[News] Keystone XL to begin construction - oil pipelines bring man camps to our lands

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Fri Jan 24 10:59:47 EST 2020

Lakota Law

As you may know, almost 50 years ago, I co-founded Women of All Red 
Nations (WARN) with fellow LPLP organizer Phyllis Young and several 
others. We formed a frontline to confront the issues we face as 
Indigenous women. At the time, uranium mining in the southern Black 
Hills of South Dakota was poisoning my people’s water and, in turn, 
poisoning our wombs. Our coalition mobilized to stop this assault on our 
reproductive health, and we successfully prevented a mining corporation 
from further contaminating our life-giving water.

Now, most of us are grandmothers and great-grandmothers. But we’ve 
assembled once again against an imminent threat to our water: the 
Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline. Last week, TC Energy reported to a Montana 
federal court that it intends to begin pre-construction activities in 
South Dakota next month.

Lakota Law 
Linda Two Bulls of Women of All Red Nations (WARN) rides again to 
protect water, women, and girls from KXL and its man camps. The video 
was produced by Warrior Women Project Community Media, an ongoing source 
of community-based news through the Warrior Women Project Blog 

KXL doesn’t only threaten our water, it also threatens our women and 
girls. Along with the transport of toxic chemicals and machinery, oil 
pipelines bring man camps to our lands. These temporary housing sites 
near our reservations have proven time and again to exacerbate the 
crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Big Extraction moves in 
to violate the earth, and in turn, our women and children pay the price.

Now #WARNRidesAgain to protect our water and women 
In December, a group of matriarchs from across the /Oceti Sakowin/ 
performed a symbolic horseback border patrol along the southeastern 
boundary of the Cheyenne River Reservation, sending a message to KXL and 
its man camps: you are not welcome on our homelands.

A Cheyenne proverb tells us, “A nation is not conquered until the hearts 
of its women are on the ground.” That’s why, as we ready our defense 
against KXL’s encroachment, we’re rising up to protect our women and 
girls. The violence against /Unci Maka/ is violence against us, too, and 
it is our birthright to expel it from our lands.

You can join the movement to #FollowTheMatriarchs by sharing this 
Warrior Women Project Facebook video of our ride to protect the 
sovereign border of Cheyenne River 
and by riding with us through the coming months. Saddle up — it’s time 
to protect.

In solidarity,

Madonna Thunder Hawk
Tribal Liaison
The Lakota People's Law Project

Lakota People's Law Project
547 South 7th Street #149
Bismarck, ND 58504-5859

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