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Group behind voter ID, stand your ground, ag-gag, private prison, anti-muni-wifi, and killing Obamacare now planning rules for jailing pipeline protesters / Boing Boing
Oklahoma's HB 1123 calls for citizens to receive a felony sentencing, $100,000 fine, and/or 10 years in prison if their actions “willfully damage, destroy, vandalize, deface, or tamper with equipment in a critical infrastructure facility.”

The ALEC model bill, by comparison, calls for those who “willfully trespass or enter property containing a critical infrastructure facility without permission by the owner of the property or lawful occupant thereof shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than {dollar figure}, or by imprisonment in the county jail for a term of {length of time}, or by both such fine and imprisonment.”
ALEC  NoDAPL  protest  felony 
december 2017 by Quercki
Judge Throws Out Charges Against Journalist Who Covered Dakota Access Pipeline – Mother Jones
A North Dakota judge on Monday dismissed the criminal charges that had been filed against a journalist over her reporting on a controversial oil pipeline project.


Amy Goodman, host and executive producer of Democracy Now, was facing riot charges related to a report she filed earlier this month from a protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline. At a hearing Monday in Mandan, North Dakota, Judge John Grinsteiner ruled there was no probable cause to support the allegations, and he dismissed the case.
media  demonstration  NoDAPL  Amy_Goodman  journalism  SLAPP 
october 2017 by Quercki
Standing Rock Documents Expose Inner Workings of “Surveillance-Industrial Complex”
The internal situation reports from around the time of Wilansky’s injury contain their own examples of disinformation, invasive intelligence-gathering practices, and a fixation on the purported violence of DAPL’s opponents. At times, TigerSwan refers explicitly to informants and infiltrators. A document from October 3, for example, explains the ways the company monitored members of the American Indian Movement “mostly through social media” and “informant collection” in order to gauge the effectiveness of their security practices and “develop possible counter-measures moving forward.”

The documents, four of which were first published by Grist, include the names of dozens of pipeline opponents, labeling some as “persons of interest.”
NoDAPL  FBI  TigerSwan  surveillance 
june 2017 by Quercki
Leaked Documents Reveal Counterterrorism Tactics Used at Standing Rock to “Defeat Pipeline Insurgencies”
May 27 2017, 5:04 a.m.
A SHADOWY INTERNATIONAL mercenary and security firm known as TigerSwan targeted the movement opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline with military-style counterterrorism measures, collaborating closely with police in at least five states, according to internal documents obtained by The Intercept. The documents provide the first detailed picture of how TigerSwan, which originated as a U.S. military and State Department contractor helping to execute the global war on terror, worked at the behest of its client Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the Dakota Access Pipeline, to respond to the indigenous-led movement that sought to stop the project.

Internal TigerSwan communications describe the movement as “an ideologically driven insurgency with a strong religious component” and compare the anti-pipeline water protectors to jihadist fighters.
NoDAPL  surveillance 
may 2017 by Quercki
DAPL Civil Suit Dropped Against Archambault, Council Members - Indian Country Media Network
May 19, 2017
Standing Rock Sioux Chairman David Archambault II and several tribal council members are no longer facing a civil suit from Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) over their alleged role in protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland dismissed the lawsuit filed last August by Dakota Access LLC, the ETP subsidiary building the pipeline.
NoDAPL  Native_American 
may 2017 by Quercki
Dakota Pipeline Builder Under Fire for Ohio Spill: 8 Violations in 7 Weeks | InsideClimate News
A $431,000 fine. That's a kiss on the cheek, not a slap on the wrist.
"The worst violation was on April 13 and involved the release of "several million gallons" of what's called "bentonite slurry"—thick mud laced with chemicals used to help drill underground to create space for laying down pipe—into some of the state's highest quality wetlands. The mud coated the wetlands, smothering vegetation and aquatic life in an ecosystem that helps filter water between farmland and nearby waterways.
Even after the surface spill was discovered, the company restarted construction there. This is the one site where cleanup is still ongoing. Both state and federal officials are monitoring the situation.
"Ohio EPA believes it's going to be decades before that wetland can be restored to its previous condition," agency spokesman James Lee told InsideClimate News."
NoDAPL  pipeline  spill  environment 
may 2017 by Quercki
Dakota Access pipeline has first leak before it's fully operational | US news | The Guardian
The Dakota Access pipeline has suffered its first leak, outraging indigenous groups who have long warned that the project poses a threat to the environment.

The $3.8bn oil pipeline, which sparked international protests last year and is not yet fully operational, spilled 84 gallons of crude oil at a South Dakota pump station, according to government regulators.

Life on the Keystone XL route: where opponents fear the ‘black snake’
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Although state officials said the 6 April leak was contained and quickly cleaned, critics of the project said the spill, which occurred as the pipeline is in the final stages of preparing to transport oil, raises fresh concerns about the potential hazards to waterways and Native American sites.

“They keep telling everybody that it is state of the art, that leaks won’t happen, that nothing can go wrong,” said Jan Hasselman, a lawyer for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which has been fighting the project for years. “It’s always been false. They haven’t even turned the thing on and it’s shown to be false.”
NoDAPL  leak  oil 
may 2017 by Quercki
A Story of Court Solidarity in the #NoDAPL Divestment Movement — Freshet Collective
This is a true story of direct action and effective use of court solidarity tactics by water protectors fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline.  It is a simple example of one way that comrades can remain in solidarity while navigating the legal system.  We hope this story helps build a culture of shared responsibility for defending our movements against State repression.  The frontlines are everywhere.
resist  NoDAPL  allies  arrest  legal  tactics  good  *** 
april 2017 by Quercki
(2) Winnemem Wintu Tribe - Timeline
This film leaves the conflict footage to others and takes time to listen to the stories and the powerful messages of decolonized thinking at the heart of the movement at Standing Rock.
NoDAPL  Standing_Rock  video 
february 2017 by Quercki
As Construction Near Standing Rock Restarts, Pipeline Fights Flare Across the U.S.
UNDER ORDERS FROM President Donald Trump, the Army Corps of Engineers on February 7 approved a final easement allowing Energy Transfer Partners to drill under the Missouri River near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. Construction has restarted, and lawyers for the company say it could take as little as 30 days for oil to flow through the Dakota Access pipeline.

While the Standing Rock Sioux and neighboring tribes attempt to halt the project in court, other opponents of the pipeline have launched what they’re calling a “last stand,” holding protests and disruptive actions across the U.S. In North Dakota, where it all began, a few hundred people continue to live at camps on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, using them as bases for prayer and for direct actions to block construction. Last week, camps were served eviction notices from Gov. Doug Burgum and from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, demanding that they clear the biggest camp, Oceti Sakowin, by Wednesday and a smaller camp, Sacred Stone, within 10 days.

The fight against DAPL didn’t come from nowhere. It’s a direct descendant of the Keystone XL fight — both pass through the territory of the Oceti Sakowin, or Seven Council Fires, which includes bands of the Lakota, Nakota, and Dakota people. And when Standing Rock tribal members saw that it was time to mobilize, they turned to relatives that had fought the Keystone XL.
NoDAPL  KXL  pipeline  activism 
february 2017 by Quercki
BREAKING: Top U.S. Scientist Resigns & Announces GOP Water Poison Cover-Up Scandal
October 3, 2016

As of last week North Carolina’s chief epidemiologist, Megan Davies resigned after accusing GOP state lawmakers of purposely misleading the states residents when it comes to the safety of their drinking water.

The decision to leave didn’t come lightly. After calling out the biggest utility in the state and Republican Governor Pat McCrory, she gave up her job of nearly seven years and an annual salary of $188,000.

In 2014 a Duke Energy power plant had a spill that resulted in 40,000 tons of toxic coal ash and 27 million gallons of wastewater spilling over into the Dan River. The ash, a byproduct of burning coal, is harmful to human beings and the environment. It contains extremely toxic amounts of chemicals like mercury, arsenic, and silica.
Shortly after the storage facilities were discovered to be unsafe, households around the storage sites were warned by state officials not to drink the water from their wells, due to water quality concerns. Duke Energy started providing citizens affected with bottled water in April of 2015.

A year after residents were told that their well water wasn’t safe to drink, state officials from the Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Health and Human Services contacted those who had been impacted by the issue and told them their water was safe.

Unfortunately, testing showed that the well water near the ash dumping sites was still unsafe, and contained high levels of cancer causing toxins. The only reason the “do-not-drink” order was lifted was because Duke Energy lobbied the state to reverse it, despite the fact that nothing had changed. There were still unlined coal ash sites littering the state and they were still leaching toxins into the water and the environment.
water  environment  safety  NoDAPL  Duke_Energy  NC  Flint 
december 2016 by Quercki
Police From Two States Leave Standing Rock, Refuse To Return
tanding Rock, North Dakota  — Widespread outrage over both the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline and violent police crackdowns rages on. That outrage is spreading even to police agencies now returning from deployment to the reservation. Two departments have already refused to return, citing personal and public objections. As if that wasn’t enough, an army of sympathizers is re-purposing social media to combat police efforts in Standing Rock.

Minnesota’s Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department is among that group. Lawmakers, according to MPR News, found police activities in Standing Rock “inappropriate”. It’s to the point where they’re considering rewriting legislation to avoid future deployments to incidents like the pipeline resistance.
....Sheriffs from Wisconsin’s Dane County were more empathetic, pulling out and refusing to return. According to the Bismarck Tribune, Sheriff Dave Mahoney made the decision after a “wide cross-section of the community” decried the deployment. “All share the opinion that our deputies should not be involved in this situation”, says Mahoney. Dane County’s deputies were deployed to Standing Rock for around a week. Sources report Dane County wasn’t involved in recent arrests, a string of which scooped up an alderwoman from Madison Wisconsin.

