Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Breaking Action: Standing Rock 'NO DAPL' Sept. 27, 2016


Water Protectors in St. Anthony Area: Riot Police on Scene

By Brenda Norrell
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Standing Rock water protectors moved in mass today, by the hundreds, and halted construction at multiple sites of Dakota Access Pipeline, where work was supposed to be halted.
'The roads were blocked -- the eagle guided us," said one of the Lakota women, among hundreds who rushed to the sites to halt construction today.
Pipeline workers fled as water protectors arrived. Police arrived in riot gear with a sound canon, acoustic weapon, which has not been used as of now.
"We are going to come back every day until we shut this pipeline down," said one of the Lakota men protecting the land, water and air for future generations.

Five arrested at road blockade which allowed protectors to get to site:

Police sound canon

Water Protectors Stop Construction of DAPL and Dispel Accusations of Violence

Water Protectors Across Midwest Continue to Stop Active Construction of Dakota Access Pipeline and Dispel Accusations of Violence
By Indigenous Environmental Network, Honor the Earth and Red Warrior Camp
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CANNON BALL, North Dakota -- On Monday, North Dakota news outlet WDAY-TV published a report on a #NoDAPL action in North Dakota that occurred the day prior. The report alleges a private security guard was “assaulted” and “carried by” protesters at a Dakota Access construction site. There is no proof of the incident - the hundreds of photos and live video shot of the demonstration all show an entirely peaceful day. 

As documented on Sunday, hundreds of indigenous peoples, organizations, and allies gathered in peaceful opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Native women and youth planted willow trees in the path of the pipeline. Prayers and songs by the protectors were in stark contrast to the helicopters flying overhead and police presence. Elders spoke of protecting the water, and the significance of the willow trees. 

“Despite continuing efforts of local media to paint us as aggressors and the pipeline’s construction as inactive, protectors are united in non-violent direct action to stop this destructive project. The company has sicced dogs and used mace on Native women and children to protect its fossil fuel investment, but we fight with our prayers and love for seventh generation. Dakota Access hasn't stopped construction, they've upped their efforts with a six to seven day work week, and purchase of Cannonball Ranch, land with numerous sacred sites that is right next to where they plan to drill under the river,” said Tara Houska, National Campaigns Director of Honor the Earth. 

The same day, organizers opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline project movement identified a construction site near Redfield, South Dakota. They placed one thousand traditional prayer ties at the construction site in peaceful direct action to permanently stop the construction of the pipeline. 

"In support of all the tribes who have been praying and Yankton Sioux Tribe's filing for injunction against Dakota Access pipeline we came down to lend our support in resistance to this evil monster. Do not think that this fight is done. We will be watching you and we know the grave injustices Energy Transfer has done to the people to the earth and the threat to sacred water.” explained Joye Braun, citizen of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and frontline organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network.

The two actions in North and South Dakota were peaceful and no arrests were made. However, in Iowa 12 arrests were made on Saturday, September 24, at the Mississippi River access point for the Dakota Access Pipeline where the group Mississippi Stand has recently set up an encampment to resist the construction of the pipeline.

“Over 100 Iowans have been arrested so far in direct actions against this crude oil threat to our drinking water.  We won’t rest until the pipeline has been stopped in Standing Rock and in Iowa.  We won’t rest until all the Rivers are protected.  We won’t rest until future generations are guaranteed clean water.  We won’t rest until the Tribes have gotten justice,” said Carolyn Raffensperger, executive director of the Science and Environmental Health Network. 

Dallas Goldtooth (IEN), dallas@ienearth.org, (507) 412-7609
Tara Houska (HTE), tara@honorearth.org, (612) 226-9404 
Cody Hall (RWC), cody.hall.605@gmail.com, (605) 220-2531

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SACRAMENTO -- Native Rights Matter March Oct. 6 -- 7, 2016

Stop Tribal Genocide Coordinates March to Protect Civil Rights
Native Civil Rights March that deals with Issues that are plaguing Indian Country

The two day event will take place at the State Capitol on October 6, 2016 and The Bureau of Indian Affairs Regional Office on October 7, 2016. Members of Stop Tribal Genocide and fellow protestors will meet up at the State Capitol and speak about topics pertaining to: Tribal Disenrollment, Pipelines, Fracking, Federal Recognition and Honoring of Treaties, Police Brutality, Abolishing Columbus Day, Annexing Native American Mascots and the Identity Theft of Native American Children. The first day will culminate with a March around the Capitol building. Stop Tribal Genocide will end the protest on Friday, October 7, at the Regional Office of The Bureau of Indian Affairs, where they will protest their grievances to the Bureau and hopefully place a list of grievances in the hands of the head of the Regional Office herself.

