Breaking: $1K Fine Announced for Bringing Food, Supplies to Water Protectors Camp; Matriarchy Rising; and More

From Mears Park rally against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
From Mears Park rally against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Breaking: Reuters is reporting today that North Dakota officials are going to use heavy fines rather than arrests to deter people supplying the Oceti Sakowin Camp, the main camp used by those opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The story was headlined: North Dakota officials hope to quell pipeline protests with fines.

State officials said on Tuesday they would fine anyone bringing prohibited items into the main protest camp following Governor Jack Dalrymple’s “emergency evacuation” order on Monday. Earlier, officials had warned of a physical blockade, but the governor’s office backed away from that. …

Officers will stop vehicles they believe are headed to the camp and inform drivers they are committing an infraction and could be fined $1,000.

The eviction order went into effect immediately upon signing, Nov. 28.

The Governor uses “public safety” to justify the action, but this will do nothing but further endanger the health and well being of those who clearly are committed to staying. The Free Thought Project also reported on the fines, and said it could “only be termed a potential gross violation of human rights.”

More DAPL updates follow.

Matriarchy Rising

Magdelion Moon of the Standing Rock Medics and Healers posted the following on her Facebook Page on Nov. 27. It is reprinted here:

Tonight was the first all women lead action to the front lines. I am honored to stand with my indigenous sisters and elders. We filled the bridge where Sundays atrocities took place. At first we were held back by the men who were afraid to let us go through. But they quickly saw the truth at hand. It was time for the women to lead and them to trust and protect it. DAPL allowed us to walk all the way to the [barricade].

I was one of the few who was honored to be at the front in service with media and in deep prayer. We wept on the ground there, we offered the other side our unconditional love as women. Masses of women sat behind this in complete Silence with the men standing behind. The power of that silence allowed our ancestors to be fully present with us.

We were granted permission by the army corps to go down on the other side of the river and have a water ceremony. This was the first time the access had been peacefully granted and even supported by the officers. We all stood in our humanity today. The matriarchy is rising, not without its roadblocks, but we push on, like the river. We united as women today. I know I said the other day was the most powerful of my life, but then today happened.

Today we believed in our sisters and their power to bring peace to this movement, we believed in our combined vision.. and we were unimaginably rewarded.

Request for Firewood For the Water Protectors

A friend, Erica (612)-964-3646) asked us to pass along the following request. A local group has a goal of getting up to three truckloads of wood to Standing Rock before the Army Corps  Dec. 5 deadline. Here are the requests:

1.     Donate to our fundraiser. Even though we met our $1500 goal, any additional money will go toward buying additional wood and renting large trucks that can travel to Standing Rock. Firewood in the Twin Cities typically costs $300-$400 a cord.

2.     Seek out dry oak, ash, and maple fallen trees or logs that could be processed as firewood.

3.     Ask local businesses who sell firewood whether they would be able to donate any to the movement.

4.     Send posts and emails asking friends who might have a source of processed firewood whether they might be willing to donate any.

If you are able to access firewood through any of these means, call Alex (203)-246-3105.

This Day in History, 1984: Report by the Presidential Commission on Indian Reservation Economies

The Presidential Commission on Indian Reservation Economies issued its report on Nov. 30, 1984 with 37 recommendations, from modernizing tribal governments to capital formation and labor markets. (Full text here.) In an introduction to the recommendations, the report says the federal-Native American relationship needed to move beyond “benign paternalism” to a “partnership.”

[The Commission] … proceeded upon the assumption that Indian reservation economies were an integral part of the national economy and not distinctly separate third world economies. … The processes of social and economic transformation necessary to make Indian reservations viable areas of economic growth will require whole-hearted commitment to change by all levels of government. The Federal-Indian relationship needs to mature beyond that of benign paternalism to that of a federalist partnership. Indian tribal governments need to exercise sovereign responsibility and to select development policies which make it possible for individual Indians to succeed in business. The recommendations which follow, however, recognize that the real motivating power of change must come from the Indian people and from their leadership. The direction and pace at which change proceeds should be determined, not by the federal government, but by the Indian people.”

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