Good morning fellow progressives…looks like a decision will be made in North Dakota court today regarding Dakota Access Pipeline’s right to bull doze Native American burial sites and Lakota Sacred sites in their bid to complete a 4 state oil pipeline.
The proposed pipeline will cross Iowa, North and South Dakota and Illinois, eventually connecting up with a pipeline that runs to the Gulf where most of the oil will be exported.
Meanwhile Republican ND Governor Jack Dalrymple has called out the National Guard to protect the multi-millionaire owned DAPL oil pipeline.
On Thursday, September 8, North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple officially activated the National Guard to assist security near the site of the demonstrations near Standing Rock, alarming many campers, water protectors and supporters at the Oceti Sakowin camp along the river.
“When we first heard about the possibility of the National Guard coming, it was almost trauma response,” said Faith Spotted Eagle, Ihanktowan elder, who was present when the word came down. “A lot of people went numb because the idea of the military came in.
Gov. Dalrymple said at a press conference that the National Guard has been called in only to keep all drivers and pedestrians safe. He said the Guard will be assisting state and county police in notifying drivers on Highway 1806 traveling south that there may be pedestrians on the road and that cars may be parked on the side of the road.
Winona Laduke, executive director of Honor the Earth, said, “You are not George Wallace, and this is not Alabama. You do not have the right to block roads, deny people water, attack people with dogs, or deploy military forces on a peaceful prayerful encampment. We are done being treated like second-class citizens.”
Meanwhile Iowans are contesting/suing to stop the use of Eminent Domain by the Dakota
Access Pipeline to take Iowan Farmers land
Democracy Now has an interview with the Farmer’s lawyer:
In Minneapolis on Wednesday, dozens protested outside U.S. Bank, demanding it stop funding the pipeline. According to an investigation published by LittleSis, U.S. Bank has extended a $175 million credit line to Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the pipeline.
This comes as resistance to the Dakota Access pipeline builds across the United States. A group of nearly 20 canoes has launched from Bismarck and is making its way down the Missouri River on a three-day paddle to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. One of the canoe crews hails from the Tlingit and Haida tribes in Alaska.
Meanwhile, Green Party presidential nominee Dr. Jill Stein and her running mate, human rights activist Ajamu Baraka, are facing misdemeanor charges in North Dakota after Stein spray-painted “I approve of this message” on a bulldozer, and Baraka spray-painted “decolonization” on another piece of equipment, during a protest Tuesday against the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. Baraka and Stein will only be arrested if they return to North Dakota.
So far Presidential candidate Clinton has remained silent on the issue and has not come out Standing in Support of the Standing Rock Protectors.
Her running mate, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine has his own problems as Activists Sit-In at his office to demand release of Families detained at Berks Immigration Center(Private Prison Camp) for more than 1 year. Most of the detainees are mothers and young children, some only 10 months old.
They want the Democratic vice-presidential candidate and other senators to write personal bills that could allow the families to live with relatives in the United States while their cases are pending.
to see more visit Democracy Now’s article regarding the interview and the issues:
I live in western Minnesota and we successfully were able to stop the XL Keystone oil pipeline that was going to come thru here with Tar Sand oil from
Canada on its way too the Gulf, so this new route thru the Dakota’s, Iowa and Illinois is affecting us as well.
I’ve been invited to Grandparent’s Day events at my 1st grade grandaughter’s school this afternoon…I greatly look forward to attending it…a positive, loving event is just what my politics weary soul needs.
So, what are you doing, reading, seeing this fine Autumn day? What’s happening?