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Brave Environmental Lawyer Explains Standing Rock Legal Issues
TYT - 27 OCT 2016
This is an older video, but it explains some of the legalese of the militarization of the Morton County Sheriff's Department and their violation of Constitutional, civil, and human rights of the Water Protectors.
Activists demonstrate near a Hillary Clinton presidential campaign fundraiser with President Barack Obama to call for a halt to the Dakota Access Pipeline project on Oct. 24, 2016 in Beverly Hills.
(Credit: David McNew/AFP/Getty Images)
Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters Shut Down New York’s Grand Central Station
KTLA News  -  01 NOV 2016
    Dozens of demonstrators aiming to raise awareness of the ongoing pipeline protest in North Dakota disrupted the morning commute at New York’s Grand Central Terminal on Tuesday before marching on the offices of major U.S. banks to question their decision to fund the pipeline.
    The protesters, who oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline, gathered in the station’s lobby floor at 8 a.m. to express solidarity with the demonstrations at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, they said. They then marched from Grand Central to the offices of Bank of America and JP Morgan to protest the big banks’ funding of the project.
    Some chanted, “It is always a political fight.” Others waved signs that read, “Water is life” and, “Respect the Earth.” One large banner read, “Indigenous sovereignty protects the land and water.”...
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Cannot Legally Issue the Final DAPL Permit!
by Thane Maxwell, Honor the Earth - 21 OCT 2016
    On October 10, 2016, Honor the Earth, the Sierra Club and the Indigenous Environmental Network submitted a 30-page letter to the US Army Corps of Engineers. The letter explains why the USACE is prohibited by federal law from issuing DAPL any more permits, including the final outstanding easement for the Missouri River crossing at Standing Rock, and why they are required by federal law to conduct a full Environmental Impact Statement on the Dakota Access pipeline.
    A clause in Section 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act states that if a company is caught intentionally destroying archaeological or cultural sites in the path of the project, the US government cannot legally give them any more permits. This is exactly what DAPL did on September 3. On Friday, September 2, the day before Labor Day weekend, Standing Rock submitted to the court detailed findings of rare cultural sites, which include 27 graves, stone prayer rings, and other sacred artifacts directly in the path of the proposed pipeline. Early the next morning, a Saturday, DAPL brought in construction crews and bulldozed the specific areas described by Standing Rock in their filing. When protectors of the site entered the construction area, private security guards attacked them with dogs and pepper spray.
    Also, the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”) requires the US Army Corps to conduct a full Environmental Impact Statement on this project. In order to avoid doing a full EIS with public participation, the Corps...
Did #DAPL Security Worker Wielding an AR-15 Rifle Try to Infiltrate Native Water Protectors?
Democracy Now!  -  31 OCT 2016
    On Friday, Amnesty International dispatched human rights observers to North Dakota to monitor the ongoing repression of the thousands of Native Americans resisting the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline. Amnesty’s move came one day after hundreds of police with military equipment arrested over 140 people, after attacking them with pepper spray, Tasers, sound cannons, bean bag rounds and rubber bullets. More details are emerging from Thursday, including video footage of a man who appears to be a Dakota Access security contractor holding a rifle, with his face covered by a bandana, apparently attempting to infiltrate a group of water protectors. A Standing Rock Sioux tribal member says he saw the man driving down Highway 1806 toward the main resistance camp with an AR-15 rifle on the passenger side of his truck. Protectors chased down his truck and then pursued him on foot in efforts to disarm him. In the video, the man can be seen pointing the rifle at the protectors as he attempts to flee into the water.
    He was ultimately arrested by Bureau of Indian Affairs police. Protectors say inside the man’s truck they found a DAPL security ID card and insurance papers listing his vehicle as insured by DAPL. For more, we speak with Dallas Goldtooth, organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network....
After Two Wars, Standing Rock is the First Time I Served the American People
'I’ve been on the wrong side of history'

by Will Griffin, Common Dreams  -  30 OCT 2016
    I was in Iraq when President Bush announced the “surge” in January 2007. I was in Afghanistan when President Obama announced the “surge” in December 2009. But it wasn’t until I visited Standing Rock in October 2016 when I actually served the American people. This time, instead of fighting for corporate interests, I was fighting for the people.
    The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), or Bakken Pipeline, is a 1,172-mile oil pipeline project that will transfer crude oil across four states: North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois. From the Bakken fields of North Dakota, the pipeline will carry in excess of 450,000 barrels per day of crude oil to Patoka, Illinois, and possibly on to Texas and near the Gulf Coast areas for refinement or export. The project will cost $3.7 billion, while creating 8,000-12,000 temporary construction jobs and only 40 permanent operating jobs....
Why Police From 7 Different States Invaded a Standing Rock Camp—and Other Questions
by Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn, Yes! Magazine  -  31 OCT 2016
    To clear the way for a pipeline, North Dakota invoked a measure reserved for state emergencies like natural disasters. That’s one answer.
    On Thursday, scores of law enforcement officers from seven different states showed up with riot gear, armored vehicles, and military weaponry to clear away Standing Rock’s newest camp, the “1851 Treaty Camp.” The camp stands directly in the path of the Dakota Access pipeline. Tipis and sweat lodges were destroyed. Vehicles were set ablaze. More than 140 protesters were arrested.
    The county sheriff is claiming the water protectors were violent and that police were stopping a riot. But hours of live video feed from people caught in the confrontation showed instead a military-style assault on unarmed people: police beating people with batons, police with assault rifles, chemical mace, guns firing rubber bullets and beanbag rounds, tasers.
    Dave Archambault II, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, has maintained that its citizens and supporters are engaging in peaceful, nonviolent expressions of their opposition to the pipeline.
    Tara Houska, national campaigns director for the Native environmental group Honor the Earth, and Thane Maxwell, an organizer with Honor the Earth, have been at the camp for months. They describe what is happening:...
How to Contact the People Who Sent Militarized Police to Standing Rock
by Emily Fuller, Yes! Magazine  -  31 OCT 2016
    Have a question about the militarization of policing near Dakota Access pipeline construction? Here’s who to call, starting with Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier.
    There have been a lot of questions surrounding the influx of military style troops and equipment to the Standing Rock Sioux tribal area in North Dakota. In August, North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple declared a state of emergency in response to the growing Dakota Access pipeline protests, and Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier has invoked the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, calling on police resources from six surrounding states.
    On Thursday, police executed a particularly violent sweep of a camp that left structures destroyed, more than 140 people arrested, cars impounded and others burning on the side of the road. The highly militarized response—armored vehicles and heavy weaponry—was recorded by many people caught in the assault....
Quote of the Day - The Last Word - MSNBC  
 31 OCT 2016 
Standing Rock: Dallas Goldtooth on Suspicious Fire Near Resistance Camp & Repression of Movement
Democracy Now!  -  31 OCT 2016
    Overnight on Saturday in North Dakota, Native Americans resisting the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline reported a brush fire near their main resistance camp. They say they called 911, but no emergency teams responded. They also say the surveillance planes and helicopters, which have been flying almost constantly over the region in recent weeks, stopped flying about two hours before the fire began. Protectors believe the fire was intentionally lit by people working for Dakota Access. For more, we speak with Dallas Goldtooth, organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network....
Indigenous Grandmother Confronts MCSD
Native Momma, YouTube  -  28 OCT 2016
    Watch as an Indigenous grandmother confronts Morton County Sheriff's Department at the frontlines during a standoff between water protectors and law enforcement on Sioux land covered under the US treaty of 1851.
    Witness the illegal harassment, intimidation, and excessive force used by MCSD on Sioux land as North Dakota's tax dollars blow away in the wind to support big oil company owned by Energy Transfer Partners (DAPL).
Elder Tells About Arrest by Morton County Sheriff's Department
WBAI Rado, YouTube  -  28 OCT 2016
    Earth Mum talks with Joanna, elder water protector, who was arrested yesterday for trying to keep DAPL off the treaty land where DAPL is planning to lay down pipe to the Missouri River....
Quote of the Day - MSNBC's "The Last Word"
Like a ‘Concentration Camp’ Police Mark DAPL Protesters with Numbers & Lock Them in Dog Kennels
The Free Thought Project  -  29 OCT 2016
    Cannon Ball, N.D. — On Thursday, police from no less than five states sporting full riot gear and armed with heavy lethal and nonlethal weaponry, pepper spray, mace, a number of ATVs, five tanks, two helicopters, and military-equipped humvees showed up to tear down an encampment of Standing Rock Sioux water protectors and supporters armed with … nothing.
    Under orders from the now-notorious Morton County Sheriff’s Office, this ridiculously heavy-handed standing army came better prepared to do battle than some actual military units fighting overseas.
    But the target of their operation — a group of slightly more than 200 Native American water protectors and supporters opposing construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline — never intended to do battle with the armed, taxpayer-funded, corporate-backed, state-sponsored aggressors....
Justice Dept Reaffirms It Will Not Grant DAPL River-Crossing Permits Anytime Soon
ICTMN Staff Indian Country Today - 25 OCT 2016
    While Energy Transfer Partners’ Dakota Access oil pipeline advances toward the resistance camp now directly in its path, it faces perhaps an even bigger obstacle than several hundred water protectors hunkered down for the winter: a lack of final permits for its Missouri River crossing.
    And those permits do not seem imminent. The U.S. Department of Justice confirmed that the Army will not issue permits for the crossing under Lake Oahe, a half-mile from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and the source of its drinking water, until it has reviewed the issues raised by the tribe, according to a report on KFYR-TV.
    “While the Army continues to review issues raised by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other tribal nations and their members, it will not authorize constructing the Dakota Access Pipeline on Corps land bordering or under Lake Oahe,” Justice Department spokesman Wyn Hornbuckle told the news station in an e-mail on Tuesday October 25. Earlier in the day, Standing Rock Sioux...
War Crimes on the Northern Plains: #NoDAPL
People's World  -  28 OCT 2016
    War crimes are being committed against Native Americans by the Morton County Sheriff’s department in North Dakota. President Obama must take action. I am receiving word that demonstrators are being hooded; there are reports of waterboarding; there are reports of young Native females arrested without cause and strip searched. These are human rights violations that are reminiscent of the atrocities committed by U.S. military forces in Iraq at Abu Ghraib prison in 2003.
    Even as I write this column I am receiving information that the Standing Rock water protectors are under a vicious, brutal attack by county law enforcement. (Editors’ note: part of the encampment at Standing Rock was cleared by law enforcement Oct. 27, with over 140 people arrested.)
    The water protectors are standing their ground in this face of this hideous, racist assault by these police. This can only end in tragedy....
MCSD Just Before Destruction of the Oceti Sakowin Camp
Hennepin County Sheriff's Deputies Leave Standing Rock Protest
by Brandt Williams, MPR News  -  31 OCT 2016
    Hundreds of people protested last week, calling on the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office to bring back its staff and equipment from the Standing Rock pipeline protest.
    Now, the sheriff's deputies and equipment are on their way back to Minnesota from the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline protest in North Dakota....
Amnesty International USA to Monitor to North Dakota Pipeline Protests

Amnesty International - 28 OCT 2016
    As tensions escalate at the site of a disputed pipeline close to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) has sent a delegation of human rights observers to monitor the response of law enforcement to protests by Indigenous communities.
    AIUSA also has sent a letter to the Morton County Sheriff’s Department expressing concern about the degree of force used against the protests. The organization will also call on the Department of Justice to investigate police practices.
    Arrests of protesters, who call themselves water protectors, have increased in recent weeks and law enforcement has employed a more militarized response to protests and encampments near the construction site of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The local Indigenous communities say the pipeline endangers their water supply and desecrates sacred land. This week, arrests have occurred at a camp that was recently established on federally-recognized private land near the construction site.
    AIUSA sent a delegation of observers to the area in August and has stayed in contact both with the Indigenous community and those policing the protests since then. Letters had previously been sent to the North Dakota Highway Patrol and the Morton County Sheriff’s office calling for law enforcement officers to respect international human rights standards on the policing of protests.
    “Our observers are here to ensure that everyone’s human rights are protected,” said Eric Ferrero, director of communications for AIUSA. “We’re deeply concerned about what we heard during our previous visit to Standing Rock and what has been reported to us since.”
    In some instances, police have responded to protesters with pepper spray and bean bags, and in one instance, private security staff used guard dogs. Those recently arrested have reported being strip searched and forced to pay bail for minor offenses. Members of the media and legal observers have also been arrested or charged with minor offenses.
    “People here just want to stand up for the rights of Indigenous people and protect their natural resources. These people should not be treated like the enemy,” said Ferrero “Police must keep the peace using minimal force appropriate to the situation. Confronting men, women, and children while outfitted in gear more suited for the battlefield is a disproportionate response.”
    Under International law and standards, arrests should not be used to intimidate or prevent people from participating in peaceful assembly. If individuals are arrested, they should not be restrained for prolonged periods of time, and should be treated humanely. Invasive searches should only be carried out if absolutely necessary and not in a manner that could be considered cruel or humiliating treatment. Authorities are encouraged to develop and use appropriate alternatives to invasive searches.
    Amnesty International has a history of monitoring protests and police conduct to ensure adherence to international human rights standards. In addition to North Dakota, AIUSA has deployed delegations of observers to Ferguson, MO, and Baltimore, MD, to monitor protests in the wake of police killings, as well as to Cleveland and Philadelphia to monitor the protests outside the Republican and Democratic National Conventions earlier this year.
Police & Military Attack Oceti Sakowin Treaty Camp
Unicorn Riot  -  27 OCT 2016
    Morton County, ND – Over two hundred multi-state law enforcement and National Guard personnel attacked water protectors gathered on unceded 1851 Oceti Sakowin treaty land just north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in the late morning of Thursday, October 27th.
    For hours, the water protectors attempted to hold back the authorities sent to remove them from the path of the Dakota Access Pipeline towards the Missouri River.
    High Mobility Military Vehicle (HMMV) trucks driven by the North Dakota National Guard flanked Highway 1806 on the hills as fires burned at barricades set to slow the authorities’ march.
    At close range, law enforcement personnel repeatedly fired a Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) sound cannon at water protectors in an attempt to drive them out. LRAD attacks were expected and many water protectors had earplugs to mitigate likely permanent damage.
    Tasers, beanbag shotgun rounds, concussion grenades and batons with sniper rifle overwatch from MRAP and Bearcat armored vehicles, surrounded with HMMVs were depolyed against the Oceti Sakowin (Sioux) people and their supporters. One Unicorn Riot reporter was struck with a baton by a Hennepin County (MN) deputy acting in a force unit.
    In a continuing pattern of foregoing transparency, law enforcement from multiple states concealed their identities by hiding nameplates and badge numbers, which can prevent individual officers from being named and deposed in lawsuits around police brutality and abuse....
When You're a Protester, the Color of Your Skin Is All That Matters
The difference between Oregon and North Dakota.

by Charles P. Pierce, Esquire  -  28 OCT 2016
    Yes, there is a cruel, stupid irony about living in a country when, on the same day, a bunch of gun-toting rubes who have less understanding of the Constitution than a wombat does of nuclear fusion get acquitted after an armed takeover of federal property in Oregon while, half a country away, peaceful protesters doing nothing but praying on land to which they have a right guaranteed by treaty get rousted, roughed up, and hauled away by a militarized police force acting largely at the behest of a private company. For those of you who are sorry you missed the last Gilded Age, hang in there. You're going to get your wish fairly soon.
    The white privilege embedded in the two competing narratives is almost too garish to contemplate, and it is beyond argument. In Oregon, people with a history of armed sedition were the beneficiaries of a clear case of jury nullification. Even the counsels for the defense had sharply smacked gobs on them when the verdicts were read. From The Washington Post:...
I Am A White Person Who Went To Standing Rock. This Is What I Learned
I decided to experience Standing Rock first as a human being, not as a member of the press.

by Katie Scarlett Brandt, The Huffington Post  -  28 OCT 2016
    I’m home now in Chicago, but I was at Standing Rock just a few days ago. I know how it feels to sleep outside in two sleeping bags and a winter coat in below-freezing weather, and wake up to the sounds of people coughing from tents surrounding you. I remember feeling the ground shake as horses stampeded past on the way to the front lines. I can hear the elders on the microphone—the voice of the camp at the sacred fire—urging non-violence, keeping everything grounded in prayer and ceremony....
Sheriff's Spin on 27 OCT 2016 Oceti Sakowin Camp Raid
STANDING ROCK: Police from 5 States Escalate Violence, Shoot Horses to Clear Treaty Camp
by Camp of the Sacred Stones, Censored News  -  28 OCT 2016
    CANNONBALL, North Dakota -- Over 300 police officers in riot gear, 8 ATVs, 5 armored vehicles, 2 helicopters, and numerous military-grade humvees showed up north of the newly formed frontline camp just east of Highway 1806. The 1851 Treaty Camp was set up this past Sunday directly in the path of the pipeline, on land recently purchased by DAPL. Today this camp, a reclamation of unceded Dakota territory affirmed as part of the Standing Rock Reservation in the Ft. Laramie Treaty of 1851, was violently cleared. Both blockades established this past weekend to enable that occupation were also cleared.
    In addition to pepper spray and percussion grenades, shotguns were fired into the crowd with less lethal ammunition and a sound cannon was used (see images below). At least one person was tased and the barbed hook lodged in his face, just outside his eye. Another was hit in the face by a rubber bullet.
    A prayer circle of elders, including several women, was interrupted and all were arrested for standing peacefully on the public road. A tipi was erected in the road and was recklessly dismantled, despite promises from law enforcement that they would merely mark the tipi with a yellow ribbon and ask its owners to retrieve it. A group of water protectors was also dragged out of a ceremony in a sweat lodge erected in the path of the pipeline, wearing minimal clothing, thrown to the ground, and arrested....
Sheriff's Spin on 27 OCT 2016 Oceti Sakowin Camp Raid
Standing Rock Medics Shot by Police and Arrested
Censored News  -  27 OCT 2016
   Update: Law enforcement are targeting medics. We had two medics arrested and nearly two more arrested.
    Medics were at the frontline trying to move their car out as police advanced. Two medics were sitting on the trunk. Police approached and hit them both with batons, knocking them both to the ground. Water Protectors helped those medics before law enforcement could grab them.
    In the meantime, police surrounded the CLEARLY LABELED car (big Red Cross in the hood as well as on all medic personnel) and grabbed the driver (one medic) while the car was in motion. The other medic was in front of the car and nearly hit by the car as the police took out the driver medic. This is a clear safety risk that the police caused. Both of those medics were arrested....
Water Protectors Attacked on Tribal Land by Police
YouTube  -  27 OCT 20 
Watch: Shots Reportedly Fired, 141 Arrested at Dakota Access Pipeline Protests
The Seattle Times - 27 OCT 2016
    Hundreds of protesters have joined the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in their effort to block construction of the pipeline they say threatens water supplies and sacred sites. About 200 law enforcement officers launched an operation midday Thursday to force out the protesters from land owned by the pipeline developer. Follow our live coverage.
    Here’s what’s happening:
    Seattle Times environment reporter Lynda Mapes and Times photographer Alan Berner are on the ground through the end of the week to report on protests of the Dakota Access Pipeline near Bismarck, N.D....
Bakken Oil Companies Declare Bankruptcy  
by JESSICA HOLDMAN, Bismarck Tribune - 26 OCT 2015
    As crude oil prices hang low, about $43 per barrel Monday, some North Dakota operators are trying to divest interests in the Bakken.
    Two debt-heavy operators in the state, Tulsa, Okla.-based Samson Resources and Denver-based American Eagle Energy, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, planning to sell off Bakken assets to pay back what they owe....
North Dakota Failed to Inform the Public of 100s of Oil Spills over Last Two Years
RT-Question More  -  25 OCT 2016
    North Dakota, which ranks second in the US in terms of oil production, endured almost 300 oil spills in under two years and yet managed to avoid reporting a single one of them to the public, according to a new report.
    Documents viewed by the Associated Press indicate that, since January 2012, as many as 750 “oil field incidents” were recorded in North Dakota. The distinction between spills and incidents was not immediately clear but presumably was related to the magnitude of the accident.
    North Dakota, which borders Canada and has an estimated population of under 700,000 people, is like many other states heavily involved in oil production in that it is not required by law to inform the public about oil spills. Yet with the potentially devastating consequences a spill could have in a state that relies on farming and water resources, citizens have begun lobbying for greater access to information....
Morton County Lies about Weapon: It Is a Prayer Stick
Censored News  -  27 OCT 2016
    Here is the lady Morton County Sheriffs Department said pulled a .38 Caliber Revolver on law enforcement.
Well by the looks of it we'd say she's holding a prayer staff and if you think otherwise please comment below.
    Any more lies Morton County?
Police & Military Attack Oceti Sakowin Treaty Camp
Unicorn Riot - 27 OCT 2016
    UPDATE Oct 28th 1:20am CDT New video below shows police attacking Oceti Sakowin Treaty Camp with pepper spray, less-lethal rounds used at close range, batons, LRAD, and tazers....
    Morton County, ND – Over two hundred multi-state law enforcement and National Guard personnel attacked water protectors gathered on unceded 1851 Oceti Sakowin treaty land just north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in the late morning of Thursday, October 27th.
    For hours, the water protectors attempted to hold back the authorities sent to remove them from the path of the Dakota Access Pipeline towards the Missouri River.
    High Mobility Military Vehicle (HMMV) trucks driven by the North Dakota National Guard flanked Highway 1806 on the hills as fires burned at barricades set to slow the authorities’ march.
    At close range, law enforcement personnel repeatedly fired a Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) sound cannon at water protectors in an attempt to drive them out. LRAD attacks were expected and many water protectors had earplugs to mitigate likely permanent damage.
    Tasers, beanbag shotgun rounds, concussion grenades and batons with sniper rifle overwatch from MRAP and Bearcat armored vehicles, surrounded with HMMVs were depolyed against the Oceti Sakowin (Sioux) people and their supporters. One Unicorn Riot reporter was struck with a baton by a Hennepin County (MN) deputy acting in a force unit.
    In a continuing pattern of foregoing transparency, law enforcement from multiple states concealed their identities by hiding nameplates and badge numbers, which can prevent individual officers from being named and deposed in lawsuits around police brutality and abuse....
    Video: https://player.vimeo.com/video/189249968   
Dallas Goldtooth Video
Dallas Goldtooth, Facebook  -  27 OCT 2016  
Militarized Police Attack Standing Rock Treaty Camp: Rubber Bullets, Tear Gas, Arrests of Elders
Censored News  -  27 OCtober 2016
"Today we stood strong against this Nazi oil bought police force. They set off LRAD on us, hit us, maced us, arrested our grandmothers, uncles, they shot at our horse relatives, they set off concussion grenades, rubber bullets into the unarmed crowd. They desecrated sacred land and destroyed our homes on tribal land. We had snipers scoping me out with an assault rifle pointed at me and my relative. Our hearts were wounded but we will regroup and keep our minds in high vibrations because it is not over.
We will stop the pipeline." Cepoalli...

