Victory March to Backwater Bridge

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Drums beat and 24 miles per hour winds howled as veterans and water protectors marched in victory of the Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to decline the easement, deferring and rerouting construction of the Dakota Access pipeline until further investigation for an Environmental Impact Statement, Monday, December 5, 2016 (Photos by Rachel Jones)

Amber Cross, 30, sat atop a run-down military truck facing the barricade erected by Dakota Access pipeline security that cut off Backwater bridge, which was too enshrouded by falling snow to see, on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. 
Drums beat and 24 miles per hour winds howled as veterans and water protectors marched in victory of the Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to decline the easement, deferring and rerouting construction of the Dakota Access pipeline until further investigation for an Environmental Impact Statement. 
Cross, from Oglala, S.D., and a member of the Pine Ridge Sioux Tribe has been at  more than a month. She is overwhelmed by the Army Corps of Engineers’ decision, but feels the government needs to do more to protect the people and water. She isn’t leaving until the police kick her out, she said.  Cross chanted, “Mni Waconi” and other water protectors all around chanted back, “Water is life!”
“The vets might have been the tipping point,” said Gray Harrison, 62, an army veteran from Fort Collins, Colo., regarding the Army Corps of Engineers decision to decline the easement. With veterans arriving by the thousands, Harrison said, “They knew the water protectors were not going to back down.”
Jim Berg, 62, and his son Mniluzahe Berg, 36, both Navy veterans, heard the call and came out to support. Mniluzahe served three tours in Iraq. “Its an amazing appalling thing to see congress and the federal government inactive for so long on issues of national importance,” Berg said.
The Army Corps of Engineers’ decision is welcome, but very late, he said, referring to the injuries caused to water protectors by Morton County Sheriff’s department from rubber bullets, concussion grenades and water canons in the interim of the decision.  Berg can’t believe the reaction of law enforcement officers and the government to the right to protest. 
As a Native American who has worked in “Indian country” all his life, to propose a pipeline for profit, Berg said, “That makes me furious.” 
“Most Indian country doesn’t even have pipelines for water,” Berg said.

Amber Cross, 30, sat atop a run-down military truck facing the barricade erected by Dakota Access pipeline security that cut off Backwater bridge, which was too enshrouded by falling snow to see, on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. (Photo by Rachel Jones)

Water protector prays at Backwater Bridge amid celebration of Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to decline the easement for the continued construction of the Dakota Access pipeline, on Monday, December 5, 2016. (Photo by Rachel Jones)

Veterans and water protectors celebrate the Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to decline the easement to continue DAPL construction. This follows the Victory March from Oceti Sakowin camp to Backwater Bridge on Monday, December 5, 2016, the date water protectors were ordered to evacuate. (Photo by Rachel Jones)

 

Boxing Team to compete in Tallahassee! (article in the Alligator)

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Members of the University of Florida Boxing/Kickboxing Club will compete this weekend against six other Florida schools. See full article here:

http://www.alligator.org/news/campus/article_c6d73a20-3aa2-11e2-9e45-0019bb2963f4.html

Navy-Marine Corps Classic

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The Navy-Marine Corps Classic held on the USS Bataan on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, made it to halftime before it was called.

 The condensation on the court caused concern for the University of Florida and Georgetown basketball players.


The condensation did not disrupt the sailors re-enlistment on the court with the secretary of the Navy during breaks in the first half, or the firework display at halftime.

Friday Night Lights

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Nease’s varsity running back, Jared Bassett, struggles to break free of three St. Augustine Yellow Jackets during the first quarter of Friday night’s game. St Augustine triumphed 36-14 playing on their home field Sept. 14, 2012. (Photo by Rachel Jones)

Second Article in the Alligator

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Click on the picture or the link to read it!

http://www.alligator.org/news/photo/article_0ea28d82-0ea2-11e2-970a-0019bb2963f4.html?fb_action_ids=3902045509837&fb_action_types=og.recommends&fb_ref=.UG5jL7x193w.like&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%7B%223902045509837%22%3A111182539039600%7D&action_type_map=%7B%223902045509837%22%3A%22og.recommends%22%7D&action_ref_map=%7B%223902045509837%22%3A%22.UG5jL7x193w.like%22%7D

Color Me Rad!

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Runners were plastered in color throughout the Color Me Rad race, held at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center on Sept. 29, 2012. A portion of the proceeds benefitted the Duval 4-H Foundation. (Photos by Rachel Jones)