Standing Rock Genocide
Prosecution Demand Documents

Using the Genocide Prosecution Demands as an Organizing Tool workshop

Part 1: The Genocide Convention Implementation Act of 1987 (click to open)

  •  passed by the US Senate in 1988 after over 40 years from the time the Convention was passed in the United Nations. 

Part 2: The Standing Rock Genocide Prosecution Demand (click to open)

  • A copy of the Demands that were written in response to the genocide occurring at Standing Rock because of the permitting and digging and laying the pipe for the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Part 3: Articles on the Water Protectors and their Peaceful Resistance

a. These Are the Defiant “Water Protectors” of Standing Rock,” by Saul Elbein, National Geographic website

b. “Standing Rock Lives on as a Model for Peaceful Resistance,” by Four Arrows, published on TruthOut website

Examples of Genocide Against the Standing Rock People

Part 4: Evidence of destruction of Standing Rock Sacred Sites

a. “What is Sacred?” the Introduction to Winona LaDuke’s book Recovering the Sacred

b.Standing Rock Sioux Tribe asks federal court to set aside Trump’s pipeline reversal,” Standing Rock Tribal Council press release

c. Why Sacred Sites Were Destroyed for the Dakota Access Pipeline,” by Chip Colwell, written for Ecowatch, November 26, 2016. 

d. “Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Reasserts the DAPL Destroyed Sacred Places”, from Native News Online

e. “The sacred land at the center of the Dakota pipeline dispute,” 

f. “Manning: ‘And Then the Dogs Came’: Dakota Access Gets Violent, Destroys Graves, Sacred Sites,” by Sarah Sunshine Manning, Indian Country Media Network

Part 5: Evidence of threat to Standing Rock water source – Sunoco

a. “Sunoco, behind protested Dakota pipeline, tops U.S. crude spill charts,” by Liz Hampton, Reuters website. Includes a very good 2 minute video on Sunoco at the top of the page.

Historical Examples of Genocide Against the Lakota People

Lakota History: American Disgrace – 21 minute documentary

Part 6: The Genocidal Destruction of the Buffalo

Genocide by Other Means: U.S. Army Slaughtered Buffalo in Plains Indian Wars, by Adrian Jawort May 9, 2011 in Indian Country Media Network

Part 7: An article about the Wounded Knee Massacred in 1890

The Truth About the Wounded Knee Massacre – Why was deadly force used at Wounded Knee? by Patti Jo King, December 30, 2016, Indian Country Media Network

 Historical Examples of Genocide Against American Indian Peoples

American Indian Holocaust – United Native America

Part 8: An article outlining many of the examples of genocide committed against American Indian people

Yes, Native Americans Were the Victims of Genocide,” by Roxanne Dunbar- Ortiz, published on the History News Network website

Empire Files: Native American Genocide with Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz

Part 9: Articles on the Forced Sterilization of Native American Women

a. “Forced Sterilization of Native Americans: Late Twentieth Century Physician Cooperation with National Eugenic Politics,” by Gregory W. Rutecki, MD

b. “Sterilization of Native American women,” from Wikipedia

Part 10: Breaking Treaties

Chapter 7:Lonewolf v. Hitchcock: Breaking Treaties,” from the book In the Courts of the Conqueror – The 10 Worst Indian Law Cases Ever Decided, By Walter R. Echo-Hawk

Part 11: Bonus Material: Articles about investors urging divestment from DAPL

a. “Investors Urge DAPL Banks to Pull Out – Investors with a total of $653 billion in 17 banks helping finance the Dakota Access Pipeline urge pullout,” by Indian Country Media Network staff

b. “Boycott the Banks: Actor Shailene Woodley Calls for Action Against Funders of Dakota Access Pipeline,” Democracy Now website, January 25, 2017

c. “Investors Urge Banks To Support Rerouting Dakota Access Pipeline – 17 banks doing business with the pipeline developers get put on notice,” by Michael McLaughlin on the Huffington Post website, February 13, 2017

d. “Bank Investors Want Dakota Access Pipeline Rerouted – Statement sent to banks says DAPL should not risk water contamination,” by Liz Miller of the Santa Monica Observer, January 22, 2017

Part 12: Books to read 

 A Little Matter of Genocide – Holocaust and Denial in the Americas 1492 to the Present, by Ward Churchill, City Lights Books, 1997

Kill the Indian, Save the Man – the Genocidal Impact of American Indian Residential Schools, by Ward Churchill, City Lights Books, 2004

All the Real Indians Died Off” and 20 other myths about Native Americans, by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker, Beacon Press Books, 2016.

An Indigenous People’s History of the United States, by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Beacon Press Books, 2014

Recovering the Sacred – the Power of Naming and Claiming, by Winona LaDuke, South End Press, 2005

An American Genocide – The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, by Benjamin Madley, Yale University Press, 2016. (An excellent book that was written in a style that proves genocide by documenting press clippings and books that show intent)

In the Courts of the Conqueror – The 10 Worst Indian Law Cases Ever Decided, by Walter R. Echo-Hawk, Fulcrum Publishing, 2010

 go to the Why Understand Genocide? page )