There are 25 native Americans running the final 500-miles to Standing Rock. They come from six tribes: Hopi, Oglala Lakota, Cheyenne River Sioux, Navajo, Apache and Meskwaki. But they are going to Standing Rock for everyone.
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RAPID CITY, SD - At 5 am on October 28th native American runners left Flagstaff, Arizona to run 1400 miles to the Standing Rock Reservation at Cannon Ball, North Dakota. Riley Ortega, a 15-year-old Hopi, created the Perseverance for Preservation Run. “When I found out about the Dakota Access Pipeline it was important to help my people at Standing Rock,” he said, “because everyone needs water. When the DAPL ruptures, it contaminates the Missouri River and the water supply we all need to survive.” The DAPL pipeline is planned to cut under the Missouri River near the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota. Hundreds of pipeline leaks have occurred in the Dakotas and a DAPL leak would contaminate the Missouri River. The Missouri River is the longest river in North America and is the source of drinking water for 18 million people.
Lakota runners join the ranks and the "Warrior Van".
So on November 1st a group of Oglala Lakota runners and Advisor Gray Grass went to Wyoming to join the relay runners from Arizona for the last 500 miles to Cannon Ball, North Dakota. One Spirit provided camping gear, warm bedding, outer wear, and food for their mission.“We’re doing this for the future to come,” Ricky Gray Grass said. “Nothing grows without water.”
Riley Ortega, 15 year old Hopi youth who created the Perseverance for Preservation Run.
Despite ever-growing numbers of armed police clad in riot gear in North Dakota, all of the young natives on the run are steadfast and committed to protect the water using non-violent resistance to DAPL and prayer. “We need to protect our resources for our children and grandchildren,” Advisor Gray Grass said, “as our ancestors protected them for us." They hope to reach Standing Rock by 7 pm on Friday, November 4th.
Meanwhile, Oglala Lakota youths at Pine Ridge are ready and anxious to join their elders in North Dakota. They are raising money for camping gear, tents, transportation and food. Donations to One Spirit in any amount will be used and appreciated!
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