Saturday, September 17, 2016

"It’s a resistance born out of love" -- Native Peoples Rise

Dakota Access oil pipeline workers gouged a trench over two miles of Sioux burial grounds on September 3 near Cannon Ball. This video titled Protecting the Sacred was filmed at the Camp of Sacred Stones on the Standing Rock Reservation by Paiute/Shoshone filmmaker Myron Dewey and Tulalip Tribes photographer Matika Wilbur. Dallas Goldtooth, Chief Arvol Looking Horse and Kandi Mosset speak of their love for the sacred, for Mother Earth—love they wish that everyone would recognize and feel.

This fight matters, as Goldtooth of the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Keep It In the Ground movement says, not just for those who live near the pipeline’s proposed route, but also for the bigger picture.

“It also matters because it connects to the greater struggle to protect Mother Earth—and to protect our future generations from destructive climate change,” Goldtooth says. “Our struggle, this resistance that you see here, it’s not a resistance born out of hate or negativity. It’s a resistance born out of love. Love for each other, love for this land.”


As has been well chronicled, the Prayer Camps in Cannonball in Hunkpapa Territories have been HUGELY successful in slowing down this well-funded Dakota Access Pipeline.  We always should acknowledge that it was prophetic and powerful Native women who began this campaign out of love, prayer and concern for the water and the next generations.  Thank you LaDonna.  For months, in the election-obsessed United States, the mainstream media ignored and disregarded the movement.

The media cannot any longer.  This movement is bigger than an election.  This is about life and the future of the planet.


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