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10/18/16 10/18/16 [captioning made possible by democracy now!] amy: from pacifica, this is democracy now! >> the case is dismissed. amy goodman is a free woman. [applause] completeissal is a vindication of the right of a journalist to report on t the truth and more portly, the right of the public to know what is happening with the pipeline and
with the struggle of the people here to protect their water and to protect their land. amy: we're just back from north to go to where judge john grinsteiner dismissed a misdemeanor riot charge againsnt me. we will brbring you the scene fm outside the courthouse were other people also had charges dropped. then as people across the world have come to join the resistance against the dakota access pipeline, the encampment has become one of the largest gatherings of native a americans and their supporters in decades. people have set up multiple kitchens, a school that teaches lakota languages, radical services to care for those who have come to fight the pipeline. as the first baby is born in the main resistance camp in cannon ball, north dakota, i speak with women and midwives about the importance of reproductive health care on native american reservations. >> one dr. comes and he
schedules the women's birth based on his schedule and induces them. so i would say at least 90% of the women will have babies are scheduled on his schedule, and that is not right for our children to be born that way. amy: all that and more, coming up. welcome to democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amamy goodmaman. the pentagon has confirmed u.s. special forces are on the ground in iraq and taking part in the battle to retake mosul, iraq's second largest city which fell to isis two years ago. despite president obama's pledge against having boots on the ground, the pentagon said u.s. special forces are on the front lines and finding targets for u.s. airstrikes. the offensive to take mosul is expected to take weeks, if not months. iraqi forces reportedly captured 20 isis-held villages on monday.
aid groups fear the fighting will force over residents of one million mosul to flee. courtney lare works with the norwegian refugee council in the iraqi city of erbil. massisis prepeparing for waves of displacement coming out of mosul.. we are e expecting up to $200,00 indidividual a and around 7 7000 totall fling i in the coming months. this miniature and committed is desperately trying to prepare but this any people is extremely challenging. amy: in news from syria, russia and syria have temporarily halted airstrikes on the besieged city of aleppo in what russia described as a humanitarian pause. a new round of talks are expected to begin tomorrow in geneva. in campaign news, the guardian is reporting donald trump has hired mike roman the former head of the koch brothers intelligence gathering operation to run an election protection effort. for weeks trump has been
claiming the election would be rigged at the voting booth. on trump claimed dead people and monday, undocumented immigrants are voting.. mr. trump: they even want to try to rig the election at the polling booths -- believe me, there's a lot going on. they say there's nothing going on. people that have died 10 years ago are still voting. illegal immigrants are voting. i mean, where are the streetsmarts of some of these politicians? >> they don't have any. mr. trump: they don't have any, that's right. voter fraud is very, very common. amy: experts claim cases of voting fraud are very rare. one study by loyola law school found 31 instances involving allegations of voter impersonation out of 1 billion votes cast in u.s. elections between 2000 and 2014. trump's claims of a rigged election have been widely criticized by members of both parties. ohio secretary of state jon
husted said trump was wrong and engaging in irresponsible rhetoric. in other campaign news, melania trump has come to her husband's defense following the release of a 2005 video in which he bragged -- in which trtrump is heard bragging about sexually assaulting women. melania described his comments as "boy y talk" and accused tv host billy bush of egging donald trump on. she e spoke with c cnn's andersn cooper. >> those words, they were offensive to me and they were inappropriate. and he apologized to me. and i accept his apology. we are moving on. >> from a woman's perspective, what were your thoughts when you are those tapes? >> this is nonot the man ththati know. amy: in related newsws, nbc has fired billy bush from his job as host at the "today" show following the release of the trump tape. meanwhile, a transcript has been
published of a 1994 interview trump did on abc's "primetime live." during the interview trump said, "i don't want to sound like a chauvinist, but when i come home at night and dinner's not ready i go through the roof." trump also said "i tell friends , who treat their wives magnificently get treated like crap in return, 'be rougher and you'll see a different relationship.'" meanwhile, republicans are calling for state department official patrick kennedy to resign after newly released fbi documents suggest he pressured the agency last year to downgrade the classification of emails found on hillary clinton's private server. according to the fbi documents, kennedy offered to allow the fbi to place more agents in iraq in exchange for declassifying the email. the fbi and the state department have denied that a quid pro quo ever existed. a retired four-star marine corps general has plead guilty to making false statements to the
fbi during an investigation into leaks of classified information. james cartwright, who was known as president obama's favorite general, admitted he lied to the fbi during an investigation into who leaked classified information to the "new york times" about stuxnet, a secret u.s. cyberwarfare operation against iran. according to yahoo news, cartwright is the 10th person to be criminally charged under president obama in a case related to classified disclosures -- more by far than were brought by any president before him. in news from guantanamo, mohamedou ould slahi has been released back to his home country of mauritania after being held at guantanamo since 2002 without charge or trial. slahi wrote the best-selling memoir "guantanamo diary" in which he describes being severely tortured by u.s. guards. in climate news, nasa is reporting last month was the warmest september on record.
