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WHY THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE SUCKS AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT

AN OIL PIPELINE IS GOING TO POISON AN ENTIRE COMMUNITY:

A huge company is building an oil pipeline through the Missouri River. It’ll transport the dirtiest oil right through some of the cleanest water in the US. If there is a crack, leak, spill, any breakage, (which is super common) that oil will seep into the water and that water will become toxic.

The company that owns Sunoco just got their permit approved (btw Rick Perry is on their board of directors, in case that gives anyone else the fucking creeps). In response, a bunch of kids from Standing Rock Reservation physically ran across the country (1800 miles) in protest, carrying a petition w/ over 140,000 signatures, and met with the white house. NOW these kids, members of indigenous tribes around the nation, and their allies, are standing in front of massive equipment, using their bodies to stop construction and putting their lives on the line to protect this water.

WHY IT MATTERS:

When that water gets contaminated by oil, it will be poisoned, essentially deadly, within the hour. It’ll effect anyone in any community along the river or connecting rivers in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois. More people than we can fathom will lose access to clean water, and it’ll happen quickly. These kids are fighting for our access to clean water, too.

What happened in Flint could have been avoided if we had known about it. This time we have a shot.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

This is a big list of things we can do. Sharing info, donating funds, sending supplies… We all have different abilities and means so here are a number of ways you can help.

SIGN AND SHARE THIS PETITION: bit.ly/SacredStonePetition
  - This is the official White House petition, their original Change.org petition has over 200k signatures, since this one is 

CHANGE.ORG PETITION: bit.ly/SacredStoneChangeOrg 
  - Sign and share, the more numbers the better and they will keep you updated via the petition, let u know what’s going on at Sacred Stone and ways you can help as the fight continues. 

DONATE TO THE CAUSE:

To donate thru GoFundMe: bit.ly/SacredStoneFund

To donate to camp using paypal: bit.ly/SacredStonePaypalFund

To donate to legal defense fund: bit.ly/SacredStoneLegal

If you cannot donate, consider sharing these links in case someone in your circle has the cash, but doesn’t know about this yet!

SEND SUPPLIES:

To send / drop off Supplies: 202 Main Street Fort Yates, ND 58538

Full list of supplies needed: bit.ly/SacredStoneSupplies

Some examples of supplies needed: canned food, cookware, toilet paper, diapers, reusable plates & utensils, tents, solar powered gear, flashlights, blankets, water jugs.

PHYSICALLY SHOW UP:

If you want to join in ND, and use your body or talents to bring support, sign up here: bit.ly/SacredStoneCampVolunteer

If you’ve got access to a boat and can be in ND by August 20th: bit.ly/SacredStoneWater

FOLLOW THE STORY:

Follow on Facebook: bit.ly/SacredStoneFB

Follow the Standing Rock kids on Twitter: twitter.com/rezpectourwater

Follow the Standing Rock kids on IG: instagram.com/rezpectourwater/

Standing in solidarity with Standing Rock and the struggle to stop the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline. 

The DAPL is a proposed crude pipeline which crosses treaty territories, threatening the Missouri River, impacting immediately Cannonball, North Dakota of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. We have created this poster to amplify the message of the water protectors and land defenders. We are selling a limited number of posters so we can fundraise resources to buy more paper and ink to produce more posters for distribution in the Bay Area as well as sending hundreds of posters out to Standing Rock.

Please prioritize sending financial support the Sacred Stone Camp from the Standing Sioux Tribe. You can donate to the camp fund at https://www.gofundme.com/sacredstonecamp 

There is also a legal fund they are asking for donations for https://fundrazr.com/d19fAf

Via Melanie Cervantes

We have to be here,“ David Archambault II, the chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, who was arrested at the [pipeline] site last week, said in a statement. "We have to stand and protect ourselves and those who cannot speak for themselves.
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Native American Pipeline Protest Halts Construction in N. Dakota

This is still important. Let’s stand with our Indigenous brothers and sisters against the Dakota Access Pipeline: change.org/rezpectourwater

countercurrentnews.com
Gov Orders Police To Cut Water Supply To Native Americans As Pipeline Protesters Skyrocket In Number
Thousands join protest camp as supporters are holding a rally in Washington D.C. on Wednesday outside of Army Corps hearing. Growing in number and spirit, the Standing Rock Sioux protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline is swiftly gaining strength ahead of a federal hearing on the controversial project. Support has spread across the country, and thousands have descended on the peaceful "prayer ...
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Dakota Access Pipeline Standoff: Mni Wiconi, Water is Life
Dakota Access pipeline: More than a dozen arrested, including Standing Rock Sioux Chairman David Archambault II, as protests heat up.

Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners will build, own and operate the proposed $3.78 billion Dakota Access Pipeline and plans to transport up to 570,000 barrels of crude oil fracked from the Bakken oil fields across four states to a market hub in Illinois. The pipeline—already facing widespread opposition by a coalition of farmers, ranchers and environmental groups—will cross 209 rivers, creeks and tributaries, according to Dakota Access, LLC.

Standing Rock Sioux leaders say the pipeline will threaten the Missouri River, the tribe’s main source of drinking and irrigation water, and forever destroy burial grounds and sacred sites.

“We don’t want this black snake within our Treaty boundaries,” said Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II. “We need to stop this pipeline that threatens our water. We have said repeatedly we don’t want it here. We want the Army Corps to honor the same rights and protections that were afforded to others, rights we were never afforded when it comes to our territories. We demand the pipeline be stopped and kept off our Treaty boundaries.”

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“We have a serious obligation, a core responsibility to our people and to our children, to protect our source of water,” he said. “Our people will receive no benefits from this pipeline, yet we are paying the ultimate price for it with our water. We will not stop asking the federal government and Army Corps to end their attacks on our water and our people.”

The proposed construction route is within a half-mile of the tribe’s reservation border, sparking concerns for protection of cultural resources that remain with the land. Hunkpapa religious and cultural sites are situated along the route of the pipeline, including burial sites of ancestors.

Rich oil companies are endangering the drinking water of 12 Million people, especially those on reservations, and violating Native rights, treaties, and sacred sites.

Located just west of the Sacred Stone Camp is the Sicangu Lakota Wicoti (Burnt Thigh Camp) in Standing Rock. Across the river are camps of the Oceti Sakowin and tribes from throughout the continent.

On the morning of August 20th, people of Sicangu Lakota Wicoti and other camps placed their canoes onto the water for the Mni Wiconi Canoe Journey. Paddling from Inyan Ki Wakagapi to Mnisose, Missouri, they would face the Dakota Access Pipeline in order to protect water for future generations. Upon return, women of Sicangu Lakota Wicoti sang the canoes in.

Below, standing at the bank of Inyan Ki Wakagapi, Cannon Ball River, members of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe held the flag high in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in putting an end to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Students of Sinte Gleska University, grandfathers, grandmothers, sons, and daughters are continuously traveling back and forth to this peaceful setting in support of their relatives.

nativenewsonline.net
North Dakota Authorities Pull Water from Protest Camp: Won’t Allow Portable Toilets to be Emptied
Photo from Facebook Published August 23, 2016 CANNON BALL, NORTH DAKOTA — In an attempt to “break up” the camp, the State of North Dakota on Monday removed the water tanks of drin…

State sanctioned violence. Proof of the very cause our people are protesting. They dont see Natives as human or deserving of water, a human right. 

In many ways, whether you’re seeing it as the people you should listen to the most because they have been the most downtrodden in our society, or it’s the people we should listen to because they are the human beings who are actually original to the land that we live on, it means the same thing: We, as a society at large, have been completely disregarding [Native Americans], and that now threatens all of our lives.

How biased is the media you have access to?  Have you heard much about the DAPL?

I don’t have television, so I have no idea what is playing on the news.  I do know, however, that Google News has only articles from more obscure sources about DAPL and none of them are coming up as headlines.  Compare that to my social media feed, filled with articles and posts shared by my largely Native friend base, and you can see how little important Native news makes it into mainstream media.

People are being arrested.
The popular video being shared today is from AJ+ and shows peaceful protestors being arrested.  In one clip, a man who is walking away in a field is grabbed from behind and slammed to the ground as an officer handcuffs him.

DAPL is suing.
The energy company is claiming endangerment of its workers and a risk to its permits for delay in constructing its water crossings.  Ironically, the protestors are claiming endangerment of their lives should the construction continue, adding to the sentiment the pipeline is causing amongst the Standing Rock people: “Is an entire people expendable?”  The methods used to seek approval for construction of the pipeline are called into question.

