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10/17/16 10/17/16 [captioning made possible by democracy now!] amy: from mandan, north dakota, across the street from the morton county courthouse and jail, this is democracy now! we reap from these lands. we live here. you destroy it. what are you going to do when there's no more grass growing apco no more river flowing? no more wildlife? what are you going to do?
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amy: we are less than an hour from the standing rock reservation in the camps where thousands are resist doing the dakota -- resisting the dakota access pipeline.e. >> they're calling this a riot. they are the ones who are armed. these are u unarmed men, women, and children who want nothing more than to protect their own waters for all future generations. amy: we'll look at the crackdown against the pipeline resistors, including the use of strip search in the morton county jail even when people are facing minor misdemeanor charges, like disorderly conduct. >> we had to -- i had to take my clothes off, basically -- >> cavity search? >> no, but i had to squat and cough. amy: that's dr. sara jumping eagle, a pediatrician at the standing rock sioux reservation. we will speak with the chair of
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the standing rock sioux tribe dave archambault and with honor of the earth founder winona laduke. i head to court today on charges related to the labor day weekend coverage of dakota access pipeline security guards unleashing dogs and pepper spray on native americans land and water defenders. these people -- with these dogs. that woman over there, she was charging them. write in my face. amy: the dog has led in its nose and mouth. >> and she is still standing here threatening -- amy: why are you letting her dog -- we flew into north dakota to challenge the criminal trespass charge against me on friday, the state dropped that charge for lack of evidence and filed a new charge against me -- riot. i will be arraigned at the morton county court today 1:30 p.m. north dakota time. all that and more, coming up.
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welclcome to dememocracy now!,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. iraqi, kurdish, and u.s. forces have launched a massive operation to retake mosul, iraq's second largest city which was seized by the self-proclaimed islamic state in june 2014. the uniteded nations is warnings many as 1 mimillion people may e forced to flee their homes due to the offensive which has been , described as one of the biggest military operations in iraq since the 2003 u.s.-led invasion. three members of a kansas militia known as the crusaders have been arrested for plotting to blow up an apartment complex in the western kansas town of garden city. the apartment is home to many somali refugees and a mosque. all three militia members were white men in their late 40's.
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according to the fbi, the militia supported anti-muslim, anti-immigrant, and anti-government beliefs. tom beall is the acting u.s. attorney in kansas. >> it is alleged they had surveillance, stockpiled firearms, and you nation, andnd plosive cocomponents, even prepared a manifesto d describig their beliefs to be published after the bombing will stop these charges are based on eight months of investigation by the fbi that is alleged to have taken the investigators deep into a hidden culture of hatred and violence. many kansans may find d it a ststartling as i have that such things could happen here. amy: the fbi, which had an undercover agent in the militia, said the men were planning t to carry out the attack on november 9, one day after the presidential election. local somali residents responded with shock to the arrests. >> i am here in the united states for 15 years now. i never met any problem except
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today when i had this information. it makes me shocked. amy: in climate news, nearly 200 nations have backed a legally binding deal to cut back on greenhouse gases used in refrigerators and air conditioners. hydro fluorocarbon, or hfc, gas can be 10,000 times more powerful than carbon dioxixide s -- in trapping heat in th the e atmosphere. gina mccarthy, the head of the environmental protection agency, praised the deal. >> we're going to achieve 80% to 90% of the emission reductions from these chemicals. it is staggering what this will achieve. we're talking about an amount that is comparable to thousands of coal-fired power plant emissions. it is amazing. amy: wikileaks is continuing to publish more emails from the account of john podesta, the chair of hillary clinton's presidential campaign.
