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09/06/16 09/06/16 [captioning made possible by democracy now!] amy: from pacifica, this is democracy now! all of these dogs. that woman over there, she was charging. amy: the dog has blood in his nose and mouth. >> they're still threatening -- amy: in north dakota, secured a guards working for a pipeline company in north dakota attack native american protesters with
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dogs and pepper spray. hundreds are proposing the construction of a pipeline unde. >> there are graves, teppe circles, surmontil sites. we will have to defend our sacred sites. we will have two defend the graves of our ancestors. amy: heading to court in d.c. for an emergency hearing demanding a halt to the pipeline's construction. meanwhile, people are outraged about the tactics being used against the native americans who call themselves protectors, not protesters. >> the governor -- you know what i feel like telling the governor? you're not george wallace and this is not alabama. this is 2016 and you don't to treat indians like you have for the last 100 years. you know?
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amy: the standoff at standing rock has grown to include members of more than one hundred tribes. it is the largest unification of native american tribes in decades. all of that and more coming up. , welcome to democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. the united states and china have formally committed to the paris climate agreement aimed at slowing climate change, during president obama's trip to china for the g20 summit. combined, the u.s. and china produce nearly 40% of the world's carbon emissions. 26 countries have now ratified the accord, which the u.n. has slated to go into effect on january 1, 2017, as long as at least 55 countries representing 55% of world's total emissions have signed on. this comes as the world has experienced 15 straight months of record-smashing temperatures amid human fueled climate change. july was the hottest month ever recorded. experts say the greenhouse gas
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cuts promised in the paris climate deal are insufficient to avert dangerous global warming. in oklahoma, state regulators have ordered oil and gas companies to shut down nearly 40 toxic wawaste water disposal wells afafter a massive 5.6-magnitude earthquake saturday rocked oklahoma and sent tremors through six neighboring states. scientists have warned that the waste water disposal wells, which inject toxic water used in ththe frackiking process deep io the eartrth for storage,e, may e linked to the dramatic rise in earthquakes in oklahoma in recent years. the earthquake destroyed at least a half dozen buildings on the pawnee nation and another half dozen in the city of pawnee. this is pawnee mayor brad sewell. >> welell, we had d an earthquae that was just unprerecedented in this area. i mean, this was -- we have had a lot of earthquakes in the last couple of years and they have been just single tremors. gone.ow, boom, and it is
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right away you could telell this was somethining different. this was long, , sustained,d, sg earthqhquake. things toppled off of shelves and rattled windows and all kinds of things. amy: at the g20 summit, president obama also tried to assure asian nations that the united states would, in fact, ratify the trans pacific partnership, despite mounting opposition. pres. obama: on the merits, it is smart for america to do it. and i have yet to hear a persuasive argument from the left or right as to why we would not want to create a trade framework that raises labor standards, raises environmental standards, protects intellectual property, levels the playing field for u.s. businesses, brings down terrorists. it is indisputable that it would us than better deal for
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the status quo. amy: the trans-pacific partnership is a massive proposed a trade deal that would encompass 12 pacific rim nations, including the u.s. and 40% of the global economy. u.s. presidential nominees hillary clinton, donald trump and jill stein have all said , they would not sign the tpp. it has faced years of public protests by those who say it benefits corporations at the expense of health and environmental regulations. meanwhile, at the g20 summit , president obama also spoke out about nfl 49ers quarterback colin kaepernick, who has been refusing to stand for the national anthem after saying, "i am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color." this is president obama speaking in china about the protest. pres. obama: he is exercising his constitutional right to make a statement. i think there's a long history of sports figures doing so.
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i think there are a lot of ways .ou can do it as a journal matter, when it comes to the flag, and the and the meaning that that holds for our men and women in uniform and those who fought for us, you know, that is a tough thing for them to get what hishen hear deeper concerns are. amy: at least two other nfl players have joined kaepernick in his ongoing protest, 49ers safety eric reid and seahawks cornerback jeremy lane. megan rapinoe of the national women's soccer league team the seattle reign also kneeled during the national anthem before their game sunday against the chicago red stars. rapinoe told american soccer now -- "being a gay american, i know what it means to look at the flag and not have it protect all of your liberties.
