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Border Issues in Tohono O'odham
Indigenous Environmental Network  -  02 JUN 2017
    This month Indigenous Rising Media visited the Tohono O’odham Nation to learn more about the ways Indigenous Peoples are being impacted by border issues. In our brief time there we learned that the threats to the People and their culture/traditional ways of life are both blatant and hidden. While there are very obvious infringements on People’s rights like the harassment of Indigenous Peoples by border patrol and the desecration of sacred lands, there are also less obvious forms of militarization, like constant drone surveillance and the feeling that people cannot move freely on their own ancestral lands.
    Thanks to organizations and coalitions like Indivisible Tohono , TOHRN, and Indigenous Alliance Without Borders the Tohono O’odham and Yaqui are rising up to protect their rights as Indigenous Peoples. One effort most groups are focused on is to educate the community about their rights when they come into contact with border patrol. Please support and follow these groups.
    Lastly, special shout out to Sovereign Sounds Project for collaborating with us on this project. In early May we teamed up to give a "Audio/Video" workshop to youth in Tohono O'odham so that youth have the tools and the skills to document their experience and to share their stories. Please support Sovereign Sounds so more equipment and training can get to Indigenous frontline communities....
Tidal saltmarsh in coastal Washington. (Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
Trump Administration to Propose Repealing Rule Giving EPA Broad Authority over Water Pollution
by Steven Mufson and Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post  -  27 JUN 2017
    President Trump’s administration will revoke a rule that gives the Environmental Protection Agency broad authority over regulating the pollution of wetlands and tributaries that run into the nation’s largest rivers, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said Tuesday.
    Testifying before Congress, Pruitt — who earlier said he would recuse himself from working on active litigation related to the rule — said that the agency would “provide clarity” by “withdrawing” the rule and reverting standards to those adopted in 2008.
    Pruitt, as Oklahoma attorney general, had sued EPA over the regulation, saying it “usurps” state authority, “unlawfully broadens” the definition of waters of the United States and imposes “numerous and costly obligations” on landowners.
    A withdrawal was expected, based on the executive order Trump signed in February targeting the rule. But this is the first clear signal of how the EPA will act on the president’s order...
Energy Secretary Rick Perry speaks during a briefing at the Whtie House on Tuesday.
(Susan Walsh / AP photo)
Trump’s Pitch for U.S. ‘Energy Dominance’ Is Dominated by Misleading Claims
by Steven Mufson and Chris Mooney, The Washington Post  -  29 JUN 2017
    The White House has branded this week “energy week,” rolling out a buzzword, “dominance,” and replaying lines from last year’s Trump campaign in an effort to portray the United States as a global energy superpower — and to label previous administrations as obstacles to energy growth.
    President Trump is expected to sound these themes Thursday in an address on energy, picking up from Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who said Tuesday: “We’re ending the bureaucratic blockade that has hindered American energy creation.”
    But analysts say that many of the administration’s claims about American “dominance” are overstated and that authoritative energy statistics do not line up with those cited by the administration....  
Myron Dewey, Digital Smoke Signals Founder, Needs Your Help to Document the Legal Process
by Myron Dewey, FundRazr  -  29 JUN 2017

Hello Relatives,
    My name is Myron Dewey M.A Journalist and owner of Digital Smoke Signals a Social Media & film Drone company documenting since Mid-August 2016 at Standing Rock North Dakota.
    On October 8, 2016 I was documenting Dakota Access Pipeline working within the 20 mile buffer zone from the Missouri River, when I noticed several vehicles approaching fast from a 5 mile radius. As we got pulled over, I noticed all of the a total of 17 officers had no badges or identification on their uniforms. A clear red-flag that I may not make it out of there safely and I was at the time in fear of my life. It was like a bad movie and I was the key character....
    The fundrazr funds will be used to continue to document the human rights and constitutional violations against the Water Protectors exercising their first amendment, as well as my right to document and journalize.
    Thank you for all your continued support, we still have lots of work to do together as this was the start of many more human & constitutional rights violations by Morton County, assisting agencies and hired Dakota Access Pipeline mercenaries called TigerSwan.
    Myron's court date is 12 JULY 2017 in Bismarck, North Dakota...
Trump Administration Makes Key Decision That Threatens Water Supply of Millions (Video)
Repealing the Clean Water Rule will make it easier for polluters to contaminate the water supply for millions of Americans.

by Reynard Loki, AlterNet  -  27 JUN 2017
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is reportedly issuing a proposed rule to undo the Clean Water Rule that was enacted in May 2015, under President Obama’s last term. The rule protects the water supply for more than 117 million Americans.
    Also known as the Waters of the United States (WOTUS), the Clean Water Rule puts limits on pollution in the wetlands, rivers and streams that feed the nation's larger waterways. Those limits are essential for protecting the safety of the drinking water on which millions of American rely.
    The rule also safeguards those waters for swimming, fishing and other activities. In addition, the rule helps to maintain the biological integrity of those smaller waterways, in turn protecting wildlife by keeping aquatic ecosystems healthy....
SIGN: Tell EPA to Protect Water Supply and Uphold Clean Water Rule
AlterNet  -  27 JUN 2017
    President Trump has signed an executive order directing the EPA and the Army Corps to begin the process of repealing the Clean Water Rule, which protects the water safety of more than 117 million Americans.
    By rescinding the rule, Trump not only puts the health of so many Americans at risk, he endangered the fish and wildlife that rely on healthy aquatic ecosystems and makes it easier for polluters to contaminate the nations waterways.
    Tell the EPA that you disagree with this move to repeal the Clean Water Rule and to uphold it to protect America's waterways and the health of millions....
Dakota Access Pipeline Security Didn't Have a Permit, and ND Officials Say They Didn't Know
by James MacPherson and Blake Nicholson, Associated Press; Billings Gazette  -  28 JUN 2017
    BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota's governor, top law officer and military leader all said Wednesday they were unaware that a private security firm hired by the developer of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline has been operating illegally in the state without a license.
    North Dakota's Private Investigative and Security Board first notified TigerSwan in September it was unlicensed, and in December rejected its application, citing the alleged criminal history of the company's president.
    Despite that, TigerSwan remained an integral part of the pipeline developer's security operation and assisted law officers. Internal company documents published by online news outlet The Intercept last month make references to planning and communication with law enforcement, the placing of a company liaison in the law enforcement joint operations center, and a meeting with the state attorney general's office's Bureau of Criminal Investigation "regarding video and still photo evidence collected for prosecution."
    Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, the state's top law enforcement officer, said he did not "recall being made aware" of TigerSwan's involvement or lack of a license....  
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    Buying a shirt helps Digital Smoke Signals to continue filming through Indigenous Eyes.
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Myron Dewey, Digital Smoke Signals  -  29 JUN 2017
    Nu Naw-Nea (My name is) Nu-Agui-Dicutta, Numu/Newe (I am Trout-Eater, Paiute/Shoshone) Myron Dewey owner of Digital Smoke Signals a social media & film company bringing digital storytelling and technology solutions throughout Indian Country.
    I am seeking your help to edit the 2nd part of my journey to Standing Rock. 10 months of filming, interviews and drone footage.
    The first part of the documentary will started with several mini documetnaries weekely and sometimes daily.
    This is the 2nd phase documentary that will move to the 3 phase documentary, the 4th phase documentary drone footage and the 5th stage is 360 video.
    The overall documentaries will be educational and informative.
    I humbly thank you for your support.
Myron Dewey (Paiute/Shoshone)
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White Plume Tiyospaye Host 2017 Victory Day Celebration
by Natalie Hand, Lakota Country Times (LCT) Correspondent; Censored News  -  29 JUN 2017
    Owe Aku is a grassroots organization of Lakota people and our allies founded to promote the protection of sacred water and preservation of our territorial lands. Our actions for environmental justice rely upon cultural revitalization as our major tool in achieving our goals....

2017 Victory Day Horse Races
    Expert horsemen and horsewomen alike, converged on Kiza Park this past weekend to compete in various races at the annual Victory Day Horse Races.
    Sponsored by the White Plume Tiospaye, this event is to celebrate the victory at Little Big Horn (aka Greasy Grass Battle). The gathering brings together horse lovers of all ages to promote cultural identity and revitalization.
    "The Lakota and allies from the Arapahoe and Cheyenne nations joined forces at the Greasy Grass to take down Custer and the U.S. 7th Calvary. Our ancestors taught us that when we work together, we can accomplish great things. We instill this in our youth," stated Alex White Plume....

