'The Fight’s Not Over’: Water Protectors Pitch Tipis Within View Of White House

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Above Photo: By John  Zangas

Washington, DC–Indigenous tribes from across the country have set up a camp of seven tipis right across from the White House. Led by the Standing Rock Sioux, who have been in a battle with the federal government over the placement of a pipeline on their ancestral lands, the tribes says they are here to demand that rights of indigenous people everywhere be respected.

Dallas Goldtooth with the Indigenous Environmental Network said the camp is the next step in a continuation of a movement not only to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline, but to energize a global movement against fossil fuels.

“Dakota Access, win or lose, has always been about keeping fossil fuels in the ground,” Goldtooth said. “I don’t think the fight’s over. The fight’s not over. It’s not over until we develop safe and dependable forms of energy production.”

The camp is also a statement to the Trump administration about the inherent right to self-determination for indigenous people, according to Goldtooth.

“Were not just fighting against oil and gas pipelines,” he said. “We’re fighting the entire system.”

The week of prayer circles, water ceremonies and teachings will culminate with a march on Friday at 10 am. Their message: protect the earth for future generations by keeping fossil fuels in the ground.

Hundreds visited the camp on its first day, with busloads of participants from tribes around the country expected to arrive tomorrow.

 

  • il corvo

    Who does this government truly work for? The protection of corporations to exploit has been the true employers of government for decades if not centuries. The take over of the Hawaiian Islands by a regiment of Marines for the Dole Corporation is one of so many examples. This government now uses taxpayers money, in the tens of millions, to protect the interests of banks and oil companies over the interests of Indian citizens at Standing Rock. The blatant use of military force to implement the will of corporations over all other interests has been the norm and yet most of us citizens still appeal to our oppressors for justice. Go figure.

  • mwildfire

    Excellent point, very well put. But–if we are to grow out of that and find more effective means for fighting to preserve ourselves, our children, our Mother the Earth–what should that be?

  • il corvo

    What if, just forty to fifty per cent of the population decided to no longer pay taxes to a government that no longer respected their interests? How could that happen? If belief in this system of governance stops then anything is possible. The problem is that so many hold onto an illusion that never really worked for them. Like religion, belief in government sustains the existence of that religion or government.

  • Jon

    “The take over of the Hawaiian Islands by a regiment of Marines for the Dole Corporation is one of so many examples.” Thanks for bringing this up, il corvo, but it is just the tip of the iceberg in the Hawai’i story. Did you know that there exists a contemporary national liberation movement in Hawai’i? Please checkout my book, “Liberate Hawai’i! and the reviews on Amazon.

  • Jon

    The goal is to euthanize the empire, double E!

  • il corvo

    I will check it out, thank you.

  • mwildfire

    Barely half right in my opinion. Yes, the government has become destructive–but in service to giant corporations (and some rich individuals) who are actually calling the shots. I call the enemy the corporate-government-media complex, and propose a three-point program: 1–stop watching TV, and become the media; 2–stop working for corporations or governments other than local ones; and 3–most importantly, stop buying from corporations. That’s the real lifeblood they depend on. Start doing things for yourself, like arranging to live in an energy-efficient house you own, on enough land to garden, ideally in a community, get your own solar panels, water system, etc. Thus you simultaneously shrink your environmental footprint, withdraw support from the enemy, and increase your resilience in the face of the collapse that seems inevitable yet so unpredictable in timing and nature.

  • il corvo

    No argument from me mwildfire, sounds like how I live. Still say that if we stop believing in all we were taught about this government and realize that all of it is based in illusion, a concept like a corporation, then that meme might spread.

  • Jon

    “all of it is based in illusion” YES, just like the illusion of “annexation” of Hawai’i in 1898, upon which “statehood” supposedly happened in 1959. All wrong, as superb research by Hawaiian scholar activists have done, and quoted in my book, mentioned above. Instead of an optical illusion, it is a historical illusion. Effective sovereignty was never lost; it is merely dormant,like some volcanoes,and will again be activated.

  • mwildfire

    Yes, memetic warfare is critical, a chief pursuit of mine–and I live that way too, in the country with off-grid solar and trying to get the percentage of our food that i grow above 50%. But I should note that this takes years, especially in a country where access to land requires piles of money (a key thing we need to change). One possible solution is joining an existing community (www.ic.org has a searchable database of thousands of them). The thing is, doing whichever parts of this are easiest is a wise move now; then keep building your independence.