Dec 1 - Found this .dailykos.com......Water-Protector-Sophia-Wilansky's-father
Nov 30 - I created a
file on the "Doctrine of Discovery", something I never heard of before.
It is something written by the Catholic Pope in 1493
which basically says it is ok to occupy land used by and
inhabited by anyone who is not a Christian.
Added Excerpt from An Indigenous
Peoples History of the United States
Another video I found https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSrGnXLLZ5A - Cenk Uygur
500-clergy-went-to-standing-rock/ - talks about "Doctrine of
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjCSGalmFns Angie, trauma counselor, talks about
getting arrested, abuses by police.
Nov 29 I just found
this video of how the indigenous people are using drone
cameras to show what is happening. It is a beautiful
video. The guy is so calm. So confident. He is a hero.
Here is a link to a
page I think was created and is maintained by indigenous
people in the area, AKA the "native Americans",
a term I do not like and one they don't seem to like
either. It seems they prefer to be called
"indigenous", which is very understandable to
Nov 21, 2016
- I just started looking into this today. I
watched some TYT videos (below) and now I just read this article from the Washington Post. I feel encouraged
by it because Cenk Uygur from TYT said that the
mainstream press was not covering the story. So it seems
they are starting to. I can't really put into words how I
feel about what is happening. But I will say it is
symbolic of a lot of things that are very messed up
around the world. Big corporations. Money. Power. Police.
Militarization of police. Abuse of power by police. Theft
and invasion of land by violent groups - such as how
Europeans invaded what is now called North America -- but
similar things have happened around the world. People go
in with weapons and take over the land - Australia for
example, where the local people now have almost no land,
and no voice in decisions. They can't travel off the
island without a pasport issued by the people who took
their land and now control them. Same for what the
mainstream are now calling "Native Americans" -
but they are not native Americans. America is a term
created by those who invaded the continent. The people
there never called themselves Native Americans. I doubt
they do now. Here is a big discussion of this on wikipedia
messsage to Obama https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bDEq0051C8
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Copy of her statement in Time Magazine
Shailene Woodley: The Truth About My Arrest
Shailene Woodley @shailenewoodley
Oct. 20, 2016
Shailene Woodley protesting the North Dakota Access
Shailene Woodley Actress Shailene Woodley (left) standing
with two other people protesting the North Dakota Access
Pipeline on Oct. 10, 2016.
Shailene Woodley is an actress.
'It took me, a white non-native woman being arrested...
to bring this cause to many peoples attention'
Shailene Woodley was arrested last week and charged with
criminal trespassing and engaging in a riot. She pled not
guilty on Wednesday. This is her first full statement in
response to what happened.
I was arrested on Oct. 10, on Indigenous Peoples
Day, a holiday where America is meant to celebrate the
indigenous people of North America.
I was in North Dakota, standing in solidarity,
side-by-side with a group of over 200 water protectors,
people who are fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline.
People who carry a rainbow of colors on their skin.
People who gathered together because they realize that if
we dont begin taking genuine steps to protect our
precious resourcesour soil, our water, our
essential elementswe will not have a healthy or
thriving planet to pass on to future generations.
I was in North Dakota, standing side by side with Native
You know, those who were here before us.
Well, guess what, America? Theyre still here.
And they are still fighting the good fight. A fight that
serves each and every one of us.
They are still putting their lives on the line to protect
the roots that feed our existence.
And, guess what else, dear America? They are still being
We are still throwing them in jail.
We are still silencing their dedication to protect us
from the planetary consequences that will
catastrophically bleed from our ignorance.
We wear their heritage, their sacred totems, as
decoration and in fashion trends, failing to honor their
culture. Headdresses, feathers, arrows. Moccasins, sage,
beadwork. You know what Im talking about,
Coachella. Walking around the flea market this weekend, I
cant even tell you how many native references I saw
being used in a way that feeds our western narrative.
We buy plastic teepees from Toys-R-Us and set them up in
our living rooms for children to play in.
We grow up romanticizing native culture, native art,
without knowing native reality.
Somehow, weve allowed 200-plus years to go by
without questioning the western truth we have been told
to believe about Native Americans.
And now, in 2016, in the day and age of exciting
technology, which empowers revolution and curiosity, we
are still blindly (or maybe not) allowing 200 years of
unjust history to continue.
We are allowing Native American voices to be swallowed by
the white noise of distraction.
Doesnt this sadden you, America?
When we talk about marginalized communities in our
country, we do not (on a mainstream level) include Native
When we talk about sex trafficking in our country, we do
not (on a mainstream level) include Native Americans.
And when we talk about governmental integrity, we do not
(on a mainstream level) include Native Americans.
Treaties are broken. Land is stolen. Dams are built.
Reservations are flooded. People are displaced.
Yet we fail to notice. We fail to acknowledge. We fail to
So much so that it took me, a white non-native woman
being arrested on Oct 10th in North Dakota, on Indigenous
Peoples Day, to bring this cause to many
peoples attention. And to the forefront of news
publications around the world.
The day I was detained, 26 others had to dress in orange
as well, as they were booked into the Morton County jail.
Did you hear about them?
Twenty-six men and women who put their livelihoods on the
line, to protect their children, your children and my
Twenty-six men and women who realize that millions of
people depend on the Missouri River for drinking water.
And, you guessed it, you may be one of them. Did that
catch your attention?
