It should be obvious to all who read my blog that the UN and the World Court have been corrupted and that these people will never receive honest treatment there. Hopefully, the new Court, in the process of being established will provide honest redress of wrongs. ~J
An indigenous woman speaks from the Idle No More movement at the Forward on Climate Rally February 17, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Photo:Daniela Kantorova / Flickr)Click here to support courageous reporting and commentary by making a tax-deductible contribution to Truthout!
After setting out from their homes in Manitoba and upstate New York, respectively, teams from the Dakota and Onondaga nations in full traditional dress marched through Lower Manhattan on their way to the United Nations building on August 9, 2013. The Dakota had traversed thousands of miles and an international border on a horseback “Unity Ride” to plead with the international governing body for help.
The march signified what the Dakota and Onondaga consider a state of emergency: desecration of their way of life, ongoing environmental destruction and their home governments’ inability or unwillingness to do anything about it.
“We’re doing this for all mankind, not just our own people,” said Dakota Chief Gus High Eagle. “In the next 10 years, what’s going to happen? Are we going to have any clean water?”
Both groups are deeply concerned over the growing pervasiveness of hydraulic fracturing, known commonly as fracking, a process that extracts natural gas by sending pressurized chemicals into the Earth’s layers and fracturing rock. The practice has raised widespread concerns over ground water contamination and environmental pollution.
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