I Stand With Standing Rock
I love America and the American people, but our government and politicians? Hmmm, …not so much. We as a country and a people have a checkered past, and we all know it. One of our darkest periods was the pillage and genocide we committed, as we forcefully stole the land rightfully owned by the indigenous Native Americans.
But that was yesterday, and today we are a more enlightened people. Or, are we?
You’ve probably heard about the North Dakota access pipeline and the controversy surrounding it and the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. In case you haven’t, here’s a three-sentence primer.
The Standing Rock Sioux opposes the pipeline’s construction near the Sioux reservation on the grounds that it threatens their public health and welfare, water supply and cultural resources.
The pipeline was originally supposed to cross the Missouri River near Bismarck, but it was moved over concerns that an oil spill at that location would have wrecked the state capital’s drinking water. As a result, the pipeline was shifted to a crossing half a mile from the reservation, where apparently it’s ok to wreck the Sioux Indians’ drinking water, land and scared cites.
In closing, there are two schools-of-thought here, homies. First, we’ve pissed all over the Indians before, why stop now; or second, it’s time to do the right thing and contact our representatives to spend a few more bucks and reroute the pipeline. As always, the choice is ours. Peace, love, dove.