10 Arrested as Forced Evictions Begin at Standing Rock Camps

Today, February 22, the Oceti Oyate camp, formerly known as Oceti Sakowin, as well as all other camps on treaty land claimed by the US Army Corps, were ordered to evacuate by 2pm.

Ten unarmed water protectors were arrested today and one was badly injured in a violent crackdown. Several of those arrested were journalists and legal observers, clearly targeted for their role in documenting police violence and rights violations. 

Another water protector was tazed by Bureau of Indian Affair agents in the lobby of the Prairie Knights Casino.

Hundreds flocked back to Standing Rock to pray as the company resumed drilling under the Missouri River following the granting of the final easement by the US Army Corps on February 7th.

Fires kept law enforcement from entering the camps, but they continue to build presence at Standing Rock, preparing to forcibly remove water protectors from unceded territory affirmed in the 1851 and 1868 Ft. Laramie Treaties as sovereign land of the Great Sioux Nation. A contingent of nearly two dozen National Park Service rangers and U.S. Park Police officers arrived at the request of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe with tactical gear ranging from gas masks and riot gear to rifles, protective vests, and night vision goggles.

The Sacred Stone Camp is standing ground, but raids on the remaining camps could happen at any moment.

If you witnessed an arrest today at Standing Rock, are arrested, or are concerned about the possible arrest of a relative or loved one, please call the legal jail support line: 605.519.8180.

With law enforcement preparing to advance, the legal teams are standing by (Freshet Collective and Water Protector Legal Collective - www.waterprotectorlegal.org) and will continue to work around the clock to support and stand in solidarity with water protectors.

Over 700 water protectors are now fighting criminal cases, and North Dakota is handing down convictions.  Six people face federal charges, which carry sentences of up to 15 years.  At least one grand jury is active and issuing indictments.  Federal agents are knocking on doors at the homes of water protectors and their families.  Meanwhile, reactionary legislation targeting water protectors continues to advance through the North Dakota House and Senate. The legal defense of those needing support is going to take a long time, possibly years, and will be very expensive.  Although our fundraising has been significant, we likely do not have sufficient resources to meet water protectors’ legal needs.  Please support our work at www.fundrazr.com/sacredstone.

For more information about the legal defense effort and transparent accounting of how the money is being used, please visit freshetcollective.org.  We are very grateful for your support.

Photo by Rob Wilson

Photo by Rob Wilson

This Is The #NoDAPL Last Stand

This Is The #NoDAPL Last Stand

 Today, Tuesday February 7, the US Army Corps gave notice of intent to grant the final easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross the Mni Sose (Missouri River). The Indigenous Coalition at Standing Rock is calling for February 8th to be an international day of emergency actions to disrupt business as usual and unleash a global intersectional resistance to fossil fuels and fascism.

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

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

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 risking more than they understand. 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. We have no choice but to break the cycle of trauma so our future generations can have a better life. 

Four Major #NoDAPL Legal Developments As Clashes Continue

Four Major #NoDAPL Legal Developments As Clashes Continue

 Today saw four significant legal developments in the Dakota Access Pipeline campaign as rubber bullets and tear gas rains on water protectors in Standing Rock: 1) Judge Boesberg denied DAPL's request for a Temporary Restraining Order, which sought to block the process for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). 2) the Army Corps of Engineers officially published a notice of intent to prepare a partial EIS. This is great news, except the proposed scope fails to include the entire length of the pipeline or downstream impacts of other tribes of the Great Sioux Nation. It is open to public comment through February 20. 3) The US Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s appeal for their preliminary injunction, declaring the case moot as construction is nearly complete. 4) The ND Supreme Court partially granted a petition allowing non-North Dakota licensed lawyers to more easily represent the more than 600 water protectors facing criminal charges.

#NoDAPL 

Standing Rock to the World: 10 Indigenous and Environmental Struggles You Can Support in 2017

Standing Rock to the World: 10 Indigenous and Environmental Struggles You Can Support in 2017

The Black Snake is not yet dead. Far from it. These are the next 10 Indigenous and environmental struggles you can support in 2017! 

#NoDAPL #TwoRiversCamp #NoTPPL #NoCTPL #BarriereLake #StopSabalTrail #StopLine3  #StopKM  #StopETP #WaterIsLifeCamp #SacredWaterCamp #StopSpectra#StopPilgrimPipeline #SplitRockCamp #NoLNG #ArkansasRising #StopDiamondPipeline #NoASPL #LancasterAgainstPipelines #NoMarinerEast #NoBayouBridge

 

Nordea, Standing Rock Needs Action, Not Ridicule #NordeaDivestDAPL

Nordea, Standing Rock Needs Action, Not Ridicule #NordeaDivestDAPL

Nordea bank is invested in the Dakota Access Pipeline. Sasja Beslik, the Head of Sustainable Finance at Nordea Wealth Management, (who used to work for BP Petroleum) is accusing water protectors of being hypocrites for criticizing the inescapable structures of society from within. His insult does not hold water, and Nordea should probably advise him that ridiculing indigenous people for being trapped in a world run by Big Oil is not a gracious way to move towards a greener future. Please tell them they need to fully divest from DAPL now: #NordeaDivestDAPL!