Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

November 10, 2023

Wasté Win Young 'Take Courage, Keep Going for our Takojas'

Wašté Win Young, shown above in 'End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock,' and director Shannon Kring were present at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, for the screening on November 1. Photo courtesy Shannon Kring.

Coming home from a screening of 'End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock,' Waste Win Young heard that the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled against the water protectors critically injured by violent law enforcement at Backwater Bridge at Standing Rock. Although the court ruled in favor of law enforcement, Waste says it is important to realize the source of real power and keep going for future generations.

By Wasté Win Young
Lakota, Standing Rock
Censored News
November 2023

The showing of the documentary “End of the Line” in Sewanee, Tennessee was probably the most emotional response I’ve witnessed and felt. A lot of people came up to me afterward and they were visibly crying. One young woman couldn’t talk and I hugged her for a long time. She said that she and her mom had gone camping in North Dakota and drank water from the Missouri River.

A lot of the youngins in college had never even heard of NoDAPL. There was an anthro professor who was so moved. He said he showed his class the documentary last year as well. I felt the love and am beyond thankful. I told them that they could help by submitting comments for the DAPL environmental impact statement.

I think my spirit needed this as much as they needed it because yesterday as I got home, I got the word that the Eighth Circuit ruled against water protectors in Dundon.

This is no surprise in the court of the colonizer — two of the three judges were appointed by Trump. One judge was sleeping during the arguments. Smh. Houwn I really cried… 

Despite these decisions made by white men who think they are the law and that their say is final — it is not.

It never will be.

I know we have to keep going, that we persevere for our takojas and future generations. Even on the days when I wanna curl up and sob dramatically with my mom and dad or lay in bed with my kids and dogs all day.

I know that there will be justice for our people and allies in this world and the next.

Blíhíčiya — take courage. We keep going

Waste Win Young, Lakota of Standing Rock, North Dakota, previously served as Standing Rock's Historic Preservation Officer and is a graduate of the University of New Mexico Law School. She is a leading voice for the rights of water in the resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

'End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock' resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline. Between August of 2016 and February of 2017, water protectors struggled to protect the local waters and water of the Missouri River from the pipeline as the construction began. They were blasted with rubber bullets, tear gas, bean bags, tasers and projectiles, and beaten with batons, resulting in critical injuries. In September of 2016, water protectors were attacked by dogs handled by private security hired by the Dakota Access Pipeline. During their arrests by law enforcement from throughout the United States, led by the Morton County Sheriff, in the fall of 2016, women and grandmothers were arrested during ceremonies, strip-searched, and caged in metal cages in the basement of jails, with numbers written on their arms, as was done by the Nazis in concentration camps. They were denied medicine.  Waste Win Young shared this testimony with the United Nations and throughout Europe as a member of a Native women's delegation. -- Censored News

Previous: Federal Court Rules in Favor of Violent Cops at Backwater Bridge, Censored News

A federal appeals court ruled in favor of law enforcement who fired rubber bullets, bean bags, and projectiles at Standing Rock water protectors, and blasted them with water hoses in freezing temperatures, at Backwater Bridge on November 20, 2016.

Water protectors suffered critical injuries while seeking to protect the water and Missouri River, and halt the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. However, the federal appeals court ruled against them in the class action, civil rights lawsuit which revealed excessive force by law enforcement.


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Dakota Access Pipeline.

End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock

1 comment:

Quietechoes said...

End of the line is not the end to the fight. Paramilitary from Tigerswan were used as support by Dapl against Native Americans and the US citizens while protecting reservation lands and public water in direct violation of constitutional protections guaranteed to all people living in the US.