Keystone XL Pipeline construction activity can be seen in the background as Angeline Cheek, an organizer with the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux frontline organization Kokipansi, takes part in a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples Awareness Day action near the Montana border with Canada on May 5, 2020. Photo courtesy Indigenous Environmental Network

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Are women sacred? Is the Earth sacred?

Native Sun News Today Columnist

The quick answer to that is “yes,” but Sacredness is not without the duality of Evil. Sacred is a religious term.  In terms of violence toward women in the U. S.  Its usefulness as a religious term may be more emotional than substantive.  

Since the murder of a Native woman from a tribal group in Canada has become cause celebre, in Sioux Country many organizations have emerged to protect abused or neglected or missing Indian women across the country. The mantra of the sacredness of women and the sacredness of the earth is being heard everywhere.

If Indian women are so sacred, as it is alleged in many contemporary narratives, why isn’t her sacredness inviolable? Why is it the case that that the female of the species has to be protected by others, or she has to learn to protect herself from the male of the species. Why isn’t her sacredness enough to guarantee her own life?

I don’t know the answer to that question but I do know that I had a Dakotah Sioux grandmother who told me a long time ago (though she didn’t speak English), that men are predators. I don’t remember the Indian word she used but I do remember her explanation.

It may be because the sexual urge between males and females is the strongest of all human needs. And if that urge is sacred, it is not without the dark side of the need to survive as a species. The male-female   urge to survive is stronger than hunger, more compelling than thirst. It is more than mere desire. It drives the male of the species to violence against the female as the lion kills his own offspring!

It is a human requirement of the drive of most biological groping’s (species)   that protect against the extinction of human life on this planet.  In the process there are victims.  The human or the animal is in the orbit of an enigma,   a mysterious force which means that groupings have always sought ways to understand its own nature.  

Because of their sexual nature, animals are taken for food by others without which they would starve and die. It is why a human preys on another, becoming what is known in civilized society as a predator, because it must reproduce rather than become extinct.

It is like all the rivers in the world which cannot stop themselves from their natural coming and going, killing and saving, destroying and healing at the same time. Destruction results without outside intervention. A recognition of its nature is vital to humanity’s survival. When we talk about whether or not human beings can have any solutions to their own dilemmas concerning domestic violence, it is important to remember that the male of the species is far deadlier than the female. 

Dare we say, without being sexist and mean or even wrong, that it is men who are violent?  Look at the world’s violence!  Even the UN says (in its office of Drugs and Crime) that men are the ones who start wars, (generally speaking) and an average of 95 percent of the people convicted of homicide are men.  

  When that UN study looks at the school shootings and mass murders that are so much in the news today, they say:  “gang warfare, murder-suicide and familicides and matricides and even genocides: all men.” (See: No Visible Bruises by R. L. Snyder, 2020). 


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