Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Navajo Nation to Standing Rock 'Continue to Fight the Good Fight'



PRESIDENT BEGAYE AND VICE PRESIDENT NEZ STAND IN SUPPORT OF STANDING ROCK SIOUX TRIBE OPPOSING THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE
AUGUST 23, 2016
WINDOW ROCK-Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez issued a letter today supporting the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The Standing Rock Sioux have been fighting the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, which is proposed to be built under the Missouri River on Treaty lands a half-mile from their reservation. According to the Standing Rock Sioux, their water supply is being threatened by the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline.
“We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe as they defend the encroachment of potential environmental disasters along their traditional border,” President Begaye said.
Native American tribes are constantly fighting to protect the sanctity of their natural resources and tribal territories.
Often this includes opposing the development of natural resource industries or construction developments that are proposed near or adjacent to sacred tribal lands.  It also includes protecting the purity of water sources and opposing the mining of caustic or radioactive elements.
“Time and again, Native American tribes have faced encroaching development upon tribal lands from industry and the federal government. Industrial interests have damaged Indian lands and left tribes with the legacy of cleaning up,” Vice President Nez said. “From uranium mining to the recent Gold King Mine spill and Dakota Access Pipeline, these issues continue.”
In this day and age, the need for tribes to band together is critical in uniting against outside interests. It shows the government and corporations that Native Americans are serious when it comes to defending their lands and resources.
“In defending their traditional homeland against development that could potentially harm their lands and the purity of their natural resources, the Navajo Nation stands in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe,” President Begaye said.
The letter, which is addressed to Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II, pledges water and other necessities to assist those who are present in the formal resistance and opposition of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Listen: Mekasi Camp Horinek on Standing Rock Resistance Radio


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Listen to Mekasi Camp Horinek, Ponca
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CANNON BALL, N.D. -- In Standing Rock camp, Mekasi Camp Horinek, Ponca, speaks to the water protectors about how the water defense of the Missouri River began, when Dakota Access Pipeline construction began.
The people decided to sacrifice for the water.
"We decided some of us would sacrifice, and be arrested that day." "We are not going to allow them to oppress us anymore. We have children."
"Prayer and sacrifice."
Mekasi said, "Elders would tell me, 'I want to get arrested today.' He said he has never seen elected leaders want to get arrested with the people, like Standing Rock Chairman Dave Archambault and Councilman Dana Yellow Fat did.
He said there were no pipe bombs or weapons like police have claimed. The elders kept them centered in prayer and ceremony.
"This isn't just a Native issue, it is a human rights issue."
"This is no longer a camp. It is a village."
"We don't need weapons, we don't need pipe bombs."
The American Indian Movement had a lot to do with the spiritual awakening of the people, he said.
His uncle, Carter Camp, Ponca, was a cofounder of the American Indian Movement.
The Seven Council Fires are back together.
The Sacred Lodge is back up.
The traditional governing system is back in place.
"I don't want anyone to get hurt, but we have to stand our ground."
"Strong hearts to the front."


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Repression and Media Manipulation at Standing Rock Camp

Federal and state agents repress, and media manipulates facts, endangering Native Americans at Standing Rock camp

