Listener mail came in from a man who believes the Standing Rock reservation is getting what they deserve with the Dakota Access Pipeline because they sold their land. We of course disagree with him, and detail some of the protests and lawsuits happening over there right now. In fact, it seems now that the private security tasked with protecting the pipeline workers are using pepper spray and attack dogs on the folks peacefully protesting. Even if some protesters are violating the law, the use of attack dogs and chemical deterrents are horribly over the line. At worst, the protesters in violation should be arrested. As any good protester knows, you must be prepared to be arrested in support of your cause in order to make your larger point. None of that justifies violence. We stand with Standing Rock, and pray the courts make the correct decision in the lawsuit filed by the Standing Rock Sioux against the Army Corps of Engineers.
Then in our second segment, Cliff tells the story of his visit to his home reservation for the first time, including the speech he gave to the Puyallup Tribal Council, meeting Council member David Bean on the docks, visiting the Tribal school with Annette Bryan, and even the radio station he listened to while in the Tacoma area.
He talks about some of the buildings he saw, including his Grandmother Viola, whose picture is hanging on the wall in the Elder’s center. He talks about visiting the casinos, the cemetery, and the tribal courthouse (which is located in a double wide trailer.
In all, he had an awesome time out there and plans to visit again! Listen to him tell the entire story in this weeks audio file which you can download right here. Also don’t forget to check out the new website at nativetalk.net where there is a lot more new material including links to the YouTube channel, and information about member meetings and community conversations.
Cliff and Brandon are both registered members of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians and host the Tribal Podcast each and every week with all our past episodes available online. They talk about native issues in the news and anything of interest to Native Americans!