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Standing in Solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux (2016)


Mid-November, 2016, thousands of water protectors gather as a singular family on the campgrounds surrounding the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. This is the story of the grassroots movement known as Standing Rock, calling people across the world to stand together to protect the waters. Together, the people who stand with Standing Rock represent a great healing of the First Nations, leading to a unification of all tribes—red, yellow, black, and white. In the Lakota language, “Mni Wiconi” means “Water Is Life.” This is the rallying cry of the Standing Rock Movement. This peaceful and prayerful form of activism is about the protection of water itself, and the sanctification of water as sacred, essential, life-giving element. The “Water Protectors” are diverse in their demographic backgrounds, and yet they stand in solidarity as a community of supporters, observers, and participants. 

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