38th Uranium Tailings Spill Commemoration 2017 Flyer
Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment  -  28 JUN 2017
    Saturday, July 15th, 2017 7 am to 3 pm at the Red Water Pond Road Community
    12 miles North of Red Rock State Park near Church Rock on Navajo Nation
    For information contact Jackie Jefferson 505-905-0022 & Annie Benally 505-905-1288...  
TigerSwan Faces Lawsuit Over Unlicensed Security Operations in North Dakota
TigerSwan Tactics, Part 5

by Alleen Brown, Will Parrish, Alice Speri, The Intercept  -  28 JUN 2017
    TigerSwan, the private company behind a months-long, multi-state surveillance operation targeting opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline, illegally provided security and investigative services to the pipeline’s parent company, Energy Transfer Partners, despite being denied a license to do so, a new civil lawsuit alleges. Even after oil began to flow through the contested pipeline, and long after the crowded Dakota Access resistance camps gave way once again to empty prairie, TigerSwan continued its unlicensed security operations in North Dakota.
    The allegations are part of a lawsuit the North Dakota Private Investigation and Security Board filed against TigerSwan and its founder James Reese on Tuesday. Violating the license law is a class B misdemeanor in North Dakota, though local prosecutors have not filed criminal charges.
    The complaint against TigerSwan requests an injunction against the firm and its founder, which would prevent them from continuing to illegally operate as a security company in the state. At the time of the lawsuit, TigerSwan continued to deploy personnel “armed with semiautomatic rifles and sidearms” in North Dakota and was still monitoring “persons affiliated with the DAPL protests,” according to the court filing....
Lawsuit Against Private Security Firm Hired by DAPL Developer
by Bo Evans, KFYR-TV  -  28 JUN 2017
    North Dakota regulators say a private security firm hired by the developer Dakota Access pipeline operated in the state without a license and has continued doing so since being denied one.
    North Dakota's Private Investigative and Security Board is suing to block North Carolina-based TigerSwan's armed workers from continuing to monitor the pipeline system.
    The board also is seeking unspecified administrative fines and attorney fees from the company for operating without a license, a misdemeanor under state law....
A canoe sits beached across from the famous White Cliffs of the Missouri River in October, 2016. U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Tuesday, 27 June, he plans to recommend the Upper Missouri Breaks retain its status as a national monument, effectively taking it off the list of monuments nationwide that could lose their status.
Kurt Wilson, Missoulian
Zinke: Upper Missouri Breaks Will Keep Its National Monument Status
[NOTE: Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument is in Zinke's home state of Montana, so naturally it will be exempt from Dictator Trump's order to remove the protected status from national monuments. Odd how that works, isn't it?  — SENAA International]
by Perry Backus, Missoulian  -  27 JUN 2017
    WHITEFISH — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Tuesday he plans to recommend the Upper Missouri Breaks retain its status as a national monument, effectively taking it off the list of monuments nationwide that could lose their status.
    “My likely recommendation will be to leave the Missouri Breaks as is,'' Zinke said. "I think it’s settled to a degree that I would rather not open up a wound that has been healed.''
    Zinke made his remarks at a press conference following his appearance at the Western Governors’ Association meeting.
    Zinke was tasked earlier this year by the Trump Administration to review national monuments over 100,000 acres designated after 1996. Following his recommendation to reduce the size of the Bear’s Ears National Monument in Utah earlier this month, there has been a concern the same could happen for the Upper Missouri.
    Zinke said after talks with local, state and federal officials, he had decided there was no need to review the 377,000-acre Montana monument designated in 2001....
U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Arguments in Colorado-New Mexico Mine Spill Suit
Justices did say New Mexico could pursue its claims in a lower court

AP, The Denver Post  -  26 JUN 2017
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The U.S. Supreme Court won’t hear arguments on a New Mexico lawsuit against Colorado over a 2015 mine waste spill that polluted rivers in both states and Utah.
    The nation’s high court made the announcement Monday. But the justices did say New Mexico could pursue its claims in a lower court.
    Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman praised the decision and said New Mexico should not have sued Colorado because the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency caused the disaster....
Houma Potluck Get-Together on the Bayou
Dallas Goldtooth on Facebook  -  25 JUN 2017  
Where Protests Flourish, Anti-Protest Bills Follow
by Lee Rowland & Vera Eidelman, ACLU  -  17 FEB 2017 (Reposted 28 JUN 2017)
    Over the past year, a historic level of activism and protest has spilled out into our nation’s parks, streets, and sidewalks — places where our First Amendment rights are at their height. The January 21 Women’s March, anchored in D.C. with echoes across the nation, was likely the single largest day of protest in American history. And yet, legislators in many states have followed up on this exuberant activism with proposed bills that are not only far less inspiring, but also unconstitutional.
    A few examples illustrate this pattern all too well....
Anti-Protest Bills Around the Country
ACLU - 23 JUN 2017
    In response to epic protests around the country, state legislators in nearly 20 states proposed bills in 2017 that would restrict people’s right to protest. The ACLU fought back and many of the bills died or were amended to remove unconstitutional language. For those that passed, we’re hopeful that protestors will exercise their right to dissent and courts will prevent the use of these laws to unconstitutionally burden protest activity. This map is current as of June 23, 2017.
    Learn More (https://www.aclu.org/blog/speak-freely/where-protests-flourish-anti-protest-bills-follow)
ND Board Files Civil Action Against TigerSwan
by C.S. Hagen, HPR  -  22 JUN 2017
    BISMARCK - One day after law enforcement cleared the “Treaty Camp” on October 27, 2016, hundreds of activists defending Native American treaty rights, water rights, and land rights, lined up north of three smoldering vehicles. Fifty yards away, construction trucks set the first cement blocks in a line, forming the second barricade on Highway 1806.
    Weeks earlier and under emergency orders issued by former Governor Jack Dalrymple, the North Dakota National Guard manned the first barricade, more of a checkpoint for passing cars.
    Tensions brewed at the frontline that day. Police or security personnel taunted activists through a megaphone, teasing them about being cowards behind masks. At their line sat military Humvees, a tan armored vehicle equipped with a sound cannon. Activists brandished plywood shields, and refused to budge. Most activists shouted peaceful messages; one man hurled insults at the police.
    After police issued a final warning, law enforcement from five states decked out in sheriff deputy uniforms, riot gear, and armed with mace, pepper spray, rubber bullets, zip ties and clubs, some with live ammunition, formed a Roman-style phalanx and marched down the highway toward Backwater Bridge. Activists smudged each other with burning sweetgrass and sage. One woman sat amidst the crowd praying, crying so hard her shoulders shook. Two women hugged each other tightly as the marching police neared.
    The day was saved by one man with snowy-white hair, smoking a pipe, and wearing a jogging suit, Miles Allard, an elder from Standing Rock. After negotiations, both sides backed down, but the near-altercation was a sign of bigger events to come....  
Dakota Access Builder Now Bungling $4.2 Billion Pipeline in Ohio
by Catherine Traywick, Bloomberg News; AgUpdate  -  22 JUN 2017
    Energy Transfer Partners LP is making a mess of its biggest project since the Dakota Access pipeline.
    Construction of the $4.2 billion Rover natural gas line has caused seven industrial spills, polluted fragile Ohio wetlands and angered local farmers. The company owes $1.5 million in restitution after demolishing an historic house. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is furious and a federal energy regulator has launched a rare public investigation that threatens to delay the pipeline’s scheduled Nov. 1 completion.
    “We’ve not seen a project in Ohio with spills at this size and scale, and if we can’t even trust Rover to construct this pipeline, how can we trust them to operate it when it’s complete?” said Heather Taylor-Miesle, executive director of the Ohio Environmental Council.
    Energy Transfer, the Dallas-based company led by billionaire Kelcy Warren, promised part of the 713-mile (1,147-kilometer) pipeline would open in July, but work is stalled on key segments until the company’s responsibility for the spills can be assessed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC.
    “We are working with FERC and the OEPA to resolve these issues in a manner that is satisfactory to everyone involved, and most importantly ensures the complete remediation of these areas,” said Energy Transfer spokeswoman Alexis Daniel. Recent developments have not affected the project’s timeline, Daniel said....  
DAPL Whistleblower in Hiding After Receiving Threats
by C.S. Hagen, HPR  -  22 JUN 2017
    BISMARCK - Former DAPL security employee turned whistleblower, Kourtni Dockter, is in hiding. Threats from “concerned citizens” have been made against her; a black truck with no license plates is surveilling her parents’ house.
    “They have threatened me, claiming that I’m a junkie drug addict and they want to come beat my ass,” Dockter said. “When we get evidence of that, that could be considered tampering with a federal witness.”
    Despite her checkered past and brushes with the law, she is not reneging her stance, and is prepared to testify in court to what she calls illegal actions of TigerSwan and other security companies involved in protecting the Dakota Access Pipeline....  
Exclusive: PA Lawmaker Working to Curb Pipeline Protestors Tied to Shadow Lobbyists for Company Behind Project
by Itai Vardi; DESMOG  -  22 June 2017
    A recent intensification in protests against Williams Partners’ planned Atlantic Sunrise pipeline in Pennsylvania prompted a state senator to propose legislation aimed at limiting demonstrations.
    Last month, Pennsylvania Republican Senator Scott Martin announced his intention to introduce legislation that would pass the costs of law enforcement responding to protests onto the demonstrators. Martin also helped introduce a different bill that would criminalize protests at natural gas facilities.
    A DeSmog investigation has found, however, that Martin is intimately tied to an obscure group of lobbyists recently hired by Williams Partners.
    State Legislators Against Pipeline Protestors
    The Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Williams Partners plans to construct the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline through its subsidiary, Transco. The $3 billion 200-mile project, which would transport fracked gas from the state’s northern shales southward to the company’s interconnecting pipeline systems, received federal approval earlier this year but still requires several state permits.
    Grassroots and citizen opposition to the pipeline, which has been ongoing since the project’s original proposal in 2014, has intensified in recent months. In February, activists built an encampment on the planned route near Conestoga in Lancaster county, which Scott Martin represents.
    Led by the group Lancaster Against Pipelines, they signaled their willingness to engage in nonviolent direct action.
    Yet in early May, a day after arranging a conference call between local first responders and North Dakota law enforcement officials who dealt with the Dakota Access pipeline protests, Senator Martin published a legislative memo detailing his plan to propose a bill penalizing protestors. The memo, which directly referenced the Dakota Access pipeline demonstrations, is aimed at “shielding taxpayers against the additional costs resulting from protests.” Martin is currently seeking cosponsors for his legislation.
    Two weeks earlier, Martin was among a group of senators advancing a bill sponsored by Republican Senator Mike Regan seeking to essentially criminalize civil disobedience and other forms of demonstrations at critical infrastructure sites, including gas pipelines and facilities. According to the bill, those who “impede or inhibit” the operations of the facility will be charged with a felony, face imprisonment, and pay hefty fines....
Congressman Rob Bishop of Utah wants to transfer federal land to the states, gut the Endangered Species Act, and eliminate the Antiquities Act—and D.C. is starting to listen
Environmentalists' Public-Lands Enemy Number One
by Christopher Solomon, OutsideOnline  -  16 JUN 2017
    On a sunny day in early May, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke hiked in southeast Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument as part of a presidential order to revisit the fates of dozens of monuments nationwide. At his right strolled a man dressed in shorts, loafers, and an uncollared shirt. With his snowy white hair, the man could have been mistaken for a snowbird who’d wandered from his RV to check out the commotion—until he turned to a television camera.
    “Bears Ears is a symptom of the problem,” the man said tartly. “The disease is still the Antiquities Act.”
    The man was Republican Congressman Rob Bishop of Utah, one of the biggest fans on Capitol Hill today of handing federal public lands over to the states and reducing environmental protections on them.
    Bishop is chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, which oversees legislation related to everything from energy production and mining to wildlife and irrigation on America’s 640 million acres of public lands—30 percent of the country’s estate. With Republicans in control of both houses of Congress, and with a receptive president in the White House, Bishop—who has been trying to advance these policies for years—is in a better position now than ever before to achieve his goals....
Religious Freedom Isn’t Just for Hobby Lobby — It’s for Indigenous Rights, Too
The fight against DAPL continues

