Standing Rock w/ Cody Two Bears


Thank you for listening to this podcast one production. Now, available on Apple podcasts podcast one spotify and anywhere else you get your podcast. So I'm really looking forward to today's guest cody to bears. For as long as anyone can remember, America has been trying to come to terms with questions of race and equality. Much of our focus has been on the African American community and for good reason. However far too often overlooked and forgotten are the people whose ancestors inhabited this majestic land for generations before the first white man set foot on the continent. Today I am talking with my friend, cody to bears and the Standing Rock Sioux. Cody has been at the center of his people's battle against the Dakota pipeline which served their sacred land. So here today, and then there's my pleasure to have cody to bear and to talk his people and share his story. To Cody. Welcome. Thank you so much for being here. Thank you Erin it's it's a pleasure to be a part of your show. Very excited about this discussion and also thinking me also like to thank you for a lot of the work that you have done in year history in your past of protecting water rates in this country in the world it just to bring up a the voice of the voiceless for them to stand up for what's right is very, very important than it falls right in line with their native American heritage and traditions and customs that we still follow today. Well it's it's been my privilege and to have an understanding of. which so much of a cause possibly forgotten about or moved away from or for many reasons thought it was being in fact, protected our land, our water and it hasn't. And so can you give the listeners background please and tell us about your people and and everything that has been happening with you up at standing rock. Yeah. So just to let you know I'm still very young man I'm still thirty five years old of course but. Yeah I've I've learned a lot along the way at the same time I got the privilege and honor to be able to. Serve my people from. Twenty down twenty thirteen to twenty seven in the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council So as one of the youngest elected leaders are standing rock, Sioux travel history at that time. So I got to serve four years from community in the crazy part of that whole situation is that. In two, thousand, thirteen, my first year in office we got. President Barack Obama to come standing rock in my community to in cannonball, which were encampments the protests all went down at the northern border of our reservation boundaries. That's the community that I represented for years for my tribe and now what a coincidence off fast forward two years later. Brock Obama had to make a tough decision to try to protect. Our water in our rights and Bustan for indigenous issues while he came previously two years ago to our lands and promised us that he would do what he can to help our people. So what a coincidence that now four years that we definitely hadn't standing rock during that time Since then I've been out of politics outside of twenty seventeen I told myself you know. Like to protest about it, talk about it the environment but you know it's time to start to be about it, and so that's why I started my own initiative on my own nonprofit called indigenised energy, which currently now we have the largest solar farm on standing rock three miles away from the pipeline crossing in north. Dakota which is the largest solar farm in North Dakota to date. So we'd we did remarkable things two years after the pipeline and now the protests. So we're doing what we can try to live by that and. Keep pushing to go hundred percent renewable within reservation boundaries as well. That's amazing in that we have so many things that I wanna ask you. We could probably talk all day. There was a feature certainly in parade magazine about the work that you're doing with the largest solar energy firm in North Dakota and the cannonball community. And that has to feel really good and I love what you said about be about it. I my show Superman is not coming comes from my book. That's getting ready to be really spot superman not coming but about we the people and how we do have to be informed and how we have to be about it I love. What you said and what is your? Hey going from you know the political end to where you are about be about it, which I know you always have been. Do, you think you could get more done in politics I. Think you can get more done outside of that arena. And like I said, I was very fortunate to be in the political system votes four years of being an tribes tribal council, and let me tell you I've learned a lot and I'm blessed to be able to learn represent my people in that time. Since then I realized the bureaucracy of how things in the systematic ways that you know our founding fathers. This country was created on. It always seems like there's a lot of steps that needs to take into kind of get things rolling per se while you know sometimes, this one simple motion could take several months just for it even reached the floor even be discussed or talked about and having so many different types of us in. The political process. So one thing I've learned outside of politics is I've learned that you know moving forward. The direction I wanted to move is I wanted to move into attacking a lot of philanthropy people out there in the world people that really have a good heart that Wanna give a great causes and create a lot of awareness around the issues that we face around us today whether it's renewable energy while it's equal rights, women's rights. Missing and murdered indigenous women I mean there's a lot of issues that we can stand behind out there. Definitely. But I wanted to start my own nonprofit and wanting have learned through nonprofits in the work