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North Dakota Fracking Company Fined $2.1 Million For Pollution Of Native American Reservation

by Whitney Webb, True Activist

Slawson Exploration Company, the largest oil producer in the Midwest, was fined over $2 million for contaminating the air of the Fort Berthold reservation in North Dakota.

During the past few centuries, the US federal government has consistently abused North American indigenous groups through the seizure of land and resources as well as through social and political discrimination. These practices were born out of a widespread belief known as “Manifest Destiny,” which held that European settlers were meant to expand across the North American content, replacing native culture with their own. Settler groups often advanced this agenda through the massacres of entire tribes and settlements along with other hallmarks of genocide.

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Oil Company Responds To US Army Corps’ Announcement, Will Continue To Proceed With Pipeline

by Amanda Froelich, True Activist

Energy Transfer Partners released a statement making it clear that the Obama administration's decision will in no way halt the DAPL's construction.

Sunday afternoon, hundreds of thousands of “water protectors” celebrated around the world – and specifically at the Standing Rock protest camp near Cannon Ball, ND –  as word spread of the US Army Corps’ decision to deny an easement to Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) and Sunoco Logistics Partners (SLP) for the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

Jo-Ellen Darcy, the Army’s Assistant Secretary for Civil Works, said in a statement:

“The Department of the Army will not approve an easement that would allow the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota.”

Darcy added that the decision was based on the need to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing.

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Trump’s Treasury Pick Is A Goldman Sachs Banker Who Foreclosed On Tens Of Thousands

by Whitney Webb, True Activist

Steve Mnuchin, Trump's choice to head the US Treasury, has a dark past working with Goldman Sachs and later heading OneWest Bank, which foreclosed the homes of thousands of Americans after 2008.

After the 2008 campaign, many Americans were full of “hope” as then-President-Elect Barack Obama was set to bring much-needed “change” following the Bush years. However, warning signs flared as Obama set about arming his cabinet picks, filled with the very same Wall Street insiders and corrupt political figures that he had railed against in the campaign. At the time, many of his supporters made excuses for these choices, saying that Obama had to work within the system to change it and that these appointments were “compromises.” However, it was actually the massive bank Citigroup that had hand-picked Obama’s cabinet. Upon assuming the office of President, Obama did anything but deliver on his lofty promises of “hope” and “change,” particularly his promise to reign in Wall Street and stop government corruption in its tracks.

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New Jersey Passes Law Requiring Pet Stores To Only Sell Rescue Animals

by Amanda Froelich, True Activist

The bill aims to crack down on the cruel industry of puppy mills.

Earlier this year, New Jersey’s Senate passed a monumental bill requiring only dogs and cats obtained from shelters and animal rescue organizations to be sold in pet stores. The measure – which was a revision of the New Jersey Pet Protection act – went into effect January 12, 2016, and was passed to help crack down on the cruel industry of puppy mills.

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After Months Of Police Brutality, US Senator Finally Calls For Investigation Of DAPL Oppression

by Whitney Webb, True Activist

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) sent a letter to the Attorney General, demanding an investigation into the reports of brutal and abusive tactics used against DAPL protestors by police.

As government intervention to date has done little to stymie the conflict surrounding the controversial Dakota Access pipeline, a Senator from New Jersey is calling for an investigation into “all credible reports of inappropriate police tactics” that have been used against pipeline protestors in North Dakota. Senator Cory Booker sent a letter to US Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who heads the US Department of Justice, demanding they conduct a civil rights investigation into allegations of violence against both law enforcement as well as the protestors, who are chiefly composed of Native Americans. He also urged Lynch to send federal monitors to the site “to ensure that protestors can peacefully assemble and exercise their First Amendment rights.”

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Sheriff’s Dept To Fine People $1K For Bringing In Food And Supplies To Standing Rock

In what could only be termed a potential gross violation of human rights, the Morton County Sheriff’s Department announced today it plans to block all supplies from entering Standing Rock camps — including deliveries of food.

By: Claire Bernish / The Free Thought Project   North Dakota — In what could only be termed a potential gross violation of human rights, the Morton County Sheriff’s Department announced today it plans to block all supplies from entering Standing Rock camps — including deliveries of food.

Reuters reports: “Supplies, including food and building materials, will be blocked from entering the main camp following Governor Jack Dalrymple’s signing of an ‘emergency evacuation’ order on Monday, said Maxine Herr, a spokeswoman from the Morton County Sheriff’s Department.”

Herr flatly stated, according to Reuters, “They have deliveries, retailers that are delivering to them – we will turn around any of those services.”

Although the governor’s order went into effect immediately, North Dakota Department of Emergency Services spokeswoman Cecily Fong noted no deliveries to the camps had yet been turned away as of Tuesday morning.

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BREAKING: Lawyers Sue Morton County, Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier For Excessive Force In Protests

by Amanda Froelich, True Activist

The group seeks an immediate injunction to prevent the Morton County Sheriff's Department and other agencies from using impact munitions against the protestors.

Since April, “water protectors” and supporters of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe have been camped out near Cannon Ball, ND, in protest of the four-state Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) which is near completion. Because the activists have cost the oil company hundreds of thousands of dollars, tension between opposers of the DAPL and law enforcement workers has only escalated in recent months.

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How Fake News Spreads — Corporate Media Spread Story Of "Active Shooter" During A Knife Attack

Calls for gun control followed the false narrative pushed by the mainstream media of an 'active shooter' at OSU -- but the attacker had no gun.

By : Jay Syrmopoulus /The Free Thought Project For all the noise out of the mainstream corporate media about “fake news,” it didn’t take long for a mass knife attack at Ohio State University on Monday morning to morph into widespread reporting of an “active shooter.”

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Initial reports, echoed across the corporate media landscape, described the attack as a shooting — when in reality law enforcement sources later confirmed it was a knife attack.

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