by Kartik S. Madiraju, Grist; SALON  -  22 JUN 2017
    Last week, the Standing Rock Sioux celebrated what they believe is a ground-breaking legal victory in the protracted fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
    A federal judge in Washington, D.C., ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in its expedited review of the pipeline, which was ordered by President Trump shortly after taking office. According to Judge James Boasberg, the Army Corps “did not adequately consider the impacts of an oil spill on fishing rights, hunting rights, or environmental justice.”
    On Wednesday, the parties in the DAPL case will appear in court for a hearing about how to respond to the NEPA ruling. Oil could stop the flowing under Lake Oahe, the fourth-largest dam reservoir in the Dakotas. But that stoppage would be temporary.
    If the Army Corps does revise its environmental assessment, the court could allow the pipeline to resume operation. The court and the Army Corps would have “served” environmental justice under NEPA — merely by paying lip service to the struggle for indigenous rights in the United States.
    Lake Oahe stands at the center of a painful, decades-long story regarding the marginalization of Native Americans. In 1958, the Army Corps took over 200,000 acres from the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux, forcing them from their homes and sacred religious sites, so it could build a dam. Fast-forward nearly 60 years, and the reservoir created by the dam draws a million yearly tourists to its more than 50 recreational sites. It’s under the Sioux’s once hallowed ground — now at the bottom of Lake Oahe — where the Army Corps decided to route part of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
    Earlier this year, as I was completing my law degree at New York University, President Trump fast-tracked the project’s completion. In the legal battles that ensued, teams of lawyers — both large and small — took up the cause of the tribes and the thousands of pipeline activists that joined them, collectively known as “water protectors.”
    Benjamin Eichert, director of the grassroots movement Greenpower, formed the Lakota People’s Legal Project to highlight the statutory issues regarding the construction of the pipeline. I joined the effort as legal researcher.
    The oil flowing under Lake Oahe is not only a potential environmental calamity, it is a dagger through the heart of the Sioux tribes — and the NEPA ruling, while certainly a win, will not offer meaningful justice to those at Standing Rock.
    One unlikely legal strategy that nearly did — and could loom large in future fights to protect indigenous land — is the Religious Restoration Freedom Act, a fan-favorite amongst the religious right....  
Water Protectors Rally in Support of Efforts to End the Dakota Access Pipeline
Following a federal court’s ruling last week on unlawful permits, Indigenous leaders continue push to end Dakota Access Pipeline

