Winterize Water Protectors Camp
Organized by: wasté win young
December 06, 2016
Wopila tanka!! A big thank you for helping make our desire to stay on our land a reality. We could not have gotten this far without your support. See More
Wašté Win Young emačhiyapi. Inyan Woslan ematahan. My name is Wašté Win Young. I am Wichiyena Dakota and Hunkpapa Lakota from Standing Rock. I am camped with my tiospaye (relatives) at the confluence of the Cannonball and Missouri Rivers--on ancestral land our people hold title to under the Fort Laramie Treaties of 1851 and 1868. The United States Army Corps of Engineers recently permitted (illegally) the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) which would carry crude oil from North Dakota to Illinois, where it would hook up to other pipelines and refineries. If allowed to proceed with construction the eventual pipeline break on the river would result in catastrophic contamination of the water supply for 17 million people downstream-- including our people. The DAPL was initially slated to cross the Missouri River north of Bismarck, North Dakota. The North Dakota Public Utilities Commission (ND PUC) recommended it not proceed as planned because a break in the pipeline would directly affect the well heads for the municipal water supply. However, the ND PUC did approve a plan that would allow construction of the DAPL within treaty territory, 800 feet from the state recognized border of the Standing Rock Nation. This sends a direct message that our people are expendable--that their water supply matters more than ours. Last Friday, a federal Court of Appeals overturned the decision by Judge Boasberg (United States District Court Washington, DC) which would have allowed construction on the DAPL to proceed. Although there has been a brief respite in activity it has not stopped or deterred our people from maintaining a physical and spiritual presence on our ancestral lands. True sovereignty. Indigenous communities and people from all over the world have answered our call for help and support. We could not have gotten this far without YOUR prayers, YOUR encouragement, YOUR support. Together, we will make our Last Stand for Unči Maka--Grandmother Earth. Within the next month winter weather will move in on the northern plains. As this cleansing season begins it is vital to remain physically present and make our winter camp here. We are working with vendors who will be transporting tipis, tipi covers, tipi poles and one winter yurt. The yurt will also serve as a meeting place and have a wood stove. It will be open to anyone wanting to come and support us. If you cannot donate monetarily, that's okay. =) This movement has and always will be guided by prayer and love. Wóčhekiye. Wótheȟila. Wówauŋšila-Prayer, love and compassion. Mitakuye Oyasin: All My Relations.