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Source: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/06/dakota-access-standing-r...

Rise with Standing Rock: Native Nations March & Camp on D.C. (March 7-10, 2017) #NativeNationsRise

'Under heavy wet clumps of snow falling from gray skies, a hearty and determined group of thousands of indigenous people from tribal nations as far away as Bolivia and Tibet sloshed through soggy streets. Sounds of drums, whoops, and the tinkling from jingle dresses filled the air. Some dressed in traditional tribal dress; others wore turquoise handkerchiefs, while many showed up in dark colors to symbolize their mood at a time of intense challenge.

Starting at the United States Army Corps of Engineers and moving on past the Crump International Hotel to the White House, the marchers had a unified message to send to President Donald Crump and his administration: Mni Wiconi, “Water is Life!” The chant has quickly become a shorthand for tribes’ struggle to reassert tribal sovereignty and self-determination over their physical and spiritual spheres. The phrase was joined by many other expressions aimed at attracting the attention of the federal government: “We stand with Standing Rock!” – “Keep the oil in the soil, you can’t drink oil!” – “Hey, hey! Ho, ho! Donald Crump has got to go!” – And, “Shame, shame, shame!”

The Native Nations Rise march was organized by Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Native Organizers Alliance and Indigenous Environmental Network to support the Standing Rock fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline and raise awareness to other indigenous issues. Thanks to the participation of protesters the march generated headlines and raised the spirits of Native activists and their allies... A major issue that percolated to the forefront of the day was a goal to get a 500-year-old relic – The Doctrine of Discovery – revoked.

“The Dakota Access Pipeline crisis is a direct result of the United States government using the religious underpinnings of U.S. federal law against our nations,” Chairman JoDe Goudy of the Yakama Nation explained regarding the doctrine in a press statement issued during the Native Nations Rise march. “These religious underpinnings are traced to Vatican papal decrees from the fifteenth century that called for the subjugation of non-Christian nations, and they are being utilized against our Native nations and peoples to this day. This is the precedent that is relied upon for the continuous failed attempts to protect our resources in the federal courts.”

“The United States government claims the ‘right of Christian Discovery’ to dominate our nations, lands, and waters,” added Chairman Dave Archambault II of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. “This claimed ‘right’ is stated in U.S. Supreme Court decisions—starting with Johnson v. M’Intosh in 1823, and reaffirmed by Tee-Hit-Ton v. U.S. in 1955, City of Sherrill, N.Y. v. Oneida Indian Nation of New York in 2005, and many others.”

Revocation of the doctrine will obviously be a difficult goal to achieve, but the key is getting the stakeholders to listen, said many of the day’s participants. Beyond that challenge, the most prominent message shared throughout the day was that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is not alone. Solidarity knit the large, diverse group together, regardless of race.'

+ Native Nations Rise March - March 10, 2017 D.C:
+ https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/news/native-news/native-nations-rise-march-powerful-emotional-uprising...
+ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/11/pictures-day-11-march-2017/little-thunder-traditional-dancer-indi...

'The march was led in part by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, which has been involved in a long-standing dispute over the Dakota Access pipeline. The tribe has argued in court that the 1,172-mile pipeline threatens its drinking water, crosses sacred lands and was approved by the government without adequate consultation. As the pipeline battle played out last year in a remote section of one of the country’s least populated states, it was slow to gain national attention. But by midsummer, Standing Rock’s struggle began to resonate with a growing coalition of Indians and environmentalists. The dispute soon galvanized hundreds of tribes to offer support and funding to the Standing Rock Sioux and it also helped propel a new wave of activism and engagement among Native Americans across the country.

Guy Jones, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe who now lives in Dayton, Ohio, said he wasn’t sure how many people would turn out for Friday’s march. As wave after wave of demonstrators walked past, he expressed his amazement. “Two years ago I had to explain to everyone where Standing Rock was. Now the whole world knows where Standing Rock is,” said Jones, 61. “It has become a symbol.” Work on the $3.8 billion pipeline, which is owned by Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, was halted in December by the Obama administration. The Army Corps of Engineers announced that it would look at alternate routes for the pipeline and that it would undertake an environmental-impact statement.

But in January, President Crump signed an executive order giving the pipeline project the go-ahead. The Army Corps granted an easement for the oil company to drill under a reservoir on the Missouri River that is adjacent to the Standing Rock Sioux reservation and construction resumed in early February. The company has said it would be just a number of weeks before up to 550,000 barrels of oil a day can begin flowing through the pipeline. The Standing Rock Sioux and the Cheyenne River Sioux tribes have filed a joint lawsuit against the pipeline project in federal court. A judge’s ruling is expected later this month or in April.'

+ American Indians from around the U.S. march on White House in rally for rights (2017):
+ https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/american-indians-to-march-on-white-house-in-rally-for-rights/2017/03/10...
+ http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/03/standing-rock-tribe-takes-dapl-protest-washington-170310032032028.html

'The Standing Rock Sioux Nation’s David vs. Goliath-like battle against the federal government’s decision to approve the Dakota Access Pipeline to flow through the heart of the tribe’s water source, Lake Oahe in North Dakota, was highlighted in a glorious fashion. Thousands of indigenous marchers from around the globe joined Sioux citizens in letting the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and President Donald Crump’s White House know that the pipeline is wrong on legal, religious and sovereign grounds. And they resolved to keep highlighting and working on the issue as it continues to wind through the American court system.

At the same time, even deeper issues became a part of the conversation, like tribal disgust for the U.S. government’s legal reliance on the ancient Doctrine of Discovery to overtake Indian concerns, a problem that arises in arguments before federal courts time and again. Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II and Chairman JoDe Goudy of the Yakama Nation put out statements as part of the march against the doctrine, making the point that the tribal fight for clean water is also a time to raise awareness about an antiquated system of dispute resolution utilized by the U.S. judicial branch that views tribes as lesser institutions under Christian principles.'

+ Native Nations Rise March: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (2017):
+ https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/news/native-news/native-nations-rise-march-good-bad-ugly/
+ http://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/nation-and-world/american-indians-from-around-the-us-march-on-white-h...

'A federal judge ruled in favor of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe on Wednesday, handing the tribe its first legal victory in its year-long battle against the Dakota Access pipeline. James Boasberg, who sits on D.C. district court, said that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to perform an adequate study of the pipeline’s environmental consequences when it first approved its construction. In a 91-page decision, the judge cited the Corps’ study of “the impacts of an oil spill on fishing rights, hunting rights, or environmental justice” as particularly deficient, and he ordered it to prepare a new report on its risks.

The court did not, however, order the pipeline to be shut off until a new environmental study is completed—a common remedy when a federal permit is found lacking. Instead, Boasberg asked attorneys to appear before him again and make a new set of arguments about whether the pipeline should operate. The tribe faces a mixed result: The ruling may establish some important precedents, particularly around environmental justice and treaty rights. But there’s no indication that the requirement to perform a new study will alter the outcome of the case—or even get the pipeline switched off in the interim.'

+ The Standing Rock Sioux Claim ‘Victory and Vindication’ in Court (2017):
+ https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/06/dakota-access-standing-rock-sioux-victory-court/530427/
+ http://nativenationsrise.org/actions/

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