In early November, 2016, a solidarity rally for the resistance camp out at the Standing Rock Sioux camp “Oceti Sacowin” where the resisters faced a constant line of militarized Sheriffs’ Departments, profit-making security corporations, and other police-state bad actors sent in to break up the protests and ensure that the pipeline get built by the Canadian corporate syndicate Energy Transfer Partners.
We’re re-posting this video from its YouTube archive as a No-Thanks Giving message from indigenous peoples of the Great Lakes Region, who were colonized before, and now are being re-colonized by the old British Empire (USA and Canada) petro-states with their military-state power to enforce the new 21st century colonization, in the form of the Dakota Access PipeLine, DAPL, in addition to the Enbridge Energy Partners (another Canadian Colonizer Corp.) with their Line 3 and Line 5 builds going through the Great Lakes Region.
Each of these lines is a major threat to environmental health in the Great Lakes Region, and of course, the health of the human beings who inhabit the region anywhere near these pipes.
At the time of this drum song, Andy Gokee, of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, was serving as Director of Native American Center at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point (UWSP). He is introduced by John and Jeremy, organizers of the rally at the UWSP Sundial area, which had 100-plus planned attendees, plus numerous curious passers-by on campus, on their way to their next scheduled stop.