Tuesday, May 16, 2017

TONATIERRA: Memorandum to Chase Bank Chairman and Stockholders

Community Development Institute
PO Box 24009
Phoenix, AZ 85074 

May 16, 2017

Chase Bank
Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon
270 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10017-2014 

Dear Sir:

Over the past year, since the establishment of the Sacred Stone Camp at the shoreline of the Missouri River on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota in the Fort Laramie Treaty Territories (1851,1868), the conflict over the permitting of the Dakota Access Pipeline allowing the project to proceed under the Missouri River directly upstream from the Standing Rock Sioux Community has garnered worldwide concern and dismay. 

Over the same course of time, and as a customer of Chase Bank, the involvement of Chase as an investor in the Dakota Access Pipeline has become a matter of great concern to our community as a grass roots Indigenous Peoples Human Rights organization. We cannot and will not allow our humble financial resources to be utilized in the unethical, immoral, illegal practices of state violence, environmental racism, and institutionalized colonization of Original Nations of Indigenous Peoples in collusion with the present administration in Washington, D.C.

•          We do not consider the allocated permit given by the US Army Corps of Engineers to the Dakota Access Pipeline to tunnel under the Missouri River in collusion and under the instruction of President D. Trump to be valid or legal;

•          We know that actions of the Dakota Access Pipeline and Energy Transfer Partners are in violation of the collective rights and responsibilities of the Water Protector Nations of the Oceti Sakowin among others whose homelands are referenced in the Fort Laramie Treaties of 1851 and 1868;

•          We also know actions of the Energy Transfer Partners in the case of the Dakota Access Pipeline, originally known as the Bakken Pipeline, are a blatant violation of the Right of Free, Prior and Informed Consent articulated in article 32 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007);


We call upon the stockholders of Chase Bank, and all other financial institutions engaged in partnership with Energy Transfer Partners-Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to report in public audit, on how the violation of the Right of Free, Prior, and Informed Consent will be ascribed, as necessary under lawful professional accounting practices, as a FINANCIAL LIABILITY for Chase Bank, its shareholders and partners, and;

How such issues of liability may impact the Standard and Poor’s bond rating for Chase Bank and its partners in the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Territorial Integrity of Mother Earth

Please consider this letter as official notification that we shall immediately take action to DIVEST all of our accounts from Chase Bank and disengage from any and all activities of financial matters and community events involving the corporation until these matters are addressed and resolved in a manner that fulfills the principle of recognition, respect, and protection for the rights of Indigenous Peoples as “Peoples, equal to all other peoples….”

Tupac Enrique Acosta, Yaotachcauh
Tlahtokan Nahuacalli


Abya Yala
In the Spirit of World Peace

In the Spirit of Peace with Mother Earth

In global acknowledgement of the INTERNATIONAL SPIRITUAL MONUMENT at STANDING ROCK, in the Oceti Sakowin Treaty Territories of the Dakotas, the Great Turtle Island Abya Yala;

In denunciation of the War Crime of International Aggression by agents of the United States government, and paramilitary police proxies of the Dakota Access Pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners, et al for the acts of violence camouflaged as domestic police actions at Standing Rock;

The denial of the Recognition, Respect and Guarantees of Protection for the Right of Free, Prior and Informed Consent of the Oceti Sakowin Dakota Nakota Lakota for the Dakota Access Pipeline Project DAPL is not only a moral, ethical, and legal issue but a DEMAND that this DENIAL OF CONSENT by the Original Nations of the Missouri River Watershed for the project be NOTED OFFICIALLY AS A FINANCIAL LIABILITY on the ledgers of the owner corporation Energy Transfer Partners and all DAPL investors and partners.

We call for the full, effective and immediate recognition, respect and international guarantees for the right of Free, Prior, and Informed Consent of Indigenous Peoples over economic development projects that impact our traditional territories.

In the spirit of equality of Indigenous Peoples, we call for the World Bank to acknowledge the criteria of Free, Prior and Informed Consent as a Rights Holder position, not a merely stake holder position, in the processes of consultation that may or may not eventually deliver an agreement of free, prior and informed consent for World Bank supported projects.

We call for the full and effective application of the appropriate and necessary protocols and procedures of DECOLONIZATION as have been articulated under UN General Assembly Resolutions 1514, and GA1541 with respect to the Right of Self Determination of the Original Nations of Indigenous Peoples of the Great Turtle Island Abya Yala, equal to all other peoples.

We demand for restitution of the Treaty Archive of primary source materials that was lent to UN Special Rapporteur Dr. Miguel Alfonso Martinez for the purposes of the UN Study on Treaties, Agreements and special arrangements completed in 1999.


Secretariat: TONATIERRA



 Final Report by Special Rapporteur
Dr. Miguel Alfonso Martinez

United Nations Study on Treaties,
Agreements and Constructive Arrangements (1999)



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