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 stop these atrocities and protect our water.
—Call the executives of the companies that are building the pipeline:
a. Lee Hanse Executive Vice President Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. 800 E Sonterra Blvd #400 San Antonio, Texas 78258 Telephone: (210) 403-6455 Lee.Hanse@energytransfer.com
b. Glenn Emery Vice President Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. 800 E Sonterra Blvd #400 San Antonio, Texas 78258 Telephone: (210) 403-6762 Glenn.Emery@energytransfer.com
c. Michael (Cliff) Waters Lead Analyst Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. 1300 Main St. Houston, Texas 77002 Telephone: (713) 989-2404 Michael.Waters@energytransfer.com
—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
—Contribute to Standing Rock Youth
—Other organizations doing good work to fight the pipeline include Honor the Earth and Indigenous Environmental Network.
4. Educate yourself:
Stein Stands with Standing Rock Sioux
Stein and Baraka call for a halt to the Dakota Access Pipeline construction and say the United States must honor our treaties with Native American Nations.
Photo credit: NPR
Dr. Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka, Green Party Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates, joined the call for an immediate halt to construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline, which would violate US treaties by endangering the drinking water and sacred sites of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.
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