Breaking: Army Corps of Engineers Denies DAPL Easement

In a story with the headline: Federal government blocks Dakota Access oil pipeline route, the Star Tribune reports the following:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Sunday that it won’t grant an easement for the Dakota Access oil pipeline in southern North Dakota, handing a victory to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters, who argued the project would threaten a water source and cultural sites.

North Dakota’s leaders criticized the decision, with Gov. Jack Dalrymple calling it a “serious mistake” that “prolongs the dangerous situation” …

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Breaking News: Water Protectors Refuse to Leave Main Camp Dec. 5, in Spite of Army Corps of Engineers Orders

hcmc3The likelihood of increasing tension, violence, and mass arrests over the Dakota Access Pipeline is quickly increasing, as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is ordering the shut down of Oceti Sakowin, the Water Protectors’ Main Camp, and threatening arrests. The Water Protectors are refusing to leave.

In a nut shell, the federal government is bailing on the Water Protectors. North Dakota law enforcement has used excessive force against the Water Protectors, including water cannons in freezing temperatures and tear gas. Instead of investigating the situation or intervening on behalf of the Standing Rock Nation and its allies, the federal government is pulling the permit for the Water Protectors to be on federal land. The Water Protectors have to leave by Dec. 5 or face arrest, according to CNN and other news sources.

NBC is reporting tonight that the Water Protectors are vowing to stay, regardless of the order. Continue reading

A Call for Immediate Help at Standing Rock as the Pipeline Approaches the Missouri and Civil Rights Violations Escalate

Today, the Oceti Sakowin Youth put out an appeal for immediate help, asking people to come to North Dakota to help block construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline as construction nears the Missouri River. Meanwhile, legal observers are reporting that law enforcement is stepping up its intimidation tactics and civil rights violations against the Water Protectors near Standing Rock. On Thursday, the North Dakota Capitol was put on lock down and clergy and others were arrested in response to a DAPL protest. Continue reading

#NO DAPL Syllabus Project and Other DAPL Resources and Updates

The NYC Stands for Standing Rock committee and Public Seminar are developing a syllabus around the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) conflict in an effort to put it in its broader historical and social context.

According to the #NODAPL Syllabus Project website, one of its goals is to “launch a syllabus project to contextualize DAPL within Sioux and settler history so that those who seek a deeper understanding of the territory and the conflict might learn and teach.” Continue reading