“Let us put our minds together and see what kind of a life we can make for our children.”
–Chief Sitting Bull
Today, at Standing Rock Native Americans from over 100 tribes stand together in protest over the perilous pipeline that awaits continuation into and under scared sites of Native Americans.
Native American Indians are still striving for the ethos of their elders; there is a constant
challenge to keep tribal identity. The worst crime that can befall a people is a loss of their
ancestral language and the essence of one’s noble heritage.
The important history of Native American Indians has never fully, completely examined, recorded
and, or shared in American history books, art, schools across America the great contributions
of the very first peoples God gave to tend mother earth.
I was taken aback to learn during World War I a great number of Native Americans joined the armed forces. Twenty thousand Native Americans served in the U.S. Military; twice the average for the nation,
served honorably. At the end of the war many Native American Veterans were still denied the right
to full citizenship; this slight would not go unchecked by Native American Veterans.
“WE DEMAND FULL CITIZENSHIP, WE FOUGHT AND DIED IN THIS WAR, ALL WE ASK IS FULL CITIZENSHIP.”
–Native American GI’s
In 1919 the nation recognized the great contribution of Native Americans during World War I
and granted citizenship to those who were honorably discharged.
Full citizenship was finally granted in 1924 by legislation passed by congress.
The great contributions of Native American Indians are many and there are many heroes to learn of.
U.S. Paratroopers of World War II saw the 1940 movie GERONIMO the night before mass training jumps and
they fell from the sky, they all shouted proudly GERONIMO!
The contributions of Native Americans has a reach far and wide; in the world’s economy, culture
and even in political practices. Sixty percent of the foods eaten in the world today were first
harvested by Native American Indians.
The very idea of smocking tobacco is presented by Native American Indians; the world wide revenue from
tobacco products continues to be somewhere near infinity.
The first person to come up with the idea of a union of all the colonies was Indian Chief Canassatego;
in July 1744, Chief Canassatego complained that his tribe found it confusing to deal with so many different colonial administrations. Chief Canassatego told the colonist it would make life better
for his people if the colonist could have a union which would allow them to speak with one voice,
hence you have a federal union in America.
The history of Native American Indians is very rich, very tragic and continues to this very day,
to be very, very, very, noble.
Why, why is it so difficult to understand…WATER IS LIFE?
No man, no woman, no child, no living creature on earth can exist without water.
The Native Americans who stand in protest to this nonessential pipeline have taken a stand for all
Americans to protect our most common and vital resource, WATER.
The fight at Standing Rock is a fight we all need to be in and apart of.
We must teach our children the vital importance of WATER and not OIL!