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Hillary Turns Her Back on Standing Rock Sioux: ‘Path Forward Must Serve Broadest Public Interest’

Brooklyn, NY – With tensions escalating rapidly after the militarized police action at the Standing Rock Sioux “Treaty Camp,” which included the use of armored police tanks, attack dogs, batons, rubber bullets, high-velocity bean bags, tear gas and LRAD sound weapons, and that saw the arrest of over 100 water protectors, the Clinton campaign, after months of silence, could no longer sit quietly on the sidelines and released a statement about the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) one day after the violent assault.

The statement from the Clinton campaign director of coalitions press, Xochitl Hinojosa, who oversees Hispanic, black, and women’s media for the Clinton campaign, reads in full:

We received a letter today from representatives of the tribes protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. From the beginning of this campaign, Secretary Clinton has been clear that she thinks all voices should be heard and all views considered in federal infrastructure projects. Now, all of the parties involved—including the federal government, the pipeline company and contractors, the state of North Dakota, and the tribes—need to find a path forward that serves the broadest public interest. As that happens, it’s important that on the ground in North Dakota, everyone respects demonstrators’ rights to protest peacefully, and workers’ rights to do their jobs safely.

On the same day the militarized action in North Dakota took place, Native youth from the Standing Rock Sioux and other tribes — tired of the damning silence from Hillary Clinton — demonstrated outside of Clinton campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, New York.

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A number of brave Lakota youth and their Lenape relatives erected a teepee and prayed in the lobby of Clinton’s Brooklyn office as a militarized police force evicted water protectors from their traditional Treaty Lands in North Dakota. They were there to deliver a letter to Clinton about the pipeline.

A 14 –year-old girl from Standing Rock attempted to deliver a letter to Hillary Clinton’s Brooklyn campaign HQ to ask her to take a stand on the Dakota Access Pipeline. The youth stood at the front desk in tears asking for someone to please come down to accept the letter. The guards completely ignored the young girl, and the Clinton campaign refused to show enough respect to send a campaign staffer to cordially accept the letter.

Just after this dozens of police arrived and ordered us to disperse or we would be arrested.

What a crock,” said Ruth Hopkins, a Dakota-Lakota Sioux writer for Indian Country Today Media Network.

“Hillary Clinton managed to make a statement about the Dakota Pipeline that literally says nothing. Literally,” 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben tweeted in response to the Clinton campaign statement.

“Kind of a BS statement by the Clinton camp on #NoDAPL, frankly,” wrote MSNBC host Joy Reid. “The outrage taking place out there cries out for outrage.”

Or as Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting journalist Adam Johnson put it, this “is the most Clinton thing of all times.”

This curiously appears to be another case of Clinton having a “public and private position,” as revealed in her leaked speeches to Wall St. banks, the primary drivers behind the Dakota Access Pipeline. The fact is that Clinton has completely turned her back on the Standing Rock Sioux. Her statement was essentially a non-statement, which speaks volumes as to who she is truly beholden too… and it isn’t the American public. The words “find a path forward that serves the broadest public interest” can be directly translated into “this pipeline is good for Merica, and we don’t care about Native issues… but we’ll pretend we do until I’m elected.”

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  • T. Mohr

    Surely, no one is surprised at Clinton’s non-acknowledgement of the Standing Rock Sioux dilemma. She must not make it to the White House.

    • Ann Marshall

      Ya and while we’re at it let’s get Donald Trump elected instead.

      • George Reichel

        Suits me

      • Trevor Scott

        Because he’s sooooo much worse T_T

        • Shon Gray

          As a matter of fact he is. Mainly because he has zero experience and zero actu feasible ideas.

    • Sue Magdall Curry

      Donald Trump owns stock in the pipeline and has taken a rather large sum of money from them for his campaign.

      • Ash45

        But he at least doesn’t try to pretend to care about the environment or Native Americans like Hillary’s campaign claims to.

        • Ossie Sharon, M.S., R.D.

          That doesn’t make him the better candidate.