Video of violent arrests, tear gassing, and police firing shots into crowd at Unicorn Riot:
'They Shot My Horse!' Police Attack Standing Rock Treaty Camp
[DAPL Security Shooting at Water Protectors with AR-15s Loaded with Lethal Ammunition]

Censored News  -  27 OCT 2016
"They shot live bullets at us!..."
"We went to get the buffalo...."
"They shot my horse!..."
"They got two of us...."
"I've never been shot at in my life!..."

At the Oceti Sakowin Camp
Oceti Sakowin Camp, Facebook  -  27 OCT 2016
Jesse Jackson and Mark Ruffalo at Oceti Sakowin Camp
Oceti Sakowin Camp, Facebook  -  27 OCT 2016
Dallas Goldtooth Video On the Front Line
Dallas Goldtooth, Facebook  -  27 OCT 2016
    "We will not hurt you..." said the cop with the megaphone.
    The truth of the matter was just the opposite, as other videos by numerous sources clearly show.
    -- SENAA International
Myron Dewey
Myron Dewey, Facebook  -  27 OCT 2016
Water Protectors Being Shot at by Sheriff's Deputies
Indigenous Life Movement  -  27 OCT 2016
High Alert! Standing Rock Thursday, 27 OCT 2016
Censored News  -  27 OCT 2016
    Vic Camp, "We need help. We are surrounded. The government is moving us out." Camps said his Aunt Casey Camp, his mother and many relatives were arrested. "Hundreds of people have been arrested." "We need help my relatives."
    OYATE MEDIA NETWORK: Percussion grenades used on large crowds. Ambulances are running full force here at Oceti Sakowin camp. Rubber bullets fired at protectors, elders pepper sprayed and arrested.
    Ponca grandmother Casey Camp arrested. Police fire bean bags, pepper spray. Horse rider shot 4 times with rubber bullets. Elders arrested in ceremony. One person tasered in face. Cuny Dog has called all AIM Chapters to the front line. Just now, a herd of buffalo has come and cheers went out....
A Native-Owned Solar Company Donated These Solar Panels to Standing Rock with the Help of Mark Ruffalo! Shout out to the Dine community.
Indigenous Environmental Network, Facebook, and Native Renewables  -  27 OCT 2016  
Iowa Woman Arrested for Trespassing on Her Own Property
DAPL Gained control of her property without her knowledge or consent

We Are the Media  -  21 OCT 2016
Question and Answer Session About the DAPL Protests
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Facebook  -  27 OCT 2016  
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Responds to Militarized Raid On Oceti Sakowin Camp
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Facebook  -  27 OCT 2016
Rev. Jesse L. Jackson at Oceti Sakowin Camp
Thomas H. Joseph II, Oceti Sakowin Camp, Facebook - 26 OCT 2016
Powerfully stand together
Front line with Jesse Jackson and Mark Ruffalo at Oceti Sakowin Camp
on the front line.
Oceti Sakowin Camp, Facebook  -  26 OCT 2016  
Mark Ruffalo in Standing Rock; Leo DiCaprio, Jesse Jackson Head to Standing Rock
by Vincent Schilling, Indian Country Today - 26 OCT 2016
    Actor Mark Ruffalo arrived in North Dakota yesterday to show his support of the Standing Rock tribe’s opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. In addition to Ruffalo’s support, actor and activist Leonardo DiCaprio says he is on his way to North Dakota. The Reverend Jesse Jackson is in North Dakota today.
Ruffalo, who is the co-founder of The Solutions Project, a non-profit that promotes clean and renewable energy, told the AP he plans to deliver a pair of Navajo-made solar trailers to assist in power needs of water protector encampments. Ruffalo’s latest role will be as Bruce Banner, aka The Hulk, in the upcoming Thor Ragnarok, which happens to be helmed by indigenous director Taika Waititi....
    Ruffalo, who is an outspoken activist and proudly asserts “water is life,” confirmed Tuesday night during a press conference in Ft. Yates that DiCaprio will also be coming to North Dakota to join the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in opposition of the Dakota Access Pipeline....
Oceti Sakowin Camp Evening of 26 OCT 2016
Oceti Sakowin Camp, Facebook - 26 OCT 2016  
Standing 100% with Standing Rock Panel!!
Indigenous Environmental Network  -  26 OCT 2016
Statement by Former Vice President Al Gore in Support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
Al Gore, algore.com  -  25 OCT 2016
    “I stand with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. We have witnessed inspiring and brave acts by Native Americans and their allies who are defending and trying to protect their sacred sites and the safety of their sole source of water.
    The fossil fuel industry – and the owners of the Dakota Access Pipeline in particular – have been proceeding with what appears to be a dangerous project in blatant disregard of obvious risks to the Missouri River and with disrespect to the Standing Rock Sioux.
    In the process, those trying to force completion of this pipeline have – according to independent news reports – been using oppressive practices against this community. In response, Standing Rock Chairman David Archambault has requested that the Justice Department deploy observers to ensure that the First Amendment rights of those peacefully opposing this pipeline are protected. I hope his request is honored....
On the Front Line with Mark Ruffalo and Jesse Jackson
Indigenous Environmental Network, Facebook - 26 OCT 2016
Live with Mark Ruffalo, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Dallas Goldtooth,
Kandi Mossett

Indigenous Environmental Network, Facebook - 26 OCT 2016  
Human Blockade Crosses Highway 1806
by Lauren Donovan and Caroline Grueskin, Bismarck Tribune  -  26 OCT 2016
    Police appear to be squaring off and moving in closer to a human blockade on Highway 1806 that has been enforced with horses and hay bales. Protesters have put on masks and indicated they are ready to be arrested.
    "We've got to make our bodies a living sacrifice," said John Perko, a protester from South Dakota.
    "The preference is not be arrested. The preference is to be heard, and honored and understood," protester Kellie Berns said.
    Protester Andy Kilchrist, 71, who had been arrested Saturday in the biggest one-day roundup by law enforcement, was carrying a bag with fleece pajamas in preparation for being cuffed again and taken to jail.
    "So what? What am I going to do with the rest of my life?" she said.
    Another activist walked up and down the roadway reciting a lawyer's phone number.
    "Write it on your body," he advised, and one man rolled up his pants and put the number on his calf.
    Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman said the pipeline protest is "in a corner" and wishes Dakota Access would slow down and give the process more time.
    While Jesse Jackson led prayers for hope and strength in the chill of a foggy morning on Highway 1806 asphalt, a member of the encampment announced that police have pledged to clear the pipeline route and anyone in the way would be subject to arrest. Jackson led prayer inside a deep circle near where the Dakota Access Pipeline protesters have set up their stand.
    Jackson made connections between the troubles of black Americans and Native Americans with such past situations as stop-and-frisk procedures and voting rights.
    "We will hold out one day longer," he said....  
Sacred Ground Camp Braces as Police Convoy Lurks; Wed. 26 Oct 2016
Red Warrior Camp Alert: 12:30 pm

Censored News  -  26 OCT 2016
    The water protectors were given an hour notice to disperse. That hour is now over. It is being reported that the protectors are being slowly surrounded by highly militarized law enforcement.
Our elders and spiritual leaders have put up alters the protect the water and our People. The prayers are strong and our warriors' hearts will not back down. We are asking for prayers and support! The time is now! Please come to the frontlines!
    Rev. Jesse Jackson and actor Mark Ruffalo are on the front line....
Protesters Decry Use of Hennepin Co. Sheriff's Equipment, Staff at Pipeline Demonstrations
MPR News  -  26 OCT 2016
    Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Minneapolis Tuesday afternoon, calling for Minnesota authorities to withdraw law enforcement help for police forces at the Dakota Access Pipeline protest.
    The gathering came after protesters spotted equipment with Hennepin County Sheriff's Office markings headed for a protest by pipeline opponents in North Dakota.
    • Earlier: At Standing Rock, protest camp becomes a movement
    "If the sheriff has the money to send people to North Dakota, we can take that money back and reinvest it in our communities," said Minneapolis city council member Alondra Cano. "We need to be doing the work here at home, not intervening in other projects in other states."
    A statement from the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office on Monday confirmed that the agency was sending equipment and personnel to Morton County, North Dakota, in response to a request by that state, and approved by the state of Minnesota. The request came under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, a national mutual aid agreement among law enforcement and public safety agencies....  
An Urgent Plea: Dangerous Human Rights Crisis Taking Place Now at Standing Rock
by Rebecca Kemble, Wisconsin Citizens Media Cooperative - 25 OCT 2016
    A few days ago, I received an email from a First Nation’s woman, a member of the Hunkpapa and Mnicoujou bands of the Lakota. She had heard I had been arrested at Standing Rock, and was writing to send me prayers and beg for help. With her permission I am publishing the emails and the photos she forwarded of the Dakota Access Pipeline workers (DAPL) who have set up their own camp, complete with barbed wire and police protection.
    She mentions that members of the Standing Rock Sioux took a walk on October 21 with various members of the Army Corp of Engineers, elected officials, archeological officers, and others, pointing out the sacred sites in this area. She is concerned that the same thing that happened on September 3 will happen again—that once DAPL is made aware of just where the sacred sites are, they will deliberately destroy them....
Dane County Sheriff Recalls Deputies from North Dakota Pipeline Protests
Madison alder describes 'hostile' experience with law enforcement

by Nicole Ki, The Badger Herald  -  25 OCT 2016
    After sending 10 deputies to North Dakota Oct. 9 to aid with crowd control at the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney has already recalled the deputies earlier than planned because of concerns from Madison residents.
    The Dane County Sheriff’s Office does not typically send deputies across county or state lines unless they are specifically requested to do so. But after the Morton County Sheriff’s office in North Dakota contacted the U.S. Department of Justice requesting assistance for large scale crowd control, Mahoney answered the call to send trained officers to help assist in overseeing the protests.
    The Dakota Access Pipeline is a project that proposes to transport crude oil from the North Dakota into Illinois. It is approximately 1,172 miles long and would span four states.
    Opposition toward the North Dakota pipeline includes concerns over constructing and destroying tribal lands belonging to Native Americans and health issues, such as contaminating the water supply and limiting resources, that could negatively affect neighboring inhabitants, especially those of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, Richard Monette, professor of law at the University of Wisconsin, said.
    Along with highlighting the plight of Native Americans, the protests have also brought attention to law enforcement’s methods on mitigating and controlling protests.
Dakota Access Says Trespassers Will Be ‘Removed from the Land’ as Law Officers Mobilize
Bismarck Tribune  -  26 OCT 2016
    MORTON COUNTY – As actor Mark Ruffalo arrived to support their cause, protesters camping in the path of the Dakota Access Pipeline braced Tuesday for action by a growing police and military force to the north after the pipeline company issued a foreboding statement saying trespassers will be prosecuted and “removed from the land.”
    “We believe they are going to try to take us,” Vanessa Dundon of White Cone, Ariz., said as she manned a traffic checkpoint near the new “front-line” camp established Sunday to stop pipeline construction from crossing N.D. Highway 1806 and reaching the Missouri River.
    About five miles away, a law enforcement staging area had grown considerably from the day before, with several buses and National Guard Humvees parked among military-style tents and emergency trailers. Officers from at least six states have answered Morton County’s call for help in dealing with protest activities that started 11 weeks ago....
Nearly $6 Million Spent in Response to Protest Movement
by Nick Smith, Bismarck Tribune  -  26 OCT 2016
    About $5.75 million has been spent by the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services in its response to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests in Morton County, according to DES spokeswoman Cecily Fong.
    A request to increase the line of credit beyond the $6 million already approved by the state is expected to be submitted in the near future.
    Fong indicated she was unsure when the request would be submitted nor how much more money was needed.
    The dollars, borrowed from the Bank of North Dakota, will have to be repaid with interest. DES will be asking for a deficiency appropriation during the 2017 session.
    The agency has never had to deal with a response to members of a protest who have been camping on land near the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation in recent months. Numerous demonstrations at construction sites in the region have led to 269 arrests since Aug. 10....
Fence Cutting Photo Exposes Lie of Morton County Sheriff
Censored News  -  25 OCT 2016
    Morton County Sheriff has repeatedly issued press releases stating protectors cut fences of ranch property. So here you go, world, HERE ARE THE REAL FENCE CUTTERS.
    Posted by brendanorrell@gmail.com
Mark Raffalo Talks about the Solutions Project's Delivery of Solar Power System to Sacred Stone Camp
Mark Morey, Facebook  -  26 OCT 2016  
WAR CRIME: Morton County Engaged in Torture -- Hooded Water Protector  
by Brenda Norrell, Censored News  -  25 OCT 2016
    Morton Country Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier displayed proof that law enforcement is engaged in torture at Standing Rock. This photo posted by the Sheriff's Department is at the site of a lockdown on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, by a Standing Rock water protector. The water protector's goal was to halt the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline which is rapidly approaching the Missouri River, and threatening to poison the river with an underwater crude oil pipeline.
    Morton County engaged in a second act of torture when it forced the daughter of LaDonna Brave Bull Allard to remain naked in a jail cell. Her daughter was arrested for no credible cause, strip-searched and forced to remain naked in a jail cell all night....
    NOTE: Seven additional counts of torture--this time of a minor--allegedly occurred when the underage daughter of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe was arrested on misdemeanor charges and strip searched a total of SEVEN times, as she was allegedly passed from one department to another.
    -- SENAA International
Attorney General Reviewing Dakota Access' Claim It Bought Ranch to Ensure Worker Safety  
by Lauren Donovan, Bismarck Tribune - 26 OCT 2016
    Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is reviewing a justification by Dakota Access LLC for its recent purchase of Cannonball Ranch, where it is advancing pipeline construction toward the Missouri River in the face of protests.
    Stenehjem had asked the company to explain how its Sept. 22 purchase of the 6,000-acre Cannonball Ranch from David Meyer fits with the state’s anti-corporate farming law, which prohibits corporations from owning agricultural land, except under very narrow restrictions.
    Attorney Lawrence Bender says the company purchased the land to provide for the safety of its workers and to manage people going on and off the pipeline right of way. He said the attorney general’s office has interpreted a corporation’s right to own agricultural land when it’s necessary for commercial or industrial purposes to mean "needed to achieve its business or industrial purposes on a case-by-case basis.”
    Bender told the attorney general’s office that after the pipeline is complete, Dakota Access will transfer ownership of the property or use it for some purpose that complies with North Dakota law.
    Stenehjem spokeswoman Liz Brocker said the office has no comment on the company's response while the case is under review.
    Former Agriculture Department commissioner Sarah Vogel, a defender of the anti-corporate farming law, says the purchase violates the law, since Dakota Access already had the necessary easement for pipeline construction. Stenehjem could take the matter to court if he finds the company in violation.
Unicorn Riot Short Video of the New Camp Set Up On Treaty Land,
Where the Sioux Nation Has Declared Eminent Domain Against DAPL

Unicorn Riot, Facebook  -  23 OCT 2016
Water Protectors in Iowa, 19 October 2016
Unicorn Riot, Facebook  -  19 OCT 2016
Shots Fired: Morton County Deputies Shooting Media Drone
Morton County Deputies, apparently unaware that they are committing a felony crime, recklessly endanger lives of Water Protectors and fellow deputies by shooting into the air at a media drone.

Dr0ne2bwild Photography, Facebook  -  23 OCT 2016
    THE BURNING QUESTION: Why is the Morton County Sheriff's Deparment and its deputies so averse to having media present to document their actions if they are being honest and truthful with the public?
    Meanwhile, the Water Protectors, the more than 200 Indigenous Nations, and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe WELCOME the media and urge them to be present to document everything that happens, both on the front lines and at the camps.  
Standing Rock Tribal Chairman Reacts to Weekend Arrests
KFYR-TV  -  23 OCT 2016
    CANNON BALL, N.D. - In response to the 127 people arrested this weekend during protest actions against the Dakota Access Pipeline, Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II released the following statement.
    The militarization of local law enforcement and enlistment of multiple law enforcements agencies from neighboring states is needlessly escalating violence and unlawful arrests against peaceful protestors at Standing Rock. We do not condone reports of illegal actions, but believe the majority of peaceful protestors are reacting to strong-arm tactics and abuses by law enforcement.
    Thousands of water protectors have joined the Tribe in solidarity against DAPL, without incident or serious injury. Yet, North Dakota law enforcement have proceeded with a disproportionate response to their nonviolent exercise of their First Amendment rights, even going as far as labeling them rioters and calling their every action illegal....
Red Warrior Camp
Press Release
October 23, 2016

141 Water Protectors Arrested as Police Escalate Violent Militarized Response

LaDonnaAllard(CSS),ladonnabrave1@aol.com, (701)426­2604
Tara Houska (HTE), tara@honorearth.org, (612) 226­9404
Red Warrior Camp (RWC), redwarriorcamp@riseup.net

On Saturday, hundreds of water protectors from different nations were met with violence by militarized police in riot gear, and approximately 141 were arrested. Four protectors locked themselves to a disabled car at an active construction site, stopping construction for approximately 7 hours. Then a peaceful procession of hundreds walked to the sacred sites intentionally destroyed by Dakota Access LLC on September 3rd.

The lit sage and songs of hundreds of Native men, women, children, and elders were peaceful and prayerful despite Morton County Sheriff Kirchmeier’s allegations of violence and lawlessness. After receiving a dispersal notice, a large group of protectors, including elders and children, attempted to leave but were surrounded by police. Law enforcement began to spray mace and throw people to the ground without provocation. One young woman of the International Indigenous Youth Council was injured when a police officer hit her wrist with a baton. Two members of the press were targeted for arrest and had their equipment was confiscated.

Due to a lack of space to hold the 141 arrested, Morton County sent protectors to several county jails, including Mercer, Cass, Stutsman, Lake Region, Stark, and McLean counties. Arrestees continue to report being strip searched for misdemeanor charges.

One of those protectors, long­time land defender and justice advocate Michael Bowersox stated,
“I am taking this action to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline from plowing up sacred sites that are here, near the Missouri River. I'm also taking this action to protect the water and for the future generations in alliance with and an accomplice to the first people of this nation.” Bowersox went on to call for more protectors, “I hope other people will step up to stop this pipeline from being built; we can't be dependent on fossil fuels if we expect the children seven generations from now to have a healthy earth, environment, and clean water to drink.”

Another protector, Chepa Cubias, said,
“I engaged in this action as part of my responsibility to my mother. If you see your mother violently attacked you run to put your body between her and the violent perpetrator. [Dakota Access was] right on burial grounds sacred to my Lakota relatives. As Native folks we understand more than the right to clean water, we have the responsibility to keep water clean. That's why we need to listen to the caretakers of the land that are here to protect it. It is our responsibility!”

LaDonna Allard, a Standing Rock Sioux tribal member who founded the Sacred Stone Camp, spoke of the sacred sites people are trying to protect,
“There are sacred sites, cultural sites, traditional cultural properties, and burial sites that the State Historical Society knew of ­ they should've followed the law and must protect these sites. But they are pushing the sites under the rug and no one is talking about it. There's the executive order protecting sacred places ­ E.O. 130007, NAGPRA, ARPA, and the NHPA that are supposed to protect these sites. AIRFA is supposed to give Natives the right to visit these places. To the North Dakota SHPO: just because you accepted the money from the oil company does not mean you have the right to violate our rights. No one has the right to take our footprint off the earth."



Download the entire North Dakota Peace Officer Standards and Training Board Law
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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....
October 23, 2016: Citing 1851 Treaty, Water Protectors Establish Road Blockade and Expand Frontline #NoDAPL Camp
Camp of the Sacred Stones  -  23 OCT 2016
    Cannon Ball, ND - This morning, at approximately 8am central, water protectors took back unceded territory affirmed in the 1851 Treaty of Ft. Laramie as sovereign land under the control of the Oceti Sakowin, erecting a frontline camp of several structures and tipis on Dakota Access property, just east of ND state highway 1806. This new established camp is 2.5 miles north of the Cannon Ball River, directly on the proposed path of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). This site is directly across the road from where DAPL security dogs attacked water protectors on September 3rd....
    To ensure the protection of this new camp from overtly militarized law enforcement, water protectors have established three road blockades:
    1. North of the Frontline Camp, on Highway 1806
    2. South of the Cannon Ball River, on Highway 1806
    3. Immediately west of Highway 1806, on county road 134
    Police have discharged weapons, using rubber bullets to shoot down drones being used to document the police activity and actions....
BREAKING NEWS! Standing Rock Water Protectors Defend Sacred Water Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016
Censored News  -  23 OCT 2016
    Cheyenne River Sioux Chairman Harold Frazier speaking to water protectors today. Frazier said he is asking lawyers to file for eminent domain of the land here. Frazier also said Cheyenne River Lakotas will be arriving on Monday. Our numbers are needed now, he said.
    Sunday 1:00 pm: Approximately four hundred (400) of our people have blocked Highway 1806 at Standing Rock. This is almost the entire encampment. They've used their vehicles and are gathering (Our people). The police are starting to make arrests.
    Cell reception has always been spotty there. So, someone will be uploading videos soon.
    Those who are near are asked to gather for another non-violent demonstration tomorrow, Monday. Expect to get pepper spray used on you. Do not resist. Expect to go to jail. Do not resist.
    If your heart and mind are set on violence, then stay home, this is a non-violent protest. My Elders have spoken. Respect their, our, wishes....
Minneapolis Third City to Pass Resolution Supporting Standing Rock Sioux Nation
Minneapolis, Saint Paul and Seattle pass resolutions supporting Standing Rock Sioux Nation and halt of Dakota Access Pipeline

by Brenda Norrell, Censored News - Originally Published on 02 SEP 2016
    MINNEAPOLIS -- Minneapolis is now the third city to pass a resolution in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation's fight to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline.
    The Cities of Seattle and St. Paul previously passed resolutions in support of halting the pipeline that threatens the water source, the Missouri River, of the Dakota, Lakota and Nakota peoples.
    Members of the Minneapolis City Council and St. Paul City Council will deliver the resolutions in person to the camp, where thousands are camping, on on Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.
    Over 180 resolutions have been received from around the world supporting the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and halting the pipeline.
    Minneapolis said in its resolution, "The Dakota Access pipeline – a project also financially supported by the Enbridge company – has received weeks of resistance from the Oceti Sakowin, or the Seven Council Fires comprised of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Nations."
    "The Oceti Sakowin established the Sacred Stone Spirit Camp in Cannon Ball, North Dakota to halt the project due to its lack of environmental review and consultation with Tribal leaders."
    "If built, this line would carry as many as 570,000 barrels of fracked crude oil per day for more than 1,100 miles from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota to Illinois," Minneapolis said. (See resolution below.)...
Indigenous Resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline Resolution
Passage of Resolution expressing solidarity with Indigenous resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline

Minneapolis City Council - 19 AUG 2016
    Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved:
    By the Mayor and City Council of the City of Minneapolis, that we stand in support of the Indigenous opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline and we call on all residents of Minneapolis to raise awareness about this important struggle for Indigenous sovereignty and environmental justice and to support the Sacred Stones Camp efforts in any way they can....
    Adopted by Council this Nineteenth Day of August 2016 A.D.
VIDEO: Dakota Excess Pipeline - Oil Is Life
(LANGUAGE - May not be suitable for younger or sensitive viewers)
The Juice Media  -  22 OCT 2016  
Wes Studi Shares #NoDAPL Experience with the Traveling NDN
by Cary Rosenbaum, Tribal Tribune  -  22 OCT 2016
    The term "sugarcoat" is one sparingly utilized in the thought process of Wes Studi, Indian country's renowned actor. This 68-year-old Cherokee man tells it like it is. He's a guy who has genuine concerns not only for the well-being of Native Americans, but the state of the world.
    Just a couple years back, during an interview in Santa Clara, California, I asked Studi if he had any fears. He told me he was worried about what's going on in the cradle of civilization between Israel and Palestine.
    The item he's lending his thoughts—and, now, time—to today is the Standing Rock Sioux tribe's peaceful protest of the $3.8 billion, 1,172-mile Dakota Access Pipeline. Thousands have come from across the world to stand in solidarity over the protection of clean water at the Cannon Ball, North Dakota encampment, which sits on the confluence of the Missouri and Cannon Ball rivers.
    Studi spent five days at the protest site to demonstrate his agreement. He was active on social media. Every update to Facebook received thousands of combined likes, shares and comments on his posts, raising the profile for the cause—a historic one which has united the seven Sioux nations for the first time since the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876 and attracted solidarity from more than 300 tribes.
    "It was a matter of being a part of something I've always been a part of," Studi said. "It's a reiteration of my commitment to being part of the American Indian community. I do my part as much as I possibly can."...
Berserk Police indiscriminately mace peaceful Water Protectors!
Sacred Stone Camp, Facebook  -  22 OCT 2016
Shailene Woodley at EMA Awards
Accepting "Futures Award"

Facebook - 22 OCT 2016  
Dallas Goldtooth Update  
Dallas Goldtooth, Facebook  -  22 OCT 2016
Tipiziwin 'Warriors Come Back! They are Chasing our People to the River'
Videos reveal unprovoked police brutality today, water protectors beaten with police batons, pepper sprayed, large number arrested

by Tipiziwin Tolman, Censored News  -  22 OCT 2016
    Please watch the video posted by Wiyaka Eagle Man, the police, the military, armored vehicles, assault rifles, they are chasing our people, surrounded our people, chasing them into the river. I started crying, holding my baby daughter, because we come from so much people who were chased down, hunted down and gunned down by the military and the police. History is repeating itself. All those stories we were raised with, that we carry in our hearts, of our people, fleeing, running, racing, for our lives, just to live. We are the grandchildren and great grandchildren of those who survived the US Government federally mandated massacres on our people.
    Ikíčhize wičháša épi na Ikíčhize Wíŋyaŋ nitȟáwapi kiŋ uwíčhaša yo!
    Come back to Standing Rock's northern border, all Ocheti Sakowin, all nations, all people. Come be a witness for the water and for the world. Come stand and protect our people and our water and our future.
Please. Remember all those caravans from Pine Ridge, Cheyenne River, Lower Brule, etc., come back, and come now.
    Even if you have to walk....  
North Dakota Police ‘Out Of Control’ In Crackdown On Dakota Access Pipeline Protests
Police have beaten, harassed, and strip-searched activists and even confiscated sacred Native American drums, a civil liberties group reports.

by Kit O'Connell, Mint Press News  -  22 OCT 2016
    STANDING ROCK SIOUX RESERVATION, North Dakota — As reports of police abuse at Dakota Access Pipeline protests accumulate, a civil liberties NGO warns that activists’ constitutional rights are under attack.
    “In Standing Rock, the cops are out of control,” warned Cooper Brinson, staff attorney at Civil Liberties Defense Center, in a report published on Thursday.
    Citing reports of humiliation, beatings by police, and unnecessary strip-searches of arrestees, Brinson wrote:
    “The actions of police against the land and water protectors at Standing Rock are depraved, abusive, and disgraceful. They are exceedingly disrespectful and radically humiliating to the people who have occupied this land since time immemorial.”
    Brinson reported that police have confiscated sacred tribal drums and tools used by Native American journalists....
Police Beat Water Protectors with Batons, Pepper Spray Them During Prayer
Police beat Native American Water Protectors with batons and pepper spray them in unprovoked attack

by Brenda Norrell, Censored News  -  22 OCT 2016
    STANDING ROCK, North Dakota -- The Morton County Sheriff and police carried out a brutal attack on Native Americans as they gathered for prayer today. Native Americans and supporters defending the water of the Missouri River from the Dakota Access Pipeline were beaten with batons by police, pepper sprayed and thrown to the ground.
    More than 80 water protectors were arrested today during the unprovoked attack by police on peaceful water protectors. The police are defending a private pipeline.
    Tipiwizin, a young mother at Standing Rock, called out for help, urging all those who came and camped at Standing Rock to return.
    "The police, the military, armored vehicles, assault rifles, they are chasing our people, surrounded our people, chasing them into the river."
    Watching the live stream today, she said, "I started crying, holding my baby daughter, because we come from people who were chased down, hunted down and gunned down by the military and the police. History is repeating itself. All those stories we were raised with, that we carry in our hearts, of our people, fleeing, running, racing, for our lives, just to live. We are the grandchildren and great grandchildren of those who survived the US Government federally mandated massacres on our people."
NOW! Standing Rock: Water Protectors Running, Surrounded, Arrests Underway Sat. Oct. 22, 2016
Standing Rock Water Protectors Beaten with Batons, Pepper Sprayed During Prayer
Watch video above now!

by Brenda Norrell, Censored News  -  22 OCT 2016
    Message from water protector: "Sitting at the hospital in Fort Yates because today at the action the police maced, and hit innocent people with their batons. Our fellow youth council members were hit with a baton multiple times because they tried to protect the children. One of us got arrested and another is in the hospital. This is what they are doing to us. Police brutality at its finest people. We are unarmed. We are peaceful & prayerful. Come stand with standing rock. Pray for us please!"
    STANDING ROCK CAMP -- Water protectors were pepper sprayed and thrown to the ground by police. About 200 water protectors carried out a prayer walk on Saturday morning, where one lock down was underway at sunrise.
    Eighty by heavily armed Morton County Sheriff and police.
    The arrests include Lorenzo, Unicorn Riot live streamer. This makes the fifth Unicorn Riot live streamer arrested.
    The location is three miles west of 1806. Hwy 1806 closed in both directions Saturday morning....
    You can see the videos of what went down on the link below:...  
Unprovoked Attacks on Peaceful Water Protectors by the Conglomerate of Law Enforcement Officers Headed by the Morton County Sheriff and His Deputies
Angela Ohmer, Facebook  -  22 OCT 2016
    Non-resistant Water Protectors are being thrown to the ground, beaten with batons, and sprayed with whatever agent the cops are armed with.
    Cops also armed themselves with shotguns and rubber bullets. Cops armed with shotguns can be seen in other videos of today's action, and one of the people video recording the action said that the law enforcement had rubber bullets, but that has not been confirmed or dismissed. Without confirmation that the bullets were, indeed, rubber bullets, it should be assumed that the ammunition in the cops' weapons is regular, police issue, live, deadly ammunition. In either case, the Water Protectors are unarmed and nonviolent, and there were children present; so the use of ANY firearms, even firing rubber bullets, is not only unnecessary, it's an unprovoked, wrongful use of firearms by law enforcement officers.
    The real danger here is that some trigger-happy deputy will fire into the crowd and trigger an all-out, full-fledged massacre at the hand of the Morton County Sheriff's minions.

-- Al Swilling, SENAA International

Shailene Woodley: The Truth About My Arrest
TIME Magazine  -  20 OCT 2016
    Shailene Woodley was arrested last week and charged with criminal trespassing and engaging in a riot. She pled not guilty on Wednesday. This is her first full statement in response to what happened.
    I was arrested on Oct. 10, on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a holiday where America is meant to celebrate the indigenous people of North America.
    I was in North Dakota, standing in solidarity, side-by-side with a group of over 200 water protectors, people who are fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline.
    People who carry a rainbow of colors on their skin. People who gathered together because they realize that if we don’t begin taking genuine steps to protect our precious resources—our soil, our water, our essential elements—we will not have a healthy or thriving planet to pass on to future generations....
Morton Co. Police Strip Search Lakota Woman, Leave in Jail Cell Naked
LaDonna Brave Bull Allard describes how Morton County police arrested her daughter, without any cause. She was strip searched by male officers and left naked in a jail cell all night.

by Brenda Norrell, Censored News  -  19 OCT 2016
    STANDING ROCK, North Dakota -- Morton County police and jail guards are violating human rights and engaged in militarized sexual violence, as they illegally strip search Lakotas who are defending the Missouri River, and ancestral burial places, from Dakota Access Pipeline.
    LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, who owns the land where Sacred Stone Camp is located, said her daughter was strip searched, and left naked in a jail cell all night.
    "They are targeting our families," Allard said.
    Allard describes how Morton County police followed a car that her daughter, an adult, was riding in. Her daughter was a passenger in the back seat.
    She was arrested with no cause given and taken to Morton County Jail.
    "Three male officers, and one female officer stripped her naked. Then they took her naked and put her in a jail cell and left her there all night."
    Then, in the morning, they came in and gave her a jump suit.
    When Allard questioned what the charge was, Morton Co. continually changed their response as to what the charge is. Morton Co. made various claims about charges, including speeding, but her daughter wasn't driving, and attempted to charge $500 for "living at the camp," and then Morton Co. basically said they didn't like her attitude....
Dine' Stand with Standing Rock "NoDAPL"
Censored News  -  19 OCT 2016
by Carol Davis, Coordinator, Dine' Citizens Against Ruining our Environment
Photos by Dana Powell
    DILKON, Arizona -- A delegation of Diné citizens and allies has just returned from a week of lending their labor, solidarity, and prayers to the NoDAPL (Dakota Access Pipeline) movement in Standing Rock Sioux territory.
    Organized by the grassroots organization Diné Citizens Against Ruining our Environment, the 21-person delegation journeyed from the Navajo Nation to the Mni Sose (Missouri) River, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota.
    The caravan of one pickup truck, SUV, and 15-passenger van journeyed northeast, through Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, and South Dakota and covered 1,170 miles: the exact same mileage of the proposed oil pipeline (1,172 miles)....
Protectors of the Sacred
A Reminder of Why The Stand against DAPL is Happening

Myron Dewey, YouTube  -  10 SEP 2016
DAPL Convoy of 10 Oversized Semis Headed Toward Missouri River
Censored News  -  18 OCT 2016
    Johnny K. Dangers reporting live from Standing Rock
    Breaking: Convoy of 10 Fully Oversized Semis loaded
    We just saw a Convoy of 10 fully oversized semis loaded with NEW Dakota Access Pipeline heading south on Highway 6 directly where the pipeline crosses the road. Heavy construction is ongoing east of the highway with large crews. DAPL is working as fast as possible to race towards the Missouri River. We must stop the Black Snake! Share! #NoDAPL #WaterisLife #KeepitintheGround...
Chili Yazzie - Beyond the Pipeline, Standing Rock is Ultimate Stand for Earth Mother
by Chili Yazzie, Dine'; Censored News  -  18 OCT 2016
Letter to the Editor, Censored News
    In struggles throughout history there is a positive and negative side, justice versus injustice, good against evil. The standoff at Standing Rock is such a story. The Energy Transfer Partners with its Dakota Access Pipeline and supporters on one side; the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and supporters on the other.
    Standing Rock and multitudes of people oppose inflicting more damage to the earth. The pipeline will destroy waters of life and further contaminate the environment. The permanent consequences of climate change will be inherited by our grandchildren.
    In this confrontation between the Destroyers and the Protectors; the Destroyers have the power of physical advantage and the Protectors have the power of spiritual advantage. The spiritual always prevails over the physical....
First Baby Born on the banks of the Cannon Ball River
Indigenous Midwifery  -  17 OCT 2016
    First baby born on the banks of the Cannon Ball River into the arms of the birthing mama.
What a beautiful blessing for the water protectors and camp.
    "Babyna blessed the grounds and her relatives....born before dawn in her Ina's arms and warm teepee along the banks of the Cannon Ball River where our Lakota Dakota people have gathered power since the begining of our time. Mni Wiconi perfect health and balance. Wopida for the prayers, support family."- Zintkala Mahpiya Wi Blackowl...
"We're Going to Call That a Win": Water Protectors Promise More Protests as Felony Charges Dropped
Democracy Now!  -  18 OCT 2016
    At the Morton County Courthouse in North Dakota on Monday, authorities dropped or rejected multiple felony and misdemeanor charges against water protectors involved in the ongoing resistance to the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline, including a felony charge against Marcus Frejo Little Eagle, known by his artist name Quese IMC. "Water is what’s going to bring our people back together," he says. "This destructive unnatural force that is trying to destroy this water is the same force that dismantled our homes back in the day during the Indian wars." The state also dropped a felony charge against Little Eagle’s nephew, Morgan Frejo. Misdemeanor charges against water defender Cody Hall were also dropped....
Standing Rock Sioux Pediatrician: Threat from Fracking Chemicals is "Environmental Genocide"
Democracy Now!  -  18 OCT 2016
In an extended interview with one of the first people arrested in the resistance movement against the Dakota Access pipeline, Dr. Sara Jumping Eagle explains, "as a physician, I’m very aware of what the health effects could be of a pipeline spill … among our communities." Jumping Eagle is a pediatrician and a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe...
Why Is North Dakota Strip-Searching Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters Charged with Misdemeanors?
Democracy Now!  -  18 OCT 2016
    Resistance to the Dakota Access pipeline has been met by an ongoing crackdown on water and land protectors by the Morton County Sheriff’s Department. In recent weeks, there has been widespread use of strip search in the Morton County jail. Democracy Now! spoke with Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chair Dave Archambault II about whether he had been strip-searched after he was arrested at a protest and with Dr. Sara Jumping Eagle, a pediatrician and a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe who also says she was strip-searched after she was arrested on August 11, taken to Morton County jail and charged with disorderly conduct....
Midwives at Dakota Access Resistance Camps: We Can Decolonize, Respect Women & Mother Earth
Democracy Now!  -  18 OCT 2016
    Thousands of people have flocked from across the United States, Latin America and Canada to join the resistance camps opposing the construction of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline. Most are Native Americans representing hundreds of tribes from across the Americas. The ongoing encampment is considered one of the largest gatherings of Native Americans in decades. People have set up multiple kitchens, a school that teaches Lakota languages and other subjects, and medical services to care for the thousands who come to join the resistance to the pipeline. On Monday, a group of indigenous midwives posted online that the first baby was born in the camp. When Democracy Now! was in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, this weekend, we spoke with women and midwives about the importance of reproductive healthcare at the resistance camps....
Charges Dropped Against Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Member; Surveillance of DAPL Resistance Continues
Video & Transcript
Democracy Now!  -  18 OCT 2016
    We speak with Cody Hall of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, who had a warrant issued for his arrest for two misdemeanors of criminal trespass for land defense actions related to the Dakota Access pipeline and was arrested in a dramatic traffic stop that he says involved at least 18 law enforcement officials. On Monday, he learned the charges were dropped, but says he is still under surveillance....

