How A Tiny Campout Grew Into A Global Movement And Why It’s Coming To Canada Next

Tyler Fourth, a Standing Rock Sioux, dances while working a checkpoint at Sacred Stone Camp near Cannonball, ND on Friday, September 9, 2016. Fourth is cautiously optimistic about the situation but has no intention of leaving yet, saying "it's not over till it's over."

Tyler Fourth, a Standing Rock Sioux, dances while working a checkpoint at Sacred Stone Camp near Cannonball, ND on Friday, September 9, 2016. Fourth is cautiously optimistic about the situation but has no intention of leaving yet, saying “it’s not over till it’s over.”

‘Spirit camps’ the future of anti-pipeline protests

Article by Richard Warnica | The National Post

The caravan rumbled east on a back road in rural North Dakota, pickup trucks and hippie vans inching through the grey-green hills, searching for a passage through the shifting blockade. Overhead, a helicopter circled. Police trucks whipped by on the ground.

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The Water Protectors of the Oceti Sakowin, Red Warrior and Sacred Stone spirit camps, near Cannon Ball, ND, set out that day to shut down construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline, a US$3.8-billion project that aims to connect the Bakken oil fields with a transport hub near Patoka, Illinois. If completed, Dakota Access could handle some 570,000 barrels of oil per day. That’s nearly half of North Dakota’s entire daily production. But though much of the pipe is already in the ground, the project itself—like Keystone XL before it—is in jeopardy.

While the world watches as their movement is live-streamed on social media, indigenous protesters have banded together with major environmental groups like the Sierra Club and 350.org to fight Dakota Access. For now, they’ve battled the pipeline’s owners — including Canada’s Enbridge Inc. — to a standstill. Protesters have confronted construction teams on pipeline sites near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, south of Bismarck. Lawyers for the tribe have tied the project up in litigation and campers are now clashing with police.

On Thursday, police in riot gear used sound cannons, bean bag guns and pepper spray to drive protesters from a camp on private land directly in the pipeline’s path. The hours-long confrontation, watched live on Facebook by tens of thousands of viewers, was the most heated yet of the increasingly prominent occupation. More than 140 people were arrested, according to the Morton County Sheriff’s office. Several cars were set on fire. Despite the setback, the protesters have vowed to carry on. “We won’t step down from this fight,” Dave Archambault II, one of the organizers, said in a statement Thursday night.

Protestors march to a construction site for the Dakota Access Pipeline to express their opposition to the pipeline, at an encampment where hundreds of people have gathered to join the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's to protest against the construction of the new oil pipeline, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, on September 3, 2016.

Protestors march to a construction site for the Dakota Access Pipeline to express their opposition to the pipeline, at an encampment where hundreds of people have gathered to join the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s to protest against the construction of the new oil pipeline, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, on September 3, 2016.

The protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline are in many ways an outgrowth of the ones fought against Keystone XL. But they are also something bigger and something new. The camps that have sprung up in the Plains south of Bismarck have drawn what some are calling the largest gathering of Native American tribes in history. Thousands of people, from what organizers say is more than 200 tribes, have come from all over the United States — and some from much further — to join the occupation. Hundreds have vowed not to leave until they win.

One organizer has called this moment the beginning of a new Native Civil Rights Movement. Whatever is happening here, organizers are hoping it will spread. They want Standing Rock to become the new normal on pipeline sites — in the United States, and in Canada too.

The Standing Rock Sioux Reservation begins 40 minutes south of Bismarck in a hilly stretch of the Great Plains where actual tumbleweeds still blow across the roads. The protest camps straddle the reservation’s northern border. Oceti Sakowin, the largest of the three camps, sits in a hollow between two hills on the banks of the Cannonball River. From the highway it appears as if from nowhere—a riot of colour in a sea of yellowing grass.

The camps have drawn as many 8,000 people at a time, according to organizers. But the pipeline protests started modestly. In fact, according to Jonathan Edwards, they all began with a video game.

Edwards lives in McLaughlin, SD, the largest town on the Standing Rock reservation. Last December, he was hanging out with friends, “and we were playing Call of Duty or something, and somebody was scrolling through Facebook and saw a small little article about the (pipeline).”

