US Patchwork of Dakota Access protests across US encouraged

21:53  11 january  2017
21:53  11 january  2017 Source:   MSN

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"Those are all examples of what we 're calling for, and some of those things we coordinated," said Dallas Goldtooth, an organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network . "The fight isn't over — it's just the front line is transitioning to a new place, and that's a national campaign." The demonstrations in other states are examples of how Dakota Access protests are helping highlight other regional issues and broader issues of concerns to Native Americans

The front lines of the battle against the .8 billion Dakota Access pipeline are shifting away from the dwindling encampment in North Dakota , with main opposing groups asking for activism to be spread around the U . S ., a call heeded when a banner was unfurled during an NFL game on New Year's Day.

FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2017, file photo, protesters against the Dakota Access Pipeline rappel from the catwalk after placing a banner in U.S. Bank Stadium during an NFL football game between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears in Minneapolis. The front lines of the battle against the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline are shifting away from the dwindling encampment in North Dakota. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2017, file photo, protesters against the Dakota Access Pipeline rappel from the catwalk after placing a banner in U.S. Bank Stadium during an NFL football game between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears in Minneapolis. The front lines of the battle against the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline are shifting away from the dwindling encampment in North Dakota. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King, File)

BISMARCK, N.D. — The front lines of the battle against the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline are shifting away from the dwindling encampment in North Dakota, with main opposing groups asking for activism to be spread around the U.S., a call heeded when a banner was unfurled during an NFL game on New Year's Day.

US Bank Stadium manager says protesters had game tickets

  US Bank Stadium manager says protesters had game tickets Two people who hung from the rafters during a Vikings game and unfurled a banner in protest of the Dakota Access oil pipeline entered U.S. Bank Stadium with tickets. A statement Tuesday by the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority and stadium manager SMG says protesters went through security Sunday with nylon rope, carabiners and a lightweight banner concealed under winter clothing.Thirty-two-year-old Karl Zimmermann Mayo and 26-year-old Sen Holiday then climbed up to the ridge truss by scaling barriers and hung a banner urging Minneapolis-based U.S. Bank to divest from the $3.8 billion pipeline.

Contact UsContact Us . Yahoo!-ABC News Network | © 2017 ABC News Internet Ventures. The demonstrations in other states are examples of how Dakota Access protests are helping highlight other regional issues and broader issues of concerns to Native Americans, such land rights under old treaties with the federal government and the need for state and federal governments to better consult with tribes when it comes to infrastructure projects that affect them, Goldtooth said.

"Those are all examples of what we 're calling for, and some of those things we coordinated," said Dallas Goldtooth, an organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network . "The fight isn't over - it's just the front line is transitioning to a new place, and that's a national campaign." The demonstrations in other states are examples of how Dakota Access protests are helping highlight other regional issues and broader issues of concerns to Native Americans

The message also has evolved from a struggle against a single four-state pipeline to an effort to advance the rights of Native Americans, the leader of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe says.

"The opportunity to build awareness started at Standing Rock, and it's spreading out to other communities, other areas of the United States," tribal Chairman Dave Archambault told The Associated Press. "It's something that the United States, corporate America, the government has taken for granted — the original occupation of Native lands, all the wrongs of the past."

The protest actions that have popped up, other than the banner drop at a Minnesota Vikings game, include a demonstration at the New Year's Day Rose Parade in California, bank protests from New York to California and protests of other pipelines in Texas, Florida and Louisiana.

North Dakota governor warns pipeline protesters of possible March flooding

  North Dakota governor warns pipeline protesters of possible March flooding North Dakota's new governor warned on Tuesday that protesters remaining at the construction site of the Dakota Access Pipeline should vacate their main camp before spring because of the risk of flooding. The site of the $3.8 billion project, which crosses four states, was the scene of demonstrations by Native Americans, environmentalists, military veterans and celebrities who said the North Dakota portion would harm water resources and sacred lands.In early December, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied an easement needed to allow the pipeline to run under Lake Oahe, a reservoir formed by a dam on the Missouri River.

1, 2017, file photo, protesters against the Dakota Access Pipeline rappel from the catwalk after placing a banner in U . S . Bank Stadium during an NFL football game between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears in Minneapolis. The front lines of the battle against the .8 billion Dakota Access pipeline are shifting away from the dwindling encampment in North Dakota . less.

"Those are all examples of what we 're calling for, and some of those things we coordinated," said Dallas Goldtooth, an organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network . "The fight isn't over — it's just the front line is transitioning to a new place, and that's a national campaign." The demonstrations in other states are examples of how Dakota Access protests are helping highlight other regional issues and broader issues of concerns to Native Americans

It's a strategy that sociology professors who study protest movements say is advantageous and possibly allows for innovative ways to draw attention to the issue. A decentralized effort also heeds Archambault's and other protest groups' requests for protesters to leave the once-sprawling campsite during the winter months for their safety.

"Those are all examples of what we're calling for, and some of those things we coordinated," said Dallas Goldtooth, an organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network . "The fight isn't over — it's just the front line is transitioning to a new place, and that's a national campaign."

