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Legitimizing Plunder at Standing Rock Part II

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"Do not disturb the resting places of the Ancestors who themselves are telling the people. No confrontation. To pray. That we are a peaceful and non-violent encampment. Do not bring trouble to those in prayer."

"For all of the violent protestors (and there has been violence and destruction of private property): "The Ancestors have TOLD you not to disturb them. For disturbing them there are consequences. You who have disturbed them will learn the consequences directly."

"I'm glad that those who aren't of the same heart and mind as my people are going home. They need to take the garbage they brought with them as they leave our Treaty Territory. Now we will not have to worry about them bringing trouble to our Spiritual Leaders, trouble to our Elders, trouble to our Women, trouble to our Children, and trouble to our Allies."

"You're welcome to stay. So don't think I'm telling you to leave. All will follow the directives of the Traditional Leadership and Legitimate 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty Representatives. Conduct yourself as a guest should when in the home of another."

A powerful message.

On Dec. 14, the district of Cannon Ball, located nearest to the camp, had a meeting and voted "To direct the Standing Rock Tribal Council to close down the Sacred Stone Camp and use the Law Enforcement and funds raised, to send people home."

Cannon Ball District members have been unhappy with campers who speed through the community with campers who are not involving the community, when the camp is located in their district. They are unhappy as well with the fundraising going on by all camps -- Oceti Sakowin, which morphed into Oceti Oyate, Last Real Indians, Sacred Stone, the Indigenous Environmental Network, Honor the Earth (and many others), as well as individual campers.

On Jan. 4, the district motion was taken up at the Tribal Council and the full council voted, 8, yes, 1, no, 2, not voting, 5 excused and one late, to close the camps, a signal that campers had worn out the welcome and that the Stand With Standing Rock call for action had expired.

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