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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Mohawk Nation News 'Where is Crazy Horse?'

WHERE IS CRAZY HORSE?

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MNN. NOV. 15, 2016. Crazy Horse said, “We did not ask you white men to come here. Creation placed us here as our home. You had yours. We did not interfere with you. We do not want your civilization”. We have many non-native supporters who are standing with us to fight against the greed of the corporation and their devastation of our land.
110dea381a4b22079ba7797c41d12673At Standing Rock we are exercising the energy that honors our life, our land, the mysterious sound that comes from our ancestors, which we are to transmit to our future unborn children. We honor them by not violating creation’s truth. This is an ongoing revolution for those of us with onkwe’hon;weh blood running through our veins who must follow the original instructions to survive and co-exist. This protection of the environment is not just for ourselves, but our friends and allies.
Thieves have taken our possessions and our ability to take care of it. We are not thieves. We have a right to defend ourselves and follow our original instructions. Fear is drowning out the people’s ability to think. Many don’t want to hear something they might have to do something about.
"Solar energy? How are they going to sink a test well on the sun?"
Enough of our bones have been thrown into the dust of our mother and trampled over by the invaders. We will not let them continue to desecrate our bodies.
Our right to ownership of our property, freedom of speech and association, to personally communicate with each other and being monitored is all against international law and the law of the land, kaia’nere:kowa [the creat peace]. winona-laduke
This brutality against us and our mother are being orchestrated by the corporation and their investors to take our resources to fuel their war business plan, which violates the kaia’nere:kowa.
In the US the Patriot Act and in Canada Bill C-51 are created to allow anyone who goes against the corporation to be sent to a private prison with no trial or phone call, to turn everyone into prisoners of war like the onkwe’hon:weh [natural people of the land].
Those who do not stand up for their own mother earth are complicit in its destruction.th-2
Johnny Cash sings about Pima Ira Hayes who died over the water issue: “Down the ditches thousands of years the waters grew Ira’s peoples crops. Til the white man stole their water rights and the sparkling waters stopped … his land is just as dry and his ghost is lying thirsty in the ditch where Ira died”. [Ballad of Ira Hayes]
Montreal demo:

Kahnawake People's Fire. Trains blocked for 24 hours.
Kahnawake People’s Fire. Trains blocked for 24 hours. 
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LET’S TELL THEM WHERE WE STAND: Politicians, Corporatists, Band & Tribal Councils and sell-outs that are cooperating with pipeline companies; ENERGY TRANSFER PARTNERS OF HOUSTON http://energytransfer.com/contact_us.aspx

