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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Thursday, November 10, 2016

VIDEOS: Standing Rock Protectors Remain in Prayer as Pipeline Defies Law in Militarized Compound

Oceti Sakowin Camp Nov. 7, 2016 Photo copyright John Heminger.
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Above: Standing Rock water protectors remain in prayer as Dakota Access Pipeline defies Army Corps of Engineers and continues construction, continues desecration in sacred area of burial places, this week. DAPL said it will drill beneath the river in two weeks without a permit.



Above: Unicorn Riot video -- Dakota Access builds militarized construction site, with 12ft. high hesco walls, razor wire and spotlights, to protect oil pipeline from water protectors. Heavy armed military, police, and mercenaries patrol the site 24/7. Highway 1806 bridge, just north of Oceti Sakowin Camp, continues to be blocked by dozens of police with Bearcat armored vehicles, LRAD's, and snipers. [North Dakota, 11/10/16]
Read more from Unicorn Riot: http://www.unicornriot.ninja/?p=10713
To support Unicorn Riot's work: http://www.unicornriot.ninja/?page_id=211

Canadian Border Guards Brutalize Family, Standing Rock Supporters


Family returning from Standing Rock brutalized by Canadian border guards and now faces charges

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Canadian border guards brutalized a family who traveled to Standing Rock to support the water protectors of the Missouri River, and burial places, from Dakota Access Pipeline. As they were returning home, they were brutalized by Canadian border guards. The family now faces charges after being pepper sprayed and kicked by violent Canadian border guards.

"As the family made their way back across the Canada-US border, they were stopped by border security on the Canadian side. The group of guards were unusually aggressive and hostile. They started barking contradictory orders to the occupants of the van. Shortly into the encounter, the guards pulled out pepper-spray and fired into the van in close proximity to a passenger (barely an inch away from his face!) Not only was he hit, but a mother and child were struck by the spray as well!" writes Jacquie Robertshaw Jac in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

"Another passenger was pulled out of the vehicle and hit and kicked by several guards. All the occupants were removed from the car and the vehicle detained for over twelve hours. Border security attempted unsuccessfully to separate the mother from her child, a young boy not yet in his teens. The child remains traumatized by the ordeal."





Mihko Kinew Mahikan Wakotowin writes:
I am one of four who were unjustly attacked by Canadian border services on Sept. 10/2016 as we were obeying the law itself. Donations are to set up proper legal presentation for fairness in law. A child was also hurt during this attack. 

This fall Mihko Kinew, Joe Seenie, and other protectors traveled to North Dakota and stood with thousands of others in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe's resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Dakota Access pipeline was constructed without consent of impacted communities and threatens the lands, sacred and cultural sites, and waters of the Standing Rock tribe and those dependent on the Missouri River. Standing Rock North Dakota 2016 After returning from Standing Rock, North Dakota, they were unjustly attacked by Canadian border services. (Sept. 10, 2016). They were stopped at the border, when a group of unusually aggressive guards issued contradictory orders to the passengers of the van. Shortly into the incident they were removed from the vehicle where some were maced, assaulted, and detained for over twelve hours.
They were obeying the law itself, yet they were met with violence, and face undue charges and legal costs for crossing the international border.
This case creates a peaceful and positive opportunity to address longstanding injustices. It is a controversy and legal situation that should have been addressed and remedied years ago in North America and the world.
With their court date fast approaching it is imperative they get proper legal representation to handle the court case. Injuries sustained have brought havoc to their employment opportunities and other financial avenues.
Donations are being used to set up proper legal representation for their case and for fairness in law. Additionally, funds will be used to coordinate their transport for court appearances, attorney travel expenses, court filing fees, expert witnesses, and more. Chi-Miigwetch (Thank you) for your donations and please share with your networks and colleagues to help them secure the urgent legal counsel and representation they require. Contact: Daniel Crowe dannyboycrowe@hotmail.com Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Aki-Anishinaabe-Earth-People-333250257038814/
Jacquie Robertshaw Jac in Winnipeg, Manitoba, writes:
Guardians of the Earth.
They stood against those who would assault Mother Earth.
Now they need you to stand with them!
AN UNPROVOKED ATTACK!
For several days in September, a local family joined land and water protectors at the Standing Rock encampment. They stood with thousands of others in solidarity with the Sioux tribe's long-standing resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline. This notorious “Black Snake” would threaten the land, sacred and culturally significant sites as well as the water supply for millions dependent on the local river system. 
As the family made their way back across the Canada-US border, they were stopped by border security on the Canadian side. The group of guards were unusually aggressive and hostile. They started barking contradictory orders to the occupants of the van. Shortly into the encounter, the guards pulled out pepper-spray and fired into the van in close proximity to a passenger (barely an inch away from his face!) Not only was he hit, but a mother and child were struck by the spray as well!
Another passenger was pulled out of the vehicle and hit and kicked by several guards. All the occupants were removed from the car and the vehicle detained for over twelve hours. Border security attempted unsuccessfully to separate the mother from her child, a young boy not yet in his teens. The child remains traumatized by the ordeal. 
These family members were Signatory Indians exercising their authority under Tribal Law. We believe Government and police agents committed a crime man-handling them this way! Along with the costs of securing their release and transportation to their home in Rosseau, they now face charges and must shoulder the burden of legal costs and traveling for court appearances.
We are looking to our friends and allies to help us raise funds to bring in a trusted legal adviser from the Rocky Mountain Territory to help hold these “authorities” accountable!
It is urgent that we raise these funds as soon as possible, as the case goes to Court at the end of this month. 
We know that these are trying times. On behalf of Jo, Chris, and family, chi-miigwetch for your donation and for sharing broadly.

