Wednesday, November 30, 2016
"Water Is Life - Standing Rock Sioux Charity Tophoglyph". The art of Topher Sipes.
Last Friday, Tim Mentz, Sr., former Standing Rock Sioux tribal historic preservation officer, filed a declaration with the US district court detailing archaeological sites, including graves, alongside the planned pathway of the Dakota Access Pipeline. By Saturday morning, bulldozers had plowed through those sites, gouging a blank path of earth across land once populated with bones and cairns. “Even without a formal damage assessment, my conclusion from what I have been able to see is that any site that was in the pipeline corridor has been destroyed,” Mentz stated in a new declaration supporting a request for a temporary restraining order on the site.
On Tuesday, US District Judge James Boasberg did order a temporary halt to the pipeline construction in South Dakota, although it can still continue on private property. By then, however, the ruination was irreversible, that long history of the indigenous people on the land obliterated. A procession of demonstrators who encountered Saturday’s wreckage were met by private security agents and trained dogs, leaving several people bitten and the Morton County Sheriff’s Department describing the “crowd of protestors” as “violent” as they reacted to the destruction.
The $3.8 billion pipeline being built by Energy Transfer Partners slices through four states, and concern is not just for the preservation of cultural sites, but for the safety of the drinking water. Environmental organizations, including the Sierra Club and National Wildlife Federation (NWF), have decried the approval of the pipeline by the US Army Corps of Engineers. Garrit Voggesser, NWF’s national director for tribal partnerships, and Jim Murphy, NWF senior counsel, wrote in an August 31 post that, through the Clean Water Act, the “Corps can issue expedited permits for activities that will only cause minimal adverse impacts.” By treating “each water crossing like it’s an independent project not connected to the other pipeline crossings,” Voggesser and Murphy argue that the Corps is disregarding the broader evaluation necessary for a nearly 1,200-mile-long project.
The pipes are not elevated, but instead bore under the Missouri River, and future degradation could impact the irrigation of nearby crops, the water’s quality, and its safety for consumption. Hyperallergic’s request for comment from Energy Transfer Partners was not returned at the time of publication. On its site for the Dakota Access Pipeline Project, the company states that it “will enable domestically produced light sweet crude oil from North Dakota to reach major refining markets in a more direct, cost-effective, safer and environmentally responsible manner.”
In April, the Sacred Stone Camp was set up alongside the planned route of the pipeline; now hundreds of tribes who have joined the protest in North Dakota in a massive movement of solidarity. The ground that the pipeline drives through is the ancestral land of the Lakota and Sioux, the rights to which have been eroded through broken treaties, such as 1868’s Treaty of Fort Laramie, which originally claimed to protect their life on the Black Hills. Notably, the Sioux Nation has refused to accept money for the land, as doing so would end their legal claims on the Black Hills.
“These things keep happening, and the indigenous people are taking a stand and saying no, we are not allowing this to happen any longer,” Erin Joyce, a curator active in the Native political landscape, told Hyperallergic. “What is also interesting is that this has taken place the same year as the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service (NPS). To many, the NPS seems like a good thing. However, for American Indians, it represents oppression as an agent of colonialism that forced Native people from their lands under government-sanctioned acts.”
Cannupa Hanska Luger, an artist who was born on the Standing Rock Reservation, recently returned from the demonstrations to work on a mural in Atlanta at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights (through the nonprofit Living Walls) to bring greater attention to the pipeline.
“We have creation stories that are bound to the geography, not to mention these sacred sites for prayer and burial, and when they plow through these places, it’s a systematic erasing of the land that we come from,” Luger told Hyperallergic. “The thing that’s most hurtful for that is, I have two little boys. When your history is bound to the landscape, I can take them to places and tell them the stories, and have points of reference I believed would always be there. Despite what fences were put up, I believed those places would remain. The removal of the sites makes it even more difficult when our traditions are oral and when those regions are desecrated and removed and demolished, it’s hard to find the point of reference to bind your story to the landscape you’re from.”