By that point, plans for Dakota Access were in their final stages and construction was nearly underway. The pipeline is a catch-up of sorts. Oil production in North Dakota has exploded in the last 13 years, from fewer than 30 million barrels a year in 2003 to more than 429 million barrels in 2015. But the infrastructure didn’t keep up. For years, more than half the crude oil leaving North Dakota has moved by rail. Dakota Access, owned by a consortium of energy companies, including Enbridge and Energy Transfer Partners out of Texas, was supposed to solve that problem.

The pipeline company held public hearings in North Dakota starting in May 2015. But Edwards said he had never heard of the project before reading about it last December. He was shocked to discover that if completed the pipeline would cross under Lake Oahe, on the Missouri river, just a few kilometres outside the Standing Rock border. “So we did a little research about it, found out it’s an actual thing, and just basically started organizing a few local people to see what we could possibly do to … defeat it.”

Law enforcement officers line the street in front of the Morton County Courthouse in Mandan, N.D., as Dakota Access Pipeline protesters stand on the opposite side of the street on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016.

Law enforcement officers line the street in front of the Morton County Courthouse in Mandan, N.D., as Dakota Access Pipeline protesters stand on the opposite side of the street on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016.

Indigenous opponents of Dakota Access have two broad complaints. One is that the pipeline crosses through traditional tribal territory, home to sacred sites. The other is that, by passing under the Missouri River, the pipeline would put the tribe’s water supply at risk. The protest’s main slogan, whispered among supporters like a benediction, is “Water is life.”

Edwards and his friends were well positioned to make a stink. His uncle Vernon runs the local radio station. His sister Honorata works for the local newspaper. But in the early going, interest was paltry. “Not a lot of people showed up at the local meetings,” he said. That began to change after his sister reached out to Joye Braun, an activist from a nearby reserve who played a significant role in the fight against Keystone XL.

Braun, in her words, “heard the call” from Standing Rock in late January. The grassroots of the tribe, she said, felt they weren’t getting enough information about the project. “So we sold a bunch of cinnamon rolls and got gas money and all headed up here to Standing Rock to see what we could do.”

At a meeting in late February, Braun pitched the idea of a ‘spirit camp’ — a hub for prayer and action that could serve as a focal point for opponents of the pipeline. Ladonna Brave Bull Allard, who now runs the Standing Rock tribal historic preservation office, offered a chunk of land that directly abuts the nearest pipeline site, to the campers. And on April 1, Braun and her cousin Wiyaka Eagleman pitched their tents and the Sacred Stone Spirit Camp was born.

There are several theories on how that tiny campout of two people grew into the large occupation it is today. Ruth Hopkins, a columnist for Indian Country Today, thinks coverage in Native media contributed, as did a series of protest runs—including one from Cannon Ball to Washington D.C.—put on by local youth.

By the summer, several large environmental groups helped “amplify” the message, according to Josh Nelson, campaign manager for Credo Action. The movement gained celebrity support, including from actress Shailene Woodley (who was arrested while protesting in North Dakota in October) and Leonardo DiCaprio.

The camps grew steadily through the summer. The original Sacred Stone Camp on Allard’s land eventually sprouted two shadow camps on land owned by the Army Core of Engineers outside the reservation. But they only truly mushroomed in September. The major reason for that influx, organizers believe, was a violent clash between protesters and private guards that went viral online.

Journalist Amy Goodman, left, speaks with supporters in Mandan, North Dakota before learning the rioting charge filed against her was dismissed by a SouthCentral district judge Monday, Oct. 17, 2016.

Journalist Amy Goodman, left, speaks with supporters in Mandan, North Dakota before learning the rioting charge filed against her was dismissed by a SouthCentral district judge Monday, Oct. 17, 2016.

On Sept. 3, Ladonna Allard was speaking to a journalist when her phone rang. “Amy Goodman (from Democracy Now) was sitting in the camp interviewing me…when they called me and said ‘Ladonna! The bulldozers are here’,” Allard said. Dakota Access crews were digging up a pipeline site on a ranch just north of the reserve. “I said ‘I’m on my way. And I hung up my phone and Amy said ‘I’m following you.’ ”

Cody Hall, a spokesman for the Red Warrior camp, was also there that day. “We had one of the elder ladies come driving by,” he said. “She saw the bulldozers. She yelled, ‘We need everybody to come out! The bulldozers are on sacred land!’ So, the campers scrambled onto horses and into cars and raced up the highway.”

