July 29, 2017 - There were some new faces at Otis State Forest Saturday, and they've come here from Standing Rock in North Dakota, they say, to continue fighting another pipeline.
"They called and we answered," said Alvin Grassrope, referring to the climate justice group, Sugar Shack Alliance, of which 22 more members were arrested for trespassing into pipeline work areas on Saturday.
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From Democracy Now:
"We Acted from Our Hearts": Activists in Iowa Admit to Repeatedly Sabotaging Dakota Access Pipeline
(Web Exclusive) July 25, 2017
From Democracy Now:
Meet the Two Catholic Workers Who Secretly Sabotaged the Dakota Access Pipeline to Halt Construction
July 28, 2017
Democracy Now: Standing Rock's Fight Against Dakota Pipeline Continues While Tribe Plans for a Fossil-Free Future
From Democracy Now 7/4/2017:
"We speak with Standing Rock Sioux Chair Dave Archambault II and Nick Tilsen, executive director of the Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation and a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota."
At about the 38 minute mark, Archambault and Tilsen talk about Standing Rock's plans for renewable energy.
AMY GOODMAN: You’re founding executive director of the Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation, which is what?
NICK TILSEN: It’s a nonprofit, grassroots, community-based organization doing sustainable economic development in one of the poorest communities in America. And we’re building a community from scratch based on renewable energy, sustainable housing and designing communities based on indigenous values.
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A community member l. frank is collecting data for a health survey. If you have been to Standing Rock, please fill out this health survey whether or not you have any symptoms arising from the time you went to Standing Rock.
It is important to fill this survey out whether or not you were sick after Standing Rock. It will be helpful to fill out the survey even if you were healthy after being at Standing Rock.
Please circulate this survey to everyone you know who might have been to the Standing Rock camps.
It would be most helpful to use the online form above to fill out your answers. But if you would prefer to print out the survey and fill it out by hand, click here for a PDF of the survey.
If you have any questions, you can contact the organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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For more information see the Standing Rock Health Survey page on Facebook.
Tue., July 18, 2017
Additional environmental review of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline is likely to take the rest of the year to complete, U.S. officials said in court documents in which they also advocate for keeping the line operating during the study.
Developer Energy Transfer Partners also is asking U.S. District Judge James Boasberg to keep the line open, saying a shutdown would cost the Texas-based company $90 million each month.
Standing Rock attorney Jan Hasselman in an interview said the comments indicate the Corps plans to “simply paper over the existing decision.” He called for shutting down the pipeline and bringing in independent experts as “the only way to ensure the integrity of this new process.”
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From Huffington Post:
Chief Arvol Looking Horse, who led the protests against the Dakota pipeline at Standing Rock, will narrate the documentary film, “The White Snake”, about alternative energies to oil.
Chief Arvol became chief of all Stars Nations and the 19th keeper of the Original Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe of the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Nations of the Sioux at 12 years old, the youngest to ever hold this exalted position known as the “sacred bundle keeper.”
Throughout First Nation history, they have talked about the black snake coming over the earth when man will be faced with global disaster.
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"Months after one of the country’s most dedicated and publicized stands for indigenous and environmental justice captured global attention, many burning questions remain."
EcoWatch has published a great article that includes a summary of recent events and how Standing Rock continues to spread its influence, inspiring fossil fuel resistance in other parts of the country, and inspiring people and institutions to divest billions from the fossil fuel industry.
"The aim is not only divestment, but also economic paradigm shifts that include investments in renewable energy technology, sustainability, and just, transparent, and accountable banking institutions; economic systems that are not detrimental to Indigenous peoples rights or the environment."