Luger grew up on a reservation situated on the Bakken oil field, which feeds the Dakota Access Pipeline, and has already seen how the removal of oil from the earth can scar a landscape. He explained that graves, cairns, and remains of villages are all along the Missouri River, squarely in the pipeline’s future path, but it’s the threat to the river itself that he finds even more troubling.
“We have alternatives to oil, we don’t have alternatives to water,” he said. “If they build a bridge where they’re planning to build the pipeline, you wouldn’t see this. We’re just trying to protect water as a basic human right.”
Luger’s piece is focused on three portraits of the female leaders in the camps who he says have been running the movement on the ground. When completed, their faces will be partly submerged, their mouths dipping into the Missouri River, with the natural landscape flowing around them. The whole panorama is meticulously built with nails and string.
“For every nail in the coffin, it binds our connectivity,” Luger said. “And we’re all connected.”*
Kin 86: White Galactic World-Bridger
I harmonize in order to equalize
I seal the store of death
With the galactic tone of integrity
I am guided by the power of heart.
Let your soul work in harmony with the universal intelligence as your breath does with the air.*
*Star Traveler's 13 Moon Almanac of Synchronicity, Galactic Research Institute, Law of Time Press, Ashland, Oregon, 2016-2017.
The Sacred Tzolk'in
Muladhara Chakra (Seli Plasma)
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Print in solidarity with Standing Rock and the water protectors by Leila Abdelrazaq
10 September 2016
Palestinians are expressing support for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their months-long resistance to the US government’s plan to install an oil pipeline on their land.
“The people of Palestine supports you and all those standing with you right now in North Dakota to protect your tribal lands and resist the desecration and destruction of your sacred burial sites at the hands of the Energy Transfer Partners corporation and the Dakota Access Pipeline they are building,” the Palestinian BDS National Committee said on Friday.
In another statement issued on Friday, individual Palestinians around the world say they “recognize the multitude of ways that Native American and First Nation struggles to protect indigenous territories have ultimately been struggles on behalf of all of humanity.”
Their full statement is below.
The Dakota Access Pipeline, which was approved by the US Army Corps of Engineers, is planned to run under the Missouri River, a natural water supply for the tribe.
The pipeline would also run through sacred areas of Sioux land not recognized by the US government as part of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
“When we look at Standing Rock, we also see the attempts of authorities with a still-prevalent colonial mentality to vilify, criminalize and ultimately disappear indigenous people on their own land,” the BNC said. “The Palestinian people have firsthand experience with a colonial power desecrating our burial sites, destroying our indigenous communities, appropriating our culture and otherwise gradually erasing our centuries-old heritage.”
The BNC, the largest Palestinian civil society coalition that leads the global boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, referred in particular to Israel allowing the US-based Simon Wiesenthal Center to build a so-called “Museum of Tolerance” on top of Mamilla Cemetery, destroying a Muslim burial ground and holy site in Jerusalem that historians date to the seventh century.
On Friday, a US federal court ruled against a request filed by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to stop construction of the pipeline.
However, in what the Sioux call “a stunning move,” three federal agencies say the Army will “not authorize” construction of the pipeline in one area until the government “can determine whether it will need to reconsider any of its previous decisions” regarding construction on tribal land.
“This federal statement is a game changer for the tribe and we are acting immediately on our legal options, including filing an appeal and a temporary injunction to force [the Dakota Access Pipeline] to stop construction,” the Standing Rock Sioux said.
The tribe was never consulted about the matter before the plan was approved by the Army Corps of Engineers, which the tribe says violates US law.
G4S, which contracts with Israel to incarcerate Palestinians, admits it is one of several private security companies working to guard the pipeline.
Activists at Sacred Stone Camp, a flash point of protests, say that resistance is growing. Security firms protecting the pipeline have used dogs and pepper spray to attack protesters.