TODAY NEW YORK CITY -- G4S out of Charlotte, Standing Rock, Palestine and Arizona Border!




G4S is a global corporation that specializes in torture and human rights abuses -- get them out of Charlotte, Standing Rock, Palestine and Arizona border!

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Wackenhut bus at Three Points, Arizona, adjacent to the
Tohono O'odham Nation, before the company was purchased
by the security monster G4S.
Photo Brenda Norrell, Censored News
G4S, we know them well on the southern border. The buses snake along the border to make money off of the migrants they snare. The buses now show they are owned by the British/Danish torturers, the security corporation G4S.
G4S bought the old nightmare Wackenhut Transportation.
Wackenhut was a longtime profiteering monster and split into two companies -- for maximum profiteering from misery.
Those two companies are Wackenhut Transportation (now G4S) and GEO private prisons.
Now, G4S is around the world engaging in torture and misery. GEO bankrolls itself with private prisons filled with migrants, American Indians, blacks and Chicanos.
Wackenhut also once held the security contract for Peabody Coal on Black Mesa. Peabody Coal is a birthplace of monsters.
Today, in New York City, there is march against G4S.
The Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network said:
British-Danish conglomerate G4S, the world’s largest security company and its second-biggest private employer, plays key roles in racist state repression from Palestine, where it services and equips the prisons and detention centers, occupation and security forces, and checkpoints and settlements used to cage Palestinians and crush their resistance; to Standing Rock, where its forces have deployed to guard the route of the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline and protesters have faced brutality including attack dogs, pepper spray, tear gas and rubber bullets; to Charlotte, North Carolina, where armed Charlotte Area Transit System officers, a private, G4S-run “company police” force, operate alongside the racist, lethal cops who killed Keith Scott.
In solidarity with the Charlotte Uprising, the Palestinian political prisoners on hunger strike against administrative detention, medical neglect, the denial of family visits and other abuses in Israeli prisons, and the Native land and water defenders of Standing Rock, join us to demand that G4S end its complicity in racist state violence.
At 5:30 pm, we will march to Times Square.
Friday, 11 November
4:00 pm
G4S offices, NYC
19 W. 44th Street
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1783499945253591/

Sámi people and Standing Rock Camp Attorneys work together to get Norway's DNB to divest from DAPL.

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Sami at Standing Rock Photo copyright Jeff Chad.
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Sami with Standing Rock Chairman Dave Archambault at Standing Rock Camp. Photo copyright Jeff Chad.
Militarized police attack water protectors in the river, struggling to reach burial grounds for protection, on Nov. 2, 2016. Photo copyright by Adam Alexander Johansson
DIVEST NOW! Sámi people and Standing Rock Camp Attorneys work together to get Norway's DNB to divest from DAPL

By Beaska Niillas, Jođiheaddji, Norwegian Saami Association
Michelle Cook, J.D., Red Owl Legal Collective Member
Photo copyright by Adam Alexander Johansson
Photos by Adam Alexander Johansson
Censored News

