NYSNA President Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, RN led a trip September 8-10 to deliver NYSNA ponchos, cell phone charges, and messages of solidarity to the hundreds of Indigenous nations participating in the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation’s resistance to the Dakota Access Bakken-crude oil pipeline in North Dakota. The Standing Rock nation implored the Army Corps of Engineers to revoke its authorization of the project, set to pump the same volatile oil in our state’s “bomb trains” under the Missouri River, the primary water source for millions of people.
While NYSNA was there, the judge ruled in favor of the oil company, but the Obama Administration stepped in to request that the stretch of the project closest to the Standing Rock encampment be halted while environmental concerns were investigated more thoroughly. Nevertheless, the company continues construction elsewhere along the pipeline’s route, and the struggle to stop it continues to grow. Follow Camp Of The Sacred Stone on Facebook for breaking news and developments.
PBS Newshour produced an excellent summary of the struggle; view it HERE.
How you can help
Greenpeace has dedicated its offices to serve as a Donations Center on Monday, September 19, from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Their office is located at 134 W 29th St, Suite 606, New York City, NY (between 6th and 7th Aves.). See more information on the Supply Drive HERE, and click HERE for a list of needed items. You can also make a direct online contribution HERE.
- NYSNA Blog: We Stand with the Standing Rock Sioux
- NYSNA Facebook album: Nurses say no to the Dakota Access Pipeline!