Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Letter to the protectors of the North Dakota Standing Rock Sioux Nation

Letter to the Protectors of the North Dakota Standing Rock Sioux Nation

Photo courtesy WLRN Public Radio and Television.

We, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán (M.E.Ch.A.), stand with you, the North Dakota Standing Rock Sioux Nation, in full solidarity over the call to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Time and time again, we have seen what the damage these pipelines can do and the harm they can bring to Creator’s land and their creatures. We saw it in The Gulf Oil Spill in April of 2010 which spilled roughly 200,000 gallons a day.

The construction of this pipeline has already destroyed so much sacred indigenous lands and has even violated treaties signed by the United States and the local Native tribes. We stand with you in solidarity because we see the dangers this pipeline has to not only the neighboring cities and towns, but the Native populations which actually depend and rely on this and other riverbeds for access to clean water. We stand with you because our ancestors also tended to this land, and it is our duty to fight alongside our Indigenous family to protect their rights.

On countless occasions, the Protectors of this land have been attacked by dogs and pepper sprayed by a private security detail sent by the Dakota Access Pipeline company. We; as a people and as a nation, do not condone or stand idly by while people’s rights are wrongfully violated. We do not tolerate the oppression of any people, and fully and unconditionally support the North Dakota Standing Rock Sioux Nation in their pursuit to hold the United States accountable for the treaties that they have signed, and rightfully protect their land.

In solidarity,

Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán
National M.E.Ch.A. Coordinating Council 2016-2017
Angel Mandujano-Guevara, National M.E.Ch.A. Co-Chair
¡La Unión Hace La Fuerza!