Just minutes after the Santa Fe Solidarity with Standing Rock demonstration dispersed, I got word from Jeff Haas in North Dakota. We have won. Easement denied. An overjoyed Standing Rock community has erupted into joyful celebration.
In remarkable news, the Corps of Engineers has denied the easement. Click here for photos, video and details. But we won!
Certainly, Trump will try to reverse this, but that process could take through all of 2017 and by then it is possible the financing will disappear.
Whatever, our work is not done, but what a piece of news to get when just getting home from the inspiring march with my Santa Fe brothers and sisters. Details on the march in another blog, but a few hundred folks marched from the cemetery to Wells Fargo with complete cooperation and THUMBS UP from the police and almost all the passing cars. The mayor spoke as did many others from the Veterans and Indigenous community. It was amazing.
The march was covered by both Channel 13 and Channel 4 and by the New Mexican, so expect good coverage. If only we had known about the news while at the march. They would have heard the cheers in North Dakota.
We need to stick together, friends. We have so many battles to fight. But for, lets let the tears of joy flow and enjoy the moment. But once done with celebration, we need to turn our attention to fracking in Chaco Canyon. Details on actions you can take to stop tracking near Chaco Canyon will be in the next blog.
We won. Goddammit. Maybe we can make this democracy thing work, after all.