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Looks like the warlords of the U.S. are flexing their muscles down at Standing Rock again. It seems like they are forgetting what happened to General George Armstrong Custer...
Photo by: Joe Brusky
Photo by: Joe Brusky

Looks like the warlords of the U.S. are flexing their muscles down at Standing Rock again. It seems like they are forgetting what happened to General George Armstrong Custer at the battle of Little Bighorn.

A descendent of the American Commander named Alisha Custer travelled to the #NODAPL demonstrations at Standing Rock to offer an apology. Alisha said: “Trauma has been scientifically proven to not only run through our DNA, but to be passed on in our DNA to our children,” she said. “I didn’t do these things, but … someone needs to stand up and say I’m sorry.” She said it was important for her to say, “Custer not only did wrong, he deserved to die for his folly. He didn’t just betray you. He betrayed me.”

Now Trump is repeating history and betraying the Lakota Sioux once again.

To use a chess analogy, the Donald moved his first pawn a few months ago in December by selling his entire stake in Energy Transfer Partners, the corporation that is building the 1,172 mile (1,886 kilometre) black snake called the Dakota Access Pipeline. Now there isn’t a conflict of interest anymore, just like that.

A total of at least 625 arrests have been made by the heavily militarized law enforcement agencies. The last three-dozen were arrested late last week as they held out in the spirit of Crazyhorse. There they were, the last surviving victims of 400 years of blatant genocide and the migrant government forced them from lands that are indisputably theirs.

The problem with General Custer was that he became over confident — arrogant even. Trump should remember that at one time the five camps held at least 10,000 people. There are millions who support the anti-pipeline initiatives started by the Lakota Sioux. There are reports that many of the activists are simply moving camps to other areas and will continue to fight on. Standing Rock is a big place.

Another question is how much will it cost to protect this vulnerable oil snake? Let’s remember that the DAPL was built by a nation of immigrants over ancient and sacred lands that belong to someone else. Can they defend this pipeline forever?

Soon the situation will become even more desperate as the pipeline encroaches farther and farther. It could be a complete victory if Standing Rock could enlist every single person in the U.S. who claims to have “Indian” lineage.

If your great-great-grandmother really was a Cherokee princess then get out there and prove it on those front lines, hoka hey! Imagine the huge influx of numbers; the pipeline wouldn’t stand a chance.

And speaking of Indians, if Cleveland doesn’t want to change their baseball team name they should be honouring our proud ancestors and us by handcuffing themselves to Dakota Access Pipeline equipment. It is now their duty. All the Redsk*n fans who don the sacred Lakota war bonnet to football games can join in as well.

For all the rest of our euro-migrant workers such as Donald Trump we have a good message to share. Custer died for your sins. No one else needs to die but the black snake.

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