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it was something small that i could do and something that i plan to keep doing in the future and hopefully spark some meaningful conversation around it. it's important to have white people stand in support of people of color on this." after obama's trip to china, he became the first sitting u.s. president to visit laos, where he has pledged $90 million to help clear laos of unexploded u.s. bombs left from the united states' secret bombing campaignn of laos during the vietnam war. between 1964 a and 1973, the u.. dropped as many as 270 million clcluster bombs on l laos. laos authorities say as many as one-third of these cluster bombs did not explode at the time. during his three-day t trip to laos, obama was also s slated to meet with the controversial president of the phililippines rodrigo duterte. but obama canceled this meeting after duterte called president obama a "son of a whote" and warned him not to ask about his so-called drug war, which has claimed at least 2400 lives in only t two months.
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this is philippines president duterte. >> i am the president of a sovereign state and we have long ceased to be a colony. nobody but nobody -- you must be respectful.l. don't justst throw away y states and q questions. ] i will swear atep you in that form. amy: this cos as president duterte declar an indefinitely national state of emergency monday after a bombing in the city of davao killed 14 peoplele onon friday. the declaration does not amount to martial lawaw but does s give police and militarary sweeping powers. militants from the group abu sasayyaf have claimed responsibilityty for the bombin. in syria, at least 40 people have died in a wave of suicide bombings across government-held areas. isis has claimed responsibility for the attacks in tartous, homs, hasakeh, and in a suburb of damascus.
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the daily blasts came after president obama met with russian president vladimir putin on monday alongside the g20 summit. and after your secretary of state -- and after u.s. secretary of state john kerry and his russian counterpart sergei lavrov met on sunday and failed to a secure an agreement for a ceasefire in syria. the u.s. and russia are backing opposite sitites of the warr between sysyrian rebels anand te syrian government, although both countries have said they are fighting i isis in syria. on saturday in north dakota, security guards working for the dakota access pipeline company attacked native amemericans with dogs and pepper spray as they resisted the $3.8 billion pipeline's construction. me in the face. it is all over my sunglasses. maced me in my face. are threatening us with these dogs. that woman over there, she was charging them.
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right in the face. amy: the dog has blood in its nose and mouth. >> they're still threatening -- >> over there, that dog. and without any warning. look at this. look at this. amy: the dakota access pipeline would carry about 500,000 barrels of crude per day from north dakota's bakken oilfield to illinois. the pipeline has faced months of resistance from the standing rock sioux tribe and members of nearly 100 more tribes from across the u.s. and canada. the standing rock sioux tribe has also sued the u.s. government over the pipeline's construction. on friday, lawyers for the tribe filed documents showing how the very land where dakota access would bulldoze saturday was in fact fact, a tribal burial site. today, a federal judge in washington, d.c., will decide whether to grant a temporary restraining order prohibiting further construction of the dakota access pipeline in the area near the standing rock
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sioux reservation until this same judge rules on the tribe's lawsuit against the us government, which is expected by friday. we'll have more on saturday's standoff at standing rock, and exclusive democracy now! video as well as today's hearing in d.c. with tribal chairman dave archambault after headlines. in news from the campaign trail, a new "new york times" analysis of hillary clinton's fundraising schedule shows she raised $50 million at elite gatherings over the last two weeks of august, raising an average of $150,000 an hour. this comes as hillary clinton has not held a new conference in months. she has, however, attended a series of exclusive fund-raising events in wealthy vacation enclaves including the hamptons, martha's vineyard and beverly , hills. both hillary clinton and donald trump did, however, allow for brief news conferences on their planes over the weekend. meanwhile, donald trump is facing questions after about his 2013 donation of $25,000 to a political group backing florida
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attorney general pam bondi only days after bondi's office said it might investigate claims of fraud at trump university. following the donation, bondi's office said it w would no longnr investigate trump university, which is now facing an ongoing lawsuit arguing the defunct for-profit school defrauded students. in brazil, police attacked protesters with tear gas, stun guns, water cannons, and rubber bullets during a march sunday in sao paulo in support of ousted president dilma rousseff. as many as 100,000 people took to the streets in protest of the new president michel temer, who assumed power after rousseff's impeachment by the brazilian senate last week. this is one of the protesters. >> the temer government is looking to make reforms that go against the people and we are here to show the people still have the power in despite the crcrew, we're here in t the strt to bring down the current government and call for a new election. amy: in britain, the london city airport shut down flights this morning afafter nine blalack lis matter activists lococked
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themseselves togogether on the runway to protest the climate change impact of air travel on black people worldwide. in a series of tweets sent out by black lives matter u.k. this morning, t the group highlighthd how many majority-black nations in africa are most impacted by climate change, even though majority white nations, like brbritain, are most responsible for caususg climate e change. the protesters erected a t tripd and chained themselves together, delaying flilights for hours, before being arrested. thisis is a clip of vivideo put out t by bla lives matteter u.k, explainining the protest. the u.k. is the biggestst contributor to temperature change in the least vulnerable. amy: and in puerto rico, hundreds of people shut down the island's biggest walmart monday in protest against the ongoing
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economic crisis on the island and the companies that protesters say are responsible. protesters argue walmart damages the local economic while only providing precarious jobs for puerto ricans. last month, a u.s. appeals court ruled against puerto rico in its efforts to raise walmart's tax rate from 2% up to 6.5%. monday's protest, which shut down the walmart for the entire afternoon, was organized by the socialist workers movement. this comes after a massive protest last week in puerto rico outside a conference hosted by the puerto rico chamber of commerce on the new promesa law, which was passed by the u.s. congress in june, establishing a federally appointed control board with sweeping powers to run puerto rico's economy. this is one of the protesters from monday's walmart action. melissa.e is i'm an active member and spokesperson of the camp against the control board. i'm a member of the workers use. we closed on its operations for the day and in part this is
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proof that when the people unite, we win. we need people to keep coming out to these protests so that every multinational begins stepping backwards and we're going to directly affect the ones who affect us directly. while the control board remains, we're going to continue. amy: and those are some e of the headlines. this is democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. on saturday in south dakota, -- in north dakota, security guards working for the dakota access pipeline company attacked native americans with dogs and pepper spray as they resisted the $3.8 billion pipeline's construction. if completed, the dakota access pipeline would carry about 500,000 barrels of crude per day from north dakota's bakken oilfield to illinois, where it would meet up with an existing pipeline that would carry oil all the way down to texas. the pipeline has faced months of resistance from the standing rock sioux tribe and members of nearly 100 more tribes from
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across the u.s. and canada. the standing rock sioux tribe has also sued the u.s. government over the pipeline's construction. on friday, lawyers for the tribe filed documents showing how the very land where dakota access would bulldoze saturday was in , fact, a tribal burial site. on sunday, more than 500 people marched back to the construction site and held a prayer mourning the destruction of their ancestors' graves. today, a federal judge in washington, d.c., will decide whether to grant a temporary restraining order prohibiting further construction by dakota access pipeline until this same judge rules on the standing rock sioux's lawsuit against the u.s. government, which is expected by friday. well, democracy now! was on the ground on saturday, and we brought you this exclusive report. >> criminals! you guys are criminals!
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your money somewhere else. amy: we're sending at the destruction site of the dakota access pipeline. it looks like there are at least three bulldozers, to peoples apprise them of this moment, actually bulldozing the land. there's a helicopter above. there is security here. and hundreds of people have been marching up when they heard that the construction site is actually active right now. >> this is our mother! >> where are we going to live? >> my name is jacob. amy: where are you from? >> spokane, washington. amy: can you describe what they're doing? bulldozing to install a pipeline. amy: and above, we see a helicopter. >> it is following us and taking pictures.
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we're filming them in return. >> stop this! amy: people have gone through the fence. men, women, and children. the bulldozers are still going. there yelling at the men in hard hats. one man in the heart had through a protester down. and a hard hat through a protester down. there marching over the dirt mound. some of the security have dogs. the six bulldozers are pulling back right now. people are marching forward in their tracks. there are men and women and children. more security trucks are pulling up. there are some protesters on horseback. hundreds of people are coming from the main camp. their climbing up the tracks left by the bulldozers.
