Water protectors fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline need our support more than ever, as they face escalating violence from militarized police and the approach of North Dakota’s bitter winter weather.
Thursday Oct. 27, local and state police and the National Guard raided a camp built on private land directly in the path of pipeline construction. They attacked the water protectors with pepper spray, concussion grenades, beanbags shot into the crowd, and sound cannons, and arrested more than 100 people.
Water defenders occupying the site said they were asserting eminent domain, citing the 1851 Treaty of Fr. Laramie, which affirmed Native American sovereignty rights over the land. They also set up roadblocks to protect the camp with logs, hay bales, cars, and in some places fires. Police in riot gear, supported by helicopters, cleared the camp by early evening.
A few days before, this video was shot during the prayer at the beginning of the October 22nd march at which 141 peaceful Standing Rock water protectors were brutally attacked and arrested by militarized police in riot gear, carrying assault rifles and machine guns. Anyone who has been confronted with a line of armed, hostile police closeup knows just how much courage it takes to hold one’s ground in non-violent resistance. Reporter Jihan Hafiz reports that as police violence escalated, “many families, nearly all of them Native American, can be seen running for the hills. Many people told me they felt as though they were reenacting the massacres of the Lakota nation during the westward expansion of the United States, when families were shot in the back as they fled.”
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HOW YOU CAN HELP
Tell political officials to stop the attack on the water defenders
- Contact North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple at 701.328.2200 or contact him online
- Write or call President Barack Obama,
Donating to Standing Rock:There are many camps to donate to, these camps are practicing a traditional method of taking care of their Ospaye (band) while still contributing to the greater Oyate (Tribe).Legal Defense Fund https://fundrazr.
com/d19fAf?ref=sh_25rPQaStanding Rock Sioux Tribe: http://standingrock.org /…/standing-rock-sioux-tribe– dakot…/Oceti Sakowin Camp:, https://www.paypal.me/o cetisakowincamp or Oceti Sakowin Camp, PO Box 298, Cannonball ND 58528. This is the largest camp and has functioned on a word-of-mouth donation basis until recently establishing a Paypal account.Red Warrior Camp: http://oweakuinternation al.org/ OR you can donate directly to the Red Warrior legal fund to get representation for those who have been arrested and/or physically attacked by Dakota Access: https://www.generosity .com/…/red-warrior-camp-legal- fund-no…
Oglala Camp: https://www.gofundme.com
To help winterize Oceti Sakowin Camp and keep water protectors on site this winter: https://www.crowdrise.
To support a women’s healing, wellness, and birthing center at camp: https://www.gofundme.com
Please send medical supplies directly to:
Wasté Win Young
950 Meadowlark Street
Fort Yates ND 58538
Please send herbs and traditional medicines directly to:
Linda Black Elk
P.O. Box 924
Mobridge, SD 57601
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