When the Dakota Access Pipeline breaks (and we know that
too many pipelines do), millions of people will have
crude-oil-contaminated water. I know it is easy to be
apathetic or detached from the reality that fossil fuel
contamination could actually affect you and the ones you
But hear me loud and clear: If you are a human
who requires water to survive, then this issue directly
involves you. Dont let the automatic sink faucets
in your homes fool youthat water comes from
somewhere, and the second its source is contaminated, so
is your bathtub, and your sink, and your drinking liquid.
We must not take for granted the severity of this truth.
Listen up, America:
The reason we were freezing our aes off on Oct. 10
in peaceful protest was because the night before (mind
you, right after the presidential debate and on the eve
of Indigenous Peoples Daycoincidence?) the
U.S. Court of Appeals denied an injunction to halt
construction of the pipeline. As in: They began building
Whatever your cause is. Whatever your passion is.
Whatever you care about most
none of your efforts
or hard-earned opinions will matter when the planet and
the people youre fighting for have nothing left to
show for it.
The Dakota Access Pipeline, my friends, is not another
time to ignore, mistreat and turn a blind eye to Native
Americans. But it is time to guarantee the safety of
Manhattandespite the soon-to-be-fueled gas pipeline
called AIM. (For all of you in the tri-state area, this
is being built under a failing nuclear plant. Fukushima
only happened five years ago. This plant is just about as
far from Manhattan as the U.S. government told Americans
to keep away from Fukushima to protect them from a
worst-case scenario. Look it up and do something about
it.) We have the technology for renewable energy, and
its up to us to begin utilizing.
I appreciate all of you out there who supported me while
I was arrested. I am humbled and grateful for your love,
your prayers and your hashtags.
And what could it look like if we learned from this
instance, where it took myself getting detained to raise
awareness about Native Americans? What if we used it as a
catalyst for a full societal shift in the way we start
thinking and treating and learning from indigenous
peoples? So that in the future, it doesnt require a
non-native celebrity to bring attention to the cause.
What if we took the hashtag #FreeShailene and made it
#ProtectCleanWater, or #HonorNativeTreaties, or
What if we dont let this stop trending on social
media, at our dinner tables, in the streets? What if we
wake up to the possibilities of noticing, of choosing and
of acting on our awareness?
What if we take the time to understand the dynamics of
what is at risk here?
Will you choose money, or will you choose children? Will
you choose ignorance, or will you choose love? Will you
choose blindness, or will you choose freedom?
I am not scared. I am not afraid. I am grateful, and I am
amazed to be standing by the sides of so many peaceful
warriors. Standing Rock protests are rooted
in ceremony and in prayer. Ive been there. And all
these narratives about riots? Just watch my Facebook
livestream and decide for yourself who looks more
dangerous: police in riot gear with batons, or native
grandmothers and children smudging sage and singing
Thank you, to all the tribes who have gathered. To all
the nations standing as one. To all the people who know
that if not we, then who? And if not now, then when?
Simply feeding off the hype of a celebritys arrest
aint going to save the world. But, standing
together will. Please stand in solidarity with the Sioux
people of Standing Rock Reservation to ensure that we
still have rivers to swim in, springs to drink from and
lakes to float on. Will you join us?
Mni wiconi. Water is life.
#NoDAPL #ProtectCleanWater #IStandWithStandingRock
from An Indigenous Peoples History of the United
people continued to resist by burning settlements and
killing and capturing settlers. As an incentive to
recruit fighters, colonial authorities introduced a
program of scalp hunting that became a permanent and
long-lasting element of settler warfare against
Indigenous nations. During the Pequot War, Connecticut
and Massachusetts colonial officials had offered bounties
initially for the heads of murdered Indigenous people and
later for only their scalps, which were more portable in
large numbers. But scalp hunting became routine only in
the mid-1670s, following an incident on the
northern frontier of the Massachusetts colony. The
practice began in earnest in 1697 when settler Hannah
Dustin, having murdered ten of her Abenaki captors in a
nighttime escape, presented their ten scalps to the
Massachusetts General Assembly and was rewarded with
bounties for two men, two women, and six children.
soon became a folk hero among New England settlers. Scalp
hunting became a lucrative commercial practice. The
settler authorities had hit upon a way to encourage
settlers to take off on their own or with a few others to
gather scalps, at random, for the reward money. In
the process, John Grenier points out, they
established the large-scale privatization of war within
American frontier communities. Although the
colonial government in time raised the bounty for adult
male scalps, lowered that for adult females, and
eliminated that for Indigenous children under ten, the
age and gender of victims were not easily distinguished
by their scalps nor checked carefully. What is more, the
scalp hunter could take the children captive and sell
them into slavery. These practices erased any remaining
distinction between Indigenous combatants and
noncombatants and introduced a market for Indigenous
slaves. Bounties for Indigenous scalps were honored even
in absence of war. Scalps and Indigenous children became
means of exchange, currency, and this development may
even have created a black market. Scalp hunting was not
only a profitable privatized enterprise but also a means
to eradicate or subjugate the Indigenous population of
the Anglo-American Atlantic seaboard. The settlers gave a
name to the mutilated and bloody corpses they left in the
wake of scalp-hunts: redskins.
way of war, forged in the first century of colonization
destroying Indigenous villages and fields, killing
civilians, ranging and scalp hunting became the
basis for the wars against the Indigenous across the
continent into the late nineteenth century.