Archive: 01/2017

The Dakota Access Pipeline

by Matthew Gregory

“Humble yourself” was what Wyatt Nelson heard while he was living and working in the encampment near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. The Standing Rock Sioux Nation and thousands of native and non-native allies are there to protest the Energy Transfer Partners’ Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). It was advice he said he took to heart during his time at what he said could best be described as a “Prayer Resistance Camp”.

The Seven Council Fires of the Sioux Nation, which represents all Sioux groups, has come together for the first time since 1876. “Finally, for the first time in history, over centuries, somebody is listening to us,” Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II told Democracy Now! “We’ve been talking about this for almost two years now... This pipeline... not only threatens our water, it threatens our heritage, it threatens our culture, it threatens our environment.”

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Banking on Racism

by A’Jamal-Rashad Byndon
NFP Board Member 

We recently received a phone call from an official of our bank (Great Western Bank) at our home. He talked with my wife about a recent cashier’s check that we’d purchased at the bank for payment for replacing the roof on our home. The roof was replaced in October 2016. The contractor had asked that I pay him with a cashier’s check.

The conversation with my wife and the banker was about whether we knew the contractor who had a Spanish first and last name. She told this banker that she knew the contractor and that she was not home when I paid him for replacing the roof. She directed him to talk with me about it. When initially talking with this banker about the transaction, I thought there was something wrong with the cashier check. He assured me that was not the problem. He said the Spanish-named contactor had a common name and asked if I knew him. I told him that he had replaced our roof about five years ago, and this was my second time doing business with him.

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