Aboriginal Actress Tantoo Cardinal Arrested at DC Keystone Pipeline Protests

ICTMN Staff
8/24/11

Born in Fort McMurray, Alberta, aboriginal actress Tantoo Cardinal had a front-row seat to the oil sands growing up. Now living in British Columbia, Cardinal (Métis) traveled to Washington with her friend and fellow actress Margot Kidder to join hundreds at a sit-in aimed at getting President Barack Obama to turn down the proposed 1,700-mile pipeline that would carry crude from the oil-laden fields in northern Alberta all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.

Both she and Kidder, a Canadian, were arrested, along with about 60 others, for violating a protest permit by sitting on Pennsylvania Avenue, on the sidewalk in front of the White House, and staying put when police told them to leave, Postmedia News reported.

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Cardinal came, she told protest organizers, because of the "absolute refusal and blindness" out there regarding sustainable energy.

"If there was any amount of energy, and time, and money, and education spent to wind energy, solar energy, and the natural ways of living a good life, then that would be some source of satisfaction," she said in this video. "But the greed has not left. This that is going on right now is no different than all that has happened in the history of my people. This blind greed and meanness is what has annihilated so many nations of my people in genocide."

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), among others, has condemned the pipeline.

Cardinal, who appeared in Dances with Wolves, Legends of the Fall and Smoke Signals, among other movies, also had a message for Obama:

"This will affect your children before your grandchildren," the 61-year-old actress said. "And the power is with the people. You nourish people's spirit, nourish their life, and that brings us together."

There is wisdom in aligning with the forces of nature, she said. "It's protection for our children and grandchildren."

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Submitted by ktunaxawoman on
Good job Tantoo Cardinal, Margot Kidder and all the others who are protesting this pipeline action! Why can't they look past their pocketbooks/wallets/bank accounts and see what their greed is doing to our world? Our lives? Our children's and grand children's lives? I hope our elected President can open his eyes and see what is happening before it's too late. I'm in Boston right now and am sure the people I'm here with would have joined me in making the crowd a little bit louder in protest! Please let others know what is going on and hopefully more people will become involved to fight this ignorance!

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Submitted by zelbe1 on
I am proud to see there are still warriors in Indian Country, even though they always seem to be the women. I guess our Indian men are all on the side of the greedy? Where are they? Instead of the song, "Where have all the cowboys gone," there should be a song, "where have all the Indians gone?"

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Submitted by dionleclaire on
MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO YOU,EVEN THOUGH I'M NOT THERE IN PERSON I AM THERE IN SPIRIT MAY THE CREATOR GUIDE AND PROTECT YOU ON ALL JOURNEYS ;)MUCH RESPECT DION LECLAIRE-COOK SR
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