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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Monday, March 27, 2017

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Undeterred by Announcement that Dakota Access Has Placed Oil Under Lake Oahe


Chairman Harold Frazier
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Undeterred by Announcement that Dakota Access Has Placed Oil Under Lake Oahe

By Remi Bald Eagle, Intergovernmental Affairs
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
Censored News
EAGLE BUTTE, South Dakota (March 27, 2017) Today Dakota Access, LLC announced in a court filing that oil has been placed in the Dakota Access Pipeline under Lake Oahe, an action that is currently the subject of a lawsuit brought by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and other members of the Great Sioux Nation because it endangers waters the Tribes rely on for their very existence.
Despite this development, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia has yet to rule on a pair of motions challenging the legality of the United States Army Corps of Engineers’ authorization of the pipeline. The Tribes allege that the Corps violated federal statutes, treaties, and its trust responsibility to the Tribes when it granted permission for the pipeline. The Court is expected to hear and rule on those motions very soon.
If the Tribes are successful on either of the motions now pending before the district court, the court can vacate the permits granted to the oil company and stop the flow of oil under Lake Oahe.
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier explained the Tribe’s position: “My people are here today because we have survived in the face of the worst kind of challenges. The fact that oil is flowing under our life-giving waters is a blow, but it hasn’t broken us. Our legal fight is very much alive and we believe that ultimately we will prevail.”
In addition to the claims now pending in the district court, the challenge under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is currently pending in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Standing Rock Indigenous Women's Divestment Delegation to Norway Responds to DNB Divestment

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The Native American women's divestment delegation from the frontlines of Standing Rock is now in Norway, until April 2. Delegates in photo above -- Wasté Win Young (Ihunktowanna/Hunkpapa of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Former Tribal Historic Preservation Officer); Dr. Sarah Jumping Eagle (Oglala Lakota and Mdewakantonwan Dakota living and working on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation); Michelle Cook (Diné/Navajo, human rights lawyer and a founding member of the of the Water Protector Legal Collective at Standing Rock) ; Autumn Chacon (Diné/Navajo writer and performance artist); Tara Houska (Anishinaabe, tribal attorney, National Campaigns Director of Honor the Earth, and former advisor on Native American affairs to Bernie Sanders) and Delegation organizer Osprey Orielle Lake (Executive Director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network.





Photos 2 and 3 courtesy Michelle Cook. Michelle said today in Norway, "Our delegation is doing a wonderful job of educating Norway on Indigenous human rights violations and the need to divest completely and immediately from the DAPL!"


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March 27, 2017

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DNB Bank Divests - Responses from Standing Rock
Indigenous Women's Divestment Delegation to Norway

OSLO, NORWAY (March  27, 2017) - Having travelled 5,000 miles from the United States to deliver an urgent message regarding the human rights and Indigenous rights violations in their homelands, the Indigenous Women's Divestment Delegation to Norway and allies is pleased with the announcement from Norwegian bank, DNB, regarding the cancellation of its $2.5 billion USD credit line to fund the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

Through inputs from diverse groups and an independent investigation, DNB confirmed the lack of consultation with the Standing Rock Sioux and violation of Indigenous rights. As a result, the financial institution has fully and completely divested from the project.
The Indigenous Women's Divestment Delegation to Norway, organized and supported by the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International in response to requests from frontline Indigenous women leaders, traveled to Norway late last week to share experiences from Standing Rock and request that financial institutions divest from DAPL and other fossil fuel developments, which threaten the cultural survival of their nations and peoples.

In strategic platforms, the Delegation members are providing direct testimony on the impacts of extractive industries, oil spills, and contamination - particularly on women and children. The Delegation has called for immediate fossil fuel divestment and is encouraging the pursuit of investment in a just transition to renewable energy.

The Delegation hopes DNB's decision to divest will reverberate to the 15 other international banks involved in DAPL and the Oil Fund to further actions for divestment in respect to human rights, inherent tribal sovereignty and treaty rights, water rights, and processes of consultation and consent of Indigenous peoples as recognized and required by the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Today, Monday March 27, the Delegation will continue in action towards this goal during a meeting with the Council on Ethics of the Oil Fund. Later this week, public events and a press conference will be held during which spokeswomen will share their firsthand experiences from Standing Rock, and analysis of the recent DNB divestment.

