June 14, 2017, Earthjustice.org http://tinyurl.com/y82f8ly8 Washington, D.C. — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe won a significant victory today in its fight to protect the Tribe’s drinking water and ancestral lands from the Dakota Access pipeline. A federal judge ruled that the federal permits authorizing the pipeline to cross the Missouri River just upstream of the […] click on picture for original
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Contact: Lauren Regan, Director and Attorney, Civil Liberties Defense Center; Water Protector Legal Collective attorney, 541-687-9180; email@example.com
Complaint and TRO filings included
Oceti Šakowiŋ camp at Standing Rock, North Dakota— On November 20, 2016 Native Americans and their allies walked on to a public bridge and prayed. They bowed their heads in the frigid North Dakota dusk, lit sage and cedar, and began praying for the survival of the Missouri River, for their indigenous cultures, and for the planet and all its inhabitants.
On the other side of a thick razor wire fence, reminiscent of that found on prison walls and war zones, an army of trained killers began to amass with their weaponry. The people praying, which included elders and youth, looked up from their exercise of First Amendment expression and into the foreboding line of police in riot gear, face masks, shields, guns, giant fire extinguisher-sized containers of chemical weapons, grenade launchers of tear gas, Tasers, batons, and what appears to be shotguns which shoot less than lethal bullets, called Specialty Impact Munitions (SIM).
The public servants humiliated their profession by chastising and taunting Native American protectors, laughing when they injured a water protector with their munitions.
Water Protectors began to include the police in their prayers for peace and nonviolence. They prayed for an end to environmental racism as the DAPL pipeline construction loomed in the background. They prayed for an end to systemic racism, as they were surrounded by white allies in the hope that police might spare their brown bodies because they were surrounded by white ones of privilege. Police readied into position a water cannon, or commonly described as a high-pressure fire hose.
And then, in an act deemed illegal and morally intolerable since the 1960’s civil rights era, law enforcement who took an oath to protect and serve everyone, unleashed a violent torrent of freezing cold water upon the brown indigenous people assembled in prayer and allyship in an apparent attempt to wash them out of sight and mind. Bodies were whipped to the ground, innocent people were shocked into hypothermia and unable to move, and worse—many were trapped on the bridge unable to escape.
Police used floodlights to blind the protectors and then began firing less than lethal bullets—the pop pop pop noise and the screams of pain penetrating the freezing night air. Then chemical foggers were sprayed into the crowd, CS gas (teargas) canisters were launched out of high powered weapons, grenades were aimed at peoples’ heads, and the relentless icy force of high pressured fire hoses were continuously used as a form of crowd control for over 5 hours. Protectors collapsed unable to breathe from the chemical weapons, one person began having a seizure and was rendered unconscious.
One woman had a cop intentionally aim a flash bang grenade into her groin. At least two people had their heads split open by less than lethal bullets and required dozens of staples to survive, another young woman was shot in the eye and face, another in the kneecap, another had his knuckles shattered and finger flesh peeled away while he gripped a camera; many more people walked away with welts and bruises.
Many people required medical attention for chemical weapon exposure, respiratory and vision problems. Explosive chemical devices and other incendiary weapons were launched into the crowd by police with reckless abandon. One officer held onto his explosive Instantaneous Blast CS grenade for 5 of the 7 seconds he has to launch it before it explodes, and then threw it directly at a 21-year-old Water Protector named Sophia Wilansky.
It is believed that the grenade exploded on her left arm almost tearing it from her body. As blood began to pour from her body, and in an absolute demonstration of malice, police targeted medics and people attempting to rescue her and other injured people from the bridge. It is still unknown whether Ms. Walinsky must have her arm amputated at her elbow. These are just a few of the almost 300 injuries that were reported on November 20th.
It is for these reasons and more that Water Protectors have filed a civil rights class action seeking an emergency restraining order from the US District Court of North Dakota requesting that the Court put an end to the potentially deadly tactics used by law enforcement against them. The request urges the Court to grant interim relief consisting of an order prohibiting Defendant law enforcement agencies from using excessive force in responding to the pipeline protests and prayer ceremonies and asks specifically for a prohibition on the use of SIM, explosive grenades, chemical agents, and water cannons or hoses, as means of crowd dispersal.
The civil rights complaint seeks justice against the constitutional violations perpetuated against the mostly Native American water protectors, including claims of retaliation and police brutality by law enforcement, as well suing the Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, and City of Mandan Chief of Police Jason Ziegler for maintaining policies, customs, and practices that led to grave violations of Plaintiffs’ rights secured by the U.S. Constitution.