by Jade Begay, Nina Smith; Indigenous Environmental Network  -  22 JUN 2017
    Washington, D.C. – The Indigenous Environmental Network, in coordination with the D.C.- based Rising Hearts Coalition, the Hip Hop Caucus, and Earth Justice, among other Water Protectors rallied today at the U.S. District Courthouse in support of Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne Sioux Tribes, as they seek to end Dakota Access Pipeline.
    A U.S. district court judge ruled last week that the Army Corps of Engineers failed to complete a thorough environmental review and that the agency unlawfully expedited permits needed to finish the pipeline. In the historic ruling, the judge cited environmental justice arguments made by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and its allies that the Corps failed to consider oil spill impacts on treaty fishing and hunting rights and therefore violated environmental laws and treaty rights.
    Jordan Marie Daniel, Rising Hearts, founder & organizer emceed the event and commented, “We stand resolute in our support for Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribes in their fight to protect indigenous rights, and our planet. Their battle is on behalf of all of us who share this planet. As the fight against placing corporate interests above the health, safety and well-being of entire communities and the quest to end the assault against the earth we share moves forward. We stand with these Nations, and the millions who have supported them, in solidarity. The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribes battle for justice, and responsible stewardship of lives and resources is on behalf of us all. The fight is not over and will continue to generate awareness and push for alternative, clean renewable just solutions. We support the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribes, 100 percent.”...  
St James Parish Lousiana. The end point for the Bayou Bridge Pipeline
by Kandi Mossett, Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN)  -  22 JUN 2017
Red Warrior Camp Speaks
Brenda Norrell's Censored News  -  21 JUN 2017
    "Mni Sose' called our Spirits. From the four directions, we traveled alone or in caravans, to gather at the river banks. We formed a self-sufficient camp and lived together with love, ethics, principles, and protocols guided by ceremony, prayers and medicine. Our focused, singular, collective goal was to manifest our training and energy to protect sacred water. We committed ourselves to the tactic of non-violent direct action to slow or halt the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline north of the Standing Rock Reservation while the tribes and lawsuits moved forward. In acknowledgment of the 500 years of genocide, treaty breaking, and human rights violations against our people by the United States government in favor of resource extraction and land thefts, we knew we must have a strong frontline. We gathered allies from proven social justice movements. We protected our work through principles of security culture, knowing the corporation would stop at nothing to realize their financial investment and future profits. Tactics of infiltration, dissension, rumors, divisiveness, and lies orchestrated by DAPL and its hired guns soon began to weaken the solidarity of all the camps. Their tactics continue today. All the camps moved, were burned or torn down. People scattered to the four directions. We have people still engaged in the judicial process, going to court. Many charges were dismissed. We carry on with water and land defense work, cultural revitalization, decolonization. We come from all walks of life, races, ages. Our collective experience is a powerful weapon we took to Standing Rock to share with others to help stop DAPL. We are Red Warriors," Stated Debra White Plume.
    We represent 27 tribal nations and 10 countries with no regard to the United States' imaginary borders, to defend the land and protect the water through Non-Violent Direct Action. Collectively, known as Red Warrior Society, we have decades of experience in grass roots, community-based organizing to protect our natural resources.
    Red Warriors are highly disciplined, principled individuals who encompass a unique skill set to provide non-violent direct-action trainings, decolonization tools and organize actions to primarily youth with an emphasis on security culture.
    There are many definitions of security culture. Every movement and resistance group and camps should carefully set their standard accordingly to ensure the safety of those involved in the protection of all that is sacred.
    Red Warriors are self-sufficient, with minimal impact to the land and resources. These principles are utilized in our actions, both at the NoDAPL direct action in North Dakota and other actions and trainings throughout Turtle Island.
    The recent array of propaganda films being released on the NoDAPL camps are reminiscent of the U.S. Government-led COINTELPRO tactics employed against indigenous resistance movements in the 1970's....  
Water Summit Announced for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
by Staff, Native News Online  -  22 JUN 2017
    EAGLE BUTTE, SOUTH DAKOTA – Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier announces a Water Summit, Wednesday, June 28th, at the College Auditorium in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. Registration starts at 8:00 am and the program begins at 9:00 am. There is no registration fee and lunch will be provided.
    “Cheyenne River is leading the way to protect our water sources for many years to come,” said Frazier. “There are many threats to our water and we plan to make sure our people have clean and abundant water for all our needs.”...  
As Standing Rock Camps Cleared Out, TigerSwan Expanded Surveillance to Array of Progressive Causes
by Alleen Brown, Will Parrish, Alice Speri; The Intercept  -  21 JUN 2017
    TigerSwan Tactics; Part 3
    Leaked documents and public records reveal a troubling fusion of private security, public law enforcement, and corporate money in the fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline.

    BY THE TIME law enforcement officers began evicting residents of the Oceti Sakowin Dakota Access Pipeline resistance camp near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation on February 22, the brutal North Dakota winter had already driven away most of the pipeline opponents. With protesters’ numbers dwindling, along with nationwide attention to their cause, it would have been a natural time for the private security company in charge of monitoring the pipeline to head home as well. But internal communications between TigerSwan and its client, pipeline parent company Energy Transfer Partners, show that the security firm instead reached for ways to stay in business.
    “The threat level has dropped significantly. This however does not rule out the chance of future attack,” states a document dated February 24, two days after the eviction began. “As with any dispersion of any insurgency, expect bifurcation into splinter groups, looking for new causes.”
    Indeed, TigerSwan appeared to be looking for new causes, too. As The Intercept has reported, the security firm’s sweeping surveillance of anti-Dakota Access protesters had already spanned five months and expanded into Iowa, South Dakota, and Illinois. More than 100 leaked situation reports provided to The Intercept by a contractor working for TigerSwan describe in detail the firm’s observations of the NoDAPL movement; information obtained via invasive surveillance tactics such as infiltration of protest groups, aerial surveillance, and radio eavesdropping; and efforts to track the movements of individual pipeline opponents....
Inside Chris Cornell's Moving, Refugee-Themed Final Video
"The Promise" director and producer discuss the late songwriter's "focused but excited" mood during the making of the clip

by Jason Newman, Rolling Stone - 20 JUN 2017
    Earlier this year, video director Meiert Avis was talking to Chris Cornell about their latest collaboration: a video for "The Promise" that Cornell had written and recorded for the 2016 historical film of the same name examining a love triangle in the wake of the Armenian genocide.
    A lyric video released in March already featured scenes from the movie. For the official video, Cornell, directors Stefan Smith and Avis and the film's producer Eric Esrailian wanted to widen the scope both geographically and temporally, showing actual footage of fleeing refugees and war-torn cities from Libya, Syria and other countries alongside historical atrocities.
    Avis would send rough cuts back and forth to Cornell for feedback, with the songwriter providing one main suggestion: Make it less depressing and more optimistic.
    "It's very hard to put the pieces together for me," Avis tells Rolling Stone. "I've had many people break down when they watch the video. They either cry or are silent for 10 minutes."
    Avis had no idea "The Promise" would end up being Cornell's final music video, released one month after the Soundgarden and Audioslave musician died by suicide. But the clip, featuring a performance Cornell recorded in Brooklyn in March, doubles as a fitting testament to the musician's lesser-known altruistic side.
    "He was always curious about how others were feeling and he had an interest in learning about their lives," Esrailian, a philanthropist and close friend of Cornell's who brought him onto the project, tells Rolling Stone. "He was always asking how he could help me with some of the different non-profit projects I was working on."...
Court to Rule on Revoking Dakota Access Pipeline Permit in September
Lawyer for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

