In Honor of Chief Sitting Bull

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Lakota Thunder – Sitting Bull Memorial Song

Uploaded on Aug 17, 2008

This is track one off Lakota Thunder’s 2000 Grammy nomimated CD Veteran’s Songs from Makoche Recording Company. This is an old composed soon after Sitting Bull was assassinated Dec 15, 1890.

A Tribute to Sitting Bull

Uploaded on May 12, 2011

SIOUX CHIEF: SITTING BULL

one of the most respected chiefs aof all time. the 3rd in my series of tributes to the great chiefs.

Sitting Bull is Alive, By Chase Iron Eyes

Sitting Bull – Biography – Sioux Indians. 1/3

Uploaded on Feb 25, 2011

Sitting Bull Biography,

5 May 1877 – Nearly a year after he won the Battle of the Little Big Horn, Sitting Bull led his people into The Grandmother’s Country (Canada, so-named out of respect for Queen Victoria – Grandmothers were much-revered) to try to find some relief from the U.S. Army.

Here he and his people lived in peace for four years. His younger warriors started making trouble with the neighboring tribes, however, and the Canadian government asked Sitting Bull
to return to the U.S. Sitting Bull engineered the victory at ‘Custer’s Last Stand’.

Sitting Bull was a brilliant tactician, a Lakota Visionary, able to spur his warriors to victory even after defeat. It was for this talent that the U.S. Army feared him most. He saw the victory at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, so his warriors knew they were going to be victorious.

Unfortunately they did not heed the second part of his prophecy, to not take any of the white mans property as spoils of war. Sitting Bull never signed a “peace treaty.” A meadowlark told him of his death by Lakota People.
This is a comprehensive look at the life of the Great Lakotoa Chief, one of the last Great Leaders of the Indian Resistance Movement – a look at the life of a great man who still inspires the People today.

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Sitting Bull is Alive, By Chase Iron Eyes

Let us put our minds together to see what life we can build for our children.” –Sitting Bull

Today, December 15, 2013, marks the 123rd memorial/anniversary of the murder of Chief Sitting Bull of the Hunkpapa Lakota (Great Sioux Nation).

My daughter asked me about the circumstances surrounding Sitting Bull’s murder.

I told her how Sitting Bull was one of our people that made the conscious decision to hold on to our ways of life when our world of +123 years ago was falling apart at its very foundations.

I told her how her grandfathers had signed treaties with the U.S. that were soon ignored by them and upheld by us; I told her how the buffalo had been nearly slaughtered to extinction by the United States; how we could not feed ourselves and that we had to rely on the U.S. which deliberately penned us up and controlled our existence, attempting to crush our dignity.

But, I told her, our people who wanted to protect the ceremonies, like Sitting Bull, kept our ceremonies secret, like the sundance, inipi and others.

I also explained that our people were given special treatment if they would forget about being Indian or Lakota and start living like the white man was living; that it was not always seen as a good thing to care about being Indian/Lakota.

I told her how the U.S. agents had become nervous about the ghost dance and had ordered  the Lakota police at that time to arrest Sitting Bull and that our own people had killed one of our great leaders who did nothing but love and defend his children, lands, and ways of life. My daughter is still coming to grips with this as are all of our children who are taught in this manner.

I told her that not many were like Sitting Bull in choosing to hold fast to the instructions passed down for thousands of years.

I told her that many of us were given hard choices; that to many of us our world was, quite literally, ending.

She was astounded that our people could give up on our ways, cut their hair, learn English, and seemingly abandon who we are.

I tried to explain to her that most of us did not really have much of a choice and that it is not all bad that some of us chose to give up our arms and hang around the agencies; there were no easy choices so we can’t judge them for those choices over 100 years ago.

So, she asks, “Well, do all the Lakota sundance now?”

Instead of trying to talk about colonization and other systemic, institutional reasons why we are having such a hard time, I simply told her that there are enough people that care about these ceremonies so that we can keep them alive for her generation and those to come.

We are finding creative ways of seeing what life we can build for our children.

A striking example of Sitting Bull being alive today is the Sitting Bull Youth Culture Camp.

This four day and night camp is held every summer at the site of his last residence and fateful murder on the Standing Rock Nation.

This camp is absolutely invaluable because it gives youth the courage to be happy about being Lakota or Indian.

They are free to ask each other and invited speakers about Indian identity, history, stories, ceremonies, and the like; all the youth participate in the star knowledge packed construction of the tipis in which they sleep.

The Sitting Bull Youth Culture camp was started by friends on a volunteer basis. I had the privilege of helping and speaking to the youth each year except 2011.

