Give Real Thanks: 7 Ways to Help the DAPL Protestors at Standing Rock

Photo: After a prayer march to Backwater Bridge, protesters are lead in a defiant cheer by an elder and descendant of Chief Sitting Bull (the gentleman in the white jacket) against North Dakota State Police, who have been permanently deployed on the north side of the bridge. Photo © Matt Hamon

Although the Federal court ruled for a delay in the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) on November 14, the police action against unarmed protestors gathered at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, continues to escalate with acts extreme force.

Also: Standing Rock Has Become the First Major American Battleground of the 21st Century

Most recently, on the evening of Sunday, November 20, as temperatures dipped down to 26 degrees Fahrenheit, law enforcement officials blasted hundreds of people with water cannons near Oceti Sakowin camp. Video can be seen at The Guardian.

Standing behind a barbed wire fence, militarized police dressed in riot gear also launch concussion grenades, rubber bullets, and tear gas, injuring 300 people; 26 were taken to area hospitals, while 21 year-old New York resident Sophia Wilansky, who was air lifted to County Medical Center in Minneapolis, where she has been undergoing extensive surgery to save her arm from amputation after being hit by a grenade.

Since August 10 of this year, thousands of activists from across the United States have come together at Standing Rock to protest the construction of DAPL. Calling themselves “Water Protectors,” the activists are unarmed, using peaceful means of protest against the destruction of sacred lands and the environment. The response of the federal, state, and local governments have included a 12-day “No Fly Zone,” sound cannon blasts, tear gas and pepper spray, and hundreds of arrests on trumped up charges.

This Thanksgiving, we invite you to give real thanks to the people risking their lives to protect the water supply of 17 million Americans in four states. Here are some ways you can stand tall with Standing Rock.

A general view of Oceti Sakowin the Standing Rock encampment near Canon Ball, ND and on HWY 1806, which is currently blockaded by state police. There’s a core group of protest organizers who reside at the camp permanently and various transient populations of Native and non-Native people from all over the country. The camp is very well organized with off grid “amenities” from media support to cooking, mental health, medical, legal, and other services. Photo © Matt Hamon

A general view of Oceti Sakowin the Standing Rock encampment near Canon Ball, ND and on HWY 1806, which is currently blockaded by state police. Photo © Matt Hamon.

Donations:

Supplies:

Standing Rock medics have indicated they are in need of the following items:

  • Milk of Magnesia
  • Wool socks
  • Wool blankets
  • Space blankets
  • Hand warmers
  • Trauma kits (portable)
  • Suturing kits
  • Straw bales

Supplies can be shipped to:

Standing Rock Medic and Healer Council, PO Box 1251, Bismark ND, 58502

If you are shipping via UPS or Fed Ex, please use the address:

220 E. Rosser Ave. 1251, Bismark, ND, 58502

Volunteer:

If you are a certified medic, EMTs, nurse, physician, herbalist, midwife and massage therapist, you can fill out an application to volunteer. They are also looking for people who can help with logistics, such as supply deliveries.

Organize Locally:

Start or join events in your area at #NoDAPL Solidarity Actions

Boycott:

In a letter to Tribal Leaders and Supporters dated November 22, Harold Frazier, Chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe wrote, “In September, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Council voted unanimously to divest all tribal money from Bismarck and Mandan and asked that tribe members not spend any money in these cities. We are now asking that ALL people who oppose this pipeline join us.

“These communities have led the violent law enforcement efforts against out people and we will not support them financially. If these communities will not listen to our reasoned pleas for justice and fairness, we must speak the only language they seem to have understood throughout the entire DAPL project: MONEY.”

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is:

Big banks are heavily invested in the Energy Transfer family, the company that is funding DAPL. You can see a list of banks and their investments at Food and Water Watch to see if your bank is involved.

A call has gone out for people to take their money out of big banks and put them into credit unions and community development banks. Credit unions are nonprofits with low fees and excellent interest rates that invest in local projects, so that you will personally be staking your community. Community investment banks work with financially underserved institutions, businesses, and people, making it another great way to give back.

Taken from a bluff adjacent to the camp looking east toward the Missouri River, at the site where Dakota Access LLC awaits a permit to tunnel beneath. The large bluff on the right is a sacred site of the Standing Rock Tribe, and has been the location of frequent confrontations with riot police, as police presence on the hill is desecrates the site. Photo © Matt Hamon

Taken from a bluff adjacent to the camp looking east toward the Missouri River, at the site where Dakota Access LLC awaits a permit to tunnel beneath. Photo © Matt Hamon.

Protest:

Call the White House and the Army Corps of Engineers to demand the permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline be rescinded:

The White House

(202) 456-1111

(202) 456-1414

Army Corps of Engineers

(202) 761-5903

Call the executives at Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the pipeline:

Lee Hanse, Executive Vice President

(210) 403-6455

Glenn Emery, Vice President

(210) 403-6762

Michael (Cliff) Waters , Lead Analyst

(713) 989-2404

Call the powers in North Dakota to stop the violence against peaceful protesters:

North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple

(701) 328-2200

Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier

(701) 667-3330

Contact local law enforcement who have sent police officers to Standing Rock. If your city or town has sent deployments, ask them to bring their people back:

Michigan City Police Department

Michigan City, IN

(219) 874-3221

North Dakota Highway Patrol

Offices across North Dakota

(701) 328-2455

Hammond Police Department

Hammond, IN

219-852-2900

Munster Police Department

Munster, IN

(219) 836-6600

Griffith Police Department

Griffith, IN

(219) 924-7503

Anoka County Sheriff’s Office

Andover, MN

(763) 323-5000

Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Stillwater, MN

651-430-6000

Marathon County Sheriff’s Department

Wausau, WI

(715) 261-1200

La Porte County Sheriff’s Office

La Porte, IN

(219) 326-7700

Newton County Sheriff’s Office

Kentland, IN

219-474-3331

South Dakota Highway Patrol

Pierre, SD

605-773-3105

Jasper County Sheriff

Rensselaer, Indiana

219-866-7344

Lake County Sheriff Sheriff’s Department

Crown Point, IN

219-755-3333

Laramie County Sheriff’s Department

Cheyenne, WY

307-633-4700

Wyoming Highway Patrol

Cheyenne, WY

307-777-4301

Ohio State Highway Patrol

Columbus, Ohio

614-466-2660

Nebraska Emergency Management Agency

Lincoln, NE

(402) 471-7421

All photographs: © Matt Hamon, www.matthamon.com

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