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JANUARY 2017 NEWS FROM INDIAN COUNTRY: PAGE 1 Veteran George Red Elk inducted into Ancient Order, Page 3 Sandra Schulman: Graphic Novels and Super Indians, Page 11 Canada $3/U.S. $2.00 January 2017 - Vol. XXXI No. 1 Dakota Access divestment activity, water protection events grow across North America By BLAKE NICHOLSON BISMARCK, N.D. (AP/ICC) T he front lines of the battle against the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline are shifting away from the encampments in North Dakota on the Cannonball River, with Oceti Sakosin Headman and Standing Rock chair 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, water protecters closed down banks during sit-downs and thousands withdraw their funds from banks like Wells Fargo and Citibanks. Several major funders of the Dakota Access pipeline have divested and withdrawn their equity in the project, or redrew their contracts, like Enbridge did -- seeking to move back their investments of some $280 million dollars The message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 News From Indian Country 8558N County Road K Hayward, WI 54843-5800 On January 12, 2017 Oceti Sakowin Headmen announced the disbursement of their ire to the 4-directions. Standing Rock member Chase Iron Eyes in a statement on Jan. 13th, said that was just one of several fires and that several hundred people at Rosebud, Sacred Stone and Oceti camps remain committed to staying. Bad River Chippewa tell Enbridge to decommisson and remove aging pipeline #5 across reservation In this Jan. 1, 2017, 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 from New York to California and protests of other pipelines in Texas, Florida and Louisiana. 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. See Dakota Access, Page 5 By TODD RICHMOND MADISON, Wis. (AP/ICC) A Chippewa tribe in Wisconsin is calling for 12 miles of pipeline to be removed from its reservation after 64 years of operation, saying they want to protect their land and water from oil spills. The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa's tribal council approved a resolution January 4th refusing to renew easements for 11 parcels of land along a section of Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline, which carries oil and natural gas liquids 645 miles from Canada to eastern Michigan. See Bad River Chippewa, Page 6 Republicans elect Dakota Access pipeline supporter as Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs By Zak Cheney Rice I n a statement Jan. 5, United States Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) said he is "honored" to serve as the new chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. Hoeven - a former North Dakota governor and vocal supporter of both the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines was elected to lead the committee on January 3rd. I am honored to serve as the chairman and look forward to working with [newly elected] Vice Chairman [Sen. Tom] Udall [D-NM] and members of the Committee to pass legislation that helps improve the lives of people across Indian Country," Hoeven said. The Indian Affairs committee is tasked with proposing legislation that addresses the concerns of "American Indian, Native Hawaiian and Alaska Native peoples," including land management and economic See Republicans elect, Page 5

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