Native News Online publisher and editor Levi Rickert reports on developments in the Indigenous community, in particular a meeting in Washington of reps from the 500 Indian Tribes and Nations with government officials to hammer out how to comply with President Obama's executive order requiring "substantive" talks with Native Peoples' before any actions by government bodies that impact indian lives and lands. He also updates listeners on developments at Standing Rock, ND, where, ignored by most of the corporate media, the Lakota and their supporters are standing firm against plans for the Dakota Access oil pipeline to cross indian land and sacred sites, threatening the tribe and also environmental disaster. Host Dave LIndorff also discusses the ongoing slaughter of innocents by America's increasingly violent and militarized police.
Levi Rickert, editor of Native News Online, a national publication about indigenous peoples of North America, talks about what he calls the most significant political action by Native Americans since the 1973 Wounded Knee occupation on the Pine Ridge reservation. He tells how activists from over 200 Indian tribes as well as representatives of indigenous peoples from around the world have converged at Standing Rock in North Dakota to help the local embattled Standing Rock Sioux People defend their land and water against despoilation by the Army Corps of Engineers, which is trying to construct a pipeline across Sioux lands to carry Bakkan Field crude oil to St. Louis.
Guest Karl Denninger, a libertarian, internet entrepreneur and one of the early founders of the Teaparty Movement -- as well as a supporter of the Occupy Movement -- tells host Dave Lindorff that the US is "doomed" if it doesn't return to the rule of law. Specifically, he says that unless the country begins seriously prosecuting -- and jailing -- political and top corporate criminals, like the executives of the nation's largest banks for example, the corruption that plagues US society, politics and business will only get worse.