Tag: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

After Months of Non-Violent Protest from Standing Rock Sioux, Army Corps of Engineers Halts Dakota Access Pipeline Work

People celebrate around the sacred fire at the Oceti Sakowin Camp near Cannon Ball, N.D., on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. On Sunday afternoon, the Army Corps of Engineers announced it was halting construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline and considering alternate routes, something protesters had sought for months. (Photo: Brian Powers, Des Moines Register)

article by Kevin Hardy, Des Moines Register via usatoday.com

The pipeline was set to cross the river a half-mile from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation border. Tribal members have for months protested the project, worried that a pipeline breach could threaten their drinking water supplies.

“Although we have had continuing discussion and exchanges of new information with the Standing Rock Sioux and Dakota Access, it’s clear that there’s more work to do,” Jo-Ellen Darcy, the Army’s assistant secretary for civil works said in a statement Sunday afternoon. “The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing.”

The news spread quickly across the snow-covered protest camp in North Dakota, home to an expansive array of teepees, motorhomes and tents. Standing Rock Chairman Dave Archambault II took the microphone at the camp’s central fire after speaking with Army officials.

“I’m telling you, this is true,” he said. “You know how rumors spread.”

Geraldine Agard, a 63-year-old member of the Standing Rock Sioux, gave credit to the prayers of those filling the camp for Sunday’s decision. Earlier in the day, campers joined arms in creating what they said was the world’s largest prayer circle.

“I’m so thrilled I’m here today,” she said. “I’m still in shock.”

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Willow Smith and Jaden Smith Join #NODAPL Protesters in North Dakota

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Willow Smith at #NODAPL protest (photo via thegrio.com)

article via thegrio.com

Jaden Smith and Willow Smith are the latest in the long list of celebrities to join the Dakota Access Pipeline protests in North Dakota.

Both were seen in protests last week, with Willow posting about their activism under the hashtag #NODAPL and sharing their protests on Instagram. They are both standing in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Indian tribe in protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline, a $3.7 billion project which, if finished, plans to start moving 470,000 barrels of crude oil per day through four different states.

The protests stem from the tribe’s desire for the pipeline not to disrupt their reservation.

To see more, go to: http://thegrio.com/2016/10/31/jaden-and-willow-smith-join-nodapl-protesters/

U.S. to Pay 17 Native Tribes $492 Million to Settle Long-Standing Disputes

 via washingtonpost.com

The Obama administration has settled lawsuits with 17 Native American tribes that accused the federal government of long mismanaging their funds and natural resources.

With these settlements, the administration will have resolved the majority of outstanding claims, some dating back a century, with more than 100 tribes and totaling more than $3.3 billion, according to the Justice and Interior departments.

“This is an important achievement that will end, honorably and fairly, decades of contention that not only sapped valuable resources but also strained relationships,” said Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates.

The settlements announced Monday, totaling $492.8 million, come at the same time that thousands of Native Americans representing tribes from across the country have joined the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota to protest the 1,172-mile Dakota Access Pipeline, which they say threatens their water supply and traverses sacred Indian burial grounds.

To read full article, go to: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-to-pay-17-indian-tribes-492-million-to-settle-long-standing-disputes/2016/09/26/61d55e02-83fc-11e6-92c2-14b64f3d453f_story.html?tid=a_inl