What happened next was captured on film and posted online from multiple angles, but it remains nonetheless the subject of bitter dispute. Protesters from the camps confronted the workers, first from outside the fence, with shouts like “Criminals!” and “Go get your money somewhere else.” Eventually, they surged through the wire and came face to face with a team of private security guards.

After everything was over that day, the Morton County Sheriff’s office released a statement decrying the protest as an “unlawful … riot.” The sheriff said guards were attacked with wooden posts and flagpoles, and a dog was trampled by a horse. The protesters maintain the guards attacked them, and they were sprayed with some kind of caustic chemical. Hall said dogs bit about 12 people. One worker threw a demonstrator to the ground.

Regardless, the footage — of snarling dogs straining toward men and women with their hands in the air — provided a defining visual for the growing camp. “What I saw was (like) the images of America from the 1950s and 1960s, where they used dogs on black people,” said Hall. “It threw me right back to that time in history.”

Wulff Cole, a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde, in Oregon, drove 25 hours to join the camp because of that footage. “When I first heard about that I said, ‘I have to be there or I’ll never forgive myself.’” Organizers say that after the confrontation with the dogs, the camps ballooned in size.

By mid-October, Oceti Sakowin looked like a cross between a summer camp and a music festival. White tipis shared space with green army tents and flags in a cavalcade of shades. There were converted buses, port-a-potties, a legal clinic, horse paddocks and campfires. Near the central hub, heaps of donated clothes sat near stacks of wood and supplies of rice, beans and other staples.

“The first night I was here, I sat at the fire, listened (to the speeches) came back to my tent and I cried all night,” said Lavina Lawrence, who has been living at the camp for more than six weeks. “It’s just…the love of the people, the healing, the energy, is just so strong. It’s overwhelming.”

Organizers of the Standing Rock movement insist the camp and the protests are peaceful. Not everyone agrees. One judge in a civil suit filed by Dakota Access wrote in a recent ruling that “to suggest all of the protest activities to date have been ‘peaceful’ and law-abiding defies common sense and reality.”

In the communities surrounding the camps, meanwhile, there’s a sense of fear. Several people said they were afraid to speak on the record because they feared retaliation from the camps. One woman said her friends were organizing a class on concealed weapons for those intimidated by the protesters. Santana Hettich, who lives nearby, actually spent several weeks at the camp this summer, but she said she wouldn’t go back now. “I supported it…I wanted to stand with them because I’m Native American,” she said. “Now I just think there are too many people there for the wrong reasons.”

Camp organizers blame those fears on local media and local police.

Members of the Pikuni Blackfeet Nation march into Sacred Stone Camp near Cannonball, ND

Members of the Pikuni Blackfeet Nation march into Sacred Stone Camp near Cannonball, ND

The sheriff’s office did not return a request for comment. But in recent press conferences the sheriff and other county officials have defended their officers as “incredibly professional and unbelievably restrained.”

What is clear is that it wouldn’t take much—from either side—for something truly awful to happen here. The police are heavily armed and overworked; sheriffs have been called in from all over North Dakota, and now eight other states, to bolster the Morton County crew. “I think the whole county is on edge,” said Jeremy Stenerson, who lives in nearby Flasher. “Emotions are escalating and I think that just increases the chances of an accidental trigger pull or some silly accident that sets it all off.”

Last Saturday, protesters slipped from the camps, up the highway and into the fields where the pipeline will go. They popped the tires on a pickup truck then used bike locks and chains to attach themselves to the vehicle, hoping to block the construction path. A few hours later, hundreds more demonstrators marched up the highway and into the fields where they met a line of officers armed with pepper spray and other weapons.

Marching with the protesters that day was Kabale Niquay, a member of the Atikamekw Nation in Quebec. Niquay drove down to Standing Rock from Manawan, northwest of Quebec City, in mid-September. His Facebook page is full now of photos from inside the camps and at the demonstrations. In one, he poses in a camouflage jacket, a bandana pulled over his face. “A good day,” he wrote in French, “to go the front.”

Niquay said he came to support this protest in solidarity with the local Dakota and Lakota people. “All nations are rising up,” he said. But he’s also hoping to drum up support for a spirit camp of his own next summer, in Quebec, in opposition to the Energy East pipeline.

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Riders of all ages gather on the hilltop at Sacred Stone Camp near Cannonball

Riders of all ages gather on the hilltop at Sacred Stone Camp near Cannonball

Niquay isn’t the only Canadian to have joined the Standing Rock protests. Cars with Manitoba, Ontario and Alberta plates are littered throughout the Oceti Sakowin camp. Others, meanwhile, have noticed from afar. Jonathan Edwards spoke recently with a First Nations group in British Columbia. They were looking for advice, he said, on setting up their own anti-pipeline camps.

Edwards hopes this does launch something larger, all across North America. But he hasn’t lost site of his original goal. “I know what my role is here, which is to do whatever I have to do to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.”

Vicky Granado, a spokeswoman for Energy Transfer Partners, said the plan is still to have the pipeline ready for service by the end of this year. Meanwhile, the company has always maintained that it did everything right here. Dakota Access obtained all necessary easements and rights of way, its lawyers wrote in one court filing, it obtained all federal, state and local permits to cross the Missouri River at Lake Oahe, and it conducted extensive consultations with affected tribes.

Despite that, the federal government still ordered a temporary halt to pipeline construction within two miles of Lake Oahe in September. That moratorium remains in place, for now.

As for the campers, some have vowed to stay through the winter, if necessary. Last Saturday, police arrested more than 120 protesters after a day of heated clashes that saw several people pepper sprayed. The next morning, the campers pushed out again, moving out in the pink dawn to set up a new camp on private land, directly in the pipeline’s path.

The company vowed in a statement that trespassers who refused to leave would be removed — and on Thursday they made good on their promise.

The protesters are unbowed. “I don’t think they really understood who the people are descended from who they’re trying to lay this pipeline through,” said Edwards. “I mean my mother’s last name was Shoots The Enemy. She’s deceased now. But I don’t think she got that name weaving baskets.”

The original version of this article titled This is the future of pipeline protests: How a tiny campout grew into a global movement and why it’s coming to Canada next, by Richard Warnica was published in The National Post on October 26, 2016, [READ HERE] 

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4 thoughts on “How A Tiny Campout Grew Into A Global Movement And Why It’s Coming To Canada Next

  1. Rainbow Hawk

    Our Lakota Family needs your help in any way you can give it. At minimum please share this so that the world knows of the situation they are dealing with.
    I am asking everyone skilled in Civil Disobedience and Non-Violent Direction action to come to Standing Rock. Beginning Monday October 17th we are calling for a month of action to Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. We need to stop the pipeline now! We are winning. This pipeline will not be built. Please re-post and share everywhere!

    If You Are a Rock, Stand Up Like a Mountain. For months, people have gathered to fight the Dakota Oil Pipeline that will cut through sacred Native American land. This is life at the Sacred Stone Camp.

    International Call To Action! All Warriors! All People! Needed at Oceti Sakowin ~ Standing Rock!

    ‘The images are burned into my mind right now, of the sounds of my people screaming in horror.’ – This woman spoke about the brutality of the DAPL arrests 

    http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/38203-why-police-from-different-states-invaded-a-standing-rock-camp-and-other-questions

    Jill Stein standing with Standing Rock

    Standing Rock RisingLike Page
    Yesterday at 1:14pm
    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.
    -Redhawk

    http://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/10/29/when-will-it-end-us-government-again-uses-militarized-response-stand-native

    Contributions raised and more needed
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/anti-pipeline-protester-asked-5-000-got-1-175702497.html

    Red Owl Legal Collective/National Lawyers Guild in support of Standing Rock
    https://www.facebook.com/RedOwlLegal/