As Founder of Stop Tribal Genocide and a Co-Coordinator for the event, Emilio Reyes, Gabrielino, says that "preserving the existence of our Tribes is our top priority and we are uniting to fight against all issues in Indian Country."

This event occurs during a time in America where Civil Rights violations have been taking place all over the country. These violations have caused quite a controversy and have started to unify the general public in their fight to preserve their rights. Standing Rock, North Dakota is a prime example of Native Americans, as well as people from all walks of life, banding together to stop a pipeline that can potentially harm a massive body of water that provides drinking water for thousands of people nationwide. The Native Rights Matter March is the West Coast version of that protest.

"We want to stand together peacefully and fight for our rights and our ways of life. We are still here and will let the world know that we speak as one voice; stand as one people; and will march as one to protect our civil liberties, our land, our water, and our livelihood," says Yulu Ewis, a member of The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria (Coast Miwok), Co-Founder of Stop Tribal Genocide and a coordinator of this event.

Our Native American speaker list for Thursday, October 6, is as follows:

Emilio Reyes – Stop Tribal Genocide

Yulu Ewis – Stop Tribal Genocide

Michelle Hammock – Stop Tribal Genocide

Rick Cuevas – Originalpechanga,com Blog

Dayna Barrios – Anthropologist

Sandra Sigala – Former Chairwoman of Hopland Band of Pomo Indians

Lori Thomas – Speaker

Delbert Thomas – Speaker

Jacqueline Keeler – Journalist

We're also proud to announce YahNe Ndgo, surrogate for Green Party Jill Stein, will be expressing on how the Green Party supports Native civil rights.

Please join the Stop Tribal Genocide Movement on October 6-7, 2016 in Sacramento, CA and help protect Native American Civil Rights.
For more information please refer to Stop Tribal Genocide's Facebook link for the march: https://www.facebook.com/events/138169383279786/

Monday, September 26, 2016

Cannonball Ranch sale resulted from DAPL bullying

By Wasté Win Young
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Regarding the Cannonball Ranch: In 2006, Bill Edwards tried to auction off all 7,400 tracts.The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe legitimately looked at buying it but didn’t have the $5 million asking price.
Dave and Brenda Meyer bought 10 parcels equaling 2,365 acres of the Cannonball Ranch in 2013 for $3.2 million dollars. This includes the 429 acres of United States Army Corps property under easement to the Cannonball Ranch.
The Meyers signed an easement with the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) which would have allowed the pipeline to cross their land.
Recently, the Meyers had allowed Standing Rock Sioux Tribal members to survey (area where dog attacks occurred) and identify historic properties significant to the Očeti Śakowin. When Energy Transfer Partners/DAPL found out that the Meyers had allowed tribal members on site they initiated a lawsuit against the Meyers -- worth millions.
When the news broke that Meyers sold the Cannonball Ranch to DAPL for $100.00 it was no surprise to me -- because I know the back story. It IS disappointing, but not unexpected.
Energy Transfer, Dakota Access Pipeline, the Army Corps of Engineers are bullies.
The Očeti Šakowin Camp and Red Warrior Camps are on treaty land guaranteed to us by the 1851 and 1868 Fort Laramie Treaties. Land that was never ceded. Land, the United States took for the building of dams all along the Missouri River under the Pick-Sloan Act. Land that is referred to as "Taken Land."
Today, the United States Army Corps of Engineers has jurisdiction on the land we are on. Regardless of who thinks they "own" the land, including easements, right-of-ways, transfers of ownership -- the original land owners WERE, ARE and ALWAYS WILL BE the Očeti Šakowin.

Zapatistas and Indigenous Congress 'War and Resistance Dispatch #44'


A message for Standing Rock from the Zapatistas and National Indigenous Congress of Mexico:
'Among the originary peoples of the tribes of 
the north, the Sioux nation weaves its own geographies that go beyond the false official geographies that locate them in another country; for us, we are all children of the same mother. They are resisting the invasion of their sacred lands, cemeteries, and ceremonial sites by an oil pipeline under contruction by the company Energy Transfer Partners. That company intends to transport oil obtained through fracking in the Bakken region in North Dakota through their territories. This struggle has generated solidarity and unity among the originary peoples of the north. To them we say that their rage is ours, and as the National Indigenous Congress, we raise our voice with them and will continue to do so. Their dignified struggle is also ours.' -- EZLN and National Indigenous Congress

War and Resistance Dispatch #44

To the peoples of the world:

To the alternative, free, autonomous, or whatever-you-call-it media:

To the National and International Sixth:

War and Resistance Dispatch #44

And what about the other 43? And the ones that follow?