Winona LaDuke & Tara Houska on the Indigenous Resistance
to the Dakota Access Pipeline, Part 1

Dakota Excess Pipeline? Standing Rock Protectors Strip-Searched, Jailed for Days on Minor Charges (Click Title to go to the Transcript at Democracy Now!) 
Democracy Now!  -  17 OCT 2016
    We discuss the crackdown on the resistance to the Dakota Access pipeline with Winona LaDuke, a Native American activist and executive director of the group Honor the Earth who lives and works on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota, and Tara Houska, national campaigns director for Honor the Earth. Police have begun deploying military-grade equipment, including armored personnel carriers, surveillance helicopters, planes and drones. North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple activated the National Guard in late September. Roughly 140 people have been arrested. Some report being strip-searched in custody at the Morton County jail and being held for days without bond, even when they are facing minor misdemeanor charges....

Part 2: Winona LaDuke & Tara Houska on the Indigenous Resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline (Click Title to go to the Transcript at Democracy Now!)
Democracy Now!  -  17 OCT 2016
    In this web-only exclusive, Amy Goodman talks with Winona LaDuke, a Native American activist and executive director of the group Honor the Earth who lives and works on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota, and Tara Houska, national campaigns director for Honor the Earth....
Breaking: Judge Rejects "Riot" Charges Against Amy Goodman in North Dakota
Democracy Now!  -  17 OCT 2016
    A North Dakota judge today refused to authorize riot charges against award-winning journalist Amy Goodman for her reporting on an attack against Native American-led anti-pipeline protesters.
    “This is a complete vindication of my right as a journalist to cover the attack on the protesters, and of the public’s right to know what is happening with the Dakota Access pipeline,” said Goodman. "We will continue to report on this epic struggle of Native Americans and their non-Native allies taking on the fossil fuel industry and an increasingly militarized police in this time when climate change threatens the planet."
    District Judge John Grinsteiner did not find probable cause to justify the charges filed on Friday October 14 by State’s Attorney Ladd R. Erickson. Those charges were presented after Erickson had withdrawn an earlier charge against Goodman of criminal trespass. Goodman had returned to North Dakota to turn herself in to the trespassing charge.
    The charges in State of North Dakota v. Amy Goodman stemmed from Democracy Now!’s coverage of protests against the Dakota Access pipeline. On Saturday, September 3, Democracy Now! filmed security guards working for the pipeline company attacking protesters....
Amy Goodman Is Facing Prison for Reporting on the Dakota Access Pipeline. That Should Scare Us All.
The charges against Goodman are a clear attack on journalism and freedom of the press.

by Lizzy Ratner, The Nation  -  15 OCT 2016
    This Monday morning, shortly after the sun rises over the small city of Mandan, North Dakota, the award-winning journalist, and host of Democracy Now!, Amy Goodman will walk into the Morton County–Mandan Combined Law Enforcement and Corrections Center and turn herself in to the local authorities. Her crime: good, unflinching journalism.
    Goodman had the audacity to commit this journalism on September 3, when she was in North Dakota covering what she calls “the standoff at Standing Rock”: the months-long protests by thousands of Native Americans against the Dakota Access Pipeline. The $3.8 billion oil pipeline is slated to carry barrel after barrel of Bakken crude through sacred sites and burial grounds of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, and tribe members fear it could pollute the Missouri River, the source not only of their water but of millions of others’, should the pipe ever rupture. Their protests, which began in April and ballooned through the summer months, represent the largest mobilization of Native American activists in more than 40 years—and one of the most vital campaigns for environmental justice in perhaps as long....
An Indigenous singer stands behind a banner that reads "Stand Up to Big Oil: Protect Our Water," at a protest against the Dakota Access pipeline in Standing Rock on 10 Oct 2016. (Photo: Ellen Davidson)
Is Standing Rock the Oil Industry's Last Stand? It's Up to Us to Make It So
by Four Arrows, Truthout - 17 OCT 2016
    Having just flown in from Mexico, my first night at the campground in Standing Rock felt especially cold. Temperatures had dropped to the low 30s and strong winds shook my rented minivan until 4 in the morning. By 6:45 am, the illumination of the yet invisible sun revealed that many of the tents around me had been blown down. The tepees of course were still standing. People all around for as far as I could see were reverently standing and facing east with hats removed in spite of the nip in the air. An elder's voice echoed out from the PA system on the hill with a traditional Lakota prayer and song. I stood similarly, waiting in anticipation of the ball of sacred fire to make its first appearance and then staring at it with wide-open eyes seeking a vision from within it and giving unrestrained thanks for the new day it promised.
    By 9 am I had been informed that today there would be no direct actions to stop the forward progress of the pipe laying, but that a Veterans for Peace meeting was scheduled for 2 pm. Being a cofounder of the Northern Arizona chapter of Veterans for Peace, I was pleased to see the national organization's peace statement written by Brian Trautman, one of my doctoral students, in support of the water protectors, and knew from my time at the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota that veterans can play an important role in such battles as this....
The Arrest of Journalists and Filmmakers Covering the Dakota Pipeline Is a Threat to Democracy—and the Planet
Deia Schlosberg, Amy Goodman, and Shailene Woodley are among those who have been arrested while covering demonstrations against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

by Josh Fox, The Nation  -  14 OCT 2016
    On October 11, Deia Schlosberg, the producer of my new film, How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change, was arrested in Walhalla, North Dakota, while reporting on a climate-change protest. She was held for 48 hours before being allowed to speak to a lawyer. The authorities confiscated her footage. She is now charged with three counts of felony conspiracy and faces a possible sentence of up to 45 years.
    All this should send chills down the spine of every documentary filmmaker and journalist....  
Swedish Parliament Supports Standing Rock and DAPL Opposition
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe - 13 OCT 2016  
Boulder County Colorado Stands with Standing Rock
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe  -  11 OCT 2016
Director Arrested Filming Dakota Access Pipeline Documentary
The Young Turks - 13 OCT 2016
    An award-winning documentary filmmaker has been charged with conspiracy for filming the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below. http://tytnetwork.com/join
    "Deia Schlosberg, the producer of my new climate change documentary, How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change, was arrested Tuesday in Walhalla, North Dakota, for filming a protest action against a pipeline bringing Canadian tar sands oil into the U.S...
    The action was conducted by Climate Direct Action, but Deia was not part of the group and did not participate in the action, only filmed it. Her film footage was confiscated and she is currently being held in jail.
    According to Reuters: ...
AIM - Reno Charges Victims in Hate Crime Toward Native Americans
Censored News  -  14 OCT 2016
    Press Conference/American Indian Movement, Northern Nevada/Abolish Columbus Day

Good Afternoon,
    We, the Native American Indian Movement of Northern Nevada, are outraged by the actions of the Reno Police Department. We are disappointed in the charges brought against the driver. It is unreasonable that the victims of this hate crime are being charged. It is not reasonable to have a double standard regarding self defense, based on race. The 'factual account' of events offered by the Reno Police Department did not include any of the eye witness accounts of the individuals stalking the Abolish Columbus Day Protest, the eye witness accounts of them yelling racial slurs, or the aggressive provocation that happened before the video began.
    We demand the charges be dismissed on the two protectors who tried to stop this violent individual.
    We demand that more charges be brought against the driver, and his passenger.
    We demand that the City of Reno publicly abolish Columbus Day.
    We demand Chief Soto's resignation for his lack of leadership in this investigation.
    We will be holding a press conference today, October 15, 2016 at 10AM at Valdez Studio, 940 Matley Lane, Ste 34.
Raquel Arthur

Read article on this hate crime at Censored News:

Sheriff Removes Deputies Who Were Sent to Police Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance
Democracy Now!  -  14 OCT 2016
    Meanwhile, the sheriff of Dane County, Wisconsin, has pulled his deputies out of North Dakota, after they were dispatched there one week ago at the request of the Morton County Sheriff’s Office in order to police the ongoing resistance to the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline.
    Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney said he pulled his deputies out of North Dakota because "A wide cross-section of the community ... all share the opinion that our deputies should not be involved in this situation."
    This comes after the Morton County Sheriff’s Department requested hundreds of out-of-state deputies come to North Dakota....
VIDEO: Water Protectors Shut Down DAPL on Saturday, 15 October 2016
Red Warrior Camp - 15 OCT 2016
    Water Protectors, Warriors & Frontline Land Defenders SHUT DOWN DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE today in PRAYER and an ACT OF INDIGENOUS RESISTANCE to PROTECT SACRED WATER. 10.15.16
    DONATE: https://www.gofundme.com/redwarriorcamp
Standing Rock: 16 Water Protectors Arrested Oct. 15, 2016
Massive police force Saturday, 16 arrests
Hundreds of water protectors walked in from several directions.
'We walked two miles to support our warrior who is locked down.'

by Brenda Norrell, Censored News  -  15 OCT 2016
    ST. ANTHONY -- More than 500 water protectors hiked to the sites of Dakota Access Pipeline construction and were met with massive police force and armored vehicles on Saturday. At least 16 water protectors were arrested, including one person who was locked down for five hours to equipment.
“We walked two miles to support our warrior who is locked down," said one woman, among hundreds walking in from several directions.
    Water protectors reported seeing the National Guard arrive near the site where the water protector was locked down to a track hoe....  
Amy Goodman to Turn Herself In, Will Fight 'Clear Violation' of Press Freedom
Goodman will return to North Dakota to fight charges of criminal trespassing for filming an attack on protesters at Dakota Access Pipeline site

by Nadia Prupis, staff writer, Common Dreams  -  13 OCT 2016
    Award-winning journalist and Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman will turn herself in to police in North Dakota next Monday to face charges stemming from her coverage of a Dakota Access Pipeline protest last month.
    Goodman, whose camera crew filmed a private security team attacking peaceful Native American protesters with dogs and pepper spray, faces charges of criminal trespassing—which many have said amounts to an assault on press freedom. The arrest warrant was issued on September 8.
    In a media advisory issued Thursday, Goodman said, "I will go back to North Dakota to fight this charge. It is a clear violation of the First Amendment. I was doing my job as a journalist, covering a violent attack on Native American protesters."
    Prominent journalists and rights advocates have called on North Dakota prosecutors to drop the charges against Goodman.
    On Thursday, Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi wrote in a column that Goodman "was clearly acting as a reporter at the protest. Moreover, she's as close to the ideal of what it means to be a journalist as one can get in this business."...  
A scene from the protest site south of Bismarck-Mandan earlier this week. Forum News Service file photo
Doubling Down, ND Governor Says People Can Decide Whether Tribal Chairman Has Control over Protest Camp
by Mike Nowatzki, Grand Forks Herald  -  12 OCT 2016
    BISMARCK – Gov. Jack Dalrymple responded Wednesday, Oct. 12, to comments made one day earlier by Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II, who denied telling the governor that he has lost control of the camp where thousands of Dakota Access Pipeline opponents are staying in south-central North Dakota.
    “People can judge for themselves how much authority Chairman Archambault has over the situation,” Dalrymple said Wednesday through spokesman Jeff Zent. “What’s important is that we are all trying to promote peaceful protest at all times.”
    Dalrymple told KFYR radio host Scott Hennen on Tuesday that among the pipeline protesters is a group of about 200 people who “are into a more militant form of agitation” and “provide 100 percent of the problems that we deal with.” Authorities have arrested 123 protesters so far, including 27 on Monday at construction sites near St. Anthony....  
DN! Returning to North Dakota to Continue Coverage of Dakota Access Pipeline
Democracy Now!  -  October 13, 2016
    And an update on our coverage of the Dakota Access pipeline and the resistance to it: Democracy Now! will be heading back to North Dakota to continue our coverage of the standoff at Standing Rock. As has been reported here and elsewhere, as a result of Democracy Now!’s reporting over Labor Day weekend last month, Amy Goodman was charged by the state of North Dakota with criminal trespass. A warrant was issued for her arrest on September 8—five days after we released video of the Dakota Access pipeline company’s security guards physically assaulting nonviolent, mostly Native American land protectors, pepper-spraying them and unleashing attack dogs, one of which was shown with blood dripping from its nose and mouth....
Energy policy adviser Brian Deese, who helped broker the Paris agreement, is congratulated by President Obama yesterday. White House photo by Pete Souza.
Why Standing Rock Is a Test for Obama—and All Climate Choices Ahead
Resilience  -  07 OCT 2016
    Ten months ago, the United States told the world it was ready to do something about climate change. Enough talk. Time to act. And because of the nature of the crisis, the world’s governments are moving quickly (well, at least as measured by governments). On Wednesday, President Barack Obama announced the global agreement from the Paris talks will begin implementation on November 4 after being ratified by European nations.
    “Today, the world meets the moment. And if we follow through on the commitments that this agreement embodies, history may well judge it as a turning point for our planet,” the president said.
    The Paris agreement formally begins four days before the U.S. presidential election, in which Republican Donald Trump opposes that agreement as well as its science while Democrat Hillary Clinton strongly supports it....
Army Corps Holds Off on Resuming Dakota Access Pipeline Work
by Blake Nicholson, AP, The Washington Post  -  10 OCT 2016
    BISMARCK, N.D. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers won’t yet authorize construction of the $3.8 billion, four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline on federal land in southern North Dakota, it said Monday, along with reiterating its earlier request that the pipeline company voluntarily stop work on private land in the area.
    The corps’ statement came in the wake of a federal appeals court ruling Sunday that allowed construction to resume on the pipeline within 20 miles of Lake Oahe. That ruling sparked a large protest Monday in North Dakota that led to the arrest of 27 people, including “Divergent” actress Shailene Woodley, who is known for her activism.
    A joint statement from the Justice Department, Interior Department and the corps said it was not ready to allow pipeline work to continue on its land bordering and under Lake Oahe, a reservoir that the agency manages on the Missouri River and the water supply for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. It also called on pipeline owner Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners to voluntarily stop work in the area; ETP didn’t respond to a request from The Associated Press for comment Sunday or Monday....
Tribal Consultations: Government-to-Government Consultations Set – All Tribes Invited
Breaking News
The Departments of the Army, the Interior and Justice Invite Tribal Leaders to Participate in Formal Government-to-Government Consultations on Infrastructure Decision-Making

by Levi Rickert, Native News Online  -  23 SEP 2016
    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Departments of the Army, the Interior, and Justice today invited representatives from all 567 federally recognized tribes to participate in formal, government-to-government consultations on how Federal decision-making on infrastructure projects can better allow for timely and meaningful tribal input. Starting with a listening session on October 11, formal tribal consultations are scheduled in six regions of the country, from October 25 through November 21. The deadline for written input will be November 30....
Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs

Monday, October 10, 2016
Joint Statement from Department of Justice, Department of the Army and Department of the Interior Regarding D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Decision in Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

    The Department of Justice, the Department of the Army and the Department of the Interior today issued the following statement regarding the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:
    “We appreciate the D.C. Circuit’s opinion.
    “We continue to respect the right to peaceful protest and expect people to obey the law.
    “The Army continues to review issues raised by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other Tribal nations and their members and hopes to conclude its ongoing review soon. In the interim, the Army will not authorize constructing the Dakota Access Pipeline on Corps land bordering or under Lake Oahe. We repeat our request that the pipeline company voluntarily pause all construction activity within 20 miles east or west of Lake Oahe.
    “We also look forward to a serious discussion during a series of consultations, starting with a listening session in Phoenix on Tuesday, on whether there should be nationwide reform on the Tribal consultation process for these types of infrastructure projects.”

Office of Public Affairs
Updated October 10, 2016  

Thanks Giving to Dineh Relocation Resisters at Black Mesa
Bahe  -  10 OCT 2016
    "- I know many good people, who support the movements of indigenous resistance and environmental justice are putting your weight with the protector camps of Standing Rock and for just reasons! However, The Dineh of Big Mountain have been protecting the vast Black Mesa area: water ways, ecology, cultural sites for almost 40 years! This steady struggle continues in daily ritual by the hands of stronghearts who refuse to be moved by anyone else than the creator. Beyond the hardships of living without plumbing, electricity, and nearby conveniences, Dineh resistors face consistent harassment by Government agents to relocate. Also the US Government has marked this sacred landscape a National Sacrifice Zone. For at least 20 years at the invitation from the Big Mountain Dineh, people's throughout Turtle Island gather to aid and abet their resistance during the week colonizers coined Thanksgiving. The invitation stands to anyone willing to: respect and follow Dineh law and leadership, work on Earth centric projects, leave entitlements at the door, and be as self sufficient as possible.
     Needs list for the gathering and beyond:
   - Large pots and pans, Propane, camp stoves, coolers....
   - Bulk rice and beans, oatmeal, cornmeal, potatoes, onions, hard squash, coffee, tea, sugar, flour,
     baking powder, salt, cooking oil,
   - Canned goods, eggs....
   - Bring out or donate old hand tools: axe, shovel, maul, pick...
   - Wheel Barrows!
   - Solar equipment: generators, panels, flashlights,
   - Auto maintenance supplies; motor oil, antifreeze, brake fluid, Gas....
   - Large tarps and rope

    Funds are short. Supporter cells are autonomous and do not rely on or accept large donations from institutions or foundations that would compromise our work or the work of our co-inspiritors."
    For more information you can call me 937-479-4214, or email goatalin@yahoo.com.

Army Corps Holds off on Resuming Dakota Access Pipeline Work
Fox News, U.S.  -  10 OCT 2016
    BISMARK, N.D. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers won't yet authorize construction of the $3.8 billion, four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline on federal land in southern North Dakota, it said Monday, along with reiterating its earlier request that the pipeline company voluntarily stop work on private land in the area.
    The corps' statement came in the wake of a federal appeals court ruling Sunday that allowed construction to resume on the pipeline within 20 miles of Lake Oahe. That ruling sparked a large protest Monday in North Dakota that led to the arrest of 27 people, including "Divergent" actress Shailene Woodley, who is known for her activism.
    A joint statement from the Justice Department, Interior Department and the corps said it was not ready to allow pipeline work to continue on its land bordering and under Lake Oahe, a reservoir that the agency manages on the Missouri River and the water supply for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. It also called on pipeline owner Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners to voluntarily stop work in the area; ETP didn't respond to a request from The Associated Press for comment Sunday or Monday....
No Justification for State's Response
Doug Graves, Mandaree
Bismarck Tribune  -  Oct 8, 2016
    The show of force by North Dakota is nothing short of 7th Cavalry mentality!
    How can the state justify its draconian actions, over saturating a venue far smaller in area and population than Bismarck?
    The population of Bismarck is about 60,000-70,000 and it covers roughly 31 square miles. Bismarck has 16 police officers per 10,000 residents (total 103). Bismarck’s policing budget for 2015 was approximately $11 million ($7,486,924 for salaries and wages).
    The governor has dispatched the National Guard and a horde of law enforcement to a patch of prairie smaller than a square city block and a couple thousand unarmed citizens.
    The Department of Emergency Services’ recent request for “up to $6 million borrowing authority” “for providing assistance to local law enforcement” is utterly astonishing! Would the state respond in this same manner if a group of Christian parishioners gathered on the open plains to express their constitutionally protected rights?...
The Indigenous Environmental Network responds to U.S. Court of Appeals Injunction Denial to Halt DAPL Construction within 20 Miles of Missouri River  
Indigenous Environmental Network  -  10 OCT 2016

For Immediate Release: October 10th, 2016

Press Contacts:
Dallas Goldtooth, 708-515-6158, Dallas@ienearth.org
Kandi Mossett, 701-214-1389, mhawea@gmail.com

Cannon Ball, ND – The U.S. Court of Appeals Sunday night rejected the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s request for a temporary injunction to halt construction of the Dakota Access pipeline thru traditional unceded Oceti Sakowin treaty lands near the Missouri River. The three-judge panel issued its decision Sunday after hearing oral arguments from lawyers representing the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and pipeline developers Energy Transfer Partners earlier this week. The decision was based on a specific request by the tribe for the court to continue a work stoppage order on the pipeline within 20 miles on either side of the Missouri River.

The tribe still has an ongoing lawsuit, filed in July, against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over its permitting of the pipeline to cross the Missouri River just north of the reservation.

Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network gives the following statement in response:

“We are troubled by the court’s decision, but as water protectors and land defenders, our resolve to stop this Bakken frack-oil pipeline will not be diminished. We will continue to support the tribe’s efforts to hold the US federal government accountable for rubber stamping this dirty oil project. Meanwhile, our hearts and minds go to the pipeline fighters who will continue to use prayer and peaceful civil disobedience to disrupt business-as-usual and stop this black snake from being completed. This fight is far from over.”

