Tacoma is a port city in the Pacific Northwest. It is 1500 miles away from the great plains of North Dakota. It is home to some of us here at Native Daily Network, it’s also the home of the Puyallup Nation. The local tribe is known as ‘The Generous People’. They have shown that in their support for their relatives at Standing Rock. The people of the PNW are definitely NODAPL.
As the tribe and the people of Tacoma Stand with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, it’s also important to note that they are fighting their own battles. Thousands come together not just to denounce these local projects as well as DAPL. Tacoman’s and the Puyallup Tribe are currently fighting Puget Sound Energy’s bid to build a Liquid Natural Gas facility on the Tacoma Tideflats. Together they already defeated a proposal to build the worlds largest methanol plant at the port, this year.
A little rain after opening remarks and blessings caused some of the crowd to done rainjackets and open umbrellas. It quickly subsided and it turned out to be a perfect day for a walk in the city. Thousands turned out. The Mni Wiconi, Water is Life chant echoed against the old buildings. As the march leaders finished their chant, you could still hear those at the back continue it. It was a happy and purposeful coming together of people for a common cause.