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What’s Next for the Water Protectors at Standing Rock? Coalition Statement

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We are a coalition of grassroots Native groups living and working in the Dakota Access resistance camps along the Cannon Ball River in Oceti Sakowin treaty lands: Honor the EarthIndigenous Environmental NetworkSacred Stone Camp, and the International Indigenous Youth Council.  The following is our coalition statement on the next steps for the #NoDAPL fight and the water protectors at Standing Rock:
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Standing Rock activists stay in place, fearing pipeline victory was a ‘trick’

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As snow began to fall, activists said that they wanted people to remain at the camp and called for more to arrive. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Though the US denied a permit for the Dakota Access pipeline, many worry that the Trump administration and the pipeline company could reverse the decision

Native American activists at the Standing Rock “water protector” camps vowed to remain in place the morning after the US Army Corps of Engineers denied a key permit for the Dakota Access pipeline, with many expressing concerns that the incoming Trump administration and potential legal action from the pipeline company could reverse their victory. Read the rest of this entry

Protesters and NGO’s deliver supplies to Sheriff’s department

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Members of the International Indigenous Youth Council drop off donations of Gatorade and other supplies to Morton County Sheriff’s Department.

I have mixed feelings over this one.  When I first heard about this, my first thought was that , as far as I knew, Crazy Horse or Sitting Bull didn’t give supplies to the US Cavalry.  Watching some of the video, I could see the value of this action as a public shaming of the Morton County Sheriff’s Department, who put out a request for public donations of supplies after having swallowed up millions of dollars in policing costs.  Read the rest of this entry

Former Idle No More organizer unfazed RCMP have him under surveillance

Clayton Thomas Muller, former member of IEN and Idle No More.

Clayton Thomas Muller, former member of IEN and Idle No More.

By Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, Oct 21, 2014
An Indigenous activist says documents showing the RCMP have him under surveillance reveal Canadian authorities have criminalized Indigenous dissent.

Clayton Thomas-Muller, 37, said he wasn’t surprised to learn the RCMP is keeping tabs on him and compiled a file on his movements dating back to at least 2010.

“I try not to pay any attention to the federal surveillance issue,” said Thomas-Muller, who is currently living in Ottawa and is a former Idle No More organizer. “I feel very strongly that the work I do is just and is on the right side of history, so I really don’t pay any attention to the Harper government’s tactics to try to criminalize the work I am involved in which uplifts democracy, transparency, equity and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. Specifically, the right of indigenous people to say no to harmful developments that threaten their way of life.” Read the rest of this entry

RCMP tracked movements of Indigenous activist from ‘extremist’ group: documents

RCMP cougar attack 1Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, Oct 17, 2014
The RCMP closely monitored the movements of an Indigenous environmental activist as it tightened surveillance around possible protests in northern British Columbia targeting the energy firm behind the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline, according to “confidential” documents obtained by APTN National News.

Documents from the RCMP’s Suspicious Incidents Report (SIR) database show police closely monitored the movements of a member of the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) during the summer of 2010 in northern British Columbia. According to the documents, the RCMP considers IEN an “extremist” group and a trip by an IEN member to a direct action camp in July of that year created a flurry of database activity involving RCMP officers with the force’s national security operations in B.C. and Ottawa.  [* The IEN is an Indigenous non-governmental organization (NGO) more similar to Greenpeace than an actual resistance group]. Read the rest of this entry