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Stingray Tracking Devices
ACLU - 31 MAY 2017
    Stingrays, also known as “cell site simulators” or “IMSI catchers,” are invasive cell phone surveillance devices that mimic cell phone towers and send out signals to trick cell phones in the area into transmitting their locations and identifying information. When used to track a suspect’s cell phone, they also gather information about the phones of countless bystanders who happen to be nearby.
    Law enforcement agencies all over the country possess Stingrays, though their use is often shrouded in secrecy. The ACLU has uncovered evidence that federal and local law enforcement agencies are actively trying to conceal their use from public scrutiny, and we are continuing to push for transparency and reform.
    In order to protect both privacy and First Amendment rights, the law needs to keep up with technology. The government must be open about the use of these powerful tools and put rules on their usage in place to protect people’s Fourth Amendment rights and prevent abuse....  
PSC Issues Dakota Access Hearing Notices
Fox News - 31 MAY 2017
    BISMARCK, N.D. - Dakota Access discovered possible Native American artifacts in October 2016 and didn't notify the Public Service Commission. The PSC issued a notice of a hearing for that complaint and one other at Wednesday's meeting.
    The PSC also issued a hearing on charges that Dakota Access cleared more trees and shrubs then they were allowed to, but the unanticipated discovery last fall made headlines across the country.
    The commission was not notified when workers found a series of rock cairns consistent with other Native American artifacts along the route.
    Contractors then began to reroute the pipeline around the discovery but again failed to notify the PSC. Dakota Access did however notify the State Historic Preservation Office, but not the PSC until the commission's inspectors found the discovery themselves....
Stingray Tracking Devices: Who's Got Them?
ACLU  -  31 MAY 2017
    The map below tracks what we know, based on press reports and publicly available documents, about the use of stingray tracking devices by state and local police departments. Following the map is a list of the federal agencies known to have the technology. The ACLU has identified 72 agencies in 24 states and the District of Columbia that own stingrays, but because many agencies continue to shroud their purchase and use of stingrays in secrecy, this map dramatically underrepresents the actual use of stingrays by law enforcement agencies nationwide.
    Stingrays, also known as "cell site simulators" or "IMSI catchers," are invasive cell phone surveillance devices that mimic cell phone towers and send out signals to trick cell phones in the area into transmitting their locations and identifying information. When used to track a suspect's cell phone, they also gather information about the phones of countless bystanders who happen to be nearby....  
Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman David Archambault Found Not Guilty of Disorderly Conduct
Fox News  -  31 MAY 2017
    MORTON COUNTY, N.D. - Claps and sighs of relief in a Morton County courtroom, where a jury acquitted Standing Rock Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault and Tribal Council member Dana Yellow Fat of disorderly conduct charges.
    Alayna Eagle Shield was also acquitted.
    The cases go back to a protest near a Dakota Access Pipeline site last August.
    Both men testified at Wednesday's hearing and are satisfied with the outcome.
    It was one not guilty verdict after another involving very prominent figures with the Dakota Access Pipeline protest.
    "I feel relieved you know, this is something that has been hanging over my head for a long time for almost a year now and not knowing when this was ever going to end is kind of an uneasy feeling and now that it's done I'm thankful," said Archambault....
Angelo Wolf on the Realities of Water Conditions in Flint Michigan
by Angelo Wolf on Facebook  -  30 MAY 2017
Leaks and Militarized Policing: Water Protectors are Proven Right
by Michael J. Sainato, CounterPunch  -  30 MAY 2017
    The water protectors’ efforts to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline were a historic mobilization of Native American tribes from all across the country coming together in solidarity for the Standing Rock Sioux. The original route of the pipeline was moved from Bismarck, North Dakota, onto Standing Rock Sioux reservation land and sacred tribal grounds.
    Despite the overt violation of treaties between the federal government and the Standing Rock Sioux, the pipeline’s construction persisted while mainstream media outlets and Democratic Party leaders all virtually remained silent on the issue.
    The void in media coverage was filled by alternative media outlets and citizen journalists. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) were two of the small handful of elected officials willing to speak out on behalf of the NoDAPL fight.Throughout months of living at the Standing Rock camps, water protectors endured constant abuse, violence, and a propaganda campaign from the Morton County Sheriff’s Office and hired security contractors.
    On May 27, the Intercept reported, “a SHADOWY INTERNATIONAL mercenary and security firm known as TigerSwan targeted the movement opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline with military-style counterterrorism measures, collaborating closely with police in at least five states, according to internal documents obtained by The Intercept.”...  
IEN Responds to Leaked Documents Confirming Counterterrorist Tactics Were Used in Standing Rock
by Jade Begay & Nina Smith; Indigenous Environmental Network  -  27 MAY 2017

