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#1493392 --- 12/17/16 04:22 PM Re: Still More Tribal News [Re: Teonan]
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Dam destruction major victory for Mohawk tribe
After decades of industrial pollution, the Mohawk nation has succeeded in knocking down the Hogansburg Dam in New York.


Al Jazeera
12 December 2016


A century after the first commercial dam was built on the St Regis River, blocking the spawning runs of salmon and sturgeon, the stream once central to the traditional culture of New York's Mohawk Tribe is flowing freely once again.

The removal of the 3-metre Hogansburg Dam this autumn is the latest in the tribe's decades-long struggle to restore territory defiled by industrial pollution, beginning in the 1980s with PCBs - toxic industrial chemicals - and heavy metals from the nearby General Motors, Alcoa and Reynolds Metal plants.

The clean-up under federal oversight is nearly complete.

The St Regis River project is the first removal of an operating hydroelectric dam in New York state and the nation's first decommissioning of a federally licensed dam by a Native American tribe, federal officials say.

Paired with the recent success of North Dakota's Standing Rock Sioux in rerouting a pipeline that they feared could threaten their water supply, the removal of the dam underscores long-standing concern over the health of tribal lands.

"We look at this not only as reclaiming the resources and our land, but also taking back this scar on our landscape that's a constant reminder of those days of exploitation," said Tony David, water resources manager for the St Regis Mohawk Reservation, which the Mohawks call Akwesasne."

The former industrial site will become a focal point in the Mohawks' cultural restoration programme, funded by a $19m settlement in 2013 with GM, Alcoa and Reynolds for pollution of tribal fishing and hunting grounds along the St Lawrence River.

The programme partners young apprentices with tribal elders to preserve the Mohawk language and pass on traditional practices such as hunting, fishing, trapping, basket-making, horticulture and medicine.

Standing on the rocky edge of a shallow, rushing river that used to be stilled by a 100-metre-long concrete dam until bulldozers demolished it in September, David told the AP news agency that a new park would be built to showcase Mohawk artwork where the powerhouse once hummed.

On the opposite bank, a nature park will replace a treacherous tangle of industrial equipment, decrepit structures and rubbish.

"We're transforming it from a dangerous no-go zone to some place that's inviting and beautiful," said Eric Sunday, an apprentice in the cultural restoration programme. "It creates opportunities to get people together, showcase skills, get more knowledge about our traditional ways and just appreciate nature."

The dam removal re-established the river's connection with the St Lawrence River and opened nearly 443km of stream habitat to migratory fish, including American eel, lake sturgeon, Atlantic salmon and walleye.

"The next town upstream was known by the Mohawks as 'Place of the Salmon'," David said. "Before salmon were extirpated from this river, people would be out in the shallows netting or spearing them to feed their families."

The project is part of a larger movement that has dismantled almost 250 dams across the country since 2012, according to the conservation group American Rivers.

Most have been small dams no longer useful, but environmental groups and Indian tribes in the Pacific Northwest are pressing for the removal of large hydroelectric dams to restore salmon runs.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/12/da...2081029824.html

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#1493402 --- 12/18/16 12:43 PM Re: Still More Tribal News [Re: Teonan]
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"We are the meeting point of our ancestors and descendants. The track leading from the past, and the road heading off into the future, are joined, here and now, with us." --Anthony Murphy


Inside the Rush to Preserve Indigenous Languages

by Tristan Ahtone
syndicated from Yes Magazine

Dec 18, 2016

According to the United Nations, more than 370 million indigenous people live in nearly 90 countries worldwide and speak up to 6,000 different languages—half of which are in danger of disappearing by the next century.

In the United States, indigenous broadcasting is on the rise, but it’s still relatively outside the mainstream. While media outlets like All Nations Network and FNX hope to become national providers of indigenous content, tribal broadcasters like the Cherokee Nation have begun broadcasting online and on local and regional stations.

“We’ve come off of a hundred years of history books that have not accurately depicted Native American tribes, let alone modern Native American tribes,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “But nobody can tell your story better than you can tell it.”

