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Eviction Day – December 5, 2016 – Water Protectors were not leaving. Native News Online; photo by
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by Levi Rickert, Native News Online  -  22 DEC 2016
    WASHINGTON – The incoming chairman of the U.S. Committee on Indian Affairs, Senator John Hoeven (R – North Dakota) wants the water protectors fighting against the Dakota Access pipeline to leave the encampments.
    Approximately 1,500 people are still living in the various Standing Rock encampments.
    “We must all follow the rule of law for the safety of everyone and to protect everyone’s rights,” Hoeven said in his statement. “As fellow North Dakotans — both native and non-native — we need to work together to restore our long-standing good relationship.”
    On December 6, 2016, Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II asked the water protectors to leave the camps. His request came two days after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced it would not grant an easement for the construction of the pipeline under the Missouri River....  
by Louise Erdrich, The New Yorker - 22 DEC 2016
    The snow-scoured hills and buttes of the Missouri Breaks are dotted with isolated houses, until the sudden appearance of the Oceti Sakowin encampment on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The presence of so many people catches at the heart. Snow-dusted tepees, neon pup tents, dark-olive military tents, brightly painted metal campers, and round solid yurts shelter hundreds on the floodplain where the Cannonball River meets the Missouri. Flags of Native Nations whip in the cutting wind, each speaking of solidarity with the Standing Rock tribe’s opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline, or D.A.P.L., owned by Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics. This pipeline would pass beneath the Missouri River and imperil drinking water not only for the tribe but for farmers, ranchers, and townspeople all along the river’s course.
    Oceti Sakowin, or Seven Fires, refers to the seven divisions of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota, people who are perhaps best known for their resistance to colonization (Little Big Horn, 1876), their suffering (Wounded Knee, 1890), and their activism (Wounded Knee, 1973). One of their most famous leaders, Sitting Bull, was murdered in the town that is now their tribal headquarters, Fort Yates. Down the road from Fort Yates is the town of Cannonball, named for the large round stones polished by the whirlpool that marked the convergence of the two rivers, just outside the Oceti Sakowin camp. The round stones disappeared when the Army Corps of Engineers dammed the Missouri, in a giant project that lasted from 1948 to 1962. The result of that project, Lake Oahe, flooded Standing Rock’s most life-giving land. The Lakota were forced onto the harshly exposed grazing uplands, and they haven’t forgotten that, or much else. History is a living force in the Lakota way of life. Each of the great events in their common destiny includes the direct experience of ancestors, whose names live on in their descendants. It is impossible to speak of what is now happening at Standing Rock without taking into account the history, as well as the intense spirituality, that underlies Seven Fires resistance....  
Stand Up!
People's Climate Music, Posted to Native Americans Today on Facebook  -  21 DEC 2016
    Actress and Activist Shailene Woodley joins Indigenous Artists in this song dedicated to the
Standing Rock Water Protectors.
Between Standing Rock and a Hard Place
Big banks are finding it tough to be consistent around environmental standards. They need to try harder to address the conflicts and inconsistencies.

by Helen Avery, Euromoney  -  21 DEC 2016
    The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) loan highlights the challenges banks are going to face as they seek to embrace environmental and social standards, and 'do good’ while still doing business. The $3.8 billion loan to Energy Transfer Partners to help finance the pipeline has become a headache for the deal’s lead banks. Not only does the pipeline have the potential to contaminate drinking water, it has also become a human rights issue, having been rerouted through sacred lands of indigenous peoples. As such, the deal violates the Equator Principles that 13 of the 17 banks on the DAPL deal signed up to.
    On December 4, Department of the Army announced that it would not approve an easement that would allow the pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s reservation lies half a mile south of the proposed crossing. The army said that it would look for alternative routes for the project. However, president-elect Trump, who owns stock in the company building the pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners, could overturn this decision after January 20.
    Citi, one of the leads on the deal, has found itself in an uncomfortable position. For one, it refers to the Equator Principles at length in its annual corporate social responsibility report. Two statements were put out in November by the bank assuring critics that it was assessing the deal, but customer responses on its blog page show little comfort was given. Many of the posters said they would be leaving the retail bank.
    This year Citi and the other lead banks, TD Bank and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, are expected to see shareholder resolutions filed. It is not just those three that find themselves under scrutiny for the environmental and social impacts of their financing business. Environmental and human rights groups have gone from targeting corporations to instead targeting the banks that fund them. For example, some 26 environmental groups, led by organization BankTrack, wrote an open letter to the DAPL banks urging them to halt further loan payments to the pipeline....  
Standing Rock Sioux - A Model for Protection of Planet and its People
by David Schilling, Institute for Human Rights and Business  -  21 December 2016
    The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe met with representatives of Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) on October 30, 2014 and learned of their plans to build the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), a 1,172 pipeline from North Dakota to Illinois that would carry 470,000 to 570,000 barrels of oil per day. A tribal spokesperson told us this month that their response to ETP was clear: they opposed a project “that would jeopardize our water and sacred sites.”
    With most of the DAPL completed, the Standing Rock Sioux, after a months-long campaign against the pipeline, has won a major victory when, on December 4th the Army Corps of Engineers announced it will not grant the permit to drill under the Missouri River, near Sioux lands. Assistant Secretary for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy said they would need to explore alternate routes for the crossing.
    The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the Elders, International Indigenous Youth Council, and Oceti Sakowin Camp led a movement that touched tens of thousands of people, many of whom came to Standing Rock to show solidarity with the “water protectors”. Tribes across the US and Canada, veterans, religious leaders, human rights and environmental activists all came to stand with the Standing Rock Sioux. On a conference call with over 100 investors the day after the decision, Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II said to us: “For once our voices are being heard and the right decision was made.”
    The struggle is not over....  
Dakota Access Pipeline Opponents Wait for Court Ruling
Radio Iowa  -  21 DEC 2016
    A ruling on the latest Iowa lawsuit to fight the Dakota Access oil pipeline may not come until the new year.
    Nine Iowa farmers and landowners were in court in Des Moines last week to challenge the granting of eminent domain powers to Energy Transfer Partners, the pipeline’s owners.
    Ed Fallon, state director of BOLD Iowa, says the case has national implications. “This case is much bigger than the pipeline,” Fallon says. “If Dakota Access prevails, they’ll be setting the precedent and sending the message that it’s okay for government to turn anybody’s land over to any private entity because you can always try to define it as in the public necessity.”...  
IEEFA Update: More Weaknesses Seen in Companies Behind the Dakota Access Pipeline Project
A Proposed Sale Is Delayed, Developers’ Revenues Are Down, Credit Ratings Are Poor, and Cash Is in Short Supply  

Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis  -  21 DEC 2016
    The closer one examines the financial position of the companies behind the Dakota Access Pipeline project, the weaker they look.
    We outlined some of the imminent deadline risk around the project in a report we published a few weeks ago (“The High-Risk Financing Behind the Dakota Access Pipeline”), noting how the developers are facing a Jan. 1 completion deadline they cannot meet.
    Missing that deadline could trigger a costly reset with producers and shippers, who will be able to renegotiate contracts signed two years ago with the pipeline company. This will most likely work to the disadvantage of the pipeline’s developers because oil prices have fallen by more than half since late 2014 and because the value of transport contracts are tied so closely to oil prices.
    Our report also concluded that the project is an example of overbuild in oil infrastructure in the Bakken region of North Dakota and that, as such, it risks becoming a stranded asset.
    We’ve done some additional research now that shows additional weaknesses in the finances of Energy Transfer Partners (ETP).
    First, a note about ETP’s corporate web. The company is owned by Energy Transfer Equity, which also owns Sunoco Logistics Partners. ETP and Sunoco Logistics Partners are the two lead partners on the Dakota Access Pipeline, or DAPL....  
Bold Iowa Leader Says Dakota Access Pipeline Lawsuit Has Big Ramifications
Jasper County News  -  21 DEC 2016
    A ruling on the latest Iowa lawsuit to fight the Dakota Access oil pipeline may not come until the new year. Nine Iowa farmers and landowners were in court in Des Moines last week to challenge the granting of eminent domain powers to Energy Transfer Partners, the pipeline’s owners. Ed Fallon, state director of BOLD Iowa, says the case has national implications....  
NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD Regarding Petition to Permit Temporary Provisions of Legal Services by Qualified Attorneys From Outside North Dakota
North Dakota Supreme Court  -  20 DEC 2016
    The North Dakota Supreme Court has decided to take public comments on whether to allow out-of-state lawyers to represent Water Protectors for their trials.
    Comments are due by FRIDAY, 4 pm Dec. 30, 2016.
    Written comments may be e-mailed to Penny Miller, Clerk of the Supreme Court, at supclerkofcourt@ndcourts.gov, or addressed to 600 E. Boulevard Ave., Bismarck, ND 58505-0530.
Morton County Courthouse, 20 December 2016
Digital Smoke Signals  -  20 DEC 2016
Barack Obama Bans Oil and Gas Drilling in Most of Arctic and Atlantic Oceans
Obama uses law that allows presidents to block sale of new offshore drilling and mining rights and makes it difficult for their successors to reverse decision

