Support for the Standing Rock Sioux isn’t just limited to locals old enough to send financial donations or buy plane tickets to North Dakota. In Round Valley students have created a video to share their support for the protestors. Last week Round Valley teacher Cheryl Tuttle, who teaches Wailaki classes at the Round Valley schools, shared this video on Facebook and Youtube.
In the background seventh graders sing a Wailaki song called “To-bang-kish-nang,” which translates to, “because of water, I am alive.” Tuttle and the students have developed the Wailaki language program over the last two years and plan to expand it to include more students, and to also offer Yuki classes. The Standing Rock protesters are hoping to halt pipeline construction which they believe will prevent contamination of the local water supply and Missouri rivers.
Tuttle writes, “The students have been learning about the Standing Rock Protectors [sic] and the Dakota Access Pipeline in their Native Land Curriculum. While many students wanted to help the Standing Rock people, they couldn’t be there in person. We wanted to offer support and STAND UP with the Standing Rock people. May this video give them luck.”
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