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Seattle-area vets among those vowing to be human shields for Dakota pipeline protesters 3.12.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Some 2,000 veterans, including a convoy scheduled to leave Friday from Seattle, vow to be human shields between police and “water protectors” fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline.
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What Is The Emoluments Clause And How Does It Apply To Donald Trump? 2.12.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON ― When the Constitutional Convention convened in Philadelphia to debate and write a new constitution for the United States, there was a concerted effort to ensure that the new nation would break from the corrupt practices of the Old World. European kings and princes bestowed gifts and payments to diplomats, dignitaries and politicians in their own legislatures and in foreign states. To the new Americans, these gifts and payments could corrupt the new nation’s sovereignty. They had already thrown off control by the British crown, and many questioned the growing relationship with their new ally, France. Some U.S. generals during the revolution were found to have accepted payment from these foreign states. Those debating the Constitution did not want to divorce themselves from the politics of Europe, but they also wanted to insulate the new government from these inducements to corruptions. As Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist 22, “One of the weak sides of republics, among their numerous ...
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Trudeau's Kinder Morgan approval final, cynical betrayal to Canadians who voted for real change 30.11.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
As expected, Justin Trudeau defied the popular will of Canadians, scientists, environmental groups, municipalities, the province of B.C. and the sovereignty of First Nations by approving the embattled Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline. The pipeline will run from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C. carrying 895,000 barrels of diluted bitumen per day to oversea markets. It's owned by Kinder Morgan, a Texas-based corporation with a well-earned reputation for arrogance and cost-cutting. Since Kinder Morgan purchased Trans Mountain in 2005, there have been four major spills along that route, including Burnaby itself in 2007. The president of Kinder Morgan Canada Ian Anderson said just last month that he wasn't "smart enough" to know if climate change was ...
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Dear Chase Bank. It's Over. 30.11.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Law enforcement efforts to stop the water protectors at Standing Rock have taken a new turn: in the midst of the most severe weather since the camps were established, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple has issued an "emergency evacuation order" of the largest camp, and is threatening to stop food and building materials from reaching the encampment. The water protectors have said they will not be moved off the land that is disputed under the Fort Laramie Treaty. Many thousands, from around the country and beyond, are siding with the water protectors, and next week, thousands of veterans plan to arrive to "stand with Standing Rock ." This nonviolent movement isn't budging in its efforts to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline, a 1,172-mile proposed pipeline designed to transport a half million barrels of crude oil a day. The water protectors say the pipeline threatens drinking water for the nearby tribes and for millions who live downstream on the Missouri River. The Standing Rock Tribe, hundreds of other ...
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‘United Against The Black Snake’: Water Protectors Respond To Army Corps’ Eviction Notice 28.11.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Kevin Gosztola

A coalition of grassroots groups at the Oceti Sakowin camp at Standing Rock indicated it would reject an Army Corps of Engineers eviction notice, “stand united in defiance of the black snake,” and continue to protect water in their ongoing struggle against the Dakota Access pipeline.

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Competing groups are trying to define the Dakota Access pipeline debate. So where does the truth lie? 27.11.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Opposing sides in the increasingly tense standoff over the Dakota Access oil pipeline have found little to agree on. But on this fact there is no dispute: Sometime between 3 and 4:30 a.m. on Nov. 21, a young woman demonstrating against the pipeine nearly had her arm blown off. 

But agreement ends...

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Competing groups trying to define Dakota Access pipeline debate. So where does the truth lie? 27.11.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Opposing sides in the increasingly tense standoff over the Dakota Access oil pipeline have found little to agree on. But on this fact there is no dispute: Sometime between 3 and 4:30 a.m. on Nov. 21, a young woman demonstrating against the pipeine nearly had her arm blown off. 

But agreement ends...

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Indigenous Resolve 'Stronger Than Ever' as Feds Order DAPL Protest Camp Shut Down 26.11.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday informed Indigenous water protectors and their allies that they have nine days to vacate the main Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp—or else face arrest. 

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Can a holiday to honor Native Americans help heal a history of oppression? 26.11.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The Los Angeles City Council is considering joining a movement to replace Columbus Day with an official holiday called Indigenous Peoples Day, to recognize the contributions, as well as the suffering, of the nation’s original inhabitants.

Of course, giving city workers a day off would not begin...

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Standing Rock Sioux chairman says Army Corps to close camp access in pipeline protest 26.11.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe said Friday that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to close the area where people have been camping for months to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

Dave Archambault said in a statement that he received a letter from the Corps, dated Friday,...

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"We're Still Here": Thanksgiving Day Sees Powerful Dakota Access Resistance 25.11.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

On a day imbued with painful significance for many Native Americans, hundreds of people demonstrated against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in North Dakota and beyond on Thursday. 

