Contributing writer for Wake Up World
“Water is life. By leading a transition to energy that is powered by the sun, the wind and water, we ensure a better future for all of our people and for future generations.” ~ Navajo leader Johns
The conflict unfolding at Standing Rock is certainly nothing new for Native Americans. Throughout the history of what we now call the United States, Native Americans have been on the receiving end of extreme injustice, racism, and persecution — much of which was a result of indigenous peoples defending the environment and their traditional way of life. It’s no different today.
Since April of this year, over 500 Native American tribes have taken a stand against the desecration of their sacred ancestral sites and an important water source — the Missouri River — from the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) — a $3.8 Billon dollar project — which, if successfully built, will threaten both.
Mark Ruffalo, who is an active voice against fracking and Big Oil, has joined the ranks of those fighting against this business as usual, profit over people stance that ransacks the environment without a backward glance. He arrived at the frontline of the conflict in Cannon Ball, North Dakota to report firsthand on how events have taken a surreal and frightening turn as local officers and police from seven states clash with protesters.
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