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Standing Rock Rising

It was Friday evening, two weeks after the election in the USA, and I was out having dinner with a couple of friends. Naturally, a conversation about the new President came up…

Now, we all know how much press coverage the U.S Presidential Campaign received, it was on every news channel for ten whole months. Whether it was through TV, radio or the internet, we were bombarded with what felt like brainwashing from both Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton.

I say this because up until that dinner a few weeks ago, I had no idea of the extent of abuse and shocking treatment the Native American people were undergoing in North Dakota with regards to the Pipeline Access issued by ETP.

In actual fact, up until September, the entire world was unaware as to what was actually happening to the Water Protectors (the name the peaceful protestors go by) and their ongoing battle to save their sacred land. The Water Protestors have been a part of the Black Rock Rising Campaign since April 2016 but due to the government trying their level best to keep it under wraps, the media and general awareness was practically non existent. It took the work of the Native Americans themselves to spread news through social media which then caught the attention of freelance journalists.

So, what has been going on in North Dakota over the last 8 months?

Water Protectors at Standing Rock
Standing Rock – Water Protectors

Basically ETP (with the backing of the US government) initiated a plan costing $3.7 billion to create the Dakota Access Pipeline. They vowed it was the safest, most efficient way to carry crude oil from North Dakota to Illinois. However, the pipe would cut under the Missouri River which is immediately next to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. (This land was kindly set aside by the Government in 1851 after European and American settlers murdered hundreds of thousands of Native Americans and rid them of their homes.) For the remaining local tribes’ who live in North Dakota, they rely on the river as a source of fresh water which would be contaminated if the plan went ahead. Not to mention, the small amount of land which was left to them, would be invaded once again.

During 2016, over 300 tribes came together to peacefully stand not only for their human rights, but also for the preservation of Mother Nature. Along the way, Water Protectors have been attacked with with batons, tased, shot at with rubber bullets, police dogs have been let loose and they’ve been hosed down with freezing cold water whilst already coping with temeratures below -25. Yet still, they stand strong and unite with not an ounce of violence. They in fact, state that their main defence is prayer.

peaceful protests at standing rock
Peaceful protests at Standing Rock

 

It’s a prime example of money & power being misused in higher places against the indigenous population, and what for? OIL! Once again!
People should not have to fear their government, it should be the other way round; they’re supposed to be working for us and protecting the country we live in.

brutal attacks at standing rock
Brutal Attacks at Standing Rock

In a quote from one of the tribe members, “This issue could have been settled years ago, but we don’t have the money for attorneys to represent us,”

standing rock
People vs Police at Standing Rock

Instead, the government hired 76 law enforcement agencies to fight in what should’ve been a harmless, weapon free protest.

When I was educated about the ongoings a few weeks earlier, I honestly thought that I was witnessing scenes from combat zones in Afghanistan, but nope, this was the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, the Land of the Free!

Combat Zone scenes
Standing Rock – Combat Zone

I could go on and on about the disgusting acts of violence and hatred from Morton County’s Sheriffs, the Governor etc… you only have to read the first few posts on Standing Rock Rising’s Facebook.

Alternatively, I want to focus on the greatness of the Water Protectors, and highlight the positive support they’ve witnessed through the general public.

Two police officers handed in their badges because they refused to be a part of the police brutality and in the image below, you can see their discomfort.

Police Discomfort at standing rock
Standing rock – Police

On December 4th, thousands of war veterans flooded into North Dakota to help and acknowledge the cause.

This story of unity and determination is so inspiring and finally, the Water Protectors have some sort of justice.
On 5th December, the government issued a statement halting any further work on the Pipeline Access.

My only concern is whether this will withstand in January, when the man who believes that Climate Change is all a hoax will comes into power – Mr Donald Trump.

I’m not an expert when it comes to politics but what I do know is that he has no regard for Native Americans as a community. In fact the Native American leaders themselves cancelled a planned meeting with Trump after he repeatedly referred to Senator Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas.”

Just to pop the cherry on top, Donald Trump has numerous ties with the Dakota Access Pipeline. He has invested between $500,000 and $1 million into ETP ( the guys who want the Pipeline Monstrosity to happen) AND ETP’s chief executive Kelcy Warren donated over $100,000 to Trump for for his presidential campaign.

Somehow, I have a feeling that this isn’t the end of the road for our friends in North Dakota but for now, let’s celebrate their victory.

Standing rock - love and unity
Love & Unity at Standing Rock

Please share this story, and also check out Standing Rock Rising Facebook page to help out in any way, shape or form!

Let’s BE THE CHANGE.

6 thoughts on “Standing Rock Rising

  1. Im so proud of you! Amy im only 13 And you Learn me everyday how to be better ! I LOVE YOU !❤️❤️❤️😭😘😘 xx @princess.amians

  2. It is sad to see this but it is reality and this won’t be the end. The natives will never be peaceful unless the inner greed of the government disappears. I just hope one day that the news will have nothing to say and that everything is alright. No murder, war and etc. Just peace

    Good job Amy keep up the blogs

  3. Can feel your pain since you are made to think that these people are the victims. It is sad to and quite concerning to see someone feeling that the police are the enemies of humanity and people in a democratic country like the USA. So, it is hard to believe that you actually feel for these people and may be thought up of writing something of this nature since you feel the people from India are anti-American and would be entertained by some rhetoric such as this.
    Here is the fact of the matter is. There are thousands of miles of pipe lines already in America. Without such pipe lines these countries can not operate even for a day. The science behind pipe lines has never been this advanced. So the pipe lines that are being built today are far more superior and safer than the pipe lines that were built in the past. Science on environmental science to protect the environment plays its vital part in designing the route of these pipe lines. And has seen its part of advancement into the 21st century.
    So this is not politics. Pipe lines are not about politics. Climate change propaganda is politics. Because those who are behind it made it so since they need the politicians to write the fraudulent bills to steal the money from people in Carbon tax and handed over to them. Rothschild clan.
    This is the truth.

  4. Hi there Ms.Amy Jackson,it’s me,Farshana.i read all of your passion project up there and they were really…I’m speechless.Fantastically written.im really really proud to be your fan.
    Love you so much.

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