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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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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

Video: BIA agent caught attacking female water protector with a baton in Standing Rock

Youtube video posted by The Daily Haze, Feb 4, 2017

Will Barton uploaded a video to his Facebook showing a BIA agent caught attacking female water protector with a baton in Standing Rock.

A disturbing video out of Standing Rock shows a female water protector being rushed by a BIA officer and repeatedly hit with his baton. The woman was unarmed and walking away from the officer when he attacked. 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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76 arrested after DAPL protesters attempt to set up new camp

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Police used armoured vehicles, including this MRAP, during the raid on the new camp on Feb 1, 2017.

CANNON BALL, N.D. Authorities arrested dozens of Dakota Access Pipeline protesters Wednesday, including a former Congressional candidate.

Many of those who had abandoned the old camp in the floodplain moved to higher ground, which happens to belong to the company building the pipeline.

Law enforcement converged on the new camp with humvees and front end loaders to push protesters back on Highway 1806. Read the rest of this entry

Anti DAPL Forces Rally in Reaction to Trump Executive Memos

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Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Archambault calls on people to submit comments to the EIS regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline

Two days after President Donald Trump signed memoranda designed to expedite the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and revive the Keystone XL pipeline, the battle lines are being drawn as the public comment period ending on February 20 becomes ever more crucial.

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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

Standing Rock Tribal Council Approves Evacuation Order for All Camps

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21 people were arrested at the Backwater Bridge, January 18 where a blockade has been set up since October 27. Standing Rock tribal leaders say the road closure has economically hurt the tribe.

Water Protectors Must Clear Out Within 30 Days

FORT YATES, ND – In a unanimous vote, Standing Rock Sioux tribal council members voted to close the network of encampments behind the Dakota Access Pipeline protests within 30 days, including the main Oceti Sakowin, Rosebud, and Sacred Stone camps. Council members also voted against providing any temporary camps or shelters to individuals who should remain at the camps after the February 19 deadline.  The decision was made in an emergency meeting held on Friday, January 20 at the tribe’s headquarters in Fort Yates, North Dakota.

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