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

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Standing Rock: Water Protectors Shut Down Continued Construction of Dakota Access Pipeline


By Natalie Hand
Lakota Media Project

1851 Ft. Laramie Treaty Territory, Cannon Ball, North Dakota -- Hundreds of tribal members and allies marched onto active and ongoing construction sites of the Dakota Access Pipeline today.  Water protectors brought offerings of prayer, ceremony, drums, and tribal nation flags to construction sites to expose illegal company actions.

Julie Richards, founder of Mothers Against Meth Alliance (M.A.M.A.) based in Pine Ridge, South Dakota stated, “Our ancestors fought for our rights to clean water and to have a good way of life and now we're fighting to make sure that our daughters and great granddaughters can also have those rights and a better life.  All this land is sacred to us- it's our ancestral homelands and part of the designated treaty territory.”

On September 9, 2016, the United States Army Corps of Engineers issued an order to temporarily cease all work within 20 miles of the Lake Oahe/Missouri River but Dakota Access Pipeline construction crews have used the public's perception of halted activity to aggressively continue destructive construction within the buffer zone.  Each morning hundreds of workers employed to lay and weld pipes, underbore roads, and install valve controls travel by the busloads to dozens of sites, working 6-7 days a week. This activity violates both Federal treaties with the Oceti Sakowin and the Obama Administration’s orders to halt construction.

“We need to be aware that this 20 mile buffer zone is imaginary. They're still laying pipe- moving it towards us- towards the water we're protecting. Progress on easements is continuing even though they don't consider it construction.” stated Kate Thunderbolt, a water protector.

Ms. Thunderbolt went on to emphasize that the action demonstrates how the gathering of over 250 tribes, the largest in decades, represents an ability to escalate the force of peaceful resistance to stop the pipeline.

“We want a unity action to bring all the camps within Oceti Sakown together as one. With our unity we will bring the power of the people to stop this oncoming black snake. From each camp within Oceti Sakown we have the power to come together to show the world we are in unity in stopping their construction of destruction.” added Thunderbolt.

Water protectors have taken it upon themselves to defend their indigenous rights and say if construction continues daily then action to stop construction will also continue daily.
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September 9th:
The DC District federal court denied the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's request for an injunction.

Three federal agencies stopped construction on federal land and under river where they had jurisdiction.  They requested a voluntary work stoppage by DAPL in  20 mile buffer zone. DAPL ignored the voluntary request.

September 16th: 

DC Court of Appeals granted an interim injunction including the 20 mile buffer zone on either side of lake Oahe and the river.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Lockdown in Iowa at Mississippi River Access Point 'NO DAPL'

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A total of 12 people were arrested today at the Mississippi River access point for the Dakota Access Pipeline. Josh Bagelman, Jessica Reznicek, and Rachel "Rae" Machado locked themselves to a backhoe today at approximately 6am before workers arrived on site. They have been charged with trespassing and will be released on their own recognizance. The 5 who were part of the scheduled protest later in the afternoon were charged with trespassing after entering the pipeline work site and released within hours of their arrest. The Mississipppi Stand encampment offers non violent direct action training each Saturday at 10am at 3333 Mississippi River Road near Keokuk Iowa. #mississippistand #waterislife #nodapl

Mohwak Nation News 'World Prayer'