The Cherokee Nation’s 30-minute television magazine program, Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People, appears on stations around Oklahoma but can also be watched online, as requested by Cherokee citizens living in other parts of the United States and the world.

“Nobody can tell your story better than you can tell it.”

“Anybody anyplace in the world can stream the program, so it doesn’t matter where you live; it’s available any time of the day or night,” said Baker. “It gives us the opportunity to tell our story without letting someone else be in control of that story.”

But when it comes to finding a home on the national stage, Native American voices continue to struggle.

“America has so much to learn from contemporary Native Americans that they’re just not open to and they just don’t seem to be able to open the media landscape to those contemporary indigenous voices,” said McCue. “In other indigenous communities around the world, we’re beyond that to some degree.”


“In the broader American media landscape you just don’t hear about those Native American voices,” said McCue. “I guess part of it has to do with the fact that America doesn’t want to struggle with its difficult history, and when you start having vibrant voices, then you’ve got to deal with this really complicated history that Americans don’t want to face up to.”

For Aboriginal people in the United States, that means carving out digital spaces or harnessing old-fashioned technologies like radio to fill the void. Around the country, more than 40 tribal radio stations are currently on air, half of which broadcast in their own indigenous languages. At the same time, hundreds of newspapers and online outlets produce hyper-local content, from the Potawatomi Traveling Times in Wisconsin to larger national outfits like Native American Times.



Full article here. Read on: http://www.dailygood.org/story/1463/inside-the-rush-to-preserve-indigenous-languages-tristan-ahtone/

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#1493487 --- 12/20/16 07:48 PM Re: Still More Tribal News [Re: Teonan]
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The lowdown through indigenous eyes.

Native News Update 16 December 2016

This weekend's stories: St. Regis Mohawk Tribe take down Hogansburg Hydroelectric Dam; PWNA receives grant from Newman’s Own Foundation; AMG launches mobile device apps focusing on Native American films; FNX TV network opens in New Mexico markets; Sequoyah featured on reverse side of the 2017 Native American $1 coin.

Native News Update with anchor Kimberlie Acosta from the studios of IndianCountryTV.com.

Watch on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7pmaVO6TO0
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#1493840 --- 01/04/17 05:52 PM Re: Still More Tribal News [Re: Teonan]
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Water IS Life.

Right ON. Thank you for your continued service patriots...

Upstate NY Veterans Report for Standing Rock Deployment

“I took an oath to defend my nation against enemies both foreign and domestic,” said Boland. “My decision to protect the Standing Rock water protectors arises from that oath. Energy Transfer Partners and the militarized police who are serving their interests are threatening the sole source of drinking water for the people of the Standing Rock Sioux, threatening the climate, and are engaged in acts of brutality and civil rights violations. So I am proud to join a regiment of unarmed veterans who will provide solidarity and protection to our brothers and sisters in Standing Rock. My work to protect the water of Seneca Lake against another Texas-based energy company, Crestwood, prepares me for this work.”

Read on: http://www.truthsayers.org/2016/12/04/upstate-ny-veterans-report-for-standing-rock-deployment/
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#1494010 --- 01/09/17 06:31 PM Re: Still More Tribal News [Re: Teonan]
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Voices from Standing Rock



Grandma Diane’s Story
"She has 15 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren and she wants them to have a future with clean water to drink. When she was about 9 or 10 years old her grandfather told her that there would be a cause that would bring all the native peoples together, as well as the rest of the world, and we would have to fight for something very important. As soon as she arrived at Standing Rock she felt his whole spirit and knew he’d brought her here. She said, “I’m doing this for my grandchildren and my future.” Thank you so much, Grandma."

Read on: https://tegrastonenuess.blogspot.com/2016/12/voices-from-standing-rock.html
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#1494033 --- 01/10/17 01:52 PM Re: Still More Tribal News [Re: Teonan]
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(Photo courtesy GRID Alternative)

Tribes Showing Continued Interest In Solar Energy

Indian Country Media Network
Brian Daffron

January 10, 2017

The past year saw a large commitment from the Department of Energy to support clean energy, with at least $9 million in grants given to 16 different tribal projects. Combined with cost-sharing matches raised by the award recipients, a minimum of nearly $25 million was used toward clean energy in Indian country. Solar energy made up a large portion of the grantees.

While president-elect Donald Trump picks cabinet members who are well-known proponents of coal and fossil fuels consumption, these policies are not yet in place. In the meantime, tribes and their private sector partners continue to look toward renewable energy and the government request for proposals that are still in place for this upcoming fiscal year.
According to David Conrad (Osage), the deputy director of the DOE Office of Indian Energy and Programs, grant proposals for renewable energy are still possible.


“Funding for any projects in 2017 is subject to Congressional appropriations,” he said in a statement to ICMN. “Any solar projects and/or tribes participating will be based on the receipt, review, and selection under the deployment FOA (Funding Opportunity Announcement) which closes February 7, 2017.”

One of the solar energy companies that has partnered with tribes this year is the Oakland, California-based GRID Alternatives. Through their tribal office in Denver, Colorado, the company has worked with 30 Plains and California-based tribes to provide solar energy to 488 tribal homes since 2010. One hundred of the residential units were finished this year. In addition to solar energy-related construction, the company also provides workforce training for tribal sustainability. “Our tribal partners are looking to stand their projects into the years to come,” said Tim Willink, a member of the Navajo Nation and GRID’s tribal program director.

Julian Foley, the director of communications for GRID Alternatives, said that the company will continue to work with tribes in applying for the announced DOE grants.

“We haven’t heard anything, and we continue to apply for the DOE grants that are posted and available,” Foley said. “We’ve gotten a fair amount of grants—through the tribes—from the Department of Energy. Most of our work is funded from the federal government. If the Department of Energy grants would stop being available, that would obviously have significant impact for us. That’s a great source of funding. We haven’t heard anything one way or another.”

One of the tribes that has partnered with GRID Alternatives is the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Their particular project installed solar energy in 10 homes, with an estimated 40 percent in electrical cost savings. Ken Haukaas, Rosebud’s tribal utility commissioner, said that area energy providers’ costs since 2009 have elevated by at least six percent, warranting a need for alternative energy development.

Haukaas said that in 2012, a winter storm left one of the communities on Rosebud without power for at least two weeks. “How do we help these people that are out in the middle of nowhere?” Haukaas asked. For him, solar energy combined with a ground-source heat pump is a viable solution for these areas. His future plans with solar energy include writing a grant for a solar panel field that would power an 80-home tribal housing community on the Rosebud Reservation.

A recent report from the Solar Energy Industries Association states that solar energy accounted for 39 percent of all new electric generating capacities in the U.S. between the first and third quarters of 2016, second only to natural gas. The report also stated that solar installations were up 191 percent over the third-quarter in 2015.

https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/ne...t-solar-energy/

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#1494059 --- 01/12/17 10:49 AM Re: Still More Tribal News [Re: Teonan]
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Trump’s Education Pick of Betsy DeVos Could Fail Native Kids
School choice activist hijacked Detroit’s schools


Tanya H. Lee
January 5, 2017

President-elect Donald J. Trump’s pick of billionaire school choice advocate Betsy DeVos to head up the U.S. Department of Education is bad for Indian country, say some educators.

Dr. Tommy Lewis, superintendent of schools for the Navajo Nation Department of Diné Education, says, “She is not coming from the education arena; she has never been a teacher, principal, superintendent, college professor or university administrator. [The position] deserves someone who understands how schools operate. Can she really be the national education leader we need?”

Dr. Dean Chavers’ answer is an emphatic no. “I think she is a foe of education. She is a right-winger who hates the Department of Education and has said so. She’s in favor of charter schools and a voucher system, all of which is anathema to public education.” Chavers, Lumbee, is director of Catching the Dream, a Native American education and scholarship organization.

The Education Department’s programs and initiatives affect the 50 million elementary and secondary students who attend the nation’s 98,000 public and 32,000 private schools. The vast majority of American Indian and Alaska Native students go to public school.

School Choice Zealot

Betsy DeVos and her husband, Dick DeVos, backed Michigan’s successful charter school law in 1993, and in 2000, they spent millions to push an amendment that would have changed Michigan’s constitution to require the state to pay for tuition vouchers for students in failing districts. Forbes rates Richard DeVos, Betsy’s father-in-law, as 88th on its Forbes 400 list and estimates the family wealth at $5.1 billion.

After the amendment failed to pass, the DeVoses founded the Great Lakes Education Project, a political action committee that promotes their educational goals. Betsy DeVos sat on the board until she resigned after receiving this appointment by Trump. In 2006, the DeVoses started the All Children Matter political action committee, which supports pro-school voucher candidates. Betsy DeVos and her husband were later instrumental in setting up Detroit’s charter school system.

So what effect did the DeVos education campaign have in Michigan?

Read on: https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/ed...il-native-kids/
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#1494149 --- 01/14/17 11:35 AM Re: Still More Tribal News [Re: Teonan]
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Right ON brother...

John Densmore to Barack Obama: Apologize to Native Americans

In an op-ed, the Doors drummer salutes Standing Rock protesters and advocates for the pardon of activist Leonard Peltier

The Doors' John Densmore calls on Barack Obama to apologize to Native Americans for centuries of injustice and pardon activist Leonard Peltier in a passionate new op-ed for Rolling Stone.

The drummer's piece arrives in the aftermath of the Standing Rock Sioux's successful protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline, an environmental win and victory for the rights of indigenous peoples in the United States. For Densmore, however, the looming presidency of Donald Trump threatens both, and he calls on Obama to take a stand like the 4,000 veterans who joined the protest at Standing Rock and apologized to the Indian Elders.

Densmore has long advocated on behalf of Native Americans and even immersed himself in their music (he joined the group Burning Sky on their 2002 record, Spirits In the Wind). As he notes in his piece, he also previously lobbied Bill Clinton on behalf of Peltier, the 72-year-old activist who has spent 40 years in prison for for allegedly killing two FBI agents during the shootout at Pine Ridge in 1975.

While Clinton did not pardon or commute Peltier's sentence, Densmore implores Obama to do so now, not just for humanitarian reasons, "but also as a way of acknowledging the injustice suffered by Native Americans." He adds later: "It's hard to make improvements in race relations, which have flared up recently, because our nation's foundation is built on racism. We must admit that."

Read on: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/new...ericans-w460235
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#1494184 --- 01/16/17 12:04 PM Re: Still More Tribal News [Re: Rich_Tallcot]
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'Shocking': North Dakota Republicans Want to Legalize Running Over Protesters
Bill introduced last week would protect any driver who 'unintentionally causes injury or death to an individual obstructing vehicular traffic'


Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

January 16, 2017

"It's shocking to see legislation that allows for people to literally be killed for exercising their right to protest in a public space," said Indigenous water protector and attorney Tara Houska. (Photo: Morton County)

Running over protesters may soon be legal in North Dakota, if conservative lawmakers are successful in advancing legislation introduced last week.

House Bill Number 1203 (pdf) states that, "Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a driver of a motor vehicle who unintentionally causes injury or death to an individual obstructing vehicular traffic on a public road, street, or highway, is not guilty of an offense."

The bill is slated to be heard by the North Dakota's House Transportation Committee on Friday.

Rep. Keith Kempenich (R-Bowman), one of the bill's co-sponsors, told the Bismarck Tribune on Wednesday, "[The roads are] not there for the protesters. They're intentionally putting themselves in danger."

"It's shifting the burden of proof from the motor vehicle driver to the pedestrian," Kempenich said.

Tara Houska, an Indigenous water protector and attorney who has resided at the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) resistance camps since August, told NBC News that the bill was "a direct violation of our First Amendment rights."

"It's shocking to see legislation that allows for people to literally be killed for exercising their right to protest in a public space," said Houska, who also serves as the national campaigns director for Honor the Earth, an Indigenous-focused environmental nonprofit.

Water protectors at times blocked roads leading to DAPL construction sites as part of the resistance to the pipeline. Blocking traffic is also an occasional tactic of various environmental and human rights movements.

Houska also criticized another bill in the legislative lineup that would require North Dakota's attorney general to sue the federal government to recoup some of the cost of policing the months-long DAPL protests.

"These [bills] are meant to criminalize the protests with no real concern for constitutional law," she said.

Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II added, "The state claims they want to work closely with the tribe on repairing our relationship with them. Clearly that is not happening when legislation that impacts us is being drafted without consultation, consent, or even basic communication."

Allison Renville, an activist from the Lakota nation, saw the bills as an insult to sovereign Native American communities, and expressed concern about the recent naming of Republican Sen. John Hoeven, a supporter of the DAPL pipeline and fossil fuel industry, as chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

"This is a really scary time for Indian Country," Renville told NBC News. "To have such an avid supporter of the oil industry who has consistently stated his support for extractive industry projects on Native lands named to the position as chairman is akin to stepping on our sovereignty."

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/01...over-protesters
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#1494233 --- 01/17/17 05:59 PM Re: Still More Tribal News [Re: Rich_Tallcot]
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My Journey at Standing Rock by Cody Looking Horse

By Cody Looking Horse
Cannonball River, North Dakota (NFIC)

1 January 2017

Cody Looking horse, is Haudenosaunee and Lakota, Sioux. He resides on the Six Nations of the Grand River. An accomplished Rider, he joined the Dakota 38 + 2 from December 15th - December 26, in 2008 to retrace the footsteps of ancestor’s to honour them. President Lincoln hung 38 Chiefs on Christmas day, the largest mass hanging in US history. He hasn’t been home for Christmas in 8 years, instead rides in frigid weather across the open plains with his Father. He is currently a representative of Standing Rock Youth Council.

Read on: https://www.indiancountrynews.com/index....y-looking-horse
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#1494303 --- 01/19/17 02:02 PM Re: Still More Tribal News [Re: Rich_Tallcot]
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Despite intense national/international support, and that of a former lead prosecutor in Peltier's case, with a retired F.B.I agent, each urging President Obama's commutation of Leonard's sentence, he will remain one of America's longest held political prisoners.

Leonard Peltier Denied Clemency in Obama’s Last Days

ICMN Staff

January 19, 2017

President Barack Obama is finishing up his last days in office by issuing commutations of prison sentences for hundreds of people serving time, but Leonard Peltier will not be one of them. In the past few weeks, a coordinated effort by Peltier defense team and activists saw letters from Pope Francis and Peltier’s former prosecutor James Reynolds calling for clemency, which raised hopes that his name would make Obama’s list. During an exclusive jailhouse interview with reporter Kevin McKiernan held recently, the political prisoner said that if released, “I’d be there for my people again.”

However, Peltier won’t get to fulfill that promise to his people, as the Office of the Pardon Attorney through the Department of Justice sent his long-time attorney Marin Garbus the following letter posted at whoisleonardpeltier.info:

Dear Mr. Martin Garbus:

The application for commutation of sentence of your client, Mr. Leonard Peltier, was carefully considered in this Department and the White House, and the decision was reached that favorable action is not warranted. Your client’s application was therefore denied by the President on January 18, 2017. Please advise your client accordingly.

Under the Constitution, there is no appeal from this decision. As a matter of well-established policy, we do not disclose the reasons for the decision in a clemency matter. In addition, deliberative communications pertaining to agency and presidential decision-making are confidential and not available under existing case law interpreting the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act. Your client will become eligible to reapply for commutation one year from the date on which the President denied the current application.

Sincerely,

Office of the Pardon Attorney

Upon hearing the news, Leonard Peltier shared a message with his family, friends and supporters:

“If I should not [receive clemency] then after we are locked in for the day I will have a good cry and then pick myself up and get myself ready for another round of battles until I cannot fight [any]more. So, don’t worry. I can handle anything after over 40 years.”

