On today's Heart Of Mind Radio, host Kathryn Davis features the situation at Standing Rock Dacoka. The Standing Rock Native American Reservation is a Hunkpapa Lakota and Yanktonai Dakota Native American reservation in North Dakota and South Dakota in the United States.
In segment two listeners are invited to join in a meditation to direct healing energy to the people at Standing Rock, to the land and water, and to the hearts of the policing and corporate forces.
Featured Music by Sarah Thomsen:
Precious Water and Somewhere to Begin
Water is life, for the Standing Rock Sioux and for every American. Clean water is essential to our health and well-being.
The tribe is a sovereign nation and has every right to protect the health and safety of its members as well as the lands and waters vital to its culture and heritage. If constructed as planned beneath the riverbed near the reservation, the Dakota Access Pipeline could pose a threat to the river and the tribe’s clean water supplies.
It is concerning that the pipeline was originally slated to run through an area near Bismarck but was relocated near the tribe’s reservation when residents of the state capital raised concerns about the safety of their drinking water. The tribe’s concerns about drinking water safety should be equally considered. Major oil spills in rivers including the Yellowstone and Kalamazoo in recent years raise serious questions about pipeline safety.
The Oceti Sakowin Camp represents a first of its kind historic gathering of Indigenous Nations. The most recent such assembly of Tribes occurred when the Great Sioux Nation gathered before the Battle at the Little Big Horn.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe supports the peaceful and prayerful message of the Oceti Sakowin leaders and desires to assist with options for the their Camp before winter sets in. The on-reservation camp will allow the tribe to explore and pursue considerations for a camp and longer term ways to meet the needs of the community that is 100% off-the-grid, featuring Solar & Wind power generation.
The Battle at Standing Rock
Video by Lucian Read and Divided Films
Members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their allies have been protesting the 1,100-mile Dakota Access Pipeline for months. The pipeline could both threaten their water source and destroy sacred sites. “Whenever there's a resource that needs to be exploited, our lands just kept getting taken,” says one member of the tribe in this documentary, Mni Wiconi: The Stand at Standing Rock. Another adds: “We don't have any place else to go, these are our only remaining homelands. We have to protect them. Enough’s enough.” This film was directed by Lucian Read of the America Divided series, with funding by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Author: Nadine Ajaka
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