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  • I think that people who participate in “collective action” is a beautiful thing to see take place on this reservation. I was part of a stand in White Clay yesterday and I think it as wonderful to see Lakota people fight for their own. Collective action means so many different things to people but is all viewed pretty much the same, standing up and fighting for what you believe is right. Organization is the largest role when taking “Collective Action”; it requires the most time and energy. The Direct Action however is the most exciting and problematic part of activism.
    Organization is the key step in any collective action taking place. We took up to two months organizing the walk and the barricade at White Clay. It took us many phone calls, letters, emails, meetings, and handing out flyers to try and get people’s attention. An activist group called the DGR (Deep Green Resistance), and others came to Kiza Park and helped to further organize and plan what would take place. Planning the stand for yesterday was tedious and sometimes exhausting, but rewarding because it got out nationally.
    I think the most fun part is the direct action that happens. When we organize to take a stand against something it is usually based on something that directly impacts us. The action we took at White Clay was about the selling of alcohol to Lakota people and the shut-down of the bars in the town. Many Lakota and Non-Lakota took a stand at White Clay for eight hours trying to make a statement. Lakota Elders cried about loved ones lost and killed by alcohol, a ten-year-old was massed by a state trooper, fights almost broke out, and people were taken to jail. All these things are a direct result of fighting for something and making ourselves heard. Good and bad things come from the actions we take but in the end we usually make people look our way and give us positive or negative feed-back.
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