Today, hundreds of water protectors met militarized police to defend sacred burial grounds and the approaching construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Youth, elders, and people of all walks of life stood on the riverbank in prayer, and many boated or walked into the river, to stand strong in protection. Rubber bullets were shot by Morton County Sheriffs point blank at such close range as to cause one young man to cough up blood. Tear gas and pepper spray were unleashed on the protectors en masse.
The amazing physicians and medics we work with in the Standing Rock Medic & Healer Council have been inundated with literally hundreds of injuries, triage overflowing. Notice the tree at the top of the hill where armored vehicles are staged. That is the grave site of Alma Parkin and Matilda Galpin, the indigenous women who once owned the Cannonball Ranch, where DAPL is actively digging its pipeline ever closer to the Missouri River. Police are desecrating grave sites, brutalizing peaceful people in prayer, and making a mockery out of law enforcement in this country.
The needs of the indigenous resistance movement here on the prairie are great. Come stand with us. Make phone calls. Send supplies. And if you can, offer financial support to replenish the stock of Milk of Magnesia used to treat the burns from tear gas, Arnica to treat the blunt force trauma, Rescue Remedy to treat the emotional shock, and to support the volunteer practitioners on the ground who are tending to the physical and emotional health of these protectors in such a loving and compassionate way . . . not to mention, gathering resources to winterize the camp for the impending -40 degree weather coming in just a few short weeks.
Please send support. Please send prayers. Please lend your financial support (see our Donate page)