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11-27-16 ~ Charmian Wright… The last day I was at Standing Rock, we noticed that someone had anonymously left a bundle at the edge of the Crow Creek Spirit Riders’ camp. It was a green horse blanket, worn but in good shape. It had been meticulously mended and was still decorated with some chestnut horsehairs. A typed note with a photo had been carefully tucked into a ziplock bag and bundled with the blanket.
“…this blanket kept my beloved Appaloosa warm through the winters,” the note stated. “I lost her 5 years ago at the age of nine…it’s all I have left of her.”
“She was the bravest, kindest, most loyal mare I’ve ever known…I’ve never seen an animal with such a will to live. I feel that her blanket is infused with her spirit and that maybe some of her fight and determination can help one of your horses during your fight for our water and future.”
“…Parting with this blanket is difficult for me, as I feel I’m giving away the last bit of her I have. But your fight is more important…I’m giving you a piece of my heart.”
I handed the lovingly folded blanket to one of the Spirit Riders. He held the bundle close to his chest and stood quietly for a moment in the November North Dakota sunlight.
11-27-16 … Mike Davis
Dear Brothers & Sisters:
I think now is the time when each of us needs to stop and get ready for what may be our finest hour. There are many, many in camp now, with many more on the way. It has been estimated that over 3000 of my fellow veterans are enroute to offer aid, protection, food, supplies and anything in the way of support they can give. Some will be old, like myself, others young and carry the training of Iraq and Afghanistan warriors. All coming in peace and solidarity.
This will be my second trip to Standing Rock and many of the things I learned from the first trip will be invaluable to me now. I hope to return with a few of my Vietnam Veterans of America local Chapter members from Dallas, either way I am returning. I don’t know quite what to expect regarding the December 5th eviction notice placed on the camp by the Army Corp. of Engineers. To my knowledge, the Corp. doesn’t have an army. With the amount of police agencies pulling the plug on their officers participating at Standing Rock, I can’t fathom the thought of actual military troops being called in. That would definitely be the straw that broke the camel’s back. The entire country would be outraged to the extent it would be a true victory for Standing Rock.
I still can’t believe there is still a media blackout after all this time. What’s wrong with these organizations, are they that afraid of going against the tide of their owners, I would be finding me a new line of work. When Dec. 5th gets here, it will be very interesting to see what happenstances take place. I know our protectors will do the right thing, to stay in prayer and solidarity and peace . With winter coming on with it’s full force I have seen many new structures going up, I can’t imagine leaving on the 5th nor can anyone else. If you can’t make it to Standing Rock, there are many ways to help. Check out all of the agencies that are aiding the people of Standing Rock. There are a list of them on Facebook that are legitimate or you can find them on the internet. Seek out the ones that are legitimate that can provide you with factual information. They need any financial support you can offer, but don’t forget our Native American representatives that could also use our financial support too.
Don’t forget to keep calling police agencies that are giving support to the “black snake.” These are also listed on Facebook pages that are being posted. Keep calling the White House, your Congressmen and Senators and it couldn’t hurt to call Kelcy Warren’s office in Dallas, Energy Transfer Partners, Ltd. and express your displeasure forcefully, but please don’t make threats. That goes against the peaceful movement of this struggle. So brothers and sisters, keep praying and maintain good thoughts and plenty of love for ALL of our protectors and my prayers are with Sophia Wilanski and her severely injured arm and I hope I spelled her last name correctly. Once again, bless you all and keep the spirit of our “Mother Earth” alive !!!! With Peace and Love We CAN WIN this !!!!
11-27-16 Bill Portman…I wake up to my last full day at camp to my phone vibrating crazily by my side. My last post was approved and notification after notification come in with such positive energy. I read each and every one of them under my sleeping bag as not to wake my tent mates. It fuels and energizes me to start my day. The sun is shining though an opening in the tent. It’s a gorgeous sunny day here at Standing Rock. Many feel our ancestors are sending good weather as appreciation for the work being done. They are with us forever.
I didn’t witness any major protests today, it was quiet. The only sounds today were hammers, generators, drills and many people working as one to build shelters. We helped unload two trucks of materials today with others on the way. I heard one of the drivers tell a story that a hotel would not rent him a room because they were coming to Standing Rock. It saddens me that our fellow “Americans” do not support free speech and protecting water. I refuse to let that get me down. I have work to do. To the wood pile I go. It calls me.
We finished cutting and stacking the wood under sunny warm skies. When I arrive, I’m greeted with familiar and a few fresh faces. Our little lumberjack is present again sporting his axe. This boy sure loves to split wood. He stayed all day and loved to talk with everyone. He made me hopeful for today’s youth. Three young petite Midwestern women are chopping away as well. These were not burly girls but they knew how to swing a log splitter. I joke that they make me look like a whimp. They chuckle until I tell them to get back to chopping because I need more logs to pick up. I am told another truckload comes Saturday morning and I’m saddened because I can’t be here to help.
Later in the day, I hear that law enforcement surrounded Turtle Island with barbed wire, stole our bridge, and damaged our canoes throughout the night. This was in retaliation to a peaceful protest the day before. To this day I have no idea why they want to seize ancestral burial grounds. They stand with their weapons on top of our ancestors grave as we stand united and praying. Get off of our ancestors! This report makes me angry. I’m venting, I’m mad, I’m pissed, I’m everything but calm. I need to peace myself. I don’t want to show disrespect to my elders so I take a walk and try to reflect. I learn later that one of my native brothers snagged the barb wire from the other side of the river and pulled it into the water. I didn’t last long, the enemy fixed it but it gave me hope. I want to thank the warrior brother who I do not know for his bravery. Thank you brother, you have my respect.
During dinner I made it back to the Michigan kitchen. There, we shared soup, rice, and hotdogs. A young blond boy of about the age of four started playing a makeshift drum made from a pickled baloney jar and a milk crate for his seat. He is our young warrior and a future drummer. I tried to get video to share but I wanted to relish the moment while I could. His younger brother came to me as I sat and reached out his hands for me to pick him up. I don’t know this boy, never seen him before. It’s obvious he trusts me. I pick him up and put him on my knee. He says nothing and doesn’t answer my questions but I know what he is saying. We share a moment and then both boys ask me to peel them an orange and I do so happily and proud. My kids are older now and those few moments I had with them made me realize what we are here for. We are here for them. They are our future. We are here to fight for them! I’m filled with such retrospective thoughts on why I came. Thank you boys for reminding me of those reasons.
I hear there is an eviction notice and it terrifies me. I know we will not stand down. My tent mates have told me so and I know our determination. I fear for them. We are on public land held in trust for us but controlled by the Army Corps of Engineers. I still not sure how that works but I’m researching to get the truth. I worry people will be hurt and I am in pain knowing that I cannot be there to help on December 5. I hold onto hope knowing that 1,500 veterans are prepared to stand with us on December 4th. Thank you veterans. You’ve been sworn in to defend against the enemy and we are up against our own country and corporate greed. I know how difficult it is for you.
(Eviction Notice was a hoax)
To help me get through my fears I walk to the sacred fire this evening. It’s late, about 11:30pm. I am greeted by about a hundred or so of my sister’s and brothers listening to native prayer and songs. I’m going to admit something here that embarrasses me. I don’t pray. I don’t know how to. I was not raised in a religious family. I also was not raised in native tradition even though I am one. I need to say a prayer for my family who I will leave behind come tomorrow. A few younger friends I met on this journey come to me and I ask them what to do. They guide thier elder to take cedar, kneel, say my prayer and sprinkle it on the fire, so I do.
I find my place among the fire and I am nervous, my heart pounds faster. It’s a foreign feeling to me but I endure. I pray that we can come to a peaceful resolution. I pray for the safety of my brothers and sisters. I pray for a mild winter, I pray for our youth, I pray for clean water, and I pray that the younger generation of Native Americans can carry on with our beliefs. Finally, I pray for my direct family and to my mother and father who have walked on. I sprinkle the cedar into the fire and I now feel complete. I feel better, I am in peace once again. I have never realized the power of prayer until that moment. I can now rest for the evening. I wipe away a tear and head back to my slumber. Tomorrow I must leave, I must rest now. Goodnight all for tomorrow is another day. My journey home begins.
11-27-16 ~ Cheyenne Tiera …. UPDATE ON OUR VETERANS: now estimated to be over 3,000.
Unarmed and committed to non-violent resistance, they are extremely well organized, will be housed in a gymnasium, and are UNIFIED on behalf of Mother Earth and Water Protectors.
I’m so proud of them, especially my friend Linda who is going up with a group of New Mexico Veterans in just a few days.
Pls send them your prayers. They are expecting to be arrested, shot at, etc.
11-27-16 ~ Dave Archambault II, the chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Trib…The way of the Peacemaker, take heed of this critical message: “It’s easy for different environmentalists, different people to come, and they have their own agendas. There’s no way that we can keep everybody focused on the same thing. It’s all about being prayerful and peaceful. It’s not about a confrontation. We started this to protect our water. We were told by our youth, by our elders, and by the spirits that if you fight this with prayer and peace you will defeat it. But if you use violence, natural law’s going to take over and it’s going to go underneath this river, and it’s going to threaten the water.”
11-26-16 ~ Sam Deering… Three years ago I took off my Navy uniform and told myself that I would never put it back on. I decided I wanted to live peacefully, and do what I could to allow the same for those around me. But now the day has come to put that kit back on, and head to Cannonball, North Dakota, and stand between the water protectors and the police, working illegally to protect the Energy Transfer Partners drilling of the Missouri River. Watching events unfold around the Dakota Access Pipeline has been mortifying and humiliating, and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t scared.
If it sounds like I’m looking for public approval, or an ego boost, or just a bunch of likes and comments; I am. The notion of putting my uniform back on, just to face off with other uniformed Americans looking to do me harm is honestly terrifying. The actions of the police from around the country who have answered the call of ETP, and other private interests like them, to stop the people from demonstrating or disturbing progress is terrible. But the media and public silence on the gross violation of human rights, treaty rights, and our environment is what truly disturbs me.
I’m going to Cannonball with the group, Veterans Stand for Standing Rock, from December 4-7, and expect to be one of hundreds if not over a thousand veterans coming from all over the country to stand up to these storm trooper cowards. If you’re a veteran, please join us, I don’t have to remind you of the oath we took, and what it means to face a foreign and a domestic enemy. If you’re not a vet, you’re still welcome. Either way, our communities need to be sending more people to North Dakota to resist this blatant insult to a modern world.
If you can’t make it, donate! Veterans Stand for Standing Rock has a gofundme link for those of us vets who are broke but want to help. Also, http://sacredstonecamp.org the camp itself housing a huge group of Native American tribes and other humans from the US and abroad, is in serious need of financial and material assets. You can help. Please help.
“In the end, we will not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
11-26-16 ~ Guess Whoo Courtright… Step by step walking to get there — at Highway 385.
11-26-16 ~ Flower Nicole Child ….Hi I’m Flower, I am 18 years old and I am Cherokee Indian on my grandmothers side. I am going to Standing Rock on the 2nd for the first time. I feel like I should be standing for Standing Rock instead of sitting and just hoping it will get better. It’s time to make a difference. I’m glad we are not alone to fight this battle. We will win!
11-26-16 ~ Marcus Matawhero Lloyd… You don’t stand a chance, against our prayers.
We crossed our hastily made bridge with power, righteous indignation, hurt and retaliation (because of last sundays atrocities) in our hearts and heads….but something happened there. On that island. The Creator tore out our vengence and drowned us with love, united us in prayer and gave us a new sacred native ceremony. A miracle happened on Turtle Island today…the Creator joined our side. The Creator is building a new world and he is visiting at Standing Rock!
11-26-16 ~ Jim Graywolf Petruzzi to Standing Rock Protectors – Pipeline Protest
A few people think they can create their own rules. We are about the group, not any one person in it. This way we respect each other. Thanks, friends.
City of Standing Rock Protectors Support Group
We are now a circle of 98,000 people that grows rapidly each day. This is amazing and powerful with so many caring about Standing Rock and similar efforts everywhere. We are the global support group of Standing Rock – a big responsibility as I see it. Our prayers and support are what the people – and leaders – of the camps asked of us when I was there. This is a peaceful protest and this group must also stay peaceful. And respectful of each other. In fact, we require that.
This huge growth is beautiful but it also means we have much to do as a circle and we, who are admins of the page, also have much to do. None of us has ever seen this sort of growth and interaction by so many. We are 13 people and still it takes a great deal of time and effort each day to bring you the best we can. We make mistakes – allowing some things better not here and deleting others in error. We deal with thousands of submitted posts each day and are human.
We ask your help and share some things we must do. First, follow the posting rules. We share in three areas:
1. Standing Rock Protectors
2. Other similar efforts anywhere in the world
3. Fossil fuel issues
Please help this way:
1. Take a look and if what you want to post is already there, don’t submit it
2. Only post new material – nothing days or weeks old. With so many of us you can bet it was already posted.
3. Don’t post links with no description of what it is. We don’t have the time to check them.
4. If you send personal messages about why something you submitted was not put up, etc., chances are we will not respond. Time again. ☺
5. Remember this is not about any one of us, but rather all of us.
And some things we won’t do:
1. Other posts, no matter how much we may like or support them, we do not post.
2. People selling items, we delete.
3. We post no Anonymous items as requested by camp leadership
4. Post no fundraisers. We have a list of 12-14 in files that we know are valid. If we allowed personal funding posts we would have 5000 wanting to do so.