11 of the past 12 months have now broken records. scientists say 2 2016 is almost certain to be the year the -- the w warmest year ever brbreaking last t year's record. , this comes as itit still feels like summer though out much of the east coaoast and midstst toy many cities s expected to set dozens of records. and dr. city, kansas the , temperature reached 101 degrees fahrenheit on monday. in other climate n news, a new study by the united nations has found climate change c could dre 122 million more people into extreme poverty in the next 15 years in part due to the impact it is already having on small-scale farmers. the guardian is reporting exxon mobil has asked a federal court in texas to throw out a subpoena from new york state that would force the oil company to hand over decades of documents as part of a wide-ranging inquiry into whether it misled investors about climate change risks. last year insideclimate news and
times"los angeles revealed beginning in 1977, exxon concealed its own findings that fossil fuels cause global warming. the nation's largest police organization, the international association of chiefs of police has issued a formal apology for , the "historical mistreatment of communities of color." the organization represents 18,000 members. alicia garza, a co-founder of the black lives matter movement, told thinkprogress the admission is a positive step toward justice, reconciliation and healing but doesn't go far , enough to address modern-day problems. garza said -- "if the last three years has shown us anything, it's that these deplorable actions are still happening today. black people are dying at the hands of police at the rate of one every 28 hours." in media news, a british-state owned bank has reportedly cut
ties to the russian-backed broadcaster rt. the station, which relies on state funds from moscow decried , the momove as a form of a political censorship. margarita simonyan i is rt's editor in chief. >> for us it is absolutely obvious it is politically motivated and this is yet another step, a serious one by britain, to shut us up so we stop telling what we're telling so that the orchestrated choir, mainstream media, which pushehes personal narrative, will not be interrupted and viewers will not get distracted and won't listen to another point of view. amy: meanwhile wikileaks has , accused ecuador of cutting off julian assange's internet access on saturday. assange has been living in the ecuadorian embassy in london for more than four years. over the past week wikileaks has , published thousands of emails from the account of john podesta, the chair of hillary clinton's presidential campaign.
