Rhode Island once again demonstrated its support for the Standing Rock Sioux Water Protectors, who are bravely fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline that has targeted their land and their water. Organized by Bella Machado-Noka, a Narragansett Indian Native, the event was streamed on Facebook Live so that the 75 people who gathered at the State House, native and non-native alike, could show their solidarity to Standing Rock and the world.
Norman Machado, Bella Machado-Noka’s son, had recently returned from Standing Rock. In the second video below, he recounts some of his experiences while holding his daughter. Those standing against the pipeline “are there in peace, they are there humble, they are there in prayer. And that’s the best way to ever do it… They are there for the future. See my baby in my arms. She is my future.”
A coalition of local tribe members, including Narragansetts, Eastern and Western Pequots, Wampanoags and Shinnecocks, “all went out there together, in support of this said Wayne Reels in the fourth video below, “Because as people of the northeast, we know what it’s like to be terrorized, as we know our history.”
The event ended with those in attendance joining hands and creating a large circle for a prayer, led by Wayne Reels. The complete video is below.