    Bemidji, MN – Early this morning the Intercept published an article revealing leaked documents that prove Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the parent company of the Dakota Access Pipeline, and law enforcement from five states were using counterterrorist tactics during the time the #NoDAPL camps were operating. A contractor who worked with TigerSwan, the security company hired by ETP, leaked over 100 internal documents revealing that “TigerSwan spearheaded a multifaceted private security operation characterized by sweeping and intrusive surveillance of protesters.” The documents also show that the security company compared the Water Protectors to jihadist fighters.
    The following are statements from the Indigenous Environmental Network: ...
The Keystone XL Pipeline Fight Continues
by Adam Wernick, PRI  -  27 MAY 2017
    President Donald Trump has given TransCanada a permit to continue construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, but a coalition of citizens, farmers, ranchers, Native American tribes and environmental groups have united to oppose the pipeline’s route through Nebraska’s Sandhills area.
    President Barack Obama had rejected the pipeline on the grounds that it would aggravate global warming, but the Trump State Department overturned that ruling. The Natural Resources Defense Council, the Center for Biological Diversity and Bold Alliance/Bold Nebraska have sued the administration, alleging that the move violated the law.
    TransCanada also needs a permit from the state of Nebraska, but activists there say the pipeline would be harmful to Native American communities and would threaten the Sandhills ecosystem. The Sandhills is a fragile part of the prairie, where water recharges the massive Ogallala Aquifer. The aquifer stretches from West Texas to South Dakota and serves 30 percent of irrigated crops in the US.
    “The great news,” says Jane Kleeb, president of Bold Alliance/Bold Nebraska, “is that in our country, we still have something called states’ rights, [and] oil pipelines are permitted at the state level. So, TransCanada still has to get a state-issued permit to cross into our state for the Keystone XL route. It's a very rigorous process. It'll actually be the first time that the Public Service Commission reviews an oil pipeline route in Nebraska.”
    Nebraska politics are unusual because the state has a unicameral, nonpartisan legislature. There is no party identification on the ballot when citizens vote. The Public Service Commission, however, is a partisan political body, Kleeb explains....
Stand With Nebraska and Fight the Keystone XL
NRDC  -  27 MAY 2017
    The Trump administration gave the Keystone XL pipeline the green light, but the pipeline can't move forward without an approved route through the state of Nebraska. This disastrous tar sands pipeline poses a grave threat to our land, water, communities and climate — but the state of Nebraska has the power to stop it in its tracks. Stand with the people of Nebraska who are united against the Keystone XL and urge the Nebraska Public Service Commission to block the pipeline....
Leaked Documents Reveal Counterterrorism Tactics Used at Standing Rock to “Defeat Pipeline Insurgencies”
TigerSwan Tactics, Part 1
by Alleen Brown, Will Parrish, Alice Speri; The Intercept  -  27 MAY 2017
    A shadowy international mercenary and security firm known as TigerSwan targeted the movement opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline with military-style counterterrorism measures, collaborating closely with police in at least five states, according to internal documents obtained by The Intercept. The documents provide the first detailed picture of how TigerSwan, which originated as a U.S. military and State Department contractor helping to execute the global war on terror, worked at the behest of its client Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the Dakota Access Pipeline, to respond to the indigenous-led movement that sought to stop the project.

