Hello Readers. Next week I am going to Standing Rock, North Dakota to help & stand in solidarity with the water protectors fighting against the Dakota Access Pipeline. I am going Thanksgiving-(taking) weekend for 4 days.
Now there are many things you should prepare for if you are thinking of going to Standing Rock at all and here are a few.
This post came off a fb post Eryn Wise wrote a couple weeks ago talking about ways to come to Standing Rock and be respectful. I will add what she said at the end of this post please read it its very important.
1. Educate Yourself– Learn what the DAPL is & what it means to the Standing Rock Lakota, Dakota, Nakota or Sioux tribe, what it means for the history of all tribes in both North and South America or Turtle Island and what this means for all our waters all over the world. Learn about colonization, what Indigenous people have been through all over the world and white privilege on under served communities. Basically just learn the real history and come woke so we can have real conversations on the tough things going on this country and the world.
2. Prepare for the Climate & Camp– If you are planning to go to Standing Rock during the next few months while it is winter time then awesome but make sure you are prepared for the weather. Winters in North Dakota and most places up north are no joke. Temperatures become below zero with winds up to 30-40 mph and white outs can accrue when blizzards happen. If you plan to camp at the one of the solidarity camps make sure you are prepared with sub zero everything. Sub zero tents, sleeping bags, mats for under your sleeping bags, and warm clothing and boots, gloves, ski mask ect. Also no matter what climate you should be ready to contribute to the camp you are staying at as well as be super self sufficient and not take resources from the camp. They already have limited resources as it is so to take from them does not help.
3. Be Prepared to Be Maced, Pepper Sprayed & Arrested– Remember if you go to the camps to stand in solidarity that there is the very real chance you will be maced, pepper sprayed and arrested so please prepare yourself! Learn who would represent you if you got arrested, what other people have done when they got arrested and if your not willing to be arrested or don’t have the money for bail then think of that too.
4. Remember This Is An Indigenous & POC Resistance That Welcomes White Allies– Standing Rock is a movement for everyone as water is life and is important for the whole human family regardless of color. But that is not all that this resistance is about. A lot of the resistance Indigenous and POC communities are doing is to combat colonialism, racism, and the idea of the United States of America. Now this all takes different forms at different times and right now it is environmental racism against a people who already are at their lowest fighting this war machine for 500 years trying to take there land back which we never saw as land that can be owned. Now as white allies are defiantly welcome and much needed in the struggle just remember this is not your struggle. You are there to help and be in solidarity but you let those communities lead and teach and you listen and follow.
5. Don’t Come & Be Disrespectful or Inflect Your Beliefs– Eryn Wise of the Indigenous Youth Council wrote this post a couple weeks ago talking about ways to come to Standing Rock and be respectful. Here it goes:
“A few things:
– If you’re coming to Standing Rock, bring your own camping/winter weather gear, book a room in advance (they book out FAST – prairieknights.com) or have a plan with friends/family when you arrive here. Supplies are abundant but should be reserved for protectors that live here and plan to be in camp longterm. Avoid zapping resources intended for those who live here.
– Don’t fundraise to get out here if you don’t intend to work hard/get arrested/contribute in a real way to this community. If you just want an Instagram photo or a legit Facebook check-in, save your time and ours. Donate to our funds and help the protectors on the ground make it through the day/week/month/winter.
– PLEASE don’t show up and disregard the words of the people that are native to this land. Don’t argue with elders. Don’t blow off the rules. Don’t go to the front lines without completing a non-violent direct action training (or 10). Don’t yell at the cops – you get us in trouble. Don’t spread your friend’s ashes on our sacred fire (totally happened). Don’t walk around with your crystals or totems or wands or anything like that and trip out the people who are here in ceremony, to pray in our peoples’ way. We respect your right to pray in your own way but respect that this is our space.
If you’re coming here, expect to be called out on any bullshit you bring with you. Expect to work hard. Expect to listen and learn. Expect to have your life changed because you’re about to see what life is like for real natives. If you show up thinking this is Coachella or Burning Man, you’re in for a rude awakening. If you want to pretend to be native and wear headdresses or squash blossoms, expect to get maced and shot at so you know what we, as indigenous people, live through each day.
We are being waged war upon for protecting the water. If you’re gonna be here, don’t just be here to be here. Open up your eyes and look the hell around. We’re at work, in prayer and actively standing against a multi-billion dollar industry that wants us dead. Don’t make us expend energy accommodating you when we’re crying out for HELP.
We need assistance but we need self-sufficient allies and warriors. Please only come if you think that you can handle it and can handle yourself.”
With that I will give you the usual articles, Youtube Clips and Music so you can see what you need to know before showing up at camp.
Till Next Time…Water Is Life!
Follow this Media for More Coverage:
- Democracy Now! Amy Goodman
- Unicorn Riot!
- Young Turks Jordan Chariton
- Our Revolution
- Lakota People’s Law Project Report
- Indian Country Today
- Yes Magazine
- The Free Thought Project
- FB Livestreams
- U Stream
- NAJA- Native American Journalist Association
- AJ +
- Honor the Earth
- Indigenous Environmental Network
- Urban Native Youth
- Indigenous Rising Media
Update on What Is Going on with DAPL from Young Turks:
A Tribe Called Red- We Are The Halluci Nation, Burn Your Village to the Ground
Frank Waln- 7, Oil for Blood, Aboriginal, What Makes the Red Man Red
Other Songs and Radio Programs:
My Other Posts On Indigenous People: