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Sunday, 18 September


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Issues Special Use Permit to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe - Native News Online "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Issues Special Use Permit to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe - Native News Online: “Thousands of people have peacefully gathered in prayer and solidarity against the Dakota Access Pipeline,” said Dave Archambault II, Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. “We appreciate the cooperation of the Corps in protecting the First Amendment rights of all water protectors.”

The Tribe’s Special Use Permit application requested use of lands to the north and south of the mouth of the Cannonball River; however, because the northern property is subject to an existing grazing lease, this portion of the application is not being acted on at this time.

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Saturday, 17 September


Breaking: Dakota Access Lake Oahe Work Stopped Pending Standing Rock Sioux Appeal "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"


Hundreds of people have gathered to join the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s protest of the Dakota Access pipeline. This photo shows the encampment near Cannon Ball, N.D., on Sept. 4. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

by Indian Country Today,  September 17, 2016

A U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. has ordered the company building the Dakota Access oil pipeline to stop construction for 20 miles on both sides of the Missouri River at Lake Oahe while the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s appeal of its denied motion to do so is considered.

“ORDERED that Dakota Access LLC be enjoined pending further order of the court from construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline for 20 miles on both sides of the Missouri River at Lake Oahe,” a three-judge panel wrote in its decision, handed down late on Friday September 16. “The purpose of this administrative injunction is to give the court sufficient opportunity to consider the emergency motion for injunction pending appeal and should not be construed in any way as a ruling on the merits of that motion.”

This solidifies a request by the federal government on September 9 for Energy Transfer Partners to cease construction along the same swathe, w...


Not recommended: GHOSTS by Raina Telgemeier "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

On Monday, September 19th, Raina Telgemeier will launch her new book, Ghosts, in Minneapolis. She's a much acclaimed writer with several best selling books. 

Anytime I see a book that has something to do with ghosts, I wonder if the author is going to be contributing to the too-high-pile of problematic books with characters who are haunted or inspired by the ghost of a Native character. One example (there are many) is Susan Cooper's Ghost Hawk. 

I think Telgemeier's Ghosts is one of those problematic books, but I don't think that Telgemeier is aware that she's doing that same thing. The story she tells, and the reviews of her story, demonstrate (yet again) an ignorance of history. I imagine some people defending the book by saying its audience isn't old enough for the complexity of that history, but that holds true only for a selected (possibly white) audience. Native children, and children of color, know far more history than one might expect, because history informs and shapes our daily lives, today. History, of course, informs the daily lives of White children, too, but in a way that means they're ignorant--and are taught ignorance--until they're deemed "ready" for that dark history. 


Judge Dissolves Restraining Order Against Standing Rock Sioux Leaders Over DAPL "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

A temporary restraining order against Standing Rock Sioux Chairman David Archambault II and other tribal leaders was dissolved on Friday September 16 after a federal judge in Bi...


Manning: Standing Rock Camp Undaunted, Committed, Peaceful "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Despite the heightening tension between demonstrators in the camps at Standing Rock and Dakota Access L.L.C., water protectors in the camps remain undaunted, committed to prayer...

Friday, 16 September


‘We Are Power’: Native Filmmakers Invoke John Trudell’s Words in Stirring DAPL Video "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

The words of John Trudell, who walked on late last year, ring out in this video by filmmakers Heather Rae, Cody Lucich and Ben Dupris, who recently spent time with the water pro...


“Native 9/11” – Inquiry demanded into siege at Gustafsen Lake "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"


Flora Samson, Ts’peten Defender, with granddaughter Kanahus. Photo: Vancouver Media Coop.

21 years later, Canada evades the legal, jurisdictional issues they tried to kill along with Secwepemc leaders.

by Kerry Coast, Vancouver Media Coop, September 15, 2016

Over a hundred people gathered during the afternoon of September 11, 2016, to remember what happened at Ts’peten (“Gustafsen Lake”) on that date in 1995. On that date, more than a dozen Secwepemc sovereigntists were trapped inside a barricade of 400 Royal Canadian Mounted Police – cut off from roads, radio and satellite phone – at the site of their recent Sundance. A formal inquiry has been demanded ever since.

