Police surround Standing Rock camps in push to evict remaining activists


Dakota Access Pipeline protesters conduct ceremonial burning of camp structures ahead of deadline to vacate protest site. Feb 22, 2017

Officials have set Wednesday deadline to evacuate Oceti Sakowin, a key encampment in the fight against the Dakota Access pipeline

by Sam Levin, The Guardian, Feb 22, 2017

Police surrounded the Standing Rock camps to evict the remaining Native American activists fighting the Dakota Access pipeline on Wednesday, setting the stage for a tense showdown with a militarized law enforcement operation.

North Dakota officials have set a deadline of 2pm local time to evacuate Oceti Sakowin, the central encampment in Cannon Ball where indigenous activists from across the globe have been demonstrating against the oil pipeline since last summer.

In the final hours, some holdouts set fire to a structure at the camp where thousands have built tipis, yurts, huts and massive shelters in recent months.

“Some people are trying to do final cleanup, and there are still people there who are going to remain until they are removed,” said Stephanie Big Eagle, a member of the Yankton Sioux tribe, who returned to Standing Rock earlier this month. “I’m worried for their safety, we all are. We’re praying for them.”

After leaving Oceti, she and others gathered on Wednesday morning at Sacred Stone, a separate anti-pipeline camp nearby.

dapl-eviction-fire-1Law enforcement officers set up extensive blockades and checkpoints in the area, following orders from the North Dakota governor, Doug Burgum, and US army corps of engineers officials that the camp be evacuated. Dave Archambault II, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which is leading the courtroom fight to block the pipeline, has also supported the evacuation effort, sparking an intense backlash from other activists.

State and tribal officials have claimed that they fear flooding could endanger campers and possibly contaminate the nearby Missouri river, though the activists, who call themselves water protectors, have argued that the government is trying to quash the huge movement against the $3.7bn oil pipeline.

Just because we’re getting removed from that area doesn’t mean it’s over,” said Big Eagle. “We just have to continue to work together as a whole for this common cause, which is protection of Mother Earth.”

The eviction comes less than a month after Donald Trump ordered an expedited approval of the pipeline, reversing the Obama administration’s last-minute decision to halt the project. The Standing Rock tribe and its supporters have long argued that the pipeline, which is routed upstream of the reservation, threatens its water supply and sacred sites.

Sioux leaders argue that indigenous people have treaty rights to the land where the Oceti camp is located – on property that the army corps now controls.

Law enforcement – which has faced widespread criticism for using excessive force during demonstrations – has begun aggressively prosecuting and investigating the remaining indigenous activists since Trump’s inauguration.

“I’m praying for no loss of life. I’m praying that no one gets hurt,” said Floris White Bull, a 33-year-old Standing Rock member who stayed at her home just south of the camps on Wednesday. “I know for a fact that every single person that’s going to be forcibly removed … is going to be traumatized and suffer distress. That’s not easy.”

Ernesto Burbank, a member of the Diné tribe in Arizona, who has been at the camps on and off since last August, said many were surprised to see that someone had set a structure on fire. He said he didn’t support people setting fires on sacred grounds, but understood people’s emotions were high.

“These are individual people dealing with PTSD, dealing with sleep deprivation … people constantly being intimidated by officers,” he said by phone from Sacred Stone on Wednesday morning. “They are losing a place that is home. They don’t know how else to channel their frustration.”

Burbank, 35, said he hoped the momentum of Standing Rock, which attracted an unprecedented gathering of indigenous tribes, would not be lost.

“We can defeat the black snake,” he said, referencing the nickname for the pipeline that many use at Standing Rock. “It may not be today or tomorrow, but we can.”




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    Causing the Arctic and Antarctica to be 20C. an Higher, Temps Way Warmer than Normal !

    The Jet Stream of Old is Gone !

    Once a Hexagonal Formation of Winter White Freezing Electrons, Atoms, and Molecules, Emanating from the Waxing and Waning Arctic,

    No Longer Keep the Northern Hemisphere in Ice and Snow,

    Greenland Does, All Because of Burning Fossil Fuels !