This country has not been the same since the bad government committed one of its most heinous crimes in disappearing 43 young indigenous students of the teaching college Raúl Isidro Burgos in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, two years ago. This event forced us to acknowledge the profound darkness in which we find ourselves today, stirring our individual and collective hearts and spirit. The rage, pain, and hope embodied in the families and compañeros of the 43 illuminate that darkness and shine on the faces of millions of people of every geography below in Mexico and around the world, as well as among a conscientious international civil society in solidarity.

As originary barrios, tribes, nations, and peoples, we begin from the collective heart that we are and turn our gaze into words.

From the geographies and calendars below that reflect the resistances, rebellions, and autonomies of those of us who make up the National Indigenous Congress; from the places and paths from where we as originary peoples see and understand the world: from the ancient geographies within which we have never ceased to see, understand, and resist this same violent war that the powerful wage against all of us who suffer and resist with all of our individual or collective being: we use our gaze and our words to take as our own the faces of the 43 disappeared which travel through every corner of the country in search of truth and justice, faces that are reflected in millions of others and that show us, in the dark of night, the way of the sacred, because pain and hope are sacred. That collective face multiplies and focuses its gaze on the geographies of resistance and rebellion.

From the Geographies of Below

The disappearance of the 43 students from Ayotzinapa lives on in impunity. To search for truth from within the putrefaction of power is to search within the worst of this country, in the cynicism and perversion of the political class. The political class not only continues to pretend to keep up the search for the disappeared compañeros, but, in the face of growing evidence pointing to the culpability of the terrorist narco-state, it actually rewards those in charge of lying and distorting the truth. This is what they did in moving Tomás Zerón [ex-head of the Attorney General’s Criminal Investigation Agency]—the person responsible for planting false evidence to back up his historical lie about the Cocula garbage dumpi—to Technical Secretary of the National Security Council. It is one more confirmation of the criminal nature of the bad government.

On top of lies, deceit, and impunity, the bad government heaps abuses and injustices against those who have shown solidarity with and support for the struggle of the families and compañeros of the 43. This includes Luis Fernando Sotelo Sambrano, a young person who has always been supportive of originary peoples’ struggles, including that of Cherán, of the Yaqui Tribe, of indigenous prisoners, and of the Zapatista communities. He has been sentenced by a judge to 33 years and 5 months for the sextuple crime of being young, poor, a student, in solidarity, rebellious, and a person of integrity.
This is what we see from those in power above: those who murder are covered for by lies and rewarded with protection; those who protest injustice receive beatings and imprisonment.


When we look toward:

The south: the peoples’ struggle in defense of their territories against political bosses and large companies is dissolved by the struggle for security and justice against organized crime cartels whose intimate relationship with the entire political class is the only certainty that we as a people have about any state body.

The formation of shock troops that attack citizen protests have permeated towns and villages, and the government purposely generates conflicts that destroy the internal fabric of a community. That is, the government tries to create mirrors of its own war by sowing conflict in the communities and betting on the destruction of the most sensitive parts of the social fabric. There is nothing more dangerous and explosive for this nation than this practice.

The west: the struggles for land, security, and justice occur in the midst of administrative management for the drug cartels, disguised by the state as crime-fighting initiatives or development policies. On the other hand, the peoples who have resisted and even combatted criminal activity through organization from below have to struggle against constant attempts by the bad government to reestablish territorial control by organized crime cartels—and their respective preferred political parties.

The autonomous organization of the communities and their unwavering struggles for sacred sites and ancestral lands do not cease. The defense of our Mother Earth is not negotiable. We are watching the struggle of the Wixárika community of Wauta-San Sebastián Teponahuaxtlán for the recovery of almost ten thousand hectares bordering the town of Huajimic, Nayarit. There, despite the fact that the community has established their rights in agrarian courts, the judicial authorities have been remiss. The bad governments use the false official geographies that divide the states as a pretext to incentivize the displacement of indigenous peoples. To the Wixárika people, with regard to their rebellion and autonomy, we say: we are with you.

