Thursday was a long, complex day for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. A council was held to discuss the plans for the future. Many important people were present such as the Chairman – David Archambault II, LaDonna Tamakawastewin Allard, Chase IronEyes and Paula Antoine.
The pressure was on full force for everyone involved. There was obviously some disagreement and miscommunication among many. That should be expected in a high stress situation between people who are all doing the best they can.
Not long after the meeting, The Free Thought Project issued a report stating, “In an astonishingly abrupt move, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Council went rogue and voted to shut down the Camp of the Sacred Stones — the original encampment set up by Indigenous youth — and to apply all funds donated in support of the camps to pay off the tribe’s debts. A few small media sources followed with similar articles.”
In the meeting, the chairman mentioned an increase in alcohol consumption and other problems. He said, “Poaching is taking place, here from the camp,” following that statement with, “What we need to focus on is protecting our water.”
There was discussion about garbage getting out of hand and other ways to handle the overwhelming responsibilities of the entire situation.
These things happen when you have large gatherings of people come together, for whatever reason. This doesn’t mean there is division between the tribe or tribes. What it does mean is they are all working extremely hard to do the next right thing. However, not everyone agrees on what that might be.
Paula Antoine did state, “Approximately 20,000 GoFundMe’s” had been set up and, “Of them GoFundMe’s we have absolutely no way to control how them people spend that money.”
That may be true, but that doesn’t mean The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is responsible. Anyone can set up a GoFundMe account and there have been many warnings about donating to the wrong place.
Our tribe contributed some resources,” Paula said, “but you know I believe that our account was under $5,000 for the things that we’ve done here, that is why we’re here to make sure that them people who do want to stay here are safe.”
Today, Paula issued a statement to Stirring The Pot,”For clarity the 5000 I was speaking of was allocated by our tribal council for the establishment of the Sicangu camp through the rosebud Sioux tribe, in July.”
It seems the most important thing to come out of yesterday is the lesson to properly communicate. The miscommunication at the council was obviously a problem for most and it spread to the media.
More knowledge will come foreword as time does it’s dance but in this time of fake news, propaganda and social media let us all try for more understanding and patience. Let us try not to draw quick judgement and instead listen, because we just may hear the truth.