Ald. Rebecca Kemble traveled to North Dakota as a “legal observer”, filming and participating in prayer ceremonies. When Morton County officers–if they cans till be called that–grabbed and arrested her for engaging in a riot. According to Kemble, no riot was happening. Other Wisconsin departments have been recalled, with at least one staying behind for a more couple weeks.
NoDAPL  police  leave  Standing_Rock 
november 2016 by Quercki
A #NoDAPL Map – Northlandia
Thousands of Native Americans and their allies have gathered on unceded Sioux land delimited by the 1851 Treaty of Fort Laramie to try and stand in the way of the “black snake” that could poison the Standing Rock Reservation’s water supply. Many have noted that the pipeline corridor was repositioned from its original route north of Bismarck after white citizens spoke up against the threat a spill would pose to their drinking water–a threat duly recognized by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Yet the Corps failed its federal mandate for meaningful consultation with the Standing Rock Tribe before signing off on a route that moved the pipeline to their doorstep.
map  NoDAPL  Standing_Rock  Sioux  Native_American 
november 2016 by Quercki
Dakota Access is in Financial Jeopardy — Sacred Stone Camp - Iŋyaŋ Wakháŋagapi Othí
On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, just hours after the arrival of the drill at Standing Rock, Dakota Access LLC filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers for delaying its decision on the last required easement. Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault said in response, “They are wrong and the lawsuit will not succeed. We are looking forward to discussing the easement with the Administration and explaining why it must be denied.” In their court documents, the company said that delays have already cost nearly $100 million and that "further delay in the consideration of this case would add millions of dollars more each month in costs which cannot be recovered."

This desperation comes from the company’s January 1, 2017 deadline for completing the project.  Dakota Access has previously told the District Court that if they are not delivering oil by January 1, their shipper contracts will expire and the project will be in jeopardy.  A new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, and issued just as the company’s lawsuit was being filed on Wednesday, confirmed these weaknesses in the financing of the project and questioned its entire economic rationale.

The report, “The High-Risk Financing Behind the Dakota Access Pipeline: A Potential Stranded Asset in the Bakken Region of North Dakota,” describes why Dakota Access is pushing so hard to meet its January 1 deadline.  If it does not, producers and shippers who signed contracts two years ago committing to use the pipeline will then have the option to renegotiate the terms of those contracts, or even terminate them.  
NoDAPL  bank  finance  risk  pipeline 
november 2016 by Quercki
'Where Evil Resides': Veterans ‘Deploy’ To Standing Rock To Engage The Enemy — The US Government
On Dec. 4, if everything goes according to plan, hundreds of veterans will muster at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. The mission: To stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.
“Most civilians who’ve never served in a uniform are gutless worms who’ve never been in a fight in their life,” Wes Clark Jr. declares. “So if we don’t stop it, who will?”

Clark Jr. is one of the most vociferous opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline, a controversial 1,170-mile project that, if and when it is completed, will shuttle an estimated 470,000 barrels of crude oil every day from North Dakota to Illinois. “It’s immoral, and wrong, and dangerous to us all,” Clark Jr. adds.

He doesn’t fit the traditional tree-hugger mold. He’s not a hippie. Nor is he a member of the Lakota or Dakota tribes, the two Native American group known collectively as the Sioux. He’s a former Army officer and the organizer of an upcoming three-day deployment of U.S. military veterans to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in southern North Dakota, the site of an escalating months-long standoff between law enforcement-backed security contractors and activists that has so far resulted in multiple injuries, more than 500 arrests, and a United Nations investigation of potential human rights abuses.

According to an “operations order” for the planned engagement, posted to social media in mid-November, “First Americans have served in the Unites States Military, defending the soil of our homelands, at a greater percentage than any other group of Americans. There is no other people more deserving of veteran support.”
november 2016 by Quercki
(18) Nancy Schimmel - A really fake website.
There is a deceptive website that is being posted on FB in various comments that is designed to spread disinformation (deliberately false information) designed to discredit the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the Water Protectors, and anyone else who opposes the Dakota Access Pipeline or any other oil or gas pipeline in the U.S.

The site is called "Standing Rock Fact Checker", and it is located at standingrockfactchecker . org.

The owner of the site is hidden due to Private Registration with GoDaddy's "Domains by Proxy" service. HOWEVER, the website is a project of the Midwest Alliance for Infrastructure Now (http:// mwalliancenow . org/), which is a pro-DAPL organization dedicated to quashing all opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline.
fake  Standing_Rock  NoDAPL 
november 2016 by Quercki
(17) TYT Politics
BRAVE Environmental Lawyer Explains Standing Rock Legal Issues
NoDAPL  law 
october 2016 by Quercki
Judge Throws Out Charges Against Journalist Who Covered Dakota Access Pipeline | Mother Jones
Goodman is not the only journalist to be arrested this month while covering pipeline protests in North Dakota. Last week, documentary filmmaker Deia Schlosberg was arrested while filming demonstrators who shut down tar sands pipelines in Wallhala. Deia is facing three felony charges, which reports say carry a combined maximum sentence of 45 years in prison. Anti-fracking activist Josh Fox, who worked with Schlosberg on the documentary How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change, has said he was "outraged" by the incident. He called the recent arrests and charges "a worrisome, growing pattern."

