A Reason WHY The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Oppose The Black Snake, DAPL – Mni Wiconi ~ Water IS Life
The presidential election only exemplified exactly how corrupt the western press has become. It is simply a mechanism to promote corporate propaganda on many levels as dictated by Maddison Avenue via hand picked investor/politicians. The Standing Rock Stand-Off is a classic example, the media is further than Pluto from the truth.
At the very least the media placed Standing Rock on the map as inaccurate and as far from the truth as possible. There are other stories of epic & equal vane but don’t get ANY air time. Why? Because these news bytes lend credibility & validity to stories contrary to corporate dictum. Standing Rock is not an Indian uprising, rather it’s the last straw in a continuous wave of global corporate environmental disasters.
Though the mainstream media has a veritable blockade on Corporate Pollution News the Indigenous Telegraph is global and clear as a bell, can you hear me now? We indigenous peoples of the ‘third’ world know the hard realities behind the corporate global encroachment of tribal lands and the destruction of our habitat. We come in all colors so toss that ‘Race Card’ horse crap out the window, holay!
Pipeline and other toxic spills are not isolated events as the mainstream media purveys. It’s just not politically correct for a network to report on parent company holdings. In light of growing concern for the New Madrid Fault building anything underground is a random act of stupid at best. I’m not anti oil, I’m anti stupid but apparently the mainstream media is either brain dead, stupid or both.
The struggle against DAPL and corruption is not a physical one for this is a sacred spiritual journey where the most powerful weapon in humanities arsenal is prayer. Acts of violence are simply false flags perpetrated by black ops and corporate hooligans. There are other deep cover provocateurs in camp as well and I could smell them. But it’s all for one common goal, to discrediting the real Water Protectors.
Sensationalized media lies and distortion will be the justification needed to brutalize and kill innocent men, women, and kids. Sadly crimes against humanity and shear brutality are being reported to a deaf media. You heard about the woman who was charged with attempted murder but you didn’t hear about her charges being dropped. Fact is, many outrageous headliner charges are being dropped but the media is silent.
I was there, I spoke with the people and I slept under spotlights while low flying aircraft circled our camp without lights all night. So if I come down with Cholera, Zika, E-Bola and any form of cancer, you know why. Truth is not in the cards as far as the mainstream media is concerned. Lies and cover-ups are what the corporate media is all about and this is on a global scale not just Standing Rock, bottom line.
So let me get you up to speed on why Standing Rock has become the ‘Lighting Rod’ in the eyes of the noble Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and people from around the world. I am including a recent news story that many of you never saw, we did. There are a multitude of other stories like this. They magnify legitimate concerns and the urgency to avoid such inevitable catastrophes. The Black Snake is a prophecy come true.
A resident of the Oceti Sakowin Camp, Sunka Wakan Sapa had a request he wanted me to share with the planet.
He asked the people of the world to simply pray for ‘Our Grandmother’ for we are all related.
Your Devil’s Advocate
Amazon Oil Spill Impacts Indigenous Villages on Teles Pires River | Mongaby
Aerial view of the Teles Pires River in a remote part of the Amazon, where an oil spill has been reported.
The spill occurred near the São Manoel dam that is being constructed by Empresa de Energia São Manoel — a consortium of firms that includes China Three Gorges, EDP Brasil, and Furnas.
Indigenous villages report being seriously impacted by the spill.
Photo courtesy of the Presidency of the Republic
Author Zoe Sullivan, Mongabay
Monday, November 21, 2016
This article originally appeared in Mongabay.
An oil spill was detected on November 13th on the Teles Pires River, a tributary of the Tapajós River, in a remote part of the Brazilian Amazon. The spill occurred near the under-construction São Manoel hydropower dam. The spill’s cause or extent is as yet unknown.
Roughly 320 indigenous people were affected in villages near the dam site. Empresa de Energia São Manoel, the consortium building the dam, has sent more than 4,000 liters of fresh water to affected indigenous communities. IBAMA, Brazil’s environmental agency, is investigating.
Indigenous leader Taravi Kayabi described the spill’s impact on his community: “All this is a terrible sadness for our people. This region is sacred to us. Now, along with the land being flooded [due to the dam], they´ve dirtied our water. The fish have disappeared, too. People are getting sick with diarrhea. Everyone is worried about their health.”
The Teles Pires River already has three other dams, which have to date been subject to 24 lawsuits. Most of these cases focused on environmental impacts and violations of indigenous rights. The dams are part of the Tapajós Complex, a gigantic infrastructure project aimed at turning the Tapajós River and its tributaries into an industrial waterway for soy transport.
An indigenous leader at the São Manoel dam site in April 2015.
The São Manoel dam is being constructed by Empresa de Energia São Manoel — a joint venture between China Three Gorges, EDP Brasil, and Furnas. Construction on the dam is expected to be complete in 2018, and it will generate 700 megawatts (MW) of electricity. It is one of four dams on the Teles Pires River.
