Category Archives: indigenous Rights

Taxpayer-Funded Horror at Standing Rock – Sandy Tolan. 

ALONG THE CANNONBALL RIVER, North Dakota

The following story is brought to you by the taxpayers of North Dakota.

It was a bitter cold night on the Backwater Bridge when Efrain Montalvo got the desperate call from the front line.

“The medics were screaming for help, because they were overwhelmed,” remembered Montalvo, 25, a member of the International Indigenous Youth Council at Standing Rock. He looked up through white mists of teargas, cut by screams and shouts on the bridge. Native elders stood motionless in front of barricades of razor wire, clutching feathers, burning prayer bundles of sage, holding their ground. They were unarmed, eyes shut tight against the clouds of pepper spray. Others held up plywood shields or the tops of plastic bins against the spray. “Disperse!” shouted police, who then unleashed a fire hose, soaking protestors in the sub-freezing temperatures. Icicles formed on their hair. Their winter jackets crunched.

Montalvo moved swiftly toward the front line, carrying bottles of water and Milk of Magnesia (to relieve the teargas sting) toward the medics. Riot-clad police, ensconced behind concrete barriers and the looping wire, began firing rubber bullets. Montalvo watched an elder fall at his feet, his staff clattering to the pavement of the shut-down state highway. Then police launched a barrage of smoking teargas canisters from grenade launchers.

“That’s when people started panicking,” Montalvo recalled.

A tear gas canister hit Montalvo squarely in the chest. He inhaled its smoke deeply, then wandered aimlessly, hands over his eyes. Two minutes later he could see again. Another canister exploded at his feet. He saw a brilliant white light. Then everything went black and silent.

The Daily Beast

That thing the Standing Rock protesters were afraid of just happened – Science alert. 

A faulty pipeline has leaked 176,000 gallons of crude oil into a creek and the surrounding countryside 2.5 hours away from the Standing Rock protests in North Dakota. 

The spill, which went undetected by the pipeline owners until a local stumbled on it, has spread almost 7 km (5.4 miles) from the site of the leak, and at this stage, it’s not clear what caused the pipe to rupture, or how long it’s been leaking

An estimated 4,200 barrels of crude oil leaked from the Belle Fourche Pipeline in Billings County, 150 miles (241 km) from Cannon Ball in North Dakota, where protesters have been fighting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline

Science Alert

Fuck your Turkey Day! 

The cruelty of celebrating Native genocide as the horrors at Standing Rock continue. 

I suppose it’s easy to be happy about a day off if you don’t care that the day is stained with Indigenous Blood. I suppose it’s easy to think of the day as nothing more than a chance to gluttonously eat sans guilt while watching football with friends and family as if it’s not a holiday literally based on celebrating Indigenous genocide. Yay, Turkey Day!

Thanksgiving is not the happy-go-lucky day of the Indians and Pilgrims sitting down together at a joyous meal of peace and friendship that we’ve all been spoon fed. Yes, the Wampanoags did save the pilgrims sorry asses because we Natives don’t believe in genocide, but that’s not the end of the story.

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