Those interested in writing Peltier and staying the course in his fight are encouraged to do so. Letters can be sent to:

Leonard Peltier #89637-132
USP Coleman I
PO Box 1033
Coleman, FL 33521
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#1494684 --- 01/24/17 02:24 PM Re: Still More Tribal News [Re: Formermac]
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The executive orders are coming, which means the fight keeps going. #NoDAPL
— Sara M. Hefny (@saramhefny) January 24, 2017



The Indigenous Environmental Network Responds to Executive Orders for Approving KXL & DAPL

Washington D.C. - At approximately 11am EST, President Trump signed five executive actions, two of which will advance construction of the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. The other three memorandums will serve to expedite environmental reviews for high priority projects.

The following is a statement from Tom BK Goldtooth, the Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network:


“The Indigenous Environmental Network is extremely alarmed with President Donald Trump’s announcement of the two Executive Orders setting the stage for approving the dirty energy pipeline projects of the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline and the Dakota Access Pipeline.

“The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other Sioux Tribes, as sovereign Native nations, were never consulted by Trump or his Administration on this decision that further violates the treaty rights of the Lakota, Nakota, Dakota people. Trump is portraying his true self by joining forces with the darkness of the Black Snake pipelines crossing across the culturally and environmentally rich landscape of the prairie lands of America.

“These actions by President Trump are insane and extreme, and nothing short of attacks on our ancestral homelands as Indigenous peoples. The actions by the president today demonstrate that this Administration is more than willing to violate federal law that is meant to protect Indigenous rights, human rights, the environment and the overall safety of communities for the benefit of the fossil fuel industry.

“These attacks will not be ignored, our resistance is stronger now than ever before and we are prepared to push back at any reckless decision made by this Administration. If Trump does not pull back from implementing these orders, it will only result in more massive mobilization and civil disobedience on a scale never seen of a newly seated President of the United States.”


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Note to Press: Indigenous Environmental Network spokespeople are available for interviews in-person or by phone from Standing Rock, Washington, DC, and Chicago. To schedule, please contact Diane May at 317-292-2922, diane@megaphonestrategies.com.
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#1494685 --- 01/24/17 02:50 PM Re: Still More Tribal News [Re: Teonan]
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Having worked along side and with pipe liners during my career, Shawn Spicer continues with the false narrative that these pipelines will create thousands of jobs. A lion share of the jobs are skilled laborers such a heavy equipment operators, welders and associates, X Ray technicians and cathodic engineers ( part of my expertise) As in most construction jobs , most of these position are already in place and need only a ROW cleanup crew (raking and grass planting) lastly, pipelines have the propensity to build infrastructure but are lazy and cheap in maintaining said infrastructure, thus the reason pipelines leak, rupture and explode
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#1494836 --- 01/28/17 06:54 AM Re: Still More Tribal News [Re: Formermac]
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Standing Rock Chairman Archambault Sends Strong Letter to Trump
David Archambault II schools President Donald Trump on the legalities of a DAPL Environmental Impact Statement


David Archambault II

January 27, 2017

Editor’s note: Reaction was swift and strong when President Donald Trump signed a series of Presidential Memoranda and Executive Orders designed to move the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) forward and revive the Keystone XL pipeline. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe responded immediately, and on January 25 Standing Rock Chairman Archambault wrote a letter to Trump explaining the legal constraints, the support that the Environmental Impact Statement and the tribe have, and the need for a leader-to-leader meeting. The full text is below.

Dear President Trump:

Congratulations on your inauguration. As the Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, I last wrote to you on December 21 to request an opportunity to meet with you regarding the Dakota Access pipeline. Unfortunately, this did not happen. Then this past Tuesday, January 23, you issued an executive memorandum that will have direct impacts on the lives of my tribal citizens, without any consultation whatsoever.

During your transition period, officials from your team met with tribal leaders from around the country, including some of my own tribal council. We were assured that the Trump administration was looking forward to working with Indian Country. Unfortunately, I think we may have gotten off on the wrong foot. In order to work together, we must be at the same table and hear both sides of the story.

