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What the current pipeline dispute in North Dakota is really all about is how we, as the human family, wish to live in the twenty-first century. Two very different philosophies and lifeways are at issue, one deeply connected to spirit and the sacred beauty of Mother Earth, the other utterly disconnected, regarding the material realm as nothing more than an economic resource.
Linda Black Elk is a tribal coordinator of the Standing Rock Medic and Healer Council, Lecturer in Ethnobotany at Sitting Bull College, as well as full time teacher and mother of young children. With her permission, I arranged some of her writing about Standing Rock into prose poems. This is the third in a series of Standing Rock Protectors features.