[Currentcse] Water Protectors Action -- if you are interested

Hutchinson, Theodore hutchint at ohio.edu
Mon Nov 28 19:41:07 EST 2016

Hello!  If any of you are following the travesty that is happening in North Dakota with the Standing Rock Sioux and their affiliated allies, here is up-to-date news on a legal suit filed to halt the use of violent force against the Native Peoples and their allies. There are phone numbers of officials to call and leave a message asking for action and support.

It is a small thing to do, so if you feel moved to stand in support, please begin to call and email. There are thousands and thousands of us from around the world putting pressure on those who hold power--but it will take continued urgings and calls to make those with power "move". Don't think you're too small -- you are by yourself, but know that thousands are surrounding you in doing the same thing. Do it until they can no longer ignore our stand for justice and upholding the Constitution of our country.

Over 1000 U.S. military veterans are coming to the Camps in order to PROTECT the Native Peoples. They have said it is because the constitutional rights and protections for us whether we are Anglo or Native or Black or Latino or Asian or.... are being oppressed AND that they, as military personnel, swore an oath to uphold the Constitution from both foreign and domestic powers--that they will be going at the end of the week to join in protecting the Native Peoples. I am very proud of these men and women and am amazed.

If you ever said to yourself, "Yes, I would have marched with Martin Luther King, Jr., or other civil rights protests..." then this is OUR time...our civil rights and the protection of a group of People whose civil rights have been ignored from the westward migration of European Americans. AND they are there protecting the Water for all Peoples. They are not protestors, but Water Protectors using Prayer and non-violence, only to have our government turn on them with water cannons, tear gas, concussion grenades, "rubber" bullets and more--in sub-freezing conditions. NO AMERICAN CITIZEN SHOULD FACE SUCH VIOLENCE FROM THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT!

"Mini Wachoni -- Water is Life"   --Theo


Important press release from legal concerning use of force against water protectors on Backwater Bridge on November 20.
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November 28, 2016

Tasha Moro, NLG Communications Director: communications at nlg.org | 212-679-5100, ext. 15
Attorney Rachel Lederman rlederman at beachledermanlaw.com | 415-350-6496
Attorney Brandy Toelupe, btoelupe at tildentoelupe.com | 720-876-8300

CANNON BALL, ND —Today, the Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC-formerly Red Owl), an initiative of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), filed suit in US District Court against Morton County, Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirschmeier, and other law enforcement agencies for using excessive force against peaceful Water Protectors on the night of November 20, 2016.

The class action suit, filed on behalf of persons who were injured on the night of November 20 and early morning of November 21, seeks an immediate injunction preventing the Morton County Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement from using impact munitions such as rubber bullets and lead-filled “beanbags,” water cannons and hoses, explosive teargas grenades and other chemical agents against protesters.

Beginning on the evening of November 20, officers from the Morton County Sheriff’s Department and assisting agencies confronted peaceful Water Protectors at a bridge near the Standing Rock protest camp and within the boundaries of Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires, or Great Sioux Nation) treaty lands. Without giving any warnings or opportunity to disperse, officers fired on them with highly dangerous munitions, chemical agents, a water cannon and hoses in freezing weather. More than 200 Water Protectors were injured.

“The Morton County Sheriff’s office not only violates the constitutional rights of peaceful protesters, but their actions highlight the long history of abuse against Indigenous peoples,” said Brandy Toelupe, WPLC lawyer. “From the beginning, governments have used their latest technologies to take land and resources from Native nations and oppress Indigenous peoples. Sheriff Kirchmeier’s actions make it clear that nothing has changed,” she added.

The complaint describes the excessive force with which the eight class representatives were met while peacefully protesting. Four are Native, including two members of the Lakota nation. Jade Kalikolehuaokakalani Wool had two grenades blow up near her head, knocking her down, burning her face and sending shrapnel into it, and causing her to be hospitalized. Crystal Wilson was shot with a water cannon, tear gassed and shot with a munition. David Demo was filming police when, without warning, they shot him with a water cannon and then in the hand with a munition. He was hospitalized with broken bones and was told he would need reconstructive surgery. Gary Dullknife III saw a Water Protector knocked to the ground by a water cannon. As police sprayed her on the ground, he tried to move her away. He was shot in the chest, stomach and leg by impact munitions. Mariah Marie Bruce was peacefully protesting when police sprayed her with water cannons. She was then hit in the genitals with a grenade, and was hospitalized. Frank Finan was taking pictures when he was shot in the abdomen and knocked to the ground by a rubber bullet. Israel Hoagland–Lynn tried to help two people who had been shot with water cannons and rubber bullets and was shot in the back of his head by an impact munition. He lost consciousness, was hospitalized, and needed 17 staples for a head wound. Noah Michael Treanor, while praying, was shot by the water hoses or cannon. Once on the ground, he was shot in the head by an impact munition. Bleeding badly, he was hospitalized.

“The civil rights violations that night were deliberate and punitive,” said Rachel Lederman, WPLC lawyer. “The Morton County Sheriff’s Department’s illegal use of force against the Water Protectors has been escalating. It is only a matter of luck that no one has been killed. This must stop.”

Those concerned are urged to call local and federal agencies below to demand (1) immediate end to construction of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline, (2) the immediate cessation and a full investigation into law enforcement abuses, (3) dropping felony charges against water protectors from the October 27 police raid, and (4) permitting the Water Protectors to stay at their current encampment until the DAPL’s application to drill under Lake Oahe and the Missouri River is permanently denied.