The Guardian  -  20 DEC 2016
    Barack Obama has permanently banned new oil and gas drilling in most US-owned waters in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, a last-ditch effort to lock in environmental protections before he hands over to Donald Trump.
    Obama used a 1953 law that allows presidents to block the sale of new offshore drilling and mining rights and makes it difficult for their successors to reverse the decision.
Donald Trump presidency a 'disaster for the planet', warn climate scientists
    However, Obama’s ban – affecting federal waters off Alaska in the Chukchi Sea and most of the Beaufort Sea and in the Atlantic from New England to the Chesapeake Bay – is unprecedented in scale and could be challenged by Trump in court....  
Critics Say Florida Utilities Are Building ‘Unnecessary’ Gas Infrastructure For Profit While Customers Foot Bill
by Larry Buhl, DESMOG  -  18 DEC 2016
    On an August 2015 earnings call, Kelcy Warren, CEO of natural gas company Energy Transfer Partners, acknowledged that “the pipeline business will overbuild until the end of time.”
    Critics of Florida’s utilities say they believe Warren. They point to state regulators allowing Florida Power and Light (FPL) to build not only new power plants using fracked gas from as far away as Pennsylvania and Texas but also natural gas infrastructure that includes the $3 billion Sabal Trail Pipeline.
    And Florida residents are footing the bill for these efforts.
    As Frank Jackalone, Director of Sierra Club Florida, said in a recent blog post:
    “FPL has admitted that homegrown solar and batteries could do at least as good a job of powering Floridian homes and businesses — at competitive prices. To make matters worse, FPL is also using these power plants to try to justify building unnecessary gas pipelines such as Sabal Trail and Atlantic Sunrise.”...  
North Dakota’s New Governor Misses Standing Rock Moment
by Mark Trahant, Guest Commentary; Native News Online  -  17 DEC 2016
    There is that moment when we take the plastic protection off a new phone screen. Everything was perfect until we peel it away. Then fingerprints, scratches, and the business of life take hold. That new thing is never the same.
    That’s exactly where Doug Burgum was as the new governor of North Dakota. He could have taken that screen and made certain that there was a new image of North Dakota for the world to see.
    Damn. Think about what was possible: A governor who is framing his entire administration on innovation just dismissed the most disruptive force in his state’s recent history. That is what Standing Rock is about. Instead of saying, “What can we learn from this? What can we do together?” The new governor relied on the screen saver that was there before; the idea that powerful forces will roll over the tribe and build the Dakota Access Pipeline without interference. Thank you.
    Burgum also scratched away at an old story: The Obama administration created this problem....  
Water Protectors Legal Collective Calls for Morton County Prosecutor to Resign & Permission for Out-of-State Lawyers to Represent Water Protectors
Native News Online  -  17 DEC 2016
    MANDAN, NORTH DAKOTA — On Thursday, December 15, 2016, the North Dakota Supreme Court issued an order calling for public comments on a petition filed by the Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC), an initiative of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG). The deadline for comments is set for 4 PM on Friday, December 30.
    The WPLC also called for the resignation of Acting Morton County State’s Attorney Ladd Erickson after he filed a motion to hold indigent Water Protectors liable to repay the state for their court appointed lawyers, while belittling and calling the Water Protectors “props” and their movement a “protracted manufactured spectacular.”...  
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Seeks Justice
LR Inspire  -  17 DEC 2016
    Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier releases a statement to Larry Roberts, Acting Assistant Secretary of U.S. Department of Interior – Indian Affairs and Tracey Toulou, Director, Office of Tribal Justice to address abuses committed by the State of North Dakota and DAPL mercenaries against the water protectors.
    On November 20, 2016, water protectors, including members of Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe were attacked again. Unarmed people including Chairman Fraizer were shot without provocation with rubber bullets, bean bags water cannons, tear gas canisters and concussion grenades.
    Videos taken by independent journalists corroborate these actions. These abuses are human rights violations as well as violations of criminal law. Governing state and federal laws do not appear to permit a person, even a law enforcement officer, to shoot another person or assault them with a deadly weapon for mere trespass or for lawful protest on public property....
Mní Wičhóni Nakíčižiŋ Owáyawa
Wordpress  -  17 DEC 2016
    Official School Statement
    December 17, 2016 by waterdefenders

    Háu Mitákuyepi,

    We at Mní Wičhóni Nakíčižiŋ Owáyawa (Defenders of the Water School) are greatly encouraged by the Army Corps of Engineers’ decision not to grant the easement underneath Mníšoše. Indigenous people, along with allies, have prayed together and stood together to say that human rights abuses, treaty violations, and environmental degradation will not be tolerated. This is a historic moment and a step towards greater justice for not just Standing Rock, but all indigenous nations.
    This victory reminds us of how powerful we are together. We must remember too that this fight is about much more than a single injustice. We’ve seen the State’s lack of regard for treaty rights, sacred spaces, and the earth; we’ve seen how corporate interests are elevated above human interests; and we’ve seen the police brutality and racism perpetrated against indigenous communities. However, at camp we have also seen the beauty of a community structured around indigenous values. We’ve seen the high level of love, care, and generosity we can show each other each and every day. We’ve seen how strong our prayers and our songs can be. Our solidarity does not and cannot end here.
    To that end, Mní Wičhóni Nakíčižiŋ Owáyawa will continue to fight for indigenous children to have access to an education rooted in their own cultural traditions, beliefs, and languages. We will continue...  
This Proposed Pipeline Would Cut Right Through The Appalachian Trail
Conservation groups are rallying against the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

by Hilary Hanson, The Huffington Post  -  17 DEC 2016
    Environmental groups are voicing opposition to a proposed natural gas pipeline that would cut across the Appalachian Trail in Virginia and require clearing a previously protected corridor of forest.
    The Mountain Valley Pipeline would transport natural gas from northwest West Virginia to southern Virginia, according to The Wilderness Society, which published an editorial this week saying the pipeline would set a “dangerous precedent.” That’s because construction would involve clearing a 125-foot-wide section that would cross 3.4 miles of forest protected under the Forest Service’s “roadless rule ― litigation meant to protect lands from road construction and logging.
    “Some of the most iconic viewpoints, like Angels Rest, along the Appalachian Trail in Virginia will look out upon an ugly swath of destruction that dissects habitat and threatens waterways,” the Wilderness Society writes....
My Week Among the Freezing, Confused, Hopeful Veterans at Standing Rock
by Cheree Franco, VICE  -  17 DEC 2016
    We set off from New Orleans at 11 PM—23:00—on Thursday, December 1. There are only four of us in a 12-passenger van, but it still feels cramped, packed as it is with everything we need to survive water cannons and rubber bullets in blizzard conditions. There are sub-zero sleeping bags, food and water, blankets, extra clothes, gas masks, helmets, and military-grade body armor. A handmade dreamcatcher dangles from the rearview.
    The veterans I'm traveling with are Adrienne Lahtela, 36 and a former Army captain who served in Afghanistan; Jonas Hair, 39, a former Navy navigation specialist; and Tom Anderson, 30, a former Navy medic deployed to Iraq. They are three of thousands who answered a call put out on November 11 by former Army lieutenant Wesley Clark Jr. and ex-Marine and retired Baltimore cop Michael Wood Jr., asking veterans from all over the country to come to North Dakota as human shields for the "water protectors"—activists who have been camped out near the Standing Rock reservation in an effort to block the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), a controversial project being built by Energy Transfer Partners (ETP).
    Veterans Stand for Standing Rock, as the group calls itself, was just the latest voice to be raised against the pipeline, which critics said would endanger the water supplies of local Sioux—but the protests were about more than that. As they grew in size and as media outlets and celebrities took notice, the camps seemed to symbolize a stand against corporate greed, against white people ignoring the wishes of Native Americans, against all sorts of injustices....  
For Immediate Release
December 16, 2016
Statement by the President on the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act

