[News] Standing Rock Sioux Issue Emergency Proclamation
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Thu Dec 1 12:22:47 EST 2016
Standing Rock Sioux Issue Emergency Proclamation
December 1, 2016
On Wednesday, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II
issued an emergency proclamation calling on the United Nations and U.S.
President Barack Obama to take “immediate action” to defend the water
protectors at the Oceti Sakowin camp from “retaliatory actions and
practices” by state law enforcement agencies, and to defend activists'
“rights to free speech and peaceable assembly.”
“This week is the anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre. It’s time for
the United States to end its legacy of abuses against Native Americans.
We call on the United Nations and President Barack Obama to take
immediate action to prohibit North Dakota from engaging in its
retaliatory actions and practices,” Archambault said. “As a tribal
nation, we call on the President to take all the appropriate steps to
ensure water protectors are safe and that their rights to free speech
and peaceful assembly are protected. Gov. Dalrymple had a chance today
to condemn the violence and unlawful acts of state and local
governments, but failed to do so,” the statement added.
The statement is the first official response by Chairman Archambault to
the most recent actions by North Dakota officials, which have threatened
the lives and well-being of the Water Protectors at the Oceti Sakowin
camp who are protesting the construction of the multi-billion dollar
Dakota Access Pipeline that threatens Indigenous sovereignty, local
water sources and a devastating increase in carbon emissions.
The estimated 3 thousand water protectors gathered at the Oceti Sakowin
camp face increasingly harsh conditions as winter descends on North
Dakota. The Standing Rock Medic & Healer Council issued a statement on
Monday saying the combination of sub-zero temperatures and the
increasingly violent actions of law enforcement agencies, including the
use of water cannons and chemical weapons, threatens the health and
safety of thousands at the camp.
On Tuesday, North Dakota law enforcement announced that essential
supplies, including food and building materials, would be blocked from
entering the camp in an attempt to enforce North Dakota Governor Jack
Dalrymple’s emergency evacuation order issued on Monday. After outrage
at this fundamental attack on the water protectors' basic human rights,
the sheriff's office later clarified that supplies would not be
physically blocked, but that they would issue US$1,000 fines to any
vehicle attempting to deliver supplies. This echoes earlier threats by
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers which issued an evacuation order last
Friday saying that anyone remaining at the camp after Dec. 5 “may be
subject to citation under federal, state, or local laws.”
However dire the conditions may be, they have not dampened the
determination of the water protectors. Madonna Antoine Eagle Hawk, who
runs a kitchen at the camp told Vice News, "We've been here for hundreds
of years. We've survived through hundreds of years of winters — we're
not going anywhere. If they think we're not prepared for it, they need
to think again."
In defiance of both federal and state evacuation orders, an estimated
2,000 U.S. Army veterans have pledged to act as “human shields” to
prevent any attempt at forcible removal of the camp. They are expected
to arrive at Oceti Sakowin Camp on Dec. 4.
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