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Solidarity Rally For Standing Rock Unites Native & Non Native People
by Lori Edmo-Suppah - Sho-Ban News
Many attendees shown with signs of support for Standing Rock.

POCATELLO — Both Native and non Native people came together September 17 at a solidarity rally for Standing Rock as the stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline at the Stephens Performing Arts Center on the Idaho State University campus.

Dr. Fahim Rahim hosted the rally prior to the Idaho Hometown Hero event. “The turnout was awesome,” he said. “We had many friends and speakers from the Native American community also non Native people came together and we all stood in unity with Standing Rock.”

Rahim said he wants all Americans and especially our youth and next generation to see the we always need to stand for truth and justice for all. “I wanted to showcase the solidarity and unity and build bridges between my Native American friends and non native community.”

“If we can stand for each other’s rights and do the right thing, we will be able to build bridges and bridge the divide,” he continued. The rally is an action to protect the future of all our generations, an action to protect the right of worship, having the land and do what needs to be done according to their values.

Spring Creek singers with Dr. Fahim Rahim.

Many people stood in front the Stephens Performing Arts Center with signs saying “No DAPL,” “Water is Sacred,” “We are Protectors,” to name a few.

Fort Hall Business Council sergeant at arms Lee Juan Tyler said many laws are being violated such as the Clean Water Act and Native American Graves Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and we need to utilize technology to find remedies. He said J.R. Simplot and FMC are violating the laws.

Idaho State University student Kaycee Dixey said the Tribes have many friends at Standing Rock, “Their our brothers and sisters and we need to keep our water sacred – we need to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline because when it does break it will contaminate the water.”

Following the speakers, Spring Creek Singers sang a grand entry song followed by a round dance song where everyone in attendance danced.

Rahim invited everyone to join in on the Hometown Hero ceremony at the conclusion of the rally.

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