Internal TigerSwan communications describe the movement as “an ideologically driven insurgency with a strong religious component” and compare the anti-pipeline water protectors to jihadist fighters. One report, dated February 27, 2017, states that since the movement “generally followed the jihadist insurgency model while active, we can expect the individuals who fought for and supported it to follow a post-insurgency model after its collapse.” Drawing comparisons with post-Soviet Afghanistan, the report warns, “While we can expect to see the continued spread of the anti-DAPL diaspora … aggressive intelligence preparation of the battlefield and active coordination between intelligence and security elements are now a proven method of defeating pipeline insurgencies.”

More than 100 internal documents leaked to The Intercept by a TigerSwan contractor, as well as a set of over 1,000 documents obtained via public records requests, reveal that TigerSwan spearheaded a multifaceted private security operation characterized by sweeping and invasive surveillance of protesters.

As policing continues to be militarized and state legislatures around the country pass laws criminalizing protest, the fact that a private security firm retained by a Fortune 500 oil and gas company coordinated its efforts with local, state, and federal law enforcement to undermine the protest movement has profoundly anti-democratic implications. The leaked materials not only highlight TigerSwan’s militaristic approach to protecting its client’s interests but also the company’s profit-driven imperative to portray the nonviolent water protector movement as unpredictable and menacing enough to justify the continued need for extraordinary security measures. Energy Transfer Partners has continued to retain TigerSwan long after most of the anti-pipeline campers left North Dakota, and the most recent TigerSwan reports emphasize the threat of growing activism around other pipeline projects across the country....
Faulty Weld Behind Dakota Access Leak
Commissioning process identified fault before line went into service

by Renée Jean, Williston Herald  -  26 MAY 2017
    A faulty weld on the Dakota Access pipeline was responsible for a 20-gallon leak reported March 5 at an above-ground station in Mercer County, while an 84-gallon spill at a pipeline terminal in Watford City on March 3 was actually owned and operated by a different company, Caliber Midstream — though ultimately the line will feed oil into the Dakota Access system.
    The faulty weld that caused the 20-gallon leak on the Dakota Access line in Mercer County was identified during a standard commissioning process designed to identify problems before a pipeline is put into service, ensuring a line’s integrity before it begins operation. The spill was not reported to North Dakota, but was reported to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, as required.
    “Our crews were on site at this valve site as the commissioning process was under way, so it was immediately remediated,” Vicki Granado, a spokeswoman for Dakota Access, said. “It occurred during the process of getting the pipeline ready to go into service.”
    Caliber Midstream CEO Dave Scobel confirmed their company was also engaged in a commissioning process for their line, which will tie into Dakota Access in Watford City once it is put in service....
Standing Rock: Where the Movement Is Now, From First Protester on the Front Lines
by Josh Schlossberg, Westword  -  26 MAY 2017
    LaDonna Brave Bull Allard is a Lakota historian and member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota. In April 2016 she started the Sacred Stone Camp, the first occupation to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline.
    Allard was named 2017’s Rebel With a Cause Honoree at Conservation Colorado’s Rebel With a Cause Gala on May 24 in Denver. Westword sat down with her to get her perspective on the NoDAPL movement, renewable energy, and the future of life on Earth.
    Westword: What does it mean for you that 300 Native American tribes planted flags at Standing Rock? Does this signal a new dawn for Native American movements? The environmental movement?
    LaDonna Brave Bull Allard: It’s a new movement for the world. It was not only 300 tribal nations; it was the Sami from Norway and Sweden, the Mongolians from China and Russia, Aboriginals from Australia, many African nations, aboriginals from India, the Maori from New Zealand. But as far as American history goes, this was the largest tribal gathering ever. This is the first time we stood among our enemies as allies...
Canada's PM Trudeau claims climate champion role while embracing Big Oil?
by Brian Mann (Adirondack Bureau Chief) in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada;
North Country Public Radio  -  23 MAY 2017
    May 23, 2017 — Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has offered himself as a global leader on climate change, unveiling an ambitious new environmental plan that includes phasing out coal-fired power plants, a tax on carbon, and big investments in renewable energy.
    But at the same time, Trudeau has promised to help expand Canada’s role as an energy exporter.
    He’s backed controversial pipeline projects including Keystone XL that would cross into the United States and is pushing for big new investments in the tar sands oil fields of northern Alberta.
    Trudeau insists that he’s striving for a kind of third way, embracing big oil while also acknowledging the imminent threat of climate change and respecting aboriginal sovereignty. Critics say he’s making promises that contradict each other and risks alienating the progressive voters who elected him in 2015.
Trudeau the climate champion
    Speaking last year before the United Nations assembly in New York City, Prime Minister Trudeau made the case that swift action is needed to curb carbon pollution, especially by prosperous developed societies like Canada.
    “We know that it will be the world’s poorest citizens who will be hardest hit by climate change, displace by rising sea levels, left hungry by failed crops, more vulnerable to disease,” Trudeau said...
Update From Morton County Court
Digital Smoke Signals  -  25 MAY 2017  
A team from the University of Arizona collects water samples from the San Juan River. Karletta Chief
Scientists Tell Navajo Farmers Their Water Is No Longer Contaminated
Navajo farmers have been wary of the San Juan river ever since a mine spill in 2015 turned the water bright yellow. Data just presented to them shows that lead and arsenic levels meet the EPA’s drinking water guidelines.