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six i've counted at least that are now receiving. protesters advanced as far as a small wooden bridge. security unleashes one of the dogs which attacks to of the native americans horses. [screaming] has some kind of gas. people are being pepper sprayed. >> we are not leaving! we are not leaving! we are not leaving! we are not leaving! amy: what are you spring people with? >> i did not spray anything, ma'am. amy: what is that? face. got me in the . maced mean, this guy
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in the face. it is all over my sunglasses. the doc was all over me. over there, that dog. . was walking no warning. look at this. look at this. the dog that. -- bit. amy: ma'am, your dog just did the protester. are you telling me dog to buy the protesters? the dog has blood in its nose and mouth. >> still standing here threatening -- >> these people with all of these dogs. that woman over there, she was
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charging -- right in the face. it charged at me and tried to bite me. they're still threatening. we are not doing anything. are you letting her dog go after the protesters? it bit his leg. one of the pipeline security men unleashes a dog and the crowd. [screaming] protesters respond using sticks and a flagpole to fend off the dog attack. ain't scared of you! [screaming] amy: after the protesters said
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their dog was bloodied from biting them, they then pulled the dogs away and now pickup truck by pickup truck is pulling away. we will see what happens. the protesters are moving in to ensure the security leaves. let's go check on this woman. what happened? was had mace in the sweat -- it was making it run down into my eyes. i had my glasses on and that spared me the brunt of it, but in the sweat started putting it in. amy: how are you doing? >> i'm great. amy: what do you think you have accomplished today? >> i hope we have a couple's letting embers no the people ofe withdrawn their social stupidly water and they need to find an honest, nonviolent way to make a living. amy: where are you from? >> toulouse, minnesota. and bit byced twice
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donna frontline. amy: where did you get that? >> my ankle where my boot is. i told them they needed to leave, but the guy did not believe me. you did not what to listen. he stuck his hand out and he maced me in this other guy and i think a lady, too. they tried getting the dogs on us. i wasn't really doing nothing. the dog ran up on me and bit around my ankle. amy: you pushed them back, though? >> yes. amy: why is this such an important fight to you? >> because water is life. like i said, without water, we all would not be here. this planet would not be here. there would be no oxygen. we would all die without it. i wish they would open their eyes and have a heart to realize, you know, if this happens, we're not going to be dealing once you will suffer. they will suffer, too. amy: what tribe are you with? >> [inaudible]
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amy: what is your name? >> linda from north dakota. i traveled from wichita, kansas. i stand for my grandchildren, my next grandchildren -- i hour to have great-grandchildren in the future. i know the 18-year-old in 19-year-old's getting ready to come here, they will fight to the end. we will stay here just like in 1836. we're going to wait and wait. this oil ain't gonna go through. >> i come from arizona. amy: how old are you? >> 13 years old. amy: why are you out here? >> i'm with my family. what they're doing is wrong. this is very wrong. they should protect the water. everybody needs water to live. amy: what about the oil? thehe oil should stay in ground. they should just leave it
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because they are hurting mother nature. mother nature is important. without mother nature, we would not be here. this land belongs to the earth. we are the caretakers. the caretakers of the earth. amy: do you feel like you won today? >> we win every day when we stand in unity. we stand and we fight. >> my name is candy. amy: is this where the daok is being built -- dapl is being built? >> yes. this is the pipe that leads to the river. what dakota access is waiting for is the easement to go underneath and bore under the water. my understanding is with the tro , they were supposed to completely quit construction. there was a restraining order and they were supposed to, -- we all thought they were supposed
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to stop construction completely. but they haven't coming from the west this past three weeks. -- but they have been coming from the west this past three weeks. pipe upntinuing to lay to the point of where they are waiting for the easement to go underneath where they're going to bore. people are like, why are we going to wait? we are not. we're going to stop the pipeline where it is. that is what effectively has been happening the past few days and nonviolent, direct action. amy: how do you feel? >> great. amy: what did you a conference today. >-- what did you a college toda? >> saving the water. amy: where are your horses from? >> south dakota. amy: you came from their? >> yes, ma'am. amy: describe the scene for us. >> we protected the water and did a great job. thank you. amy: voices from standing rock
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in north dakota. for our radio audience, go to democracynow.org to see this exclusive video. coming up, we will go to north dakota to speak to the standing rock sioux chairmanand two d.c. to speak with the tribe's lawyer who is seeking an emergency restraining order against the pipeline's construction. this is democracy now! we will be back in a minute. ♪ [music break]
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amy: "13 arrows," chechrist x indigenize. this is democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. coverage ofue our
