EP 048: NoDAPL | Yusuf Cincinnati


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Murtaza (Mort), Mahin and SIM talk to Yusuf Cincinnati about his experiences at the protests against the Dakota Access Pipleine at Standing Rock, North Dakota.


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One comment on “EP 048: NoDAPL | Yusuf Cincinnati

  1. Nabeel Azeez says:

    It looks like we aren’t being presented the entire picture of what’s happening.

    Mort tried to bring it up several times, but he didn’t push hard enough.

    When you have Muslims in our own community creating fake news and hoaxes, why are you taking the word of non-Muslims (in this case, the tribes) at face value?

    I have been following the reporting of one Scott Gates on the DAPL issue on Facebook.

    Note, he says:

    “I must state up front … I am a strong proponent of Native American rights. Too often throughout history, America’s early inhabitants have been treated grossly unfairly … and worse.

    My initial reaction to hearing about the Standing Rock/Dakota Access Pipeline protest was to support them. But then, as I always try to do I started researching – trying to verify the truth – separate fact from fiction. And as I researched I become more and more disappointed by what I learned.”

    It’s quite silly that any attempt to question the Social Justice agenda or methods has to be preceded by disclaimers like this. However, it’s a sign of the times – feelings over facts.

    Here is the most detailed post, first published in October and updated several times through Debember 2016.




    – The Standing Rock tribe’s claim that DAPL threatens their only water source is false. The water intake at Fort Yates is to be shut down in the coming months.

    – The tribe has known since 2003 this intake would be replaced. The tribes water utility business received close to $40 million in Federal Government grants, including nearly $30 million in 2009 and since to build the new water intake and new water treatment plant in Mobridge South Dakota – over 70 miles away.

    – The Standing Rock Reservation is more than 2.2 million acres – covering 3,571 square miles across two states – with significant and extensive natural resources and water holdings.

    – The Standing Rock tribe has such extensive water rights and resources that they have their own water utility.

    – The tribe built a new water system – starting with $29.2 million in grants in 2009 and finishing later this year after another appx $7 million in grants.

    – This new water system includes a new high-tech, filtered, deep water intake in Lake Oahe near Mobridge SOUTH Dakota and the nearby new 5 million gallons per day water treatment plant, along with a new 5 million gallon water storage reservoir at Kline Butte and new water pipelines to connect them all.


    – The North Dakota filings contain detailed review, extensive input and engagement with various affected parties, reviews on environmental impact, and documentation of many changes made to the route to accommodate concerns raised from those willing to give it.

    – No significant involvement or input from the tribe during the 2-year review process, despite other groups with far fewe resources successfully filing petitions to intervene. The Standing Rock Tribe is not listed as a Petitioner to Intervene and offer an Affidavit.

    – The Standing Rock tribe is a member of a review panel which convenes immediately upon receipt of complaints, and there is documented evidence of this process working, yet they continue to claim reports of cultural, historic and potential burial sites are not investigated.

    – A recording of a Sept 2014 meeting between the Army Corps and the Standing Rock Tribe, showed that the tribe demanded the Army Corp do a full Section 106 NHPA review. Which is exactly what Dakota Access and Army Corps did. After making that demand the tribe failed and/or refused to participate.

    – U.S. District Judge James Boasberg, after an extensive review, denied an attempt by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe to halt construction of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline that passes near its reservation in North Dakota.

    – Judge Boasberg wrote, “This Court does not lightly countenance any depredation of lands that hold significance to the Standing Rock Sioux. Aware of the indignities visited upon the Tribe over the last centuries, the Court scrutinizes the permitting process here with particular care. Having done so, the Court must nonetheless conclude that the Tribe has not demonstrated that an injunction is warranted here…”

    – On the tribes claim that they were not consulted, the Court found the Army Corps of Engineers in compliance with the law. The Judge wrote, “…Suffice it to say that the Tribe largely REFUSED to engage in consultations,” he wrote. “It chose instead to hold out for more …”

    – On the route, the Court found that Dakota Access hired professional archaeologists to survey the entire route for cultural resources. The company changed the route on its own 140 times and the Corps ordered the company to change the route to avoid burial sites.

    – The Court ruled the tribes claims were not supported by the record. The Supreme Court ruled the tribes rights to 1851 Treaty lands were ended in 1877, and that ruling is final. The tribes have no legal right to the unceded lands.


    – Total deliveries by liquids pipeline of crude oil, refined products such as gasoline or diesel fuel, and natural gas liquids such as ethane totaled 16.2 billion barrels (as of 2015)

    – In 2014 99.99869% of crude oil and petroleum products delivered by pipeline reached their destination safely.

    -Pipeline incidents potentially impacting people or the environment outside of operator facilities are down 52% since 1999

    – In 2015, 71% of pipeline incidents occurred and were contained wholly within a pipeline operator’s facility and posed no threat to the outside environment.

    – Out of approximately 16 billion barrels delivered there were only appx 130 pipeline incidents in 2015 that affected the outside environment. More than 65% were less than 5 Barrels and 83% of these were less than 50 barrels.

    – Just 5% of spills – less than 7 incidents out of 130 total – were larger than 500 barrels, with appx. 2,000 barrels or larger typically considered a major or significant spill.

    – Transporting oil by rail is found to be over 4.5 times more likely to experience an occurrence when compared to pipelines.


    #NODAPL is fake news. And reactionary Muslims took the bait. Again.

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