        • Kelly

          Because that makes a difference. What the fuck is she supposed to do? Is she holding a public office right now that I’m not aware of?

      • Linda Phillippi

        I would like to hear a statement from him about this.

    • John Beavin

      I was advised some months go that Bernie Sanders was nominated for the Presidency and all necessary steps taken just in case Hillary needs to be replaced as Democratic nominee. Bernie is next in line as recipient of the next largest number of votes. Also, there seems to be little doubt that he actually won CA, thereby should have been the nominee. Doesn’t it look like time to put the right person for the job (Bernie has nearly 54% favorability rating) in the running?

      • Ash45

        They won’t pick him. They’ll either continue to flaunt Hillary, or they’ll pick someone else that they can control, because the Democratic leadership loves that sweet, sweet, campaign contribution money from Wall St. Something Bernie fought hard against.

        • Linda Phillippi

          But Bernie CAN be controlled. It’s happening as we speak. I voted for the man but am disappointed that he’s just a lap dog now.

      • Red Ashton

        Not sure where you got your information however Clinton won CA by about 7% according to every source I can find.

    • Ossie Sharon, M.S., R.D.

      You appear to making the assumption that Trump wouldn’t be worse.

  • She is heartless and only has the interest of the elitist’s in mind. Period.
    Vote TRUMP

    • TecumsehUnfaced

      Anybody with a brain must realize that this pipeline will leak and contaminate the tribe’s water. But so many people are sociopathically sick as to think a corporation can be allowed to that.

      • Ann Marshall

        Oh no, it will leak..they all leak.

      • ErnestineBass

        One thing’s for sure – whoever plotted the DAPL’s route was either an idiot, or paid off by a boring company looking to profit bigtime.
        The pipeline originates in Stanley, a small town 25 to 30 miles NORTH EAST of the Missouri River. Had they laid the pipeline due east for thirty miles THEN turned south east, instead of backtracking to cross the Missouri first at Williston, and again south of Bismark, there would have been no need to traverse the Missouri River AT ALL.

        • TecumsehUnfaced

          Good point! My supposition would be that they were hoping to sneak the pipeline through the fastest permit process arousing the least attention. The route was probably determined by how effective they anticipated the complaints aroused would be with the powerful. The complaint from Bismarck taught them to avoid white population centers.

          Whatever the route, the pipeline is a disaster for people on the high plains. Leaks are only a matter of time, also the contamination of the aquifer.

          Kelcy Warren deserves a lifetime in a Federal prison.

          • ErnestineBass

            It’ll be doubly disastrous given the idiotic route they chose!

            bismarktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/dakota-access-pipeline/collection_3ece8508-fce0-5f0f-a2b3-7902

          • TecumsehUnfaced

            I tried that reference. It gives a “404” return now.

          • ErnestineBass

            I (hopefully) just fixed it.

          • ErnestineBass

            OK, NOW it’s fixed. I’m getting dyslexic in my old age. lol

          • TecumsehUnfaced

            No, this is U.I.C. that’s bringing up the “404”. Is it the same as you intended?

            ->http://bismarcktribune.COM/news/state-and-regional/dakota-access-pipeline/collection_3ece8508-fce0-5f0f-a2b3-7902/

            Writing it this way prevents the automatic recognition on those sites that won’t accept an U.I.C.

          • ErnestineBass

            Thanks. It’s all Greek to me. I assume you finally found it?

          • TecumsehUnfaced

            I’m sorry. I guess I wasn’t clear. It was at that address that I got the “404”. The address is valid, it’s the Bismarck Tribune, but the Tribune says there is no article there. So I would guess that they did move it.

          • ErnestineBass

            That’s strange. When I clicked on the corrected link I posted, the page containing the map popped right up.

          • TecumsehUnfaced

            It’s okay now. The address is

            ->http://bismarcktribune.COM/news/state-and-regional/dakota-access-pipeline/collection_3ece8508-fce0-5f0f-a2b3-7092134bee07.html

            “134bee07.html” had been cut off.

            Sorry, after your correction, it was my fault because I need to re-access this email.

