In an article with that title published on Common Dreams, tribal member and activist Linda Black Elk asks, “If we allow an oil company to dig through and destroy our histories, our ancestors, our hearts and souls as a people, is that not genocide?”
This well written article clearly explains what happened over the weekend. Just a day after the Standing Rock Sioux filed papers in court asking for protection of sacred sites, which includes burial grounds, in the path of the proposed pipeline, the pipeline company began bulldozing the land on those very sites.
When those who had been praying for protection of the water discovered this, they peacefully protested. In response, private security guards used pepper spray and dogs to attack the unarmed men, women, and children, several of whom were bitten. Fortunately Amy Goodman and a crew from Democracy Now was on the scene, and that video clearly proves statements from the Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier saying the protestors were violent, was a lie. People are urged to call the Sheriff to ask that he stop misrepresenting this, and his number is 701 667-3330. “There’s only one conclusion,” Black Elk added, “they are attempting to provoke us to violence.”
Instead, as a young Native American on horseback said at the end of the video,“We protected our water and we did a good job at doing it.” Nonviolently.
In response to a request for an emergency motion for a temporary restraining order, a Federal judge ordered a hearing this afternoon in Washington, DC.
A public outcry is clearly needed to try to stop the violence, lies and genocide Dakota Access is perpetrating. Please spread the word about this. A sample letter to the editor can be found in this previous blog post.