Standing Rock Sioux and the Dakota Access pipeline

Standing Rock

At Standing Rock in North Dakota, Native American elders fighting the Dakota Access pipeline have extinguished the Seven Council Fires, which has been burning for months at the main camp.  Young Native water protectors have relit a new fire, the All Nations Fire, part of the continuing resistance to the $3.8 billion pipeline.

The water protectors are calling for global mass mobilisations as the US Army plans to approve the pipeline. It threatens their vital water supply from the Missouri river. In April 2017 Bakken oil was flowing through the pipeline under Lake Oahe near the Reservation.  http://www.hcn.org/articles/oil-expected-to-flow-through-dakota-access-pipeline-this-week

The Bank of America, HSBC, UBS, Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo are among companies funding the pipeline.  https://www.thenation.com/article/these-cities-are-divesting-from-the-banks-that-support-the-dakota-access-pipeline

These cities are pulling billions from the banks that support the pipeline.

Amnesty International has dispatched human rights observers to monitor the repression of Native Americans

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/2/8/water_protectors_call_for_global_mass

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/standing-rock-protesters-react-to-life-under-trump-w452010?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=daily&utm_campaign=112316_16

Standing Rock Protesters React to Life Under Trump: Rolling Stone. President Trump has reversed previous policies and given the Dakota Access {and Keystone XL} pipelines the go-ahead to expand.

Court proceedings continue to rage in the battle over the pipeline that has drawn thousands of protestors to North Dakota. As law enforcement officers and Indigenous activists face off near the construction site, the conflict plays out in real time on social media, capturing international attention.  The main resistance camp set up by the water protectors has been largely vacated after protesters were ordered to leave the camp.

http://www.thenational.scot/world/14872960.Profile__Dakota_oil_pipeline

Profile: Dakota oil pipeline: Greg Russell writes in the National daily newspaper.

https://theestablishment.co/we-cant-talk-about-standing-rock-without-talking-about-cultural-appropriation-5c5a8c92bc7d#.4jndm7qae

The Standing Rock fight isn’t just about the Dakota Access pipeline. It’s also about cultural theft, colonialism, and white supremacy.

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/opinion/readers-views/4240001-readers-view-posts-dakota-access-ignored-cultural-considerations

Posts on Dakota Access ignored cultural considerations

http://www.agweek.com/news/north-dakota/4236396-spiritual-wounds-dakota-access-pipeline-protest-wont-soon-heal

Spiritual wounds from Dakota Access Pipeline protest won’t soon heal.

 

 

 

 

 

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