Standing Rock #NoDAPL protestors just won a major victory. But don’t stop being vigilant– there’s already evidence nothing is changing

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Sunday that it won’t grant an easement for the Dakota Access oil pipeline in southern North Dakota. But the pipeline is largely complete except for the now-blocked segment underneath Lake Oahe. And the company constructing the pipeline, Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, had said it is unwilling to reroute the project.


December 15th 1890: Sitting Bull killed

On this day in 1890, the Native American Lakota Sioux chief, Sitting Bull, was killed at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Formal peaceful relations between the Sioux and the United States government began in 1868 upon the signing of the Fort Laramie Treaty. However, the discovery of gold in the Black Hills - which were in Sioux territory - in the 1870s led to a torrent of white prospectors invading the Sioux lands. The numerous Sioux tribes united under Sitting Bull’s leadership, and initially secured some major military victories over American forces. The most famous battle of the Great Sioux War of 1876 was the Battle of Little Bighorn, where Sioux and Cheyenne warriors defeated the famed General Custer. Sitting Bull then led his people to Canada, only to come back to America in 1881. It was around this time that he joined Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show, but he soon returned to his people to protect the rights of indigenous Americans. Sitting Bull was killed on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in 1890 by U.S. troops, who were trying to arrest him under fears he would join the Ghost Dance movement.

“I would rather die an Indian than live a white man”

What Made Me Smile This Week:

Sunday: It got dark depressingly early tonight because of the time change; however, around 8pm I thought to myself it must be getting close to 11pm, so I was delighted and surprised when the clock told me the night was still young! It made me smile.

Monday: I bought some shirts and ties to make me look more like a real, professional human. All my old ties are about two feet too long, and since I slouch when I sit, they stretch down to my feet if I don’t tuck them up which looks weird. I found some new (kids) ties that are the perfect length! It made me smile.

Tuesday: No one at my voting place treated me like a child! Major victory. It made me smile.

Wednesday: My Nana and Poppop came over for dinner tonight. We talked and laughed while we ate our healthy KFC takeout meal. Family makes me smile.

Thursday: I’ve been pre-approved for a service dog! This basically means I was just given the actual application, which is a monstrous 50 pages. I began filling it out tonight! Although the application is long, I’m glad they’re taking this level of care to ensure a good match between me and a dog. Pups make me smile.

Friday: This morning we had a speech for the PACEC, which works to improve education for children with exceptionalities. They were a great audience! After the talk, I was parched, but waiting for me at my book-signing table was the most refreshing, ice-cold glass of water that I immediately chugged. It made me smile.

Saturday: Hannah and I have been together for six months today (Sunday). In the past six months, she has shown me what it truly means to love someone without restraint. Although being a thousand miles apart isn’t always easy, we’ve already had countless adventures together and we have plans for countless more. Even when we are apart, knowing I get to wake up to text/call/skype with her makes each day an adventure in itself.

She makes me smile.

What made you smile this week?

Pres. Obama has set aside 2 new national monuments – 1,350,000-acre Bears Ears in Utah and 300,000-acre Gold Butte outside Las Vegas.

The moves mark major victories for Native American tribes and conservationists – and blows for state Republican leaders and many rural residents in Utah, who say the move will add another layer of unnecessary federal control and close the area to new energy development.

Trump University con settled for $25 million 10 days after successfully conning America.

**Actual photo of Donald Trump signing his settlement.

Donald Trump has settled three Trump University lawsuits for $25m (£20m), the New York Attorney General has said.

The US president-elect was being sued by former students who paid $35,000 (£28,000) for real estate “secrets” from his “hand-picked” instructors.

Mr Trump had repeatedly said he would not settle the class-action lawsuits.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said the settlement was a “stunning reversal” by Mr Trump and a “major victory” for victims.

The businessman faced three fraud lawsuits in California and New York.

(cont. BBC

I’m sure we’ll get a statement soon where Donald Trump says he won, because that’s what he’s been doing since 1973 when the Justice Department sued him for racial discrimination against Black prospective renters.

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