          • ErnestineBass

            No problemo.

    • fifthdentist

      Trump, never one to let a minority get off without making an ass of himself, has said some disgusting things about Native Americans. Trumps emphasis on “law and order” is basically code for keeping people who are dark in line. He’d probably have sent the National Guard out to deal with the Native peoples by now.

      • Gary Johnson

        Exactly right.

    • GriffinBibliotech

      Trump supports the pipeline, he’s invested in it.

    • dog and cat servant

      Hilarious, if it weren’t so sad that you geneww1938 didn’t seem to even know that your Beloved Trump is the one with the actual skin in the pipe game, called money. Not Hillary. Shameful.

  • Werner Rhein

    Hitlary couldn’t act any different she gets paid for doing what she did from the very industry the protest is against. Soon it could be possible that she is in charge of all the police forces and will act even harder than what we have seen so far. Remember she is paid to do so. She is not there for the people, even as the people pay for that police action, she is there to follow orders from the industries.

  • Jeb Barrett

    I would like think that some kind peaceful negotiation and compromise will be possible if all will work on keeping calm.

    • FiuToYou

      Tell that to Obama as he pushes the country steadily towards WW3. And this is what turns Killery on. She ‘needs’ to see the ‘mushroomclouds’ to get off!!!!

      • Jeb Barrett

        Get a life!

        • joyfullydreaded

          Get a clue!

          • Jeb Barrett

            I wish you good life unless you have plans

  • wineste

    There are still third party options left for you to vote! Don’t stick with the choices mainstream media offers you, get informed on other candidates too!

    • Razedbywolvs

      No there isn’t. They are all selling different flavors of the same shit.

      • Shit comes in flavors. Damn. And here I’ve been living in the “same shit, different day” world without realizing there were other options! 😉

        • Razedbywolvs

          Try a diet Mountain dew today and tell me it’s not a conspiracy to get you to drink the normal shit. :}

  • Phil Freeman

    Asking a known criminal to cease criminal activity is illogical.

    • Deplorable Me

      and criminal.

  • FiuToYou

    Just goes to show what a slime pîg that wallows in the sewer of greed really HRC is!!! And this ‘oil’ or ‘earth poison’ isn’t even for Americans. It’s for sale to other countries so the 1%’ers can make more money and f**k the people of the country and make no mistake, these ‘Nation Tribes’ are the real people of America. Clinton wants to kill Assad in Syria saying ‘falsely’ that he murdered thousands of his people, when here are the real people that were murdered by the millions in America!!! This just shows you how sick the government of Obama and Clinton has become. And you HRC supporters want more and more of war and killing, just so the 1%ers can make more blood money. Just remember….If ‘Killery the Beast’ get’s into the White House it’s your sons and daughters whose blood will flow in endless wars until the world is wiped out!!!

    • Guy

      You are speeking in Dribble Ease ! The oil in the pipeline from the shale deposits will be piped to the refineries in or around Texas, turned into gasoline, then on to the East Coast and Mid-States for useage. This will cut our dependence on Foreign oil, which to me is a good thing !
      I hope there can be a peaceful settlement to resolve the dispute, that everybody can live with !

      Assad and his Dad were and are, absolutely ruthless Dictators in Syria, who have killed and murdered tens of thousands in there Country to keep themselves in power and the Dynasty afloat for over 50 years, no different than North Korea has for three generations ! Our 1% ers are children as compared to these guys, where there Nation of people are governed by over by though police, morality laws, while being starved and worked to death, as in N. Korea, and the people in Syria were given the shadow of freedom, untill they spoke out about the Government.

      The War in Syria started as a Arab Spring, when the youth started protesting the administration and there police put down the demonstrations, it kept on building to what it is today, with Assad Barrow Bombing and using Chemical Weapons against his own people to keep himself in power !

      I am not justifying anybody or anything ! Our Government has committed terrible atrocities to her own people as well as other Nations of all Types and Creeds, for her greedy self interest !

      My opinion of what I think who should be, President is known, just like what I think about the situation in N. Dakota is.

