Ngā kaupapa: Environment, Indigenous, US Elections 2016

Many Americans still ignorant to events in North Dakota

E hia miriona ngā tāngata puta noa I te ao kua tū mai ki te tautoko i ngā iwi taketake o Amerika, I a rātou e whakahē ana I te paipa kawe hinu o Dakota Access.

Engari ko te āhua nei e hia miriona tāngata kei Amerika e noho kuare tonu ana ki ngā āhuatanga kei te pupū ake ki reira.

I korero tahi a Taiha Molyneux ki tētahi o nga uri no te iwi Carry The Kettle First Nation ki te whai I ōna whakaaro mo tenei take.

Ahakoa kei te tahuri te aō ki ēnei āhuatanga, kei waahi kē ngā whakaaro o te hunga papāho whānui o Amerika me ngā mana nui o te ao tōrangapu.

Hei tā Erik Stegman (Carry the Kettle First Nation (Assiniboine), Executive Director of the Centre for Native American Youth ), “I think some of lack and attention or understanding here sadly doesn’t always surprise me and that may be my cynical side but what was surprising me was when I travel to other parts of the country and would see practically no attention on this issue.

Na taua āhuatanga kua huri ngā tāngata whenua ki te whakamahi i ngā rauemi ā tihi hei whakaputa I a rātou karanga kit e ao.

Ko tā Stegman, “I think one of the things that really you know we are all this week sort of analysing what this phenomenon was when 1.5 million people checked in on Facebook to the Standing Rock Reservation, and you know some people are wondering was that helpful, was it useful. I think what it really says is how did 1.5 million people find out about what’s going on because in this country you wouldn’t know.”

I runga I te karanga a ngā iwi taketake I whakaputa korero a Hillary Clinton rāua ko Barrack Obama e hāngai ana ki ēnei āhuatanga, heoi he korero noaiho kare ano rāua kia tū mai ki te aukati I enei raru.

Hei tā Stegman, “We really appreciate that the rest of the world is going to their embassies standing up having entire states, provincials and in some cases national governments standing with standing rock.”

I tutaki atu mātou ki tētahi tangata e aru atu ana ki reira kit e tautoko I te kaupapa.

Ko tā JR Moorhead (Pākehā supporter who has travelled from Hawaii), “Because the whole world is being distracted right now by this election, or at least America is by Trump and Hillary and no one’s even mentioning what’s going on in the Dakotas, It’s just heartfelt so we are going up there and we are meeting some friends and we are going to caravan a bunch of supplies.”

I te tau kotahi mano iwa rau, iwa tekau i tohua e te Perehitini o taua wā ara a George H W Bush ko tēnei te marama e whakanui ana e whakamana ana i te hītori o ngā iwi taketake o tēnei whenua heoi ko te ahua nei kua wareware kē ngā mana nui o tēnei wāhi i taua āhuatanga.