The Obama Administration on Monday supported a temporary restraining order against further construction, and a judge ruled on Tuesday it has gone into effect. But people, the damage is done. The historic preservation officer on Sunday attested to the depth of digging and many of their most important sacred sites destroyed. I'm so horrified that this happened.
Over a decade ago I spent 6 months in South Africa, and half of that time I lived with a family who traced their heritage to Xhosa. I remember very clearly the time when talking about the history of Apartheid in South Africa the older/grandfather of my homestay family looked me in the eye and said that we're no better. I remember because I had studied about what white European ancestors of mine had done to the Native Americans, reading books that were more historically accurate than the ones I had in grade school. But I had never considered how visible that black eye is on our history outside of the United States. The world is watching, and we are failing. That changed my view from thinking this was "historical" towards realizing this is an issue that me and my generation needs to right.
So while there is offensively little coverage of what has happened to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, I applaud the coverage from New Yorker and MSNBC that has rightfully put these events into the shameful context they deserve.
We're long past the point where a temporary restraining order is good enough. Doing anything other than denying this pipeline to be built would be the same as support to Dakota Pipeline LLC and Enbridge in spite of their horrifying actions. My America is one that bends towards justice, and everything about this pipeline is unjust and was offensively and outrageously executed. Will you sign the youth of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's change.org petition? I did. I stand with Standing Rock Sioux.