October 30, 2016 Matt Pennock

The Dakota Pipeline Fight Uniting Hundreds of Tribes – “We Are All Brothers”

In a land where the masses seem to wander aimlessly having forgotten their connection with the land it is always refreshing to see a guy like Alexandro, an American Indian, stepping into everyone’s everyday life and playing music that almost feels reminiscent of a dirge. His presence and music, in some mysterious way, seems to create a cloud of powerfully sad Native American history that engulfs its hearers.

“We are all brothers.” Says Alexandro.

How often do you hear something like that in public or private life? Who among us recognizes a brotherhood that goes beyond the color of one’s skin, heritage, or political opinions?

And Alexandro’s musical influence? The nature.

There’s amazing power in simplicity. How is it that we’ve come to complicate things so much for ourselves? Alexandro’s simple act of hanging out on a sidewalk and enchanting millions of American’s (some of his videos have over 20 million views) with his simplicity and colorful decor says a lot about a culture lost in technology, speed, and lust.

Nature has a unique way of uniting people. That’s one good reason why the indigenous cultures of the world ought to be stood up for. They above all, tend to be most connected and in tune with the creation. They understand it well as the “handiwork” of a Creator.

Today hundreds of tribes are united in the fight for the protection of river water from the construction of a pipeline underneath it. The Lakota say, mni Wiconi which means water is life. Pipelines indeed are known to be safer than other modes of oil transport but they still leak. And since the Northern tribes have only one river to enjoy they feel left with no choice but to protest. Where else can they go? This is all they have.

The Oceti Sakowin Youth have already gained 345,000 signatures for a petition against the pipeline construction. The Standing Rock Youth organization has over 40,000 likes. The Sacred Stone Camp GoFundme campaign has raised over $1 million. And the legal defense fund for the Sacred Stone Spirit camp has raised $800,000 from over 14,000 donors in just two and half months.

In a head-turning series of grassroots events as though Western Society were suddenly embarking on a mass-scale reparation of old sins committed by “white men” over the centuries against the indigenous, scores of the “white man” progeny are rallying to the indigenous’ aid. This impresses the snot out of me and gives me some hope (if only a little) for America.

I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and will execute justice for the needy. Ps. 140:12

A righteous man knows the rights of the poor; a wicked man does not understand such knowledge. Prov. 29:7

Open your mouth, judge righteously, And defend the rights of the afflicted and needy. Prov. 31:9



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