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.

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Cenk Uygur on Standing Rock 

https://www.rt.com/shows/americas-lawyer/371226-medical-device-dakota-pi...

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

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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

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Standing Rock, Donald Trump and the Zombie Apocalypse

http://counterpunch.org/2017/01/05/standing-rock-donald-trump-and-the-zo...

"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.

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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 "...do 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.

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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.

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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....

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

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/07/politics/dakota-access-pipeline-easement-g...

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Dakota Access Pipeline Construction To Proceed

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/02/08/dapl-f08.html

"...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.

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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

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/standing-rock-legal-dakota-access-1.3972807

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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."

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Dakota Pipeline Builder Under Fire for Ohio Spill: 8 Violations in 7 Weeks

U.S. regulators halted construction at new sites on an Ohio pipeline after several million gallons of drilling mud coated important state wetlands.

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Wednesday sent a letter to the Rover pipeline operator ordering it to not start construction on any new locations, as well as to stop construction at the site of the major wetlands spill and to hire an independent contractor to dig into what went wrong there.

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The FERC letter came less than a week after the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency proposed a $431,000 fine for violations and ordered the company to immediately implement its emergency response plan.

The same day the Ohio EPA reached out to the pipeline builder, it also asked FERC to step in. That's because state officials had previously encountered pushback from the company, which had argued that only federal regulators had jurisdiction to take action. The company also planned to restart drilling at the site of the big wetlands spill that day.

"In light of Rover's restarting drilling operations and Rover's position that the state is without any authority to address violations of environmental laws, we are asking FERC to review the matter and to take appropriate action in the most expeditious manner to ensure that Rover is held responsible for the violation and is conducting its ongoing drilling operations to ensure protection of human health and the environment," Ohio EPA director Craig Butler wrote to FERC.

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Leaked Documents Reveal Counterterrorism Tactics Used at Standing Rock to “Defeat Pipeline Insurgencies”

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......

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New York City Begins Divestment from Wells Fargo

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Comptroller Scott M. Stringer jointly announced today that they will vote to prohibit New York City from entering into new contracts for deposits with Wells Fargo, as well as suspend the bank’s role as a senior book-running manager for NYC General Obligation and Transactional Finance Authority bond sales.

The New York City Banking Commission, which is scheduled to meet today, and of which the Mayor and the Comptroller are members, approves and oversees the banks that hold City deposits. Currently, Wells Fargo holds contracts with the City to provide banking services, including to operate “Lock Box” services that hold taxes and fees collected by the City. There is approximately $227 million of City dollars held in Wells Fargo accounts currently. Additionally, Wells Fargo acts as a trustee to the New York City Retiree Health Benefits Trust, which has current assets of approximately $2.6 billion. Recently, Wells Fargo received a Federal Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) rating of “needs improvement.” The ban will be revisited only when the bank’s rating is raised.

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In February, Mayor de Blasio sent a letter to 17-banks and financial institutions urging an immediate withdrawal of financing for the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The people of Standing Rock should not be threatened by the greed of a few wealthy oil industry executives,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “The Dakota Access Pipeline not only poses a threat to our environment, but to the human, tribal and water rights of the entire Standing Rock Reservation. We deplore allowing our pension funds to run the risks of being associated with such a dangerous and misguided project.”

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The rise of a new, global, indigenous left

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Assembling Alliances

“We’ve made so many connections; this feeling of solidarity comes to me very naturally,” says Hāwane Rios, a young Hawaiian activist and musician who stood—both at Mauna Kea and at Standing Rock—for indigenous self-determination, human rights and the preservation of our most precious resource: water. “There’s an unspoken promise, now, to back each other up: Through prayers, through media, through singing about it, through everything we do because when we say we are born from these lands, that is the same; our love for the land is the same.”

“One of the main things we saw coming out of the Mauna Kea struggle was the use of nonviolent direct action,” says Krystal Two Bulls, an activist with roots in the Oglala Lakota and Northern Cheyenne nations. “We saw Hawaiians using soft blockades on Mauna Kea and we saw how effective they were. It was significant in shaping our efforts at Standing Rock. We knew that nonviolent direct action had to be one of the main tactics that we would deploy; in fact, we knew that our strategy had to center around it the same way it did on Mauna Kea.”

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..from democracy now headlines

Energy Transfer Partners Sues Greenpeace & Earth First!, Accusing Groups of "Eco-Terrorism"

Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the controversial Dakota Access pipeline, is suing Greenpeace, Earth First! and other environmental groups, accusing them of inciting an "eco-terrorism" campaign against the pipeline’s construction. The pipeline’s construction was delayed for months last year after thousands of Native Americans led by the Standing Rock Sioux in North Dakota, and their non-Native allies, launched a nonviolent encampment to stop the pipeline from crossing the Missouri River, saying a spill could contaminate the drinking source for millions.

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Greenpeace & Indigenous Water Protectors Respond to Lawsuit Accusing DAPL Activists of Eco-Terrorism

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ANNIE LEONARD: Yeah, actually, I brought the lawsuit here. For those on the radio, you can see I’m holding up a four-inch stack of papers. We were just served yesterday with this lawsuit. This lawsuit is a SLAPP suit. "SLAPP" means strategic lawsuit against public participation. And that’s what it is. It is an attempt to criminalize and silence protest, at the exact time that this country needs people rising up more than ever.

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TARA HOUSKA: No, I am not personally named. I thought it was actually very careful of them not to name any particular indigenous organization, even though the indigenous organizations were out in front of this. You know, instead, they labeled Red Warrior Camp, which is interesting again, because Energy Transfer Partners is the one who hired TigerSwan and all of these counterintelligence operations and private security, whose main mission was to go in and infiltrate and cause division within the indigenous organizations and indigenous peoples there. You know, this has come out now in several TigerSwan reports that have been issued by Intercept. And so, you know, you’re seeing them trying to, again, demonize and divide indigenous movement organizing.

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TARA HOUSKA: Yeah, no, I mean, and they refer to us as "jihadists" and, you know, try to characterize us as somehow these radical people, who are instead nonviolently, peacefully trying to stop the construction of a pipeline. This is people walking in front of machines, people peacefully resisting, sitting down in the middle of the road. Yet somehow, you know, we were—had snipers trained on us around the clock, had helicopters overhead, attack dogs—that you were there for—attack dogs being unleashed on men, women and children trying to stop the destruction of a sacred site. This is like—you know, you look at this, and you think, "OK, so you’re the company that behaved very, very badly, and you were caught. You were exposed to a large, large audience that typically a Big Oil would not be exposed to, and you are also exposed to a lot of banks now looking at this and saying, 'We don't want any part of this,’ and a movement that’s now focusing on divestment and looking at these banks and saying, 'OK, pull your money out of this project,' and they are."

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In Victory for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Court Finds That Approval of Dakota Access Pipeline Violated the Law

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.”.....

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