Palestinians around the world have signed this statement of solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.*
Kin 85: Red Resonant Serpent
I channel in order to survive
I seal the store of life force
With the resonant tone of attunement
I am guided by the power of navigation
I am a galactic activation portal
Mantra focuses on primordial sound vibration, the primary dimension of universal coordination.*
*Star Traveler's 13 Moon Almanac of Synchronicity, Galactic Research Institute, Law of Time Press, Ashland, Oregon, 2016-2017.
The Sacred Tzolk'in
Sahasrara Chakra (Dali Plasma)
Monday, November 28, 2016
Autumn Shield by Lawrence Lee.
The Standing Rock Native American Reservation is a Hunkpapa Lakota and Yanktonai Dakota Native American reservation in North Dakota and South Dakota in the United States. The sixth-largest reservation in land area in the United States, Standing Rock includes all of Sioux County, North Dakota, and all of Corson County, South Dakota, plus slivers of northern Dewey and Ziebach Counties in South Dakota, along their northern county lines at Highway 20.
The reservation has a land area of 9,251.2 square kilometers (3,571.9 sq mi) and a population of 8,250 as of the 2000 census. The largest communities on the reservation are Fort Yates, Cannon Ball and McLaughlin. Other communities within the reservation include: Wakpala, Little Eagle, Bullhead, Porcupine, Kenel, McIntosh, Morristown, Selfridge, Solen.
Together with the Hunkpapa and Blackfeet bands, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is part of the Great Sioux Nation. In 1868 the lands of the Great Sioux Nation were reduced in the Fort Laramie Treaty to the east side of the Missouri River and the state line of South Dakota in the west. The Black Hills, considered by the Sioux to be sacred land, are located in the center of territory awarded to the tribe. In direct violation of the treaty, in 1874 General George A. Custer and his 7th Cavalry entered the Black Hills and discovered gold, starting a gold rush. The United States Government wanted to buy or rent the Black Hills from the Lakota people, but the Great Sioux Nation, led by their spiritual leader Sitting Bull, refused to sell or rent their lands. The Great Sioux War of 1876, also known as the Black Hills War, was a series of battles and negotiations which occurred between 1876 and 1877 between the Lakota Sioux and Northern Cheyenne and the government of the United States. Among the many battles and skirmishes of the war was the Battle of the Little Bighorn, often known as Custer's Last Stand, the most storied of the many encounters between the U.S. army and mounted Plains Native Americans. That Native American victory notwithstanding, the U.S. with its superior resources was soon able to force the Native Americans to surrender, primarily by attacking and destroying their encampments and property. The Agreement of 1877 (19 Stat. 254, enacted February 28, 1877) officially annexed Sioux land and permanently established Native American reservations. The Agreement of 1877 allotted Native American lands into 160 acre lots to individuals to divide the nation and the U.S. government took the Black Hills from the Sioux Nation.
In February 1890, the United States government broke a Lakota treaty by adjusting the Great Sioux Reservation, an area that formerly encompassed the majority of the state, and breaking it up into five smaller reservations. The government was accommodating white homesteaders from the eastern United States; in addition, it intended to "break up tribal relationships" and "conform Indians to the white man's ways, peaceably if they will, or forcibly if they must". On the reduced reservations, the government allocated family units on 320-acre (1.3 km2) plots for individual households. Although the Lakota were historically a nomadic people living in tipis and their Plains Native American culture was based strongly upon buffalo and horse culture, they were expected to farm and raise livestock. With the goal of assimilation, they were forced to send their children to boarding schools; the schools taught English and Christianity, as well as American cultural practices. Generally, they forbade inclusion of Native American traditional culture and language. They were beaten if they tried to do anything related to their native culture.
The farming plan failed to take into account the difficulty that Lakota farmers would have in trying to cultivate crops in the semi-arid region of South Dakota. By the end of the 1890 growing season, a time of intense heat and low rainfall, it was clear that the land was unable to produce substantial agricultural yields and, with the bison having been virtually eradicated a few years earlier, the Lakota were at risk of starvation. The people turned to the Ghost Dance ritual, which frightened the supervising agents of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Agent James McLaughlin asked for more troops. He claimed that spiritual leader Sitting Bull was the real leader of the movement. A former agent, Valentine McGillycuddy, saw nothing extraordinary in the dances and ridiculed the panic that seemed to have overcome the agencies, saying: "The coming of the troops has frightened the Indians. If the Seventh-Day Adventists prepare the ascension robes for the Second Coming of the Savior, the United States Army is not put in motion to prevent them. Why should not the Indians have the same privilege? If the troops remain, trouble is sure to come."
Nonetheless, thousands of additional U.S. Army troops were deployed to the reservation. On December 15, 1890, Sitting Bull was arrested for failing to stop his people from practicing the Ghost Dance. During the incident, one of Sitting Bull's men, Catch the Bear, fired at Lieutenant "Bull Head", striking his right side. He instantly wheeled and shot Sitting Bull, hitting him in the left side, and both men subsequently died.
The Hunkpapa who lived in Sitting Bull's camp and relatives fled to the south. They joined the Big Foot Band in Cherry Creek, South Dakota then traveled to the Pine Ridge Reservation to meet with Chief Red Cloud. The 7th Cavalry caught them at a place called Wounded Knee on December 29, 1890. The 7th Cavalry, whilst attempting to disarm the Lakota people, killed 300 people including women and children at Wounded Knee.*
Kin 84: Yellow Rhythmic Seed
I organize in order to target
I seal the input of flowering
With the rhythmic tone of equality
I am guided by my own power doubled.
Cosmic History contains coded keys for the development of transcendental thought forms that surpass the limitations of our present knowledge structures.*
*Star Traveler's 13 Moon Almanac of Synchronicity, Galactic Research Institute, Law of Time Press, Ashland, Oregon, 2016-2017,
The Sacred Tzolk'in
Anahata Chakra (Silio Plasma)
Sunday, November 27, 2016
In North Dakota and beyond, Native American artists and their allies are creating work in support of the water protectors fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Vladimir Nabokov said it well when he noted that, in the context of Imperial Russia, the powers that be “remained aware that anything outstanding and original in the way of creative thought was a jarring note and a stride toward Revolution.” In contemporary times, we may not live in an autocratic state, but we still are faced with oligarchical businessmen who seemingly have the power to invoke a police state against peaceful citizens protesting for human rights. Glaring examples of this in United States are the issues of water rights, Native sovereignty, and an oil company invading Indigenous territory in North Dakota — the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).
It has been many months since the camps in North Dakota on the Standing Rock Reservation were established in the pathway of the DAPL. Now, thousands of Indigenous and non-Native people are occupying these ancestral lands, peacefully gathering in protest against the pipeline. The self-designated “water protectors” represent people from over 300 Indigenous tribes, a convergence that is unprecedented in Native America.
The protest in North Dakota, while remarkable and inspiring, is not the first, nor the last stand against treaty violations for Indigenous North Americans. For a very abridged crash course of Natives within the past decade fighting for the rights to their land, we can look at protests against the National Defense Authorization Act bill, authored by Arizona Senator John McCain, which sold away the sacred site of Oak Flat, on the Apache San Carlos Reservation in San Carlos, Arizona, to an Australian company to mine copper ore. There is also the battle against a ski resort in Flagstaff, Arizona, utilizing grey water to make man made snow on Dook’o’oosłííd (San Francisco Peaks), one of the sacred mountains of the Navajo Nation. And there is the case of the Unist’ot’en Tribe in unceded territory in Northern British Columbia, fighting a total of seven pipelines slated to go through its ancestral lands. This fight in North Dakota is not new, but it is the straw that broke the camel’s back.