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MNN. SEPT. 19, 2016. Prayer is like a fart under the blanket. When disaster hits, people ask for prayers. Why? We acknowledge creation in our own way to ourselves. Our constitution doesn’t mention it. You can smell a fart. After a while you don’t even smell it anymore. It goes from your behind to your nose. Only the farter and their partner smell it and get the benefit, if any.americans-pray-1024x680
It’s time to get out from under the blanket where we’ve been for 500 years. Prayers never saved us. We’ve been smelling our own fart over and over again. We need to smell the fresh air as nature intended.
The ship came here and brought a load of pacification/prayers.
The ship came here and brought a load of pacification/prayers.
An old elder said that when he was a young man he was a warrior man of action. It wasn’t prayer that brought success when he needed a clear mind, clean nostrils and good reflexes.
The biggest s.b.d. [silent but deadly] farter in the world is the Pope whose fart doesn’t penetrate the atmosphere because he hides it under his heavy skirt. Don’t stand too close to him because spontaneous internal combustion might kill us all!
The trial of the Onondaga 15 in Syracuse smells like the worst silent but deadly, moldy, fart. [@ 100 South Clinton]
He wanted us to pray while he kept on farting He wanted us to pray while he kept on farting.
He wanted us to pray while he farted. 
Maybe we should have a world fart day for peace where everyone participates and feels better. Would it help? Prayers never did. We have to try something new. In the meantime we need fresh air to think and find solutions. We should be talking about world peace, not prayer. tekanaratatis
As Frank Zappa teaches about shysterism: “The mystery man came over and said, ‘I’m outta sight’. He said for a nominal service charge I could reach Nirvana tonight. Well, I was ready, willing and able to pay him his regular fee. He said he would drop all his present affairs and devote his attention to me. And he said, ‘Look here, brother, who you jiving with that cosmik debris?” 
MNN Mohawk Nation News for more news, to sign up for MNN newsletters, go to More stories at MNN Archives. Address: Box 991, Kahnawake [Quebec, Canada] J0L 1B0 or original Mohawk music visit
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.; Brittany E. Aungier; Carol L. Rhinehart; Devin M. Cain; Elkan Abramowitz; Gabriel M. Nugent 315-425-2836 Fax 1-315-425-2836; Joanna Gozzi; Jodi M. Peikin; Robert J. Anello; Terrance J. Hoffman 315-471-4107; Timothy P. Mulvey 315-448-4800 Fax 1-315-448-4800; Judge Scullon’s assistant Nicole Eallonardo Fax 1-315-234-8501. Ask Syracuse Post Standard to cover this rial, New York Times 

Friday, September 23, 2016

'Black Snake Corporation' destroying Native burials at Big Bend after Obama's permit

Lakota arrested halting Dakota Access Pipeline owned by Energy Transfer Partners of Dalla/Photo by Bold Nebraska

Bulldozers tear through ancient Indian site.
Big Bend Conservation Alliance
By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
The same corporation that bulldozed Native American burial places in North Dakota -- and attacked Native American women and children with vicious dogs and pepper spray -- is now bulldozing an ancient Indian site in Big Bend, Texas.
President Obama approved two pipelines to cross the border into Mexico, owned by the same company in Dallas that owns the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The corporation known as the “black snake pipeline,” Energy Transfer Partners, stole both the name of ‘Dakota’ for its northern pipeline, and stole the name ‘Comanche,’ for one of the pipelines now being constructed to flood Mexico with fracked gas.
In Dallas on Saturday, the American Indian Movement of Central Texas, and their allies, will protest Energy Transfer Partners, and its CEO Kelcy Warren.
In other censored News, Lakota Grandmother Olowan Sara Martinez, was extradited and released on bond for protecting the water of the Missouri River, where thousands of Native Americans are camped at the Standing Rock Sioux Nation.
The State of North Dakota is now charging the water protectors with felonies, and targeted the media and medics for arrest last week by riot police.
While the State of North Dakota charges water protectors and the media with crimes, North Dakota refuses to charge those who attacked women and children with vicious dogs and pepper spray. The online community found it easy to identify the dog handlers from the license plates at the scene, Frost Kennels in Ohio, and four former Bismarck police officers acting as security guards for Dakota Access Pipeline, during the attack on Sept. 3.
Amy Goodman, producer of Democracy Now, and Cody Hall, media spokesman for Red Warrior Camp, were charged with criminal trespass. Hall spent four days in jail.
In the north, the Onondaga 15 are in court and have filed suit against the New York State Troopers who attacked and beat them in 1997. The judge has forbidden them to speak to the media. Earlier, Ronald Jones said, “They broke my back that day.”
Even Censored News is now censored -- this time by Twitter. Twitter has blocked all links from the Censored News publisher. Twitter’s excuses vary.
Read more:
Obama approved same company's pipelines to Mexico
Lakota grandmother and water protector jailed and extradited
Onondaga 15 forbidden to speak to media
Standing Rock live streamers pointed out and arrested by riot police in North Dakota
Dallas march against Energy Transfer Partners on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016
Mercenaries and dog handlers identified in attack on Native Americans at Standing Rock
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