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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] sheafrotherdon at On Thanksgiving

Dear U.S.-based Friends -

This Thursday is Thanksgiving, a day on which we remember an almost entirely fictional encounter between the settler-colonists in Mâsach8sut and the local Wampanoag people. While the details of the Thanksgiving story are largely mythical, it is true that the settler-colonists would have died without the aid of the Wampagoag in those first few years. If we go to the heart of the story we're remembering a moment where Native people helped non-Native people survive.

Now it's our turn.

You've probably heard about the Water Protectors in North Dakota, trying with all their might and main to stop an oil pipeline crossing the Oglala Aquifier and going beneath the Missouri River. Millions of people downriver of the crossing depend on the Missouri for their drinking water - the Lakota at Standing Rock reservation would be the first and most drastically hit. The protectors have a phrase: Mni Wiconi - Water is Life. They are standing between the company and the river for all of us.

There are thousands gathered at the three camps that make up the Water Protector presence. Local law enforcement has violently tried to disperse the camps - they have attacked Protectors with rubber bullets, sound canons, concussion grenades, and high-pressure hoses. The Water Protectors have done nothing wrong. The land on which the pipeline is to be built belongs to them - the Supreme Court upheld it as such in 1980 when it agreed with the Lakota that the U.S. government had broken the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie, which promised the Oceti Sakowin (the seven council fires of the Lakota) the Black Hills region forever.

On Sunday night, after dark, when temperatures were at 27F, local law enforcement attacked one of the camps. (Warning for graphic video of the confrontation at the next link.) A concussion grenade exploded on one female protector's arm - she was flown to Minneapolis, and it looks like her arm may have to be amputated. An elder went into cardiac arrest and had to be resuscitated by camp healers. 26 people were injured badly enough to be taken to hospital. Many hundreds more were hurt.

Local law enforcement is knowingly risking killing people. You don't spray people with high pressure water hoses when the temperature is below freezing because you want them to back off; you do it because you want to cause hypothermia. Amnesty International has decried the attack as an attack on human rights, and has appealed to local law enforcement to stop these tactics. The United Nations has condemned what's going on. Oh, and Protectors are being arrested for "rioting." Mmmhmm.

Once again, Native people stand between non-Native people and catastrophe, and this time we have to do more than be passively grateful. This Thanksgiving, could you pass the hat at your dinner table for money to send directly to the camps? If you raise $5, and everyone did it, that would be an enormous influx of resources. Those resources would enable camp leaders to buy the supplies that are most needed - medical equipment (local law enforcement road blocks make getting anyone out of the camps by ambulance very tricky); below-zero-grade sleeping bags; camp heaters; winter-ready tents etc., as well as provide legal counsel to those who have been arrested.

You can donate at the following places:

To Standing Rock Directly (The tribe is funding the portable bathrooms, trash pick up, and other infastructure)
To the Sacred Stone Camp legal defense fund
To the Red Warrior Camp (direct action camp within Oceti Sakowin) legal defense fund
The Mní Wičhóni Nakíčižiŋ Owáyawa school at camp
To Oceti Sakowin Camp (the main camp) directly

All of these have been verified - your money really is going directly to the causes listed.

Please think about the encounter at the heart of Thanksgiving as you gather with your nearest and dearest (and those you don't feel so near and dear toward) on Thursday. Give back.

Date: 2016-11-23 03:59 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] bellamagic.livejournal.com

Thank you for these links. Donating.

Date: 2016-11-25 01:43 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] nucleosides.livejournal.com

This, all of this, 100%.

#NoDAPL

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