that we can do there is we're able to do things on the ground today where vice versa not having any political process of. Going to this committee that community bringing it to the floor and having you know the president of the chairman sign off on it. So you know that's one reason why in my heart my heart I felt, I, need to do the work today in for me to be able to do the work today is to start my own non profit be able to do these things now and let me tie it up in North Dakota. You know if you haven't already non where the second biggest oil producing state in the country and knowing. That, we were one of the leading coal states in the country as well. So just some of the types of rules and regulations that they have placed. North. Dakota definitely made it that much more difficult to get something like this done in this state on. So it took a lot of a process, but not only that you know we kinda blazed the trail now for a lot of people in our area to say, Hey, we wanna look at renewable energy. Hey, it is possible to bring renewable energy in this day especially solar in. Slower, very, very proud of our accomplishments that we have created here being in a place where it's pro oil focal. That's amazing and what a trail blazer you are, and again I I. Love this conversation because it it is about you know being out on the ground I think that you see and observe and learn more by being in your community working with the people on teaching them what you. Choose learned because that empowers them. To to also do the same ads. I know we have our politics and again another conversation we can have forever but I really found for me personally because everyone always asks me to get involved I. I like being outside with the people on the ground and finding out what's what's happening to them because oftentimes these communities and then what's best for them And how we can get them to rise up speak up. Such as you have done. Absolutely absolutely. So I definitely want to make sure we get to the Supreme Court decision, but just by way of background to explain your land and how the pipeline were actually came to be. And why that created. Such controversy. Yeah I. Think you know a lot of people. One thing I've learned in what people go to understand. You got an know where you've been before you know where you're going in the future and that's basically. This court case that we're dealing with right that we've been fighting for for now I think approaching five years or so. So. Basically, it all goes back to our original treaty lands on if people were doing the research on our eighteen, eighty six off Fort Laramie treaty, they would see understand that there was actually five states involved in that treaty that gave us sixty million acres of land back then in. Eighteen eighty six on short short while later, Eighteen, seventy seven, which was not too long ago eleven years ago Tom. Eleven, years after that you the President Ulysses grant back then was the president of president that's on the fifty. Dollar Bill. He did this act which was the Indian appropriations. act. which are better known to us as a seller starved act because they. Forced us to give up your land. For Basically Gold Western migration that you know people were moving west to California when gold in this country and When there are moving from east to West what happened was they found goal in our black hills. On. On gold and Black Hills Ulysses s grant executive order to do this Indian Appropriation Act, which took a lot of our lands away from our people from our original Treaty Territory Lance which was agreed to by. Our federal government back in eighteen eighty six. So fast forward in, you know to try to do a fast version of this because a an have limited. But at the same time, you know we before back to those treaties and what the this country just took away from us on allow that pipeline route that you see you know he tried to go at it. A numerous amount of different ways one was the Historical Preservation Act nineteen ninety-three that this country develop and maintained were sacred sites. If you I we once we identify sacred sites that you can't You know mass producer on you any kind of infrastructural projects around those. So this was created in one, thousand, nine, hundred, three. Well, we have what fuel office standing rock was the very first tribe to have a tribal historic preservation office within our tribal boundaries. And establishing that you know with that law back. Then you know we definitely defied all our secrets sites even even without even on beyond our reservation current reservation boundaries. Today we we go through Oughta original treaty territory lands, which fell along the corridor of this pipeline. While, knowing that you know we found over two hundred significant sites along this corridor. Through this pipeline, so we knew that you know. Through this process that we knew that we had the state had to get involved with our tribe and saying that these are significant that they cannot go on this hype line and they have to be routed around the sacred sites. Well, at that time, the state closed its doors didn't follow the law when it came to a historic preservation act. And so that was wrong in itself there. But one thing the access pipeline understood back then was that once you took off a off, the top soil could never ever put that back into into the federal. Register meaning you can have as a monument or a sacred site anymore. So you probably remember on Labor Day weekend at that time when they. Called access pipeline private security unleashed dogs on our people at that time. That was when they came with bulldozers and they start attacking sacred sites bouldering down. On, we kind of had a standout. Then that was kind of Riley process that Keenan don real quick. So the next process that we had to do