5. We post no hateful or non-peaceful items – again, as asked by the camps
6. We try to only post the first time something appears – sometimes the same post is put up 10-12 times
7. No politics. Only if a politician does or says something pertinent to the cause.
8. Adding posts to other posts in comments, which are not about the topic, will cause a warning. This is not baseball, so 2 strikes and you are out.
9. Porno, hate messages, and foul, dark rants are a ticket out with no warning.
11-26-16 ~ Redhawk… I spoke to you today at Turtle Hill. I could see you felt uncomfortable standing up there. I could feel you did not want to be on that hill. I spoke to you about Selma, and the civil and human right violation that have stretched from that era to the day upon us now. I spoke to you about my hometown, of Atlanta, GA. I spoke about how those men do not care about you, and about how you were the only minority on that hill. I spoke to you about how Chief Turner in Atlanta is always looking for good officers, and how I assume he would be very proud to have you in the birthplace of civil rights. I told you I would personally fly with you to Atlanta if you contacted the camp and stepped away from Morton County Sheriffs. I watched you sit down, and think. I could see you felt the words I was speaking, and before you stood up and stepped back from the line, I saw you look me directly in the eyes. I saw you, and not a badge.
I keep my promises. Feel free to contact our camp. We love you for who you are. Thank you for listening.
11-25-16 ~ Bill Portman…Last night was cozy warm borougghed in my sleeping bag. My alarm clock was the sound of Native American calls from a nearby camp. What an awesome way to wake up. Kitchen tent was hard at work making us oatmeal to start our day.
At 9:30, all male warriors were called to the bridge. Every male was seen racing to the road. Elders being pushed in wheelchairs and many rode by horse. I didn’t know what to expect. I grabbed my stuff and joined the pursuit. Hundreds of us arrived.
We were met by barricades the government put in to close entry to the other side. Thick concrete walls with spiraled barb wire. Burned vehicles on our barricade side littered the road. I heard they were placed there my law enforcement. Armored vehicles lined the other side. The enemy was dressed in riot gear and cowardly behind shields. We dressed in jeans and coats. It felt eerie, like war, but peaceful and secure as we far outnumbered the enemy. I was with family.
A large circle of people began to take shape as the intent to race there was to start our day in prayer. We held hands and listened to native prayer. We prayed for safety, for mother earth, and peace. Little did I know that there is a special way to hold hands so the energy flows from one to the next. I’ll do better tomorrow, I promise. After prayer a small group of water protectors walked up to the barricades and exchanged words with the enemy. I was nervous but thankfully it was a peaceful exchange.
It was my first daylight trip to check the campground out so I hiked. As I expected, there are thousands of tents and teepees. Wood campfire, sage, and other smells filled the air. I witnessed family’s and friends helping one a other, becoming one. We helped unload a huge truck filled with firewood and another filled with building supplies. I saw a far way protest with security forces at top a hill about 3/4 mile away. That must be turtle island I said to myself. I have to witness it myself.
On my walk to the island, I saw people with gas masks, respirators, cars, medics, protests signs. It’s something I’ve never experienced so close. Hundreds of people aligning the river shore. Police with riot gear and water hoses atop the hill. The police warn us not to cross the river or go up the hill. I’m nervous because I see people being towed across the river in canoes and a walking across a makeshift bridge. At least one hundred of us were on the other side. Our side. Our sacred side where ancestors lie in peace for many years. To keep the water rescuers warm, firewood is being floated to the other side tied together with rope. A fire takes shape and warms the warriors on the other side.
I walk amongst the crowd and see people from all races and all religions come together in ad hoc prayer sessions and chanting of prayers like “You have guns, we have prayer”. Native drum sessions break out in harmony together. I’ve never seen anything like it before in my life. I get overwhelmed with emotions and my eyes swell with tears. I see elders guiding the young. Some elders don’t need to say anything. Their presence is felt. One of my proudest attributes being Native American is how we treat our elders. They are the wisdom that guides us. I saw one elder by a fire in the back of the protest line and I teared up once again.
Thankfully nobody was hurt in this stand off. We stayed at the bottom of the hill and police kept their line. Peaceful, as it should be. On my way back to camp, I took notice of all the license plates. I saw plates from every state and even Canada. Texas, Massachusetts, Wyoming, Colorado, California, Washington, Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, Mississippi, Missouri, you name it, a car was there from every state.
In the afternoon we cut firewood. Five people on chain saws and log splitters and five of us stackers. For being voluntary and unorganized, we worked together like a well oiled machine. I think we stacked eight cords of wood. Even a boy about the age of eight helped. His name I forgot but his endurance I’ll never. We even gave him his turn at the axe. I put a red oak on the stump for him and coached him along. He nailed it, he split it. I did my assigned job and picked up his two pieces and told him good job. I told his grandmother how proud I was of him. She was a wood stacker herself.
Afterwards I retreated back to the kitchen and I was met with a suprise turkey dinner with all the fixings. It was a great day, a happy day, a spiritual day. A day to reflect on friends and family and for the rights to clean water. I’m blessed to be able to come and I’m blessed even more to report back to those who could not attend. Spread the word please. Share this post with all your friends. #standingrock #NODAPL.
11-25-16 ~ Livia Grace…Thanksgiving was cancelled this year… Instead my family and I dedicated this day to Standing Rock. Our guests were very receptive towards the cause and we felt proud to celebrate both our heritage and show support for the water protectors. A few hours into the evening a neighbor stopped by in his “Stand with Standing Rock” T-shirt. He said he saw our banner and had to stop over to chat. Today I am full of hope and light knowing this fight is shared by so many. MNI WICONI- Stand tall brothers and sisters, we are behind you every step of the way!
11-25-16 ~ Lee Sprague… A Beautiful Day! Our family Canoes died great warriors death today.
In an early morning raid. DAPL police forces, raided our forward staging area for the Michigan Canoe, Cold Water Rescue Team.
The fact that DAPL launched a raid against our rescue equipment, speaks to their effectiveness at Ocheti Sakowin Standing Rock.
Our team, comprised of members from Michigan, Pueblo Camp and many Allies have used these canoes to protect the water, and the Water Protector
These Canoes have harvested wild rice, the food that grows on the water. Many of our peoples have harvested mahnoomin in these canoes.
Many hundreds of people have taken these canoes to and from Turtle Island. We lost some first aid supplies we use to help Water Protectors at the front lines.
Many offers for canoes have come in from the peoples of Standing Rock. We are back in full operation to help rescue those in cold water, or being attacked by DAPL Forces.
It is a great day, to remember all of the love, and heart of all the peoples, who we shared our good lives in our jiimans. Each one of you have brought strength and good thoughts to these canoes.
They have served the people well on Turtle Island.
Yes, today is a beautiful day!
11-23-16 ~ Matt Musselwhite… From Across the Country, Gifts of Tiny Houses Arrive for Standing Rock
How five large trees in remote Oregon ended up as winter housing for water protectors, including their first newborn baby.
Eleven days ago, when Matt Musselwhite pulled into an encampment at Cannon Ball, North Dakota, in a 5-ton flatbed truck, he had no idea how he would unload the three tiny houses he had just hauled 1,500 miles from southwestern Oregon. Almost immediately volunteers emerged from the throngs of mostly Native Americans. Within hours, teams of 10 people were starting to assemble the first of the 144-square-foot wood structures while circulating free food and coffee.
“This feels like a new America I want to be a part of,” said Musselwhite, 41, a carpenter and woodworker based in a rural community tucked into the mountains that cross the Oregon-California border.http://tinyurl.com/zmjhmne
11-23-16 ~ Veterinarian Drives 900 Miles To Help Horses Injured At Standing Rock ~ by Hilary Hanson Viral News Editor Huffington Post
When Wright, a veterinarian with 30 years of experience, heard reports of horses getting hurt during protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline, heading out to help was the obvious choice for her. The Standing Rock Sioux and their allies are fighting the construction of the pipeline, saying that it would intrude on Native American land and that a leak would contaminate local sources of fresh water.
“I am passionate about the issues that are being addressed at Standing Rock,” Wright told The Huffington Post. “But when I saw videos of horses being injured, I knew I had to go there.”
Continue Reading http://tinyurl.com/gkstedf
To make a donation to Helping the Horse Nation gofundme.com/helping-the-horse-nation
11-22-16 Liz George with Kana Newell )~ I am shaking as I post this. We were eating dinner and on our way out of Mandan when two police officers, the sheriff and one other called us over to talk. We tried to have a polite conversation with them listening to their side and when they didn’t like what we were saying they ordered us to leave the restaurant saying that we had two seconds to leave before we would be arrested. PLEASE WATCH THIS. (Sorry I cannot post the video as it isn’t on You Tube) these are intimidation tactics.
UPDATEny Kana: to what happened tonight: Just so everyone knows, this is what happened previous to this video because we only pulled out a phone when things escalated.
Liz was wearing her WATER IS LIFE badge on her back, clearly visible to everyone. After dinner on our way out the police called us over to talk to us. His first question was ‘how long are you going to be here for?’ to which we replied ‘as long as the pipeline is proceeding’. He immediately replied with ‘well that’s just not going to happen.’ We asked why he thought that, we were genuinely curious to the police perspective and want to bridge the gap between the two sides. Today’s action was brought up as well as last night’s conflict. Things got heated and we asked them to hold space for us to speak, as the conversation was basically his voice speaking over ours. We tried to tell him our perspective but he wasn’t open to listen and ordered us to leave as soon as the conversation wasn’t going his way, threatening to arrest us both for disorderly conduct.
11-22-16 ~ Amanda Kimimila
There’s an army of us.
We come from another place to make waves in this world.
We’ve come to break the mold and the archaic patterns that have so deeply set in and trapped the very men who’ve dug these grooves.
We feel everything.
And every tear.
Every sea creature drowning in oil.
Every tree being poisoned by the rain they’ve manipulated with chemicals and nanotechnology.
The air is full of particulates.
The clouds were once so perfect,
But now they infiltrate us from the inside…
From the outside.
This is a foreign place now.
A once pristine paradise has been violated by resource extraction, careless and wasteful mass production of unnatural pollutants, and geoengineering.
Is it too late to change the tides?
Is it too late to reverse the damage?
If there is any chance at all
The broken system must fall.
There are two cyclical opposing forces that create this realty.
There is the creative force and the destructive.
For change to occur, we have to collectively shift to functioning on a more creative level.
To achieve this we must conquer inertia, apathy and conditioning.
Turn off the TV
Stop participating in the broken system.
Start growing communities based on barter.
Start a community garden and community farm for food.
Food brings people together.
Develop sustainable trade skills.
Share your skills and resources with your barter based community.
Change is possible.
Writer: A. Smith
Brave woman photographed: Amanda Polchies
Artist: Greg Deel
Ossie Michelin took the original photo.
Oldest Native American drumming video ever
Rare and old footage of Native American drumming from 1894 in a tribute to our Native American brothers and sisters.
11-21-16 ~ Artist creates mirrored shields for Standing Rock protesters
Luger, who is of mixed Native American and European descent, was born on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation and was raised in the Fort Berthold reservation, where Energy Transfer Partners has installed pipelines and drilled for oil using fracking, or hydraulic fracturing techniques. “I’ve already watched this company tear through sacred sites and geological landforms, some that are bound to our creation stories,” Luger says. “It happened so quickly and completely devastated the landscape. The well at my grandparents’ house contained water that turned a silver and orange colour—you can’t drink it.” Continue Reading http://tinyurl.com/jzwx9ur
11-14-16 ~ JOSH FOX … A young woman named Suzi walks up to the police barricade at the bridge on State Route 1806. She’s got lollipops and gum in her pocket. The police step out of their jeeps with their M-4 rifles, their body armor, in front of a row of LRADs—the noise cannons they use to disperse the crowd. She says, “I’m here to give you this candy.” She told me that she was going to kill them with love and hugs and sweetness. A little bit bemused, two soldiers hold out their hands. She says, “Give these to the cops that have good hearts. Don’t give them to the Dakota Access Pipeline workers. We’re praying for you. Even though you are not on our side, you’re human beings and we love you.” The police take the lollipops and bubble gum and say thank you.
Fearlessly, she walks back across the barricades, beyond the burned up trucks and cars. I say, “Aren’t you scared?” She says, “No.” I say, “Really?” She says, “What are they gonna do? Shoot me?” and I said, “Well, frankly, yes.” And she says, “Well, so what? I’ll take one for the team. I’m protected. I’m surrounded by love.”
Remembering the First Native American Woman Doctor
Born in a buckskin teepee on the Omaha Indian Reservation in northeast Nebraska on June 17, 1865, Susan was never given a traditional Omaha name by her mixed-race parents. Her father, Chief Joseph La Flesche (also known as “Iron Eye”), believed his children as well as his tribe were now living in a white man’s world in which change would be the only constant. “As the chief guardian of welfare, he realized they would have to adapt to white ways or simply cease to survive.”
