Watch these veterans explain why they went to Standing Rock
By Grist staff on Dec 22, 2016 2:14 pm
Chris Vickers, a former Army medic, first came across footage of the standoff at Standing Rock on Facebook. He’d been out of the Armed Forces for seven years, but he felt a duty to answer what he saw as “unconscionable violence that an over-militarized police force was willing to exert on an unarmed civilian population.”
So he dusted off his gear and joined the thousands of vets who gathered from around the country to support the anti-Dakota Access Pipeline movement in North Dakota, many of them Native themselves.
When the Army Corps of Engineers announced they would look for other pipeline routes on Dec. 4, vets like Vickers were there to stand in solidarity with the Sioux. Watch the video above to hear more from Vickers and other veterans.
Read our coverage of Standing Rock.
This video was produced by Ralph King, a former Wall Street Journal reporter turned independent documentary filmmaker based in the San Francisco area.
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In the following video, Dallas Goldtooth from the Indigenous Environmental Network and other representatives at the Sacred Stone camp respond to the evacuation order and engage in a question and answer session.
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Chairman, Dave Archambault II, made the following statement in a press release:
“Today, Gov. Dalrymple issued an executive order calling for mandatory evacuation of all campers located on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) lands, also known as the Oceti Sakowin camp. This state executive order is a menacing action meant to cause fear, and is a blatant attempt by the state and local officials to usurp and circumvent federal authority.
The USACE has clearly stated that it does not intend to forcibly remove campers from federal property. The Governor cites harsh weather conditions and the threat to human life. As I have stated previously, the most dangerous thing we can do is force well-situated campers from their shelters and into the cold. If the true concern is for public safety than the Governor should clear the blockade and the county law enforcement should cease all use of flash grenades, high-pressure water cannons in freezing temperatures, dog kennels for temporary human jails, and any harmful weaponry against human beings.
This is a clear stretch of state emergency management authority and a further attempt to abuse and humiliate the water protectors. The State has since clarified that they won’t be deploying law enforcement to forcibly remove campers, but we are wary that this executive order will enable further human rights violations.”
The Chairman called on the Army Corps to affirm their previous statement regarding no forcible removal.
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Police confront protesters with a rubber bullet gun. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
White House stays quiet after police confrontation at Standing Rock
By Katie Herzog on Nov 21, 2016
Police in North Dakota turned tear gas, rubber bullets, and water cannons on 400 Standing Rock protesters Sunday night as temperatures dipped into the mid-20s. At least 167 protesters were injured and seven were taken to the hospital. Activists at Standing Rock and beyond are wondering why President Obama has yet to speak about the incident.
“Standing Rock is the moral center of the nation right now,” said 350.org founder Bill McKibben. “The real question is why there’s no response from the White House to the kind of abuses that would make us protest loudly if they happened abroad.”
The clash started on Sunday when about 100 protesters, who call themselves water protectors, tried to clear a police barricade from a bridge between the Standing Rock encampments and Bismarck, the nearest large city. The pair of burned out military vehicles that make up the barricade have blocked the main route to Bismarck for three weeks, forcing emergency vehicles and other traffic to take a 20-mile detour.
“Attempting to clear the road was met with police spraying people with water cannons in 26 degree weather — that’s deadly force, it’s freezing outside,” said Tara Houska, national campaigns director for Honor the Earth, in a statement. “They want to kill people for clearing a road?”
Observers from the National Lawyers Guild at the site confirmed that multiple protesters were left unconscious or bleeding and that one Native elder went into cardiac arrest. One law enforcement officer was also injured.
The Standing Rock Sioux and other groups have called on President Obama to respond to the more aggressive tactics and also to issue an executive order halting all construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
With construction on the pipeline stalled as talks between the government and the Standing Rock Sioux continue, Obama has made few comments about the standoff. In an interview earlier this month, however, he said his administration would let the situation “play out for several more weeks and determine whether or not this can be resolved in a way that I think is properly attentive to the traditions of First Americans.”
But unless either Obama or the Army Corps of Engineers acts soon, any resolution will likely come after President-elect Trump takes office. Trump has vowed to speed up the approval of energy projects. He also has between $500,000 and $1 million personally invested in the pipeline. Kelcy Warren, chief executive of Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the pipeline, contributed $100,000 to the Trump Victory Fund.
“President-elect Trump has no regard for the environment and cares even less about those of us trying to protect it.” said Kandi Mossett, an organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network. “The Obama administration, now more than ever, has to step up and either rescind the permits, call for a full Environmental Impact Statement or flat-out reject the Dakota Access Pipeline project from moving forward.”
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PETITION IS CLOSED
Indiana DNR: Appeal to keep Finn the fox
by Torrey Bright · 118,178 supporters
Jun 15, 2016 — I am only sending this update to update all the thousands who have asked..
Despite my efforts, knowledge, petition, 118,000 signatures, and fact that I already house and own an animal of the same species, whom helped me adopt and nurse Finn back to health.. The DNR ruled against me today stating that “I am not special,” that the “law is the law and I’m not changing it for you,” and stating that “I could have all the signatures in the world on my petition and it wouldn’t matter to them.”
I have to give up an animal that has done no wrong, and who knows me as his mother, all because of what’s written in an old book with no room for error or emotion.
He now is to be picked up and taken to a rehabber, who also has a fox, to be used for educational purposes. However, they refuse to tell me the location or name because “I don’t get visitation rights.” God forbid they grant me anything for doing what everyone thought was right.
For those saying to hide him or say he “ran away”, it is not an option due to the fact I will lose my other license if so. I was made a mockery of and told it didn’t matter if I have 100k people standing next to me, they wouldn’t change their stance.
No good deed should go unpunished evidentially. No one with a heart or compassion is given a second glance. No common sense is used. Someone who sits in a big office all day with no contact to wildlife itself is clearly the correct person to make the final decision right???
This petition has been closed, the case has been closed, and we have lost the battle. Thank you to everyone who tried to make a stand with us, we appreciate each one of you.
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