KIC Supports Standing Rock Tribe; Local Man Traveling to SD to Lend Support
September 22, 2016
(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - As the Standing Rock Tribe works toward preserving their cultural and historical sites from the Dakota Access Pipeline and to ensure clean drinking water, the Ketchikan Indian Community announced they stand and support their efforts. A news release from Ketchikan Indian Community's President, Irene Dundas, states, "While Standing Rock, South Dakota seems so far from our home in Ketchikan, it is not. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is an extension of the native peoples in Southeast Alaska and Alaska."
It was announced today that Ketchikan resident David D. Guthrie Jr. will be traveling to South Dakota to stand with the Sioux people in honor of his ancestors, his clan members, mother, children and grandchildren on Friday, September 23rd. As a result of contemplation and prayer, Guthrie decided to travel to Standing Rock to support the traditional people of that area.
Guthrie descends from the Saanya Kwaan-Tlingit, Beaver Clan, from the Eagle Tail House of Cape Fox Village/Saxman, Alaska. Guthrie is a Tribal Member of the Ketchikan Indian Community.
Ketchikan Indian Community's President Dundas stated, “We are very proud of David and his determination and desire to be a part of a historical movement to save a peoples way of life.”
The news release from the Office of the KIC President states, "During times of discourse our culture requires the balance to lift up and support one another."
Standing Rock is of environmental importance not only addressing the right to have clean drinking water, but highlights the basic human rights issue of the right to exercise and uphold customary ways of life, which is outlined in the National Environmental Policy Act.
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