amnesty international has accused australia of turning the isisland of nauru into an open r prison to house refugees and asylum seekers. amnesty said the conditions on the tiny south pacific island amounts to torture. this is nina keistat of amnesty. >> what i found was shocking. the level of mental trauma, the level of physical illness, the daily assaults and complete failure ofof the authohorities f the police to do anything about this. the daily humiliation and abuse they are subjected to. amy: in education news, the naacp board of directors has voted to back a call for a moratorium on the growth of charter schools. naacp chair roslyn brock said -- "we are moving forward to require that charter schools receive the same level of oversight, civil rights protections and provide the same level of transparency, and we require the same of traditional
public schools." and those are some of the headlines. this is democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. we are just back from north dakota where on monday, hundreds -- i appeared in court -- we're just back from north dakota where on monday i was supposed to appppear in couourt to face a riot c charge for democracy now! reporting on an attack against anti-pipeline protesters. we filmed security guards working for the dakota access pipeline attacking protesters. the report showed guards unleashing dogs and using pepper spray and featured people with bite injuries and a dog with blood dripping from its nose and mouth. democracy now!'s report went viral online and was viewed more than 14 million times on facebook and was rebroadcast on cbs,outlets, including
nbc, npr, cnn, msnbc, and the huffington post. days after democracy now! published the video, morton county issued an arrest warrant for me. i was initially charged with criminal trespassing. on friday, as i flew into north dakota, that charge was dropped for lack of evidence. but it was replaced by a charge of writing. on monday, north dakota history judge john grinsteiner refused to authorize the riot charges after the decision was announced, my attorneys spoke out side the courthouse where hundreds gathered to show support for more than half dozen water protectors who were facing charges related to the ongoing resistance to the $3.8 billion dakota access pipeline. this is my attorney tom dickson. >> on friday afternoon, the
criminal trespass charge which was a frivolous criminal charge, was dismissed against amy goodman. at that time -- [cheers] at that time we work informally informed there would be a second charge fililed against her, engaging in a riot, a class the misdemeanor charge. we were informed she was to appear before a judge at one clinton you today to hear the charge and to get bond set. this morning, we were informed the judge refused to find probable cause for that charge. i i spoke with the m morton couy statates attorneney this aftern. the case against amy goodman is now dismissed. [cheers] >> let me just say that amy goodman was always a free woman. [cheers] i think when the prosecutor
misguidedly decided to file charges against amy goodman, she decided -- he decided to go after the wrong person. intimidated.s not in this rejection of the charges is a complete vindication of the right of a journalist to report on the truth and more importantly, the right of the public to know what is happening with the pipeline and with the struggle of the people here to protect their water and to protect their land. amy: it is a great honor to be here today. rejectge's decision to the state's attorney ladd erickson attempt to prosecute a journalist -- in this case, me -- is a great vindication of the
first amendment and of our right to report. that was the scene outside the morton county courthouse and jail in mandan, north dakota yesterday. ,also on after judge grinsteiner monday rejected multiple riot charges for lack of evidence, including the riot charge against me, morton county sheriff kyle kirchmeier said -- "after consulting with the morton county states attorney, i am assured charges are being considered against these individuals. let me make this perfectly clear, if you trespass on private property, you will be arrested." ladd erickson, the state's attorney, told the "new york times,," -- "i believe they want to do the investigation open and think there's any evidence in the unedited and unpublished videos that we could better detail in an affidavit for the judge. the democracy now! video that many have s seen does not have
much evidence all you in and." throughout the day monday, authorities dropped to a rejected multiple felony and misdemeanor charges against water protectors, including a felony charge against marcus frejo little eagle, known by his hip-hop artist name quese imc. the state also dropped a felony charge against little eagle'ss nephew, morgan frejo. misdemeanor charges against water defender cody hall were also dropped. democracy now! was on the ground at the morton county courthouse and jail throughout monday and bring you this report. >> by name is ques imc. this water is what brought me here and this water will bring our people back together because this destructive, a natural
force that is trying to destroy this water is the same force that dismantled our homes back in the day during the indian wars. what we can know as date of people, not just native people that all people, we have to come back to that water. we have to carry that love of the water in our heart. that water will be here long after we are gone, just like sacred rocks. amy: today you would into the courtroom and you were charged with a felony? >> yes. amy: what was the felony? >> unjust. it was unjust. amy: how long have you been facing these charges for? was a shock. it was scary. over a month. amy: how has that affected you? >> emotionally, i know everybody who is been at the camp, they're going to leave with anxiety, leave with ptsd. a lot of things are going to give you anxiety. it is real. i faced those and i had to pray to release myself from those things because it is real.
