Since last spring, the Lakota people have been camping at Standing Rock, North Dakota. More than 6,000 Native Americans have come from different areas of the country to this demonstration to defend their ancestral lands from a 300-km mega pipeline, commissioned by the government and multinationals in violation of treaties signed in defense of Indian lands. The fuel pipeline could destroy aquifers, their access to clean water, for generations.
In this dramatic moment when the Ku Klux Klan is celebrating the advent of the new President-elect Donald Trump, indigenous people have rushed in fear of new Wounded Knee incidents, from new repressions, new massacres and new deportations against the peaceful protectors of the water at Standing Rock.
These are resolute protests, yet peaceful. So far, the government has responded repressively and violently, with the use of attack dogs, water cannons and rubber bullets that have caused dozens of serious injuries and the arrest of numerous activists.
Now, hundreds of Native veterans have come to this area. For years, they put their lives at stake for America, and now they’re doing it to defend the protests in defense of this land. After witnessing the brutal methods used by the police against the Native Americans at Standing Rock, U.S. veterans announced their support on a GoFundMe page: “We are veterans of the United States Armed Forces, including the U.S. Army, United States Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard and we are calling for our fellow veterans to assemble as a peaceful, unarmed militia at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation on Dec 4-7 and defend the water protectors from assault and intimidation at the hands of the militarized police force and DAPL security.”