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one newly published email revealed clinton privately bashed environmentalists opposed to fracking and the keystone xl pipeline. during a meeting with the building trades union in september 2015, clinton said the environmentalists should "get a life." mrs republican presidential nominee donald trump is continuing to claim the election has been rigged alleging the media is conspiring with hillary clinton to defeat him. mr. trump: you see what is happening. the process is rigged. this whole election is being rigged. medialies spread by the without witnesses, without backup or anything ousts, are poisoning the minds of the electorate. backup, nos, no anything else. amy: on sunday trump tweeted -- "the election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing crooked hillary -- but also at
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many polling places -- sad." last week trump called the presidential election "one big fix" and "one big, ugly lie." meanwhile trump supporter , milwaukee sheriff david clarke tweeted out a photo of an angry mob saying its "pitchforks and torches time." trump's claims of a rigged election have been criticized by some republicans. ohio secretary of state jon husted said trump was "wrong and engaging in irresponsible rhetoric." in other campaign news, a ninth woman has come forward to say that donald trump inappropriately groped or kissed her. cathy heller said the incident took place at a mother's day brunch in the 1990's at trump's mar-a-lago estate in front of her husband and in-laws. heller said -- "he took my hand, and grabbed me, and went for the lips." in north carolina, authorities are investigating the firebombing of the republican headquarters in the town of hillsborough.
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police say somebody threw a molotov cocktail into the building, setting off a fire. in addition, somebody spray painted a swastika on an adjacent building with the message -- "nazi republicans leave town or else." the firebombing was denounced by leaders of both political parties in north carolina. the state's governor pat mccrory described the firebombing as a "attack on our democracy." the united states and britain aree thrhreatening new sanctionn syrian president b bashar al-a-d and his supporteters as the siee on eastern aleppo contntinues. secretary of state john kekerry urged sysyria and russia to stop bombing g aleppo. >> it is a human to turn disaster, the largest humanitarian disaster since world war ii. it could stop tomorrow morning, tonight if russia and the al-assad regime were to behave according to any norm for any
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standard of decency. but theyey have chosen n not. earlierer today, 14 members ofof the same family were rereported kililled in an airstrike in n eastern alepeppo. the dead included 26 6 weeks old babies and s six other children undeder the age of e eight. memeanwhile, meaeanwhile, docts without borders is reporting that four hospitals anand an ambulancnce in east alaleppoere bobombed on frfriday making g ie of thehe worst days s yet for te city's collapsing healthcare system. in news from africa, "the new york times" is reporting the obama administration has intensified a clandestine war in somalia with hundreds of u.s. special operations forces carrying out ground raids targeting the somali-based militant group al shabab. the u.s. is also carrying out drone strikes inside somalia. last month a u.s. airstrike accidentally killed more than 20 somali soldiers. in northern brazil, more than 25 prisoners have reportedly died
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during what's been described as a fight between factions inside an overcrowded prison. seven prisoners were beheaded. six were burned to death. brazil has the fourth largest prison system in the world behind the united states, china and russia. , venida browder has died at the age of 63. her son, kalief browder, committed suicide in 2015 after spending three years at rikers island jail without trial after he was accused at the age of 16 of stealing a backpack. the family's lawyer, paul prestia, praised venida for tirelessly fighting for justice for her son kalief. he said -- "the stress from this crusade coupled with the strain of the pending lawsuits against the city and the pain from the death were too much to for her to bear. in my opinion she literally died of a broken heart." in sports news, nfl quarterback colin kaepernick started his
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first game of the year for the san francisco 49ers on sunday. before the game, he e continued his protest by kneeling on one knee during the pre game national anthem. after sunday's game, kaepernick defended his actions which have sparked similar protests across the country. don''t ununderstandnd what is un-amecan n about fighghting for liberty and justice for everybodody. for the eqequality that th countryy s says it standnds for. yoyou know, to me, i see it is patriotic c and american toto ud the united states s to the standards thth it says it lives by. that is something that needs to be addressed. amy: and those are some of the headlines. this is democracy now!,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. we're broadcasting live from mandan, north dakota, just across the street from the morton county courthouse where more than a half dozen people will be appearing in court today
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on charges related to the ongoing resistance to the construction of the $3.8 billion dakota access pipeline. in total, dozens of people -- who call themselves protectors, not protesters -- have been arrested in recent monthths opposing the construction of the pipelinene, includining 14 peope arrested saturday amid actions that delayed construction at multiple work sites. the pipeline has faced months of resistance from the standing rock sioux tribe and members of hundreds of otheher tribes from across latin america, the united states, anand canada. at least three people are due in court today on felony charges of -- after locking themselves to heavy construction equipment. morton county alalso issued an arrest warrant for me on september 8, five days after we released our on-the-ground video report from labor day weekend showing the dakota access pipeline company's security guards physically assaulting
