORTING THE DIGNIFIED RESISTANCE OF THE YAQUI TRIBE


October 2016

To the Yaqui Tribe,

To the peoples and governments of the world,

As the originary peoples who make up the National Indigenous Congress and the Zapatista communities, we send our simple words in solidarity with the Yaqui Tribe, its traditional government, and its troops. We are with you in these difficult moments after the confrontations this past October 21 in Lomas de Bácum.

We condemn the conflict and discord that are planted and promoted in the communities by the bad governments and their overseers, national and international corporations, who want to take control over the gas, water, and minerals of the Yaqui territory. To this end, the powerful sow division as a tool to impose death and destruction in our territories. For them, we are merely a path to more power and more money.

As the peoples, nations, and tribes of the National Indigenous Congress and the Zapatista peoples, we salute the Yaqui Tribe’s defense of their territory. We call for unity in the face of a common enemy which aims to take everything that we as peoples have and which makes possible our collective organization, our history, our language, and our life.

In the various geographies of resistance of the originary peoples of this country, the bad governments are using our own people to generate violence among us in order to guarantee their ability to impose extractive projects of death, structural reforms, the destruction of communitarian organization, and terror among those who struggle. For those who struggle, in contrast to the capitalists, the life and future of the people is everything.

We call on national and international civil society, on the originary peoples, on the national and international Sixth, and on the free media to be attentive and demand the respect deserved by the indigenous peoples in their autonomous organization and self-determination.

October 2016

For the Full Reconstitution of Our Peoples

Never Again a Mexico Without Us

National Indigenous Congress

Zapatista Army for National Liberation

LIVE Police Arriving at Water Protectors Road Blockades Mon. Oct. 24, 2016

Standing Rock water protectors have blocked the road and established a new camp on pipeline route. Now preparing for large convoy of police enroute on Mon. Oct. 24, 2016. Water protectors are still bracing for an attack by police.

Strong Hearts to the Front! -- Mekasi 
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On the frontline water protectors blockade Monday, Oct. 24. Photos by Gidagaakoonz Mooz Ndootem

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