Democracy Now: Private Mercenary Firm TigerSwan Compares Anti-DAPL Water Protectors to “Jihadist Insurgency”

http://https://publish.dvlabs.com/democracynow/360/dn2017-0531.mp4?start=2816.0 This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. NERMEEN SHAIKH: We turn now to an explosive new investigation by The Interceptthat reveals how international private security firm TigerSwan targeted Dakota Access water protectors with military-style counterterrorism measures. TigerSwan began as a U.S. military and State Department contractor. It was Read More

Anti-DAPL Activists Call for Return to Battle at Standing Rock

by Michael Bennett Cohn for Newsweek On January 24, President Donald Trump signed an order that makes it easier for Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) to complete its controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in North Dakota. Trump also issued a memorandum clearing the way for the Keystone XL pipeline, which has also been controversial. Keystone XL Read More

A Murky Legal Mess at Standing Rock

By Colin Moynihan for The New Yorker Word of the cancellations went out by way of unsigned notices e-mailed to defense lawyers… The e-mails said nothing about new court dates… In early September, Allisha LaBarge, a member of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, travelled from Hibbing, Minnesota, to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, in Read More

Wounded on the front line at Standing Rock, a protester refuses to give up her fight

by Sandy Tolan for Los Angeles Times On the night Vanessa Dundon was shot in the eye, she was on the front lines looking up at a phalanx of police. It was after sundown on a cold night at the Backwater Bridge at the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Dundon, 31, a Navajo Read More

‘Bogus charges’: Standing Rock activists say they face campaign of legal bullying

Native American protesters claim that threats of fines and criminal charges, many which later unravel in court, are designed to silence their efforts by Sam Levin and Julia Carrie Wong in San Francisco, for The Guardian In what appears to be a concerted effort to deter people from joining the Standing Rock protests, North Dakota Read More

Standing Rock Demonstrators File Class Action Lawsuit Over Police Violence

by Alleen Brown for The Intercept Pipeline demonstrators injured by rubber bullets, tear gas canisters, and water cannons during a wintry nighttime standoff with police last week filed a class-action lawsuit Monday against the sheriff of the North Dakota county involved. The suit describes in new detail the evening of November 20, when more than Read More

New Front Line for NoDAPL Attorneys: Criminal Courts

by Steffani Cochran for Indian Country Media Network I recently returned from spending time at Standing Rock as a legal observer. The experience was nothing like I anticipated and yet one of the most important experiences of my life. I woke each morning and went to sleep each night to prayers, songs, stories and drumming. Read More

Native Americans Facing Excessive Force In North Dakota Pipeline Protests – UN Expert

From United Nations Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai GENEVA – A United Nations human rights expert has accused US security forces of using excessive force against protesters trying to stop an oil pipeline project which runs through land sacred to indigenous people. Law enforcement officials, private security firms and the North Dakota National Guard have used Read More