by Nidhi Subbaraman, BuzzFeed  -  24 MAY 2017

On August 5, 2015, a crew of EPA workers and contractors surveying the abandoned Gold King Mine in Colorado dislodged a plug at the site, letting 3 million gallons of trapped water — containing arsenic, mercury, lead, and more — wash into a tributary of the Animas River.

The river carried the sludge southwest, and within days the Animas and San Juan rivers turned an alarming shade of yellow. After two weeks, the EPA announced an investigation into the causes of the event and the agency’s response to it.

Downstream in New Mexico, in the Navajo community of Shiprock, farmers use river water to irrigate corn and cantaloupe, and raise sheep and goats. The spill caught farmers in the middle of their growing season.

Navajo Nation community health representative Mae-Gilene Begay mobilized a crew to warn residents to steer clear of the river water. “A lot of them were concerned because they go fishing in the river either for recreation for livestock or for farming,” she told BuzzFeed News.

The community closed the irrigation canals for eight months, until April 2016. A few months later, the Navajo Nation sued the EPA and mine owners and operators, claiming that the parties' negligence caused an accident they should have foreseen and prevented.

Over the last year and a half, a group of scientists from the University of Arizona has been working to help the Navajo understand the impact of the spill, by presenting data about contaminant levels to the community so that they feel empowered to decide whether to start using river water again....
DAPL Springs 3rd Oil Leak Before Going Operational
RT America  -  23 MAY 2017  
Bears Ears 'Review' a Sham, Against the Law?
Help Save Bears Ears National Monument -- Take Action

