It started small.
Back in April, a few Standing Rock tribal members set up camp in a small valley where the Cannonball River flows into Lake Oahe. They were protesting a pipeline designed to carry oil 1,200 miles from the Bakken oil fields to a distribution center in Illinois.
Fueled by social media, the protest caught fire, and the camp is now larger than most small towns in North Dakota.
Standing Rock Tribal Chair Dave Archambault said he’s been overwhelmed by the response to a carefully considered decision to fight the Dakota Access pipeline.
“This started with prayer, this started with ceremony,” he said. “I think there’s a spirit rising in all of us across this nation, across this world, saying, ‘Enough is enough.’ I’m not the one that’s doing all of this. It’s beyond people. It’s the creator is taking over.”
The protesters won a small victory late last week when the federal government announced it would review the Dakota Access permit and consult with tribes on the permit process.
“It’s earth-shaking, something like this, where three departments come together and start to recognize and expand the jurisdiction for indigenous people and to look at what the wrongs are,” Archambault said.
Tribal nations on the prairie haven’t had many victories since the Battle of the Little Bighorn, and it’s still unclear how significant this one will be.
Read this!, Learn how far down the corporate rabbit hole we have fallen, know that the people we oppressed so badly in the distant past, care so much for their Mother Earth, our Mother Earth, to put their lives on the line against what has become Corpo-fascist oppression, right here in America.
While you were out there playing stupid white people games the Indigenous people have been working hard at preserving what little they have left after the White man put them on Reservations, relocating them whenever they determined there was earthen exploitation to be done underneath their feet, they knew the new corporate thugs were their enemies and fought them on many fronts, winning on many, all while you shop at Nordstroms and text on your smartphones.
Right here in America folks where a once oppressed people teach White folks how to be Americans.