Thursday, February 02, 2017

Update on Standing Rock: Trump Regime Targets Water Protectors in Camp Eviction

Feb. 1, 2017, eviction of Last Child Camp. (Photo courtesy of Redhawk, Standing Rock Rising.)

By Barbara With*
Posted Feb. 2, 2017, on Wisconsin Citizens' Media Cooperative
Reprinted with permission.

Seventy-six water protectors were arrested yesterday near the confluence of the Cannonball and Missouri Rivers when they refused to leave the newly established Last Child camp. Last Child Camp moved across the road from Oceti Sakowin, which is being vacated due to the high potential for spring flooding.

Chase Iron Eyes was among those arrested on Wednesday. According to TYT Politics Reporter Jordan Chariton, Iron Eyes is being targeted as a "ringleader" and was told by police that he will be held responsible for the actions of all others at the camp.

In the video below taken by Steven Jeffrey Chrisjohn just before the arrests and the eviction of the camp, Iron Eyes said, "It’s our birthright to determine our own destiny, to seek a life of dignity, and to be free from legal, economic and political oppression which is being perpetrated by the United States, by the State of North Dakota, by the institutions of finance and extraction and the military-prison-industrial-complex over and against not only Native Nations but all American citizens."

Chase Iron Eyes speaks about the peaceful Standing Rock struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline and the need for more supporters. (Video © Steven Jeffrey Chrisjohn and courtesy Wisconsin Citizens' Media Cooperative)

* Guest author Barbara With is a citizen journalist from La Pointe, Wis.

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