    Your help is needed now

    http://countercurrentnews.com/2016/11/actor-mark-ruffalo-returns-standing-rock-call-obamas-refusal-stop-native-american-land-theft/

    https://redpowermedia.wordpress.com/2016/10/31/how-a-tiny-campout-grew-into-a-global-movement-and-why-its-coming-to-canada-next/
    Indigenous Americans
    Yesterday at 10:28am
    Comment “YES” if you support Native Americans against North Dakota Pipeline . Post where are you from…
    An estimated 30 Jingle Dress dancers took to the front line at Standing Rock on Saturday. They danced about 150 yards away from where roughly nine armored police vehicles remained behind a wall of concrete barriers. #NoDAPL

    https://www.change.org/p/john-kasich-tell-ohio-gov-john-kasich-to-recall-37-state-troopers-from-north-dakota?recruiter=301332233&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_ campaign=autopublish&utm_term=mob-xs-share_petition-reason_msg

    Brief: Sacred Stone Camp’s Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Campaign Secures $1.1M Through GoFundMe and more needed.
    http://www.crowdfundinsider.com/2016/10/91875-sacred-stone-dakota-access-pipeline-protest-campaign-secures-1-1m-gofundme/

    Put I STAND WITH STANDING ROCK on your profile photo.
    http://profile.actionsprout.com/o/7E44CA

    It’s Prayer Time. 
    International Vigil for Standing Rock this Sunday, October 30th. 
    They may have broken our bones but they could not break our spirits. 
    Short notice, but our warriors need lots of healing prayers asap. We love you all!

    http://native-news.com/2016/10/31/massive-north-dakota-oil-leak-proves-native-american-protesters-right-for-fighting-illegal-dapl-pipeline/ /

    Myron Dewey was live. Update from the front lines

    /myron.dewey1/videos/10104045296939469
    Cover of Jackson Browne’s “The Pretender” by Erik Lawrence, with Maryn Azoff, Seth Moutal & Dave Ross. Video and concept by Christopher Chase.
    To assist Standing Rock and the Sacred Stone Camp:

    http://sacredstonecamp.org/faq/#howtohelp
    Supplies, cash, or check donations can be sent to: 
    Sacred Stone Camp P.O. Box 1011 Fort Yates, ND 58538
    For more information please see text accompanying song’s youtube upload: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiSj1Zj-G24

    https://steemit.com/dapl/@thirdeye/the-great-bison-spirit-and-the-dakota-access-pipeline
    The Guardian’s video.

    http://www.vox.com/2016/9/9/12862958/dakota-access-pipeline-fight?yptr=yahoo

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/bundys-acquitted-natives-arrested-double-standard-213031358.html

    http://edition.cnn.com/2016/10/31/us/standing-rock-facebook-check-ins/index.html

    http://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/10/30/after-two-wars-standing-rock-first-time-i-served-american-people /ory37990/26392622//
    JOHN BOLENBAUGH was live.
    Dapllies.com by whistleblower John Bolenbaugh Navy veteran with a bronze star. I fought for my country. I am now fighting for mother earth and for all humanity to have clean air, land and water.

    Live Update Oct. 30th

    Red Warrior Camp at Oceti Sakowin Camp.
    October 28 at 10:40pm · Cannon Ball, ND, United States
    VIDEO: October 27, 2016 140+ arrested as Indigenous Peoples & Water Protectors hold the Frontlines to Protect Sacred Water against the Dakota Access Pipelines. The police attack with pepperspray, batons, fire rubber bullets, bean bags, “sting-balls” and live rounds, taser people, fire concussion grenades, tear gas, snatch medics and arrest 140+ Water Protectors.

    Press release from the youth. A call for help

    http://mkpusa.org/mkp-stands-in-solidarity-with-standing-rock/

    http://indigenousamerican.com/2016/10/29/breaking-the-united-nations-is-headed-to-standing-rock/
     Indigenous Americans’s video.

    http://usuncut.com/news/united-nations-just-made-major-announcement-dakota-access-pipeline/

    President Obama, They Shoot Horses And Teenage Boys On The Dakota Access Pipeline
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/georgianne-nienaber/president-obama-they-shoo_b_12730742.html

    ‘Where is CNN?’ – Activists are furious over the lack of Dakota Access Pipeline coverage in the mainstream media

    Remember This When You Talk About Standing Rock
    Yes, everyone should be talking about climate change. But we deserve to survive because our lives are worth defending in their own right — not simply because “this affects us all.”

