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.
Over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, indigenous-led resistance to pipelines continued all across Turtle Island.
#NoDAPL #TwoRiversCamp #NoTPPL #NoCTPL #StopSabalTrail #StopETP #ArkansasRising #StopDiamondPipeline
According to a counter on DefundDAPL.org, individuals have pulled over $40.5 million from the banks that back the Dakota Access Pipeline. 2017 is off to a good start! #DefundDAPL #NoDAPL #WaterIsLife #MniWiconi
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 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!
Sitting Bull is known by the whole world. What did Sitting Bull stand for? Resistance. Who did Sitting Bull stand for? His people. Why was this important? Because Sitting Bull understood who he was, who his people were, and where he belonged in this world. Just as Sitting Bull did, we continue to stand. #NoDAPL
Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II, today issued a proclamation in support of water protectors for its continued civil rights abuses and excessive law enforcement against peaceful water protectors.
December is a Global Month of #NoDAPL Action. Join us to target the banks funding Dakota Access Pipeline and the Sheriff Departments that have been brutalizing peaceful water protectors.
Hundreds of water protectors were injured at the Standing Rock encampments when law enforcement blasted them with water cannons in freezing temperatures Sunday evening. The attacks came as water protectors used a semi-truck to remove burnt military vehicles that police had chained to concrete barriers weeks ago, blocking traffic on Highway 1806. Water protectors’ efforts to clear the road and improve access to the camp for emergency services were met with tear gas, an LRAD (Long Range Acoustic Device), stinger grenades, rubber bullets, and indiscriminate use of a water cannon with an air temperature of 26 degrees Fahrenheit.
On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, just hours after the arrival of the drill at Standing Rock, Dakota Access LLC filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers for delaying its decision on the last required easement. This desperation comes from the company’s January 1, 2017 deadline for completing the project. Dakota Access has previously told the District Court that if they are not delivering oil by January 1, their shipper contracts will expire and the project will be in jeopardy. A new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, and issued just as the company’s lawsuit was being filed on Wednesday, confirmed these weaknesses in the financing of the project and questioned its entire economic rationale.
On Thursday, November 17, the largest bank in Norway, DNB Bank, announced that it would sell its assets in the project, in response to a groundswell of popular pressure asking them to divest. They have yet to withdraw their loans from the project, which make up a substantial portion of the overall project financing, but have said they are considering doing so.
The project is clearly in financial jeopardy! #NoDAPL
Today the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a statement offering to consult with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe about ways to proceed with the Lake Oahe crossing. While this is a step in the right direction, this ignores the demands made by the tribes, the grassroots encampment, countless allied environmental organizations, and millions of people standing in solidarity across the globe.
On Wednesday, November 2, law enforcement desecrated the burial grounds of Alma Parkin and Matilda Galpin, the indigenous women who once owned the Cannonball Ranch. As water protectors held a water ceremony, snipers shot at them from armored vehicles parked around the tree marking the graves.
Last month, spirit rider Mason Redwing was charged with felony reckless endangerment of law enforcement and a felony count of terrorizing law enforcement after he allegedly rode his horse towards a police line. On Tuesday, Judge Romanick found no probable cause and dismissed all charges against Redwing.
On Saturday, hundreds of water protectors from different nations were met with violence by militarized police in riot gear, and approximately 141 were arrested. Four protectors locked themselves to a disabled car at an active construction site, stopping construction for approximately 7 hours.
This morning, at approximately 8am central, water protectors took back unceded territory affirmed in the 1851 Treaty of Ft. Laramie as sovereign land under the control of the Oceti Sakowin, erecting a frontline camp of several structures and tipis on Dakota Access property, just east of ND state highway 1806. This new established camp is 2.5 miles north of the Cannon Ball River, directly on the proposed path of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). This site is directly across the road from where DAPL security dogs attacked water protectors on September 3rd.
Dozens of water protectors shut down construction at several Dakota Access construction sites two days in a row as oral arguments for a preliminary injunction appeal to halt construction were heard by the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
North Dakota continues to escalate repression of the people protecting sacred sites and waters from the Dakota Access Pipeline. Today, two more felony charges were sought for water protectors, including Dale "Happi" American Horse, the first person to lock to lock his body to active Dakota Access Pipeline construction equipment.
Today Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman David Archambault II addressed the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, to build international opposition to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline near the reservation.
Today a federal judge dissolved the Temporary Restraining Order sought by Dakota Access against Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II and other water protectors including "Jane and John Doe".
Today, U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg denied the preliminary injunction request by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to cease construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Soon after, the Department of Justice, the Department of the Army, and the Department of the Interior issued a joint statement that halts construction at the contentious Missouri river crossing.
Thousands continue to gather despite deployment of the National Guard near the encampments resisting the Dakota Access pipeline on and near the Standing Rock Reservation.
Photo by Rob Wilson
Canoe Families from the Salish Sea haved joined paddlers from the Sacred Stone Camp for a spiritual journey down the Missouri River on September 7th and 8th, 2016 in support of Standing Rock Sioux relatives protecting their sacred lands and waters against the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline.
U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg granted a temporary restraining order to cease construction and further desecration of some but not all recently surveyed sacred sites. Water protectors took matters into their own hands and stopped active construction on County Road 135 when two people locked themselves to heavy equipment.
On the 153rd anniversary of the White Stone Hill Massacre of over 300 Dakota men, women, and children, the Dakota Access company’s private security provoked an altercation with protectors of sacred sites west of Highway 1806.
Photo by Brent Gate @photosbygates
Water protectors halted work for 7 hours by locking their bodies to construction equipment on a worksite south of Mandan, North Dakota.
We are a grassroots coalition of tribal members, landowners, and environmental organizations who stand united in opposition to these permits and the process by which the USACE granted them. This rubber stamp approval undermines the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, as well as federal trust responsibilities guaranteed in the 1851 and 1868 United States treaties with the L/D/Nakota tribes, which remain the supreme law of the land.
Canadian pipeline giant Enbridge announced that, along with Marathon Petroleum, it will make a significant investment in the Bakken Pipeline System, including the controversial Dakota Access pipeline. As part of their statement, Enbridge also noted that, “Upon successful closing of the transaction, EEP and Marathon Petroleum plan to terminate their transportation services and joint venture agreements for the Sandpiper Pipeline Project.”
As the ND State Legislature begins its special session on August 2, 2016, the Camp of the Sacred Stones invites allies from Bismarck and beyond to join a 3-days of prayer, and discussion on the State Capitol grounds to demonstrate resistance to the Dakota Access pipeline and move forward the discussion of just transitions to sustainable energy.
Photo by M Sorensen
On April 1st, 2016, tribal citizens of the Standing Rock Lakota Nation and ally Lakota, Nakota, & Dakota citizens, under the group name “Chante tin’sa kinanzi Po” will have a Horse Ride to celebrate the founding of a Spirit Camp that will be erected along the proposed route of the bakken oil pipeline, Dakota Access. This camp will be called Iŋyaŋ Wakȟáŋaǧapi Othí, translated asSacred Rock, the original name of the Cannonball area. The Spirit Camp is dedicated to stopping and raising awareness of the Dakota Access pipeline, the dangers associated with pipeline spills and the necessity to protect the water resources of the Missouri river.