“We’ve been here, we know how to take care of the land. Just listen to us.”
An aerial view of the wound gouged through Sioux burial grounds by Dakota Access pipeline workers over Labor Day weekend. Courtesy Myron Dewey, Matika Wilber/YouTube
Dakota Access oil pipeline workers gouged a trench over two miles of Sioux burial grounds on September 3 near Cannon Ball. This video titled Protecting the Sacred was filmed at the Camp of Sacred Stones on the Standing Rock Reservation by Paiute/Shoshone filmmaker Myron Dewey and Tulalip Tribes photographer Matika Wilbur. Dallas Goldtooth, Chief Arvol Looking Horse and Kandi Mosset speak of their love for the sacred, for Mother Earth—love they wish that everyone would recognize and feel.
This fight matters, as Goldtooth of the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Keep It In the Ground movement says, not just for those who live near the pipeline’s proposed route, but also for the bigger picture.
“It also matters because it connects to the greater struggle to protect Mother Earth—and to protect our future generations from destructive climate change,” Goldtooth says. “Our struggle, this resistance that you see here, it’s not a resistance born out of hate or negativity. It’s a resistance born out of love. Love for each other, love for this land.”
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