Guåhan stands with Standing Rock
For Immediate Release, December 6, 2016 – In solidarity with the water protectors of Standing Rock, a women‐led group of concerned Guåhan citizens will host a series of Lina’la, i Hanom (water is life) events this month.
For several months, thousands of Native American tribes and their allies have gathered in prayer at the Oceti Sakowin Camp in North Dakota to protect the treaty lands and sacred waters of the Standing Rock Sioux and other tribes from the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. If constructed, the pipeline would threaten the water supply, destroy ancestral lands, and have harmful impacts on the Standing Rock Sioux.
In response to the prayerful actions and concerns of the water protectors, the Department of the Army has denied a necessary permit that would have allowed for the pipeline’s construction to continue, recommending that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) be conducted to explore alternate routes for the pipeline. While this is a victory for the water protectors, it doesn’t permanently stop construction, it merely delays it while the environmental study is being conducted. Thus, the water protectors wish to maintain a sustainable community at the camp.
On Guåhan, our people fought against the construction of a U.S. Marines’ live fire training range complex at the ancient village of Pågat. We were successful at protecting Pågat, however through the same process that will guide the EIS for Standing Rock, the people of Guåhan were not able to stop plans to place the firing range above another sacred site — Litekyan (Ritidian). Access to Litekyan will soon be limited if the Navy carries out its plans for the range. Many in the community, including the original Litekyan landowners, have been openly opposed to this; however, the concerns that were articulated during the EIS process were ignored when this site was still chosen for the range. As native people, the movement to protect ancestral CHamoru lands and waters is very much connected to the movement at Standing Rock. Thus, it is important to stand in solidarity with them at this time.
The Lina’la, i Hanom events described below are intended to offer prayers for the continued protection of Standing Rock and all native lands and waters, and to raise funds for the legal fees the water protectors have incurred fighting the pipeline. Funds will also be donated to support the sustainable community that will remain at Oceti Sakowin Camp.
Lina’la, i Hanom Events
• Wave and Chen’chule Drive: Friday, December 9, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Kepuha Loop, Hagåtña — Please wear blue
• Prayer Ceremony: Saturday, December 10, 10 a.m., Guam Wildlife Refuge, Litekyan (Ritidian) — Please bring light
snacks to share, reusable drinking containers, and ceremonial offerings.
• Art Fundraiser (live music and art auction): Saturday, December 17, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sagan Kotturan CHamoru (Ypao Point) — $10 chen’chule/pre-‐sale tickets
For more information, please email Ursula Herrera at firstname.lastname@example.org.