Since returning from the Dakota Access oil pipeline protest, Cynthia Quinn has been monitoring the daily clashes on television and through social media.
What the Windsor resident, descended from Klamath River Yurok Indians, saw Friday brought tears to her eyes. After police rounded up and arrested 141 demonstrators a day earlier, bulldozers moved in on the private property and plowed the area, leaving what Quinn called “a big wound” across what the Standing Rock Sioux consider sacred land. click link below..
Quinn wept at the development, which followed police dog confrontations with protesters and other moves seen by pipeline opponents as attacks on indigenous peoples’ tradition and rights.
“It’s painful,” said Quinn, who drove the 3,000-mile round trip last month with her adult daughter and a load of supplies. “When you’re connected to the Earth, it’s devastating.”
Quinn is among a growing number of North Coast residents supporting the protest against the thousand-mile pipeline connecting the oil-rich area of North Dakota to Illinois and refineries across the country. Many are going in person, joining picket lines against a project they say threatens the environment and will destroy Native American burial grounds and prayer sites.
Still others are staying behind, contributing money for food, winter clothing and legal fees for protesters. A GoFundoMe site by a Sebastopol activist to raise money for shelters and composting toilets has raised more than $17,000.