The north: where the struggles for recognition of territorial rights continue against threats by mining companies, agrarian displacement, the theft of natural resources, and the subjugation of resistance by narco-paramilitaries, the originary peoples continue to make and remake themselves every day.

Among the originary peoples of the tribes of the north, the Sioux nation weaves its own geographies that go beyond the false official geographies that locate them in another country; for us, we are all children of the same mother. They are resisting the invasion of their sacred lands, cemeteries, and ceremonial sites by an oil pipeline under contruction by the company Energy Transfer Partners. That company intends to transport oil obtained through fracking in the Bakken region in North Dakota through their territories. This struggle has generated solidarity and unity among the originary peoples of the north. To them we say that their rage is ours, and as the National Indigenous Congress, we raise our voice with them and will continue to do so. Their dignified struggle is also ours.

The peninsula: The Mayan peoples resist the attempt to disappear them by decree, defending their territories against attack by tourism and real estate interests. A proliferation of hired hitmen operate in impunity to displace the indigenous peoples. The agroindustry of genetically modified organisms threatens the existence of the Mayan peoples, and those magnates, with vile dishonesty, take over agrarian territories, cultural and archeological sites, and even indigenous identity itself, trying to convert a vital people into a commercial fetish. The communities who struggle against the high electricity costs are persecuted and criminalized.

The center [of the country]: Infrastructure projects including highways, gas pipelines, oil pipelines, and residential developments are being imposed through violent means and human rights are increasingly vague and removed in the law applied. Powerful groups use strategies of criminalization, cooptation, and division, all of them close—in corrupt and obscene ways—to that criminal who thinks he governs this country: Enrique Peña Nieto.

In the east of the country, violence, fracking, mining, migrant trafficking, corruption, and government madness are the currents that run against the struggle of the peoples, all playing out in the midst of entire regions taken over by violent criminal groups controlled from the highest levels of government.

From Dialogue to Betrayal

Just as the teachers in struggle have done, we as originary peoples have sought dialogue with the bad government regarding our urgent demands for respect of our territories, the return of the disappeared, the freeing of prisoners, justice for those killed, the removal of the police or military from our lands, and our own security and justice, but the government has refused. Instead, it has arrested our spokespeople all over the country; the army has fired on children in Ostula; bulldozers have destroyed the homes of those who resist in Xochicuautla, and federal police have shot at the dignified community accompanying the teachers in Nochixtlán. The bad governments pretend to dialogue; they simulated interest in agreements with the Wixárika people for years in order to pacify the territory while they planned a violent reordering of the region.

Later the government talks like nothing has happened and offers its willingness to make concessions, as long as both parties come to an agreement. Then the government cedes one small part of what it has just destroyed, frees one prisoner, pays damages to the family of one murder victim, and pretends to look for the disappeared. In exchange it asks the originary peoples to cede their collective patrimony—their dignity, their autonomous organization, and their territory.

In various geographies across our country we are holding referendums where we say that we don’t want their mines, their oil pipelines, their GMOs, their dams, and we demand that they consult the people. But the bad government always responds by pretending “to consult as to how to consult on whether to or not to consult on the form of the consultation” (or something like that), what is really a calculated simulation, the erasure of our voice, the manipulation and cooptation of our people, as well as threats and repression. And so it goes until they say it’s done; they proclaim that we agreed to their death projects or that we were divided and they must thus attend to all points of view.

Meanwhile, as they try to keep us quiet with their deceitful consultation agenda and while the NGOs that are “experts” in “consultation” fatten their wallets, they race ahead to concretize—before the supposed consultation has even begun—the theft of the water from the Yaqui River, the destruction of Wirikuta through mining concessions, the construction of oil pipelines that invade the entire Isthmus, and the GMOs imposed in the Riviera Maya.

Our geographies are the paths of the world; this is where we will meet and recognize each other, because we know that the struggle is not just today nor is it just for today. We do not struggle for power or the folklore offered by deceitful campaigns, but rather to weave and reweave what we are, what we were, and what we will be as originary peoples.

The face of the 43 missing and the tenacity of their families and compañeros are the other 43 dispatches on war and resistance. To them we add the pain, rage, and resistance of the originary peoples and the rebellions of millions all over Mexico and around the world.