EcoWatch  -  23 MAY 2017
    An anti-public lands official in Utah said Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke has already made up his mind to repeal Bears Ears National Monument, a move experts say could be against the law.
    According to a report from E&E News, Zinke has already told some officials in Utah that he will recommend revoking Bears Ears National Monument's protected status. This suggests the Trump administration has already made up its mind about the outcome of its so-called "review" of national monuments created under the Antiquities Act, for which it is ostensibly soliciting public comments.
    The Department of the Interior is claiming no decision has been made about Bears Ears, but the E&E report dovetails with news that Zinke mostly met with opponents of the monument while in Utah, as well as the Trump administration's presumptive goal of stripping its protected status.
    Meanwhile, a new paper from legal scholars concludes that President Trump's abolition or diminution of a national monument would be against the law. Such a move would also undermine tribal sovereignty and undercut the appointment of official tribal representatives to the newly created Bears Ears Commission, which is supposed to help govern the management of the monument....
Police face off against Water Protectors occupying a bridge immediately north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, October 28, 2016. (Photo: Angus Mordant / The New York Times)
Footing the $15 Million Bill for the Dakota Access Pipeline's Private Army
by Ruth Hopkins, ICTMN; Truthout  -  23 MAY 2017
    Last fall, the eyes of the world were fixated on Standing Rock.
    Among the images burned into the brains of so many abroad were those of Morton County sheriff's department, joined by law enforcement officers from across the country, bedecked in military gear and armed to the teeth, brutalizing defenseless water protectors for expressing their first amendment rights and freedom of religion. Eyes were opened when mercs sicced vicious attack dogs on women and children guarding sacred burial grounds with their lives. Folks thousands of miles away watched in horror as they witnessed concussion grenades being thrown into crowds and elders being maced in the midst of sweat lodge raids. People will never forget live stream video picked up by mainstream media, showing hundreds of civilians being shot with water cannons in subzero temperatures by a corporate police state army. Some photos of injuries were judged too graphic to post by social media, as they revealed a young woman with a near severed limb and another who'd been blinded in one eye.
    This was not Iraq or Afghanistan. There was no foreign enemy invading our shores. These events occurred in the middle of the United States, on Lakota treaty lands; and the only thing these innocent people had done was dare to stand in the way of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the same one Bismarck, North Dakota residents rejected due to fears it would contaminate their water supply. This war zone created by Dakota Access and Morton County was meant to subdue Standing Rock residents and water protectors and force them to accept an unwarranted risk to their fresh water and the desecration of ancestral graves, under the barrel of a gun.
    Here in the states, hundreds of Native Nations and the American public sided with Standing Rock. Scores came to camp along the shores of the Mni Sosa (Missouri River). Others rallied in the local cities, signed petitions, and called the White House. Millions were outraged by the injustice.
    Yet who is paying for the corporate police state brutality I just mentioned? You are....  
North Dakota Again Passes Discriminatory Voter ID Law
Native American Rights Fund  -  09 MAY 2017
    On April 24, 2017, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum signed House Bill 1369. This restrictive voter ID law continues to put North Dakota beyond the norms of voter ID laws and violates the constitutional rights of the state’s citizens. Just like North Dakota’s previous law, which was found unconstitutional by a federal court last year, this law makes it harder for some citizens—specifically Native American citizens—to exercise their right to vote.
What happened last year?
    North Dakota has had a voter ID law since 2004. For years, the law functioned without issue. During that time, the law required voters to show identification, but allowed a voter without ID to cast a ballot if either:
    - A poll worker could vouch for the voter’s identity as a qualified voter; or
    - The voter signed an affidavit under penalty of perjury that he or she was qualified to vote.
    In 2013, the North Dakota legislature greatly narrowed the law by restricting the acceptable forms of ID and eliminating the voucher and affidavit fail-safes. The following session, the legislature amended the law again to even further restrict the forms of acceptable ID.
    In 2016, eight Native Americans filed suit to block the voter ID law, alleging that it disenfranchised Native American voters and violated both state and federal constitutions as well as the Voting Rights Act....  
Protecting Native American Voting Rights
Native American Rights Fund  -  Posted 14 DEC 2016  
2 More Leaks Found Along Dakota Access Pipeline
by Blake Nicholson, Associated Press, Missoulian  -  22 May 2017
    BISMARCK, N.D. — The Dakota Access pipeline system leaked more than 100 gallons of oil in North Dakota in two separate incidents in March — the second and third known leaks discovered as crews prepared the disputed $3.8 billion pipeline for operation.
    Two barrels, or 84 gallons, spilled due to a leaky flange at a pipeline terminal in Watford City on March 3, according to the state's Health Department. A flange is the section connecting two sections of pipeline. Oil flow was immediately cut off and the spill was contained on site. Contaminated snow and soil was removed. No people, wildlife or waterways were affected, according to the department's environmental health database.
    A leak of half a barrel, or 20 gallons (75 liters), occurred March 5 in rural Mercer County, data from the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration show. Contaminated soil was removed, and no waterways were affected. There were no reported injuries to people or wildlife. The administration is part of the Department of Transportation.
    The online report says an above-ground valve failed due to a manufacturing defect, causing the leak. Upstream and downstream valves were closed to isolate the leak. Later, all other such valves on the line were inspected and found to be OK.
    The federal database shows no leaks along the pipeline in Iowa or Illinois.
    The Associated Press reached out to Texas-based pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners for comment Monday. The company maintains the pipeline is safe, but the Cheyenne River, Standing Rock, Yankton and Oglala Sioux tribes in the Dakotas fear environmental harm and are fighting in federal court, hoping to convince a judge to shut down the line.
    The Dakota Access pipeline will move North Dakota oil 1,200 miles (1,930 kilometers) through South Dakota and Iowa to a distribution point in Illinois. ETP plans to begin commercial operations June 1....  
Protect America's National Monuments
Audubon  -  22 MAY 2017
    Send your public comments to urge the Department of the Interior to reject any changes to our national monuments.
    For more than one hundred years, presidents of both parties have protected sensitive habitat and historic sites as national monuments. Now, a new executive order has placed millions of acres of these iconic lands and waters at risk by threatening to eliminate or shrink as many as thirty national monuments.
    Note: Your comment, including your name and optional zip code, will become part of the public record.
    Photo: Daniel O'Donnell/Audubon Photography Awards  
Rover Pipeline Owner Disputing Millions Owed After Razing Historic Ohio Home
Energy Transfer Partners finds itself embattled anew over the preservation of historic sites, this time in Ohio.

