November is here? Oh my. October flew by in a blur and I barely have my bearings. Today caught me by surprise. We had a wonderful program at fellowship about the Native Removal that began in the 19th Century here in the United States. It was much to absorb, but definitely need to know. Then found out that a musician friend, Mitch Barrett, would be performing in Berea to help send off his daughter Bethany with supplies for the Standing Rock Water Protectors.
Much was learned today. Over the weekend I had witnessed videos of praying Elders being pepper sprayed and other unnecessary violence on the Native Peoples that I consider my extended family via DNA and Love. It was horrifying. Then the combination of fellowship topic and listening to Black Eagle Man pray and speak after Mitch performed just took me over the top. I know I have been neglecting my blog and this is just the topic that needs to be written about.
They call Black Eagle Man “Kentucky” when he arrives at the encampment. They know love is coming with him. Now Bethany is sending our love as well. We need to keep sending love, prayers, and supplies of all kinds to our family. Yes, OUR FAMILY. The indigenous peoples of this United States represent us all. They are protecting the life of us all. Water is Life. This pipeline endangers the safety of the water. Human beings are all related. All living creatures are related. Great Spirit, or whatever you choose to believe, connects us as one living, breathing organism — Gaia, if you will.
What can we do? Educate ourselves for starters. Find information on Standing Rock and the Dakota Pipeline and post it everywhere. There is a media blackout around this event that seems to only occur when bad things happen in Native territories. Be the media, spread the news, good and bad.
Support is needed. If you do not have a local tribe that is taking in supplies, there are Amazon wishlists so we can all help from a distance as we are able:
Youth Council Winter Wish List
Standing Rock Year Zero
Medic & Healer Supply List
Food, clothing, shelter, and school supplies are needed. There are at least 100 school aged children in the encampment who need all of the above.
Please send your thoughts, prayers, wishes, and whatever positive energies you have to share to keep these People safe, healthy, and warm thru the coming Winter, and to let more clear minds prevail to protect the Water, the Land, and Our Family, here and everywhere. Stand with Standing Rock Tribe. Water IS Life.
Mitákuye Oyás’iŋ (All Are Related).