A playful bear was spotted washing himself just 'as a human would' while bathing in the Kurile Lake, Russia.

 As he sploshed around in the water his mates hunted salmon upstream.

Law graduate Giuseppe D'Amico noticed the mammal who spent a good 10 minutes enjoying his bath. Giuseppe said: 'I was taking pictures of some bears hunting red salmon up stream when I spotted this bear in the distance.

'He was washing his hair as a human would, it was hilarious. 'He was really intent on it but was so clumsy.'

The Kurile lake caldera was formed by two large volcanic explosions, one 41,500 radiocarbon years ago and the other around 6440 BC.

The lake is the largest spawning ground for sockeye salmon in Eurasia, and second in the world only to Alaska. Measurements of the numbers of salmon entering the lake and the spawning of juvenile fish are conducted by observation stations which is located on the western shore of the lake.

On the shores of the lake up to 100 brown bears are often sighted catching salmon. Kurile Lake is a national wildlife preserve and a national monument. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the listings of composition of the volcanoes of Kamchatka.


The women of Standing Rock do not call themselves protestors. They are protectors. In interview after interview, they explain that their fight is for the greater good. Standing Rock is their home, but Mother Earth is home to us all.

Indigenous women willing to risk their lives to stop the Dakota Access oil pipeline construction that desecrated their ancient burial and prayer sites and threatens their land, water, and very existence.

They are the brave survivors. Among them, the descendant of the female warrior who fought the U.S. Cavalry alongside Sitting Bull. The great-grandmother who was fired upon at Wounded Knee in 1973. The lifelong activist who became a part of the system in order to defeat it.

They are the daughters and granddaughters of brave survivors. People who escaped genocide, only to be robbed of their lands and herded onto reservations. Children who were taken from their families and placed in non-Native boarding schools and foster homes where they suffered further abuse. Today, these women tell their own tragic stories. Stories ranging from forced sterilization to substandard medical care.

Yet somehow the spirit of these women has not been broken. The women of Standing Rock vow to protect Mother Earth and all her inhabitants. It is their responsibility to the ancestors and to the seven generations to come. This is their last stand.

"It's very simple. We have to have water for life. And so we're petitioning the world community to join our campaign. Every effort we make is for all of our children and grandchildren. We make a commitment to continue the struggle, and to make every effort for all of us." - A woman of Standing Rock

Women Lead the Prayer for Water at Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota



In New York, more than 150 people assembled in a flash mob at a Syracuse shopping mall. In Nevada, a pickup truck plowed through a crowd of mostly American Indian demonstrators in downtown Reno.

And in North Dakota, Minnesota and two other states, activists face charges of tampering with valves on five pipelines carrying Canadian crude oil into the United States, leading to several arrests.

All three instances last week involved people showing solidarity for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in its fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline. What started as a handful of self-described “water protectors” camping at the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball rivers in April continues to attract worldwide attention and inspire protest actions, resolutions and other shows of support.

Those directly involved, as well as academics observing from afar, see a number of reasons why this particular pipeline controversy has resonated so loudly and drawn such impassioned response.

For Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II, plans by Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners to run the four-state pipeline through the tribe’s unceded 1800s treaty land and under Lake Oahe – a reservoir that provides the tribe’s drinking water and was created in 1960 by flooding the fertile Missouri River bottomlands without the tribe’s consent – is relatable to indigenous peoples worldwide struggling to protect their own resources.

More than 300 tribal nations from around the world have written letters of support for Standing Rock, and most of those have sent members to stake their flag at the main protest camp just across the Cannonball River from the Standing Rock reservation, Archambault said.

“We’re trying to protect it, and water is one of the most important things to life. It is the most important thing. It is life. It’s a simple concept to support, to stand behind,” he said.

Walter Fleming, a professor and head of the Department of Native American Studies at Montana State University in Bozeman, describes it as an “exercise in sovereignty.” While the pipeline route avoids current tribal lands, it crosses historical tribal lands the Lakota feel they never gave up.

