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“This is a good day!” News from Standing Rock (and Hoquiam!)


November 5, 2016
By SeattleTammy
Daily Kos

There has been a lot of Standing Rock news happening late Friday, and I don't see it being posted here. Let me know if someone else has covered this.

It's really, really good news!

Kandi Mossett (@mhawea) posted a FaceBook Live video earlier today. She took it down, and has posted an update to clarify the news items.

Watch this video for the good news! 

She explains so many of the various new articles, and what our actions should be. 

How the Army Corps will halt future constructions for 60 days, and perhaps these delays will cost the Dakota Access too much to continue.

How the implications of a re-route are also financially harmful to the project, and that was an important statement from President Obama.

How there is still a fight ahead.

We have to stay on target, we have to contact the DC office of the Corps and demand a full Environmental Impact Statement.

"There could be further delays" 

All delays are good delays.

Activists Say Dakota Access Pipeline Could Be Put on Hold for 30 Days
"It's the first glimmer of hope, of good news, that we've had out here for weeks—months."

Mother Jones is first in reporting:

The company has not yet received an easement permit to dig under the river. According to Kandi Mossett, an organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network, and others at yesterday's meeting, Henderson said he would wait at least 30 days until granting such an easement. If the Corps' Washington, DC, office grants the easement, Henderson reportedly said he would not sign it for 30 days.

In her video statement, Mossett said any discussion of rerouting the pipeline away from Native American land could stop the project. "A reroute, to this company, effectively kills the project because they won't be able to afford it. It will make it obsolete," she said. The 1,172-mile pipeline, set to run between North Dakota and Illinois, was planned to be completed by the end of this year.

Recounting the latest meeting between the Standing Rock Sioux and the Army Corps of Engineers, Mossett was visibly excited. "The feeling is like, oh my god, are we gonna win?"

Public Servants or Corporate Security?: An Open Letter to Law Enforcement and National Guard in ND

Winona LaDuke, Col. Ann Wright (Ret.), and Zoltan Grossman

So you joined law enforcement or the National Guard because you wanted to uphold the law, protect innocent civilians against the bad guys, and help your community in times of need. Instead, they’re having you blockade unarmed people who are trying to hold a prayer vigil, chasing them with armored vehicles and ATVs, raiding their tipis and sweat lodges at gunpoint, and shooting them (and their horses) with pepper spray, concussion grenades, tasers, and rubber bullets. You thought you’d be the cop on the beat or the citizen soldier, and they’ve made you into the cavalry riding in with Custer.

Two Police Officers Turn In Badges In Support Of Standing Rock Water Protectors

Earlier today it was reported by Redhawk at Standing Rock in North Dakota that two police officers have turned in their badges in support of the water protectors.

“There have been at least 2 reports of police officers turning in their badges acknowledging that this battle is not what they signed up for. You can see it in some of them, that they do not support the police actions. We must keep reminding them they are welcome to put down their weapons and badge and take a stand against this pipeline as well. Some are waking up.”
-Redhawk

Army Corp of Engineers Ordered Police to Arrest Standing Rock Water Protectors, via Earth Island Journal

On Wednesday, the US Army Corp of Engineers sent a letter instructing police to clear the Water Protectors.

Update: this letter has been rescinded.

The US army corps of engineers ordered North Dakota police to arrest Native American protesters and destroy a bridge that activists built over a creek...

Morton County sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, who has faced criticisms for his department’s treatment of protesters, said he was pleased the army corps authorized police to take action.

“This simple message gave a clear-cut order to execute a plan to remove unlawful actors and prevent further unlawful actions,” he said in a statement.

Terrorism charges have been dropped against Water Protectors. 

How to Contact the People Who Sent Militarized Police to Standing Rock

Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt Hosting Standing Rock Benefit

No DAPL Day of Action Nov 15 Join a near-by action, or start your own.

I have a personal connection to this. In Grays Harbor, we have been fighting three proposed Crude Oil Terminals, to be serviced by mile and a half long unit trains of Bakken Crude hauling DOT-111s.

(Earlier diary by delonixRemote Washington Shore Awash in Participants)

 Bill Graham’s (delonix) song as sang by Donna Albert at GH 2016 Pride Festival

We've killed two of the three terminals, and are now in the comment period for the first Substantial Shorelines permit that needs issuing. 

