Stop Abuse of Native Women of Standing Rock

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Target: Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, U.S. Department of Justice

Goal: Intervene against brutal arrests and violent strip searches of Native American peaceful protestors.

Native Americans of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe have been peacefully protesting the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, and the response of local authorities has grown steadily more brutal, now including sexual humiliation of the women. Morton County Police have reportedly been arresting, strip-searching, and holding protestors for days without bond. One woman was arrested and stripped without any cause given, and then left naked through the night in a cell.

Protestors oppose the construction of the pipeline because it will destroy sacred sites, and threaten the water supply for millions of people. Oil leaks are extremely dangerous and poisonous, and not at all uncommon — in fact, the threat of spilling oil and the massive damage it could cause is the reason that the pipeline was moved away from North Dakota’s capital, where state officials were able to use their money and power to divert the threat to Native American lands and millions of other people instead.

Protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline have gotten a lot of national attention — especially as authorities use extreme measures such as military grade weapons, attack dogs, and drones against the protestors – -but the sexual humiliation that women are suffering is less well-known. The Department of Justice has temporarily halted construction on the pipeline, indicating support for the water protectors; now, it must intervene to protect their human rights. Sign below to urge the Department of Justice to step in and end this abuse.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Attorney General Lynch,

Local authorities at Standing Rock, North Dakota are allegedly abusing the law, sexually humiliating women of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe who are peacefully protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Morton County Police have been accused of violently arresting and brutally strip-searching protestors, and holding them for days without bond. One Native woman was stripped and left naked in a jail cell overnight without even being given a cause for her arrest.

These measures are abusive and uncalled for. Police have been going to extremes in their response to these protests, and many of their violent actions have received national attention and sparked outrage. It is past time that this abuse of the law be put to an end. I urge you to intervene on behalf of the water protestors and the Native people whose human rights have been trampled, and end this injustice.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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