Mni Wiconi: Water Is Life


On cold flat North Dakota land

They rise in protest

The Standing Rock Sioux Nation

Burn sage and sing out

Will a pipeline steal

Across Standing Rock?

Will oil leak

Into your state’s water?

These Sioux people say no

A cruel echo of history

Police take aim

With cold water cannons

To shoot water protectors

With hypothermia

Smallpox blankets are out now

Sisters and brothers stand up

Sioux from Lake Oahe

Ojibwe from Leech Lake

Spokane and Nez Perce from the Dalles

Cherokee from the Mississippi – Father of Waters

With Black Lives Matter activists

With prayers in Spanish, English, Hebrew, Arabic, Shoshone

They join hands in a circle

Knowing all water is holy

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