|Yankton Sioux Tribe camp with 7 Council Fires Tipi (at Oceti Sakowin camp) photo by J. Keeler|
As I watched the water protectors charge up the hill yesterday, heading up to protect the graves of the two Lakota grandmothers buried on that hill, former owners of Cannonball Ranch--recently sold by a white rancher to the Dakota Access Pipeline--a pipeline which will plow through their bodies and upon which the heavily armed police stood waiting for these souls before them ready for them with giant bottles of mace and other weaponry, I thought, what drives these amazing people up that hill?
Not all of them are from Standing Rock, or even Native, yet there is still that desire to charge up that hill, to stop desecration in the name of profit. And it made me think, we are still Dakota and alive and perhaps the hoop is expanding. Perhaps something has shifted in the balance of who has won the West.
Today, water protectors were making their way to the top of this hill to pray to relatives who are buried atop the hill. Of course the Morton County militarized police showed up and in their lack of cultural sensitivity disturbed Sioux burial grounds. The militarized police presence is to protect an oil business who has dug up ground on Sioux treaty lands and who does not have a federal permit to dig under Lake Oahe but are preparing to dig downwards. #noDAPL #protectthesacred