This place is where the Grand River cuts through the wooded valley surrounded by the mighty, unforgiving plains.

This is where Sitting Bull lives; remnants of his log cabin are still there. Prayers are carried strong by those holding ceremonies in Sitting Bull’s land on behalf of all the universe.

Every year at the close of the camp there is not a kid that leaves unaffected. Surveys of the kids show that 100% of them felt “better about being Lakota.”  And, there is no denying that feeling better about who we really are is the only way to a sustained, positive esteem.

Each of us with experience relating to life on the reservation knows that camps such as these provide a vital safe place where a kid can just be a kid.

So, I tell my daughter that there are people like Wastewin Young and Danielle Ewenin that will start a Sitting Bull youth culture camp from scratch, there are people like Tipiziwin Young and A.J. Agard who will dedicate their full time at the camp, which is no easy task.

So, I tell my little girl, using Sitting Bull’s words, “If a man loses something, and he goes back and look carefully for it, he will find it.” More than any time since Sitting Bull’s physical death, we are realizing that we lost something, we are going back to look for it and we are, by the grace of Creator, finding it.

Hecegla (that is enough)

Chase Iron Eyes

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If you or someone you know is interested in funding the Sitting Bull Youth Culture Camp at any level, we could always use more resources. Please email me at chaseironeyes@lastrealindians.com

*This column was one of the first published works of Chase Iron Eyes, and predates Lastrealindians.com. It originally ran on TheLastRealIndian.blogspot.com.

L. Frank Baum’s Editorials on the Sioux Nation.pdf RIGHT CLICK TO DOWNLOAD

Sitting Bull by Kenneth Ferguson

Full Documentary | Mystery Files | Sitting Bull

 

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Sitting Bull – Trip Away (1971, Full Album)

Published on Aug 11, 2013

Bio: An obscure early band of little merit, except if you like the folky Grateful Dead or lighter Quicksilver type. – Steve & Alan Freeman.

A Talk with Sitting Bull’s Great Great Grandson

Published on Oct 12, 2012

Ernie Lapointe is currently the closest living relative to the great chief of the Lakota Sioux, Sitting Bull. Chief Sitting Bull was present at the battle of Little Bighorn and toured with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show for a season. Mr. Lapointe spoke at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in August of 2012. http://centerofthewest.org

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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

Published on Aug 17, 2014

Epic ‘HBO Films’ adaptation of Dee Brown’s book about the subjugation and cultural extermination of the Sioux tribe in the 19th century.

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Sitting Bull Starring Dale Robertson complete western movie

Published on Nov 14, 2012

http://www.westernsontheweb.com

Sitting Bull Starring Dale Robertson , J. Carrol Naish and Mary Murphy complete movie

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“Let us put our minds together to see what life we can build for our children.” –Sitting Bull
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Sinking of the Costa Concordia Cruise Ship

What a terrible end to such a beautiful magnificent ship..

2014 Juli Costa Concordia: In memory of the 32 Victims who lost their life that dark day

Published on Jul 27, 2014

I do not own any videos, music or fotage used in this video.

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    • “Hymn To The Sea” by Wildlife

How the cruise ship Costa Concordia went down

Published on Jan 16, 2012

CNN’s Tom Foreman explains how the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia went down.

Video of Costa Cruise Ship Sailing Close To Shore

Uploaded on Jan 17, 2012

http://www.cruisereporttv.com – This video was shot in 2010 while on assignment in Dubrovnik, Croatia. At the time, we were shocked to see the Costa ship sailing so close to the shore so we stopped our video shoot so I could get this footage. Is this something that Costa encouraged its Captains to do? In light of the Concordia tragedy, this video has a whole new meaning.

Costa Concordia, new video on the escape 11/02/2012

Uploaded on Feb 12, 2012

ROME – After yesterday’s – in which the captain responds Schettino “vabbuò” to those who pointed out that passengers come down to the boats – Tg5 airs new exclusive images of the tragic sinking of the Costa Concordia. Are 22:42 on 13 January and has just been given the abandon ship: the images show the crew uncertain about what to do and how to adjust the lifeboats.

Among the Italian staff to frame someone leaves and takes the opportunity to send a message home: “Mom, we’ll make it,” he says. Some even joking.

Among the foreign staff there are still those jokes: a woman who apparently not realized the enormity of what’s happening.

There are also those who, an hour from the impact, still wearing his tuxedo. Other scenes show the good will but also the uncertainties of the crew, trying to work to figure out how to pull off the boats.

In one sequence we also see a person who, in transactions, falls overboard and is rescued by lifeboat.

Other images also seem to turn right from the edge of one of the boats used to bring the castaways to the ground.