The escalating tensions erupted when armed security and police on Standing Rock attacked water protectors with water canons in freezing temperatures, shot people (including women) with rubber bullets, and utilized chemical warfare against the unarmed civilians in the form of mace and tear gas. But what does this have to do with art? Art, as is evident throughout history, has played an instrumental role in political observations and persuasive dialogues, as well as documenting political change. In the protests against the DAPL, Indigenous artists are instrumentalizing the tools they have within their creative wheelhouses to continue to raise awareness.
Indigenous artists including Nicholas Galanin (Tlingit), Demian DinéYazhi (Navajo), Starr Hardridge (Muskogee Creek), and Cannupa Hanska Luger (Lakota/Mandan/Hidatsa), as well as many others, have been creating work in protest against the DAPL and in support of the water protectors. They are creating a lexicon of iconography that can be read cross-culturally, overcoming language barriers to reach a broader demographic. Posters, banners, and stickers are being disseminated en masse to engage the public, and circulating online with the hashtags #standwithstandingrock, #mniwiconi (Lakota for “Water is Life”), #waterislife, #protectthesacred, and #nodapl. Fine art objects, jewelry, wearable goods, and paintings have been produced for sale, to generate money to support the people living in the camps. Artists are trying to do their part to aid in this cause.
“Reservations and slavery were tools enforced by white power structures,” DinéYazhi told Hyperallergic. “Right now, the same structures are harming sacred ancestral land. It’s not purely Indigenous spirituality, it’s something much deeper that is woven into the fabric of human existence that we’ve been distracted and manipulated away from honoring.”*
Kin 83: Blue Overtone Night
I empower in order to dream
I seal the input of abundance
With the overtone tone of radiance
I am guided by the power of magic.
Cosmic History is the knowledge of reality that exists above and beyond and even within all human illusion.*
The Sacred Tzolk'in
Manipura Chakra (Limi Plasma)
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Scenes of battle and horse raiding decorate a muslin Lakota tipi
from the late 19th or early 20th century.
“The destruction of these sacred sites adds yet another injury to the Lakota, Dakota, and other Indigenous Peoples who bear the impacts of fossil fuel extraction and transportation.”
In a new letter sent to the Obama administration, over 1,200 museum directors, archaeologists, anthropologists, and historians expressed solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in its fight against the Dakota Access pipeline.
In response to a groundswell of opposition to the pipeline project both on the ground and across the country, the administration released a statement on September 9th announcing that the Army will not authorize construction of the pipeline on Corps land until it can assess whether a more thorough analysis should be conducted. However, they have not yet committed to conduct a complete environmental impact statement, or that the Tribes would be adequately consulted.
The letter, sent to President Obama, the United States Department of Justice, Department of the Interior, and the Army Corps of Engineers this week, expresses support for the Tribes' treaty rights, denounces the destruction of sacred sites, and calls for meaningful consultation with the tribe and their input in decision-making.
“The destruction of these sacred sites adds yet another injury to the Lakota, Dakota, and other Indigenous Peoples who bear the impacts of fossil fuel extraction and transportation,” the signers state. “If constructed, this pipeline will continue to encourage oil consumption that causes climate change, all the while harming those populations who contributed little to this crisis.”
The letter has galvanized unprecedented from support from these communities, with hundreds signed on in just the first 24 hours. There are now 1,280 signatories. 50 of those are executive directors of museums and institutions of archaeology or anthropology, including Smithsonian, Field Museum, American Museum of Natural History, and others. While the majority of the signatures are from the United States, museum staff and scientists from around the world, including Australia, Guatemala, Italy, and Brazil have signed on.
“The signers of this letter are far from your typical activists,” said Beka Economopoulos, Director of The Natural History Museum, the institution that initiated the letter. “It speaks to the critical nature of this issue that museum directors and scientists, who don’t often engage in political struggle, have made the decision to raise their voices about the Dakota Access pipeline. The significance of the cultural artifacts along the pipeline’s proposed route is simply too great to sacrifice for a fossil fuel pipeline that would threaten not only these artifacts, but also land, water, tribal sovereignty, and the climate.”
