A great day of victory was had yesterday Sunday for the Sioux tribe at Standing Rock, with the Army Corps. backing down and no longer defending DAPL to build the pipeline across territory that the Sioux tribe states is sacred land housing their ancestors, which they state that even though they sold–they had written rights concerning what could be done with the land. It is reported that the pipeline will now be rerouted away from the disputed Sioux territory.
And remember, this land was theirs first! Victory indeed! Shame on those who abused the Native Americans and the protestors. Congratulations to the Sioux and all the brave freedom fighters defending their rights!
–The Hollywood Sentinel
A Message From the Chairman of the Sioux Tribe
Yesterday we were notified that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will not grant the easement to cross Lake Oahe for the Dakota Access pipeline. Instead, they will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement regarding alternative routes for the pipeline. This action strongly vindicates what the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has been saying all along – that we all have a responsibility to protect our waters for future generations.
This is an historic moment. For centuries, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and tribes across the country, have faced fundamental injustice at the hands of the federal government – which time and again took our lands and tried to destroy our way of life. Our Treaties and our human rights were ignored, our interests in protecting lands and waters were considered unimportant, and our voices were not heard.
It was this shared history that led Tribes to come together as never before to seek the protection of our waters against the threat of the Dakota Access pipeline. With peace and prayer, indigenous people from hundreds of Tribes said: our future is too important. We can no longer be ignored. The goal was to protect these sacred waters, and to do so in the name of our children.
And, with yesterday’s decision, it is clear that our voices have at long last been heard.
Yesterday’s decision demonstrates that, despite all the challenges that Tribes face and all of the terrible wrongs the federal government has committed in dealing with us over the years, justice for Indian people still remains possible. My thanks to the Obama Administration, and particularly to Assistant Secretary Darcy, for upholding the law and doing the right thing.
Yesterday’s decision belongs in large measure to the thousands of courageous people who put their lives on hold to stand with Standing Rock in support of a basic principle — that water is life. At Standing Rock, our youth played an important role in spreading our message and I am so proud of what they have been able to accomplish.
But Standing Rock could not have come this far alone. Hundreds of tribes came together in a display of tribal unity not seen in hundreds of years. And many thousands of indigenous people from around the world have prayed with us and made us stronger. I am grateful to each of you. And, as we turn a page with yesterday’s decision, I look forward to working with many of you as you return to your home communities to protect your lands and waters, and the sovereignty of your tribes.
My thanks to all of our allies, here and around the world, each of whom contributed to this effort. I want to give a special mention to the veterans who have come to Standing Rock in recent days. I am sure that the strength of your message in support of Standing Rock, and the rights of the Water Protectors, had a powerful impact as the Army made its decision. I appreciate all you have done.
While today is a great day, there is still much that needs to be done to protect Tribal rights and ensure justice for indigenous people everywhere. Using peace and prayer as our guideposts, and with the teachings of our elders and with inspiration from our youth, I believe there is much we can accomplish for the future.
Dave Archambault, II, Chairman
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
The information below is our former report on Standing Rock before the Army Corps Reportedly Settled
Chill E.B. Fights for Sioux Tribe at Standing Rock
Legendary political rapper Chill E.B. has just released a new protest anthem– “They Don’t Care About Us” in tribute to the brave Native American tribes fighting for their sacred land, at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota.
“This song echoes the sentiment of the Lakota Sioux community,” Chill E.B. explains, who attended the recent protest in defense of Standing Rock in San Francisco. A veteran rap artist from Northern California, Chill E.B. has received numerous awards and accolades including The California Peace Award, among more. The mayor of his hometown, Jacksonville, North Carolina proclaimed October 14th as ‘Chill E.B. Day’. In 2012 he received the international Human Rights Award presented by The Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights.
Chill E.B. has opened for other major stars including Dr. Dre, NWA, M.C. Hammer, Naughty By Nature and many more. He has also performed in concert with the California Symphony, and shared the stage with Grammy winning jazz legends Stanley Clark and Chick Corea, among others. On December 3rd, 2016 Chill E.B. will embark on a one month Asian tour performing in Japan and Taiwan. He has been on an international humanitarian tour since 2010 which has taken him to 25 countries.
About Standing Rock
According to the Standing Rock council’s website, “The Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation is home to Dakota and Lakota people of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Since time immemorial, they have lived and governed a vast territory throughout North and South Dakota, and parts of Montana, Wyoming, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska. Currently, the Tribe is located in central North and South Dakota.
