How biased is the media you have access to? Have you heard much about the DAPL?
I don’t have television, so I have no idea what is playing on the news. I do know, however, that Google News has only articles from more obscure sources about DAPL and none of them are coming up as headlines. Compare that to my social media feed, filled with articles and posts shared by my largely Native friend base, and you can see how little important Native news makes it into mainstream media.
People are being arrested.
The popular video being shared today is from AJ+ and shows peaceful protestors being arrested. In one clip, a man who is walking away in a field is grabbed from behind and slammed to the ground as an officer handcuffs him.
DAPL is suing.
The energy company is claiming endangerment of its workers and a risk to its permits for delay in constructing its water crossings. Ironically, the protestors are claiming endangerment of their lives should the construction continue, adding to the sentiment the pipeline is causing amongst the Standing Rock people: “Is an entire people expendable?” The methods used to seek approval for construction of the pipeline are called into question.
More and more people are showing up.
I have a number of friends packing up their cars from Indiana to Idaho, ready to drive to North Dakota and risk arrest for the cause. Shailene Woodley, Divergent actress, is already on-site defending alongside the Sioux. Read her Twitter feed here.
30 youth just ran 2,000 miles.
They delivered a petition with 160,000 signatures to stop the pipeline to Washington. They began on foot from North Dakota.
Protestors are asking for support.
The Cheyenne River Sioux stands in solidarity with Standing Rock.
This letter was written to Washington on behalf of the cause:
Furthermore, transportation was provided for protestors:
The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe are also backing up the Standing Sioux.
Salish Sea Bio Region members are raising funds to support the Native groups.
They plan to travel from Washington to North Dakota to stand in support of defending land and water rights. Their fundraiser is located here.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out as more people are planning to make the trip to North Dakota. I just hope my friends stay safe; the Dakotas are not exactly known for polite police officers when it comes to Native peoples.