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Monday, February 8, 2021

Indigenous Water Protector Jailed in North Dakota for Refusing to Cooperate with Secret Grand Jury


Indigenous Water Protector Jailed in North Dakota for Refusing to Cooperate With Secret Grand Jury



Steve Martinez Takes Stand Against Use of Grand Jury to Repress Indigenous Environmental Movement
February 8, 2021

Contact: Leoyla Cowboy, Executive Director, Water Protector Legal Collective
Natali Segovia, Attorney, Water Protector Legal Collective defense@waterprotectorlegal.org Moira Meltzer-Cohen, Attorney at Law

By Water Protector Legal Collective
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BISMSRCK, North Dakota – Water Protector Steve Martinez is confined in Burleigh County Detention Center after refusing, on principle, to give testimony before a federal grand jury. This Grand Jury, like the one at which Martinez refused to testify three years ago, ostensibly involves a criminal investigation into events leading to the grievous injury of Water Protector Sophia Wilansky. It has been the position of Morton County, North Dakota that Ms. Wilansky was not injured as a result of excessive force by law enforcement, but by the actions of Water Protectors. In a federal civil rights lawsuit against Morton County, however, Wilansky says she was shot in the arm with a concussion grenade by a sheriff’s deputy on November 20, 2016, when law enforcement attacked hundreds of unarmed people objecting to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (“DAPL”) with high pressure fire hoses, impact munitions, explosive grenades and chemical weapons.

Akantu -- Origin Series -- Music and Spoken Word CD from Tiokasin Ghosthorse



"AKANTU: ORIGIN SERIES"
New music and spoken word CD from Tiokasin Ghosthorse

By Liz Hill, Ojibwe
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STONE RIDGE, N.Y., Feb. 8, 2021 via REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. — "Akantu: Origin Series" is a new CD from Tiokasin Ghosthorse. The CD, which includes four tracks of spoken word and music, is Ghosthorse's fifth release. Like all of Ghosthorse's past projects, "Akantu: Origin Series" was inspired by and is dedicated to Mother Earth.

"Akantu: Origin Series" was recorded live on October 12, 2017 at The National Sawdust in Brooklyn,  New York. "This was a gathering of Original Nations and notions of beings with the elemental evolution of letting the mystery go where it will with music, spoken word and presence," says Ghosthorse.