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nonviolent, mostly native american land protectors, pepper-spraying them and unleashing attack dogs -- one of which was shown with blood dripping from its nose and mouth. >> these people are just presenting us with these dogs. that woman over there, she was charging them -- right in the face. amy: the dog has blood in its nose and mouth. >> and she is still standing here threatening -- amy: why are you letting her dog go after protesters? amy: to see that full report, go to the original charge against me was criminal trespass. yet on friday after we returned to north dakota to challenge the charges and to continue covering the resistance to the dakota access pipeline, we learned state's attorney ladd erickson had dropped the criminal trespass charge for lack of
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evidence but filed a new charge agaiainst me -- riot. if judge john grinsteiner approves the new riot charge, i'll be appearing in court today at 1:30 p.m. to challenge it. for updates throughout the day, go to but first, we bring you this new report of the actions against the dakota access pipeline this past saturday. hundreds of people delayed work -- temporarily stopped work at multiple construction sites, including one person who reportedly delayed work for six hours by locking to an excavator. at least 14 people were arreststed. democracy now! team was on the ground. we began covering the action just after dawn, from the main resistance camp in cannonball, north dakota. this is democracy now! just a sunrise ceremony. right now after the ceremony, it was announced that three caravans with make their way, not clear to wear, but to shut
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the pipeline dowown. >> there a lot of people here the frank aid -- at the front gate. amy: the caravan from the main resistance camp has stopped. there aree sheriff's. we see their lights and an armored perersonnel carrier her. pepeople are gettiting out with their signs that say things like "endangered." you see license plates from the various tribes like the rosebud reservation. and above, we see a helicoptete, a yellow helicopter. can i ask you why you're out here today? > we're here for the protectn of our water, for our way of life, for the unborn, for the generations coming behind us. it is pretty sad we have to do this, but power is greater than the pipeline. there is powers greater than anything that this money represents.
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so we believe in our prarayer. -- the non-native pepeople say seeing is believin. lakota we say, believing is seeing. it will stop. it won't connect. that is our belief. that is why we are here. amy: people have walked down the road, the 100, 200 people. they are carrying signs that say "defend the sacred." "greed kills." lakota sioux. amy: can you tell us about the feather? >> it was given to me from sundance. this is a medallion that represents the nation. amy: what do you hope will be accomplished today? >> i hope they can finally hear
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our prayers and no we are people , prayers for people, and we're protecting our water for future generations and for all of those -- this is not a riot. we're here standing up for mother earth, standing up for what is right. lately the court decided to live the 20 miles own on either side , so now dakota access can continue to construct all the way up to the drill pad. the army corps of engineers permits are still pending, still being reviewed. as of right now, they are. on board going through these lands and building a pipeline. amy: can you tell us where you are right now? >> we're just north of the pipeline route and we're headed -- we are walking altogether in people prayer for the actual pipeline because these are the lands we have to protect. it was just said police are
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amassing behind you. you all have decided to keep walking forward. what are you willing to risk? >> i think everyone is willing to risk a lot. this is their children on the line. their children's children. when her children are on the line, you're willing to risk just about anything. this is their drinking water. we're in a place where the remaining water we have left -- they are fracking the remaining water we have left. it is madness. amy: can you talk about why you're out here today? >> to pray for the water and save this water for our future generations so they have clean water. they are healthy -- i'm just here to pray. amy: what is your name and how old are you? >> i am 14 years old. amy: where are you from? >> [indiscernible] is i am from ann arbor, michigan. i am here, to be honest, i did
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not know why i was coming. i felt the calling and i came. i showed up. i am finding more and more that it is about the bigger picture for all of humanity. i believe we are all interconnected. it is about water. i am thinking about flint. i'm thinking about kalamazoo. i am thinking allies, frontlines, working people affected the most. but eventually, it will affect all of us. we need to come together. hundreds of tribes have connected their histories, connected around this one purpose -- to save the water, to protect sacred site, and to protect our fufutu generatioion. , but ally and an outsider an ally, i like to support that. my name is david montgomery from california. my mom is from stillwater,
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nevada. i'm here to defend everything we stand for as a people. a lot of people have been through a lot of things from all nations, and this one -- i think it is time for us to reclaim our status here and for the natural law back in order to save all people that live here in the world, for that matter, but i feel really passionate about it. beloved here for my people and all of the people that come through an experience it, they take something home that is sacred. what we're doing is really, really important and all of the world needs to know about it because this is for all of the world. we need to change our way of thinking, our thinking patterns. there is more than one way to live. one we have been shown to corporations is it ends, it doesn't go on forever. police blockade behind us. they are blocking the roads. they're not letting any car passed this way.
