As I have seen the story of Soiux people unfold via social media I have been overwhelmed with so many emotions; confusion, sadness, embarrassment, sympathy, admiration, and most of all I felt powerless. Through it all, I continued to read and remembered we all have the greatest strength within us, our minds and what we choose to think about, say or do. The activist within me would love to travel to Standing Rock to serve my brothers and sisters in their time of need but my current situation does not allow me to do so. So instead, I decided to focus on what I can do. What can I always do? I can pray. So I pray relentlessly for God’s people and for their safety and peace. I pray for peace and protection for the Souix Nation, for all protestors, all police assigned and government officals assigned to duty over this issue. Pray for their safety. I pray neither side resorts to violence but instead with peace, mutual respect and reverence come to a peaceful agreement.I also can use my words to try and influence others towards what I feel is just and right. I found a link to submit any comments to the President. I am sharing below my words I submitted to the White House. I encourage anyone who is concerned to pray about doing the same if they feel led. Here is the link that I used to submit my plea to the White House: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact#page
Dear Mr. President,
I would like to say first of all, thank you. Thank you for your faithful service to our country and our people. I never in my lifetime had a President I could believe in and trust to do the right thing for our people and our environment, until you were voted into office. I believe a trustworthy and responsible President will put the interest of the environment, the well being of their people’s health and future generations health, and respect the civil rights of all people as top priority.
I could right you a long letter of facts surrounding Standing Rock but it would only pale in comparison to the wealth of knowledge and resources at your disposal. I am writing instead to remind you that the United States government has historically too often stood on the wrong side of the civil rights of people and have not typically been good stewards of our natural resources. You as our President have the opportunity to lead us to the right side. I am praying that with wisdom, clarity and a loyalty to what is just and in our best interest as an entire nation you stand on the right side of history to respect the soverign land of the Soiux people at Standing Rock and to protect our water sources and the ecosystems they impact.
Mr. President Obama I am looking to you to protect and serve your nation, your people and your environment not the bank accounts of big oil. We can do so much better than what we are doing now. Please don’t repeat the mistakes of history. Please write a new chapter in American history and with innovation and dedication lead us away from oil and towards sustainable and renewable energy sources. Lead us towards respecting our treaties with native people. Lead us forward with love, compassion, wisdom and perseverance to a brighter future.
Thank you for allowing this platform to share my opinion, to give me a seat at the table of our democracy, to let my words be read. I pray you consider all the ramifications of all the choices and think about long term and not just short term results. Einstein said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Please don’t ignore or mistreat our people or our environment. Please search your mind and soul and make a decision that will bring us forward and not backwards.
With deepest appreciation and admiration,