      But you better get your facts right befor you come on here and start spouting em !

      • TecumsehUnfaced

        Sorry, that processed oil is going to be shipped out and sold abroad. There is not a single patriotic bone in the psychopath body of thug chief Kelcy Warren.

      • Rox

        If the facts are so evidenced that Assad used chemical weapons on his own people, have charges been brought against him by the International court? Is there any concern here that America has destabilized one country after another in the Middle East, leaving only Israel and Saudi Arabia intact? Wasn’t the Shah of Iran a brutal dictator, who we protected and kept in power?

      • joyfullydreaded

        Before accusing somebody of not having their facts right, you should do the same. The DAPL ends in Illinois…www.daplpipelinefacts.com/about/route.html

      • anna miller

        Please stop believing the lies of mainstream media. At this point, do you really think they are telling us the truth? In December of 2015, Congress lifted the 40-year ban on crude oil exports. Read the following article to learn the details on how Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline, ARE LYING TO US. Oh now, that would never happen, now could it? As far as your statements against Assad being against his own people, those are lies and have been thoroughly debunked. You need to read the factual evidence regarding the “Greater Israel Plan” also known as the Oded Yinon Plan, and ten years later the Zionist Neocon think tank group publishing their evil intentions, known as the PNAC plan or “Project for a New American Century” was published. The plan is to take out 7 sovereign nations in the Middle East, and instill puppet regimes. All for the benefit of Israel, to control the Levant. Yes, and now Europe is being destroyed by “war refugees” so 2 birds are killed with one evil stone. All toward the New World Order. Again, stop trusting bullshite mainstream media lies. All TV news and newspapers are owned by 6 corporations, down from 150 independent news companies in 1983. Mainstream media rots your ability to understand reality. Here is the article, outlining how this oil corporation plans to screw us again.
        https://theintercept.com/2016/09/01/dakota-access-export/

  • 30yrfed

    She is owned by corporate interests..what did you expect from her?

  • Steve Rusk

    Hillary serves the oligarchy, not the rest of us. Come on now, can anyone say they’re really surprised by her support for the pipeline. Too bad most people won’t get to see this white stripe down her back.

  • T. Mohr

    Hillary shouldn’t be turning her back on anyone right about now. With all of the new revelations about how the 33,000 (private) emails she wiped off her server are now going to be released by Anonymous by November 1st, she might be found like Seth Rich or Shaun Lucas was. The Oligarchs aren’t going to want her naming names.

    • billdeserthills

      Be nice if she just disappears without a trace

    • miserableoldfart

      There are no revelations, just repetition of the same nonsense.

  • Thanael

    So sad to read about the girl who only wanted to deliver a letter.
    i guess that’s “all voices being heard”.

    • ErnestineBass

      Silly girl. She should have brought a large sack of cash instead.

  • Chris Garthwaite

    People want to know the difference between the Oregon activists who were just acquitted and those protesting the pipeline. First of all, two died in Oregon. The main difference is the 2nd Amendment. The police up in Oregon were more “cordial” because they had to avoid the bad press of a massacre, plain and simple. When the Left wants to stop pussyfooting around and start arming itself, it will be accorded due respect by law enforcement, it’s just that simple, folks.

    • skyp0ckets

      maybe so, maybe so. but an armed person of color is a dead person of color.

    • patrick fry

      if left wing groups, especially those involving minorities, are armed, right wing white americans would call them unamerican terrorists that need to either except their lot, be gunned down and imprisoned, or leave the US. when its right wing white militias fighting for the right to let their cows graze on federal property and threaten federal agents with guns, they are labeled as heroic patriots fighting for their rights. Do you REALLY not see the hypocrisy?

    • Captain Sarcasm

      The 2nd Amendment says nothing about allowing armed takeovers of public land or permitting conspiracy to do so. Could you point me to where you are seeing that?

  • BetsyToll

    Bernie.

    • Rhythmattic

      The one that got away………Ummm, let me rephrase that… The one that got Pushed away.

  • Gary Johnson

    I hope it’s the other way around. Maybe it’s too politically hot to Tuchman before the election but her administration I’ll do right after. I can hooe..

  • Geezer Grunt

    I would love to be at the gallows when the bitch drops through the floor, just to hear it’s neck snap.

  • doucyet

    “The path forward must serve the broadest public interest”.

    That is exactly why you Hillary, need to be tried, convicted and jailed!

    • dog and cat servant

      The pres candidate that needs to be jailed is Trump, the one with actual money invested in this pipe. DUH!

      • doucyet

        Is that illegal?

  • Bwin51

    Apparently ingesting poisoned water is in the broadest public interest. There is no more need for gas pipelines. We have the capability to pursue other energy sources, renewables in particular. The broad public interest she’s talking about really boils down to the interests of a few elites who see the pipeline as another profit making venture. Trump is no better here though. As candidates on environmental issues, the most important issue of our time, Hillary and Trump are equals, and that’s not good.

  • dog and cat servant

    Trump has money on this pipe. Hillary does not. Obama made a temporary stop. The Army Corp of Engineers needs to end this with the acknowledgment of Rights & Treaties of these People’s Lands, as not to be disturbed. What happened to this step?

    • patrick fry

      our country is a not a democracy but a corporate oligarchy with a fake democracy installed to appease the masses. Not Trump, Obama, HRC, or any of them have any interested in the concerns and needs of American citizens. The only people our federal government answers to anymore is the industries that fund their campaigns. Republicans or democrats, it doesn’t matter.

      • dog and cat servant

        Of course it matters. The dems are comprised of thousands of different causes or interests, any one of which I’m sure you would benefit from, like uhm..say health care. Yeah that. We can’t live in a fantasy world. We have to work with what we have and what we have is a lot of people who care, and call them selves democrats.

  • dog and cat servant

    Trump has Money on this Pipe!! Hillary does not. Obama had a temporary stop in place early Sept for this reason:
    “Sept 9 2016 In a joint statement, the Department of Justice, Department of the Interior and Department of the Army said: “The Army will not authorize constructing the Dakota Access pipeline on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land bordering or under Lake Oahe until it can determine whether it will need to reconsider any of its previous decisions regarding the Lake Oahe site under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) or other federal laws. Therefore, construction of the pipeline on Army Corps land bordering or under Lake Oahe will not go forward at this time. The Army will move expeditiously to make this determination, as everyone involved — including the pipeline company and its workers — deserves a clear and timely resolution. In the interim, we request that the pipeline company voluntarily pause all construction activity within 20 miles east or west of Lake Oahe.”

    My question is what happened after this????

    • ErnestineBass

      My guess? The subcontractor doing the boring “greased a few palms” in D.C.

  • dog and cat servant

    T Mohr, you sound like you are a trump or maybe pipe supporter, because neither of them acknowledge climate change as an issue, unlike HIllary how does and has spoken out on this several times during the debates even when the debate moderators wouldn’t ask questions about it. Fyi, she’s not prez yet, and so the duty falls on Obama who has taken a stand and the news is that the local judges have not approved the pipe, so get the facts first.
    And as for this article, all I see is Hill basically saying the protestors definitely have a right to be there.

  • StevenCee

    How does saying:

    “Now, all of the parties involved—including the federal government, the pipeline company and contractors, the state of North Dakota, and the tribes—need to find a path forward that serves the broadest public interest. As that happens, it’s important that on the ground in North Dakota, everyone respects demonstrators’ rights to protest peacefully, and workers’ rights to do their jobs safely.”

    … equate to “turning her back”?

  • Stephany Suydam

    Hillary-The broadest public interest is CLEAN WATER.

    • ErnestineBass

      One-percenters like Clinton and Trump don’t care whether we have clean water or not. Their crowd drinks water imported from France.

  • billdeserthills

    Just like the lying two-faced pos We know she is

  • Ash45
  • Rolf Jimmefors

    It seems Clinton support Trump.
    I now understand why thinking people say they both are worthless.

  • TutuWuwu

    The broadest public interest is what the water protectors are fighting for – clean water for millions of people downstream.

