This informative article was composed to gather all the most relevant information on Standing Rock we could find in order to help educate, support and rally people and supplies to help Stand with Standing Rock. ALL sources are cited at the end and some information is pulled directly from the Sacred Stone Camp and NoDAPL Solidarity websites, as well as other prominent news sources. Please email [email protected] with any questions, concerns or other information you feel might be important to add to this document. Thank you.
During this week of Thanksgiving in the United States, peaceful Native American protesters and American citizens are being tear gassed, shot with rubber bullets, targeted with nonlethal grenades and sprayed with water in below-freezing temperatures by militarized police forces. Personally, I know THREE DIFFERENT FRIENDS/ACQUAINTANCES WHO HAVE BEEN MACED OR SHOT WITH RUBBER BULLETS FOR PEACEFULLY PROTESTING. THIS IS NOT OKAY. I WILL NOT SIT IDLE AND WATCH THIS HAPPEN WHILE WE ARE SUPPOSED TO SIT AROUND AND “GIVE THANKS.”
The peaceful protesters are being attacked while exercising their Constitutionally-protected First Amendment right to free speech, freedom of religion, and freedom to peaceably assemble. For months now, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has been protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline through their sovereign land on the Standing Rock reservation by Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics Partners. The Dakota Access Pipeline is a 4.6 billion dollar commercial enterprise that has been granted eminent domain over private land without consent of the landowners in order to provide a “safe and efficient” means of transferring oil from North Dakota to Illinois. Despite the fact that the pipeline is slated to pass underneath the Missouri River half a mile upstream of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation boundary, the government’s final environmental assessment originally concluded that there will be “no direct or indirect impacts.”VA week ago, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stated that it needs more information before it can decide whether to allow the Dakota Access Pipeline to be built along its planned route. We have compiled a list of everything and anything you can do to help the cause. If you cannot do anything by way of donations or monetary value, PLEASE SHARE THIS FAR AND WIDE. Mainstream media is NOT covering this.
Why are the Sioux and others protesting the project?
The pipeline has united a number of different interest groups with a variety of objections, but Native Americans have been at the center of the opposition. The pipeline would travel underneath the Missouri River, the primary drinking water source for the Standing Rock Sioux, a tribe of around 10,000 with a reservation in the central part of North and South Dakota. Builders of the pipeline insist that they have taken extraordinary measures to safeguard against disaster, but opponents point out that even the safest pipelines can leak. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has reported more than 3,300 incidents of leaks and ruptures at oil and gas pipelines since 2010. And even the smallest spill could damage the tribe’s water supply. The Standing Rock Sioux also argue that the pipeline traverses a sacred burial ground. And while the land being used for the pipeline is not technically on its reservation, tribal leaders argue that the federal government did not adequately engage the Standing Rock Sioux during the permitting process—a requirement under federal law. More broadly, environmental activists say the pipeline would contribute man-made climate change by building up the country’s oil infrastructure. They insist that fossil fuels—including the vast reserves in the Bakken Shale—need to be kept in the ground to protect the world from the worst effects of climate change. Proponents of the pipeline argue that oil producers would likely ship the oil by rail line if construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline was halted, as much of the oil produced in North Dakota already is—and argument that was also used in favor of the now canceled Keystone XL pipeline.
Send supplies. (The complete list of needed supplies is included in this)
***Supply note: With at least two hundred injured the night before last, Standing Rock medics are in critical need of the following items:
Milk of Magnesia
Trauma kits (portable)
Supplies can be shipped to:
Standing Rock Medic and Healer Council
PO Box 1251, Bismark ND, 58502
or if you are shipping via UPS or Fed Ex, please use the address:
220 E. Rosser Ave. 1251, Bismark, ND, 58502
Send money. (The official Gofund me page for Standing Rock)
MAKE PHONE CALLS:
Making calls to representatives and figures of authority can be daunting. Here is an incredible article that gives you lots of helpful information about making calls, how to handle them, what to say, etc.. Check it out!
–Call The White House at 202-456-1111 and demand that President Obama stop this pipeline and rescind the Army Corps of Engineers’ Permit for the DAP
–Call North Dakota’s Governor at 701-328-2200 and demand that the pipeline and violence against peaceful water protectors be stopped.
–Call the Army Corps of Engineers at 202-761-5903and demand that the pipeline and violence against peaceful water protectors be stopped.
–Call the Morton County Sheriff Department at 701-328-8118 and demand that the pipeline and violence against peaceful water protectors be stopped.
–Call the North Dakota National Guard at 701-333-2000 and demand that the pipeline and violence against peaceful water protectors be stopped.
“If you cannot travel to Standing Rock, or support or organize an action where you live, consider contacting one of these Sheriffs and police departments that have loaned out the officers who are abusing Native peoples in Standing Rock. Jam their phone lines and tell them to bring their people home. If your community is on this list, actively organize to recall the deployment.”
