Ocean-going canoes, made of giant cedar logs, paddled by a dozen or more members of costal Northwest tribes, are converging just south of Bismarck, North Dakota. They’ll be joined by river canoes from Montana tribes, lake canoes from Minnesota, and a cedar saltwater canoe from Juno, Alaska.
The tribal canoe families are joining members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe who have pledged to protect the waters that make life possible in this arid region. These waters, they believe, are threatened by the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline, which would transport oil from the Bakken oil fields across the Missouri River, just upstream from the tribe’s reservation, and on across dozens of streams and rivers to Illinois.
The gathering at Standing Rock is already historic, whether or not the pipeline is stopped. A ruling on that question is expected on Sept. 9. Tribes that had been enemies for decades or longer…
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