One of our Grannies has spent time with the Lummi, and after going to several events (a fundraiser, a canoe launch) with the Native Americans who are visiting from Standing Rock, she was invited to read a letter from her Lummi friends stressing that they welcome our (white) support for this greater cause. Working together peacefully was the message of the event.
Additionally, one of our members called the mayor’s office at the beginning of the week, asking that Portland join the other cities who are standing in support of Standing Rock. On Wednesday the City Council voted unanimously to do so, and at the event, a member of Mayor Hales’s staff picked up our homemade signs to take to Standing Rock with the proclamation of Portland’s support.
Despite the joint statement by the Department of Justice, the Department of the Army, and the Department of the Interior stating that construction should be stopped “until it can determine whether it will need to reconsider any of its previous decisions,” we know the work of the water protectors will continue. To continue helping those efforts, a member of our gaggle is collecting supplies to be sent to Standing Rock on Saturday.