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 »

White House stays quiet after police confrontation at Standing Rock

By Katie Herzog Police in North Dakota turned tear gas, rubber bullets, and water cannons on 400 Standing Rock protesters Sunday night as temperatures dipped into the mid-20s. At least 167 protesters were injured and seven were taken to the hospital. Activists at Standing Rock and beyond are wondering why President Obama has yet to… Read more »

Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman calls on President Obama to stop pipeline and violence

Doctors struggling to save water protector’s arm Cannon Ball, N.D. — The following statement from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Chairman, Dave Archambault II, can be quoted in part or in full. “Our deepest gratitude, thoughts and prayers are with water protector Sophia Wilansky and her family right now. She sustained severe injuries to her… Read more »