Heinrich calls on Obama to move Dakota Access Pipeline

On Thanksgiving, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich called on President Barack Obama to reroute the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline and condemned the response by police to protests. Native Americans and others have protested pipeline over recent weeks over a fear that it would imperil the Standing Rock Sioux Nation’s only water source. The pipeline’s path was… Read more »

A Montage of the Faces of Standing Rock Sioux

A video posted by Bardia Zeinali (@bardiazeinali) on Nov 22, 2016 at 3:06pm PST This short video is an antidote to the esoteric conversations surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline. While it’s easy to get mired in energy policy, economics, and land rights, video artist Bardia Zeinali puts faces to members of the Standing Rock Sioux… Read more »

Thanksgiving at Dakota Access Protest: Jane Fonda Serves Dinner to Demonstrators

For many Native Americans pushing to block construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s reservation in North Dakota, Thanksgiving Day serves as a reminder of centuries of broken promises. About 300 people demonstrated against the pipeline in Mandan, North Dakota, on Thursday, according to The Associated Press, capping off… Read more »

Standing Rock offers chance to get Thanksgiving right

In the United States, the federally-recognized holiday of Thanksgiving is typically celebrated by sharing food with friends and family and expressing gratitude for various blessings. The story that Americans are taught in grade school about the origin of the tradition is that in 1621 the pilgrims and Indians set aside their differences to share a… Read more »

Thanksgiving is a story of betrayal, and this year America’s betrayed are fighting back [TWEETS]

The US holiday of Thanksgiving is when the descendants of European migrants celebrate the time when their starving pilgrim ancestors were saved by Native Americans. Current Native Americans have a different perspective on the holiday. One of betrayal. Of land grabs and injustices that were inflicted upon them by European settlers. And this year, that… Read more »

Veterans Plan “Deployment” to Join Water Protectors’ Battle Against DAPL

“Let’s stop this savage injustice being committed right here at home. If not us, who? If not now, when?” Over 1,000 U.S. military veterans are planning to “deploy” to join the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and peacefully support the water protectors’ fight against the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. Veterans Stand… Read more »

A Dakota pipeline’s last stand

In the Dakota language, the word “oahe” signifies “a place to stand on.” And that’s what the Standing Rock Sioux and its allies in the environmental and activist movements say they are doing: using Lake Oahe in North Dakota as a place to take a stand by setting up camps and blocking roads in order… Read more »

Standing Rock Special: Dakota Excess Pipeline? Media & Water Protectors Face Strip Searches, Jail

Today we’re revisiting Democracy Now! reports on the ongoing standoff at Standing Rock in North Dakota, where thousands of Native American water defenders are resisting the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline, over concerns a pipeline leak could contaminate the Missouri River, which provides water for millions of people. Their resistance has been met by… Read more »

Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman gives thanks

Cannon Ball, N.D. — The following statement from Standing Rock Sioux Chairman, Dave Archambault II, can be quote in full or in part. “As Lakota, we do our best to follow the teachings found in our language and culture. Wopila is our word for thanks, and it is important to practice gratitude in all our… Read more »