Speak out now against Dakota Ac­cess pipeline

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OPINION -

Dear Edi­tor, Na­tive Amer­i­cans are again be­ing bru­tal­ized and vi­o­lently at­tacked. At this very mo­ment in Stand­ing Rock, N.D., they are de­fend­ing their sa­cred lands from the Dakota Ac­cess oil pipeline, which threat­ens to con­tam­i­nate the wa­ter sup­plies of millions of peo­ple.

The his­tor­i­cal treat­ment of the Na­tive Amer­i­cans by the U.S. govern­ment, the U.S. Army, and white set­tlers is one of un­speak­able bru­tal­ity and hor­ror. Their lands were stolen, their cul­tures shat­tered, their way of life com­pletely dis­man­tled and dis­rupted leav­ing them dev­as­tated and des­ti­tute .

The In­di­ans pro­tect­ing the wa­ter are called “wa­ter pro­tec­tors” and they are peace­fully pro­tect­ing the wa­ter for all of us. Ev­ery pipeline is dan­ger­ous — there have been hun­dreds of rup­tures, spills, and fires. One spill was so bad that Alabama and six neigh­bor­ing states de­clared a state of emer­gency.

The highly mil­i­ta­rized po­lice and pri­vate se­cu­rity forces have re­peat­edly at­tacked the wa­ter pro­tec­tors with tear gas, rub­ber bul­lets, and wa­ter can­nons (in freez­ing weather). Peace­ful protesters have been ar­rested, beaten, locked in dog cage en­clo­sures, and suf­fered hun­dreds of in­juries in the last few days.

The geno­cide and violence that oc­curred back in the 1800s is his­tory we can­not change. How­ever, it’s rep­e­ti­tion is some­thing we can stop.

You can visit www.sa­cred­stonecamp.org to learn more. The cor­po­rate me­dia has vir­tu­ally blocked out all cov­er­age of Stand­ing Rock.

Don’t let this bru­tal­ity con­tinue. Now is the time to speak up. Eli Kas­sirer Gar­diner

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