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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

U.S. Slow and Toxic Genocide of Native Americans: Poisoning the Water, Poisoning the People

U.S. Slow and Toxic Genocide of Native Americans: Poisoning the Water, Poisoning the People

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Dutch translation by Alice Holemans at NAIS
With distorted, stolen and fake news dominating the news, the news from Native Americans continues to be censored and manipulated, as the United States carries out its slow and toxic genocide.
The United States now says it is too dangerous to reveal the truth of potential oil spills in Lake Oahe at Standing Rock. The U.S. Army Corps says it would endanger lives to reveal the truth of the risks of Dakota Access pipeline oil spills in Lake Oahe. Muck Rock filed a Freedom of Information request, which the US Corps of Engineers refuses to comply with.
More than 800 water protectors have been arrested at Standing Rock defending the water from the Dakota Access pipeline. Native American water protectors have been tear-gassed, shot with rubber bullets, blasted with water cannons in freezing temperatures, arrested during ceremonies, and jailed in Morton County in dog kennels overnight without sufficient food, water or medicine. While militarized police flagrantly violated human rights and engaged in blatant excessive force, the water protectors remained unarmed with only prayer as their defense to protect Lake Oahe and the Missouri River from the underwater crude oil pipeline spills of Dakota Access pipeline, now threatening the water source of millions.
Lakota Grandmother Theresa BlackOwl, arrested in a teepee during a ceremony, says this fight is not over, and urges water protectors to stand up and resist. "The government does not want the world to see how they still fear us. Hold your ground. This fight is not over with. We did wake up the world."
The legal defense for Standing Rock water protector Red Fawn Fallis has asked for the judge to be removed based on bias. “The Motion for Recusal is also based on bias demonstrated specifically toward Ms. Fallis by Judge Hovland's decision to violate court rules by reversing within 24 hours an order issued by Magistrate Charles Miller releasing Ms. Fallis to a halfway house prior to her trial. In doing so, Judge Hovland did not give Ms. Fallis the opportunity to respond to the government’s motion to revoke the Magistrate’s order, in violation of Local Rule 47.1 of the North Dakota District Court." -- Water Protector Legal Collective
Meanwhile, Native American water protectors are at the United Nations Permanent Forum in New York today, challenging the establishment to rise up and actually rush into the battleground of global Indigenous human rights. Indigenous women from the frontlines of struggle will speak during the UN Permanent Forum in New York on Wednesday, April 26. Indigenous women from Standing Rock water defense will join their global sisters to speak out in defense of the earth, water and peoples.
The long anticipated "F-ck Trump" column by Zapatistas Subcomandante Galeano (Marcos) is now available in English.
Photo Screen capture of Standing Rock water protectors camp in AWAKE film, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday night.
Copyright Brenda Norrell


Unknown said...

With Native lands containing 1/5 of this country's oil .....we are endanger of environmental genocide by United States government....RESIST mitakuye oyasin!m

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