Last Sunday, there was solidarity with Secwepemc sovereigntists from Flora Banks to Miqmaq to Treaty 8 caravanistas in Quebec. And each of the dozen speakers at the event had been profoundly impacted by the stand-off at Gustafsen Lake.

“For guys like Wolverine, who set the stage for resistance; what he did was so significant for me that I went home and carried on the resistance. I was a student during the standoff in 1995, but Wolverine was my hero. I had the honour of meeting him two years ago. We took on the second biggest corporation in the world: Imperial Dutch Shell. We took them on, and we saved the Skeena, the Nass and the Stikine Rivers in our territory.” – Hotseta, Tahltan.



Dakota Access Updates: Judge drops injunction against tribal leaders, County files more charges against protesters "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

dakota-access-pipeline-defend-sacredBismarck Tribune, September 16, 2016

NEAR THE STANDING ROCK SIOUX RESERVATION, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on the legal fight over the Dakota Access pipeline (all times local):

12:55 p.m.

A federal judge in Bismarck has dropped a temporary restraining order against Standing Rock Sioux tribal leaders who were sued by the company developing the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline.

Dakota Access LLC filed the complaint last month against Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman David Archambault II and others from interfering with pipeline construction north of the Standing Rock reservation.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland ruled Friday that a previous restraining order was “simply an ‘obey-the-law’ injunction” and he expects the tribal leaders to protest lawfully.

Hovland noted that many of the “troublesome” protesters are “from out-of-state who have political interests in the pipeline protest and hidden agendas vastly different and far removed from the legitimate interests” of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which argues the pipeline could taint water sources and is decimating sacred sites.


1:30 a.m.



2016 Suppressed News -- #NoDAPL / September 10, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

2016 Suppressed News

September 10, 2016

     Standing Rock , North Dakota: (see previous). According to an AP News Alert
at 2:45PM, the Standing Rock Sioux's attempt to stop the Dakota Access
pipeline was denied. The Judge's reason: the tribe failed to show how
stopping the pipeline would protect sites sacred to the Native people.
Judge James Boasberg's 58 page Memorandum on the case concludes
that the "Tribe has not demonstrated that an injunction is warranted
here." This allows the 3.8 billion dollar pipeline to proceed. The Memorandum Opinion
shows some awareness of Native customs and beliefs but reads as a
justification of Dakota Access and Army Corps of Engineers practices. Counterpunch
points out that Judge Boasberg's salary is $203,100 for 2016. The
average yearly income of a Standing Rock Sioux Reservation resident is
$4,421 / year. Unsurprised by the verdict, the Federal Government
intervened immediately to stop construction of the pipeline locally,
temporarily. In a joint statement three Federal agencies (Department of
Justice, the Army Corps of Engineers, Department of the Interior) say
no construction by Dakota Access on land adjacent to the Standing Rock
Reservation or under the large reservoir Lake Oahe (the Army Corps of
Engineers formed this lake in 1958, damming the Cannonball River and
destroying substantial Native Heritage). The permit process is to be
re-examined. President Obama stresses the importance of approval by the
Native leaders. Meanwhile protests in support of the Standing Rock
Sioux occurred across North America....


Cops and cameras: What are your rights? "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"


Brad Firth, better known as ‘Caribou Legs,’ is running across Canada to raise awareness for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. An altercation with a police officer outside of Montreal has prompted discussion online after the police officer covered Firth’s camera. (supplied/Caribou Legs)

‘Caribou Legs’ was stopped from filming an RCMP officer outside Montreal

By Mark Rendell, CBC News, September 16, 2016

Two incidents in the past week involving cops, cameras and Northerners have raised the question: when are people allowed to film police at work? 

Inuvik’s Brad Firth, known as Caribou Legs, was around 10 kilometres outside of Montreal when a police officer stopped him on the side of the highway. A video, posted on Facebook by the marathoner — who’s running across the country to raise awareness around the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women — shows a Sûreté du Québec officer approaching him on the side of the highway, asking a series of questions. After a brief interaction, the officer reaches towards the camera and blocks the lens. The video cuts out.