The demonstrations in other states are examples of how Dakota Access protests are helping highlight other regional issues and broader issues of concerns to Native Americans, such land rights under old treaties with the federal government and the need for state and federal governments to better consult with tribes when it comes to infrastructure projects that affect them, Goldtooth said. The Standing Rock tribe is even considering forming a tribal utilities commission to govern such projects.

Dakota Access protest policing costs exceed $22M

  Dakota Access protest policing costs exceed $22M The cost of policing the Dakota Access pipeline protests in North Dakota has surpassed $22 million — an amount that would fund the state Treasury Department for two decades and $5 million more than the state set aside last year. Protest-related funding decisions will be made by state lawmakers during the 2017 session. Leaders of the House and Senate appropriation committees say more funding will be approved, though the amount and method isn't known. (AP Photo/John L. Mone, File) BISMARCK, N.D.

"Those are all examples of what we 're calling for, and some of those things we coordinated," said Dallas Goldtooth, an organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network . "The fight isn't over - it's just the front line is transitioning to a new place, and that's a national campaign." The demonstrations in other states are examples of how Dakota Access protests are helping highlight other regional issues and broader issues of concerns to Native Americans

We 've sent an email with instructions to create a new password. Your existing password has not been changed. The demonstrations in other states are examples of how Dakota Access protests are helping highlight other regional issues and broader issues of concerns to Native Americans, such land rights under old treaties with the federal government and the need for state and federal governments to better consult with tribes when it comes to infrastructure projects that affect them, Goldtooth said.

Goldtooth's group, as well as Honor the Earth and the International Indigenous Youth Council , issued a statement Dec. 9 urging people to stop traveling to the camp "and instead take bold action in your local communities." Since then, the camp's population has dwindled to between 500 and 800, according to the Morton County Sheriff's Office, and clashes between protesters and police have dropped off; only 17 arrests since Dec. 9, compared to 568 in the preceding four months.

The pipeline that's to carry North Dakota oil to a shipping point in Illinois skirts the Standing Rock reservation to the north, where Texas-based developer Energy Transfer Partners plans to lay pipe under a Missouri River reservoir. The tribe and its supporters believe the project threatens drinking water and cultural sites, which ETP denies. The crossing under Lake Oahe is the last remaining chunk of construction, but work is stalled while ETP battles the federal government in court. The Army Corps of Engineers wants more study of alternate routes, potential for a leak and tribal treaty rights.

Three arrested near North Dakota pipeline protest site

  Three arrested near North Dakota pipeline protest site Three protesters were arrested on Monday for trespassing along the Dakota Access Pipeline construction site, police said, where a fierce months-long demonstration has unfolded against the building of a multibillion-dollar pipeline. The site of the $3.8 billion project in southern North Dakota had been the scene of demonstrations by Native Americans and environmentalists, who say the pipeline would damage sacred lands and any leaks could pollute the water supply of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.But in early December the U.S.

"Those are all examples of what we 're calling for, and some of those things we coordinated," said Dallas Goldtooth, an organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network . "The fight isn't over - it's just the front line is transitioning to a new place, and that's a national campaign." The demonstrations in other states are examples of how Dakota Access protests are helping highlight other regional issues and broader issues of concerns to Native Americans

Contact Us . Advertise with CBS 8. The demonstrations in other states are examples of how Dakota Access protests are helping highlight other regional issues and broader issues of concerns to Native Americans, such land rights under old treaties with the federal government and the need for state and federal governments to better consult with tribes when it comes to infrastructure projects that affect them, Goldtooth said.

An aggressive pipeline opposition group known as the Red Warrior Society left the camp last month but remains active orchestrating protests at banks they say have investments in the pipeline and other events in various states including Utah, California, Arizona, New Mexico and South Dakota.

"Energy Transfer Partners will push this pipe through unless there is a diversity of tactics," the group said last month.

A centralized massive protest has its advantages, according to University of Wisconsin-Madison sociology professor Pamela Oliver.

"(Media) rarely get interested unless an action is either very, very large ... or disruptive, or especially, violent," she said.

However, large encampments can't be sustained indefinitely, and diversifying targets can be helpful, said Oliver, who has written extensively about social movements. She notes that "in a practical sense, it is reasonable to look for tactics people can use where they live, and that are consistent with also holding jobs."

James Jasper, a sociology professor at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York who has written several books about social movements, says "you never know what might work," including "innovative ones that take advantage of the media already present, as at football games."

That protest involved two people climbing into the rafters of U.S. Bank Stadium during a Jan. 1 game between the Vikings and Chicago Bears and unfurling a protest banner. Charges are pending against three people, including Karl Zimmermann Mayo, who told the media "this pipeline is not ethical."

Groups protesting the pipeline emphasize they're not backing down, saying in December that "this fight is escalating" — though for the time being, not in North Dakota.

"We really are seeing this message materialize, to nationalize this fight," Goldtooth said.

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North Dakota landowners sue over Dakota Access easements .
A group of about two dozen North Dakota landowners is suing the developer of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline for alleged deceit and fraud in acquiring land easements.Already, landowners in Iowa await a state judge's ruling in another easement case regarding the $3.8 billion, four-state pipeline. Other court battles are playing out in federal court in North Dakota and Washington, D.C.The Morton County landowners in the lawsuit, filed this month in U.S. District Court, are seeking more than $4 million in damages from Dakota Access LLC, a subsidiary of Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners.

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