Dec 4, 2016—Oceti Sakowin Camp
Remi, an Indigenous Vet of Navajo Nation, told me that Veterans were coming to risk their lives to protect the Water Protectors as a gesture of apology on behalf of the 7th Calvery for atrocities and genocide that have occurred on this land throughout history.
100-140 million were exterminated, Remi told me, due to the same policies that “We are experiencing to this day.”
The sense of preparation for an upcoming battle changed to euphoria and renewed resolve, however, when the news came down that the pipeline project will be delayed—and perhaps rerouted.
A significant, if temporary victory. DAPL could decide to continue drilling and simply pay the fines. In that case, will the Obama administration send in law enforcement to say #NODAPL?
There is still much to be decided here.