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the standoff at standing rock, which we have just returned from. on september 3, the dakota access pipeline company attacked native americans with dogs and pepper spray as they resisted the construction of the $3.8 billion pipeline on sacred tribal burial site. on saturday, native americans were shocked when they went to plant their tribal flags of the construction site and found the bulldozers working over the weekend. on friday, lawyers for the tribe filed documents showing how this land was a tribal burial site. now many fear many of the graves and artifacts are destroyed. today, federal judge in washington, d.c., will decide whether to grant a temporary restraining order prohibiting further construction of the dakota access pipeline in the area near the standing rock this'seservation until the us government. for more, we're joined by two
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guests. jan hasselman is a staff attorney with earth justice. he is representing the standing rock sioux tribe in its lawsuit against the army corps of engineers over the dakota access pipeline. he is headed to federal court injunction of the pipeline. and dave archambault, chairman of the standing rock sioux tribe. we welcome you both to democracy now! we just came back from north dakota. having failed what took place on saturday, which shocked everyone, the dogs and pepper spray unleashed on native americans were protesting, or as you say, protecting the area that the dakota access pipeline is being constructed on. can you respond to what took plplace? being out you, amy, for there in capturing the footage. there are always two sides to the story. law officials try to say they
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were attacked by angry mobs and it was a riot scene. that is not what was taking place. we have protectors concerned about the land. it just goes to show what kind of company energy transfer partners is. ony have zero policies community relations, zero policy on human rights, zero policy on indian rights -- indigenous rights. so when a company is like that, they have no social responsibility and they don't care about anything. they hire security companies with untrained handlers. these handlers, the dogs that were attacking the handlers, that is why they released dogs and the crowd. they go in try to recover them. it doesn't make sense and it is what this company energy transfer partners is doing. they say they have every right to be there, but so do we. amy: on monday, a dakota access spokesperson issued this a man saying --
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we are greatly saddened and bothered to confront -- "we are greatly saddened and extremely bothered to confirm that unwarranted violence occurred on private property under easement to dakota access pipeline resulting in injury to multiple members of our security personnel and several dogs. it is unfortunate that what has been portrayed as a peaceful protest by the opponents of the pipeline has now turned to violence and intimidation by a group of criminals and activists. assailants broke through a fence and attacked our workers. we are working with law enforcement to ensure that all offenders are arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of t the law." chairman dave archambault, can you respond to what they said? the county sheriff repeated this. though, what was shocking also, is the local law enforcement were not there over this whole period. so basically repeated what the company said. -- so they simply repeated what the company said. >> the company provoked this whole thing. law enforcement, from what i understand, they observed
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everything. it wasn't until the company came forward and assaulted one of the when the protector crossed over the boundary. there is a questionnaire. we always said we have a right to our treaty lands and we have a say. the u.s. government, the state government never got permission from us to be on that land to do this to our land. amy: when you say protector, can you explain? using this term "protector" rather than protester? isprotester is somebody who waiting for confrontation. protector will do what it takes on the ground to make sure that nothing negative happens to our indigenous rights and our indigenous land. one other thing, amy, when the
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wasenforcement came, it dispersed peacefully. the law enforcement only took statements from the security company. we had individuals, witnesses, and you exposed a lot of this with your coverage, but we have witnesses and people who have injuries as a result of the confrontation and we have a lot of people -- the law enforcement said they wanted to do a thorough investigation. before they did that, they started releasasing statements. one cited reports by the law enforcement. they should have gotten both sides. amy: the use of dogs. you're the chairman of the standing rock sioux tribe. have the state authorities are the county authorities explained to you how it was that the unleashed these dogs, both on leash and
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unleashed them, on the protesters, biting a number of them. as people could see in the report we just played, you had a there whose mouth and nose were dripping with blood as the security guard who was holding that dog, even when i pointed this out to her and others related, moved on to attack other members of this protest. what has the county authorities said to you about this? they have to answer to you. lawhe first thing i did enforcement, where did this company get these dogs? was this something that law enforcement supplied? when i asked the question, they said, no, they had nothing to do with it. the company hired someone to get these dogs and there was lack of training on how to handle the dogs. they were using the dogs as a deadly weapon.
