Standing Rock was not what I expected. It’s a spiritual gathering mislabeled as a protest. It is a gathering of North American tribes to change the world. Being up there has blown my heart wide open.
After seeing the video of Native Americans attacked by guard dogs and maced while they were trying to protect sacred sites and their ancestor’s graves, I though I’d find angry people. I would have still been enraged. But what I found was an incredible community of peaceful water protectors. I felt welcomed into the camp. No, it was more than that. I felt a palpable sense of love. Each of the three Native elders I heard speak the afternoon we arrived teared up with emotion as they thanked everyone for being there. There is something special going on up at Standing Rock that is about more than stopping DAPL.
Please check out the video of Amy Goodman with Democracy Now! to see for yourself exactly what happened. The county sheriff refuses to pursue charges against these mercenaries the oil company hired but he has found time to charge Amy Goodman for having the audacity to report these crimes.
I rarely do this, but I ask you to please help spread the word on the injustice that is occurring up at Standing Rock. Whether that’s by sharing my blog post, or joining one of the Facebook pages about stopping DAPL, talking to your friends, calling the White House, or buying a more energy efficient car : ) We, as a country, have broken treaty after treaty, and as the dominant culture we have collectively benefited from the land that was stolen. We have a chance to do something, however small, to start to to make up for that.
Going on this journey with my good friend Patty, who has been fighting the good fight for her people for decades, was a blessing. She’s my role model in how to live a selfless life. Thank you, sister.