Two Men Packed a Power-Filled Gift for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Truck wheels kicked up the dust of sacred land and Arizona’s red rock desert soon became a rear view as two men from the Navajo Nation set off beyond the Colorado plateau and on an expedition that would likely be the most impactful of their lives.

Unlike most journeys though, this trip was more than just a road trip. More than just a series of photos. More than just a self-fulfilling retreat for peace of mind. This journey was a contribution to support and protect land and water considered sacred and significant to the tribes of Standing Rock, North Dakota.

Known and loved in their local community for their efforts to bring affordable solar solutions to families living off the grid, Brett Isaac and Doug Yazzie (Navajo / Hopi and Navajo, respectively) were pondering the best ways to contribute to the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline construction when a camp contacted them regarding support in the form of energy.

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Obama Wants Consultations with 567 Native American Tribes

In what is being hailed as a “historic” move, the Obama administration invited hundreds of Native American tribes on Friday to particpate in consultations in order to find solutions to protect and honor treaty rights and ensure meaningful consultations for any infrastructure project that may affect tribes.

The U.S. Departments of the Army, Interior and Justice sent the invitation for government-to-government consultations following a Sept. 9 decision to halt any construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline on federal lands. The 1,168 mile pipeline extending across four states from North Dakota to Illinois has drawn the ire of Native American tribes who say their treaty, land and cultural rights are being violated by the project – which they say they were also not properly consulted on. As a result, thousands of tribal members from across the country, along with supporters, have been camping out in North Dakota, as well as protesting in other states, in what has been described as the largest Native American mobilization in decades.

“The Obama Administration’s call for national reform on this issue is a historic moment,” Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II said in a statement, adding, “This invitation is a good start but the government has a lot more to do to permanently protect the millions of people who rely on the Missouri River for water and who are put at serious risk because of this pipeline.”

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Sacred Burial Ground in North Dakota sold to Dakota Access

An area of Cannonball, North Dakota has recently caught the eye of the nation. People from around the world have come together in this small rural area to protect the land from the threat of the Dakota Access Pipeline. It now appears those efforts were futile as the Sacred Burial Ground in North Dakota has been sold to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The paperwork has been filed with the county.

The announcement comes from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe following the Protecting Native Land and Resources, Rejecting North Dakota Pipeline Forum. The Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe said the following at today’s meeting.

Thank you for taking this time to hear us. It’s really important that we understand where we are coming from as tribes from across this nation. From my perspective, I don’t think it’s the perception that we oppose economic development or we oppose energy independence or we oppose national security. What we oppose is it being done off our backs. For too long, there aretoo many cases where tribes have been forced to give and continue to give. Today, we pay for the Missouri river, Lake Oahe Hydropower with Western Area Power Association so that this nation gets affordable electricity.

 

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Inuk artist Annie Pootoogook found dead in Ottawa

Prominent Inuk artist Annie Pootoogook has been identified as the woman whose body was found in Ottawa’s Rideau River earlier this week.

Officials with the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative in her hometown, Cape Dorset, Nunavut, confirmed the death of the chalk-and-ink artist, who rose to prominence when she won the Sobey Award in 2006.

Pootoogook, 47, had been living in Ottawa.

Her drawings offered a contemporary take on her culture, where old customs intermingled with modern technology and goods.

Her work is part of the collections at the National Gallery of Canada and the Ontario Gallery of Art and was recently part of an exhibition on Indigenous pop art at Ottawa’s Saw Gallery.

“Her inclusion in the exhibition was a no-brainer, in that she looked at contemporary life in a way no other artist had ever done,” said Saw Gallery curator Jason St-Laurent, who first met Pootoogook five years ago.

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HE DIED ALONE, IN A NURSING HOME, BUT HIS WORDS WILL MAKE YOU COMPLETELY CHANGE!

An old man died in a geriatric ward of a small nursing home. The nurses believed that he left nothing important but they were wrong.

After his death, one nurse searched Mak Filiser’s belongings and found this poem. The poem was so touching that she shared it with the other employees.

One of the nurses send the poem in Melbourne and after that the song was spread all over the world- so simple, touching and powerful.

CRANKY OLD MAN

What do you see nurses? . . .. . .What do you see?

What are you thinking .. . when you’re looking at me?

A cranky old man, . . . . . .not very wise,

Uncertain of habit .. . . . . . . .. with faraway eyes?

Who dribbles his food .. . … . . and makes no reply.

When you say in a loud voice . .’I do wish you’d try!’

Who seems not to notice . . .the things that you do.

And forever is losing . . . . . .. . . A sock or shoe?

