“Last Real Indians” reports that the Yakama Nation is among the most recent indigenous nation to issue an official proclamation in support of the Oceti Sakowin (Sioux Nation) in its ongoing opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. While praising the Obama Administration's “stop-work” on the pipeline through a joint DOJ, Army, and Interior Department statement, Yakama Nation leaders asserted that the only way to ensure the US is fulfilling its treaty obligations to the Oceti Sakowin (Sioux Nation) is to permanently stop pipeline construction.

The statement from Yakama Nation Chairman JoDe Goudy expressed concern that the pipeline could be moved further south along the Missouri River thus endangering another community's water supply. Goudy also lambasted Energy Transfer Partners CEO Kelcy Warren. Addressing Warren's claim that indigenous concerns about the pipeline were “unfounded,” Goudy asserted that indigenous supporters of the Oceti Sakowin (Sioux Nation) would continue to expose Warren's lies, and media and #Government manipulation. Also addressed is the civil rights emergency in North Dakota.

North Dakota, a disaster for civil rights

Goudy details the police state created by North Dakota Governor Jack Darlymple complete with racial profiling, police and private security brutality, political repression, and National Guard led military checkpoints. It is truly astonishing that more private citizens are not calling for an end to this disgraceful waste of taxpayer money. Here North Dakota's government is complicit in using its own law enforcement and the US military for the sole benefit of a private corporation. To what end? To deny the constitutional rights of peaceably assembled water protectors. Goudy also faults the mainstream media for misleading the public through false headlines indicating that the pipeline has already been defeated. In truth, the above mentioned DOJ statement is only a stalling tactic. Pipeline proponents in both the public and private sector are simply hoping the political climate will cool enough for construction to continue. Mainstream media complicity should be unsurprising.

Mainstream media, the ultimate tool of propaganda

In the #Book “Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media” Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman detail the how the mainstream media functions as an ideological institution that supports the status quo. The obvious reason being its reliance upon the market through advertising revenue. This results in self-censorship to avoid loss of corporate sponsorship. It isn't a new idea. Newspapers have been used throughout US #history to incite violence against minority populations. In another book “Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda” Chomsky further details how the mainstream media is used in presumably democratic societies the way that the threat or use of physical violence is used in totalitarian societies. Since the level of state-sponsored domestic physical violence in totalitarian societies is unacceptable in a democracy, the government and powerful private interests turn to the media as a propaganda tool to mislead, rather than inform, the population. The propaganda directs them to support the status quo. Fortunately for us, we still have the Internet, for now.

We are not falling for it

Largely because of the Internet and social media indigenous peoples are able to effectively organize and raise awareness about the reality of the Dakota Access pipeline. This has resulted in worldwide support for the Oceti Sakowin (Sioux Nation). Because of millions of independent voices we know the truth. Therefore, Oceti Sakowin (Sioux Nation) patriots and their allies, the water protectors of all nations, remain vigilant and steadfast in their continuing resistance. Goudy concludes by calling upon the media and government to stand on the right side of history. The right side of history means We Stand With Standing Rock against the Dakota Access Pipeline.