Members of the press are encouraged to reach out with questions and media requests for spokeswomen - Dr. Sarah Jumping Eagle (Oglala Lakota and Mdewakantonwan Dakota living and working on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation); Wasté Win Young (Ihunktowanna/Hunkpapa of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Former Tribal Historic Preservation Officer); Tara Houska (Anishinaabe, tribal attorney, National Campaigns Director of Honor the Earth, and former advisor on Native American affairs to Bernie Sanders); Autumn Chacon (Diné/Navajo writer and performance artist); and Michelle Cook (Diné/Navajo, human rights lawyer and a founding member of the of the Water Protector Legal Collective at Standing Rock). [Full spokes-women biographies available here]

"DNB divesting from the Dakota Access Pipeline and Energy Transfer partners is encouraging. This is the first wave of funders and corporations being held accountable by the people who want a future for our children based on renewable energy." explains Dr. Sarah Jumping Eagle, Oglala Lakota and Mdewakantonwan Dakota living and working on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation

"We are thrilled with DNB's decision to divest from DAPL and respect indigenous human rights and tribal sovereignty. We hope that this decision will spread to the other 15 banks and the Oil Fund to completely divest." explains Michelle Cook, Diné/Navajo, human rights lawyer and a founding member of the of the Water Protector Legal Collective at Standing Rock)

"As the divestment of DNB from the Dakota Access Pipeline shows, this fight is far from over, and we do have the power to expose and alter the practices of those funding and constructing such devastating extraction projects. With the voices of frontline Indigenous women leaders at the forefront - we are spreading a clear message across the country and across the world. It is far past time to respect and uphold the rights of Indigenous Peoples and human rights, and it is far past time to end the desecration of our common home, Earth. Global citizens must become keenly aware of the violations being perpetrated by state actors and corporations, and we must continue to demand full fossil fuel divestment now. A healthy and just world is possible, and we will continue to raise our voices and act ceaselessly until it has come to fruition." explained Osprey Orielle Lake (Executive Director of the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network, WECAN)

"I am happy with DNB bank's decision to fully divest from DAPL. This proves that there is a wave of social consciousness sweeping through Norwegian financial institutions that set the global stage on what constructive dialogue looks like in terms of respecting the rights and hearing the voices of Indigenous people. For every dollar spent on projects like DAPL, there are families being torn apart, voices being suppressed, military states being financed and natural resources being stripped from our future generations in the name of a fuel source that is a dying breed." explained Tanyette Colon, Activist and Filmmaker

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Mohawk Nation News 'Deadly Decimation'

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MNN Mar. 27, 2017. The true power of the United States is run by the Pentagon. Just like Canada is run by the military from the 14th Floor of Indian Affairs. Trump is nothing more than a corporate front man for the military occupation of great turtle island. The corporate owners pay for each vote in Congress in the pretend democracy.
SEE VIDEO of a settler speaking about true reconciliation. https://cultivatingalternatives.com/2013/03/04/an-open-letter-to-my-settler-people-adam-barker/ [settler alternatives]
Trump is losing to China in the trade war and wants a hot war. Nothing has changed since the invaders landed on our shores.
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We the victims of genocide have always raised this issue. They have to be charged for the genocide they knowingly committed.  
US REPUBLIC OF WAR.
Benjamin Fletcher, English Governor at Albany speaking to Haudenosaunee, 1696: “We are become a small people and much lessened by the war. If the people of Virginia, Maryland, Pensilvania, the Jerseys, Connecticutt and New-England who have all put their hand to the Covenant Chain will joyn with the inhabitants of this place we are ready to go and root out the French and all our enemyes out of Canada…. We renew the covenant chain in behalfe of the whole House, the Mohaques, Oneydes, Onondages Cayouges & Sinnekes.” — 
Speak, the truth is still alive.
Def Leppard describes the end of the American corporate experiment: [When the walls came tumpling down]: “But we understood the grand finale, fulilment of a prophecy told many years before. So all that was left was “All the women were captured and chained and national suicide was proclaimed. An new America fell to the ground, and all the children lay crippled lame. But all the nation came together in fear of the thought of the end. No more would we fight in the streets. No courage had we to defend, when the walls came tumpling down, when the walls came tumbling down, everybody ran as they screamed at the sound”.

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