the thing about it, it is a genetic memory that we have is native people. all of these things we are enduring, we remember that through our genetic memory. our ancestors are with us still. we can make it through the we believe and we strive to live you to full, good lives a be good to ourselves and be good to each other. my name means strong thinker. i'm going to walk into the place where i'm not comfortable at being. amy: you're turning your celfin. yes. amy: there is an arrest warned for you? >> there is an arrest warned for dakota accesse pipeline security. these are guys that had no badges, no names, no license plates. it is intimidating when you see the guys looking like navy seals when you're traveling, documenting. i came as a filmmaker and a digital storyteller and i'm leaving now as an environmental
journalist. this is a misdemeanor. amy: why did you decide to turn your celfin today? faith in put our the law. i'm of a sovereign nation. through this full-time, i've been using my travel id come att whicich they have accepted. now i'm going to go in with the same -- just going to face -- this is what anyone will do when you get a warrant, you follow through and help the legal system will support that as well and be as honest as you are coming in. we're just journalists documenting the inaccuracies happening here. i'm a film maker. document expecting to the way the bullying was going on, the way people were being ran off the road, things that weren't true in the morton county police department. we counteracted with drill media. we're going to walk into the jail. looks like i will be serving
overnight in the jail. >> my name is angela. i i am a licenensed attorney in colorado. have four luminaire hearings on water protectors who are charged with felonies. regarding circumstances where there alleged to have locked down. we alslso h have five bond hears this afternoon as well for water protectors who were arrested on saturday. one of whom is also charged with a felony. this states attorney's office is overcharging at least the felony cases, if not many of the misdemeanor cases as well. i think it is toto creatate more misperceptions of the water protectors as being able to commit felonies, therefore, you
know, more violent or dangerous to the community. i think that is flatly wrong. the judge agreed with us today. our water protectors are unarmed and not dangerous. they are elders and women and children and families at the front lines. this is water that we're talking about, not weapons. >> i am an attorney in kansas city, missouri. i practice about missosouri and kansas. i'm the regional vice president of the national lawyers guild. wewe'rere at thee very early sts of taking a look to see what has happened in terms of the civil-rights violations that have occurred. unfortunately, it seems like e e local l authorities here, the morton county sheriff's department and in fact the state of south dakotota, , looks like there seriously disregarding g e civivil rights s many individus . some of the things that we are taking a close look at right now and probably anticipated some
point in the future, filing lawsuits in the u.s. district court would be for the violation of first amendment rights against journalists that have occurred. we have seen particularly the sheriff's department, law enforcrcement, appears to be targetingg journalists. there have been a number of citizenn journalisists arrestedn his to be particularly going after native american journalists as well. please have become increasingly militarized over the years. we saw that in my home state with the city of ferguson and what occurred there. we assume that an east coast in baltimore as well. we know it is not only urban police departments that are heavily militarized, it is the same thing in rural communities as well. i don't t necessarily know thatn and of itself creates something actionable, but from a policy -- public policy standpoint, it is certainly troubling. globallynous people
are facing environmental genocide by colonial people, the colonizers and the corporate greed happening. you,is a message to investors and shareholders, divest. more money is no good here anymore. you not wanted here. your dirty oil is not wanted here. the time is now for the shareholders and investors to see what you're up against, the spirit and the power of the people in the beautiful prayers happening, the warriors on the front lines who are standing for land and life, not only for the sake of water here, but for water across the globe. as i always want to say, one day when this is over and we win this right, i want my grandchildren to say and do know in their hearts with their feelings, my grandmother fought for me so i could be here today. >> we came out here to show support to the people in court. we have seen these felonies get dropped today. [cheers]
we have been maintaining our peaceful presence and our prayer. we did good today. i don't know about y'all, but i'm going to take some photos and we're going to call that a win. [cheers] amy: special thanks to john hamilton, hany massoud, and laura gottesdiener for that report. when we come back, we'll have more on the standoff at standing rock, and we'll look at the health impacts of oil extraction in north dakota. stay with us. ♪ [music break]
department. one of the things that's come to light in recent weeks is the widespread use of strip search in the morton county jail. on monday, democracy now! broadcast live from just across the street from the morton county courthouse and jail where i asked standing rock sioux tribal chair dave archambault whether he, the chairman of his tribe, had been strip searched after he was arrested at a protest. what were you charged with? >> disorderly conduct. amy: misdemeanor, low-level misdemeanor. were you strip-searched? >> yes. amy: is this common that for disorderly conduct, your strip-searched? >> i would not know because that was the first, ever got arrested know, i but, you thought it was humorous because i had to take all of my close off and then they wanted to check my grades and i don't have
very thick braids for any weapons to hide, so i thought it was pretty crazy and unnecessary to do a strip search and to check my hair, but i excepted. -- accepted. amy: that's standing rock sioux tribal chair dave archambault. another member of the standing rock sioux tribe, dr. sara jumping eagle, a pediatrician who works at the standing rock reservation also says she was , strip searched after she was arrested in taken to morton august, county jail, and charged withth disorderly conduct. >> when i was taken to the jail, first i was taken by a corrections officer, transported from the protest right to the morton county jail. and then when they took me in there, you know, that it take some basic inforormation. one of the things that they do is have you go into a small room
