As a resident of North Dakota, Standing Rock was in my backyard and became a pivotal moment in my personal evolution and awakening.
I hold both Ojibwe and European heritage in my blood, which means I hold many stories that come from both sides. But when I was a child my Great Grandmother (who was Chippewa) shared how her language, clothing, culture, and her way of life were taken from her when she as young. I just didn’t understand how people could hurt other people in that way. To take their identity? Their way of life? As an adult, I now understand how this was fueled by greed. And that this has been happening for hundreds of years. Fast forward to Standing Rock. When I realized the symbolism of this historical moment, I knew I had to help. People were coming from all over the world to gather, pray, unite, and to protect the water. It was a powerful demonstration of Unity.
I did what I could to help by sorting donations that were coming in from all over the world. I was humbled by the outpouring of support and amazed by the many cultures and tribes coming together for water, for Mother Earth, and for each other. It was a deep remembering that we belong to each other. It was a recognition that the power of unity and love was stronger than greed and destruction.
I met the most incredible souls at Standing Rock. They all made me a better person in some way and continue to shape my life to this day. It is a time to awaken. We are not separate from one another. We must remember this and rise up together in peace.
We stood together and Standing Rock with grace and dignity. And I’m proud to have been standing on the side of Love and Unity for the water, for our planet, and for our common humanity.
Honored by JC
*Honor a WATER PROTECTOR with a poster. To Give is to Receive!