THANK YOU! In November, I invited folks to join me for Winter Fires, an online writing workshop. A portion of the registrations was donated to Standing Rock Medic + Healer Council. With your help, we sent $350 to Standing Rock.
Even though there has been some good news on #NoDAPL recently, the work to protect the land continues. This isn’t about just one tribe or one place—this is about the story we each imprint on this earth. The protectors at Standing Rock are teaching me so much about that and showing all of us a way forward. Here's one of their voices—Tosha Luger, from the Hunkpapa tribe of the Seven Council Fires of the Lakota Sioux (read more here):
“I was born and raised in these lands. I lost my husband and my father a year ago, very close to each other, and I was broken. I live on a ranch just south of here and I would go down to the river every day. It healed me—really, truly healed me. Being here is a very humbling experience and we must remain focused. This river goes all the way out to the Missouri River and all the way down to the ocean. That's what we are protecting.
I was crushed when that girl's arm got blown off... I myself ended up with a concussion, got tear-gassed and maced and stood in the freezing cold whilst they were spraying us with water cannons. They are telling us to go home, but they don't understand that we are already home.
In order to change things, we must remain in prayer and peace. I feel so honored for all these people who have heard our prayers and have joined us in this, and I hope they will bring our healing and teachings back to where they are from and start changing the world, empower Mother Earth, and be more compassionate, kind, and empathetic.”