President Obama, The White House  -  16 DEC 2016
    Today I am signing the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act into law. It authorizes vital water projects across the country to restore watersheds, improve waterways and flood control, and improve drinking water infrastructure. The law also authorizes $170 million for communities facing drinking water emergencies, including funding for Flint, Michigan, to recover from the lead contamination in its drinking water system. That help for Flint is a priority of this Administration. WINN also includes four Indian water rights settlements that resolve long-standing claims to water and the conflicts surrounding those claims, address the needs of Native Communities, fulfill the Federal trust responsibility to American Indians, and provide a sound base for greater economic development for both the affected tribes and their non-Indian neighbors.
    Title III, Subtitle J, of the law has both short-term and long-term provisions related to addressing the continuing drought in California....  
Thousands of people camped at Oceti Sakowin camp in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, a few days after the Army Corps of Engineers announced it would deny the easement to build the pipeline under Lake Oahe. A few hundred are prepared to stay for the winter.    Andrew Cullen
Feds Withheld Key Documents from Standing Rock Sioux
Still, Trump’s election reduces chances that the Dakota Access pipeline will be permanently blocked.

by Elizabeth Shogren, High Country News  -  14 DEC 2016
    The Army made a stunning admission earlier this month when it announced its decision to require a deeper environmental review and more extensive consultation before deciding whether to grant an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline.
    In its consultations with the Standing Rock Sioux about the pipeline crossing underneath Lake Oahe within a half mile of the reservation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers purposefully withheld key studies that could have helped the tribe evaluate the risks. One report modeled damage from potential spills; another weighed the likelihood of spills; a third compared alternative routes and discussed the environmental justice concerns raised by the project. The revelation highlights the federal government’s perception of its limited responsibility to consult with tribes even on matters that could threaten its welfare.
    The contents of these documents, which have still not been released to the public, are unknown. “There’s this secret stuff that even we don’t have in the litigation. We were aware there were documents not available to us and we’ve been asking for them, ” Jan Hasselman, the tribe’s chief lawyer, says.  
Farewell, America
No matter how the rest of the world looked at us on Nov. 7, they will now look at us differently.

by Neal Gabler, Bill Moyers  -  10 NOV 2016 - Shared 14 DEC 2016
    America died on Nov. 8, 2016, not with a bang or a whimper, but at its own hand via electoral suicide. We the people chose a man who has shredded our values, our morals, our compassion, our tolerance, our decency, our sense of common purpose, our very identity — all the things that, however tenuously, made a nation out of a country.
    Whatever place we now live in is not the same place it was on Nov. 7. No matter how the rest of the world looked at us on Nov. 7, they will now look at us differently. We are likely to be a pariah country. And we are lost for it. As I surveyed the ruin of that country this gray Wednesday morning, I found weary consolation in W.H. Auden’s poem, September 1, 1939, which concludes: ...  
Oceti Sakowin - Sacred Stone Camp - December 2016
Indian Country News  -  13 DEC 2016
    Veterans from the United States and around the world descended upon the Oceti Sakowin (Sacred Stone) camp north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota to protect thousands of Indigenous and environmental water protectors, set to prevent a billionaire's oil pipeline project, called Dakota Access from drilling under the Missouri river.
    This video has scenes from Sunday December 4th when the build-up of 15-20,000 people took place in anticipation of the deployment of veterans to the front line to confront Paramilitary forces of the Morton Country, North Dakota police who had shot people with water cannons in freezing temperatures, several different kinds of rubber bullets at the faces of water protectors and journalists, and injured individuals by shooting concussion grenades into crowds and people. Law enforcement officials were found to be lying on several levels and during incidents in which live video and recordings, proved their denials false. It also has scenes from Monday Dec. 5th, the day when the potential conflict would have occurred except for a decision by the Army Corps of Engineers to deny the drilling easement permit, and when a huge and brutal blizzard moved in.
    This is not a video of the battles for the Standing Rock or the blockaded 1806 Highway bridge seen in this video, nor the illegally active drilling pad, but a look at some of the other events inside, and around the Oceti-Sakowin camp on those winter days....
Idle No More & Scientists Unite in Solidarity
Digital Smoke Signals  -  13 DEC 2016
Thanks to our Aleut Brother Indigenuity & Christina for live streaming.
Unicorn Riot's NoDAPL Live Video Recap 01April - 15 Oct 2016
Unicorn Riot  -  12 DEC 2016
    On October 15th, Unicorn Riot held a live show recapping their NoDapl Videos from April 1st, 2016 till October 15th. He's the recorded livestream if you missed it.
    Join us Monday, December 12th for our second video recap as we start at October 15th till present.  
What’s Next for the Water Protectors at Standing Rock?
Camp of the Sacred Stones

ICT  -  11 DEC 2016
    We, the below stated, are a coalition of grassroots groups living and working in the Dakota Access resistance camps along the Cannon Ball River in Oceti Sakowin treaty lands.
    Sacred Stone Camp | Indigenous Environmental Network | International Indigenous Youth Council | Honor the Earth
    The following is a coalition statement on the next steps for the #NoDAPL fight:
    As we reflect on the decision by the U.S. Army (NOT the U.S. Army Corps) to suspend the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) river crossing easement and conduct a limited Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), the resistance camps at Standing Rock are making plans for the next phase of this movement.
    Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II has asked people to return home once the weather clears, and many will do so. Others will stay to hold the space, advance our reclamation of unceded territory affirmed in the 1851 Treaty of Ft. Laramie, and continue to build community around the protection of our sacred waters. They will also keep a close eye on the company, which has drilled right up to the last inch it can, and remains poised and ready to finish the project....  
Chairman Archambault’s Update on the Dakota Access Pipeline
Indian Country Today  -  11 DEC 2016
    Following last week’s decision by the Department of the Army to not grant the easement under Lake Oahe, we are all focused on important actions that must be undertaken in the coming weeks. The announcement cited need for further examination of key issues, including treaty rights. It was suggestive of a reroute, and indicated that there will be an Environmental Impact Statement initiated to review the crossing. We look forward to this process getting underway.
    This past Friday, we had a status conference in federal district court to handle scheduling and procedural matters. The day after the decision was announced Dakota Access filed a motion for summary judgment, arguing that they already have all necessary permissions to cross under the Lake. This argument is legally flawed and we believe that the motion will be denied upon appropriate review. Judge Boasberg made it clear that the issue raised by Dakota Access will not be decided at least for many weeks. In the meantime, Dakota Access does not have permission to drill under Lake Oahe.  
Red Warrior Camp Has Left the Lands and Waters of Oceti Sakowin
December 2016 Official Red Warrior Camp Communique

Censored News  -  11 DEC 2016
    Grassroots leaders LaDonna Tamakawastewin Allard, and Chase Iron Eyes from Standing Rock have spoken and have made it abundantly clear that they want those equipped for the harsh North Dakota winter to stay and help stop DAPL, due to our current circumstance it is with great regret that we as Red Warrior cannot accept this heartfelt invitation. That is not to say we do not support this effort in fact is quite the opposite, we send our Warrior Salute and War Cry to the universe and the Ancestors that their needs are met and they receive the love and support they need in the fight for clean water.
    Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's Chairman Dave Archambault has made it abundantly clear that a diversity of tactics in the battle against the Dakota Access Pipeline is not respected nor wanted. We have this to say: without the courage and the actions of those who actually put their minds, bodies, and spirits in harms way the pipeline would be built. Without the Warriors who locked down and took measures to put a stop to the work on DAPL, the black blood would already be flowing under the Missouri river. The encampment itself would not even be here right now. The hard work of the Warriors has cost ETP millions, we have struck the Black Snake a deadly blow....  
Important Message from Chairman David Archambault
Digital Smoke Signals  -  11 DEC 2016
Important Live Feed: Please Share #1N Chase Iron Eyes and Protectors
Atsa E'sha Hoferer on Facebook  -  11 DEC 2016
Citing Cultural Degradation and Religious Desecration, Local Tribe Opposes Mining Projects
The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band argues that a proposed mining project in southern Santa Clara County threatens its historical and cultural preservation
Benito Link  -  11 DEC 2016
    Following in the footsteps of its ancestors, the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band is seeking historical and cultural preservation at the tribe’s most sacred, religious site. Standing in the tribe’s way is a proposed mining project that it vehemently opposes. Stripping the land of its resources, the Amah Mutsun argue, will not only cause irreversible, environmental damage, but will further degrade the tribe’s indigenous identity by desecrating its spiritual center.
    On Oct. 1, the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band—descendants from the mission Indians of Missions San Juan Bautista and Santa Cruz—passed a tribal resolution opposing the Sargent Quarry Project, a four-phase mining and restoration project slated to operate for 30 years.
    Located in what is today the southernmost tip of Santa Clara County and just beyond the fringes of San Benito County, the Sargent Ranch Property encompasses 6,200 acres. A little over 300 acres of it will be mined for sand and gravel to be used as aggregate in area construction, according to the project’s website.
    Verne Freeman of Freeman Associates explained in his recent phone interview with BenitoLink that his Palo Alto company is the project’s “agent of process,” submitting applications, permits, and attending planning meetings on behalf of the Sargent Ranch Management Company—the landowners of the property....
Port: Who Is Holding Big Protest Accountable?

