Donald Trump Escalates the War on Native Americans and the Climate
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Donald Trump escalated America’s Longest War on Tuesday — its war against the Indigenous people of Turtle Island — by giving the go ahead to the Dakota Access Pipeline.
He did so in truly Trump fashion: by gloating that this was not a controversial thing to do; that he has not gotten a single call about it.
I was at Standing Rock on December 4th filming for a documentary project when the news came down that the Army Corps of Engineers was not granting the easement for Energy Transfer Partners to drill under the river. #DAPL was defeated.
At Oceti Sakowin Camp, which had swollen with an influx of close to 10 thousand people, there was a jubilation followed very shortly after that by a resignation.
On today’s show, I’d like to highlight some of the voices from Standing Rock, culled from the interviews I conducted on December 4, 2016.
They include interviews with Tokata Iron Eyes, the 14 year old daughter of Chase Iron Eyes who many credit with starting the entire movement; Tara Houske of Honor the Earth; Tarak Kauff- a member of Veterans for Peace who had made multiple trips to Standing Rock and was there on Dec 4 with thousands of veterans willing to protect the water protectors from the national guard, state police and Morton county sheriff department, and Remi — of the Navajo Nation — and also a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He had been at camp for over five months.
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