was, of course the crossing. Of the Missouri River we knew that there had to be permitting processes involved in that, and which is really really good educational piece because even into law today. We were still never ever mentioned in the original EA, which is the environmental assessment we were never mentioned as the tribe has people like we never existed This pipeline was go within the state. Bismarck North Dakota which is a state of the capital city of Non North Dakota is supposed to go through their while they didn't want it. So they put it a half mile north of my community Ray just right above the reservation boundaries there, which is original tree territory land what since the government illegally took a lot of the land from us in a half mile off or. But at the same time what they did was they went through this process called. Nationwide permit twelve, which you might be familiar with. And do a major infrastructural project like this. You know it's the least Kerr meeting process you could do crossing federal waters managed by. Which is saints? He'd been like transmission lines. That's what major infrastructural pipelines crossings follow. The same line has transmission lines goal both the water. You know. So that's the and then we argued that this should not be that way media full Eis, which is environmental impact statement. So we can get our side, our story involved to say, Hey, you know we need to know what all this is going to impact us our wildlife, our land, or possibly drinking water. You know when you will impact statement, Hollis could impact the environment around us. So where you just heard leading up to this point now, they finally awarded that to us. Now you'll ask, but those are the two main areas back. Then when I was serving in tribal council on the only way, we could stop this pipeline. See and it. It amazes me how we there are so many regulations and rules and laws around that. Most of us have no idea what she just shared with us even existed and the hurdles you had to go through to get. To where you are, you know we've all seen what happened in standing rock and frankly and poor, and certainly and all. Of US standing up for what you believed in and how did that feel for you and especially you know because so many joined with you back that had to be. A very good feeling During the most adverse circumstances, not to mention legal challenges and into. The standoff that was happening You personally, how did that feel? Yeah I mean I think it was just you know we never like like a Lotta issues is a lot of native issues, indigenous issues around the world. And we knew we had an uphill battle that we faced. That was coming towards us. US has native Americans we. We have these things called protocols that sings traditional ceremonies that we conduct research our on. Our spiritual leaders and things like that. And just kind of the quick little short story is that we did the same type of protocol when we went through the battle of the little bighorn win our great summation defeated the the US government in battle. On. The war while we go through the sacred at some ceremonies, leading up to these big big issues that we face and we did the same type pro 'cause one, hundred, fifty years ago uptown. Now, when we're facing this issue, we did the same type of ceremonies in within the ceremonies. What they told us was that we need to move forward with peace in prayer and will win and we never quite understood fully what that really meant. We just knew that we had to be very peaceful and prayerful. And we call the world stand with us to need to be peaceful and purple see that time. And that was the most powerful thing that I saw airing. Sue this whole process that we have three hundred and fifty different indigenous tribes. In this country, you know numerous of other indigenous tribes in people around the world have joined us through this effort in the most amazing thing in powerful thing about the standing rock movement was that it remained peaceful in prayer for the whole time and the opposite side, the court access pipeline and their private security and the state in a lot of county sheriff's and people that got. Involved there were the ones being very violent to us. Our people stood their legs stone and in prayer wanting this water this crossing were trying to protect for our future generations and redoing piece away, and till this day we've never hurt one individual and their side, and if I can recall any movement in history, I've never ever seen anything like that. So that was the very most powerful thing that was proud of to see that actually everybody comes together no matter what race you are, what color you are where your Religion, what background what political view you have if you come to get together for the most common purpose, which is clean drinking water I think that. Powerful message that we see that once you stand together, we can accomplish amusing musings. Absolutely and that unity in is incredible. One thing that struck me the US during that time was a photo breath. With the horse and I don't know if you know the person. From your try it was on that course but. It was majestic but what he's faced was All the tanks I, I'll never forget that but there was for me coming through that photo such confidence on principle and being united in protecting that water I'll I'll never forget that. Absolutely and I think a lot of that you know Aaron just comes from. Cultural. History. Who we are as a people I and all the types of things that we live by even today of that sacred knowledge in that sacredness of the environment and Earth animals how? Were connected. So clearly that those are relations like in our languages say Madonna camping which means all our relations in what I mean what we mean by that is that you know anything that has a like a Not He is what we