Every day we have an opportunity to inspire others to commit to being guardians. Every day we can look with our open hearts and clear being to make prayers and take a stand.

The Native Nations Rise march and the week leading up to it was an important space to be in as water protectors. It gave us an opportunity to share, look at what steps people are making to fight for the multitude of places that are being threatened, to inspire, to learn, to rejoice and to feel sadness. It was important after the camps were cleared to stand in Washington, to speak loudly. We are still here. We are the protectors. We are defending the sacred.