Raging Grannies at the Stop Dakota Access Pipeline demonstration in San Francisco August 24. Hats, scarves, and berets kept us warm in the chilly city! We stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux who have stopped construction of a dangerous oil pipeline that runs very close to their tribal lands. 

The tribe is suing federal regulators for approving permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline that will move oil from North Dakota to Illinois.
Standing Rock members say the pipeline’s route under the Missouri River could threaten its water supplies if the pipeline leaks or breaks. The chairman of the tribe said the Corps of Engineers failed to do proper consultation with his tribe before granting federal approvals for the pipeline.

@ my nonnative followers, if you guys aren’t sure what to do or how to help, you can start by following blogs like nativenews & if you have twitters blow up the #noDAPL tag. #noDAPL is the tag for protest against the dakota access pipeline - a pipeline meant to transport crude oil from north dakota down through south dakota, iowa, and into illinois. the problem with this is that oil spills, illegal oil drilling, and other invasive things happen on native lands all the time without permission, and it damages the lands and contaminates the water that the standing rock sioux tribe and other tribes depend on to live. boost the shit out of #noDAPL, boost the shit out of posts about the murder of native american women, don’t be complacent in our suffering. we’re not just history.

We’ve suffered incarceration, massacre and internment. This is just another chapter in the government allowing a private company to take something that doesn’t belong to them just because they can.
—  Angela Bevans, an attorney Sioux background, is one of many Native Americans fighting to keep their land from intrusion by a proposed $3.7 billion oil pipeline in North Dakota.
We’ve always “Occupied the Prarie” and We’re Not Going Anywhere
Guest Commentary Stand with Standing Rock and Stop the Billionaire’s Water Grab Published August 24, 2016 In Occupying the Prairie: Tensions Rise as Tribes Move to Block a Pipeline by Jack H…

“We are Protectors not Protesters. Our camp is a prayer, for our children, our elders and ancestors, and for the creatures, and the land and habitat they depend on, who cannot speak for themselves.”

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Siouxsie Sioux “Into A Swan”

You walk around as though you’re in a country that hasn’t been at war since it was founded and stolen. You log into Facebook, go through the drive-thru, watch Netflix, porn, manufactured news programs, but not once do you consider the Indigenous peoples whose land you occupy. And now the colonizers are once again coming to desecrate sacred Indigenous land. We must be louder than ever through ceremony, through art, through protest, creating awareness, and whatever form empowers you to crawl out of your comfortable lives and stand alongside Indigenous Resistance. Stop making excuses and get on board!

#NODAPL #NoColonizers



Press Release: Comments From Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault, II Regarding Argument in Distruct Court on Tribe’s Motion For Preliminary Injunction Against Dakota Access Pipeline

Washington, DC (August 24, 2016) - Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault, II releases the following statement regarding arguments heard on the Tribe’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction against Dakota Access Pipeline in the District Court for the District of Columbia:

“We are pleased that we had our day in Court today, and we look forward to a ruling soon. I believe that everyone who attended the hearing today will understand that the Tribe is seeking fundamental justice here—as we seek to protect our waters and our sacred sites.

Second, whatever the final outcome in court I believe we have already established an important principle—that is tribes will be heard on important matters that affect our vital interests. The companies and the federal government now know that they cannot ignore tribes—like they tried to do with the Dakota Access Pipeline. I believe that we have established an important precedent, and that in the future, Indian voices will be heard before the federal government acts.

Third, I believe we have set the foundation for the future in terms of tribal unity. We have seen the power of tribes coming together in unity and prayer and we will continue to pray for the protection of water, mother earth and her creation, as well as all past and future generations. And I look forward to strengthening the Oceti Sakowin and the Council lodge. Most of all, these steps in unity must be done in the right way—which means that we must remain proud and peaceful. I want to emphasize once again—as I have throughout this matter—that there is no place for violence or threats or unlawful activity in what we do. We must stay unified in peace and in prayer. That is the way we will provide a better life for generations to come.”

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Case No. 1:16-cv-01534-JEB, was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on July 27, 2016.

For more information, please contact Steven Sitting Bear at

A pedestrian pushes a bicycle across the 11th Street bridge over the Big Sioux River Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, in downtown Sioux Falls, S.D.

These photos and more like them can be seen in the Argus Leader ‘A Slice of Life - Summer’ photo gallery here.

©Joe Ahlquist / Argus Leader

witchoflight  asked:

please explain the name pronunciation i'm a us native and even i dont get it

So, Arkansas and Kansas come from two different Native tribes, nations, and words, but have a similar root in French–namely, that English people can’t pronounce French things, and the French has too many silent letters.

Kansas came from a Sioux tribe called the Kansa, and it meant something relating to “on the prairie”. When the French came over and met the tribe, they spelled it Kansas; in French, the last S is silent. But English people started pronouncing the S. So Kansas pronounced can-saw eventually became can-sess.

Arkansas came from another name for the Quapaw found predominantly in the area–often called akansa by Siouan, Iroquois, and other northern nations. The French spelled it Arkansas, again with the s being silent at the end. This time, though, it stuck. Not sure why, but my guess is that there were more French-speaking people in the Arkansas territory for a lot longer than there were in the Kansas territory.

Dakota Pipeline decision delayed to Sept. 9, thousands of indigenous activists continue protest

In Washington today, District Judge James E. Boarsberge said he will not issue a decision on a legal challenge by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Dakota Access, LLC, the private firm behind a nearly $4 billion oil project Native people say will destroy their land and cause unprecedented damage to human, plant, and animal life in the region.

“Sharing these words of wisdom from elder Mona Polacca in honor of all the protectors of the sacred waters who are gathered at the Sacred Stone Camp and No Dakota Access in Treaty Territory - Camp of the Sacred Stones and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

"WORDS OF REVERENCE FOR WATER. All over the world there are human beings who have not separated themselves from the land, the water and all of nature. Indigenous cultures have an unbroken chain that extends back to the time when our ancestors first settled the continent. For thousands of years we have lived here and it remained much as it was in the beginning under our care, we have utilized the knowledge passed down from our ancestors.

Edna Yumtheska, my mother of the Havasupai – the People of the Bluewater told me:

Whenever you come upon Water in it’s natural state, you approach it with respect; you introduce yourself to it. Take time to pay respect to it. For Water gives life, we live inside Water for nine months in our mother’s womb. Then we follow the Water into this world. It is sacred, we depend on Water for the rest of our life. Water is Life.

Water is also a great teacher of humility. There was a time while walking in the desert, that I came upon a small natural basin filled with fresh rain Water. I was told that if I was to take any of this sacred Water I must make a prayer of thanksgiving and offer a sprinkle in the direction of Hopi land, so that there would be a good rainfall for the gardens.

When I knelt at the Water, I was overwhelmed by the realization that there was a Hopi farmer’s corn crop waiting for the rain in order to grow, there is a child in the desert lands of Africa searching for Water mile after mile, who may not even find a drop; there is a little Tibetan boy sucking the Water dripping from a utility pipe to quench his thirst; there are the First Nations people who cannot get their fish to dry or can for winter food because the hydroelectric dams are holding back 80% of the river Waters; so the fish do not come, because 20% of the river Water that is now allowed to flow cannot accommodate the fish. Yes, Water is sacred.

Allow for a moment of gratitude the next time you take a dr

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