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    Because of Mantle Methane, Methane Hydrates, and Emitting over 40 Billion Toxic Tons of Carbon each year Globally.

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    Has Roared its Global Warming Frontal Lobes with Record Setting Temperatures and Record Setting Snow, and Record Setting Rain.

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    Isostatic Rebounding of Greenlands Tectonic Plate, affecting (Gakkels Rift), causing Earthquakes in the Arctic, as well as Venting Mantle Methane.

    Arctic News Sept. 15 2013

    “ As more ice melts away on Greenland and more water runs off in the Ocean and Sea, There is less weight on Greenlands Crust, the Crust Bouncing back from the lighter weight.

    The Crust bouncing back during Large Melts an effect called Isostatic Rebounding.

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    It Also Sucks Up Magma From The Mantle.

    It also Sucks Up Mantle Methane !

    Triggering Volcanic Eruptions and Venting Mantle Methane.

    Methane Hydrates in Siberia, Studied by Natalia Shakhov, Have Revealed a Steady and Alarming Readings in Methane Hydrate Emissions

    In 2006 3.8 Million Tons

    In 2013 17 Million Tons

    In 2015 New 200 Foot

    Wide Methane Blow Holes, called PINGOES, Over 20 and Increasing in Number !

    In 2017 Robert Schribbler reported a Spike on Feb. 20 Methane Readings At 3,000ppb.

    Methane 1870 722ppb

    2011 1800

    2014 1850

    Natalia Shakhov, estimated over 1,400 Billion Tons of Methane Hydrates in Siberian Permafrost and Arctic Sea Floor,

    She is Expecting a Geological Burp to Emit Over 50 Billon Tons of Methane Hydrate Some Time, That Will Increase Methane in Our Atmosphere and Stratosphere by a Factor of 12 Times !

    US Federal Reserve Fossil Fuel Extracting, and Fracking, Rolling Over life Saving Federal Regulation That Said We Our Suppose To Have Clean Air, Clean Water, And Clean Sustainable Eco-Systems.

    Fracking a Process of Extracting Oil and Methane ( Dirty Natural Gas),

    Injecting Cancer Causing Chemicals, Sand, and 3 – 6 Million Gallons of Drinkable Water per Well,

    At High Pressure, a Mile, to Two Miles Underground, contaminating all Soil and Water,

    That those Cancer Causing Chemicals Come in to Contact With.

    Over 10% of the United States Has Been Fracked !

    From the Coast of California, where Gov. Brown Continues to Turn, Ignoring and Allowing Fracked Water to be disposed in to Our Drinkable Water Tables.

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    There Is No Atmospheric Budget For More Methane, Carbon, and Nuclear Radiation!

    Greenland has 20 feet of Sea Level Rise

    Antarctica has 200 feet of Sea Level Rise

    They are both Melting and Calving at 600 times Faster than Previously Thought, increasing expotentially.

    Question is,

    Which One Will Melt First ?

    And When ?

    When should you Move to above 3,000 feet, and Start Growing Your Own Food ?

    Maybe Never ?

    Maybe Tomorrow ?

    With 350 Nuclear Reactors at Sea Level, We have to have a Discussion and Plan to Decommission and Relocate to Above 3,000 Feet All Nuclear Elements.

    Who Pays ?

    The Richest in Land

    And The Richest in Money.

    Queen of England,


    US Federal Reserve.

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    There is a 10 year Lag time with Methane,

    And a 30 to 50 year Lag Time with Carbon,

    Until we Fill the Full Effects of the Warming (Heating) and Holding More Water Vapor in Their Molecules.

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    Methane is the Not Clean Natural Gas, it is a Abrupt Global Warming Molecule That Holds Lots Of Water Vapor and Heat.

    Methane Holds Huge Amounts of Water Vapor and Heat, much more Than Carbon !

    The Fossil Fuel Co. Have Lied, Denied, and Purposely Distorted, to Bridge Their Continued Extracting of these Fossil Fuels, Destroying our Fragile Life Sustaining Eco-Systems and Animals (us) .

    Now is The time to change Federal and State energy and Water Policies !

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