Photo Credit: Rob Wilson Photography

Ladonna Bravebull Allard Clips
Indigenous Environmental Network  -  11 OCT 2016
    Ladonna Bravebull Allard, the Section 106 Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the standing Rock Sioux Tribe, owns the northernmost land of the Standing Rock Reservation. The northern border is the Cannon Ball River. The eastern border is the Missouri River. From her land, you can see the pipeline corridor. This is the land she grew up on, and can tell the history of this river back 2,000 years. Dakota Access, the USACE, and SHPO all failed to properly consult her local knowledge or take her concerns into consideration in the routing of this pipeline.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Revokes Sovereign Lands Construction Permit for Dakota Access Pipeline in Iowa
Indigenous Environmental Network Responds
Indigenous Environmental Network  -  27 MAY 2016
    Des Moines, IA – The United States Fish and Wildlife Service has revoked its approval of a construction permit for the Dakota Access pipeline through the Big Sioux River Wildlife Management Area in Northeast Iowa. This permit is called the Sovereign Lands Construction Permit and was revoked because a significant Native American archaeological site was discovered along its proposed path. Due to the permit revocation, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources has ordered that Dakota Access LLC stop all construction work for its Bakken oil pipeline until a survey of the area is conducted and consultation with local agencies and tribes is completed.    
Shailene Woodley Arrested for Trespassing
TMZ  -  10 OCT 2016
    NOTICE: This article does not present all the facts, and is therefore a skewed report. The only accurate items in the article are the charges against Ms. Woodley. The article falls short of the real reason--the entire reason for the presence of the Water Protectors, which is to protect not just the Indigenous American graves, human remains, artifacts, and sacred sites; but especially the water, which the pipeline threatens to destroy.  -- Al Swilling, SENAA International
    Breaking News
    Shailene Woodley was arrested for criminal trespass while protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline ... law enforcement tells TMZ.
    The 'Divergent' star was busted Monday morning for trespassing during what she called a "peaceful protest" in Sioux County, North Dakota. About 100 protesters were on a construction site for the controversial pipeline project before cops moved in and put handcuffs on Shailene.
    Shailene was arrested for 2 misdemeanors ... including engaging in a riot. Cops tell us they issued multiple warnings for the protesters to leave. 27 protesters were ultimately arrested....
Actress Shailene Woodley Arrested at North Dakota Pipeline Water Protection Event
by Dan Whitcomb, Reuters  -  10 OCT 2016
    Actress Shailene Woodley was arrested in North Dakota on Monday while protesting a planned pipeline that Native Americans say will desecrate sacred land and damage the environment, an incident that was live streamed on Facebook.
    The 24-year-old actress was taken into custody shortly after noon local time with 27 other people on misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass and engaging in a riot, said Rob Keller, spokesman for the Morton County Sheriff's Office.
    He said it was unclear if Woodley remained in custody later on Monday afternoon or had been released on bond. The protests were taking place at a construction site for the pipeline about 2 miles (3.2 km) south of the town of St. Anthony....
Standing Rock -- Riot Police Standoff Oct. 10 "We Won't Back Down"
Actress Shailene Woodley and activist Vic Camp just arrested by riot police, among 27 arrested. Two charged with felonies who were locked down to DAPL machinery.

by Brenda Norrell, Censored News  -  10 OCT 2016
    ST. ANTHONY, North Dakota -- Twenty-seven water protectors were arrested today, including two charged with felonies who were locked down to Dakota Access Pipeline machinery.
Actress Shailene Woodley was arrested by riot police, as police continue to target livestreamers and members of the media.
    Activist Vic Camp was also just arrested. Twenty-five water protectors were arrested by riot police, and two others were arrested and charged with felonies who locked down to Dakota Access Pipeline construction machinery.
    Shailene had just finished livestreaming, as riot police arrived with armored vehicles in riot gear.
    Water protectors seated in a tipi were arrested and slammed to the ground by police.
    Water protectors said at 11 a.m. today that they woke at sunrise for prayer. Water protectors then raveled by way of caravan to a pipeline construction site and erected tipi poles.
    Two miles away, allies were locked down to machinery since 5:30 a.m....
Police Equipped with Attack Dogs and Riot Gear Against Unarmed, Peaceful Water Protectors...
It's enough to make one wonder who was really behind the September Dog Attacks on peaceful water protectors that were recorded on video by Democracy Now's Amy Goodman.
(Al Swilling, SENAA International)
Activists Visit Iowa Pipeline Protest Camp
The Des Moines Register  -  06 OCT 2016
    KEOKUK, Ia. - A group of American Indian activists offered prayers and encouragement for anti-pipeline protesters here at a small encampment along the Mississippi River on Thursday.
    "All life is sacred and to be treated with respect," Robert Eder told a group of 50 protesters gathered just downhill from a Dakota Access pipeline work site. "How can you respect that which gives you life when you rape it for profit?"
    Eder, from the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Montana, visited Iowa on Thursday with roughly a dozen activists who are traveling to rally support against the $3.8 billion pipeline under construction. The pipeline is expected to carry up to 570,000 barrels of oil each day from North Dakota to Illinois, crossing under both the Missouri and Mississippi rivers....
Dead End Surveillance – Stingrays and Civil Rights
Native News Online  -  07 OCT 2016
    CANNON BALL, NORTH DAKOTA – The terminus of a lonely dead end county road in North Dakota’s contested territory laid beneath one of the most terrifying civil rights moments in modern American history; an echo of historical injustices come around the canyon of time to ring again.
    Water Protectors, a group of Native Americans and their allies lead by the Standing Rock Sioux, prayed for the end of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) at one of its construction sites in rural North Dakota on September 28, 2016. Elders, children, horse riders, and adults gathered in prayer. Some Water Protectors were live streaming the prayer on Facebook, until the signal suddenly stopped.
    They feared the consequences of their prayer event was just coming around the corner....  
US Appeals Court Denies Injunction to Halt DAPL Construction
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will continue fight against pipeline despite court setback

by Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Censored News  -  09 OCT 2016
    CANNON BALL, North Dakota — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today rejected the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s request for an injunction to halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline by Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners. The decision comes as the Tribe is pursuing an appeal to stop construction while the rest of the case proceeds in U.S. District Court.
    “The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is not backing down from this fight,” said Dave Archambault II, Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. “We are guided by prayer, and we will continue to fight for our people. We will not rest until our lands, people, waters and sacred places are permanently protected from this destructive pipeline.”
    The 1,168-mile pipeline crosses through the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s ancestral lands and within a half mile of the reservation boundary. Construction crews have already destroyed and desecrated confirmed sacred and historic sites, including burials and cultural artifacts. The original pipeline route crossed the Missouri River just north of Bismarck, the capital of North Dakota. The route was later shifted downstream, to the tribe’s doorstep, out of concerns for the city’s drinking water supply....
It’s Time for Every Ally to Show Up in the Fight Against the Dakota Access Pipeline
The temporary halt to the pipeline’s construction must be made permanent.

by Tom Goldtooth and Annie Leonard, The Nation  -  27 SEP 2016
    Over the last month, thousands of Native Americans from across the country have converged to camp in and around the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota to oppose the construction of the multibillion-dollar Dakota Access oil pipeline. The pipeline, which would transfer crude oil to existing pipelines in Illinois, would come within a half-mile of the reservation and cross culturally significant ancestral sites. It would also run under the Missouri River, an important water source for the Standing Rock Sioux, which could be damaged if the pipeline were to erupt. Their rallying cry is direct and powerful, yet has been mostly ignored by corporate and political leaders in the face of a decision on the pipeline: “Water is life.” As opposition grows by the day, it is clear that our leaders need to heed the calls of the frequently marginalized Indigenous people of our country. The federal government recently took an important step by calling for a temporary halt to construction of part of the pipeline, but this halt must be made permanent before irreparable damage is done.
    Activists on the front line of this fight have used the word “protectors,” not “protesters,” to describe themselves. That’s because the land and water they are fighting for is of the utmost spiritual, cultural, and environmental significance. This land represents the sacred burial grounds of ancestors, historic village grounds, and Sundance sites....
Heavy Police Force Blocks Standing Rock Prayer 06 Oct. 2016
Censored News  -  06 OCT 2016
    Armored police vehicles and riot police block Standing Rock water protectors today, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, as they move forward in a caravan to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline construction.
    The photos and videos of this excessive force of police, showing up with armored vehicles in riot gear,...  
North Dakota Seeks More Felonies For Water Protectors
Camp of the Sacred Stones - 05 OCT 2016
    North Dakota continues to escalate repression of the people protecting sacred sites and waters from the Dakota Access Pipeline. Today, two more felony charges were sought for water protectors bringing the total to seven, including Dale "Happi" American Horse, the first person to lock to lock his body to active Dakota Access Pipeline construction equipment. This comes days after a heated exchange at a prayer ceremony when police abruptly dispersed the crowd with shotguns, a Bearcat armored vehicle and a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle.
    American Horse appeared with his court appointed counsel, Steven Balaban. His misdemeanor case was dismissed and then refiled as a felony case. The new charges include one count of felony Reckless Endangerment, one count of misdemeanor Obstruction of a Government Function, one count of misdemeanor Preventing Arrest, and one count of misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct. Despite the gravity of these new charges, American Horse was undaunted. "We as protectors are not intimidated when it comes to defending Mother Earth, either on the front lines or in the courtroom,” American Horse said. He remains free on a $500 bond, and trial was set for December 23rd....
Federal Appeals Court Hears Arguments over Dakota Access Pipeline
by Julia Harte, Thomson Reuters Foundation News - 05 OCT 2016
    WASHINGTON, Oct 5 (Reuters) - Three federal appeals judges in Washington, D.C., heard arguments on Wednesday over whether to stop work on a crude oil pipeline in parts of North Dakota where the Standing Rock Sioux and other tribes say the project will desecrate sacred land.
    The judges are not expected to rule for months. In September, they ordered the group of firms building the pipeline, led by Energy Transfer Partners LP, to pause construction on the disputed section of the route while they consider the tribes' request that the U.S. government withdraw permits for the project.
    Opponents of the 1,100 mile (1,770 km), $3.7 billion pipeline celebrated in September when legal challenges and violent clashes between protesters and security guards prompted the administration of President Barack Obama to ask the company to stop work on the disputed land while the government revisited its previous decisions about the project.
    Celebrities including actor Susan Sarandon and Green Party U.S. presidential candidate Jill Stein have also joined protests against the pipeline....
Court Postpones Decision on DAPL Construction Stoppage as Standing Rock Stands Strong
Indian Country Today - 05 OCT 2016
    Standing Rock Sioux Chairman David Archambault II on October 5 reiterated his commitment to keeping the Dakota Access oil pipeline away from the tribe’s drinking water after a U.S. District Court postponed ruling on a request for a permanent halt to the construction along its designated route a half mile from the reservation.
    “Millions of people across the country and world, more than 300 federally-recognized tribes, members of Congress and dozens of city governments across the country stand with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline,” Archambault said in a statement after the court postponed a decision, leaving the temporary injunction in place. “We stand together in peaceful prayer and solidarity because this pipeline threatens the lives of the more than seventeen million people who rely on the Missouri River for their water. This pipeline has already destroyed the burial places of our Lakota and Dakota ancestors. If construction continues, our people stand to lose even more of our sacred places and cultural objects.”
    The tribe had requested an injunction that would halt construction of the pipeline while it appeals Judge James Boasberg’s initial denial. While the construction has been stopped temporarily by a second court ruling while the federal government reevaluates the procedure, work could resume once a final decision is made....
At Standing Rock, Descendants of Sitting Bull Are Fighting the Same Battle
White Wolf Pack  -  02 OCT 2016
"I want to know what you are doing, traveling on this road. You scare all the buffalo away. I want to hunt in this place. I want you to turn back from here. If you don't, I will fight you again. I want you to leave what you have got here and turn back from here. - Sitting Bull.

A sea of thousands of Native Americans from over 200 indigenous nations has descended onto the Great Plains to stand at the forefront of a new but familiar battle against fossil fuels.

Led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (Hunkpapa Lakota Nation), these nations are fighting against the 1,172-mile Dakota Access pipeline, which would transport oil from the Bakken oil fields to pipelines in Illinois, and is set to come within a half-mile of the Standing Rock reservation, threatening its water supply....
Oklahoma Governor Declares Oct. 13 a Day of Prayer for the Oil Industry
(No, This Is Not a Joke)

by Jen Hayden, Daily KOS  -  05 OCT 2016
    Let me be perfectly clear: what you are about to read is not satire. It’s entirely real and it’s all happening in Oklahoma. Oklahoma’s Trump lovin’ Governor Mary Fallin is has proclaimed October 13 as Oilfield Prayer Day:
    “We're asking churches all over Oklahoma to open their doors, put on a pot of coffee and pray for the oil field, and not only for the oil field but the state, because the economy of our state is so connected to the oil field.”
    Jeff Hubbard, with Oilfield Christian Fellowship- Oklahoma City, agreed.
    “We have a saying: The oil field trickles down to everyone,” he said...
Standing Rock Chairman: Federal Appeals Court Temporary Halt to DAPL Remains Oct. 5, 2016
Censored News  -  05 OCT 2016
    On October 5, 2016, Chairman Dave Archambault II of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe read the following statement after a court hearing in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit regarding the Tribe’s request for an injunction to halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline during the appeal process. A ruling wasn’t issued, keeping the temporary halt to construction in place until the court decides.
    "Millions of people across the country and world, more than 300 federally-recognized tribes, members of Congress and dozens of city governments across the country stand with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline....
Corruptus Interruptus - Unicorn Riot Video From Livestream Coverage of ND Governor Candidates' Debate
Unicorn Riot Livestream Video  -  03 OCT 2016
    Interrupted by Water Protectors about 10 minutes into the video, after candidates are asked their opinions about, and respond to, the Dakota Access Pipeline....
Standing Rock: Five DAPL Work Sites Shut Down by Peaceful Action 3 Oct. 2016
Censored News  -  04 OCT 2016
Feds Say They Won’t Evict Sprawling Pipeline Protest Camp
The gathering has been called the largest gathering of Native American tribes in a century

TIME Magazine's Skewed View
TIME Magazine  -  01 OCT 2016
    (BISMARCK, N.D.) — The sprawling encampment that’s a living protest against the four-state Dakota Access pipeline has most everything it needs to be self-sustaining — food, firewood, fresh water and shelter. Everything, that is, except permission to be on the federal land in North Dakota.
    Federal officials say they won’t evict the Oceti Sakowin, or Seven Council Fires camp, due to free speech reasons, even though it’s on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land near the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball rivers that many Native Americans believe is still rightfully owned by the Standing Rock Sioux under a nearly 150-year-old treaty.
    “We’re not leaving until we defeat this big black snake,” camp spokesman Cody Hall said of the pipeline....
North Dakota Asks Pipeline Company to Explain Ranch Purchase  
Sioux City Journal  -  28 SEP 2016
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is asking the developer of the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline to explain its purchase of a ranch where a protest turned violent earlier this month.
    Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners recently purchased the 7,000-acre ranch last week for an undisclosed price.
    Stenehjem is giving the company 30 days to say how the land, where tribal officials said construction crews destroyed burial and cultural sites, will be used.
    North Dakota law generally bars corporations from owning agricultural land unless the property is controlled by a farm family. The company must prove to the state how its purchase complies with the Depression-era anti-corporate farming law....
Tribe Request for State Emergency Aid Denied
by Jessica Holdman, Bismarck Tribune  -  01 OCT 2016
    The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services declined a request from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe for aid from the North Dakota Department of Health at the site of one of the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camps.
    In a letter, Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II asked that a Health Department first aid station at the protest camp north of the Cannonball Bridge to provide emergency medical care.
    Archambault said Standing Rock Emergency Management Task Force was providing water, portable toilets, waste management, road maintenance, ambulance services and community health representatives to provide medical assistance. He said emergencies, accidents and injuries were “stressing” the tribe’s capabilities, resulting in “diminished services to the residents of Standing Rock.”...  
The Dakota Access Pipeline: A Legal Environmental Justice Perspective
Jurist  -  29 SEP 2016
    JURIST Guest Columnist Dayna Jones, a law student at Lewis and Clark Law School, discusses the intersection of law and environmental justice concerning the the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and the Dakota Access Pipeline...
    The largest multi-tribal gathering of indigenous peoples in North America in over a century is happening now at the Sacred Stone Camp in North Dakota. Leading the cause is the Standing Rock Sioux Nation. The Standing Rock Sioux and their allies are standing against construction of the "black snake" Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) slated to run under the Missouri River and through their historically-sacred tribal sites. The tribe states it has not been properly consulted prior to construction of the DAPL, a requirement legally mandated by Executive Order 13175 [PDF]. Executive Order 13175 stipulates that: "[e]ach agency shall have an accountable process to ensure meaningful and timely input by tribal officials in the development of regulatory policies that have tribal implications."...
Sunoco, Behind Protested Dakota Access Pipeline, Tops U.S. Crude Spill Charts
by Liz Hampton, Reuters  -  23 SEP 2016
HOUSTON—Sunoco Logistics, the future operator of the oil pipeline delayed this month after Native American protests in North Dakota, spills crude more often than any of its competitors with more than 200 leaks since 2010, according to a Reuters analysis of government data.
The lands of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe sit a half mile south of the proposed route of the Dakota Access pipeline. The tribe fears the line could destroy sacred sites during construction and that a future oil spill might pollute its drinking water.... 
The Growing Indigenous Spiritual Movement That Could Save the Planet
North Dakota is just the beginning.