by Rob Port, The Grand Forks Herald - 10 DEC 2016
    The #NoDAPL protest movement is seen by most as a struggle between "Big Oil" and a grassroots uprising of indigenous peoples.
    That's all true, to a point. Though I support the Dakota Access pipeline project — it was subjected to excruciating regulatory review and would be a safe and necessary addition to our national energy infrastructure — I don't doubt for a moment the sincerity of many of the protesters aiming to block it.
    Their belief that the pipeline would be unsafe is genuine. I don't agree with them. The facts are not on their side. That's fine. They're entitled to their point of view.
    But their cause has been co-opted by professionals who do not necessarily have their best interests in mind.
    What very often goes overlooked is the industry behind these sort of attention-grabbing protests. The networks of professional organizers, lawyers, media personalities, and public relations teams who work to promote a narrative which drives headlines and viral videos and, most importantly, donations to their organizations.
    Oh, the videos.
    Wasn't it amazing how, almost immediately after the #NoDAPL rioters would clash with police, social media would be inundated with slickly-edited videos supporting the narrative of the activists? Videos which would then be picked up by the national media so that the view most Americans get of the conflict is through a lens being held by the protesters?
    That level of production and coordination requires the sort of talent which doesn't work for free.
    Nor is that talent working for free. They're working for an industry we could call Big Protest, and as with any other sort of enterprise it deserves scrutiny and oversight....
Trump Team Memo on Climate Change Alarms Energy Department Staff
Reuters - 10 DEC 2016
    President-elect Donald Trump's Energy Department transition team sent the agency a memo this week asking for the names of people who have worked on climate change and the professional society memberships of lab workers, alarming employees and advisors.
    The memo sent to the Energy Department on Tuesday and seen by Reuters on Friday, contains 74 questions including a request for a list of all department employees and contractors who attended the annual global climate talks hosted by the United Nations within the last five years.
    It asked for a list of all department employees or contractors who have attended any meetings on the social cost of carbon, a measurement that federal agencies use to weigh the costs and benefits of new energy and environment regulations. It also asked for all publications written by employees at the department's 17 national laboratories for the past three years.
    "This feels like the first draft of an eventual political enemies list," said a Department of Energy employee, who asked not to be identified because he feared a reprisal by the Trump transition team....  
Chris Costello designed the reverse of the 2017 Native American $1 Coin, with sculpting executed by Charles L. Vickers sculpted.
    The Native American $1 Coin Program celebrates the important contributions made by Indian tribes and individual Native Americans to the history and development of the United States.
Sequoyah (Cherokee) to Grace 2017 Native American Dollar Coin Design
by Levi Rickert, Native News Online  -  10 DEC 2016

WASHINGTON—On Friday, December 9, the United States Mint unveiled the one-year-only design that will appear on the reverse of next year’s 2017 Native American dollar. The coin features Sequoyah, who created the Cherokee syllabary.

The coin depicts Sequoyah writing “Sequoyah from Cherokee Nation” in syllabary along the border of the design. Inscriptions include “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “$1,” and “Sequoyah” written in English in the field of the design.

The Cherokee Nation’s Secretary of State Hoskin issued the following statement on Friday:
    “Having Sequoyah grace the U.S. dollar coin is a wonderful national recognition for our tribe’s renowned statesmen and creator of the Cherokee syllabary. Last year, the flip side of the Sacajawea dollar was a tribute to American Indian code talkers, and this year builds on the foundation of honoring the Indian people who have played a critical role in shaping our great country.

LaDonna Brave Bull Allard: We Are Still Standing in Standing Rock
Myron Dewey on Facebook  -  09 DEC 2016
    "This fight isn't over, we will continue to stand in Sacred Stone against the Dakota Access Pipeline..."
Energy Transfer Partners' DAPL Is Still Engaging in Criminal Trespass
on Native Land

Video by William Jerome, Red Warrior Camp  -  09 DEC 2016
    As you can see #DAPL is still working despite the judges ruling and the denial of the permit to drill on the easement! Dakota Access Pipeline and its owner Energy Transfer Partners do not respect their own country and its laws, they are the true criminals.  
KING: Masked white men in North Dakota terrorize the indigenous people of Standing Rock — just like the KKK
by Shaun King, New York Daily News  -  09 DEC 2016
    The day of white men in masks targeting and terrorizing people of color who are standing up for their civil and human rights did not die in the 20th century. It’s happening right now in North Dakota, in the shadows of Standing Rock, to those who are protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline through sacred lands and important water sources.
    On Monday evening, in the parking lot of a Ramada Inn in Bismarck, N.D., two white men in masks violently confronted a car driven by men from Standing Rock. As the men attempted to leave, they soon realized that multiple vehicles had deliberately blocked them in. Trapped, the masked men threatened to assault them then viciously bragged about sexually assaulting their wives.
    This isn’t harmless mischief, it’s terrorism. Partly because of the Facebook Live video filmed by one of the passengers in the car, the Bismarck Police Department just arrested one person, 33-year-old Jesse McLain, who was involved in the incident. While police have not said if McLain was one of the drivers, or planned it out, he was allegedly one of the two masked men yelling....  
December 09, 2016: Indigenous Testify on Dakota Access Pipeline Before International Human Rights Commission
Censored News  -  09 DEC 2016
    Tribes to Appear Before International Human Rights Commission to Highlight Human Rights Violations Related to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Tribal representatives of the Standing Rock, Cheyenne River and Yankton Sioux Tribes will testify at a hearing of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
    Status conference on Dakota Access Pipeline lawsuit will also be held Friday.
    WASHINGTON, D.C.–A group of tribal representatives will testify at a hearing by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights this Friday, December 9 at 10:15 a.m. The hearing will examine the impact of extractive industries and projects on the human rights of indigenous peoples, focusing on the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, and the Yankton Sioux Tribe.
    The human rights commission hearing, is public and will discuss how the planning and construction of extractive industries infrastructure projects trigger duties and obligations of members of the Organization of American States, including the United States, to promote, protect and guarantee human rights.
    Tribal representatives will be available for questions following the hearing. Media is able to attend the hearing. Details can be found here:http://www.oas.org/en/iachr/media_center/coverage.asp
    We also expect the hearing to be broadcast on the web: http://www.oas.org/en/iachr/default.asp ....  
Court to Consider Forcing Approval of Dakota Access Pipeline
by Timothy Cama, The Hill  -  09 DEC 2016
    A federal judge will consider whether to require the federal government approve the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline.
    Energy Transfer Partners, which is developing the pipeline, argued in court that when the Army Corps of Engineers issued a permit in July to build the line under Lake Oahe in North Dakota, it also took all the necessary steps to issue the easement that the company also needs....
    Briefs from Dakota Access, the tribes trying to stop the construction and the federal government will be complete by February under Boasberg’s order, and he may schedule oral arguments after that before making a decision....
    The Army Corps on Sunday announced that it would not grant the easement at this time, instead ordering a comprehensive environmental review of the planned pipeline crossing under the lake.
    It was a major victory for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, its allies and the thousands of protesters who had camped out near the lake for months to get the easement rejected.
    But the victory may be short-lived....   
Latest Update For Sophia Wilansky
We Are The Media - 09 DEC 2016
    Sophia Wilansky was one among the hundreds who got ambushed on Bridge 1806 by Morton County Police the night of November 20th, 2016. The group had initially organized an effort to relocate two vehicles that Dakota Access Pipeline workers had set ablaze to help police fortify a barrier to protect construction routes (prior to their placing numerous cement blockades on it), but police had begun attacking them with rubber bullets, fire hoses and other riot weapons. Sophia had been struck by a concussion grenade which then exploded after impacting her arm leaving her in critical condition. The photos of her gruesome attack went viral as the extent of the damage was incredibly graphic.
    The Latest Update From Her Father
    The latest from her family states she is still undergoing surgical recovery and her bandages are being changed regularly. She is doing much better now and is expected to be able to recover at home and see her dog again this week....
Danger on North Dakota Highways
Myron Dewey on Facebook  -  09 DEC 2016
Snowmobiles attacking cars on the road. We are live to show these violent actions.
Nebraska Supplied State Troopers, Surveillance Aircraft to North Dakota Under EMAC
Unicorn Riot - 08 DEC 2016
    Morton County, ND – Documents acquired through a series of public records requests shine light on ongoing out-of-state law enforcement assistance to the Morton County Sheriff and the state of North Dakota in their militarized police operations to protect construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
    As we have previously reported, the state of emergency declared by North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple in August enabled Governors of other states, such as Wisconsin, to voluntarily activate their state’s emergency management agencies under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) to recruit police and sheriffs in their state to be deployed against #NoDAPL water protectors in North Dakota.
    Emails sent in early October show Nebraska state officials discussing sending officers and resources from the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) to Morton County under EMAC. On the morning of October 12, Brent Curtis, an administrative assistant at the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) wrote in an email to his colleagues,...  
Minneapolis City Council Member Alondra Cano, here in 2014, co-sponsored a motion to have city staff explore ending relationships with banks that invest in fossil fuels and project such as the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Minneapolis Explores Ending its Wells Fargo Relationship; Bank Responds
The company says "outstanding" service has been provided in a 131-year relationship.