RT America - 21 JUN 2017
DAPL [Court] Update
by Jan Hasselman, Earthjustice  -  21 JUN 2017
Dakota Access-Style Policing Moves to Pennsylvania's Mariner East 2 Pipeline
by Alleen Brown, Will Parrish, Alice Speri, The Intercept - 21 JUN 2017
    TigerSwan Tactics; Part 4
    AFTER MONTHS OF employing military-style counterinsurgency tactics to subvert opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, and South Dakota, the private security firm TigerSwan is monitoring resistance to another project — the controversial Mariner East 2 pipeline.
    Like DAPL, Mariner East 2 is owned by Energy Transfer Partners. The pipeline is slated to run for 350 miles, transporting ethane, butane, and propane through Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia to a hub near Philadelphia for shipment to both domestic and international markets. Internal TigerSwan documents reviewed by The Intercept suggest the company has had a presence in Pennsylvania since at least April.
    On April 1, the Mariner East 1 pipeline, which runs parallel to the proposed path of ME2, spilled 20 barrels of ethane and propane near Morgantown, Pennsylvania. On the day of the incident, an email provided to The Intercept by a TigerSwan contractor shows the firm was watching social media for signs the spill would become a rallying point for pipeline opponents.
    “At this time the incident has NOT gained any public interest,” a TigerSwan operative wrote in the email.
    TigerSwan founder James Reese replied, “We nees [sic] to monitor social media for blow baxk [sic] on the leak.”
    The company had been monitoring Dakota Access opponents’ social media for months and analyzing press coverage related to that pipeline fight, according to more than 100 internal situation reports leaked to The Intercept. The documents routinely referenced counterinformation efforts to produce and distribute propaganda favorable to the pipeline.
    TigerSwan apparently carried at least some of these practices to Pennsylvania. It would be weeks before the public learned of the leak of highly explosive natural gas liquids. According to a source with direct knowledge of TigerSwan’s operation, making sure nobody found out about the incident was part of TigerSwan’s mission on the project. Nearby residents were kept in the dark until April 20, when Sunoco, which recently completed a merger with Energy Transfer Partners, confirmed to a local media outlet that the leak had occurred....
Hear From the Bold Nebraskans Who Won't Give Up Fighting Keystone XL Pipeline
by Nicole Greenfield, EcoWatch  -  21 JUN 2017
    When TransCanada began knocking on doors throughout Nebraska in 2008, most residents didn't know much about its Keystone XL pipeline or the dirty tar sands oil it would be transporting. The energy company was negotiating easements with local landowners in order to secure a route for its multibillion-dollar project—which would run north to south through the state, directly through the Ogallala Aquifer and across hundreds of Nebraskan rivers and streams. TransCanada threatened landowners with eminent domain if they didn't comply.
    Although the company had some early takers, many Nebraskans along KXL's proposed route questioned the pipeline's safety, the risks to their water supply, and the legality of TransCanada's tactics. With the help of an organizer named Jane Kleeb, they banded together as Bold Nebraska to forge a unified resistance to Keystone XL [KXL].
    Following years of protest and courtroom battles, a rigorous U.S. State Department environmental review that echoed the concerns of pipeline resisters, and the conflicting decisions of President Obama to reject it and President Trump to later reauthorize it, the bold Nebraskans haven't given up. After all, as Anthony Swift, director of NRDC's Canada project, said, "There's no question that Nebraskans know more than most people how high the stakes are with regard to Keystone XL."
    So, on the KXL front lines in the Cornhusker State, it's now up to the Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) to approve or deny TransCanada's permits for construction. (The battle is simultaneously playing out in federal court in Montana, where NRDC is suing the Trump administration for unlawfully approving the project.)
    Without a route though Nebraska, Keystone XL can't move forward, and landowners are making sure the five-person commission hears their objections. Many testified during public hearings held this spring, and some will return to the podium as registered interveners in August, when five days of formal arguments will precede an official decision on the pipeline as soon as September.
    Below, several of the interveners share their stories of resistance:...
Anti-DAPL Rally at the U.S. Court of the District of Columbia
Indigenous Rising Media   -   21 JUN 2017
Kayenta Solar Project Operational: Sending Power to the Grid
by Staff Writers, Native News Online  -  17 JUN 2017
    FORT DEFIANCE, ARIZONA –The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) and its wholly-owned subsidiary NGI-Kayenta, Inc. are very proud to announce that the Kayenta Solar Facility is sending power to the transmission grid in Kayenta, Arizona. This wholly owned Navajo project, is the first-of–its-kind utility-scale solar project within the Navajo Nation and will enhance clean energy initiatives of the Navajo Nation and NTUA.
    “The completion of this project demonstrates that the Navajo Nation is ready for large scale renewable energy production,” said NTUA General Manager Walter Haase. “This is a huge step into the area of energy production and sales, as well as a gigantic first step toward enhancing the green economy for the Navajo Nation.”...
Urgent Call for Volunteer Sheepherders at Black Mesa
New impoundment threats issued

Mailchi.mp  -  18 JUN 2017
    Over this past week, law enforcement and Hopi land management officers entered Sovereign Dineh Nation territories at Big Mountain/Black Mesa, Arizona with orders to count Dineh livestock. They issues 5-day notices to Dineh families, threatening to impound so-called "trespassing" sheep, goats, and cattle.
    "In times like these it's hard for me to eat or sleep," stated elder matriarch Glenna Begay. "I lay up at night worried for my animals. The sheep are my children. The horses too are relatives. They have been with us since the beginning."
    Families and elders resisting forced relocation policies on their ancestral homelands are urgently requesting volunteers to assist with maintaining the daily struggle. This primarily involves herding sheep throughout the day and doing basic chores. In this time of escalated police activity, supporters are also asked to be observant and record police or government actions....  
Navajo Generating Station Owners Deny Deadline Extension
by Associated Press, KUTV  -  16 JUN 2017
    GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — The owners of a coal-fired power plant in northern Arizona have rejected the Navajo Nation's request for a 30-day extension of a July 1 deadline for the tribe to decide whether to extend the owners' lease for the site.
    The Gallup Independent reports the Navajo Generating Station owners rejected the extension on Wednesday.
    The owners have said the plant must shut down by the end of 2017 if a longer lease is not approved by July 1 to provide time to remove the plant by the end of its current lease....  
Resistance That Won’t Quit: A Timeline of the Keystone XL Pipeline
Despite a Trump executive order undoing nearly nine years of defiance, the story of the-pipeline-that-won’t-die isn’t over.

by Valerie Schloredt, Yes! Magazine  -  15 JUN 2017
Illustrations by Jennifer Luxton
    In July 2008, TransCanada Corporation announced plans for what would be known as Keystone XL, a 2,030-mile-long oil pipeline from Alberta to U.S. refineries on the Gulf Coast.
    The pipeline would transport 830,000 barrels of tar sands oil a day. The State Department estimated Keystone XL alone could add up to 27 million tons of CO2 to the atmosphere per year. More recent studies place the potential at 100 million tons.
    Opposition began with Indigenous activists who were joined by the environmental movement. The resistance grew bigger, bolder, and more united in the process.
    Because the 1,700-mile northern section of the pipeline—Keystone XL proper—enters the U.S. over the international border with Canada, it required approval by the U.S. State Department. In Nebraska, farmers and ranchers challenged TransCanada’s eminent domain in court, and kept the pipeline at bay for seven years.
    “It was the landowners who opposed granting easements who made it possible for Obama to veto Keystone XL,” rancher and organizer Ben Gotschall said.
    That hard-won veto was undone by executive order during President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office. But the story of Keystone XL isn’t over. Resistance-that-won’t-quit has been holding back the-pipeline-that-won’t-die for nearly nine years. This is how we got here: ...
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Regarding Trump Statement
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Facebook  -  15 JUN 2017
    "During President Trump’s speech in Ohio, the president addressed the completion of #DAPL and proudly stated, “ I just closed my eyes and said ‘do it.’”
    Well we will not close our eyes and turn away in the face of injustice. It takes "guts" to stand up for mother earth, and our collective rights – which is something we plan to do as we continue our battle against #DAPL."...
From the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Regarding Judge's Decision In Favor of SRST
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Facebook  -  15 JUN 2017
    "Today is a monumental victory for us all. The court ruled that the Trump administration indeed overlooked the environmental review. There will be an additional briefing on whether to shut down #DAPL.
    We are beyond grateful for the court’s ruling, and now more than ever it’s our time for justice.
    Read more about today's victory here: http://standwithstandingrock.net/victory-standing-rock-sioux-tribe-court-finds-approval-dakota-access-pipeline-violated-law/ "...
Prolific TheRapper on Facebook Regarding Federal Judge's Decision in Favor of the Tribes on DAPL
Prolific TheRapper, Facebook  -  15 JUN 2017
    "AWESOME DAPL NEWS!!!!! Federal judge just ruled in favor of tribes on 3 issues, this is a huge win!!! I don't know where this will lead but a shutdown of the pipeline is possible depending on how future proceedings go."
IEN Statement on Federal Court Ruling to Revisit DAPL Environmental Analysis
by Jade Begay, Nina Smith, Indigenous Rising  -  15 JUN 2017

14 June 2017...
    IEN Statement on Federal Court Ruling to Revisit DAPL Environmental Analysis
    Bemidji, MN — Today, Indigenous peoples and Water Protectors marked a crucial victory in the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
    A federal judge ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers failed to complete a proper environmental examination and that the permits issued for the Dakota Access Pipeline were issued in haste. The judge ordered the agency to reconsider parts of their final environmental analysis.
    In response, members of the Indigenous Environmental Network released the following statements....
In [a] Victory for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Court Finds That Approval of Dakota Access Pipeline Violated the Law
Victory: Ruling: Trump administration shortcut environmental review; Court seeks additional briefing on whether to shut down pipeline

by Jenni Monet, EarthJustice  -  14 JUN 2017
    Washington, D.C. — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe won a significant victory today in its fight to protect the Tribe’s drinking water and ancestral lands from the Dakota Access pipeline.
    A federal judge ruled that the federal permits authorizing the pipeline to cross the Missouri River just upstream of the Standing Rock reservation, which were hastily issued by the Trump administration just days after the inauguration, violated the law in certain critical respects.
    In a 91-page decision, Judge James Boasberg wrote, “the Court agrees that [the Corps] did not adequately consider the impacts of an oil spill on fishing rights, hunting rights, or environmental justice, or the degree to which the pipeline’s effects are likely to be highly controversial.” The Court did not determine whether pipeline operations should be shut off and has requested additional briefing on the subject and a status conference next week.
   “This is a major victory for the Tribe and we commend the courts for upholding the law and doing the right thing,” said Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II in a recent statement. “The previous administration painstakingly considered the impacts of this pipeline, and President Trump hastily dismissed these careful environmental considerations in favor of political and personal interests. We applaud the courts for protecting our laws and regulations from undue political influence and will ask the Court to shut down pipeline operations immediately.”
    The Tribe’s inspiring and courageous fight has attracted international attention and drawn the support of hundreds of tribes around the nation....