This Court must decide whether the poorly trained defendant law enforcement agencies used SIM, freezing water, chemical agents, and explosive grenades to harm the Water Protectors and chill or deter them from their lawful exercise of the rights to free speech, association, and religion in violation of the First Amendment.
During the 1960’s civil rights era in the United States, African American activists were killed by police while exercising their constitutional rights. People were injured, traumatized and killed for standing up for what is clearly the right side of justice. Native Americans, long brutalized and repressed by colonizing terrorists, are taking their stand in the fight for justice and environmental sanity.
The State is again responding with terror and violence in the face of a changing moral and social society. The world is watching what is happening at the Oceti Šakowiŋ camp at Standing Rock, North Dakota. The CLDC is honored to be part of the team of lawyers and legal scholars that will relentlessly pursue justice for the Water Protectors against the fascist police attack that occurred on the Backwater Bridge spanning the Cannonball River in Sioux Standing Rock land.
If you would like to support the current efforts at Standing Rock please consider the following actions:
–Call local and federal agencies to demand:
(1) the immediate end to construction of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline, (2) the immediate cessation and a full investigation into law enforcement and DAPL Security guard abuses against Water Protectors, and
(3) demanding the Morton County State’s Attorney dismiss all felony charges against water protectors from the October 27 police raid.
(4) Permit the water protectors to stay at their current encampment until the DAPL’s application to drill under Lake Oahe and the Missouri River is permanently denied.
White House: 202-456-1414
or sign the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s White House petition http://standwithstandingrock.net/take-action/
White House Situation Room, 202-456-9431
North Dakota Governor’s Office: 701-328-2200
Morton County Sheriff’s Office: 620-697-4313
Morton County State’s Attorney’s Office: 701-667-3330
Army Corps of Engineers-Bismarck 701-255-0015
To support CLDC’s efforts to provide legal support at Standing Rock please contribute at https://cldc.org/nodapl
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You can read the full suit in the original article.
In what could only be termed a potential gross violation of human rights, the Morton County Sheriff’s Department announced today it plans to block all supplies from entering Standing Rock camps — including deliveries of food.
Reuters reports: “Supplies, including food and building materials, will be blocked from entering the main camp following Governor Jack Dalrymple’s signing of an ‘emergency evacuation’ order on Monday, said Maxine Herr, a spokeswoman from the Morton County Sheriff’s Department.”
Herr flatly stated, according to Reuters, “They have deliveries, retailers that are delivering to them – we will turn around any of those services.”
Although the governor’s order went into effect immediately, North Dakota Department of Emergency Services spokeswoman Cecily Fong noted no deliveries to the camps had yet been turned away as of Tuesday morning.
However, ‘The building materials intended for the site are a top priority because the camp is not zoned for permanent structures,’ Reuters reported she said. ‘Propane tanks also will be blocked because they have been used in attacks against law enforcement.’
The latter claim has been proven false by eyewitness video from the night of November 20-21, when law enforcement assaulted peaceful water protectors for over six hours in a non-stop barrage of rubber bullets, tear gas, impact and concussion grenades, and even weaponized water — in temperatures dropping into the low 20s Fahrenheit. Sophia Wilansky’s arm was nearly ripped from her body when an impact grenade exploded. But the sheriff denies police used any weapon that could have caused such damage, despite evidence collected from the scene and by surgeons working to repair her traumatic wound.
Shortly after issuing the notice it would block supplies, the Morton County Sheriff’s Department backed away somewhat, saying it would take a passive role to try to prevent supplies from reaching the camps, by issuing hefty $1,000 fines for vehicles attempting such deliveries — saying it had interpreted the evacuation order as a reason for a blockade.
“That is the understanding that we had initially but we had to get that clarified,” Herr told Reuters. “The governor is more interested in public safety than setting up a road block and turning people away.”
This startling announcement of any attempt at a supply blockage from the Morton County Sheriff’s Department comes during a week of shocking news for Standing Rock Sioux water protectors and their allies camped near the Missouri River to block construction of the highly contentious Dakota Access Pipeline.
An eviction notice letter sent by the Army Corps of Engineers to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Frazier on Friday sparked furious outrage from around the world — and was met with firm resistance from both tribes.
Clarifying later that no force would be used to effect this eviction, the Army Corps stated, “Those who remain will be considered unauthorized and may be subject to citation under federal, state, or local laws.”
