AFL-CIO Consitituency Groups Stand with Standing Rock
Standing Rock Tribal Chairman David Archambault speaks in Geneva, Switzerland to UN Human Rights Comission
How can you support Standing Rock? Read this!
Task Force to investigate clash between Water Protectors and Dakota Access private security September 3, in which dogs were used against Water Protectors
Clay Jenkinson on Native American Sovereignty
Museum Officials and Archaeologists Against Dakota Access Pipeline
Tribes unite against Dakota Access
Dakota Access Land Purchase of Cannonball Ranch may violate ND's anti-corporate farming law
Camps' Plans for a Dakota winter
Twenty-one water protectors arrested Wednesday
Technology to detect pipeline leaks often fails
Five things every non-native needs to consider before visiting Standing Rock
How you can support Standing Rock
The Power of the Standing Rock Water Protectors
Rediscovering Native American Roots at Water Protector Camps
Direct actions by Water Protestors continues, despite militarization of law enforcement.
Posted on FB 10/10/16 , by Dallas Goldtooth of Indigenous Environmental Network
"Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals rejected the Standing Rock Sioux Tribes's request for a work stoppage order against DAPL to stay in place.
This order, given a few weeks ago, created a 20-mile no construction buffer zone on either side of the Missouri river.
What this means: Dakota Access can now dig and build its pipeline all the way up to the river's edge. (They legally cannot dig under the river "yet", but they can build right up to it)
The tribe still has an ongoing lawsuit, filed in July, against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over its permitting of the pipeline to cross the Missouri River just north of the reservation.
Law enforcement has moved closer to the frontline zone, setting up a staging ground a couple miles north. (The "frontline zone" is a critical place where DAPL must cross hwy 1806, about 3 miles north of the Sacred Stone Camps)
There is about a 15-mile swath of land yet undisturbed west of the River. At full speed, no work disruptions Dakota Access can clear this gap in under a week.
So far we have been able to disrupt work every day or every other day, slowing the process.
At any point, the US Army Corps and Obama administration can rescind its granted permits to DAPL and order a full Environmental Impact Statement for the entire project. (At any point.)
Our water protectors will continue to use prayer and peaceful civil disobedience to disrupt business-as-usual. We will not be dissuaded.
We WILL not let this pipeline be completed. #NoDAPL #IndigenousRising"
US Court of Appeals Rules Against Standing Rock
Members of Congress send letter to President Obama to stop DAPL
Gubanatorial Candidates' Positions on DAPL
Injunction lifted; work continues on private lands
27 Arrested on Indigenous Peoples Day
Five senators call on President Obama to halt Dakota Access Pipeline
Increased militarization of Law Enforcement
Not all law enforcement agencies support this militarization
Ties between ND Attorney General and Dakota Access
Rolling Stone piece on arrest of Amy Goodman of Democracy Now
Standing Rock Camps are a city of 4000, with growing infratstructure
Amy Goodman broadcasts from Morton County , where she has returned to face charges stemming from live reporting of peaceful protest
Standing Rock Tribal Chairman says talks underway about moving Oceti Sakowin camp to tribally owned land
National media takes notice of the gathering of hundreds of tribal nations standing together against DAPL
Water Protectors have International Support
Judge rejects charges against journalist Amy Goodman
Some felony charges dropped against Water Protectors
Excessive reaction by law enforcement: Water Protectors strip-searched, jailed for days on minor charges
Winona Laduke and Tara Houska on indigenous resistance to DAPL
The secret strength of Standing Rock
Protectors arrested on minor charges strip-searched
Daughter of Sacred Stone Camp Founder arrested, strip-searched and left naked in cell overnight
Film Crew claims disputed
Attorney for Civil Liberties Defense Center interviewed about legal and law enforcement in the noDAPL movement
More than 80 Water Protectors Arrested
Police beat & pepper spray Water Protectors during prayerful protest
More than 120 arrested during weekend actions
Standing Rock Tribal Chairman's statement on weekend arrests
Citing 1851 Treaty, Water Protectors Expand Frontline on treaty land
The secret strength of Standing Rock
What is happening in North Dakota is so fundamentally and so thoroughly un-American (note UU Minister Karen Van Fossan, member Liz Loos & friend Gretchen Bederman in photo at rally)
Militarized Police Cracking Down on Water Protectors
Video of action on October 22, when 123 Water Protectors were arrested
More than 140 arrested in miltarized police raid on treaty camp
Militarized response of law enforcement to occupation of treaty lands
Standing Rock Tribal Chair asks Department of Justice to investigate use of force against water protectors
Amy Goodman on why the Standing Rock stand-off is only getting worse
Why Dakota is the new Keystone
Native rights and the noDAPL fight
The injustice of DAPL
Dakota Access security worker with assault rifle removed from protest area by BIA officers
Amnesty International & United Nations Sending Observers to Standing Rock Camps
Suspicious fire near Oceti Sakowin Camp
Understanding the Water Protectors by looking at history
Obama says pipeline could be re-routed
Clergy gather in support of prayerful movement
The Standing Rock victory you didn't hear about
New York Times Editorial: Time to Move the Pipeline
Why do we punish Dakota pipeline protestors but exonerate the Bundys?
