We are back in Chicago! #NoDAPL Carajo!!

Our group of 11 young people and 3 “old heads” from Chicago got back on the afternoon of “Indigenous People’s Day.” We are not the same people who left last Thursday.  The stories and the people we met, the way were welcomed by elders, participating in traditional dances, the drums and prayers, the smoke rising in air, the incredible spirit of community and vision for a future that respects all people and all of life–all of it changed us. We will be posting some more, but here are some reflections our young people posted about our trip to Standing Rock, ND! #NoDAPL

LSNA in North Dakota! Chicago solidarity #nodapl. This trip was so amazing for us in various ways. We were welcomed with a ceremony, danced in inner circle, were called and treated like brothers and sisters. So much learning from this. Thank you to all who donated money and supplies. Capitalism kills, water is life! 💙
#indigenousresistance

Arely Barrera

18 hrs · Instagram ·

Staying with the Lower Brule tribe at the camp in North Dakota was a life changing experience. The stories shared and the lessons learned will be something I will carry with me forever. I will always be thankful for this opportunity and for the warm welcome of all of the indigenous people in North Dakota ❤️ #lsna2nodak #nodapl

Arely Morales

October 9 at 3:44pm · Instagram ·

Going to Standing Rock was an amazing experience, something I’m going to always remember is being welcomed and meeting everyone with a traditional dance. Definetly going to also remember seeing and hearing all of the traditional singing, dancing, and drumming. And the puppies/ wolf that were at the Lower Brule Sioux camp where we were welcomed to camp with.

Photo Credits to Arely Morales

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Author: gordilinda

I am the result of many crossings. A life-long Chicagoan, I am the daughter of a Puerto Rican father and an Ecuadorian mother, and my partnah is a beautiful Mexicano. My first tongue is Spanglish. I am the mother of 3 boys who are the sources of my greatest lessons in life (both joyful and anxiety producing). I work for the Logan Square Neighborhood Association--the most human community based organization I know. I have the privilege to work with young people to explore their own personal and collective power to subvert evil in its social/cultural and economic manifestations. !Fxck Gentrification, Viva Raza! I see beauty in mostly everything and believe we all are going through shit that we must get through in order to remember who we are (original goodness).

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