Friday, October 19, 2018

Native Women Demand Banks Respect Indigenous Rights and Lands


Native Women Demand Banks Respect Indigenous Rights and Lands

By WECAN International
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The Indigenous Women's Divestment Delegation, and local and national organizations, took action outside of the Equator Principles (EP) Association annual member meeting in Washington D.C - to demand that the banks respect Indigenous rights and lands, and end their investments in dirty energy.
The Equator Principles Association includes 94 of the largest international banks, who have voluntarily signed-on to due diligence standards that should guide member banks away from supporting projects which endanger the Earth and communities. After human rights violations at Standing Rock, the EP Association promised to review and update the Equator Principles, however EP banks have continued to support dangerous extractive projects including ETP’s Bayou Bridge Pipeline, Enbridge’s Line 3, and TransCanada’s Keystone XL.
During the action, Indigenous women leaders and their allies spoke out with great strength to call on the EP banks to uphold Indigenous rights; align themselves with the scientific facts of accelerating climate change; and update their principles to firmly discourage members from investing in the fossil fuel industry and other extractive projects.
The rally was co-organized by the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network, Honor the EarthRainforest Action NetworkBankTrack, Market Forces, Sierra Club, and Greenpeace USA - and featured the voices of Indigenous Women's Divestment Delegation members, Wasté Win Yellowlodge Young (Ihunktowanna/Hunkpapa of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Former Tribal Historic Preservation Officer); Jessica Parfait (United Houma Nation, Graduate student at Louisiana State University exploring impacts of oil and gas on Houma tribal communities); Tara Houska (Couchiching First Nation Anishinaabe, Tribal attorney, National Campaigns Director of Honor the Earth, and former advisor on Native American affairs to Bernie Sanders); Michelle Cook (Diné, Human rights lawyer, and Founder and Co-Director of the Divest, Invest, Protect campaign); and Leoyla Cowboy (Diné, member of The Red Nation, and community organizer for the Water Protector Legal Collective) - joined by Osprey Orielle Lake (Executive Director of the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network and Co-Director of the Divest, Invest, Protect campaign).
Watch the action live-stream:
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Learn more about the Indigenous Women's Divestment Delegation:
Photos via Teena Pugliese

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Water Protectors just shut down an Energy Transfer Partners shareholders meeting in Dallas

BREAKING: Water Protectors just successfully shut down an Energy Transfer Partners shareholders meeting in Dallas, Texas 

L'eau Est La Vie Camp - No Bayou Bridge

All the shareholders were forced to evacuate!

Kelcy Warren, ETP CEO, fled when frontline leaders Ellen Gerhart, Cherri Foytlin and Waniya Locke spoke out about the gross misconduct of ETP projects on the Mariner East, Bayou Bridge, and Dakota Access pipelines. Cherri and Waniya were arrested.

You can see video of the disruption from inside the shareholders meeting here:

While this disruption was happening on the inside, another group of protectors marched into the hotel, while several banners were dropped from adjacent buildings.

More updates coming soon, but please DONATE to help cover the legal costs of this action:

#StopETP #NoBayouBridge #NoMarinerEast#NoDAPL

Anne White Hat -- 'Energy Transfer Partners tried to kill us in the Atchafalaya'

Anne White Hat --'Energy Transfer Partners tried to kill us in the Atchafalaya'

