In less than forty-eight hours they will be coming to evict the Water Protectors at the Oceti Sakowin camp.
Reading through some of the Facebook posts you can feel trepidation in the protector’s hearts.
During this resistance, the world has watched in complete horror at the surreality played out before them. It begged the question; How could a country such as America, that prides itself as defining the very essence of freedom, continue a systematic and brutal genocide against its indigenous population. How is 2017 any different to 1817?
People have watched the live feeds and read the racist hateful comments given by white supremacists, “Kill them damn savages!” “Get rid of the reservations” “Starve them out” “put them all in jail” Is this what America was built on?
In many ways, this eviction is THEIR publicity stunt, our protectors just the pawns in a sick game. It is meant to distract from events just over the hill as the oil company continues to prepare its divisive pipeline to carry Bakken crude. Talks of treaty rights are dismissed by each passing and poorly prepared representative that the Government sends. Each treaty question greeted without eye contact and an acknowledgment that this is outside of their scope of knowledge – ‘We don’t know much about that.’
So, we stand.
It’s not over.
We are still here.
So as we ready ourselves for what is to come, as we prepare to follow every news item on our most favorite #nodapl FB walls and as this part of the movement reaches its climax, we must remember that we stand stronger together and that our differences are not as great as those that would do us material harm.
For the millions that this movement has ‘woke’ and those with a few more snoozes left on their cognitive alarm clock, we embrace a song by Lyla June during her Black Hills Unity 2016 concert
All Nations Rise – Lyla June
We hope you enjoy it.