What are they fighting for?
“through the cold and dark of the North Dakota winter, with ongoing injuries and arrests, it became obvious how difficult, dangerous, and uncertain it can be to speak truth to power. This is a challenge to our national conscience… In Florida, four camps were recently established to protest the Sabal line, and on January 6, Dallas Goldtooth of the Indigenous Environmental Network went live on Facebook to urge Standing Rock water protectors to support other fights… In the last weeks of President Obama’s term, he protected ancient spiritual places and magnificent scenery in southern Nevada as the nearly-300,000-acre Gold Butte National Monument. He did the same for 1.35 million acres in southern Utah, now the Bear Ears National Monument. At Bear Ears indigenous people will contribute to ongoing management decisions. Though state and congressional officials have said they will fight What are they fighting for? both monument designations.” We have original Americans fighting immigrant Americans over what is sacred and what can be abused.
“All of this is about protecting the earth and focusing on what we value as tribal societies… In the past, it was so difficult to think that tribes could have a real voice. Now, our younger generation is empowered because of all the healing work that has been done and all the conversations we have had about the historical trauma that has impacted us generation after generation… Water is the most sacred thing.”
Stephanie Woodard of the Indian Country Today Media Network, In These Times, and The Native American Journalists Association