August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

U.S. EPA seizes control of Oklahoma Indian lands for hazardous dumping and fracking

U.S. EPA seizes control of Oklahoma Indian lands for 
hazardous dumping and fracking

By Brenda Norrell
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It is more race-baiting. The tribes impacted by the Supreme Court’s McGirt decision and all tribes in the state must stand together. Our very existence is at stake. If Stitt has his way the fossil fuel industry will line his pockets with our lifeblood. -- Casey Camp Horinek, Ponca

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Trump administration's EPA granted the state of Oklahoma wide-ranging environmental regulatory control on nearly all tribal lands in the state, stripping dozens of tribes of their sovereignty over critical environmental issues, Ecowatch reports.

The EPA action infuriated Oklahoma’s Ponca Tribe. Casey Camp-Horinek, Environmental Ambassador and Elder and Hereditary Drumkeeper Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma, provided the following statement to TYT:

ARIZONA: Border Patrol brutally raids migrant medical aid station at Arivaca, Oct. 5, 2020

U.S. Border Patrol Tactical Unit smashes windows, terrorizes migrants receiving care in excessive heat, seizing twelve migrants in second nightmare raid

By No More Deaths
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After sunset yesterday, October 5th, U.S. Border Patrol entered No More Deaths’ humanitarian aid station, Byrd Camp, with a federal warrant, for a second nighttime raid in two months. Volunteers were held for 3 hours while 12 people who were receiving medical care, food, water, and shelter from the 100+ degree heat were apprehended.

In a massive show of armed force, Border Patrol, along with the Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC), descended on the camp with an armored tank, ATVs, a helicopter, and many marked and unmarked vehicles. Agents, armed with assault rifles, chased and terrorized those who were receiving care, all while the helicopter hovered low above them kicking up dust and debris, making it nearly impossible to see. Border Patrol smashed windows, broke doors, and destroyed essential camp infrastructure as well as supplies. This was after heavily surveilling the camp and patrolling its perimeter, creating an antagonistic and distressing environment for those receiving care, since late Saturday night on the 3rd.

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