National Day of Action at Denver University

November 15 was a National day of action for those who stand in alliance with Standing Rock and oppose the 3.8 billion dollar Dakota Access Pipeline. A project that has already desecrated thousands of ancestral gravesite’s and would pollute drinking water for 10 million + (Read more here Still StandingStanding in solidarity with Standing Rock). People all over gathered, prayed, held ceremony, marched, occupied space, and took direct action like those who locked themselves to the doors of banks who are heavily invested in the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Coincidentally, if you believe in coincidences, the 2nd annual Pipeline Leadership Conference was held on DU campus the same day. Both Michels Corporation and Enbridge Energy partners attended the conference, two companies working on  and invested in the Dakota Access project. Michels Corporation is the contracting company building the actual pipeline and Enbridge Energy Partners has 27.6% stake in the Dakota Access Pipeline. We marched around the building in which the conference was being held, we danced, we learned, we shared space, and more. What did you do to stand in solidarity with Standing Rock and water protectors everywhere?

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Victoria Lise Solidarity Gathering for Standing Rock Water Protectors
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Victoria Lise Colorful Regalia at Standing Rock Solidarity Gathering Victoria Lise National Day of Action Native DancerVictoria Lise National Day of Action Native Head dressVictoria Lise National Day of Action Butterfly DancerVictoria Lise National Day of Action Butterfly Dancer 2Victoria Lise National Day of Action at DU Laughing Native DancerVictoria Lise National Day of Action DU for Standing Rock Native DancerVictoria Lise Solidarity Gathering at DU Native in Colorful RegaliaVictoria Lise Standing Rock Support Gathering Native Dancer Makes Offering Victoria Lise Kneeling Native Eagle Dancer at DU Water GatheringVictoria Lise Native Youth Hoop Dancer at Du Water Protector Gathering Victoria Lise Standing Rock Support Gathering Youth DancerVictoria Lise Standing Rock Support Defend Our Communities Sign at DU Campus

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16 Comments

  1. What amazing photo’s showing a community standing together, strong and tall against the greed of large corporations! What amazing headwear and colour too!

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    1. Thank you so much, Wendy! Truly beautiful adornments in a deeply rooted culture. Was so wonderful to be a part of. How are you and your family?

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      1. It looks magical Victoria! Thanks for asking – Jen is doing really well with her recovery from the op… still a way to go but so far so good! Our lovely friend Kirsty (Jen’s best friend) who had a bad stroke earlier this year has just had another operation and has a long road ahead in her recovery journey but this is another step in the right direction hopefully.. It certainly makes me realise how fragile life is and how important it is to enjoy every day… Thanks for caring! xx

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      2. You are so right, Wendy! You all remain in my continued prayers! X

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      3. Thanks so much Victoria – I really appreciate it!! Have a lovely week and a beautiful ‘thanksgiving’.. xx

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      4. I will do and I wish the very same for you all!! Cheers!

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      5. Thank you !! xx

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  2. lilyandardbeg

    We only did the ‘check in’ thing…a petition to our Government wouldn’t work.
    It’s sad.

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    1. Thank you for doing that! We have members from our affinity group at Standing Rock now. Out of all the bad I will say it’s wonderful how many people have come together for water. It gives me extra hope.

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      1. lilyandardbeg

        Well, to be honest, we felt helpless (and outraged)…
        By ‘we’ I mean people in the charity I volunteer for (me included) 🙂

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      2. Understandably so. It is an outrageous situation.

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  3. […] Certainly food for thought in this post from The Autumn Of Life. Victorialise also highlights the plight of the indigenous people of Standing Rock who are suffering as a result of the large corporations. Thanks Ms Autumn and Victorialise for highlighting this incredibly important issue…https://victorialise.com/2016/11/16/national-day-of-action-at-denver-university/ […]

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  4. Tweeted. Fantastic photos, Tori!

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    1. Thank you so very much!!

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  5. Amazing photo’s. I wish you well in this protest. I knew nothing of this fight and I agree it is completely outrageous. I loathe and despise the way Big Companies take everything they want and leave nothing. I shared Wendy’s post on my own blog.

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    1. Thank you so very much, Barbara. I’m glad to know these posts help spread awareness. It is disturbing the power large corporations have. The amount of people coming together and keeping this movement rooted in peace is so powerful. It is incredibly moving. Thanks again!

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