Sioux Rosebud President Cyril Scott (Screenshot from the RT video)
The President of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is no fan of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, telling RT’s Ben Swann that congressional authorization of the project would be “an act of war against our people.”
In fact, Sioux tribe president Cyril Scott said the pipeline would cut right through the “sovereign nation” of the Native American tribe in South Dakota. The House of Representatives passed a measure last week to fast-track the project, provoking a strong response from Scott.
“The House has now signed our death warrants and the death warrants of our children and grandchildren,” Scott said following that vote. “The Rosebud Sioux Tribe will not allow this pipeline through our lands,” said Scott. “We are outraged at the lack of intergovernmental cooperation. We are a sovereign nation and we are not being treated as such. We will close our reservation boarders to Keystone XL. Authorizing Keystone XL is an act of war against our people.”
On Tuesday, the Senate missed by one vote the votes necessary to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. With 59 aye votes (14 Democrats and 45 Republicans), lawmakers failed to break a filibuster and send the proposal to President Obama’s desk.
He added that the Rosebud Sioux had been protesting in a spirit camp for seven months and they are protecting the land in South Dakota.
“Most of all, people don’t understand the Ogallala Aquifer is the second biggest water aquifer in the world,” Scott said. “It supplies five or six states with water in the United States, and its level in some places is only six feet underground.”
The Keystone XL pipeline will be buried underground at depths of four feet, and there are concerns about the pipeline springing leaks. Scott says it is not a question of if it breaks it is a question of when it breaks.
“The aquifer collects three percent of all rainfall. Every hundred gallons of tar sand oils is going to take a couple hundred gallons of chemically treated water in that pipe to come down – and when that break happens we are going to receive three percent into the aquifer, and it is going to poison your children and our children,” said Scott.
The treaty lands from seven indigenous tribes encompass the whole of South Dakota, and Scott said the tribe has its own laws and constitution that don’t pertain to outsiders, so the workers involved with working on the pipeline would potentially face charges under the tribe’s laws. Scott said no amount of money would let them agree to the Keystone project going through their lands.
During the Senate vote on Tuesday after Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced the tally, a man reportedly with the Lakota Tribe of South Dakota burst out in song, followed by protesters who called out Democrats voting in support of the pipeline.
After Tuesday’s vote, Republicans vowed to immediately bring the bill back in January, when they will hold the Senate majority. President Obama has said he will veto the bill.
Last week, the city council of Manteca, CA unanimously passed two ordinancesaimed at clearing out the homeless population.
One will ban people from sleeping or setting up encampments on any public or private property as of December 4, although the homeless won’t be jailed or fined. It will, however, allow the police to tear down any homeless sleeping areas as soon as they appear without having to be invited by the property owner, as was the case previously.
Explaining why the ordinance is necessary, Police Chief Nick Obligacion said, “The goal is actually to correct the wrong. So, if the correction is them leaving Manteca, then that’s their choice.” He also opposes any sort of shelter for the homeless.
The other ordinance bans public urination and defecation, but also comes after the city temporarily closed public restrooms in a park, a location often used by the homeless to relieve themselves in private.
Some have even made it illegal to help the homeless: 13 cities have restricted where people can give them food, and one 90-year-old man in Fort Lauderdale has been arrested for doing just that. And others look as if they are trying to simply ship the homeless elsewhere, as in Waikiki, HI, where 120 homeless people will be given one-way plane tickets to the mainland, or San Diego, CA, which considered giving them one-way bus tickets.
But cities that have actually ended homelessness take a very different approach. Phoenix, AZ and Salt Lake City, UT have both ended chronic homelessness among veterans using a “housing first” approach that aims to get the homeless into a home before addressing other issues like mental illness, addiction, or job training. In fact, if the country either gave everyone who needed it adequate rental assistance and/or built enough affordable housing to fill the 5.5 million unit shortage, it could effectively end homelessness once and for all.
The police chief is a “megalomaniacal despot” who protected corrupt local government officials and fabricated false misconduct reports against officers who refused to participate in the corruption
Roseland, New Jersey – A group of police in Roseland, New Jersey recently filed a lawsuit against local Police Chief Richard McDonough.
In the lawsuit, the officers allege that the police chief is a “megalomaniacal despot” who protected corrupt local government officials and fabricated false misconduct reports against officers who refused to participate in the corruption that exists in the department. The lawsuit also alleged that McDonough “used the department as his own personal playground.”
The lawsuit also suggested that the chief was guilty of “harassment and hostile employment actions against those who disagree or question the propriety of his own mismanagement and corrupt and unlawful practices, or those whom he simply does not like – irrespective of their performance as law enforcement professionals.”
McDonough maintained a sort of “hit list” of officers he disapproved of and would demean these officers and ignore their complaints.
Both McDonough and Captain Kevin Kitchin used the Internal Affairs department (of which Kitchin is the head) to create a phony paper trail of documents discrediting the aforementioned officers.
That McDonough used police department assets, including personnel, equipment and vehicles, to conduct personal business.
That crime statistics have been manipulated by McDonough to present a misleading picture of crime in the borough.
That McDonough would protect friends and associates from facing criminal charges for any alleged misdeeds.
The lawsuit involves six police officers, which is a large portion of the police department in the town of only 6,000 people. There are only 25 people in total employed with the Roseland Police Department.
Town attorney Ethan Jesse Sheffet called the lawsuit “completely frivolous” and included “a bunch of personal attacks against the chief and opinions. I’m confident that the case is ultimately going to be dismissed.”