Archive for July, 2013

Yes, Monsanto Actually DID Buy the BLACKWATER Mercenary Group!

July 4, 2013

Yes, Monsanto Actually DID Buy the BLACKWATER Mercenary Group!.

Moccasins on the Ground: It’s About Survival.

July 1, 2013

Moccasins on the Ground: It’s About Survival..The Lakota people have vowed to stop the Keystone XL pipeline, which would move tar sands through their homeland and water sources. All along the Keystone XL route, from Alberta, Canada, to Houston, Texas, communities have been rising up against it. Tar sands spills — like what happened in Mayflower, Arkansas — are impossible to clean up and do irreparably damage to water and farmland. That’s why the Lakota people have been holding nonviolent direct action training camps to prepare to stop the pipeline from going through the territory that is their home.

From June 14-17, a group of people from Peaceful UprisingIndigenous Students and Allies for Change,Utah Tar Sands Resistance, and Canyon Country Rising Tide went to the Moccasins on the Ground action camp at Eagle Butte reservation in the area that the U.S. government has designated as South Dakota. We went to learn, to meet new friends and allies, and to share skills we’ve gained through our own work. On this journey, our group deepened its own understanding of climate justice, met incredible new allies in the regional effort to stop tar sands mining and pipelines, and joined in a powerful action to halt alcohol-based exploitation of the Lakota people.

The weekend at Moccasins on the Ground showed us — on the ground — what climate justice means to the Lakota people in the region. Social issues like alcoholism and exploitation of women are inseparable from the fight against the Keystone XL pipeline. Solving those problems is part of their survival as a people, part of building the strength to resist massive corporations like TransCanada. There’s no luxury of single-issue campaigns; everything is intensely interconnected, part of the same daily fight for survival.

Protecting the Sacred

The Oglala Sioux Tribal Council has told Obama that “the result of allowing these pipelines to cross Indian Country will be an ecological and environmental disaster.” The Keystone XL pipeline, if built, would threaten the people’s water supply. The pipeline would cross under the Cheyenne River and over the Ogallala Aquifer, so if it leaks or bursts — as tar sands pipelines do — it would poison the people’s water supply and land.

In January, indigenous leaders from many nations came together to sign the Protect the Sacred Treaty, which rejects the Keystone XL pipeline and other tar sands development. Faith Spotted Eagle, secretary of the Ihanktonwan Oyate Treaty Steering Committee, which organized the signing, spoke at Moccasins on the Ground. “The most colonized behavior is working in isolation,” she said, asserting that indigenous peoples and allies throughout the region must stand together for the sake of the water and land they depend on.