Via Amar Singh Kaleka
The date for the showdown is set: Dec 5th. Over a hundred vets are coming on the 4th of December.
This is no game.
The Army, the oil companies, and the corrupt local law enforcement officials are working in a triumvirate of nastiness.
I don’t say this lightly. All we have heard from everyone on the ground is extreme. Very extreme. From jack downs in the middle of the road to locking up elders in kennels, to water cannons, to flash grenades. According to Geneva convention law, all of these are supposed to be reserved for riot control. I have only seen prayer and peaceful communication here. On the videos, you can openly notice this. Never a riot.
In addition, we have noticed multiple propeller planes flying in circles right over the camps. All of a sudden many hundreds of people have a scratchy cough in a couple days. It’s impossible to not make a connection at some point, especially, if later these coughs become more and more sinister.
Long story short — this is the longest war in history. It’s been ongoing against the Native people since the first Thanksgiving. At what point will we, as a people, stand up for what is right. The Native people of this land have lost so much, but we can’t even use a couple of hours of our time to research this situation.
Later, when and if many are hurt and harmed by a forceful removal, naysayers will say they were protesting. But this is absolutely not the case. They are water protectors guarding their own lands from the pollution of biochemical hazards that are well documented of fracking and oil.
The original Americans call this pipeline a “black snake” for a very good reason. It indeed is. The oil is exported to compete with other nations in one of the most lucrative trades in the world: energy.
Are we really willing to sell out our Native Americans for money? Especially, since what we owe them is a hearty apology and reparations.
God save America from itself. Please. The karma on the hands of every tax payer is heavy.
Protesters against the North Dakota Access oil pipeline said Saturday they will not move from the site of a months-long encampment, even after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a letter announcing its plan to close the land.
The protesters, or “water protectors,” were notified that land north of the Cannonball River will be closed on Dec. 5, according to Dave Archambault II, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
The Oceti Sakowin camp, which rests on the banks of the river, contains a loose collective of tribal nations and out-of-state supporters opposing the 1,172-mile pipeline. The camp is about 45 minutes south of Bismarck, the state capital.
Archambault said he was “deeply disappointed” by the Army Corps’ decision, “but our resolve to protect our water is stronger than ever.”
“It is both unfortunate and disrespectful that this announcement comes the day after this country celebrates Thanksgiving — a historic exchange of goodwill between Native Americans and the first immigrants from Europe,” Archambault wrote. “Although the news is saddening, it is not at all surprising given the last 500 years of the mistreatment of our people.”
The Army Corps did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and its supporters have said the $3.7-billion pipeline threatens the reservation’s main water supply and cultural artifacts, all claims the company behind the project, Energy Transfer Partners, has denied.
Dakota Access Pipeline protesters are seen at the Oceti Sakowin campground near the town of Cannon Ball, North Dakota in an aerial photo provided by the Morton County Sheriff’s Department. Photo handout via Reuters.
Archambault said the Army Corps closed public access to the land over “safety concerns,” adding that the agency plans to allow a “free-speech zone” south of the Cannonball River.
Dallas Goldtooth, an organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network, posted what appeared to be the Army Corps’ statement on Facebook.
The decision comes days after law enforcement deployed water hoses, rubber bullets and tear gas against hundreds of unarmed Standing Rock protesters. Camp organizers said more than 300 protesters were injured in Sunday’s standoff, and 26 were hospitalized.
The American Civil Liberties Union criticized the Morton County Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement’s response in the encounter, saying it was a “catastrophe with serious human rights implications.”
The sheriff’s department defended the decision to douse protesters in freezing temperatures, saying that protesters were “very aggressive.” An initial statement from the department said it was an “ongoing riot.”
Energy Transfer CEO Kelcy Warren told the NewsHour that the pipeline was built “to have minimal impact to all people concerned,” adding that “we’re building the pipeline.”
New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker on Friday called on Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the Department of Justice to investigate tactics that police are using against protesters at Standing Rock.
“I call on the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) to promptly and thoroughly investigate all credible reports of inappropriate police tactics and, if DOJ has not already done so, to send federal monitors to Standing Rock to ensure that protestors can peacefully assemble and exercise their First Amendment rights,” he wrote.