Veterans Ask Native Elders For Forgiveness At Standing Rock.

I never thought I would see this day when a white man apologizes for the tyranny and oppression of Native American population. This is so powerful. This is the nation that I want - responsible, compassionate and that learns from its mistakes.

God bless them!

The DAPL news is definitely something to be proud of but don’t think that the work is done. Jan Hasselman, who serves as an attorney for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, said that the Energy Transfer Partners can still sue this decision, and Trump can try to overturn it. This is a lengthy process that will takes years (with a better explanation why below) and we need to watch it as decisions are made. Remember the pipeline is still being built and it’s going somewhere. 

[Text reads: I do admin law for a living so let me explain how this corps decision plays out. The refusal to grant the easement stop the pipelines… for now. Trump could easily reverse it. But, the decision to order an EIS delays the pipeline for at least several years. If Trump orders the corps to stop the EIS process, several groups will sue, arguing that the reversal is arbitrary and capricious. And they will likely win, which means the EIS will be completed. That takes 2+ years. If the EIS ultimately recommends the same of similar route, several groups will sue, delaying it for 2+ more years. 1 year for suit in federal court, and 2 more year for appeal. Bottom line: decision to order an EIS that Trump probably cannot force a pipeline through same/similar route for 4+ years.]

We also have to remember that many water protectors are still going to be needing help with medical and legal funds so keep an eye out how to still help. 

#NoDAPL #StandWithStandingRock
Dakota Access Pipeline Will Not Pass Through Standing Rock Reservation, Army Decides
The protesters win.
By David Mack

The US Army Corps of Engineers on Sunday announced they will no longer allow the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under a lake on the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota, marking a huge win for Native Americans and protesters who had long opposed the construction.

“Today, the US Army Corps of Engineers announced that it will not be granting the easement to cross Lake Oahe for the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline,” Standing Rock Sioux Tribal chairman Dave Archambault II said in a statement sent to BuzzFeed News. “Instead, the Corps will be undertaking an environmental impact statement to look at possible alternative routes.

“We wholeheartedly support the decision of the administration and commend with the utmost gratitude the courage it took on the part of President Obama, the Army Corps, the Department of Justice, and the Department of the Interior to take steps to correct the course of history and to do the right thing.”

“It took tremendous courage to take a new approach to our nation-to-nation relationship, and we will be forever grateful,” he said.


Harsh blizzard ravages Standing Rock as vital support and the media pack it up

  • In the days since an apparent victory, the Standing Rock camp has been battered by an oncoming snowstorm — and conditions are now dire. 
  • Heavy snow and wind batters the sides of tipis and tents, forcing the Standing Rock resistance indoors. 
  • The roads have shut down going in and out of Oceti Sakowin Camp.
  • The media are clearing out, packing up satellite trucks and heading home. 
  • Meanwhile, the police haven’t pulled back from the front lines, and the Dakota Access Pipeline company has no intention of leaving either.
  • “It’s a distraction,” Oceti Sakowin Camp volunteer Ethan Braughton said in an interview. “If they were leaving, they’d take the razor wire and all their vehicles, but they’re still continuing to get the drill pad ready. They’re not going anywhere, they just want us to leave.”
  • Many of the Lakota Sioux have permanently settled at Standing Rock and they’re not leaving, vowing to see this fight through.
  • Read more about the blizzard and about the ongoing struggle

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#NoDAPL victory!

The easement has been denied and the pipeline can’t be built through Standing Rock.

Still - the battle is not over.  This case will go back into litigation.  This fight is not over.  But today, we can celebrate.

Continue to pray for Standing Rock and Unci Maka.  Our Indigenous prayers are powerful.  Mni Wiconi, Mni Wakan, Mni Wicozani!


Gov. Jack Dalrymple orders “mandatory” evacuation of #NoDAPL protest site

  • On Monday, North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple issued a “mandatory evacuation” order for the hundreds of thousands protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline.
  • The order warns the protesters that amid rapidly approaching winter conditions, access to emergency services is no longer “guaranteed" 
  • According to SayAnythingBlog’s Rob Port, North Dakota Department of Emergency Services spokeswoman Cecily Fong said the state will not be enforcing the order.
  • It is intended rather as a warning that emergency services will not be provided to those who remain.
  • However, Cherokee Nation scholar Adrienne Keene argued the state has already been preventing emergency services from accessing the site.
  • And law enforcement, not winter conditions, are behind the blockade. Read more

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How to donate food to Standing Rock

Sacred Stone Camp

  • With cold weather approaching, Sacred Stone Camp is in need of firewood, as well as woodstoves, propane and fire extinguishers. Because of lack of solar and wind energy at the camps, burning wood and gas will be the primary source of warmth (for both bodies and cooking) in the winter months. 
  • Supplies as well as donations can be sent to Sacred Stone Camp P.O. Box 1011, Fort Yates, ND 58538 and 202 Main Street, Fort Yates, ND 58538. 
  • Sacred Stone Camp has also created an Amazon wish list to assist you in your purchasing of supplies. A small cast iron logwood stove starts at about $317 (plus shipping), which is less than that new iPhone you’ve been fantasizing about.

Oceti Sakowin Camp

  • Bracing for winter, the Oceti Sakowin Camp has a similar need for propane, heating stoves and cold weather attire, as well as bulk food supplies to be stockpiled for winter, as their current stock of bulk food is dwindling or expiring. 
  • Pick up a few extra cartons of rice or preserved meats on your next Costco trip and ship them to Oceti Sakowin Camp, P.O. Box 298, Cannon Ball, ND 58528 or donate funds directly
  • This advocacy group has created a wish list of supplies, on which hundreds of packages of buffalo jerky are requested along with survival supplies and several camp stoves.

Red Warrior Camp

  • The Red Warrior Camp is fundraising $100,000 through a GoFundMe page that will be used for supplies on the ground for individuals protecting the sacred Mni Sose River in sovereign Lakota Territory.

Individual efforts

  • Individuals and businesses across the country are organizing fundraisers and food drives to donate supplies to Standing Rock. Washington resident Ben Sittingbull has set up a donation page to fill a trailer with thousands of pounds of donated organic food
  • Students and activists near Madison, Wisconsin, activists from Santa Cruz, California, San FranciscoLos Angeles and beyond, as well as Texas-based hot dog restaurant Frankand plenty more concerned people and businesses across the country have volunteered their time and services to collect food and deliver it or ship it to Standing Rock. 
  • All it takes is some time and organization to involve your community in a fundraiser and drive to collect supplies and express solidarity with Standing Rock en masse.

And, of course, you can donate funds directly to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which will be allocated appropriately to support the on-the-ground efforts. Read more

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Not a word in the news about this. Totally disgusting. All happened at the Back Water Bridge on MLK Day, a National Holiday. Thanks to Martin Luther King these bullets were rubber, there were times when people were shot dead for speaking out. 

These days the Native American people still continue to save their land and protect their water. God bless you, warriors, stay safe.

The media is silent. #NoDapl hasn’t stopped. People need to stay woke.