|Contrary to reports, Water Protectors and Veterans remain|
|ADDRESS:||Complete Update as of Dec. 8, 2016|
Standing Rock Update at of Dec. 8, 2016: Although the Army Corps of Engineers denied the easement to permit the Dakota Access Pipeline to be drilled under the Missouri River (putting the water supply of 120 million people at severe risk), the Energy Transfer Partners (Sunoco) intends to drill anyway and despite Chairman Dave Archambault's official statement of victory, Water Protectors and Veterans remain vigilant.
1. At least 2,000 veterans showed up to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic." The veterans themselves estimate their numbers onsite to be around 4,000.
2. The Army Corps of Engineers denied Energy Transfer Partners the easement needed to continue the project.
3. Robert Kennedy Junior explained that the pipeline is actually illegal and was being ramrodded through without a full Environmental Impact Statement as required by law. (Energy Transfer Partners attempted to bypass the process by segmenting the project and filing many short forms).
4. Standing Rock Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault made a formal statement to Water Protectors theat their "purpose has been served and it’s time to go home." Although he thanked the Obama administration, it is unclear whether the president had a hand in the decision. Unlike Western politics, the Chairman's statement is not "top down" authority and many Water Protectors and Veterans will remain throughour the winter. Unprepared visitors are requested to leave, however.
5. A moving ceremony was held where the veterans and natives reconciled their differences and asked forgiveness for past wrongs. This had profound effects on all participants including helping to heal veteran PTSD.
6. Energy Transfer Partners stated they "fully committed to ensuring that this vital project is brought to completion" and that it expects to complete construction of the pipeline "without any additional rerouting in and around Lake Oahe." There is some debate about whether they will continue construction.
7. The hired security personnel backed off from their position at the bridge and re-deployed their encampment about a mile away.
8. Veterans are discussing taking their support to Flynt, Michigan next although organizer Wes Clark Junior was unavailable for comment.
9. Current weather conditions at Standing Rock: Blizzard. No one is going in or out of the encampment at the moment.
10. *** SEVERE WEATHER PREDICTED FOR NEXT WEEK! (Cut and paste this link for details): http://www.nbcnews.com/news/weather/season-s-first-arctic-blast-brings-subzero-temperatures-plains-n693476
DONATIONS ARE STILL NEEDED: Although the encampment is currently well-supplied, they will be in need of additional supplies in months to come. Please donate to Red Lightning to support this effort by clicking the Fundraiser Link on this webpage. THANK YOU!!
"As the camps at Standing Rock have processed Archambault's statements LeDonna Brave Bull who owns the land Sacred Stone Camp is on officially asked everyone to stay until the black snake is dead. Oceti Sakowin Camp released the following statement:
"Thank You Protectors
Press Release: December 7, 2016 �
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Standing Rock Reservation, Oceti Sakowin Camp. North Dakota—
Our first concern is safety. We ask all who can and want to leave, to return home. We are especially concerned for elders, families with children, those with health concerns, and/or pets that aren't acclimated. For those who can stay—and are prepared for arctic conditions—please do, we need people here. The Lakota/Nakota/Dakota people of The Great Sioux Nation have survived in these conditions for thousands of years. If Ally Protectors cooperate with the ancient wisdom and ways of these lands, we will fare well. This movement is unlike any other—it is prayerful as well as peaceful—the consciousness we have raised here continues to resonate across the world.
Secondly we ask this of you in order to conserve resources. Bringing in wood, and other essential life supporting goods, is now much more complicated. For those who want to come, be prepared for arctic conditions, we can't stress this enough. Be ready to contribute to the survival and safety of the camp in a significant way daily, be abundant in spirit and ready to share. Bring wood, plan to work. We need cooks, medics, builders/repair-persons, people dedicated to the survival of the community, for the coming storms. Bring weather-ready vehicles, 4x4 trucks and trailers, snow-ready vehicles.
Oceti Sakowin Camp remains determined—to protect our land. We have been given the obligation to do so in the treaty of 1851—we were specifically asked to protect this river. This is the way of the Standing Rock people, the Lakota people, the Hunkpapa people. All of the seven tribes of The Great Sioux Nation have gathered here again in an historic way—once as former enemies, we now stand together as brothers and sisters.
We are not protesters.
We are not terrorists.
We are not rioters.
We are in fact, Protectors."
Many speculate that Archaumbault's statements were made both to release the Tribal Council of legal liability and to weed out those who are not prepared for survival in these brutal winter conditions. For those wondering if you should still come at this point...if you are truly prepared and feel confident you can contribute more than you will take you are needed. <3 "