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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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​“Kicking the Cannabis Can”

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

Types of leaf marijuana at Choice Organics, Fort Collins, Colorado - photo provided by Jason Spiess

FARGO - State politicians are playing an exclusive game of 'kick the can' with Measure 5, or the North Dakota Medical Marijuana Initiative, which was approved overwhelmingly in every voting district in the state last November.

The people of North Dakota apparently are not invited to play, critics say.

Nearly 80 days after the measure's passing, the Peace Garden State suspended parts and postponed the entire bill, according toSenate Bill 2154. The bill sat on Governor Doug Burgum's desk…

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Dozens Arrested at Last Child’s Camp

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

Police prepare to march on Last Childs Camp online sources

CANNON BALL - Dozens of police and National Guard swarmed Last Child’s Camp Wednesday afternoon, arresting approximately 76 activists including attorney Chase Iron Eyes.

Officials called those who moved to Last Child’s Camp a “rogue camp,” and that they refused to move from the hilltop south of Backwater Bridge after repeated warnings.

“The group was told they were committing criminal trespassing on private property and needed to leave,” Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier…

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​Is The Pen Mightier Than The Law?

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 1st, 2017

Activists surround fire lit at Last Childs Camp - video still provided by Chase Iron Eyes

CANNON BALL - Nearly two months after the Standing Rock’s victory against big oil, Trump’s Administration is trying to take it away.

Senator John Hoeven, R-N.D. reported the Army Corps has been ordered to proceed with the easement needed under the Missouri River at Lake Oahe.

“Today, the Acting Secretary of the Army Robert Speer informed us that he has directed the Army Corps of Engineers to proceed with the easement needed to complete the Dakota Access Pipeline,” Hoeven said.…

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White supremacists’ hit list of small towns

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 25th, 2017

Since the town of Leith’s victory against white supremacists, eleven towns across North Dakota made their hit list. The towns range from populations of 16 to nearly 7,000.

Listed by names, pictures, and real estate advertisements by Pioneer Little Europe North Dakota, a white supremacist operation welcoming Nazis, the Creativity Movement, Ku Klux Klan, militants, white nationalists, and racialists, the North Dakota towns are the group’s next targets to become Aryan enclaves.

Known…

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Rodent Poison Spread by North Dakota Rancher Not Cause for “DAPL Cough”

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 24th, 2017

Front lines at DAPL - photo provided by Johnny Dangers

CANNON BALL - Around the time Standing Rock’s first camp was pitched against the Dakota Access Pipeline, a deadly poison was spread across thousands of acres in the area by a rancher intent on killing prairie dogs.

Six eagles, a buffalo, prairie dogs, and an antelope may have died because of the poison, investigators from the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe report. Questions have arisen as to whether humans who traveled to the area last…

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