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>> we're looking at a police blockade, blocking the roads. blocking these water defenders from going into a public road. >> police liaison, escort these women to the front through security. we're going to ask for permission to go through the line so it can all go and pray. this is what we're here for. we're here to pray for the land that hasas not been touched yet. amy: s scores of police officers are here with batons, somewhat rifles. the e police a are in riot gear- helmets, shields. they are saying, walked out further or you will be arrested. >> you shoululd be ashamed of yourself o or your behavior tod. you drink thee waterer as do the children, and your children will sufferer. , the ceo, n needs
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to know they're endangering us all. we s stand here to protect you s well today. you shouould be ashamed of yourselves for showing up as we pray. with your batons out, trying to intimidate and rss. guess what? our prayers are stronger. then your weapons. >> i'm here for my grandchildren, for my grandchildren's grandchildren, for your grandchildren. will you hit us with those wands? we are women, unarmed. we're here to pray for you. do you feel good holding those wands against a line of women? we're unarmed. go back home and tell your wives, your mothers, your grandmother's that you are prepared to hit women with rightsfor exercising our
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to free speech, our right to freedom of religion, our right to protect our land. tell youre and you mothers that. see how they feel. >> a lot of us live off these lands. we heat from these lands. we live here. could you protect them while they just wait -- destroy it yucca what are you going to do when there's no more grass, no more wildlife, no more game to hunt yucca what arare you goingo do? are you going to o depend on the government? are you? know, they're not, because they're going to backstab you just like they backstab us. think about it. all of you nonwhite people in their think about it. think about what the white man has done to your ancestors, to our ancestors. i am not scared to say this. i come with no mask.
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this line of security doesn't intimidate me. i am a warrior. i will defend my people. and my land. rock.. standing >> they will never finish the pipeline. never. .> i'm chairman i am chairman. more rounds appear. it is all about money. they're even taking from the farmers. amy: do you think you will stop it from being built?
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>> with my life. is the we're seeing militarized response that peaceful people who are praying, trying to protect the lands andd they are the all. ones who are armed. these are unarmed men, women, and children who want nothing more than to protect their own waters and protected for all future generations. we pray for those who pray. we pray for those who pray. we are praying for their children and her children's children. excessive to is so what we're doing here. every person here is unarmed. --: can you tell us about has there been an action beyond where they are? where the pipeline is being
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built? >> there is an action to stop construction. they went out early this morning. there are folks actively preventing construction in a -- - we nonviolent way see helicopters, police helicopters, dakota access helicopters in constant surveillance over people who want nothing more than to protect the water and land for us all. amy: the native american water and land protectors, hundreds who walked up to the site just peoplewhich we believe have locked down at an excavation sky -- site for the pipeline are now walking back. they said they came in peace and theyey're leaviving in peace. one of these signs that they carried as they walked away, "imagine the end of the pipeline." dave archambault i'm amy goodman here indave archambault north dakota.
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when we come back, we will speak with, which has sued the government over the dakota access pipeline. we're broadcasting from in front of the mortoton county courthoue and jail. ♪ [music break] stay with us.
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amy: "warrior of the sun" by indigenize. this is democracy now!,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. we're broadcasting live from mandan, north dakota, just across the morton cocounty the street from courthouse where more than a half dozen people will be appearing in court today on charges related to the ongoing resistance to the construction of the $3.8 billion dakota access pipeline.
