MNI GRASSROOTS FOR WATER JUSTICE WELCOMES BACK KXL PIPELINE FIGHTERS

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 28, 2014
CONTACT: Candace Ducheneaux
(605) 733-2148 (605) 200-0044
mniwiconi@gmail.com

PRESS RELEASE

MNI GRASSROOTS FOR WATER JUSTICE WELCOMES BACK KXL PIPELINE FIGHTERS

WOPILA THANK YOU AND HONORING DINNER MAY 7TH 6PM @CRYP EAGLE BUTTE, SD

SwiftBird, SD – Mni will honor the Cheyenne River Hohwoju Lakota who returned last week from Washington, DC, where they joined thousands of KXL protesters at the five-day “Reject and Protect” encampment on the National Mall.

The honoring on Wednesday the 7th at the CRYP Main will begin with Mni serving a traditional dinner of buffalo soup, fry bread and wojapi, free to the community. Dinner at 6pm will be followed by a video clip and speeches by the Cheyenne River delegation to DC Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline protests. They will recount their experiences at the capitol where, as a part of the Cowboy and Indian Alliance, they helped present a hand-painted tipi to the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian as a gift to President Obama. The tipi represented the alliance’s hopes for protected land and clean water.

“It was good to fly the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe today, along with with Pine Ridge, Standing Rock and Rosebud. It is very rare that you see the Tetónwaŋ Thawapaha fly as one,” said Joseph White Eyes, who caravanned with the group to DC. “The Očetí Šakowiŋ are gathering strength.”

The honorees will be recognized for their bravery in putting life and liberty at risk to stand against the KXL Pipeline. “Mni recognizes the sacrifice they made in traveling across the country to insure that water and land had a voice in the converstion” said Candace Ducheneaux of Mni. “We pray their courage will inspire others to make a stand to protect sacred waters for present and future generations.”

Mni will host another water protection event on Wednesday, May 21st at the CRYP complex. Luke Black Elk and Linda Bishop from Sitting Bull College on Standing Rock will share information about the impacts of the fracking industry on traditional foods, medicines and lifeways. This short discussion will be followed by the documentary “This is Our Country: Living with the Wild West Oil Boom.” A meal will be served.

May 7th is also the deadline for entries in the Mni/CRYP What does water mean to you? Poster contest. See rules at http://crl.mniwater.org/events/.

Mni is a grass-roots, indigenous organization committed to water safety, security and sovereignty for all indigenous nations through the restoration and protection of indigenous lands and waters. http://mniwater.org https://www.facebook.com/Mni.Water https://twitter.com/MNIwater

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