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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 Discovery"

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 me. http://sacredstonecamp.org/

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


Kendrick Eagle 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 Pipeline
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 people’s 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 don’t begin taking genuine steps to protect our precious resources—our soil, our water, our essential elements—we 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 Americans.

You know, those who were here before us.

Well, guess what, America? They’re 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 ignored.

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 I’m talking about, Coachella. Walking around the flea market this weekend, I can’t 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, native history… without knowing native reality.

Somehow, we’ve 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.

Doesn’t this sadden you, America?

When we talk about marginalized communities in our country, we do not (on a mainstream level) include Native Americans.

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 act.

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 people’s 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 future children.

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 love… But hear me loud and clear: If you are a human who requires water to survive, then this issue directly involves you. Don’t let the automatic sink faucets in your homes fool you—that 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 a—es 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’ Day—coincidence?) the U.S. Court of Appeals denied an injunction to halt construction of the pipeline. As in: They began building once again.

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 you’re 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 Manhattan—despite 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 it’s 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 doesn’t 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 #IStandWithStandingRock?

What if we don’t 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. I’ve 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 songs.

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 celebrity’s arrest ain’t 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 #MniWiconi

Nov 27

Convo with Morgan


Cheerleaders in USA, Trail of Tears

Convo about Standing Rock with Morgan - Nov 27

[6:13:08 PM] Steve Hein: how do u feel when u see what is happening?
[6:13:47 PM] Morgan Vargas: horrified
[6:14:16 PM] Morgan Vargas: people are dying of hypothermia because the us wants to built a pipe line in a land we don't own
[6:16:28 PM] Morgan Vargas: At least the police are starting to leave the protestors alone
[6:18:11 PM] Steve Hein: hmm - how do u figure that? maybe i am missing something. i thought the new plan was to force them all to leave. but maybe I'm not up to date.


He said he read that some departments were withdrawing their police officers. He said they should not have been there in the first place.

I agree, exept maybe to protect the protesters from the company bullies.

Then he asked how I feel and I said

i feel supportive of the protestors. i feel empathy for them. i feel very sad to see how they have been hurt by the government bullies. i feel opposed to the power that corporations have. i feel admiration for shailene woodly. i feel admiration for jane fonda and all those who are supporting the indigenous people. i feel admiration and respect for the protestors. i feel frightened by the lack of empathy the government and corporate bullies have. i feel supportive of cenk uygur and jimmy dore who are very critical of the government, the corporations, the abuse of power.

Excerpt from An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

Indigenous 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-1670’s, 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.

Dustin 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.

This 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.



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