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CHUMASH COALITION CARAVAN DEPARTS FROM LOS ANGELES TODAY FOR STANDING ROCK SIOUX NATION IN SUPPORT OF WATER IS LIFE MOVEMENT AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ SOVEREIGNTY

Anahuacalmecac Joins Chumash Coalition Caravan to support Standing Rock Sioux Nation; Students and parent community gather urgently needed supplies to send to the Sacred Stone Camp.

In response to calls for support by the Standing Rock Sioux Nation leaders and organizers of Sacred Stone and Red Warrior Camps demanding a complete shutdown of Dakota Access Pipeline in Cannonball, North Dakota and respect for sacred sites, water rights and the rights of Mother Earth. “Violations of the rights of Water and Mother Earth affect us all,” said Marcos Aguilar, Head of School of Anahuacalmecac.

Background: On August 15, 2016 the Standing Rock Sioux Nation issued a call to action of all Indigenous Peoples in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline currently threatening their water, their lands and sacred sites. The call to action was issued by Tribal Council Chairman Dave Archambault II and documented the latest stage in a multiyear defense of sacred lands and water. Under the cry of “Water is Life” or Mni Wiconi in Dakota, Indigenous Peoples from 200 native nations have responded to this call. On September 6, 2016 Wishtoyo Chumash Foundation convened a delegation of Chumash and other Indigenous Peoples to travel to the Standing Rock Sioux Nation in response to this call to action.