September 6th, 2016 Last Updated on: October 31st, 2016
The last few weeks have been very inspiring as I have seen many different nations travel to North Dakota, in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, to take a stand against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. It's been great to see all the photos and videos coming out of the camp too, how peaceful and helpful everyone has been. Natives and their allies have come out in strong numbers to help protect the land. Saturday, as I was watching one of the many live Facebook videos from Quese IMC, the day just took a turn.
My heart sank as I saw that Natives in the vicinity were being pepper sprayed and attack dogs were brought out to disperse the crowd. These Natives were at that particular site because Dakota Access brought in a bunch of bulldozer and just started ripping up the land without any warning. Even though the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe filed court documents to halt construction because they had found several sites of “significant cultural and historic value” along the path of a proposed oil pipeline, Dakota Access workers went ahead and started digging on the construction site. Nevermind that a federal judge won't be able to rule on the court documents until September 9th! So basically they're saying screw the rules. I can only hope and pray that the judge presiding over this does the right thing and halts construction.
Democracy Now was out at Sacred Stone to document what went down. Heartbreaking to see but everyone needs to see this since the mainstream media has decided to put their own spin on it and talk about the water and land protectors turning violent. Looks like Dakota Access security were the ones that were turning violent to me!
And here's a video straight from the frontlines with Dallas Goldtooth explaining a little bit more about what happened Saturday.
Update! Since I last wrote on this story, the “U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg on Monday ordered parties involved in a standoff over the Dakota Access Pipeline to appear in court on September 6 to hear a motion for an emergency injunction.”
Here's more from DC Media Group:
Tuesday’s hearing is expected to address the desecration of the burial sites which led to a dog attack incident. The same judge had declared at an August 24 hearing that he would issue a decision on a motion for a permanent injunction on work near the Reservation no later than September 9.
“On Saturday, Dakota Access Pipeline and Energy Transfer Partners brazenly used bulldozers to destroy our burial sites, prayer sites and culturally significant artifacts,” said Dave Archambault II, Chairman Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, in a press release on Sunday. “They did this on a holiday weekend, one day after we filed court papers identifying these sacred sites. The desecration of these ancient places has already caused the Standing Rock Sioux irreparable harm. We’re asking the court to halt this path of destruction,” he said.
Will definitely update you guys if anything good comes out of this hearing today.
And here's a pretty amazing sight to see. Check out this great photo from Dallas Goldtooth's Facebook page.
If anyone wants to help the Sacred Stone Camp and cannot be there in person, you can donate money or supplies to the cause.
Supplies, cash, or check donations can be sent to:
Sacred Stone Camp
P.O. Box 1011
Fort Yates, ND 58538
Please click here for the supply list: http://sacredstonecamp.org/supply-list/
You can also send funds electronically through their Go Fund Me Page at https://www.gofundme.com/sacredstonecamp
And you can also contribute to the Legal Defense Fund.
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