The consortium issued a statement declaring that the river basin has returned to normal and that it is analyzing the causes of the spill while it continues to monitor the problem. “Fulfilling the São Manoel hydropower dam´s social responsibility with people in the surrounding area, after the incident was identified, the nearest indigenous villages were contacted and are receiving the necessary support,” said the Empresa de Energia São Manoel statement.
Brent Millikan of International Rivers, an environmental NGO active in the region, said that a federal lawsuit was likely once Brazil’s Federal Public Ministry had enough information on what has happened. “IBAMA should also fine the responsible parties. The big thing is discovering exactly what happened,” said Millikan.
Pirillo confirmed that once the investigation is complete, IBAMA will apply whatever fines and other measures are appropriate.
According to a report from Estadão, roughly 320 indigenous people were affected in the villages near the dam site. Empresa de Energia São Manoel, which is building the dam, has sent more than 4,000 liters of water to affected indigenous communities.
Taravi Kayabi, an indigenous leader, described to Estadão the impact the spill has had on his community: “All this is a terrible sadness for our people. This region is sacred to us. Now, along with the land being flooded [due to the dam], they´ve dirtied our water. The fish have disappeared, too. People are getting sick with diarrhea. Everyone is worried about their health.”
Agencia Brasil reported Kayabi saying that the community has been unable to fish since the weekend of the spill.
Attorney Juliana da Paula Batista of the Instituto Socio-Ambiental, an NGO, lived and worked in the area near the São Manoel dam for three years. “These indigenous communities are near four dams, and they still don’t have electricity or treated drinking water,” she told Mongabay. The Estadão article estimated that 900 indigenous people live near the site of the São Manoel dam; another 10,000 Munduruku indigenous people live downstream from the spill.
Diego Paleci, an indigenous resident in the area, said via email that oil had reached the villages of São Benedito, Coelho, Tucumã, Lageirinho, Dinossauro Kururuzinho, Minhocuçu e Barro Vermelho
as well as Teles Pires, a Munduruku and Mairovi village. He also said that indigenous leaders had contacted the prospectors’ cooperative, which denied any accidents in the area.
Local villagers get their water directly from the river, said Batista, who described how construction of dams along the Teles Pires has compromised water quality. One visit to the community, she said, left her and her colleagues hospitalized due to drinking contaminated water. “There were significant fish kills even before the oil, and these communities depend on fish for their primary source of protein,“ she said.
“These communities have three sacred places in the world, without which, the world will end.” Two of these places, she noted, the Sete Quedas (Seven Falls) and Morro do Macaco (Monkey Hill), have already been destroyed by the Teles Pires dam and the São Manoel dam. “But since these places are not on indigenous land, these impacts have not been recognized” by Brazilian authorities, Batista affirmed.
“These communities are dealing with a series of [government and construction industry] violations on a daily basis with no mechanisms to guarantee a minimum level of compensation for these impacts that will allow them to continue living according to their culture,” she said.
The São Manoel dam is one of more than 40 dams the Brazilian government has planned for the Tapajós Basin as part of a massive industrial waterway project which would transport soy from Mato Grosso state down the Tele Pires, Tapajós and Amazon rivers to the Atlantic Ocean.
The Teles Pires River, which the São Manoel dam will block, already has three other existing dams built as part of the Tapajós Complex project. Prosecutor Marco Antonio Barbosa of the Federal Public Ministry in Mato Grosso said these dams have already been subject to 24 lawsuits. Most of those cases, Barbosa said, focus on environmental impacts and violations of indigenous rights. “There are various issues [in these cases including] the lack of environmental impact studies related to the impact on indigenous communities.”
“Coincidentally, [Empresa de Energia São Manoel] was removing a cofferdam, and soon after there was this news that there was an oil spill,” Barbosa told Mongabay. A cofferdam is a temporary enclosure built within or across a water body so that the water can be pumped out, and such structures are commonly used in dam construction. Barbosa said that impacts on the villages´ water from this operation were already foreseen, and that the company had already planned to supply drinking water.
Empresa de Energia São Manoel did not respond to Mongabay´s request for comment on this point.
On September 18th, the Federal Public Ministry asked the Federal Police to open an investigation into the spill.
According to a report from Radio Agencia Nacional, the Federal Public Ministry and the Secretary of Indigenous Health will be meeting on Tuesday, November 23rd, in Alta Floresta to discuss water quality with the region’s indigenous leaders.
Humanities Pilgrimage: Standing Rock North Dakota
Stories abound about the Besieged Standing Rock Sioux of North Dakota, their struggle against the Dakota Access Pile Line (DAPL) or ‘Black Snake’ and endless western media prevarications. But while on assignment at the Oceti Sakowin Camp I also found another story. Granted, it was unexpected but it was also hard to ignore for it brought me back to the very essence of my core beliefs. In a way this became my personal pilgrimage.
