The problem is with the pipeline: school to prison pipeline, oil and gas pipeline, and even, often, the leadership and philanthropy pipelines. ALL pipelines only work when both ends are consensual and the space between is short enough to stay in real relationship with everyone involved. Otherwise pipelines are streamlined ways of moving something without consent or full understanding, covertly, without the slow necessary and emergent steps of relationship and where power stays in the hands of those who created the pipeline, not with all of those who are impacted and involved. Those characteristics are one way of describing violence.
– Susan Raffo
August 19, 2016
August 19, 2016
Related Off-site Links:
Dakota Pipeline Construction Halted Amid Ongoing "Defiance of Black Snake" – Deirdre Fulton (Common Dreams, August 19, 2016).
"We Are Protectors, Not Protesters": Why I'm Fighting the North Dakota Pipeline – Iyuskin American Horse (The Guardian, August 18, 2016).
A Massive Oil Pipeline Is Being Built Across the Great Plains . . . But Resistance is Rapidly Escalating – Zoë Carpenter (The Nation, August 16, 2016).
1,500 Join Standing Rock Oil Pipeline Protest – Amy Sisk (Prairie Public News, August 17, 2016).
Oglala Sioux Tribal Members Join Pipeline Protest – Associated Press via BlackHillsFox.com (August 15, 2016).
Pipeline Resistance Encampment Swells; Prepares for More Action – Unicorn Riot (August 14, 2016).
North Dakota’s Standing Rock Sioux Aren’t Backing Down to Oil Pipeline Developers – Sarah Aziza (Waging Nonviolence, August 12, 2016).
Dakota Access Pipeline: Three Federal Agencies Side With Standing Rock Sioux, Demand Review – Indian Country (April 27, 2016).
What is the Bakken Pipeline? – NoBakken.com (2016).
Four Stories of Indigenous Peoples’ Struggle for Climate Justice – Martin Vainstein (Greenpeace, August 8, 2016).
The Final Indian War in America About to Begin – Tom Giago (The Huffington Post, January 16, 2015).
UPDATES: Judge Denies Stay of Bakken Pipeline Construction; Landowners Seek IUB Emergency Halt – Rod Boshart (The Gazette, August 22, 2016).
Officials Pull Water Supply as Dakota Access Protest Swells in Number and Spirit – Lauren McCauley (Common Dreams, August 23, 2016).
Victory for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Over Dakota Access Pipeline Case – Doug Williams (Outdoor Revival, April 11, 2020).
See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
• Something to Think About – October 13, 2015
• Words of Wisdom on Indigenous Peoples Day
• Buffy Sainte-Marie: Singing It and Praying It; Living It and Saying It
• Buffy Sainte-Marie and That "Human-Being Magic"
• A Spirit of Defiance
• Visions of Crazy Horse
• Something to Think About – April 22, 2014
• Threshold Musings
• Quote of the Day – September 11, 2012
Image: "The Last Breath of the Black Snake" by Michael Horse. This image was requested by Winona LaDuke of Honor the Earth for the Cowboys & Indians Alliance's demonstration at the White House on April 22, 2014. It depicts cowboys and Native Americans fighting the Keystone XL Pipeline at the White House.