by Steve Horn, Nation of Change  -  22 MAY 2017
    After taking heat last fall for destroying sacred sites of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the owner of the Dakota Access pipeline finds itself embattled anew over the preservation of historic sites, this time in Ohio.
    Documents filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) show that Energy Transfer Partners is in the midst of a dispute with the Ohio State Historic Preservation Office over a $1.5 million annual payment owed to the state agency as part of a five-year agreement signed in February.
    Energy Transfer Partners was set to pay the preservation office in exchange for bulldozing the Stoneman House, a historic home built in 1843 in Dennison, Ohio, whose razing occurred duing construction of the Rover pipeline. Rover is set to carry natural gas obtained via hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) from the Utica Shale and Marcellus Shale – up to 14 percent of it – through the state of Ohio. The pipeline owner initially bulldozed the historic home, located near a compressor station, without notifying FERC, as the law requires.
    FERC provides regulatory and permitting oversight for interstate pipeline projects like Rover, and as a result, is tasked with performing an environmental and cultural review. Because Energy Transfer Partners didn’t notify the commission of the plan to tear down the historic home, citizens and other concerned stakeholders, including the Ohio State Historic Preservation Office, did not have the ability to file a formal protest of the action.
    In May 2015, Energy Transfer Partners purchased the Stoneman House from the Ohio State Historic Preservation Office for $1.3 million and bulldozed it just two weeks later, according to FERC documents. The $1.5 million annual payment owed to the Ohio State Historic Preservation Office was in addition to the initial cost of purchasing the home....  
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast
The Next Standing Rocks: 4,800 Miles of Oil Pipelines Planned Under Trump
U.S. companies are set to carve up Native American and private lands in more than a dozen states in order to sell petroleum and natural gas overseas. Activists are gearing up.

by Sandy Tolan, The Daily Beast  -  22 MAY 2017
    This story is cooperation with Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting.
    A high-stakes battle is underway on multiple front lines across America, as Native American and climate change activists square off against oil and pipeline companies racing to lay as much infrastructure into the ground as quickly as possible.
    The U.S. oil industry is enjoying a surge in production, which has shot up 86 percent since 2008. Unshackled by Congress and enabled by the most oil-friendly president in decades, the industry aims to transform the American landscape with tens of billions of dollars in new pipelines, storage depots, and export terminals.
    That includes the Dakota Access pipeline, scene of the yearlong protests at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, which was slated to begin transporting oil on Sunday.
    Yet despite oft-repeated claims by politicians and oil executives about the danger of relying on foreign oil, this U.S. petroleum renaissance never was designed to make America energy self-sufficient: A growing amount of that oil will end up in China, Japan, the Netherlands, even Venezuela....  
An elderly woman is escorted to a transport van after being arrested by law enforcement at the Oceti Sakowin camp as part of the final sweep of the Dakota Access pipeline protesters in Morton County, Feb. 23, 2017, near Cannon Ball, N.D. (Mike McCleary/The Bismarck Tribune)
The Federal Government Wants To Imprison These Six Water Protectors
These cases likely mark the first time that United States authorities have pursued felonies against individuals involved in demonstrations against fossil fuel infrastructure.