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Four Ways to Look at Standing Rock: An Indigenous Perspective 25.11.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Police face off against protestors occupying a bridge immediately north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, October 28, 2016. (Photo: Angus Mordant / The New York Times) A couple of weeks ago, as I stood before climate scientists, advocates, and world policy leaders at the COP22 in Morocco, I felt the increased importance of my message as climate denier Donald Trump was voted into office. My perspective as a young Native woman living on the Navajo reservation and studying both renewable energy engineering and Diné studies had earned me an appointment to the NEJAC/EPA Youth Perspectives on Climate Working Group as well as to the SustainUs Youth Delegation attending the November climate talks in Marrakech. I was there to bring Standing Rock to the world climate talks. Watching the events at Standing Rock unfurl over the past year, I felt compelled to ask our Navajo leadership to divest from oil, coal, and uranium and instead invest in the Standing Rock Sioux tribe's fight ...
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Pacific Northwest Tribes Fight to Protect the Centerpiece of Their Culture 24.11.2016 Truthout.com
The Tulalip are one of dozens of Pacific Northwest tribes -- both in Washington State and British Columbia -- intertwined by their reliance on and reverence for salmon. This cultural icon is under assault from development, pavement, pollution, farming and a changing climate. (Photo: Environmental Health News) This story is part of " Sacred Water," EHN's ongoing investigation into Native American struggles -- and successes -- to protect culturally significant water sources on and off the reservation. Tulalip, Washington -- The flat-bottom boat weaves across bends in the broad, mud-colored Qwuloolt Estuary, scaring up squawking blue herons and geese along the sloping banks of muck. Scattered log booms poke out. "A little more than a year ago we were driving cars out here," says Francesca Hillery, a Tulalip Tribes spokeswoman, tucked tightly in a raincoat and baseball cap to protect against the early autumn drizzle blowing in from the Sound as the skiff glides across the water. In August 2015, the U.S. Army ...
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On Thanksgiving Week, Native Americans Are Being Tear-Gassed in North Dakota 23.11.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON ― Thanksgiving began in the fall of 1621 when a group of Native Americans joined with newly arrived English settlers to create a harvest feast together and protect each other from violence. This year, as Americans pick out their turkeys and count their blessings, members of the Sioux Nation in Standing Rock, North Dakota, reported  being attacked with tear gas , rubber bullets and water cannons in subfreezing temperatures as they protested an oil pipeline that threatens to contaminate their water and disrupt their sacred sites. Approximately 300 Native American and non-native protesters were injured in one 10-hour clash with law enforcement on Sunday evening, according to the Standing Rock Medic & Healer Council, and 26 were taken to hospitals with severe head and limb wounds, eye trauma, internal bleeding and hypothermia from being doused with water in 22-degree weather. “Basically, it’s an act of war,” said Frank Sanchez, a delegate from the Yankton Sioux Tribe, in an interview with The ...
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Fallin says Trump visit centered on tribes, energy industry 23.11.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s economy, the oil and gas industry and the 39 federally recognized Native American tribes in the state were some of the topics discussed during a 40-minute interview in New York with President-elect Donald Trump, Gov. Mary Fallin said Tuesday. Fallin spoke to reporters about her interview on Monday with Trump […]
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The Standing Rock Resistance Is Unprecedented (It's Also Centuries Old) 22.11.2016 NPR News
Many say the Dakota Access Pipeline resistance is beyond anything they've experienced before. But there are preludes in Native American history, and you don't have to look too far back to find them.
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From Standing Rock to Morocco: Indigenous Protesters Act in Solidarity Against Corporate Polluters 22.11.2016 Truthout.com
Indigenous activists in Morocco have spent the past five years running a protest camp in defiance of an international mining operation on their territory. The Amazigh people from Imider, Morocco, marched in protest at the COP22 climate summit in Marrakech and declared their international solidarity with the Standing Sioux.  With a banner depicting their fight against the silver mining corporation Managem as a sister struggle to the fight against the Dakota Access pipeline in Standing Rock, Indigenous Amazigh people from the Moroccan town of Imider continued their protest against the mining corporation on November 20, 2016. (Photo: Nadir Bouhmouch) Truthout is funded by readers, not by corporations, lobbyists or government interests. Help us publish more stories like this one: Click here to make a tax-deductible donation! "In our language, we say 'water is life' or 'water is soul,'" said Indigenous activist Moha Tawja. These words could be coming from the mouth of a #NoDAPL Water Protector at Standing ...
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Police Blast #NoDAPL Activists With Water Cannons in Sub-Freezing Temps 21.11.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nika Knight, staff writer

Law enforcement unleashed concussion grenades, rubber bullets, tear gas, and water cannons in sub-freezing temperatures on peaceful water protectors battling the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota late Sunday.

An activist's drone captured the onslaught:

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Tribes revive indigenous crops, and the traditions that go with them 18.11.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Members of some Native American tribes are hoping to revive their food and farming traditions by planting the kinds of indigenous crops their ancestors once grew.
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Indigenous Representatives from Across the World Stand with Standing Rock During COP22 Marrakech 17.11.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

On November 17, 2016, Representatives of Indigenous Peoples from all regions of the world representing the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change, as well as many international allies will raise their voices in solidarity with the Standing Rock Lakota Nation in their defense of Sacred Water, and say NO to the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) at a direct action inside of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP.

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