At midnight, more than an hour after leaving the ship, you see small lifeboat adrift: will be retrieved later.

Others are able to reach port, Giglio. From the dock you can see the ship and bite some lights that indicate people remaining on board, those that have not yet managed to save themselves, while a helicopter tries to help them.

Costa Concordia amateur video shows evacuation in progress

First Person: Surviving the Costa Concordia

Published on Jan 15, 2012

A British couple who boarded the Costa Concordia just seven hours before it ran aground on Friday spoke on Sunday of their ordeal as they attempted to leave the stricken vessel. (Jan. 15)

Cruise Ship Survivors: Crew Acted Too Slowly

Published on Jan 14, 2012

Passengers aboard a cruise ship that ran aground off the coast of Italy say the crew failed to give instructions on how to evacuate and delayed lowering the lifeboats until the ship was listing too heavily. (Jan. 14)

sinking of the concordia filmed by passengers

Published on Jul 20, 2013

Costa Concordia coast guard tape: Get back on board Captain Schettino!

Uploaded on Jan 17, 2012

In a newly-released audio recording, the Italian coast guard appears to order the captain of the Costa Concordia to return to the capsized ship and help with the rescue operation.

Footage courtesy of Corrierre della Sera http://www.corriere.it

Raw Video: Divers in Grounded Costa Concordia

ublished on Jan 25, 2012

Rescue teams continue their search for the missing inside the capsized Costa Concordia cruise liner. The Italian fire service released more video showing divers searching the interior of the ship on Tuesday. Video silent from source. (Jan. 25)

Evidence mounts against cruise ship captain

Uploaded on Jan 15, 2012

Maritime authorities, passengers and mounting evidence pointed toward the captain of a cruise liner that ran aground and capsized off the Tuscan coast, amid accusations that he abandoned ship before everyone was safely evacuated and was showing off when he steered the vessel far too close to shore.

The Costa Crociera company, which owns the Costa Concordia cruise ship, released a statement refuting the earlier claims by Captain Francisco Schettino, saying that the captain had “made an error of judgment which has had serious consequences.”

Al Jazeera’s Paul Brennan reports from Isola Del Giglio, Italy.

Costa Concordia sinking 13.1.2012-The End

Uploaded on Jan 21, 2012

The end of costa concordia, Video from the inside the ship shows people trying to get off the ship . and the rescue operation from sinking ship.

National Geographic The Disaster of The Costa Concordia Full Documentary HD

Published on Aug 5, 2014

Discovery Inside Raising the Concordia

Published on Sep 17, 2014

Costa Concordia: New video of the inside of sunken cruise ship

Published on Jul 3, 2014

Days before salvage workers attempt the historic task of refloating the marooned Costa Concordia, newly released video has revealed the ghostly world — frozen in time — deep inside the luxury cruise ship.

Police divers entering the 950 foot vessel, which smashed into rocks on the Italian island of Giglio in 2012, have captured startling footage of shredded metal work and eerie staircases, shops and corridors, as well as drifting possessions and furniture.

The video is a snap shot of the panic struck last moments of the Costa Concordia as 4,200 passengers and crew fled and 32 drowned, while the holed ship tilted onto shallow rocks.

Guidance: this video has no sound
Video courtesy: Italian Carabinieri

Damage Costa Concordia after raising the ship

Published on Sep 16, 2013

Wreck Tour of the Costa Concordia (14.06.2014) – Project Completion 90%

Published on Jun 23, 2014

I traveled on 06/14/2014 to Giglio Island (Italy) to look at me the Wreck of the Costa Concordia. It was an impressive and at the same time frightening sight.
The ship collided on January 13, 2012 off the island of Giglio in the Mediterranean with a rock, sprang a leak, standing at around 65 degree list, just north of the small harbor of the island due. On September 17, 2013, the wreck was raised and now rests on a platform anchored to the seabed. In the summer of 2014, the Costa Concordia is to be removed and then scrapped in Genoa.

Costa Concordia finally clear of Giglio, destined for dismemberment

Published on Jul 23, 2014

The Costa Concordia’s last trip is to a scrap heap.

The Italian island of Giglio, on the peninsula’s Tuscan thigh, will finally have a clear view of Corsica once again. Two and a half times the tonnage of the Titanic, the hulk is making its way to Genoa, tugged up the coast under escort, after the largest salvage operation of a ship in history.

Timelapse of Costa Concordia towed to Genoa for scrapping

Published on Jul 23, 2014

Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia sets sail from the Tuscan island on its final voyage to a breaker’s yard in Genoa

Costa Concordia wreck docks in Genoa

Published on Jul 27, 2014

It has taken two and a half years and one of the biggest maritime salvage operations in history, but the Costa Concordia finally docked in Genoa on Sunday.

