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November 26, 2016

URGENT: Standing Rock Tribal Chairman Requests Our Help

BREAKING: Army Corps of Engineers shutting down DAPL protest camp due to concerns for public safety

"We ask that everyone who can appeal to President Obama and the Army Corps of Engineers to consider the future of our people and rescind all permits, and deny the easement to cross the Missouri River just north of our Reservation and straight through our treaty lands." -Standing Rock Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II

Now the Standing Rock Chairman is asking for what I read between the lines what was going to happen.
But the problem is they are not following the paper trail; or the looming January 1 deadline.

Sept 30th DAPL meeting with SRST

Standing Rock #NoDAPL Supporters

On November 18 TIME published the following ( New U.S. Army Regulations May Further Delay the North Dakota Pipeline #NoDAPL | The Army Corps of Engineers plans to “revise its regulations” to ensure its consultations with sovereign tribes are “confirmed by the U.S. Constitution, treaties, statutes, executive orders, judicial decisions and presidential documents and policies.”

Sounds good, right? Read on...

The pending rulemaking would effectively prevent the Obama administration from making decisions on issuing permits, such as the one needed to complete the controversial Dakota Access crude pipeline, until he leaves office on Jan. 21, 2017.

The public will be able to comment on the proposal until Jan. 1, 2017.

HOWEVER! If this regulation passes, President Obama his would be prevented from issuing new permits for any agreed upon alternate routing of the Dakota Access Pipeline leading it away from Native American sacred land and water supply, thereafter the DAPL decision would be in the hands of the nefarious Donald Trump, who is heavily invested in the project and cannot be depended upon to show an ounce of mercy.

Paul Ryan has also announced that any Executive Order issued by the President is now threatened to be overturned by as little as a single vote, making it all the more urgent for the President to find a solution for Standing Rock before January 1 when the comments close for the proposed new regulation; the passage of which would end all hope of Obama being able to help before his term ends on January 20.

Ryan also posted this video on FB "GOOD NEWS → We just passed a bill to block President Obama from issuing any new regulations in the final days of his presidency":

"We will work to overturn the Obama administration's barriers to American energy, and instead, we'll open up the Arctic and other offshore areas for development," Ryan stated in another FB post.

Is the timing of The Army Corps of Engineers proposed regulation merely a smokescreen orchestrated to put give Donald Trump the upperhand?

There are three courses of action we must take.

1. The proposed rule is open for comments until January 1, 2017. Currently the proposal is not yet appearing in the open proposed regulations folder and I could not find the alleged notice that was purported to have been on the website of the U.S. Office Information and Regulatory Affairs - however, we must be vigilant and bookmark this page to revisit daily to catch when it appears and we must comment, comment, comment!

The clock is ticking. We must begin to comment NOW! Contact the U.S. Office Information and Regulatory Affairs and the US Army Corps of Engineers to request the proposed regulation(s) details so comments may commence:

Contact Regulations DOT gov:

Contact the Army Corps of Engineers and request the identification and control numbers to find and comment on the proposed regulation:

Or call the Help Desk at 1-877-378-5457 (toll free) or 703-412-3083 , Monday through Friday, from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM, ET.

I have already submitted the following (unanswered).

I request assistance in finding the identifying details for making comments related to the newly proposed regulation(s) regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline project as set out in the below article:
New U.S. Army Regulations May Further Delay the North Dakota Pipeline #NoDAPL | The Army Corps of Engineers plans to “revise its regulations” to ensure its consultations with sovereign tribes are “confirmed by the U.S. Constitution, treaties, statutes, executive orders, judicial decisions and presidential documents and policies.”


If and when I receive the details I will post an update. Once the details are received we can begin commenting. Until then this is where to track for additional updates:

2. Contact President Obama to say #NoDAPL - the proposed new regulation has not yet been passed. Please continue to support and encourage President Obama's efforts.

▪ CONTACT President Obama:

▪ Here is my letter:

Dear President Obama,

First of all, thank-you for the eight years you, Michelle and the girls have honored and graced us with your presence and service in the White House.

I was visiting the White House FB page and watching some of the videos posted this afternoon and sat here with tears in my is beyond the scope of our collective imaginations to be able to even begin picturing the president-elect doing any of what you have done with the dignity and grace in which you have...

That said, President Obama, I implore you, please secure the situation at Standing Rock before you leave office; in as ironclad a way as legally possible.

We are all aware that the president-elect is heavily invested financially in the Dakota Access Pipeline, and will show no mercy if you don't make this a priority in the, sadly, short time you have left in office.

I have admired throughout your term the dedication you have shown in support of the Native American community and in working to ensure their rights are protected.

Please don't stop now.

Best regards now and always,

Aishah Schwartz
American Muslim
6th Congressional District

VIDEO: "Inside the White House: Letters to the President"

See Also: November is Native American Heritage Month

Dakota Access Pipeline Co. Seeks Court Order to Complete Construction | The Corps, however, would not be able to confirm a certain date for construction to resume without first deciding on the final easement needed for Dakota Access to complete construction.
The Corps must first decide whether to grant Dakota Access a final easement to complete construction. Its statement on Monday puts that decision on hold for now.

"The Army has determined that additional discussion and analysis are warranted in light of the history of the Great Sioux Nation’s dispossessions of lands, the importance of Lake Oahe to the Tribe, our government-to-government relationship, and the statute governing easements through government property," the Corps’ statement said.

Obama: Army Corps Examining Possible Rerouting Of Dakota Access Pipeline | "We're monitoring this closely and I think, as a general rule, my view is that there's a way for us to accommodate sacred lands of Native Americans," Obama said in an interview with the news organization Now This.

In a response to the president's statement, the chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux, Dave Archambault II, said, "We believe President Obama and his administration will do the right thing."

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has confirmed to DeSmog that Energy Transfer Partners, the owner of the proposed Dakota Access pipeline, has ignored the Obama administration's September 9 request to voluntarily halt construction in a disputed area, 20 miles east and west of Lake Oahe and the Missouri River.

Obama Administration Blocks Arctic Oil Drilling Through 2022 | Citing environmental risks, the Interior Department called the plan the “right path forward.” Onward now to #NoDAPL

President Obama and the Native American Community Press Articles

September 01, 2015

A Life Example of Surah At-Talaq 65:3

So why am I posting this? I'll tell you why.

وَيَرْزُقْهُ مِنْ حَيْثُ لَا يَحْتَسِبُ وَمَن يَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى اللَّهِ فَهُوَ حَسْبُهُ إِنَّ اللَّهَ بَالِغُ أَمْرِهِ قَدْ جَعَلَ اللَّهُ لِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدْرًا {3 

And He provides for him from (sources) he never could imagine. And if any one puts his trust in Allah, sufficient is (Allah) for him. For Allah will surely accomplish his purpose: verily, for all things has Allah appointed a due proportion.

All day I was planning to go outside as the weather had taken a change for the better (as in being about 10 degrees cooler than it has been in weeks), but one thing after another delayed me and it turned out by nightfall I was still at home. So, with the last 100Le I had, I sent the doorman to retrieve a few things for me from the market. Well, that took care of that 100Le. lol

Then what happened?

I was looking for something in a bag I had hanging in the bedroom, and, subhan'Allah...I found 150Le - that I didn't know/remember I had.

Allah Akbar.

VIDEO: Muslim Women Expressing Views and Clearing Some Misconceptions About #Niqab

I like this video because it helps people who are willing to hear with an open mind, the reasons why some Muslim women wear niqab.

Although I personally disagree that it is required vs. being optional, I also saw and felt with my own eyes, heart and mind, the very same things that the sisters speak of in this video about wearing it.

I wore niqab for one year in 2005, during the period when I lived in Saudi Arabia. And I will never forget the feeling of liberation I experienced in its protection from eyes boring through me by men so foolish as to break their necks for the sake of seeing any sign of the color of my skin, or even the green of my eyes (I wore the  triple layer version with the eye screen; loved it!).

Wearing niqab in Saudi Arabia was empowering in that it gave me the option to say to those wishing to stare, "Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah! You can't see me!" It was glorious. And I don't regret one minute of the time I spent wearing it. In fact, upon reentering the U.S. in 2006, it took me three months to be able to go outside again without it. Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala knows Best.

Islam teaches us that a smile is charity, so why should the reward for such a thing be restricted to men? And why would they be instructed to lower their gaze if everyone was walking around completely covered from head to toe, including faces? So, I have opted to share my smile.

Even a Smile is Charity: A Life Example
By Aishah Schwartz for

Muslim women expressing their views and clearing some misconceptions about #Niqab. Video by Campaign Islam.
Posted by Islam port on Sunday, April 26, 2015

January 18, 2015

Happy Birthday Habibty (Aishah Schwartz)

Happy Birthday Aishah! Love, Janette

January 15, 2015

Aishah Schwartz in Rouge Magazine - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

MWA Director Aishah Schwartz Activist-Writer discovered an end of 2014 surprise publication in Rouge Magazine, based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Subhan'Allah, it was published on her deceased father's birthday, 22 December 2014. The photo was taken in Tahrir Square (Cairo, Egypt), while attending the 100th International Women's Day celebration, March 8, 2011. STORY LINK:بعد-ثورتين-قامتا-على-أكتافهن-المصريات/