The controversy over the Dakota Access Pipeline has become particularly intense in the past few weeks, with several activists and celebrities being arrested on various charges. Approved in late July, the 1,172-mile pipeline project has attracted passionate protests from Native American rights activists and environmental groups. Leading the charge are members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The tribe filed a lawsuit seeking to halt construction, saying the pipeline would cut through ancestral lands and threaten its drinking water.

The charges against Goodman were filed after she reported on a clash between protesters and Dakota Access Pipeline security officers, who used dogs and pepper-spray in an attempt to disperse the crowd. The video went viral, surpassing 14 million views on Facebook.
NoDAPL  Amy_Goodman  riot  journalism  police  lawsuit 
october 2016 by Quercki
Judge Rejects "Riot" Charges Against Amy Goodman in North Dakota | Democracy Now!
A North Dakota judge today refused to authorize riot charges against award-winning journalist Amy Goodman for her reporting on an attack against Native American-led anti-pipeline protesters.

“This is a complete vindication of my right as a journalist to cover the attack on the protesters, and of the public’s right to know what is happening with the Dakota Access pipeline,” said Goodman. "We will continue to report on this epic struggle of Native Americans and their non-Native allies taking on the fossil fuel industry and an increasingly militarized police in this time when climate change threatens the planet."

District Judge John Grinsteiner did not find probable cause to justify the charges filed on Friday October 14 by State’s Attorney Ladd R. Erickson. Those charges were presented after Erickson had withdrawn an earlier charge against Goodman of criminal trespass. Goodman had returned to North Dakota to turn herself in to the trespassing charge.

The charges in State of North Dakota v. Amy Goodman stemmed from Democracy Now!’s coverage of protests against the Dakota Access pipeline. On Saturday, September 3, Democracy Now! filmed security guards working for the pipeline company attacking protesters. The report showed guards unleashing dogs and using pepper spray and featured people with bite injuries and a dog with blood dripping from its mouth and nose.

Democracy Now!’s report went viral online, was viewed more than 14 million times on Facebook and was rebroadcast on many outlets, including CBS, NBC, NPR, CNN, MSNBC and the Huffington Post.

On September 8, a criminal complaint and warrant was issued for Goodman’s arrest on the trespassing charge.

"These shifting charges were a transparent attempt by the prosecutor to intimidate Amy Goodman and to silence coverage of the resistance to the pipeline," said Reed Brody, an attorney for Goodman. "Fortunately, these bully tactics didn’t work and freedom of the press has prevailed."
NoDAPL  Amy_Goodman  police  riot  trespass 
october 2016 by Quercki
North Dakota must drop outrageous charges against journalist Amy Goodman of "Democracy Now" / Boing Boing
It couldn’t be more obvious that Ms. Goodman is being charged solely for her journalism and the impact it had on the oil pipeline debate. Here’s how Democracy Now described its news coverage that led to the charges against Ms. Goodman:

On Saturday, September 3, Democracy Now! filmed security guards working for the pipeline company attacking protesters. The report showed guards unleashing dogs and using pepper spray and featured people with bite injuries and a dog with blood on its mouth and nose.

Democracy Now!’s report went viral online, was viewed more than 14 million times on Facebook and was rebroadcast on many outlets, including CBS, NBC, NPR, CNN, MSNBCand the Huffington Post.

Rolling Stone’s Matt Tiabbi detailed what happened as a result of the segment Democracy Now aired:

Shortly thereafter, the Obama administration intervened, stopping pipeline construction on Army Corps land and asking the company to "voluntarily pause all construction activity" in the area.
NoDAPL  Amy-Goodman  Democracy_Now  arrest  criminal  charges 
october 2016 by Quercki
Citing Environmental Risks, Scientists Back Tribes in Dakota Access Fight | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community
Close to 100 scientists have signed onto a letter decrying "inadequate environmental and cultural impact assessments" for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), and calling for a halt to construction until such tests have been carried out as requested by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Lead signatories Stephanie Januchowski-Hartley, Anne Hilborn, Katherine Crocker, and Asia Murphy drew attention to the missive in a letter to the journal Science published Friday.

"The DAPL project is just one of many haphazard approaches to natural resource extraction that overlook broader consequences of oil development," they wrote.

Furthermore, the open letter (pdf) states, "We as scientists are concerned about the potential local and regional impacts from the DAPL, which is symptomatic of the United States' continued dependence on fossil fuels in the face of predicted broad-scale social and ecological impacts from global climate change." Specifically, they cite the Standing Rock Sioux's concerns that the pipeline project threatens biodiversity and clean water.

Underscoring those concerns, a Reuters investigation into the nation's pipeline system published Friday reveals that "sensitive technology designed to pick up possible spills is about as successful as a random member of the public...finding it, despite efforts from pipeline operators."
NoDAPL  Oakland 
october 2016 by Quercki
Feds Say They Won’t Evict Sprawling Pipeline Protest Camp | TIME
The gathering has been called the largest gathering of Native American tribes in a century
(BISMARCK, N.D.) — The sprawling encampment that’s a living protest against the four-state Dakota Access pipeline has most everything it needs to be self-sustaining — food, firewood, fresh water and shelter. Everything, that is, except permission to be on the federal land in North Dakota.