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that is something that needs to be looked into. who was handling these dogs and whose dogs were they, and why were they being used? this was all premeditated. they knew something was going to dogsn when they unleashed to destroy our sacred sites. they were prepared. had hired a company that guard dogs, and they came in. saw what the time we was going on, it was too late. everything was destroyed. the fact is, they desecrated our ancestral gravesites. they just destroyed prayer sites. it is disturbing. and that is why we were filing for the temporary restraining order. they need to stop working. this company needs to go away. energy transfer partners is a bad company. " energy transfer partners is
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working for the dakota access pipeline to build it. i want to turn to jan hasselman, earth justitice, representing t the standing rock sioux tribe. cacan you explain what you filed on friday -- you are about to go to federal court today. but what you filed on friday, and then what happened on saturday and how that relates, you believe, to the information you fileded friday with the cou? >> sure. thank you for having me here, amy. i think it is important to emphasize the tribe has been using the lawful process to vindicate its important legal rights in this matter. for dissipated in the administrative -- participated in the administrative process around permits. when his concerns were not listen to, a brought a lawsuit. on friday afternoon, we filed very important evidence in the lawsuit about the discovery of some sacred and major culturally
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significant sites that were directly in the pipeline's route. it was miles away from where any construction was happening. we filed this evidence with the court friday afternoon in order to support our claim that there should be a timeout on construction until some of these legal issues can get resolved. we were stunned and shocked to hear that they took that information, and saturday morning over a holiday weekend, went out and bulldozed entire site. we have a sworn declaration from one of the tribes cultural experts that describes some of these sites. multiple gravesites and burials. very important archaeological features of the kind that are not found commonly. we put all of that in front of the court. the next morning, it was gone. the shock and anguish felt by tribal members in this abuse of
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the legal prococess is really hd to describe. amy: are you suggesting -- you withally gave the court the dakota access pipeline company, and energy transfer, would use as a roadmap to destroy? >> that looks like what has happened here. in the lawsuit, energy transfer said to the court that we had not proven there were sacred sites were important sites in the pipeline route, and they claimed to have looked with their private consultants. so we went and provided exactly the evidence that they said that we needed to provide. 12 hours later, the bulldozers were out. amy: how had you surveyed the land to establish this? >> yeah, i think this important to remember that this all used to be theirs. it all used to be the tribe's land. i think everyone understands it was taken from them and taken
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from them in a way that is not acceptable. but it is owned by somebody else, and that landowner invited one of the tribe's cultural experts to come out and take a look. he was synthetic and wanted to understand why -- sympathetic and wanted to understand why people were so worried about this pipeline. a few days prior to friday, the tribe's expert in these matters when out and conducted a formal archaeological survey in keeping with state and federal protocols, when out and built maps of these very unique and important archaeological sites and the locations of these burials that were right in the pipeline's way. that is the information we put in front of the court on friday. amy: what is going to happen today in federal court? >> well, what is particularly shocking about this event is that we are days away from getting some kind of resolution on these legal issues.
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we were in front of the same judge two weeks ago or less than two weeks ago. we expect a decision on our request to stop the pipeline while the issues are worked out. he said he would have that decision this week. they went out over holiday weekend, just days before that event -- before that decision, and tore up this ground. we're going back to court and asking the court to impose a timeout on additional construction here in the area of the crossing at the missouri river at least until the court has a chance to issue a decision on the injunction motion sometime this week. amy: on saturday morning when we went out to the camps that have been set up, i mean, this is quite something, this largest gaththering of native american tribes in decades.s. we went to the sacred stone camp , which was launched on april 1
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on the land of the standing rock by ladonna brave bull allard. she told us about the repression and surveillancece they have fad since the camp began. thehe helicopters and planes, low-flying planes, have been here almost daily on n a routine. we have the drones that come in and the evening. we know they are because they come in a night. they come through the whole camp. when the people were gathering, the planes were numerous. the helicopters are numerous. we havave been under surveillan. today we have four large boats out in the river over by the access site. amy: i want to go back to dave archambault, the chair of the standing rock sioux tribe. can you explain what ladonna allard is talking about? --so this all started with
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our kids were the first one to say, we don't want oil going underneath our waters. they had a prayer walk. soon after that, -- it was called spirit camp in the beginning. there was a staff set up and people would go out and pray to stop this. what is happening is it has always been a peaceful, prayerful standoff. i think what happens is the company or the government -- whoever it is that is surveilling, does not understand how peaceful, prayerful standoffs work. confrontation. that is what they know how to deal with. when it is prayerful and peaceful and when it is something that the youth want, they have to try to figure out how to deal with us. they send out aircraft to check
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on the status. lovably trying to find out how big the camp is growing. -- probably trying to find out how big the campus. april 1, it was a small camp. t growing until the come to get a 24-hour work notice. that notice came and the camp started growing. amy: i want to turn to kenny frost. we spoke to him at the red warrior camp on saturday momorning,g, consultanant from e southern ute trump about the lack of cell phone connection and internet connection. protectors can hear defending the water, the governor of north dakota pulled all emergency services out of here bececause it was helping te people. when they pulled those services and realize what was h happenin, they cut all so reception here as well. so all of the cell signals w was once here is no longer here.
