Native Americans stand for us all

To the editor:

Our Native American brothers and sisters would have the nation share three prayers at this time in relation to the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline, a pipeline that is only seven miles shorter than the Keystone XL pipeline that President Obama rejected last November because "it would undercut America's leadership in taking serious action to fight climate change."

The first prayer is for the cancelation of this massive new pipeline project.

The second prayer is for the over 2,000 Native Americans who have journeyed to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. "There," in the words of Bill McKibben, "tribal members have been, well, standing [for months] like a rock in the way of the planned Dakota Access Pipeline."

"And in recent years Native Americans have been in the vanguard of the movement to slow down climate change."

The third prayer is a prayer that many more Americans join those who put themselves at risk for the protection of others and all life as well.

Postscript: On Wednesday, August 24, the Standing Rock Sioux tribe went to federal court in Washington to present its appeal and seek an injunction to stop further construction of the pipeline. At the end of the hearing the same day, the U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg said he would issue ruling on Sept. 9. Stay tuned.

Samuel Smith, Williamstown



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