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Obama, Standing Rock, and the Keystone XL Pipeline: The Shortest Thing About Skins Column Ever

Gyasi Ross
6/13/14

President Obama is on the Standing Rock Reservation day to do something that is long overdue—thank Native people for their constant support of him.  We supported him en masse before he was even the Democratic nominee in 2008, when he was supposed to lose to Hilary Clinton (yes, she was the presumptive nominee at that time).  Now he is finally doing the right thing—coming through one of our communities to say thank you. 

A few beliefs that I hold:

1)     It will be a combination of a) Indigenous resistance, b) the President’s (and Nation’s!) enormous debt to Native people, and c) simple economics that kills the planet-destroying Keystone XL Pipeline.

2)     There is no such thing as coincidence.

3)     There’s a reason why President Obama happens to want to come to the very heart of where this atrocity—the Keystone XL Pipeline—would pass through.

4)     At heart, despite many, many political compromises (which are the nature of the job, unfortunately), President Obama is a good man who wants what’s best for the planet and all of its residents.

5)     Therefore, he is going to Standing Rock—to Indian Country—to feel the power of the Indigenous resistance to dirty oil, so his spirit can feel the ancestors compel him to do the right thing.

 All my relations who are out there today, speak loudly.  Your voice WILL be heard.  He wants to hear it.

Gyasi Ross
Blackfeet Nation/Suquamish Territories
Dad/Author/Attorney
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HontasF
Submitted by HontasF on
I hope you are right. As unneeded as a new pipe line is, it says something that it's being routed through so much NDN country. Why not send it through say...Wisconsin and Illinois? We know the answer.

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Submitted by Sammy7 on
I respectfully disagree with Gyasi Ross regarding #4, " At heart, despite many, many political compromises (which are the nature of the job, unfortunately), President Obama is a good man who wants what’s best for the planet and all of its residents." In my opinion there is little to suggest that President Obama is anything but a sociopath. I believe that he cannot be trusted. To me, he will likely be charged as a war criminal, has failed to prosecute the banksters, has failed to live up to his constitutional responsibilities as evidenced by his support of the National Defense Authorization Act Section 1021, which allows the military to disappear any American citizen without the right to defend themselves. He speaks as if he is for the people but in fact his policies support the 1%. He is definitely not for the planet and has officially fought efforts to confront and controll carbon emissions at world conferences. He supports American Empire under the guise of globalism. I see this outwardly appearing benign likable person as a calculating self serving monster who scrapped the constitution and established a working Fascist Police State. He seems a death token and I will not willingly follow him to my demise.
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