DAPL push to finish the pipeline
Army Corps of Engineers renews call for DAPL to stop construction
Rancher that claims livestock killings has history with law enforcement and founder of Sacred Stone Camp
These maps fill the gaps on DAPL
Army Corps wants more review and consultation before issuing final permit
UN Observers Monitoring Human Rights Abuses
Burial grounds at center of confrontations is known historical site
Understanding more about 1851 Treaty relevance in DAPL fight
Police attack unarmed water protectors with rubber bullets, water cannons and pepper spray
Water cannons fired at water protectors in freezing temperatures
UN officials denounce "inhuman" treatment of water protecors
A few weeks old, but a good resource for contacting people responsible for sending militarized police to Standing Rock
Army Corps of Engineers issues eviction notice for Oceti Sakowin
Standing Rock Tribal Chairman Archambault's Statement on Army Corps Decision
A Dakota's Pipeline Last Stand
North Dakota officials hope to quell protests with fines
ND Governor issues evacuation order for Oceti Sakowin
Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault speaks at public forum sponsored by Dakota Resource Council
Morton County Sheriff sued for excessive force in dealing with Water Protectors
The many ways to help Standing Rock
Army Corps of Engineers Denies Easement to Dakota Access to Cross Lake Oahe
Decision comes during Interfaith Day of Prayer
A new way of seeing us, by UU visiting minister Patty WIllis
Veterns Beg Forgiveness at Standing Rock
Why the rule of law is a powerful idea for Standing Rock
Feds withheld key documents from Standing Rock Tribe
Water Protector who disarmed Dakota Access infiltrator put on Morton County most wanted list
Standing Rock: Good tidings of great joy
The conflicts along 1,172 miles of Dakota Access Pipeline
Indigenous activists at Standing Rock told a deep true story
Recently, I happened to listen to a conversation that got me to thinking about injustice. The conversation began with a woman describing how her child was not able to find some birthday gifts that he was given the day before. Understandably, the parent, as well as child, were upset about the missing gifts, and others who were part of the conversation became upset as well.
The conversation soon turned to a particular boy who was accused by the adults as having stolen the gifts. The adults then began to belittle this boy, his siblings, as well as his mother. From what I heard of the conversation, there was no evidence that the accused child had actually taken anything. It seemed that he was being accused because of who he was, not what he might have done. The child was branded as a thief, and the adults speculated that he would therefore be punished by God and may very well end up in prison, implying that he deserved both of those consequences.
All of this was said in front of the child who was missing his gifts, and it appeared that perhaps the adults felt that their accusations would somehow comfort the child whose gifts had gone missing. I was saddened by their attempt to cheer up one child by impugning and calling for punishment of another. I could not see how one person could be comforted by the idea of someone else suffering.
So why do I relate this story? Because it brought forth for me many feelings about how religion has been used over the ages to justify unjust behavior. Perhaps in the mind of the adults, the accused boy had sinned somehow (perhaps not by stealing, but because he came from a “bad” family) and therefore should be punished by God. Therefore, they were justified in condemning a child, because God would condemn the child as well. Instead, it seems to me that the adults were using religion as a “quick fix.” They could hide behind the punishment ideology without claiming it as their own. They wouldn’t have to actually think about their actions or their feelings because how they felt could be justified by their religious beliefs.
Extreme reactions are not unique to any one group of people. This type of behavior is something we can see throughout all of humanity. Its prevalence, however, does not justify this behavior as appropriate. We all have our own problems; we are all flawed. Yet if we focus on others in negative ways, we do not have to confront ourselves or our own flaws. –And it is bad enough when the extreme reactions involve other adults; it is inexcusable when a child is attacked in this manner. And I cannot help but wonder what “lessons” were learned by the child who was missing his gifts.
"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage." ~ Lao Tzu
As Valentine's Day comes once again, talk of love is easy to find. Flowers and candy are sped through the streets, deliverers trying to find the intended destinations. Restaurants prepare for an influx of couples, while social networking and other websites prepare for the inevitable posts about how Valentine's Day is just a scam created by corporations to bleed America dry.
It was not until around 1375 that Valentine's Day began to be associated with love, as it is today. Geoffrey Chaucer, the famed English poet who was known to take liberties when it came to history, may have been the one to create the holiday, as we know it today. In his work, "Parliament of Foules," Chaucer wrote, "For this was sent on Saint Valentine's day/ when every foul comes there to choose his mate." With those words, he linked a tradition of courtly love with the celebration of St. Valentine, and we have been following suit ever since.
While the holiday may feel corrupted in some ways, the meaning behind it is universal. It is a day to focus on love, regardless of one's relationship status. It is a day to step out, and take a stand. Whether that be simply voicing the love one has for their significant other, or coming out in support of the marginalized. Maybe it is just something in between.
Lao Tzu is right though. Deeply loving another gives one courage. Valentine's Day then can serve as a day to also examine who we love deeply, and what we can do for them to make this a better world; how we can take a stand along side them. It serves as a day to focus that courage one has, and move forward with justice. Because regardless of who we love, if there is injustice in this world, it effects us all.
Recently, members of the Bismarck-Mandan UU Fellowship joined other North Dakotans to protest the attempted takeover of the village of Leith, ND by white supremacists.
What an important time to stand on the side of love!
THOUGHTS OF ONE UU ATTENDING THE RALLY:
Where in the the world is Leith, North Dakota? I've traveled considerably in the
state and I could not have said - until the tiny community became a household
word in ND as a result of a newer resident who was buying up lots in town and,
as we sadly learned, planning to invite others who believe as he does to come and
live there also. He is identified as a 'white supremacist' in most of the stories.
So then we knew where Leith was, and we were more than unhappy, appalled, at
what could happen there. But not much seemed to happen for some months.
Then a interesting confluence of events occurred.
On the eve of a history conference in Bismarck focused on civil rights and
featuring a speaker who was one of the nine black students who integrated Little
Rock Central High School in 1957, it was announced that the national leader of a
white supremacist organization would visit Leith to support the man who had
moved there previously.
A protest was planned. Residents of Leith asked for support. Two young men,
former North Dakotans, I understand, began an online organizing project to bring
people to Leith on the day of the visit.
The Friday before, I attended the presentation of the documentary film The Road
to Little Rock. It focuses on Judge Ronald Davies of Fargo and the role he played
in ruling to enforce the Supreme Court order to integrate the school. And while
Davies was a key figure, the story is really about the beyond belief courage of the
nine young black people who made it all real.
In his remarks that evening, Dr. Terence Roberts spoke calmly yet passionately
about the experience. One phrase that stayed with me was his reference to
'putting fear in your pocket.' I decided then that we had to go to Leith.
Interestingly, Sunday morning's Parade magazine included an interview with Tom
Hanks and the captain of a freighter who was held hostage by pirates for 5 days
before being rescued by Navy SEALS. Tom Hanks is playing the role in a movie. In
the interview, Captain Phillips also talked about fear and commented that in such
a situation you have to let your fear sit with you. It is there, and it has to be
acknowledged, but one can't let it be paralyzing.
So, I have to be clear and completely transparent here. Nothing in my life has
been even remotely as fear inducing as what these men have experienced. And my
imagination is not equal to thinking of any situation I could ever face that might
reach the level of those faced by either of these brave men.
I did not feel fearful or even worried as we set off for Leith on Sunday. Stephen
and me, Don, Lisa, Molly. I was not worried as we arrived, in spite of the
significant law enforcement presence and the information as we came to the turn
off to the town that all other roads were blocked. There was one way in and one
way out. I was not worried as we parked and passed through the gate that had
been installed at the south end of the street. I was not worried as we walked past
the dilapidated buildings, down the rutted dirt road that passes for the main
street of Leith to join the growing group of protestors. Official estimates said
there were 350 people in Leith that day. The atmosphere seemed strained, but
The sight of colorful flags along a side lane and more along the west side of the
street struck at my senses and made me very sad, as they included the swastika
symbol known mostly as the emblem of the Nazi party in World War II Germany.
The other prominent sign / message was 'Anti-racism is code for anti-white.'
Highway Patrol and other law enforcement lined the west side of the street.
Those of us 'protesting' were kept to the east side of the street. The man's home
was on the west side. There were many more of us than of them.
I had moments of uncertainty - probably the greatest when I saw the group of
black clad men with face covering helmets marching in military fashion from a
side lane into the main street only to stand there. And stand there. And stand
there. After a bit, Molly walked off that way and ascertained that they were,
indeed, law enforcement. We learned later they were HP riot squad - I was
relieved to know they were not part of the hate group. That would have worried
Which brings me to the conflict I had with the way the day played out. While it
was peaceful, there were at times, very non-peaceful names and comments being
hurled at the white supremacist people. It seemed clear there were a few in the
crowd who were ready - perhaps eager - for engagement and physical
confrontation. Wearing, as we were, our Standing on the side of Love shirts, it was
hard for me to reconcile the anger and vitriol with why I had come. It seems to
me, if we meet hate and discrimination with more of the same, we are brought
down; we do not maintain our integrity and our purpose; we lose sight of our
first principle - the inherent worth and dignity of every person. Because even
though I may abhor everything they stand for and believe, I must acknowledge
their humanity, their inherent worth and dignity as human beings. Even in the the
face of their denying it to others. Especially in the face of their denying it to
And so, the afternoon passed. In many ways a typical late summer day on the
northern prairie. Some sun, some clouds, a steady breeze. People hoping to
change the world...