We would very much appreciate your sending a comment to Brian Shay, City Administrator, Hoquiam. You can personalize this letter at our website, Citizens for a Clean Harbor.

We have until November 19th to stop this first domino of permits.

Turn the page for more...

We are honored to work with the Quinault Indian Nation to protect our Shared Waters, Shared Values

The Quinault Indian Nation has released a press release: Standing with Standing Rock.

Quinault president speaks against oil terminal projects
Fawn Sharp explains why —and how — Hoquiam City Council could halt planned oil terminal projects

Tribal rights are being taken into consideration on these fossil fuel fights at long last.

Yesterday, the County Commissioners in Mosier, OR denied the second Siding Track proposed to run through the town, which “almost blew up last year”.  

There were many reasons to deny this project, and the violation of (Yakama Nation) tribal treaty rights is the most salient.

I met Kandi at a Oil/Coal Conference hosted at Evergreen University a few years back. She has been an inspiration and a great activist leader.

At our Draft Environmental Impact Statement hearing last October, Joelle read the first half of a letter Kandi sent and I read the second half. 

Robinson, Joelle

"Hi. My name is Joelle Robinson and I'm from Seattle. I am here as my own concerned citizen, but I'm reading today on behalf of Candy Monsette (sic), who is a member of Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation in North Dakota. And she is with the Native Energy and Climate Campaign and also the Indigenous Environmental Network. This is a public comment on the DEIS for Westway and Imperium. In my home town of New Town, North Dakota, life has changed forever because of fracking and the lust for oil. The horrible thing is that it's changed for the worst. This is no modern day (inaudible). This oil booming, as in fracking, has become devastating for us and no amount of money can ever give us back what has been lost. Many in our own communities have died because of accidents. With the hundreds of tracks that are taking over the roads, our land is being sterilized, our water poisoned, and our air tainted imperatively. Our culture has taken a back seat to strangers populating the land, many with our contentions. Rape of both men and women is on the rise, along with things we've never dealt with before such as sex trafficking of young teenagers. Heroine abuse runs rampant as the big city drug cartels move in and our once quiet town of 1500 is now a dangerous and scary place to be, let alone to raise a child. My daughter is 15 months old and my heart aches that I do not even want her to be at home for fear of what she would be exposed to. Murder is not a word we came across in our town before the oil boom. Now we will just wait for the next and the next as many have been murdered -- yes, murdered in our little communities --

I can finish the sentence and then hand it to my colleague?

MR. KEILLOR: Yeah, we'll have to have you wrap up immediately, and we'll get to the next speaker.

In our little communities much of it is associated with drugs and the gangs that follow the money."

"about how this perception can adversely affect values.

Damike(sic), Tammy Continuing with Candy(sic)’s letter.

Our own people are becoming addicts and need treatment but they continue to be arrested and sent to jail while the two perpetrators of the crimes keep slipping away, only to bring more drugs, guns, and crime. I can’t even begin to describe to you the heaviness in my heart, having buried my brother’s beautiful 28-year-old step-daughter just a few weeks ago who could not stop using heroine, which destroyed her body so much we had to have a closed casket. We found my little cousin’s body in the lake this spring. He disappeared last fall after last being seen with two known MS-13 gang members. His death was ruled an accidental drowning and the case was open and shut. Just this past week two armed robberies occurred at two separate downtown businesses on our little main street. Take these words that have been read here today and quadruple the horrors and maybe then you might be able to begin to get a sense of what’s happening to us in our communities on Fort Berthold in North Dakota as a direct result of our country’s addiction to fossil fuels and fracking. It’s sick and it’s sad, and I would never in my life wish this kind of horror on anyone else, if you have a choice to do what you can do now to help us stop this kind of devastation from spreading. We need help. Will you help us? Do not support fracking. The social and environmental impacts from it are negatively life altering, and those impacts are spreading across this country like a disease. Please, from one compassionate human being to another, help us and do not support fracking. (Speaking Indian). Thank you."

emphasis mine:

Yes, WA Dept of Ecology actually wrote (Speaking Indian).

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