Thanksgiving is a beautiful National Holiday based on standing together as human beings, no matter our race or cultural differences, in order to enjoy and assist each other. It is a time to be thankful for all the people we love, all the things we love, and all the nature we love. In order to be truly thankful for all people, we must respect their simple rights as human beings.
Unfortunately, as a Nation we are not respecting the rights of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The information as follows is directly from a "NO-DAPL" website:
"The Standing Rock Sioux Reservation is located in southern North Dakota. The Reservation was established under Article 2 of the Treaty of Fort Laramie of April 29, 1868. Starting in 1877 and continuing in 1889 & the 1950s and 1960s their land has continuously been taken away by the U.S. government.
In 2015 the Army Corps of Engineers approved a heavily controversial project known as the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The pipeline is planned to be constructed over sacred burial grounds and across the Missouri River, a major source of water for millions of people. The Corps approved this project without consulting with the Sioux a direct violation of the National Historic Preservation Act (Section 106).
Energy Transfer Partners is the huge oil giant behind the construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. The project has over 3 billion dollars worth of investments coming from big banks such as Wells Fargo, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and HSBC.
In April, the Sacred Stone Camp was established in order to resist the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Since then, indigenous peoples and their allies across the globe have come to North Dakota to Stand with Standing Rock. They have been met with what can only be described as violence from the Morton County Sheriff's Department better known by the water protectors as domestic terrorists. The Sioux along with their allies have refused to respond to these attacks with anything other than nonviolent protesting and prayer.
Our goal is to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline."
As environmental activists and as citizens of the United States of America, it is our duty to protect our water, our rights granted by acts such as the National Historic Preservation Act, and support those who fight for these essential aspects of our Country. Groups have made shirts to raise awareness and donate to the cause, and there are plenty of websites, including the link listed above, that give options in order to help their efforts. Peaceful protest is a right. It should not be combatted with tear gas, concussion bombs, or freezing cold water hoses.
Stand with Standing Rock; stand for the freedom of speech and freedom of assembly that our Country is built upon.