Eight-year-old Susan La Flesche sat at the bedside of an elderly woman, puzzled as to why the doctor had yet to arrive. After all, he had been summoned four times, and four times he had promised to come straight away. As the night grew longer, the sick woman’s breathing grew fainter until she died in agony before the break of dawn. Even to a young girl, the message delivered by the doctor’s absence was painfully clear: “It was only an Indian.” Contine reading <span style=”color:blue;”> http://www.history.com/news/remembering-the-first-native-american-woman-doctor
11-20-16 ~ Paige MaGia STANDING ROCK IS A WAR ZONE
IT IS NOT A PHOTO OP.
IT IS NOT A WAY TO GAIN INSTAGRAM FAME.
IT IS NOT COOL OR HIP.
IT IS WARFARE AGAINST FIRST NATIONS.
DO NOT GO EXCEPT TO HUMBLY AND GREATFULLY SUPPORT FIRST NATIONS.
DO NOT GO UNLESS YOU ARE FULLY SELF SUFFICIENT FOR BELOW FREEZING TEMPERATURES.
DO NOT GO IF INSTEAD YOU CAN FIND A WAY TO SUPPORT A FIRST NATIONS YOUTH IN GOING.
DO NOT USE STANDING ROCK AS A PLATFORM TO FUNDRAISE TO SUPPORT YOUR LIFESTYLE CHOICES.
DO NOT USE STANDING ROCK AS A PLATFORM TO FURTHER YOUR PERSONAL PET PROJECT OR CAREER OR NON PROFIT.
STANDING ROCK IS LIFE AND DEATH.
11-20-16 ~ Carlos Marroquin … Off To Standing Rock N.D. Winter Supply Run Copilot Jazmynn Mata’afa from gold Coast Australia repping her pacific islanders in their support . . . . 25 hours 35 minutes 1651 miles to Camp…
11-20-16 ~ Kate Bettesworth ….Hello fellow Rainbow Warriors. I feel I must tell you about the warmth and support I have witnessed in the last few weeks, whilst using the 6 Water Protector fb groups I belong to, to Stand with Standing Rock.
People around the world are coming together to stop the black snake and are reaching out with such love and solidarity- it is soul-warming stuff. I am most impressed by how this work is undertaken, totally from the HEART and never from the EGO. So lovely. Its like a group hug!!
POWER TO THE PEACEFUL! XXX♡XXX
11-20-16 ~ Kelly Merrick… I called the Morton County Police. They said they “appreciated my thoughts.” I asked them, “What will you do with my thoughts?”
They said, after a long pause, “What would you like us to do with your thoughts?” (I am guessing they haven’t heard this question before???)
I said, “I would like you to cease harassment, pepper spraying and shooting rubber bullets against the citizens of North Dakota in order to protect the profits of a Texas billionaire.”
All they could say was, “We appreciate your thoughts. I have to go now. (Click)”
11-19-16 LeRoy Pena … I got this photo off the wall of a DAPL worker who happened to have too much time on his hands,and decided to take selfies with the drilling equipment.He is pictured on the left with a “bore casing”.A bore casing is used to house the drill itself.So they plan to start drilling very soon.Bore casings are very expensive to lease,every day they don’t use it costs the company a lot of money.
11-18-16 ~ Annie Dant… Yesterday I was wearing my NODAPL/ I stand with Standing Rock shirt out while I ran errands and had a woman come up to me and ask me where/which website she could donate money to support them. I was really touched by this woman who took time to walk up to me simply because I was wearing that shirt. Another person gave me two thumbs up and another girl started a conversation with me about if there were any activists groups or supporters within SW FL regarding the pipeline. Three people acknowledged my shirt while I was standing in line at my local Comcast cable store and I realized then how one act, no matter how small it seems, can make a huge impact. I’m proud to wear this shirt. Very proud ❤️
11-18-16 ~ Jordan Chariton… Energy Transfer Partners CEO Kelsy Warren says they have offered to pay North Dakota and Morton County for expenses related to protests… “Now we have the greediest of oil executives—who has approved the digging up of sacred Native land and paid millions for private security mercenaries to unleash hounds on humans and assault unarmed water protectors—literally offering a BRIBE to North Dakota police to keep on bashing protectors’ heads in, illegally strip searching women, arresting people without reading them their rights, breaking people’s arms during arrest, withholding medicine from people they arrest, illegally breaking into people’s cars without a warrant, and stealing camera equipment.
Where the hell are you, Barack Obama?”
11-18-16 ~ North Dakota Cops Get ‘Doxed’ and Don’t Like It
The Morton County Sheriff Department — responsible for shoorting water protectors with rubber bullets, tear-gassing them, beating them, strip searching them, and jailing them in ‘dog kennel’s with Nazi type numbers written on their arms — says it has been ‘doxed.’
11-18-16 ~ Nicholas Arroyave-Howling Crane… Picture of me with Japanese delegation who showed their support for Standing Rock (traveling from Japan to get there).
11-18-16 ~ Redhawk … Thank you Morton County Sheriff’s for your concern at the end of the article. It’s good to know that after your civil rights, and human rights violations, pepper spray, rubber bullets, tasers, bean bag guns, sound cannons, low flying aircraft, psychological warfare, slander, lie, racism, and over all bigotry towards peaceful and prayerful water protectors, its good to know you are worried about our well being in the winter months. We won’t freeze. The fire in our hearts will keep us warm. Not to mention the fact we are surrounded by a culture of people that have learned to survive in this weather for thousands of years before you showed up. We’re good.
tattle tails – Redhaw
11-18-16 ~ -Redhawk (Ryan Vizzions) … Today, my photo “Defend The Sacred” was released as a 2 page spread in NEWSWEEK. Very humbled to help spread awareness of the militarization of police along with civil and human rights violations taking place here at Standing Rock. The photo caption is entitled “Killing The Black Snake”, and that’s exactly what we are going to do. We will not be stopped.
WE ARE RISING
11-18-16 ~ John Dixon … We are part of Creation, thus, if we break the laws of Creation we destroy ourselves. We, the Original Caretakers of Mother Earth, have no choice but to follow and uphold the Original Instructions, which sustains the continuity of Life. We recognize our umbilical connection to Mother Earth and understand that she is the source of life, not a resource to be exploited. We speak on behalf of all Creation today, to communicate an urgent message that man has gone too far, placing us in the state of survival. We warned that one day you would not be able to control what you have created. That day is here. Not heeding warnings from both Nature and the People of the Earth keeps us on the path of self destruction. This self destructive path has led to the Fukushima nuclear crisis, Gulf oil spill, tar sands devastation, pipeline failures, impacts of carbon dioxide emissions and the destruction of ground water through hydraulic fracking, just to name a few. In addition, these activities and developments continue to cause the deterioration and destruction of sacred places and sacred waters that are vital for Life. – Chief Looking Horse
11-17-16 ~ Kieran Behan… Over 300 communities around the world demanded a halt to the the Dakota Access pipeline during an international day of action.
Berlin was one of them ❤
We are watching one of the most diverse and powerful tribal actions in our history unfold before our eyes!
In the midst of the growing global water crisis we can not let pipelines endanger the clean drinking water that billions of people depend on.
Climate change is REAL, it is caused by human behavior, and it is causing incredible devastation.
Indigenous communities around the world are at the center of the climate crisis- fighting for their lands and upholding a sacred commitment they have with the earth since the beginning of time.
Future generations will look back on us during this critical moment and wonder what we did to take a stand.
"These sites must be protected, or our world will end, it is that simple. Our young people have a right to know who they are. They have a right to language, to culture, to tradition. The way they learn these things is through connection to our lands and our history."
11-17-16 ~ Robert Ferguson… Now we know why the cops went in busting heads. DAPL was planning on quickly and cleanly pushing through construction without getting the proper permits. DAPL was planning on there being so much pressure from the state of ND and its federal politicians that construction would not be halted. DAPL figured a few Natives in their way would be no problem. DAPL figured wrongly. A few Natives that the cops beat up so construction could rush right on thru, got all you people mad and you came to the rescue of the Natives, and now, now construction is halted. The crooked politicians can’t weasel around the law, and the federal Army Corps of Engineers isn’t going to issue the permit without a long drawn out Environmental Impact Statement, which the politicians were hoping they could skirt, cause they knew an EIS would be a huge problem. Thanks to the Sioux and the people like you that believed, DAPL is at a complete standstill.
11-17-16 ~ Tara Houska _ Indigenous Activist… NYC. 29 arrests of peaceful demonstrators in front of the Army Corps of Engineers Office after this.
And from the Army Corps in NYC today: “You’ve made yourself heard. The corps of engineers is re-looking at this. So just by your stand, we’re going to go back and take a look and make sure we’re doing the right things. And that is directly a result of what you guys are all doing.” –Larry Mazola, North Atlantic Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, United States Department of the Army.
11-17-16 ~ Howaste Wakiya… Sisters n Brothers…if cant make it realize Standing Rock is every where…when u go to ur faucet u are at standing rock…when u drink from ur plastic bottle u r at standing rock…everywhere u go u will find this battle…so help us change this picture from where u r! Prayer has many forms and is wide reaching
11-16-16 ~ PBS… “And what happens to the protesters at that point? I mean, the ones that I have spoken to said that they are not going anywhere and that they’re building shelters for the winter and they’re going to wait this out.”: KELCY WARREN: “…if they want to stick around and continue to do what they’re doing, great, but we’re building the pipeline.”
11-15-16 ~ Bucky Harjo … Indigenous Youth Council lead a prayer march to the river and we made a medicine wheel. I walked to the river three times today. Now on my way to see Rob Kennedy Jr. Or someone like that. My legs might fall off! Another beautiful day. We are going to win this and end this! Keep your prayers strong!!!!
11-15-16 ~ Bravebull Allard told Front Line Defenders… She quickly added that the answer is clear: “They want to wipe our footprints off the earth. They are trying to say we don’t exist. We are indigenous people to this land. We have the roots going right out of our feet. We belong here”.
11-15-16 ~ Tara Houska – Indigenous Activist… We were Zip-Tied & Locked in Dog Kennel for 6 Hours for Protesting Dakota Pipeline
“UPDATE 11-16-16 on police treatment of activists at the Standing Rock standoff, Tara Houska, national campaigns director for Honor the Earth, describes how she was “arrested for criminal trespass as I was leaving a peaceful demonstration and getting into my car on a public road.” She says police handcuffed her with zip ties and held her in a dog kennel for six hours without charging her with a crime”
11-14-16 ~ Oceti Sakowin Camp … Yesterday the Bismarck Tribune reported on the fact that Cannonball Ranch IS in fact a known burial ground– special thanks to CAROLINE GRULSKIN & everyone at the Tribune for the hard work & integrity bringing this article forward.
11-13-16 ~ Dallas Goldtooth… If an article I post or words that I say or photo that I share offends your privilege…or challenges your privilege…or threatens your privilege…
Now ask yourself, “Why”?
11-12-16 ~ Prolific The Rapper … Eryn Wise from the International Indigenous Youth Council on yesterday’s excessive use of force and reports that officers broke one of the youths wrists, Lauren Howland by pushing her back with a baton. In addition to confiscated media equipment which appears to be an attempt to suppress the truth from getting out. #NoDAPL
11-9-16 ~ Navajo Code Talker George James Sr. dies at age 92
A World War II Navajo Code Talker died Wednesday morning at the age of 92. George James Sr. was born and raised in Red Valley on the Navajo Nation. At the age of 17, he volunteered to serve in the United States Marine Corps during World War II and was selected to become a Navajo Code Talker.
11-14-16 Lee Sprague …. When your grandaughter wakes you up at Standing Rock Pipeline Resistance Camp, and she gets that Grandpa lives in a wood fired tipi, with solar power, and we go in the water with wetsuits suits to help people. It all makes sense.
11-14-16 Lee Sprague …. Updated neêds list:
I have an address where I can accept parcels and mail.
C/O Lee Sprague
110 S. River Rd.
Fort Yates, ND 58538-9998
PO Box 485
We can accept deliveries to Pueblo Camp. It located on NW End of Oceti Sakowin camp. Ask for Lee Sprague or Brad Kallio at Pueblo Camp. We are in the solar powered Tipi, with a smoke stack.
What we need in Standing Rock, in support of our Michigan Canoe Team at Standing Rock.
12 Orànge Coast Guard life jackets
4 life guards throw rings
4 yellow 30qt Sealife water
4 Earth anchors 24″ or longer.
2 -100 foot staticbraided climbing rope
2 -200 foot static braided climbing rope
2-400 to 500 foot long static braided climbing rope.
Trying to buy thế items in North or South Dakota is difficult.
Most of us have our own wet suits, and we purchased some at Play It Again Sports with donations on the Michigan Canoe team. We need more. XL and 2XL wet suits. And Neoprene gloves. XL, XXL, socks and shoes, size 10 and up to 15, and neoprene head gear.
We have water rescue trained people at Standing Rock, we just need more equipment.
In two weeks, when cold weather set in, we will need Dry Suits to continue to be in the water at Standing Rock and help our Water Protectors.
1. We saw the DAPL Security Forces macing our Water Protectors, in the water. That is who we protect.
2. We need 2 Large, 2 Xtra Large and Two Grizzly size NRS Extreme Dry Suits.
3. We will also need 2 Zodiac Boats, motors and trailers, and a twenty by ten vehicle and boat shelter for the winter in Standing Rock.
4. We also need a 20’×40′ foot army tent, or 20’x60′ for our Winter kitchen, Which is curently a summer outdoor kitchen. We have wood burning stoves.
