Native Americans serve in the U.S. Military in greater numbers than any ethnic group. It’s a testament to their bravery, humility and charity to our country.
Instead of supporting natives in their resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), the governor of North Dakota deployed our country’s National Guard troops against them. The pipeline illegally crosses indigenous lands and threatens the Missouri River, source of drinking water for millions of Americans. Natives should be supported, not attacked.
On November 16, Nez Perce Indian and Iraq War veteran Gary Dorr (pictured at left) led a peaceful prayer ceremony at the National Guard Armory in Bismarck to remind veterans of their sworn duty to protect the people and to defend the Constitution against enemies foreign and domestic (i.e. DAPL).
He was met by National Guard commander Major General Alan Dohrman (pictured at right), who told him:
It’s the same refrain indigenous tribes have been hearing for 500 years.
“NOT HERE” is what we’ve told natives who simply wanted to exist on land they’ve settled for millennia.
“NOT HERE” was the message from our government whenever it wanted to steal more land and natural resources from the natives, in defiance of signed treaties.
“NOT HERE” was the verdict for sacred Sioux burial grounds, which were spitefully bulldozed during construction of this pipeline.
“NOT HERE” is what the Army Corps of Engineers has told natives and non-natives camping in protest of the pipeline, who are being threatened with eviction and forced into a designated “free speech zone."
On the occasion pictured, Dorr offered prayers and a gift of sage to the Major General. It was a testament to the bravery, humility and charity of Native Americans, who continue to serve this country and the notion of brotherhood in spite of the perpetual thievery, dishonesty and treachery of the representatives of the U.S. government. (Photo by Dave Getzschma
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