Solidarity Statement with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe


Indigenous peoples in the Northwest have maintained a sustainable way of life through a cultural, spiritual, and reciprocal relationship with their environment. The Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ: Indigenous Foods and Ecological Knowledge Symposium brings together individuals to share their knowledge on topics such as Indigenous food sovereignty, traditional foods and medicines, health and wellness, climate change, environmental and food justice, and treaty rights, and it serves to foster dialogue and build collaborative networks as we, Native/Indigenous peoples, strive to sustain our cultural food practices and preserve our healthy relationships to the land, water, and all living things.

In honor of our mission and core values, we stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Water Protectors who are fighting a fight that impacts all of us, the right to water – Water is Life! The Water Protectors have given a voice to environmental concerns framed within a cultural movement, with protection of Mother Earth and water at its core.

We, “The Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ” Planning Committee join the over 300 Tribal Nations and Indigenous peoples and allies who stand with the Standing Rock and the Water Protectors on the frontlines to oppose this pipeline which undermines tribal sovereignty and treaty rights and threatens Indigenous lands, access to clean water, and sacred sites. This fight is part of a much larger discourse concerning expansion of fossil fuel energy, especially here in the Northwest Coast with the proposed coal export terminal in the Lummi Nation’s territory, the Quinault Nation’s fight against the oil trains, and other environmental issues that impact our health and wellbeing.

#NoDAPL #WaterIsLife

Charlotte Coté, Dian Million, Clarita Lefthand Begay, Michelle Montgomery, Susan Balbas, Michelle Daigle, Cynthia Updegrave, and Jessica Hernandez