Finding Our Soul at Standing Rock by Mark Waller
On Dec 5, 2016, ironically the birthday of famed General George Armstrong Custer, an estimated 4,000 US Military Veterans from across this nation would bow their heads, take a knee, and commence to deliver an apology of historic proportions to our Native American relatives:
“We took your land, we signed treaties that we broke, we stole minerals from your sacred hills, we blasted the faces of our Presidents on your sacred mountain…and then we took your children, and we tried to take your language that God gave you, that the Creator gave you. We polluted your earth and we’ve hurt you in so many ways, and we have come to say…we are sorry. We are at your service and we beg for your forgiveness.”
These words were spoken by Wes Clark Jr., son of the famous General Wesley Clark, and US Army Veteran who organized the Veterans’ support at Standing Rock as a fulfillment of their oath to “defend the constitution from enemies, foreign and domestic.” They watched as a publically funded, militarized police force essentially engaged lethal force against unarmed, peaceful Native Americans seeking to protect the water for millions of people. This was their call to action.