5. We need sturdy industrial shelving, in boxes.
6. We need uniform medium storage totes that can be used to store materials, and be sat on.
7. We need 10 lbs of 3 inch deck screws quick.
8. We need 4×8 half inch plywood, we need 4×8 1 inch inflation panels, we need 4″x4″ posts 8, foot long. We need 2″x4″ 8 foot studs.
9. We need 2 pairs of Night Vision binoculars or monocular with replacement batteries.
10. We need gas masks, and replacement cartridges.
11. We need a 6-8 person ice shanty. Insulated is essential to function.
Graham Biyáál ran over 1,400 miles from Flagstaff Arizona to Standing Rock No. Dakota with a message. “We are not here as conquerers, but as stewards.”
Graham recounted the Navajo Long Walk and the atrocities that we endured…and he said but this time…it’s different and powerful because we CHOOSE to make this journey to stand here and support and fight.
11-13-16 ~ Kevin Anderson … I am a retired Tribal Police Officer. My eldest daughter (pictured with me) and I stand with Standing Rock. As a retired law enforcement officer, I am appalled by the actions of the deputies of Morton County and those other agencies that they have imported to assist them. They should be ashamed of their actions. They make me ashamed to admit I was law enforcement.
These “officers” are facing the wrong way and aiding in the commission of crimes. ARPA laws have already been broken with the mechanical assault upon the sacred burial grounds. Tribal treaty lands never ceded to the State are being trespassed on.
The rightful owners of the property and their representatives are being assaulted physically and sexually as well as harassed by “officers” that are supposed to protect them. Make no mistake, strip searching non-violent misdemeanants is sexual assault. They seek to dehumanize non-violent people.
During my service, I proudly carried a Tribal commission, full commissions for two Washington counties , and two separate federal commissions, one BIA and the last as a Special Deputy US Marshal. I never committed any act that would in any way disparage those commissions. Those “officers” acting for DAPL disparage heir badges every day that they aid DAPL.
I swore an oath to protect life and property and enforce the laws of the Tribes, the State, and of the US Government and did so for over twenty years. At no time would I have put property above the health of more than seventeen million people.
Any risk of contamination of the primary source of drinking water is ludicrous and any actual contamination of that water is criminal. Adulteration of food or drink by anyone is criminal. It is no less criminal when done by a multi-million dollar company. History has proven that these pipes will leak eventually and all of the water downstream from that point could be contaminated to the point of being poisonous to people, wildlife and plant life. The potential devastation is beyond acceptable, beyond rational.
For over seventeen million people and the ecosystems dependent on the Missouri River, DAPL must find another way or leave it in the ground! The ACLU must be asked to step in to help protect the protectors. Water is Life! ~ with Valerie Anderson.
11-13-16 ~ Alecia Davis … Upon discussion of transporting firewood to Standing Rock, I discovered the ultimate lunacy….or hypocrisy. I am not certain which adjective is more accurate, but both apply in this regard.
In North Dakota, it is a FEDERAL offense to transport wood from certain states that have earned the title of “quarantined”, which applies to many of the Great Plains states surrounding ND. Again, a FEDERAL offense for transporting POTENTIAL “invasive species” into the state of ND.
Yet at the same time, it is legal, encouraged and protected by local, county, state AND federal officials to invade the state, decimate the land, desecrate sacred burial grounds, and destroy the water source for 18 million people in 8 other states with a pipeline carrying, NOT potential risk, but well documented and repeated risk, to humans, wildlife, agriculture, air, and water.
And the salt in that wound, the increase in global temperature caused by the extraction and transportation of dirty oil, has allowed the epidemic proliferation of the very “invasive species” that have been granted a federal offense for transporting.
11-13-16 ~ Justice Robinson … Protectors–I have received word through friends that a small convoy of several U-Haul trucks bringing supplies, wood, food, tents etc from OH was detained in ROCK Co by State troopers last night. After disclosing that they were going to Standing Rock with supplies, they were detained without charges and told they could be kept for up to 7 days, and to prepare for SERIOUS CHARGES. Their trucks canine searched everything thrown on the ground, and impounded. Four children under 10yo were taken to Social Services. Their parents were not allowed to talked to each other, nor allowed to call family members to come and get them. Please let me know if you get this. I have been there twice. It has not hit the news yet, but I’ve left messages for local representatives, the ACLU and am individually informing trusted protectors. They were followed through IL too.
11-12-16 ~ Charlie Chad…. Today we marched at the site where Dakota Access brings in all of their supplies and machinery.
We formed a line of indigenous protectors, then a line of non-indigenous allies on the outside that came to stand with us and put themselves in the way of the brutality that has been brought upon us for the last few months (and 500 years).
Once those lines formed, a DAPL worker drove straight through our lines, running over multiple protectors.
Soon after that, a truck with a trailer and a very angry armed driver attempted to drive thru us. He stepped out of his vehicle and waved a pistol around, threatening to shoot. We stood our ground. He then drove off-road ahead of our march and shot about six rounds in the air.
Myself, along with other security ran ahead until he completely drove off. We located the shells and called media ahead for evidence.
We then formed our prayer circles, prayed, and spoke. Some sang songs, some stood in silence to protect the protectors, and our media teams captured what has really been needed throughout this movement; evidence of peace and prayer.
As the dozens of police vehicles, APV’s, and riot officers geared up for battle stood on the other side of the gates, we peacefully gathered momentarily to show our strength, unity, and will to not give up.
As I choose my words carefully, I cannot call this a win. We do not win until that pipeline is completely stopped.
However, I will confirm that we have made a few affective advances in today’s action.
Throughout this entire ordeal, we politely encouraged the commanding officer to witness the actions of DAPL workers as we peacefully marched and prayed. We filmed everything, gathered evidence and hopefully, and I repeat HOPEFULLY, created an inconvenience within the Dakota Access workday and inner workings.
And I’ll say this again.. Today was not a win….
UPDATE by Colin McCarthy … “Friends at #standingrock please be safe, this man just plowed through a peaceful prayer ceremony waving a gun, injuring 2 people and then proceeded to fire 7 shots into the air. Women, children and elders all running to get out of the way. He either owns or works for FOUR SQUARE CONCRETE in Bismarck ND, their phone number was posted on the side of the truck and is 701-202-2107 please call and share your thoughts. #ocetisakowincamp #nodapl”
This is why we must continue to organize and do so in love — ☝🏽️THIS is what we are facing.
11-11-16 Chad Charlie… We can give you all the info you need to have the experience of being here at Standing Rock.
We can show you pictures and videos. Share our stories, give you our personal accounts of trauma and mistreatment.
But one thing is; you will not get the full experience until you come here.
You will not know how real this is until you see the helicopters flying above your tent for 20 hours of the day.
Until you get shot in the ribs with a concussion grenade, maced for 30 seconds straight because you have your hands up, or shot with a rubber bullet because you rode your horse within twenty feet of a “police officer” who is just scared of anything bigger than him..
Once you come over the hill and see the community that we’ve built. When you feel the vibes that we set around the campfire, and the relationships we’ve made with the brothers and sisters that pull you out of battle and carry you twenty yards because you can’t breathe.
That’s when you will understand the movement and why we don’t leave. That’s when you understand why this is important to us.
When you really experience the life our ancestors have been put through for over 500 years….
11-11-16 ~ Iktčé Wičháša Oyáte … DAPL employees and law enforcement, in an act of despicable behavior, urinated on a majority of the personal possessions of those in our North Camp after it was raided and bulldozed before they returned it to us…. We gathered it all at the river, prayed over it, and burnt it.
11-11-16 ~ Malia Hulleman…. Often we’re asked what we need for camp by so many amazing souls. And we couldn’t be more grateful by how eager so many are to helping fuel the protection, but within those questions we seem to come up with blank minds.
It’s hard to exactly think of what we need, sometimes what we need is too expensive so we don’t want to ask for those items, sometimes we just don’t need anything more than gas or misc items.
someone donated prepaid visa gift cards which turned out to be so helpful. This allows everyone to get what they need when they need it and when it comes to mind. Sometimes like I said all we need it to be able to fill up on gas (yes it’s ironic, but I will gladly explain on this irony to any who comes to converse about it) or sometimes we use it to get a hotel room so we can shower or so our elders can have a warm place to sleep.
Sometimes it’s used to buy pizza to make us happy or to just bring us that moment away from the protection. To help bring smiles and enjoy something.
If this feels right to you, that’s the best thing I can suggest. Prepaid visa gift cards.
Again we thank EVERYONE who has donated on levels I will never forget. I’m dropped to my knees in gratitude everyday by seeing the generosity in so many souls, and uplifted to be able to witness that we truly can come together when the call is made, when the actions are taken and when the bonds are sealed.
And we continue to protect. Always. In all ways
11-11-16 ~ A letter from Sacred Stone founder and founder and protest leader – LaDonna T. Allard.
I don’t get to see the messages until I come to town. We don’t have 1.5 million -lol – I wish we did. We have been on the ground seven months and nine days now. I did not know that other people have been doing fund raising even those who are not at the camp, there is some fraud going on. I guess some guy in democrat has five sites raising fund that we don’t get. The Sacred Stone Camp funds are used for Sacred Stone camp – with all the camps we have 9 thousand people on the ground in these camps.
We started the fund in April and have used the funds for the camp, so it runs about $600 a month for the porta-potties and $7000 for garbage every month. With the big camp it is $56.000 a month in porta-potties and the garbage is $4000 a month. Then for us we brought yurts for our people that was 160,000.00 and are buying more for another 100,00.00 so just for the yurts it was 260,000.00 then we got 40 tipis with poles, that was another 100,000.00, nineteen Chippewa lodge which was cheaper, 70,000.00. These will be winter homes for people.
Then we are building the kitchen so we have a place to cook for people and it is almost complete (just getting the inside done). It will also serve as a meeting room, we are building a school and the foundation is done. We are so excited about this. We have built a security, two-story building, which is a medical clinic which will serve least ten people at a time. A Native youth center with a dome structure; three wind towers for electric and a solar panel system for the kitchen and a heated watershed. For our supplies for the camp we purchased five metal storage containers, at $5,000 a piece, five heated wooded shelter for the food, a root cellar, and green house, plus road development. We also finance the frontline camp, with tents, tipis, supplies and food. The food is running about $4,000 every two days, that is just buying meat and bread since we have lots of other produce donated.����������
We need pay for a full time book keeper and accountant, a CPA, a youth media person, and media liaison person so we have four position that are $100,000.00 a years for all four – at $20,000 a year each.����������
We applied for a 5013c non-profit designation for a nonprofit camp and hope to open in June 2017. We want to bring in youth to teach history, culture and how to live green on this earth. All this as we fight this pipeline. We also send people from our camp to Iowa and other place to speak and show their support for other pipelines.
I am so tired. So much to do. We have the frontline camp right next to the river and Dakota Access Project. So far the company stole our three boats and then impounded them. They have light on all night as they work and they have assault rifles and other weapons on us at all times. I��� was maced two days ago for standing on the shore. Just standing.����� We also provide the medical equipment and things for mace and other injuries. �����
So what happens with the Gofundme site? It shows the amount raised since April but it does not show the share Gofundme takes out. They also don’t let you know that part of the funds have not made it to our bank yet: so we don’t have a million dollar lying around. All these things I am telling you have taken so much money.
Now, getting ready for winter, I need to make sure I have warm homes for people,����� plus we will have to pay for snow removal and road repair. I am trying to build a pump house so we will have running water at the camp. �����And to finally get cell-phone and internet service down at camp, which will cost $35,000.00 dollars because they will have to build us a tower. �����
When we started I just wanted to stop a pipeline, �����but it seems we are building a town. S����o much to do and we just can’t keep up. In my camp we have so many children and families who made this their lives and don’t want to leave.����� Then we also need gas for cars and trucks carrying wood, supplies and people�����. It is 50 miles to stores for food or supplies, showers, laundry, and other needs.
�����The big camp has its own funding system through Standing Rock Sioux tribe and we don’t get any of those funds����������. We have to do it ourselves.
11-11-16 ~ Timmery Turner… So many lessons are being learned through my experience at Oceti Sakowin Camp while fighting the Black Snake that is DAPL.
My eyes have been widening to the imbalances in society, and the true need for reform and change. I hope we can find a viable solution as a whole.
My wish is that we rise together to demand something better. I do not think a Trump presidency can stop that. Change is already in the wind, and people’s voices are getting stronger.
Call me naive, but I believe there’s a way.
I knew my life felt a little empty since I closed down Sugar Art and Fashion Show and Mad Girl Productions. In turn, this experience has filled me up with purpose and perspective. I’m positive most of my lessons have yet to be learned or understood, but I feel awakened by a new truth and comprehension.
I pray for guidance, knowledge, and wisdom. And I feel grateful for my new path wherever it may lead me. Nothing will ever be the same, again, and I value that.
11-10-16 Dallas Goldtooth …. #TheyWatching … I have fans inside the Bismarck Police dept. Lol. Welcome to the harem of other law enforcement that follow me, Bismarck PD, welcome. #NoDAPL
11-10-16 ~ Timmery Turner… UPDATE: Thank you all who have already bought photo prints today! This makes me feel so good, and takes some of my worries away. It feels good to have an exchange! This group has been a true blessing to our community! Your hearts are big and kind. Pedamaya (Thank you in Dakota, Lakota, & Nakota) 💗
Good morning beautiful people! It’s a fabulous day to save the planet and it’s inhabitants! :))
A few days ago, I created a gofundme account to help me stay on the ground for the winter. I immediately deleted it. It’s soooo hard for me to raise money for myself. I spoke with some friends and they convinced me that I was being ridiculous and that if I need it I should do it.