  • Jon Clifton

    Hillary Clinton is a blatant disrespect to EVERYONE!

  • Jon Clifton

    What needs to be done is this. We need enough hard working patriotic AMERICAN people who are willing to work as hard at making this country as beautiful as it once was as they do at their jobs. These people will not be tied to any big lobbyists or politicians because they were too hard working and poor while doing their job(s) to support themselves. These people will then be put in whatever position will best suit them; President, Vice President, Congressman/woman, Senator and the rest of NEEDED government positions to get this country back on track. When we have our new government in place, we will all descend on Washington, lay waste to it and make it a parking lot. Everyone politician there will be eliminated, the lobbyists who lived high on the political hog will be reduced to selling apples on the street corner or flipping burgers for minimum wage, all new buildings will be erected by hard working construction workers and the American people can get back to making this a great country. As soon as people start whining about FOREIGN policy, we’ll worry about foreign countries when ALL of our American people are taken care of. As long as we have homeless people, children and Veterans sleeping on the streets, the other countries around the world can kiss our ass.

  • cratewasher

    Hillary stands with the GOP at Standing Rock….

  • Ron InPuna

    Sounds like Clinton s trying to play mediator and this opinion piece is clearly biased and full of prejudice towards Clinton and repeats several Neo-Nazi lies about Clinton. And the responses show people talking of supporting Donald Trump when Trump has money invested in the Pipeline . Awful dumb responses and a lot of you guys responding sound like Neo-Nazis/fake Liberals. Looks like the uneducated Repubs are not along in their ignorance.

  • By that, she means whatever serves the broadest corporate interest.

  • “Path forward must serve broadest public interests” Translation, I must protect my Clinton Foundation donors.

  • Littledoyouknow

    I am so proud of these young people and their respectful, pointed protest.

  • LynsiN

    So-o-o-o-o disappointed!!!

  • Red Ashton

    Surprise. She’s a politician & statesman calling for all parties to work it out. Here’s my slightly off topic question. Why is it a bad thing for a politician to have a private and public opinion that may differ from each other? Isn’t that what we want? Someone who will set their own personal feelings or beliefs aside in favor of the will of the majority. I’ve always kind of thought that was the point of a democracy.

  • John L. Battey

    The Haitians could have told them Hillary is full-blood wasichu.

  • Dean Olejniczak

    Get ready for your new master… be it H or T. Red Tie, Blue Tie, Pick Your Lie.

  • Ossie Sharon, M.S., R.D.

    The letter should have been presented to the current president, not to someone who needs to walk on eggshells to get to a position in which they can help.

  • Cal Fish

    This video is a crazy intersection of communication transparency and bureaucracies ! The refusal of dialogue through documents is architecturally and hierarchically within the office and clinton bureaucracy itself, and it is built into it because if they want to champion transparency they need to assure they are the only ones setting terms in language, that they can rule through documents and technical statements which imply non response by the nature of their linguistic and stylistic omnipotence. The faculty in the video who can not bring up or open or read the letter as they have been employed and bureaucratically positioned as receptionists and mediators between the “readers” upstairs and are themselves distanced by telephonic technology (1:10) between the supposed entities they represent. The Clinton HQ here is treated like an ear to be spoken to by the population and her staff because Hillary Clinton presents herself as the image of a body to serve the American public in the face of Donald Trump, a declared oppressor of the marginalized. Here however, when faced by the electorates in reality, “Clinton” is a bureaucratic architecture disseminating information and qualifying rather than attempting to hear or modulate its design to be perceptive to language it doesn’t broadcast.

  • kimmcc

    Despicable lies by deplorable people. Nothing more than BREITBART B.S. in disguise. The idiots who believe these fake stories are pathetic.

  • Earle L. Bailey

    For those not conversant with PolitiSpeak, “Broadest Public Interest,” means, “Whatever makes the most money for the fewest people.”

  • John Cokos

    Revenge is a dish best served cold. She lost the election. And Trump: He is shape-shifting on Hiliary as we speak. Shame on The Donald .