Most recent, 1,200 archaeologists wrote a letter to President Obama condemning the damage to our cultural heritage of one of the most significant sites in North Dakota that the Pipeline LLC company did by bulldozing Tribal burial grounds. This is the incident that led to the above atrocities...and the fact that the Dakota Pipeline company did it without permission from the Army Corps of Engineers and ONE DAY AFTER the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe filed the location of these sacred sites makes them as I've opined before: corporate psychopaths. So huzzah for the experts agreeing.
Most importantly, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has received an even greater step/win with an official halt on pipeline construction order from a Federal Appeals court, which is significant because the Obama Administration letter was only a request in support of a stoppage. Not to mention the protest at the White House over this issue (raised profile is a good thing for justice!) or the consultations with the administration.
Having read a lot of Brene Brown lately, I am beginning to understand the power of shame to prevent conversations that desperately need to happen. As a white person, I believe it's important to recognize the impediment fear of shame brings to this conversation and acknowledge this history so we can start to do right. This video handles the subject with humor (which I always appreciate). Worth a watch...what did you think?