Who, resisting or not . . . … lets you do as you will,

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GOP congressman furious after sacred Apache land in Arizona is designated a historic place

An Arizona congressman is angry that sacred Apache land will continue to remain listed in the National Register of Historic Places, according to Tucson Weekly.

Republican Rep. Paul Gosar and Sen. John McCain had joined forces with Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick in an effort to sell off the ancestral Native American land, known as Oak Flat or Chi’chil Bildagoteel to the Apache community, to mining firm Resolution Copper, owned by an Australian-British corporation.

The designation of Oak Flat as a National Historic Place could hamper the plan to construct a copper mine on the land. But ultimately nothing “guarantees that a historic property cannot be modified or even destroyed,” said Stephanie Toothman, the National Register’s keeper, in a letter to the two lawmakers.

Gosar lashed out at the National Register of Historic Places in a press release, saying their decision “could postpone job creation.”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : United Nation Experts Validate Standing Rock Sioux Opposition To Dakota Access Pipeline

Cannon Ball, North Dakota (23 Sept. 2016) –   United Nations Expert, the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, released a statement yesterday calling upon the United States to immediately halt the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, in recognition of dire and direct threats to the drinking water, burial grounds and sacred sites of the Standing Rock Sioux people.

The pipeline also directly endangers traditional lifeways and practices, and the health and well being of current and future generations. Members of the Standing Rock Sioux and thousands of allies from across the United States and the world have been taking direct action since April 2016 to call attention to the violation of their Indigenous rights, desecration of their lands and waters and the threats to our global climate engendered by the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The 1,172 mile pipeline, being pushed by the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Energy Transfer LLC Corporation, is proposed to pass under the Missouri river and Lake Oahe, a vital source of the tribes drinking water and ceremonial practice.

In her statement, Ms Tauli-Corpuz drew attention to blatant violation of treaty rights, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples and other international legal standards requiring the free, prior and informed consent of Indigenous peoples before the approval of any project affecting their lands.
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UN wants Dakota Access Pipeline construction halted

GENEVA (KFGO) – The United Nations is getting involved in the Dakota Access Pipeline controversy.

A UN Special Envoy for Indigenous Peoples is formally asking the United States to halt construction on the four-state pipeline.

The UN’s Victoria Tauli-Corpuz says the pipeline “poses a significant risk to the drinking water of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.”  In a written statement, the envoy says the tribe was denied access to information and excluded from consultations.

Tauli-Corpuz says the federal government should “undertake a thorough review of compliance with international standards” and obtain the tribe’s “free and informed consent.”

The envoy also claims that peaceful pipeline protesters have been “reportedly intimidated, harassed and prosecuted.”/SOURCE

Gov Orders Police To Cut Water Supply To Native Americans As Pipeline Protesters Skyrocket In Number

Thousands join protest camp as supporters are holding a rally in Washington D.C. on Wednesday outside of Army Corps hearing.

Growing in number and spirit, the Standing Rock Sioux protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline is swiftly gaining strength ahead of a federal hearing on the controversial project. Support has spread across the country, and thousands have descended on the peaceful “prayer camps” in recent days, prompting state officials on Monday to remove the demonstrators’ drinking water supply.

North Dakota homeland security director Greg Wilz ordered the removal of state-owned trailers and water tanks from the protest encampment, despite the sweltering heat, because of alleged disorderly conduct, according to theBismarck Tribune, including reports of laser pointers aimed at surveillance aircraft.

“People are getting overheated now already,” said Johnelle Leingang, the tribe’s emergency response coordinator, as temperatures hovered around 90º F on Monday. “It’s very hurtful.”

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Massive Florida Sinkhole Leaks Corporation’s Radioactive Waste Into Water Supply

215,000 gallons of radioactive “water” has now leaked into Florida’s main drinking water supply, due to a sinkhole forming under a toxic pond. Sinkholes are fairly common in Florida, but this is no average sinkhole and the mainstream media is ignoring this story. What makes this whole story even worse, is that the EPA was aware of the tainted water and yet they allowed people to bathe, drink and cook with this water.

As Daisy Luther reported:

Because Mosaic, the company responsible for the industrial spill, said “Oh, it’s no big deal,” officials didn’t warn the public. That’s starting to be a trend, isn’t it?

You guys are probably tired of me harping on this, but you cannot trust the government with your family’s health. You need to begin testing your own drinking water and doing so regularly. (Here’s how to do that.) As well, step up your water preparedness game– this is happening way too often to risk not having a supply on hand. At this point, you’d be crazy to rely on the word of the EPA or local officials that your water supply is safe. They are not here to protect you – they’re here to protect corporate interests.

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