Can a Tipi Stop a Pipeline?
Keystone Tar Sands / XL Pipeline. Nearly everyone is familiar with these words and most have an opinion about what they represent. For those who are willing to sacrifice the very things which make life possible on this planet, it’s personal wealth and power. For a vast majority of people it simply means saving a few cents at the gas pump. But for those who have studied the short and long term effects of what these words represent, their conclusions are much more grim.
Reputable scientists from all over the world have made their findings on these projects known to the governments of the United States, Canada and the United Nations. Findings, which incidentally, are in agreement with the beliefs and ancient knowledge of the First Nations people of the American continents. Simply stated, the findings indicate that we are putting the ability for living organisms to survive on this planet at grave risk. The indigenous peoples have long understood the relationship of man and nature. Ironically, it is these very people who now bear the brunt and negative effects of these projects.
The original rights and lands under treaty with federal governments have been discarded and relegated to so called “Sacrifice Zones.” As a result, the health and safety of the men, women, and children living in these areas have been ignored and abused.
Now, the people of the First Nations are organizing to protect and shield the people, natural resources and cultural heritage from the devastation, knowing that it is not only their small corner of the world they are protecting, but the very survival of the entire living organism that is Mother Earth.
Resistance to this threat is underway.
The Lakota and their allies are rising to the challenge with several carefully calculated actions, one of which is to organize and erect spiritual tipi camps to stop progress along the pipeline right-of-way. We intend to prevent the historical devastation of the “man camps” with their victimization of women and children on the reservations. We will use the legal and moral authority of the First Nations peoples to protect significant spiritual and burial sites which are at immediate risk. These cultural and historical landmarks, some of which record ancient scientific observations not yet discovered by modern researchers, are of great importance to the overall understanding of our human experience. These are surely as important as those in other parts of the world, of which the recent destruction has caused alarm and outrage all over the globe. Our government spends millions of dollars to protect cultural sites in other countries we occupy while it issues permits for the destruction of similar sites in the heartland of American for corporate profit.
The XL pipeline is the current leading threat to the survival of the planet and these spiritual tipi camps are our best opportunity to stop it. Lakota men and women are putting their lives on the line for all of us, and they need your help.
Imagine the challenges facing those willing to risk everything to do what is so necessary. Food, medical attention, fuel, communications, transportation, security and support for the families are all desperately needed and these sacrifices are occurring in some of the most economically deprived areas of the United States.
We need your financial assistance.
We need you to spread the word to your friends, social networks, media contacts, political representatives and anyone else who can help. With every dollar you spend, you can choose how to spend it. We ask that you consider the the greater good of your planet and it’s inhabitants.
Please, we need your help now.