Think Progress  -  30 SEP 2016
When Pua Case landed in North Dakota to join the ongoing Standing Rock protests in September, she, like thousands of other participants, had come to defend the land.
Masses of indigenous people and their allies descended on camps along Cannonball River this year to decry the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline, a series of 30-inch diameter underground pipes that, if built, would stretch 1,172 miles and carry half a million barrels of crude oil per day — right through lands Native groups call sacred.
“We are not here to be anything but peaceful, but we are here,” Case told ThinkProgress, describing the moment she linked arms with fellow demonstrators and stared down rows of police in Bismarck. “We will stand here in our tribal names in respect and honor.”...  
North Dakota - De räckte över gåvor från Sápmi
SverigesRadio  -  Publicerat lördag 01 Oktober 2016 kl 06.19
En kaffepåse i skinn, en kåsa, en väska och en flaska med källvatten var gåvorna från Sápmi som Sofia Jannok tillsammans med Sara Marielle Gaup Beaska och Inger Biret Kvernmo Gaup överlämande till Standing Rock Siouxs rådsledare Dave Archambault II.
    - Vi hör er, vi ser er och eran kamp är också våran kamp, sa Sofia Jannok.
    I närmare en vecka har systrarna Sara Marielle Gaup Beaska och Inger Biret Kvernmo Gaup varit i lägret, Sofia Jannok kom i onsdags och stannade till fredagen för att stötta motståndet mot oljeledningen. Norska Samers Riksförbund (NSR) hade skickat en kosa som Sara Marielle Gaup Beaska överräckte till reservatsrådets ledare Dave Archambolt II med uppmaningen att ge den vidare till Standing Rocks Sioux's yngsta medlem.
    - Vi önskar rent vatten till barnen här, sa hon...  
Congress Members Send Letter Urging Obama to Stop Controversial Pipeline
by Daniel A. Medina, NBC News  -  30 SEP 2016
    Nearly two dozen members of Congress sent a letter to the White House on Thursday requesting that the Obama administration intervene to stop construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.
    The two-page letter, co-signed by 19 members, was a direct call to action to an administration that has been the most progressive in the nation's history in its efforts to address issues affecting Native Americans. The letter's co-signers include Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), who are influential among progressive Democrats in Congress....
Photos: Big Bend Texas March against Pipeline Obama Permitted for DAPL Owners  
Censored News  -  01 OCT 2016
    Yesterday members of the American Indian Movement of Central Texas, local descendants of indigenous tribes, and citizens long involved in the Trans-Pecos Pipeline struggle marched against the Trans-Pecos Pipeline and the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux.
About a hundred marched the three and a half miles from the center of Alpine to the pipeline crossing of 1703, rallying briefly at the gates of the Pumpco office / utility yard where AIM members waved their flags in broad gestures of disapproval....
Frank Cooper and Kaya Littleturtle of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina greet Sami representatives from Norway, Inger Biret, Kvernmo Gaup, and Sara Marielle Gaup Beaska on Friday. Photo by Desiree Kane.
Standing Rock Joins the World’s Indigenous Fighting For Land and Life
Military-style troops confronted Dakota Access demonstrators recently, underscoring the common narrative U.S. tribes share with the world’s Indigenous Peoples.
Yes! Magazine  -  30 SEP 2016
When opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline galvanized the support of hundreds of U.S. tribes, it became an unprecedented show of Indian Country unity and resolve.
Now, it’s a global indigenous movement.
Members of tribal communities from around the world have joined in activism led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. A Sami group from Norway was the latest to arrive on Friday. This resistance campaign, many say, has emerged as part of a greater global crisis—a united struggle in which indigenous lands, resources, and people are perpetually threatened by corporations and governments often using military force. Integral to this shared narrative is the routine ignoring of treaties....
A Special Report from Standing Rock: Part 1 - Laura Flanders Show
The Ring of Fire Network  -  29 SEP 2016
Part 1 of Laura Flanders’ field reports from the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, or Seven Council Fires Community, at StandingRock in Cannonball, North Dakota. Representatives from over 200 nations have travelled to #StandingRock to defend their right to clean water, and more, to preserve their sovereignty against a state that has illegally decided to take this land. They are protectors, not protesters. Their historic effort is bringing attention to a long struggle against environmental racism, indiscriminate raids, and genocidal erasure...
Lawyer's View: Recent Days at Standing Rock
by Jeff Haas, Truthout  -  29 SEP 2016
    I am a civil rights lawyer, just back from my second stay at the Standing Rock Camp where I am part of the Camp's legal team -- the Red Owl Collective assembled by the National Lawyers Guild. We are pro bono attorneys and legal workers seeking to maintain a regular presence in the camp. Included among us is long-time (Wounded Knee) defender of Native Americans, Bruce Ellison. The Red Owl Collective, with the help of funds raised through the Sacred Stones Camp FundRazr campaign, are providing bond and legal assistance to those arrested protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).
    There have been more than 80 arrests charging criminal trespass and nonviolent direct actions, including lockdowns on earthmoving equipment to prevent Dakota Access, LLC from building the pipeline from the Bakken oil fields in western North Dakota to the Midwest, and ultimately the Gulf of Mexico. If completed, the leak-certain pipeline would go...  
Amnesty International to Morton Co. Sheriff: Halt Dog Attacks, Armored Vehicles, Police Assault Weapons
Censored News  -  30 SEP 2016

Dear Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier:
    Following the protests that took place at a Dakota Access Pipeline construction site on 3 September, we are writing to ask you to investigate the use of force by private contractors, remove blockades and discontinue the use of riot gear by Morton County Sheriff’s deputies when policing protests in order to facilitate the right to
peaceful protests in accordance with international law and standards.
    On 3 September, protests of the Dakota Access Pipeline construction moved on to private property in response to the potential destruction of land that was earlier marked as containing burial grounds and sacred sites for the local Native American tribes....
    The U.S. government is obligated under international law to respect, protect, and fulfill the human rights of Indigenous people, including the rights to freedom of
expression and assembly. It is the legitimate right of people to peacefully express their opinion. Public assemblies should not be considered as the “enemy”. The command hierarchy must convey a clear message to law enforcement officials that their task is to facilitate and not to restrict a peaceful public assembly.
    We look forward to your reply and would be happy to provide additional
information as needed.

Yours Sincerely,
Margaret Huang
Executive Director
Amnesty International USA

How to Contact the 17 Banks Funding the Dakota Access Pipeline 
Here are CEO names, emails, and phone numbers—because banks have choices when it comes to what projects they give loans to.

YES! Magazine  -  29 SEP 2016
    The Dakota Access pipeline is funded directly by 17 banks, many of which—Citibank, Wells Fargo—are ones you’ve probably heard of or do business with.
    Researchers with the nonprofit Food & Water Watch found that 38 banking institutions are involved in funding the proposed Bakken pipeline, which would stretch from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. A section of this project is the Dakota Access pipeline, where the Standing Rock Sioux and thousands of allies have physically put themselves in the path of the pipeline to protect their reservation and a stretch of the Missouri River.
    Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, recently wrote an article for YES! suggesting that banks are more susceptible to public pressure than the oil and gas giants, which depend on bank loans and lines of credit to build their pipelines. “It’s probably sustained public pressure that will do the most good,” he wrote.
    Wondering what to say to a bank executive?...  
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Releases Statement on Dakota Access Pipeline Arrests
by Native News Online Staff, Native News Online  -  30 SEP 2016
EAGLE BUTTE, SOUTH DAKOTA – On September 29, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier sent a letter to United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch requesting Federal monitors in North Dakota and asking her to condemn of the aggressive actions against the water protectors at Standing Rock by privately sanctioned personnel and law enforcement....
Robert Redford: I Stand with the Standing Rock Sioux
by Robert Redford, TIME Magazine  -  26 SEP 2016
    Something all too familiar is happening in North Dakota right now: Once again, Native Americans are being asked to accept a raw deal.
    The short version is this: a private energy company, Energy Transfer Partners, is building a pipeline that runs from North Dakota to Illinois like a 1,200-mile zipper that cuts across four states. If completed, the Dakota Access Pipeline will carry nearly half a million barrels of oil each day across the watersheds the Standing Rock Sioux tribe use for drinking water. Now, thousands of Native Americans have gathered at one of the most controversial sections of the proposed pipeline’s path and are staging a 24/7 protest. They’ve created a settlement in the middle of their North Dakota home to try to prevent the pipeline from being finished....
Prayer Ceremony and Caravan Halts Pipeline Construction
Photos by Red Warrior Camp, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016

by Brenda Norrell, Censored News  -  28 SEP 2016
    ST. ANTHONY, North Dakota -- Standing Rock water protectors moved in mass, by the hundreds, and halted construction at multiple sites of Dakota Access Pipeline, where work was supposed to be halted.
    'The roads were blocked -- the eagle guided us," said one of the Lakota women, among hundreds who rushed to the sites to halt construction.
    Pipeline workers fled as water protectors arrived. Police arrived in riot gear with a sound canon, acoustic weapon, which has not been used as of now.
    Water protectors shook the hands of the police officers....  
Standing Rock Breaking News Surrounded by Police: Wed. Sept. 28, 2016
Breaking News Wed., Sept. 28, 2016
Police loaded shotguns, dropped tear gas or mustard gas, on water protectors

Censored News  -  28 SEP 2016
    Live video: They dropped tear gas, we are surrounded by police.
    "They are moving in."
    "They won't let us leave. They have us locked in on both sides."
    "They've got their weapons drawn."
    "They've got snipers on top of the hill"
    "They are blocking me on Facebook."
    "They are arresting everyone now. Everyone is running."
    "Share this far and wide."...  
Water Protectors Stop Construction of DAPL and Dispel Accusations of Violence
Water Protectors Across Midwest Continue to Stop Active Construction of Dakota Access Pipeline and Dispel Accusations of Violence. Indigenous Environmental Network, Honor the Earth, and Red Warrior Camp

via Censored News  -  27 SEP 2016
    CANNON BALL, North Dakota -- On Monday, North Dakota news outlet WDAY-TV published a report on a #NoDAPL action in North Dakota that occurred the day prior. The report alleges a private security guard was “assaulted” and “carried by” protesters at a Dakota Access construction site. There is no proof of the incident - the hundreds of photos and live video shot of the demonstration all show an entirely peaceful day.
As documented on Sunday, hundreds of indigenous peoples, organizations, and allies gathered in peaceful opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Native women and youth planted willow trees in the path of the pipeline. Prayers and songs by the protectors were in stark contrast to the helicopters flying overhead and police presence. Elders spoke of protecting the water, and the significance of the willow trees....
NO DAPL Protests 27 SEP 2016
Red Warrior Camp  -  27 SEP 2016
    Today, a 60+ vehicle caravan travelled to 3 Sacred Sites that are being threatened by the Dakota Access Pipeline, starting with the Sacred Ground Camp (where ancestral sites were desecrated & private security unleashed their dogs on unarmed protectors). The caravan then travelled and conducted ceremonies at 2 other DAPL construction sites. Water Protectors, Indigenous Peoples and allies united today to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The actions today were led by ceremony.
    Despite the accusations by the police that there "were shots fired" at todays ceremonies and actions, we stand united that this was a peaceful act of prayer for our Water and our Lands....
2016 White House Tribal Nations Conference - Opening Remarks 
White House on YouTube  -  26 SEP 2016  
ABC, NBC Censor Largest Native Mobilization In Decades Against Dakota Access Pipeline
Native nations across the continent sign a new treaty opposing oilsands expansion as anthropologists, historians and museums condemn destruction of Sioux sites, but you wouldn’t know it from the mainstream media.  

by Joe Catron, Mint Press News  -  26 SEP 2016
    NEW YORK — As thousands of supporters around the world have joined demonstrations in solidarity with Native land and water defenders blocking the planned Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota, the largest Native mobilization in decades remains absent from some of the biggest news media in the United States.
    Jim Naureckas, editor of the media watchdog site FAIR.org, released a report on Thursday which noted that “to this day, ABC News and NBC News have yet to broadcast a word about the pipeline struggle.”
    Among the “Big Three” television networks, CBS first broached the story on Sept. 5, in “a lone report on CBS Morning News (9/5/16), amounting to 48 words read at 4 o’clock in the morning,” although Naureckas found the channel has since “returned to the story repeatedly.”
    While other news channels, including MSNBC, CNN, PBS, and even Fox News, have reported the standoff, none have mentioned Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman’s threatened arrest for “criminal trespass” while covering attacks on protesters by Dakota Access-contracted security guards using dogs and pepper spray on Sept. 3.
    In earlier analysis, released on Sept. 15, Naureckas noted the media’s broad lack of attention to the State of North Dakota’s “extraordinary action” against a fellow journalist....
Pipeline Developer Buys Ranch Near North Dakota Protest Camp
by James Macpherson, Associated Press, ABC News - 23 SEP 2013
    The company developing the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline has purchased a portion of a historic North Dakota ranch where a violent protest occurred earlier this month due to what tribal officials said was construction crews destroying burial and cultural sites.
    Morton County records show Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners purchased 20 parcels of land on the Cannonball Ranch totaling more than 6,000 acres from David and Brenda Meyer of Flasher. Financial terms of the deal, which was finalized Thursday, were not disclosed.
    The Meyers did not return telephone calls Thursday or Friday seeking comment. Energy Transfer Partners confirmed the purchase Friday but declined to provide further details....
Standing Tall
The Sioux’s battle against a Dakota oil pipeline is a galvanizing social justice movement for Native Americans.

Slate - 23 SEP 2016
    What sparks and sustains a movement? For more than a month, members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and thousands of allies have gathered in camps along the Missouri River in Cannon Ball, North Dakota. They are protesting the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline which, if completed, would carry half a million gallons of crude oil per day ultimately to refineries along the Gulf of Mexico.* More urgently for the protesters, the pipeline is slated to be built within a half mile of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, traveling across treaty-guaranteed lands, under the tribe’s main source of drinking water, and through sacred sites.
    As lawyers for the tribe have argued, “An oil spill at this site would constitute an existential threat to the Tribe’s culture and way of life.”...
Two Men Packed a Power-Filled Gift for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
White Wolf Pack  -  26 SEP 2016
    Truck wheels kicked up the dust of sacred land and Arizona's red rock desert soon became a rear view as two men from the Navajo Nation set off beyond the Colorado plateau and on an expedition that would likely be the most impactful of their lives.
    Unlike most journeys though, this trip was more than just a road trip. More than just a series of photos. More than just a self-fulfilling retreat for peace of mind. This journey was a contribution to support and protect land and water considered sacred and significant to the tribes of Standing Rock, North Dakota.
    Known and loved in their local community for their efforts to bring affordable solar solutions to families living off the grid, Brett Isaac and Doug Yazzie (Navajo / Hopi and Navajo, respectively) were pondering the best ways to contribute to the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline construction when a camp contacted them regarding support in the form of energy.
    Isaac and Yazzie, solar energy business partners, accepted the challenge without hesitation and resolved to build a 20-foot trailer and gift their own solar unit to the camp...
Federal Government Invites Tribal Leaders to 'Consultations' Over Pipeline Protests
    The Federal government invited tribal leaders today to government-to-government consultations, as the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe continues its fight to block construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
    The Department of the Interior, Department of Justice, Department of the Army and other federal agencies extended an invitation for consultations on "how the Federal Government can better account for, and integrate tribal views, on future infrastructure decisions throughout the country," as a direct response to what has become one of the biggest Native American demonstrations in decades over a 1,172-mile-long crude oil pipeline.
    The movement to block the four-state Dakota Access Pipeline, being built by Texas-based Energy Transfer, has united tribal groups and environmental activists from across the nation, with hundreds still camped out near the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's reservation in North Dakota.
    The camp site even hosts a school and an increasingly organized system for meal and water delivery, The Associated Press reported....  
President Obama Tells Standing Rock Demonstrators: 'You're Making Your Voice Heard'
    President Obama weighed in on the Native American movement to block a disputed oil pipeline today as he hosted more than 500 Native American leaders for his eighth and final White House Tribal Nations Conference as president.
    “I know many of you have come together, across tribes and across the country, to support the community at Standing Rock and together you’re making your voices heard,” the president said to applause.
    “And in a spirit of cooperation and mutual respect, we’ve made a lot of progress for Indian country over the past eight years, and this moment highlights why it’s so important that we re-double our efforts to make sure that every federal agency truly consults and listens, and works with you, sovereign-to-sovereign,” Obama continued.
    The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe sued to block construction of the four-state Dakota Access pipeline earlier this summer, citing concerns over potential water contamination and destruction to what they deemed to be culturally sacred sites. The tribe also argued that they were never meaningfully consulted on the project before construction began.
    While a judge in Washington denied the tribe's request for a temporary injunction, the Department of Justice, the Department of the Army and the Department of the Interior intervened with an unprecedented joint statement requesting "that the pipeline company voluntarily pause all construction activity within 20 miles east or west of Lake Oahe."
    Kelcy Warren, chairman and CEO of Energy Transfer, denied the tribe's claims, writing in an internal memo that "concerns about the pipeline’s impact on the local water supply are unfounded" and "multiple archaeological studies conducted with state historic preservation offices found no sacred items along the route."...
    Last Friday, the Department of the Interior, Department of Justice, Department of the Army and other federal agencies officially invited the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe for consultations on "how the Federal Government can better account for, and integrate tribal views, on future infrastructure decisions throughout the country."
    The movement to block the 1,172-mile pipeline, being built by the Texas-based company Energy Transfer, has united tribal groups and environmental activists from across the nation, with hundreds still camped out near the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's reservation in North Dakota....
What Is the LRAD Sound Cannon?
GIZMODO - 27 SEP 2016
Protests in Ferguson, Missouri have reached a terrifying fever pitch, and the ludicrously armed Ferguson Police Department is bringing all its crowd-control weapons to bear, tear gas, stun grenades, rubber bullets, you name it. One of the more controversial of those is the LRAD Sound Cannon. So what's the harm in a little noise? Well, a lot, actually....
Breaking Action: Standing Rock 'NO DAPL' Sept 27, 2016
Censored News - 27 SEP 2016
    Standing Rock water protectors moved in mass today, by the hundreds, and halted construction at multiple sites of Dakota Access Pipeline, where work was supposed to be halted.
    'The roads were blocked -- the eagle guided us," said one of the Lakota women, among hundreds who rushed to the sites to halt construction today.
    Pipeline workers fled as water protectors arrived. Police arrived in riot gear with a sound canon, acoustic weapon, which has not been used as of now.
    "We are going to come back every day until we shut this pipeline down," said one of the Lakota men protecting the land, water and air for future generations....  
Cannonball Ranch Sale Resulted from DAPL Bullying
by Waste' Win Young, Censored News  -  26 SEP 2016
    Regarding the Cannonball Ranch: In 2006, Bill Edwards tried to auction off all 7,400 tracts.The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe legitimately looked at buying it but didn’t have the $5 million asking price.
    Dave and Brenda Meyer bought 10 parcels equaling 2,365 acres of the Cannonball Ranch in 2013 for $3.2 million dollars. This includes the 429 acres of United States Army Corps property under easement to the Cannonball Ranch.
    The Meyers signed an easement with the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) which would have allowed the pipeline to cross their land.
    Recently, the Meyers had allowed Standing Rock Sioux Tribal members to survey (area where dog attacks occurred) and identify historic properties significant to the Očeti Śakowin. When Energy Transfer Partners/DAPL found out that the Meyers had allowed tribal members on site they initiated a lawsuit against the Meyers -- worth millions.
    When the news broke that Meyers sold the Cannonball Ranch to DAPL for $100.00 it was no surprise to me -- because I know the back story. It IS disappointing, but not unexpected....  
Financially Struggling Alexander First Nation Residents Disturbed by Controversial Audit
While some residents chop wood and live in mouldy homes, administrators cited for $2.1M in unexplained bills.

by Andrea Huncar, CBC News  -  26 SEP 2016
    Life is not easy for Dorothy Powder and her husband on the Alexander First Nation reserve, where they have been waiting for power poles for six years.
    The couple fetches water a mile up the road in heavy jugs, chops wood for heat, cooks canned food on their camp stove and takes sponge baths. Powder, 59, recently underwent a hernia operation from all the heavy lifting.
    "We have to do it the old style way we used to do it in the old days," she said, adding she's been told repeatedly by the past three chiefs and councils there is no money to extend the power lines.
    "But we saw all the money," said Powder. "The proof is right there. They have enough money."
    On Aug 4, Dorothy attended a band membership meeting where accountants presented a scathing report identifying $2.1 million in "unexplained payments" between 2013 and 2015 to a former band chief Herbert Arcand and seven administrative staff. Arcand and another senior administrator have denied the allegations....  
Sen Barrasso Refuses Hearing on Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline
Chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs Ignores Treaty Rights
Last Real Indians  -  14 SEP 2016
    Washington D.C. – Representatives of the International Indigenous Youth Council of Standing Rock and Oceti Sakowin Youth encampment have requested that Senator John Barrasso (R- WY) hold a Senate committee hearing on Indian Affairs in response to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. As the 114th Congressional session is coming to an end, the window of opportunity is closing to give notice to other Senators, as required by procedural rule 4.a for the Indian Affairs committee. Senator Barrasso’s legislative director, Bryn Stewart, advised Youth Council representatives on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, that in order for Barrasso to schedule a hearing, he needed requests from other senators to do so. However, according to Senator Tester (D-MT), this isn’t the case and Barrasso can immediately schedule a hearing on the impact the Dakota Access Pipeline construction is having and will have on Indian Country. On Friday September 16th, the Indigenous Youth Council confronted Senator Barrasso, and they were informed that the Senator would not be calling a hearing.
    Barrasso’s legislative director, Stewart, told the Youth Council representatives that Senator Barrasso, “has other priorities than Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline.” This dismissal comes at a time when nearly 300 Native tribes have rallied in support with the Standing Rock Sioux, and this issue has garnered national and international attention, including “solidarity protests” in 40 states and worldwide, and coverage by the mainstream print and tv media....
How the FDA Manipulates the Media
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been arm-twisting journalists into relinquishing
their reportorial independence, our investigation reveals. Other institutions are following suit

