THE NEWEST ACTIVITY IS THE MASS ARRESTS IN NORTH DAKOTA. CHECK OUT THE LINKS BELOW: (For all links, click on X in the tab of the NEW WINDOW that opens to return to this page.)
Contrast arrests in North Dakota to Acquittals in Oregon - Whites go Free While Natives Go to Jail!
BACKGROUND: The Missouri River is the longest river in North America. It rises in the Rocky Mountains of western Montana, and flows east and south for 2,341 miles before it enters the Mississippi River north of St. Louis, MO. The Missouri drains a sparsely populated, semi-arid watershed of more than half a million square miles, including parts of ten U.S. states and two Canadian provinces. Combined with the lower Mississippi River, the Missouri forms the world's fourth longest river system.
Along its route, before joining the Mississippi, the Missouri is interrupted by fifteen dams in Montana, North and South Dakota. Several of the dams in the Dakotas have been noted for creation in the midst of Native American lands, requiring massive relocations, loss of agricultural lands, habitat destruction, cultural and economic devastation! In particular, the interested reader should check out the history of the Garrison, Oahe and Big Bend dams. But, my friends, this is ancient history! (For all links, click on X in the tab of the NEW WINDOW that opens to return to this page.)
NOW, after having stolen their land and impounded their water, the "great white father" will shower many benefits on the Native Americans in the greater interests of the larger society by building a pipeline from the Bakken oil field in northwest North Dakota to Illinois! This pipeline will cross the Missouri River just north of the Standing Rock Reservation, which draws ALL of its water (for drinking, animals, washing, and irrigation) from that river.
The arguments provided by the pipeline company are:
The Bakken Pipeline will help ease transportation shortages for agriculture and other industries. [Supposedly because the railcars formerly used to transport OIL can now be used to transport GRAIN?]
The pipeline will translate into millions in state and local revenues during the construction phase and an estimated $129 million annually in property and income taxes. [The residents of the Standing Rock Reservation will get none of this!]
The pipeline will generate an estimated $50 million annually in property taxes and nearly $74 million in sales taxes to the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois – for services to support schools, roads, emergency services and more. [The residents of the Standing Rock Reservation will get none of this! Sioux County is the poorest in the state of North Dakota.]
The Dakota Access Pipeline is a $3.7 billion investment that will create 8,000 to 12,000 local jobs during construction. Millions of hours of labor will be needed during the construction phase, putting welders, mechanics, electricians, pipefitters, heavy equipment operators and others within the heavy construction industry to work. [Native American reservations do not normally have an abundance of workers in these skilled trades!]
Increased domestic crude oil production translates into greater energy independence for the United States. [We SHOULD be focusing on transitioning to renewables!]
The residents of Sioux County, ND, are NOT convinced by the pipeline company's arguments! They have started direct action to block construction of the pipeline where it approaches the river north of their land!
In the 8/21/16 Jacobin magazine, Michael McLean compares the Lakota action in North Dakota to Cliven Bundy's last year in Oregon: "The Lakota, on other hand, are resisting a real and all too familiar danger. Their numbers grow every day. And, unlike the standoff in Oregon, almost no major national news outlets are covering the story. This too participates in a great American tradition: the true fight against oppression is the one nobody notices."
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Contact: Rev. John Stanley, 1-608-444-8739; Linda Meadowcroft email: firstname.lastname@example.org; or Alfred Bone Shirts 1-605-863-2680 regarding contributions of money or goods for protesters, if you do not wish to use the online donation options available through the Camp of the Sacred Stones or the Legal Defense Crowd Funding websites.
There is also a CREDO petition to President Obama: