Recently the most widely read newspaper in France published an article detailing the issues from the perspective of an international indigenous movement. Entitled: “Standing rock, c’est la lutte tribale” (translation available onsite) the article examines the larger issues of the struggles of indigenous people worldwide, and the choices to be made. It details the genocide, religious and cultural reprogramming efforts and intentional malnutrition brought to bear on the Sioux Nation. Beyond the Standing Rock protest, the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) is working internationally in the interests of all indigenous peoples.
Abraham Lincoln hanged 38 Sioux the day after Christmas in 1882. Most Americans are unaware of this.
Throughout the protest, the corporate news media has sought to control the narrative with “fake news” stories and skewing of facts. Simultaneously, producers have been working to document the situation from the Native American perspective with such documentaries as “Awake, A Dream From Standing Rock” (reviewed here) (streamable here). The opposition wasted no time in coming out with a countering narrative.
Although the corporate media narrative and the legal system cite unfairly enforced legal technicalities as justification for their positions, the good news is that the larger issues are being examined for what they are: Selective advancement of destructive corporate agendas for the sake of profit, which externalize costs onto indigenous people and the environment. To understand why this keeps happening, please watch the video below:
“Critical motion charges Trump administration circumvents law and ignores treaty rights
Published February 14, 2017
WASHINGTON — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe today filed a major legal brief challenging the Trump Administration’s hasty approval of the controversial Dakota Access crude oil pipeline, a project in which the President and his associates have had close financial ties. The Tribe’s summary judgment asks the Court to overturn recent U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permits of the pipeline issued without environmental review or consideration of treaty rights.
The Tribe seeks resolution of these claims on an expedited schedule that would have the issues resolved before the pipeline can go into operation.
“President Trump claims he has not received ‘a single phone call’ opposing this widely criticized project.” said Dave Archambault II, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. “Maybe he should turn the White House phones back on, because millions of people have raised their voices against this dangerous project.” (Editor’s Note: The White House Comment Line is now working from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm – EST at 202-456-1111).”
Morton County Workers Dumping Trash at Campsite
Snowmelt Flooding of the Oceti Sakowin DAPL Protest Campsite
Taking action by regularly phoning your legislators (Short calls, single issue per call) has been shown to be the most effective action. Text your Zip Code to the following number and you will receive a list of your local legislators and their phone numbers to let them know what you think: