Today was the day the veterans stood between the water protectors and the militarized police.

Today was the day the Army Corp of Engineers denied the easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Today was the day we who have stood up for #NoDAPL made history.

Today is a good day.

I want to thank the Sioux of Standing Rock for their long struggle for justice; for this stand that they have made not only for their future, but mine as well. You have been asked to endure more than anyone should be. You have taken so much abuse and you returned mercy. Everyone said this would turn into a riot, but you showed the greatest courage in your nonviolent protection of the water. Thank you for making your stand and thank you for allowing me to stand with you.

I want to thank the veterans who went Standing Rock, and those veterans who couldn’t go in person but were surely there in spirit. Thank you for putting yourselves on the line, for risking the cold, and triggers for PTSD to take a stand for your brothers and sisters of the Sioux. It never should have gotten to the point where this sacrifice was nessecary…but once again, we called upon those who have already given so much. Your courage in answering the call once more is inspiring and humbling.

I’m so proud to be the daughter of a veteran. Dad, I love you. I’m proud of your service, your kindness. I saw how you cheered on your fellow veterans, even when you couldn’t go yourself. I don’t say it often enough, but I love you.

Yes, today was a good day…the best I’ve had in a long time. But this struggle does not end with this sunset. When the sun rises again in the morning, we must keep on doing our best for each other and for this earth. We have achieved so much, more than they said was possible….we cannot afford to grow complacent now.

Mni wiconi. Water is life.

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