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Comanche Nation leads prayer, as Morton Co. Sheriff expands its criminal enterprise, violating human rights, violating civil rights
West Coast Women Warriors Media Cooperative
URGENT UPDATE: October 9th 2016
Only three days after the Morton County’s Sherriff’s department staged a press conference that stated they were calling in reinforcements and escalating actions against the Water Protectors, the Comanche Nation led a prayer walk from Oceti Sakowin, Standing Rock Encampment. They left the encampment, and walked on Highway 1806 towards the sacred burial grounds where the dog attack occurred and that has been desecrated by construction of the DAPL pipeline.
Shortly after they started the walk, they were confronted by 12 police vehicles including four State Police and eight Sherriff’s. The situation here is so extreme, that our people cannot even walk down a highway without being assaulted. The fact that we cannot even walk in prayer without harassment is a testament to the times we live in and how much value is put on oil and profit before water and people.
Women, children, and elders were amongst the Prayer Walkers, they had flags and other ceremonial items with them, they were unarmed and the intention of the police was to intimidate and harass them as they offered songs and medicine to the Sacred Water. This is an act of war against our people and our very way of life.
People were very upset and in a high state of emotion to have their ceremony disrupted in such a manner, we are lucky that Camp Security responded so quickly and they came to protect those praying, they arrived to form a line with coordinated action ensured the safety of the people and actively diffused the police who left when they seen the support of the whole camp of 200 people come to defend and protect the people in prayer.
We are very lucky no one got hurt and shortly after the police left roughly over 150 people came together to pray in a circle and to ensure they did not come back. The level of the tactics the police state is uncalled for, they are using escalating force as they waste tax payer’s money on deploying helicopters and police every day.
This is a battlefield in the fight for clean water we will hold our frontline and protect Mni Wiconi with strong hearts.
What the world needs to know is that the atmosphere of fear and aggression is not coming from the Indigenous peoples of the lands, it is coming from DAPL and the police state, it is coming from the Governor protecting his shares in the pipeline.
The very presence of the Comanche Nation today peacefully walking in ceremony as Water Protectors has threatened DAPL. We will remain strong, and we will hold the frontline in our fight to Protect the Sacred. We call on all who say we will be there when it gets real. It is real and the time is now, we are calling on all Warriors to come here and lend your body to our battle for clean water. WATER IS LIFE
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Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 29 years, serving as a writer for Navajo Times and a stringer for AP and USA Today during the 18 years she lived on the Navajo Nation. After being a longtime staff reporter for Indian Country Today, she was censored and terminated. She then created Censored News, focused on Indigenous Peoples and human rights, now in its fifth year.