“What the Standing Rock Sioux are going through is just one example of a systemic and historical truth around how extractive and polluting infrastructure is forced upon Native communities,” said James Powell, Former President and Director of the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum and former President of the Franklin Museum of Science. “It is long past time for us to abandon fossil fuel projects that harm Native communities and threaten the future of our planet.”
“Professional archaeologists have grown weary of watching federal agencies cowboy together their own set of rules to frame the circumstances at hand—in this case, the Army Corps of Engineers handling of Section 106 compliance (National Historic Preservation Act) for the Dakota Access Pipeline,” said David Hurst Thomas, Curator at the American Museum of Natural History in NY and Founding Trustee of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC. “It is too much to ask our feds to obey the same environmental and historical protection laws as the rest of us?”
“The Obama Administration has temporarily stopped the Dakota Access Pipeline’s illegal push toward contaminating Sioux water and its bullying tactics that deliberately desecrated Sioux Ancestors and a sacred place,” said Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne & Muscogee), President, The Morning Star Institute, and Recipient of a 2014 Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States’ highest civilian honor. “DAPL first violated existing religious freedom, cultural rights, historic, environmental and archaeological laws by failing to consult with the Standing Rock and other Sioux nations, and most recently by denying descendants access to their sacred place and enforcing the ban with attack dogs and other weapons. Native people and supporters urge official actions to stop this shameful, illegal project permanently.”
“At The Field Museum we care deeply about sustaining the heritage and well being of indigenous peoples,” said Richard Lariviere, PhD, President and CEO of The Field Museum in Chicago, IL. “Through our collections and research we recognize the profound importance of sacred landscapes for different cultures. And we have scientific programs throughout the Americas that concentrate on studying these sites and on translating our research into action that protects important landscapes, celebrates cultural diversity, and deepens cultural understanding.”
“Scholar-practitioners in museums and universities have now joined forces with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, in an effort to protect their cultural legacy, as well as the land and water upon which they depend,” said Robert R. Janes, Ph.D. , Archaeologist, Museologist, and Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Museum Management and Curatorship. “The Natural History Museums’ letter of support, now numbering 1,280 signatures, embodies the progressive civic action necessary to ensure social and climate justice for the Standing Rock Sioux.”
The letter was organized by The Natural History Museum, a mobile and pop-up museum that champions bold action on climate change. The museum made headlines last year when they organized a letter signed by 150 of the world's top scientists, including several Nobel laureates, urging science and natural history museums to cut ties to fossil fuel interests. Since its release, eight institutions have responded by either divesting from fossil fuels, dropping a fossil fuel sponsor, or enacting new policies that refuse fossil fuel funding. The museum also gathered 552,000 signatures on a petition to get David Koch --a top funder of climate science disinformation--off the board of NY's American Museum of Natural History – and he resigned just a few months later after serving on the board for 23 years.*
Kin 82: White Self-Existing Wind
I define in order to communicate
I seal the input of spirit
With the self-existing tone of form
I am guided by the power of endlessness.
The third dimension is the place where your fourth-dimensional movie takes form.*
The Sacred Tzolk'in
Visshudha Chakra (Alpha Plasma)
Friday, November 25, 2016
Archaeologists & Museums Denounce Destruction of Standing Rock Sioux Burial Grounds
To President Obama, the United States Department of Justice, Department of the Interior, and the Army Corps of Engineers:
As archaeologists, anthropologists, historians, and museum workers committed to responsible stewardship, we are invested in the preservation and interpretation of archaeological and cultural heritage for the common good. We join the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in denouncing the recent destruction of ancient burial sites, places of prayer and other significant cultural artifacts sacred to the Lakota and Dakota people.
On Saturday, September 3, 2016, the company behind the contentious Dakota Access Pipeline project bulldozed land containing Native American burial grounds, grave markers, and artifacts–including ancient cairns and stone prayer rings. The construction crews, flanked by private security and canine squads, arrived just hours after the Standing Rock Sioux tribal lawyers disclosed the location of the recently discovered site in federal court filings.