Federal officials say they won’t evict the Oceti Sakowin, or Seven Council Fires camp, due to free speech reasons, even though it’s on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land near the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball rivers that many Native Americans believe is still rightfully owned by the Standing Rock Sioux under a nearly 150-year-old treaty.
october 2016 by Quercki
Obama Glosses Over DAPL Question And Dismisses Audience Member - YouTube
Published on Sep 7, 2016
Obama was at a meeting at Souphanouvong University in Laos when an audience member asked him specifically what he's going to do to protect our water, indigenous sacred lands and defend them from Dakota Access Pipeline.

Her question was very heartfelt as she announced her solidarity with the water protectors; unfortunately Obama's response was cold and disoriented. The President fumbled with his words, generalized broad steps he's taken to reach out to indigenous people claiming he's made great strides while dismissing the situation in North Dakota, the Dakota Access Pipeline and water issues altogether.

This should come as no surprise as many of the same companies that want the Dakota Access Pipeline are the same companies that lobby Obama and funded his election. They have this country bent over backwards in their favor which is why real change needs to occur and it starts with everyone at home waking up to the reality that the system is in the hands of big oil and we need this to end! We need a Brand New Congress​, we need to support local politicians who are not corrupted by corporate money.

via http://fb.com/wearethemedia2016 // C-SPAN / #noDAPL #waterislife #WhereAreYouObama #RezpectOurWater
NoDAPL  Obama  video 
october 2016 by Quercki
Make No Mistake: Standing Rock Is On the Ballot - ICTMN.com
Consider the camps at Standing Rock. Many of the water protectors arrived about a month ago and say they were willing to stay as long as it takes. That means (or it could mean) that they are residents under North Dakota law and could vote in the next election. How would that work? There would have to be some mechanism in place to certify the “new residents” either by identification or more likely by affirmation. If that is done now, then people at the camps can vote in the November election because North Dakota does not require voter registration.

Imagine adding 2,000, 3,000 people or more to the voter rolls in Morton County, North Dakota. There could even be a write-in campaign for county offices (members of the county commission are currently running unopposed). This would send a message to those in office that the people at the camps are constituents, too.

This potential surge in voter registration would also promote the candidacies of the three Native Americans running statewide in North Dakota, Chase Iron Eyes, Ruth Buffalo, and Marlo Hunte-Beaubrun. Even better: The Spirit of Standing Rock could become a rallying cry that calls people across Indian country to vote. Imagine if every community set a goal of as close to 100 percent turnout as possible.

Of course there are not enough American Indians to win on our own. We need allies. So when people say, “what can I do to help?” Answer, “vote.”
NoDAPL  vote 
october 2016 by Quercki
The growing indigenous spiritual movement that could save the planet
Faith is a core mobilizing and stabilizing force for the movement, but it’s also central to the legal arguments used by Native groups to defend their land. In addition to other claims, both the Oak Flat and Standing Rock lawsuits contend that the federal government — or the companies it employs — violated the National Historic Preservation Act, which requires agencies to “consult with any Indian tribe… that attaches religious and cultural significance to properties with the area of potential effects.” The Hawaii case is similarly rooted in disputes over sacred land, although the lawsuit currently focuses on state laws, not the federal statutes.
Native groups can also lean on the American Indian Religious Freedom Act of 1978, which compels the federal government to “protect and preserve for American Indians their inherent right of freedom to believe, express, and exercise [their] traditional religions…including but not limited to access to sites, use and possession of sacred objects, and the freedom to worship through ceremonials and traditional rites.”
Native_American  religion  NoDAPL 
october 2016 by Quercki
Standing Rock: Who Gets to Tell the Story About What Happens Next? - ICTMN.com
That’s why this is a fight about story. And who gets to tell it?

And the stories North Dakota Officialdom want the public to believe are those of lawlessness, “sound science and engineering,” and an overzealous regulatory structure. The first story is quickly erased by anyone who takes the time to travel to the camps. (Previous: Why politicians should visit Standing Rock camps.) And it is the same with the second story, the debate about science and engineering, because that telling only works when you ignore climate science. (Previous: Overdue national debate about pipelines and sound science.)

Mark Trahant
That leaves the third story, the one about an “overzealous regulatory structure.” Folks: This one is the whopper. And it must be challenged every time it’s told. The fact is that the Dakota Access Pipeline was designed to avoid federal regulatory oversight. The whole point was to make certain that there was no serious environmental assessment.

As U.S. District Judge James Boasberg wrote (in his decision against the tribe’s injunction) “A project of this magnitude often necessitates an extensive federal appraisal and permitting process. Not so here.”

Not so here. Three potent words that should wipe out the narrative of over-regulation.

