Day 49 Action:
Just as with any battle that The Resistance is fighting with a White House who feels they have already had the last word; #NoDAPL is not over. And with every struggle we face as a nation, each of these 49 days, it’s easy to forget that there is still a real plea for justice being fought by too few of the so many our country has always forgotten.
It’s easy to misplace any of the struggles that our Native People’s experience every day because it’s so far removed from most of our daily lives. Looking more like scenes from a forgotten foreign corner of the world than anything in our own First World country.
Their most current and public plight, the controversy of the Dakota Access Pipeline, has been brought into the Main Stream Media spotlight over the past nine months. But even that has only shed light on one plight, one battle, that one Nation is fighting, out of 562 Nations encompassing 4.12 million people (National Congress of American Indians).
“There are 562 (as of 2003) federally recognized Indian Nations (variously called tribes, nations, bands, pueblos, communities, rancherias and native villages) in the United States. Approximately 229 of these ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse nations are located in Alaska; the rest are located in 33 other states.
The United States Constitution recognizes that Indian Nations are sovereign governments just like Canada and California. The Supreme Court, Congress, US Presidents, and hundreds of treaties have repeatedly reaffirmed that Indian Nations retain their inherent powers of self-government. Treaties an laws have created a fundamental contract between Indian Nations and the United States: Indian Nations ceded millions of acres of land that made the United States what it is today, an in return received, among other guarantees, the right of continued self-government on their own lands.” – National Congress of American Indians
The legal stand for this battle to rage on is real; the full environmental impact study was never completed but the project advances because the Presdient signed an executive order to expedite it anyway… which is illegal. It is much more complicated than even that and all of that information can be found on EarthJustice.org
Those who gathered at Standing Rock never considered themselves protesters – but Water Protectors. They’re mantra: Mni Wiconi (minnie wi-chonie), Water is Life.
The camp that was once Oceti Sakowin has been evacuated, bulldozed, and completely cleared of Water Protectors. But the fight still continues.
But the battle is still real. They have called on all Native Nations. They need all of us. This is not just a Native American issue. It is for all Americans to stand with them.
They are on The Mall in D.C. now. They March tomorrow.
Actions and Organizations:
MARCH with Native Nations Rise in D.C., tomorrow, Friday, March 10, 2017.
DONATE to help them with:
-Charter Buses from across the country
-Lodging for hundreds of frontline Native community leaders
-Logistical costs for the March and Rally
-Logistical costs for the tipi camp gathering
-Staff time and administrative needs
PETITION Congress to demand a FULL and fair environmental review of DAPL.
WATCH the ABC documentary on the International Indigenous Youth Council of Standing Rock (IIYC) and hear the stories from those who, with next to nothing, made the brave decision to stand against an entire country for their rights and their beliefs.
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#NativeNationsRise #StandWithStandingRock #WaterProtectors #MniWiconi