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 »

Tribe Leader Calls On Obama to Halt Pipeline After Violent Clash

The leader of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe called on President Barack Obama to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline today, after a clash last night that protest organizers say left 17 people hospitalized and scores more injured after law enforcement unleashed water, rubber bullets and tear gas on demonstrators in below-freezing temperatures near Cannon Ball,… Read more »

Washington tribes demand that Obama stop, reroute Dakota Access Pipeline

By Lynda V. Mapes Seattle Times environment reporter After police used water cannons and tear gas on protesters in North Dakota, more than two dozen Washington tribes have written President Obama, urging that he stop construction and reroute the Dakota Access Pipeline. Twenty-eight tribal leaders in Washington state have written President Obama insisting he stop… Read more »

Press Release: Tribes call on President Obama to deny easement, investigate pipeline safety and protect tribal sovereignty

Under the cover of darkness, ETP and North Dakota try to hide law enforcement abuses CANNON BALL, N.D. — Under the cover of darkness, North Dakota law enforcement have leveraged tear gas and water cannons to force Native Americans and allied water protectors to submit to unlawful police tactics in the wake of a standing… Read more »

Washington Post: U.N. officials denounce ‘inhuman’ treatment of Native American pipeline protesters

The United Nations’ special rapporteur on the rights of freedom of association and peaceful assembly released a forceful statement Tuesday, calling out U.S. security forces for using violence against protesters peacefully opposing the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota, as well as what he called “the inhuman and degrading conditions” those arrested… Read more »

Rolling Stone: How musicians are joining Standing Rock

In October, Dave Matthews visited the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in rural North Dakota to meet with children and play a concert as part of an Obama-administration program that teams artists with schools in economically deprived areas. When he was assigned to visit the school, he was surprised to find that people on the reservation,… Read more »

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Releases Documentary – Urge Obama to Listen

In the midst of federal government deliberations over the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Standing Rock Sioux tribe has released a short film titled “Mni Wiconi: The Stand at Standing Rock,” a new, eight-minute film exploring the nearly eight-month battle to stop construction of the pipeline on sacred tribal lands. The short documentary can be viewed… Read more »