Former tribal historic preservation officer Tim Mentz called the discovery of the site “one of the most significant archaeological finds in North Dakota in many years.” “This demolition is devastating,” Tribal Chairman David Archambault II said. “These grounds are the resting places of our ancestors. The ancient cairns and stone prayer rings there cannot be replaced. In one day, our sacred land has been turned into hollow ground.”
We are familiar with the long history of desecration of Indigenous People’s artifacts and remains worldwide. Many of us put countless hours into developing the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) to prevent burial desecration of this type, yet the pipeline was approved without a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), and the cultural resources survey did not involve proper consultation with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other tribes in the region.
The destruction of these sacred sites adds yet another injury to the Lakota, Dakota, and other Indigenous Peoples who bear the impacts of fossil fuel extraction and transportation. If constructed, this pipeline will continue to encourage oil consumption that causes climate change, all the while harming those populations who contributed little to this crisis.
We call on the federal government to abide by its laws and to conduct a thorough environmental impact statement and cultural resources survey on the pipeline’s route, with proper consultation with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. We stand with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and affirm their treaty rights, tribal sovereignty, and the protection of their lands, waters, cultural and sacred sites, and we stand with all those attempting to prevent further irreparable losses.*
Kin 81: Red Electric Dragon
I activate in order to nurture
I seal the input of birth
With the electric tone of service
I am guided by the power of life force.
The purpose of Cosmic History is to imprint the galactic frequencies into the noosphere that arouse a positive image or order to reality into the collective mind.*
The Sacred Tzolk'in
Svadhistana Chakra (Kali Plasma)
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Women are leading the battle against the Black Snake, the latest in fast-tracked fossil fuel pipeline projects attempting to carry crude oil across the U.S.
Described as a great serpent that will run through the land and bring destruction to the earth and its people in a Lakota tribal prophecy, the Dakota Access Pipeline is facing fierce opposition from tribes, landowners and ranchers. Citizens rightfully fear a crack or leak that would leach oil into water and land. It’s the great unifying power of this shared crisis that may be bringing historically divided communities into the fight together against the Canadian oil company Enbridge and various firms they have hired for the pipeline’s construction.
And it is in this spirit of cooperation and protection of health that camps like Standing Rock are spontaneously appearing along the route. Communities are rallying together to protect their water after witnessing countless spills and exploding fuel trains in their news feeds. DAPL is planned to carry nearly 500,000 gallons per day of crude from North Dakota to Illinois.
Having spent time reporting at Sacred Stone camp on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, as a well as water protection encampments in Iowa, I can’t help but notice the presence of mothers protesting with their children at their sides.
From Home to the Protest Lines
Families that perhaps have never protested are finally feeling a threat to their neighborhoods. Part of it could be social media and mobile web technology that have allowed anyone to create and share news instantly with their personal networks in ways never before possible, helping enlarge this movement. The safety of numbers could be the social catalyst that many people need before speaking out about something they have until recently only spoken about at home. Or it could be the widespread knowledge that renewable energy now appears close to out-competing coal and gas.
Regardless of the cause, I am now witnessing protest camps that look more like family reunions than hordes of protesters. People are starting to understand that fossil fuels do harm, and women in particular are peacefully demanding the end to pipeline construction projects like the infamous Dakota Access.*
Kin 80: Yellow Lunar Sun
I polarize in order to enlighten
I seal the matrix of universal fire
With the lunar tone of challenge
I am guided by the power of free will.
The human revolves around its own nucleus and has its own magnetic field, just as does a planet.*
*Star Traveler's 13 Moon Almanac of Synchronicity, Galactic Research Institute, Law of Time Press, Ashand, Oregon, 2016-2017.
The Sacred Tzolk'in
Ajna Chakra (Gamma Plasma)