Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Entertainment. Discussion »
SAN FRANCISCO area American Indians know how to protest. Two generations ago, they were on Alcatraz Island protesting and bringing attention to broken treaties and deplorable living conditions of American Indians in the United States.
Their new fight is for a cleaner environment.
Last Saturday, the gathering began at the Richmond Bart station with Idle No More/SF, 350.org, 350 Bay area, the Richmond Progressive Alliance, Gathering Tribes, SSP&RIT and others joined for a family friendly march, festival and spiritual rally at the Chevron Richmond Refinery main gate.
They were there lending support on the first anniversary of the explosion and fire that occurred last year at the Chevron Richmond Refinery.
These San Francisco area American Indians were among environmental, health and social justice groups gathered in a non-violent direct action to call for an end to toxic hazards and dirty crude refining, no Keystone XL pipeline and a sensible transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources.
In particular, the proposed Keystone XL pipeline poses a serious environmental threat to tribal lands in the Great Plains.
The pipeline's planned route crosses much of the Lakota treaty territory, meaning the resolution bans the Pipeline from most of the northern great plains. The resolution also cites the traditional and contemporary responsibility of all Lakota people:
“through ancient indigenous cultural and spiritual concepts we have always respected and maintained good relations with the animals, air, land and water of our traditional homelands since time immemorial.”
When this week's Photo of the Week was posted on our Facebook page, it was an immediate hit with hundreds of our readers sharing it.
Megwetch to Walter Copenhaver for sending it to the Native News Network.
posted August 10, 2013 9:57 am edt