Keep Supporting Standing Rock and #NoDAPL, Without Washington

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The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) was approved by the Army Corps of Engineers and the new administration. It will stretch 1,172 miles from the Bakken oilfields in North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois and carry 570,000 barrels per day of crude to refineries across the U.S.

By now you’ve heard of it and maybe also about the protesters, who call themselves “Water Protectors,” who were treated violently by police for months as they peacefully camped by the potential site of the pipeline in protest. Over the course of the fight, protectors have been attacked by private security with pepper spray and dogs, and riot police made mass arrests of protectors, medics, and journalists in the area. Several reporters were arrested for simply covering the protests, a clear attempt to intimidate the media to keep them from bringing attention to the pipeline and protests.

Since a previous post on how to support #NoDAPL and the Standing Rock Sioux in September, things have moved pretty quickly.

  • On December 5, the Army Corps of Engineers denied approval for the final permit that would have allowed the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to cross under North Dakota’s Lake Oahe, into the traditional territory of the Standing Rock Sioux.
  • On January 24, in one of his first executive orders, President Trump approved the pipeline to move forward.
  • On February 8, the Army Corps of Engineers granted an easement, cancelling its promised environmental review, which could have taken two years.
  • On February 22, the largest camp of protesters was forced to evacuate the Oceti Sakowin camp, burning down its remaining structures as they left. Construction continues on the pipeline and drilling has begun to route the pipeline under Lake Oahe, the water source the Standing Rock Sioux and thousands of allies, including hundreds of Native American tribes, fought so hard to protect.

The protectors being arrested need to post bail, and those on the front lines continue to fight against the construction of the DAPL—news is currently breaking on where protesters from Oceti Sakowin camp are going— to new protest locations, or dispersing to go home. This pipeline threatens the water supply of real people, which in turn threatens the people themselves. Green America has supported the protestors with donations and supplies, and we encourage others to do the same.

What can you do:

1) Donate to the Standing Rock Tribe

2) Donate to the legal defense fund, for protesters who have been arrested or will be arrested in the course of this fight.

3) Tell the banks to stop funding DAPL 

4) Break up with your mega-bank that’s funding DAPL and other pipelines and fossil fuels

5) Attend a local action – This calendar is constantly updated with local actions from coast to coast and everywhere in between. Find one near you, or add yours to the list if you organize an event.

6) Join the Native Nations March on Washington – On March 10, Native peoples and their allies will gather on the National Mall and walk to the White House.

7) Call North Dakota governor Jack Dalrymple at 701-328-2200. Please provide a succinct and respectful message stating your reasons for opposing the pipeline and your concerns about the treatment of American Indians, protesters, and the intimidation of the media (including arresting reporters).

8) Spread the word. 

4 Comments »

  1. This is a total pile of human poop.the protesters were not peaceful. They were not beat with sticks or other weapons. Yes they were sprayed with pepper spray. Officers were spit on fired on their families and homes threatened. The police acted very professionally.the mess the so called water protesters left is far worse than anything I have ever witnessed. Tornadoes aren’t as destructive as these so called peaceful idiots. Yes their were a few core people that were peaceful and prayerful but the along came the PAID ECO TERRORIST. and the trouble started. Some people treated this as a Woodstock of the 2016. Thank GOD for the people I Blue and Brown that enforced the laws of the people . What happened to the millions of $$$$$.that was donated on go fund me and other begging sites. Use that money to bail your poor rioters out of jail and pay for the cleanup .

  2. I appreciate the photo… Do you know which day this was taken and what time and who took it ? Please add the photo credit .

    • Hi Roy, I’m an editor from Green America. Can you tell me your full name and give a URL to your work, so we can give you credit? We apologize for using your work without crediting you.

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