We are beginning the panel of activists reporting back from Standing Rock. There is a strong spirit of community here. The opening blessing was an honor to witness. After, there was Afro-Latina dancers and the steel drum band got the energy high, and everyone started moving. This is a space of no judgement. We are a community of people, and everyone is looking to learn from one another. Students, activists, mothers, fathers, young children and infants are all here. No one is being left out, and we are led by Indigenous women. This is the definition of building community. Now, the report back panel is sharing with us. We are hearing personal stories from Standing Rock, reasons why people went, stories of identities and skills learned there.
Important lessons shared by Suja from Standing Rock-
Know your family’s history.
Know whose land you’re one.
Use “we” statements rather than “I” statements.