Short Synopsis of 58 page Court Opinion- Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. Army Corps of Engineers #nodapl

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
 STANDING ROCK SIOUX TRIBE, et al.,
 Plaintiffs
v.
Civil Action No. 16-1534 (JEB)
U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, et al.,
Defendants.

Disclaimer: I am not an expert in Indian or Environmental Law. I am a Lawyer/ Activist/ Educator with a sincere interest in the rights and struggle of Native American/ First Nation people. In our social movements, especially in the current fight against the Dakota Access pipeline, there are many serious issues. U.S. Treaty rights (such as the Treaty of Fort Laramie signed with the Sioux in 1868), Indigenous Rights, Human Rights, International Law, and land ethics are all important and relevant to this movement and the big issue of oil pipelines on or near tribal reservations.

I am writing this to outline the Judge’s rationale in his final 58-page decision regarding a court challenge to permits for the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota. This is a “friendly” document to get clear on factual background and legal issues. We should understand how the law may (or may not) help us in future. Social media posts, conversations and rhetoric have spread about this lawsuit mentioning law that does not necessarily apply to this case.

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Enforced Assimilation- “English Only versus “Dirty Spanish”

Education for Autonomy Speaker Collective member, Irene Monica Sanchez, shares spectacular insight into the importance of preserving and celebrating our children’s second language.  Excerpt below…link to full article at end. Published on TeleSUR  September 7, 2016. 

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The video of a school bus driver’s violent outburst against a Latino child shows that we are still the target of attempts to strip us of our humanity

I don’t understand Spanish. I’m not going to learn it. I live in America and it’s an English-speaking country … so if you want to speak to me, speak to me in English.”

-Mary Black, former school bus driver in Idaho, after pouring water on a Latino boy

Video recently surfaced of a school bus driver in Idaho, Mary Black, saying the above to Miguel Martinez, a young 8th-grade Latino boy riding the bus, She added in disgust “I wouldn’t want to touch you” as she proceeded to pour water on him. This is infuriating. As a second generation Xicana mother raising a young Brown boy of Mexican and Guatemalan descent who speaks two languages, because I have known for far too long how our Brown children have been told they are “dirty” for simply speaking and existing.

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/Enforced-Assimilation-English-Only-Versus-Dirty-Spanish-20160907-0018.html