Make no mistake: the only thing that might prevent a huge and violent confrontation in North Dakota a week from today, with the Corps of Engineers Eviction Notice set for December 5, will be the members of the United States Senate and Congress who intercede next week and pressure the Army Corps of Engineers to rescind and withdraw their eviction notice to the Standing Rock Tribe and the Water Defenders.
I ask you to call not only YOUR 2 Senators and your Congress person, but certainly these 4 Senators who have already made it clear that they support the water defenders.
You can call these Senators, plus your own two Senators, through the main US Capitol number: 202 224 3121.
Update: an interesting twist: the Governor of ND, Mr. Dalrymple, is ordering the evacuation, NO MATTER WHAT THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS DOES! this is the accurate URL but the formatting here breaks it into two segments which can be put back together to get to the document and then read it. I suspect this will get argued really soon in Federal Court, if the Tribe's lawyers are on top of it....
www.governor.nd.gov/files/executive-order/Executive Order 2016-08.pdf
Senator Martin Heinrich of New Mexico is likely to follow through with that, as he has already decried the "inexcusable brutality" of the Police, and has asked Obama to move the pipeline. Getting the eviction order set aside is a small next step.
Please see also my earlier article on Heinrich and Standing Rock:
I will be asking him to intercede with the Corps tomorrow morning, along with Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico. Tom might be a strong candidate to do so, among the US Senate. I recall that he father Stewart would lead marches in Farmington, New Mexico of Navajo Uranium Miners Widows, which I will remind him of. Stewart Udall was by far the strongest and most active environmentalist in the long history of the US Secretary of Interior.
Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey just two days ago wrote to the Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, urging the Justice Department to intervene and send federal monitors to Standing Rock "to ensure protesters can peacefully assemble and exercise the First Amendment rights."
Booker cited the reports of inappropriate police tactics waged against water protectors. Last Sunday night and early Monday morning North Dakota law enforcement shot rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannons in frigid temperatures at some 400 water protectors on the Backwater Bridge, the site of a barricade on Highway 1806.
"I am deeply troubled by this tense situation, and particularly by reports indicating that law enforcement may be responding to peaceful protesters near Standing Rock with overly aggressive tactics," Booker writes. "We now stand at a critical moment in our Nation on police and community
Vermont's Bernie Sanders has already strongly supported Standing Rock Defenders, and readers here at OpEdNews and in Facebook Groups know that he would respond favorably to requesting him to implement this new idea of mine.