Indigenous Roundup: Avenger Missiles, No Clemency, Decampment.

Courtesy Gary Dorr.

Courtesy Gary Dorr.

Mobile Avenger Missile Launcher Appears at Standing Rock.

A first-hand account of the terrifying deployment of an anti-aircraft device pointed at people.

Later, a veteran buddy looked it up to be sure, matched it up with our pictures, and based on his experience noted:

“My suspicion is that the Avenger Missile Systems deployed to Standing Rock are a cost-effective alternative to having an Apache Helo flying overhead when they need it. The Avenger system has Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) Capabilities. The civilian plane and helicopter probably don’t have FLIR and that is when they need an Apache Helo to “monitor” situations under darkness and record for evaluation later. Instead of calling up the Apache, they can have Avengers on-site for instant intelligence day or night. The Avenger system also has video capabilities. It costs them far less to have an Avenger system on the ground 24 hrs a day than to deploy an Apache Helo occasionally. The security ground forces have Night Vision but the Avenger has FLIR and a laser rangefinder along with video capabilities. The FLIR will be at least a plate-sized round lense mounted on the weapon rail on the left side (driver side) if there is one. Just a suspicion. If I am correct, there should be more info to request in a FOIA. The sheriff’s Department can’t all have TS Sec clearances so if they brief them all using Avenger footage, it should be low hanging fruit that would be unclassified.”

AP Photo.

AP Photo.

Leonard Peltier Denied Clemency in Obama’s Last Days.

However, Peltier won’t get to fulfill that promise to his people, as the Office of the Pardon Attorney through the Department of Justice sent his long-time attorney Marin Garbus the following letter posted at

Dear Mr. Martin Garbus:

The application for commutation of sentence of your client, Mr. Leonard Peltier, was carefully considered in this Department and the White House, and the decision was reached that favorable action is not warranted. Your client’s application was therefore denied by the President on January 18, 2017. Please advise your client accordingly.

Under the Constitution, there is no appeal from this decision. As a matter of well-established policy, we do not disclose the reasons for the decision in a clemency matter. In addition, deliberative communications pertaining to agency and presidential decision-making are confidential and not available under existing case law interpreting the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act. Your client will become eligible to reapply for commutation one year from the date on which the President denied the current application.


Office of the Pardon Attorney

Jenni Monet Water protectors learned Friday they have thirty days to leave the camps that have helped swell the movement to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Jenni Monet
Water protectors learned Friday they have thirty days to leave the camps that have helped swell the movement to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Standing Rock Tribal Council Approves Evacuation Order for All Camps.

FORT YATES, ND – In a unanimous vote, Standing Rock Sioux tribal council members voted to close the network of encampments behind the Dakota Access Pipeline protests within 30 days, including the main Oceti Sakowin, Rosebud, and Sacred Stone camps. Council members also voted against providing any temporary camps or shelters to individuals who should remain at the camps after the February 19 deadline.  The decision was made in an emergency meeting held on Friday, January 20 at the tribe’s headquarters in Fort Yates, North Dakota.

The talks were scheduled following a motion approved by tribal members of the Cannon Ball District two nights earlier on Wednesday, January 18. In that meeting, residents voted in favor of closing the sprawling network of camps where an estimated 1,000 people remain living on lands bordering the reservation.

“The main objective of the people of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe was to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which has been achieved to a degree,” said Cody Two Bears, the district representative from Cannon Ball.

A 1913 F 'Liberty' Indian Head Nickel.

A 1913 F ‘Liberty’ Indian Head Nickel.

Divesting From DAPL Part II: Here Are Native-Owned Banks (Why Aren’t You Using Them?).

Matt Remle and Last Real Indians generously allowed me to join in a previous piece regarding divesting from banks that support the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). That is crucial. We absolutely should not be investing in companies that hurt Native communities the way that Wells Fargo, Bank of America, TD Bank, Bank of America, and Chase do.  You can pretty much assume that any humongo national bank has dirty hands and is helping to fund the Dakota Access Pipeline and a bunch of other horrible things.  So don’t bank with them.

But where should we bank? We have to put our money someplace, right? We can’t just stash our cash under a pile of Pendleton and Pendleton-ish blankets, can we?

No. Fortunately, there’s a lot of good options. Local options. Humane options. Local credit unions. And then, on top of all those amazing options, there’s something that is even better than those options. You can bank Native.


The Tall Tales of Nominee Ryan Zinke.


  1. says

    If there are any native-american owned Wall St Firms or Venture capital groups I should know about, I’d be thrilled to talk to them. Seems that the banks pretty much represent the owner-class: white anglo-saxon protestant. With an emphasis on white.

  2. says

    they’re pushing that the missile batteries are there because they have heated cabs.

    Which is a step in the right direction because they were saying it was there in case, you know: drones. like someone’d use a $150,000 missile to hit a $1000 prosumer drone. Well, asssholes would, but you know.

  3. says


    Suicide Squad, Lunatic Fringe, and Bad Company traders in NY are all native traders. That’s all I know, though.

  4. komarov says

    Regarding the first one, I have to ask: what the hell were the people who cooked this up thinking? Setting up a missile launcher, armed or otherwhise, because it happens to have a nifty camera system to monitor people at night is a fantastically stupid idea. Especially when the people you’re trying to monitor are already being treated as hostile.

    Yes, from an engineering perspective I can almost appreciate the sort-of elegant solution. Unfortunately safety and what you might call ‘impact’ are part of any fully rounded engineering solution. And while safety might wonder, “Well, if there is no ammunition maybeeeee?”, impact says “You’re pointing what system at who and think it won’t be a problem when people hear of this?” If you want your IR system, grab a mechanic to take it out of the launcher first! Get them to put it somewhere that doesn’t project doom in the figurative and literal sense. If that doesn’t work find another solution.

    This is what, these days, I think of as ‘American’. And it is uniquely Amercian, or at least I hope so. It’s the scaled-up version of that story a few years(?) ago, where some government official used the laser sight on his handgun for a presentation because he didn’t have a laser pointer. (From memory, no link, sorry)
    Creative problem solving is all very well but some critical thinking about what you’re doing is an essential part of the process. I’d like to know how many people are going to get fired and / or disciplined for this kind of irresponsible idiocy. For my initial guess I will go with negative one.

  5. says

    I’m sure the Avengers are there because the cops saw ISIS has been using drones to carry antipersonnel munitions and now SCAAAAAAAAAAARRRREEEEEEED

  6. Saad says

    Just saw on Shaun King’s FB:

    BREAKING: The White House just confirmed that they fully intend to move forward with the Dakota Access Pipeline in Standing Rock.

  7. says


    BREAKING: The White House just confirmed that they fully intend to move forward with the Dakota Access Pipeline in Standing Rock.

    That’s not news. Trump said for months on end he would push it through, and restore the plans for Keystone XL, which was successfully killed off. Unfortunately, that’s not the case anymore. Those aren’t the only ones he’ll push through, either. Nations all over have been tense as hell about all his “energy” plans, and have been trying to come up with strategies for all those months on end.

  8. Saad says

    Caine, #11

    You’re right. They’re merely making it more official now. What an atrocity we’re all about to face.

  9. emergence says

    What are you guys going to do to fight the pipeline now? I hope that you can still fight the pipeline off.

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