Media Blackout: Mercenaries Attack Thousands of Native Americans

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A systematic attempt by the elite to destroy communities of Native American tribes living in America is currently underway amid a total media blackout.

A systematic attempt by the elite to destroy communities of Native American tribes living in America is currently underway amid a total media blackout.

Recent footage has emerged showing corporate mercenaries, operating on behalf of Dakota Access Oil Company, using vicious attack dogs and pepper spray on thousands of peaceful indigenous protestors.

The violent attacks came one day after the Sioux Standing Rock tribe filed court papers identifying sacred sites and reiterating their claims the pipeline will pollute the Missori River and contaminate the water supply of thousands of people from their tribe.

It has also been revealed that over twenty major banks and financial institutions are banking on the pipeline going ahead.

On Saturday, Dakota Access Pipeline and Energy Transfer Partners brazenly used bulldozers to destroy our burial sites, prayer sites and culturally significant artifacts,” said tribal chairman David Archambault II in a press statement.

They did this on a holiday weekend, one day after we filed court papers identifying these sacred sites,” Archambault added. “The desecration of these ancient places has already caused the Standing Rock Sioux irreparable harm. We’re asking the court to halt this path of destruction.

On Sunday corporate mercenaries arrived with attack dogs and used the trained animals as weapons to illegally assault and terrorize the Native Americans. Protestors claim the dogs attacked human faces, as video evidence emerged of dogs with blood around their mouths.

The protests were launched on April 1 and have shut down construction along parts of the pipeline, however the violent and inhumane treatment of the Native American protestors on the holiday weekend represents a new low in human rights abuses perpetrated by the oil company and its financial backers.

If completed, the $3.8 billion pipeline would carry half a million barrels of crude per day from North Dakota’s Bakken oilfield to Illinois.

North Dakota pipeline protests

But at what cost? The project has faced months of stern resistance from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe who believe the pipeline will disturb sacred burial sites and contaminate the Missouri River – the water supply of 8,000 tribal members. Members of almost 200 other tribes from across the U.S. and Canada are protesting with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in solidarity.

A federal judge is currently deciding whether construction should be stopped altogether, in response to a complaint filed by the tribe, which argues that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers illegally approved the project without their involvement. That decision is expected by Sept. 9.

Who’s Banking On The Dakota Access Pipeline?

The explosion of violence against protestors comes as a new investigation has exposed that more than 20 major banks and financial institutions are helping finance the Dakota Access pipeline.

The investigation, published by the research organization LittleSis, reveals that Bank of America, HSBC, UBS, Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase and other major financial institutions have extended a $3.75 billion credit line to Energy Transfer, the parent company of Dakota Access LLC.

This interactive graph reveals who is banking on the pipeline going ahead:

UN Demands Avoidance Of ‘Further Human Rights Abuses’

Though the U.S. government and mainstream media is choosing to suppress the issue, a UN body has ruled that the Sioux must be included in planning of the pipeline project.

In a statement issued by the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues on Wednesday, the forum’s chairman Alvaro Pop Ac called on the U.S. to provide the tribe a “fair, independent, impartial, open and transparent process to resolve this serious issue and to avoid escalation into violence and further human rights abuses.

Attack dogs were set on protestors on Saturday.
Attack dogs were set on protestors on Saturday.

Dalee Dorough, an Inuit member of the forum, said failure to consult with Sioux over the project violated the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Article 19 of the declaration, which the U.S. endorsed in 2010, says: “States shall consult and co-operate in good faith with the indigenous peoples concerned in order to obtain their free, prior and informed consent before adopting and implementing legislative or administrative measures that may affect them. “

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