Flags for Twodog 9/3/2016
On the August 31, 2016 radio show World Talk with Friends, we were joined by Twodog. His message compelled us to action. The following information discusses a movement that may just bring solidarity to the planet in unanticipated ways. Please, it is critical that we come together now and over this situation. It may be the line in the sand. Are you ready to take as stand if only to say a prayer, send a flag or donate?
He's been beaten, hung, shot, and stabbed. Ran away from home as a young boy, followed bands of the 60s/70s as a mere kid. He's had a tough life, being a "half-breed" in Kentucky. Is married, has a daughter who has been going thru cancer treatments for years. And still he continues to fight for all of us.
For updates directly from the protesters: https://www.facebook.com/ienearth/
This Portland Press Herald August 31, 2016 article provides a history of the movement: Native Americans protest Dakota Access oil pipeline
The BBC News is the primary source, apparently, for information on this United States protest movement (telling in itself): August 16, 2016
Life in the Native American oil protest camps September 2, 2016
Rediscovering Native American roots at pipeline protest
BBC News, 1 September 2016
Since April, over 3000 Native American people have been camping in Cannon Ball, North Dakota. They are trying to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which would run underneath the Missouri river near the Cheyenne river reservation.
It's the biggest gathering of tribes in more than 100 years. The movement is becoming more than a protest. People in the camp say it is a way to reconnect with their identity, pride and heritage after a long history of abuse and segregation.
Hawste Wakiyan Wicasa believes the Native American standoff with Dakota Access is the last Great Indian War. "This is the first time the seven bands of the Sioux have come together since Little Bighorn," he said. "Now, we have no weapons, only prayers." Mr Wicasa says he prays every morning and every night in the sweat lodge pictured behind him. "We are here for what our ancestors fought and died for. We have endured 250 years of betrayal by the white man."