The judge continued: “Domestic oil pipelines, unlike natural-gas pipelines, require no general approval from the federal government. In fact, DAPL needs almost no federal permitting of any kind because 99 percent of its route traverses private land. The only regulatory role for the federal government in this case “concerns construction activities in federally regulated waters at hundreds of discrete places along the pipeline route. The Corps needed to permit this activity under the Clean Water Act or the Rivers and Harbors Act – and sometimes both. For DAPL, accordingly, it permitted these activities under a general permit known as Nationwide Permit 12.”
NoDAPL  Native_American  oil  story 
september 2016 by Quercki
Anti-Dakota Access Pipeline Protestors Greet Heavily Armed Police with Handshakes - Native News Online
The crowd saw the police moving in from some distance. Leaders called for the children, elders, and other people in need of protection to move into the middle of the crowd, protected by younger people on the outside. When the police arrived, younger people also moved to the police side of the crowd.

The leaders called for calm and reminded the protesters to let the police liaisons talk to the police.

The group was instructed to split by the leaders, to make room for passing traffic. Protesters on horseback split the crowd onto the side of the street, traffic to pass. The police did not proceed through the now split crowd, they stopped and created an obstruction, blocking the road.

The police stopped near the protesters and the crowd approached cautiously.

After some anti-DAPL shouting, the protesters formed a receiving line, lining up in front of the police, moving down the line shaking the police officers’ hands. Protesters explained that they were there for the children of the police who live in the area, as well as their own children. Most protesters made direct eye contact and smiled at police as they moved through the line.

One protester offered the police flowers.

Most officers took part in the receiving line, shaking the protestors’ hands. Some police simply waved as to say a friendly, no thanks. A few police simply ignored the offer all together, standing with their arms down, hands crossed across their abdomen. Most looked confused, as if they were anticipating it to turn malicious.

Police later reported they were charged by horses and did not report the handshakes.

No arrests were made at the protest.
NoDAPL  Native_American  water  police 
september 2016 by Quercki
Who's Banking on the Dakota Access Pipeline? | Food & Water Watch
Corporate Interests Bankrolling the Pipeline
Powerful oil and gas companies are taking appalling steps to override the Sioux’s objections, using their immense financial resources to push for building this pipeline, which will further line their pockets. But behind the companies building the pipeline is a set of even more powerful Wall Street corporations that might give you flashbacks to the 2007 financial crisis.

Here are the financial institutions banking on the Dakota Access pipeline:
NoDAPL  bank 
september 2016 by Quercki
Who's Banking on the Dakota Access Pipeline? - LittleSis
The Dakota Access pipeline would run through the Dakotas and Iowa to Illinois, where oil would be sent to East Coast markets by train or to the Gulf Coast via another Energy Transfer Partners pipeline being converted to carry oil. 

Overall, the “Bakken Crude Pipeline” — to extend over 1,800 miles from near the Canadian border to the Gulf Coast of Texas — is costing about $4.8 billion, and is being sold as a key element of Energy Transfer Partners plans to "capitalize on U.S. energy exports," thanks to fracking.

This graph, made by Food & Water Watch for the Standing Rock Sioux and for the Bakken Pipeline Resistance Coalition, first revealed the banks banking against the Standing Rock Sioux and against all those responding to the tribe's call to action. (Food & Water Watch has since produced a second data visualization.)
NoDAPL  bank  graph 
september 2016 by Quercki
Why the Struggle at Standing Rock is Bigger Than One Pipeline --Bill Moyers website
The legal struggles for a permanent shutdown of the pipeline construction continue: the people of Standing Rock have filed a lawsuit to halt construction, as has one of the South Dakota Native American nations and landowners in Iowa as well. As the lawsuits proceed, other members of the camp have been involved in nonviolent direct actions, locking their arms around construction machinery to prevent digging. Dozens have been arrested as part of those actions, including 22 people on Sept. 12, the day I arrived at the camp. That was days after the Obama administration’s call for a temporary halt to construction on the pipeline, and a stark reminder that the struggle was not over.

In addition to the legal battles and the direct actions, though, the people of the Oceti Sakowin and Sacred Stone camps were preparing for another challenge: a North Dakota winter. Already at night, the temperature drops to 40 degrees Fahrenheit; deliveries of blankets and warm clothing were constant, as was the chopping of wood for fires and discussion of what kinds of structures would allow the camps to stay in place through the bitter cold months ahead.
september 2016 by Quercki
Military-Style Raid Ends Native Prayer Against Dakota Pipeline | News | teleSUR English
North Dakota police with military-style equipment surrounded Native Americans gathered in prayer against the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline on Wednesday, disrupting their plan to cross sacred and treaty-protected land in protest of a project they fear will destroy their livelihood.

The Vicious Dogs of Manifest Destiny Resurface in North Dakota

“ND authorities deploy armed personnel with shotguns and assault rifles, military vehicles, and aerial spray on peaceful Water Protectors gathered in prayer,” wrote the Sacred Stone Camp, in a Facebook post.

Officers with military-style armored vehicles and shotguns threatened the protesters, who call themselves “water protectors” for defending the Missouri River from imminent pollution, reported Unicorn Riot. Up to 21 were arrested, the channel reported.

