In the last few weeks, thousands of people from throughout the country have joined the Standing Rock Tribe in North Dakota to peacefully protect the land and water.
Over the Labor Day weekend, workers flagrantly bulldozed sacred grounds at Standing Rock while elders, children, and many others watched in horror. Private security forces also brazenly used attack dogs against families who attempted to protect the sacred burial site.
“We are shocked by the brutality – and the loss to future generations,” said Judith LeBlanc, director of the Native Organizers Alliance and member of the Caddo Tribe of Oklahoma.
“This is an especially horrifying example of disdain for the history of the Oceti Sakowin people and of the disrespect Native people encounter on a daily basis.
“We are standing with Standing Rock, and with people throughout Indian Country in calling on President Obama to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline now, before more irreversible damage occurs to the ancestral sites, as well as the water that nourishes this entire region,” said LeBlanc.