The above video and below images are artistic representations of a tremendously important conflict for anyone living on the North American continent. As is so often the case, the importance of what is happening on the ground is disproportionately represented by the information available in the media. Independent photographers, videographers and news sources are thus crucial in times like these. Thank you to the sources of the material in this post for producing shareable works to promote the actions Standing Rock are taking to protect the water and land for all.
The site of the Dakota Pipeline protests was a sad place this morning for anyone who believes in just treatment of peaceful and legal protests. The private security company hired by government and corporate interests in the pipeline brought attack dogs as a means of intimidating protesters into leaving the site. This aggressive move means the threat is not just against the land and water, but against the rights of people to use legal means to protect their lives: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has a challenge against the pipeline registered in court, and considering ancestral grounds that are important archeological sites would be destroyed by the pipeline, it seems only civil to allow the case to at least be heard before threatening people off their land with attack dogs.
This evening Tyler Pennock said on Toronto's Indigenous Waves radio program (CIUT FM), “When we speak of land and water we speak of our right to live.” – a perfect way to phrase why activists fighting for the health of water are just in their demands to be heard and respected.