and there was a female officer there and we had to take my clothehes off. i don't know, basically -- amy: cavity search? >> know, but i had to squat and cough. that is what she said, squat and cough, and for the orange suit on. i was put in an orange jumpsuit and then i was held there for several hours. initially, my family did not know where i was or did not ash they heard about it pretty quickly and were a able to comen and bond me out or bail 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 may be feel -- it may be think about my ancestors and what they had gone through. this was in no way a comparison to what we have survived before. so this made me feel more determined about what i am doing and why i am here. amy: that's dr. sara jumping
eagle, a pediatrician and a member of the standing rock sioux tribe. well, on sunday, while we were on the reservation we spoke more , with dr. sarah jumping eagle about why y she, as a pepediatrician, oppoposes the da access pipeline. eagle. dr. sara jumping amy: you are one of the first people arrested during these resistance movements against the dakota access pipeline. when was it and why did you do it as a doctor here? >> you know, i have been involved with environmental health issues for a long time, since we moved to north dakota we have been aware of the tracking and flaring going on in the bakken. i've been thing attention -- paying attention.
we're also aware of the issues going on in the black hills with uranium mining and the other contaminations that have occurred across indian country. so as a physician, i am very aware of what the health effects spill byof pipeline ,he dakota access enbridge among our committees, how that spill would directly affect our family members and community members. i went to the protest site to participate in the protests. and on that day -- amy: when was it? >> i believe it was august 12. there had already been some people arrested prior to that trying to stop the machines from going on to the land just north of the camp -- it was actually
before the camp had really started. at the sacred stone camp had been there since april. so i went there with the intent of participating as any citizen concerned about our environment would. amy: what was happening that day? >> at that time, there were already machines that were digging up the earth and they were already setting -- they had marked out a path all the way to the river. we did not know all of that at that time. so there were people that were collected along the road that were praying and they were saying different protest chants, basically. there were committed the members of all ages and races there to help us voice our opposition to what was going on. but at the time, it was very traumatizing to see that these machines were coming onto our treaty territory, which is just
north of the cannonball river. really not listening to the voices of the people who will be affected if -- when a pipeline spill occurs. amy: can you give us a little history, dr. darah, this pipeline was originally related to be billed above -- slated to be built above bismarck, but they said no, so they moved lower to the reservation? that is our understanding. the decisions that are made regarding pipelines in north dakota, those decisions have to go through the public service commission. and so we were first aware of the dakota access pipeline route in 2014 is when i became aware. so the company had notified the tribe of the route they were going to take,e, you know, probably about 50 of us community y members that attendd
and voiced our opposition at that time to the route. the tribe's historian at that time informed the company of the really special and sacred place that that area is. it is called sacred stone camp. it is sacred stone for reason. the confluence of the rivers there had created many stones that were sacred to our community members, to our people, and had been used in spiritual ways for hundreds of years. and so the fact that the company -- and also, that area is a historical place. the cannonball ranch. there are other stories of when our people had to flee the army in the cavalry of places that they would cross, and those are the store places as well. so we knew the company was already planning on violating national laws that have to do with national historic
preservation. the graves in the stone effigies that are in that area are also important to our timidity members. -- community members. amy: were you there on september 3? >> when the dog attacks occurred? i was there, but i had already been arrested previously, so i was one of the people named in the slapp suit with a restraining order. i was there but i had to stay 100 feet away. amy: explain what the slapp suit is. >> basically, a name several people, including me tribal chairman and other tribal councilman and other people, but then they added on jane and and john doe on to that. initially, those of us that were not initially named in the slap suit were not aware of that until we were served, which weren't properly served papers in the slapp sued have basically
said there's a restraining order on as that we could not engage in protests or be near any dakota access areas. amy: because? >> because we have previously been arrested and identified. the charge that i was charged with was disorderly conduct. amy: explain what you did that day on august 12. say all ofi want to the details but basically, i had gone there to participate in a protest. when the company -- and the puppy who are part of the company were leaving the area, wereachines and trucks going north and south on highway 1806 and they were basically violating our treaty rights. so the actions that i was involved with that day were to protest the company using our
treaty lands to facilitate building a pipeline, which threatens our way of life. amy: when you say your treaty lands, can you explain what they are and are some of those lands the army corps of engineers's? >> yes. those plans are included in our treaty territory. 1851 andback at the 1868 treaties, those lands, i believe it is south of the heart river, are part of the treaty territory. and that includes the lands that the army corps has claimed are their lands as well. so that is something that i think hasn't really fully understood by people in north dakota or in the united states. once the lands were flooded, i believe it was 1962, with the dams, the army corps claimed all of the land across the river.
