DAPL "Black Snake"

Attention: United States of American and all Free Nations.
As you are aware there is a situation growing on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation that boarders both North and South Dakota. The Sioux Nation (Oceti Sakowin) has vowed to stop the Black Snake (DAPL) from destroying our water and crossing our Treaty Land.
Today there are thousands of defenders who have come to pray with us and stand with us. Actors, Political leaders, even whole City’s L.A., Seattle has sent in letters of support, 500 Tribal Nations, organizations, from here and around the world have spoken out in our support including the United Nations and the Pope.
Only to land in deaf ears! The Governor of North Dakota and his Barney Fife Police Department continue to mount up false accusations and false charges against the defenders from attack dogs to vigilante Corporate Security guard’s.
The Morton County Sheriff’s Department called in their reinforcements of 400 sheriffs from across the United States and have stated they will be escalating their war tactics and become more "proactive" in stopping those of us on the frontlines here from protecting Sacred Water by killing the Black Snake.
Jack Dalyrmple, the governor of North Dakota has shares in DAPL and is invested personally. This politician is using the armed police as his personal army to protect his money! We call on him and the police to cease and desist in this terrorism against unarmed indigenous people upholding our duty to protect our water and land. Oceti Sakowin, Standing Rock encampment needs your help! Call the Morton County Sheriff’s Office at 701-667-3330 and tell them to stop creating a situation of intense danger against the people.
What do they expect will happen? Do they think we will just pack up and leave? Because of winter? That’s not going to happen! We are used to surviving with little or nothing! This is our normal! We can and will out survive them.
Adhere to their laws and rules? They don’t even abide by their own. We don’t care about their phony laws and rules! This is treaty land! They should have honored their own treaty with us! They have broken every treaty, every promise they ever made with the indigenous people of this continent! Oh! Except one! They promised to take our lands! And they did.
The Governor and his puppet Sheriff are trying their best to escalate this situation so they can justify violence against the defenders. They need to be stopped before someone gets hurt! When that happens don’t expect us to turn and run! That’s not going to happen. We are Lakota’s! We have vowed to stop this and we will! We don’t care about America’s Flag! We are not Patriotic! Your forefathers are not our relatives. We do not trust their Government.
As you may have heard in the news the U.S. Court of Appeals Rules against Standing Rock Tribe in Dakota Access Pipeline Case! This will not stop us! This fight should be based on our treaty and fought in Congress not in the Courts! As per the US Constitution Article 6, Our Treaties are protected by the Supremacy Clause!
“The Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution (Article VI, Clause 2) establishes that the Constitution, federal laws made pursuant to it, and treaties made under its authority, constitute the supreme law of the land. It provides that state courts are bound by the supreme law; in case of conflict between federal and state law, the federal law must be applied. Even state constitutions are subordinate to federal law. In essence, it is a conflict-of-laws rule specifying that certain national acts take priority over any state acts that conflict with national law.”
Our people have NOTHING to lose and EVERYTHING to gain. Our reservations have 60 – 80% unemployment, we have the highest mortality rate, Suicide Rate, Highest alcohol and drug rate. We were not allowed to practice our Spirituality until 1978! We were not considered citizens of the us until 1924! We have and continue to live under genocide and oppression! The United States has taken EVERYTHING from us! They tried to Kill the Indian in us! So that we could assimilate in to Brown White People! Boarding schools brain washed thousands of tribal members! They beat Christianity into us and beat us for speaking our language. Even today the profile our people the jails and prisons are full of natives “Highest per capita” for those incarcerated. Yet we make only 1% of the population. Our people are shot dead by law enforcement at highest rate per capita. I could go on and on! But most of you already know this!
We have nothing to lose! And everything to gain! We have made our stand and we will hold our ground! As the world watches!
What are we asking for?
(1) We want the Black Snake dead! (DAPL).
(2) We want the Governor of North Dakota and the Morton County Sheriff removed and held accountable!
(3) We want ALL Charges and fines dropped against ALL of those who have been arrested for defending our water.
(4) We want Charges brought up against the Privet security company who brought the attack dogs in.
(5) We want ALL cost and expense’s involved in this dispute that has been paid for by Via tax dollars be chaired to Energy Transfer Partners.
In closing I will ask all of you to look into your hearts and souls and ask yourself is this right or wrong! Then pick up your phones, send E-mails whatever you have to do to stop this from escalating to the next level! We all drink water! Without it we will die! BUT! We will! Continue to stand our ground! We have no other choice.
“Wocekiye gluha naunjinpelo..Okicizecinpehantas, Okicizewicunkupektelo”
~United Urban Warrior Society~

Cannon Ball, ND - This morning, at approximately 8am central, water protectors took back unceded territory affirmed in the 1851 Treaty of Ft. Laramie as sovereign land under the control of the Oceti Sakowin, erecting a frontline camp of several structures and tipis on Dakota Access property, just east of ND state highway 1806. This new established camp is 2.5 miles north of the Cannon Ball River, directly on the proposed path of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). This site is directly across the road from where DAPL security dogs attacked water protectors on September 3rd.  

To ensure the protection of this new camp from overtly militarized law enforcement, water protectors have established three road blockades:

  1. North of the Frontline Camp, on Highway 1806

  2. South of the Cannon Ball River, on Highway 1806

  3. Immediately west of Highway 1806, on county road 134

Police have discharged weapons, using rubber bullets to shoot down drones being used to document the police activity and actions.  

This frontline camp is located on the final three 3 miles of the proposed pipeline route, before it connects with the drill pad that will take the pipeline beneath the Missouri River. Active construction of the Dakota Access pipeline is 2 miles west of this frontline camp. Oceti Sakowin water protectors continue an on-going pledge to halt active construction as frequently as possible.  

Mekasi Camp-Horinek, an Oceti Sakowin camp coordinator states, “Today, the Oceti Sakowin has enacted eminent domain on DAPL lands, claiming 1851 treaty rights. This is unceded land. Highway 1806 as of this point is blockaded. We will be occupying this land and staying here until this pipeline is permanently stopped. We need bodies and we need people who are trained in non-violent direct action.  We are still staying non-violent and we are still staying peaceful.”

Joye Braun, Indigenous Environmental Network organizer states, “We have never ceded this land. If DAPL can go through and claim eminent domain on landowners and Native peoples on their own land, then we as sovereign nations can then declare eminent domain on our own aboriginal homeland. We are here to protect the burial sites here. Highway 1806 has become the no surrender line.”

Ladonna Bravebull Allard, Sacred Stone Camp, “We stand for the water, we stand on our treaties, we stand for unci maka- we stand and face the storm.”