By Brenda Norrell

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CANNON BALL, North Dakota -- Thousands of Native Americans gathered to protect the Missouri River from the Dakota Access Pipeline now face aggressive state repression and media manipulation. Outrageous claims by the State of North Dakota and police, and media manipulation, is now endangering those camped at Standing Rock with the Dakotas and Lakotas.
Native Americans at Sacred Stones Camp said that Governor Jack Dalrymple declared a State of Emergency in order to make additional state resources available to “manage public safety risks associated with the protest," Native Americans said in a group statement.
Dalrymple has complained of “outside agitators” responsible for “hundreds of criminal acts,” and called on federal officials to help.
However, LaDonna Allard, director of the Camp of the Sacred Stones, says, “The gathering here remains 100 percent peaceful and ceremonial, as it has from day one. We are standing together in prayer. No firearms or weapons are allowed."
"Why is a gathering of Indians so inherently threatening and frightening to some people?” Allard said.
Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier last week announced outrageous, unsubstantiated claims of “pipe bombs” and gun violence at the protest site. Sheriff Kyle’s unsubstantiated claims has led people to fear for their safety.
The ACLU of North Dakota states that the current roadblock south of Mandan, North Dakota, is a violation of free speech and violates rights.
The ACLU said, "Peaceful protest is at the core of the First Amendment and restrictions to such activity, such as the closing of highways with the effect of preventing assembly or effective messaging of protesters, should be viewed skeptically. Law enforcement agents have a duty to ensure that the rights of protesters are protected, not just the rights of corporations."
The unsubstantiated claims include allegations of “laser strikes” at planes overhead.
However, Native Americans continue their defense of the Missouri River in ceremony and prayer.
“We, the Indigenous defenders of the land and water within the traditional treaty lands of the Oceti Sakowin, make an urgent appeal to the international community to assist us in facing a human rights crisis. Dakota Access is trying to put a crude oil pipeline under the Missouri River. This is a dire threat to the drinking water and future generations of the Oceti Sakowin who have lived here for generations,” Native Americans said in the group statement.
With an urgent call for help, the legal team in the Standing Rock camp has issued a call for international observers to be present.
“For the past few days there has been unidentified aircraft circling the camp and we've been surrounded by federal and state police. We believe the elders, women and children present at this peaceful assembly could be under threat and in danger of imminent harm and possible violence from state and federal police (including Homeland Security) as well as private security. The Governor of North Dakota has issued a state of emergency and closed roads and restricted freedom of movement. We are unarmed.  We do not have cell phone service or wifi.  We are unable to communicate and document for the world community this peaceful assembly.”
“We are committed to peaceful defense of our water and our territory.
“We urgently seek national and international human rights observers to come.  We need United Nations' rapporteurs, NGOs (especially Indigenous NGOs), and Churches, to be aware of the rapidly escalating dangers facing this peaceful gathering. Please come and bear witness.”
From their teepees, Oyate at Red Warrior Camp of Owe Aku International Justice Project point out that Dakota Access Pipeline is violating the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which states Indigenous Peoples are to give "free, prior and informed consent" before destructive development enters their territories.
A campaign of divestment, boycott and sanctions is underway of those investing in the Dakota Access Pipeline, including Enbridge of Calgary, Alberta, Marathon and Phillips 66.

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Urgent Appeal for International Observers - Standing Rock!



Urgent Appeal for International Observers
Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance,
Standing Rock North Dakota



Contact:

Joseph White Eyes 605-230-0812
jwhiteeyes62@gmail.com

Michelle Cook 914-334-0888
cookmichelle7@gmail.com

Carolyn Raffensperger 515-450-2320
raffenspergerc@cs.com

We, the Indigenous defenders of the land and water within the traditional treaty lands of the Oceti Sakowin, make an urgent appeal to the international community to assist us in facing a human rights crisis.  Dakota Access is trying to put a crude oil pipeline under the Missouri River.  This is a dire threat to the drinking water and future generations of the Oceti Sakowin who have lived here for generations.

For the past few days there has been unidentified air-craft circling the camp and we've been surrounded by federal and state police.  We believe the elders, women and children present at this peaceful assembly could be under threat and in danger of imminent harm and possible violence from state and federal police (including Homeland Security) as well as private security. The Governor of North Dakota has issued a state of emergency and closed roads and restricted freedom of movement. We are unarmed.  We do not have cell phone service or wifi.  We are unable to communicate and document for the world community this peaceful assembly.

We are committed to peaceful defense of our water and our territory.

We urgently seek national and international human rights observers to come.  We need United Nations' rapporteurs, NGOs (especially Indigneous NGOs), and Churches, to be aware of the rapidly escalating dangers facing this peaceful gathering. Please come and bear witness.

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Children at the River brings Trauma and Memories







Photos copyright John Heminger, Sisseton Oyate
Children at the River Brings Memories of Trauma and Fleeing
By John Heminger

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At the request of mothers, Censored News has removed the photos of children.

CANNON BALL, North Dakota -- When they took the children to the river, searching for an escape route as a drill in case the military invades the Standing Rock camp, the memories it evoked were overwhelming.

"These are the saddest pictures I have ever taken," said Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate photographer John Heminger.

"These are pictures of the children from many tribes who have gathered at Oceti Sakowin Camp at Standing Rock Sioux Tribe."

"Today they had a practice drill of getting the children to the river at the narrowest point of the Cannon Ball River to try to find a shallow enough place for the children to cross in case the National Guard use military force to remove the people.

"The men in the picture volunteered themselves to swim the river to check the depth of the river at places up and down the river and to feel with their feet of any underwater trees or obstructions."

Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Cheyenne River Lakota, Itazipo/Mnicoujou and Oglala, was among those who were re-traumatized.

"The story so old. We used to run from the white social workers when they came to our houses when we were little ones. It was a reaction from when we used to run from the Calvary," said Ghosthorse, national radio host of First Voices Indigenous Radio.

Thousands of Native Americans are gathered at the Standing Rock camp in North Dakota to defend the Missouri River from the Dakota Access Pipeline. It is a non-violent spiritual camp for the defense of the water for future generations.


Censored News first consulted with Oyate in camp and members of Standing Rock community before publishing this sensitive article, due to the re-traumatization this trip to the river with the children has created in those who were there, and their memories of fleeing, and the memories of the stories of their ancestors fleeing.

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