On top of that we add the dispatches of war and resistance from the other who is persecuted and stigmatized, women who have been abused, disappeared, and murdered, children made into commodities, young people criminalized, nature disgraced, humanity in pain.

We reiterate today, alongside that humanity, along with this earth that we are, that truth and justice are an inalienable demand and that punishment for the culpable—all of those responsible—will be born from the struggle from below. Now more than ever, as originary peoples of the National Indigenous Congress, we know that in this struggle there is no room to give up, sell out, or give in.

Truth and Justice for Ayotzinapa!

Free Luis Fernando Sotelo Zambrano!

Free all of the political prisoners!

For the holistic reconstitution of our peoples.

Never Again a Mexico Without Us.

National Indigenous Congress

Zapatista Army for National Liberation

Mexico, September 2016

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MNN. Sept. 26, 2016. The Syracuse court has not been friendly to us. Judge Frederick J. Scullin [bones] decided to speed up the trial by violating the individual rights of the pro se plaintiffs. He forced them to choose one spokesperson, violating the rights of the other Onondaga 15 plaintiffs/victims. They can’t cross-examine the NYS Police defendants. This an unprecedent 20 year case. The court matrix is bizarre. american-cops
Scullin started to limit the questions . Then he began asking the questions himself, often answering them himself.
'Judging by those smoke signals, they know we're here and they're not afraid of us!'
When the questions are in the plaintiff’s favor, Scullin interrupts. Rules are changed from one moment to the next. Then he demanded a list of questions be submitted to him for approval, repeatedly saying, “If you don’t like my ruling, you can appeal”.
NYS Trooper: "For trespassing on your land doing a ceremony & having a picnic".
NYS Trooper: “For trespassing on your land doing a ceremony & having a picnic”.
Then Scullin threw out almost all the questions without looking at them. The evidence is almost nothing. He does not want the jury to see videos of the horrific beating and false arrest for trespassing on private land on May 18, 1997. He won’t let the jury go out to see the Jones land to view the fog line, billboards, wood pallets, Route I-81, the house and site of the ceremonial fire.
When we object and ask for explanation, he says he doesn’t have to explain. The DA is granted most objections. We are seeing the panorama of the destructive power of the Indian Ring.
One plaintiff had enough. He stood up and demanded justice from Scullin and said he wanted to be dismissed from the case so he could start an appeal. He was thrown out of the courtroom for the rest of the day. Scullin’s voice broke, sounding much like he wanted to cry and then he ran out of the courtroom.
This case belongs in the International Criminal Court where we might get a fair trial.thahoketoteh.
Don Fogerty sings about the elite Americans where judge Scullin {Bones] comes from:Some folks are born made to wave the flag. Ooh, that red, white and blue. When the band plays ‘Hail to the Chief”, Ooh, they point the cannon at you. It ain’t me, It ain’t me. I ain’t no senator’s son. It ain’t me. it ain’t me, I ain’t no fortunate one…. some folks inherit star spangled eyes. Ooh, they send you down to war. And when you ask them ‘How much should we give?”, they only answer “More, more, more”.  

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PERSONS CONCERNED ABOUT JUSTICE FOR THE “ONONDAGA 15” CAN HELP.Call these parties and ask them for their position: District Court Fax 315-234-8501, Angela C. Winfieldawinfield@barclaydamon.com; Brittany E. Aungier baungier@barclaydamon.com; Carol L. Rhinehart crhinehart@ongov.netdkarle@ongov.net; Devin M. Cain dcain@maglaw.com; Elkan Abramowitz EAbramowitz@maglaw.com; Gabriel M. Nugent gnugent@barclaydamon.com 315-425-2836 Fax 1-315-425-2836; Joanna Gozzi Joannagozzi@ongov.netdenisekarle@ongov.net; Jodi M. Peikin JPeikin@Maglaw.comCSeel@Maglaw.comRAnello@Maglaw.com; Robert J. Anello ranello@magislaw.com; Terrance J. Hoffman tjhoffman@cnymail.com 315-471-4107; Timothy P. Mulvey timothy.mulvey@ag.ny.gov 315-448-4800 Fax 1-315-448-4800; Judge Scullon’s assistant Nicole Eallonardo Nicole_eallonardo@nynd.uscourts.gov Fax 1-315-234-8501. Ask Syracuse Post Standard to cover this rial 315-470-0011.amygoodman@democracynow.com, New York Times executive-editor@nytimes.com 
Scullin has disallowed this evidence so the  jury cannot make an informed decision.

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