While our native people decide whether to stay or leave the Standing Rock, the courts are looking at what they will decide after the New Year and Trump is inaugurated. Can and will the court be and/or remain neutral after Trump is in office, we can only guess. It is my hope that the insanity that surrounds Trump will not reach into the judicial branch.
My heart goes out to the native people because they have all worked so hard and have endured so much from weather, to water canons, to rubber bullets and law enforcement making rude comments. They have had to leave their homes and comforts. I am sure in a moment of complete honesty they would miss their beds, showers and kitchens. Would they conduct the protests again? I am sure they would and I am sure that if they leave, they will return to protest.
They are America’s water protectors and their sacred land is of utmost important to them. I think that the rest of America needs to really think about this and the importance of water to the life and health of all Americans. Think about what has happened to the city of Flint, Michigan and its residents. For two years, children and adults have become ill and were hospitalized and have suffered unnecessarily. Suffered because they didn’t have access to safe clean water. Here in America.
The native people are Americas’ water protectors and they are mine and I hope your heroes. They took a stand and they put their actions where their words were. There was no hypocrisy. These descendents of the original people, that we murdered and put on reservations have shown us how to be authentic Americans. I will always stand with them in pride.