Struggle escalates against Dakota Access pipeline

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City of Seattle Dumps Wells Fargo Over DAPL

For months supporters of the Standing Rock Sioux have been urged to boycott Wells Fargo, the world’s second largest bank, because of its financing of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Many closed their Wells Fargo checking and savings accounts, moving the money to credit unions. The amounts weren’t much, perhaps a few hundred or a few thousand dollars each. One supporter, however, represented a bit more, about $3 billion.

On Monday, December 12, the Seattle City Council introduced legislation that would effectively sever the city’s relationship with Wells Fargo. The bank currently manages the city’s $3 billion operating account, which includes the $30 million biweekly employee payroll.

Under the proposed legislation the city’s current contract with Wells Fargo, which ends in one year, on December 31, 2017, would not be renewed. In the meantime, the city would “enter into a voluntary debarment agreement with Wells Fargo Bank for a period of at least one year, and refrain from conducting banking, investment, or other business with Wells Fargo Bank for a period of at least one year when it is in the City’s discretion.”

In other words, the bill would stop all business with Wells Fargo for one year, at which time the current contract with them would end and would not be renewed....

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CONTENT WARNING: GRAPHIC post-surgical photo of traumatic arm injury

Update: This is what my arm looks like as of Tuesday 12/13/16, 22 days after law enforcement on highway 1806 hit it with a ("LESS-LETHAL") grenade which exploded on contact, and 3 days after I was finally discharged from the hospital. The black rods are an external fixator (ex-fix) which is screwed into my bones to hold them in place; the bone is fractured and a piece is missing. I lost both arteries in my arm and one was replaced with a vein taken from my left leg; I am about to stop taking blood thinner shots but I will have to take aspirin for the rest of my life because a blood clot in the vein-turned-artery would make me lose the arm. Next, my arm was stuffed with a large piece of my lat muscle; I still have a device draining fluids from inside my back where the muscle was taken from. Finally, my arm was covered with a large skin graft taken from my right thigh. All of this skin will take at least a year to look relatively normal. In the bottom left corner of this photo you can see the bullet wound from where I was shot right before I was hit with the grenade.



Cenk Uygur on Standing Rock

"THe future of the Dakota Access Pipeline and whether the project can still be legally completed."


Published on Monday, January 02, 2017byCommon DreamsDakota Access Opponents Stage Dramatic Protest Against U.S. Bank

"I think these guys are basically trying to shed light on their message and they definitely achieved their goal," said NFL fan Willian Ihrke

byJon Queally, staff writer


...the point here of course is to develop holistic analysis and strategy undermining the weak links to any of these megaprojects


Standing Rock, Donald Trump and the Zombie Apocalypse

"With Donald Trump a zombie apocalypse arrives and the Indians at Standing Rock are on the front lines. The true origin of this zombie apocalypse pandemic is of course us..."

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Jeffery Haas of the Water Protector Legal Collective providing testimony to the United Nations Chair of Human Rights and Business Committee, Pavel Sulyandziga. At the Prairie Knights Casino in Fort Yates, ND.




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..most of the yesterday's show is dedicated to the resistance. it's quite good.

democracy now


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Protestors target Canadian bank in Montreal over Dakota Access pipeline link

Demonstrators held a protest outside a TD Bank in Montreal for its support of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

The 1,800 kilometre long pipeline project passes through sacred lands and waterways of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe who oppose the development.

“There’s actually been a global call for solidarity action (with Standing Rock), especially regarding banks,” said organizer Kristen Perry of Climate Justice Montreal.

The group is targeting the TD bank for good reason.

“In Canada, TD is actually the biggest funder of the Dakota Access Pipeline. And they have this big green brand where they’re saying, ‘we’re doing all these green things and we’re planting trees,’ and then they go around and fund pipelines,” said Perry....

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U.S. Army Corps Gives Eviction Notice to Dakota Access Protest Camp

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has given a evacuation order to those protesting at the Dakota Access Pipeline camp in Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

In a statement Friday evening, the Corps said it would close the Oceti Sakowin Camp, which sits on approximately 50 acres of Corps land, on Feb. 22 due to the "high potential for flooding" in the low-lying area....


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Jordan Confronts LYING Officer At Standing Rock Hearing

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To Save the Water, We Must Break the Cycle of Colonial Trauma

Ladonna Bravebull Allard

The police came to Last Child Camp in broad daylight, with armored vehicles and guns drawn, to rip our people from our land.  Many water protectors were on prayer walks and in ceremony. We watched from the top of the hill at Oceti Oyate Camp as the troops moved in against them. We sent our prayers to those innocent and brave warriors who came to stand with the people of Standing Rock, and to protect the sacred waters of Unci Maka (Mother Earth).

Then they came for our Sacred Stone Camp, the original spirit camp we built to lay our prayers and our water from the Dakota Access Pipeline.  But this time, they were accompanied by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council.  They had no warrant, but they forced their way onto my private land, my family’s land, where I grew up on the banks of the Cannonball River.  It was our own council members together with the Standing Rock Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the US Army Corps, all seeking to evict me from my homeland.

