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Steven Newcomb: Oceti Sakowin never surrendered lands to United States

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Winter at the #NoDAPL encampment in North Dakota. Photo: Oceti Sakowin

Steven Newcomb (Shawnee / Lenape) of the Indigenous Law Institute explains why the Dakota Access Pipeline violates the 1851 and 1868 between the Oceti Sakowin and the United States:
It is outrageous to see the photos of people injured by North Dakota’s brutal police actions at Standing Rock. The police were using a water cannon on Standing Rock water protectors in sub-zero weather potentially subjecting them to life-threatening hypothermia. They were firing on the people with rubber bullets, and spraying them with mace. 167 people were reportedly injured in one night, several seriously. A 21-year-old woman, Sophia Wilansky, was horribly injured when, a number of witnesses said, she was hit in the arm by a concussion grenade thrown by anti-water protector forces. Her doctor says she may need 20 surgeries and may still lose her arm. One young horse was killed as well.

Several people reportedly ended up with severe head wounds from police actions on behalf of corporate interests related to the Dakota Access Pipeline. One thing is certain: Such dehumanizing police actions are not in keeping with the pledge of “utmost good faith” that the U.S. Continental Congress and the U.S. Congress made toward our Native nations back in 1787, 1789, and 1861.

On Friday the thirteenth in July of 1787, the Continental Congress of the United States adopted the Northwest Ordinance. The third Article of that Ordinance states, “The utmost good faith shall always be observed towards the Indians; their lands and property shall never be taken from them without their consent; and, in their property, rights, and liberty, they shall never be invaded or disturbed, unless in just and lawful wars authorized by Congress…”

Read More on the Story:
Steven Newcomb: Northwest Ordinance and North Dakota’s Brutal Actions at Standing Rock (Indian Country Today 12/29)

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