By Anne White Hat
Published with permission
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Talk about #BayousOfResistance!! 
(Oct. 17, 2018) The past 72 hours with our L’eau Est La Vie Crew have been nothing less than equal parts prayer, love, Ohitika, raw courage, and badassednessicity - to say the least. Those Energy Transfer Partners Bayou Bridge pipeline security #%!&@! tried to kill us out there in the Atchafalaya basin y’all, but they don’t understand that the swamp, she loves us more than all the hatred they have for us.
She resisted their hatred for her beloved Water Protectors, who love her so much. She reached her long willow branches out to us while our femme captains made life-saving maneuvers in the violent wake left by ETP’s Bayou Bridge security, her strong branches pulling us to shore as our boats sank into the swamp beneath our feet.
Even the gators with their glowing red eyes and the snakes, who hang over the bayou in the trees and those bigass - and I mean bigass, spiders made room for us. Except the armadillos, there were a lot of those guys who passed by at soon after the sun came up.
It was pitch black in the Atchafalaya when ETP tried to kill us. We deployed around 0:00 dark-thirty, with two national media crews on board, everyone coffeed-up, smudged-up and prayed-up. I had our prayer flags ziplocked and tucked away in my bag as we made our way into the darkness and the most spectacular ride through the swamp ever!! Honestly, I wish y’all were there to witness the magnificent beautiful swamplands that we’re protecting from ETP’s destruction.
At one point, we were the lead boat, I was on the bow of the boat, funky flashlight in hand (because I searched all over camp for a flashlight with batteries with George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars’ “Flashlight” in my mind lol) watching for red gator eyes, rougaroux and random branches or logs that might come across our path. The moon was just a sliver and the sky was filled with stars that reflected on the water, which was like glass at times, and an ever so light mist was coming up ahead hanging above the bayou. I had a feeling to bring out our prayer flags, and like they say, always listen to your intuition. So i pulled our prayer flags and waluta out of their waterproof ziplock bag as we moved through the misty bayou, through that powerful spiritual time, that darkness before the dawn, with all of Creation and the spirits of the Atchafalaya, holding the offerings of her Water Protectors for good health, help and protection.
Soon we could see the most obnoxious glow of lights from the Bayou Bridge pipeline construction site. I tucked our prayer flags safely away in my jacket pocket, knowing full well that our Ancestors had our backs.
Media crews were documenting the construction site along the bayou and soon a security patrol boat with a spotlight was coming towards us as we continued our way down the bayou. The ETP security patrol boat created a huge wake as he passed us by and within seconds waves nearly two feet high began crashing down into our boats. Yea y’all, that wreckless hater created life-threatening conditions which i’m sure violate all kinds of maritime law and could have killed a lot of people.
Meanwhile, hats off to our femme Captains who made split-second decisions, and I mean split-second, because we literally had about 3 or 4 seconds with 3-4 bigass waves, and they saved all of our lives out there - omg! I love them!
We’re all safe. No one was hurt. We’re still here to tell the story.
ok, stay tuned for more about how ETP tried to kill us in the Atchafalaya swamplands.
If y’all want to help us recover items we lost, that would be awesome. I, along with most of our crew lost our phones among many thousands of dollars worth of equipment, etc not to mention our camp boats.
I think i’m going to set up a personal gofundme effort. I had to replace my iPhone today which i totally can’t afford aaand I lost a lot of contacts and pretty much everything - except our prayer flags, they were with us the whole time.
Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the very same company behind the notorious Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) , is trying to build a 162 mile crude oil pipeline across Louisiana called the Bayou Bridge Pipeline (BBP).

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Native Women Take On Wall Street 'Divest in Fossil Fuels'

Photos by Erik McGregor and courtesy Waste Win Young.

Read more about the WECAN International delegation, Today they are in Washington D.C.

BAYOU BRIDGE: Water Protectors Rescued after Boats Intentionally Hit with Wave

Twelve people, including a media crew, were rescued on Monday after Bayou Bridge pipeline resisters boats were intentionally sank

L'eau Est La Vie Camp - No Bayou Bridge
ALERT! (10/15):
Early this morning, while two boats carrying water protectors and media were legally observing a bayou bridge pipeline construction site, an Energy Transfer Partners security boat rapidly passing by intentionally caused a large wave that swamped and eventually sunk our boats!

All passengers, including a documentary film crew, narrowly made it to shore before the boats completely sunk.
All are safe, but some are stranded in the swamp. A local Cajun fisherman has offered to help and is preparing to take one of our boat pilots out to do a rescue extraction.
There is an urgent need to repair or replace our boats! Please share and support our fight.

Read more on the resistance to the end of the black snake pipeline, the Dakota Access Pipeline, on the Louisiana Gulf Coast, in today's article in The Guardian:

'Opposing the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations at Devil's Lake' by Lisa DeVille

Photo Lisa DeVille
'Opposing the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations at Devil's Lake' 

By:  Lisa DeVille, Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara
Mandaree, North Dakota
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On October 12, 2018 I wrote this public comment on Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) proposed in the Devils Lake Region to the North Dakota Department of Health. 

My name is Lisa DeVille.  I am an enrolled member of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation but my direct lineage is Mandan and Hidatsa.  I have lived my whole life with my family in Mandaree, North Dakota, on Fort Berthold Reservation.  I am writing to oppose the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation that's sited near Devils Lake.  The origins of my people came from Devils Lake region.  It is a rich history of my people who inhabited the area before settler times.  Our roots are from there and the spirits of our ancestors are tied to that sacred land.

“We Mandan people call ourselves "the People of the first Man." The Hidatsa were known as Minnetaree, or Gros Ventre. Hidatsa was formerly the name of a village occupied by these tribes, which has been said to mean "willows." The name Minnetaree, spelled in various ways, means "to cross the water."

