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Cheyenne River Lakota youth locks down, arrested, to halt KXL pipeline construction

By Brenda Norrell
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PHILLIP, South Dakota -- Cheyenne River Lakota Jasilyn Charger locked down and halted construction at the KXL pipeline pumping station construction on Saturday and was arrested. Charger was released from jail after making her stand for the water and people near the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation.

"Jasilyn Charger, of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe said she felt it in her heart to make a stand for her people, her Homelands and all the children who have no say about the destruction currently happening to their home," 2KC Media reported.

"Today 11/21/20, she locked herself down to one of the pipes at the Royer road KXL oil pump stations to stop the illegal construction happening. A complaint was filed to the state's attorney in Haakon County but no action has been taken yet. So Jasilyn felt it was her civic duty to act and make a stand for those who can't. We stand with her, solidarity," 2KC Media said.

"Keep her in your prayers and keep eyes on KXL and the desecration happening to UNCI Maka."

Candi Brings Plenty said, "I almost got arrested today, but I am grateful for the crew who had my back and got me home safe to my Tiwahé. 

"But first of all, I am so proud of Jasilyn Charger for their bravery and stepping up to lead the way in our resistance stance to our continued fight to protect Mni Wićoni.

"Today they locked themselves down to the KXL pump station and she was arrested later in the afternoon.
Jaslyn opagi’d me, they followed traditional protocol and honored me by offering me tobacco and spirit food. I was asked to come support and hold space on this frontline action.

"We successfully shut down the KXL pump station, all the workers took down the cranes and had to cease work for the day. They all packed up and left back to the man camp.

"In this video the fire department was called in to bring in heavy machinery to cut their restraints off, Jasilyn was immediately arrested and is in need of a lawyer and legal support. This big-hearted warrior isn’t representing any non-profits, they are a true entity for the Oyaté. Jasilyn is a badass Two Spirit youth, who is a Water Protector and Earth Defender and definitely an answer to our ancestors' prayers.

"My phone died just as the Haakon County sheriff tells me he’s going to arrest me and Maské Waniya. He said when he was done arresting Jasilyn, he was coming after me next, even if it was down the road. I needed to charge my phone and inform my Baby Bears that I might get arrested, so I charged my cell and start praying, and my spirit guides decided it wasn’t my time and that they were going to keep protecting me. 

"Wopila Ikce for being part of that protection.

"It was just REALLY important to me that we document Jasilyn’s arrest and to observe their methods and treatment of our sibling who put their livelihood on the line, who made their stance today for not only the protection of our water but also for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Womxn, In Solidarity for Line 3 and to call our President-elect Joe Biden to stay true to his words and shut down the Keystone Pipeline.

"This crew of folks is also fighting on the ground because their tribe is going into lockdown on Monday, and they know that this illegal construction is going to continue without disruption. This is Amerikkka," Brings Plenty said.

"Please share and bring awareness to this illegal construction that is happening and to bring visibility to the impactful work of our grassroots warriors."

Cherokee Nation Chief: Oklahoma needs state-wide mask mandate

 Statement of Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr.

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Since the COVID-19 pandemic first reached Cherokee Nation, our people have worked together to protect Cherokees. We have seen heroic actions and hard sacrifices by our health care workers, staff and volunteers who distributed food and economic assistance, and all those who gave up in-person social and family time to help keep us safe.

I am grateful for those sacrifices that have saved Cherokee lives and prevented even greater suffering, especially for our treasured elders. I have tried to support those efforts by following the best public health recommendations available. That is why I issued an executive order in May mandating masks at Cherokee Nation properties. I also made sure that, whenever possible, our employees could stay at home without losing a paycheck, and our Cherokee families and communities would be supported through this crisis.

Unfortunately, Cherokees cannot defeat this virus alone. The harsh reality is that COVID-19 is spreading faster than ever across our reservation, the state and the whole country. Cherokee Nation has 4,322 total cases and 35 deaths within our health system. Hospitals are reaching capacity at alarming rates, including at Cherokee Nation’s W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah. In addition, 89 Oklahomans, including some Cherokees whom I consider dear friends, tragically died due to complications from COVID-19 in the past week.

These hospitalizations and deaths were preventable. Many more hospitalizations and deaths are still preventable. Our health experts at Cherokee Nation, in Oklahoma and around the United States have told us that face coverings help reduce the spread of this disease. Cherokee Nation and local leaders around the state have listened to the public health experts, but it is simply not enough. Cities with mask ordinances are reporting lower rates of transmission, but the virus doesn’t care about municipal or reservation boundaries. We need uniformity across the state to stop COVID-19.

I was glad to see Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt recently announce some new measures to slow the virus. Requiring masks in state facilities and instituting an 11 p.m. curfew for restaurants and bars are positive steps. These will help, but they are not enough.  I have called on Governor Stitt to issue a statewide mask mandate and urge you to do the same.

It is long overdue for the state of Oklahoma to enact a statewide mask mandate. The Centers for Disease Control recommends it, the White House Coronavirus Task Force recommends it, and the Oklahoma State Medical Association recommends it. Already, 35 other states have statewide mask mandates, including every one of Oklahoma’s surrounding states except Missouri. Statewide mandates were most recently adopted in Utah and North Dakota. This is not a partisan or a political issue; it is a matter of life and death.

I have heard some hesitancy about mask mandates and other public health measures out of concern that they could hurt the economy. But this is a false choice. We will never truly get “back to business” while this virus threatens our friends and families. It appears likely that an effective vaccine will arrive next year, and that makes it even more important to prevent unnecessary suffering and death for the next few months. Our economy will bounce back strongest if we save as many lives as possible today.

From the beginning of this pandemic, I have pledged that Cherokee Nation’s response would be guided by medical science and compassion. Now I am urging our state and our country to follow the Cherokee way: When times get tough, put your community ahead of yourself. Mask mandates and other proven public health measures are overdue.




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