    http://www.yesmagazine.org/how-to-talk-about-standing-rock-20161028
    Even the petroleum industries own publication admits the severe mistakes with the DAPL
    Dakota Access protests poised to become political debacle for American oil and gas industry
    http://theamericanenergynews.com/markham-on-energy/dakota-access-protests#comment-14039

    Pitch in a couple bucks:
    https://www.gofundme.com/2rqhc7g 
    Standing Lunch – Sharing Update and Organizing
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1749814981940531/1783924755196220/?notif_t=group_activity&notif_id=1477937272887946

    Interview with young prayer warrior who was ripped out of ceremony, arrested and put in dog kennel at the jail in Mandan ND
    Trenton Casillas-Bakeberg, 
    Cheyanne river tribal member

    STEVE RUSSELL : 
    Dakota Access Pipeline: Legal encounters of 
    the third kind
    The Indians do not claim their right to safe drinking water as U.S. citizens, but as human beings.
    http://www.theragblog.com/steve-russell-dakota-access-pipeline-legal-encounters-of-the-third-kind/

    MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – A large group of demonstrators protested inside Minneapolis City Hall on Friday to speak out against the deployment of local sheriff’s deputies to North Dakota.
    http://www.fox9.com/news/214296414-story

    Water Protectors arrive back at camp from incarceration in Fargo 

    Excellent information about Standing Rock camps.
    http://www.standingrocksolidaritynetwork.org/about.html

    New York City teachers stand with Standing Rock! #nodapl#GreenUnionism #UnionCamp #L4SR

    Thomas H. Joseph IIFollow
    6 hrs
    Healing Ceremony on recent battle grounds, Hwy 1806 near Cannon Ball Ranch, ND.
    We are determined to win, our spirits can not be broken. Our ancestors are with us, we will continue to singing to pray and to resist in peace.
    Today we recover, heal, and pray in a ceremony manner. Tomorrow we win.
    The return back to camp can be found on this link below.

    Finally the N.Y. Times is presenting honest coverage
    http://www.nytimes.com/video/us/100000004736396/arrests-and-violence-at-dakota-pipeline.html?emc=eta1

    http://bients.com/faa-says-north-dakota-cops-commited-felony-shooting-dapl-protester-drones/

    Another Avatar moment at Standing Rock. This is a Golden Eagle that landed for about an hour. Natives gathered around it and were able to touch it.

    We stand together. From Mauna Kea to Standing Rock. We are united.

    KFYR-TV was live.
    Cheyenne River Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier and Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II are addressing police tactics at the Morton County Sheriff’s Office.

    Chief Arvol Lookinghorse speaks to the crowd with details of his agreement with Morton County Police

    Today Mohawks in Kahnawake, south of so called Montréal blocked the Mercier Bridge for over one hour in solidarity with #NoDAPL. They were answering a worldwide call out made for solidarity actions

    Māori Solidarity with Standing Rock Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi

     Red Warrior Camp’s video.
    WE CAN EITHER DO SOMETHING NOW
    MAKE A STAND OR HAVE OUR CHILDREN PAY THE PRICE OF OUR SELFISHNESS & COWARDISE.

    Indigenous Environmental Network was live.
    Update from Oceti Sakowin Camp Saturday October 29th #NoDAPL #WaterIsLife#OneFight #IndigenousRising #DefendTheSacred

    Uprise RevolutionL
    “Indigenous Youth Occupy Hillary Clinton Campaign Headquarters to Demand She Take Stand on #DAPL ”
    Via Democracy Now

    Channel 4 News

    “There’s no fear here. We know we have the moral high ground and that we’re doing what’s right for…the human race.” Ar
    ed in North Dakota during a confronhttps://www.facebook.com/Channel4News/videos/10154191428596939/tation over the new oil pipeline.

