Standing Rock Sioux Chair on Militarized Repression & Ongoing Lawsuit to Stop Dakota Access Pipeline


AMY GOODMAN: The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
has won a major legal victory in federal court which may have the power to force the shutdown
of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline. District Judge James Boasberg ruled Wednesday
that the Trump administration had failed to conduct an adequate environmental review of
the pipeline, after President Trump ordered the Army Corps to fast-track and greenlight
its approval. The judge requested additional briefings next
week on whether the pipeline should be shut off until the completion of a full review
of a potential oil spill’s impacts on fishing and hunting rights, as well as environmental
justice. The pipeline faced months of massive resistance
from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, members of hundreds of other indigenous tribes from
across the Americas, as well as non-Native allies, as well. Speaking at a rally last week, President Trump
said he signed the memo to greenlight the pipeline with his eyes closed. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I’m pleased to announce
that the Dakota Access pipeline, which I just mentioned, is now officially open for business,
a $3.8 billion investment in American infrastructure that was stalled. And nobody thought any politician would have
the guts to approve that final leg. And I just closed my eyes and said, “Do it.” …
You know, when I approved it—it’s up. It’s running. It’s beautiful. It’s great. Everybody’s happy. The sun is still shining. The water is clean. But, you know, when I approved it, I thought
I’d take a lot of heat. And I took none, actually none. People respected that I approved it. But I take so much heat for nonsense that
it probably overrode—it probably overrode the other. It’s like a decoy. AMY GOODMAN: Well, last week, just after Trump’s
comments, but before Judge Boasberg ruled this week, I spoke with the chairman of the
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Dave Archambault. He was here in New York. He was joined by Nick Tilsen, executive director
of the Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation and a citizen of the Oglala Lakota
Nation on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. I asked Standing Rock Sioux Chair Dave Archambault
about the tribe’s lawsuit challenging the pipeline. DAVE ARCHAMBAULT II: From the very beginning,
we asked the Corps of Engineers, “What impact will this pipeline have on our people?” And the Corps of Engineers never could answer
that. Their response is, “We’re doing an environmental
assessment, and we’re going to see what impact it will have on the environment.” And there’s no impact. That’s their—that’s what they state. So when we say, “Well, we need to do a further
look and see what really happens when infrastructure projects have an impact on our people”—and
we’ve experienced many infrastructure projects in the past, such as a railroad system. The railroad system facilitated the near-extinction
of buffalo herds. When we were at 70 million buffalo in 1800,
by 1889 we’re down to less than a hundred. And it was the railroad track system that
did that. There’s interstates. There’s telecommunications. There’s dams. All these infrastructure projects have a significant
impact on us. So that’s the question we asked. And to get the answer, it required a full,
in-depth environmental impact statement. So, we were able to, with the past administration,
say, “Let’s at least do the environmental impact statement.” With this administration, the EA: “There’s
not going to be any impact to you or to your people,” which we know is—if or when this
pipeline breaks, we will be the first impacted. AMY GOODMAN: There were leaks even before
it went operational? DAVE ARCHAMBAULT II: Yes, there were. AMY GOODMAN: Can you explain what that means? It wasn’t operational, so how were there
leaks? DAVE ARCHAMBAULT II: Yeah, they started putting
pipeline—like, where the valves—to test the valves, they put oil through the pipelines. And it leaked significant amounts, even though
it was a test. So, we understood and we knew that there were
going to be leaks. It wasn’t even fully operational, and they
were already experiencing leaks and getting fined for 200,000 gallons of oil being leaked. And so—and then they said, “We’ll clean
