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Water Cannons Fired at Water Protectors in Freezing Temperatures, Hundreds Injured

Cannon Ball, ND -- Hundreds of water protectors were injured at the Standing Rock encampments Sunday evening when law enforcement blasted them with water cannons in freezing temperatures.   The attacks came as water protectors used a semi-truck to remove burnt military vehicles that police had chained to concrete barriers weeks ago, blocking traffic on Highway 1806.  Water protectors’ efforts to clear the road and improve access to the camp for emergency services were met with tear gas, an LRAD (Long Range Acoustic Device), stinger grenades, rubber bullets, and indiscriminate use of a water cannon with an air temperature of 26 degrees Fahrenheit. Some flares shot by law enforcement started grass fires which were ignored by the water cannons and had to be extinguished by water protectors.
Multiple people were unconscious and bleeding after being shot in the head with rubber bullets.  One elder went into cardiac arrest at the frontlines but medics administered CPR and were able to resuscitate him.  The camp’s medical staff and facilities are overwhelmed and the local community of Cannonball has opened their school gymnasium for emergency relief. Hundreds are receiving treatment for contamination by CS gas, hypothermia, and blunt traumas as a result of rubber bullets and other less lethal ammunition. 

Despite the obvious public safety risk, and despite promises from Morton County that they would clear the road, law enforcement has insisted on keeping the vehicles on the bridge for weeks.  This obstruction of Highway 1806 threatens the lives of the water protectors and residents of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, as emergency services have been needed but unable to reach camp quickly....

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Dakota Access Is In Financial Jeopardy!

On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, just hours after the arrival of the drill at Standing Rock, Dakota Access LLC filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers for delaying its decision on the last required easement.  This desperation comes from the company’s January 1, 2017 deadline for completing the project.  Dakota Access has previously told the District Court that if they are not delivering oil by January 1, their shipper contracts will expire and the project will be in jeopardy.  A new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, and issued just as the company’s lawsuit was being filed on Wednesday, confirmed these weaknesses in the financing of the project and questioned its entire economic rationale. 

On Thursday, November 17, the largest bank in Norway, DNB Bank, announced that it would sell its assets in the project, in response to a groundswell of popular pressure asking them to divest.   They have yet to withdraw their loans from the project, which make up a substantial portion of the overall project financing, but have said they are considering doing so.

The project is clearly in financial jeopardy...

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Petition President Obama: Don't Leave Dakota Access to Trump

Donald Trump is going to be President in 2 months and right now the US Army Corps of Engineers is delaying its decision on the Dakota Access pipeline for more consultation.

Tribal leaders, scientists and millions of people across the planet all agree: this project is a disaster and should be rejected. President Obama should stand with them.

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Minnesotans: Support Honor the Earth on Give to the Max Day!

Tomorrow, Minnesotans are stepping up and opening our hearts to support the movements and organizations that mean the most to us. Please consider supporting Honor the Earth and our efforts to protect all the sacred land, water, and life on Mother Earth.   We are living in a time of crisis but we are resilient and powerful.  Together we are leading a graceful transition to a just, green, restorative future.  

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Drill Arrives After Army Corps Delay and National Day of Action

In the very early morning of Wednesday, November 16, as tens of thousands of people rested after attending #NoDAPL solidarity actions at US Army Corps of Engineers offices and banks across the globe, the horizontal directional drill equipment arrived the banks of the Mni Sose (Missouri River) at the Standing Rock encampments.   Although it was transported largely without detection, drone footage from our friends at Digital Smoke Signals clearly shows the new equipment at the heavily fortified drill pad on the Cannonball Ranch, guarded by a surreal fortress of 15’ walls, razor wire, floodlights, and military forces...

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As Army Corps Offers Concessions, Water Protectors Reiterate Demands

For Immediate Release:
November 14, 2016

Cannon Ball, North Dakota-- Today the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a statement offering to consult with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe about ways to proceed with the Lake Oahe crossing. While this is a step in the right direction, this ignores the demands made by the tribes, the grassroots encampment, countless allied environmental organizations, and millions of people standing in solidarity across the globe.

Photo Credit Myron Dewey

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Thorough Update on the Fight Against Dakota Access

As the winds of misinformation and confusion blow strong again, we offer this major legal, regulatory, and frontline update on the fight against the Dakota Access pipeline...

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The Time of the Seventh Fire

I just came from the center of agrobiodiversity of the northern plains, the Missouri River Basin, where at one point there were 215 species of grass and 500 million buffalo. I came from a place where, for thousands of years, people have grown many varieties of food essential to North America and the world. Corn, beans, squash, melons, tobacco—all indigenous foods of North America.

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Standing Rock Hearings to Begin: Protect the Lands, and Water No DAPL

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Standing Rock Hearings to Begin

Winona LaDuke, Executive Director – Honor the Earth

 The Standing Rock tribe will consider the Dakota Access Pipeline in a set of regulatory hearings.  Those hearings will be held on November 4 (Administrative Offices in Ft. Yates), November 9 and 21 at the Prairie Knights Casino, and November 22 in South Dakota. In 2015, the White Earth and Mille Lacs bands of Ojibwe exercised similar jurisdiction in holding tribal administrative hearings on the proposed Enbridge Sandpiper line, after Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission avoided tribal consultation, in a proposal which crossed tribal watersheds and harvesting territories.  The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission had refused to do an Environmental Impact Statement, until ordered by the Minnesota State Court of Appeals. The Standing Rock case is very similar. Despite numerous requests to state and federal agencies, there has been no comprehensive review of the 168 mile Dakota Access Pipeline, despite significant environmental, social and economic concerns. 

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Riot Police Injure Over 100 People Defending Standing Rock Burial Grounds

Cannon Ball, North Dakota- On Wednesday, November 2, law enforcement desecrated the burial grounds of Alma Parkin and Matilda Galpin, the indigenous women who once owned the Cannonball Ranch. As water protectors held a water ceremony, snipers shot at them from armored vehicles parked around the tree marking the graves.

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