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pipipeline.. just behind us, there's a monument of the ten commandments. it is on the courthouse property just between the courthouse in the jail. well, , we're turningng now to e legal resistance t to the dakota access pipeline. on october 9, a federal appeals court rejected a bid by the standing rock sioux tribe to construction on part of the halt dakota access pipeline. the ruling by the d.c. circuit court of appeals paves the way for the dakota access company to resume construction on private lands adjacent to lake oahe on the missouri river. a decision on whether the pipeline can proceed under the river rests with the army corps of engineers. the standing rock tribe argued that construction of the $3.8 billion pipeline is destroying cultural artifacts and sacred sites, including a sacred tribal burial ground that was bulldozed september 3, labor day weekend, when dakota access pipeline's
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guards unleashed dogs and pepper spray on the native americans. since then, members of the standing rock sioux tribe and others have set up a permanent encampment across the street from the bulldozed burial ground. they call it the sacred ground camp. this is nathan yellow lodge, jr., a member of the standing rock sioux tribe. >> this once was the front lines, now they call a ground. amy: you set up camp? >> i've been here since september 3. i feel i am needed up to her. there's nothing more, nothing less. i really like being where i am at because this is my home turf. amy: the appeals court ruling means the dakota access pipeline company can continue construction up until, but not under, the missouri river. the standing rock sioux tribe and members of hundreds of
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indigenous nations who've gathered at the standing rock reservation said they'll continue to fight the dakota access pipeline. dave archambault, chairman of the standing rock sioux tribe said -- "we will not rest until our lands, people, waters and sacred places are permanently protected from this destructive pipeline." well, for more we're joined by dave archambault, chairman of the standing rock sioux tribe. can you talk about where this all stands right now? there is been a core decision, a federal appeals decision, and then there has been executive agency intervention as well. court, i look at the don't have any confidence in the judicial system because it has failed in a country for over 200 years. what are these three agencies really considering?
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they're looking at reviewing the whole process. ,he way the permit was given and they're also looking at how we consult with tribes better -- which i think is a good thing. anytime there's an infrastructure project coming near or close or within tribal lands, we should have a say. from going -- amy: the court decisions, both the judge in washington and you testified in this court and also the appeals court, they completely rolled against the tribe? they said you would not get the injunction? >> right, the first hearing they said, there is no injunction in too keepd one was just
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the construction from happening within 20 miles on both sidedesf the missssouri river. irreparable harm and say was in the best interest of the public. we were not able to do that. in the ruling, they were able to tell us the company does not have an easement. because they don't have an easement, that sent a message to saying there might be something there. they would understand there's something wrong. the administration n needs to pk up on that signal. and we're hoping the department of -- the corps of engineers, department of army hear that. and when they see that, they the issues -- grant easement. amy: just to go back, right decision, like
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15 minutes after the first decision, and then right after the second decision, either columbus day or indigenous peoples weekend, the three agency unprecedented letter from the justice department, the interior, and the army, reiterated they would not give this permit under the missouri river at this moment and that there needs to be government to government negotiations. standing rock sioux, you're the chair, and u.s. government? >> yes, and i think that is something that we can consider a win. this is something that hasn't happened for over 200 years. tribes have not been recognized. we have been ignored. anytime infrastructure projects come like this near, we are invisible. to have this consultation, government to government relationship now, surface, it means a lot. amy: has it begun? >> the consultation has begun. they're trying to get feedback on what is meaningful consultation to tribes. there are complication in
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phoenix and they're having five more coming up in minnesota, billings, rapid city. amy: who is consulting from the u.s. government side and who is consulting from the tribal side? >> we are asking that tribal leaders be present and anyone interested in assisting in defining what meaningful consultation means and revolt in that department heads are there at the consultation so they can actually hear what it means to us. amy: one of the things i learned covering this that i was surprised by, the pipeline actually originated -- originally was not slated to be just going through native country, but above bismarck, above the city of bismarck and right here in mandan, north dakotata. both city councils said, no, they did not want to risk a possibility of contamination. that this route