“One theory is the Mandan moved from the area of southern Minnesota and northern Iowa to the plains in South Dakota about 900 A.D., and slowly migrated north along the Missouri River to North Dakota about 1000 A.D. The Hidatsa moved from central Minnesota to the eastern part of North Dakota near Devils Lake, and moved to join the Mandan at the Missouri River about 1600 A.D. The Mandan and Hidatsa believe they were, created in this area and have always lived here.”

“The Awaxawi (meaning "Village on the Hill") tell of living in the earth and climbing to the surface on a vine. They met the Hidatsa-proper near Devils Lake in eastern North Dakota and Awatixa along the Missouri River. The Hidatsa-proper (meaning "People of the Willows") also lived within the earth and came to the surface near Devils Lake in North Dakota. Hidatsa warriors met corn growers along the Missouri River and decided to move there. When they arrived, the Mandan asked them to move north up the river but not so far as to become enemies.”   National Park Service, Knife River Indian Villages

North Dakota prides itself on the rich history of the first inhabitants of this territory, yet we are constantly accosted by large industries that seek to destroy the finite resources that we have left. North Dakotans, like tribal citizens feel that we are stewards of the earth and that we need to care for it so that our future generations will have a viable future.

There are negative impacts from factory farms to local health, quality of life, property values and the air, land and water that is located in and around the place where our people originated.

Factory farm operators make significant short term profits because they externalize their production costs onto the nearby communities.  Local residents end up paying for damaged roads due to heavy semi-trucks, manure spill clean ups, decreased land fertility, fish kills, and increased healthcare cost. It is foolish to believe that a thousand hog farm will not have an impact on the nearby lake and wetlands. Runoff goes downhill and will eventually end up in the lake.

Typical pollutants found in air surrounding CAFOS:
Hydrogen Sulfide
Particulate Matter

North Dakota should take note from Iowa and see what our water quality will be like after a year of mass producing animals.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Hoopa Tribe Files Suit to Protect Salmon, Oct. 10, 2018


Hoopa Tribe Files Suit to Protect Salmon
By Hoopa Valley Tribe
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October 10, 2018

The Hoopa Valley Indian Tribe today filed suit against federal agencies who failed to
reduce the numbers of Coho salmon being killed in the Pacific Ocean near the mouth of the Klamath River. Without analysis, regulations of the Pacific Fishery Management
Council (PFMC) changed this year to allow more Coho to be injured or killed, although they are protected by the Endangered Species Act. “We will not stand by while the federal agencies kill our fish,” said Hoopa Chairman Ryan Jackson. “Those fish would have returned to the Klamath and Trinity Rivers. The Bureau of Reclamation cannot kill young Coho salmon in the river nor can the PFMC kill and maim the returning adult Coho in salt water,” he said.
In April 2018, the Hoopa Tribe warned U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross that the
PFMC was proposing to up its allowances for killing and maiming Coho salmon during ocean fishing targeted on Chinook salmon. Both species of salmon are present in the ocean’s Klamath Management Zone during the summer and the killing of Coho there is called an “incidental take.” However, Ross simply approved the PFMC’s proposal without bothering to request analysis of the impact on Coho, a violation of the Endangered Species Act. That analysis is required because the new regulations were not considered in the applicable 1999 biological opinion issued to the PFMC. In July 2018, the Tribe notified federal agencies of its intent to sue, but the federal agencies declined to withdraw the regulations.
Adverse impacts to the ESA-listed Coho that result from excessive incidental take of
ESA-listed Coho in ocean fishing directly impairs and injures the Tribe and its sovereign,
legal, economic, and cultural interests. Today’s lawsuit demands that the federal agencies re-initiate consultation under the ESA regarding the adverse effects of ocean fishing on protected Coho and take action to protect Coho during the consultation process.
For further information, please contact Mike Orcutt, Hoopa Fisheries Director, or George Kautsky, Deputy Director at (530) 625-4267.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Mohawk Nation News 'Columbus/Thanksgiving Hysteria'

Land Defenders Take Streets Rejecting ‘Empty Declaration’ Of Indigenous Peoples’ Day In ‘Flagstaff’

Land Defenders Take Streets Rejecting ‘Empty Declaration’ Of Indigenous Peoples’ Day In ‘Flagstaff’

Indigenous Action
French translation by Christine Prat at:
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Report issued by the Ad-hoc Anti-Colonial Agitation Committee of Occupied Flagstaff
Photos by Ed Moss & anon
 OCCUPIED FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — On Monday night, more than 45 people gathered at “Heritage Square” in occupied so-called “Flagstaff” to rally and call for indigenous liberation on Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Speakers at the rally strongly rejected the recent “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” declaration by Flagstaff politicians as a hypocritically symbolic measure, as Indigenous people in the area continue to face cultural genocide, disproportionate incarceration, homelessness, extreme racial profiling and state violence.
Read article, and see more photos, at Indigenous Action:

Havasupai Guardians of the Grand Canyon

Guardians of the Grand Canyon 2018 Photo Earl Tulley, Dine'

Carletta Tilousi said Supai gathered at Red Butte and celebrated the U.S. Supreme Court decision maintaining that there will be no new uranium mining in the Grand Canyon.
Read more in the news:

Indigenous Women Take Divestment Demands To New York and DC

Indigenous Women’s Delegation Takes Fossil Fuel Divestment Demands To New York City and Washington D.C.