Before the shock wore off from that letter, on Monday, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple confounded matters further with the issuance of an emergency evacuation order for the same Army Corps-managed, water protector-occupied land as a winter storm advanced on the area.
Although neither U.S. government-issued order would apply had treaties from the 1800s been honored, the attorneys scrambled to determine if the governor’s evacuation supplanted the Army Corps’ eviction — as the date for the camps to become officially illegal would be moved forward significantly from December 5. Archambault denounced Dalrymple’s order as an intimidation tactic and determined it invalid.
However, the Morton County Sheriff’s Department appears to have opportuned the current evacuation order to escalate its curtailment of the basic human rights of the thousands of water protectors estimated to now occupy camps north of the Cannonball River.
Legally and technically speaking, both orders effectively close the camps — except for Sacred Stone Camp, located south of the river — to access by both the public and emergency services.
Thousands of veterans have been planning to arrive at the camps on December 4 to defend water protectors from brutal police tactics employed by the multi-state coalition of police led by the Morton County Sheriff’s Department — and they haven’t yet changed those plans.
According to an update from Reuters, Governor Dalrymple’s spokesman Jeff Zent said, “There is not going to be any blockade of supplies.”
While so much about these breaking developments remains unclear thanks to a lack of information from authorities and officials, one thing is certain. Blocking food and supplies, by any means, from reaching water protectors who have vowed to stay through the winter is not only a violation of human rights and basic decency — if effective, it has the potential to be an horrific tragedy in the making.
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PrayWithStandingRock.com and UNIFY are joining together for a global, synchronized prayer on the 26th of November…I’m in!
Will you Stand with Standing Rock with us?
Meditate and Pray with us this week?
We have been feeling a deep call to positively impact the Standing Rock movement, and have received many requests from the UNIFY community for a synchronized prayer.
As non-natives we wanted to be culturally sensitive to the needs of our indigenous friends so we waited to be invited, we asked for guidance, and most importantly for permission.
We are now clear on our role and in full force activation for Standing Rock.
Unify’s Co-founder Patrick and devoted friends from diverse backgrounds – musicians, civil rights lawyers, scientists, yogis, and more – have been traveling for days from Los Angeles, and arrived at Standing Rock yesterday.
We are going to pray on the front lines, protecting what is sacred, offering our devoted service and giving you an opportunity to join us.
Please click here to join the global synchronized prayer November 26th at 3pm Central (4pm EST) that we are organizing in collaboration with, and with the permission of, the Tribal Council at Standing Rock.
You may join a local event on our map or add your own from wherever you are!
“May the prayers be everywhere, all at once!” -Chief Phil Lane
This week of prayers and meditation is one way we say Thank You as one human family as we stand together to protect, heal, and nourish the sacredness of life.
Pidamiyapi (Thank You in Lakota),
Pray with Standing Rock Team
Starting on November 26 and culminating on December 10 (United Nations Human Rights Day) our coalition of organizations will be supporting Standing Rock protectors by hosting multiple online live-stream events, along with local events around the planet.
Our website with interactive map is a hub for individuals and organizations to find each other and grow our global community towards a sustainable future that honors our many diverse cultural traditions
Prayers with Standing Rock Part 4
This is a follow-up of all foregoing scripts part 1 – 3 serving the same theme.
Please, do not stop praying for preserving the pristine fresh waters out there at the plains and sacred land of Dakota. Continue with meditating and praying and give it to the Creator and universe to release it again when the big event of meditations and prayers is announced on the 11/11 each day and for November 26th, 2016.
As for Thanksgiving Day which was yesterday was in my inbox a special thanksgiving article of Laura Bruno with a wonderful poem about WATER. It fitted not only the thanksgiving of us all for the special gifts of the Creator and Nature but at the same time also for the purpose of those wanting to preserve the pristine fresh waters out there as pre-requisites of all human and nature life.
For the above reason I found it only appropriate to copy these Verses of Laura Bruno hereunder together with the introductory thanksgiving phrases of hers. Let us follow up her thanks as well to our all Creator and the Universe and bless Laura for this beautiful gifts.
Let us be so much thankful that it now is the time to stand up and to voice out our hearts´opinion and to do something against spoilage of our last resources of our beloved earth.
It is the time that we all get conscious that it is on us and our actions to safeguard too our loving Earth Mother Gaia !
And here is the wonderful thanksgiving script of Laura Bruno
and a Water PrayerGratitude, Flow
In these days leading up to Thanksgiving, I just want to take a few moments to express gratitude for my amazing readers, clients, friends and family who engage with me in life, sessions and through this blog. I lead a truly blessed life that at the end of a back-to-back session day, I feel so privileged to know so many incredibly sensitive, powerful, magical, loving and astute people out there.
