Standing Rock Saturday


TOPSHOT – A Native American protestors holds up his arms as he and other protestors are threatened by private security guards and guard dogs, at a work site for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) oil pipeline, near Cannonball, North Dakota, September 3, 2016. Hundreds of Native American protestors and their supporters, who fear the Dakota Access Pipeline will polluted their water, forced construction workers and security forces to retreat and work to stop. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECKROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

The last time Native Americans gathered and the nation noticed was in 1973. That February, after members of the Oglala Sioux tribe failed to impeach their chairman on charges of corruption, they, with leaders of the American Indian Movement, occupied the town of Wounded Knee, South Dakota. It was a final act in the movement’s years-long campaign to compel the federal government to honor tribal treaty rights. Already, Native Americans had occupied Alcatraz Island, in a largely symbolic attempt to reclaim it, and Mt. Rushmore, which had been part of the Great Sioux Reservation until Congress redrew its borders. But at Wounded Knee the movement found its symbolic apex: the U.S. Marshals surrounded the occupiers, evoking the start of the massacre that had killed more than a hundred and fifty Lakota people in 1890. Over months, the standoff escalated. Officers manned roadblocks in armored personnel carriers, and neighboring states lent their National Guards. Both sides traded gunfire. The first man shot was a marshal, who survived but was paralyzed from the waist down. The second was a Cherokee man, who died. The third was Lawrence Lamont, an Oglala Lakota, whose death was the beginning of the end of the occupation.

There are echoes of Wounded Knee in the conflict that has sprung up near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, in North Dakota. Since midsummer, thousands of Native Americans have gathered at the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball Rivers to protest the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, which would cut just north of the reservation border, crossing sacred sites and imperilling Standing Rock’s water supply in the event of a rupture. In July, the tribe filed a lawsuit against the Army Corps of Engineers, the agency that approved the project, arguing that it had failed to consult with the tribe as required by federal law. While the suit has played out in court, the protesters have said that they will stay until the pipeline is stopped, through winter if they must.



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8 Responses to Standing Rock Saturday

  1. Den says:

    Rain started yesterday, continuing into today and for the next couple days also, nice.


    • jimhitchcock says:

      Windy as hell here, always fun after a tree limb smashes through your roof.


      • micki says:

        …supposed to happen in 1/2 hour 😉

        High Wind Warning
        Issued: 10:55 AM PDT Oct. 15, 2016 – National Weather Service

        … High Wind Warning remains in effect from 3 PM this afternoon to
        2 am PDT Sunday…

        * wind… southeast to south 25 to 45 mph with gusts near 75 mph
        late this afternoon and this evening. Winds will ease to 20 to
        35 mph after midnight.

        * Some affected locations… Oak Harbor… Port Townsend… Mount
        Vernon… Friday Harbor… Bellingham… and Point Roberts.

        * Timing… the strongest winds are expected to occur between 4 PM
        and 11 PM PDT.


      • David B. Benson says:

        Light rain, no wind.


  2. David B. Benson says:

    Can always tell when there is a home game.


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