As activists descend upon Washington D.C. this weekend, in what is being called, Native Nations March on D.C., Veterans at Standing Rock are pressing on as well. Michael A Wood Jr and fellow veterans demonstrated today in Washington, D.C., in one of the many sister demonstrations across the country, successfully shutting down SunTrust Bank.
Well, the @SunTrust has been closed for awhile, direct action works, two for two. Keep fighting. All accounted for. Stand Up
— Michael A. Wood Jr. (@MichaelAWoodJr) March 10, 2017
Meanwhile, in North Dakota, life still goes on for demonstrators after the recent evictions. The organization Veterans Stand, also headed by Michael A Wood Jr, released the following statement:
On Feb. 22, 2017 the Governor of North Dakota deployed all accessible law enforcement agencies, including private security firms and the National Guard, in a show of excessive force which began the aggressive eviction of Oceti Sakowin and the supporting Rosebud, Sacred Stone, and 7th Generation Water Protector campsites. The Cheyenne River Sioux, with the support of Veterans Stand, maintain the only active camp in the Ft. Yates – Cannonball area. This camp sits on private land and fully complies with all state and tribal property laws and zoning regulations. It will not be moved.
In addition to this camp, The Cheyenne River Sioux tribe has opened an offsite service center for Water Protectors in transition, with running water, electricity, and RV hookups, in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. Going forward, the Eagle Butte center will serve as the primary command post for Veterans Stands’ ongoing NoDAPL and NoKXL operations.
The sign-up roster for 1-2 week rotations in support of either site can be found at veterans-stand.org
While the primary focus of Veterans Stand remains on service, we believe that organized, peaceful disruption is a necessary and effective tool in social justice movements. In support of our partners, and in response to the aggressive actions taken against all Water Protectors, we will begin to deploy teams for non-violent, direct actions intended to disrupt the organizations and individuals funding the DAPL and Keystone XL projects.
We stand in unity with the Great Sioux Nation in suggesting that financial institutions protect themselves and insure that any projects they fund through native territory has had consent of the Tribal governments in question.
“The American government has failed the Great Sioux Nation. The veterans have proven to us that the American people will not.”
– Harold Frazier, Chairman Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
They are currently asking for volunteers and donations. Given the upcoming court battle and the likelihood that oil could be flowing as early as next week now is not the time give up.
Even if you don’t have money or time to donate you can still show solidarity by divesting your funds, and convincing your neighbors to divest theirs, from financial institutions connected to the pipeline. DAPL funding banks and organizations include Wells Fargo, BNP Paribas, SunTrust, Bank of Tokyo – Mitsubishi, Mizhuo Bank, CitiGroup, TD Securities, Credit Agricole, Intesa San Paolo, ING Bank, Natixis, BayernLB, BBVA Securities, DNB Capital, ICBC London, SMBC Nikko Securities, Society General, Royal Bank of Scotland, ABN Amro Capital, Bank of Nova Scotia; Citizens Bank; Comercia Bank; US Bank, PNC Bank, Barclays, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America,Deutsche Bank, Compass Bank, Credit Suisse, DNB Capital/ASA, Sumitomo Mitsui Bank, Royal Bank of Canada, UBS, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley,Origin Bank, HSBC Bank, Energy Transfer Partners, Phillips 66 and Sunoco Logistics.
Correction: A previous version of this article misstated the location of the demonstration as being in New York City. The demonstration was in Washington, D.C. and the article has been updated accordingly.