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Not Afraid To Look

Now comes activist and historian Nick Estes, citizen of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, with excerpts from an interview following the publication of his compelling new book, OUR HISTORY IS THE FUTURE.

Images are from an essay by Charles Rencountre, outlining the genesis of the powerful carved sculpture he and his partner Alicia created for Standing Rock, from which we borrow this week’s title.

 

 

LOOKING STRAIGHT AHEAD INTO THE EYE OF THE STORM WITH NO FEAR

 

 

NOT AFRAID TO LOOK FACES THE LAUNCH PAD OF THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE.

 

 

ON THE HILL ABOVE THE FORMER SITE OF THE SACRED STONE CAMP AT STANDING ROCK

 

About the sculpture, inspired by a pipe that shows a similar figure on the prow facing the head of a white man that serves as the pipe’s bowl, Rencountre writes:

 

 

As for pitting a pipe against the pipeline, he writes:

 

 

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This Is Your Fight

We are pleased to relay the following press release from the National Lawyers Guild, announcing a criminal complaint against Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirschmeier and other law enforcement agencies for unjustified and excessive use of force against the peaceful assembly of Water Protectors at Standing Rock.

Images with editorial captions added by DP.

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POLICE RIOT AT STANDING ROCK

POLICE RIOT AT STANDING ROCK

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DOMESTIC TERRORISTS ASSAULT PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY WITH WATER CANNON

DOMESTIC TERRORISTS ASSAULT PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY WITH WATER CANNON

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Meanwhile, at least two thousand military veterans have committed to Stand With Standing Rock, and will begin to arrive this weekend. Veteran and former Baltimore police office Michael Wood writes:

We are veterans of the United States Armed Forces, including the U.S. Army, United States Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard and we are calling for our fellow veterans to assemble as a peaceful, unarmed militia at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation on Dec 4-7 and defend the water protectors from assault and intimidation at the hands of the militarized police force and DAPL security.

 We currently have over 2,100 Veterans on the roster. We’ll be standing alongside peaceful water protectors, who’ve endured violent attacks from the private security funded by DAPL and more brutality and arrests at the hands of militarized police and DAPL security. We have full support of the Sioux tribe elders and will be cooperating with them every step of the way.

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Violence of the Incompetent

Our title descends from Isaac Asimov, “Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.” So it goes with the varied forces of “order” deployed at Standing Rock, and their unhinged use of excessive weapons, better suited to the battlefield. Using such weapons against unarmed, peaceful Water Protectors is both cowardly and criminal.

Consider the violence committed against Sophia Wilansky, a recent college graduate who joined the Water Protectors in expression of her own deeply held conviction that the ongoing exploitation of fossil fuels amounts to wanton ecocide. While exercising her constitutional right to assemble and protect the water supply, Ms. Wilansky was viciously attacked by police with rubber bullets and an explosive concussion grenade, severely injuring her arm.

SOPHIA WILANSKY PRIOR TO HER INJURY AS THE RESULT OF CRIMINAL INCOMPETENCE

SOPHIA WILANSKY PRIOR TO HER INJURY AS THE RESULT OF CRIMINAL INCOMPETENCE

Here is the testimony of volunteer medic Brandi King, who served as an Army medic for eight years, upon witnessing the wounds inflicted upon the young woman:

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The Morton Sheriff Department, compounding the cowardice of using such a weapon against Ms. Wilansky by fabricating a ludicrous explanation from some delusional alternative univese, released the following statement:

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Democracy Now asked Ms. Wilansky’s father, Wayne Wilansky, to respond to such explanations:

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As for the use of water as a weapon deployed in sub-freezing weather conditions, we turn to Angela Bibens, a coordinator with the Water Protector Legal Collective, as quoted in The Los Angeles Times:

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Next comes Jesse Lopez, a surgeon and volunteer medic at Standing Rock, as quoted in The Intercept:

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Such actions constitute a criminal abuse of power; the perpetrators must be held accountable, and brought to justice. Returning to Mr. Wilansky:

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