it up, and we fixed it. It’s OK now.” But, you know, that just goes to show that
this pipeline is not clean. It’s not pretty. It’s not a beautiful thing. It’s something that’s going to come back
and haunt—not us, maybe not us today, but the future. AMY GOODMAN: Can you respond to what President
Trump said? He just closed his eyes and signed it. DAVE ARCHAMBAULT II: Yeah, when President
Trump comes out with statements like that, it just is revealing his true character. It tells America what kind of person he is,
when we all know that his first agenda was to sign this presidential memorandum. He was actually calling it an executive order,
and then they switched it to a presidential memorandum. But it’s because he has his own interest
in this pipeline. He was sponsored, with his campaign, by Kelcy
Warren. He had shares for Energy Transfer Partners. He had political interests. All the people who support him are saying
this has to be done. So, for him to say, “I blindly did this,”
it’s a complete lie, and it tells what kind of character this man really has. AMY GOODMAN: Nick Tilsen, your response when
you heard President Trump say he did this with his eyes closed, signing off on the final
permit to allow the Dakota Access pipeline to be built under the Missouri River, and
then that there was no response afterwards? NICK TILSEN: Yeah, I mean, I think that the
reality of him signing with his eyes closed, that’s probably the truth. It’s probably what he did do. I mean, he’s been a—he’s been a prop
of the energy companies, who are having their heyday. And that’s just the reality. I mean, we’ve seen, you know, one of the
biggest outcries in protest in decades, and historical amounts of protest, in Dakota Access. And for him to—for him to say that there
was—that it was met with no response is a total lie. That’s one of his—another alternative
facts that he has, when the reality is, you know, tens of thousands of people sacrificed. We sacrificed our freedoms to protect this
water. We sacrificed everything that we had. And it was women and children and families,
and indigenous people with our allies from all over the country and all over the world. People around the world understand what happened
at Standing Rock. And I think this is a constant sort of PR
thing that says, “Oh, nobody cares.” But the reality is, people do care. AMY GOODMAN: I wanted to ask about an explosive
new investigation by The Intercept that 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, hired by Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the $3.8 billion
Dakota Access pipeline. The investigation based on leaked internal
documents, which show how TigerSwan collaborated closely with law enforcement agencies to surveil
and target the nonviolent indigenous-led movement. In the documents, TigerSwan also repeatedly
calls the water protectors “insurgents” and the movement “an ideologically driven insurgency,”
even uses words like “jihadi.” Chairman Dave Archambault? DAVE ARCHAMBAULT II: You know, it just goes
to show who law enforcement is going to listen to. And law enforcement listens to the political
leaders. And the political leaders are bought by corporations. So, in North Dakota, we have a senator who
has interests in the oil fields. We have a—
AMY GOODMAN: Who is that? DAVE ARCHAMBAULT II: Senator Hoeven. He has an interest in the wells, that he owns. We have Senator Cramer and Senator—or, Congressman
Cramer and Senator Heitkamp. They receive some of the largest amounts of
contributions from the fossil fuel industry. We have a governor—at that time, Governor
Dalrymple—who had some intermixings with China oil. And so, this whole political leadership in
North Dakota will say, “We have to have this pipeline go in.” And because they’re saying this, they’re
only going to listen to the corporation and the company. And they’re going to give direction to the
law enforcement. And it’s frustrating to me, because we had
countless meetings with law enforcement. And we let them know that there’s infiltrators. This is not all the demonstrators who are
creating this. We don’t know who all the people are. All along, they’re listening to the company’s
security, private security firms. They’re working hand in hand with the company’s
private security firms. They’re having daily meetings, daily briefings,
with the company’s security firms and ignoring completely tribal leadership. And all we were doing is trying to make sure