“He actually threw it to the ground after he took possession of it,” alleges Firth.

“Thankfully that is when the other police officer showed up, and that police officer took control of the situation, because he saw how his partner was being way too aggressive in handling that situation.”

Firth says he’s filmed interactions with five other pol...


Women, men rally against Alexander First Nation chief "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"


Janet Campbell helped organise the rally. (Peter Evans)

Chief Kurt Burnstick, who is charged with sexual assault, adamant he won’t resign

By Andrea Huncar, CBC News, September 15, 2016

Women, men, elders and youth marched through the Alexander First Nation Thursday calling for the resignation of Chief Kurt Burnstick, who is charged with sexually assaulting two women in the community.

“Hey, hey, ho, ho, Chief Burnstick has to go,” chanted dozens of protesters, most wearing red in acknowledgement of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

Some had red hands painted over their mouths while many carried signs with slogans such as “Our bodies are not public property.”

“We are asking Kurt Burnstick to resign as chief,” said Janet Campbell, spokesperson for the Alexander Women Warriors, the group that organized the rally in the community northwest of Edmonton.

“Our community has suffered a lot of abuse and we’re at the point now where we can stand up, where we have a voice, and we’re saying, ‘No more’.”

In March of this year, police charged Burnstick with one count of sexual assault for an alleged incident in October 2015. Earlier this month, CBC News learned Burnstick faced two new sexual assault charges after another woman in the community came forward over alleged attacks in 1985.



FBI Investigating Threats Over North Dakota Pipeline | "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

FBI Investigating Threats Over North Dakota Pipeline | The group, “Anonymous Agents” have also made threats against pipeline and construction workers, as well as the executives of Energy Transfer Partners. Speaking with KFGO radio, FBI Special Agent Kyle Loven said that the agency is working with local law enforcement on the issue, adding that law enforcement does not want the situation to “become any more volatile than it already is.”

North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp has asked that the Department of Justice to investigate the source and credibility of the threats.

In the meantime, lawmakers and the oil industry are ramping up calls for the Obama Administration to stand down, after it temporarily suspended construction of the pipeline. The move by the President came last Friday, after U.S. District Judge James Boasberg ruled against the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, which has opposed the pipeline for two years.


Strikes on ISIS group in Syria may have hit civilians: Pentagon, Middle East News & Top Stories - The Straits Times "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Strikes on ISIS group in Syria may have hit civilians: Pentagon, Middle East News & Top Stories - The Straits Times: But Centcom said that in the Sept 10 raid "near Ar Raqqah, Syria, a strike against an ISIL target may have resulted in the death of civilians near where the strike occurred", employing a alternate term used to refer to the group.

On Sept 7, a raid near Syria's Dayz Az Zawr on ISIS targeted a non-military vehicle that drove into the target area after the weapon was released from the aircraft.

And Sept 12, a bombing near Ash Shaddadah, Syria, during a strike against an ISIS target, another apparently non-military vehicle drove into the target area after the weapon was released from the aircraft, Centcom added.


Big Government Gone Wild—How the BIA Helps Corporations Plunder Native Land "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

An investigative article by Stephanie Woodard, just published in In These Times magazine, looks into years...

How Did I Miss That? Trump Hair Explained; Russophobia "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Stephen King tweeted an explanation for Donald Trump’s famous hair....

19:49 -- New U.S.-Israel military aid deal gives license to Israeli impunity "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

New U.S.-Israel military aid deal gives license to Israeli impunity:

Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director, Jewish Voice for Peace: 

“Just a few months after Palestinians in the occupied territories began their 50th year living under repressive Israeli military rule, the United States is once again committing to a decade of increased military aid to Israel, despite that country’s deplorable human rights record. The main beneficiaries of this unprecedented amount of aid will be not just the Israeli military, but also the U.S. arms industry.”

“At a time when the U.S. claims to oppose the expansion of Israeli settlements built illegally on occupied Palestinian land, increasing the military aid package is rewarding destructive Israeli behavior that violates longstanding official U.S. policy and international law. As a result, the US is effectively underwriting Israel’s occupation and apartheid policies towards the Palestinians.”