NOTE: See Link Below for a non-PDF copy of the judge's DAPL order.

Federal Judge's Ruling on DAPL - 14 June 2017
Complete Non-PDF Version
SENAA International  -  14 JUN 2017
Chief Counsel Daniel Sheehan: DAPL and TigerSwan Exposed
Lakota People's Law Project  -  14 JUN 2017
    As Lakota People's Law Project Chief Counsel Daniel Sheehan continues to prepare for Chase Iron Eyes' upcoming court case, further details continue to come out about the private security firm TigerSwan and their actions surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline. Learn more at www.lakotalaw.org  
New Documentary Film "More Than a Pipeline"
Watch the trailer, watch the complete documentary, and donate to help offset production costs.

More Than a Pipeline, online  -  13 JUN 2017  
Hearing Reveals Strong Divisions about Enbridge Line 3
by Ron Brochu, BusinessNorth  -  13 JUN 2017
    A Tuesday public hearing at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College suggested the American Indian community does not support the Line 3 replacement proposed by Enbridge Energy Partners.
    Some of the same persons who protested the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota testified against Line 3, which would replace a 34-inch petroleum line constructed in the 1960s with a new 36-inch pipe along most of its route. A draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the project, which included testimony collected at 27 meetings, was released last month. Enbridge executives say the new line will be safer than the aging one. Other supporters say it will stimulate the economy in the short and long term.... 
Letter to the Editor: Navajo Generating Station Replacement Lease Needs Visionary Leadership to Make Agreement Stronger
nhonews  -  13 JUN 2017
    To the editor:
    When I was growing up on Black Mesa, the land was rich with grass and natural springs, fed by ancient waters of the Navajo Aquifer. In a stark land that gets fewer than 10 inches of rainfall a year, we still had enough to live as our ancestors had for generations, planting and dry farming corn from seeds grown for centuries and relying mainly on rainfall and late summertime monsoons.
    Today is a different story. The springs don’t run any longer. They have dried up as the N-Aquifer has been sucked dry to supply Peabody Energy’s Kayenta coal mine. The grass is short and dry, and there is little coverage. Our sheep are thin, and we can no longer count on now unpredictable weather that once reliably brought our corn to harvest.
    The culprit behind this damage is coal — mined from Black Mesa for the past 45 years and then burned in the largest coal-burning power plant in the West, Navajo Generating Station (NGS) — which in a sad irony was built on Navajo land to pump life-giving water to the rest of Arizona.
    Coal is going away now, the owners of NGS having decided that burning it to generate electricity can no longer make them money. They have presented the Navajo Nation tribal council with a deal that would keep the plant open until the end of 2019. If council delegates sign the agreement, the tribe will get to keep jobs and revenue from the plant and mine for another two years. But they will make costly concessions in the process...  
Activist Prepared to Take Dakota Access Oil Pipeline Protest Case to Trial
by Blake Nicholson, Denver Post  -  13 JUN 2017
    BISMARCK, N.D. — An American Indian activist and former U.S. congressional candidate accused of inciting a riot during protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline says he has no qualms about taking the case to trial, even though he could face more than five years in prison if convicted.
    Chase Iron Eyes maintains his innocence and pleaded not guilty in March to the felony charge and also misdemeanor criminal trespass. He is scheduled for a one-day trial on Feb. 8, 2018, in Mandan, just west of Bismarck.
    Iron Eyes’ attorney also represented Hollywood actress Shailene Woodley, who signed a plea deal earlier this year that kept her out of jail in another high-profile protest case. Unlike Woodley, Iron Eyes said, he still lives and works in the area where the protests occurred and has “a huge and sincere concern about the administration of justice.”
    “If it takes that we have to go to trial to achieve those goals, then that’s a good thing,” he said. “That’s what our system of justice is designed to do.”...  
Goldman Sachs-backed Firm Invests Big in Shipping Tar Sands by Train Along Keystone XL Route
by Steve Horn, Desmog  -  12 JUN 2017
    USD Partners, a rail terminal operator owned in part by Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs, has signed a nearly three year deal to facilitate moving tar sands by train from where it is extracted in Alberta, Canada, to an offloading terminal in Stoud, Oklahoma, in a route mirroring that of the Keystone XL pipeline.
    From Stroud, the heavy oil can be sent via pipeline to the nearby oil storage hub in Cushing, Oklahoma. USD's announcement, which said the company could transport up to 70,000 barrels per day of tar sands in rail cars, came in a June 2 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
    The deal, centering around the purchase of the Stroud terminal, also included the acquisition of 300,000 barrels of storage space in Cushing, a town known by oil and gas industry observers as the “pipeline crossroads of the world.”...  
Northern Minnesotans Concerned over Proposed Line 3 Replacement Pipeline
by Kassandra Tuten, Herald-Review  -  10 JUN 2017
    Called “the largest project in our history” by Enbridge Energy, the Canadian-based company is seeking Minnesota’s approval to build a new pipeline to carry crude oil from Canada to Superior, Wis. Approximately 337 miles of the proposed new line, which would expand capacity and carve a new path for pipelines across the state, will cross through Minnesota, following a new path between Clearbrook, Minn., and Superior.
    The new pipeline’s intended purpose is to replace the original Line 3, a 1,097-mile crude oil pipeline built between 1962 and 1967, which runs through portions of Itasca County, a project which many residents of Northern Minnesota were against from the beginning.
    Of concern to many pipeline opponents is Enbridge’s proposal to simply abandon Line 3 in favor of the new line, leaving the former in the ground. If this were to occur, it would be the first major crude oil pipeline to be abandoned in the state....
    “If you ask me, if you're Enbridge, saying ‘we are operating a line and it’s very unsafe, can we build another,’ is not a great argument for building a new pipeline,” said Andy Pearson, a member of the organization MN350....
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Receives Prestigious Award + $1 Million Investment to Transition Away From Fossil Fuels
by Wallace Global Fund, on EcoWatch  -  08 JUN 2017
    The Wallace Global Fund awarded the inaugural Henry A. Wallace Award and a $250,000 prize to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe for its unyielding courage in the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline, and its dedication to transitioning to renewable energy. In addition to the $250,000 prize, the tribe will receive up to a $1 million investment from the Wallace Global Fund to support its transition toward fossil fuel independence.
    The award was presented to Tribal Chairman David Archambault II at an award ceremony in New York on Thursday; a donor and investor lunch briefing followed the ceremony to highlight solar and wind energy projects underway at the Standing Rock Reservation.
    The Henry A. Wallace Award was established in 2017 by the Wallace Global Fund to lift up the extraordinary courage and will it takes to stand up to oppressive corporate and political power. Henry A. Wallace was a visionary and progressive advocate who served as the 33rd vice president of the U.S. under President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
    "Our foundation is guided by my grandfather's framing of a mighty struggle that continues to this day: protecting the interests of what he called the 'common man'—ordinary people—against the oppressive combination of corporate and governmental power. Democracy, he said, 'must put human beings first and dollars second,'" said Scott Wallace, co-chair of the Wallace Global Fund.
    "This award in his honor is intended to recognize the type of extraordinary courage that ordinary people can summon to fight such abuses of power. No one represents such courage better than the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. And never has such courage been more essential to the health of our democracy than right now."...
Former DAPL Security Speaks Out, Damning TigerSwan Tactics
by C.S. Hagen, HPR  -  08 JUN 2017
    CANNON BALL - Speaking from a nondescript hotel room, a former DAPL security employee revealed secret agendas, illegal activities, and widespread drug use among private security employees hired by Energy Transfer Partners to protect the company’s interests along to the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.
    Describing an agenda that included setting company vehicles on fire, stealing equipment, and intentionally riling up protesters, Kourtni Dockter, 22, of Bismarck, exposed that the security firms involved actively attempted to pin illegal activities on activists....  
TigerSwan and Government Twist Narrative over Dakota Access Pipeline
by C.S. Hagen, HPR - 06 JUN 2017
    CANNON BALL - As at Wounded Knee in 1973, the Federal Bureau of Investigation used informants to infiltrate the anti-Dakota Access Pipeline camps, according to government emails leaked to media outlet The Intercept.
    The claim was widely believed true by activists in the Standing Rock camps against the Dakota Access Pipeline, but was never proven until now. Law enforcement from five different states, the North Dakota National Guard, the National Sheriff’s Association, and TigerSwan security personnel hired by Energy Transfer Partners, the parent company of the Dakota Access LLC, also depended upon extracting information from social media feeds.
    Leaked emails stemming from the November 21 standoff on Backwater Bridge after militarized law enforcement used water cannons to force back hundreds of activists in freezing temperatures, reveal government agencies’ attempts to control the narrative. Hundreds of activists were reportedly injured, one seriously - Sophia Wilansky - was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after an explosion nearly ripped off her arm.“Everyone watch a different live feed,” Bismarck Police Officer Lynn Wanner wrote in an email, which was seen by FBI agents, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office....  
Standing Rock Documents Expose Inner Workings of "Surveillance Industrial Complex": TigerSwan Tactics, Part 2
Leaked documents and public records reveal a troubling fusion of private security, public law enforcement, and corporate money in the fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline.
by Aileen Brown, Will Parrish, Alice Speri; The Intercept  -  03 JUN 2017

