I watched Mni Wiconi’s short film, The Stand at Standing Rock this morning and heard the Dakota Access Pipeline referred to as a “black snake.” If, as some report, a black snake means trouble, sadness and depression, the Dakota Access Pipeline would certainly seem to qualify. The movie, which is already slightly out of date, gives the Native American point of view. And it’s beautiful.
On Nov. 20, 2016 several things came to light. The militarized police at the Water Saver’s protest against the pipeline used water cannon! to try to force people off a bridge leading to sacred ground and the pipeline construction. The weather was freezing.
I’m again trying to Call the President. PHONE NUMBERS Comments: 202-456-1111 to express my horror and sadness that he’s so far done nothing to intervene. Fingers crossed. I’ll keep trying; meanwhile I sent an email from: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact
Standing Rock is located in both north and south Dakota. In 1868 their territory was formalized via treaty and the land granted described as commencing on the 46th parallel of north latitude to the east bank of Missouri River, south along the east bank to the Nebraska line, then west to the 104th parallel of west longitude. (15 stat. 635). An executive order reduced the property protected in 1873. In 1889 Congress reduced the size again to its present size of about almost 3,572 square miles or sections. The treaty does not include use of the land and, in fact, current law says that there shall be negotiation government to government according to an article titled The Legal Case for Blocking the Dakota Access Pipeline. We’ve got one more broken treaty, this time in the name of Big Oil.
President elect invested in pipeline company
The Guardian reported that Trump has both invested somewhere between $500,000 and $1,000,000 in Energy Transfer Partners who are constructing the Dakota Access Pipeline, and received at least $100,000 from it’s Chief Executive. Cozy arrangement for sure. Happy Thanksgiving!
I didn’t know until to day that the original Dakota Access Pipeline was planned well east of tribal land. That route was abandoned in favor of the current one because of fear it would pollute Bismarck, ND’s water.
The acknowledgement of the possible pollution reflected in that move takes my breath away at the injustice.
You can see both the old route and the current route on this map.
What to do?
It would be great to go to Standing Rock and stand with them in a very literal sense. If that won’t work, stay alert for demonstrations of support in your area. Sign petitions. There is one at the White House – I signed and this is what that page says now. I hope the ongoing investigation by the Army Core of Engineers isn’t what’s stopping Obama from action. Food and Water Watch has one. So does Change.org, although their server is sometimes flakey.
Your best bet is to call the Obama before he steps down, at: 202-456-1111
Love,blessings and abundance,