that created the lakes. amy: what you think will happen at this point with a pipeline? you think you will be able to stop it? >> i do believe we will be able stop it, specially with the support of our allies across the world. that is something that has given us a lot of hope is that people are recognizing that this is not just a local issue, but it is an international issue. we know there are people around the world they're also fighting to keep their waters clean and fighting for the health of their families and community members. and that is really what i want people to know is that we are average people. we are doctors, teachers, moms. i'm a mother and a wife. we are standing up because we don't want the corporations to make these decisions for my children anymore. i want my children to have clean water. i don't want to worry about, and he hydrocarbons, how much
fracking waste has been dumped into our river. we're committed is all across south dakota on this river. those are the things that i thinkk people are recognizing ad that is s why they are standing with us and helping us.. speakings doing -- with a non-native person who has come t to the reservation casino to see a concert step i askedd what he thought t about the pipeline. he said it is the safest way to carry the oil, better than trucks. your response? >> my response is if we need infrastructure here in our committees, -- we do need infrastructure. so the safest way is for us to change jewelry noble energy. right now we are standing here being buffeted by winds that could be harnessing energy from our communities. north dakota should be in the lead of harnessing that wind energy. yes, we are still using fossil fuels and our hope is that we
will gradually use less fossil fuels and use renewable energy which we know is healthier for our people and for the planet. amy: as a doctor and pediatrician, what are your concerns right now? >> my concerns are that -- i feel we are part of one of the biggest public health experiments in our lifetime. we really don't know the long-term effects of fracking and hydrocarbons on our bodies. we know that other scientists have identified some of these chemicals that are being put uroo the water as ne integrate receptor, that they interact with our receptors that could affect our dna and our reproductive health. so those are my concerns, how is this affecting my daughter right now as she drinks this water? health, thereof is been recent regulations
changed around radioactive waste here in north dakota. how does that relate and canoe explain what that is? >> how that relate is the state of north dakota and the public health apartment in the public service commission had recently voted to raise the level of radioactive waste in the state of north dakota. the level that could be stored here. prior to that, i believe the level was 10 micro curies, and now they have raised it to 30 macro curies. the companies, a lot of times, have been using subcontractors who were dumping radioactive waste in random warehouses, and those are found -- i mean, there are stories like that every year or two here north dakota. of course, they are not front page news in the local media, so those are things that we have to be aware of and continue to fight against the lack of
regulation of these environmental waste products in north dakota, and the lack, really, of a public health discussion in our state that have not been given a voice in the public service commission process were really a voice in the media -- or really a voice in the media either. i think they don't want people to be aware of what is happening so we will not be afraid of what is going into our bodies. amy: what t is the status of the slapp suit? >> right now they have been dismissed. as far as -- i know i recently received an offer in the mail from the prosecutors for a plea deal as well. but i know i'm not guilty of disorderly conduct, so that is my fight that i will continue. and so will many of the water protectors as well. amy: where do you live? use, north dakota, and have also been a part of the camp.
