As a Lakota grandmother, I have some very important news to share with you! As you are likely aware, on February 1, 2017, Dakota Access LLC called in law enforcement to arrest Chase Iron Eyes and other water protectors on land the company claimed to own. This supposed “ownership” is a point of contention that our Lakota People’s Law Project legal team will address at Chase’s trial this November.
Now, in a huge development for the case, the North Dakota attorney general has sued Dakota Access LLC, charging that it never acquired legal ownership of that land. A North Dakota state statute expressly prohibits a corporation like Dakota Access from acquiring or owning North Dakota farm or ranch land.
We Lakota know that the land belongs to us (under the Fort Laramie Treaties of 1851 and 1868). In our latest video update, Lakota Law Chief Counsel Daniel Sheehan talks about the AG’s suit and the impact on Chase’s legal defense. Please watch and share it on Facebook and Twitter.
A recent article by the Associated Press’s Blake Nicholson quotes our notice to the court: “Given that Dakota Access can’t legally own the land under state law, the company ‘had no legal authority whatsoever to direct law enforcement authorities to forcibly remove'” Chase and the others participating in ceremony at Last Child Camp.
Again, please watch and share our video with your networks:
North Dakota's Attorney General has determined that #DAPL never legally acquired title to the land where water protectors were arrested for trespassing. This could have huge implications for #NoDAPL cases. Make sure to stay tuned to these developments by liking our page (@Lakota People's Law Project) and SHARING this video with your friends! #StillNoDAPL
Posted by Lakota People's Law Project on Wednesday, July 11, 2018
North Dakota's AG determined that #DAPL never legally acquired the land where water protectors were arrested for trespass during the #LastChild stand. This could have huge implications for #NoDAPL cases. Stay tuned to these developments by following our page/RTing this video! pic.twitter.com/XWCA1KE50k
— Lakota Law Project (@lakotalaw) July 11, 2018
We must not let the illegal actions of DAPL’s owners and hired attack firms go under-reported. Momentum is on our side in this landmark case. We are not trespassers. We are the ones protecting freedom in this land and the sacred heart of our Grandmother, Unci Maka. We all belong to the Earth. The Earth does not belong to us — and this part of the Earth definitely does not belong to Dakota Access LLC.
Wopila — Thank you for standing with us.
Madonna Thunder Hawk
Lakota People’s Law Project Tribal Liaison
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We could all use some good news, yes?
Pachamama Alliance has created a new video: 5 Reasons to Be Optimistic about the State of the World. This 3-minute video highlights five major trends we can be hopeful about now, even in such uncertain times.
We invite you to watch and share this video so that its message of hope can reach your loved ones and stretch far and wide.
We could all use some good news, yes? This video highlights five major trends we can be hopeful about now, even in such uncertain times. We invite you to watch and share this video so that its message of hope can reach your loved ones and stretch far and wide.
The starry midnight whispers,
“Life has no other logic,
“The Starry Midnight Whispers” by Bliss Carman
This poem shares the treasure of meeting someone such as Dona Julieta Casimiro. She was a daughter, a mother, a sister, a grandmother, a woman of great humility, vision and prayer. She was born in Huautla de Jiménez in 1936 into the Mazatec as a curandera and healer. She was seen as a holy woman living with her family, friends and community. Through their support and love she traveled around the world praying for peace amongst all nations. She would tell you she loved to pray and to sing the holy songs given to her by the Divine, the sacred plants and the wisdom, compassion and humility of Guadalupe. We first met her fourteen years ago. She was a small woman in physical stature that opened a portal to the Divine when she prayed. This love and the healing wisdom of the “ninos santos” touched the many and inspired the multitudes. Grandmother Julieta passed on Monday, July 23rd, at 11:20am central time. Please light a candle and hold prayers in honor of this amazing Being who walked amongst us for a short while. We are joining with your prayers calling on Divine Grace to carry her home with ease. Calling on the healing angels to embrace the family and her beloved village during this time.
Her love is a good medicine and will be felt as an echo in our times.
Jyoti, Darlene, Hanayo, Mari and the Kayumari community and CSS
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