Slapping the Indigenous Saturday


The images flew around the world. The teepees. The tear gas. The Indigenous water protectors’ camps. The boots advancing in unison as security forces cracked down on protests at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access pipeline. The defiance. The hundreds of arrests.

“While Sioux leaders advocated for protests to remain peaceful, State law enforcement officials, private security companies and the North Dakota National Guard employed a militarized response to protests,” Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the UN Special Rapporteur for Indigenous Peoples, wrote in a recent report. A mercenary firm had been surveilling the pipeline opposition movement and engaged in military-style counter-terrorism measures, according to an investigative report published by The Intercept.

The use of counter-terrorism tactics against Indigenous protesters in the US reflects a global trend. But in many parts of the world, and particularly in Latin America, Indigenous leaders and activists are also openly and explicitly criminalized as terrorists. The use of anti-terrorism and national security legislation and policies against Indigenous activists is becoming more and more common.


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15 Responses to Slapping the Indigenous Saturday

  1. Den says:

    Wow, after all these years this racism still exists with impunity!

    Uncle Sam with his thumb on the Tipi’s of the people that were here long before the Europeans showed up and corralled them into tiny corners, that war is still running, of course it only runs when the bully capitalistas want something on or underneath those tiny corners.

    I don’t mean to speak for them but against corporate bullying and the lack of respect for human rights exhibited by the State-sponsored bully tactics supporting corporate bullies.

    If we allow these corporate bullies to succeed it sets a dangerous precedent for us all, including those bearing the initial brunt of these actions. They have no teeth, only PO boxes to live in, the Tipi’s are gone,the Earth is stained with oil, the water unfit to drink, your home could be next.


  2. Micki says:

    On a lighter note, on this gorgeous PNW morning…!

    Love the last paragraph! 😉


  3. °¿º Carol says:

    Finally dusted the TV room in the basement, straightened up, neat as a pin. Not that it wasn’t neat before, I do run a tight ship, lol.

    Dusted the LR, I was overdue by about a week, if not more. Opened the two umbrellas outside for an airing, then locked them down and hauled them into the garage for the winter. My oldest one, finally rotting from the sun. I could see holes appearing at the top. Hope it holds out for another summer.

    Put the bottles from my bottle stand in the garage. I’ll pack them in their box another times. My glass solar mushrooms, rounded them up and have them in a row in one flower bed, will put them away in their boses in a couple days. I should have finished that, but meh…I had 3 salads started in the kitchen and decided to go get that done instead.


  4. °¿º Carol says:

    Margaritas on the menu tomorrow at 2:00. Jill invited me and also asked my friend, Snotty. So, it will be the three of us tomorrow.

    I missed the debate between Grethcen Witmer and Bill Schuette, both running for governor. I had no idea there even was a debate, but I’ll try to catch the next one. Bob and I watched the two between Grandholm and Dick DeVos. She was much smarter than him by a longggg shot. Not seeing Gretchen and Schuette, I’ve no idea what I would have thought about them.

    However, the Democrat always gets my vote, and that is Gretchen Witmer. I’m really worried though, wish they wouldn’t have run a woman. That’s because of what citizens and the republican party put her through for 8 years. She was treated like Hillary was treated. Women sure go get picked on and it’s disgusting.

    I’m afraid she won’t win just because of the animosity toward Jennifer Granholm. Like Obama, she had a republican legislature and couldn’t get anything done, then the republican poison machine blamed her for EVERYthing and the stoopids believe it. *sigh*


  5. °¿º Carol says:

    I think the reservations in North Dakota are going to figure out how to give people living there addresses. Except I think it will be too late for the upcoming election.


  6. Den says:

    Better get some way to pay for medical care FAST!
    Those fuckers are making me sick.


  7. David B. Benson says:

    Some clouds came out from hiding in their hole in the sky before the 58 minute stick walk to Shopko but some went back into hiding on the way along Bishop Blvd to the Birch & Barley; 93 minutes so far.


  8. Den says:

    Fast flush fast food McNugget challenge:


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