Towed into the Italian port where she began life nine years ago the hulk of the luxury liner will now be broken up for scrap.

32 people died after the Concordia hit a reef off Italy’s Island of Giglio in 2012.

A look inside the Costa Concordia – Slide show

Published on Feb 16, 2014

Interno della Costa Concordia dopo 2 anni di inabissamentoSlide show

Published on Jul 26, 2014

Costa Concordia as it looks today (January 2014)

Published on Jan 10, 2014

The latest video shot from drones of the Costa Concordia wreckage off Giglio Island in Italy. The video shows how little of the wreckage is above the water now that the ship has been righted.

In the video, as the drone flies around the starboard side of the vessel (nearest the land), it shows the damage and discoloration caused when the ship rested on that side underwater for more than a year.
We have additional photos and information on our blog at http://goo.gl/RXJU3c

KEEP THE OIL IN THE GROUND Amazon Watch

Amazon Watch Org_002_ A Truth Soldier_2014.12.08_03h15m12s_004_ A Truth SoldierRainforest Tribes Declare War on Big Oil Destroying Rainforest, Very Sad

Published on May 11, 2013

The earth and the tribes of the Ecuadorian rain forest are on their last legs as big oil threatens to destroy both. Backed by the Ecuadorian govt who said they would use force on the tribes who try to defend their way of life along with the rain forests, new drill cites continue to be built at an alarming rate.

Soon there will be no people on the planet earth who are not slaves to one state government or another. This short cited view will bring all of our destruction.

www.thepeoplesunderground.com

COMMENTS;

kaizenx68
THIS INFURIATES ME,I FEEL ENRAGED BY WHAT I SEE IN THIS VIDEO!!! This beautiful forest land is worth much more than fucking money! Sometime I think the human species has become a plague to this planet!?

Juraj Revay
TELL THOSE IDIOTS TO STOPP NOT JUST TO STOPP DESTROYING THE FOREST WITH IDIOTICAL MODERN RUBBISH BUT ALSO TO LEAVE THE TRIBES ALONE NOT TO KILL TORTURE OR STEAL FROM THEM *!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!?

lezgeaux
JESUS CHRIST.. STOP IT ALREADY!!!!!! I AM A SOUTHERN BOY FROM THE UNITED STATES, WHO WAS BROUGHT UP APPRECIATING AND LOVING NATURE, HAVING THE PLEASURE TO GROW UP ON 2000 ACRES OF PURE HARDWOOD BEAUTY, WITH A BEAUTIFUL RIVER RUNNING THROUGH ALL OF OUR LAND..

I BEG OF GOD TO STOP THIS, I BEG OF THE WORLD’S LEADERS TO STOP THIS.. HAVE WE GOTTEN SO FAR IN OUR GREED THAT HUMAN LIFE, AND ANCIENT HISTORY, AND ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES ON EARTH MEAN NOTHING!!!!!!!?????? ?

Quietsoul180
Fuck the Greedy corporate Basterds and Slippery Backstabbing politicians… in this real world they expand franchises and destroy diversity……..they all deserve to rot in HELL in the afterlife……

hcary30
We have found ways to replace oil with new technologies this is evil greed

Anne Kelly
in reply to truther04
They are destroying our Beautiful planet what is insanely wrong with them money is it well you can’t live on money alone , your killing everything on Land and Sea , my god wake up people of this planet now please help save it before its to late , we should be living here in harmony with nature , Love and much Peace to allWe have found ways to replace oil with new technologies this is evil greed

PeoplesUnderground
in reply to Paul C
and how long can they do that when the rain forests that support life on earth die?

TheGalaxyLight
in reply to macjc5
Christ! God no! You and I are not killers so long we’re actually supporting the living rights of the rainforests, the companies are the killers and the governments all over the world Not us.

Crude: The $8.6 Billion Verdict Against Chevron for Polluting Ecuador

Uploaded on Jan 19, 2011

Dumping billions of gallons of toxic waste into the Amazon, Texaco (now Chevron) has been ordered to pay $8 billion to clean up its environmental pollution of reckless oil drilling and restore human rights for the 30,000 affected peoples.

Chevron REFUSES to pay the verdict of this 18 year long lawsuit – reflecting the true nature of corporate accountability in the fossil fuel industry.

