A delegation from NYSNA was early on the ground in North Dakota to bring solidarity and supplies to courageous indigenous activists resisting the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline at the Standing Rock Reservation near Cannon Ball, ND. The pipeline is slated to carry the same oil that fills bomb trains directly beneath the Missouri River, which is the primary water source for millions of people. It takes much less fracked Bakken oil to contaminate water than normal crude, and as the water protectors in North Dakota remind us, Mni Wiconi – Water is life!
In December, Standing Rock scored a major victory, when the Army Corps of Engineers blocked construction of the pipeline's final stretch. Unfortunately, that victory was short-lived: two months later, a new Administration not only re-authorized construction, but expedited it. We don't expect the water protectors on the ground to let that go forward without a struggle.
Click here to see some photos from our trip, and check out our podcast "Nurses on the Frontlines," below.