More and more people are showing up.
I have a number of friends packing up their cars from Indiana to Idaho, ready to drive to North Dakota and risk arrest for the cause.  Shailene Woodley, Divergent actress, is already on-site defending alongside the Sioux.  Read her Twitter feed here.

30 youth just ran 2,000 miles.
They delivered a petition with 160,000 signatures to stop the pipeline to Washington.  They began on foot from North Dakota.

Protestors are asking for support.

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The Cheyenne River Sioux stands in solidarity with Standing Rock.
This letter was written to Washington on behalf of the cause:

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Furthermore, transportation was provided for protestors:

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The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe are also backing up the Standing Sioux.

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Salish Sea Bio Region members are raising funds to support the Native groups.
They plan to travel from Washington to North Dakota to stand in support of defending land and water rights.  Their fundraiser is located here.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out as more people are planning to make the trip to North Dakota.  I just hope my friends stay safe; the Dakotas are not exactly known for polite police officers when it comes to Native peoples.

DAPL intensifies. How biased is the media you have access to?  Have you heard much about the DAPL?
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Dakota Access Pipeline Standoff: Mni Wiconi, Water is Life
If you've heard any rumblings about the protests going on in South Dakota and wondered what is that all about, this is a great article to help fill you in on what's happening.

It’s a long read, but well worth your time. Here’s why:

“Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners will build, own and operate the proposed $3.78 billion Dakota Access Pipeline and plans to transport up to 570,000 barrels of crude oil fracked from the Bakken oil fields across four states to a market hub in Illinois. The pipeline—already facing widespread opposition by a coalition of farmers, ranchers and environmental groups—will cross 209 rivers, creeks and tributaries, according to Dakota Access, LLC.”

And this:

“We have a serious obligation, a core responsibility to our people and to our children, to protect our source of water,” he [Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman David Archambault II] said. “Our people will receive no benefits from this pipeline, yet we are paying the ultimate price for it with our water. We will not stop asking the federal government and Army Corps to end their attacks on our water and our people.”

And ain’t this some shit:

“According to the recently filed “motion for preliminary injunction” by the SRST, Dakota Access initially considered two possible routes: a northern route near Bismarck, and a southern route taking the pipeline to the border of the Standing Rock reservation. Federal law requires the Army Corps to review and deny or grant the company’s permit applications to construct the pipeline. The southern route takes the pipeline across the Missouri River and Lake Oahe, implicating lands and water under federal jurisdiction.

In the initial environmental assessment, the maps utilized by Dakota Access and the Army Corps did not indicate that SRST’s lands were close to the proposed Lake Oahe crossing. The company selected this route because the northern route “would be near and could jeopardize the drinking water of the residents in the city of Bismarck.””

Don’t let this become another Flint, Michigan. If you can’t get involved, at least be aware of what’s happening. Not because of some celebrity. But because the battles we fight today will determine what we have left tomorrow.

Originally posted by biodiverseed

Update on current protest ongoing against Dakota Access Pipeline in Standing Rock.

Word is going around that Dakota Access workers have unearthed remains. Chairman Archambault of the SRST just was arrested after human remains were found at excavation site. Natives warned them that this would happen while they chose to continue in violation of treaties/federal law. 
This is what Natives mean when we say Environmental violence is violence upon our bodies. The state sanctioned violence which allows oil to harm the people’s health, the violation of consent and police arrest of those protesting pipe line. The desecration of our relative’s remains (post mortem violence),, Invasion of Native land, resources, is also an attack upon our psyches and spirituality. The cycle of genocide continues.

!IMPORTANT!PLEASE READ!

Look guys, I never said much about it until now, but I, and countless others in my area and areas around us, are in serious dire straits right about now. 

I am a member of the Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe, on the Pine Ridge Native American Reservation. You may or may have not heard by now, but there is a pipeline that has been proposed to be built across North and South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois. The Missouri river is a major lifeline for our people, and for the people across the Reservations around us. The Standing Rock Reservation is on the Border of North and South Dakota, and right now there are people there trying to lay down the pipeline that would transport gallons upon gallons of toxic crude oil across the country.