MONTREAL: Train Tracks Blocked in Solidarity with Standing Rock






 Standing Rock Photo: Sara Lafleur-Vetter

Train tracks blocked in Pointe St. Charles in solidarity with Standing Rock


Tio’tia:ke (Montreal), November 15th 2016, 4pm

Residents of the South-West borough of Montreal are blocking the train tracks at the corner of Wellington and de Sébastopol Streets in solidarity with Indigenous water protectors fighting against the Dakota Access pipeline. A gathering is going strong in Congregation Park, adjacent to the blockade. This action is organized in response to a call to action made by Indigenous leaders at Standing Rock to take to the streets and disrupt "business-as-usual".  
The group blocking the tracks explains their action in the following declaration: 
Stand with Standing Rock
We are here today, people from the neighbourhoods of the Southwest of Montreal, on unceded Kanien'kehá:ka lands, to directly show our solidarity with the indigenous led struggle at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota, USA. 
With the lives of communities and the natural world in danger from large petroleum companies and the banks that support them, resistance against these destructive projects has become necessary around the world, including in Montreal and the rest of Quebec.
This Dakota Access pipeline project must be stopped and the oil must remain where it is, in the ground. Today and until victory, we support the struggle to block the Dakota Access pipeline project. 
Southwest neighbourhoods of TIO’TIA :KE
SOLIDARITY
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Information (we are not doing interviews with capitalist media)
On the action (a photo report will be posted by 6pm, and in the upcoming week, we will post a short film) and on the struggle at North Dakota: https://www.facebook.com/sud.ouest.tiotiake.solidaire.standing.rock/ 
Supplementary information here: 
On noDAPL, in appendix below
Oil transport facts, in appendix below
#noDAPL Solidarity: https://nodaplsolidarity.org/ 
West Coast Women Warrior’s Media Cooperative: https://www.facebook.com/Westcoastwomenwarriors/
Hash tags
#NoDAPL #NoEnergyEast #StopKinderMorgan #WaterIsLife #StandWithStandingRock
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THE NORTH DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE AND STANDING ROCK 
The DAPL is a massive fracked-oil pipeline being promoted by a shady group of the world’s largest fossil fuel companies and banks. The DAPL will destroy sacred sites, worsen climate change and be laid underneath the Missouri River, potentially poisoning the freshwater supply for eight million people. Furthermore, it would engender a renewed fracking-frenzy in the Bakken shale region where the pipeline would begin.
The DAPL is slated to cross Lakota Treaty Territory at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. For months the Standing Rock Sioux have been leading a protest against the construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. They have been joined by thousands in what has been described as the biggest gathering of indigenous movements in the US in a hundred years. In creating campsites along the route of the pipeline, they have managed to interfere with and physically block the construction works and have been a torch of inspiration for indigenous and ecological movements across the world.
THE CONCERNS:
  • Spills and leaks from the DAPL would impact all citizens, threatening wildlife, water quality, and land integrity. Routed over two major riverways, (the Missouri River and the Mississippi River), the pipeline is a major threat.
  • In violation of U.S. federal law, Dakota Access has begun construction without completing a full Environmental
    Impact Statement.
  • The DAPL permitting process has continually avoided proper nation-to-nation consultation with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Yankton Sioux Tribe.
  • Job creation benefits are minimal: full-time permanent positions for North Dakotans created as a result of the pipeline are estimated at less than ten.
  • The proposed route crosses the Missouri River at the confluence with the Cannon Ball river, an area that is of utmost cultural, spiritual, and environmental significance. The confluence is an important location for the Mandan origin story as the place where they came into the world after the great flood. Where the two waters meet once created Iŋyaŋ Wakháŋagapi Othí, spherical Sacred Stones (thus the colonizers' term 'Cannon Ball'), but after the Army Corp of Engineers dredged and flooded the rivers in the 50s, the flow has changed and Sacred Stones are no longer produced. There are historic burial grounds, village grounds and Sundance sites that would be directly impacted.
QUOTES FROM WATER PROTECTORS AND LAND DEFENDERS:
“The place where pipeline will cross on the Cannonball is the place where the Mandan came into the world after the great flood, it is also a place where the Mandan had their Okipa, or Sundance. Later this is where Wisespirit and Tatanka Ohitika held sundances. There are numerous old Mandan, Cheyenne, and Arikara villages located in this area and burial sites. This is also where the sacred medicine rock [is located], which tells the future.” - LaDonna Bravebull Allard (Lakota, Dakota). 
“The dangers imposed by the greed of big oil on the people who live along the Missouri river is astounding. When this proposed pipeline breaks, as the vast majority of pipelines do, over half of the drinking water in South Dakota will be affected. How can rubber-stamping this project be good for the people, agriculture, and livestock? It must be stopped. The people of the four bands of Cheyenne River stand with our sister nation in this fight as we are calling on all the Oceti Sakowin or Seven Council Fires to do so with our allies, both native and non-native in opposing this pipeline.” - Joye Braun (Cheyenne River)
Source : Climate Justice Montreal : https://www.facebook.com/ClimateJusticeMontreal/ 
Oil is death
Water is life
Transport of oil by train
  • In 2013 there were over 53,000 rail cars carrying oil, that’s 100,000 barrels a day moving through the island of Montreal.
  • The trains arrive from Vaudreuil-Dorion and go towards the refineries in the east either via Mont-Royal and Ahuntsic in the north, or by the Victoria bridge and the river to the south, also passing through Saint-Henri and Pointe-Saint-Charles. (Journal Voir, March 2015);
  • The oil comes primarily from North Dakota.
  • There are an estimated 50,000 people in Quebec who live no more than 100 meters from a railway that carries oil convoys, primarily in the cities of Montréal, Longueuil, Saint-Hyacinthe, Drummondville and Sherbrooke. 
  • In 2014, there were 174 accidents that took place during the transport of dangerous materials in Canada (Transportation Safety Board of Canada). 
  • Do the new regulations imposed by Ottawa for the transport of dangerous materials by tanker-car allow them to avoid a catastrophe like that in Lac-Mégantic? No, say the experts. Radio-Canada March 2015.
Transport of oil by pipeline
  • There have been 11 pipeline accidents reported in 2013, which is 4 more than in 2012 (Transportation Safety Board of Canada). 
  • The number of major incidents has been similar on railways and pipelines. (Journal de Montréal Samson March 13, 2016) 
  • According to the Transport Safety Board, pipelines are not necessarily safer than trains for the transport of oil.
  • Did you know that the Saint-Lawrence River is the main source of drinking water for more than 3.7 million people? That’s just under half the entire population of Quebec! Even though industry and government try to reassure us, there have been no less than 19 major spills of more than a million litres, and nearly 950 smaller spills between 2004 and 2013 in Canada. (David Suzuki Foundation)
  • Last July 20th, 69,000 people were left without drinking water in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, after a leak in a pipeline of the company Husky Energy. A statement published on September 2nd by indigenous communities in the region denounced how long it took the company to react: 14 hours! During this time, 250,000 litres of crude oil spilled into the Saskatchewan River. More than two months after the accident, the water is still not safe to drink.  