I have been on site for a month and a half. My goal was to be here for 2 weeks. That obviously did not work :)). I have become completely ingrained in the community at Oceti Sakowin Camp. I work hard daily as the creator and manager of the Oceti website along with all of the camp’s social media accounts. It’s a lot to keep up with, but I’m happy to do it.
I’ve been sick the past few days, so I had to get a hotel room so I could get better. I would love to make the money back as it was not in my budget! I’m no good at asking for handouts for myself, so as per someone’s suggestion I created an Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtOfStandingRock where people can purchase my photography featuring photos I’ve taken on site.
All of the funds will help me stay throughout the winter, so I can continue to be of service to the cause. I have various dimensions and price points available, and I have a professional printer on deck ready to print and ship!
I also just learned how to Peyote Stitch through my Lakota sister, so I will be adding jewelry soon, as well. I am an artist in my other life, so I’m hoping to find the time to sketch and paint some work to add to the site.
Anyhow, this is long. Any support you can give will be appreciated more than you can imagine. Being out here is not always easy, I cry on the daily, but it’s always worth it! ❤
11-9-16 ~ Dallas Goldtooth… Today, over 70 men with a large group of women escorted out a man who attempted to rape a woman here at the Oceti Sakowin camp.
Earlier in the day this issue was brought to the attention of the Oceti Sakowin headsman council, akicita okodakiciyapi and winyan okodakiciyapi (womens council) and they were asked to respond.
Concerned parties wanted to know the camp’s protocol for traditional justice and what steps we would take. We decided that the perpetrator needed to be found, brought before the Akicita society, told of his charges, allowed to talk, have someone speak on his behalf and then, after deciding his case, publicly shamed by walking him out of camp. Over 100 people followed him on the long walk out of camp as we publicly announced his name and crime for all to hear.
Our procession was led by horseback riders.
We walked him to the Cannon Ball river bridge south of camp and once there our men handed him over to the women who held him down and cut off his braids. * I cannot confirm nor deny that a few punches and knees were dutifully given*
After which we let him go as he walked south on Hwy 1806 where we told BIA police to come pick him up.
This is restorative justice for our community. We led with Woiyukcan (purposeful thought) and then followed with Wocekiye (prayer) and ended with action. We want to send a message that such behaviour will not be tolerated by anyone. It was powerful really.
Honestly…I could have chosen not to post. I could have chosen to keep this event silent. But what would that have served? These perpetrators need to be corrected & the women be made to feel safe, not ashamed to speak up, and allowed to heal.
11-9-16 ~ Today a warrior passed away this morning en route of the camp. He and a 5 others rolled their mini van, while swerving to avoid a deer carcass on the road, in Wisconsin. Prayers to his mother and friends. They said they believes he gave his life to protect water and stand in solidarity with Standing Rock. Have a safe journey Clark Fitzgerald. Wopila Tanka.
11-9-16 Ladonna Bravebull Allard…. I know there are people worried about the new president, and I want to let you know that we have suffered under all the American presidents since the establishment of America. Nothing changes for us. We will still be expendable in their eyes.
We must continue to stand up and say we have a right to live. We must let the world know we have a right to clean water. We must stand up for our children, grandchildren, and the unborn!
We fight in prayer, we fight in civil disobedience. We must stop the black snake!
Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. Stop colonialism. #NoDAPL
11-9-16 ~ Jason Cohen … Spiritual Warriors!!!
This is our Opportunity to do More. This is the natural separation, the last grasp of the old paradigm. We will stand up. Let us not fall into victimhood and thus become perpetrators down the line. This is our opportunity to find compassion. Many of the people we are disappointed with need our compassion.
This is our Opportunity to do More.
The black snake is in each of us. Regardless whom we voted for. It is the fear that resides deep within us that we can not face with comfort, or at all. It makes some of us bigots. It fills some of us with hate. It makes some of us work-a-holics or suffer from addictions. There are things all of us have difficulty facing. We’re not unique in this way. And we must come together and share our truths, and embrace and love these parts we run from. And we must stop blaming “the other”. The black snake is that within each of us that forces us to point to “the other”. It puts the wall between us and the less fortunate, more fortunate, impoverished, different, etc.
This is our Opportunity to do More.
If you are Muslim, or Mexican, of color, queer, any gender, are feeling afraid, I bow down low to the ground and say I am so sorry for this moment in our history. We have to have each other’s backs. Millions of us are calling for Unity. Many of us walk with guilt because we do not understand how to unify across cultural differences. Let’s all take risks and reach out. Thank you for your patience.
This is an Opportunity To Do More.
It is time to invest in Land together, and divest from businesses that are harming Land. Tell everyone you know. Especially the family members that you are afraid to talk to.
This is our Opportunity to do More.
It is time to learn skills, to grow food, and to come together. I know there are pieces that seem horrendous. The supreme court potential is chilling. But just as this separation is a reaction of the change that came before it, we will still be here in four years. Polish that which triggers you. No longer doubt your potential. Take risks. Support the work you respect. And if you’re willing to, do things that you once considered outside you comfort zone or unfashionable. It’s time to unite activism and heart healing. It’s time to deepen our practices.
This is our Opportunity to do More.
I am on my way home from Standing Rock. We’re just outside Chicago today. Our time there was incredible in some ways and hard in others. I experienced miracle, racism, separation, and ultimately unity and love. I saw incredible courage and selflessness. I saw anger and beauty. I saw the past and the future. This isn’t going to be easy but we have to prepare to keep our fires burning through the winter. Whether it be three months or four years.
As we were loaded up last night and prepared to head out, we were gifted with one of the most amazing sunsets I have ever seen.
Even more so within this shocking change, I am so grateful for the Love in my life. I am so grateful for the circle of brilliant people I get to call friends. On my way home.
11-8-16 ~ Dallas Goldtooth … This morning over 400 protectors walked to the police barricade north of the Oceti Sakowin camp in a silent prayer march.
This march was organized and led by leaders of the International Indigenous Youth Council. They started with prayer at the Oceti Sakowin center fire and then marched to the Backwater bridge. In the front were three youth, each carrying a pipe, staff and jar of water, respectively. Once at the bridge they had everyone sit in prayer for a long while.
After sometime, the three main youth walked towards the police barricade, walking around two large burned out vehicles and approached the razor wire police set up.
They presented the police representatives with the water and asked them to share a drink with them.
After passing the jar of water thru the serpetine razor wire the police officers, suited in riot gear, were too cautious to drink the sacred water. We said that if the main representative wished, he could tap his chest with the water. He decided to go that route. Lol.
After that, the youth came back to the main group and all returned to Camp to complete the prayer back at the fire.
All-in-all it was amazing to see the dignity and leadership of the youth in this action. It was beautiful.
As the police state escalate its capacity for violence, we must escalate our capacity for empathy, dignity and focused resolve.
#SageAgainstTheMachine #NoDAPL #WaterIsLife
11-7-16 Myron Dewey… There were over 9,000 Water Protectors at Oceti Sakowin Camp this weekend!
11-7-16 ~ Nay Ho Tze …. The Elders say the Native American women will lead the healing among the tribes. We need to especially pray for our women, and ask the Creator to bless them and give them strength. Inside them are the powers of love and strength given by the Moon and the Earth. When everyone else gives up, it is the women who sing the songs of strength. She is the backbone of the people.
So, to our women we say, sing your songs of strength; pray for your special powers; keep the people strong; be respectful, gentle, and modest.
Oh, Great One, bless our women. Make them strong today.
11-6-16 ~ Prolific TheRapper… If you come to Standing Rock don’t come with your own agenda. Don’t come here to experience the frontlines. Don’t come if you think your going to “fight”. Don’t come because of what happened to us when we were brutalized by police/mercinaries from the treaty camp on 10-27.
Come to attend ceremonies. Come to listen to the traditional and spiritual leaders who are leading at Standing Rock. Come to listen to the youth runners, and youth groups. Come to listen to the gentle elders.
Be ego-less, humble yourself, come to pray with them and follow their instructions. The universe is teaching us something, but we have to submit to it. Humble ourselves, have our minds open, otherwise might miss it. #NoDAPL
11-5-16 ~ Perry Jerome Post … A magical moment at Standing Rock, Saturday, November 5th.
It was late at night, maybe around midnight or 1am. I wasn’t in tune with a clock in that moment. Folks were bedding down. Things were getting quiet.
A handful of younger sounding men (presumably indigenous) started wolf-calling to each other across the 3 camps. Their calls carried clearly for long distances in the open silence of the Dakota hills.
This lasted maybe 5 to 10 minutes. After only a few moments of silence, a decent sized pack of coyotes, very near and to the southwest of Rose Bud, started singing and yelping and crying out in what sounded like joyous play.
A second pack, farther away and to the east on the other side of the river, answered back, joining in the merriment.
During the brief pauses in the coyote calling, a few men here and there added a note or two of their own.
The closest pack of coyotes became very rambunctious in their singing. I can’t say for sure, but it sounded like there were pups in the pack, or the adults just really sound like pups playing. They were excited and very animated.
As that pack’s song slowed, I realized there was a lone man in the distance softly pounding a drum, singing or praying in a calm, peaceful, heartfelt quiet chant.
The near pack of coyotes kicked in again, drowning out his song in their exuberance.
As all settled down and night was again quiet, I sat there, awestruck in dark silence, moved to my core by the connection I had just witnessed in the star sparkled blackness of ‘nowhere’.
10-29-16 ~ Leslie Fieger… Handcuffed. Waiting to be bused to their dog cages. Why the one guy clad only in his underwear while everyone else is dressed for the late October weather? He was dragged from an Inipi (sweat lodge) while doing ceremonial prayer. Is this shit OK with you?
11-7-16 ~ © Emily Levine … A few days ago I posted biographical information on Matilda Galpin, Waŋblí Ayútepiwiŋ (Eagle Woman Who All Look At), one of the women buried on the top of the hill. I thought people might want to see what she looked like. I believe history is important. These are real people, from not so very long ago.
Keepin it real.
>>As far as I know, nothing has happened to her grave.<<
For those who don't know who Matilda Galpin (Eagle Woman Who All Look At) was, again, here is the footnote I wrote for the book I edited. For those of you sharing the image, feel free to cut and paste this info if you want (with the credit):
"1. Mathilda Galpin, Mathilda Picotte, Eagle Woman That All Look At, Waŋblí Ayútepiwiŋ (Waŋblí=eagle, ayúta=to be looking at, pi=plural indicator, 1820-December 18, 1888): A major figure in Standing Rock history and a fascinating full blood woman, Eagle Woman was born on the east bank of the Missouri River south of the future site of Ft. Pierre. She was the daughter of Two Lance (Wahúkheza núŋpa) of the Two Kettle band and his first wife, Rosy Light of Dawn (Iyošahinapȟa) of the Húŋkpapȟa. At the age of eighteen, she married prominent French Canadian fur trader Honoré Picotte who rose in the ranks of the American Fur Company to become the General Agent for the Company’s Upper Missouri Outfit. Picotte had been married to two other D/Lakota women as well, but in the late 1840s, he returned to his French wife in St. Louis leaving Eagle Woman with their two daughters and a stepson. By early 1850, she had married Picotte’s protégée, Charles E. Galpin. By all accounts, the following nineteen years forged a close marriage and partnership that resulted in two additional daughters.
Eagle Woman served as an interpreter during crucial negotiations between the army and the so-called hostile Indians. During the 1865 and 1868 councils with Father De Smet, she was respected by army officers and warriors alike. Her husband’s journal kept during the journey of the Peace Commissioners is especially interesting (see Rev. Louis Pfaller, O.S.B., “The Galpin Journal: Dramatic Record of an Odyssey of Peace,” Montana: The Magazine of Western History, 18 (2): 2-23). When Galpin died the following year, Eagle Woman continued to operate their trading post near the Cannonball River, in spite of powerful government and commercial interests that tried to prevent her continued success.
Her stature among her people grew as she served as a peacekeeper, signer of the Agreement of 1882, and major trader on the upper Missouri River. Eagle Woman Who All Look At died at her daughter’s home, the Cannonball Ranch, on December 18, 1888. John S. Gray’s “The Story of Mrs. Picotte-Galpin, a Sioux Heroine,” an in depth two-part article, is the best published source on Eagle Woman’s life. See also Holley, Once Their Home."
11-7-16 ~ Myron Dewey … I now see what my ancestors have seen, my “Existence is my Resistance”
I will continue to pray in resistance and as the Ghost Dance was done in prayer, the difference today is the world is watching in solidarity and we are the media…..filming through Indigenous Eyes.
11-7-16 ~ Lee Sprague…. Memories: Father Daughter first time getting maced together. My daughter Ahjani comments after yeterdays Peace Action by Water Protectors at Standing Rock against DAPL.
Michigan Canoes set up a first aide station on “Turtle Island” occupied by the Dakota Access Pipeline Security forces. We used our canoes as shelters.
We carried hypothermia kits, space blankets, wool blankets, hat and gloves. Eye wash for maced eyes, we also had gas masks and protective eye gear.