that safety was the number one priority, where these guys, if the reports from TigerSwan—on
TigerSwan are true, they weren’t—they weren’t looking out for safety. They were looking to incite and to harm. And that’s disturbing. AMY GOODMAN: Standing Rock Sioux Chair Dave
Archambault and Nick Tilsen, executive director of the Thunder Valley Community Development
Corporation, a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation on Pine Ridge Reservation in South
Dakota. I spoke with them before Federal Judge James
Boasberg ruled on Wednesday that the Trump administration failed to carry out an adequate
environmental review of the pipeline. The judge, Judge Boasberg, has requested additional
briefings next week on whether the pipeline should be shut off until the completion of
a full review of the potential oil spill’s impacts on fishing and hunting rights, as
well as environmental justice. We’ll be back with the men in a moment. [break] AMY GOODMAN: “Mother Forgive Us” by Wendy
Colonna, here on Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman, as we return to my conversation
about the Dakota Access pipeline with Standing Rock Sioux Chair Dave Archambault and Nick
Tilsen of the Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation, a citizen of the Oglala Lakota
Nation on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. AMY GOODMAN: When we were there Labor Day
weekend, when I first met you out there at the camps, you know, we could see the planes. And whenever I would point them out and ask,
people would say, “Oh, they’re just surveilling us.” It became business as usual. And, Nick, I was wondering if you could talk
about this and the significance of when you have these private paramilitary firms—TigerSwan
founded by a Delta Force member, former Delta Force member—where you have these companies,
as Chairman Dave was just describing, working with local law enforcement and the effect
it has. I mean, then I’d like to go into your own
personal history and your remarkable family history. But what this means? NICK TILSEN: I mean, I don’t think anybody
is surprised, so any—any water protectors that were out there. These reports that are coming out basically
prove—they prove that this is the—this is the modern form of COINTELPRO. That’s what it is. AMY GOODMAN: The Counterintelligence Program
of the FBI— NICK TILSEN: Absolutely. AMY GOODMAN: —that targeted Black Panthers
and people of color for years under Hoover. NICK TILSEN: This is a modern, contracted
version of it, who’s designed in using basically all of the lessons that they have been building
off of fighting terrorism, but using it on their own people. And this is—this is real. Like, in the camp and all the organizing and
all the stuff that we did, we knew that this was happening. We couldn’t prove that it was happening,
but we knew that, to an element, it was happening. We would show up at these protests. We’d have security officers and police who
knew us by first name, who knew where we came from, who knew where in the camp we were staying. There was all kinds of stuff that happened
during that time. And I think the reality is, like the American
public needs to realize that, you know, when we were organizing the camp, we were not allowed
to fly our own planes over. We were not allowed to have our own observations. And we thought about doing that. We thought about getting resources to be able
to do that. There was a no-fly zone. So there was a no-fly zone in place over the
camp. Meanwhile, counterintelligence companies are
allowed to come and surveil—survey us. This is the—this is a misuse of the democracy. And this is a fundamental issue of our time. I’m glad that these reports are coming out
now, and not 20 years from now, because them coming out now lets the broader movements
that are now converging together understand that this is happening. And this is something that the public has
have a public outcry over. To use—to use counterintelligence tactics
against peaceful water protectors who are expressing our constitutional rights to—for
freedom of speech, this is—this is an outrage. And I think that, moving forward, we have
to be—we have to be diligent. Like the movement has to be diligent in recognizing
that this is a reality. And those that support us have to recognize
what we’re fighting against. You know, we show up with our prayers. We show up with our bodies. We show up with our children and our families
