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141 Water Protectors Arrested as Police Escalate Militarized Response

Press Release from Honor the Earth, Red Warrior Camp, and Sacred Stone Camp on Saturday, October 22:

On Saturday, hundreds of water protectors from different nations were met with violence by militarized police in riot gear, and approximately 141 were arrested. Four protectors locked themselves to a disabled car at an active construction site, stopping construction for approximately 7 hours.  Then a peaceful procession of hundreds walked to the sacred sites intentionally destroyed by Dakota Access LLC on September 3rd.

The lit sage and songs of hundreds of Native men, women, children, and elders were peaceful and prayerful despite Morton County Sheriff Kirchmeier’s allegations of violence and lawlessness.  After receiving a dispersal notice, a large group of protectors, including elders and children, attempted to leave but were surrounded by police. Law enforcement began to spray mace and throw people to the ground without provocation.  One young woman of the International Indigenous Youth Council was injured when a police officer hit her wrist with a baton......

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The US Army Corps Cannot Legally Issue the Final DAPL Permit!

On October 10, 2016, Honor the Earth, the Sierra Club and the Indigenous Environmental Network submitted a 30-page letter to the US Army Corps of Engineers.  The letter explains why the USACE is prohibited by federal law from issuing DAPL any more permits, including the final outstanding easement for the Missouri River crossing at Standing Rock, and why they are required by federal law to conduct a full Environmental Impact Statement on the Dakota Access pipeline.          

A clause in Section 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act states that if a company is caught intentionally destroying archaeological or cultural sites in the path of the project, the US government cannot legally give them any more permits.   This is exactly what DAPL did on September 3.   

Read more for details or to view the full letter, or a 2 page summary.

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Impacted Communities Take Fight Against Dakota Access to Corporate Heads

By Nika Knight, staff writer Common Dreams

Protesters from oil-impacted communities around the country are descending on Houston, Texas, for prayer action at Dakota Access Pipeline company offices

Activists from oil-impacted communities around the country are descending on Energy Transfer Partners' corporate offices in Houston, Texas, to protest the company's Dakota Access Pipeline and other controversial pipeline projects.

Despite ongoing, growing protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline and the federal government's repeated requests that Energy Transfer Partners halt its construction, the company has reiterated its intention to continue building the pipeline, undaunted.

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HONOR THE EARTH ANNOUNCES GRANTS ARE AVAILABLE

Honor the Earth is excited to invite your organization to submit a grant proposal for consideration at our winter Board Meeting. The deadline for submittal is November 30th, 5PM CT. Our priority area of focus is in the protection and revitalization of sacred ways, rivers, and places. We are passionate in supporting the opposition to extreme extraction and the transition to an Indigenous economy. At this time, our funding is limited to indigenous-led organizations only.

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Solidarity Statement: Commitment of Support for All Water Protectors

On September 27, 2016, a coalition of groups working together on the Standing Rock Reservation to stop the Dakota Access pipeline released this statement of solidarity.  

"We stand united in our support of the grassroots movement that has erupted to protect the water, our sacred sites, our cultures, our future generations, and Mother Earth.  We value a diversity of strategies, tactics, and forms of political and spiritual power, but we know there is no substitute for the spirit of resistance in the hearts of the people, translated through courage, into action......We come from different Nations, and our groups play different roles in this movement, but we stand together in our commitment to supporting grassroots resistance in defiance of the black snake.  We commit to working together to ensure, to the best of our ability, that all those arrested for resisting the pipeline have the legal and material resources they need.  To win, our strategy must be multi-dimensional, and to that end, we support a diversity of tactics.   We will fight in the regulatory process, in the courts, in the media, through our ceremonies, and on the land.  No more black snakes.  No more poison in our water.  No more desecration of our ancestors and sacred sites.  No more missing or murdered Indigenous women.  This is our moment.  We’re not leaving until it’s done."

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Musicians Stand with Standing Rock

The Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance continues to grow, our musicians and artists of the world join in the resistance. Music is power ! See their messages for Standing Rock !

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Judge Denies Preliminary Injunction, But Obama Administration Halts Construction at Missouri River Crossing

 

 

 

 

 

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Minneapolis and St. Paul Pass Resolutions Supporting Standing Rock

 

Today, through a unanimous vote, the Minneapolis City Council and Mayor Betsy Hodges passed a resolution backing Indigenous resistance to stop the proposed Dakota Access oil pipeline.  St. Paul passed a similar resolution last week.  The two cities join Seattle and the more than 150 Tribal Governments and First Nations who have come together to protect the land, waters and natural habitat the pipeline would impact.  On Monday, representatives from both city councils will travel to the Standing Rock Reservation to present the official Twin Cities resolutions to the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and the Sacred Stone Spirit Camp.  Read more to view the City of Minneapolis's press release and both formal resolutions.

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Honor Joins Submission to United Nations on Human Rights Violations at Standing Rock

Today, Honor the Earth joined forces with the Global Institute for Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights to submit a formal request to the United Nations for intervention in the struggle at the Standing Rock Reservation against the Dakota Access Pipeline.  

The letter is addressed to the UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation; the Special Rapporteur on the issue of human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment; Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous Peoples; and the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders.  

"We ask that you intervene urgently with the U.S. Government and raise the violation of the right to water and other rights as mentioned above and the risk of violation of the rights to water and to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment of the Standing Rock tribe and others. This intervention should include calling on the U.S. Government of meet its obligation to respect the right to water; the right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment; and the overall rights of indigenous peoples as well as its obligation to protect by ensuring that the State of North Dakota and private corporations do not violate such rights. The intervention should call for the immediate restoration of drinking water and cessation of the construction of the pipeline."

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Dakota Access Pipeline: Standing Rock Sioux Issue Urgent Appeal to United Nations Human Rights Officials

Ft. Yates, North Dakota, United States: On Thursday, August 18, 2016 the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) jointly submitted an urgent action communication to four United Nations (UN) human rights Special Rapporteurs. It cited grave human rights and Treaty violations resulting from the construction of the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline in close proximity to the Standing Rock Reservation by the United States Army Corps of Engineers and Dakota Access LLC, a subsidiary of Texas based Energy Transfer.    

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