Winona LaDuke: The Keystone Pipeline, which is not even fully operational, just showed us that it can’t operate safely. The mid-November spill in South Dakota was not supposed to happen—neither were the last five oil spills.
Standing Rock Protest n January this year I moved to Standing Rock Sioux Reservation to take a position at Sitting Bull College teaching Native American Studies, including the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ language. Standing Rock is where I wanted to be because of its incredible work with indigenous language revitalization, particularly its growing PK-2nd grade immersion school. […]
Georgianne Nienaber: In the space of two years, Standing Rock has gone from the promise of Presidential empathy to faded pictures of an Indian child used as a Presidential prop pasted to cardboard that threatened to rip in the stiff headwinds.
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.
John Seeley: Lakota leaders appear to have been inspired by a quote from Crazy Horse they display on their website. “A very great vision is needed and the man who has it must follow it as the eagle seeks the deepest blue of the sky.”