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Lakota Indians Block ‘Keystone XL Pipeline’ Trucks in Six-Hour Standoff

7:32 am - 03/07/2012
Five Lakotas on Pine Ridge Indian land in South Dakota were arrested Monday after attempting to block two tarsands pipeline trucks from entering their land. According to the Lakota activist the six-hour standoff started when the trucks refused to turn around claiming they had “corporate rights that supersede any other law.”

According to the Rapid City Journal “several dozens” of American Indians were part of the blockade but a community journalist reports only five people were arrested.

An action alert made it’s way throughout the reservation on Monday called on men to help block the trucks. KILI, a Pine Ridge Rez radio station posted the alert:

ACTION ALERT PINE RIDGE SD: Calling all Lakota Men on the Pine Ridge Reservation to come to Wanblee SD.

XL Pipeline trucks are being held there at the border by our Lakota Oyate, OST Police and State Troopers in an effort to keep them from entering our territory. Even the state troopers told the trucks they have to turn around and cannot bring their…pipeline or other materials on to our reservation. The XL Pipeline trucks are refusing to turn around claiming they have corperate rights that supercedes any other laws. Olowan Sara Martinez, Debra White Plume, Grandma Marie Randall and others are there holding their ground.

Plume, one of the activists arrested, told the Rapid City Journal on Monday she heard about two trucks with the words “Calgary, Alberta, Canada” on the sides were driving through the Pine Ridge Reservation. Those three words were all she needed to hear to rush to the scene. According to the Rapid City Journal Plume was blocking the road “around 10am.”

“We formed a blockade to stop tarsands oil mine equipment from passing our lands. The truckers told us the corporation office from Calgary, Alberta, Canada and the State of South Dakota made a deal to save the truckers $50,000 per truck. There were two trucks, from having to pay $100,000,” Plume told Censored News.

“There were about 75 people on the blockade, people brought pots of soup, frybread, cases of water, doughnuts, soda, and parked their cars to join the blockade. The oldest woman there was Marie Randall, another elder was Ione Bad Cob who came in her wheelchair and participated in the blockade,” Censored News reported.

The arrests were made by tribal police and they were charged with disorderly conduct, Plume told Censored News. They were all released Monday night.

“The tribal police had to let the trucks get off the rez. They escorted them to the reservation line. We oppose the tarsands oil mine in solidarity with Mother Earth and our First Nation allies.”

Source: Colorlines

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More pictures at Censored News, linked in the article.

Any tag suggestions welcome. Some news that leaves you feeling good, for once!
arisma 7th-Mar-2012 04:53 pm (UTC)
The XL Pipeline trucks are refusing to turn around claiming they have corperate rights that supercedes any other laws.

I popped big eyes at this line. The bad thing? They're not exactly wrong at this point.
kiri_l 7th-Mar-2012 04:59 pm (UTC)
That cannot be right. *Aghast*
idemandjustice 7th-Mar-2012 05:21 pm (UTC)
We really need to get rid of corporate personhood. Not that that'll ever happen.
peace_piper 7th-Mar-2012 11:35 pm (UTC)
That's the part that really threw me. I was protesting the Yucca mountain site for years with the American Indians there and no matter what we did, "Oh well, corporate rights" and it went ahead.

This news makes me happy, but at the same time, I feel that crushing defeat all over again.
idemandjustice 7th-Mar-2012 05:23 pm (UTC)
It makes me happy to hear that state troopers were helping with the blockade.
romp 7th-Mar-2012 05:34 pm (UTC)
First Nations are busy fighting the pipeline up north too. I hope more people get involved and don't leave it to the Aboriginal people to do all the long-term thinking.
tabaqui 7th-Mar-2012 06:48 pm (UTC)
Me too. We're not 'in line' for any part of the pipeline, but it's just such an ungodly stupid idea. That and the whole 'we can take your land, whenever we want' thing.... Makes me want to hit people.
lilyginny27 7th-Mar-2012 05:35 pm (UTC)
Corporate "personhood" or not, there are treaties that protect reservations as sovereign land. No, they didn't have to allow these trucks through, and I'm happy the troopers stood by the treaty.
jettakd 7th-Mar-2012 05:53 pm (UTC)
Glad they got them off the land. Corporate personhood is disgusting.
dawn9476 7th-Mar-2012 06:08 pm (UTC)
The way the media is ignoring the issue that human beings up and down the middle of the US will be thrown off their land for this gross ass pipeline is disgusting. It is also really evil that the GOP and some Democrats are letting a foreign company get away away with this shit and putting them before Americans.

Edited at 2012-03-07 06:14 pm (UTC)
sixdemonhag 7th-Mar-2012 08:09 pm (UTC)
romp 8th-Mar-2012 07:18 am (UTC)
You'd think there'd be more if refineries worked in Canada and the US rather than shipping out the raw stuff but what do I know...
anjak_j 7th-Mar-2012 07:26 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear the State Troopers are standing by the Native American tribes on this one. This stuff about the pipeline trucks having corporate rights that supercede the right of the tribes to their land...unfortunately, it wouldn't surprise me...

Tar Sands is appalling. The more people fighting it, the better.
stellar_kar 7th-Mar-2012 07:53 pm (UTC)
Corporate personhood pisses me off sfm
soleiltropiques 7th-Mar-2012 08:15 pm (UTC)
I applaud the US and the Lakota for protesting against this. What pisses me off about this is that being against Keystone has been portrayed by the Canadian government (and even some in the Canadian media!) as 'unpatriotic'.

Furthermore, it now seems that, (i) they'll get around objections by building the southern portion of the pipeline fow now and going through an alternative route later where approval for the northern portion is concerned (therefore doing an 'end-run' around negative public opinion in the U.S.), (ii) this has made conditions 'more favorable' for the Northern Gateway pipeline project which has been portrayed as an alternative to Keystone (i.e. this would go from Alberta, through the province of British Columbia and to the pacific, so as to ship oil to China rather than the US). The Northern Gateway project faces opposition by First Nations groups in Canada, but not from much of anyone else (because up here we're *sheep*, apparently).

I'm depressed.

soleiltropiques 7th-Mar-2012 08:16 pm (UTC)
PS: I forgot to mention that I live in Canada (just to clarify things!).
romp 8th-Mar-2012 07:23 am (UTC)
I've talked to one person where I live on the BC coast who supports it...and she was a shareholder with no information about how badly prepared Enbridge is for a bitumen spill.

I don't understand why people aren't outraged about corporations harvesting public lands for profit and then leaving the people to pay to clean up.

This is the bottom line IMO: it's not a question of if a spill will happen, but when.

(thanks for letting me rant)
soleiltropiques 8th-Mar-2012 04:51 pm (UTC)
You are most welcome and entitled!! I frequently feel that need myself... ;-D
epithetique 8th-Mar-2012 02:46 am (UTC)
Hell yes.
jwaneeta 8th-Mar-2012 04:29 am (UTC)
YEAH \o/
sweetthea 8th-Mar-2012 07:39 am (UTC)
beautiful, seriously made me tear up, badassery all around
ar_feiniel_ 8th-Mar-2012 01:57 pm (UTC)
Even the state troopers told the trucks they have to turn around and cannot bring their…pipeline or other materials on to our reservation.

If the State Troopers are telling you to get off the land, you better get off the fucking land.
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