On November 25th, Col. John Henderson of the US Army Corps of Engineers had the audacity to presume he had the authority to issue an “eviction notice” to the water protectors fighting #Climate Change and the corporate terrorism of Energy Transfer Partners. The reality is, most protectors are citizens of the Oceti Sakowin (Sioux Nation). Their camp is a part of lands guaranteed to them in the 1851 Ft. Laramie Treaty. They were illegally taken by the Army Corps in 1944 in violation of the treaty. If anyone is to be evicted, it should be the real trespassers including; the Army Corps, Dakota Access LLC, North Dakota police, the National Guard, private security, and white nationalist vigilantes.
The real trespassers
These trespassers have no jurisdiction to issue any legitimate demands in Sioux Nation territory. The Oceti Sakowin (Sioux Nation) ought to counter Henderson's letter with its own eviction letter to the real trespassers. The Sioux Nation has been under the illegal occupation of the US since the blatantly aggressive and genocidal Indian Wars of the 19th Century. Then, as now, Sioux Nation patriots like Sitting Bull defended their homelands against colonial aggression. It is of great historical significance that this fight takes place at Standing Rock territory.
Sitting Bull's legacy
The Standing Rock reservation is home primarily to the Hunkpapa Lakota Oyate kin; the famous leader Tatanka Iyotanka (Sitting Bull) was a member of this subdivision of the Sioux Nation. He and his people resisted settlement on reservations and the illegal imposition of US jurisdiction over their territories to the bitter end. This spirit of defiance was carried to another generation in the 1970s. American Indian Movement (A.I.M.) leader Russell Means (Oglala Lakota), along with the traditional leaders of the Hunkpapa Lakota Oyate kin; delivered the “Declaration of Continuing Independence” at Standing Rock in 1977. Why “continuing” indendence?
Traditional people publicly asserted that they never acquiesced to US authority, and that the Sioux Nation is a continuously free and independent indigenous nation and people still under the illegal occupation of a foreign invader, the United States. The Red Power Movement, of which A.I.M. was a major part, carried this spirit of indigenous self-determination all the way to the first international conference on indigenous peoples at the United Nations that same year of 1977. Their efforts eventually led to the creation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. President #Obama signed the UNDRIP in 2010, based on his inaction on Dakota Access, one would not know it.
Obama betrayed us
Bewildered former Obama supporters now watch as he ignores the #Police Brutality against Native people at the hands of North Dakota Gov. Dalrymple's corporate, fascist police state. Obama's promises to Native people during his campaign and his time in office have proved meaningless. It is a tragic irony that a Col. John “Henderson” is participating in the subjugation of Native people just a few days before the historical event of the Sand Creek Massacre. Cheyenne and Arapaho people were murdered at the hands of a Col. John M. “Chivington.” They are cut from the same cloth. Apparently so is Obama. Henderson's letter includes fatuous lies that his demands that the water protectors move camp is based on his concern for their “safety.” He offers a “free speech zone” a great distance away from the area of pipeline construction where the water protectors will be “allowed” to exercise their US Constitutional rights.
The corporate dictatorship
It is clear that the Army Corps is attempting to force the relocation so that Dakota Access can be built despite earlier promises that the easement would not be granted. Did President Obama ever have any real power, or have we been living under a fascist, military dictatorship with only the appearance of functioning democratic institutions? So it seems.