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Alaskans Stand with Standing Rock 'NO DAPL'




Alaskans Stand With Standing Rock #NoDAPL
Contact:
Carl Wassilie, Alaska's Big Village Network carlwassilie.acyn@gmail.com
Dune Lankard, Alaska Representative, Center for Biological Diversity  dlankard@biologicaldiversity.org

When: Start: November 15, 2016 at 3:45-5:15pm
Where: Davis Highway, Anchorage, AK 99508 [Parking at Davis Park, located on Mountain View Drive & Davis Hwy. Walk 0.6mi to entrance of JBER, Elmendorf AFB Boniface Gate.
What: Alaskans are rallying to support a National Day of Action demanding the United States government and Army Corps of Engineers Stop of the Dakota Access Pipeline

Indigenous leaders across America are calling on us to take peaceful action one week after the election to demand thArmy Corps of Engineers and the incoming administration stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. Demonstrators across the US are holding more than 200 rallies against the Dakota Access Pipeline in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

The Dakota Access Pipeline is recklessly constructing a pipeline without permits across the Missouri River, source of drinking water for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and millions of American People. The company owner, Energy Transfer Partners, continues the risky construction employing violent private security forces and desecrating indigenous peoples cultural sites, even after the U.S. Government asked it to voluntarily stop. Alaskans are demanding action in solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Center for Biological Diversity Alaska Center’s Alaska Representative Dune Lankard says, “If we are going to have any hope for humanity, we have to get off fossil fuels and come up with an evolutionary renewable energy plan for America. Water is life. We must stand in solidarity with our Native brothers and sisters in North Dakota (and Alaska) to protect our sacred ancestral lands, and by doing so, protect clean water for millions of Americans who live downriver of the Dakota Access Pipeline.”

Alaska's Big Village Network Yup'ik Biologist, Carl Wassilie, is supporting the call to action at today's rally to address the threats to America's water supplies and cultural sacred sites of Native Americans. “The loopholes in the permitting process by the Army Corps of Engineers and other regulatory agencies threatens not only drinking waters in the United States, but threatens entire food economiesdependent on clean water and healthy ecosystems. Indigenous Peoples have valid concerns that effect all American peoples' religious freedoms, water, and domestic food security.”