Thousands have gathered at the Red Warrior Camp in Southern North Dakota. They’ve come from from all over Turtle Island (North America) and beyond to show their solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation’s fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline, intended to transport crude oil mined from the Bakken Oil fields in the Great Plains to Illinois.
Among the concerns raised by the various tribes are the desecration of sacred sites, the risks to the nearby water systems and the impacts on climate.
Self- styled land and water defenders from Winnipeg and the surrounding region have also made a point of visiting the camp.
One of those is Jo Seenie otherwise known as Healing Earth Woman. She is an Anishnaabe land and water defender from Roseau River First Nation. She is from the Wolf Clan and has been active in a number of front-line struggles in defence of women, land, water and Mother Earth, including the Grassy Narrows blockade, and the Burnt Church actions.
Seenie appeared on CKUW 95.9 FM morning magazine People of Interest on the morning of Mon. Sept. 19 to talk about the Sioux Nation camp in the context of broader Indigenous struggles.
Photo courtesy of Honor the Earth