The pipeline company says it’s committed to finishing the project. As we witness the violence and desecration perpetrated upon the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in a corporation’s attempt to bring Bakken crude oil to the world market, a mix of memories floods into my mind.
Hovland noted that numerous “troublesome” protesters are “from out-of-state who have political interests in the pipeline protest and hidden agendas vastly different and far removed from the legitimate interests” of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which argues the pipeline could taint water sources and is decimating sacred sites. The California man, who has no tribal affiliation, arrived last week with supplies and food to donate. Pupils learn the three R’s, thanks to donated books, as well as traditional crafts and language.
Melaine Stoneman, a Lakota Sioux from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, said its been a unique learning experience.
Seeing a private security company using abused dogs, one so skinny its ribs were sticking out, to bite and terrorize peaceful water protectors at a construction site reminded me of newspaper pictures I saw as a child of police in Birmingham, Alabama, doing the same to peaceful civil rights demonstrators.
The federal government on September 9 ordered a halt to construction on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land under and around the lake after a U.S. District Judge James Boasberg rejected the tribe’s request for a preliminary injunction to halt construction of the $3.8 billion four-state pipeline. The scent of burning firewood and sacred herbs fills the air, as do drumbeats and ancient songs and prayers. The flags represented the more than 200 tribes that had come to the camp – including the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, once tribe members put up their flag. They feel it is a threat to their culture because it runs through ancestral grounds, although they are not part of the reservation. “I want to encourage those who are using the permitted area to be good stewards and help us to protect these valuable resources”, Henderson said.
“When you’re driven by money and when you’re driven by greed, the water, the environment and the Indigenous peoples and Indigenous lands – those things don’t matter to them”.
About 50 tribe members traveled the first week of September from Warm Springs to Sacred Stone Camp near Cannonball, North Dakota.
On the menu: Moose meat from ME, salmon from southeast Alaska and bison tongue harvested from a herd in the Dakotas, said Judah Horowitz, a 27-year-old real estate project manager from Brooklyn, New York, who’s been here for the past several days.
In New York, people think water comes from bottles and meat comes wrapped in plastic, he said.