Winona LaDuke: And, there are a lot of people at Standing Rock today who remember their history and the long standoff at Wounded Knee in 1973, In fact, some of those in Standing Rock today were there in 1973 at Wounded Knee, a different, but similar battle for dignity and the future of a nation.
Winona LaDuke: In light of my recent trip to Detroit, I am wondering about the end of the fossil fuel industry. I am wondering because if this is what success looks like, and fifty years later it is Detroit, it is not what I want.
Winona LaDuke: We reiterate our call to the Colombian people and to the world that it is necessary to re-evaluate the actions that threaten the life and existence of Mother Earth.
Winona LaDuke: With Keystone XL still delayed, Alberta Clipper is widely seen as the most important and immediate pipeline battle, and thus much of the U.S. tar sands campaign has been shifting its focus to this project.
Winona LaDuke: t’s a bit ironic how long the Washington National Football League team has held fast to that name even as hundreds of colleges and high schools have changed their names.
Winona LaDuke: Native people have over 370 treaties signed with foreign countries, and most of those have not worked out too well for us; particularly those signed with aggressive military powers with huge economic interests.
Winona LaDuke: They seem seamless on the field. That I notice. As if they are communicating with a long history. This is fortunate, because there are very few players from which to pick
Winona LaDuke: It might be time to have a good discussion about oil, infrastructure, and water in Duluth, before 4 million barrels of oil heads this way.
Winona LaDuke: The Lakota, like many other Native people, see a big infrastructure project like the Keystone XL pipeline, which moves profits from one corporation to another, across their land, as more than a black snake of the fat taker. It is a threat, and there is no new water.
Dirty Coal: Coal interests hope to construct North America’s largest coal export terminal on this “home of the Ancient Ones.”
Winona LaDuke: A war is raging between traditional Dine people seeking to maintain their way of life between six sacred mountains and the relentless economics of fossil fuels. The battles between these two mighty forces have put the largest Native tribal government in a difficult position.
Winona LaDuke: This week’s debate on the Violence Against Women Act marks what may be a very important stage in improving relations between tribal governments, state and federal governments, and the protection of women.
Winona LaDuke: This weekend, hundreds of Native people and their supporters held a flash mob round dance with hand drum singing, again as a part of the Idle No More protest movement. This quickly emerging wave of Native activism on environmental and human rights issues has spread like a wildfire across the continent.