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NINTH WARD ACTION ALERT:
STAND WITH STANDING ROCK
STAND WITH WATER PROTECTORS
TODAY Friday, October 28
2:30 p.m.
Hennepin County Sheriff's Office
350 South 5th Street
Find more details on the Nibi - Mni Wiconi - Stand in Solidarity with No DAPL Facebook event

For months, citizens of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and more than 500 tribes from across the country and allies around the world have gathered in peaceful opposition to the proposed Dakota Access pipeline - a pipeline projected to transport fracked oil from North Dakota to Illinois. The pipeline would cut through the Missouri River - the drinking water source for more than 15 Million people. It would also trespass through sovereign, unceded Lakota territory.
As you may know, the Ninth Ward is home to the nation's largest concentration of urban American Indian families. The Ninth Ward is also the birthplace of the American Indian Movement. As such, supporting the efforts of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation to protect their water supply is paramount to the needs and values of our Ninth Ward constituents and our environmental justice community. For this reason, I led the City Council efforts to approve a resolution in support for of the Indigenous resistance to the Dakota Access pipeline. Since then, I have twice visited the Sacred Stone Camp in North Dakota. Once to deliver the resolution and again as part of a caravan of Indigenous youth and environmental justice advocates.
Earlier today, Tara Houska released a painful video from Standing Rock documenting the heartbreaking attacks from law enforcement towards the peaceful water protectors. Tara is the National Campaign Director for Honor the Earth and served as Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders' Native American Advisor. These attacks included the active participation of our very own Hennepin County Sheriff's deputies. 
The revelation that our Hennepin County Sheriff's office has deployed officers, vehicles, and equipment to bolster the militarized response to the peaceful demonstration on unceded land that is promised to Indigenous Nations in the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851 is distressing and we must act to stop it.
I, along with my Council colleagues Cam Gordon and Andrew Johnson, supported this week's earlier action on this front. Currently I am working with State Representative Karen Clark and other state elected officials to send a letter to Mr. Stanek asking him to immediately withdraw our tax payer funded resources from North Dakota.
In order to protect our water you can join today's action and:
1. Contact Sheriff Stanek's office and demand that he withdraw the forces from North Dakota.  (612) 348-3744. 
2. Contact your Hennepin County Commissioner and tell them what you think. Please note that Commissioners Peter McLaughlin and Commissioner Marion Greene have made strong statements in support of the water protectors and rejected Sherif Stanek's decision to send resources to North Dakota. Join me in thanking our County representatives and reaching out to others who could also be supporting our efforts to withdraw the County deputies.
3. Sign the petition on the Honor the Earth website.
4. Continue to support the protectors in every way you can. Go to Standing Rock and be with the protectors on the front lines, donate to the effort on GoFundMe, purchase items off of their Amazon wishlist, share the story far and wide on social media and talk to your friends and family about the work of the water protectors.
Honor the Treaties. Keep it in the Ground. Mni Waconi. Water is Life.
350 South 5th Street, Room 307 | Minneapolis, MN 55415-1383 US
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