“Chevron’s strategy in recent years has been, ‘we’ll bleed the plaintiffs dry,’ ” said Robert Percival, director of the environmental law program at the University of Maryland. ” ‘The plaintiffs will run out of money, and we’ll be able to settle really cheaply, or they’ll just go away.’ ” (sfgate.com)

Read more at: http://amazonwatch.org/news/2011/0214-ecuadoran-court-slaps-chevron-with-8-billion-fine

Crude is a must-watch documentary by Joe Berlinger that exposes the true dangers of oil extraction. Everyone should know this information. Please support the filmmakers.

Fossil fuel extraction is common world wide and massively pollutes our fresh water supplies and our environment (see my other videos for the impact of other fossil fuels and more on the world wide water crisis).

Original Trailer at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duFXuRnd2CU

*Note* I am not affiliated with the film makers or production company.

The True Story of Chevron’s Ecuador Disaster

Published on Aug 13, 2013

Over three decades of oil drilling in the Ecuadorian Amazon, Chevron dumped more than 18 billion gallons of toxic wastewater into the rainforest, leaving local people suffering a wave of cancers, miscarriages and birth defects.

Now, with the support of an international campaign for justice, the communities affected by Chevron’s negligence are holding one of the world’s largest oil companies to account.

‘Just a Bunch of Smoke and Mirrors and Bulls**t’–Crude Film Outtake (CRS195-05-CLIP-01A)

Uploaded on Jan 20, 2011

The following is an outtake from Joe Berlinger’s movie Crude. At the March 4, 2007, lunch meeting between plaintiffs’ lead U.S. lawyer Steven Donziger and plaintiffs’ U.S. consultants Charles Champ, Ann Maest and Richard Kamp, they reveal the truth about plaintiffs’ lack of evidence and their intent to manipulate the Ecuadorian court.

Maest tells Donziger that they need evidence of groundwater contamination, because plaintiffs did not submit any. Maest admits that, “Right now all the reports are saying it’s just at the pits and the stations, and nothing has spread anywhere at all.” Donziger responds, “Hold on a second, you know, this is Ecuador. … You can say whatever you want, and at the end of the day, there’s a thousand people around the courthouse.

You’re going to get what you want. Sorry, but it’s true.” Donziger continues, “Because at the end of the day, this is all for the court just a bunch of smoke and mirrors and bulls**t. It really is. We have enough, to get money, to win.” View more outtakes at YouTube.com/TexacoEcuador. For more information about the Ecuador lawsuit, visit Chevron.com/Ecuador.

The Fraudulent Case Against Chevron in Ecuador- An Introduction to Aguinda v. Chevron

Published on Apr 22, 2012

This video, developed by Chevron, provides an overview of facts about its subsidiary Texaco Petroleum Company’s operations in Ecuador and the fraudulent lawsuit against the company. For more information about the Ecuador lawsuit, visit Chevron.com/Ecuador.

Court Orders Documentary Filmmaker to Hand Ecuador Footage to Chevron

 _2014.12.08_02h20m07s_002_ A Truth SoldierEcuadorian Court Orders Chevron to Pay $17 Billion for Oil Pollution in Amazon

Please go to link below to view or download documentary video.

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/2/15/ecuadoran_court_orders_chevron_to_pay

The oil giant Chevron has been ordered to pay more than $17 billion in fines and punitive damages in a long-running case over environmental contamination in Ecuador.

Amazonian residents sued Texaco, which was then purchased by Chevron, for dumping billions of gallons of toxic oil waste into Ecuador’s rain forest since the 1970s. On Monday, an Ecuadorian judge ordered Chevron to pay an $8.6 billion fine and an equal amount in punitive damages.

It’s the second-largest total assessed for environmental damages behind the $20 billion compensation fund for BP’s Gulf Coast oil spill. Chevron has vowed to appeal, but it has also suggested it will not pay up under any circumstance, calling the ruling “illegitimate and unenforceable.”

The plaintiffs also say they plan to appeal because the damages are too low. Joining us to talk about the case is Andrew Miller with Amazon Watch. [includes rush transcript]

Texaco Sued Over Pollution Oil Waste Dumped

http://amazonwatch.org/news/2005/0522-texaco-sued-over-pollution

May 22, 2005

San Carlos, Ecuador – Texaco’s legacy in the Amazon oozes from an oil pit near Ruperto Narvaez’s shack like pus from a sore.

When the rains come, as they often do in this remote jungle town, black goo overflows from the pit into a nearby stream that serves as Narvaez’s main water source. Narvaez believes that’s why his cattle are sickly, why his cacao plants languish, and why his children suffer chronic headaches and skin rashes.

“The only things that grow here are sickness and misery,” said Narvaez, a scrawny farmer with a face creased by defeat, as he jabbed his machete into the muck. “When is someone going to clean this up?”

