The Fight Is Not Over: Standing Rock
December was #NoDAPL Month of Action. We have all come to know the appalling events unfolding over the Dakota Access Pipeline construction routed through the water of Lake Oahe along the Missouri River. This water provides life for the Dakota and Lakota people of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The pipeline threatens the growth, development, and preservation of the sacred Indigenous land. It is our duty as Americans to respect Native lands and stand behind the sovereignty and sacredness they represent.
The pipeline was rerouted from the town of Bismarck - a 90% caucasian community - to avoid threatening water sources. The pipeline was rerouted through burial sites, next to graves and sacred tombs. The 3.9 billion dollar pipeline was rerouted through a community where the majority of citizens struggle to pay for heat and electricity in harsh, life-threatening winters.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is not opposed to economic development or energy independence. For over 200 years - they have been opposed to oppression.
Time and time again, we have been forced to look at a deeply painful American history. Now is the time for us to accept our responsibilities, rise up, come together. We must use peaceful and honest protest and prayer to learn how to make America thrive for all of its people.
This month and every month we stand with Standing Rock.
Factual education and allocation is the first step in overcoming our misconceptions of many world issues we face today. We must feel compelled to dig further into these issues for our own understanding and for the betterment of others. Please visit and share these resources that come from the very heart of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Please guide yourself to learn more about the community and the complexities that our fellow Americans are facing.
The next step in correcting our path is to become proactive for our Native American community. The Dakota Access Pipeline has been fought by the Sioux Tribe since 2014. This is reaction. Connect with your local tribes, enlighten yourself on a rich, diverse, and wise culture and most importantly - give your additional time, money and compassion to the well being of a righteous people that are so often forgotten.
It is a beautiful thing to see so many allies come together for such a powerful cause. There are many opportunities to make an impact. Please visit, share and invest in the stories and resources that are fueling momentum and strength for the #NoDAPL movement.
President Obama: Thank you for temporarily halting the Dakota Access Pipeline. Please respect Indigenous lives, their sacred waters and our precious climate and permanently reject this pipeline.
It is time to create conversations and actions that result in positive change.
Dear Allies: Standing rock IS NOT: a photo op, a resume builder, a business opportunity or a festival. This is a sacred struggle in need of peace, prayer, wisdom and togetherness.
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30 MINUTES OF SILENCE + 30 MINUTES OF PRAYER:
THIS IS A STAND FOR OUR WATER, OUR EARTH, AND OUR GREAT GRANDCHILDREN.
People of many faiths, backgrounds and religions are uniting through prayer in unprecedented ways. No matter your belief system, please unite with us in lifting words for our fellow man and woman fighting on the front lines for Mother Earth and Her precious resources.
Give us hearts to understand;
Never to take from creation's beauty more than we give;
Never to destroy wantonly for the furtherance of greed;
Never to deny our hands for the building of earth's beauty;
Never to take from her what we cannot use.
Give us hearts to understand;
That to destroy earth's music is to create confusion;
That to wreck her appearance is to blind us to beauty;
That to callously pollute her fragrance is to make a house of stench;
That as we care for her she will care for us.
We have forgotten who we are.
We have sought only our own security.
We have exploited simply for our own ends.
We have distorted our knowledge.
We have abused our power.
Great Spirit, whose dry lands thirst,
Help us to find the way to refresh your lands.
Great Spirit, whose waters are choked with debris and pollution,
Help us to find the way to cleanse your waters.
Great Spirit, whose beautiful earth grows ugly with misuse,
Help us to find the way to restore beauty to your handiwork.
Great Spirit, whose creatures are being destroyed,
Help us to find a way to replenish them.
Great Spirit, whose gifts to us are being lost in selfishness and corruption,
Help us to find the way to restore our humanity.
Oh, Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the wind,
Whose breath gives life to the world, hear me;
I need your strength and wisdom. May I walk in Beauty.
Grandfather Great Spirit -
All over the world the faces of living ones are alike.
With tenderness they have come up out of the ground
Look upon your children that they may face the winds
And walk the good road to the Day of Quiet.
Grandfather Great Spirit -
Fill us with the Light.
Give us the strength to understand, and the eyes to see.
Teach us to walk the soft Earth as relatives to all that live.
- Sioux Prayer
Oh Great Spirit who dwells in the sky,
lead us to the path of peace and understanding,
let all of us live together as brothers and sisters.
Our lives are so short here, walking upon Mother Earth's surface,
let our eyes be opened to all the blessings you have given us.
Please hear our prayers, Oh Great Spirit.
- Native American Prayer
Treat the earth well. We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.
- Native American Proverb
Mother, Father to you I raise -
My whole being, a vessel, emptied of self.
Accept, my Creator, this my emptiness
And so fill me with your Light, your Love, your Life -
That these, your precious Gifts may radiate through me
And overflow the chalice of all I come in contact with this day.
Revealing to them the beauty of your joy and Wholeness
And the serenity of your peace.
- The Prayer of the Vessel
This is the Earth, healed again, growing green and blue.
I want you to remember this exactly as it is,
and then go and tell the people that if enough of us hold this image in their minds,
we can heal the Earth and make it like it was a long time ago.
- Grandfather Rolling Thunder, Cherokee Medicine Elder
You must teach your children that the ground beneath their feet is the ashes of our grandfathers.
So that they will respect the land, tell your children that the earth is rich with the lives of our kin.
Teach your children what we have taught our children, that the earth is our Mother.
Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth.
If men spit upon the ground they spit upon themselves.
This we know. The earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the earth.
This we know. All things are connected like the blood which unites one family.
All things are connected.
- Chief Seattle