Despite strong objections from the Tribe from the first time they heard of the project on July 25, 2016, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) granted authorization to the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross Lake Oahe as part of the construction of a 1,100-mile pipeline that is proposed to carry over a half-million barrels of Bakken crude oil to Illinois and across four states. The current route of construction takes the pipeline less than one half mile from the Tribe’s reservation border, and thus the Tribe maintains a sovereign interest in protecting its cultural resources that remain with the land.
All along the route of the pipeline are sites of religious and cultural significance to the Sioux people, including burial sites of their ancestors. The pipeline would cross the Tribe’s traditional and ancestral lands and the construction of the pipeline jeopardizes many sacred places. While federal law requires meaningful consultation with the Tribe on these matters, that has not happened here. The Tribe opposes DAPL because the U.S. government must–by law–honor the Tribes religious liberty which includes the land of their ancestors, and protect their sacred sites and precious waters.”
According to Opponents of the DAPL:
1, White Invaders Stole America from the Native Americans–now they are trying to do it again.
a, The U.S. Government has given back a tiny portion of the land to Native Tribes, a tiny token of what they deserve and can never be repaid for the theft, rape, pillage, and massacre
b, The government again began buying / stealing these token land grants back, and leaving Native Americans with only tiny areas called reservations–that itself is not acceptable
c, The government is now attempting to infringe on the rights of these Native American Reservations
2, The path of DAPL is through sovereign land
3, The land of the Native Americans is sacred, and houses their ancestors–all a part of their religious worship and religious freedom
4, DAPL is dirty fuel, that will contribute to the destruction of the environment of many
5, DAPL backers are killing cattle owned by the Native Americans
6, Police are violating the constitutional rights of peaceful protesters, firing at them and journalists with rubber bullets, and illegally removing peaceful protesters from tribal lands
7, At least one city near the reservations did not want the pipeline near them, and the DAPL reportedly took heed, but–the tribes argue, are not giving the same respect to the tribes
8, DAPL got away with EPA oversight and regulation, by covertly treating the pipeline build as numerous small construction projects, rather than the massive one it really is
9, Water contamination is a valid risk, as the pipeline could reportedly leak and threaten the water supply of the tribes
10, The Army Core of Engineers, a civilian and military branch of the U.S. army was reportedly accused in 2011 of accepting “cost projections from land developer KBR, in a no-bid, noncompetitive, contract.” After high ranking Army Core member “Bunny” Greenhouse complained about this act, she was reportedly demoted from her Senior Executive Service position, stripped of her top secret security clearance, and-according to Greenhouse, had her office booby-trapped with a trip-wire from which she sustained a knee injury. A U.S. District court reportedly awarded Greenhouse $970,000 in full restitution of lost wages, compensatory damages, and attorney fees, according to Wikipedia. Possible corruption is occurring with the Army Core related to DAPL, protesters argue.
Defenders of the DAPL state:
1, Crude oil reportedly accounts for just 6% disasters within pipeline issues
2, The tribes sold the land to to the government that they want to lay pipes on–years ago, for over 5 million dollars, and have no rights to the land anymore (tribes argue they still have a legal say in the land per earlier agreements)
3, America needs to get off reliance on foreign oil, and this will help America
4, DAPL offered the tribes millions of dollars for some of their land, but they refused, so they said they bought land near them instead
5, protesters have been trespassing on land now bought and owned by DAPL, and damaging their equipment and committing acts of vandalism
6, America needs energy to survive, and function as a country
7, Army Core made amends, and does a lot of good for the environment, are following the law, and doing their job
8, The CEO of DAPL has put money towards conservation, cares for the environment, and is not violating rights or the law
9, America needs the pipeline to make fuel more plentiful for energy, and less expensive for Americans
The CEO of DAPL formerly said he will not re-route the pipeline. He donated over $100,000 to the Trump Campaign, and Trump has reportedly invested over 1 million dollars in to DAPL. President Obama recently signed an order temporarily halting construction of the pipeline near the Sioux tribes.
Breaking News: President Elect Trump recently met today with Al Gore regarding climate change, which Trump now acknowledges may have some connectivity to human activity. Some of Trump’s new cabinet are also reportedly desiring to privatize tribal land, making it no longer federal. Mr. Trump has reportedly not himself commented on this idea as of this press time.
For more information from the Sioux tribe regarding their position on Standing Rock, visit:
For more information on Chill E.B., visit his official website at: www.ChillEB.com
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