Water Protectors Boldly Disrupt Governors' Debate Speaking Truth to Power in Bismarck. "We will never allow this pipeline - Not Now - and Not Ever! " Water Is Life.

 DAPL protesters interrupt a debate between candidates for ND governor in Bismarck after a question was asked about the pipeline. The moderator asked for calm.

A debate between the candidates for governor in Bismarck was disrupted Monday night by Dakota Access Pipeline protesters.

A crowd estimated at around 150 gathered outside the Belle Mehus Auditorium downtown. They carried signs and made speeches. Several went into the auditorium for the debate.

After the three candidates answered a question on the pipeline, the shouting started. The moderator, Dickinson Press publisher Harvey Brock, then asked for calm.

Bismarck police ushered several protesters out of the auditorium. Others left voluntarily. No one was arrested.



The U.S. Department of Justice confirmed that the Army will not issue permits for the crossing under Lake Oahe, a half-mile from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and the source of its drinking water, until it has reviewed the issues raised by the tribe, according to a report on KFYR-TV.

 The U.S. Department of Justice has reiterated that the Army will not issue a permit for the Dakota Access pipeline to cross Lake Oahe while they examine the issues raised by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

“While the Army continues to review issues raised by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other tribal nations and their members, it will not authorize constructing the Dakota Access Pipeline on Corps land bordering or under Lake Oahe. In the interim, the departments of the Army, Interior, and Justice have reiterated our request that the pipeline company voluntarily pause all construction activity within 20 miles east or west of Lake Oahe,” said Justice Department spokesman Wyn Hornbuckle in an email Tuesday.

“The Justice Department is taking the situation in North Dakota seriously, and has been in communications with state and local law enforcement officials, as well as tribal representatives and protesters, to facilitate communication, defuse tensions, support peaceful protests, and maintain public safety,” Hornbuckle said.

This came in a response to a letter sent by Standing Rock Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch this morning.

“I am seeking a Justice Department investigation because I am concerned about the safety of the people,” Archambault said in a statement accompanying his letter. “Too often these kinds of investigations take place only after some use of excessive force by the police creates a tragedy. I hope and pray that the Department will see the wisdom of acting now to prevent such an outcome.”

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Danielle is the new Miss Indian world 2016-2017 she also won the best public speaking and best personal interview awards.

 Danielle Ta'Sheena Finn, she is Lakota Hunkpapa and Assiniboine Sioux from the Standing Rock Tribe located in North and South Dakota. Her Indian Name is Cetan Waci Win meaning Dancing Hawk Woman. In her letter of intent she said her platform is to educate Native people on crimes against Native women. She said as a Native female with a degree in Criminal Justice she believes this is a powerful platform to bring awareness to.

"Every 14 days, an Indigenous language dies,” Finn said. “While I was in college, I volunteered as a language teacher in Head Start. I taught basic Lakota language to 3-5 year olds. I really want to go talk to the youth. And, focus on cultural maintenance and making sure that they speak the language. I feel that language and culture are inter-connected. You have to know your language. Once you're culturally connected, you become a very balanced person."

This was not Finn's first time vying for the crown. She first tried for itran two years ago, and says that . That experience proved invaluable. "I believe that if at first you don't succeed, you must try again. I learned more about confidence. And, I learned more about just putting myself out there. … I felt like I was really prepared. Just overall confidence is what I learned."

Representing the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and her title of Miss Indian World, Finn becomes an ambassador on behalf of indigenous people internationally.

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It’s hardly the classic outback scene that wildlife photographers expect to snap on safari – but this is the bizarre moment a giraffe appears to make friends with a bunny rabbit.

 South African photographer Ayesha Cantor, 49, was taking a drive around Kragga Kamma Game Park, near her home, when she stopped to take some pictures of giraffes basking in the setting sun.

She noticed one giraffe seemed to be preoccupied by something on the ground – and was amazed when she realised it was a rabbit.

Ayesha said: “My daughter and I were taking a late Sunday afternoon  drive around the park. The light was lovely so on coming across a group of giraffe I stopped to snap a few sunset giraffe pics.

“One giraffe kept bending down, we did not immediately realise why he was doing that. And then we saw the bunny.

“It really looked like a domestic rabbit, and there are a few houses which neighbour the park, so we assume that it was an escapee.

“It’s really remarkable that it had managed to survive.

“We were fascinated and delighted by its interactions with the giraffe. The bunny seemed totally unfazed and even comfortable and relaxed under the feet of the giraffe.



An ancient Aboriginal site at a secret location in the Victorian bush could be the oldest astronomical observatory in the world, pre-dating Stonehenge and even the Great Pyramids of Giza.

Scientists studying the Wurdi Youang stone arrangement say it could date back more than 11,000 years and provide clues into the origins of agriculture.

Duane Hamacher, a leader in the study of Indigenous astronomy, has been working with Aboriginal elders at the site to reconstruct their knowledge of the stars and planets.

"Some academics have referred to this stone arrangement here as Australia's version of Stonehenge," Dr Hamacher said.

"I think the question we might have to ask is: is Stonehenge Britain's version of Wurdi Youang? Because this could be much, much older."

If the site is more than 7,000 years old, it will rewrite history and further disprove the notion that first Australians were uniformly nomadic hunter-gatherers.

Scientists believe the arrangement of stones was able to map out the movements of the sun throughout the year.

Custodian Reg Abrahams said the region around the observatory seemed to have once had semi-permanent villages with evidence of early fishing and farming practices.

"If you're going to have a stone arrangement where you mark off the seasons throughout the year with the solstices and equinoxes, it kind of makes sense if you're at least most of the year in one specific location to do that," he said.

"So if that's the case, it would make sense if you're near permanent food and water sources."

He said there were areas where eel traps would have been set up and even signs of "gilgies", or terraces used in farming.

"You see a lot of agricultural and aquacultural practices, so evidence of this agriculture may go back tens of thousands of years, pre-dating what anthropologists commonly think of as the dawn of agriculture which is about 11,000 years ago in Mesopotamia," he said.

Dr Hamacher said early first Australians had complex knowledge systems.

"They understand very well the motions of the sun, the moon, the planets and the stars throughout the year and over longer periods of time," he said.

"White Australians don't generally recognise that the history of colonialism has erased that, so what we're doing is helping the communities piece that information back together by working with communities."

Traditional owners like Judy Dalton-Walsh say research into the site and Aboriginal astronomy means that the knowledge can continue to be passed on.

"We learnt at school the European names for the stars and the Milky Way and it's also good to know that we traditionally had a name for them as well. Our gods were up there in the stars," she said.