Scientific American  -  OCT 2016 Issue
    It was a faustian bargain—and it certainly made editors at National Public Radio squirm.
    The deal was this: NPR, along with a select group of media outlets, would get a briefing about an upcoming announcement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration a day before anyone else. But in exchange for the scoop, NPR would have to abandon its reportorial independence. The FDA would dictate whom NPR's reporter could and couldn't interview.
    “My editors are uncomfortable with the condition that we cannot seek reaction,” NPR reporter Rob Stein wrote back to the government officials offering the deal. Stein asked for a little bit of leeway to do some independent reporting but was turned down flat. Take the deal or leave it.
    NPR took the deal. “I'll be at the briefing,” Stein wrote.
    Later that day in April 2014, Stein—along with reporters from more than a dozen other top-tier media organizations, including CBS, NBC, CNN, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times—showed up at a federal building to get his reward. Every single journalist present had agreed not to ask any questions of sources not approved by the government until given the go-ahead....
Dakota Access Pipeline Exposes Rift In Organized Labor
The Huffington Post - 23 SEP 2016
    WASHINGTON ― The nation’s largest federation of labor unions upset some of its own members last week by endorsing the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota. Some labor activists, sympathetic to Native American tribes and environmentalists, called upon the AFL-CIO to retract its support for the controversial project.
    The rift within the federation may be even deeper than it first seemed. The day before federation President Richard Trumka issued a statement supporting the pipeline, Sean McGarvey, the head of the AFL-CIO’s building trades unions, sent him and the presidents of the federation’s other unions a blistering letter. In the letter, which Common Dreams posted on Thursday, McGarvey ripped the unions that publicly opposed the pipeline....
Archeologists Denounce Dakota Access Pipeline for Destroying Artifacts
Archeologists and museum directors have denounced the “destruction” of Native American artifacts during the construction of a contentious oil pipeline in North Dakota, as the affected tribe condemned the project in an address to the United Nations. Dakota Access Pipeline plan still on despite protests across the US and the world.
The Guardian - 22 SEP 2016
    The $3.8billion Dakota Access pipeline, which will funnel oil from the Bakken oil fields in the Great Plains to Illinois, will run next to the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. The tribe has mounted a legal challenge to stop the project and claimed that several sacred sites were bulldozed by Energy Transfer, the company behind the pipeline, on 3 September.
    A coalition of more than 1,200 archeologists, museum directors and historians from institutions including the Smithsonian and the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries has written to the Obama administration to criticize the bulldozing, which Energy Transfer claims did not disturb any artifacts.
    The letter states that the construction work destroyed “ancient burial sites, places of prayer and other significant cultural artifacts sacred to the Lakota and Dakota people”....
Standing Rock: Water Protectors Shut Down Continued Construction of Dakota Access Pipeline
by Natalie Hand, Lakota Media Project, Censored News  -  25 SEP 2016
    1851 Ft. Laramie Treaty Territory, Cannon Ball, North Dakota -- Hundreds of tribal members and allies marched onto active and ongoing construction sites of the Dakota Access Pipeline today. Water protectors brought offerings of prayer, ceremony, drums, and tribal nation flags to construction sites to expose illegal company actions.
    Julie Richards, founder of Mothers Against Meth Alliance (M.A.M.A.) based in Pine Ridge, South Dakota stated, “Our ancestors fought for our rights to clean water and to have a good way of life and now we're fighting to make sure that our daughters and great granddaughters can also have those rights and a better life. All this land is sacred to us- it's our ancestral homelands and part of the designated treaty territory.”
    On September 9, 2016, the United States Army Corps of Engineers issued an order to temporarily cease all work within 20 miles of the Lake Oahe/Missouri River but Dakota Access Pipeline construction crews have used the public's perception of halted activity to aggressively continue destructive construction within the buffer zone. Each morning hundreds of workers employed to lay and weld pipes, underbore roads, and install valve controls travel by the busloads to dozens of sites, working 6-7 days a week. This activity violates both Federal treaties with the Oceti Sakowin and the Obama Administration’s orders to halt construction.
    “We need to be aware that this 20 mile buffer zone is imaginary. They're still laying pipe- moving it towards us- towards the water we're protecting. Progress on easements is continuing even though they don't consider it construction.” stated Kate Thunderbolt, a water protector....
Obama Approved Pipeline now Destroying Indian Burial Place in Texas
by Brenda Norrell, Censored News  -  22 SEP 2016
    While the resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline was escalating, President Obama approved two pipelines to cross the border into Mexico by the same owners, Energy Transfer Partners of Dallas. Now, this black snake pipeline company is ripping into an ancient Indian site in the conservation area of Big Bend in Texas.
    "In May, the federal government quietly approved permits for two Texas pipelines — the Trans-Pecos and Comanche Trail Pipelines — also owned by Energy Transfer Partners. This action and related moves will ensure that U.S. fracked gas will be flooding the energy grid in Mexico," Desmogblog reports.
Just as it did in the north, with the the theft of the word 'Dakota,' for its black snake pipeline, in the south, this black snake corporation Energy Transfer Partners stole the name of 'Comanche' for its pipeline.
The pipelines were dependent on presidential approval because they will cross the international border of the U.S. and Mexico.
    The Big Bend Conservation Alliance said, "Today was a sad day as we witnessed the destruction of part of an ancient Indian site along the eastern front of the Davis Mountains by Energy Transfer Partners—the same company that destroyed the sacred burial grounds of the Standing Rock Sioux a few weeks ago. Giant mulching machines chewed through creosote bush and pulverized rock as it ground a pathway across the Trap Spring site for the bulldozers in the days to come....
Obama Wants Government Consultations with 567 Native American Tribes
Telesur  -  24 SEP 2016
    The Dakota pipeline protests have brought treaty rights into the national spotlight. Now the federal government may finally start to honor them.
    In what is being hailed as a "historic" move, the Obama administration invited hundreds of Native American tribes on Friday to particpate in consultations in order to find solutions to protect and honor treaty rights and ensure meaningful consultations for any infrastructure project that may affect tribes....
Big Business Is Diving into the Fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline
Grist  -  23 SEP 2016
    Two pro-development lobbying groups, the National Association of Manufacturers and the Midwest Alliance for Infrastructure Now, have teamed up to launch a seven-figure ad campaign urging the Obama administration to support completion of the pipeline.
    The ads point out that President Obama has called for investing in American infrastructure and argue that he should therefore support the embattled Dakota Access project, a 1,172-mile pipeline that would transport over half a million barrels of Bakken crude oil per day across the Midwest. Members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other Native Americans and environmental groups are fighting the pipeline, arguing that it threatens sacred grounds, water supplies, and the climate. (Follow Grist’s coverage of the fight here.)....
U.N. Steps Into Dakota Oil Pipeline Fight
UPI  -  23 SEP 2016
    GENEVA, Switzerland, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. government is called on to stop the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline because of threats to the aboriginal community, a U.N. envoy said.
    Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, a United Nations special envoy for the rights of indigenous people, called for a halt to the pipeline's construction because it's seen as a threat to drinking water supplies and some of the sacred sites of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe....
Native Americans in Nevada Will Have to Travel Almost 100 Miles Round-trip to Vote  
by Kira Lerner, Think Progress  -  13 SEP 2016
    For two Native American tribes in northern Nevada, casting an early ballot next month will require multiple hours, access to a car, and a tank full of gas.
    Those two tribes, the Pyramid Lake Paiutes and Walker River Paiutes, filed a lawsuit in federal court last week demanding that Nevada establish satellite election offices on their reservations so they have the same ballot access as white members of their community....
Cannonball Ranch sold to Dakota Access LLC
MyNDNOW  -  22 SEP2016
Bismarck, ND
    Private property along Highway 1806 has been sold to Dakota Access LLC.
    The land sold today is not where the Sacred Stone Camp sits, but it is an area where other protests occurred....
North Dakota: “Indigenous peoples must be consulted prior to oil pipeline construction” – UN expert
UN Human Rights High Commission  -  22 SEP 2016
    GENEVA (22 September 2016) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, today called on the United States to halt the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline as it poses a significant risk to the drinking water of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and threatens to destroy their burial grounds and sacred sites.
    Ms. Tauli-Corpuz’s call comes after a temporary halt to construction and the recognition of the need to hold ‘government-to-government consultations’ made by the US Departments of the Army, Justice and of the Interior. The 1,172 mile (1,890 km) pipeline is being built by the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Energy Transfer LLC Corporation....
   LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, founder of the Sacred Stone Camp at Standing Rock. Photo
by Sara Lafleur-Vetter
A Subzero Winter Is Coming to Standing Rock—Here’s Their Plan
    The camps are preparing to keep the Dakota Access pipeline blockade going strong—keeping resolve firm, spirits high, and thousands of bodies warm.
Yes! Magazine - 23 SEP 2016
    On a Saturday in mid-September, LaDonna Brave Bull Allard ambles through the Sacred Stone Camp, which she founded on her family’s land this spring to stop the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. The camp started small, but as media attention—and support—grew over the summer, it swelled by the end of August beyond its physical capacity into overflow camps. The population of the largest one, Oceti Sakowin, now numbers in the thousands.
    Allard, who is the Standing Rock Sioux’s director of Tribal Tourism, a position that covers historic and cultural preservation, is both inspired and overwhelmed by this outpouring, but she’s careful not to let it distract her. Cold weather is rapidly approaching, and if the water protectors, as they call themselves, are going to make it through winter on the northern Plains, they need to prepare...
UN Body Says Sioux Must Have Say in Pipeline Project
by Michael Astor, AP; Washington Post  -  31 AUG 2016
    UNITED NATIONS — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe must have a say with regard to a $3.8 billion oil pipeline that could disturb sacred sites and impact drinking water for 8,000 tribal members, representatives of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues said Wednesday.
    In a statement, the forum’s chairman Alvaro Pop Ac called on the U.S. to provide the tribe a “fair, independent, impartial, open and transparent process to resolve this serious issue and to avoid escalation into violence and further human rights abuses.”
    Dalee Dorough, an Inuit member of the forum, which provides representation at the world body for indigenous peoples around the globe, said failure to consult with Sioux over the project violated the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples....
Taking a Stand: Protecting Water and Native American Sacred and Cultural Resources at Standing Rock
House Democrats YouTube  -  22 SEP 2016
Archaeologists & Museums Denounce Destruction of Standing Rock Sioux Burial Grounds
Natural History Museum  -  21 SEP 2016
    We call on the federal government to abide by its laws and to conduct a thorough environmental impact statement and cultural resources survey on the pipeline’s route, with proper consultation with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. We stand with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and affirm their treaty rights, tribal sovereignty, and the protection of their lands, waters, cultural and sacred sites, and we stand with all those attempting to prevent further irreparable losses....
Heritage Celebration Saturday, 19 November 2016, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM  
NC Museum of History  -  22 SEP 2016
    Musicians, dancers, artists, storytellers, and authors from North Carolina’s eight state-recognized tribes will gather for this popular family event. With something for all ages, the celebration is a firsthand opportunity to learn about the state’s American Indian culture, past and present. Activities include craft demonstrations, hands-on activities, games, foods, and much more.,,,
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Takes NODAPL to the United Nations
Indian Law Resource Center on YouTube  -  20 SEP 2016
AFL-CIO Constituency Groups Stand with Native Americans to Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline  
APALA  -  19 SEP 2016
   Washington, DC - Together, the Labor Coalition for Community Action, which includes the A. Phillip Randolph Institute, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, the Coalition of Labor Union Women, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, and Pride at Work, rises in solidarity with Native Americans and our allies in protesting against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and defending Native lands from exploitation by corporations and the U.S. government. We advocate for a progressive labor movement rooted in dignity and respect of all peoples, including Native Americans and their families.
   Though cited to bring 4,500 jobs, the Dakota Access Pipeline seriously threatens tribal sovereignty, sacred burial grounds, and the water supply of the Standing Rock Sioux and potentially 17 million others. As organizations dedicated to elevating the struggles of our respective constituencies, we stand together to support our Native American kinfolk – one of the most marginalized and disenfranchised groups in our nation’s history – in their fight to protect their communities from further displacement and exploitation....
Hopi Nation Arrives at Standing Rock Reservation
We Are the Media  -  18 SEP 2016
Standing Rock Sioux Chairman urges United Nations, 'Stop the Pipeline'
by Brenda Norrell, Censored News  -  20 SEP 2016
    GENEVA -- Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II addressed the United Nations Human Rights Council today and urged the U.N. to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.
    Chairman Archambault told the U.N. Human Rights Council that the Standing Rock Sioux Nation is a sovereign nation, located in the United States, whose sovereignty is recognized by the legally-binding treaties of 1851 and 1868, and signed by the traditional government Oceti Sakowin.
    Oil companies are causing the deliberate destruction of their sacred places and burials, he told the U.N.
    "Dakota Access Pipeline wants to build an oil pipeline under the river that is the source of our nation's drinking water."
    "This pipeline threatens our communities, the river, and the earth."
    Oil companies and the U.S. Government have failed to respect their rights, he said, describing the struggle for the "benefit of our children not yet born."...
Civil Suit Against State Police for Alleged Brutality on Onondaga Nation in 1997 Begins
CNYCentral  -  20 SEP 2016
    SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- 15 members of the Onondaga Nation are finally getting their day in court for a violent clash with State Police alongside Interstate 81 nearly 20 years ago.
    Jury selection for the civil trial in Federal court began earlier today. The judge warned those jurors that the case is a little unusual, and that was an understatement. 15 plaintiffs - who are each representing themselves - gave 15 individual opening statements, presenting their accusations against 51 defendants who are either current or former New York State Troopers....
As Dakota Access Protests Escalated, Obama Admin OK’d Same Company for Two Pipelines to Mexico
The Huffington Post - 20 SEP 2016
    On September 9, the Obama administration revoked authorization for construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) on federally controlled lands and asked the pipeline’s owners, led by Energy Transfer Partners, to voluntarily halt construction on adjacent areas at the center of protests by Native Americans and supporters.
    However, at the same time the pipeline and protests surrounding it were galvanizing an international swell of solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and its Sacred Stone Camp, another federal move on two key pipelines has flown under the radar....
North Dakota Gov. Dalrymple Owns Stock in Company That Plans to Drill Near Elkhorn Site
by LAUREN DONOVAN, Bismarck Tribune  -  22 MAR 2013
    North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple, who will help decide whether an oil company can drill 100 feet from Theodore Roosevelt National Park, owns stock in the oil company making the request.
    Dalrymple owns shares of stock in ExxonMobil, owner of XTO Energy, which staked out a four-well pad on Forest Service land next to the park’s Elkhorn Ranch site.
    Through a spokesman, Dalrymple said he is not going to disclose the details of those shares, including how many or their value....
Activists, 200+ Tribes Unite to Fight Dakota Access Pipeline
RT America on YouTube  -  12 SEP 2016  
OWE AKU: Sheriff Show of Force: Riot Gear, Semi Automatic Weapons, 23 Arrests, No Lawyers allowed to see clients: TAKE ACTION
Censored News - 15 SEP 2016
    Riot gear - dogs - semi automatic weapons - clients denied the right to their attorneys -all to intimidate peaceful water protectors - ND Sheriff out-of-control...
Fawn Sharp: America Needs to Catch up on Indigenous Rights  
Vimeo  -  JUN 2016
    Fawn Sharp, president of the Quinault Indian Nation, described how America lags behind the rest of the world in how we treat our native communities, and has avoided agreeing to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.
    “Countries around the world have embraced what we believe are fundamental principles that are absolutely necessary in the relationship that we should have with the United States. In 2007, 144 at the UN General Assembly passed and approved the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Four countries opposed it: Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. The three countries that opposed it with the United States reversed the decision and now support it… From our perspective, we need to not only embrace the declaration, but three critical issues inside the declaration. I think we need to do [this] in the coming years.”...
At Camp with the Standing Rock Pipeline Protesters  
by: Terray Sylvester, Outside  -  15 SEP 2016
I first made the 1,600-mile journey from Berkeley, California, to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in late August and again in early September to document this latest skirmish in the fight to shield fresh water from pollution, to keep fossil fuels in the ground, and to ensure greenhouse gasses stay out of the atmosphere....
Morton County Charges 8 Additional Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters,
Files Warrants for 3 Others

Fox News  -  15 SEP 2016
    MANDAN, N.D. - Authorities have charged eight individuals for their involvement in illegal protest activities on September 14. Protesters were arrested yesterday at a Dakota Access Pipeline construction site on private property near New Salem in Morton County.
    Nicholas Tilsen, Wanikiyewin Loud Hawk and Daniel Tseleie were arrested for felony reckless endangerment for attaching themselves to construction equipment using a “steel or sleeping dragon” device. Law enforcement were forced to remove the device endangering responders due to the dangerous conditions.
    Five others were arrested for their involvement in the unlawful protest activities.
    Below are the names and criminal charges of those arrested September 14:...
20 Arrested During #NoDAPL Lockdown, Including 2 Unicorn Riot Journalists
Unicorn Riot  -  13 SEP 2016
    Morton County, ND – Multiple lockdowns took place at two Dakota Access Pipeline construction sites in Morton County North Dakota. All work was stopped for the day as police arrested twenty people, including targeting and arresting two Unicorn Riot journalists....
Water Protectors Arrested by Militarized Police
Vimeo  -  15 SEP 2016
    Over twenty water Protectors were arrested after taking Non-Violent Direct Action to stop Dakota Access Pipeline Construction.
    Two Unicorn Riot Journalists were also arrested as they documented the action....
Company Executives Could Now Be Tried for Land Grabs and Environmental Destruction  
Global Witness  -  15 SEP 2016
    Today’s announcement in The Hague is critical first step in crackdown on violence and theft in global trade in land and natural resources
    A move by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to expand its focus signals a landmark shift in international criminal justice and could reshape how business is done in developing countries, says Global Witness. Company executives, politicians and other individuals could now be held criminally responsible under international law for crimes linked to land grabbing and environmental destruction.
    Global Witness has been campaigning for the ICC to investigate crimes committed amid the global rush for land and natural resources, which has seen an area the size of Germany leased to investors in developing countries since 2000. (1) This has led to millions of people being evicted from their land – illegally and often violently - in countries that lack functioning national courts.
    At its worst, this violence is fatal. According to Global Witness data, in 2015 more than three people were murdered a week defending their land from theft and destructive industries – the deadliest year on record. (2) Conflicts over mining were the number one cause of killings, followed by agribusiness, hydroelectric dams and logging....
Dakota Access Pipeline Plan Still On Despite Protests Across the US and World
The Guardian  -  13 SEP 2016
    Rallies are taking place over $3.8bn North Dakota pipeline, which the Standing Rock Sioux tribe says threatens their water supply and cultural heritage.
    The company behind a controversial pipeline project near native American land in North Dakota has vowed to press ahead, despite the plan sparking protests across the world on Tuesday.
    Protests are taking place in the US, Europe, Japan and New Zealand over the $3.8bn Dakota Access  Pipeline, which the Standing Rock Sioux tribe claims threatens their water supply and cultural heritage.
    Rallies have taken place in cities including New York City, Los Angeles and London, where an anti-pipeline banner was dangled in front of the Palace of Westminster.
    In one of 100 protests across the US, Senator Bernie Sanders, CNN pundit Van Jones and Native American leaders are to address hundreds of people gathered outside the White House. Sanders said the pipeline must be stopped “once and for all”....
Thunder Valley Founder Arrested in DAPL Protest
Rapid City Journal - 15 SEP 2016
    Nick Tilsen of Porcupine, a Lakota housing activist, was one of three people arrested and charged with a felony in North Dakota on Wednesday in connection to ongoing protests against the Dakota Access pipeline.
    Authorities say Tilsen was among three people who attached themselves to construction equipment in order to stop progress on the controversial pipeline....
Tangled Web of Lies: U.S. Army Corps' DAPL Historic Properties "Review"
Galanda Broadman - 05 SEP 2016
    "Oh, what a tangled web we weave! When we first practice to deceive." --Sir Walter Scott
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' "review" of historic properties in ancestral Sioux Treaty lands, associated with the "Dakota" Access Pipeline (DAPL) project, is fundamentally dishonest---especially considering the easement the Corps must still issue to allow drilling underneath Lake Oahe and the Missouri River pursuant to the federal Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899.
    In fact, the Corps have woven together a tangled web of lies, and are telling those lies to the Great Sioux Peoples and the entire country....
Showdown Over Oil Becomes a National Movement for Native Americans
The Washington Post - 07 SEP 2016
    CANNON BALL, N.D. — The simmering showdown here between the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the company building the Dakota Access crude-oil pipeline began as a legal battle.
    It has turned into a movement.
    Over the past few weeks, thousands of Native Americans representing tribes from all over the country have traveled to this central North Dakota reservation to camp in a nearby meadow and show solidarity with a tribe they think is once again receiving a raw deal at the hands of commercial interests and the U.S. government....
As Coal Companies Sink into Bankruptcy, Who Will Pay to Clean up Their
Old Mines?