by Will Parish, Mint Press News  -  22 MAY 2017
Published in partnership with Shadowproof.
    In February, a federal grand jury issued indictments of four Standing Rock water protectors on charges of Federal Civil Disorder and Use of Fire to Commit a Federal Crime.
    The federal investigators accused the four men—James White, Brennan Nastacio, Dion Ortiz, and Brandon Miller-Castillo—of involvement in setting three highway barricades on fire, which obstructed police during a highly-militarized October 27 raid of the “Front Line Camp” just north of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation.
    Another water protector, Michael Markus, was indicted on identical charges on January 24, and his case has been combined with those of the other four men. Prosecutors are also pursuing three federal felonies against a 38-year-old Oglala Sioux woman named Red Fawn Fallis. They accuse her of firing a gun during her arrest, even as multiple police officers had her pinned face-down on the ground. Fallis’ arrest also occurred on October 27.
    These cases likely mark the first time that United States authorities have pursued felonies against individuals involved in demonstrations against fossil fuel infrastructure.
    All six people facing the charges are indigenous. Under sentencing guidelines, Red Fawn Fallis faces 25 years or more in prison. The other federal defendants—Markus, White, Nastacio, Ortiz, and Miller-Castillo—face up to fifteen years....  
Myron Dewey Update Regarding Water Protectors and Protection
by Myron Dewey, Digital Smoke Signals  -  22 MAY 2017
A federal judge dismissed a civil lawsuit Friday filed by Dakota Access LLC against five activists for their opposition to the company's controversial pipeline . File Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo
Judge Tosses Dakota Access Pipeline's Suit Against Protesters
by Doug G. Ware, UPI - 19 MAY 2017
    May 19 (UPI) -- A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a civil lawsuit by the owner of the Dakota Access Pipeline against several activists who opposed the project.
    Dakota Access LLC argued in their suit that members of the Standing Rock tribe and other protesters interfered with the pipeline's construction, endangered the safety of its workers and cost the company more than $75,000 with their weeks-long demonstrations.
    North Dakota-based U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland disagreed that five of the defendants -- which included Standing Rock Indian Reservation tribal chairman Dave Archambault -- caused fiscal disruptions that exceeded $75,000, which is the minimum limit required for federal civil cases.
    The judge said the court did not have jurisdiction over the case.
    "Dakota Access cannot aggregate the alleged harm from all pipeline protesters in calculating the value of an injunction against individuals acting independently," Hovland wrote....
These Are Urgent Issues, Deserving of Your Attention and Action Now
Native Solidarity  -  17 MAR 2017
    A Catalog of Indigenous Issues Across North America in Need of Support...  
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 31 OCT 2016 
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by Al Swilling, SENAA International  -  24 OCT 2016
    North Dakota Law Contains a Detailed Code of Conduct and Oath of Office That Its Peace Officers Must Vow to Uphold--That Applies to the Morton County, ND, Sheriff, His Deputies, and Reinforcements from Other Sheriff's Departments Who Are Working Temporarily for the Morton County Sheriff, or for any other Law Enforcement entity in the state of North Dakota....
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....





Constitution of the United States, including the Bill of Rights and Other Amendments
SENAA International  -  28 JULY 2013

   Transcripts of the Constitution of the United States, the Bill of Rights (1st 10 amendments), and other Constitutional Amendments for your perusal. A public service endeavor of SENAA International.

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

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

Social and Human Rights Questions Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: Information concerning indigenous issues requested by Economic and Social Council, Report of the Secretary-General, UN Office of High Commissioner on Human Rights.
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Medical Fund for
Sophia Wilansky

$431,987 of $500,000 goal
Raised by 14,923 people in
6 months

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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The PATRIOT Act's Impact on Your Rights - ACLU
   The ACLU’s National Security Project is dedicated to ensuring that U.S. national security policies and practices are consistent with the Constitution, civil liberties, and human rights.