The Norwegian Sámi Association is standing with Standing Rock, and works together with Standing Rock Camp Attorneys, Red Owl Legal Collective, to make DNB and Norway divest from Dakota Access pipeline.
The Camp Attorneys have provided information of all the violations of indigenous peoples and human rights. This information will be provided to DNB and the Norwegian Council on Ethics for the Government Pension Fund Global, the ethical committee of the Norwegian national investment fund, on November 9.
DNB and Norway, through the Government Pension Fund Global (NGPFG), have invested in and provided financial backing through loans to the companies behind DAPL. The NGPFG has invested approximately 10.322 billion NOK and DNB approximately 2.8 billion NOK, making Norway a sizable contributor to the Dakota Access Pipeline Project.
The Norwegian Sámi Association, The Sámi Parliament of Norway, and Norwegian
environmental organizations have joined together to show their support for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in protecting clean water and fighting against the Dakota Access Pipeline project; they have strongly urged DNB and Norway to divest from DAPL.
We demand that DNB and Norway, through its investment fund, withdraw from anything
connected to the violation of indigenous peoples´ rights and human rights, as well as anything that violates their and own ethical guidelines. We specifically demand that they withdraw support from the companies behind DAPL.
The information provided by Red Owl Legal Collective contains evidence and reports of a wide range of violations by both DAPL and the governmental institutions. Some examples of this are: The pipeline was constructed without adequate due process in the form of genuine consultation and the free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) of the Oceti Sakowin, the Great Sioux Nation, including the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe; the disrespect and breaking of Fort Laramie Treaties of 1851 and 1868; the desecration of burial and sacred sites; use of chemical agents, rubber bullets; use of Long Range Acoustic Devices (LRAD); numerous reports of the reckless deployment of firearms; multiple officers discharging weapons into a crowd and at horses, resulting in multiple injuries of people and horses; the use of dehumanizing tactics including marking arrestees’ arms with numbers, cavity and strip searches, cutting piercings off with bolt cutters, and failing to provide food and water to inmates for long periods of time, containment in dog kennels in makeshift conditions en-mass; and the inadequate medical care provided that resulted in severe discomfort; and/or life-threatening health problems. These are only some of the violations committed.
DNB and NGPFG will have no other option after being provided this information than to divest from DAPL. DNB have earlier stated, "DNB looks with worry at how the situation around the pipeline in North Dakota has developed. The bank will therefore take initiative and use its position to bring about a more constructive process to find a solution to the conflict. If these initiatives do not give appeasing answers and results, DNB will consider its further involvement in the financing of the project." During the meeting with Norwegian Sami Association and the environmental organizations Naturvernforbundet and Fremtiden i våre hender they re-stated that policy. DNB has also before stated that they will demand that the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is complied with in every project on Indigenous land. DNB has layed the list high, and we will be on their shoulders to make them follow thru.
Beaska Niillas, chairman Norwegian Sami Association
Beaska Niillas, the chairman of Norwegian Sámi Association, states that there is no time to lose. “Now is the time for DNB and Norway to be accountable and take action and make an active withdrawal from this disastrous project. DAPL has no intention of following The Supreme Legal courts decision, indigenous rights, human rights, natural rights or the Obama-administration's call to voluntary halt the construction, and they are able to do as they wish because they have the economical support to do it. DAPL companies are able to do as they please because they have the economic backing to do it. There is no time to loose. If both DNB and Norway wish to avoid profound ethics violations and to be complicit in participating in violations of indigenous peoples’ and human rights, then do the right thing.

Divest now.

Also see: 
Red Owl Legal Collective/National Lawyer's Guild letter to DNB of Norway, includes documentation of abuses by militarized police and Morton County Sheriff Department, and violations of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, other international laws, and Treaties:
http://martinezlaw.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/20161108-DNB-Bank-Divestment-Letter-ROLC.pdf
Censored News article: Standing Rock Camp Attorneys, Red Owl Legal Collective, urge Norway's bank to divest, sent list of egregious human rights violations:
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2016/11/standing-rock-camp-attorneys-urge-dnb.html

Photo copyright John Heminger. In 2016 the Indigenous Horse Culture of Turtle Island has to wear gas mask to pray and protect their clean drinking water and for 17,000.000 people downstream.

For further information please contact:
Beaska Niillas
Jođiheaddji | Chairman
Norgga Sámiid Riikkasearvi | Norwegian Saami Association
www.nsr.no | beaska@nsr.no | + 47 91856318

and/or
Michelle Cook, J.D.
SJD Candidate, University of Arizona, Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program
Cookmichelle7@gmail.com
Red Owl Legal Collective Member
https://www.facebook.com/RedOwl Legal/