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Money talks. So let's make the banks listen.

A Movement for Climate Justice and Indigenous Sovereignty

As the old saying goes: Money Talks. That’s why it’s time we move our money out of the banks that are funding DAPL and other deadly tar sands pipelines. Lakota People’s Law Project has joined a powerful coalition of organizations working with the divest/invest movement to challenge banks that fund dirty energy. Without investment from big financial institutions, pipelines like DAPL, Keystone XL, Trans Mountain, and Line 3 can’t be built. Together, we can pressure these banks to stop their financing of human rights abuses and environmental destruction.

Dutch Bank Refuses to Invest in Tar Sands Pipelines

In response to a letter sent by a coalition of Indigenous activists, grassroots organizations, and environmental groups, the Dutch-based ING Bank announces it will not invest in four recently-approved Canadian tar sands pipelines. This comes several months after ING sold it's share of $120 million in debt and became the first bank to officially sever all ties with DAPL. 

Los Angeles Divests $40 Million from Wells Fargo

Divest LA successfully pressures Los Angeles City Council to divest $40 million in holdings from Wells Fargo.

"Money Talks"

Defund DAPL Seattle becomes Mazaska Talks (Mazaska being "money" in Lakota) and launches as a coalition divestment campaign against DAPL, Keystone XL, Trans Mountain, and Line 3. The coalition includes Lakota People’s Law Project, Honor the Earth, Native Organizers Alliance, 350.org, Amazon Watch, Rainforest Action Network, Daily Kos, Beyond Extreme Energy, Bold Alliance, 198 methods, Climate Hawks Vote, Divest Invest, Friends of the Earth Action, Green America, Oil Change International, and People's Action.


Later in the month, the coalition delivers a letter at the annual shareholder meeting of J.P. Morgan Chase, demanding they stop financing projects that fail to obtain the free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC) of indigenous peoples.


Citibank Chairman Apologizes for DAPL, But Does Not Divest

After a group of water protectors disrupts Citibank’s annual shareholder meeting, the Chairman expresses regret over funding of DAPL, but stops short of selling debt. 

German Bank Cuts Ties with DAPL and ETP

Activists deliver a petition with 260,000 signatures to Bavarian public bank Bayern LB. Activists time their demonstration to coincide with the visit of Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.


Several days later, Bayern LB announces they will withdraw financing DAPL and will not be renewing their contract with Energy Transfer Partners.


Seattle Divests $3 Billion from Wells Fargo

Defund DAPL Seattle pushes Seattle becomes the first major city to move towards divesting from a bank financing the Dakota Access pipeline. The city has an estimated $3 billion in taxpayer money managed by Wells Fargo. The City Council later votes to avoid backing the Keystone XL pipeline.

California City Councils Vote to Unanimously Divest from Wells Fargo

The Davis City Council unanimously votes to divest from Wells Fargo over its financial backing of the Dakota Access pipeline, with the Santa Monica City Council doing the same later in the week. Later on in the month, the city council of Alameda votes to begin divesting its $36 million from Wells Fargo over their role in DAPL, private prisons, and fraudulent account scandals.

Global Month of Action

A coalition of organizations announces a Global Month of Action to target the banks funding Dakota Access Pipeline and the Sheriff Departments that have been brutalizing peaceful water protectors. The Coalition includes NationalSolidarity.org, International Indigenous Youth Council, Indigenous Environmental Network, Camp of the Sacred Stones, Honor the Earth, P3, and Native Organizers Alliance. The coalition runs a billboard in Times Square asking millions of people to #DefundDAPL.

Standing Rock Divests, #DefundDAPL Movement Begins

In October, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe passes a resolution that ends over two decades of banking with Wells Fargo.

The DefundDAPL.org website goes live. People begin to learn how to move their money, move their cities’ money, obtain bank officials’ contact information, and find a good amount of information on alternative banks.