For those of you who know me… jail?! Felony?! I myself had not planned on engaging in the activities of a felon when embarking on the journey to observe and support the efforts of those gathered in opposition of the “black snake”. From day one until now, I have yet to act a felon!
In fact, from the first protector demonstration I observed in Palm Springs, California, up to now, I continue to find inspiration in the protectors as they are – prayerful and fearless mothers, grandmothers, women and children, and men who have chosen to abstain from alcohol, drugs, and violence.
The young men have had the most difficult time rejecting the inflammatory, aggressive and instigative actions of law enforcement/hired Blackwater-esque securit, understandably so. I’ve seen them misstep; the whole world is watching and has seen them misstep. And yet, I’ve seen those same young men return to camp after tear gas, rubber bullets and jail with a sorrowful acknowledgement and humility over those missteps and their return to ceremonial discipline and respect toward their elders.
It is as clear to me in hindsight as it was in the moment – jail is nothingness, a great waste of humanity and resources. I’m pleased to have read in a local printing that even Colby Braun, Warden of the North Dakota State Penitentiary, agrees that the back-end investment of corrections is reactionary, misplaced; it should all be invested on the front-end of society in social and cultural programs.
On the bright side, while imprisoned, I did have time to read HG Wells’ War of the Worlds. So timely. The book in its entirety illustrates the human races absolute helplessness against Martians that have come to Earth with clear intentions to take it as their own. Absolute devastation, only one Martian defeated by accident… a pitiful, hopeless fight. Finally, and in a matter of ten concluding pages, upon the main characters acceptance of his fate, the Martians die – victims of an unseen force; they succumb to bacteria. They were absolutely defenseless to this invisible thing that humans have spent centuries building immunity to.
How explicit and relevant our own present day David vs. Goliath saga. The centuries old Lakota Way exists quiet, strong, and unbending. DAPL, Energy Transfer Partners, Enbridge, cannot win. Everything that is within their nature to do takes them closer and closer to their own destruction. A few clear examples that their sole interest is in their own profit:
- Pipeline route plan first called for crossing north of Bismarck
- Pipeline Company Desecrates Graves On Sioux Sacred Land
- Dakota Access Pipeline Company Attacks Native American Protesters with Dogs and Pepper Spray
- Opposition arrests journalists, elected officials, clergy and Lindsey!
- DAPL continues construction despite executive order from Army Corps of Engineers and Departments of Justice and Interior to halt construction within a 20 mile radius of Missouri River cross point.
- Shooting, hurting, destroying anyone and anything in the way.