Witnesses filmed the crackdown but said their access their Facebook was blocked. One participant, Thomas H. Joseph II, posted a chilling video narrating the mobilization and his getaway. Helicopters are heard as he says that tear gas is being dropped, and an officer loads his gun as protesters, some on horseback, chant, "We have no guns."
NoDAPL  Native_American 
september 2016 by Quercki
12 Loose Rules to Follow as an Effective Ally at Standing Rock: A Blueprint for White Solidarity… – Medium
1) Work towards the ultimate goal:
Everyone knows that the immediate goal of the protests are to stop the pipeline, but what many outside observers seem to fail to realize is that the ultimate goal is for unified indigenous peoples themselves to stop the pipeline. Why is there a world of difference in this subtle shift of priorities?
The last time that many of these tribes came together was for what the Lakota know as the Battle of Greasy Grass, and we know as Custer’s Last Stand. They are well aware of this fact at Standing Rock, as flying all over camp are exact replicas of the flag captured during that total defeat of the US army. This gathering is even more significant than that famous battle in terms of unity, because never in the history of this continent have so many tribes come together to work as one for a single goal. If this action against the pipeline is accomplished via grassroots indigenous support, as opposed to a bunch of vocal white activists coming in to save the day by running the movement, native unity is gaining a track record of successfully fighting for their equal treatment. Momentum is already building for a cross-continental tribal coalition to fight for indigenous rights, which will be orders of magnitude more effective than these communities being forced to rely solely on liberal bleeding hearts.
Trust Native Competency
Just know that things happen on their own time out there, and remember that there is only one group to ever extract an unconditional military surrender from the Unites States of America: the Lakota nation. You are around highly competent individuals doing what they do best: protecting their lands, culture, and way of life. Take this opportunity to learn from the experts.
NoDAPL  DeColonize  solutions  howto 
september 2016 by Quercki
Sierra Club v. Morton, 405 US 727 - Supreme Court 1972 - Google Scholar
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Jon Berger Justice Douglas wrote famous dissent, based on that book, in a case called Sierra Club v. Morton. It's worth reading. The majority opinion is on the dry side; it's all about standing, but it's boring technical legal stuff about whether the Sierra Club has standing as an organization rather than as a representative of its membership. (Which is why a lot of law students have to read it for their Property classes.) Douglas's dissent is a lot more fun. He was an interesting guy. If you want to go straight to the dissent, use your browser to search for "douglas."

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Jon Berger By the way, the case concerned a plan to turn over a big chunk of the Mineral King Wilderness Area to Disney to develop as a resort. This never happened, primarily because the Sierra Club successfully opposed it. An interesting piece of historical trivia, courtesy of my Property professor, is that the one tiny bit of the proposed development that was ever built is now known as the Country Bear Jamboree section of Disneyland. That's a little sample of what the design of the entire Mineral King project was going to look like. Imagine 80 acres of Country Bear Jamboree, and then send a check to the Sierra Club to thank them for preventing it.
Jon_Berger  trees  environment  NoDAPL  Disney 
september 2016 by Quercki
Memo to Briefcase Warriors: Be Bold! - ICTMN.com
The way litigation works—arguments in front of a judge—means the lawyers have the primary responsibility to set out the legal and factual issues. If the lawyers don't raise an issue, that issue doesn't exist. The judge may try to ignore or sidestep issues the lawyers do raise, but those issues remain for an appeal and as part of the ongoing development of the case.

Standing Rock as Protector and its supporters have made it clear they are defending their lands, waters, and sacred sites and places. They invoke their Treaty rights and they call international attention to the conflict. The lawyers didn't adequately support them by putting forward the most powerful arguments.

Anyone who understands federal Indian law will immediately see something missing in the judge's decision denying the preliminary injunction for Standing Rock. The third sentence states, " This case … features what an American Indian tribe believes is an unlawful encroachment on its heritage." Heritage? What about water? Land? Treaty? Self-determination?

On the second page, the judge emphasized the narrow legal argument brought by Standing Rock lawyers: "The Standing Rock Sioux now seek a preliminary injunction only on the alleged violation of the NHPA [National Historic Preservation Act, a U.S. statute]. … It bears noting that the Tribe does not press its environmental claims… Nor does it seek a preliminary injunction to protect itself from the potential environmental harms that might arise from having the pipeline on its doorstep. Instead, it asserts only that pipeline-construction activities – specifically, the grading and clearing of land – will cause irreparable injury to historic or cultural properties of great significance."
NoDAPL  Native_American  lawsuit 
september 2016 by Quercki
Standing Rock Protests: This is Only the Beginning | Portside
The joy is widespread. The first person I met was a young Hoopa/Yurok woman from far-northern California, who told me this is the most amazing thing she’s ever been part of. The next morning, a small man came up and greeted me, introduced himself as Frank, “from right here”, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux. Somewhere in the conversation he said : “I wake up happy every day about this.” I asked him how this changed the past, thinking of the losses the Lakota/Sioux faced over the past 150 years, but he heard the question differently. He mentioned that their old enemies the Crow and the Cheyenne came to stand with them, and that the old divisions are over.

