The journey (almost) begins. I’ll head out to North Dakota at the end of this week. Those of you who know me will not be surprised to know I’m driving rather than flying. A LOT of equipment is evidently necessary if you’re going to be camping out in North Dakota for a couple of weeks. A LOT.
I’m excited about this venture. I’ve been in touch with my own (Choctaw) Tribal Council and with the folks out at Standing Rock. I’m eager, of course, to see and experience the camps and the activity of the Water Protectors. But even more, I’m looking forward to discover ways to be actively involved, both in the camp and “on the line.”
But I’ve never done anything quite like this. Everything about it feels new. So I’m also, admittedly, anxious. As are we all, when everything is new to us. I’ll have my 62nd birthday while I’m out there. Lots of people have told me they think that’s cool. (It’s going to be COLD, not cool!) But, cool though it may be, I don’t deny that new scares me as much as anyone else.
I saw a recent video at The Atlantic recently. The message: Anxiety is Excitement. So I’m living by that mantra. I’m not anxious, I’m EXCITED.
And even more so that those of you who follow this blog are going along with me. I won’t have cell access or wi-fi out at the camp. So I’ll be in periodic contact, at best. But I will be in contact. I’ll post updates and perhaps pictures here when I can get to internet service.
If you haven’t had a chance, yet, to support this work financially, you can still have a part! See the page Standing Rock on this site for various ways to contribute to this journey into and among the Water Protectors. There are also a couple of informational links on that page. This is not simply an individual “pilgramage”–I’m going for those who can’t be there, but who wish they could be. I represent you and your prayers and desires for this important movement of peaceful, but powerful, resistance.
Help us stand against DAPL. Support all the hidden violences against the indigenous peoples of our land, which is, after all, indigenous land. Here’s a quick link if you’ve got the heart for this work: paypal.me/virginiawiles.
For those who have already supported this work/journey, THANK YOU! I’ll be in touch with each of you as I head out to ND. Thank you! Thank you!
My previous post on this blog says a bit more about the origin of my upcoming trip to Standing Rock.
Pray for and with me, as I join the Water Protectors at Standing Rock!
#WaterIsLife #NoDAPL #MniWiconi