|I was born on Cheyenne River Nation in South Dakota. Several years back, after a lifetime of activism took me far and wide, I returned. Today I make my home close to the place where I was born, and I love my homeland.
This past month, just as our changing climate brought another violent storm to Indian Country, President Trump issued executive orders and a “Presidential Permit” meant to fast-track the Keystone XL pipeline (KXL). He wants to override lawfully required — and much needed — environmental oversight. As I recently wrote to you, KXL poses serious threats to Cheyenne River, and it’s vitally important to stop the pipeline now.
Trump’s invasion of Grandmother Earth and his “Presidential Permits” violate due process and separation of powers. The House Committee on Oversight and Reform needs to investigate and undo these unlawful actions. Watch our video and ask your congressional rep to take action now.
As my colleague Chase Iron Eyes details in our video, TransCanada does not have our free, prior, and informed consent to build this pipeline through unceded treaty lands just a few miles from Cheyenne River.
Part of me can almost understand why Trump and his oil industry cronies are avoiding asking us for permission and making up new rules — because they know we would never say yes to the desecration of our sacred land and attendant dangers to our water and people. Another black snake and a Man camp just 13 miles from my home? Absolutely not.
That’s why your voice is needed more than ever. The current US House of Representatives has shown it isn’t afraid to stand up to Trump and look into his many, many shady dealings. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her fellows on this committee will hear you when you reach out on our behalf. Please do so today! Together, let’s stop KXL now, before more damage to my oyate — and to Unci Maka — is done.
Wopila — together, let’s encourage Congress to do the right thing!
Madonna Thunder Hawk
P.S. Trump is doing everything he can to fast-track KXL and railroad Native communities without our consent — again! Your help is required to protect Grandmother Earth and my people from his unwanted advances. Please email your representative today. It’s time for congress to uphold due process of law and stop the KXL pipeline before it spills and destroys Native lives.
Julian Assange: April 11, 2019
The arrest of Julian Assange is a signal of the end of a free press. A free press is the eyes and ears of a free people. This attack on dissent is directly related to the movement to end fossil fuels and the building of oil and gas pipelines. It was the presence of the independent press and social media that helped get the word out about Standing Rock. There were enormous efforts to stop media coverage of the actions at Standing Rock.
This is when the shutdown of dissent begins in earnest. It is time for action – past time!
“Alexandria, VA — Today, Chelsea Manning’s legal team will file a reply brief in their appeal asking the Fourth Circuit to vacate District Court Judge Hilton’s March 8 finding of civil contempt. Ms. Manning, a staunch advocate for government transparency, asserted legal grounds for her refusal to participate in what she views as an assault on the free press. She remains in detention as a result of the contempt finding. The Assange indictment disclosed this morning strengthens their claims of grand jury abuse, say Manning’s attorneys.”
https://riseuptimes.org/2019/04/11/assange-arrested-call-for-protests-and-phone-calls-also-links-to-articles/ Assange Arrested: Call for protests and phone calls; also links to articles.
WikiLeaks tweeted that Ecuador allowed British police into the London embassy to arrest Assange at around 10:30 am British time, 5:30 am in Washington.
The U.S. charged Assange with conspiracy to hack a computer government computer related to the 2010 release of classified information, according to the criminal complaint unsealed hours after his arrest. The indictment does not charge Assange with espionage.”
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News From Canada
Canada would be the first country in the world to harmonize its federal laws with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) if the Senate passes Bill C-262, according to the chair of the UN permanent forum on Indigenous issues.