The Dakota Access Pipeline is not pumping oil today. It is suppose to begin service on Mother’s day. Facts like that keep me awake at times but perhaps I am viewing this the wrong way. I was asked yesterday, Is there anything good about the pipeline? I could think of nothing good. And then it hit me. Thank you DAPL.
Water awareness is at an all time high. When poisoned water was served in Flint, people reacted. After 3 years of stalls, excuses and lack of real coverage, it was losing steam. Now that you have awakened water protectors across the world, places like Flint will be heard from again and again until the problem is fixed. For this, we thank you.
Thank you for bringing Native Nations together. It will haunt you. The unity at Standing Rock exceeds every gathering in Native American history. It happened when strong resistance gained international attention against your Pipeline. Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the more than 600 Indigenous nations assembled for the cause. In many ways, they remain assembled. For this, we thank you.
Love the ego. Because you feel “too big” to fail, exposing the partnerships between the government and “Big Oil” is made easy. You cannot hide cabinet appointees, board members and partnerships anymore. No longer can the “sheep” claim that this was simply a conspiracy theory. The partnerships are now in the light and will be exposed for what it is. For this, we thank you.
Our legal awareness is growing daily. Thanks to the blatant theft of property, we are learning the ways. Eminent domain, “unceded” territory and the Treaty laws are becoming focus points in courtrooms and classrooms. Groups of people have gathered to unfold the existing ways and begin the process of enforcement. For this, we thank you.
And how about the alternative media that has sprung up? For this, many are grateful. Finally, the people have some control in the news. TYT, Activate Now, Women’s Indigenous Media, Digital Smoke Signals, Inspire Bank Exits and DR0NE2BWiLD are only a few. And personal posts are reaching the masses. Daily brain food comes from names like Wicapi, Mator and “Ed Higgins Here” in place of Sean Spicer and Megyn Kelly. 7Th Gen, Wolfpacks and “Relatives” are getting a voice. For this, we thank you.
The thing that I am most thankful for from the DAPL struggle? Faith. Because of this pipeline, I found many people who demonstrate endurance and bravery. People like Regina Brave and Harold Frazier were not known to me before this. Real American heroes who have shown strength in the face of huge problems. Faith that if their message can reach me, I know the youth will be exposed to it. Faith that the youth is smarter than we were about these issues. Faith that they will prevail in these times. For this, we thank you.
So, Morton County, when the UN and other groups “serve” you, thank DAPL. When the next pipeline is shut down in a courtroom, thank DAPL. When the people rise up and demand clean water, thank DAPL. And when the next generation finds a better way, somehow, someway it will be in part due to DAPL. We are awake! For this, we thank you.