The world wants to stand with Standing Rock, but Standing Rock stands against us.  Chairman Dave Archambault threw our people to the dogs when he said the camps’ actions " not represent the tribe nor the original intent of the water protectors.”  He forgets that we at Sacred Stone Camp were the first to stand up for the water, and that we stand with all the camps who have joined our struggle.

This movement was started by the people, and led by our youth. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s decision to negotiate with the State and disown the people who came to fight for our water is what could ultimately be our downfall.  We have had many thousands of people ready to stand together in front of those machines.  The Indigenous nations of Turtle Island had united as never before.   But as division grows, it is very difficult to see a path forward.


Our traditional leaders were forced aside by the Indian Reorganization Act of 1936, when federal authorities forced the establishment of tribal councils on the reservations.  This is a colonial system of government with no basis in Lakota/Dakota/Nakota culture or teachings.  It is the same tactic they used with the Indian agents and the Hangs Around the Fort betrayals. They fabricate a leader that will allow them to take what they want from us.  The hunger for power can divide a people.

As everyone knows, there are many leaders to this movement, and yet there are none. This is a people's movement; this is a movement for the water, not owned or controlled by anyone.

Like Red Cloud and Spotted Tail, and the other “agency” Lakota who so quickly surrendered our lands and way of life while thousands fought back alongside Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, today our tribal council has misunderstood what is really at stake.

This movement is not just about a pipeline.  We are not fighting for a reroute, or a better process in the white man’s courts.  We are fighting for our rights as the indigenous peoples of this land; we are fighting for our liberation, and the liberation of Unci Maka, Mother Earth.  We want every last oil and gas pipe removed from her body.  We want healing.  We want clean water.  We want to determine our own future.


Our ancestors did not abandon the Pȟežísla Wakpá (the Little Bighorn River), when we last unified the Oceti Sakowin and defended our land from the Seventh Calvary; we too must not abandon Mni Sose (the Missouri River). We must not sell our people’s blood, land, and water to uphold the dysfunction we live under now. We have no choice but to break the cycle of trauma so our future generations can have a better life. I believe it starts with the water and ends with the water.  Water is life. Will you stand with us?

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Thousands turn out in downtown L.A. to protest Trump's orders on Keystone, Dakota pipelines

Thousands of people converged on downtown Los Angeles on Sunday to protest the proposed $3.8-billion Dakota Access pipeline, which activists across the country say threatens the water supply and sacred sites of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota.

Organizers, gathering at Pershing Square, say this was the first anti-pipeline protest in Los Angeles since President Trump signed executive orders to fast-track construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines.

“I haven’t seen this kind of thing before and I’ve been involved in protests since the ’70s,” said Karen Pomer of Labor for Standing Rock, one of the groups participating in the demonstration....


Well that was short-lived Looks like it will be going ahead now


Dakota Access Pipeline Construction To Proceed

"...Just across the state's northern border, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has hailed the pipeline as an economic boon to Canada's petroleum industry."

It was no accident Dan Gagnier rode JT's campaign bus right up front next to Junior..

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Water Protectors Call for Global Mass Mobilizations as Army Plans to Approve Dakota Access Pipeline

For more, we’re joined by two guests. In Chicago, Dallas Goldtooth is with us, organizer with Indigenous Environmental Network. And in Vancouver, we’re joined by Standing Rock Sioux member Chase Iron Eyes, who was also arrested this past week during the raid.


Sometimes it's good to know when to fold 'em! 

North Dakota tribe running out of options to stop pipeline

Company says it plans to resume work immediately to finish project

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..with video

Native Americans take Dakota Access pipeline protest to Washington

After more than a year of protests at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota, thousands of Native Americans and activists brought the fight to the nation’s capital to demand indigenous rights and raise awareness about issues affecting the communities.

The event, the culmination of a four-day protest in the capital, was led by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which has been involved in a longstanding dispute with authorities over the construction of an oil pipeline in North Dakota, culminating in a two-mile march through Washington and rally in front of the White House....

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Cassandra displays a painting telling a story about the resistance at Standing Rock. Photo: John Zangas

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..from democracy now headlines

San Francisco Moves to Divest from Banks Financing Dakota Access Pipeline

And the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has unanimously voted for legislation aimed at divesting up to $1.2 billion from banks financing the contested $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline.

Other U.S. cities, including Seattle, Alameda, Santa Monica and Davis, and Native American nations, including the Muckleshoot Tribe in Seattle, the Nez Perce Tribe in Idaho and the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota, have approved similar divestment legislation.

A $70 billion pension fund owned by Norway’s public sector employee unions has also announced it will divest from its shares in the Dakota Access-linked companies Energy Transfer Partners, Phillips 66, Enbridge and Marathon, citing "an unacceptable risk of contributing to serious or systemic human rights violations."