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they chose, just feet away from our reservation, is the least impactful. when you look at why the police -- because there is wetlands, drinking water for population, there are cultural sites will step we have all of those same things where we are at. there's always this attempt to say we can make this the safest pipeline ever, but if they can do that, then why not leave it here? why not put it up here north of bismarck if he can still be safe, but we want to make it safe and you won't have to worry about anything. there is no risk to you or your people. i can't buy that. if they can make it sasafe, then theyey should put it where it is out of our treaty lands. these look at is that
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pipelines that are being proposed -- there is this 1 -- we need to start looking at pipelines that are already under the river. there are pipelines at our dredged only six feet underneath the bed of the river. they are built in the 1970's and 1980's out of steel. those are a threat to us to take a look at what pipelines are currently there and i continue to build new pipelines, but upgrade the existing wants to reduce the threat. rock's what standing position is always been, protect the water. amy: chairman dave archambault, what are the treaties that are violated here? inwell, we had a treaty 1851, and it was a peace treaty. peacefuls we remain with people coming into our teterritories, they will define
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the boundary and protect the boundary for us. this is the federal government. it was by the u.s. congress, ratified by the president of the united states. people kept coming in encroaching on it, so they had to reduce the land base and enenter into a new treaty in 18. then there was gold discovered in the black hills. so what it is looking at, economic development, national security, and looking at the resources around and whose lands are going to be used to achieve that, to a collelege that. and morere than often, it is indigenous peoples lands. those are violationsns on the original treaty and we seeee the same thing happening today. we have land -- treaty lands that are being encroached on. and we know there arere sacred
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places tre, and wewe knonow the pipelinene needs to stay way frm the sacred places,s, but they yp -- they continue to come and desecrate those sacred placaces. amy: i want to ask you about where we are right now, mandan, north dakota, just about an hour from the reservation, from sacred rock. right behind us, the county jail in the county courthouse. you have been arrested for your resistance to the pipeline. why did you choose to get arrested? >> i can't say that it was a choice that i made. i would say it was a moment. there was a lot of emotion going on that day. i reacted to some things that were going on. one thing led to another and i was arrested. amy: so you were brought here to
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the jailhouse? >> yes. amy: what recharged with? >> disorderly conduct. amy: so a low-level misdemeanor. were you strip-searched? >> yes. amy: is this common that for disorderly conduct your strip-searched? becauseld not know, that is the first some ever got arrested. i thought it was humorous because i do take all of my clothes off and then they wanted to check my braids. i don't have very thick braids for weapons to hide, so i thought it was pretty crazy. a stripcessary to do search and to check my hair. but i excepted. -- but i excepted. amy: as we are here today, more police have come to the
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courthouse and they are carrying their riot gear. huge police presence at these nonviolent land and water ,efenders marched down the road again, expressing concern about the dakota access pipeline. what about this militarization? i don't something that really understand because if you look at resistance in other states, this pipeline goes through five different states. you don't see neighboring highway patrol coming in to assist those states. you see -- and we have always tried to maintain this was a peaceful, prayerful demonstration. if this isu see is where -- - the risk k is getting heightened and b being creatatie lilike that bebecause of additil law enforcement, additional riot
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gear, and neighboriring states coming -- neighboring colonies call for sheririffs across the nation to assist ththe morton countyty sheriff's, all of thats unnecessary if you look for the actions that have been taken place in north d dakota and compare them to other actions in other states. amy: interestingly, the dane county wisconsin sheriff said he is withdrawing his deputies. we bumped into them on saturday, actually. they're going home because i think one of the legal advisers was arrested who was here from wisconsin and said this is controversial, we should not be a part of this. it is disturbing because law enforcemenent -- this is not a fight between the protectors in the law w enforcement. this is a simple issue. thatat is,s, protect thehe wate.