Let me reiterate: dozens of communities around the globe have acted to support Standing Rock. Several hundred tribal nations have stood by us. There has been a tremendous outpouring of people, farmers and ranchers, people in small towns and big cities, all supporting our efforts. This is not only a Native American movement, it is a movement of the working class and rural whose voices are often quieted at the expense of more powerful neighbors. Millions stand by us, and will continue to do so as we receive executive indication that infrastructure projects will be driven by corporate desire rather than American values.

Your Memorandum of January 24 instructs the Secretary of the Army to direct the Assistant Secretary for Civil Works and the US Army Corps of Engineers to review and expedite “requests for approvals to construct and operate the DAPL,” including easements. It also directs them to consider rescinding or modifying the Memo of December 4, which calls for an Environmental Impact Statement and consideration of a reroute. There is more, but perhaps most astonishingly it calls for consideration of withdrawal of the Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS.

President Trump, the EIS is already underway. The comment period does not close until February 20, and the Department of the Army has already received tens of thousands of comments. This change in course is arbitrary and without justification; the law requires that changes in agency positions be backed by new circumstances or new evidence, not simply by the President’s whim. It makes it even more difficult when one considers the close personal ties you and your associates have had with Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco.

Your memorandum issues these directives with the condition that these actions are carried out “to the extent permitted by law.” I would like to point out that the law now requires an Environmental Impact Statement. The USACE now lacks statutory authority to issue the easement because it has committed to the EIS process. Federal law, including the requirement of reasonable agency decision making, prevents that.

As we have stated previously, we are not opposed to energy independence, national security, job creation, or economic development. The problem with the Dakota Access pipeline is not that it involves development, but rather that it was deliberately and precariously placed without proper consultation with tribal governments. This memo takes further action to disregard tribal interests, and the impacts of yesterday’s memorandums are not limited to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. This disregard for tribal diplomatic relations and the potential for national repercussions is utterly alarming.

I ask again that you take the time to meet with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. I have previously met with those who have worked in opposition to our interests and know from experience that there is much to be shared that would likely affect your decision making. But we must have the opportunity to speak, leader to leader.

Sincerely,

David Archambault, II

https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/news/politics/standing-rock-chairman-archambault-letter-trump/
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#1495234 --- 02/10/17 04:28 PM Re: Still More Tribal News [Re: Rich_Tallcot]
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News From Indian Country
Feb. 10, 2017

This weekend's stories: U.S. Senate committee advances bill for Little Shell federal recognition; Federal judge sides with Hoopa Valley Tribe in fight to protect salmon; Upcoming film festival announces it’s name; Shakopee donate to Reclaiming Native Truth project; Lawney Reyes releases new book – “The Last Fish War: Survival on the Rivers.”

Native News Update with anchor Kimberlie Acosta from the studios of IndianCountryTV.com.

Watch on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmT5WGFCj1g#action=share
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#1495287 --- 02/12/17 11:47 AM Re: Still More Tribal News [Re: Teonan]
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Originally Posted By: Teonan
The past year saw a large commitment from the Department of Energy to support clean energy, with at least $9 million in grants given to 16 different tribal projects.


and what 'treaty' was this a part of?
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#1495288 --- 02/12/17 12:01 PM Re: Still More Tribal News [Re: Teonan]
bluezone Offline
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Originally Posted By: Teonan

"It's shocking to see legislation that allows for people to literally be killed for exercising their right to protest in a public space," said Indigenous water protector and attorney Tara Houska.


stay out of the road

Originally Posted By: Teonan

Running over protesters may soon be legal in North Dakota,


stay out of the road

Originally Posted By: Teonan

House Bill Number 1203 (pdf) states that, "Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a driver of a motor vehicle who unintentionally causes injury or death to an individual obstructing vehicular traffic on a public road, street, or highway, is not guilty of an offense."


STAY OUT OF THE ROAD

common sense....
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#1495293 --- 02/12/17 12:46 PM Re: Still More Tribal News [Re: bluezone]
Teonan Offline
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Yeah. We get it Bz. You're cool with the obvious selective undermining of Free Speech.


BTW. Congrats of your recent release from house arrest.

Hot tip...


