Indigenous people and their allies share why they are protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline – Lauretta Prevost, Producer, and Lindsay Ofrias, Associate Producer
COURAGE: My name is Courage. I’m Lakota and I’m Mestizo. I came here from Los Angeles, California. DESIREE KAINE: Desiree Kaine. I’m a Miwok woman. WILLIAM SIMMONS: William Simmons also known as Jimbo. JEFF MORRIS: Brother Jeff Morris. I’m with the Order of Saint Francis. RACHEL SPOTTED HORSE: Rachel Spotted Horse and I’m from McLaughlin, South Dakota on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. SIMMONS: I come from Oklahoma. I’m a Choctaw. NANCY: I am from Rapid City, South Dakota. But I am a Rosewood Souix. ROBIN HAMM: I’ve got a little bit of Southern Ute heritage and Meshica from before the United States was this country. AMIR LACY: Amir Lacy I’m from Oakland, California and I’m here to join the cause. NANCY: I’m a water protector. I’m here to protect the water. COURAGE: I came here because it is the most significant event as far as Native American history in my lifetime. MORRIS: I feel god has called me to come out and be an instrument of god’s peace. LACY: I’m here to protest and help out. Support. Cut wood, make fires, and increase moral. SIMMONS: I knew that at some point they would have to come to Indian land and Indian territory and I know that there were many people that were going to resist this pipeline. KAINE: I have the resources and the privilege to come out here to set aside my life and dedicate time and attention and intention. HAMM: I’m here to be part of the end of this genocide. SPOTTED HORSE: I’m concerned about our water and I have grandchildren and great grandchildren to think about.
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