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Quinault Nation sends Grandfather Canoe to #NoDAPL encampment

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More on: alaska, dakota access pipeline, fawn sharp, missouri river, north dakota, quinault, reggie ward, standing rock sioux, water
     
   

The Sacred Stone Camp organized a #NoDAPL water action on August 20, 2016. Photo by Johnny Dangers

The Quinault Nation is sending a delegation to North Dakota as the #NoDAPL movement continues to make waves.

Twelve Quinault citizens are traveling with their elder canoe, Grandfather Canoe, to express solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and its efforts to stop the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline from destroying sacred sites and burial grounds. The delegation left Washington on Monday.

“The Quinault Nation is proud to stand behind this peaceful protest,” President Fawn Sharp said in a press release. “It is the very same struggle we have here in our homeland, where we have been opposing the proposed expansion of oil terminals and oil trains. The cost is far too high."

"We are not willing to allow more oil spills in our rivers either, and we will fight to protect our sacred grounds and cultural resources, just as the great Sioux Nation is doing," added Sharp, who also serves as the president of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians and the vice president of the National Congress of American Indians.


The One People Canoe Society from Alaska is sending the Raven Canoe to the #NoDAPL encampment in North Dakota for the Paddle To Standing Rock 2016. Photo by Rhonda D. Butler

The Grandfather Canoe will be joining canoes from Alaska and the Pacific Northwest that are already en route to the #NoDAPL encampment near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. Quinault citizen Reggie Ward Jr. is coordinating the journey for his people.

"We Native Americans are the traditional caretakers of the land,” Ward said. “We are traveling to share our culture and teachings and to learn from this great experience. It’s our tradition."

According to the One People Canoe Society from Alaska, the canoes will participate in the Paddle To Standing Rock 2016, an "historic" journey down the Missouri River from September 7-9.

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