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Dave Archambault: #NoDAPL struggle unfolds on Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's land






The Galanda Broadman law firm on Twitter: "Flags at Sacred Stone Camp exemplify that only one signatory has honored the Treaty of Ft. Laramie. #NoDAPL." Photo by Galanda Broadman

Dave Archambault Sr., a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the father of Chairman Dave Archambault II, looks at the resistance movement unfolding on his people's land as thousands gather to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline:
As we see the struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) unfolding on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, the question we hear Indians and Non-Indians asking themselves is, “Where do I fall as far as my belief system guides me in this matter ?” “Are the people demonstrating traitors to America, or are they patriots?”

If a person hasn’t already developed strong convictions one way or the other, and wants more knowledge about the DAPL issue, they can spin the dial to KFYR’s 550AM morning show called, What’s On Your Mind. This show will certainly give you more than enough reasons to be positively inclined or in favor of the pipeline. Scott Hennen, the host, his guests, and his listeners will give you an ear full of the arguments that are pro-construction.

By listening to Hennen you will become aware of why American Indians and others camped just north of Cannonball should be arrested. He states quite openly that the Indians should be thankful for the monthly government checks they receive, and inflames listeners with the Fighting Sioux name topic. Never mind the issue is about building a pipeline. In general the show will paint Indians in a pretty bad way, while ranting for the pro-pipeline point of view.

For the opposite view, one has to travel to the campsite and visit with the demonstrators. Listen to the messages of why they feel protecting our natural resources is so important. And if the opportunity presents itself, listen to the leaders spread the word of how spirituality, prayer and peaceful demonstration is so vital to overcoming the seemingly insurmountable opposition.

Read More:
Dave Archambault Sr.: Anti-DAPL: Are You a TRAITOR or PATRIOT? (Indian Country Today 8/31)

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