NO! to Tar Sands: Lakotas welcome Tom Weis and Daryl Hannah

Lakotas welcome the Tour of Resistance, climate activist Tom Weis and actress Daryl Hannah

By Brenda Norrell

Photo: Daryl Hannah arrested at White House in Tar Sands Action

PINE RIDGE, S.D. -- The Oglala Lakota Nation will reinforce its opposition to the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline as it joins the Tour of Resistance this week, welcoming climate activist Tom Weis and actress Daryl Hannah. In Denver, Lakotas will also join protests to oppose the Tarsands pipeline on Tuesday and Wednesday, during President Obama's visit.

The Oglala Lakota Nation will welcome and honor environmental activist Tom Weis to their homeland on Wed., Oct. 26. Weis, president of Climate Control Solutions, is trekking through six states on a solar-powered Rocket Trike to raise awareness of the alternative energy solutions that are available, other than the dirty tar sands oil.

"Foreign-based Trans Canada Corporation is in negotiations with the U.S. to get approval to funnel the dirty oil through a 36-inch pipe across America’s heartland, over the expansive Ogallala Aquifer, the water source for the Oglala Lakota Nation and millions of Americans," Lakotas said in a statement.

Chief Oliver Red Cloud, Traditional and Tribal leaders and youths are expected to participate in this rally to "Stop the Tar Sands Pipeline." The reception will be held at Pine Ridge Village C.A.P. Building from 2:00-5:00 p.m. (MST). Guest speakers will be on hand to discuss the environmental impact this proposed pipeline will have on the Oglala Lakota Nation.

The youth drum group White River Crossing will perform honor songs. Weis is expected to arrive between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m., depending on weather conditions.

On Thursday, October 27, 2011 at approximately 7:00 a.m., actress and activist Daryl Hannah will arrive to support the Oglala Lakota in their campaign to stop the tar sands pipeline from entering Treaty Territory. Hannah is expected to participate in a horseback escort for Weis as he makes his way towards the Sicangu Lakota Nation (Rosebud Indian Nation). Hannah, an ardent opponent of the Keystone XL Pipeline, was recently arrested in front of the White House during an anti-Pipeline rally in Washington, D.C.

In Denver, Glenn Morris said, protesters will oppose the pipeline during Obama’s visit and urge Obama and the US State Department to halt the proposal that would bring tar sands dirty oil from Canada to Texas.

“We need to take this opportunity to send a strong statement to Obama in support of our relatives in Canada, at Fort Peck, Standing Rock, Pine Ridge, Rosebud, and several other reservations, who will be directly affected by this pipeline. In addition, a delegation from the Oglala Sioux Tribe, including Vice-President Tom Poor Bear, will be traveling to join us. There is concerted opposition to Keystone-XL, from Pine Ridge and other members of the Lakto/Dakota/Nakota Nations, who will be directly affected by this environmental disaster, “Morris said.

In Denver, on Tuesday, October 25, at 2:00 pm, protesters will meet outside the Tivoli Student Union, on the Auraria campus, in downtown Denver. Protesters will be staged outside the Pepsi Center, either on Auraria Parkway or on Speer, until Obama’s dinner event is over, probably until 6 pm, Morris said.

On Wednesday, October 26, protesters will gather at 8 am, at the Auraria Events Center on Auraria Campus, downtown Denver.

Morris said, “This will be the closest that any of us will actually get to Obama before his administration makes a decision on the Keystone-XL pipeline. It is important to send him a clear, loud message in support on indigenous peoples' rights to a clean environment, respect for our treaty rights, our right to self-determination and control of our natural resources.”

For further information about events on Pine Ridge, contact Natalie Hand at (605) 441-0605; Pte San Win at (605) 899-1419; Davidica Little Spotted Horse (605) 454-5477. 

Updates at http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com

Also see: Chief Terrance Nelson coming to Occupy Minnesota:

https://narcosphere.narconews.com/notebook/brenda-norrell/2011/10/chief-terrance-nelson-coming-occupy-minneapolis 

About Brenda Norrell

Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 34 years. She is publisher of Censored News, focusing on Indigenous Peoples, human rights and the US border. Censored News was created after Norrell was censored, then terminated, by Indian Country Today after serving as a longtime staff reporter. Now censored by the mainstream media, she previously was a staff reporter at numerous American Indian newspapers and a stringer for AP, USA Today and others. She lived on the Navajo Nation for 18 years, and then traveled with the Zapatistas. She covered the climate summits in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Cancun, Mexico, in 2010.

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Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 34 years. She is publisher of Censored News, focusing on Indigenous Peoples, human rights and the US border. Censored News was created after Norrell was censored, then terminated, by Indian Country Today after serving as a longtime staff reporter. Now censored by the mainstream media, she previously was a staff reporter at numerous American Indian newspapers and a stringer for AP, USA Today and others. She lived on the Navajo Nation for 18 years, and then traveled with the Zapatistas. She covered the climate summits in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Cancun, Mexico, in 2010.