amy: is it on the reservation? >> yes, about 20 miles south of cannonball. amy: thank y you. >> one last thing, i really want to call people to notice that the companies are really trying to commit environmental genocide on our people and the fact that they deem the bismarck -- the city of bismarck was not a safe place to put this pipeline, but then they decided to place it north of our communities, points out to the fact that this is in terminal genocide. it is been attempted in several other communities, including my .riginal community we see a pattern of corporations doing this. as people, we will stand up against that and we will continue to fight for our health and way of life. amy: the issue of fracking and radioactive waste will stop can you explain the connection? >> what happens when they are fracking and pumping chemicals
it using our water to score down these holes that they create to then suck it back out, they suck it back through these fracking sox. and over time, because they're collecting so much sediment and minerals, some of that is nationally occurring radioactive materials -- minerals in the ground, but it becomes concentrated in these fracking socks. the fact we're finding thousands of them in a warehouse that has not been monitored at all, how is that affecting the groundwater underneath that is very concerning. amy: that is dr. sara jumping eagle, a pediatrician on the reservation, member of the standing rock sioux tribe. when we come back, we will continue t to look at health cae in standing rock, including health care the resistance camps where the first baby was just born. stay with us.
amy: quese imc featuring casper. this is democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report, i'm amy goodman. a shout out to the fifth-graders today visiting. we're just back from cannonball, north dakota, where thousands of people have flocked from across the united states latin america, , and canada over the months to join the resistance camps opposing the construction of the $3.8 billion dakota access pipeline. most are native americans representing hundreds of tribes and first nations from across the americas. the ongoing encampment is considered to be one of the largest gatherings of native americans in decades. in the camps, people have set up multiple kitchens. a school that teaches lakota languages and other subjects.
medical services to care for the people who have come to join the resistance to the pipeline. just yesterday, a group of indigenous midwives posted online the first baby was born in the camp. well, on saturday at the main resistance camp in cannon ball, north dakota, i spoke with women and midwives about the importance of reproductive health care at the resistance camps and on the reservation. >> melissa rose. amy: can you talk about what you have that up your at the resistance camp? >> we have come with a group of women to be able to support women's health here at the encampment. sovereignty for indigenous people is only going to come about through the support of women in women's health in the same way that we defend and protect mother earth is the same
way that we need to defend and protect women and the next generations of children being born, and that is why not only is there fully staffed and run volunteer run clinic here that runs 24 hours, seven days a week at the camp, but there is also now going to be a women's space were traditional midwifery will be promoted and utilized to support the women here. amy: you are a midwife? >> i am. amy: you are from cheyenne river. how far is the reservation from here? the don't know exactly reservation line, but where i live, it is about two, two and half hours. cheyenne and standing rock are connected. there's a highway. amy: talk about what it means to you that there is this women's health clinic, this midwifery clinic on-site. >> i believe, first of all, i am -- what we behalf of
do is help in the community in the bond between women and children because the women are the backbone of the communities and the families. it is very important that these healings take place because it has an effect on our children. back ande midwife come is performing the ceremony that needed to be performed from the point of conception until birth and even after birth is very important for the spiritual connectedness of our children with our families. because we are not doing that, we see so many of our children that are lost to drugs and now all in violence and suicide. -- alcohol and violence and suicide. we are having the families involved with the bird. i think that is very important for our people, not only mentally, but spiritually. having that here at the camp is
-- i think it is going to be powerful for the women that are here. amy: what happens to women who give birth at cheyenne river? >> right now we have one doctor that comes. he schedules the women's birth based on his schedule and induces them. i would say, like, at least 90% of the women in cheyenne riviver who o have babies are scheduledn his schedule. and it is not right for our children to be born that way. amy: how did that happen? so they don't go into labor at home and when they're ready, come to the clinic or the hospital? >> if they do not have their babies they some whatever due date he gives them, then -- even had other personal family well, ithat said, ok, is my due date, but he wants to have me come in early to schedule a birth. based on his schedule, he schedules them, they get
