In Occupying the Prairie: Tensions Rise as Tribes Move to Block a Pipeline by Jack Healy, New York Times, Aug. 23, 2016 we see and hear about Indians in paint on horseback, in “procession” out of their “tepee-dotted camp.” Who writes like that?
Thank you for sharing this deep and whole perspective. 200 river crossings? State police invading tribal lands? A breath for your patience.
Yes, Thank you Sacred Stone Camp Leaders and Elders:
What you wrote to us is beautiful and explains so much about you, and about the land and water you protect for all who need it to stay pure and undefiled. May you get the recognition and support needed to protect it, and flourish. We need more keepers of the Earth!
Imagine where our world today would be had gunpowder not allowed the most violent and dominant of Anglo-European males to claim what belongs to all and abuse so much of it.
It may take Earth Mother's massive changes to bring back this consciousness: that the human being and the land are one, and both must be regarded as sacred... along with our animal brothers and sisters, and the plant, mineral, and sea kingdoms.
This is the song of existence.
I wish I could get to that site to sit in solidarity with the Indigenous Wise Ones.
This is an exquisite and inspiring piece of writing, advocacy and activism. Has the North Dakota Director of Homeland Security turned the water back on at the site? There was a very alarming story about this on Common Dreams earlier this week. Amid record heat, the water to the encampment had been shut off.
It's neither necessary nor practical for all of us who feel this issue in our hearts to join the Tribes in the flesh. Instead we can join with them in spirit( individual or group meditation with coordinated intentions, individual or group dreamers utilizing intention, and just ordinary folks who want to make a difference, stopping once in awhile, or, when asked, to send healing energies into the heart of this issue.
It's time to get serious about connecting as spirit groups to add balance to these contentious issues. How will it ever happen? One person at a time sees the common pathway, and it builds on itself quickly. We are all already connected thru our hearts. This is one type of collective experience building to speed up humanities spiritual evolution. This, of course, it not an 'either or' thing to do; it's a connecting of efforts strategy. And, it should help all participants, and speed up positive change.
The result is already set. The indigenous have no power. The only value of their protests is for other non European nations to take heed of what continues to happen and fortify themselves against it. Otherwise, their turn will arrive.
" We are not going anywhere."
Why should the Native Americans have to go anywhere? They are the only true Americans!
Yes, we do need more keepers and protectors of Mother Earth. My wife does not post, but she is Native American and this quote by Chief Seattle pretty much sums up her thoughts:
1857- Chief Seattle, in response to a U.S. government inquiry about purchasing his tribal lands.
" But how can you buy or sell the sky? The land? If we do not own the freshness of the air, the sparkle of the water, how can you buy them?
Every part of the earth is sacred. Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every meadow, every humming insect. All are holy in the memory and experience of my people. We are part of the earth and it is part of us. What befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth.
Know that many non-natives are holding space and support for this important work.