Standing Rock, the Bundys, Leonard Peltier and the Search for Justice

There comes a time when history begins to repeat itself. The Indigenous occupation around the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation is such a time. While there are many differences between the occupation of Wounded Knee in the early 1970s and the Sacred Stone encampment, there are many common threads. Both occupations involved the theft of… Read more »

The Atlantic: The Battle at Standing Rock

Members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their allies have been protesting the 1,100-mile Dakota Access Pipeline for months. The pipeline could both threaten their water source and destroy sacred sites. “Whenever there’s a resource that needs to be exploited, our lands just kept getting taken,” says one member of the tribe in this… Read more »

U.N. experts call for halt in Dakota Access pipeline, blast “excessive force” against protesters

United Nations experts have called for a halt in construction of the Dakota Access pipeline, arguing it could threaten the health and well-being of Native Americans. The U.N. experts also condemned local authorities’ violent crackdown on pipeline protesters, accusing them of using unjustified and excessive force in their “increasingly militarized response.” Maina Kiai, the U.N.… Read more »

Amid Reports of Lake Oahe Drill in Place, Energy Transfer Files Suit Against Army Corps

On Monday, November 14—the same day the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced it would not grant an easement to drill under the Missouri River pending further analysis—Energy Transfer Partners filed a lawsuit to push for completion of the pipeline without further interference from federal agencies and regulations. Energy Transfer Partners, the company that… Read more »

Indian Country Today Media Network: Water protector legal challenges

by Steffani Cochran I recently returned from spending time at Standing Rock as a legal observer. The experience was nothing like I anticipated and yet one of the most important experiences of my life. I woke each morning and went to sleep each night to prayers, songs, stories and drumming. But my day also began… Read more »