induced, and they're out the door. the xoma's like they're running .attlele through it is not right. amy: melissa, what does it mean to be a native midwife? >> we were discussing this earlier. traditional ties to the women who take care of women in the tribe, the take of the children, and they have a lifetime tide of those children. itit is very important i grow up with those ties anand they're alwaysys connected to their home in their home place in the family. that is what it means. amy: were do you live? >> i live in colorado springs now. amy: what has it meant for you to come to this camp and why did you come here? >> my family is here. my relatives are here. they're fighting a really hard fight, and i have skills to offer them. it i is very mucuch needed here. we found out even after i got here, how much more is needed
than we even knew. amy: what natation are you with? >> -- amy: the battle against the pipeline. why is that a battle that matters to you in colorado springs? >> i am downriver. we are all downriver at some point. we are a all ground zero. everyone in the planet is on ground zero at some point. our first home is water. i am intimately connected with that. i think that is why we are all connected here. amy: so the clinic you're are setting up goes beyond midwifery , as a women's space. explain whwhat your plans are. >> amy, the roots of this is actually goes back to, you know, the recent history of health care for births for indigenous women in north america, in this country in particular, where, for instance, indian health services had a policy of forcibly sterilizing indigenous
women. from 1973 to 1976, more than 3000 women were forcibly sterilized -- even women under the age of 21. 1970'screased between and 1980's, that decreased the birth rate for native population in the united states of america 1.8%..8% to so that is genocide. that cannot continue to happen. that is genocide of indigenous women. just the same way this pipeline is the genocide of our mother earth and a genocide of the river and the water that feeds us all, that nourishes us all, just as it did in the womb. that is why we are doing this here to support the women, to come back from that. right now native women -- this space in particular creates the
potential, the possibility that women that we can be colonized. not just through birth, but really come back to a place of matriarchy and respecting women in a way that we can also respect mother earth and not lay pipelines in her, not dig out her liver, her coal, just as there are doing and black mesa, just as there are doing all across the world and across the globe. right now we are here, but everywhere people are in your home communities, find out who the native folks are there that are living there. find out what they are battling. find out how you can support them because they're doing it for all of us -- for all future generations, for all the babies to come. we need this water. we need this earth to be healthy, to be beautiful for them to live in. i have come from occupied land in so-called tucson now.
there is a coppermine trying to take away -- to take a sacred land from the apache there called oak flat. thosehere we come from, battles are there. i want to make that connection for folks at home to look around you and find a native people around you and the battles they are fighting for. if you can't come here, support them there. amy:y: midwives from cheyenne river reservation. we end today's show with cody hall of the cheyenne river sioux tribe. he had to arrest warrants -- he had an arrest warrant issued for two misdemeanors of land defense action. on monday he learned the charges were dropped. i spoke to cody over the weekend about his arrest. >> the manner in which i was arrested, i was treated like i
was the native osama with at least 18 state officers that got out of their squad cars when i was arrested on highway 1806 going up to bismarck. amy: so you were then taken to the morton county jail? >> yes. i was met with state police officers dressed in their gear. also, just really, you know, villain eyes. -- villainized. like i said, fbi wanted to i invoke my rights of silence. amy: have you been targeted since your arrest? >> yes. as i look at side mirrors and rearview mirrors, i have dapl security in their rented trucks they drive around with no license plate on them. i kind of play a game and i will
destroy the around a little bit just to see if that vehicle is telling me. sure enough, i get a lot of vehicles tailing me in the city. amy: we also spoke with cody hall about his experience inside the morton county jail, including how he was strip-sesearched. >> as i exited out of the vehicles andnd entered morton county, i came up the elevator. the elevator opened up and i was met with date police. of course, morton county people were there to book people. from there, started the process of the booking. again, went 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 and bend over, cough. it is really one of those tactics they try to break down your mentalnesss of everyday life. not every day do you wake up and say, hey, i'm going to get naked
and have someone search me today. -- that is avate private feeling for you when you get naked thomas so. amy: four days later when you are finally released, they had not allowed you to go out on bail or bond for those what drove days, you can 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, just looking like, you know, they're going into action of some sort full they literally had a line from the courtroom to the door that connects you to the county jail me my mother walked out with and as we got to the door,