Anna Lee: “Mni Wiconi: Water is Life.”

Dear Assistant Secretary Darcy & The Army Corps of Engineers,

My name is Anna Lee Rain YellowHammer. I’m 13 years old and I am an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. I lived all my life in Fort Yates, North Dakota. I play basketball for Standing Rock Middle School and I am also on the Student Council.

I am writing this letter to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. My great grandparents are originally from Cannon Ball, North Dakota where the pipeline will cross the Missouri River. They lived along the Missouri River all their life. They raised gardens, chickens and horses. I want to be the voice for my great grandparents and my community and ask you to stop the building of the Dakota Access pipeline. If the pipeline breaks the oil will spill on the ground and into the water. Grass, crops, trees and animals will not be able to grow and live because of the oil. People will not be able to drink from the river or use the water. The time and the cost to clean up oil spills will take years and probably millions of dollars. Water to Native American people is the first medicine. Mni Wiconi: water is life.


Anna Lee Rain YellowHammer
Standing Rock Middle School

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  • Al Hamlett April 18, 2016   Reply →

    Future generations will need water.
    They will not need a pipeline

  • Dean Dedman Jr. April 18, 2016   Reply →

    My name is Dean Dedman Jr. I am an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Soiux Tribe and I say NO to this DAPL!!! We don’t need our waters poisoned. Plain and simple.we here on standing Rock protect our lands and our waters. #stopdakotaaccesspipeline

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