After a decade of legal logjams, Narvaez may finally get his answer. A landmark lawsuit slouching through an Ecuadoran court seeks $6 billion in cleanup funds from the former U.S. petroleum giant Texaco Inc., alleging it created Latin America’s worst environmental disaster when it dumped billions of gallons of oil waste into Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest from 1972 to 1990.

ChevronTexaco denies any wrongdoing and points out that health studies finding increased incidence of cancer, miscarriages and other problems are not conclusive. It notes the Ecuadoran government exonerated Texaco of any liability after it spent $40 million cleaning up more than one-third of its 627 oil pits in the area in the mid-1990s, equal to its share in the drilling consortium.

The unprecedented suit was filed on behalf of 80 communities and five indigenous groups in Ecuador’s Amazon, one of the world’s most fragile and environmentally diverse ecosystems.

A ruling for the plaintiffs “would be a wakeup call to corporations that have been, or continue to be, lax in developing countries,” said Eric Dannenmaier, director of the Institute for Environmental Law and Policy at Tulane University in New Orleans.

The lawsuit alleges that to save money, Texaco dumped more than 18 billion gallons of waste into pits, swamps, rivers and streams in an area the size of Rhode Island. The waste included an estimated 16 million gallons of crude oil, more than 1 ½ times the amount spilled in the Exxon Valdez disaster.

The actions suggest that “to certain decision-makers in Texaco, the lives of the people in the rainforest weren’t worth as much as the lives of people in their own country,” said Steven Donziger, a Manhattan-based attorney representing the plaintiffs. Such dumping practices were no longer the norm during the 1970s and 1980s in the United States, Donziger said.

Despite the seriousness of the charges, a carnival atmosphere sometimes pervades the trial, which began 1 ½ years ago and is expected to last well into next year. Most proceedings take place at Texaco’s former drilling and production sites.

Dressed in floppy sun hats and galoshes, lawyers, expert witnesses and the judge slosh through steamy jungle swamps to inspect oily ponds and separation pits.

Demonstrators – who have included such celebrities as Bianca Jagger, as well as bare-chested Amazon Indians decked in face-paint and brilliant feather headdresses – wave banners condemning “Chevron-Toxico.”

Both sides have resorted to grandstanding.

Plaintiffs’ lawyers label Texaco’s former drilling sites “The Rainforest Chernobyl” because of the volume of dumped waste and suspiciously high cancer rates in the company’s drilling areas, even though the sobering health and environmental problems in the area can’t compare with the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

ChevronTexaco, meanwhile, revels in such tactics as showing the judge a 10-foot-long map of massive spills by the Ecuadoran state oil company, Petroecuador, after it took over Texaco’s operations in 1990. The aim is to underscore ChevronTexaco’s argument that any contamination in its former drilling areas is the fault of its successor.

Whatever the outcome, the proceedings expose the risks of oil production in developing countries with little technical savvy or will to question powerful foreign corporations.

Ecuador was desperate for revenues from Texaco’s operations in the Ecuadoran Amazon, which represented more than half its gross national product at the time. Discovery documents show that “Tex-AH-co,” as Ecuadorans call the company, sweetened that relationship further by lavishing former government officials with contracts and designing the entire oil extraction system for the region, virgin territory so wild and remote it is still known simply as “El Oriente” (“The East”).

“The government trusted Texaco to do the right thing, and it betrayed that trust,” said Atossa Soltani, executive director of the environmental group Amazon Watch.

ChevronTexaco officials counter that if any contamination did occur during Texaco’s time in the Oriente, it was the responsibility of Petroecuador because it owned nearly two-thirds of the Texaco consortium.

“Petroecuador directed and controlled every step of our operations,” said Rodrigo Perez, a lawyer for ChevronTexaco.

That’s one reason ChevronTexaco has asked a U.S.-based arbitration panel to transfer any liability for further cleanup costs to Petroecuador. Ecuador obtained an injunction that temporarily blocks ChrevonTexaco’s request. However, should ChevronTexaco prevail in arbitration, some political observers fear the Ecuadoran government might pressure its courts to not issue any damage judgment to avoid having to foot the cleanup bill.

Some discovery documents provided by the plaintiffs in the 10-year-old lawsuit suggest Texaco was indeed running the show during its years in Ecuador.

In 1976, Texaco rebuffed Ecuadoran government requests that it close and replace several unlined oil pits whose embankments were breaking, causing polluted waste to spill onto surrounding areas. It opted instead to reinforce the pits because the government’s proposals would be “prohibitive.”

Texaco is estimated to have earned a total of $30 billion from its operations in the Oriente.