by Adam Betz, Star Tribune  -  08 DEC 2016
    The Minneapolis City Council on Wednesday asked staff to explore ways the city could “stop doing business with financial institutions that invest in the fossil fuel industry and in projects such as the Dakota Access Pipeline,” including Wells Fargo.
    The nation’s fourth largest bank, which was founded in the Twin Cities as Northwestern National Bank in 1872, took notice of the council’s action and on Thursday jumped to reaffirm its value to Minneapolis and its investments here.
    “We are very proud of our 131-year, long standing tradition of serving the Minneapolis community,” John Hobot, a spokesman for the bank said Thursday. “Our highly experienced and proven government banking team remains dedicated to delivering outstanding service to the city of Minneapolis.”
    The bank has 11,000 Minneapolis employees and recently spent $300 million building two office towers near U.S. Bank Stadium....  
Sophia Wilansky in a Minnesota hospital recovering from injuries sustained during a clash between North Dakota police and water protectors. Photo: facebook
Sophia Wilansky Ready to Return Home after Nearly Losing Her Arm During Standing Rock Clash
by Dennis Ward, APTN National News  -  08 DEC 2016
    A 21 year old who nearly lost her arm during an incident with police near Standing Rock is expected to leave a Minneapolis, Minnesota hospital soon and go back to New York City, New York.
    A post from Sophia Wilansky’s father on facebook said she is looking forward to going home.
    “Sophia is doing better each day and we are excited at the prospect of her going home on Saturday December 10th 2016,” her father wrote.
    Wilansky was handing out water bottles to protestors on the Backwater Bridge near the Oceti Sakowin camp on November 21 who were battline police water cannons, rubber bullets, and concussion grenades.
    Her father said she was hit by what’s believed to be one of the concussion grenades.
    Wilansky’s injuries are named in a class action lawsuit launched against the Morton County Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement agencies. She has undergone numerous surgeries since the Nov. 21st incident....  
ND Governor Says Pipeline Company 'Abdicated' Role in Defending Project
by Patrick Springer, Grand Forks Herald  -  08 DEC 2016
    FARGO — Gov. Jack Dalrymple said North Dakota finds itself "outgunned" in countering a "social media machine" manipulated by national environmental groups while the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline has "abdicated" its responsibility to defend the controversial project.
    Dalrymple also said in a meeting Thursday, Dec. 8, the sprawling protest presence near Cannon Ball, N.D., operates outside the control of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and it is difficult for officials to identify a clear leader in the shape-shifting movement.
    In a wide-ranging conversation about the state's difficulties in dealing with the ongoing protest, Dalrymple expressed frustration that the company building Dakota Access Pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners, has not been vocal in making the case for the project in the public debate.
    "They have abdicated completely their responsibility to explain the safety of the pipeline," Dalrymple said, ...
Lee Ann Eastman - and This Is Why I Am Choosing to Sacrifice...
Longhouse Media  -  08 DEC 2016
See and hear Lee Ann Eastman and other Water Protectors from Standing Rock.
Congressman Mullin Seeks to Clarify His Statements to Privatize Tribal Lands
by Levi Rickert, Native News Online - 07 DEC 2016
    WASHINGTON – Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R-Oklahoma) was a supporter of Donald Trump in his run for the presidency. Mullin (Cherokee) served as co-chair of Trump’s Native American Affairs Coalition, Since Trump won the presidency Mullin has voiced his support to privatize tribal lands to tap into energy products such as oil, natural gas and even coal.
    In all probability, Mullin’s proposal to privatize tribal lands would garner major opposition by leaders across Indian Country. Mullin released the following statement on Tuesday:
    In light of recent news coverage that has completely distorted my hopes for Indian Country under President-elect Donald Trump, I feel the need to clarify my comments, and alleviate any concern that Indian Country should fear the federal government privatizing their land....
Dakota Access Investors PANICKING As Contract Deadline Looms
The Young Turks on YouTube  -  07 DEC 2016
    The clock is ticking for DAPL investors. If the oil isn’t flowing by New Year’s Day, their contract expires. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below. http://tytnetwork.com/go
    "Though water protectors have held their ground at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access pipeline for months now, they need only push for a month and a half longer until it is possible that their mere presence may actually kill the oil-funneling project.
    Is it too good to be true? It might be – but it might also truly signal the end of this horrific struggle.
    This is due to a very specific deadline that the company producing the pipeline is under: if oil is not flowing by January 1, 2017, the two year contract expires. Though due to the massive investment the company has already made, they may try to continue building on the site, every day that the water protectors hold the land represents a massive hit to investors’ pocketbooks....  
Oil Pipeline Shut Down After Spill, Just 200 Miles From Standing Rock
by Dan Zukowski, EcoWatch  -  06 DEC 2016
    A six-inch crude oil pipeline operated by Belle Fourche Pipeline Company in western North Dakota was shut down following discovery of a leak on Monday. The amount of the spill was not immediately known, but oil has leaked into the Ash Coulee Creek in Billings County.
    The site of the spill is about 200 miles from the camp where members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their supporters have been protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
    "It is a significant spill," Bill Suess, spill investigation program manager for the North Dakota Department of health, said.
    "A series of booms have been placed across the creek to prevent downstream migration and a siphon dam has been constructed four miles downstream of the release point."
    The Belle Fourche Pipeline Co. is part of the family-owned True companies, which also operates Bridger Pipeline LLC. Both pipelines are operated from the same control room in Casper, Wyoming. From 2006 to 2014, Belle Fourche reported 21 incidents, leaking a total of 272,832 gallons of oil. Bridger Pipeline recorded nine pipeline incidents in the same period, spilling nearly 11,000 gallons of crude....  
Bill McKibben: Trump Could Reverse Victory For Standing Rock Sioux
by Tori Bedford, WGBH News  -  06 DEC 2016
    After months of protests over the South Dakota pipeline, activists and members of the Sioux tribe saw a victory that seemed too good to be true: On Sunday, the U.S. Army announced it would seek alternative routes for the $3.8 billion pipeline.
    The protest unified members of Sioux Nation, hundreds of other Native populations, clergy and supporting veteran groups to fight the routing of a pipeline under the Missouri river, which they said would contaminate water and threaten sacred lands. When the news arrived, they celebrated. Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault III asked everyone to return home, and fireworks lit up the night sky.
    Yet amidst the celebrations, the question remains: how long will this last?
    The pipeline company, Energy Transfer Partners, has dismissed the decision as a “purely political action.” The Obama Administration is considering rerouting the pipeline, not cancelling the construction. As the administration of President-elect Donald Trump looms in the distance, environmental advocates have expressed concern for the future. “It’s pretty clear that things are going to get worse before they get better, with the advent of the Trump administration,” environmentalist Bill McKibben said in an interview with Boston Public Radio Tuesday. “We may well find ourselves right back in the fight over this pipeline, the Keystone pipeline, [and] a thousand other things.”
    McKibben, hesitant to declare a full-fledged victory, applauded the unity of the group. “For the first time since the Battle of Little Big Horn, people were together in the most powerful, strictly non-violent unity, and it left, by the end, the Obama administration no choice but to uphold that kind of dignity and courage,” he said. “This was an incredibly important moment for a few reasons— maybe chief among them that it’s the biggest victory that Native Americans have won, depending on how you look at it, in the last couple hundred years on this continent. It was a remarkable Autumn in the Dakotas up there.”...  
Massive Oil Spill ‘The Size of Seven Football Fields” Found In North Dakota
by Alexis Henning, True Activist  -  06 DEC 2016
    [In October 2013] A farmer in North Dakota (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/massive-oil-pipeline-break-under-nd-farmers-wheat-field/2/) discovered one of the largest crude oil spills ever recorded in the state just “bubbling up out of the ground” while harvesting wheat a few months ago.
    Farmer Steve Jensen stated that he smelled the crude oil a few days before his combines were covered in it. The oil was “spewing and bubbling six inches high,” he said in an interview with CBS News. The Tesoro Corp’s underground pipeline spilled 20,600 barrels of oil under the farmland. It was four times the size of a pipeline that burst in March of 2013 that forced the evacuation of more than 20 homes (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/homes-evacuated-after-exxonmobil-oil-pipeline-spill-in-arkansas/) in Arkansas.
    Luckily for the general population of North Dakota, however, the pipeline is in a remote corner in the northwest The nearest home is half a mile away, and there have been no water contamination reports. No animals or people have been injured in the spill.
    Tesoro Logistics released a statement that the affected portion of the pipeline has been shut down.
    The company estimates it will cost about $4 million for clean up, and that “it is completely contained and under control” due to a natural layer of clay that is 40 feet thick underneath the oil spill site that has kept it from contaminating the water.
    Eric Haugstad, Tesoro’s Director of Contingency Planning and Emergency Response has said there was a quarter-inch thick hole in the 20-year-old steel pipeline, which runs 35 miles from Tioga to a railroad facility near the Canadian border. The company is investigating possible causes.
    Wayde Schafer, a North Dakota spokesman for The Sierra Club, said the spill is an example of the lack of oversight in a state that has exploded with oil development in recent years.  
Chief Arvol Looking Horse "The Battle Is Not Over"
Censored News  -  06 DEC 2016
Chief Arvol Looking Horse calls for an International Day of Prayer for Peace and Non-Violence at Oceti Sakowin Camp.
Chief Looking Horse called on all nations and all faiths to come together for one prayer.