ON A FREEZING NIGHT in November, as police sprayed nonviolent Dakota Access Pipeline opponents with water hoses and rubber bullets, representatives of the FBI, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, North Dakota’s U.S. Attorney’s Office, and local law enforcement agencies frantically exchanged emails as they monitored the action in real time.
    “Everyone watch a different live feed,” Bismarck police officer Lynn Wanner wrote less than 90 minutes after the protest began on the North Dakota Highway 1806 Backwater Bridge. By 4 a.m. on November 21, approximately 300 water protectors had been injured, some severely. Among them was 21-year-old Sophia Wilansky, who nearly lost her arm after being hit by what multiple sworn witnesses say was a police munition.
    The emails exchanged that night highlight law enforcement efforts to control the narrative around the violent incident by spreading propaganda refuting Wilansky’s story, demonstrate the agencies’ heavy reliance on protesters’ social media feeds to monitor activities, and reveal for the first time the involvement of an FBI informant in defining the story police would promote.
    The exchange is included in documents obtained by The Intercept that reveal the efforts of law enforcement and private security contractors to surveil Dakota Access Pipeline opponents between October and December 2016, as law enforcement’s outsized response to the demonstrators garnered growing nationwide attention and the number of water protectors living in anti-pipeline camps grew to roughly 10,000. Although the surveillance of anti-DAPL protesters was visible at the time — with helicopters circling overhead, contingents of security officials watching from the hills above camp, and a row of blinding lights illuminating the horizon along the pipeline’s right of way — intelligence collection largely took place in darkness.
    In addition to the email communications, The Intercept is publishing 15 internal situation reports prepared by the private security firm TigerSwan for its client, Dakota Access parent company Energy Transfer Partners, as well as three PowerPoint presentations that TigerSwan shared with law enforcement. The documents are part of a larger set that includes more than 100 internal TigerSwan situation reports that were leaked to The Intercept by one of the company’s contractors and more than 1,000 Dakota Access-related law enforcement records obtained via public records request....  
Native Nations Support the Paris Climate Change Agreement
Stand With Standing Rock  -  04 JUN 2017
    Cannon Ball, ND, Hoquiam, WA, La Conner, WA and Juneau, AK June 3, 2017– Four Native Nations from across North America announced today that they will continue to uphold and support the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the Quinault Indian Nation, the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, and the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska have committed to aggressively address climate change in their respective homelands in response to the US decision to withdraw from the Agreement.
    Since time immemorial Native Americans, the First Americans, have responsibly cared for Mother Earth. Chairman Cladoosby affirmed, “As sovereign nations, we stand with the countries around the world to support the Paris Climate Change Agreement and we join with them to protect this precious place we all call home.”
    The failure of the US to confront the urgent and existential threat of climate change makes it a moral and practical necessity for tribal, state, and local governments, in collaboration with average citizens everywhere, to fill the leadership vacuum and redouble their climate change avoidance, mitigation, and resiliency efforts. Every domestic climate change initiative launched must be bold, aggressively funded, comprehensive, and tailored to confront the dire scientific forecasts of the challenges we face, not the political establishment’s consensus of what is reasonable....  
America's Freedom to Protest Is Under Attack
A UN special rapporteur was shocked to find abusive employers, anti-protest bills, and other signs of a weakening of democracy.

by Michelle Chen, The Nation  -  06 JUN 2017
    It’s no secret that America’s star is fading on the world stage these days, under a president whose authoritarian tactics have outraged allies and enemies alike. But a recent audit by an international human-rights monitor reveals that, even before Trump’s buffoonery took over the White House, Washington was failing dramatically to live up to its reputation as a beacon of democracy. UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Assembly Maina Kiai’s dissection of the nation’s systematic betrayal of basic human rights centers on America’s shrinking public square.
    Based on a year-long observation of the country’s governance and civic life that stretches from mid-2016 through the start of the Trump administration, Kiai, whose post recently ended with the publication of the report, sees a massive erosion of the right to freedom of assembly. The concept encompasses the right to organize and protest and other essential forms of civic and public activism. Though it is formally inscribed in the Bill of Rights, the precept has come under assault under the Trump administration, Kiai says, stoked by the president’s “hateful and xenophobic rhetoric during the presidential campaign” and blatant flouting of civil liberties in his policies and governing style.
    Kiai concludes that over the past year a growing swath of communities of color, workers and immigrants, and other marginalized groups have felt deterred from engaging in social movements, staging protests and other forms of citizen action, or campaigning to defend community and workplace rights....  
Provided video footage of Ohio State Highway Patrol Troopers at the Standing Rock protest, in North Dakota, in November 2016. Provided
Ohio Judge Orders State Police to Release North Dakota Records  
by James Pilcher, Enquirer; Cincinnati.com  -  05 JUN 2017
    An Ohio court upheld a previous ruling that the Ohio State Highway Patrol improperly withheld records specifying the names of troopers sent to North Dakota to help local law enforcement with protests over an oil pipeline there.
    The Enquirer in January requested the names of the 37 officers deployed to North Dakota.
    North Dakota was the site of several violent clashes last year between Native American protesters and law enforcement over the building of a new pipeline through sites considered to be religious by local tribes.
    Protesters were also concerned about the possible impact of the Dakota Access pipeline on the local water supply.
    State officials denied The Enquirer's request filed under the Ohio Open Records Act, as well as requests for internal communications about the deployment.
    Previously a special master ruled that the state should turn over the names of the troopers, but that the request for the communications was "too broad."
    In his ruling issued May 30, Court of Claims Judge Patrick M. McGrath upheld the magistrate's ruling that the state should have turned over the troopers' names....  
The Culture Walk on Earth Day April 22, 2012, where the Moapa Band of Paiutes and its allies walked 50 miles from the coal power plant to the federal building in downton Las Vegas.
How One Small Tribe Beat Coal and Built a Solar Plant
by Yessenia Funes, Colorlines; Navajo-Hopi Observer  -  06 JUN 2017
    MOAPA, NV — Tucked between scattered red desert rocks, the Moapa Band of Paiutes dwells on a little over 70,000 acres in southeastern Nevada. It’s a small tribe with a population of no more than 311, but those numbers haven’t stopped its members from shutting down a giant coal generating station to protect their health and land.
    While President Donald Trump is attempting to revive the coal industry, the Moapa Band has proven how dangerous that industry can be to health. Tribal members suffer from high rates of asthma and heart disease, though the tribe›s small size makes it difficult to accurately quantify. The coal-fired Reid Gardner Generating Station sits outside the Moapa River Indian Reservation, just beyond a fence for some tribal members who have had to deal with the repercussions of its air pollution and toxic coal ash waste for 52 years.
    “The whole tribe was suffering from it,” says Vernon Lee, a tribal member and former council member who worked at the plant 15 years ago. “It’s just bad stuff. We all knew that.”
    Coincidentally, the day after the station last stopped operating (on March 17), the Moapa Band of Paiutes launched the Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project, the first-ever solar project built on tribal land, in partnership with large-scale solar operator First Solar. Companies started approaching the tribe about leasing its land around the same time their organizing took off, and things essentially fell into place....  
Water Hole: No Running Water on Navajo Nation Reservation
Some Navajo ask if the cost of running water is worth the risk to their traditional way of life

