UPDATE: Over the past 24-48 hours, the conflict in North Dakota over the Dakota Access Pipeline has escalated rapidly. On behalf of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe we ask for your immediate assistance.
Lawyers with civil rights expertise to provide pro bono legal assistance to the hundreds of protectors who have been arrested over the past week; and
Monitors on the ground who can observe the conflict and ensure that the civil rights of protectors who are peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights are not violated by law enforcement.
The Tribe also NEEDS people to make calls to the Obama Administration asking it to:
Direct the Department of Justice to send observers to safeguard the protectors’ safety and their First Amendment rights.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch
United States Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530
Direct the Army Corps to immediately issue an order to stop work on additional construction within a mile between Highway 1806 and the Missouri River to help reduce tensions until the Corps finalizes its decision regarding the Lake Oahe easement.
Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of Army (Civil Works)
108 Army Pentagon
Washington, DC 20310
Call North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple to remove the National Guard. It’s an inappropriate use of the United States military to interfere with a peaceful exercise of the First Amendment.
Governor Jack Dalrymple & Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley
Office of Governor State of North Dakota
600 East Boulevard Avenue,
Bismarck, ND 58505-0100
Many of you are asking how to help the water protectors at Standing Rock. From what I have heard and seen today from afar, from messages, live feeds, and friends on the ground (correct me and update me, everyone): More than 100 peaceful water protectors were arrested by heavily militarized police with LRAD sound cannons, tanks, and snipers. As with other actions, police instructed people to retreat and they would not be arrested, and still they were rounded up. Water protectors were maced in the eyes, injured by rubber bullets and beanbag guns, violently handled and injured, including elders and youth. Horses were shot and injured by rubber bullets too.
Here are a few important ways you can help.
1. If you are able to go to Standing Rock:
—Awesome. Visit http://sacredstonecamp.org/faq/ and http://standwithstandingrock.net/oceti-sakowin/ and read the sites in full about where to go, what to bring (especially: your own winter gear, four-season tent, food) and what not to bring, what to expect, and most importantly, how to become an active, self-sufficient, supportive, respectful participant in life at camp. Mandatory trainings in nonviolent civil disobedience are held daily.
2. No matter where you are, here are some vital ways to make a difference:
— Call North Dakota governor Jack Dalrymple at 701-328-2200. When leaving a message stating your thoughts about this subject, please be professional.
— Call the Army Corps of Engineers. They’re the one that have the final permitting decision. Call the Army Corps of Engineers and demand that they reverse the permit: (202) 761-5903.
— Call the White House at (202) 456-1111 or (202) 456-1414. Tell President Obama to rescind the Army Corps of Engineers’ Permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline.
—Call the executives of the companies that are building the pipeline:
—Sign a petition to urge President Obama to stop the pipeline.
3. If you want to donate money or items, here are some worthy funds:
—Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp Legal Defense Fund: https://fundrazr.com/d19fAf
—Contribute to the International Indigenous Youth Council Winter fund
—Contribute to Red Warrior Camp and their winter fund:
—Contribute to Sacred Stone Camp (note that this one probably currently needs less money than the others)
—Contribute to Standing Rock tribe
4. Educate yourself