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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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TRIBAL GATHERING AGAINST DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE FACES AGGRESSIVE STATE REPRESSION AND MEDIA MANIPULATION

The historic gathering of tribes from across the continent in opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline continues in the face of aggressive state repression and media manipulation. Last Friday, Governor Dalrymple declared a State of Emergency in order to make additional state resources available to “manage public safety risks associated with the protest.” This decision relies on a false narrative of violence put forth by Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, who last week announced outrageous, unsubstantiated claims of “pipe bombs” and gun violence at the protest site. A military-style checkpoint is established at Fort Lincoln, where motorists are constantly surveilled with cameras and interrogated about their activities. Identities are recorded and anyone suspected of traveling to the protest site is turned away and forced to travel a long detour. And on Monday, North Dakota’s Homeland Security Director ordered the removal of state-owned medical trailers and water tanks from the camp, citing reports of unlawful activity and fears that the equipment is unsafe. Tara Houska, National Campaigns Director for Honor the Earth, says, “It is deeply ironic that the Governor would release emergency funds under the guise of public health and safety, but then remove the infrastructure that helps ensure health and safety in the camp. This is nothing but repression of our growing movement to protect our water and future generations.” Read more...

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Stand With Standing Rock Against the Dakota Access Pipeline

Over the course of the past days, we have been there...with legal counsel, media, and hard working Anishinaabe people to say that we do not want the Enbridge Sandpiper in our territory nor do we want the Dakota Access pipeline. 

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Honor the Earth Seeks Administrative Assistant

Honor the Earth, a national Anishinaabe environmental non-profit organization located in Callaway, MN, is seeking a disciplined, experienced Administrative Assistant to manage a fast-paced professional office.

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A MESSAGE FROM WINONA ABOUT THE SANDPIPER

On Monday, August 1, we finished the spiritual ride of our 4th annual Love Water Not Oil tour, with a celebration feast in our community, Rice Lake, on the White Earth Reservation.  We rode and prayed for 2 weeks, along the route of the proposed Sandpiper and Line 3 pipelines.  It is a beautiful year in our territories, and we were honored to ride with our Dakota relatives to protect our lands.  On Tuesday, we held a final party to conclude the tour in Bemidji with fabulous music, food, and friends.  As we drove away from the venue and watched the northern lights dance on the horizon, we got the call that the Sandpiper project was likely dead.  

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Enbridge Announces Investment in Dakota Access Pipeline, Likely Shuts Door on Sandpiper

Marathon Oil pulls its support from the Sandpiper Pipeline, a project which would've sent fracked oil through Anishinaabe wild rice beds and Minnesota's watersheds. The Certificate of Need was granted based on Marathon's "need" for this oil, so what now, big oil?

“After four years of hard work on the Sandpiper – and as the people who would be most impacted by the proposed pipeline – we are extremely happy with this announcement. Our tribes have opposed this from the start,” said Winona LaDuke, Executive Director, Honor the Earth. “The battle against the nefarious Line 3 – with 760,000 barrels per day of oil – and the Alberta Clipper expansion – of 400,000 barrels – continues to impact our sacred wild rice watershed. The entire set of projects in light of a massive drop in Bakken production and decline in oil prices remains a financial problem for Enbridge. Our tribes stand opposed to any new lines.” 

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Coalition Statement Supporting Tribal Lawsuits Against Dakota Access

Today, a broad coalition of tribal members, landowner rights groups, and environmental organizations issued a joint statement in support of four tribal lawsuits contesting the permits recently issued by the US Army Corps of Engineers for the Dakota Access pipeline.

On Tuesday, July 26, the US Army Corps of Engineers approved the water crossing permits for the pipeline, proposed to carry fracked oil from the Bakken fields in North Dakota 1,172 miles to Patoka, Illinois. The coalition stands united in opposition to these permits and the process by which the USACE granted them.

The statement explains that, “This rubber stamp approval undermines the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, as well as federal trust responsibilities guaranteed in the 1851 and 1868 United States treaties with the L/D/Nakota tribes, which remain the supreme law of the land. We support the subsequent legal filings by the Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, Rosebud Sioux, and Yankton Sioux Tribes, whose human rights, treaty rights, and sovereignty are violated by these permits. We join them in calling for a full halt to all construction activities and repeal of all USACE permits until formal tribal consultation and environmental review are properly and adequately conducted.”

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URGENT CALL TO ACTION! Comment to US Army Corps before Midnight Aug. 1st

So, you know how the US Army Corps just approved the water crossing permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline? That was illegal. The way they do it (for this and many other pipelines) is by using this thing called "Nationwide Permit 12". They chop up a huge project into thousands of individual pieces (water crossings) and then rubber stamp each one saying its no big deal.  It's totally absurd! Today is the deadline for public comment on their proposal to renew Nationwide Permit 12. Please send them an email before midnight tonight, August 1, telling them how you feel.   Send to: NWP2107@usace.army.mil with subject:"comment on docket COE–2015– 0017".   Read more for details and a sample comment to get some ideas on what to say...

 

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Block the EPA's Support for a New Line 3

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Justice (DOJ) are trying to give Enbridge a handout to support their proposal to build a new Line 3 pipeline through our territories, but we have time to submit public comments and block them.  On July 20, 2016, a federal court in Michigan issued a proposed settlement in the lawsuit, United States v. Enbridge Energy.  The settlement requires Enbridge to pay $62 million in civil penalties for 2 oil spills, including the catatstrophic spill on the Kalamazoo River in 2010.  This settlement is long overdue, but shockingly, part of the settlement (called a "Consent Decree") requires Enbridge to replace its existing Line 3 pipeline, the old and extremely dangerous line in Minnesota that Enbridge has already applied to rebuild.

The consent decree language itself is vague and broad, and it is unclear how the order affects the rights of Minnesotans and tribes. It is bizarre for this provision to even be in the settlement in the first place, since it is an entirely different line with its own complex regulatory process underway.  But Enbridge is already trying to use this as political cover for their whimsical desires to build a new Line 3 through Minnesota's best lakes and wild rice beds, and through the heart of Chippewa treaty territory....with total disregard for the ongoing state, federal, and tribal process for reviewing that proposal.  We will not stand for this.   Please join us in speaking out.  Read more for details on how to submit your own comments....

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