The first time I was maced, I was out for 5 minutes, eyes burned, hard to breath. I did not have my gas mask on.
Then it felt better, a little, and we continued to deliver first aid.
Once our first aid station was maced, the Water Protectors ổn shore ưsed our canoes to cross the river to Turtle Island. Ropes were tied to both ends of the canoe, and peoples, first aid and safety supplies were ferried accross the river at Standing Rock. Over 200 people crossed the river to Turtle Island.
Amos Cloud, and the Man in the Coyote Skin Hat were with us on the Turtle Island.
A fire was built. Defensive Baier made of wood blocked DAPL Security Forces from getting to our beach by foot.
Tear gas was fired by boat at us.
Andrea Waitner and Joseph and many others were our shores crew. Helping to unload and load our canoes, and replenish first aid kits in the waterproof bags we carry.
The second time we were maced I was better prepared with gas masks. We continued to help people in the water.
One of our life guards was in the water 4 hours, helping people struggling in the water.
When our water protector action was over, we were able to secure all requests equipment, all canoes and trailer. All of our Canoe rescue workers. A few people had hypothermia, and we were able to assist them, keep them warm.
I have no pictures of the water protectors peace action on the Island, just pictures of us putting our canoes in the water with DAPL forces in speed boats. The Police forces on the ridge were directly above us. But have a few from Camp. Our solar powered station is operational. We are putting up telephone poles, using our 18 foot cedar poles, to light up our camp. This phone was charged by solar.
New telephone poles earlier this morning. We stay busy.
Batteries bank and equipment inside our teepee, powers light for winter light. One of our projects, in addition to our rescue canoes from Michigan by many who helped us to travel hêre.
I never imagined I’d be living in a solar powered teepee in North Dakota for winter. We have some more work, then take some R&R off the front line. Our camp I surrounded by DAPL Security Forces. There are surveillance flight over head. We mostly ignore them, and work together a community.
Not even two days and I smell tired. Thêre ảe folks hêre for months. They need our continued support.
11-7-16 ~ Female Water Protectors BRUTALIZED By Oil Police
Lauren Howland… Jicarilla Apache 21 yr. old girl whose arm was broken
11-7-16 ~ Indigenous Rising Media …. Water protectors reclaimed “turtle island” near the Cannon Ball River. This sacred land holds many people that are buried there.
Morton County Sheriffs and other law enforcement have set up their station on top the buried ancestors. This is a continuation of the disrespect and ignorance towards the territory of the people of Standing Rock.
11-7-16 ~ Dallas Goldtooth… Morton County sheriff’s department erected this barricade to keep our people from moving north to stop construction.
One of thier stated reasons they made this move was because they say we were blocking the road from Emergency Services accessing our camp.
So they erect this…essentially blocking the road from Emergency Services accessing our camp. Oh the irony…..
11-6-16 Groovyyurts – Authentic Mongolian Yurts just ran out of inventory until Spring of 2017 because they dedicated their efforts to support Standing Rock! They lent out dozens of yurts to various groups of campers and water protectors at discounted prices. Next time you’re down at camp you’ll know where all those Mongolian Yurts came from. (y) #bethechange#nodapl
11-5-16 ~ Lee Sprague and Brad Kallio…. Conspiracy to Commit Peace. After they arrested a water protector for buying kayaks, we’re making our intentions clear. We are hêre to commit peace, and Protect Water.
From Law Enforcement:
“Law enforcement arrested one individual who was aiding in illegal activity by purchasing canoes and kayaks to be used for crossing the waterway. He was arrested for conspiracy to commit obstruction of a government function.”
Surely the Police and Military forces will let the Indigenous Red Cross through. That’s who we are, the Indigenous Red Cross.
We’re not going to let them confiscate our canoes, and emergency relief supplies, to impair abilities to conduct water rescues.
We are on the final leg into Standing Rock.
11-5-16 ~ Chad Charlie… Let me give you a little backstory to this photo from what I witnessed first hand…
The young girl that is being maced is a Warrior with a capital W.
The rope that she has in her hand is tied to a line of logs. She was tying those logs to a post in the water. That was a tactic to prevent the National Guard boats (the ones that shot a reporter on shore from their boat) from approaching the warriors in the water.
As she swam up to the post, the officer came and tried to prevent her from tying the line. He maced her for 5-7 seconds. When he stopped, she continued to tie the rope. He maced her again and they went back and forth from tying and macing about four times. She finally succeeded in tying the line and made it back to the medics.
After being maced about four times for 5-7 seconds each time, I am more proud of this woman’s drive to protect her people than I am angry at this so-called police officer attacking her with some sort of passion.
As he sits at home tonight, I hope that he sees this photo and takes time to think about the trauma and torture he is putting our people through.
The next time he says to himself “I would never harm a woman” or “No man better bring harm to my daughter” I hope he thinks back to this time when he tortured a woman protecting her people from trigger happy officers armed to violently put us down with a smile on their smug little faces.
If anyone can identify this warrior, please do and give her thanks. She is truly a hero in my eyes.
11-4-16 ~ Waniya Locke …. So in case you haven’t heard, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple said that he wants to charge people who are donating to the #NoDAPL effort with “supporting an unlawful activity.” I think it is HILARIOUS! What is he going to do? Charge the Episcopal Church? Charge the City of Seattle? Charge the entire cast of the Justice League?
He has lost his mind. He is seriously mentally ill…the blind emperor leading his blindly-believing public. North Dakota’s government and its law enforcement are on the WRONG side of history, and their racist minions will go down in history as the people who attacked prayerful Native Americans who are just trying to protect Mother Earth from further destruction.
I hope that this will only solidify your efforts to help us. I hope that you will consider your donations to be public service, because our cause is just and the people have good hearts. Stand strong with us!
11-4-16 ~ Kandi Mossett…
“2 Policemen cried and 3 put down their batons and set them beside them instead of in front of their chests. Thank you for listening, thank you for crying with us. Thank you for showing us your humanity. Thank you for showing us your tears.”
11-4-16 ~ Chad Charlie… Personal account:
Last night I prayed for this to be over.
I am tired.
I’ve been out here for three months at nearly every action hoping that it would be the last.
Last night I prayed for the “last stand” to just hurry up and come.
I am tired.
I’m ready to either go back home to visit my mom, or go home to be with my late grandpa, hoping he’d be proud of me.
Last night I prayed that wherever the next action may lead to, those officers with guns held to our face think about why we are doing this.
Last night I prayed that if these officers go as far as to use those live rounds again, at least my children would have something to be proud of when I’m gone.
The fear of escalation is a real thing here.
Now replace that word “escalation” with the word “death”.
I am tired.
11-3-16 ~ But Smokey rides again… It’s good to see him, finally. And see him riding again, after Morton County Sheriff’s deputies tased and killed his horse about 6 days ago (please see the earlier post). And shot Smokey three times with rubber bullets (knocked him backwards off the horse).
He’s doing well–I’m very happy to say.
11-3-16 ~ Rudy TwoMoon … So the clergy arrived. 524 yrs of ignoring the cries of their victims.. sure, use their voices and numbers, but remember this…. they carry the church on their backs. They may mean well and even some of them may even believe in their stance, but when they leave, they won’t take the church home with em….that shit stays. They will look you in the eye and remind us how they fought a struggle with us… never mind the 500 yrs of non stop oppression we haven’t healed from. That was yrs ago and today is a new dawn they’ll say. As we fight the black snake, pay very close attention to the white snake at your side… always plotting for gain…. waiting to consume. The church has never done anything for another, for the purpose of just giving, it’s only for gain. These clergy have been sent by the UN. These are the Jesuits, Knights of the Red Cross your forefathers feared and we’re murdered by. While we focus on their weaponless hands, let’s not forget, this is how they always started an invasion….. with promise of peace hope and love. Never forget, the church’s continuous past actions. Never forget, the church runs the largest military on the planet. Never forget, they will turn on anyone who doubts their ideals of God without a second thought. Remember, we are nothing but disposable gain, a throw away. Fine, use the clergy, but don’t ever forget what they are and never underestimate them…ever.
11-3-16 ~ Redhawk … There have been at least 2 reports of police officers turning in their badges acknowledging that this battle is not what they signed up for. You can see it in some of them, that they do not support the police actions. We must keep reminding them they are welcome to put down their weapons and badge and take a stand against this pipeline as well.
Some are waking up.
11-2-16 ~ ProlificTheRapper … NEW EVIDENCE: This is what happens in America when we let our politicians get bought by Big Oil Corporations. ON 10-27-16 they SHOT A LIVE LETHAL ROUND at one of our UNARMED YOUTH HORSE RIDERS WHO WAS RIDING AWAY FROM THEM. This is a police state, this is not American, this is Fascism.
Human rights abuses galore. People being held in dog kennels. Police Brutality, Reckless Endangerment, Lines blurred between DAPL security/police, Zero Police Accountability, Police taking orders from unidentified masked men, Illegal Search and Seizures, Unjust charges pressed on Journalists, Egregious Felonies placed on protectors, Excessive bond sought by states attorney, NO CHARGES ON POLICE OR SECURITY TO DATE (none for the dog attacks, or illegal shooting of drones, or the DAPL infiltrator who broke through a barricade chasing protectors with an AR-15).
And for what? For wanting a FULL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT. For wanting fair inclusion of tribes concerns on projects that affect their water, graves & sacred sites. For wanting human rights abuses to stop. For wanting clean water.
Everyday that we delay this pipeline is $6,000,000 that DAPL loses. This is why we have seen an escalation of police/DAPL violence. This police state was made possible when the ND Governor declared a State Of Emergency. Those emergency powers give him the ability to change the rules governing the agencies involved as he sees fit. But he needs to portray us as a dangerous, riotous, hazard to public safety in order to justify this police state. That is why it’s so important for the world to see the true story, beyond infiltrators, that we are peaceful no matter what violence and injustice they perpetrate on us. SEE THE LAWS HERE
Despite everything we remain with prayer.
Obama needs to step in NOW, not later, NOW.
11-2-16 ~ Erin Schrode … Speechless. I was shot by militarized police WHILE interviewing a peaceful man at Standing Rock live on camera. I woke up this morning with the thought that I may have that very footage – and broke down in reliving the 40-second horror before my own eyes. Warning: it’s very very difficult to watch and sent me into quivers and tears, even without the compounding historic trauma that Native Americans face.
I do not wish to divert focus away from the bravery of the Water Protectors, from the power of nonviolent direct action, from the people fighting for their lives and for our futures – but I want you to witness the indiscriminate use of excessive force firsthand. Many have said that militarized police firing a rubber bullet at a female reporter was a fabrication, provoked by violence, or otherwise merited, including a Morton County, North Dakota press release. That is a lie; we have proof and eyewitnesses (cc Josh Fox, Matt McGorry, Jordan Chariton, Josue Rivas, Evan Simon, Josh Fox, Wes Mekasi Horinek, Kendrick Sampson, Doug Pineda, Doug Good Feather and countless more).
I was standing innocently onshore, not making any aggressive gestures, never exchanging a single word with the police who fired at my lower back from their boat. Peaceful souls were seeking to cross the river to hold a prayer circle on Army Corps public land, but halted by over one hundred hostile military police armed with and deploying tear gas, pepper spray, batons, and rubber bullets, as well as assault weapons and the threat of jail, only one week after 141 individuals were brutally arrested. I was shot at pointblank range, dozens were maced and pepper sprayed in the face, hundreds faced freezing waters. There were no arrests or deaths and I will be okay physically, but the safety and wellbeing of many peoples and lands remain in danger, for present and future generations.
Thank you for your prayers, for your action in calling upon our President, government and Department of Justice to halt this atrocity immediately, for showing up and donating to support this fight for human rights, for the environment, for peace. Please continue to pray for the strength and protection of all peoples, for the physical pain, for the emotional trauma, for the desecrated land. #StandWithStandingRock #NoDAPL
Native American Heritage Month
11-2-16 ~ Conor Handley … Today many of our protectors tried to cross the river to pray on top of a hill where Oceti Sakowin ancestors are buried, this place has been desecrated by the police and DAPL. The militarized police responded with brutal force, a young man was shot point blank with a rubber bullet and has been coughing up blood, another woman was shot by one of heavily armed officers on a boat. Many of our people tried crossing the river after police destroyed our makeshift bridge, some of them are in critical condition after they were gassed and maced by police and went into shock from the freezing cold waters. Other brave people kept going back by boat to rescue those that were struggling in the cold water but police in their own boat attempted to stop them. These are WAR CRIMES, we are unarmed we are peaceful, no one even lifted a finger against these cops today. I am disgusted by the state of North Dakota and by this country that continues to perpetuate its genocide against Indigenous Peoples’.
11-2-16 ~ Lady2Soothe ~ Potentially murdering someone by drowning if they couldn’t swim, were overcome by pepper spray or was trampled/pulled/pushed under by someone panicking or unable to see.
ATTEMPTED MURDER… In order for a person to be guilty of attempted murder, that person should have deliberately, intentionally or recklessly with extreme disregard for human life.
In the case of death:
VOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER: an intent to kill or cause serious bodily harm
INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER: an unintentional killing resulting from recklessness or criminal negligence.
11-2-16 ~ Peaceful Women standing in the cold water sacrificing themselves to protect the water despite the insane spraying of pepper spray by the police on the north edge of camp today.