say in our languages spirit. And you know like Water Wu's has a spirit you know like like. Living the atmosphere, we're all related. We're all connected because we all have that feed spirit. So we all have to take care of one another, and that's why we understood the importance of what we were trying to protect at that time. Why do you feel that? So many of us have moved away though I talk about this often and you were right there is I think we have more in common than we want to. Have a conversation about the left starting just water and our land and our air because without this planet and what it provides us, there would be no us. But. There's such a disconnect between. Many of us and our environment and that being united and standing on that principle of the value of the planet that sustains everything that we do and who we are. What are you? What is your opinion about how that disconnect has happened how we can get back to it? Absolutely. Not In order this is basically you know when I went out and did a lot of speaking's in the last five years got the travel the the continent. Well and when I go to places like New York City or Los Angeles, and you know you can probably experience the same thing but I I live in the country I live off the land I live off of you know a lot of land we see land for miles where I live. And just to see a lot of these people go from a to be time sensitive this building to that building this meeting that meeting they don't really get the chance to see what's around him and tell something and where if they have no water are their water look at look at Flint Michigan you know hall how their water was contaminated. They don't really understand the importance of something Intel it really affects them. And I can honestly tell you that a speed indigenous peoples of this land of first. Peoples. been affected since I contact since apparently when the Christopher Columbus bounds land that we were already on in which it continue to honor him today that you know sense I contact we've had issues of protecting that and you know US getting sick a skating diseases and illnesses and you know not clean drinking water and just all these drugs and alcohol and things have come to this world by the Western world that they've created in brought to our people in. Those are the types of things that we've always remember. and. A lot of it comes down to money. You know we look at that as a way of saying, Hey, the more money we make, you know the better life we can live, but at the same time I think we think the total opposite we seeing Damore land and water and Resources Natural Resource Lanson food we can grow that's our resources. That's our land life right there. It's a whole different way of thinking while you know a lot comes with money you know comes with extraction. It comes with tearing up land. It comes building these skyscrapers. So a lot of that comes through the economic status of this Western world with what has taught and these people is that we need to really really really destruct land and the water plants and animals to be able to flourish in all aware. All opposite thinking where you know we have to grow more trees, you know take care of the animals in the water and the land to make sure that we have a future. Soy. Just basically come down to you know education engine kidding yourself. I think what standing rock has topped the world is that how people are using their money in their banks? You know we could be a big Gamer. Erin, not knowing our money that meet put in his precious banks are putting loans with without money too big infrastructure projects, late pipelines, and I think when they do that big divestment movement, standing rocket opened up a lot of people's eyes to say, Hey, where is my money call me or hey when I buy something you know where is this coming from whom I funding you know so it just kind of brings a whole new complex of. I guess stain woke as they say are just more information on educating you stress. What's really really you know destructing this land and earth when we do by certain things in our stores that we don't realize what we're we. Well and you're right it is about information and education and awareness and. This is exactly what I prefer to do in my work as well, and then you know sometimes more often than not most of the time you know politics comes in with this division and. back to our conversation about being united on the same page about the environment I do feel wondering if you feel this way to that were in the window of waking. To this Right now. Absolutely and I. Think in all just to kind of finish up that question is that now is the time to really be more self sufficient than ever in what I mean by that is that we have to start growing their own foods in our backyards. Growing your own food is growing your own art you know stealing or taking. It takes away that much from this attic process that relies on you to the point where you have to go out and outsource all the time we have to continue to use our money to outsource to bring things in. But, our mindset moving forward now is, how can we insourcing source everything? How can we do that within communities and that's what my nonprofit is doing. Indigenous energy is we want to be able to create energy in create sovereignty within our own communities and what best way to do that. Can we do that to accomplish that what type of platform could be set? For the rest of the world to see that, hey, we don't need to rely on outside corporations and we can do this stuff on her own within indigenous cultures and histories in protocols. You know we we have that knowledge of finding our own medicines the years we have the knowledge of what foods to grow in what times of the season's we're in need right? We have. been able to once we take from the land hotter always preserve in