South Africa: Outrage over 36 psychiatric patients’ deaths | Newstime Africa "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

South Africa: Outrage over 36 psychiatric patients’ deaths | Newstime Africa: Democratic Alliance (DA) member of the provincial legislature, Jack Bloom told Anadolu Agency he found out about the deaths on Monday after questioning the provincial heath minister about the transfers.

“There are so many deaths,” he told Anadolu Agency Thursday. “There is need for a proper investigation and accountability.”

He said the patients were transferred from Life Healthcare Esidimeni facility to 122 NGO centers between May and June this year.

Provincial Health Minister Qedani Mahlangu announced last October the discontinuation of the contract with the Life Healthcare Esidimeni facility, which looked after 2,000 patients, because it was too costly.


I CARE - - Austrian Far-right leader admits his refugee island plan 'went too far' "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

I CARE - - News - Internet Centre Anti Racism Europe: 11/9/2016- The far-right candidate in Austria's presidential election has backtracked on a plan to confine asylum seekers to islands. Norbert Hofer told a German magazine he had changed his mind about the proposal made by Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz to send refugees to designated islands off mainland Europe while their asylum applications were processed. Mr Kurz is believed to have copied the plan from Mr Hofer's Freedom Party after seeing how popular the far-right politician had become, but Mr Hofer now says the idea went “too far” and was “excessive, to put it diplomatically”. Mr Kurz responded by framing the issue as a matter of either stopping refugees from leaving islands like Lesbos in Greece, where they often arrive from outside the EU, or letting them travel on into mainland Europe.

A spokesman for the politician told local media: “If you are honest about the issue, then you have to openly address the current situation in Italy. "The migrants come to the hotspots on the islands and from there are carried to the mainland rather than being stopped and transported back." Mr Kurz’s spokesman challenged Mr Hofer to admit his policy reversal actually amounted to "waving on" refugees, into the mainland. Imprisoning refugees on islands is a popular policy among far-right politicians, with Mr Hofer's German and Dutch equivalents sticking by similar proposals. The plans are inspired by Australia, which confines migrants to offshore facilities such as those on Nauru and Papua New Guinea, both independent foreign territories. Human rights groups have criticised the practice as inhumane and a breach of international law. Several detainees in Nauru have attempted suicide by setting themselves on fire.


En fotos: Encuentro del Comité de Palestina del Mnoal | La Radio del Sur "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

En fotos: Encuentro del Comité de Palestina del Mnoal | La Radio del Sur - El encuentro se realizó en las instalaciones del Centro de Convenciones del Hotel Venetur, ubicado en la ciudad de Porlamar, donde se realiza desde el pasado martes 13 la XVII Cumbre del Mnoal.

Desde este jueves 15 y hasta este viernes 16, los ministros para Relaciones Exteriores del Mnoal discutirán un documento de 907 párrafos elaborado por funcionarios de alto nivel de los países miembros, que destaca temas como la defensa de paz, soberanía y solidaridad para el desarrollo.


Victory! Canadian oil company pulls out of Matsés territory "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

"The Matsés have strongly opposed any oil exploration on their land"
© Survival International

A Canadian oil company has pulled out of the territory of an Amazon tribe in Peru. In July 2016, Pacific E&P cancelled its contract to explore for oil, in the face of stiff opposition from the Matsés Indians.

The Matsés’ resistance has prevented the oil company from starting its first phase of oil exploration.

Oil exploration is devastating for tribal peoples. The process uses thousands of underground explosions along hundreds of tracks cut into the forest to determine the location of oil deposits.

The explosions scare away animals, leaving little food to hunt, and the whole process causes enormous disruption.

A Matsés woman said, “Oil will destroy the place where our rivers are born. What will happen to the fish? What will the animals drink?’

The Indians are now campaigning for the oil concession to be cancelled, and to stop the Peruvian authorities awarding a new contract to a different oil company.

Pacific E&P still plans to press ahead with exploration nearby in an area where uncontacted Matsés Indians are known to live.

All uncontacted tribal peoples face catastrophe unless their land is protected. Whole populations are being wiped out by genocidal violence from outsiders who steal thei...

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