Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
By Brenda Norrell
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|Joye Braun, Cheyenne River Lakota, among the first at Sacred Stone Camp, talks with Spirit Resistance Radio|
Lakota Water Protector Joye Braun Talks With Spirit Resistance Radio!
Video interview by Govinda, Spirit Resistance Radio
Article by Brenda Norrell
July 18, 2017
EAGLE BUTTE, South Dakota -- Joye Braun, Cheyenne River Lakota, was one of the first to camp at Sacred Stone Camp and call for water protectors to come to defend the Missouri River from Dakota Access Pipeline. She was there when the first teepees went up. Joye stayed as the camps grew to thousands of water protectors, and as the attacks intensified.
"I see this movement as giving the youths a lot of hope," Joye says.
Listen as Joye describes how the Cheyenne River created a camp for the water protectors, as the camps were leveled at Standing Rock in February 2017.
Speaking with Spirit Resistance Radio at Wakpa Waste Camp in Eagle Butte, Joye describes the arsenic in the water in South Dakota and the recent successful halt to the drilling of a bore hole for a potential uranium waste dump.
There is now a Man Camp going up within a mile of Cheyenne River Lakota land, near a children's school. Joye describes the threat to the women and children, as these men are brought in for construction on the Keystone XL.
Already at the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, Fort Berthold, North Dakota, there are missing women, homicides and sex crimes because of the oil field Man Camps.
Joye describes how Water Protector Camps are being created throughout the land, from the Coast of Louisiana and Flint to Montana and beyond. The actions and resistance continues in the Northwest.
As the resistance mounts to drilling, fracking and pipelines, Joye describes how this oil that is damaging the land, and threatening the water sources, is for private corporations and for export. The ongoing destruction targets private land, and family farms, whose lands are being seized for private pipelines.
Joye says there are many ways of being of service, from doing research to babysitting and more. She says not everyone can be in camp.
Listen to her interview with Govinda at Spirit Resistance Radio.
Wakpa Waste Camp Live from Spirit Resistance Radio
Video by Govinda, Spirit Resistance Radio
Article by Brenda Norrell
EAGLE BUTTE, South Dakota -- Chris, Dineh from Flagstaff, Arizona, says Water Protectors are ready to rush forward and resist the Keystone XL Pipeline.
"It's another head of the snake we're going up against," Chris told Spirit Resistance Radio.
Keystone XL Pipeline would carry crude oil from Alberta, Canada, to the Gulf Coast, and endanger the drinking water of millions in the heart of this land. It would pass through the Ogallala Aquifer.
Chris said the pipelines bring with them the Man Camps, with private security moving in for the pipeline.
Urging the people to pray and go through the bruises, and being broken down, he said it will make you into a warrior.
"Pray, find the courage, and do what your heart tells you."
No matter how scary it is, keep going.
"Go for it head on."
"Once you go through it, you might be bloody, bruised, broken, but you'll heal."
"You've got to break yourself down to make yourself into a Warrior."
Speaking from the Cheyenne River Sioux homeland, and Wakpa Waste Camp, which was created when Water Protector Camps were leveled at Standing Rock, Chris said,"You'll always have a home here."
In Defense of Water, Chairman Frazier 'Battling Uranium Mining and Pipelines'
Interview by Govinda Dalton
Spirit Resistance Radio
Article by Brenda Norrell
EAGLE BUTTE, South Dakota -- Cheyenne River Chairman Harold Frazier describes his peoples fight against Dakota Access Pipeline, uranium mining and radioactive waste dumping, and Keystone XL pipeline.
Chairman Frazier thanked all the Water Protectors for their sacrifices and standing up for the water.
"We know how important it is to have fresh, clean water," Chairman Frazier told Govinda Dalton in an interview with Spirit Resistance Radio.
"Anytime it is going to impact our water, we are going to stand up and fight for it," Chairman Frazier said of the effort at Standing Rock, from the beginning at Sacred Stone Camp.
Missouri River is the source of clean, fresh water for Cheyenne River.
Currently, Cheyenne River and other tribes are in court litigation with Energy Transfer Partners over the flow of oil in Dakota Access Pipeline.
Chairman Frazier said he hopes this current litigation will be more than just another "dog and pony show," in regards to Energy Transfer Partners and consultation with Indian Nations
Chairman Frazier said there is a uranium mine targeting the area at the headwaters of the Cheyenne River. They are prepared to stand up and stop it.
Cheyenne River also fought a bore hole being drilled for a possible radioactive waste dump, which has been stopped for now.
Keystone XL is once again threatening their water source. The Keystone XL route targets their land, and Chief Big Foot's last camp on the land.
Chairman Frazier said they are prepared to continue the fight against Keystone XL in the higher courts.
Chairman Frazier points out that the corporations are pumping money into the media to brainwash people.
Chairman Frazier urged others to join them in Nebraska in August and support the efforts to halt approval of the route of Keystone XL Pipeline.
"We need to gather down there, and show these commissioners that there are a lot of concerned people."
Four of the Lakota bands (Minnicoujou, Itazipco, Siha Sapa, and Oohenumpa) are located on the land known as the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation. The other three (the Oglala of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Hunkpapa at Standing Rock Reservation, and Sicangu at the Rosebud Indian Reservation and also at Lower Brule Indian Reservation), are all located in western South Dakota.http://sioux.org
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