December 16, 2016 @ 8:53 am
Ep. 253 “Lina’la, i Hanom (Water is Life): Guåhan Stands with Standing Rock” (hosted by Moñeka De Oro and produced by Tom Maxedon) airs 12/16/16.
In solidarity with the ‘water protectors’ of Standing Rock in North Dakota, a women-led group of concerned Guåhan citizens is hosting a series of Lina’la, i Hanom (Water is Life) local fundraising events this month. A community wave was held December 9 at Kepuha Loop in Hagatna followed the next morning with a prayer ceremony at the Guam National Wildlife Refuge in Ritidian, adjacent to Anderson Air Force Base. Tomorrow, December17, a live music and art action will be held from 2-6 p.m. at Sagan Kotturu CHamoru, Ypao Point, Tamuning. These events are intended to offer prayers for the continued protection of Standing Rock and all native lands and waters everywhere, and to raise funds for the legal fees incurred fighting the pipeline. Funds will also be donated to support the Oceti Sakowin Camp at Standing Rock.
The Dakota Access Pipeline protests, started in early 2016, has grown into the thousands, drawing support from Native Americans from across the continent and the Pacific, as well as activists who joined in solidarity to protest the proposed route of the 1,172-mile pipeline. If constructed, the pipeline would threaten the water supply, destroy ancestral lands, and have harmful impacts on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
Last week these prayerful protests won a concession from the federal government: The Army Corps of Engineers announced it would deny the permit necessary to build the oil pipeline in that area and recommended that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) be conducted to explore alternate routes for the pipeline. Now, with the onset of winter, the chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in North Dakota is asking people camping near the route to go home. However, the ‘water protectors’ wish to maintain a sustainable community at the camp.
The movement in Guam and the Northern Marianas to protect ancestral CHamoru lands and waters from the damaging effects of the military buildup is viewed as connected with the movement at Standing Rock; both movements share concerns about the viability of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the EIS process under a Trump administration.
This 30 minute episode features audio clips featuring Victoria-Lola Leon Guerrero, and chants performed by Ininan I Sainata, Irensia Taotao Tåno and Taotao Lagu at the December 10 Lina’la, i Hanom (Water is Life) prayer ceremony event recorded for this program and brief interviews with Cali Fejerang and Crystal Gingras.