Rise Early, Move Fast
On Saturday June 3, 2017 a group opposing the construction of the Diamond Pipeline made their way to an active work site where they hung a banner and planted traditional Muscogee/Creek tobacco plants in the pipelines path near Checotah, Oklahoma. For nearly two hours people drove by taking photos of the group from their vehicles and then the police arrived escorting a pipeline worker. The police said the group could stay and protest as long as they didn't block the construction entrance. The worker checked the equipment and said it seemed like no damage had been done. No arrests were made and no charges were pressed. The Diamond Pipeline is slated to run from Cushing, OK through Arkansas and end in Memphis, TN.
Excerpt from Press Release:
We will plant sacred traditional Mvskoke (Muscogee/Creek) tobacco plants in the path of the
Diamond pipeline to not only ensure future generations will have this sacred and traditional
medicine available to them, but also to show in a visible way the destruction and chaos this
pipeline (and all pipelines) inflict upon the very lifesources that sustain humanity. We will sing a
Chahta (Choctaw) Trail of Tears song to mourn the loss of life and medicine that will no longer
be with us or available to future generations because of this pipeline.
We are not inciting a riot, we do not condone the use of violence, we are peaceful, prayerful,
and unarmed, we are not assembled under any organization - we are individuals acting upon
our own accord. We seek to not only stand for the citizens of Oklahoma and against the
destruction, chaos, and loss of life caused by Big Oil, but to also demonstrate to the rest of the
world the dire, urgent, imperative situation being forced upon the people of Oklahoma. We will
no longer tolerate being a “throw-away” people in a “fly-over” state. We stand to let everyone
know the people of the state of Oklahoma are not dispensable.
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