The Standing Rock No DAPL encampment has been bulldozed and oil is expected to flow through the Dakota Access Pipeline this week. While this may be regarded as a loss for environmental water quality and is contested as yet another broken treaty for Native Americans, it has brought international attention. The legal technicalities of whether or not the pipeline constitutes a violation of the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851 depends of who you ask and how far back in time you go. However, the greater issue of sacrificing water quality for thousands of people downstream remains.
Recently the most widely read newspaper in France published an article detailing the issues from the perspective of an international indigenous movement. Entitled: “Standing rock, c’est la lutte tribale” (translation available onsite) the article examines the larger issues of the struggles of indigenous people worldwide, and the choices to be made. It details the genocide, religious and cultural reprogramming efforts and intentional malnutrition brought to bear on the Sioux Nation. Beyond the Standing Rock protest, the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) is working internationally in the interests of all indigenous peoples.
Throughout the protest, the corporate news media has sought to control the narrative with “fake news” stories and skewing of facts. Simultaneously, producers have been working to document the situation from the Native American perspective with such documentaries as “Awake, A Dream From Standing Rock” (reviewed here) (streamable here). The opposition wasted no time in coming out with a countering narrative.
Although the corporate media narrative and the legal system cite unfairly enforced legal technicalities as justification for their positions, the good news is that the larger issues are being examined for what they are: Selective advancement of destructive corporate agendas for the sake of profit, which externalize costs onto indigenous people and the environment. To understand why this keeps happening, please watch the video below.
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