On March 10th, 2017 The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, along with indigenous groups from around the world, marched from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers headquarters to Trump International Hotel where they erected a teepee and performed ceremonies before marching on to the White House.
Thousands of Native Nations and supporters, led by the @standingrock tribe, rose together as a show of solidarity against a federal government that had long pushed aside tribal concerns on a range of environmental, economic, and social issues.
I can’t take the injustice that’s been happening in my country. I have to much to say… yet I cannot find the words. My heart’s been on the floor for many weeks now. I can’t sit back while other peoples basic American rights are being taken. As a woman, as a Mexican American woman, as a HUMAN… I don’t understand how I could peacefully sit back and not defend those who’s voices aren’t being heard or those who are less fortunate.
I’m honored to have marched D.C with Standing Rock and other natives tribes across this country. DAPL has been confirmed and native tribes needs, rights and treaties have been ignored- breaking environmental justice laws and treaty rights. The Standing Rock movement is bigger than one tribe. These indigenous tribes aren’t asking for anything more than clean water and respect for their homelands and treaties- for themselves, their communities and for ALL Americans throughout this country and generations to come.
The resistance is here, it’s alive and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. I know what side in history I want to be on. Taken part in the movement has reminded me so much of all the men and women who came before me that allowed us to progress and fight the oppression that once existed, and sadly still exists. It’s not easy speaking out; it’s tiring, scary, sad and at times overwhelming but the power of LOVE wins. It always wins. 🏽 #dapl#takethemeeting#consentnotconsultation#nativenationsrise#resist#whereisthelove
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There was a time in the not-so-distant past when young native children were ripped away from their families and forced to attend boarding schools with the purpose of disenfranchising them from their culture. It wasn't even until the Freedom of Religion Act in the 70s that Native American people could even have the freedom to practice their spirituality. •
But today is a new day. And yesterday was #nativenationsrise, where over 5,000 Native Nations and allies marched direct to the capital to stand up for their rights, for the protection of #motherearth, and for #consentnotconsultation for environmentally devastating projects like #dapl and #kxl. @undocumedia@reclaimyourpower