Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine
"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Standing Rock protesters will not follow official directive to leave camps

From the Guardian - Dakota access pipeline protest organizers say they will remain at Oceti Sakowin camp: ‘We are wardens of this land’

"Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters will not follow a government directive to leave the federal land where hundreds have camped for months, organizers said on Saturday, despite state officials encouraging them to do so.

At a press conference, Standing Rock Sioux tribal leader Dave Archambault and other protest organizers confidently explained that they would stay at the Oceti Sakowin camp and continue with nonviolent protests, a day after Archambault received a letter from the US army corps of engineers that said all federal lands north of the Cannonball river would be closed to public access 5 December over “safety concerns”.

The corps cited the coming winter and increasingly contentious clashes between protesters – who believe the pipeline could harm drinking water and Native American cultural sites – and police.

“We are wardens of this land. This is our land and they can’t remove us,” said Issac Weston, a protester and Oglala Sioux member from South Dakota. “We have every right to be here to protect our land and to protect our water.”

The full article can be found here.

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