Focus on Lakota Pipeline Protests (Standing Rock)

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Native American protesters are currently conducting protests against a pipeline being across Lakota lands. The Dakota Access Pipeline project was recently approved by the U.S. Congress and will run over a thousand miles from North Dakota to Illinois.

In the summer of 2016, a group of young activists from Standing Rock ran from North Dakota to Washington, D.C., to present a petition in protest of the construction of Energy Transfer Partners' Dakota Access Pipeline, which is part of the Bakken pipeline, and have launched an international campaign called ReZpect our Water. The pipeline which goes from North Dakota to Illinois, the activists argue, would jeopardize the water source of the reservation, the Missouri River. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has filed an injunction against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to stop building the pipeline. In April 2016, three federal agencies -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Interior, and Advisory Council on Historic Preservation—requested full Environmental Impact Statement of the pipeline. In August 2016, protests were held near Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

Peaceful protests at pipeline site continued and drew indigenous people from throughout North America as well as other supporters. A number of planned arrests occurred when people locked themselves to heavy machinery. On September 3, 2016, the Dakota Access Pipeline brought in a private security firm. The company used bulldozers to dig up part of the pipeline route that subject to a pending injunction motion; it contained possible Native graves and burial artifacts. The bulldozers arrived within a day from when the tribe filed legal action. When unarmed protesters moved near the bulldozers, the guards used pepper spray and guard dogs to protect the site they were told to guard. At least six protesters were treated for dog bites and an estimated 30 protesters were pepper sprayed before the security guards and their dogs exited the scene in trucks

Protesters stand at the front barricades of the protest zone, holding signs that read “Water is sacred” and “Mni Wiconi” (“Water is life” in Lakota).

12-8-2016 update from Lisa Fithian:

Dear family.

If any of you are thinking or planning to come to Standing Rick. Do Not Come. Evacuations are underway before the next storm. All non natives not in essential roles of medics or legal or sanitation are asked to leave. I will fly out in Sunday weather permitting. The denial of the easement only gives us more moral authority to pull out the financial structure to uphold the Black Snake. Political pressure is also needed to insure DAPL does not attempt to go under the river. Increase the fines and send federal marshals to insure they are stopped. Money donations are best directed to Oceti Sakowin camp.org. Info can be found there. Support Indigenous organizing against extractive industries in your regions. Stop pipelines shipments where for oil, gas, deportations or schools to prisons everywhere. Again Do Not Come to Standing Rock camps at this time. Camps will be re-established in the Spring. Much love to all of you holding us with resources and prayers for protection and courage. Please spread these words! With love and clarity. See you in the streets as we shut down Trumps Inauguration! Lisa

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Live - Bismarck, North Dakota - October 17, 2016

September 13, 2016

Via Unicorn Riot ~ Around 20 people have just been arrested at the site of the #NoDAPL lockdown, including medics and two Unicorn Riot journalists. Police have shut down all road access to the site and are carrying assault rifles and less-lethal weapons.

September 3, 2016 ~ Private security use dogs to terrorize protectors.

 

From Idle No More (8-24):

In regards to the hearing that happened today in DC: The Standing Rock Sioux tribe with solidarity from other tribes and their lawsuit against The Army Corps of Engineers for the Dakota Access Pipeline

Judge could not make a decision and would decide by September 9th, if appealed the decision would be made by September 14th

The UN just submitted their racial discrimination elimination which is because of the original route change from Bismarck to Standing Rock.

Talks are still in process on what's next but we hold peaceful space always in all ways.

All through the morning we held powerful ceremony with the pipes and released the Eagle. Prayers were sent east to DC to strengthen our brothers and sisters there and to open the minds and hearts of those who are trying to push DAPL and those who are to be the decider of the lawsuit.

 

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