give back in what the land needs to renew artery. We have all. That knowledge which I think native Americans have a lot to give but the sad part of it is is like native Americans today. Nobody. You don't see a whole lot of native. Americans. In mainstream media, you know they try to block that out because the war information we can share. On mainstream media or the corporations try to shut us off because that takes that much more money out of their pockets by trying to share who we are and what we can give to the world. Well that's what you said in the beginning just really struck with me and I have it written in front of me right now be about it and how we as individuals take ownership of these things again that. That I don't know if I don't know that we just gave away but it's been a process of decades where things have been eroded and suppressed and not talked about and not taught about in even social media has really opened our eyes to so many things that we didn't know what was going on and so you're right about be about it and and something you said Struck me that I've made a comparison with the planet it I think that. Like an ATM machine you know if you go to the bank and you just keep withdrawing and withdrawing and withdrawing and withdrawing and never giving back meaning a deposit of been surely. There's nothing that will come out of the ATM. 'CAUSE you've taken it all and I feel often that we were so on the cusp of having just taken and taking and taking and taking and taken from the planet. That were in moment where we much. Give back. Absolutely. Pouring teaching native Americans can provide to the Western world and colonized world is. You know a lot of people are now starting to understand that and they are asking questions. You know a lot of our history is being exposed we're starting to understand how this country was founded. It was founded on violence and in not not to say that you know we're against in. China against our country I distinct that we have to all except what has been And then move forward in productive productive way on know who has the resources teach what can we do to protect our environment and not only that you know for future generations because my my goal ever since I was born, my grandma always told me this is that what you do to the Earth, the plant waters, the animals says a lot about who you are as. A lot about that. You know who I am as a person I definitely want. Where my community a lot better off than when I, when I first started on where I was born cements and that's been my goal and I think a lot of people around the world should follow an initiative to say, Hey, I wanna make my community better than when I first left. You're absolutely right and I talk about that as well. I have a program called Ram which is realized that's motivate oneself and when you ask somebody to to accept to you are it's about taking stock not in what you have. Or the car you're driving. Or what your bank account says taking stock in who you are. That character that bravery that occurred. That willingness to to stand up These are things. As your grandmother you. Invaluable. So. You know I the pipeline gets his permit Yank, and now the Supreme Court grants native Americans have of Oklahoma I don't know if everyone is seeing that Supreme Court decision and I know you're very aware of it and. Is. This a turning point. We'll just from knowing a secret was Aaron was in a five four decision to believe. Yes. I. Believe it was yes. Very close and I think it's kind of it is a big step in the right direction, but it also is a threat. To the civilized world. A Western colonization world because if they if we were this kind of opens the door for the leg, even the Great Sioux nation in the Black Hills of course, you've seen president trump to speak on our homelands during the fourth of Lyon. We toll weeded one within our homelands and the sad part of that is you know they had to engulf you know some of the these president Saturday. Sketched out in stolen Iraq within a sacred homelands, we have to live with that every single day on on that that starts stolen land basically and. The government illegally took that from us from our treaties. They should have followed the treaties but what that does do Erin is that opens the door to revisit something like that for a lot of tribes that the government broke their treaties on. So that's kind of interesting that you know this five four decision that happened. Or? Yeah and it was very interesting to a lot of tribes to say, Hey now, maybe we on need to battle this the same way to say, Hey, maybe we can start getting some of our original lands that were taken away from US illegally as well. So that does open the door to a lot. But at the same time, it threatens you know this economic status of way of life of colonization in this country. So you take it as you will. But for Indians native native country, it's it's a blessing because more Orlando. We can win back the more. We can restore those lands to its regenerative state do try to protect and preserve that in the way moving forward so. Very important and I think that's important I. Hope the turning point is as all these. You know it's like the stars collided and all of these issues for decades that have been there but we haven't addressed or they've been concealed or hidden, and there's a whole you know I guess we could blame anybody and everybody for everything is gone on it that doesn't get us anywhere. I hope to turning point is as all of this break. So I feel like it's just a collision at once that we find that unity again and not the division. There has been such hatred in such division I just never thought I'd see it in my lifetime. Getting back to that unity and there is common. Goals for all of us but how we can do it with you know I talk about logic, which is your commonsense