Michigan City Police Department
Michigan City, IN
North Dakota Highway Patrol
Offices across North Dakota
Hammond Police Department
Munster Police Department
Griffith Police Department
Anoka County Sheriff’s Office
Washington County Sheriff’s Office
Marathon County Sheriff’s Department
La Porte County Sheriff’s Office
La Porte, IN
Newton County Sheriff’s Office
South Dakota Highway Patrol
Jasper County Sheriff
Lake County Sheriff Sheriff’s Department
Crown Point, IN
Laramie County Sheriff’s Department
Wyoming Highway Patrol
Ohio State Highway Patrol
Nebraska Emergency Management Agency
-Call the executives of the companies that are building the pipeline:
–Lee Hanse, Executive Vice President, Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. 800 E Sonterra Blvd #400 San Antonio, Texas 78258, (210) 403-6455 [email protected]
-Glenn Emery, Vice President Energy, Transfer Partners, L.P. 800 E Sonterra Blvd #400 San Antonio, Texas 78258, (210) 403-6762 [email protected]
-Michael (Cliff) Waters, Lead Analyst, Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. 1300 Main St. Houston, Texas 77002, (713) 989-2404 [email protected]
–Call your Mom, call everybody you know…. tell them about what is happening in Standing Rock and ask them to stand with the people!
Sign petition asking President Obama to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. Here’s the latest one: https://act.credoaction.com/sign/NoDAPL
STOP ENABLING PIPELINE SUPPORTERS:
-Close your accounts with banks who are financially supporting the building of the pipeline: List of all banks supporting the pipeline
BECOME A WATER WARRIOR & GO TO STANDING ROCK:
The most effective means of showing support for this cause is to actively participate in protecting this sacred land. Anyone who is able to travel to the peaceful encampments is encouraged to do so. For those unable to make the journey to North Dakota, please utilize the alternate methods provided to show your support for the Standing Rock Sioux who have united over 100 tribes from across the U.S. Please join this effort to stop this pipeline, which desecrates sacred lands and has serious potential to damage or destroy the Standing Rock reservations lifeblood – its water. Mni Wiconi!!!
A few things:
– If you’re coming to Standing Rock, bring your own camping/winter weather gear, book a room in advance (they book out FAST – prairieknights.com) or have a plan with friends/family when you arrive here. Supplies are abundant but should be reserved for protectors that live here and plan to be in camp longterm. Avoid zapping resources intended for those who live here.
– Don’t fundraise to get out here if you don’t intend to work hard/get arrested/contribute in a real way to this community. If you just want an Instagram photo or a legit Facebook check-in, save your time and ours. Donate to our funds and help the protectors on the ground make it through the day/week/month/winter.
– PLEASE don’t show up and disregard the words of the people that are native to this land. Don’t argue with elders. Don’t blow off the rules. Don’t go to the front lines without completing a non-violent direct action training (or 10). Don’t yell at the cops – you get us in trouble. Don’t spread your friend’s ashes on our sacred fire (totally happened). Don’t walk around with your crystals or totems or wands or anything like that and trip out the people who are here in ceremony, to pray in our peoples’ way. We respect your right to pray in your own way but respect that this is our space.
– If you’re coming here, expect to be called out on any bullshit you bring with you. Expect to work hard. Expect to listen and learn. Expect to have your life changed because you’re about to see what life is like for real natives. If you show up thinking this is Coachella or Burning Man, you’re in for a rude awakening. If you want to pretend to be native and wear headdresses or squash blossoms, expect to get maced and shot at so you know what we, as indigenous people, live through each day.
– We are being waged war upon for protecting the water. If you’re gonna be here, don’t just be here to be here. Open up your eyes and look the hell around. We’re at work, in prayer and actively standing against a multi-billion dollar industry that wants us dead. Don’t make us expend energy accommodating you when we’re crying out for HELP.
-We need assistance but we need self-sufficient allies and warriors. Please only come if you think that you can handle it and can handle yourself.
IT IS WINTER IN NORTH DAKOTA—PREPARE AND PACK LIKE IT. YOU WILL BE IN SUB FREEZING TEMPERATURES AND SNOW. BRING AS MUCH WARMTH AND SHELTER AS YOU CAN. BRING HAND WARMERS, BLANKETS, LAYERS, WATER, FOOD AND ALL YOU MIGHT NEED. BE SELF-SUFFICIENT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE AND BRING YOUR LIGHT, POSITIVITY AND STRENGTH TO HELP THE WARRIORS ALREADY THERE.
Send your prayers. Send yourself.
My friend Viktor who was shown above is an incredible artist. He (and many others) have asked for ANY artists, musicians, healers, creators to COME ONE, COME ALL, to Standing Rock. BRING YOUR ART SUPPLIES: Paint, canvas, any surfaces to create on. The time is now. PLEASE. This is your call to action!
And as you gather around your Thanksgiving table, give thanks for the opportunity to drink clean water and acknowledge those protecting it RIGHT NOW.
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