03.14 Winona LaDuke Reports on her Journey Into the Heart of the Monster
- Posted by Trish Weber
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At the Honor the Earth website, acclaimed tribal and environmental activist Winona LaDuke writes about her visit to the Heavy Haul route and her meeting with leaders of the Nez Perce tribe in what is now called Idaho.
When over 750 Nez Perce, or Nimiipuu people, accompanied by 1,000 horses fled the Cavalry on a 1,600 mile route through the mountains, valleys and rivers of Oregon, Idaho and Montana in l877, the route was treacherous and the determination to survive as a people deep. During the War of 1877, their journey moved beyond the Heart of the Monster, from whence the Nimiipuu were created, passed the precious and historical trade route of Indigenous people that predates Lewis & Clark through the Bitterroot Mountains. It is some l40 years later and a new industrial road seeks to follow a similar route, pushing through the heart of Nez Perce homelands into the darkest chapter of American oil expansion.
The darkness of industrial society has come to the Nimiipuu, and is now stuck on the road near Kamiah, Idaho near the Heart of the Monster. When one Nez Perce tribal member, Sara Moffet Sedwick had stopped to take a picture of the load with her young son, one truck driver asked “how long they would be there?” Mrs. Moffet Sedwick responded, “We will be here forever… this is where we come from, this is where my son and his grandchildren will always be.”
Read the whole thing.
Also, please take special note of this event:
As a result of community organizing, an event has been created in which ALL members of the local, regional, and national community of Nez Perce and non Nez Perce people are invited to join a peaceful protest called March to the Heart of the Monster slated for Sunday, March 20, 2011 at the Heart of the Monster in Kamiah, Idaho as a stand against the “Heavy Haul.”
As a peaceful protest, this event encourages a non violent protest in which both Nez Perce tribal and non tribal community are asked to stand up against the environmental safety and concerns of how the “Heavy Haul” does not benefit our home lands and is occupying at a sacred site, near the Heart of the Monster, where the creation of Nimiipuu people began as told by Coyote.