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Dozens Gather for Send-Off Rally to Support Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

On September 27, an eagle feather was presented by Serena Padilla (along with a song) to the two drivers Rudy Prieto and Frank Villa (back). The men drove nearly 1,500 miles to deliver donated items to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

On Tuesday, September 27, dozens of Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community members and tribal employees showed their support at a send-off rally in front of Two Waters Building A for SRPMIC Public Works employees Rudy Prieto and Frank Villa, who then set off on a nearly 1,500-mile trip to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. They were pulling a trailer full of items donated by the Community, as well as an eagle feather and firewood, all to help support the Native Americans who are protesting construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.

A booth was set up before the truck left so interested individuals could write letters of encouragement to tribal members gathered at the Sacred Stone Camp near Cannonball, North Dakota. Those who attended the rally received buttons that said, “Salt River Stands with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.”

“This is very important, what is happening right now in Indian Country,” said SRPMIC Vice-President Martin Harvier. “I really believe that with the support the tribes are getting, that the tribes are going to come together and support each other going forward. This could happen anywhere in Indian Country. I want to thank everyone that gave donations throughout the whole effort that was put together here. It’s appreciated.”

Members of the SRPMIC Council also traveled to North Dakota to visit with Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II and deliver the items donated by the SRPMIC. Check the October 20 issue of Au-Authm Action News for coverage of this historic visit.

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