The U.S. Navy’s fighter jet training on Whidbey Island near Coupeville is scheduled to increase 600%. Meanwhile, the Navy’s cover-up of its contamination of public and private water wells in the area has locals up in arms.
As reported in the San Juan Journal, the public health and safety of residents is threatened by toxic chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects and heart disease. As environmental consultant Rick Abraham–working with Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve–remarked, “The Navy’s approach to this pollution problem is no different than that of any big industrial polluter seeking to avoid criticism, reduce liability, and continue business-as-usual.”
Downplaying the seriousness of the problem, dragging out investigations, and keeping the public in the dark is what they too often do.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is scheduled for burial on January 20. Protesting pollution from toxic and carcinogenic chemicals will have no effect on the incoming administration, other than securing jail time for those involved.
And Indian Country will be ravaged.
The religious networks that are crucial to indigenous peoples in the US need to appreciate the new situation. As of January 20, all three branches of the U.S. Government align with Wall Street and corporate media against them.
Religious leaders’ blind spots, i.e. vigilante groups, will respond to prompts from the new administration and media to intimidate tribal governments opposing the fossil fuel industry. In this new situation, most present allies of these tribes will run and hide.
The important thing is that religious leaders respect the value of opposition research, and seek out researchers to help them. Their networks have education programs, that would benefit from the Public Good Archives
Three essential documents from the Public Good Archives Netwar Reader
that they need to study in order to understand modern social conflict:
- Communications in Conflict
- Communication, Power and Counter-power in the Network Society
- Netwar at Cherry Point
The moral theatre at Standing Rock has been inspirational, but it all could have been avoided had Obama not approved fracking millions of acres of Bakken Shale in North Dakota. The pipelines and bomb trains emanating from that disastrous decision will haunt us for generations.
As I quoted Rudolph C. Ryser in my post Moment of Truth,
indigenous nations must take the initiative to take back that which is and always has been theirs: land, resources and freedom to move…Taking back your land and resources they stole, as Chief George Manuel urged, is the only alternative to self-destruction.
This is the first time in twenty years that I have heard Dr. Ryser recommend the full exercise of legal and police powers by tribal nations. As the co-founder of the Center for World Indigenous Studies–the premier indigenous think-tank in the world–his word carries weight with Fourth World scholars, activists and civic leaders worldwide.
Fourth World Land Reclamation, as we witness at Standing Rock, can be both a dangerous and a noble endeavor. Indeed, it is already battling a headwind from the Wrath of God.
May the spirit be with you.