Many of us can relate to that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach one gets watching our country fall apart - break apart. Sometimes I feel powerless to do anything about it. I felt that way watching the combat armed corporate police state assault peaceful Water Protectors and their equally peaceful supporters - many standing in prayer. It's obvious ridiculously over armed troops are not needed to address unarmed citizens in peaceful protest. Yet it's likely they'll get away with the abuse - the corporate police state has been encroaching on us and becoming more and more powerful - for decades now.
If this scares you - and it should - please pass thing video along. The only way the corporate state rules is by keeping it's rights violation quiet.
The people of America would never stand for this treatment of our citizens .. the media just makes sure no one sees it.
Our First Amendment rights are being replaced by corporate rights. Nowhere is this more apparent that at the Standing Rock protests. The business interests behind the Dakota Access pipeline have made up their minds, the money is invested - the corporations want a gas pipeline that threatens the Missouri River. At some point, the pipeline will spill. In the path of the pipeline are sacred tribal grounds given to the Sioux by treaty over 150 years ago.
America should honor her treaties. America should honor the rights of her citizens.
"Mekasi Camp-Horinek, an Oceti Sakowin camp coordinator states, “Today, the Oceti Sakowin has enacted eminent domain on DAPL lands, claiming 1851 treaty rights. This is unceded land. Highway 1806 as of this point is blockaded. We will be occupying this land and staying here until this pipeline is permanently stopped. We need bodies and we need people who are trained in non-violent direct action. We are still staying non-violent and we are still staying peaceful.” indigenousrising.org/citing-1851-treaty-water-protectors-establish-road-blockade-and-expand-frontline-nodapl-camp/
AK Productions made this short film in hopes of getting this story out. Since we don't have the chance to visit Standing Rock, we borrowed clips from public spaces and post this film for educational, non-profit purposes only.
All attributions for clips included are below;
Special thanks to all hard working videographers who've provide those who choose to see with amazing footage of the front lines and a special thanks to Neil Young and his fabulous music;
THE ANCESTORS WARNED AGAINST THE "BLACK SNAKE" THAT WOULD COME TO POISON MOTHER EARTH.
From acclaimed documentary filmmaker Shannon Kring comes END OF THE LINE, the incredible story of a group of indigenous women willing to risk their lives to stop the Dakota Access oil pipeline construction that desecrated their ancient burial and prayer sites and threatens their land, water, and very existence.
BUT THERE WAS ANOTHER PROPHECY: THE WOMEN, AS THE GUARDIANS OF THE WATERS AND PROTECTORS OF ALL LIFE, WOULD RISE.
They are the brave survivors. Among them, the descendant of the female warrior who fought the U.S. Cavalry alongside Sitting Bull. The great-grandmother who was fired upon at Wounded Knee in 1973. The lifelong activist who became a part of the system in order to defeat it.
They are the daughters and granddaughters of brave survivors. People who escaped genocide, only to be robbed of their lands and herded onto reservations. Children who were taken from their families and placed in non-Native boarding schools and foster homes where they suffered further abuse. Today, these women tell their own tragic stories. Stories ranging from forced sterilization to substandard medical care.
Yet somehow the spirit of these women has not been broken. The women of Standing Rock vow to protect Mother Earth and all her inhabitants. It is their responsibility to the ancestors and to the seven generations to come. This is their last stand.