Nez Perce Leaders Arrested Blocking Tarsands Megaload

By Brenda Norrell

Nez Perce leaders were arrested blocking a tarsands megaload in the predawn hours of Tuesday morning. "We were arrested," Brooklyn Baptiste told Censored News.

"Eight of the nine members were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct," Baptiste said of the Nez Perce Executive Council.

"Most of us are out now," Baptiste said at 10 am.

Nez Perce gathered before midnight at the border of the sovereign Nez Perce Nation and blocked the megaload coming down the highway, as they sang the Flag Song. Nez Perce halted the tarsands megaload before police and deputies removed blockaders and arrested Nez Perce leaders.

The massive shipment of oil refinery equipment continued its trek along scenic U.S. 12 early Tuesday.  The load departed the Port of Wilma, near Clarkston, Wash., shortly before 11 p.m. Monday, The Lewiston Tribune reported. The two-lane highway in Idaho passes through the Nez Perce reservation and a federally designated Wild and Scenic River corridor.

Idaho issued a permit last week allowing Omega Morgan to begin hauling two giant water purification units, measuring 225 feet long, 21 feet wide and weighing 644,000 pounds, across the state, into Montana and on to the oil sands project in Alberta, Canada.
 
Nez Perce Chairman Silas Whitman said Monday night that collaboration and diplomacy have failed and tribal members anticipated "intercepting the loads at the reservation line."
 
"We are tired of being pushed," Whitman said at a news conference at the Clearwater River Casino.
 
Ed Becenti, Dine', sent a message of support on Monday night: 

"As a pure Dine' individual warrior, my ultimate support goes out to all the Nez Perce Warriors protesting the 'tarsands megaload' NOW. My so-called Navajo tribal government is an embarrassment to my traditional upbringing and beliefs. Being the largest land-based Native American Tribe in the U.S., Navajos should ultimately reserve the role as a blood-brother and almighty friend in times of defense of all Native American people in the U.S. and abroad!"

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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.