From the moment you approach the Cannonball River one is taken by the size of the encampments on both banks. Then there is the line of traffic waiting to pass the security check point as supporters, supplies and lookie loos pile into camp. You must go through orientation and your credentials verified to acquire a press pass. Only after you met their criteria you are allowed to take videos and photographs in permissible areas with the permissions of the occupants.
It is advised you heed the warning about taking photos of sacred sites, camp fires, lodges etc. Though you may fool people and take videos of something sacred on the sly you are not fooling spirits of the spirit world. Everyone is watching you betraying your vow to honor a sacred tradition. And what timing eh. Nothing like doing something completely stupid & disrespectful during a spiritual event of this magnitude for no other reason than you can. How far beyond stupid is that eh?
If you are planning a trip to Standing Rock bare in mind this is a budding community not a KOA Camp Ground for this is home to many people who’ve moved to camp permanently. It’s a traditional native community intertwined with societies, clans and private aspects of indigenous life foreign to other cultures. Familiarize yourself with proper protocols and clearly defined tribal precepts of what is hallowed for there are no exceptions to this rule. Just show respect, ask questions, no biggie.
Our camp had a majestic view of the spotlights that would shine down onto camp throughout the night. A supporter commented, “Reminds me of the West Bank”, then I noticed the Palestinian flag. It was humbling to note people from around the world who were so driven by compassion they made the pilgrimage to Standing Rock. Through the rigors and excitement of the day a story began to evolve, a story of the human condition.
Though people came from many dogmas & ideological principals they understood the deeper significants this joining of cultures has in the grand scheme of things. Where other ‘signs’ were simply ignored or passed off as coincidence, the DAPL – Black Snake Debacle struck a cord within prophetic philosophies around the world. It was good to hear people speaking comfortably about the realities of prophecy, especially from a multi principled perspective.
What I found way cool was the younger generation I encountered. These folks were awake, aware and wanting to make a difference for humanities sake. They were up to speed in the issues that mattered. It was great to hear well read and knowledgeable young people sharing their observations in life, motivations and how much they cared for their fellow human beings & Ma Earth. And the skills they offered were off the charts professionally speaking, holay!
Various technologies were in review, including innovative housing, holistic medical and mental health facilities under construction within this sprawling encampment along the Cannon Ball River. I happened onto a yurt building class and was spell bound by this unique structure and it’s simplicity in assembly. But alas I resigned myself to my cousins dilapidated tent that survived a savage wind storm in a previous run to the rez. Some rope, Duct Tape and we were good to go.
“Mni Wiconi, Water is Life” the mantra of the Water Protectors would resonate throughout the camp as a reminder of what we are here for. The hustle and bustle of daily life was apparent as mothers would prepare meals and various groups would conduct meetings while kitchens prepared to feed the masses. Sanitation and other infrastructure services continued quietly and unnoticed in what could have been construed as total chaos. This was truly a ‘civil society’, well except for the Bluecoats & their toys peering down on us.
As I meandered throughout the camp I could not help but imagine how life was for my people back in the day. I pondered how life could have been, where humanity was an axiom not just a noun. My thoughts turned to the prophecies and oral traditions of my people. Then I remembered the teachings of my late uncle Martin Burnt Fingernail and the visions we shared. If only he could see this now, or maybe he already does.
Our wonderful view of flood lamps was overshadowed by a perfect amphitheater since I could hear drums from the meeting area and around camp. After walking around all day it was a joy to lay down and listen to sacred songs, prayers and sagged prophetic teachings from noble speakers.
In spite of all the chaos I did find peace of mind at the Oceti Sakowin Camp for I witnessed prophecy in motion.
Like I’ve said many times before, you better have a handle on true spirituality and know who your ancestors are because the show has only just begun…
Mni Wiconi Water is Life…
Your Devil’s Advocate
Sacred Land by Raven Hernandez – Raven Stands With Standing Rock – BRAVO!
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Spoke with Raven Hernandez today and he’s all fired up over the injustice, big time. So I asked my bro what he though of it all,…………….. ………………………………………………………………and he gave me this song,…. Sacred Land. Raven Stands in Solidarity With His Brothers & Sisters At Standing Rock North Dakota, Turtle Island Rock On Raven! Buffalohair P.S. I think this tune is also appropriate at this juncture in time,…..
Spoke with Raven Hernandez today and he’s all fired up over the injustice, big time.
So I asked my bro what he though of it all,……………..
………………………………………………………………and he gave me this song,…. Sacred Land.
Raven Stands in Solidarity
With His Brothers & Sisters At Standing Rock North Dakota, Turtle Island
Rock On Raven!
I think this tune is also appropriate at this juncture in time,….. Shooting Cowboys,
Now That’s Shameless Promotions Eh……….
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