Musicians support NODAPL

Gabriel Ayala entertained us at camp one fine evening, and he deserves recognition for donating his talent and CDs for those of us in camp.  I cannot praise his talent enough —this CD is the ultimate romantic music...which is doubly so when viewing the Black Hills as the melody plays…

 

They put us on this Reservation…

 

Let It Snow…

So, yeah, we got socked with a hefty snowstorm the past few days…that in Indiana would have shut the state down.

In the Dakotas? Pfft.  Piece of cake.

I mean, the wind is blowing 30 mph, there are snow drifts four feet high, you no sooner shovel a sidewalk clean, and an hour later, there are drifts up to your thighs.

They plow the roads and they drift shut.

The wind and snow are blowing so hard that it’s white-out conditions…

So, I shovel my car out from an wall of snow surrounding it, and head out…I have to get to the grocery, because there is nothing in the frig, and I’m trying to get shopping done before it gets any worse…

And the other folks here are talking about the weather and they’re saying stuff like “Oh, it’s not that bad out” and “I’m getting read to head out to blah-blah (a town nearby that is accessible through mountain roads) and it’s no problem.”

I’m thinking either I’m a wimp or these people are crazy.

I think I’m a wimp.🙂

It actually did my heart good to hear they don’t see this as a big deal.  They actually seem to love the snow and the challenge.

Let me tell you how they approach this weather:  they don’t bring out measily ole’ snow plows…nope.

They bring out those graders you see grading new roads with.  Not one grader, but two — one right after another.  Big old machines that mean business, let me tell ya…

And then the snowmobiles come out.  I have to admit a little envy at the fun they’re having playing in the snow.

It’s been a loooong time since I’ve seen people enjoying life and embracing adversity.  They play hard and work hard, too.

Giving Thanks…

…Since I have become more aware of what the true history of the treatment of Native Americans, I approach Thanksgiving with mixed feelings…

I want to give Thanks, but I also have to acknowledge that the Natives are thinking “Oh, hell, no…”

I give thanks for every glass of water.  Every meal that I have to eat.  I give thanks for another day when the sun comes up in the morning.  I have become closer to God in the simple practice of giving thanks.

 

Starving them out…

…well now that all the buffalo are gone ( but coming back, yay!), food must be brought in to camp…

…and the sheriff dept is now doing the most wretched:  denying them food and water by fining anyone who brings supplies to them.  #$%&!

Feeding the dark side.  I wonder how this guy sleeps at night…

Closing in… **edited

…so the news here has been all over the map with reports on Standing Rock–

The report a few days ago was this:  The Army Corps of Engineers has given Oceti Sackowin until Dec. 15th to vacate….

…and I thought Dec. 15? Why Dec. 15th…?  My first thought was after I saw the video below was that they were afraid of this.

We are veterans of the United States Armed Forces, including the U.S. Army, United States Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard and we are calling for our fellow veterans to assemble as a peaceful, unarmed militia at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation on Dec 4-7 and defend the water protectors from assault and intimidation at the hands of the militarized police force and DAPL security.
2K EVENT CAPACITY ACHIEVED: Event capacity based on accommodations, travel logistics and supplies; given the time we have to coordinate, resources available and the shipping and weather conditions in the region has been set at 2,000 rostered participants. We currently have over 2,100 Veterans on the roster. Our goal now is to prioritize this list to Veterans and Civilian personnel involved with operations, planning & onsite execution. We will be collecting names for future missions on a new roster ( https://goo.gl/forms/37SEWGvbeMLpcrvY2), next mission could be as early as the 2nd week of December. More to come

The funds we raise on this page will go towards providing food, transportation and supplies for the brave patriots that come and stand with us.  

We’ll be standing alongside peaceful water protectors, who’ve endured violent attacks from the private security funded by DAPL and more brutality and arrests at the hands of militarized police and DAPL security. We have full support of the Sioux tribe elders and will be cooperating with them every step of the way.

I first read this a few days back…and I had mixed feelings about it.  For one thing, anything CNN covers leaves me with a cynical feeling of what is their game?  They sure the hell haven’t been covering Standing Rock with any legitimate journalism.  They haven’t been stating that there was no riot, that the water protectors have been peacefully protesting with prayer and chanting Mni Wiconi!  (Water is Life!  in Lakota)

So I am very, very skeptical that there aren’t strings attached. Anything Big Media covers  is done for some reason that isn’t readily apparent.

My fear is that this is just to placate people so that they will let their guards down  and think things are being taken care of — so they can go back to their lives.  If you haven’t noticed…this is exactly the game plan over and over again for co-opting people’s organizations so that they lose their energy– I have just seen it over and over again and many good organizations have lost their power that way.  Or they were infiltrated by those who talk the talk, but don’t have the cojones to see things through nor do they share the views.

I know Veterans for Peace were there when I was in Oceti Sakowin…so I know there are kindred spirits who want the same thing the Native Americans want…but the problem is when they *take over* and want to do things their way instead of letting the Native folk lead the way.

On the other hand, support is needed and welcomed.  I just hope that it is given without expecting anything in return — no bravado, no puffing up the ego, no expectations that they are owed *anything* for standing up against a militarized force that has brutalized people ON THE LAND THAT WAS GIVEN TO THEM IN AN 1851 TREATY.

Now, for the video:

 

 

**Edited to add:  I meant to state that Dec. 15th is a date that the Native folk, especially the Standing Rock Sioux, Lakota, Nakota, Dakota will remember:  it was the date that Sitting Bull was murdered in 1890.  Wounded Knee happened just two weeks later:  December 29, 1890.

Then the radio reports stated that the North Dakota governor was declaring an emergency and they were going to immediately remove the campers in Oceti Sakowin…because…this is hard not to laugh at when you see the above video…the governor was worried about them with the approaching snow storm….*snort*  bwahaahahahahahahaha

Yet again today, the reports stated that they are going to remove them Dec. 5th.

 

 

Is your food on crack?

A good piece here on the circle of life and how important clean water is to our health and wellbeing…and that of the fish, the birds, the four-leggeds, and the creepy-crawley things…

Oil and other nasty things in our water impact not only us but *everything* around us.

 

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