Standing Rock update
Thankfully, the Army Corps of Engineers ruled to halt the pipeline on Dec. 4, 2016, deescalating the violence and at least temporarily stopping completion of the $3.8B Dakota Access Pipeline Project, which threatens sacred waters, burial grounds, a 165 year old treaty, and the drinking water of the Standing Rock Sioux and all others downstream of the pipeline's intersection across the Missouri River.
But, this is a temporary victory. Many demonstrators refuse to leave the site for fear of egregious actions on the part of Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics. "They'll drill anyway."
Some legal actions have begun against the police for human rights abuses this year on site, and the struggle continues. Those who feel the Dakota Access Pipeline would desecrate the inalienable religious and human rights of the Standing Rock Sioux are still coming, standing together, refusing to give up despite physical wounds and bitter cold.
Learn more from the people defending their rights:
- Sacred Stone Camp
- Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
- Stand with Standing Rock
- Women of Standing Rock (documentary)
- Standing Rock Sioux Chairman, Dave Archambault's most recent statement
On a brighter note -- our theme this month is New Beginnings and i found this video particularly beautiful this Fall:
Thanks for reading. Peace on Earth --