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it is only limited on high ground. amy: what is the point? to medication, because communication was coming out of here rapidly y and quicky with information to the general public, the whole wide world, basically, because of the internet. the world wide web. people were receiving information of exactly what was goining on on real-time. outbecause the call went for native people and all people to come here to help preserve, protect, and defend the wateter. amy: that is kenny frost of the , talkingute tribe about the lack of internet and cell phone communications. the company is, the government are surveilling all of you, chairman dave archambault, but increasingly difficult for you to communicate with each othere. can you elaborate on what he is saying? >> amy, let me let you know that
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i live here in cannonball. this is where my home is. i used to run horses on the land that ladonna allard set up the camp. i will tell you, this cell coverage has always been a problem. this isn't something that just happen overnight. i ride through the valleys and everything and there is just poor cell coverage. that is how it is always been. amy: has a become increasingly difficult, even starting with the bad situation? >> it is the same. the same as it was a year ago. i have a cell phone and i would ride horses -- that is why our tribes tried to start its own so company, cell phone company. we have standing rock telecom. it is just to increase still coverage for our members so they coverage.r
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the coverage has a was been poor, especially in a belly. ,my: chairman dave archambault as we wrap up, then we're going to talk about how these dogs were used, and then talk about the chain of command and ownership going back in the dakota access pipeline. this gathering, how unique it is -- yourself, chairman, or just recently arrested. at this gathering of more than 100 nations -- i saw you friday night in the main camp as you were welcoming yet another tribal group coming from montana. how significant, how unusual is this? >> it is one of the most beautiful things i am fortunate to witness. when tribes come together in unity and with prayer, there's a lot of healing that is taking place. the tribes that are all coming -- every one of them will share stories on how the government or
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how the corporate world has infringed on their indigenous rights, onon their indigigenous lands, contaminanated their environment or water in one way or another. this unity of coming together just says, it is time to stop. amy: dave archambault, thank you for being with us, chair of the standing rock sioux tribe. speaking to us from cannonball, north dakota. jan hasselman attorney with earth justice, headed to federal court today to get a restraining order against the further construction of the dakota pipeline. where wereome back, these dogs from? what were e they trained to do? stay with us. ♪ [music break]
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amy: women singing as they made their way down to the water from the main protest encampment on the standing rock sioux reservation, moving down to the water to perform their water to protect they seek the cannonball and missouri rivers from the dakota access pipeline. this is democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman.
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as we continue our coverage of the standoff at standing rock. >> the governor -- you know what i feel i killing the governor? you're not george wallace and this is not alabama. feel likew what i telling the governor? you're not george wallace and this is not alabama. laduke, that was winona longtime native american activist who set up her tv and the red warrior camp in north dakota saturday morning. saturday's action went viral, people immediately been comparing the dog attacks at standing rock to the violent crackdown againsnst civil rights in birmingham in 1965 in birmingham, alabama. for more on the dog attacks at saturday's protest, we're joined by jonni joyce. she's an expert in law enforcement canine handling with more than 25 years of experience. she is the head of the consulting firm jonni joyce seminars international in south dakota. jonni, welcome you to democracy now!