"Mother Earth is sick and has a fever," said Chief Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe.
Chief Looking Horse said there must be help for the young people and all people.

An energy shift has to be created, and it must be created through prayer.

The news of the Dakota Access Permit being denied was a victory.

"The victory is there, but the battle is not over. This is a beginning that we are going into right now.
"We've got to realize that Standing Rock is everywhere in the whole world."  
UPDATE: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman David Archambault II
Myron Dewey, Digital Smoke Signals on YouTube  -  05 DEC 2016
Standing Rock Sioux Chair Hails Army Corps of Engineers Decision to Reroute Dakota Access Pipeline
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!  -  05 DEC 2016
    In an historic win for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota and the environment, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the pipeline, a permit to drill underneath Lake Oahe on the Missouri River—officially halting construction on the Dakota Access pipeline. The project has faced months of resistance from the Standing Rock Sioux in North Dakota, members of more than 200 indigenous nations from across the Americas and thousands of their non-Native allies—all concerned the pipeline’s construction will destroy sacred Sioux sites and that a pipeline leak could contaminate the Missouri River, which serves as a water supply for millions. We get reaction from Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II...
Pipeline Delays Cost Builder Millions, Risking Contract Loss
by David Pitt, Associated Press  -  06 DEC 2016
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The completion of the Dakota Access oil pipeline has been delayed after the U.S. Army declined to grant an easement for the final few thousand feet under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota pending further study. Pipeline company Energy Transfer Partners originally was expected to finish the pipeline before the end of this year, but the Army's move likely delays it by several months. That will be costly to the Dallas-based company, but industry experts say it's unlikely to kill the project completely. Here's a look at some of the ways the delay could impact the pipeline:
    Delays have already cost Energy Transfer Partners more than $450 million, the company said in court documents last month, and continued delays cost $83.3 million per month. The Army Corps of Engineers isn't very sympathetic saying in court filings that the company knowingly began construction prior to receiving all necessary approvals "at its own risk."
    The Army's decision likely halts progress on the project until after President-elect Donald Trump takes office on Jan. 20. Trump, who supports the pipeline and holds stock in Energy Transfer Partners, hasn't said whether he will try to overturn the Army's decision. ...  
Forgiveness Ceremony Unites Veterans And Natives At Standing Rock Casino
Huffington Post  -  05 DEC 2016
    On Monday, Native Americans conducted a forgiveness ceremony with U.S. veterans at the Standing Rock casino, giving the veterans an opportunity to atone for military actions conducted against Natives throughout history.
    In celebration of Standing Rock protesters’ victory Sunday in halting construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline, Leonard Crow Dog formally forgave Wes Clark Jr., the son of retired U.S. Army general and former supreme commander at NATO, Wesley Clark Sr....
    Salon published Clark’s apology to the Natives, which read as follows:
    Many of us, me particularly, are from the units that have hurt you over the many years. We came. We fought you. We took your land. We signed treaties that we broke. We stole minerals from your sacred hills. We blasted the faces of our presidents onto your sacred mountain. When we took still more land and then we took your children and then we tried to make your language and we tried to eliminate your language that God gave you, and the Creator gave you. We didn’t respect you, we polluted your Earth, we’ve hurt you in so many ways but we’ve come to say that we are sorry. We are at your service and we beg for your forgiveness."
    This was a historically symbolic gesture forgiving centuries of oppression against Natives and honoring their partnership in defending the land from the Dakota Access Pipeline....  
Western North Dakota Crude Pipeline Shut Down after Spill
Raw Story  -  06 DEC 2016
    A crude oil transmission line was shut down in western North Dakota following a leak that spilled oil into a creek, the state said on Tuesday.
    The size of Monday’s leak and extent of the spill were not yet known. It occurred as Native Americans, climate activists and other protesters were camped around 200 miles away at the Dakota Access pipeline project site over concerns a leak there could contaminate the water supply.
    The leak that prompted the shutdown was discovered in a six-inch pipeline operated by Belle Fourche Pipeline Company, the North Dakota Department of Health said. An undetermined amount of crude oil was spilled, the state said....  
Blizzard -- Standing Rock Medics update Dec 06, 2016
by Standing Rock Medic and Healer Council, Censored News  -  06 DEC 2016
    The Standing Rock Medic and Healer Council explains the medical and health situation at the Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance Camps (Oceti Sakowin, Sicangu/Rosebud, Sacred Stone, etc.) in light of the ongoing blizzard conditions and 1806 police roadblock.
Winter conditions are intense, but spirits at camp are high.
    Everyone has been working together to get people to delegated warming spaces in camp and spaces on the reservation. Medics, security, and veterans have been going from shelter to shelter to do wellness checks on our water protectors. Women, children, elders and other folks who wish to leave camp are being evacuated with four wheel drive vehicles and operators who know how to use them.
    The road conditions are icy. Visibility is low; however, roads are passable with four wheel drive vehicles. Our medical and logistical volunteers are evacuating patients/campers to the hospital and warming spaces as needed and are stabilizing patients in the meantime, coordinating with the Standing Rock EMS.
    As of 2:00PM CST, there have been no confirmed deaths or any critical care patients. There have been two cases of moderate hypothermia for whom the medics on the ground provided care....  
Energy Transfer Partners Seeks Court Ruling on Dakota Access Pipeline
Dow Jones Business News, NASDAQ  -  06 DEC 2016
    Energy Transfer Partners LP, the company behind the embattled Dakota Access pipeline, is continuing to pursue a court challenge to force the Obama administration to approve completion of the project instead of counting on a better reception from Donald Trump.
    A day after the Obama administration put the brakes on the nearly 1,200 mile oil pipeline by denying a permit needed to finish the route, a spokesman for Mr. Trump said Monday that the incoming administration supports completing it.
    But instead of waiting until the president-elect takes office next month, Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners is pressing ahead with a request to a federal judge to allow the company to immediately cross beneath a Missouri River reservoir, the final 1,100-foot link to be built in the pipeline.
    Lawyers for Energy Transfer Partners asked U.S. District Judge James Boasberg for an expedited ruling late Monday that would allow the company to complete the project. The delays have already cost the company $450 million, the company said in court papers filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, DC.
    A hearing in the case is scheduled for Friday morning in Washington, D.C...  
Indigenous Activists at Standing Rock Told a Deep, True Story
And that’s why they won at least a temporary victory