Leaving felt quite anti-climactic. Not because I wanted something to happen and it
didn't but because what did happen didn't feel done right or complete. It was
good to demonstrate that we are not in favor of racism, hatred, or discrimination.
I would have wished for some sort of a more positive message to the day,
however. For those of us on the east side of the street to have connected with
each other, to share stories about why we came, to honor each other's inherent
worth and dignity, to discover a deeper, richer understanding of our common
interests, and to actively engage in the quest for peace, with justice, equity and
Epilogue: Two additional observations...
First - In one or another or the news reports about the discussion at the town
hall meeting (which I did not attend), I noted the group's statement that they are
not 'white supremacists' but rather, 'white civil rights activists' - advancing and
protecting the rights of white people as other organizations do for people of
color. This worries me. We live in a sound bite society where research and
thoughtful reflection are increasingly rare, and where people may have limited
understanding of history and, being assaulted by loud voices proclaiming
something often enough that it begins to sound true, could start to believe that
by raising up those who have been oppressed, others must be oppressed in their
stead. In my view, we must recognize that if one among us is not doing well, none
of us can do well.
Second - I note in his own words, the comment of the new Leith resident in
response to the crowd of protesters, "They’re loud, so what? They’re literally not
human to me,” he said. “I feel good.”
Senate Bill 2252: adding sexual orientation/gender identity to the state policy against discrimination.
My name is Jean King and I have lived in Bismarck for more than 30 years. I am here to testify in favor of House Bill 2252.
I have a great uncle James whose visits I always looked forward to as a child. When he came, the house was full of the sounds of he and my mother laughing and gossiping about all the relatives back home. He was a railroad engineer, he had an acute and clever sense of humor, he loved to cook and garden, and he was generous to our family. He seemed to have a lot of money: he often gave my parents things from his home as he replaced them: an oak dining room table and chairs, a set of dishes, some carpeting, an antique bookcase full of classic books -- I still have some of those things today. Sometimes he brought a friend with him, a man named Dave, who worked in the recording industry.
Later, when they were both retired, Dave was diagnosed with lung cancer and emphysema, and my great uncle took Dave to his doctor and hospital appointments and cared for him at home for several years. When medical treatment was no longer of use, they sold the house in LA and moved back to Kansas where my great uncle took care of Dave until the day he died. He still lives there with his dogs, and his garden. He always brings beef brisket and that contagious laugh to the family reunions every year.
I never knew to think of him as a homosexual when I was young. At some point in my life, it finally occurred to me that that's what he must have been all along. But it was completely irrelevant to our relationship. He was and is a good, decent, funny man, who brings a zest for life and a commitment to excellence to everything he does. He has always been a force for good in our family, and in his community. He worked all of his adult life, he encouraged me to listen to my parents, work hard in school, and respect others, and he's the kind of man who can be counted on when the chips are down.
Once, as I sat next to my then husband on a plane and held his hand for comfort and companionship during take-off, it occurred to me that the simple comfort of holding the hand of the person you loved when you were nervous was not something my great uncle could have looked for in a public setting, and I wondered how many other things that I take for granted in my life were difficult and dangerous for him because of who he loved.
So I hope you can see why I find it hard to believe that we would want it to be legal for someone to refuse him housing, or a job, or deny him service in a store, because the person he fell in love with was a man.
Since that time, I've met many decent, caring, honorable, and responsible people who've dedicated their lives to doing good in the world who also happen to be gay. To me, it's one of the least important things about them, though to them, I'm sure it's more significant since many of them feel they have to hide that part of who they are or risk losing employment, a place to live, the respect of their neighbors, the ability to function in our society.
When we talk about America, two of the first words that come to mind for me are freedom and liberty. We talk about them all the time - they are what we are fighting for in conflicts around the world. I am proud of my country, and believe in the promises it makes to offer liberty and justice for all. I ask the members of this committee, representing all the citizens of this great state, which is a part of this great nation, to thoughtfully consider upholding the liberties of this group of people in what is essentially a private matter, the matter of who we love, in the same way that we uphold our right to disagree with each other peaceably and respectfully over so many other issues.
I am a member of the Bismarck Mandan Unitarian Universalist Congregation where the Board of Trustees has endorsed this bill. SB 2252 is fully in alignment with the principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association, and their Standing on the Side of Love campaign.