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we just play the video of the dogs attacking native americans, hundreds of people who came up on the site to protect their land. the trouble burial ground in the sacred sites. -- the tribal burial ground in the sacred sites. the dogs bit the horses, but the people. one dog, the mouth and nose of the dog were dripping with blood . as you took a look at this video , what could you tell us about what these dogs were trained to do? all,ll am amy, first of thank you for having me. i'm very happy that democracy now! was there in order to get independent video in reference to what happened with the dogs. your question is, what were the dogs trained to do. what the dogs were not trained to do was to be professional security dogs or professional law enforcement dogs. what i witnessed on the video was absolutely horrific in a
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chaotic scene. it appeared the handlers were not trained properly in order to manage a dog that has been trained in some type of controlled aggression. basically, what it looked like was a bunch of alligators at the end of leashes being put on the native americans there that are protesting. absolutely it was an egregious use of canines. amy: can you explain what bite work is? >> yes. bite work is a terminology used in the working dog industry to wear a canine is taught to bite a human being. in this process and in the training process, the human being is protected by gear. law enforcement will utilize training in order to protect handlers and deal with criminals
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that need to be brought under control with this level of force. the happened there at protest, my opinion, was an excessive use of force by civilians that obviously did not have proper training in the utilization of dogs that are training to bite humans. amy: we interviewed one person after another who were bitten by dogs. as one of the security was holding the dog whose mouth and nose were dripping with blood, i said to her, "your dog is biting protesters." she simply moved down the line and the dog moved on to attack more the native americans who were there. >> yeah, and that particular part of the video, the female handler with the black dog, moved away from you. and this is a particular concern to me in reference to this because she moved down the line.
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then there were about six protesters that were proximally 15 feet in front of her post up without the protesters moving forward are making any aggressive act toward her, she pushed her dog into the crowd. you can see on the video that the dog had enough sense not to go into the crowd. the dog actually backed up. then she corrected the dog and pulled the dog into the crowd. this is especially concerning and reference to this application of the use of force. it is certain to provide evidence that these people were improperly trained. amy: we are trying to establish where the dogs are from. .hey had ohio license plates on facebook, a company is -- said they were there dogs that were used. do you know them, jonni joyce? >> i do not know bob frost and i do not know frost kennels.
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i do know that he has taken credit for this. this is a particular concern because in the state of ohio, guard dog services are covered and regulated through the ohio department of public safety. and in order to provide guard guardrvices and furnish dog services, you have to be licensed through the state of ohio. at this time, searching the public database come the name frost kennels, the name bob frost, and in the name of another handler that we believe was involved out there does not come up as being licensed through the state of ohio. therefore, i am making a complaint with the state of ohio for them to determine whether or not frost kennels has the proper licensing in order to provide guard dog services. amy: i want to thank you for being with us, and the question of what they're doing in north dakota. thank you, jonni joyce, expert
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in law enforcement canine handling with more than 25 years of experience. head of the consulting firm jonni joyce seminars international inin south dakota. saturday was also the first day of a two-week call for actions against not only dakota acacces, but the financial institutions that are bankrolling this $3.8 billion project. a new investigation has revealed that more than two dozen major banks and financial institutions are helping finance the dakota access pipeline. the investigation was published by the research outlet littlesis. it details how bank of america, hsbc, ubs, goldman sachs, wells fargo, jpmorgan chase, and other financial institutions have, combined, extended a $3.75 billion credit line to energy transfer partners, the parent company of dakota access. for more we're joined by the author of the investigation, hugh macmillan, a senior researcher with food and water watch. we only have a minute but will continue after the show and post it. tell us what is most epic and understand what companies and banks are responsible for this
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project. there are too many to list in a minute, that is for sure. it is 30 plus all told on the order of 10 billion that is backing the energy transfer family of companies. really, this is a slice of the for larger fracking pie these banks. these banks have succeeded in equating energy security in this country, more precisely, in north america, with widespread fracking. action, you know, i think we can look forwardd to history that is kind to the sioux in helping us question whether that is a good idea. amy: can you explain who owns the dakota access pipeline
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company and energy transfer partners? >> yes. behind this pipeline is -- it is a joint venture of joint ventures. it is typically opaque. the key players are energy transfer family of companies. , phillips 66,hon and you have enbridge. enbridge and marathon both just bought in a month ago for $2 billion. amy: and the banks? somee banks have set aside $7.75 billion for the energy transfer family of companies. and through work with rain forest action network, we also $2.5 billion of that
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has been provided specifically for this pipeline. amy: hugh macmillan, we will post the rest online of food and water watch. [captioning made possible by democracy now!]
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