Moccasins on the Ground: Protecting Native Water

“The Moccasins on the ground training developed by Owe Aku’s Sacred Water Protection Project focuses on skills, tactics, and techniques of nonviolent direct action in three day training camps.   The skills that are discussed include such things as blockading heavy equipment,  workshops on strategic media, street medic training, knowing your legal rights with respect to  civil disobedience, building solidarity and alliances, applicable international human rights and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Lakota sacred teachings on water, and many other topics under the umbrella of direct action. “ -Owe Aku

Moccasins on the ground

Moccasins on the ground

Excerpt:  The Moccasins on the ground

“In February, the State Deparment released it’s assessment giving a green light to President Obama who has the ultimate say in the permit process.  “As the process of public comment, hearings, and other aspects of an international application continue, each door is closing to protecting sacred water and our Human Right to Water.

Sacred Water Protection

Sacred Water Protection

Soon the only door left open will be the door to direct action. An organized, prepared community is our best protection if President Obama chooses to issue the KXL permit. Of course, we are hopeful that he will truly be revolutionary in the green sense, and say no to the permit, and lead the world in moving away from destruction and toward a sustainable energy future.  But we cannot sit and wait for his decision, we must act now and be ready to protect our sacred water, our lands, our families, so we take the Moccasins on the Ground Tour of Resistance to Lakota communities that invite us to provide the training.Poster We have been to several Lakota communities and more trainings are scheduled . . . First Nations people from Canada and other Red Nations also attend to share their experience of impacts from the tarsands oil fields on their traditional territories, waters and the wildlife they depend on for subsistence hunting and gathering; as well as discussions on how tarsands and oil pipelines have resulted in their people becoming displaced and ill from the mining and pipeline impacts.”

Mini Wakan in the Big Horn Mountains on the Lakota Homeland.

Mini Wakan in the Big Horn Mountains on the Lakota Homeland.

“Someday the Earth will weep. She will cry with tears of blood. You will make a choice, to stand with Her, or let Her die” ~Oweakuinternational.org~

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