    Front line footage of my brother Nataanii Means face bloodied along w other warriors including women, children and elderly being thrown, slammed, dragged, shot, tazed, maced, clubbed and beaten. Looks like they tried grabbing him by his hair first then targeted him inside the tipi. Martial law enforcement enforcing the lawless law$ of excessive force by big oil corporation

    All Warriors of Peace & Protection please sign this vitally important petition
    https://www.change.org/p/remove-sheriff-kyle-kirchmeier-from-the-morton-county-sheriff-s-office?recruiter=137677000&utm_campaign=signature_receipt_fb_dialog&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition

    https://transformativespaces.org/2016/10/27/how-to-talk-about-nodapl-a-native-perspective/

    Labor Union workers arrive at Standing Rock Camp to support water protectors from New York, Kansas City, Madison, Wisconsin, elsewhere. They are saying, “Water is Life!”
    http://bsnorrell.blogspot.mx/2016/10/standing-rock-camp-live-labor-union.html?m=1

    http://www.whio.com/news/crime–law/ohio-troopers-headed-pipeline -protest/VL0ZLYFviTQAqXvYJnVaKK/
    Indigenous Life Movement’s live video.

    “We’re Not Protesters, We Are Land Protectors” 

    Come to Standing Rock, be with the rainbow… all colours of LOVE and RESPECT.

    Shailene Woodley on being arrested protesting the Dakota Access pipeline, charged with a misdemeanour and strip-searched at the Morton County jail. Woodley is slated to stand trial in North Dakota on January 25.

    Post by Lau Ra on her personal experiences on the front-line

    DAPL security shot AR-15 at Protectors. BIA arrested the shooter.

    “They are attacking us and we have no weapons. We are just here to hold our ground. Keep people safe. They have no right to be on this land.”
    Today, the confrontation between #NoDAPL activists and police grew violent

    https://www.wired.com/2016/10/standing-rock-protesters-face-police-world-watches-facebook/

    This was a medic who was at the front lines. He told his story to us, this interview speaks for itself. 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.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/north-dakota-pipeline-protesters-vow-continue-fight-n674916

    Conspiracy to be free

    Live Video from Oct. 28th as two herds of buffalo are going to the the area of the Water Protectors with the Protectors celebating

    Indigenous Life Movement
    We are still on stand off with riot police. Things are looking bad here.
    #CNN #CNNiReport #CNBC #RTAmerica #RT

    THIS LIVE FEED IS NOT AT THE CAMP BUT IMPORTANT

    http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Dakota-Another-Brutal-Eviction-from-Treaty-Protected-Land-20161027-0017.html

    On the Front Lines

    Myron Dewey
    Update and I’m not in jail…,

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/i-am-a-white-person-who-went-to-standing-rock-this_us_5812d757e4b08301d33e07d6

    http://sacredstonecamp.org/blog/2016/10/28/police-from-5-states-escalate-violence-shoot-horses-to-clear-1851-treaty-camp

    Fires of KiwaLike Page
    October 27 at 9:03pm Message of solidarity to Standing Rock, Sioux Nation from Aotearoa New Zealand. We Stand with Standing Rock

    http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2016/10/onondaga_nation_lawyer_heads_to_standing_rock_to_help_protesters.html
    http://www.warriorscall.org/pagans-stand-side-by-side-with-standing-rock
    Through song and when we have hundreds singing it transmits the prayer signal far and wide..

    Your rights and how to apply them
    https://www.justice.gov/crt/addressing-police-misconduct-laws-enforced-department-justice

    TYT Politics was live.
    Media “Reports” DISGRACEFUL Big Oil Propaganda As Police Assault Standing Rock Protecters #NoDAPL

    OCT30
    International Vigil for Standing Rock
    Sun 6 AM MDT
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1277172079014021/

    http://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/sanders-calls-on-president-to-intervene-in-dakota-access-pipeline-dispute

    http://www.amnestyusa.org/news/press-releases/amnesty-international-usa-to-monitor-to-north-dakota-pipeline-protests

    The battles persist worldwide
    Extended trailer for our documentary is now online…
    Narrated by Daddy G of Massive Attack
    Please watch, share, like and support! 
    Full film coming later this month

    Spanish Revolution’s video. Van contra los Lakota!

    In clear violation of the 8th Amendment:
    The Eighth Amendment (Amendment VIII) to the United States Constitution prohibits the federal government from imposing excessive bail, excessive fines, or cruel and unusual punishment. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that this amendment’s Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clause also applies to the states.
    http://nativenewsonline.net/currents/nodapl-protests-met-extreme-force-no-bail-arrested/

    http://bsnorrell.blogspot.mx/2016/10/standing-rock-medics-shot-by-police-and.html

    Support from San Francisco, CA.

