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Misty Perkins: Continue to stand with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe






The #NoDAPL movement continues in North Dakota. Photo from Red Warrior Camp

Misty Perkins, a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe, urges Indian Country to continue supporting the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe as the battle over the Dakota Access Pipeline continues:
If you travel to sacred stone camp you will be no doubt be met with blockades and authority traffic stops, but once you pass the aggression of the government resistance you will find signs that say “no weapons” and “no drugs and alcohol.” There are welcoming faces and voices of encouragement and peace. You will hear drumming and songs, the laughter of the children, and the advice of the elders where their wisdom is honored by those who will listen. You will hear many nations of man coming together in prayer and in spirit of common human bonds. There is a feel of the old ways, mixed with the new world, which leaves time elusive to things like watches and schedules and gives way to the natural patterns of this earth. This is because when you enter Sacred Stone Camp, you are entering a ceremony of protection and prayer. this is the time which was foretold by such indigenous leaders like Black Elk, and Crazy Horse, long ago way back when their nations first fell to colonialism. Even then, they could see a system who only benefits a few cannot continue, a system that destroys the very earth we live on cannot continue, a system that causes endless wars, pollution and poverty cannot continue.

We are in the middle of the largest extinction in recorded history, well over two thirds of the world’s resources are already used up. We are in the middle of wars upon wars that have gone on for decades, which despite all other claims and reasoning boils down to occupying resource rich nations. We are in a time of great change, and that comes with great choices, and the key to our very freedoms and future depends on whether or not we understand our role on this earth and our obligation to care for it. There is a reason that right now, that not just indigenous tribes of America are coming together in prayer but people all over the earth are coming to the realization that we cannot continue with this system in place. We are all being poisoned and we are running out of clean water every day in the name of progress and profits. It is time to not only recognize the power in mother earth but claim our power as many voices and prayers united.

Read More:
Misty Perkins: Standing Rock Standing Strong: A Call to All Nations (Indian Country Today 10/11)

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