Winona LaDuke introduced a new video that revisits three recent horseback journeys by Native riders and their supporters along proposed and existing oil pipelines routes.
Produced by Honor the Earth and narrated by LaDuke, the short film journeys from the headwaters of the Mississippi River near LaDuke's home on Minnesota's White Earth Reservation; to the Alberta Clipper proposed pipeline expansion from Superior Wisconsin to the Red Lake Reservation; and finally joined with Lakota riders between Wanbli and Takini on the Cheyenne Reservation.
The Cheyenne Reservation is one of many places where the Keystone XL pipeline will cross the Ogallala Aquifer. Formed ten to twelve million years ago, the Ogallala aquifer is one of the largest in the world and stretches over 174,000 square miles beneath portions of South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas. The importance of this aquifer as a source of freshwater cannot be overestimated.
Sponsored by Honor the Earth, the Horse Spirit Society of Wounded Knee, Owe Aku and the White Earth Land Recovery Project, the rides were designed to raise awareness in local communities.
"The Triple Crown of Pipeline Rides" is a sobering educational experience and spiritual journey through unspoiled treaty lands and offers an unsettling vision of the future if the oil industry uses every resource at its disposal to transport oil by any means possible.
"Mother Earth needs us to keep our covenant. We will do this in courts, we will do this on our radio station, and we will commit to our descendants to work hard to protect this land and water for them," La Duke says.
Thanks to Georgianne Nienaber for the photo and info for this post first published in Huffington Post Green.