    VIDEO: From October 26th 2016. 
    http://m.democracynow.org/web_exclusives/3051

    The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell was live.

    Interview with Warrior on the Frontlines about the current atmosphere at Oceti Sakowin ~ Frontline Blockade Camp. 

    The situation is coming to a boiling point and it is time for all Strong Hearts to make your way here, WE need you to help protect our people making a stand. To protect the Spiritual, Ceremonial, and Elderly People who are here.

    This is call out to all Warriors to please uphold your responsibility as a Warrior and defend the People, Land, Water and all life. Please share in all your networks. 

    Red Warrior Camp #BlackSnakeKillas #NODAPL

     NBC4’s live video.

    October 27th Live Feed Update

    http://www.cshagen.com/the-law-strikes-back/

    Boom! Mark Ruffalo on CNN Jake Tapper calling out Treaty of 1861- asking Obama to uphold it. And that my friends is how you hold the mic and keep talking through the music.

    Rubber bullets fired at protectors, elders pepper sprayed and arrested, percussion grenades used on large crowds…. Ambulances are running full force here at Oceti Sakowin camp.

    https://www.facebook.com/BuzzFeedNews/vide
    os/vb.618786471475708/1280774518610230/?type=2&theater
    Video update — approaching the front line 10/26/16

    The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell was live. Addressed by Standing Rock Elder and Tribal members in N.Y.C.

    Standing Rock Rising

     Thank you to Rev. Jesse Jackson, and Mark Ruffalo for standing in solidarity with Standing Rock this morning, and encouraging the progress of renewable energies in opposition to fossil fuels that are destroying both our planet, and our communities. 
    The world is watching, and the world is listening.
    WE ARE RISING.
    -Redhawk

    Mark Ruffalo added a new video.
    22 hrs · 
    Here I am walking up to the front line at Standing Rock with one of the greatest civil rights leaders of our time Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr. and sister Wahleah Johns from Native Renewables to meet the brave Water Protectors peacefully holding the line. Come be part of this historical moment. Come stand with Standing Rock!

    https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/dakota-pipeline-indigenous-mapping-nathan-heazlewood

    “No more Violation of Mother Earth. Restoring the land to balance.”
    Locals, farmers and ranchers, people from Bismarck arriving by hundreds. Being surrounded by DAPL security mercenaries with recruited National Guard (!!!).
    Sharing the few LIVE videos as we get them.

    Indigenous Environmental Network’s live video.

    Crow Creek Tribal Chairman Sazue says “the tribe has cancelled their tax agreement with the state, and a memorandum of understanding with the highway patrol. He says Crow Creek tax dollars won’t go to South Dakota law enforcement for helping stop activists.”
    http://listen.sdpb.org/post/crow-creek-rescinds-contact-state

    http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/human-blockade-crosses-highway/article_ad910e20-06fc-52e3-91af-fae71d8e8685.html

    https://www.algore.com/news/statement-by-former-vice-president-gore-in-support-of-the-standing-rock-tribe
    How Shailene Woodley Wants You to Save the World
    ∞ Live With Love ∞
    (Shailene’s acceptance speech upon receiving the Futures Award at the Environmental Media Association awards ceremony. Oct 22, 2016.)

    Even from within Prison Walls comes support

    October 24 at 10:25pm
    Yesterday we marched in solidarity with our Native brothers and sisters fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline. The march led into the Climate Revolution rally, which served to generate global awareness towards our universal fight against climate change and major social and political issues facing our nation. Climate Revolution was led by Josh Fox, Shailene Woodley, Frances Fisher, Susan Sarandon, Mark Ruffalo, Kendrick Sampson, Ed Begley Jr., amongst other special guests. The event ended with a performance by Ozomatli and the screening of Josh Fox’s latest film, “How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change.” #NoDAPL #WaterisLife #ClimateRevolution

    Sacred Stone Camp is live now. Part two.

    After his release report

    Guest interview: khan from japan

    We are in crisis
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/423624514363287/permalink/1181063191952745/

    http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Dept-of-Justice-says-Lake-Oahe-DAPL-permit-on-hold-while-addressing-Standing-Rock-Sioux-Tribe-issues-398395591.html

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