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Keystone Pipeline closed through several states after 200,000-gallon leak in South Dakota

Part of the controversial Keystone Pipeline was shut down Thursday after more than 200,000 gallons of oil leaked in South Dakota, the state and the company that runs the pipeline said Thursday. Read the rest of this entry

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S. Dakota Governor wants new powers to prepare for Keystone XL protests

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Police arrest a protester against the Dakota Access Pipeline near Cannonball, North Dakota, December 2016.

Feb 26, 2017

As the protest camp along the route of the Dakota Access pipeline emptied out last week in North Dakota, legislators in South Dakota began considering a potential state law aimed at punishing possible protesters over another oil pipeline.

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Native History: AIM Occupation of Wounded Knee Begins

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Robert Onco with his AK47 during the occupation of Wounded Knee, 1973.

Wounded Knee is hailed as one of AIM’s greatest successes

This Date in Native History: On February 27, 1973, about 250 Sioux Indians led by members of the American Indian Movement converged on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation, launching the famous 71-day occupation of Wounded Knee.

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Pipeline Fighters Set Up Spirit Camp to Block Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline

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Photo by LaDonna Bravebull Allard, Last REal Indians.

by Matt Remle, Last Real Indians, April 1, 2016

On April 1st, hundreds gathered in Ft. Yates on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation to show opposition to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, also known as the Bakken pipeline.

the Dakota Access Pipeline threatens public health and welfare on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe relies on the waters of the life-giving Missouri River for our continued existence, and the Dakota Access Pipeline poses a serious risk to Mni Sose and to the very survival of our Tribe.” Standing Rock Sioux Tribe resolution opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline. Read the rest of this entry

Circle Bear Autopsy Report Released, and The Questions We Must Now Ask

Image: Sarah Lee Circle Bear (Facebook.com)

Image: Sarah Lee Circle Bear (Facebook.com)

by Sarah Sunshine Manning, Indian Country Today, August 18, 2015

ICT Editor’s Note: On Thursday, the Associated Press reported that Sarah Lee Circle Bear, a 24-year-old Native American mother of two who was found unresponsive in her cell at the Brown County Jail in Aberdeen, South Dakota on July 5, died of a meth overdose. State Attorney General Marty Jackley told the AP that there was “acute methamphetamine and amphetamine toxicity” in Circle Bear’s blood at the time of her death. Columnist Sarah Sunshine Manning first broke the news on ICTMN that Circle Bear allegedly had cried for help from her cell prior to her death because she was suffering from excruciating abdominal pain. Jailers allegedly responded to Circle Bear’s pleas with “quit faking.” The following is Manning’s response to the autopsy report as well as the plague of addiction in Indian country:

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‘Quit faking’: Police ignored Native American woman’s pleas for help before she died in jail

Image: Sarah Lee Circle Bear (Facebook.com)

Image: Sarah Lee Circle Bear (Facebook.com)

by David Ferguson, Raw Story, July 28, 2015

The deaths in police custody of women like Sandra Bland and Rekia Boyd have drawn national attention to the potentially lethal threats posed to women of color by racist police.

On Tuesday, Indian Country Today reporter Sarah Sunshine Manning wrote about the July 6 death of a 24-year-old Lakota woman named Sarah Lee Circle Bear of Clairmont, South Dakota. Read the rest of this entry

Excessive force used in death of Lakota man

Jerry Capps, Rapid City, comforts his wife, Jaylene, as she grieves, touching the star quilt on the casket of her son, Christopher J. Capps, 22, during burial ceremonies on May 7, 2010. at Mountain View Cemetery, Rapid City. Photo by Randall Howell

Jerry Capps, Rapid City, comforts his wife, Jaylene, as she grieves, touching the star quilt on the casket of her son, Christopher J. Capps, 22, during burial ceremonies on May 7, 2010. at Mountain View Cemetery, Rapid City. Photo by Randall Howell

Court ruling opens door for lawsuit
By Ernestine Chasing Hawk, Native Sun News, April 2, 2015 (via Indianz.com)

RAPID CITY –– “The cop murdered my son,” Jerry Capps told Native Sun News in May of 2010 shortly after his son Christopher Capps died from five gunshot wounds fired by Pennington County Deputy David Olson. The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has just confirmed the distraught father’s suspicions, that Olson used excessive force in the death of his son and violated his constitutional rights.

“I told the cop ‘you shot my son because he was brown,’” the father had said in 2010. “There was no reason for this … no reason at all.” Now the appeals court decision opens the way for the parents of Christopher Capps, Jerry and Jaylene Capps to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the officer. The Appellate Court judges ruled that the first shot fired against Capps hit him in the back, supporting evidence he was running away from the officer. Read the rest of this entry

Anti-Mascot T-shirts Spark Fistfight at 8th-Grade Basketball Game in Sisseton, SD

Tiospa Zina Tribal School students wearing 'Not Your Mascot' t-shirts. Photo courtesy Tee Drappeau.

Tiospa Zina Tribal School students wearing ‘Not Your Mascot’ t-shirts. Photo courtesy Tee Drappeau.

Indian Country Today, Feb 6, 2015

T-shirts bearing an altered version of a rival team’s Native-mascot logo seem to have led to a restroom skirmish at an eighth-grade girls’ basketball game in Sisseton, South Dakota.

The game was a contest between the Sisseton Redmen and the Tiospa Zina Wambdi. A number of young fans in attendance wore shirts that had been made to protest the “Redmen” name and mascot. Monge Cha Eastman, a Tiospa Zina Tribal School student who was there handing out the shirts and wearing one himself, was jumped by a Sisseton student in the bathroom. The brief fight was captured on video that was obtained by KSFY, and ended in a handshake.

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