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Rosebud Sioux Tribe Counts First Coup on Megaloads

Keystone XL "megaload" turned back by Rosebud tribal council, April 14, 2014.

Keystone XL “megaload” turned back by Rosebud Sioux tribal council, April 14, 2014.

by Ann-erika White Bird, Lakota Voice, April 14, 2014

Tonight, a small number of Sicangu Lakota Tribal members took a stand against the megaloads rolling through reservation lands.

Lakota Voice arrived, after being passed by one megaload headed north on Highway 83, a common thoroughfare for semi-trucks traveling from Nebraska. Read the rest of this entry

Support “Mocassins on the Ground”: Lakota resistance against Keystone XL pipeline

Keystone XL Lakota support graphicHere’s an excerpt of a recent statement by the Lakota grassroots organization Owe Aku:

“We do not want kxl, we do not want tarsands in our lands, the tarsands must stay in the ground, the extraction and its aftermath is killing humans and all of life up there, and wasting precious water… Please take a moment to help get our words, thoughts, and prayers out to the world, all over Unci Maka, that Lakota People, and many other Red Nations people, we have painted our faces. Our allies up north have painted their faces. For sacred water, for Unci Maka, for our generations.” Read the rest of this entry

Tar Sands Pipelines as Bottle-necks against the Consolidation of Power in Canada

by Anonymous, Vancouver Media Coop, November 27, 2012

Tar Sands factories in northern Alberta.

Perhaps more than at any other time in its history, the Canadian state has invested its future in a single massive industrial project. The Tar Sands (1) is increasingly the driver of Canada’s economy, a symbol of its national identity, and central to how it seeks to position itself globally in the future. As pipeline projects advance across the continent, there is a pressing need for us to understand how, in opposing the transportation of Tar Sands oil, we have an unparalleled opportunity to disrupt the capitalist political system in this country. This is especially important in Ontario, where presently the movement against the pipelines is weakest. Read the rest of this entry

Unis’tot’en Statement of Solidarity with Tar Sands Blockades in Resistance to Keystone XL in Texas

There Will Be Many Pipeline Blockades!

Banners at the Wet’suwet’en’s Unis’tot’en camp in the central interior region of ‘BC’, November 2012.

by Unis’tot’en Camp Collective

To our Friends and Allies on the Salish Coast, we miss you and will send along an update soon regarding progress at camp  and what is with CASGW (Community Allies Supporting Grassroots Wet’suwet’en).

For November 19th, the Tar Sands Blockade standing in the way of the Keystone XL Pipeline in Texas put the call out for a day of Solidarity Actions.  This is what the Unis’tot’en Resistance Camp put out.  Two resistance fronts in support and solidarity along the Community Corridors of Turtle Island.

Love and Solidarity, Unis’tot’en Camp… Read the rest of this entry

Texas: Two People Lock Themselves to Keystone XL Machinery

A (reverse) chronology of the events on Sept 24, 2012, as two more activists locked down on

Activists lockdown on backhoe used in construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in Texas, Sept 24, 2012.

machinery and temporarily delay construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in Texas.  The KXL extension is intended to ship more oil from the Tar Sands in Alberta.  Tar Sands Blockade is a strictly non-violent group hoping to stop the pipeline.  In addition to the lockdown there is also currently a “tree village” consisting of 8 activists in platforms.

UPDATE: 1:15PM – More Law Enforcement Officers Arrive

Three more law enforcement officers have joined the Wood County Sheriff at a Keystone XL construction site that has been effectively shut down by Texas born blockaders, Shannon and Benjamin. Join them in an upcoming action to help defend our homes form this toxic pipeline. Read the rest of this entry

7 Ways Canadian Environmental Groups Are Being Attacked as “Terrorists”

by Will Potter, Green is the New Red blog, September 20, 2012

Environmentalists have drawn international attention to Canada’s tar sands, vast deposits of a particularly gooey, toxic form of petroleum called bitumen that Canada hopes to ship thousands of miles. Civil disobedience campaigns against the Keystone XL pipeline were so effective that President Obama placed construction of its northern leg on hold (and activists in Texas and Oklahoma have been relentlessly blockading construction for the southern leg). Read the rest of this entry

Texas: 5 Arrested at Keystone XL Pipeline Blockade

Tar Sands Blockade, Sept. 19, 2012

Tar Sands Blockade members protesting logging machinery used to clear path for TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline, in Texas, Sept 19, 2012.

[Warrior Publications Note: includes chronology of arrests, statements, a call to action and map of pipeline route]
UPDATE: 11:30AM – Five arrests made at Keystone XL construction site outside Winnsboro, Texas. Three brave blockaders locked to tree clear-cutting machinery delayed operations at the site for the morning. Read the rest of this entry

Lakotas arrested halting Keystone XL pipeline trucks

Posted by Brenda Norrell,, March 5, 2012

PINE RIDGE, S.D. — Lakotas on Pine Ridge Indian land in South Dakota were arrested as they blockaded tarsands pipeline trucks from entering their territory on Monday, March 5.

Lakotas block shipment of Keystone XL trucks, March 5, 2012

Lakota human rights activists Alex White Plume, Debra White Plume, Sam Long Black Cat, Andrew Iron Shell and Terrell Eugene Iron Shell were arrested late Monday. They were charged with disorderly conduct and taken to the jail in Kyle, S.D. Read the rest of this entry

Keystone XL Blocked by Obama; TransCanada says new proposed route could be ready by fall

The Associated Press / CBC News, Jan 19, 2012

American Indian Movement protest Keystone XL in Denver, Colorado

U.S. President Barack Obama and Congress are back where they were before Christmas, locked in an election-season tussle over a proposed 2,700-kilometre oil pipeline from Canada to Texas.  Republicans hope to again force Obama to make a politically risky decision, while he is seeking to put it off until after the November election.  Obama blocked the $7-billion Keystone XL pipeline on Wednesday, at least temporarily, but Republicans signalled their intention to again to force the issue. Read the rest of this entry