leverage joining your community the loyalty thatstitute of nurse is you've exhibited to see your caused through to the end, and then ultimately why all do what we do and it's burn of love and could get back to that collective place for a better world for us all. You know just comes back to a simple point like you say. Is that we're fearful where fearful people of once early the out there in the world end over the years over the decades we'd start everybody starts to put up these walls a lot of times. We don't even know where our neighbors are anymore. We don't talk to them we don't help them. Back in in our cultural ways, Um community based, we always did something for the community every single day help build our communities to where they are when nowadays everybody is so divided in Seoul blocked off that they're protective over one another. And and they're not afraid they're afraid to go out and ask questions or they're afraid to go and experience something there feel uncomfortable with that uncomfortable feeling what we got get away from this WanNa. Give you an example Erin and I don't tell the story to a whole lot of people because. I kind of wanted to write a book about this in the future at some point to Kinda share what I've seen in what types you know the process sudas Horno Dapple in the comments and all these things that I've seen firsthand but there was individual in Meyer on white community just north of the protests here man North Dakota. was just kind of you know. Calling us down every name in the book. Go home you know. Everything interested in why protesting get outta hair you don't. You don't belong here and everything was just against everything that we stood for where protecting our water. So I reached out to this gentleman being being me being the leader of the tribe at. What my community and I invited him I didn't think he was gonNA come but I invited him to the canvas. And I didn't think he was gonNA come in here. He decided to come to see exactly what we were doing none because the media would portrayed has we're doing something illegal you know where worrying lease and all these things. I never was the case you know all these bad things and so I brought us individual down is older gentleman it must have been in his sixty s late sixty s seventy S. and. I brought him to the encampments and once he seen the spirit of the people like how people actually wasn't sold divided anymore we all live together. We all lived off of each other. We all lived in harmony. We all got along we all shared stories and he fell in love with that. And I don't tell story to a whole lot of people because you know it's difficult thing where where I live, you know like the down south, it's always the blacks whites but people don't understand in the northern part of our country. It's it's Indians and cowboys. I mean literally. A lot history of you're right. So but just from what I. Saw there told me that you know what all it really is. Is that people are afraid because they don't really know are experiencing or they don't want to they don't want to be opening so we can just be open and honest with ourselves to be more accepting even though we agree to disagree. If we can candidate level of saying, Hey, you know I'll show you my culture. You Show Me Yours in. Airing I think that will bring more people together and make them truly understand that we are in this together and we have to do what we can to make. Sure we're here in the next fifty years. You're absolutely right and I hope you write that book I know you will and I. AM. So honored that you share that story with us very heart warming and important, and it took courage on both of your parts. To were you to reach out and for him to accept and it is breaking down that barrier of often times. Something that's unknown or that fear and how that stand in our way on. That's that's an amazing story and. I know you. Those stories will continue because you will continue your just what you WanNa stored work because my work doesn't feel like work it's just who you are and what you do and how we can get back. To a more united better place. And I'm a big Fan of yours and I have been for sometime and I admire your courage and your perseverance and Helping to educate others. On things that many of us oftentimes don't know and I find myself just when I think I know something I don't but we have to be open and willing to learn that something went on that. Maybe we don't know about but that doesn't mean it didn't happen or that doesn't mean it's not real. And confined our courage again as. People. To I didn't know much about you. Intel I watched your movie then had know look up everything was snow. Erin Brockovich really was. It just inspired me to know that there's actually a other people out there that really really care in doing everything and they live this way of life and it's a hard way of life. I have to admit you know that you know there's not much in it or a other than just doing it from the heart and it's always the best way to go about protecting our water and clean drinking water for everyone I mean. That's the most important part I think that we should all be living. That's national security. This country says. The hell of national security national, security. You're our. Water is. Preserved in clean water. Daughter is alive and we are waking up to that and you know you are young and it's it's so listen my legacy phase. I turn sixty which I cannot believe with four grandchildren now, but it is something that. In. My. Phase and I worry about my grandchildren's future to know that the youth is there and I've been struck of lake having a an intern that seventeen and how much they do about the environment and what it is, their their goals will be moving forward that gives me help and and that is something that none of us can ever lose