11-2-16 ~ Sacred Stone Camp … Police are currently desecrating the burial grounds of Alma Parkin and Matilda Galpin, the indigenous women who once owned the Cannonball Ranch, where Dakota Access is working day and night to finish their pipeline though they have no permit to cross the Missouri River. They have unleashed pepper spray and tear gas on water protectors standing in the river with their hands in the air. In the last shot, notice the small tree on the top of the hill where the armored vehicles are staged. This is the grave site. This is unacceptable.
11-2-16 ~ Olowaan Plain … Camp is not being raided, but the ones that went to the water front are being attacked by North Dakota! That is where the gunfire took place! Prayers for the Water Protectors, everything is fine IN CAMP. Kids are playing; people are chopping wood; folks are drinking tea. Just adjacent to camp, this is are going crazy. Because the state is afraid of people in prayer.
CAMP IS NOT BEING RAIDED.
They asked women and children to evacuate the main camp (Očhéthi Sakowin) because rubber bullets were flying, and they are fearful that crazy DAPL employees will infiltrate camp. BUT NO ONE IS LEAVING. WE ARE NOT AFRAID.
11-2-16 Kandi Mossett … I just talked to one of the medics. The kid that was shot in the back by a rubber bullet today Nov 2nd that was coughing up blood had a bruised lung which caused the bleeding but the bleeding stopped & he’s going to be ok. He’ll be very sore but ok. Please spread the word.
11-2-16 ~ DAPL is now flooding the camp with huge lights and flying drones, helicopters, planes, and even fighter jets over us. This is a war zone!! And where is our president? No one is protecting us..they protect the pipeline..so sad to see that they only care about short term profits..where will their children live once the earth is poisoned and they can’t drink water…
11-2-16 ~ Anthony Seal … a former police officer who stands with standing rock, read what he says about shooting at people on horseback…
11-1-16 ~ Baby born during Dakota Access Pipeline protest
11-1-16 ~ TO ALL THE PEOPLE THIS TOUCHES, LET IT BE KNOWN THAT ‘YOU’ DESERVE IT…
So today, Larry Cooper and I went ‘to camp’ to help clean up, and they were moving stuff around, and my eyes saw this banner…
Although I hadn’t had ‘confirmation’ that this came from ND, I felt it… And so I asked: “Isn’t this the banner from…”. And my Brother cut me off and replied: “Take it! Take it, it’s YOURS… Just came down from ND…”
My hands, as I was touching it, froze, and my eyes welled with tears… I knew that, although I am not there ‘physically’, I am still appreciated, and heard, and thanked by all of you in Standing Rock …
So now, as I looked at it, it spoke to me.
“You know what to do… Give thanks… Return the honor … Tell them.”
So this is my Offering of Thanks to all the Warriors, Children, Men, Women, GrandMothers, GrandFathers, All of YOU…
YOU ARE APPRECIATEDBY ALL OF US.
This is the THIRD time I have written this out, in different ways, this time I am SAVING it, because Facebook deleted it… twice already.
I guess Creator and the Ancestors have ways of letting you know’ they saw you’ …
10-31-16 ~ A MESSAGE FROM SACRED STONE CAMP
There is no solid line between “organizers” and others- this is a movement, not an organization. There are many camps and points of contact, we can only verify that the ‘Facebook Check In’ action did not originate from the Sacred Stone Camp FB page. We support the tactic, and think it is a great way to express solidarity.
There is no doubt that law enforcement comb social media for incriminating material and monitor communications.
The check in’s have created a huge influx of media attention that we appreciate. Our growing massive social media following plays a key role in this struggle. We have been ignored for the most part by mainstream media, yet we have hundreds of thousands of supporters from across the world. We appreciate a diversity of tactics and encourage people to come up with creative ways to act in solidarity, both online and as real physical allies.
We would like to see these thousands of people take physical action to demand that their banks divest, their police forces withdraw, and the Army Corps and Obama administration halt the construction of this pipeline. We would like CitiBank, Bank of Tokyo, and Mizho Bank to cancel their pending $1.1 billion dollar loan to DAPL. We’d also like to see people connect with indigenous and environmental struggles in their own bioregion. We’d like you to investigate and organize around your personal relationship to fossil fuel consumption and colonization.
We need your support for our legal defense as the battle intensifies- fundrazr.com/sacredstone
We need you to plug into a solidarity action
We also need 10,000, 100,000 people to join us here on the ground. Now. Join us!
10-31-16 ~ Redhawk ~ Just received this video from my friend Mike. In the first 15 seconds, you can see a spirit rider holding the line, and keeping distance between water protectors and police. You will then see the water protector shot off his horse at point blank range with rubber bullets, and then his horse shot at point blank range. The next couple minutes are the commotion afterwards. There was no reason to shoot this brave water protector and his horse, as they were not threatening MCSD or military in any way.
10-31-16 ~ NEPALESE MIRACLES IN NORTH DAKOTA: Walking through a section of trees in Sicangu (Rosebud) camp yesterday I ran across this couple–Ken Gagnon and Gina Shvartsman, yurt makers. They said they were setting up a shop to make yurts on demand for all the encampments.
Miracle! I asked if they’d help with emergency shelters and warming stations for medics from the Standing Rock Medic & Healer Council.
YES! For FREE! (More about that in a minute.)
If you’re here, or about to arrive, WE NEED YOU. Ken and Gina are going to be in Sicangu for the next two weeks. They want to train yurt makers so that the work can continue through winter. This is incredibly important. I’ve seen (easily) 75 expedition tents crushed flat as a pancake by 50-60 mph winds. Yurts survive. Tipis survive.
Yurts can make a huge difference in protecting people here. In making sure our medics–particularly in a rescue–can get out of the wind and the cold, and warm up while transporting patients overland.
Gina and Ken will train you. Ideally, you should plan to be here for at least two weeks, to go through the training; then you yourself could be a trainer, as ppl rotate in and out of the camps. You’d be making sure the knowledge was passed on. And that yurts keep rolling out of Ken and Gina’s shop.
You don’t need to be here all winter to make a difference. Even ppl who are going to be here a few days could help with some simple tasks. If you can strip bark off poles, you’d be hugely useful. If you can use a drill, there’s a place for you.
So, MSG ME please, if you’d like to become a yurt maker. I’ll start connecting volunteers with Ken and Gina, and we will help them build the shelters we need to protect people here.
And please, for those of you who can’t come, but want to help, support them. Their website is twogirlsfarm.org. Order a yurt! Even if (God forgive you) you’re warm and dry in Tampa. They’re providing a crucial service. They deserve our support.
You can reach Ken directly, too: email@example.com
10-31-16 ~ John Floberg … Three hundred Clergy have registered to come and Stand With Standing Rock. There are 16 different faith traditions represented. 10 of those are various Christian traditions.
We made a call for one hundred to come and Stand With Standing Rock. I am humbled by the response by these people/faith communities to come for a Peaceful, Non-Violent, Prayerful, Witness in Solidarity with Standing Rock and the hundreds of Indigenous Nations that are Standing With Standing Rock.
Many of our faith traditions have now rejected the Doctrine of Discovery that provided the way for church sanctioned oppression during the past 500 years. For those of us that are able, in our faith tradition, we will reiterate our renunciation of that doctrine in Camp Oceti Sakowin before we ever go out to stand witness with the Standing Rock Nation. That act will be the first thing and the first time done by so many in attendance of denominations and of Indigenous people.
10-30-16 ~ Lee Burkett … Here’s the thing:
Baton down the hatches, here comes the Cause.
I’ve seen it. You’ve seen it, whether you recognize it for what it is remains to be worked out.
Now that the battle of Standing Rock is garnering national and international attention and support, there is a mad rush to brand it, to attach organizational and political agendas to it.
What began very simply as wise and brave Indigenous people taking a stand to protect the water, the Earth, life itself, is now being defined and redefined through long standing filters of belief, opinion, ideology and, of course, celebrity culture.
People are turning it into a political debate, a philosophical debate, an economic debate …
Because now, it’s a cause. It’s a movement.
And we thrive on causes.
Especially white privileged self described liberals and progressives. We can’t help ourselves. We need to meddle. We need to educate. We need to emphasize just how liberal and progressive we are by taking over, re-branding, every cause, every movement.
So, as a public service, I’ve written a letter that sums up the approach most of us white, privileged people are taking as regards the Protectors of The Water:
“Dear Indigenous People,
Gee … thanks, you Indigenous people for bringing this to national and international attention. You did kind of all right, you know, considering none of us white liberals were there educating and organizing and forming consensus groups.
And, you know, having millions of US citizens pledging support for you without our help is quite a feather in your cap.
So pat yourselves on the back. No, really, you deserve it, coming all this way without our guidance. National and international attention and support, resistance groups springing up everywhere, you’ve done well. Considering, you know … but now it’s too big, too important for us to let you keep running things.
We’ll take over from here. I mean jeez, look at all we’ve accomplished in the past 40 years. Look how we helped Occupy! And who could forget how we came up with the touchy-feely all inclusive politically correct “All Lives Matter” in response to the racially charged and possibly offensive “Black Lives Matter.”
We’ve got to step in and educate you. First, this is gonna hurt, but we question your leadership. We mean no offense, but your Elders and stuff don’t seem to know anything about consensus building and networking and educational outreach and media relations and the all important spin this little movement of yours needs. You guys don’t get that you have to attach yourself to us and our agenda.
Like for instance, there’s been talk about re-routing the DAPL away from Indigenous land.
If they reroute it, where will that leave all of us? We might have to organize our own communities to resist a pipeline being put through our local cemetery or our rivers and aquifers.
Do ya get how uncaring that attitude is? All pipelines matter, right? What a turn off to keep making this all about you Indigenous people and your lands and your water and your history and stuff. You’re not going to get anywhere alienating people like that.
So thanks for all you’ve done. Can we move into this office? Great, listen, somebody form a consensus about building a movement. Can we get some memes going? ”
10-29-16 ~ Sarah Sunshine Manning… This morning was just what we needed to refocus on the work we were all called here to do- to stand prayerfully and peacefully for each other, for Earth, and Water. We all walked up to the frontline, Arvol Lookinghorse with his pipe, and a beautiful group of women in their healing dresses. We were reminded not to treat each other poorly as tensions heighten, to not use profanity and especially while pipes are at these sites. During the day of the removal from the north camp, elders stood with a pipe, and they stood in prayer. Some with heightened energies lost sight of that pipe there and began spreading energies opposite of the energy necessary for that pipe to truly do its intended work. Today was a humbling and beautiful reminder of who we are, and what we need to do moving forward.
10-28-16 Floris Ptesáŋ Huŋká … My friends and relatives I’m OK, so to speak. I was arrested yesterday. What I saw, felt, and heard was ….unreal. I’m proud of my people, we stood together. People did their best to protect one another, unarmed.
After we were arrested, we were dehumanized. We were given a number. They trucked us by busloads to Morton Co. We were held in dog kenels, packed. There were tarps to cover the two that women were put in. We sat and laid on the cold cement.
Standing Rock were the first called out to be shipped out to Fargo. I have so much to say but right now I just want to let you all know I am ok and, we will not stop.
10-28-16 ~ Jacquelyn Cordova … International Indigenous Youth Council member Lauren TwoBraids Howland has been repeatedly abused by law enforcement this past week. Her wrist was broken earlier this week. She was maced alongside other water protectors 3 times yesterday and her wrist was rebroken.
Medic are working to clear all burning agents from our protectors eyes as they continue standing in prayer. PLEASE, pray for our medics! Many have now been arrested and are therefore unable to help with frontline and overall camp injuries and illnesses.
10-28-16 ~ Ron Toahami Jackson… This comes from Greg Grey Cloud, one of these beautiful horses was murdered by the militarized goons on Thursday. UPDATE ON HORSE NATION:
Two of my horses have been shot by Morton county police, along with their riders. One horse was wounded in the front leg. Going to be ok though we doctored her up. Both warriors shot, are my boys from the Crow Creek Spirit Riders and are both going to be ok!
Sidebar::: “can’t keep warriors down too long”
Four other horsemen were ripped off of their horses and violently arrested. One horse was injured so badly, it didn’t make it home. RIP to one of our relatives of the horse nation…
Other horses were left. Apparently they can’t legally detain livestock.
Sidebar::: “I guess livestock have more rights than Indians”
10-28-16 ~ Red Hawk…. Today at Standing Rock during the 1851 Treaty Camp standoff, a hired DAPL security guard was spotted in the crowd with an automatic rifle in his vehicle. When he was spotted, he began to head towards camp. Water protectors made an effort to stop him on the road, in which he shot off onto the shoulder, and began speeding towards camp through the grass. The community feared for the women and childen and began taking action. Water protectors began setting up a blockade at the bridge ahead, as 2 water protectors used their vehicles to crash into the securities truck, causing him to spin out on the riverbank. The security then exited his vehicle, cocked his AR-15, and began back stepping from protectors into the nearby river. A near half hour stand off took place where water protectors pleaded and tried to defuse the situation of the man coming directly at their families. Eventually, BIA came to the scene, disarmed the man, and his was placed under arrest.
America, this is what is happening here. DAPL will do anything possible, include the threat of death and violence to get this pipeline through. DO NOT LET MAINSTREAM MEDIA LIE TO YOU. Protectors are facing the threat of death simply for protecting water and preserving history.
