Surrounded by an army that is armed and battle ready. Women; Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, and Grandmothers. All of them standing firm in the face of inevitable oppression. Women are and have always been the backbone of the people. It’s no surprise, therefore, to anyone that it is women leading the stand for the water and for unci maka (grandmother earth).
Our beautiful women also stand for the ancestors who were brutalized as their land was stolen. They stand to defend the treaties so that they will be respected and upheld.
Women put themselves on the line, risk being hurt, tear-gassed, shot and sprayed with water cannons. They are in danger of being arrested and jailed – with no bail – and consequently convicted of felonies. #NODAPL has been a movement led by women.
Surrounded by Prayer
Tonight we honor these women as protectors and warriors. We recognize them – each and every one. We celebrate them as life-givers and protectors in every sense of the word.
As the sun sets tonight, probably for the last time on Oceti, we are called upon to pray and send up our medicine. Arvol Looking Horse, Lakota holy man, and carrier of the Sacred Bundle has asked that we all go into a ceremony. People of all faiths are called to participate in whatever ceremony and prayer they are familiar with.
As the night progresses, hope is raised by the sound of the Wakinyan which means the Thunder-beings. This means that they have been heard and help is coming.
We are sending smoke and tobacco down to all so that the prayer won’t stop and the Wakinyan stays.