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NO DAPL

 

In the Beginning! Joye Braun was one of the first organizers of this monumentally successful Indigenous-Led Action against the Dakota Access Pipeline

 

 

United Nation Experts Validate Standing Rock Sioux Opposition To Dakota Access Pipeline

United Nation Experts Validate Standing Rock Sioux Opposition To Dakota Access Pipeline

“The UN Expert got it right,” said Tom Goldtooth, the Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network. “What the US calls consultation is not consultation but a statement telling people what they’re doing after millions of dollars have been invested, painting Indigenous Peoples as spoilers. The right of free, prior and informed consent begins prior to the planning process, not when their bulldozers are at your doorstep.”

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Open Letter to President Obama: Halt Construction and Repeal Permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline Project

Open Letter to President Obama: Halt Construction and Repeal Permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline Project

We write to you because we are deeply concerned by the Army Corps of Engineers’ approval of Dakota Access LLC’s construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the impacts of which have been highlighted by the growing public opposition to this project. The Dakota Access Pipeline project would extend 1,168 miles across North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois, crossing through communities, farms, tribal land, sensitive natural areas and wildlife habitat.

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Demonstrations a cry to stop desecration of Mother Earth

ChairmanBY DAVE ARCHAMBAULT II
CHAIRMAN OF THE STANDING ROCK SIOUX TRIBE

The United States via the Army Corps of Engineers is in the mist of moving ahead with an oil pipeline that officials are claiming is not potentially harmful to the Standing Rock Sioux Nation. I am here to advise anyone that will listen, that the Dakota Access Pipeline is harmful. It will not be just harmful to my people but its intent and construction will harm the water in the Missouri River, which is the only clean and safe river tributary left in the United States. We been told by the officials that there will be breaches in the pipe line but they claim the situations are generally never really bad. This is unacceptable. Our Mother Earth is sacred. All things evolve and work together. To poison the water, is to poison the substance of life. Everything that moves must have water. How can we talk about and knowingly poison water?

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Important Message from Keeper of Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe

arvol lookinghorseI, Chief Arvol Looking Horse, of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Nations, ask you to understand an Indigenous perspective on what has happened in America, what we call “Turtle Island.” My words seek to unite the global community through a message from our sacred ceremonies to unite spiritually, each in our own ways of beliefs in the Creator. We have been warned from ancient prophecies of these times we live in today, but have also been given a very important message about a solution to turn these terrible times. To understand the depth of this message you must recognize the importance of Sacred Sites and realize the interconnectedness of what is happening today, in reflection of the continued massacres that are occurring on other lands and our own Americas.

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Urgent Appeal for International Observers

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

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Ihanktonwan/Yankton Sioux Assert Sovereignty

Construction crews have begun the tearing of earth near the Sacred Rock Spirit Camp, near Cannonball on the Standing Rock Reservation. Photo Credit: Joye Braun

Construction crews have begun the tearing of earth near the Sacred Rock Spirit Camp, near Cannonball on the Standing Rock Reservation. Photo Credit: Joye Braun

A long awaited meeting between the Yankton Sioux Tribe and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”) took place at the Tribe’s Ft. Randall Casino on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. The Yankton adamantly oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline (“DAPL”), and further resent the appropriation of the name “Dakota,” which means “the people” in the Dakota language, by DAPL officials. Though it was initially termed “consultation” in the Tribe’s invitation, the Tribe chose to change the event to a pre-consultation meeting when it received word that Colonel Henderson of the Corps was arriving late in the day at 4 pm and had only two hours available to meet with the Tribe. In addition to the meager two hour time frame insisted on by the Corps, the Colonel arrived a half hour late and the Tribe felt that the brief time could not give justice to a full government-to-government consultation.

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Ways to Support the Camp of the Sacred Stones

Wood: The sacred fire must be kept burning until it is guaranteed the water is protected for future generations.  One of our greatest needs for the winter will be wood.  It warms our lodges, cooks our food, heats the stones for our sweats.

Tipis, winter liners, and poles​Yurts or other winter worthy structures: Warm lodges will be essential to the Water Protectors health and well being.  The Camp is scrambling everyday to winterize and prepare for the cold weather.  Help with a warm hearth is still needed.

 Blankets, winter sleeping bags, sleeping mats, cots: There is a reason a warm wool Pendleton or Hudson Bay Co. blanket is a highly valued traditional gift, warm blankets are essential to survival in North Dakota winters.  We still need more warm sleeping gear.

 Insulated boots and other cold weather clothing

 Insulated gloves, work gloves:  Many Water Protectors arrived in camp during the warm summer months, with gear for warm weather.  We had hoped this would be all resolved by now, but the drive of greed is strong.  Now we must gear up for winter, all manner of winter clothing in a variety of sized is still required.

 Bulk Food Supplies:  Generous support has poured a healthy volume of food for the Camp over the summer.  Those are dwindling or expiring.  A wide range of foods will need to be stockpiled for the winter.  More supplies are required to survive a this winter.

 Heating Stoves for tents

Propane:  Although we endeavor to minimize the carbon footprint of the Camp through utilizing solar and wind generators, and a recycling program, we also must be mindful of our impact on the local tree population.  Therefore we ration the use of wood for fires and use propane in the kitchens.  The kitchens provide three meals everyday for many in Camp.

 Hay and Hay Bales:  Horses are a central part of Lakota/Dakota/Nakota life and culture.  Horses live in the camp in the traditional way, close to the people.  Much hay must be stored to properly care for our relatives, the horses.​​

Belcourt Hardware and Lumber (Located on Turtle Mountain Reservation – Belcourt, ND) is willing to take orders over the phone and deliver supplies to camp. They have everything from gloves, shovels, propane tanks, building supplies, wood, tents, coffee, chain saws, ETC. They can get anything you need for camp and they support Standing Rock and the Water Protectors. They would like to bring a load down on SATURDAY.

Please call Lenny or Joey at 701-477-0560 today to place your orders. Thank you Belcourt Hardware and Lumber!

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Monetary & Supply Donations Can Be Sent To:

Sacred Stone Camp
P.O. Box 1011
Fort Yates, ND 58538

In 2014, President Obama visited the Standing Rock Sioux Nation as an official visit to “Indian Country”, stopping at the small community of Cannon Ball, ND. While there he visited with Native youth and promised to help them in their time of need. 2 years later, this same community finds itself in the middle of a battle against the multi-billion dollar project called the Dakota Access pipeline. Some of the Native youth who got to meet the President, and their friends, are now asking for him to keep his promise. Please support the campaign against #DakotaAccess pipeline! Please support #NativeYouth!

To any Native Youth, take a photo of yourself holding up a sign that says: #CanYouHearUs? #NoDAPL#KeepFossilFuelsInTheGround and send it to President Obama and his wife Michelle! Tweet – IG – FB! Let’s make sure they hear us! #NoDAPL #KeepItInTheGround#GenI#IndigenousRising#WaterIsLife [Shot & edited by Dallas Goldtooth]

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Ladonna Bravebull Allard

Ladonna Bravebull Allard, the Section 106 Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the standing Rock Sioux Tribe, owns the northernmost land of the Standing Rock Reservation. The northern border is the Cannon Ball River. The eastern border is the Missouri River. From her land, you can see the pipeline corridor. This is the land she grew up on, and can tell the history of this river back 2,000 years. Dakota Access, the USACE, and SHPO all failed to properly consult her local knowledge or take her concerns into consideration in the routing of this pipeline.

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