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Protect Our Sacred
  Water Rally


11:00 am   Sunday, April 1, 2012  Eagle Butte, South Dakota


“Together we send our voice to the world that this man made disaster must be stopped. Sacred water must not be destroyed. There are substitutes for gas and oil, but there is no substitute for drinking water.”


Following the rally, many Lakota families will participate in the two-day Lakota Hunger Strike in solidarity with the children of Bella Bella, Canada.  The purpose of the Lakota Hunger Strike is to raise awareness and opposition to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and the tar sands oil mines in Canada, and to support the First Nations People in Bella Bella who are also fighting to protect their water and their future.  There will be a caravan from the rally to the campsite, where a sacred fire will burn until the Hunger Strike ends on Tuesday evening.


“To protect Mother Earth and drinking water sources for the coming generations and all of life, we must take action. We have seriously contemplated this action and have made prayers. It is our guidance to engage with Bella Bella in a 48-hour Hunger Strike to send our message to the world.”


If you would like to join or help please contact Karen Ducheneaux (605) 733-2148, Autumn Two Bulls (605) 441-7369 or (605) 867-1572, Terrell Iron Shell (605) 455-1192, and Jackie Dunn (605) 200-2027.
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Lakotas Launch Hunger Strike Against Tar Sands Pipelines”

“In the Dakotas, members of the proud Lakota Nation rose in protest this week to join a  48-hour hunger strike in opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline -- and all tar sands pipelines -- they say will destroy precious water resources and ancestral lands in the U.S and in Canada.  

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On an unusually hot April 1st in the Dakotas, a few dozen hunger-strikers and supporters gathered on family-owned land nestled in the rumpled hills near the Missouri River, land that has been a source of life and nourishment long before settlers invaded their Lakota Sioux  territories over a century ago. Lakota supporters built a sweat lodge and elders sang songs and prayers in support of hunger strikers in Canada over a thousand miles away. They were there to support and protect Mother Earth, a powerful Lakota tradition passed down through the generations, long before oil and mining companies came and polluted their land.”

LAKOTA HUNGER STRIKE

Story and photos by Rocky Kistner, Natural Resources Defense Council