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Push to Evict Remaining NoDAPL Water Protectors Intensifies

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Oceti Sakowin camp of water protectors opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) on February 16, 2017. Photo by Jenni Monet.

Unseasonably high temperatures fuel increased pressure on water protectors to leave flood plain

Judge rejects Standing Rock request to block Dakota Access pipeline drilling

dapl-signTribes lose challenge to the president’s decision to speed approvals for last stretch of $3.7bn pipeline under Missouri river in North Dakota

by Sam Levin, The Guardian, Feb 13, 2017

A federal judge has rejected a request from indigenous tribes to block drilling of the Dakota Access pipeline, the latest blow to the Standing Rock Sioux after Donald Trump fast-tracked final permits for the last phase of construction.

The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes challenged the president’s decision last week to speed approvals for the last stretch of the $3.7bn pipeline under the Missouri river in North Dakota. But the US district judge James Boasberg sided with the pipeline corporation at a Washington DC hearing on Monday afternoon and ruled to allow continued construction.

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FBI terrorism taskforce investigating Standing Rock activists

fbi-terror-task-forceFBI representatives have contacted several ‘water protectors’, raising alarm that an indigenous-led movement is being construed as domestic terrorism

by Sam Levin, The Guardian, Feb 10, 2017

The FBI is investigating political activists campaigning against the Dakota Access pipeline, diverting agents charged with preventing terrorist attacks to instead focus their attention on indigenous activists and environmentalists.

The Guardian has established that multiple officers within the FBI’s joint terrorism taskforce have attempted to contact at least three people tied to the Standing Rock “water protector” movement in North Dakota.

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Sioux tribes launch legal challenges against completion of Dakota Access pipeline

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The Associated Press, Feb 9, 2017

Two Native groups — the Standing Rock Sioux and the Cheyenne River Sioux — have launched last-minute court challenges in an attempt to block final completion of the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota.

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U.S. Army to allow completion of Dakota Access oil pipeline

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The U.S. Army has notified Congress on Tuesday that it will allow the $3.8 billion ($5 billion Canadian) Dakota Access pipeline to cross under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota, completing the four-state project to move North Dakota oil to Illinois. (Tom Stromme / AP)

Construction could still be delayed because the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which had led opposition to the pipeline, said it would fight the latest development.

To Save the Water, We Must Break the Cycle of Colonial Trauma

dapl-last-child-cops-arrestby Ladonna Bravebull Allard, Sacred Stone Camp, Feb 5, 2017,via Earth First! Journal

The police came to Last Child Camp in broad daylight, with armored vehicles and guns drawn, to rip our people from our land.  Many water protectors were on prayer walks and in ceremony. We watched from the top of the hill at Oceti Oyate Camp as the troops moved in against them. We sent our prayers to those innocent and brave warriors who came to stand with the people of Standing Rock, and to protect the sacred waters of Unci Maka (Mother Earth). Read the rest of this entry

U.S. Army Corps Gives Eviction Notice to Dakota Access Protest Camp

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has given a evacuation order to those protesting at the Dakota Access Pipeline camp in Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

In a statement Friday evening, the Corps said it would close the Oceti Sakowin Camp, which sits on approximately 50 acres of Corps land, on Feb. 22 due to the “high potential for flooding” in the low-lying area.

The land sits at the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball Rivers, which the Corps says puts it at particular risk of flooding after a winter of record snowfall in the region.

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First Nations elder explains why he interjected on Trudeau’s behalf at Winnipeg town hall

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Welcome to Winnipeg, Prime Minister! As Trudeau delivers a sermon, a woman holds an anti-pipeline sign behind him during a “town hall” meeting in Winnipeg, Jan 26, 2017.

‘Please respect everybody’ elder Ernie Daniels said as protesters interrupted PM at Thursday’s town hall

By Jillian Taylor, CBC News, Jan 27, 2017

An elder from the Long Plain First Nation says he can’t believe he made the news for speaking up when protesters interrupted the prime minister’s town hall in Winnipeg on Thursday.

“I was just playing the role as an elder, mediator, mitigator — make things flow, in a nice way,” said Ernie Daniels. Read the rest of this entry

Iron Eyes: US President Trump escalating oil war in ‘heartland of America’

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Police with less lethal weaponry during confrontations on Backwater Bridge in November, 2016.

by Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, Jan 26, 2017

US President Donald Trump is escalating what is already a low level oil war in the heartland of America, says grassroots leader Chase Iron Eyes, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Read the rest of this entry

Judge orders removal of blockade against northern Alberta pipeline construction

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TransCanada’s headquarters in Calgary, Alberta.

‘Strict adherence to the construction schedule is essential,’ says TransCanada Corp.

By David Thurton, CBC News Jan 25, 2017

A Fort McMurray judge has issued an order that authorizes the RCMP to remove a blockade set up to protest construction of a natural-gas pipeline.

Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Keith Yamauchi issued the order for demonstrators with the Chard Métis Society to dismantle their protest camp by 4 p.m. Wednesday.

For the past week, as many as 15 protesters have been gathering outside the pipeline’s construction site. Read the rest of this entry