The Des Moines Register published a good article about our March. https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2018/09/01/group-march-100-miles-protest-dakota-access-pipeline/1173974002/
We were a bit slow getting started, mainly because of the storm during the night. Most of us were up three or four hours during the most intense parts of the storm. Some people went to the machine shed to sleep. The next morning one person found their tent in the field nearby.
One interesting thing occurred that seems to me symbolic of the First Nation-Farmer Unity idea. One of the farm owners, Craig Griffieon, seeing that the tipi was going to be taken down, drove his tractor near the tipi to hold the poles as they were unwrapped from the rope and helped put them on the tractor.
As you can see, we have a lot of media folks along. Several even have drones to take pictures and video.
As happens during a march like this, you hear all kinds of stories from your new friends. Conversations seem to be going on the entire time we walk. I was very sad to hear a tragic story related to drones. I was given permission to share this. As I was walking with one of my new Native friends we talked about the drone that was flying overhead. I already knew he was a videographer, and I asked him if he had ever taken video with a drone. It turns out he has a great deal of experience with drones. When I asked what he used it for, he said to search for missing people. He had recently spent about half a year, I think he said, searching for his sister, who had disappeared. She was finally found in a river. There is a huge problem with disappearing and murdered Native women now. This is something I plan to learn more about. I’ve felt sad for my friend’s loss the rest of this day. Later, he was driving one of the vehicles after we arrived in Huxley, and came upon me as I was walking back from the store. He stopped and said, “haven’t you had enough walking today?”
We were walking about 9 miles to Huxley today. Although the clouds were threatening the whole day, we didn’t get any rain. We did see creeks flooding over their banks from the recent rains.
After a break we continued on to Huxley.
Our scout person discovered our intended camping spot was underwater before we got there. Thankfully, the Fjeldberg Lutheran Church (photo above) offered us sanctuary which we are very grateful for. Our sleeping bags are scattered throughout the church.
After another wonderful meal, a subject of its own that I plan to write about later, we were interested to hear what my Scattergood Friends School roommate, Lee Tesdell, had to say about the some of his agricultural practices. Lee’s farm is just a few miles from Huxley. His remarks generated a LOT of interest by both the white farmers and the Native Americans.
The discussion following Lee’s presentation was really interesting, with many farmer and Native Americans contributing to the discussion. This felt like a “real” First Nation-Farmer Climate Unity event. There was so much information that I plan to write another blog post about that.
Liz Fisher created the following image for the March, and gave us permission to use it. The graphic for the First Nation-Farmer Climate Unity March was create by Fintan Mason, from Brooklyn, New York. Fintan also created the video promoting this year’s March.