PLEASE SHARE AND SPREAD THE MESSAGE OF WHAT IS REALLY TAKING PLACE HERE AT STANDING ROCK AS FAR AS YOU CAN. PEACEFUL, PRAYERFUL WATER PROTECTORS ARE UNDER ATTACK.
10-28-16 ~ Kenny Frost ….Here is what is in store for the DAPL workers destroying our burials and in store for the sheriff n state police officers. The spirit of our ancestors will come after them making them and their families so sick for life.
Plus they don’t believe like we do as native people. If they believe like us. They would be protecting our burials sites.
I met the descendant of Colonial Chivington who killed the Cheyenne people at Sand Creek. He was not a happy person. He said, “He wish his great-great-father never killed the Cheyenne people.” He said, “His family either killed themselves in the past.” Or they had “Terrible sickness like cancers, and other dreadful disease.”
They really have screwed themselves….drugs, alcohol, disease’s for them and their families…plus they are non-believers…they don’t care.
This is the faith of those who hurt and harm our people. There is nothing we can do to help them.
Let the spirits have at them!
=->>>— Kenny —>
10-28-16 Tim Yakaitis … Standing Rock Today. People were shot with rubber bullets, a horse rider was shot off his horse, we were pepper sprayed several times and a DAPL worker armed with a 9mm and an AR 15 was chased into a pond by Water Protecters. He shot into the water several times before he was arrested by BIA police.
10-28-16 Fawn Wasin Zi … Medic “Michael” who was at the front lines told his story. “The cops actually pulled medics out of their vehicles and arrested them. They had their red cross insignias on their cars, shirts and arms. They are unbiased, they were there to help ANYONE in need.
10-27-16 ~ Olowaan Plain … America, you killed 50-100 million of our people throughout our nation’s history…then you hide it by not sharing it with the public…then you turn us into Mascots and demonize us in John Wayne movies…as if that’s not enough, now your allowing North Dakota to use Militia to illegally dig up the graves of the same millions of our ancestors you killed, just so you can build an oil pipeline which will poison the water for us & 17 million other U.S. Citizens!
Just know the world is standing with our people on the front lines on Standing Rock, who are unarmed! You’ve chosen your path and you will answer for your actions someday! We will continue to honor our ancestors and share the truth because our ancestors taught us well and died to save our traditions and values! WE ARE PROTECTORS, WE ARE STANDING ROCK!
10-27-16 ~ The Other 98%… Share to support the #WaterProtectors!!
Read this Call to Action from Nick Tilsen, Lakota leader and co-founder of the Indigenous Peoples Power Project (IP3)
Stand With Standing Rock Now
1. We need thousands of people, who care about justice, to come to camp willing to stake a peaceful stand!
2. We need Tribal Governments on the front lines. Don’t leave this fight to the tribal grassroots! Governments need to take risk and stand with the people!
3. We need all national media to come to camp. We’re done doing your damn job for you. You’re supposed to report the news and this is a giant story!
4. Celebrities who care about justice should come to North Dakota. Bring press with you. Be willing to take arrest and stand in solidarity with all of us!
5. Al Gore, Jessie Jackson, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders, we need you on the frontlines with us! Now!! Don’t wait for this jacked election to be over, while innocent natives are attacked using tax payer dollars!!!
10-27-16 ~ Olowaan Plain … I just received this statement from the Hillary Clinton campaign re: the Dakota Access Pipeline and #NoDAPL.
“We received a letter today from representatives of the tribes protesting the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. From the beginning of this campaign, Secretary Clinton has been clear that she thinks all voices should be heard and all views considered in federal infrastructure projects. Now, all of the parties involved–including the federal government, the pipeline company and contractors, the state of North Dakota, and the tribes–need to find a path forward that serves the broadest public interest. As that happens, it’s important that on the ground in North Dakota, everyone respects demonstrators’ rights to protest peacefully, and workers’ rights to do their jobs safely.”
10-27-16 ~ Spence Etzkorn … I am asking for prayer from all my friends. I know that not all of you agree with the pipeline protest but my nephew (15 years old) had his horse shot and killed out from under him today by one of the mercinaries and. He is still missing and no one knows if he is ok. He could have been shot instead of his horse. As a rancher, uncle, human, and Lakota I am extremely pissed, sadened and worried for all that are up there especially my nephew. I am hearing of some really bad things from up there. Our greed has got in the way of compassion and humanity.
10-27-16 ~ Indigenous Life Movement …. One man was shot with a taser in the face, as I was filming. The bar is still in his face. They already began arresting protectors, unlawfully checking people’s cars pepper spraying people in the face… and moving into our camp grounds. Helicopters and planes circle up above us. They have breach sacred burial grounds, and have moved along side of those ground, surrounding our entire camp.
All this has been caught on film, and when we can release it you all will be able to see for yourselves. I’m doing my best here to respite but many of our phones are blocked.
Everyone please Keep us in your prayers.
We are standing our grounds here.
10-27-16 ~ Clarence Rowland … A sweat lodge has been torn apart and all whom were in ceremony were arrested, my brother arrested also… Granny Helen went to jail too… Elders were pepper sprayed and arrested, we are asking for help now at this place it is a real war happening, rubber bullets were fired and percussion grenades thrown at the crowds.
10-27-16 ~ Lee Sprague …. It’s Begun, the Removal of Water Protectors at Standing Rock.
The United States is expert at removing Indians off the land. Ethnic Cleansing all legal. Because they wrote themselves a Bill of Rights to our lands.
North Dakota is just a proxy, handling the Great White Father in DC’s mop up operations.
That’s how they came to occupy over 567 nation’s lands, all legal.
I’m sure President Obama told Tribal Leaders their peoples, the Water Protectors at Standing Rock’s removal would be legal. That’s How Great White Fathers Roll.
10-27-16 ~ John Bravebull … “Take your armored vehicles home. Put your assault rifles away. You don’t need them, the people are unarmed. This isn’t Wounded Knee. This isn’t Sand Creek. This isn’t centuries ago. Your actions against an unarmed people will not go down in history as a victory. You said today you have the man power to end this now? How? With violence? With fear? With military tactics on the prairie? Do you realize how ridiculous an over armed military style raid on people from all around the world who are known as water protectors sounds? You claim everyone’s safety is your number one priority but you are the only one making threats of violence. Think about that. Just step back and think about what you are doing. Six million dollars to build an army of officers to defend an oil company against prayer. How is this happening in 2016? Have we really not come that far?”
10-26-16 ~ Kei Kurimoto… It has been an amazing journey protecting the water from greedy corrupt corporations that have no regard for how their actions affect the earth and all people. However this experience has been so much more. Words cannot give justice to the power of Nations coming together as one family to fight for what is right. I have spent a lot of time working in the kitchen feeding the masses and learning the native ways. This work has fed my soul, I have never felt more connected to the source of what life is really about. I’m so grateful to everyone I have met and everyone who has come to help us!! Here is just a glimpse of the love and the unity. Do not be fooled by all the smiles…in the kitchen we are on the front lines everyday. We began cooking over the fire battling the wind and the rain. But love poured in and donations were brought! We now cook on a stove that was deployed to Hurricane Katrina, to Sandy and now to Standing Rock thanks to Rosetta Buan. We have an actual shelter now to cook in thanks to Regina Randall. So many people have come here…but we need more warriors now!! Please come! Please stand with us. We are writing history everyday!
10-26-16 ~ Mississippi Stand
DAPL Security Harassment Update: Two of our comrades, Cameron Kennedy and James McBride, were arrested on false pretenses on the East bank of the Mississippi River yesterday afternoon near the drill pad in Illinois that bores underneath the river.
In this video update Cameron explains that the DAPL private security spotted himself and James on a public road near the linchpin drilling operation and within three minutes they were surrounded and blocked by multiple Hancock county squad cars as well multiple DAPL security cars. The two were arrested under false pretenses with private security as the only witness to a criminal trespassing charge.
Cameron denied consent to a vehicular search by Police, but the Private DAPL security guards began conducting the search regardless of this. The Hancock Sheriff, Scott Bentzinger, who was present at the scene simply said, “They are going to do what they want.”
These are the first known DAPL related arrests in Illinois and it sets a clear precedent about whose side of this battle the police are on. The money of big oil has seeped into small towns and counties across the United States and has effectively hired the police as enforcers of the Dakota Access agenda.
We need bodies on the ground here in Iowa to help with our mission to stop the drilling operation underneath the Mississippi and to amass a force that can librate us from the tyranny of militant security forces and police collusion.
Please come join us and also consider donating to our legal fund to help Cameron and James.
10-25-16 … The moment shortly after @kyfurneaux and I made it to Sacred Stone Camp, and stand in awe of a timeless scene…the fading colors of the day, rainbow on our left and shooting stars already visible above us, bareback riders galloping up a hill overlooking camp to watch the sunset…
As many as you already know, the Standing Rock Reservation is in the process of protecting their land, water, and burial grounds from being destroyed by the Dakota access pipeline. I was lucky enough to first visit Standing Rock over eight years ago, and will never forget the kindness, generosity, and humility of the people I met there. Returning this fall and having the privilege of once again being a guest of the Lakota/Dakota/Nakota Nation, I was brought to tears at seeing Sacred Stone Camp, at the beauty and music of that space, of the individuals I met there, their spirit, and everything they stood for. It breaks my heart to hear that hundreds of police and military members are mobilizing at this very moment to descend upon camp and the water protectors there in preparation for any resistance to the pipeline as it reaches these sacred grounds.
I’m not sure how this became a world in which money and greed demand so much power, but I know one thing – it will only get worse if we let it. Only we can choose what we hold sacred as a people, if human beings have more rights than corporations or if anything, even our basic rights, can be bought for a price. I refuse to be someone who sits on the sidelines at this point in history, and watches the rights of a people be taken away and their land destroyed, all over again. People are standing strong in the front lines, but they can use as much help as we can give them. If you can’t make it to North Dakota to stand with these peaceful warriors, please call the White House to make your voice heard ( 202-456-1111), check out the link in my bio, and spread the word!!!
10-24-16 … The United Nations has made communication with the Oceti Sakowin Seven Council Fires Camp yesterday evening, we are now recognized as a nation and they are sending UN Marshalls here to observe and help our people put a stop to this pipeline.
There has been a camp set up right in the path where the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline is to be built, this land the tribes is taking through eminent domain.
The time has come, our Mother Earth needs our help.
10-24-16 ~ Chad Charlie at Oceti Sakowin Camp
First, I must say….. I’m glad I wasn’t shot..
Now to the real story..
If you didn’t know, that was me being taken down by the riot officers. From what I recall I was in a line of peaceful protectors. We had a mission that did not involve being attacked by authority abusing, short tempered mercenaries protecting large oil companies.
I have been charged with Engaging in a Riot. I heard the Moron County Sheriffs statement lying about us crossing some imaginary line. First off, there was no line to begin with. The only line formed was our line of warriors protecting our people when they rushed forward to attack us with mace and violently push us in the chest to move us backwards, frequently causing us to trip and fall so they can nab us on the ground.
I was singled out by the officers to put under arrest because as we had our media teams filming the atrocities set forth by these cops, they continuously tried to grab our camera men and women to prevent us from getting out the true stories. Every time I watched an officer move forward on someone with a camera, I either stepped in front of them or pulled that camera person out of the way. One officer caught on to what I was doing and informed the overly aggressive mace attacker to move up on me. I had my hands up from the moment they arrived to our group to the moment they put me in zip ties.
During the time I was in those zip ties, which was 10 hours to be exact, I went through my day as my normal self, with humor. From cracking little jokes on the cops like telling one officer “I like your ugly stick” and he responded with “why do you call it that?”, I said “because ugly people hold them”. To urgently screaming in a garage full of protectors and officers “I NEED AN OFFICER OVER HERE!!!” and as they rush to me, I calmly state “my nose itches”.. I used my humor to maintain an image to these officers. Even on our three hour trip to Fargo police station, we sang songs and told jokes. We humorously gave our transferring officers a hard time, encouraging them to smile.
We have been labelled as verbally abusive, cattle-stealing, riot-engaging eco-terrorists. How can I continuously inform the world that we are peaceful people when we can’t even convince the officers in front of us that we are peaceful? Regardless how unfortunate it is that they are treating us so brutally (I mean, look at this image of me being slammed), we still have the potential to humanize our image by remaining peaceful, friendly people.
After spending over 10 hours with arresting officers, I managed to ask atleast four of them “We’re probably the coolest bunch of people that you’ve arrested aren’t we?” And every one of them hung their heads down and slightly smirked “Yeah, you kinda are”.
This is the power we have. We can change the game. All it takes is a little humility and humor.
Let’s put this pipeline to an end with our power..
10-25-16 ~ Water Protector and Gold Star mother, Netha Morgan, locked down to a barrel yesterday with another protector, Dan T., in order to block Dakota Access from entering the site where they have been dumping toxic sludge. The sludge accumulates as Dakota Access operates the drill that bores beneath the Mississippi River. Our action today has halted their boring operation because they cannot dump off the excess sludge!! This video is a somewhat comprehensive recap of the first afternoon of action. More will follow in the coming days.
Netha and Dan have not been arrested. After over 36 hours the site is still being occupied by Mississippi Stand! We are preparing for a number of arrests; there has already been one. Please consider donating to our legal fund in order to keep the movement strong, and come to join us in person!!
Water Protectors Stand Up!
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