Originally Posted By: bluezone


STAY OUT OF THE ROAD TROUBLE.

common sense....


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#1495294 --- 02/12/17 12:48 PM Re: Still More Tribal News [Re: Teonan]
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Originally Posted By: Teonan

Standing Rock Chairman Archambault Sends Strong Letter to Trump
David Archambault II schools President Donald Trump on the legalities of a DAPL Environmental Impact Statement


David Archambault II

January 27, 2017

Editor’s note: Reaction was swift and strong when President Donald Trump signed a series of Presidential Memoranda and Executive Orders designed to move the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) forward and revive the Keystone XL pipeline. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe responded immediately, and on January 25 Standing Rock Chairman Archambault wrote a letter to Trump explaining the legal constraints, the support that the Environmental Impact Statement and the tribe have, and the need for a leader-to-leader meeting. The full text is below.

Dear President Trump:

Congratulations on your inauguration. As the Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, I last wrote to you on December 21 to request an opportunity to meet with you regarding the Dakota Access pipeline. Unfortunately, this did not happen. Then this past Tuesday, January 23, you issued an executive memorandum that will have direct impacts on the lives of my tribal citizens, without any consultation whatsoever.

During your transition period, officials from your team met with tribal leaders from around the country, including some of my own tribal council. We were assured that the Trump administration was looking forward to working with Indian Country. Unfortunately, I think we may have gotten off on the wrong foot. In order to work together, we must be at the same table and hear both sides of the story.

Let me reiterate: dozens of communities around the globe have acted to support Standing Rock. Several hundred tribal nations have stood by us. There has been a tremendous outpouring of people, farmers and ranchers, people in small towns and big cities, all supporting our efforts. This is not only a Native American movement, it is a movement of the working class and rural whose voices are often quieted at the expense of more powerful neighbors. Millions stand by us, and will continue to do so as we receive executive indication that infrastructure projects will be driven by corporate desire rather than American values.

Your Memorandum of January 24 instructs the Secretary of the Army to direct the Assistant Secretary for Civil Works and the US Army Corps of Engineers to review and expedite “requests for approvals to construct and operate the DAPL,” including easements. It also directs them to consider rescinding or modifying the Memo of December 4, which calls for an Environmental Impact Statement and consideration of a reroute. There is more, but perhaps most astonishingly it calls for consideration of withdrawal of the Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS.

President Trump, the EIS is already underway. The comment period does not close until February 20, and the Department of the Army has already received tens of thousands of comments. This change in course is arbitrary and without justification; the law requires that changes in agency positions be backed by new circumstances or new evidence, not simply by the President’s whim. It makes it even more difficult when one considers the close personal ties you and your associates have had with Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco.

Your memorandum issues these directives with the condition that these actions are carried out “to the extent permitted by law.” I would like to point out that the law now requires an Environmental Impact Statement. The USACE now lacks statutory authority to issue the easement because it has committed to the EIS process. Federal law, including the requirement of reasonable agency decision making, prevents that.

As we have stated previously, we are not opposed to energy independence, national security, job creation, or economic development. The problem with the Dakota Access pipeline is not that it involves development, but rather that it was deliberately and precariously placed without proper consultation with tribal governments. This memo takes further action to disregard tribal interests, and the impacts of yesterday’s memorandums are not limited to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. This disregard for tribal diplomatic relations and the potential for national repercussions is utterly alarming.

I ask again that you take the time to meet with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. I have previously met with those who have worked in opposition to our interests and know from experience that there is much to be shared that would likely affect your decision making. But we must have the opportunity to speak, leader to leader.

Sincerely,

David Archambault, II

https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/news/politics/standing-rock-chairman-archambault-letter-trump/


This is just a cash grab. If the feds and the oil companies give the Chiefs enough money and maybe a "Geronimo Cadillac" they'll roll out the welcome mat. All they care about is lining their own pockets.

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#1495296 --- 02/12/17 01:28 PM Re: Still More Tribal News [Re: BigRed]
Teonan Offline
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Arming one's opinion with more prejudicial ignorance than knowledge of the subject - never a bright idea BigRed.
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