In the News – Standing Rock Veterans Heading to Flint

Carol A. Hand

Building connections and taking a stand
This legacy of Standing Rock brings so much hope
People from many nations united to help one embattled community at a time
So all have access to sacred water!
Chi miigwetch to peaceful warriors
Who walk a sacred path

Standing Rock Veterans Heading to Flint source -Usuncut.com
Standing Rock Veterans Heading to Flint source -Usuncut.com

In the News:

Standing Rock Veterans Heading to Flint – Usuncut.com.

The Ongoing Water Crisis in Flint, Michigan – Fusion.net.

 

Note:

Chi miigwetch means thank you very much in Ojibwe.

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13 thoughts on “In the News – Standing Rock Veterans Heading to Flint”

  1. I was thinking about you with this latest victory, Carol. I remember a brief discussion about the successful fight out here in Oregon against Big Gas. We won our fight because people stuck together and wouldn’t back down. Power to the river protectors for their commitment, conviction, courage, and strength. It was a great day for the native peoples of America, for all Americans, and apparently there’s more to come. There’s something wonderful going on here.

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    1. Thank you for your important comments, David, and for sharing links about the powerful forgiveness ceremony. Healing history is one of the many, many amazing sacred gifts from the Standing Rock elders and water protectors.

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  2. An Ojibway elder I met during the early Idle no More protests said that Canada’s opposition to the rape of our environment would be enabled through the First Nations and International Law that protects their rights. But many laws have been squirrelled into a dozen omnibus bills by our previous government. They have been left scattered there by Trudeau II, who is an agent of darkness with a phoney aura of light. They have smoothed the path for developers by removing strong environmental laws that slowed down projects. They remove strong communal rights and pave the way for private individual ownership of pieces of land, sowing the seeds for a clash between those FN who will profit from pipelines as individuals and those who want to retain the communities powerful communa rights to the land. Our First Nations Association is an umbrella organization that was used by Harper and now by Trudeau to sow dissent and division between tribes and individuals. They are meeting this week. The divisions are showing and those who look deeply at what appears to be modernization is really a divide and conquer approach concealed by crippling underfunding, prejudice/racism and what I have called “buckshot legislation” by the previous PM.

    The encouraging success so far in Dakota is made possible only by the strength that communal ownership has brought and an increasing appreciation for it by us “settlers”. I hope our AFN meetings will be enlightened by it and press strongly for repeal of the laws that removed environmental protections and set the stage for weakened communal land rights.

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    1. Thank you so much for your thoughtful, cogent comments about the role Indigenous Peoples have in relation to environmental protection, Bob. (Your willingness to tackle weighty issues reminds me why I began blogging several years ago.)

      I agree that colonial laws limit the exercise of tribal (First Nation) sovereignty in many ways. But it’s not the colonial laws ultimately that conveyed the most powerful sense of legitimacy in Standing Rock. It was the ability of Indigenous elders and leaders to hold true to their values when they were under attack by a brutal militarized police force that gave them the moral high-ground. The power of their prayer and ceremony drew thousands to stand with them because it touches something deep in the core of many people globally. But not all in the same way. The forces of darkness recognize the power of ceremony as a serious threat and strategize how to divide and conquer, as you point out. Laws that chip away rights and sovereignty over years are one way that has been effective. I wrote about that in a series of posts (https://carolahand.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/differential-power-and-indian-child-welfare-part-three/).

      That’s why the move of veterans to link with other groups that share oppression is so important – farmers in Iowa, undocumented immigrants, families in Flint, Michigan as a start… But of course the issue is deeper than protecting the environment. Laws can only go so far. We all need to see that we are inextricably connected to the Earth that sustains us but can only continue doing so if we learn to treat Her lovingly. I’m not sure how we can get there, though. Still, I’ll keep trying to learn how to model that through my actions as best I can…

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      1. Thank you for your touching reply, Carol. Sometimes your blog gets me into a reply that turns out to be as long as a short blog post, this being a case in point. I modified my comments a little and posted on my own blog… You are so right about the courage and determination shown by the protesters and the power of ceremony. Our AFN honoured Gord Downey yesterday, and there was Justin Trudeau, pipeline builder, basking in the emotion of it all with the majority of Canadians unaware of the irony. Downey, of the iconic group, The Tragically Hip, dying of brain cancer, has pushed Trudeau not to betray our FN… We can’t stop hoping for change…

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    1. Bob, thank you for sharing this excellent summary of relatively recent policies to eliminate First Nations in order to support corporate agendas to control all lands and resources. Ongoing genocide and ecocide reign while the rapacious elite desperately cling to the “hubris and profligacy” of their dying empires (Bacevich, 2008, “The end of American Exceptionalism…”).

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