Thank you from the depths of my overflowing heart for being here now.
Thank you for showing up, and thank you for putting your own love and energy back into the world, even when — especially when — that world seems topsy turvy, scary, wild and unpredictable. And thank you for having the courage to withdraw back into your Self, to fill your own well, allowing your own healing through the waters to and from their Source.
And now, a prayer:
May we each flow with the Mighty Element of Water.
May the Undines, Mer People, Dolphins and the Swimming Ones
Join with us as we join and flow with them.
May the Mighty Element of Water protect and honor
The Water Protectors at Standing Rock.
May the Mighty Element of Water reclaim Her Sovereignty:
Never again allowing Herself to be forced into abuse.
May water cannons reverse upon those intending harm,
Blast away the corporate fascism
And generational brainwashing.
May the Mighty Element of Water cleanse all hatred, fear and greed.
May this cleansing purify and irrigate the hearts
Of any souls so parched that they only know The Wasteland.
May the Grail pour Awen upon the crowns of all involved.
May inspiration and understanding fill their eyes
Like Salmon of Wisdom leaping against the current
May the Tides of Change relieve any droughts
And nourish hill and dale, and field and tree.
May the Crystalline Grid support the rivers and streams
That lead to Great Lakes and the Pulsing Ocean.
May the Mighty Element of Water
Re-member Her Way as we ride Her Waves.
I am quite sure that you all when reading these verses you will pray and thank in the same way!
Blessings to all joining here and be with their hearts with Standing Rock !
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Thank you for all the amazing support you have shown the Medic & Healer Council! *** We also need a transport vehicle and snow-ready ATVs URGENTLY – if you have a reliable vehicle you are…
Thank you for all the amazing support you have shown the Medic & Healer Council!
*** We also need a transport vehicle and snow-ready ATVs URGENTLY – if you have a reliable vehicle you are willing to donate to the cause, please contact us! ***
At this time, we have very specific needs and offer three main ways you can support the council:
1) Purchase remaining Medic supply needs.
A large list of our needs is listed at our Amazon Wish List https://amzn.com/w/284OV04OWXQG9.
You can also reference that list, purchase items locally, and then mark the items as purchased via the Amazon list.
In addition to those items, we are also in need of
- Unflavored Milk of Magnesia
- Wool blankets
- Emergency blankets
- Wool socks
- Wool thermal underwear – NO COTTON
- Hand warmers
- Safety Goggles https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01A12J3GI/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1479748616&sr=8-3&pi=SY200_QL40&keywords=dewalt+safety+glasses&dpPl=1&dpID=51OnLlU2IyL&ref=plSrch
- Trauma kits (portable) http://m.galls.com/elite-first-aid-tactical-trauma-kit-3?PMSRCH=Trauma%20kit
- Straw bales
- Two 4WD trucks for medic vehicles
- One of these for medic evac vehicles: http://argoatv.com/products/frontier-8×8-responder-s
Donated items can be mailed to Standing Rock Medic & Healer Council, PO Box 1251, Bismarck, ND, 58502 – or if you are shipping via UPS or FedEx, please use the address 220 E Rosser Ave #1251, Bismarck ND 58502. Use the number 701-409-0199 as shipping phone if needed.
2) Donate funds to allow us to finalize our winter infrastructure needs, for advanced practitioner gear, for climate-controlled storage of medic supplies, and for emergency contingency supply funds
Make a tax deductible donation directly to the Standing Rock Medic & Healer Council
Your donation is tax deductible and processed through our fiscal sponsor, the Florida School of Holistic Living (501c3). All funds are dispersed directly to our council to support our work on the ground in Standing Rock
3) Send Herbal remedies.
Please, Clearly LABEL everything with ALL ingredients! NO ALCOHOL please!
DRIED HERBS OR GLYCERITES
Wild cherry bark
Wood betony (stachys)
Gravel root/ Joe Pye
Anemone glycerite fresh
Ghost pipe glycerite fresh
Pedicularis glycerite fresh
Skullcap glycerite fresh
Corydalis glycerite fresh
Milky oats ACV (if you made it with fresh oats in the milky stage)
1 oz, 2oz plastic dispensing bottles
Wide mouth quart canning jars
2 oz cough syrups to hand out (no alcohol)
Please NONE of the following as we have plenty! Thank you!!
No Ladies mantle
No Slippery Elm
Check out some of the amazing donations we have received so far!
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