Mni Wiconi, water is sacred! Please help my people protect the sacred water.
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The United States via the Army Corps of Engineers is in the mist of moving ahead with an oil pipeline that officials are claiming is not potentially harmful to the Standing Rock Sioux Nation. The Dakota Access Pipeline is harmful. It will not be just harmful to Native people but its intent and construction will harm the water in the Missouri River, which is the only clean and safe river tributary left in the United States.
This this is not just a Lakota/Dakota issue, this is a human issue.
We been told by the officials that there will be breaches in the pipe line but they claim the situations are generally never really bad. This is unacceptable.
Our Mother Earth is sacred. All things evolve and work together. To poison the water, is to poison the substance of life. Everything that moves must have water. How can we talk about and knowingly poison water?
Right now the Rosebud reservation, the Cheyenne River reservation, the Pine Ridge reservation and my Standing Rock reservation represent five of the 10 poorest places or counties in the United States. The 2010 Census tells us this. Our state of being is not our fault. We did not cause this. United States lawmakers and their policies caused this. Why?? Greed. And now again, even what little we have left is under attack.
Is it too much to respectfully and peaceably request that we not live in fear of being bitten by this creature of eminent harm. Isn’t living in fear and terror unacceptable in the United States?
The United States should use all its will and power to be a real great world leader. It should swear off oil production because we all know it is harmful to the planet. The United States should use all its wisdom and technology to develop alternative sources of power. It should be a great wise leader to preserve and enhance the world, not knowingly destroy the webs of life.
Please, stand with us. I ask you to please call or write your Senators and Representative to stop this blindness and greed. If nothing else, please, offer a prayer for my people and all the people who are standing with us.
This land that is being disturbed was once ours. Our people, our Indian Nations lived and governed our people all over this territory. This land across the Cannonball River that is now threatened was forcibly taken from the indigenous peoples of this region and there was nothing that we could do about it then and now.
Although it was taken from them, they are still the keepers of this land The federal government needs to respect this land, and water, and take care of it. That is why our people are standing up and standing with the land and water. We have to be here. It is instructions that the Creator has given us. We have to be here. We have to protect ourselves and those that cannot speak for themselves. We have to be here.
Mi’iwi [that’s all-for now]