In North Dakota on the Native American Reservation Standing Rock there is the largest gathering of indigenous people in over 100 years. Why are people gathering? They are gathering in protest over a pipeline that is to be built just upstream from the reservation. The pipeline will run underground and across the water sources that feed the reservation and bring it life.
While Native Americans are coming in the thousands to camp out in protest the corporate media including the “liberal” MSNBC is largely treating the story with disdain, focusing on the problems facing the protest or painting it in a “resistance is futile” type of way. Yet at its core this protest is a protest for the human race. We cannot live without clean water. While Dick Cheney managed to remove fracking from the clean water act protection, Hillary Clinton is aggressively for fracking or flammable drinking water.
The protest is made up mostly of two camps (literally), the Red Warrior Camp and the Sacred Stone Camp. It is the first time since kicking Custer’s butt at Little Big Horn that the 7 factions of the Sioux nation have come together. The camps have emergency services, kitchens, porta-potties and “Spirit Riders” a mounted patrol for protection.
People continue to join the protest but the logistics in providing food and services for so many has its price. Food supplies are strained partially for financial reasons but also because the state police have blocked the main road in order to block access to supplies reaching the reservation.
News from the camps comes mostly over Facebook and Instagram and there is a radio station Spirit Resistance Radio 87.9 which is broadcast from a van in the Red Warrior camp. The battle will continue awaiting a court decision on September 9th on whether the pipeline construction should be halted.