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​The Final Standing Rock

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 23rd, 2017

Activists at Oceti entrance while fires rage behind them - photo by C.S. Hagen

CANNON BALL - Twenty hours before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ deadline to evacuate the Oceti camps, the thunder beings arrived.

And geese returned home a month or more early.

Signs, activists say, like the the herded buffalo that charged near law enforcement in November 2016, or the golden eagle who perched for hours on a nearby fence, that nature is listening.

On the final day for the Standing Rock camps’ fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline, native songs and flames filled…

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Of Pets And Politics

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 22nd, 2017

FARGO - Choose to be oblivious. Choose to learn. Choose a story. Learn a cause. Choose to read. Choose anger. Choose to reject glacier calving. Choose to believe in women’s rights. Choose free speech. Choose big oil, big pharmaceuticals, America First, TV, alcohol, marijuana, fast cars, family, gay rights, indigenous rights, white power, terrorism…

Choose a pet.

From melting storied glaciers to I.C.E. deportations, fake news to alternative facts further polarizing political and social…

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​New nonprofit F5 Project helps rebuild felons’ lives

by Tessa Torgeson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 22nd, 2017

Four years ago, Adam Martin lost everything. He was homeless, had no car, no license, no job, no phone, and lost custody of his children. With five felonies on his criminal record and an eviction, prospects for getting a job and apartment were grim. The only positive was that he had two weeks of sobriety under his belt, a landmark for someone who struggled with addiction for fifteen years.

Martin was planning on getting drunk, but had an epiphany instead. “I decided that I should put…

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​The Siege of Standing Rock

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 15th, 2017

View from hilltop of Backwater Bridge, activists marching away - photo by C.S. Hagen

CANNON BALL - Standing Rock’s fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline has all the ingredients of legend, with only the ending remaining be be told. Centuries past, bards would be tuning their lutes, preparing lyrics, in fact, modern singers such as Neil Young, Dave Matthews, the Black Eyed Peas, Trevor Hall, and many Native American talents have already immortalized Standing Rock’s resistance.

“If you are a rock, stand up like a mountain,” Hall sang about Standing Rock.

Two…

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​North Dakota’s 100-Year War

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 9th, 2017

Alt-White: The Siege of North Dakota. Part Three in the series on racism in North Dakota. Inescapable comparisons between the political, racial, and economic sectors of the 1920s and 2010s. Local resident hunts Fargo’s Nazis, posts alert advertisements around Fargo.

FARGO - The day North Dakota women marched on Bismarck, a lone vehicle flying a Confederate flag cruised down Broadway, according to Fargo emergency dispatch. The pickup truck was stopped at Fourth Avenue when a middle-aged…

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​DAPL Easement Issued, Pipeline Work Will Soon Begin

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 8th, 2017

Former Oceti Sakowin - photo by Kirsta Anderson

CANNON BALL - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the final easement needed to complete the Dakota Access Pipeline Wednesday afternoon, sparking fierce criticism from tribal leaders and opened the doors to intensifying condemnation from Peace Garden State political leaders against the Standing Rock Sioux.

“On February 8, 2017, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers granted an easement to Dakota Access, LLC allowing the installation of a thirty-inch diameter light crude oil pipeline…

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​The Wiindigo comes in the winter

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 8th, 2017

Signs in the snow outside of the Standing Rock camps - photo by C.S. Hagen

CANNON BALL - Rumors, like the Wiindigo, are never full. They prey on the weak, devouring their kill, always hungry, gluttonous yet emaciated.

The legendary, cannibalistic being strikes mainly during lonely winters. According to Algonquian lore, it stalks the northern forests around the Great Lakes. Like rumors, the Wiindigo is difficult to kill, as its powers rise with every victim it devours.

The rumors surrounding Standing Rock’s fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline are not…

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​Critics: Legislators Attempt To Rewrite Measure 5 is “Abomination”

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 7th, 2017

FARGO - Days after North Dakota Legislation declared an emergency measure postponing Measure 5, or the North Dakota Medical Marijuana Initiative, a new bill was proposed.

Measure 5 is gutted, the bill’s initiator Rilie Ray Morgan said. More than 80 percent of the bill has been changed. Testimonies will go before the Senate Human Services Committee on Wednesday.

“It’s an abomination,” Morgan said. “Like I said it’s a punch in the gut to the patients of North Dakota, and a…

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​“An Act of War”

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 7th, 2017

Standing Rock promise battle is not over - from Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Facebook page

CANNON BALL - A digital wail resounded across the Internet Tuesday afternoon after the Department of the Army announced it would be authorizing the final easement needed for the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross the Missouri River at Lake Oahe.

Claiming rights under the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, the Army issued an intent to grant an easement on 7.37 acres of land to Dakota Access LLC for 30 years, the letter stated.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is not mentioned once in the letter from…

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“Project Wake Up Call:” Fargo’s Fight Against Racism Begins

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 2nd, 2017

Fargos rally against house bill 1427 - photo by C.S. Hagen-2

FARGO - Fargoans, in the hundreds, from every race, religion, and creed, met Thursday afternoon to resist a North Dakota bill that plans to stop refugee resettlement in the state.

Those claiming Viking ancestry, Somalis, Muslims, Catholics and Protestants met at the Civic Center before marching down Broadway in defiance of House Bill 1427. At least 300 people attended the rally, first listening to speakers challenging Fargoans to “wake up.”

Fowzia Adde speaking at the rally - photo by C.S. Hagen

Fowzia Adde, executive director of the…

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CANNON BALL - Joint Terrorism Task Force agents contacted an Indiana activist days after he returned home from Standing Rock’s fight in North Dakota against the Dakota Access Pipeline.Aaron Pollitt, 28, from Indiana, was charged…

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​The other shoe

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