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My children are taught in school that Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for all our blessings in honor of the Autumn Harvest feast between the newly arrived Pilgrims and the Wampanaug Native American Indians in Plymouth, Mass in 1621. It stands as a symbolic coming together of two cultures and a peace keeping moment when they united and shared their ways and traditions.

Unfortunately, this peaceful tableau was not to last between the dealings of the Native Americans and the settlers and the American Government has made treaties and reparations with the Native Americans for the genocide of their people.

It is ironic that in 2016, as we gather together in honor of this tradition, the indigenous Native American tribes are gathered together as well in Standing rock, North Dakota, in peaceful protest to once again defend the land that they know as sacred.

They are committing no crime in gathering in peaceful protest and yet are being shot at by police with rubber bullets and water hoses in freezing temperatures. They are protecting their reservation land from the potential environmental damage that has consistently plagued crude oil access pipelines across the U.S. According to The Center for Effective Government, since 2010, there have been over 3,330 incidents of ruptures of crude oil pipelines resulting in 80 deaths and enormous damage to soil, water and air in the release of toxic chemicals.

The Sioux Tribe of Standing Rock, North Dakota, stand in peaceful protest and within their treaty rights as a sovereign nation to dictate jurisdiction in the protection of waterways and right of way access, yet they are under attack by the police.

Paulann Egelhoff

The Sioux Tribe of Standing Rock, North Dakota, stand in peaceful protest and within their treaty rights as a sovereign nation to dictate jurisdiction in the protection of waterways and right of way access, yet they are under attack by the police.

So I ask that you please join me in giving thanks this Thanksgiving holiday for the courage of these indigenous people to stand up for a clean environment. Let us honor them as we gather around the table with our families tomorrow and recognize the voices of our Native American brothers and sisters. The people who first welcomed us to this land might just be the last line of defense in a continuous onslaught of environmental damage to it.

If you and your family are inspired to help please call the White House and condemn the acts of police at Standing Rock at (202) 456-1111. Also: National Guard (701) 333-2000, North Dakota Governor’s Office (701) 328-2200 .

Supplies such as space blankets, warm clothes, trauma kits and first aid can be sent to:

Standing Rock Medic and Healer Council PO Box1251 Bismark, ND 58502

Or if mailing via UPS or FEDEX to: 220 E, Rossner Ave, Bismark, ND 58502

Let’s make sure they know they are not alone. #waterislife #dodapl

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