• White House: 202-456-1414 or sign the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s White House petition standwithstandingrock.net/take-action<http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fstandwithstandingrock.net%2Ftake-action&h=lAQEwLaEwAQHYELULbOYgjwnjrDwLqyRT8srDxCWQHlSVMg&enc=AZMm_sVsuti2mi3uu_Uc214FPSbFyivJqCvvUBXyW91nr_a8At5L25md4A-yQdznT-Do9CI2U4S2T1sSUyVe9yhwT1v78zHbbmn4mPyC6LVEGap_VPzs5wbTSOB_5ZsUTXlgVHGTI2DsU7mogwRtPF3RvKlDKg3v9YYGHnyj4d5UFoDpLeVfdngoTnmBytSzOUfUBMh7WqlZOo7Qse53z-v5&s=1>
• White House Situation Room, 202-456-9431
• North Dakota Governor’s Office: 701-328-2200
• Morton County Sheriff’s Office: 701-667-3330
• Morton County State’s Attorney’s Office: 701-667-3330
• Army Corps of Engineers-Bismarck 701-255-0015

The Water Protector Legal Collective is the National Lawyers Guild legal support team for those engaged in resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline. It maintains a 24/7 presence on-site at the Oceti Sakowin camp near Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

Related Documents:

• Temporary Restraining Order Motion
• Temporary Restraining Order Memo
• Class Action Complaint

Donations to legal support efforts may be made to:

• Water Protector Legal Collective: fundrazr.com/campaigns/11B5z8<http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Ffundrazr.com%2Fcampaigns%2F11B5z8&h=9AQGdlytiAQFY-F-BiprSmZ86zgcj3a1IEq3TidYHjdoHMQ&enc=AZOdQ4IOzeP_MfiWQI7iy2eDp728K9w4DoVMs_EZ8I-Lf7_Ps7l8qPxewpcK2keD2CWAgYNAsLoouhMRTwTIwIDh47qLA05N64BPVrohs9fW1kvFoKl-mtUCksz2Qc-gp4oHK2nfgxDn72L3BS6bv3QB7wo7R_UiblR2VbSlFNvQa07XFWdGyekyoOTqQ5iAQ1LpZpOxBa3ebp8m7jyJW_Fo&s=1> or nlg.org/donate/waterprotectorlegal<http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fnlg.org%2Fdonate%2Fwaterprotectorlegal&h=yAQHP0jXcAQFchWqOdadswc7-E_gKrVIfI_ByoJC9IO3LhA&enc=AZMsWuIHad-QQQBD85jKqY4Dx1yZ7ZB5bRRfmOnp33ZJ6ItPrCCtpBPVWjIlRYMfOWCDtSuCLp7124l8ls8f63SKXld1rTntWoDjBq8m3_24VOeCh-uNwnRV3MbWLbjsiJldSyuKeLBY1YScEH9OZcp4xNVaT1e0dYWVxDBwq0b3kq0ZI5ysoebXpUmcCedNIr1uB-Ed_1TnZg9TElj_r7-T&s=1> for tax-deductible contributions.
• Sacred Stone Legal Defense Fund: fundrazr.com/campaigns/d19fAf<http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Ffundrazr.com%2Fcampaigns%2Fd19fAf&h=zAQEavI6OAQFWxr5zrWEbImq2FZCeSFu9WXudq5PShM7oMg&enc=AZNJJu9bFg-4x2kN6klwQGr94lB7feTGI5DnAlIsQ5HBo_GtVs_4aH4jZC2DzrE2ft36m3ztUeEn2pItzIfkDOe39mTY83NYPaqFQoNovoOCrl6R7dEac0NdpFgikMjKB_o165-k_wUAW3O6v0B_EieoKcrMKs7mwnzYXyXVim2v-AdfEMl3ztCdeK-LXLokfzFRI2z6KrPZcLY9u6U9oGn-&s=1>

For updates, visit waterprotectorlegal.org<http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwaterprotectorlegal.org%2F&h=UAQFmCTYFAQFmes7nDQYHnFMd2VZJBBw-zkmdcSD9WA3fIA&enc=AZPTjcXxIN6fe0GFpQaezp2XlFvqf3nDueEPsfdt_HMv3GpSXpx85x6qTNQXHBK2tgIr-g_2UilnpG-3z7niaZB0OFvtNIG0nF6p2nhzJgYLbFQ6NLrUESOfAcZTwzE1pMZ8XNwiF15Y3b5Cr6e50yOq2kTBU2FbIExhYw-Vdo3CO8EGJZqKpn-Z0xdvn19rzKyG-T3qcIVz7R3KGO_XbAky&s=1>, and follow the WPLC at Facebook.com/WaterProtectorLegal<https://facebook.com/WaterProtectorLegal> and Twitter @WaterProtectUs.

Above: Law enforcement uses water canon, teargas, and other munitions against peaceful Water Protectors, November 20, 2016. (Photo: Shanna Merola)
Tasha Moro
National Lawyers Guild
Director of Communications
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Theo Jansen Hutchinson, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Critical Studies in Educational Foundations, Program Coordinator
Director, Undergraduate Diversity Studies Certificate
Lindley Hall S203, Ohio University
Athens, OH  45701
Email: hutchint at ohio.edu
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