Women in UK standing in solidarity

“Indigenous peoples worldwide being somewhat subject to colonization … this is an issue that people can respond to,” he said.

“It might not resonate in terms of just tribal sovereignty issues. It’s taken on a more general kind of air of concern,” Fleming said. “And so non-Indian allies, they’re finding a place to join in those concerns.”

Moya said the indigenous rights movement “Idle No More” that began in North America has spread all over the world, including Sweden. She noted the indigenous Sami people of far northern Sweden, Norway and Finland are among those represented at the camp in southern Morton County that has been called the largest gathering of Native Americans in more than century.

“It is considered shameful from a Swedish or European perspective that Native people are having to nonviolently fight off the U.S. government to protect their survival, their ancestral lands and their water,” she said.

"Stand with Standing Rock," with love, from London.

Boston says NO to Dakota Access pipeline!

Members of Green Cross Sweden pose for a photo that was posted to Facebook in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Photo provided by Green Cross Sweden Executive Director Tonia Moya

Paris France

Dakota pipeline protesters face members of the North Dakota State Patrol at the capitol in Bismarck, North Dakota.

New Zealand

Indigenous Sami people from Norway

Mexica: Juan Flores a traditional Aztec dancer looks on during a rally


Australia Indigenous people




Robert Redford Urges Solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux to Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.

He asks Americans to call the White House today at 202-456-1111 or send a message to Ask President Obama to support the peaceful protest and act on behalf of the 17 million Americans who depend on the Missouri River for their clean water.

Something all too familiar is happening in North Dakota right now: Once again, Native Americans are being asked to accept a raw deal.

The short version is this: a private energy company, Energy Transfer Partners, is building a pipeline that runs from North Dakota to Illinois like a 1,200-mile zipper that cuts across four states. If completed, the Dakota Access Pipeline will carry nearly half a million barrels of oil each day across the watersheds the Standing Rock Sioux tribe use for drinking water. Now, thousands of Native Americans have gathered at one of the most controversial sections of the proposed pipeline’s path and are staging a 24/7 protest. They’ve created a settlement in the middle of their North Dakota home to try to prevent the pipeline from being finished.

The pipeline’s existence and its proposed path are each “legal,” of course. Permits were filed. Proposals were considered. A previous route much closer to Bismarck—a primarily white city—was scrapped amid concerns for its citizens’ health and well-being, and a new “more acceptable” route was carved through the home of the Standing Rock Sioux. In short, it’s the business as usual that helps private corporations get what they want in most of the United States, often at the expense of Native Americans.

But if this is legal, one must seriously question the laws of the land. They are laws that prioritize the profits of energy companies over the rights of people who actually have to live on the land, drink its water and eat its food.

The net result is that yet another Native American tribe is being asked to suffer yet again for the “good” of the rest of the country.
Written by Robert Redford
Video by Redford Center

The Oregon State Police - Fish and Wildlife Division is offering a $20,000 reward for information in the illegal killing of an endangered gray wolf.

The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to a conviction of the person or persons responsible for the illegal killing of a federally protected gray wolf in south-central Oregon. This is in addition to a $5,000 reward offered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and a $10,000 reward offered by the Center for Biological Diversity.

Scott Beckstead, Oregon senior state director for The HSUS, said: “The illegal killing of this young mother wolf is tragic, as every individual wolf is essential to the future of Oregon’s small and vulnerable population.

Wolves are one of the most misunderstood and persecuted species in North America, with special interest trophy hunting and trapping groups vying to strip them of protections. Wolves are a keystone species, and killing a breeding female can disrupt pack structure, which may lead to increased conflicts with livestock.

A recent poll shows that the overwhelming majority of Oregonians want wolves granted more protection, not less. We are grateful to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Oregon State Police for their dedication in pursuing those responsible for the death of this mother wolf, who had an important role to play in the future of Oregon’s iconic wolves.”

The Investigators: This case is being investigated by USFWS and the Oregon State Police. Anyone with information should call USFWS at 503-682-6131 or the Oregon State Police Tip Line at 800-452-7888. Callers may remain anonymous.