by Bill McKibben, The Nation  -  05 DEC 2016
    The decision by the Army Corps of Engineers not to grant the permits necessary for sending the Dakota Access Pipeline beneath the Missouri River is a tribute to truly remarkable efforts by Indigenous organizers, from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe to groups like the Indigenous Environmental Network and Honor the Earth. It’s also a tribute to the incredible power of civil disobedience, a tool I tried to describe in last week’s print edition of The Nation.
    But my analysis pales next to the actual story from the Oceti Sakowin encampment. There, the last few months have unfolded with almost eerie grace, and the textbook on nonviolent action has been revised and illustrated in the process. The highlights include:  
Breaking: Shiyé Bidzííl Attacked By Bismarck Locals!
Uprising TV on YouTube  -  05 DEC 2016 
Wes (Wesley Clark Jr.) Is Honored at Standing Rock for Starting
Veterans'Movement to Stand with Standing Rock

Victory Lonnquist on Facebook  -  05 DEC 2016
    Wes (Wesley Clark Jr.) is honored at Standing Rock for starting this good veteran's movement. I'm honored to work with him in service to our veterans. I swear, all these good strong men with huge hearts and weeping eyes are going to help us save the world.  
Kandi Mossett With Good News
Kandi Mossett, Indigenous Environmental Network  -  04 DEC 2016
Army Will Not Grant Easement for Dakota Access Pipeline Crossing
by U.S. Army  -  04 DEC 2016
    Army POC: Moira Kelley (703) 614-3992, moira.l.kelley.civ@mail.mil
The Department of the Army will not approve an easement that would allow the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota, the Army's Assistant Secretary for Civil Works announced today.
    Jo-Ellen Darcy said she based her decision on a need to explore alternate routes for the Dakota Access Pipeline crossing. Her office had announced on November 14, 2016 that it was delaying the decision on the easement to allow for discussions with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, whose reservation lies 0.5 miles south of the proposed crossing. Tribal officials have expressed repeated concerns over the risk that a pipeline rupture or spill could pose to its water supply and treaty rights.
    "Although we have had continuing discussion and exchanges of new information with the Standing Rock Sioux and Dakota Access, it's clear that there's more work to do," Darcy said. "The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing."
    Darcy said that the consideration of alternative routes would be best accomplished through an Environmental Impact Statement with full public input and analysis.
    The Dakota Access Pipeline is an approximately 1,172 mile pipeline that would connect the Bakken and Three Forks oil production areas in North Dakota to an existing crude oil terminal near Pakota, Illinois. The pipeline is 30 inches in diameter and is projected to transport approximately 470,000 barrels of oil per day, with a capacity as high as 570,000 barrels. The current proposed pipeline route would cross Lake Oahe, an Army Corps of Engineers project on the Missouri River....  
Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics Partners Respond to the Statement from the Department of the Army
Business Wire  -  04 DEC 2016
    DALLAS & NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (NYSE: ETP) and Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. (NYSE: SXL) announced that the Administration’s statement today that it would not at this time issue an “easement” to Dakota Access Pipeline is a purely political action – which the Administration concedes when it states it has made a “policy decision” – Washington code for a political decision. This is nothing new from this Administration, since over the last four months the Administration has demonstrated by its action and inaction that it intended to delay a decision in this matter until President Obama is out of office....
    As stated all along, ETP and SXL are fully committed to ensuring that this vital project is brought to completion and fully expect to complete construction of the pipeline without any additional rerouting in and around Lake Oahe. Nothing this Administration has done today changes that in any way....  
The Victory at Standing Rock Could Mark a Turning Point
by Bill McKibben, The Guardian - 04 DEC 2016
    The news that the US federal government has refused to issue the permit needed to run a pipeline under the Missouri river means many things – including that indigenous activists have won a smashing victory, one that shows what nonviolent unity can accomplish.
    From the start, this has been an against-the-odds battle. Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the pipeline, is as wired as they come: its line of credit links it to virtually every bank you’ve ever heard of. And operating under a “fast-track” permit process, it had managed to win most of its approvals and lay most of its pipe before opponents managed to mount an effective resistance.
    But that opposition finally did arise, and it centered on the last place the pipeline would have to cross: the confluence of the Missouri and the Cannonball rivers. It wasn’t standard-issue environmental lobbying, nor standard-issue protest, though there was certainly some of both (lawyers took the company to court, activists shut down bank branches). At its heart, however, in the great camp that grew up along the rivers, this was a largely spiritual resistance. David Archambault, the head of the Standing Rock Sioux who demonstrated great character and dexterity for months, kept insisting that the camp was a place of prayer, and you couldn’t wander its paths without running into drum circles and sacred fires. ...  
Morton County Sheriff's Department News Conference 03 December 2016
Morton County Sheriff's Department  -  03 DEC 2016
    More disinformation propaganda from Morton County Sheriff's Department
With absurd accusations from Sheriffs Kyle Kirchmeier (Morton County) and Paul D. Laney (Cass County)
Justice Department to Deploy Mediators to Standing Rock to 'Maintain the Peace'
Department is also offering assistance to law enforcement from division that led reform efforts following protests and unrest in 2014, Loretta Lynch said