to these protests. And these guys are showing up with all the
technology that’s possible and all the weaponry that’s possible. And this is a—this is a fight over the future
of this country. AMY GOODMAN: Talk about your family, your
family’s history. You’re from Pine Ridge. NICK TILSEN: Yeah. So my mother, JoAnn Tall Janis, is from Pine
Ridge. My father, Mark Tilsen, is from the Minneapolis
Twin Cities area. My grandfather, Ken Tilsen, was a civil rights
attorney and attorney for the American Indian Movement. And my parents met around the time of Wounded
Knee. And so I got to really grow up around like
activist type of family. AMY GOODMAN: And for those who don’t know
what Wounded Knee was? NICK TILSEN: Wounded Knee—Wounded Knee was
the siege or occupation of Wounded Knee in 1973, that was organizing from different indigenous
people from around the country, about— AMY GOODMAN: In South Dakota. NICK TILSEN: In South Dakota on the Pine Ridge
Indian Reservation, about three miles from where I live. And it was—it was—the generation before,
it was their Standing Rock, right? It was the time in which people spoke out
about all these grave injustices against all indigenous people. And it sort of sparked—sparked a movement
throughout, you know, the future of Indian country about what it means. And so, I always compare—I was growing up
in a family, hearing all these stories about Wounded Knee and about the American Indian
Movement, and always asked, “I wonder what our Wounded Knee is going to be. I wonder what—I wonder what our generation’s
Wounded Knee is going to be.” And then Standing Rock happened. And I think the most important point here
is, if you looked at after Wounded Knee, the trajectory of Indian country began to change. Different policies were changed to our Indian
country. And that’s one of the—that’s one of
the stories, I guess, that we have here, one of the opportunities that we have as Indian
country here, is that where we go from here for the indigenous rights struggle in this
country is huge. There’s a consciousness that it’s raised. There’s people that are fired up. And have the—we have the possibility and
the potential to shape what the next, you know, 40, 50 years looks like for indigenous
people. AMY GOODMAN: Your great-grandmother was Meridel
Le Sueur? NICK TILSEN: Yep. AMY GOODMAN: Can you tell us who she was? NICK TILSEN: Meridel Le Sueur was—she was
a poet. She was an activist. She was a writer. And she was a bold believer in a different
world. And, you know, she was a poet. She was a writer of poetry books. But she also, you know, fought for the women’s
right to vote. She was an organizer in the labor movement,
big sacrificer for some of the rights that we have today and sort of—not sort of. She’s a legend, I guess, beyond our family
and did a lot of—did a lot of things that helped shape this country. And to me, you know, as—to me and our generation,
I think we still derive a lot of courage from the courage that she had. AMY GOODMAN: So, you were arrested, September. NICK TILSEN: Yeah. AMY GOODMAN: And what were you doing? NICK TILSEN: On September 14th, there was
a group of us—there as a group of us that locked down to machinery. This was during the period of time where they
moved—they moved the buffer zone. So, there was a buffer zone; there was no
construction within 20 miles. But what the companies had done is they moved
to a seven-day workweek outside of that 20 miles. So this whole time, they knew that they were
going to get approval. They just moved out. So we said, “Well, instead of sit back and
waiting for them, let’s take the fight to them. Let’s use nonviolent direct action, and
let’s use our abilities to take the fight to them.” And so we went to the—we went to a construction
site, came upon the machinery. And immediately when they’ve seen us, they
tried to run us over with the excavators. They swung the buckets at us, barely missed
us. We ended up climbing, using our bodies, climbing
up on the machinery and shutting the construction down. AMY GOODMAN: What were you charged with? NICK TILSEN: I was charged with four different
charges. Three misdemeanors—disorderly conduct, obstruction
of a government function—disorderly conduct, obstruction of a government function. The felony charge was reckless endangerment. And it was a felony charge. This is one of the first felonies that they—one