by Ethan Millman, Cronkite News; Navajo-Hopi Observer - 06 JUN 2017
    MONUMENT VALLEY — On the outskirts of Monument Valley, touching the Arizona-Utah border, a water well is encased in a brick building behind a barb-wired fence. A few cattle graze nearby, mooing to occasionally pierce the quiet.
    Residents say the well is one of two in the area, a couple miles from a small town on the Navajo Reservation. One well is a direct line to hotels. This one, leading to a one-spigot watering hole a few miles away, is the main water supply for about 900 people living nearby.
    The first residents of the day, with big plastic bottles and buckets lining truck beds and packed into car trunks as they drive along miles of rock-strewn, dirt roads, start to arrive.
    Lack of running water
    Verna Yazzie, who runs an Airbnb in Monument Valley, takes an 18-mile round trip when she needs water. She goes to the watering hole a few times a week and said she has to go off-roading for six miles to get to the nearest water source.
    “We’ve never had running water for as long as I remember,” Yazzie said. “I usually haul water about three times a week for ourselves, for our livestock and for our planting. The difficulties are mostly the rough roads that we have to drive. It’s about nine miles one way from my house to the nearest water hole.”
    Leaders of the Navajo Water Project, a non-profit working to bring more running water to Navajo homes in New Mexico and clean water to an Arizona school for youths who are disabled, estimate about 40 percent of Navajo Nation members don’t have access to running water in their homes....  
Why Did a Private Security Contractor Treat Standing Rock Protesters Like ‘Jihadists’?
by Jamil Dakwar, Director, ACLU Human Rights Program, ACLU  -  02 JUN 2017

During my week-long visit to Standing Rock in January 2017, I listened to many water protectors speak about the shady tactics used against them by private security contractors and local law enforcement to undermine their protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

I heard stories about DAPL security companies trying to infiltrate protest camps and instigate rifts between activists. I heard about organizers being followed and indigenous activists seeing planes, helicopters, and drones above their camp, surveilling their protests and recording their movements and activities at all hours.

I heard indigenous people describing their home being turned into a war zone. Local law enforcement agencies, led by the Morton County Sheriff’s Department, aggressively deployed militarized gear and weapons — designed for use in war — to intimidate peaceful protesters and violently crack down on a historic indigenous-led movement.

Now, these stories and testimonies have been confirmed by newly released documents, some of which were leaked to the press by a contractor from TigerSwan — the security agency hired by the pipeline company, Energy Transfer Partners — to suppress the protests....  
TigerSwan Counterterrorism Tactics Used to Defeat Dakota Access Pipeline “Insurgencies”
by C.S. Hagen, HPR  -  30 MAY 2017
    CANNONBALL - Documents leaked to media outlet The Intercept showed private security firm TigerSwan worked closely with law enforcement from five different states, and used military-style counterterrorism measures against the movement opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline.
    Activists were identified, then tracked by name through sightings, Tweets, and Facebook posts. Protest sites were allocated numbers, and detailed accounts of day-by-day actions were monitored and reported to Energy Transfer Partners, the parent company of Dakota Access, LLC. Police officers in areas along the pipeline route who were unwilling to make arrests were dealt with, according to documents, and TigerSwan mercenaries daily planned operations with local police.The result led to a massive misinformation campaign, the arrests of 761 activists, journalists, and Native Americans, and more than $38 million the state spent during the emergency state declared by former Governor Jack Dalrymple. In addition, at least three activists who joined the movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline, have been targeted by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.
    TigerSwan communications described the movement as “an ideologically driven insurgency with a strong religious component,” comparing anti-pipeline activists to jihadist fighters, and stating the agency expected a “post-insurgency model after its collapse,” according to the documents....  
Indigenous Environmental Network On Exit From Paris Agreement

Jade Begay, jade@ienearth.org, 505-699-4791
Nina Smith, nina@megaphonestrategies.com, 301-717-9006
Indigenous Environmental Network  -  01 JUN 2017
    Bemidji, MN — Following reports that Donald Trump will end the U.S.’ participation in the Paris Agreement, the Indigenous groups that make up the Indigenous Environmental Network are responding, denouncing the move and calling for continued resistance to Trump’s disastrous environmental policies.
    Tom BK Goldtooth, executive director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, issued the following response:
“Donald Trump is showing us the art of breaking a deal. By abandoning the Paris Agreement, this administration will further perpetuate environmental racism and climate injustice against Indigenous peoples experiencing the worst effects of climate change across the globe....  
22 Awesome Responses to Trump's Announcement on Paris Agreement
by Stefanie Spear, EcoWatch - 01 JUN 2017
    As you've probably already heard, President Trump announced today that he will withdrawal the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement.
    The 2015 accord, signed by nearly 200 countries, commits nations to voluntarily cut greenhouse gas emissions to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels to prevent catastrophic climate change.
    In anticipation of Trump's withdrawal from the agreement, world leaders reaffirmed their support to reduce global emissions and lead on climate action. Now, the U.S. joins Syria and Nicaragua as the only countries not to back the accord.
    Trump's remarks, which he made from the White House Rose Garden, included:
    "In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord but being negotiations to reenter either the Paris accord or an entirely new transaction under terms that are fair to the United States. We're getting out. And we will start to renegotiate and we'll see if there's a better deal. If we can, great. If we can't, that's fine.
    "The United States will cease all implementation of the nonbinding Paris accord. As someone who cares deeply about our environment, I cannot in good conscience support a deal which punishes the United States. The Paris accord is very unfair at the highest level to the United States.
    "The agreement doesn't eliminate coal jobs, it just transfers those jobs out of the United States and ships them to foreign countries. This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States."
    Watch Trump's announcement here (starts 37 minutes into the video).
    Here are my 21 favorite responses to Trump's announcement. Share your response in the comments:...  
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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....
A Word About Brenda Norrell and Censored News
Al Swilling, SENAA International - 14 FEB 2015
   For those wondering why the vast majority of shared posts on SENAA International's Web site and Facebook page are from Brenda Norrell's Censored News, it's very simple—and very complex. For many years, Brenda Norrell was a major journalist for (forgive me, Brenda) Indian Country Today (ICT) until they censored Brenda's articles and terminated her without cause. After leaving Indian Country Today, Brenda created the appropriately named Censored News.
   While at ICT, Brenda was a voice for the Dineh (Navajo) people at Black Mesa, Arizona, where bed partners  Peabody  Coal  and  the  BIA  were trying to forcibly remove Dineh residents from their ancestral homes in order to strip mine the land of its coal. That greed took the form of a contrived, fictional "land dispute" between Dineh' and Hopi....
Censored News by Journalist & Publisher Brenda Norrell
Censored News - 12 FEB 2015
   Censored News was created in 2006 after staff reporter Brenda Norrell was censored repeatedly, then terminated by Indian Country Today. Now in its 9th year, with 3.7 million page views around the world, Censored News is published with no advertising, grants or sponsors.
   Today, Censored News maintains a boycott of Indian Country Today, whose reporters have relied on plagiarism of others' hard work for years, instead of being present to cover news stories. Now, with a collective of writers, Censored News focuses on Indigenous Peoples and human rights. www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com

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

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

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





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Medical Fund for
Sophia Wilansky

$431,987 of $500,000 goal
Raised by 14,923 people in
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GoFundMe - 21 NOV 2016
    Sophia Wilansky is a water protector from New York. She left New York City several weeks ago to help with the struggle at Standing Rock. She been an active participate and family to the activist groups NYC Shut It Down and Hoods4Justice. Sophia has always been committed to confronting injustice through vigilance and resistance.
    Sophia was giving out bottles of water to protectors holding down the space when she was shot with a concussion grenade. The explosion blew away most of the muscles, femural and ulnal arteries were destroyed, and one of her forearm bones was shattered. She was air lifted to County Medical Center in Minneapolis were she’s currently undergoing a series of extensive, hours-long surgeries from the injuries sustained from the blast.
    We must to support our comrades when they need us the most. She needs all of us right now. After all she is our family.
    Please consider donating to help pay for her treatment.

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

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

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