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it h has always s been aboutut t the water.r. it seemed likeke it is a distractction to sayay the protectorsrs are being unlawful, they're trying to incite riots. there arare no riots happenining here. we lookk at law enforcemement wo is comining. lookok at what t they are usingd then start making an issue about riot. it is not riot. amy: i want to ask about to thent obama coming standing rock sioux tribe. i believe it is the first sitting president to go to -- >> there were three presidents. roosevelt i think was one. bill clinton went to a reservation. and president obama, standing rock. amy: he can to standing rock, your tribe, 2014. what did he promise you then and
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what is he telling you now? came, ithe president wanted to show him what reality was. i felt the president and the first lady was moved by their visit. -- for saw was a lot of to helpt time, children. today -- i don't know if we would have had three administrations stop what is happening if it wasn't for the sitting president. amy: you mean the three agencies. >> yes.
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they're all underneath the administration. and the president posed the question, what is he doing about this? he had the information. one thing led to another. he did so much for in the it is resting on this issue on what he does now, his legacy. we're just hoping he does the right thing. amy: and what would that be? >> stop this pipeline. do not give the easement. ask for full environmental impact statement. amy: chairman daave, thank you for being with us chairman of , the standing rock sioux tribe. when we come back, we're going to speak to two members of honor the earth. we're broadcasting from north dakota. this is democracy now!
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amy: this is democracy now!,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. we are broadcasting live from outside the courthouse in
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mandan, north dakota. facing i increasing repression since the ongoing resistance to the $3.8 billion dakota access pipeline. police have begun deploying military grade equipment, including armored personnel carriers, surveillance helicopters, planes, and drones. north dakota governor jack dalrymple also activated the national guard in late september. roughly 140 people have been arrested. some report being strip searched at the county jail, even facing minor misdemeanor charges. this is dr. sara jumping eagle, a pediatrician and a membeber of the standing rock sioux tribe. >> when i was taken to the jail, first i was taken by a corrections officer transported from the protest site to the morton county jail and then when -- youou me in there
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know, there to take basic information. one of the things that they do is have you go into a small room and there was a female offfficer there and we had to take my clothes off. i don't know, basicallyly -- amy: cavity search? cooks know, but i had to squat and cough. that is what she said. and put the orange suit on. amy: and orange jumpsuit. >> yes, and held for several hours. initially, my family did not know where i was or did not -- they heard about it pretty quickly and were able to come and bond me out or bill me out. i don't know what you call it. i was in there for several hours. amy: how did it make you feel? >> it made me feel -- it maybe think about my ancestors and what they had gone through. this was in no way comparison to what we have survived before, so
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just m made me feel more determined about what i am doing and why i i am here. amy: that is dr. sara jumping eagle, a pediatrician and a member of the standing rock sioux tribe. she was charged with disorderlry conduct. ladonna brave bull allard, who founded the first resistance camp the sacred stone camp on her own land on april 1, says her daughter was recently arrested, taken into custody at the morton county jail, strip searched in front of multiple male officers, and then n left r hours in her cell, naked and freezing, before the guards finally gave her clothes to wear. ladonna allard says her daughter was repeatedly asked by guards, "who is your mother?" -- which allard seeees as an indication that her daughter was targeted. cody hall from cheyenne river reservation in south dakota, who was also arrested, friday september 9, held for three days without bail or bond, and then charged with two misdemeanors.
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>> as i exited out of the vehicles into morton county, i came up an elevator. as it opened up, i was met with statate police. of course, morton county people were there to book people. from there, started the process of booking. again, when into a private room where they ask you to get naked. they had my arms. kind of like extend your arms out. you are fully naked. they have you lift up your genitals, bend over, cough. it is really one of those tactics they try to break down your mentalness of everyday life. not every day do you wake up and say, hey, i'm going to get naked and have some of the search me today. that is a private feeling for you when you get naked, so. amy: four days later when you were finally released, they had
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not allowed you to go out on bail or bond for those retro days, you came before a judge in the orange jumpsuit? >> yes, i sat in the court office in my orange jumpsuit locked -- you know, still handcuffed. exited out of the courtroom. as i left the courtroom, there were 20 or so state police all in their bullet-proof vests, everything looking like they're going into action of some sort. they literally had a line from the courtroom to the door that connects you to the county jail. my mother walked out with me. , they wereo the door opening the door up. as i looked behind me, my mother and i come all of the cops then like, make, swarm, you know, that big wall as a entered in. which, again, was overkill.
