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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

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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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Police from 5 States Escalate Violence, Shoot Horses to Clear 1851 Treaty Camp

Cannonball, ND - Over 300 police officers in riot gear, 8 ATVs, 5 armored vehicles, 2 helicopters, and numerous military-grade humvees showed up north of the newly formed frontline camp just east of Highway 1806.  The 1851 Treaty Camp was set up this past Sunday directly in the path of the pipeline, on land recently purchased by DAPL.  Today this camp, a reclamation of unceded Dakota territory affirmed as part of the Standing Rock Reservation in the Ft. Laramie Treaty of 1851, was violently cleared.  Both blockades established this past weekend to enable that occupation were also cleared.

In addition to pepper spray and concussion grenades, shotguns were fired into the crowd with less lethal ammunition and a sound cannon was used (see images below).  At least one person was tased and the barbed hook lodged in his face, just outside his eye. Another was hit in the face by a rubber bullet.

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New Encampment in Pipeline Path and 2 Blockades Established on Unceded Territory

Press release from Honor the Earth, Red Warrior Camp, Sacred Stone Camp, and Indigenous Environmental Network on October 23, 2016:

This morning, at approximately 8am central, water protectors took back unceded territory affirmed in the 1851 Treaty of Ft. Laramie as sovereign land under the control of the Oceti Sakowin, erecting a frontline camp of several structures and tipis on Dakota Access property, just east of ND state highway 1806. This new established camp is 2.5 miles north of the Cannon Ball River, directly on the proposed path of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). This site is directly across the road from where DAPL security dogs attacked water protectors on September 3rd.  

To ensure the protection of this new camp from overtly militarized law enforcement, water protectors have established two road blockades.  One north of the Frontline Camp, on Highway 1806, and another immediately west of Highway 1806, on county road 134.....

 

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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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