Peabody is the latest to make big promises to a bankruptcy judge.
Vox Energy & Environment  -  02 SEP 2016
    In the context of US capitalism, corporate bankruptcy has become less an admission of failure or a final chapter than a kind of R&R, a chance to shed some flab and come back stronger. As anyone who has followed Donald Trump’s career knows, a big company declaring Chapter 11 bankruptcy is like Lindsay Lohan checking into rehab. They’ll be back.
    So it is with Peabody Energy, the world’s largest private coal company, which entered bankruptcy back in April. It is currently undergoing its bankruptcy spa treatment — shedding workers and retirees, their health and pension benefits — and preparing to get back to work (or so it hopes).
    In the case of Peabody and other coal companies, however, there’s another sort of flab, er, liability at issue, for which there is less precedent in bankruptcy court: namely, environmental remediation obligations....
Video Update from Cody Hall, Red Warrior Camp Media Spokesperson
 Red Warrior Camp on Facebook  -    13 SEP 2016
Twenty-three Water Protectors Being Denied Bail by Morton Co. Sheriff 'NO! DAPL'
by Brenda Norrell, Censored News  -  13 SEP 2016
    CANNON BALL, North Dakota -- Morton County Sheriff's Office is denying bail to 23 water protectors arrested today defending the Missouri River water from the construction of Dakota Access Pipeline.
    Cody Hall, media spokesperson for Red Warrior Camp, said the Sheriff is using the excuse that none of the Standing Rock Camp attorneys are licensed in the State of North Dakota.
    Hall said police in riot gear with semi-automatic weapons arrested the water protectors today....
LOCKDOWN on DAPL Construction Machinery Sept. 13, 2016
Twenty water protectors arrested by police in riot gear during multiple lockdowns west of Mandan
by Brenda Norrell, Censored News  -  13 SEP 2016
    MANDAN, North Dakota -- Heavily armed police in riot gear have arrested about 22 water protectors, following multiple lockdowns to construction machinery this moring.
    Medics and Unicorn Riot journalists were arrested at the Dakota Access Pipeline site 89, west of Mandan.
    At 4 p.m., one water protector remained locked down. Police were not letting anyone take the person water.
    Red Warrior Camp said, "Relatives, do not let media, the North Dakota Morton County Police Dept and these corporations lie to you! Construction was only halted within 20 miles of the river! All other areas are still being dug up and pipe is being laid! Seek truth relatives and take heart! Warriors to the front!
    As police charged in riot gear with assault wespons, the Unicorn Riot livestream was censored by Facebook."
    Before being arrested, the Unicorn Riot journalists said, "So they're pointing at everyone with camears saying, he's going, she's going ... So it, seems they're targeting media for arrest. We might be getting arrested here ..."
   Charge Against Reporter 'Raises a Red Flag'
by CAROLINE GRUESKIN, Bismarck Tribune  -  12 SEP 2016
The head of the state newspaper association says charges filed against a reporter who documented a pipeline protest "at least raises a red flag," though law enforcement says she was targeted because she could be identified from video footage -- not because she is a journalist.
"It’s apparent that the protest was on private property, but it’s regrettable that authorities chose to charge a reporter who was just doing her job," Steve Andrist, executive director of the North Dakota Newspaper Association, said via email about the misdemeanor trespass charge filed against Amy Goodman, a New York-based reporter who documented the use of guard dogs at a Dakota Access Pipeline protest.
"There were a lot of people at the protest site, and only two of them were charged. One was a reporter, and that certainly creates the impression that the authorities were attempting to silence a journalist and prevent her from telling an important story," Andrist wrote after reviewing the complaint against her....
The Big Difference at Standing Rock Is Native Leadership All Around
Dallas Goldtooth, a veteran organizer of the Keystone XL fight, is amazed at the historic support from tribes at Standing Rock--even tribes that rely on resource extraction.
Yes! Magazine Online  -  11 SEP 2016
    This year’s massive buildup of resistance to the Dakota Access pipeline follows closely on the heels of the victory over Keystone XL pipeline, something often credited to feverish organizing by 350.org. But years before 350’s involvement, there was the Indigenous Environmental Network, which launched that movement and its “Keep It In the Ground” messaging. This time, with nearly 200 tribes unified behind the Standing Rock tribe’s opposition to the pipeline and more than 3,000 people gathered at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, Native Americans are clearly leading the movement.
    The encampment at Standing Rock are filled with prayers and ceremonies, and the spiritual core to this movement gives it resilience and power. The courage and clarity of the stand to protect our water is attracting support across the nation and around the world....
Red Warrior Camp Spokesman Cody Hall Is Free
by Brenda Norrell Censored News - 12 SEP 2016
    BISMARCK, North Dakota -- Cody Hall sent a message of love to all the water defenders, after being released from jail. Hall, media spokesperson for Red Warrior Camp, spent four days in jail.
    Hall said they tried to break him down, with shoulder flexes, psychological tactics, and intimidation, but he understands that someone has to take the fall first in this struggle.
    "They tried to break me down," Hall said when released Monday, "but I won't be broken down."...
Feds Step in for Standing Rock Sioux--
the Big Win May Be for All Tribes Facing Pipelines

The Department of Justice suggested that serious re-examination might be on the way to reform how U.S. law treats tribal land.
by Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn, Yes! Magazine - 09 SEP 2016
A dramatic day at the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe occupation seems to have ended in a temporary victory for the tribe in its battle to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. But the biggest win might be in what this could mean for future projects nationwide that put tribes up against pipelines.
Immediately after Friday’s decision by the U.S. District Court to deny the Standing Rock Sioux’s request for an injunction to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Obama Administration swooped in to temporarily stop construction bordering Lake Oahe on the Missouri River. “Construction of the pipeline on Army Corps land bordering or under Lake Oahe will not go forward at this time,” said a joint announcement of three federal agencies—U.S. Department of the Interior, Department of Justice, and Army Corps of Engineers....

Joan Baez in the 1960s
Joan Baez at Standing Rock Sunday Night Circle  
Censored News - 11 SEP 2016
    Joan Baez sang for the Sunday night circle when she arrived in Standing Rock Camp tonight.
Listen to Joan Baez and Haudenosaunee singers.
    Broadcast live by Govinda at Standing Rock Spirit Resistance Radio and recorded by Censored News. Sept. 11, 2016
Red Warrior Camp's Cody Hall Bond Hearing Monday Morning (12 Sept 2016)
Brenda Norrell, Censored News  -  11 SEP 2016
    The North Dakota media is going to try to vilianize leaders of the movement to stop the pipeline. Cody Hall is no agitator. Cody is led by the same spirit that moves all of us to uplift our people, protect our water, our sacred sites and spiritual ways for all of humanity. Cody has stood his ground in a peaceful way. Peace does not back down. Cody's bond hearing is tomorrow, Monday, Sept. 11, at about 9 am CST at Morton County courthouse. From here on out you all be very careful to protect your identity. Do not agree to any illegal activity in the presence of anyone. Be wary of provocateurs who incite unlawful activity. Guarantee you they are trying to build conspiracy cases. This is how it goes. Firearms and violence will derail this whole movement. We all agree there's no place for that here. We must be unbreakable, unbribable, unsnitchable. Facial recognition each time we go thru the "info points." Do not travel alone. #FreeCodyHall respect to all arrested, please give even a little to our legal fund.
Supporting Standing Rock in Juneau: Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian Sing, Dance, Drum  
Steve Quinn, Indian Country Today  -  10 SEP 2016
More than 100 Alaska Natives from the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian tribes gathered recently at a Juneau park to sing, dance and drum their support for those at Standing Rock opposing the Dakota Access pipeline. There has been other support from Alaska too, with Tlingit artist Doug Chilton bringing his famed custom 30-foot fiberglass canoe to the Missouri River. In addition the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska issued a statement in support....
‘We Are Water People’: Tlingit Canoe Travels Nearly 3,000 Miles to Support Standing Rock  
Steve Quinn, Indian Country Today  -  06 SEP 2016
    JUNEAU, Alaska—The call to action came the morning of August 31.
    Tlingit artist Doug Chilton received a request to bring his custom 30-foot, fiberglass canoe from Juneau, Alaska, to Bismarck, N.D., where he will join the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other paddlers protesting the construction of the $3.8 billion, four-state oil pipeline that will cross the Missouri River.
    Fears that the project will destroy burial grounds and contaminate drinking water for thousands of tribal members quickly resonated with Chilton....
'Paddle to Standing Rock' Northwest Canoes on the Cannon Ball River  
by Zoltan Grossman, Censored News  -  08-09 SEP 2016
    CANNON BALL, North Dakota -- The Pacific Northwest came to the Northern Plains today, when canoes from Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Minnesota, and Alaska landed at the Camp of the Sacred Stones. They had come for two days down the Missouri River from Bismarck, and arrived at the Cannonball River on the northern boundary of the Standing Rock Reservation.
    It was a powerful show of solidarity from tribes that have also been opposing Bakken oil trains, and highlighted that "Water is Life" from the Pacific Ocean to the Missouri River. 18 canoes participated, including Nisqually, Puyallup, Quinault, Chehalis/Colville, Kalispel, Warm Springs, Coeur d’Alene, Kootenai, and Tlingit-Haida....
Chief Baker Issues Statement on Standing Rock Ruling  
Cherokee Nation  -  09 SEP 2016
    TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Late Friday afternoon, a federal judge denied the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s motion to stop the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota. Just minutes later, the U.S. Department of Justice, Department of the Army and Department of the Interior issued a joint statement announcing a temporary halt to work on the pipeline.
    In the statement, the agencies acknowledged "important issues raised by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other tribal nations." The statement went on to say “The Army will not authorize constructing the Dakota Access pipeline on Corps land bordering or under Lake Oahe until it can determine whether it will need to reconsider any of its previous decisions regarding the Lake Oahe site under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) or other federal laws. Therefore, construction of the pipeline on Army Corps land bordering or under Lake Oahe will not go forward at this time.”...
Kalgoorli in Australia Support Standing Rock Against DAPL  
Censored News  -  10 SEP 2016
    The Kalgoorli people of the Australian Nuclear Free Alliance support the people of Standing Rock against the DAPL. Indigenous solidarity from a group fighting against uranium mining and nuclear waste storage on their lands.
Posted by brendanorrell@gmail.com   
Ocheti Sakowin Camp Human Rights Observers Statement
Censored News  -  10 SEP 2016
    Greetings relatives and friends from the plains of the Ocheti Sakowin,
    This letter is not a joyful letter of salutations, but one of mourning, and heartbreak concerning the violation of indigenous peoples’ human rights last Saturday near the Cannonball River in Standing Rock, North Dakota.
    The media continues to misrepresent the truth about this gathering, particularly the acts of violent aggression and genocidal tactics used on our people. First, we are protectors of life, of water, not protesters. Indigenous peoples here are exercising a human and indigenous right to self-determination over the lands, territories, and resources they traditionally used and occupied.
    Last week, water protectors were physically attacked by private security hired by Dakota Access as they peacefully gathered and prayed in response to the destruction and desecration of known and demarcated sacred sites and burial grounds. The people present, led by our women,
fearing the bulldozers would cause irreparable harm to their sacred grounds, gathered with arms linked in order to halt the desecration.
    In response, a security firm hired by Dakota Access released dogs on those gathered.
Several people were bitten by dogs including a pregnant woman. The people were also sprayed with mace. This traumatic event must be addressed in a just and transparent way and Dakota Access must be held accountable for this violence....
Reporter Who Documented Guard Dogs Charged with Trespassing at Pipeline Protest Site
by Amy Dalrymple, WDAZ  -  10 SEP 2016; 3:32 p.m.
    MANDAN, N.D.—A reporter from Democracy Now! who documented security personnel with guard dogs working for Dakota Access Pipeline is facing criminal trespassing charges in Morton County.
    Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for Amy Goodman of New York for a Class B misdemeanor, according to court documents.
    Goodman, a reporter for the independent news program, can be seen on news footage from Sept. 3 documenting the clash between protesters and private security personnel with guard dogs at a Dakota Access construction site, including footage showing people with bite injuries and a dog with blood on its mouth....
Warrant Issued for Amy Goodman, Cody Hall Arrested: Standing Rock Defends the Sacred  

by Brenda Norrell, Censored News - 10 SEP 2016
    CANNON BALL, North Dakota -- A warrant has been issued for Democracy Now producer Amy Goodman, charging her with criminal trespass when Native Americans were attacked by vicious dogs defending burial places on Sept. 3.
    Cody Hall of the Red Warrior Camp was arrested last night, charged with criminal trespass for both Sept. 3 and Sept. 6.
    On Sept. 6, a Lakota woman and man from the Amazon locked down to the Dakota Access pipeline bulldozers to prevent destruction of the burial places.
    The charges state there was damage to equipment, painting of equipment, a tire was flattened, and dirt was placed in fuel lines, on Sept. 6. Cody Hall was identified addressing those present, according to the charges....
Justice Dept., Army & Interior Dept. Temporarily Block DAPL Construction under Missouri River  
Democracy Now - 09 SEP 2016
    In a dramatic series of moves late Friday afternoon, a federal judge rejected the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s request for an injunction against the U.S. government over the Dakota Access Pipeline. Then the Army, Department of Justice, and Department of the Interior responded with an announcement that the Army Corps will not issue permits for Dakota Access to drill under the Missouri River until the Army Corps reconsiders its previously issued permits:
    “The Army will not authorize constructing the Dakota Access pipeline on Corps land bordering or under Lake Oahe until it can determine whether it will need to reconsider any of its previous decisions regarding the Lake Oahe site under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) or other federal laws. Therefore, construction of the pipeline on Army Corps land bordering or under Lake Oahe will not go forward at this time. “
    “We appreciate the District Court’s opinion on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act. However, important issues raised by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other tribal nations and their members regarding the Dakota Access pipeline specifically, and pipeline-related decision-making generally, remain.”
    Read the full memo here.
    The Corps also asked Dakota Access to voluntarily cease construction 20 miles east and west of the Missouri River.
    In a statement posted online the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe summarized the actions taken by the agencies and added that they "also set the stage for a nationwide reform,...
Justice.gov  -  09 SEPT 2016
   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, September 9, 2016
    Joint Statement from the Department of Justice, the Department of the Army and the Department of the Interior Regarding Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    The Department of Justice, the Department of the Army and the Department of the Interior issued the following statement regarding Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:
    “We appreciate the District Court’s opinion on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act. However, important issues raised by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other tribal nations and their members regarding the Dakota Access pipeline specifically, and pipeline-related decision-making generally, remain. Therefore, the Department of the Army, the Department of Justice, and the Department of the Interior will take the following steps.
    The Army will not authorize constructing the Dakota Access pipeline on Corps land bordering or under Lake Oahe until it can determine whether it will need to reconsider any of its previous decisions regarding the Lake Oahe site under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) or other federal laws. Therefore, construction of the pipeline on Army Corps land bordering or under Lake Oahe will not go forward at this time. The Army will move expeditiously to make this determination, as everyone involved — including the pipeline company and its workers — deserves a clear and timely resolution. In the interim, we request that the pipeline company voluntarily pause all construction activity within 20 miles east or west of Lake Oahe....
Court Ruling - Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Petition for Injunction
Earthjustice  -  09 SEP 2016
As it has previously mentioned, this Court does not lightly countenance any depredation
of lands that hold significance to the Standing Rock Sioux. Aware of the indignities visited upon
the Tribe over the last centuries, the Court scrutinizes the permitting process here with
care. Having done so, the Court must nonetheless conclude that the Tribe has not demonstrated
that an injunction is warranted here. The Court, therefore, will issue a contemporaneous Order
denying the Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction.
James E. Boasberg
United States District Judge
Date: September 9, 2016   


Standing Rock Sioux Tribe calls for peace in advance of court ruling
Court to announce decision on whether construction of pipeline can continue
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe - 08 SEP 2016

CANNON BALL, N.D. – A ruling from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia is anticipated tomorrow, September 9, on whether construction can continue on the Dakota Access Pipeline. The statement below from David Archambault II, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, can be quoted in full or in part.

Thousands of people, from members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, tribes across the nation and First Nations in Canada, to non-Native supporters in the United States and around the world, have stood in solidarity against the harm and destruction caused by the Dakota Access Pipeline. We have stood side by side in peaceful prayer.

The pipeline threatens our sacred lands and the health of 17 million people who rely upon the Missouri River for water. There is a lot at stake with the court decision tomorrow. We call upon all water protectors to greet any decision with peace and order. Even if the outcome of the court’s ruling is not in our favor, we will continue to explore every lawful option and fight against the construction of the pipeline.

Any act of violence hurts our cause and is not welcome here. We invite all supporters to join us in prayer that, ultimately, the right decision—the moral decision—is made to protect our people, our sacred places, our land and our resources.

Additional information:

Chairman Archambault II spoke with the governor this morning and was notified of action by the National Guard to ensure safety of all citizens. The National Guard has been called in to assist state and county police in notifying drivers on Highway 1806 travelling south that there may be pedestrians on the road and cars may be parked on the side of the road. This is intended to keep all drivers and pedestrians safe. The National Guard will not enter the camp.

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Brad Angerman, Pyramid Communications

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Jaline Quinto, Pyramid Communications

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‘I Want to Win Someday’: Tribes Make Stand Against Pipeline
by JACK HEALY, New York Times  -  08 SEPT 2016
    NEAR CANNON BALL, N.D. — Verna Bailey stared into the silvery ripples of a man-made lake, looking for the spot where she had been born. “Out there,” she said, pointing to the water. “I lived down there with my grandmother and grandfather. We had a community there. Now it’s all gone.”
    Fifty years ago, hers was one of hundreds of Native American families whose homes and land were inundated by rising waters after the Army Corps of Engineers built the Oahe Dam along the Missouri River, part of a huge midcentury public-works project approved by Congress to provide electricity and tame the river’s floods....
North Dakota activates National Guard to Protect the Pipeline Instead of Our Tribes
Daily KOS - 08 SEP 2016
    North Dakota’s Gov. Jack Dalrymple held a press conference today activating the National Guard. In this press conference, below, please note that there are no American Indian journalists except for Chase Iron Eyes who expresses concern about escalating violence as a result of the governor’s decision. The rest of the press corps ask questions that, in my opinion, carry water for the Dakota Access Pipeline. This is a one-sided presentation to the media and our tribes will continue to press our message of why this pipeline needs to be stopped.
    Below, I have permission to post in full Jacqueline Keeler’s report today which provides some background....
North Dakota Governor Activates National Guard, Tribal Leaders Respond
by Sarah Sunshine Manning, Indian Country Today - 08 SEPT 2016
    OCETI SAKOWIN TERRITORY—On Thursday, September 8, North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple officially activated the National Guard to assist security near the site of the demonstrations near Standing Rock, alarming many campers, water protectors and supporters at the Oceti Sakowin camp along the river.
“When we first heard about the possibility of the National Guard coming, it was almost trauma response,” said Faith Spotted Eagle, Ihanktowan elder, who was present when the word came down. “A lot of people went numb because the idea of the military came in.
    “To an average non-Native person, that might feel safe,” Spotted Eagle told ICTMN. “To us, it feels really familiar, and it personally takes me back to the Whitestone Massacre. But we know how to handle these situations,” she said. “We pray. We support and listen to each other, and seek consensus to know that we are safe. We all play a part in deciding what’s best for the people.”...
Red Warrior Camp Urges World to Come Stand With Them
and Push Back National Guard

by Brenda Norrell, Censored News  -  08 SEP 2016
    CANNON BALL, North Dakota -- Red Warrior Camp spokesman Cody Hall urged the entire world to come and stand with them and push back the show of force targeting peaceful water defenders, and burial place protectors, camped on Treaty lands of the Standing Rock Nation.
    "I'm asking the whole world to hear our plight, that we are wanting you to show up in a peaceful manner and come stand with us on the front lines," Hall said today.
    Hall said Governor Jack Dalrymple called in the National Guard during a press conference, but the governor did not disclose the number of soldiers that would be at the camp tomorrow.
    Hall said it is a show of presence....   © 2016, by Brenda Norrell
OWE AKU: Critical Request: Call ND Governor:
Stop the Militarization of a Peaceful Protest

Censored News  -  08 SEP 2016
Lockdown at Dawn -- Protecting Burial Place from DAPL Bulldozers
Censored News - 08 SEP 2016
    CANNON BALL, North Dakota (Sept. 8, 2016) -- Protectors of burial places locked down to heavy construction machinery before first light this morning to protect the burial place of chiefs in the path of bulldozers of Dakota Access Pipeline.
    Construction workers did not arrive, apparently because of muddy road conditions.
North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple announced today that he has the National Guard on standby.
    A federal judge refused to protect the burial place on Monday, after bulldozers ripped into the topsoil of the burial place.
    Six protectors were bitten by vicious attack dogs of the pipeline, many were maced and some were assaulted by private security of the pipeline.
    Morton County Sheriff's Kyle Kirchmeier office released a statement of lies, blaming the burial place defenders for violence. These lies were distributed by major media outlets. The Sheriff's office falsely claimed the protectors had weapons, which they did not. Major news outlets, including AP, repeated those lies....
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
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Worldwide Prayer Gatherings Will Resume Weekly
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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.
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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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