Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Standing Rock Situation is About to Get Worse


In following the pattern of broken promises, the Army Corps has apparently reversed its decision to stop the construction of the pipeline and are instead going to attempt to evict the Standing Rock Sioux water protectors from the area. It's their land, and the pipeline construction is illegal, but the Sioux are the ones who were served an eviction notice on the 25th of November.

The Corps says its decision to clear the area is necessary to protect people from violent confrontations with law enforcement and to uphold the Corps’s land leases to private individuals for grazing and haying uses.  It has designated a ‘free speech zone’ south of the Cannonball River, and anyone outside that area will be considered trespassing and subject to forcible removal and prosecution. Anyone that chooses to remain at the encampment “does so at their own risk, and assumes any and all corresponding liabilities for their unlawful presence.”

The Army Corps has said it has no plans to remove the water protectors from the site, but why would they when police from neighboring states can be brought in to arrest, assault, and nearly kill them? This eviction notice is basically, "hey, we're about to give the cops a pass on gassing, shooting, and beating you." And meanwhile, the Army Corps can hit them with all kinds of fines, making some profit off of the abuse of the indigenous peoples.

Oh, and they're bringing the "free speech zones" back! Remember those fun dystopian gems from the W. Bush presidency? I thought they'd be a thing of the past after Obama was elected but haaaaahahahahahaha fuck me.

And it gets worse.

The eviction notice came in a letter from the US Army Corps of Engineers to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, informing the tribe that on Dec. 5th, it will “close” all lands north of the Cannonball River, where the Oceti Sakowin encampment is located. It is no coincidence that the Army Corps of Engineers has chosen Dec 5th, General George Armstrong Custer's birthday, as the date it plans to evict people from the Oceti Sakowin Camp. Custer broke the treaty to dig for gold, the Army Corps is breaking the treaty over oil.


I'm glad that veterans are heading to Standing Rock to support the water protectors, but I don't expect this to stop the police from attacking them. After all, the U.S. government has never actually treated its veterans well.

If you were thinking of heading to Standing Rock to help, try to get there on or before December 5th. But if you're white, for the love of god, don't treat it like Burning Man. Show some fucking respect.

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