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Letter: Protesters speak truth when they say, 'Water is life'

Regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline, has the Herald Editorial Board considered the Duke University study of the watershed in western North Dakota? I urge the board members to check it out.

Regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline, has the Herald Editorial Board considered the Duke University study of the watershed in western North Dakota? I urge the board members to check it out.

Do the board members understand that the DAPL company likely broke North Dakota law when it bought the Cannonball Ranch? The members also should review that, as the North Dakota attorney general is doing.

I have been arrested, thrown down, strip searched, held for hours without being booked or speaking to a lawyer, all for peacefully praying.

Do the board members understand that the Treaty of 1851 between the U.S. government and the Oceti Sakowin-the Sioux-is being violated?

The U.S. government has told the pipeline company to refrain from boring under the Missouri River while the government reviews the issues. Three federal departments-the Department of the Interior, the Department of Justice and the Army Corps-also have asked for restraint; it's not just up to the Army.

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Board members mustn't forget that they live in a settler colonial state with a white majority which was created by genocide and a massive white supremacist immigration policy.

Groupthink influenced by corruption and money doesn't equal true democracy. Likewise, ad hominem attacks don't address the arguments that the Oceti Sakowin and Standing Rock tribal government are making.

The fact is, contamination of water is a very expensive problem to clean up. And the Duke study indicates that there are already billions of gallons of contaminated water in the state due to fracking.

There are issues that go deeper than image.

Water is life. Water is the blood of the earth.

Deborah Gaudet

Taos, N.M.

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