October 9, 2018
Media Contact:
Emily Arasim -, +1 (505) 920-0153

Michelle Cook -
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SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, Calif. (October 9, 2018) – A fourth Indigenous Women’s Divestment Delegation will travel to New York City and Washington D.C. from October 15-17th, to take part in high-level meetings engaging the Equator Principle Association banks (EP banks) and the credit rating agency MSCI, regarding fossil fuel developments; Indigenous and human rights violations; dangers to increasing climate chaos; and demands for institutional action to change the harmful financing practices supporting extractive industries.
On October 15th, the delegation will meet with MSCI rating company in New York City. MSCI ESG Research is one of the largest independent providers of ESG (environmental, social and governance) ratings, providing through MSCI Group, ratings for over 6,000 global companies and more than 400,000 equity and fixed income securities. These ratings affect how a company is perceived by investors, and thus the types of credit and loans that will be extended to project or groups, ultimately helping to determine the viability and completion of a given project.
The call from the Indigenous Women’s Divestment Delegation is for rights and environmental violations to be more thoroughly reflected in the rating scores given to fossil fuel extraction companies. Such shifts in rating agency procedures would act as as one tool to contribute to the continued divestment of funds from unjust and dangerous extractive corporations and projects.
On October 16th, the Delegation will travel to Washington D.C. to meet with Equator Principles Association banks in Washington, D.C as they hold their annual meeting.
The Equator Principles Association or ‘EP banks’, are a group of 94 international banks who have signed-on to adhere to a voluntary set of principles enshrined in the ‘Equator Principles’ document. As stated on the Association website, the Equator Principles is used as “a risk management framework, adopted by financial institutions, for determining, assessing and managing environmental and social risk in projects and is primarily intended to provide a minimum standard for due diligence and monitoring to support responsible risk decision-making.”
After the human rights abuses at Standing Rock, which did not stop 13 Equator banks from providing a project loan to the primary Dakota Access pipeline developer - EP banks said they would reform the Equator Principles, and begin a revision process to be completed by 2019 that would more effectively address concerns about potential rights violations and environmental degradation. The Delegation will provide critical inputs to this revision process.
Meetings in Washington, D.C. will be held in collaboration with several groups focused on divestment strategies coordinating a collective campaign.
October 2018 Indigenous Women’s Divestment Delegation members include - Wasté Win Yellowlodge Young (Ihunktowanna/Hunkpapa of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Former Tribal Historic Preservation Officer); Jessica Parfait (United Houma Nation, Graduate student at Louisiana State University exploring impacts of oil and gas on Houma tribal communities); Tara Houska (Couchiching First Nation Anishinaabe, Tribal attorney, National Campaigns Director of Honor the Earth, and former advisor on Native American affairs to Bernie Sanders); Michelle Cook (Diné, Human rights lawyer, and Founder and Co-Director of the Divest, Invest, Protect campaign); and Leoyla Cowboy (Diné, member of the Red Nation, and community organizer for the Water Protector Legal Collective) - joined by Osprey Orielle Lake (Executive Director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) and Co-Director of the Divest, Invest, Protect campaign).
The Delegates will bring with them knowledge, data and analysis, and personal testimony as women leaders active in struggles to oppose the Dakota Access, Bayou Bridge, and Line 3 Pipelines, amongst other work.  [Full Delegate biographies available here].
Previous Indigenous Women’s Divestment Delegations traveled to Norway, Germany, and Switzerland, and focused efforts on some of the largest banks financing global fossil fuel infrastructure, including Credit Suisse, UBS, and Deutsche Bank - to demand adherence to the standards of Indigenous rights and human rights law, and meaningful action to divest funds from the fossil fuel companies forcing unwanted extractive development in Indigenous territories and jeopardizing the health of the global climate and communities. Background and context can be found on the Divest, Invest, Protect webpage.
This fourth, October 2018 Indigenous Women’s Divestment Delegation to Washington D.C. and New York City is facilitated by the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International in partnership with Indigenous women leaders and their directives, as part of the Divest, Invest, Protect campaign. It is one vital contribution in a groundswell of diverse efforts for fossil fuel divestment being taken by groups and communities across the U.S. and around the globe.
Members of the media are encouraged to reach out with all questions and interview requests