Home to few but missionaries and indigenous tribes in the 1970s, the Oriente still boasts a wild and potent beauty. Tropical flowers and fruit trees that burst from the jungle defy the notion of total contamination.

Nevertheless, the region has been indelibly branded by Texaco’s operations. Pipelines cut through dozens of communities. Gas flames shoot into the sky from processing plants hacked out of jungle foliage. Hundreds of open pits filled with oil waste litter the landscape.

Lured by Texaco’s roads and jobs as well as by generous government homesteading programs, settlers flocked to the region to raze trees and raise cattle, driving indigenous groups farther into the jungle and pushing some, according to plaintiffs, to the verge of extinction.

Like the Indians, the settlers bathed in and drank the water in which Texaco was dumping its wastes. They planted their crops and let their cattle graze on soil that barely covered some of the oil pits, and let their children play in the sticky mud.

“We didn’t know any better. Every day, we poisoned ourselves a little more,” said Rosana Sisalima, a fragile woman of 65 who settled in San Carlos with her husband in the early 1980s.

Doctors removed Sisalima’s uterus a few years ago because of cancer; her husband died of stomach cancer in 1990. Sisalima blames both malignancies on the Texaco waste. So do many other residents with health problems in San Carlos, a community with 3,000 people and 30 Texaco wells.

In the past 12 years, at least three international studies of Texaco’s drilling areas in the Oriente found suspiciously high rates of cancer, miscarriages, birth defects and skin diseases – findings corroborated by local doctors.

However, as ChevronTexaco points out, none of the health studies is conclusive. Moreover, the company argues, much soil and water in the area appear to be contaminated by pesticides, sewage or subsequent oil operations in the same area by Petroecuador.

On a recent visit to the Oriente, Petroecuador’s environmental track record appeared far from exemplary. Numerous residents in San Carlos said Petroecuador’s trucks dump oil wastes along roadsides at night – allegations the company denies, though it has acknowledged scores of spills in recent years.

During an inspection of the Sacha Central Production plant in February as part of the case against Texaco, a Petroecuador truck drove up and, in front of the judge, disgorged a load of drilling waste into a pit that fed into a stream rather than reinjecting it deep into the ground, the method considered environmentally safer.

Plaintiffs contend that Texaco should have reinjected its waste in the Oriente, too. Reinjection was already standard procedure by the 1970s in the United States, and Texaco even participated in a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency panel touting the practice in 1971, they argue. But reinjection would have cost Texaco an extra $4.5 billion over two decades.

The company is proud to show reporters some of the sites it remediated under orders from Ecuador in 1995-98. On one, for example, an open pit filled with drilling mud had been transformed into a field with plants and banana trees.

But the trees’ owner, Teresa Vasquez, a mother of three whose house is just yards from the site, insisted the soil is still contaminated. “Just look at the trees: They don’t grow tall and the leaves get yellow,” she said, pointing to some withering foliage. “We’d like to move, but who would buy this land from us now?”

Even ChevronTexaco’s recent soil tests from several areas Texaco remediated show current levels of total petroleum hydrocarbons – toxic chemicals derived from petroleum – that are more than 1,000 times higher than Ecuadoran limits.

ChevronTexaco officials note that Ecuador established those limits long after Texaco’s remediation and said it would be unjust to apply them retroactively. Environmental law experts, however, say numerous legal precedents exist for applying current standards to past remediation.

In a region scarred by poverty and government neglect, blame may lie on many fronts. For example, tens of thousands of Oriente residents wouldn’t be bathing in, and sometimes drinking from, contaminated streams and rivers if the Ecuadoran government had expanded its scarce public drinking-water supplies.

“The river water is dirty, but it’s this or nothing,” said Nelly Surita, a mother of three, as she stood in a river in San Carlos, washing clothes. Around her, several school boys dove into the water as a respite from the tropical sun.

Surita suspects bathing in the river made her 8-year-old daughter’s hair start falling out in clumps. Still, she wants oil drilling to continue in the Oriente to keep jobs in the region. “They just need to take care of the waste,” she said.

Narvaez, 65, who moved here 15 years ago in search of cheap, fertile land, only to end up with an oozing oil pit, wonders if that will happen in his lifetime.

“This land was supposed to change our lives,” he said. “But not for worse.”

Distributed by the Los Angeles Times-Washington Post News Service

http://www.concordmonitor.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050522/REPOSITORY/505220401/1037/NEWS04

_2014.12.08_02h21m25s_003_ A Truth Soldier

You Should See What This Woman Sees Every Day. It Is Messed Up!

http://www.trueactivist.com/you-should-see-what-this-woman-sees-every-day-it-is-messed-up/

Life on earth would not be possible without freshwater and oxygen created by places like the Amazon, ´the lungs of the world´. The ongoing destruction of the rainforest is a bi-partisan issue: the future of humanity depends on not burning two-thirds of our oil reserves. In this video made by Amazon Watch, a girl pleads for change.