The Guardian  -  02 DEC 2016
    Attorney general Loretta Lynch has weighed in on the protests against the Dakota Access pipeline, calling on all sides to avoid violence and announcing that the justice department is deploying “conciliators” from its community relations service to North Dakota.
    The department is also offering assistance to local law enforcement from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (Cops), the division that led the department’s police reform efforts following huge protests and unrest in 2014 in response to police killings of unarmed African Americans....  
Statement by Attorney General Lynch on the Dakota Access Pipeline Protests
The Justice Department on YouTube  -  02 DEC 2016
Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch released this video statement on 02 DEC 2016 regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.
Ace Hardware Backs Down: Ace Hardware Statement on North Dakota Protest and Product Sales
Ace Hardware  -  01 DEC 2016
    Update: As of Thursday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. local time, Ace Hardware stores in Bismarck, N. D., are in-stock and selling 1 lb. propane canisters.
    At Ace, our local store owners take great pride in serving their neighbors and it is our policy to serve all customers without discrimination and to follow all laws in each respective community.
    We understand the concerns that have been shared with us regarding product sales related to the recent protests in North Dakota and have been working very hard to gather all of the facts from our locally-owned Ace stores that operate in the area and local authorities. To be candid, we've been working feverishly to unearth all of the facts, which have been cloudy at times.
    In an effort to clear any misunderstanding and/or misinformation, Ace Hardware can now confirm that there is no ban on the sale of products at our locally-owned Ace stores; customers should feel free to check with their local store for inventory availability.
Sheriff’s Dept Demands ACE Hardware Stop Selling Heating Supplies to Water Protectors, ACE Complies
The Indigenous People's News  -  01 DEC 2016
    As part of the Morton County Sheriff’s Department’s effort to quash the movement camped in opposition to construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, national chain ACE hardware stores have been instructed by law enforcement not to sell any incendiary devices — that includes propane tanks Standing Rock Sioux water protectors partially rely on for heat in the bitter winter conditions.
    In other words, law enforcement has effectively quashed the sale of potentially life-saving supplies to those encamped at Standing Rock as bitter winter conditions grip the Oceti Sakowin and other camps.
    Activist and live-streamer, Kevin Gilbertt, whose video of a police offensive against water protectors on Highway 1806’s Backwater Bridge went viral and exposed barbarous police tactics, received by email a letter defining ACE Hardware’s sudden change in policy — with a contact phone number.
    “Just wanted to check on a policy that I’d heard about, to make sure [of] the truth of this policy,” he asks the ACE Hardware contact, Camillia, as he recorded the phone conversation. “I’ve been informed that in the area around the pipeline in North Dakota, ACE Hardware were no longer able to sell anything considered incendiary, including propane.
    “Can you confirm that as being true?”
    “That is true, ACE Hardware stores in the vicinity of the recent pipeline protests have been requested by law enforcement officials to refrain from selling materials that could be used as incendiary devices; so ACE’s number one priority is to protect the safety of its employees, customers, and the communities each store serves — ACE will continue to cooperate with law enforcement officials. ACE’s compliance is not a reflection of any corporate viewpoint on the actual pipeline project,” Camillia states....  
Amnesty International: Justice Department Must Investigate Policing of Standing Rock Demonstrations
by Native News Online Staff  -  01 DEC 2016
    NEW YORK — Based on information gathered by four Amnesty International USA human rights observer delegations and reports from the area, AIUSA has formally requested an investigation by the Department of Justice into the policing of the Dakota Access Pipeline demonstrations.
    The letter, signed by AIUSA executive director Margaret Huang, reads in part:
    “The U.S. government is obligated under international law to respect, protect, and fulfill the human rights of Indigenous people, including their rights to freedom of expression and assembly….Public assemblies should not be considered as the “enemy.”
    amensty-rights-protected“We believe that an investigation by your office of the policing of the Dakota Access Pipeline demonstrations in North Dakota is warranted, and that the Civil Rights Division should deploy observers to the area to ensure that the rights of people opposed to the pipeline are respected, protected and fulfilled. Should your investigators uncover any civil rights violations by law enforcement, individual officers should be charged and prosecuted as warranted.”
    Today’s request was made following several instances in which AIUSA observers expressed concern that disproportionate force was used by police....  
by Al Swilling, in collaboration with Sara Hayes; SENAA International, Facebook  -  18 NOV 2016
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by Al Swilling, SENAA International  -  24 OCT 2016
    North Dakota Law Contains a Detailed Code of Conduct and Oath of Office That Its Peace Officers Must Vow to Uphold--That Applies to the Morton County, ND, Sheriff, His Deputies, and Reinforcements from Other Sheriff's Departments Who Are Working Temporarily for the Morton County Sheriff, or for any other Law Enforcement entity in the state of North Dakota....
Chief Arvol Looking Horse: The Dark Spirit and Disease of the Mind
by Arvol Looking Horse, Censored News - 22 OCT 2016
    Protecting the Sacred
    Mitakuyape (are now up against dangerous decisions that are coming from the disease of the mind. We are dealing with minds that hold no values of respect and honor toward another Nation’s Burials and Sacred Sites. Money has contaminated their minds to want the power to desecrate the sacredness of Mother Earth and allow my People’s burial places to be destroyed in order to continue to erase our culture.
    As Keeper of this Spirit Bundle of my People, we as the Buffalo People - Pte Oyate, have been able to keep our ceremonies and way of life for 19 generations in tact, which every generation is 100 years. This Bundle has been with us for over 2000 years, which has guided us through massacres and hard times, even when it was hidden until the 1978 Freedom of Religion Act.
    Tim Mentz –Tatanka Duta (Red Bull) and his family lineal knowledge are bound by this same woope – Creator’s Law....
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A Word About Brenda Norrell and Censored News
Al Swilling, SENAA International - 14 FEB 2015
   For those wondering why the vast majority of shared posts on SENAA International's Web site and Facebook page are from Brenda Norrell's Censored News, it's very simple—and very complex. For many years, Brenda Norrell was a major journalist for (forgive me, Brenda) Indian Country Today (ICT) until they censored Brenda's articles and terminated her without cause. After leaving Indian Country Today, Brenda created the appropriately named Censored News.
   While at ICT, Brenda was a voice for the Dineh (Navajo) people at Black Mesa, Arizona, where bed partners  Peabody  Coal  and  the  BIA  were trying to forcibly remove Dineh residents from their ancestral homes in order to strip mine the land of its coal. That greed took the form of a contrived, fictional "land dispute" between Dineh' and Hopi....
Censored News by Journalist & Publisher Brenda Norrell
Censored News - 12 FEB 2015
   Censored News was created in 2006 after staff reporter Brenda Norrell was censored repeatedly, then terminated by Indian Country Today. Now in its 9th year, with 3.7 million page views around the world, Censored News is published with no advertising, grants or sponsors.
   Today, Censored News maintains a boycott of Indian Country Today, whose reporters have relied on plagiarism of others' hard work for years, instead of being present to cover news stories. Now, with a collective of writers, Censored News focuses on Indigenous Peoples and human rights. www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com

   Please Donate to and Support this important voice for Indigenous people and human rights. --Al Swilling, Founder, SENAA International
Worldwide Prayer Gatherings Will Resume Weekly
by SENAA International  -  28 OCT 2014
What Is a Worldwide Prayer Gathering?
   Though the specific details may vary from one support group to another, and from one geographical location to another, the essential concept remains the same.

A Worldwide Prayer Gathering is not so much a physical gathering into one physical location as it is the spiritual gathering of individuals and groups from around the world who are of one mind and one accord into one spiritual place for a common purpose, which is to ask for the Creator's help to bring about the circumstances that will accomplish our common goal according to His promise.
and What to Do About Them

SENAA International  -  16 FEB 2010
The computing public is becoming increasingly aware of the existence of Local Shared Objects (LSOs), also called "Flash cookies" or "Persistent Identification Elements" (PIEs), the dangers they pose, and the unethical ways that they are placed on our machines. LSOs are the busybodies of  the   Internet,   sticking  their  noses  in   your   personal business  at every opportunity  without  your  knowledge  or consent; and like most busybodies, they're being found out.
   With growing public awareness of LSOs comes a growing demand for effective, real time control of them. Most LSO management solutions offer management or deletion of LSOs after potentially malicious ones have had time to do their damage. Stand-alone LSO management utilities do not offer real time protection, either. This tutorial provides real-time management of LSOs....





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SENAA International  -  28 JULY 2013

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U.S. Declaration of Independence
SENAA International  -  28 JULY 2013

Transcript of the U.S. Declaration of Independence.  A public service endeavor of SENAA International.

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Medical Fund for
Sophia Wilansky

GoFundMe - 21 NOV 2016
    Sophia Wilansky is a water protector from New York. She left New York City several weeks ago to help with the struggle at Standing Rock. She been an active participate and family to the activist groups NYC Shut It Down and Hoods4Justice. Sophia has always been committed to confronting injustice through vigilance and resistance.
    Sophia was giving out bottles of water to protectors holding down the space when she was shot with a concussion grenade. The explosion blew away most of the muscles, femural and ulnal arteries were destroyed, and one of her forearm bones was shattered. She was air lifted to County Medical Center in Minneapolis were she’s currently undergoing a series of extensive, hours-long surgeries from the injuries sustained from the blast.
    We must to support our comrades when they need us the most. She needs all of us right now. After all she is our family.
    Please consider donating to help pay for her treatment.

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Medical Fund for Vanessa (Sioux Z)
GoFundMe - 27 NOV 2016

    Vanessa has been on the front lines fighting DAPL and working security for Oceti Sakowin since September 11. During the action on November 20 at the Backwater bridge, she was intentionally shot in the eye with a tear gas canister from 6 feet away. It was aimed directly at her face by a Morton County officer. She was seen at Bismarck Sanford hospital and released because she had no insurance. She has a detached retina and needs surgery to ensure her vision. She is now seeking medical attention in Fargo. Donations will be used for the cost of the 2 ER visits, surgery, medications, and recovery.

08 December 2016 Worldwide Prayer Gathering Special Prayer

BEGINS: 03:30, 08 DEC 2016
ENDS: When the Judge's Decision Has Been Rendered
LOCATION: Pray from wherever you are. Your prayers will join others.

    SENAA International will be hosting a second Worldwide Prayer Gathering of the month, from 08 December through 09 December 2016 to pray that on Friday, 09 December 2016, the judge will uphold the Army Corps of Engineers' denial of the easement to drill beneath Lake Oahe and the Missouri River; and to pray for protection for those remaining at the Water Protectors camps at Standing Rock, as they brave brutal North Dakota winter conditions
    In addition to prayers for protection for the Water Protectors and Veterans, we ask that you continue your prayers for Vanessa "SiouxZ" Dundon, who sustained serious injury to her eye after being struck in the eye by a teargas canister fired from close range; and for Sophia Wilansky, who faces multiple surgeries after her forearm was almost severed by a concussion grenade thrown at her by a Morton County Sheriff's Deputy or one of the department's hired mercenaries. They are both in need of and deserve our prayers.
    We ask for everyone to lend their spiritual energy to this 2-day prayer vigil.
    One voice singing in an auditorium is sweet to hear, but low in volume. A hundred voices singing in harmony is beautiful and powerful enough to shake the rafters and move the soul.
    Please join us and add your voice to the choir.

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