of the first felony charges that they did in Standing Rock was on the day that I was
arrested and with the folks that I was taking the action with. And it was a pretty important thing, because
they were trying to use it as a tactic. They were going to—they were trying to use
it as a tactic to overcharge people, essentially, to use the political and the legal system
to discourage people. And I think I was probably about the 40th
person arrested. So their strategy to discourage people didn’t
work. I think there was over 700 people, you know,
after I was arrested, that were arrested. But the disorderly conduct charge is a serious
charge. I’m still facing that charge. I’m set to go to trial on August 17th. The difference between a misdemeanor disorderly—or
reckless endangerment charge and a felony is that they’re basically saying I had extreme
indifference for human life, for locking myself to a piece of machinery to protect water. AMY GOODMAN: How many people are still facing
trials, facing charges? NICK TILSEN: Hundreds. I mean, I think—yeah, I was on the Water
Protector Legal Collective email chain recently, and I think there’s still, you know, between
400 and 600 people facing charges. AMY GOODMAN: Chairman Dave Archambault, you,
too, were arrested. DAVE ARCHAMBAULT II: Yes. AMY GOODMAN: When were you arrested? And has your case gone to trial? DAVE ARCHAMBAULT II: Yes, I was arrested on
August 12th. And last week, I just got done with my trial,
and I was acquitted. Right after that, the Dakota Access pipeline
filed a temporary restraining order on me. And that was granted. So, the tribe filed a temporary restraining
order on the company, and the judge said, “We’re not granting this.” But as soon as they file one on me, the judge
grants it. And then, after that, they filed a civil suit
in federal court against me to try to pin all the costs and expenses that the protest
is creating on me. And I would say maybe about three weeks ago
that one was dismissed, because you can’t—you can’t pin a certain—I think it has to
be $75,000 or more on one individual, and they couldn’t put that on me. AMY GOODMAN: So you were charged with a misdemeanor. And what happened? Were you jailed? DAVE ARCHAMBAULT II: Yes, I went to jail. And we bonded out the same day. AMY GOODMAN: You were—were you strip-searched? DAVE ARCHAMBAULT II: Yeah. AMY GOODMAN: Were you put in an orange jumpsuit? DAVE ARCHAMBAULT II: Yes. AMY GOODMAN: And you were jailed? DAVE ARCHAMBAULT II: Yes. AMY GOODMAN: Nick, the same? NICK TILSEN: Absolutely, yeah. Yeah, strip-searched, jailed. I had a broken foot at the time. Yeah, we weren’t treated very well in there. I mean, we didn’t get our bedding in. Actually, some of the other—there was other
Native brothers that were in jail for other things, and they were the ones advocating
for us to get our bedding and different stuff, because they had been in there for a while. AMY GOODMAN: At this point, hundreds of members
of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other tribes and non-Native allies still face trial. NICK TILSEN: Yes. AMY GOODMAN: Your response to this exposé
about TigerSwan and them calling the resistance, meaning you, Chairman Dave Archambault, also
you, Nick Tilsen, and so many others, the “insurgency”? What do you make of that, even referring to
your resistance as a kind of “jihadi” insurgency, Nick? NICK TILSEN: Insurgents. How is it possible? How is it possible that any indigenous people
are insurgents on their own land? Our land has been overrun by corporations,
by the militarization of our lands and our communities and our people. It’s impossible for us, as indigenous people
on our only land, to be insurgents. If there’s insurgents, it’s the company. If there’s insurgents, it’s the private
military company. It’s impossible for us to be insurgents
on our own land. We did at Standing Rock what our ancestors
did. We did at Standing Rock, which was stand in
prayer, we did things founded in our culture, our spirituality. This is women, children, families, people
that came there to sacrifice. We were not insurgents. We were people fighting for what was right,
simply fighting for what we believed in and protecting water on behalf of 17 million Americans.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. Power to the people Trump is out to destroy mother earth you can't drink money 👍👍👍👏👏👏🌎🌏🌍

