Inspired by the videos they have seen of native Water Protectors who are trying to prevent the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the kids made postcards and mailed them to President Obama and the US Army Corps of Engineers.
A peaceful and healing wigwam celebration. Thank you Nancye and Jeff for making it possible!
Why are you doing this to the world? We all need water to live. You should treat people the way you want to be treated. Do you want me to come to your house and offer you a glass of crude oil? No! Of course you don’t but then why are [you] doing that to the native americans? Spraying mace in their eyes and beat them with bats. Your treating them *like* bricks.
(asked what he meant when he wrote “bricks” on his postcard he said, “it’s a metaphor”)
Please Obama stop pipeline and this mad environmental racism in January he who must not be named (T***p) will be president so you have to do something good
STOP THE PIPELINE!
How would you like it if I started fracking in the McMillan Reservoir
Treat people the way they want to be treated
(“What’s the name of a reservoir that feeds into Washington, D.C.? I need to google it for my postcard”)
We want to expose our students to native voices as much as possible. Rather than reading them the Haudanosaunee thanksgiving address- the “words before all else”-ourselves, we played them native storyteller Kay Olan’s version. The kids drew what they were visualizing as they listened.