Stand With Standing Rock

While it has always been my policy to stick to the lighter-weight topical fare of fashion and all things fashion-related on this blog, there also times when you have to cast the stilettos aside and speak up for what's right.

Unless you have been a participant in some sort of underground social experiment that requires you to have no contact of any sort with the outside world, you will likely have already seen at least some news coverage of the growing gathering of America's (and other nations') indigenous peoples at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in Cannon Ball, ND. This unprecedented gathering of native people was born on the back of the tribe's rejection of the Dakota Access Pipeline, a project that's intended to transport crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken region through to Illinois, with inflated promises of lesser dependence on foreign oil, economic growth, and a healthy dose of "what could possibly go wrong" environmental racism. The pipeline was originally slated to tunnel within proximity of nearby Bismarck, ND, but was re-routed to pass through a portion of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation once it was deemed that a pipeline leak could affect the water supply of a populated area. Naturally, the Standing Rock Sioux are not happy. While the ins and outs of the particulars are too lengthy to cover in this post, you can read a fairly well-balanced synopsis about the issue here.

It needs to be noted here that this pipeline resistance from the Sioux is not just an environmental issue. While you certainly don't read about it in most of the history books in any of our American high school or middle school syllabi (appallingly), it is no secret that we Americans have what could only be described as an heartbreaking and unfathomably poor track record when it comes to the treatment of our native people. And that is probably the biggest understatement you will likely hear all year.

Sadly, it looks like the state government of North Dakota (and the corporations underwriting them) is setting itself up to repeat the mistakes of a shameful past in Canonball, ND.  Despite the fact that the anti-pipeline demonstrations have been nonviolent actions by unarmed people, the governor of North Dakota has declared a state of emergency and called out the National Guard, something that even the heavily-armed Bundy standoff never incurred. In a series of actions that harken back to the "good old days" of McCarthyism and racial divide (that never really went away), activists have been pepper sprayed, bitten by corporate-hired attack dogs, and journalists and medics are being singled-out and hauled-off to jail in an attempt to intimidate and keep the status quo - that status quo being big oil and its continued exploitation of indigenous land.

So with that in mind, I urge you all to jump into the fray by joining the Sacred Stone Camp's Global Solidarity Video Project. All you have to do is record your one-minute video and submit it (and yes, you can use your iPhone - I did). The campaign will end Friday (Sept 16th) at 11:59 USA Central Time.

This is the link to their Facebook page with all of the particulars if you want to join in the project, and I hope that you do. I did - here's mine.



Comments

  1. Good on you - agree with you on all points about what's happening in ND. I'm in Michigan where the water crisis in Flint also shows us what happens when poor people's rights to safe water are trampled upon. Long time reader but I think this is the first time I've commented!

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  2. Amazing! Thank you so much for writing about this. It sickens me that we are STILL in this day and age violating the rights of people on our nations SOVEREIGN Native lands. It's immoral, and moreover it is illegal. The fact that the national guard has been called in is just unfathomable.
    Thanks so much for bringing this issue to the forefront, I hope that it resonates with everyone. We have to look out for each other!

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  3. Thank you for bringing light to this incredibly unfathomable injustice to the Standing Rock Sioux, our Earth, and the future of our children. My heart, thoughts, and prayers are with those who so bravely are working to protect its people and nature from grave harm and further destruction. I, too, stand with Standing Rock. I appreciate your video post as well!

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  4. Love that you have posted this on your blog - off to do my video clip in solidarity for them xx

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  5. Kristin,I've been following you on your blog for about 2 years and admire your attitude and style tremendously. Keep on going!! Andrea, Austria

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