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THANKSGIVING, 2016

We can no longer deny that Thanksgiving represents an occasion of hypocrisy and of ignominy for our country.

As we gather today to perpetuate a fiction of friendly relations between natives and pilgrims, we should instead hang our heads in consideration of the national shame occurring at the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

This week, *U.S. Border Patrol* agents joined an immoral coalition of law enforcement groups from 10 states and 25 counties. These anti-heroes have assembled expressly to deny indigenous Americans their sovereignty, their security, their dignity.

Over 500 native water protectors and non-native allies have been arrested. Most of them have been pulled violently from a peaceful crowd by masked men in military gear with no identification and no scruples.

Over $15 million in taxpayer dollars has been spent to bankroll mercenaries to defend the inadvisable installation of a dirty energy infrastructure that threatens the drinking water of 18 million people.

Let there be no more denying that this land of the pilgrims’ pride was founded on genocide and has persisted on racism, fraud and appropriation.

The fuel for the future of this relationship must be love, not oil. (Photo by Dave Getzschman, www.davegetzschman.com)

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THANKSGIVING, 2016<br />
<br />
We can no longer deny that Thanksgiving represents an occasion of hypocrisy and of ignominy for our country.<br />
<br />
As we gather today to perpetuate a fiction of friendly relations between natives and pilgrims, we should instead hang our heads in consideration of the national shame occurring at the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.<br />
<br />
This week, *U.S. Border Patrol* agents joined an immoral coalition of law enforcement groups from 10 states and 25 counties. These anti-heroes have assembled expressly to deny indigenous Americans their sovereignty, their security, their dignity.<br />
<br />
Over 500 native water protectors and non-native allies have been arrested. Most of them have been pulled violently from a peaceful crowd by masked men in military gear with no identification and no scruples.<br />
<br />
Over $15 million in taxpayer dollars has been spent to bankroll mercenaries to defend the inadvisable installation of a dirty energy infrastructure that threatens the drinking water of 18 million people.<br />
<br />
Let there be no more denying that this land of the pilgrims’ pride was founded on genocide and has persisted on racism, fraud and appropriation.<br />
<br />
The fuel for the future of this relationship must be love, not oil. (Photo by Dave Getzschman, www.davegetzschman.com)