Reclaiming our land, ourselves, our lives
Indigenous peoples all over the world — and empathetic observers in this country — are mobilizing support for the Standing Rock Sioux’s fight against an oil pipeline in North Dakota.
Hundreds of Native Americans have joined the protest against construction of a section of the 1,170-mile Dakota Access Pipeline that would cross a river and ranchers’ fields north of the Sioux reservation. Concerns range from potential water pollution to desecration of sacred burial grounds.
Back home, we hear that Amy Goodman, host of the “Democracy Now!” radio show that airs nightly on KVMR 89.5 FM in Nevada City, was arrested at the North Dakata protest last week because she was trying to report on it and do interviews.
And, on Friday night, we have a band with a Native flavor — Dove Mosis and Hip Hop Medicine Nation — playing at Crazy Horse Saloon in Nevada City. (See photo here and on page 20).
It seems that it is time for all races, genders, groups and tribes that have been oppressed in the past to now rise up. It is in the air.
Time to reclaim our sovereignity, our divinity and dignity and to protect what’s ours — both collectively and individually.
Other events locally this weekend, meanwhile, show the diversity and heart of this community:
— A thrift store fashion show to benefit Hospitality House homeless shelter (see page 9).
— An SF comedy competition at The Center for The Arts (see page 3).
— The new Beatles movie tonight at Del Oro (see page 5).
— CATS’ Hawaiian Luau benefit Sunday at the Roth Estate (see page 12).
— The first performance of the season Sunday for InConcert Sierra orchestra (see page 7).
What a wealth of culture and the arts we have here.
May you enjoy the cooler fall weekend days and the stirrings of sovereignity within your own being.
And may this issue of Prospector inspire you — like the Native American peoples — to reclaim whatever it is that was previously denied.
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