For those that may not know, the largest Native American protest in the history happened about one year ago. Over 500 Native American tribes from all over North, as well as Central and South America and Canada, all of them uniting because of one thing: Protection of their water from greedy corporate interests.
It was not easy for them. Only one week after the event, hundreds of innocent people were assaulted and arrested. The reason? They occupied the land behind the corporate Dakota Access Pipeline.
It was a significant struggle for those water protectors. Not only because of the rampant violence which they had to face from the police hired by the pipeline builders, but also because of living in a camp set up in a field. It was still not winter, but it was too cold, so you can imagine how hard it was for them.
They probably needed a pick-me-up and just got it.
What is the Great Bison?
According to White Wolf Pack which is a Native American website:
The great bison or buffalo of North America is actually the most powerful symbol of the American Indians. Even though it is best suited to cooler climates, the bison is taken virtually an entire continent.
The smaller woodlands bison, as well as its bigger cousin, the plains bison, were received and honored in a ceremony, as well as everyday life. To the plains Indians, the Bison Brother meant sacred life and abundance of the blessing of the Creator of Mother Nature.
The bison is also a powerful medicine which is the symbol of sacrifice and service to the community. The bison people also agreed to give their lives so that the American Indian could have food, shelter, as well as clothing.
Additionally, the bison is a symbol of gratitude and honour, as it is happy to accept its meager existence, because it stands proud against the winds of adversity.
The bison is a representative of the abundance of the bounty and respect of the Creator for all creation knowing that all the things are sacred.
The head of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, named Dave Archambault II, has criticized the militarized response of the law enforcement to the camp and he also called for demonstrations to remain peaceful, but he also stressed that activists are not going to give up their cause.
In one statement on Thursday evening, he added:
Militarized law enforcement agencies have moved in on water protectors with tanks, as well as riot gear today. We will continue praying for peace. We are not going to step down from this fight. As people living on this planet, every one of us needs water. This is about our water, as well as our right and our dignity as human beings.
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