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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....

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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:...  
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...  
"In the River: A Protest Song for Standing Rock" by Raye Zaragoza
Raye Zaragoza, Facebook  -  SEPT 2016
    There is something especially beautiful and moving about the simple presentation of just a beautiful voice and a guitar. It is art in its purest form. It is pristine, honest, raw; and it is a soul-baring experience for the artist. It is the performing arts equivalent of standing naked before the world and saying, "Here I am. This is who I am, and this is what I have to offer the world. I share with you the gifts that Creator has seen fit to bestow upon me in hopes that you will get a blessing from this offering. Love me or hate me, but take the time to see and appreciate this glimpse into my heart."
    SENAA International supports and encourages all young Indigenous artists in all art forms as our way of showing the world that the Indigenous People of Turtle Island (the big Turtle Island) are among the most talented people on the planet, and that they choose to use their gifts to support their people and to bring attention to important indigenous issues.
    We are happy to introduce Raye Zaragoza in her video "In the River: A Protest Song" that she wrote and recorded in support of the efforts to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline that became the Standing Rock #NoDAPL movement.
    This is just one of the songs that will be on her coming debut album. This song will be on her debut album twice; once as a fully orchestrated version, and again with just Raye and her guitar.
    We ask that you recognize and support this talented young artist by purchasing one or more copies of her soon-to-be-released debut album. More can be learned about her first album on her Facebook page. Just click her name link in the header of this post to visit her page. While you're there, click "Follow" to follow her, and choose the "See First" option to be sure and get any updates regarding the release date for her debut album.
    This song is from Raye Zaragoza's soon-to-be released debut album. Check back here or on SENAA International's Facebook page often for the release date of Raye Zaragoza's premier album, or click the title link above, log on at Facebook, follow Raye, and choose the "See First" option to be sure to get her updates.
Stand With Standing Rock #NODAPL Water Warriors Video, Lor Brothers Version
by the Lor Brothers, YouTube  -  07 MAR 2017
Dance routine to Trevor Hall's song "Stand Up"
Stand Up - Standing Rock by Trevor Hall - Official Video
Mr. Catfysh, YouTube - 28 OCT 2016
The Official Video for Trevor Hall's song "Stand Up"
Legendary Native Activist Exposes DAPL as a SHAM
TYT Politics on Facebook - Posted about 3 months ago
Jordan, of TYT Politics speaks with Wynona LaDuke about DAPL
Video: Watch and Share: Proof That Law Enforcement Involved in Dakota Access Pipeline Protests Have Been Lying (log-in to Facebook may be required)
Prolific TheRapper on Facebook  -  Created 04 DEC 2016; Posted 02 MAR 2017
    First we look at their claims, then we look at the video evidence....
North Dakota Pipeline FORCED To Be Shut Down After LEAKING In The Mississippi River Just Like Standing Rock Protesters Warned
Alternative Media Syndicate  -  27 FEB 2017
    This is why water protectors continue to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline, despite freezing temperatures and winter storms.
    In case you missed it, “water protectors” have been camped out near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, since April in protest of the four-state Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL). The pipeline threatens to uproot burial ground, as well as contaminate the Missouri river. It’s because of this that activists have put their lives on the line.
    In recent months, protestors of the DAPL have been maced, tased, shot with rubber bullets, beaten with batons, and even hosed down in freezing temperatures with water cannons. Now, even when it’s below 0 degrees F and snowstorms threaten to take lives, protestors – along with thousands of veterans – remain on the plains to prevent Energy Transfer Partners from continuing the pipeline’s construction....  
As Police Evict Water Protectors, Tribes Vow to Continue the Fight
“This isn’t the end by any means. This is the spark. The whole world is waking up now.”

by Jenni Monet, Yes! Magazine  -  24 FEB 2017
    On Thursday, as North Dakota police moved in with a fleet of bulldozers, Humvees, and armored MRAP vehicles, Gov. Doug Burgum signed into law four bills that would bring harsher punishment for protest-related activity in the state. The bills, his press statement said, were meant to protect landowners’ rights. But for the 46 people arrested that day, their stand was about defending historic treaty territory.
    “We’ve always been around this river, and that’s why we’re here to protect this river,” said Harold Frazier, chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, the sister nation to Standing Rock. “That river brings life to the people.”
    Frazier has become a vocal supporter in the ongoing yet shifting movement to stop the Dakota Access pipeline. Despite Thursday’s razing of the main demonstration camp, Oceti Sakowin, he and dozens of water protectors, or protesters, have vowed to continue the fight to guard the Missouri River from a potential oil spill—if and when the pipeline is completed....  
Quote of the Day - The Last Word - MSNBC  
 31 OCT 2016 
Quote of the Day - MSNBC's "The Last Word"

Download the entire North Dakota Peace Officer Standards and Training Board Law
(requires Adobe Reader or other PDF file viewer)

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.

 Help spread the word!

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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