Hear Debra White Plume at the State Department
Where we stand - hear the testimony of Debra White Plume from the Lakota Homeland of Owe Aku about treaties, tarsands, international law, genocide and protection of Sacred Water and Mother Earth at the October 7, 2011 Public Hearing on the 1600 mile TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline before the US State Department in Washingoton, D.C.
Clouds of Thunder by Che Christ with Debra White Plume - Music & Poetry is Resistance
We want to thank our generous supporters and allies who responded to the pledge to support Owe Aku in stopping the Keystone XL pipeline and other devastations from extractive industries. We've been able to accomplish a lot over the past few weeks including well-attended educational and training gatherings at Manderson (Moccasins on the Ground) on Lakota land and in Ponca City, Oklahoma. Gatherings will occur in Yankton and Cheyenne River in the next couple of weeks. Thanks to Debra White Plume's direct action with educating and providing the facts to the people of Pine Ridge, the Tribal Council and Treaty Council have all passed resolutions to stop the Keystone from crossing Lakota territory.
But we STILL NEED MORE FOLKS TO STEP UP! The time is now. The public comment period is ending and Obama will have to make his decision on the pipeline soon.
WE HAVE TO BE READY!
WE RELY ON THE ALLIES to keep our movement moving. So far we have been able to raise nearly $1000 for our transportation fund BUT the Lakota Oyate is a big place! With just TEN BUCK FROM 930 PLEDGES we would be able to accomplish even more, most importantly recruiting allies and supporters to this critical work for everyone's future.
We are not an NGO, we do not have a 501c3, we do not get grants from any of the big mainstream foundations. Our work is sustainable because of the support of our allies. WE HAVE 930 PLEDGES ON OUR CAUSE PAGE. TEN BUCKS FROM 930 PEOPLE would be a major resource in funding our work. If you can give $10 please just click on the DONATE button above. 100% of these donations will go to the transport fund for our training and educational activities with Lakota people and our allies. If you have any questions or comments also feel free to contact me, Kent, personally at firstname.lastname@example.org or 646-233-4406. BUT PLEASE HELP ANYWAY YOU CAN! Wopila. Hecetu.
Owe Aku works to bring back our way of life which includes humanity’s role in nature: we are a part of it, not outside of it, not having dominion over it. To achieve this Owe Aku works to stop mining that contaminates our water and land. Owe Aku has reestablished programs that utilize the wisdom of our ancestors in combatting the effects of inter-generational trauma caused by colonization and the intentional attempts for hundreds of years to destroy our culture.
In the Lakota Language Owe Aku means Bring Back the Way. In bringing back the way, we strive to offer alternatives, based on traditional knowledge, that respect the changing environmental conditions of Mother Earth, and which will ultimately benefit the peoples and ecosystems of the planet. The environment, upon which we are all dependent, is no longer just an issue for Indigenous peoples. On every continent, Indigenous cultures offer viable alternatives because we recognize the Earth, not as a commodity to be exploited, but as a relative that protects and preserves our very existence and the existence of future human generations.
Decisions are always made collectively first with the grassroots leaders of our tiyospaye (extended family or clan) and our direct allies. The people of our tiyospaye founded Owe Aku Bring Back the Way and have continued to direct its activities and make decisions based on the traditional Lakota principle of consensus.
OUR WOMEN OUR LEADERS OUR SISTERS OUR GRANDMOTHERS with UNCI MAKA (Mother Earth)