  2. If the right think that polarizing society is an advantage, now they are proven wrong. We have to compromise in order to void escalation. Just like in business, is better to compromise than start a race to the bottom.

  3. American infrastructure?
    designed to carry oil from Canada to China via USA
    the only oil the U.S. will get from this is LEAKAGE
    while BIG OIL profits
    #nodapl

  4. Narcissistic Totalitarians Live In Some Sort Of LA LA LAND… Delusional w/ Greed….
    Indigenous Aren't Worthy Of Their Own Land Or A Right To A Free Life.. Love Self, Peace..!!!

  5. Forget about political violence DAPL calls for violence for clean drinking water and climate change global warming.

  6. Great news for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. After the thing has already leaked it may be too little too late, but great news nevertheless.

  7. those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable!
    trump says he felt no heat, i think we all need to burn him in effigy for him to get the point.

  8. "How can you be insurgents on your own land?"… Well… Definition: "An insurgency is a rebellion against authority", so I guess insurgents is a fitting term. Needless to say "insurgents" in Iraq are also on their own land

  9. I'm sorry these people should not be charged when they are trying to make sure that they have things like clean water.

  10. It's already had 3 leaks and it will poison the ecosystem and the people who live along the Missouri river.
    Trump just see's dollar signs. Tiger Swan are nothing but evil!!!

  11. You got no guts, you got no empathy, just like the rest. Israel First, we know!!! 300+ civilians and beautiful babies killed by our US Government. Did that make any headlines on Fox News or CNN? F*ck no…

  12. I suspect Trump signs everything with his eyes closed… He's been running the country with his eyes closed.

  13. Mr. Archambault, I know you took some flack (I did too, advocating your message) when you told ppl the way to defeat DAPL was via the courts & you asked ppl repeatedly to go home. Yeah this legal victory is for everyone past, present & future, but I want to congratulate you too for making the right call. Peace to you, Brother.

  14. How dare Trump try to destroy our earth, and USA! He's an orange Beast who must made extinct in the White house. He's a phoney, a liar, a fraud to all American peoples!! How dare him to disrespect our Native American Nations and Lands, for his Greed! FK YOU Trump!

  15. THAT PIPELINE DOESN'T PASS THROUGH THEIR LAND AND AS FAR AS THE RIVER GOES, IT SHOULD RUN ABOVE WITH VALVES ON EACH SIDE AND RIVER DAMS ON EACH SIDE IN CASE OF A SPILL.

  16. As far as I am concerned that Chairman has some explaining himself to give regarding his actions towards his own people!

  17. Russia made him president, and now this idiot is a total embarrassment to himself, the United States and the world…and as Putin is the asshole puppeteer, with his fingers up the the moron puppets really large ass. It proves once and for a…that people don't become billionaires because they're smart…they become billionaires because they're CORRUPT.

  18. everything that not my president does is direct reflection of the ideology that this countries political system operates in and it's not about the people or the environment or the future so get ready for martial law to be in acted because of the continued disrespect for constitutional rights and human rights along with blatant disrespect for the law so

  19. And we need a full investigation surrounding the spraying of water onto Natives laced with chemicals that made their eyes, noses, ears, and mouths bleed several days later (delayed reaction chemicals) and which drove Native Americans into the river in SUB-ZERO TEMPERATURES. No one has addressed this. No one has assumed ANY responsibility for this. We don't care what authority TigerSwan or law enforcement (law abusers) or anyone involved with the authorization and implementation of this atrocity thought it had, things like this are a crime against humanity and that means ALL of us; not just the Indians; we stand with the Indians and we are in this together. This needs a good, close investigation and someone needs to be held accountable. This cannot become either "the ends justify the means" or "business as usual".

  20. Obstruction of a government function? Say what? This pipeline is a private enterprise. This just goes to show you that this government is involved in a serious conflict of interest where politicians and others have vested interests in this pipeline as private citizens but which are using their (our) offices to line their own pockets at the expense of Native Treaties, Native Treaty Lands, the potential for permanently poisoning the twin rivers, and poisoning all of the millions of people who use the waters from these two rivers as potable drinking water.
    Felony reckless endangerment? "Extreme indifference for human life"? OH!!! What RUBBISH!!! This is nothing more than complete abuse of power! The Indians are out there laying their lives on the line to save lives, the waters, and the future. We need to get a list and primary ALL of these people out of office!

  21. What happened to all of the people Detained and Arrested at the anti-DAPL protests? What happened to those cases?!?

  22. What legal / sworn enforcement rights does Tiger/Swan have on Public Lands? This sounds like trouble for sure.

  23. Lakota tribe you mean? Aren't you supposed to be PC here? How can you use the word Sioux? You know anything about that word?

  24. Standing rock Sioux tribe sounds like a bunch of Crow making fun of Lakota. Since when do they call themselves Sioux?

  25. how many fucking standing rock videos are these clowns gonna do? nice little soft topic. how about do 1 video on the fact that russia literally penetrated the voting machines. or maybe something on the navalny protests.

  26. The bellicose billionaire and self-applauding megalomaniac is the perfect metaphor reflective of network 'fake news' disguising blatant and perpetual American aggression compromising stability in sovereign nations around the globe.

  27. they couldn't test the pipeline with something other than toxic oil? WTF… they don't even pretend to care

  28. There also needs to be a review on EMF mitigation 1/2 mile inside Lake Oahe on the east side of the river as well as the remaining 3 mile stretch headed east. The AC transmission lines were ignored in all of their statements, until their very last impact statement that wasn't written until after the pipeline was built. The section that covers the EMF mitigation, says that it will be assessed within 1 year. EMF fields can cause rapid corrosion due to AC discharge, which can lead to microfractures, and even explosions. If there is a rupture under Lake Oahe, they will have to dam off the lake on both sides, and will cost $billions to clean up, and it will never be the same after that.

  29. On the downside you learn your government is against the people and the media in general their rottweiler, on the upside you learn many millions will see through it and stand with their fellow humans. I'm happy there is at least a upside.

  30. trump is a fat ass irresponsiable joke on this pipeline ,it threatens all of us and our country,trumps out to get richer by poisening our waters and that would be death to all animals and its people,trump closes his eyes to the people ,this means he refuses to listen to all people,on any issue he doesnt repersent anyone but his family and there scandles to consume our peoples land and resoures,i voted for this joker ,im for our country and we must protect our water at any cost it is vital to everyone in our country,let shut this pipeline and others like it that threaten our land and water down, forever ,,,we have different tecnology

  31. Trumps horrible agenda is why i bought an electric volt! In the last 12 months i went from spending $4500 a year on fuel, to spending $300 a year. Trump can count on me not to support his fossil fuel agenda!

  32. I'm not American, I'm not Native American, but I was on the verge of tears when I heard Trump speaking about how he had signed that deal. I can't imagine how it must feel to have a president that fails to empathize with people who only want to protect their land and the environment. I'm rooting for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and everyone else who are brave enough to stand up against this pipeline. Nothing about this is just, and yet you persist. You are all inspiring; May you win in the end <3 Water is life.

  33. These men don't look like Indians; they look like Italians with long hairs.
    You see how racist u liberals are? u are ashamed to show the real faces of Indians(the natives).

  34. Trump is exactly the despicable lying sack of shit the Bourgeois establishment deserves. He unconsciously exposes the deep misanthropy, disregard for any decency or dignity, and hypocrisy of the Capitalist class on every turn.

  35. it's beautiful, it's great, it's spilling over spoiling the water and land surrounding it. Seems like these idiots have no understanding of cause on any level. Maybe on their wallets level.

  36. the land the Dakota pipeline is on is God given to the Native Americans who live there. the Reservation lands in this country have already been given to the Native American owners. the rest have been squatters who stole and murdered the owners.

  37. the pilgrims had no right to take anything from this country. they had no right to move yo any lands on earth other than their own. whites are Native to Northern Europe. I don't feel like sending you. you poisoned everything you touched. you slaughtered races. don't hurt the Sammies. they are still good people.

  38. I find trump making the statement that the water is still clean fairly laughable.

    Given the environmental issues connected to oil pipeline leaks and corporate entities polluting in Ohio, Michigan, Arkansas, North Carolina, West Virginia, and others I would imagine there are many who would dispute that statement.

  39. hay Tiger Swan employees and Republicans / corporate Democrats do you want to go to a baseball field and receive a pre-existing condition Second Amendment of the Constitution. #Nodapl

  40. Trump is a poison dog in a suit. Much respect for everything you have accomplished in awareness n the peoples! Courage u are! Wreck-less endangerment of what? A piece of equipment! The police will think of ANYTHING to lay charges. Corrupt politicians, police and the government!
    Police brutality!!!
    Thank You for sharing this,,, my heart and prayers are with you All! Standing Rock is where I belong.

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