We are in danger because all pipelines leak, as we learned in the past. It is not a matter of if, but when. If this pipeline leaks into our river, everyone is danger. Not just my reservation, not just the Standing rock Reservation, EVERYONE. 

The Missouri river Branches off into countless rivers, and those branch off even more. Should there ever be a spill we would be forced to leave or worse, to stay there and live off the toxic water. 

People from all over my reservation have already gone up there to stand against the white man trying to continue construction, and are doing it PEACEFULLY. Yet those white men continue to hide behind guns, ‘fearing’ us because we are standing up for our water. 

The media is doing a poor job of spreading this news because they don’t care. 

“Please stand with Standing Rock by issuing proclamations, resolutions, and/or letters of support, which may be e-mailed to Steve Sitting Bear at ssittingbear@standingrock.org. More details of our fight are available atwww.standingrock.org and also at www.rezpectourwater.com.

Back ground information on the Dakota Access Pipeline”

Mni Wiconi. Water is sacred. Life is sacred. 

Please don’t ignore what’s happening right now. 

Lakota fighting oil expansion

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Native Sioux Arrested

For blocking gate leading to the sacred land they intend to expand on.

Fellow nation support letter

Choice words written with this photo

Dakota Acess Pipeline needs to be stopped. If you can spare the time to come down, help would be apreciated. Otherwise, thoughts and prayers. Talk about it with everyone you know, write letters you government officials. Make this know. Media won’t cover our story, so its our responisbilty to make sure everyone knows. This is the new age genocide. They don’t care about our water, they don’t care about us. Please help spread awareness and stop DAPL!!!

Voluntary arrest

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Young girl accepted fruit snacks as did several other kids. It turned into classon sage as they followed the woman around.

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The pipeline was originally supposed to go through Bismarck but was deemed too much of a risk. Just shows how Natives are viewed as disposable to then insist on pushing it through Native land and water.

Bismarck was called out in the past for this anti Native display during their annual autumnfest parade. (As pictured above) I just would like to reiterate the ways appropriation is in fact linked to the larger issues, as it is a reflection of dominant culture and societal values. The fetishization of Native extinction/antiquity tropes, “playing Indian” is about more than simply wanting to dress up, it is an assertion of conquest. Whether it is enacted through an subconscious projection or overt act which seeks to assert dominance to claim, demean, strip the meaning from marginalized cultures. The overall message it sends is that it’s okay to steal from Indigenous ppls, to violate consent and ultimately dehumanize Natives.
These attitudes enable settler colonialism, one of the pillars of the larger system of oppression. Settlers and corporations then can ignore exploitation of Native resources or even make it justifiable.

You do not have to be cognizant if colonialism to participate within the system either. If anything this is what the education system, pop culture, media socializes many people into, therefore when it’s so normalized of course you may not even be aware that it’s occurring. As a Native who grew up on the east coast I would say this is more the issue of dominant culture and their perceptions of Natives, that interactions are more rooted in subtle forms of erasure. Whereas the Midwest is rampant with “old school” views of Natives rooted in Racist views passed down through settler descendent’s. (Because the establishment of the Midwest could only be justified through demonization of Natives )
Overall the point I’m trying to make is: don’t demonize Natives on how to address “small/larger issues” and pretend the ways these issues are connected don’t exist. Everywhere there is environmental injustice or other acts of exploitation, you will find those involved upholding Anti Native sentiments. Or with those complicit in partaking in these behaviors, will stand idly by and allow exploitation to happen in the name of “progress” for the privileged. The dehumanization, objectification and erasure of Natives normalized in “traditions” and day to day interactions, are what makes colonial acts of Injustice like Dakota Access pipeline easy for oppressors to force upon Natives and justify.

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You walk around as though you’re in a country that hasn’t been at war since it was founded and stolen. You log into Facebook, go through the drive-thru, watch Netflix, porn, manufactured news programs, but not once do you consider the Indigenous peoples whose land you occupy. And now the colonizers are once again coming to desecrate sacred Indigenous land. We must be louder than ever through ceremony, through art, through protest, creating awareness, and whatever form empowers you to crawl out of your comfortable lives and stand alongside Indigenous Resistance. Stop making excuses and get on board!

#NODAPL #NoColonizers
#STANDwithSTANDINGROCK #RezpectOurWater

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