This week brought welcome news in the ongoing struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) as the federal government acknowledged that the the permitting process failed to meet the Standing Rock Sioux’s rights. The acknowledgement came after months of brave direct action and as public pressure built. However, the fight is far from over.
Sacred Stone camp has held a line of resistance against the Dakota Access Pipeline since April 1, 2016. This gathering, originally made of Standing Rock Lakota Nation and Lakota, Nakota, and Dakota members has swelled in numbers with tribes and allies from across the country, including members of Black Lives Matter. The resistance camps at Standing Rock have been attacked by vigilantes with dogs and pepper spray.
The Dakota Access Pipeline is yet another act of violence and genocide against Native people. It threatens the safety of land and water across the country, as well as violating treaties. It is crucial for white people to join and support this struggle, looking to the leadership of those on the ground in Standing Rock.
The fight at Standing Rock has not been won yet. Here are four ways you can act in solidarity with Standing Rock resistance today:
Take Action from home! Sign a petition and make a call to the Governor of North Dakota Jack Dalrymple at 701-328-2200. Tell him you support the resistance at Standing Rock and oppose measure to suppress it including bringing in the national guard. Urge him to take measures to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Talk to other white people about Standing Rock. Mainstream media has not been covering the resistance against the DAPL. In order to build support in white communities, we have to talk to the people closest to us--our friends, neighbors, children, and family. Ask the people around you, “What have you heard about the resistance at Standing Rock?” and have a conversation about why you are getting involved.
Organize a solidarity action. Target the companies most likely to benefit from the DAPL with a rally, letter writing campaign, or direct action. It’s important that white folks protest from our position, so these actions will look very different from the events organized by indigenous sovereignty and Native American cultural groups. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get connected to an action coach or communications support for your chapter’s action.
For more information visit https://nodaplsolidarity.org/