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butt that, too, shows a dominant force. amy: that was cody hall. he was arrested on two misdemeanors, held for four days, strip searched here at the morton county jail just behind us. well, for more on the resistance to the dakota access pipeline and the police's ongoing crackdown, we're joined by two guests. winona laduke is a native american activist and executive director of the group honor the earth. she lives and works on the white earth reservation in northern minnesota. and we're also joined by tara houska, national campaigns director for honor the earth. she is ojibwe from couchiching first nation. we welcome you both to democracy now! winona, let's start with you. we have spoken to you interminably through the resistance. where does it stand now? >> as far -- i'm looking at the big picture. right now there are about 900,000 barrels per day of oil coming out of this state in the project that into 2019. what i'm trying to understand is if that is all they have, and it
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is already going out, why do they need another pipeline of 570,000 barrels of oil per day? they are already meetiting their demands for the next two years, that is all of the oil in there, and this is what we call the dakota access --excess pipeline. this is about the fight. amy: what do you mean? >> it is about trying to put the men across these tribes. that is with the chairman said. if they wanted this so damn that, they should put it north of bismarck and not violated the law. permit number 12, music or could it into a lot of pieces of nyberg -- and never do eif. that is for a pipeline from a school to the water service centers or something like that, not intended for the 1600 mile pipeline. total misuse of the law. and the president needs to intervene and uphold the law.
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amy: tara houska, you have been following these protests in the level of militarization in response to the protest's. you were there on saturday. we spoke to you at one of these peaceful marches of hundreds of native americans. >> yeah, i mean, we assume this incredibly militarized response from north dakota that has been so over the top in reaction to native americans peacefully protesting, crying for the land, praying for the water. these are women and children out there. we saw the most -- the most recent one on indigenous peoples day. native americans praying for the land. they put a tepee up in front of the actual pipeline route and they call that a riot. there's nobody writing. north dakota is doing that as it is increasing the amount of militarized response, militarized force, calling and other sheriffs from other
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states. they are upping the sick edible amount of police force for no reason. amy: winona, who profits from the pipeline? who owns the pipeline? >> we just been four years fighting enbridge. amy: you fought -- >> in northern minnesota. in august, they announced they canceled the sandpiper, which was the 640,000 barrel per day refract oil pipeline they wanted to put across our territory. we defeated that pipeline and then came out here and moved out here. i think the whole context are talking about is important. this is pretty much the deep north. nobody's been paying attentiono. they've been flying over as saying, we hope it works out for you all. in the meantime, there is no infrastructure, native people are treated like third class citizens. suicide rates -- everything is going on.
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the governor is acting like this is mississippi. you can just do that. and now people are finally noticing. it is been going on for a long time. this is a flash point were people are saying, we're not when a let you take our water. we are not going to let you destroy that which is ours. amy: after ferguson, the whole country so the level of militarization of local police departments. you were there, tara, where there was an armored personnel carrier at dispute full protest were you offer the police water. >> we did. indigenous women offered the police water and wheatgrass, trying to show we are peaceful, that we are doing this for not only our children, but their children, too. water is a people issue. amy: what inspires you most? >> is incredibly inspiring to go out there and to see a line of police like that and an mwrap, kenneth, helicopters overhead him and there's a little group of native american people and
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their allies out there standing defend and trying to their people and their land. amy: not so little, winona. we have never seen a unification like this in decades. thousands of people from hundreds of tribes across canada, the united states, and latin america? >> it is a lot of people. the woman who was charged, rebecca campbell, is an older woman in wisconsin. -- alder woman in wisconsin. 10 counties in all caps because they're also looking a pipeline 66, the biggest are cents -- amy: we have to leave it there but we will posted online at winona laduke and tara houska. that does it for the show. democracy now! is looking for feedback from people who appreciate the closed captioning. e-mail your comments to or mail them to democracy now! p.o. box 693 new york, new york 10013. [captioning made possible by democracy now!]
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