Millennium Tries to Silence Local Dad over CPV Fracked Gas Power Plant Through SLAPP Suit
The White Lie
Scott Martens, a father of two young children from Middletown, saw folks protesting outside the construction site, stopped by and has been involved in the fight to stop CPV ever since. He says he’s been out there almost every Saturday for a year letting people know about the threats CPV poses to his community and the planet.
Now Millennium, the company building the Valley Lateral Pipeline (VLP), a 7.8 mile pipeline that will transport fracked gas to the CPV plant from the larger Millennium transmission line, is trying to silence Scott.
Protect The Sacred Gathering 2
“We are fed a lie by the white man. I’ve seen that lie being swallowed . . . not only that but our elders have swallowed that lie of the white man. They say were a vanishing people . . . No! We will be here for another 500 years. We have no intention of giving up, and vanishing, assimilating into this society as if we haven’t our own.” Carter Camp, American Indian Movement leader, August 1941- Forever.
YOUTH POWER 2017
The gathering’s purpose was to unite those who fought and defeated the KXL years before and to renew the “International Treaty to Protect” which is an agreement between organizations, societies, and tribes to defend and protect Mother Earth and the people from destruction and desecration that is brought on by the fossil fuel industry.
Defend Our Sacred, Protect Our Women
YOUTH POWER Convening 2017 November 16th-19th, 2017 -Funder’s Collaborative on Youth Organizing
Native Organizers Alliance community organizing training 2017
Jackie is a Native American (Yurok and Wahsho) and Filipino, indigenous and environmental activist and artist. Janet W MacGillivray from Seeding Sovereignty commissioned Jacki to create a piece on behalf of the organization. This is the beautiful artwork that she came back with.
The Possibility Alliance
This past week I attended the Native Organizers Alliance annual training in Kyle, SD. I made a lot of great relationships in this training. I went into this training hoping to learn how to be a better community organizer. Not only did I learn how to better my community, I came out of the training with a better sense of who I am as a person.
Pigs...Harbingers of disease and destruction
The Possibility Alliance is an off-grid, sustainable, electricity free homestead run by Sarah and Ethan Hughes. Located in Missouri, they have acquired over 200 acres of land in the past 10 years that has been allocated to other homesteaders and organizations working towards the same goal of harmony with the earth.
Cultural Appropriation and Plastic Shamans
There are 22 million hogs and 3 million people living in Iowa. Below is a petition to the permit application of another corporate hog confinement system to be built in Clay County, IA.
Not only is hog farming having a detrimental impact on the land, air and water systems of Iowa, but historically this animal is responsible for a lot of the colonized death and destruction that occurred in the Americas.
Found Hope Just North of Wounded Knee
Are you angry about the recent cultural appropriation of Native American culture at Burning Man? Are you tired of seeing headdresses for sale at expensive boutiques? Or sick of hearing about schools for Shamans? Do you cringe when you see a Lynn Andrews book? If you do, you may also want to know about the recent co-option of the Ghost Dance.
Nurturing the Power in our Little Ones
This is a whole-system approach to helping the community, offering housing that is far more affordable once developed than standard reservation housing. The power bills in the older homes are outrageous, the walls are too thin to hold heat if there is power available. The homes are built with prefabricated panels that come complete with insulation, the solution they found worked best.
Drinking Water Protection Areas and the KXL
Reflections on the KXL March in Lincoln, Nebraska on August 6.
One of the the first things I noticed when arriving in Lincoln for the the KXL March activities was the large presence of Indigenous people. The elders, the aunties, uncles, nephews, nieces, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, daughters and sons.
Native Vets, Vets for Peace and Standing Rock
Entering Drinking Water Protection Area?
Way to go Nebraska! Or maybe not.
While driving through Nebraska we saw this sign. We pulled over and got out our Mni Wiconi banner! Kind of wish there was a third person to help hold it up. 😂
Introduced by Nebraska's Wellhead Protection Program in 1998, a drinking water protection area is where there are wellheads and drinking water that need to be protected from contamination. Essentially, these areas are mapped out so, "local entities can use this information to develop Wellhead Protection Plans to protect these important sources of drinking water." (Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality)
Will the Real Eco-Terrorist Please Stand Up...Anyone? Tigerswan?
Lot's going on in Iowa and all over the world. I'm in Chicago today at the Vets for Peace Conference. This afternoon, there's a Standing Rock Panel made up of Indigenous Vets that were at Standing Rock.
DAPL Makes Way for Precision Access LLC in Iowa
Ed Fallon, Bold Nebraska, interviewed Ruby Montoya and Jessica Reznicek (both Catholic Workers that vandalized DAPL property) on his show, The Fallon Forum, and asked them, "Do pipeline 'vandals' undermine 'thoughtful' protesters?"
My immediate response was, "No, Tigerswan does."
Little Creek Camp Update
A New Pipeline in Iowa
This is a staging area in Boone County, Iowa where DAPL had their equipment and debris but now is being used by Precision Pipeline LLC to build a 13 mile natural gas line to Des Moines.
Make Mahwah Great Again
"With some sadness and a little relief I want to make the official announcement that #LittleCreekCamp is taking a break. The reasons are many, but mostly, myself and the key people in this camp are burnt out. Not only that, but the population has been declining and we could not keep up the pace of trying to engage in social and environmental justice causes and simultaneously build a sustainable community.
July 27th, 2017
Make Mawah Great Again*
In today's two court sessions regarding the Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp both cases were re-scheduled for reasons that raised a number of questions, and not just because they were delivered by the Honorable Dennis G. Harraka JMC very quietly, at high rates of speed (no recording devices aloud).
*Actual slogan of the Township of Mahwah
We Can Still Stop DAPL in Iowa!
In the February 2017 Tiger Swan reports, leaked by the Intercept, there is a constant reference to "propaganda" being used within the Water Protector movement. They apply this to independent media reports, thousands of first-person accounts with documentation of human rights abuses, and quotes of Indigenous speakers, writers, and Medicine People that raise the spirits of supporters. They use the term to contextualize the framing of Indigenous people and all those who support them as terrorists.
According to the Little Creek Camp website:
"9 land owners and the Sierra Club are suing the Iowa Utilities Board over the abuse or misuse of eminent domain. The suit has been appealed and the case is going to the Iowa Supreme Court. No date has been set yet. The court case is hearing arguments on wether the Dakota Access Pipeline meets the test of public necessity. If the land owners and Sierra Club wins, the Iowa Utilities Board could be required to revoke the permit and re-route around the state of Iowa or around the land of the 9 land owners, which would cripple the project significantly for 1-2 years. If oil is flowing through the pipe at that time, the entire pipeline would have to be shut down completely in all four states."