This is an update on the fight at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access pipeline, and a call to action.
On January 31st, President Trump issued a presidential memorandum directing the Army Corps to expedite approval of the Dakota Access pipeline. On February 8, the Army Corps issued the final easement for the crossing of the Mni Sose (Missouri River). Without a single word of explanation, this reversed the December 4th Army Corps decision to conduct an Environmental Impact Statement on the river crossing. Now DAPL is drilling under the river, around the clock.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe both filed lawsuits today, and water protectors continue to fight back, not only at Standing Rock, but across Turtle Island. Meanwhile, the State's tactics of repression are escalating rapidly. At least one grand jury is active and cranking out federal indictments, and federal agencies are interrogating people's families at home.
So for this particular fight, the frontlines are moving to the courtroom. And frankly we are unprepared. Over 700 water protectors face charges. The Sacred Stone Legal Defense Fund has raised about $3m so far and basically, that needs to double. Read more for details and action steps......Read more
Today, Tuesday February 7, the US Army Corps gave notice of intent to grant the final easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross the Mni Sose (Missouri River). They are skipping the EIS ordered in December, and skipping the congressional notification period required by law. This is a response to President Trump’s Presidential Memorandum directing the Corps to expedite approval of the project.
The Indigenous Coalition at Standing Rock is calling for February 8th to be an international day of emergency actions to disrupt business as usual and unleash a global intersectional resistance to fossil fuels and fascism. Connect with other struggles. Think long-term movement building. We are in this for the long haul.
Read more for details and resources to take action....Read more
On January 31, two members of the U.S. Congress from North Dakota released statements saying that the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army directed the Army Corpsto notify Congress that it is granting the final easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline.Read more
On January 25, President Trump issued 4 executive actions intended to streamline the approval of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Keystone XL Pipeline, and other “high priority infrastructure projects” that may come before his administration in the future. This article summarizes each of the 4 actions and explains their anticipated impact.Read more
This short article explains what's happening with the Environmental Impact Statement for the Dakota Access pipeline, and how to submit strong public comments on the scope of the EIS. The "scope" is basically a definition of what the study will include. The Army Corps has to receive public input on that before it can begin the study.Read more
As clashes between water protectors and law enforcement continue at Standing Rock, today saw four significant legal developments in the Dakota Access Pipeline campaign. 1) The US Army Corps published an official Notice of Intent in the Federal Register to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Lake Oahe crossing. 2) US District Court Judge James Boesberg denied Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) attorneys’ request for a Temporary Restraining Order, which sought to block publication of the Army Corps' Notice of Intent for the EIS. 3) The US Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s appeal of the September, 2016 US District Court decision to deny their request for a preliminary injunction. 4) The ND Supreme Court ruled to partially grant a petition allowing non-North Dakota licensed lawyers to more easily represent the more than 600 water protectors facing criminal charges. Read more for details and links.....Read more
As a unique national Native initiative, Honor the Earth works to raise public awareness and raise direct funds to grassroots Native environmental groups. We are the only Native organization that provides both financial support and organizing support to Native environmental initiatives.Read more
Dear Al: Letter to Enbridge "..we expect you to clean up your old mess... "
This is my annual letter to you, but it’s been a long time coming. For the past two months, I have been asking you to use your influence to stop the violence on Standing Rock, and in North Dakota, but while hundreds of people were arrested and injured, Enbridge, and you, said nothing. I think this is a very bad decision for you." by Winona LaDuke, Executive Director - Honor the EarthRead more
This 30 minute video from Al Jazeera offers insight into the battle for Native American land rights as protests continue against the Dakota Access oil pipeline.