“I will be attending this delegation because through my research I have learned a lot about the effects of oil and gas on my community. I have learned how much environmental and human damage they are accountable for, and I want to put personal stories to the survivors of their collateral damage. Historic communities have already been lost and communities of color suffer at disproportionate rates along Louisiana's Cancer Alley, and if the industry is going to continue to harm our people and the environment, then investors should know what they are funding.” - Jessica Parfait (United Houma Nation, Graduate student at Louisiana State University exploring impacts of oil and gas on Houma tribal communities)
“Enbridge has the only fully approved, fully funded major tar sands line in North America. It is a 1/3 owner in Dakota Access, and therefore a 1/3 owner in the brutality on unarmed people that took place in Standing Rock. Enbridge now plans to send almost one million barrels of oil per day through my people’s treaty territory, against the will of the tribes and people. Enbridge holds an A credit rating. No bank with even the most basic respect for human rights should be funding this company.” - Tara Houska (Couchiching First Nation Anishinaabe, Tribal attorney, National Campaigns Director of Honor the Earth, and former advisor on Native American affairs to Bernie Sanders)
“I come from Standing Rock, an indigenous community impacted by the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) - a pipeline our community, tribal government and citizens did not consent to. I am here to call for accountability and reform from the financial institutions that continue to fund these companies and projects despite the egregious civil rights abuses and human rights abuses that occurred at Standing Rock. The time has come for companies, businesses, institutions, communities, families and individuals to step up and play an active role in transitioning from fossil fuel extraction and consumption to green energy. Our future is at stake.” - Wasté Win Yellowlodge Young (Ihunktowanna/Hunkpapa of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Former Tribal Historic Preservation Officer)
"Indigenous women are fighting for our land and lives. The decisions made by rating agencies like MSCI impact the survival of our people. If these agencies give companies who violate indigenous rights an "A" rating, there is a serious problem with how these companies are being measured and evaluated. Rating agencies must include indigenous human rights assessments and indigenous stakeholders as credible sources of information in evaluating investments and companies. We are demanding businesses to uphold their responsibility to protect and respect indigenous human rights.  For far too long the indispensable role banks and financial institutions have played in resource colonization and the oppression of indigenous peoples worldwide have been obscured. I believe that our stories, our counter-narratives, have the power to bring meaningful legal change. The courage these women show, their audacity to face those in seats of power, demonstrates a commitment to justice that we all can learn from." - Michelle Cook (Diné, Human rights lawyer, and Founder and Co-Director of the Divest, Invest, Protect campaign)
“Settler colonialism is a dangerous and violent thread of capitalism, patriarchy and white supremacy, which works to ‘eliminate Indigenous people’. I was forced to learn in early education that settlers were people to celebrate. I speak about our true heroes, our relatives and our ancestors. All of the U.S. is indigenous lands, this is what I know to be true, and resource extraction is Indigenous genocide. I see so much beauty in our people and our lands. Resource extraction tries violently to tear our livelihood apart. Our bodies are under attack when our lands are used for resource extraction. Divestment is the frontlines; it’s another form of non-violent direct action. This is where the money directly ties to resource extraction. Instead, we need money to be moved to building a good future away from dangerous extractive industries like fossil fuels that hurt everyone.” - Leoyla Cowboy (Diné, member of the Red Nation, and community organizer for the Water Protector Legal Collective)
“Divestment from dirty fossil fuel extraction and infrastructure demonstrates a commitment to our collective future and the web of life. What is needed immediately from financial institutions, insurance companies and rating agencies, is a show of leadership and dedication to ecological sustainability, and human and Indigenous rights, as we face the unprecedented challenges of a world plunging into climate chaos. Indigenous women have long bore the brunt of extractive industries, and despite this, shine powerfully with solutions to the harms that come from these destructive practices. Financial institutions, businesses, and governments need to listen to Indigenous women and adhere to their demands, which are founded on requests for basic respect for obtaining free, prior and informed consent of Indigenous communities, as required under international law. WECAN International stands with representatives of the ongoing Indigenous Women’s Divestment Delegations - and is calling for justice and accountability from institutions engaged in or enabling fossil fuel extraction. Business as usual cannot continue. Now is the time to move forward towards renewable, regenerative energy for all.” - Osprey Orielle Lake (Executive Director of the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network and Co-Director of the Divest, Invest, Protect campaign)