|Andre Cramblit, EONM member protesting at a Washington NFL game in Santa Clara, CA in 2014.|
During my Native America Calling pre-interview (I was on the show this week talking about Cleveland at the World Series) the host asked me about criticism that EONM's success with our hashtag #NotYourMascot took away from other "more important" movements.
|#NotYourMascot trending nationally during 2014 Super Bowl|
In light of that, I would like to sing the praises of EONM core members of our strategy team who are out there fighting the #NoDAPL fight:
|Yolonda BlueHorse protesting at the Dallas-Washington NFL game in Dallas|
Yolonda BlueHorse (Lakota) in Texas is working with Natives there to keep the #NoDAPL issue in front of Energy Transfer Partner CEO Kelcy Warren's face in his hometown. He agreed to meet with them after they cornered him at a public meeting and abstained from a Texas Parks and Wildlife Commissioner vote on a pipeline because of protests.
|Yolonda helping coordinate protests at DAPL owner's Dallas headquarters|
|Desiree Kane at Oceti Sakowin camp in North Dakota|
And Desiree Kane (Miwok), who has been living continuously at the camp since July doing the thankless volunteer work that so many are doing who are not in front of the cameras but that is absolutely necessary to make the Oceti Sakowin camp run. Please read her recent piece, "The Standing Rock Victory You Didn’t Hear About" in Yes! Magazine that gives a vision of hope in the midst of all this suffering our people have endured.
|Nicky Parkhurst directing EONM's 2015 Super Bowl protest in Phoenix|
And Nicky Parkhurst (Diné/Lakota) whose mom's family is from Cannonball and who is fundraising to help her community deal with the fallout of the assaults by the state of North Dakota. Please support her Gofundme!
|Native people in the Southwest had strong feelings about being mascotted|
|Yes, there was a police presence|
|Nicky's husband supporting his wife|
|Morning Star (on left) at prayer circle before Washington NFL team protest|
|Morning Star (in skirt) marching outside stadium of Washington-49ers game|
|Morning Star's mom demonstrating what a real RedSk*n is to Washington fans|
Trolls often chide us that we should work on the "more important issues" and we always say we do it all: #Simultaneously. It's not chance that these women, central to EONM, are also on the frontlines of #NoDAPL. And look at the face of Kelcy Warren, yet another billionaire these amazing Native women have helped put in the hot seat. Priceless.
|Energy Transfer Partners CEO Kelcy Warren under pressure|
Hechetu Ye (Dakota for this is the truth)
PS: Here is my latest article at TeleSUR English about Standing Rock which is my way of contributing!