When I asked that question, I was thinking about what I heard from climate activist and environmental lawyer Carolyn Raffensperger, who had spent time at the camp earlier and has a long history in the area. “There are moments in history that can heal the past and the future,” she said. “This is a healing moment. It’s extraordinary. I’m hoping that it heals the river, which has suffered assaults that are unspeakable.” Though climate activists oppose the pipeline, because it’s part of the machinery to keep fossil fuel flowing and temperatures rising, the Standing Rock oppose it because it would tunnel underneath the Missouri river and threaten their water supply if it ever ruptures.
The river is their only source of water. And as Raffensberger mentioned, it has been violated in many ways, including by the Oahe Dam in South Dakota, which turned a free-flowing river into a long unnatural lake. The Cannonball river used to meet the Missouri in such a way that their their turbulent waters turned out big round stones – which white people saw as cannonballs, thus the name – but now the smaller river sinks quietly into the lake, and the stones are gone and so are the forces that made them.
NoDAPL  Native_American  history  Rebecca_Solnit 
september 2016 by Quercki
Chile demonstrator's defiant stare goes viral - CNN.com
The protesters were honoring the victims of the Pinochet regime -- the dictator was accused of ordering the torture and killing of thousands of people during his 17 years in power. He died in 2006 without ever being tried on the allegations.
Related: Chile's 9/11: Survivors recall horrors of Pinochet coup, 40 years on
The march was organized by an association representing relatives of the disappeared.
The photograph was taken by Reuters photographer Carlos Vera Mancilla outside the General Cemetery in Santiago in the commune of Recoleta, where the protesters had gathered.
Police began making arrests and Mancilla told Chilean news website La Tercera that police apprehended two of the woman's friends when she "reacted and stood before the policeman with a defiant look." He did not ask the girl her name.
The photo has been shared tens of thousands of times on social media.
Chile  NoDAPL 
september 2016 by Quercki
Living in Relativity | Center for Humans & Nature
Mni is a Lakota word for Water and goes beyond any translatable word in the English language. The fragmenting of Mni into simple English nouns would provide a rough translation and lose most of the word’s true meaning and essential idea of “Water as a Being.” So I will attempt to explain Mni in a way that might make some sense in English.


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To begin, Mni does not literally mean “Water.” There are several far-reaching concepts based in the language of Lakota cosmology that one needs to know to even begin to understand the respect and honor that is given daily to the Mni. The Ni (nee) is “life” and could also mean “mother’s milk” or a “mother’s breast.” This is where the “M” of Mni becomes translatable as “you and me” but also becomes a little more understandable if we say Mni is “you and me of that which carries or causes feeling with another through itself.”  Like a mother who is the carrier of Water, Mni is an action of living. I’m sure other Lakota know deeper meanings of Mni. 

The Story of Mni

Water is a First Consciousness bestowed upon Mother Earth. First Consciousness means the awareness of the movement that sustains life in a continuum. Lakota people have Mni in their creation story as blue blood (water); thus, Water provides a shining mirror to the universe, its transparency offers a model and a path to creation. It produces synergy and becomes “Water as a Being.”
Lakota  water  spiritual  NoDAPL  Native_American 
september 2016 by Quercki
We Need to Be Talking About Standing Rock | Hyphen Magazine
What is going on at Standing Rock right now is historic, and if you need a moment to catch up, here’s your chance. Not unlike the Keystone XL proposal, The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is comparable in length, and would begin at the border of Eastern Montana, cutting through North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois. If built, the pipeline will transport up to 570,000 barrels of crude oil daily. For the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe this is simply the latest slight against tribal lands and the people who inhabit them. Current laws prohibit the tribe from doing little more than assessing the safety of construction and having a cultural dialogue around the effects of a project this massive. At this point, dialogue is useless when construction is already underway. This $3.8 billion project is the government’s decision to further assert its power over Native lands and is sure to damage the community during its construction and onward. The United States has had a horrible track record with tribal nations. Between 1779 and 1871, the US entered over 500 treaties with Native American tribes, all of which have been broken or nullified. One of the largest acts of abuse was the Dawes Act, which allowed the federal government to divide land for Westward expansion and began a period of forced assimilation by turning Native Americans into subsistence farmers and removing tribal governments. The consequences of this act carried on into the 1970s during the Boarding School Era, where Native American children were taken from their families, made to cut their hair, change their names, and relinquish their language and traditions, often while facing physical and sexual abuse. Today, the Bakken oil boom has turned Montana and North Dakota into areas of economic prosperity, promising employment and opportunity to laborers from out of state. However, it is also one of the latest offenses, as the consequences of the boom have negatively impacted the surrounding tribes. It has invited the setup of what people have colloquially called “man camps,” or work sites for drilling that are largely inhabited by men. It is in these areas where a high number of sex crimes take place, especially against Native women and girls. When Native women are subject to these crimes, there is little faith in seeking justice. Native women are murdered at more than 10 times the national average, and neither federal government nor local law enforcement have acted to investigate or even track the many murders and disappearances.
noDAPL  Native_American  women  murder 
september 2016 by Quercki

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