“Equador is not going to get out of poverty just because they come and drill for oil in the Amazon,” she says. “Equador is going to lose the only rainforest that we have left. It´s going to destroy cultures, the environment, and kill plants and animals…That´s not getting out of poverty.”

Hear hear. Please share this video if you agree and would like to join her call for change.

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Published on Sep 18, 2014

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Humanity’s survival depends on not burning two-thirds of our global oil reserves, so we must act now by limiting fossil fuel extraction. The highly biodiverse Amazon basin is a keystone area in combating climate change because it regulates our planet’s health and drives global weather patterns.

Preserving regions most critical for our survival—from the Amazon to the Arctic—is the solution to avoiding climate chaos. That’s why we are globally calling to KEEP THE OIL IN THE GROUND, starting with the Amazon.

Please, act today and share this video with everyone you know who likes to breathe air.

Director and Producer: Barry Pousman
Executive Producer: Gabo Arora
Narration: Jason Silva
Animation by Ian Dokie and team – http://youtube.com/lifenoggin
Music by Dexter Britain – https://soundcloud.com/dexterbritain
Special thanks to Brigid Mary Prain for Yasuni animal footage.
Special thanks to El Maizal for the marcha de mujeres footage in Ecuador.

350 org_003_ A Truth Soldier

STOP CLIMATE ECOCIDE 350 Richmond Chevron Protest

RICHMOND — More than 2,000 people marched Saturday through the streets of Richmond to the gates of the Chevron refinery, where 210 people were arrested as part of a protest against the oil giant and other fossil fuel companies.

Chanting “arrest Chevron,” protesters sat in front of the refinery gates before being handcuffed by police in riot gear. The event was scheduled to mark the anniversary of the Aug. 6 explosion and fire at the refinery that generated a huge plume of black smoke and sent 15,000 people to hospitals complaining of breathing problems.

The showdown was about more than one local community’s battle with its largest employer and biggest polluter, however. It represents the latest example of a fast-growing movement by environmentalists across the United States to organize rallies, marches and civil disobedience for more action to reduce greenhouse emissions

“The pace is picking up very dramatically,” said Bill McKibben, one of the event organizers.

McKibben is a Vermont writer who cofounded the nonprofit group 350.org, which has organized thousands of similar events in the past five years. He was among the first people arrested Saturday. McKibben said protests are increasing because people are frustrated that Congress has not passed national laws to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the coal, oil and other fossil fuel industries despite overwhelming scientific evidence that the planet is warming.

http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_23790772/big-protest-at-chevron-richmond-refinery-is-latest

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The Bill Mckibben quotes are from his speech at Power Shift 2011

  • Music

    • “To Speak of Solitude” by Brambles ( • • )

Animation of Fire at Chevron’s Richmond Refinery, August 6, 2012

 

Published on Apr 19, 2013

Clip reel: Chevron shareholder meeting protest – May 29, 2013

Published on May 30, 2013

Video clips from demonstation at the 2013 Chevron Annual Shareholder Meeting. Report back from Servio Curipoma from Ecuador. Join the call to FIRE CEO John Watson at: http://truecostofchevron.com

Amazonia: The Rainforest and the City (full documentary)

Published on Jun 23, 2014

In this chapter we will witness the thousand conversations and encountersof the forest with urban life.

The fight with the jungle against the city is clear: millions of people are inhabiting the banks of the Amazon River in subhuman conditions and this has serious consequences for your health. Living with dangerous enemies, as the Anopheles mosquito or the vampire bat.

We will see other cases in which the inhabitants of the Amazonian cities live new experiences thanks to gifts of nature testing substance psychoactive as Ayahuasca.

We will meet Tikunas and Kayapó Indians. With them we will know a white male who was kidnapped by the Indians as a child and now lives as one.

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We will also be raising a toast to our executive director and founder, Atossa Soltani, for being named the 2013 Hillary Institute Laureate, for her leadership on climate equity and the work of Amazon Watch.

And we will learn of our efforts in Peru, Ecuador, Brazil & Colombia to continue protecting the Amazon and supporting the rights of indigenous peoples.

Join us to celebrate our achievements for the people and rainforests of the Amazon!

ps – Tweet #AmazonWatchLive during the event to join the conversation.

  • Music

    • “Yekeleni Part II / Carnage” by Hans Zimmer ( • • )

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