is that hope and I will always believe in a power. Of we the people and to have that hope and to move in the right direction and you've certainly. Given me hope I WANNA. Thank you for that. And everything that you do I i. Hope I get to see them. That'd be great like you said, yours invited standing rock and the you know the most important piece on everything you just said was that in everything that we do whether it's our nonprofit whether it's history education. We always have to have a US initiative within what we're doing because everything that we're doing the work that you're doing on wing is for nothing if we don't educate can get us involved so. Always, absolutely. It is important and I wanNA feel good passing off in my legacy pays a hope for a better environment and that does come from the next generation. I think they're going to grab. That torch if you will of. Labors love and being united stick to it, and they're gonNA charge through and CR Dreams. Come to fruition for them as well. The, that's what I hope for it. That's why we do what we do. Well, I am again. So thankful for all your time and education and I learned some things today to and. We appreciate you very much. Yeah and I think the last thing that I want to go over. To the probably allow people are probably interested in this. It is the hot topic now. So what where are we at with his current legal process with this Lynch shutting down in on Bird but Kelsey Warren The CEO of energy transfers particularly said I. Think it was yesterday day before that he doesn't care what ruling they make. He GonNa, leave that oil and keep it flowing. So I hope I hope. Thing about that and don't allow him to continue just because as a lot of money to allow him to continue to do what he wants not to follow the law. So that was one thing. That was like you brought that up. And I hang up I'M GONNA I'M GONNA go look I'm going to go research that, and then you and I are I'm sure going to have another conversation Thank you for bringing that to our attention. Yeah, and then the last piece of it now is that they're forcing the corps of Engineers in energy transfer partners to do a full environment in environmental NPR state in which could take years it could take years. So Hall that fits in with our tribe now is now that we have a voice we have we have a say in how this environmental environmental impact statement is GonNa Affect Us. So there's a positive there, but also a negative for our people in a way where it's gonNa cost their tribal out of money. On you know to be able to come up with these plans and get the experts lined up into, be able to put it in black and white and get the legal process going just to Kinda give you a little bit of. A. Like a wild factor was when I was in council, we had three lawyers, right? And Angel. Had Two hundred lawyers on this case? Fallacy crazy. Old versus somebody I don't have money in the political system or even to the court system. So you know our tribe now is going to be able to be able to participate in this environmental environmental impact statement in our hope is that we do such a good job that it's going to take five six years to be able to do it. We can put so much information into it that you know the pipeline will go bankrupt in the won't be able to put any more oil through it so. We know and as we learn more about this and listen when there are rulings, all of us You know. WHO WILL BE Mr Kelsey Warren is above. The law and and one thing when you talk about. Here. You are with your three counts versus there two hundred you have the power of people in the power of knowledge. Standing with you. I think as we all wake up to do this us. and. So it will be something to watch as it plays out and something for us to continue to educate people about the people can stand with because court of public opinion and the power people they're very long line. I think so too Erin, and like I said you know from day one. My following our protocol process we try to stay within piece in prayer through this whole whole movement and We have to continue to move forward in that direction within this movement continued to keep our keep praying about it and hopefully good things will come. I believe that. Cody to Barry. You know you talk about be about it. You are about it and you were a shining example for many of us to follow Youtube Aaron. McKie's said you have a big Hunky so much we very glad you're my friend. Very glad that the crater has allowed us to cross pass so. I am too. So my friend I will see you soon. Absolutely we're excited like at your right at the standing rock come on up and if you guys WanNa, know more about my initiative on what we're doing on standing rock or trying to remorse solar standing rock you know look us up on facebook were indigenised energy knowing give a lot of updates on there. We're just starting to get the ball and. We're starting to do more solar on schools in different infrastructures within reservation boundaries now, so we'll have updates on there until we get our full site. Meetings that is the name of your nonprofit. indigenised energy. You're doing good work. I'M GONNA pop on there now too. But like I said my friend, I am going to see soon. Cody to bears be about it I love it. Thank you. Come stay and play out casino and hotel. Welcome to one of the biggest casinos in the country with luxurious clean rooms upscale dining in the grandest payouts now offering stay play and all in packages including fifty dollars free slot play VIP parking the Ip Casino Access and more book now at live, casino dot com or call four, four, three, four, four, five, two, nine, two, nine at Arundel. Mills must be twenty one please play responsibly for health visit empty gambling dot org or call one, eight, hundred gamblers. People Mr. Fan. 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