More than three thousand veterans arrived at Standing Rock on the first weekend of December last year to support the water protectors who were there to show their resistance to the Dakota Access oil pipeline. They came in buses and cars. They came to support the water protectors at Standing Rock.
U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D – Hawaii) came to Standing Rock to show her support. Gabbard, a U.S. Army veteran who served two tours of duty in Iraq said Standing Rock was a beginning of a powerful movement.
“Our real fight is protect water that protects life of our people and our planet,” Gabbard told the veterans.
On Sunday, December 4, 2016, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it would not grant a permit for an easement in Missouri River near Standing Rock for the 1,172-mile pipeline pending a full Environmental Impact Statement with “full public input and analysis.”
At the time, this move appeared to be a major victory for the Standing Rock SIoux Tribe and the water protectors camped at Standing Rock. Sadly, the Trump administration put pressure on the Army Corps in the early days of the new administration.
Below are two veterans who celebrated with thousands of others at Standing Rock on a bright sunny December Sunday afternoon.
Wesley Clark, Jr. led a group of veterans who asked for forgiveness from Lakota elders for past U.S. military crimes committed against American Indians.