How can Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton discuss economic growth without taking a personal stand on the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL)? The Democratic Party Platform addresses America Indian concerns, however, according to Bill McKibben’s op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, Sec. Clinton has yet to speak out on the DAPL.
The Nation owes a debt to American indigenous people. Knowledge of American Indian land protection initiatives, including protection of seeds, grows through the efforts of many, including Winona LaDuke. Has Hillary Clinton met this American activist, economist, and former vice-presidential candidate? LaDuke is not the leader of the Standing Rock #NoDAPL protest/protection effort, but she is a keen politician whose voice must be elevated.
A meeting between these two women would send a powerful message, but beyond the symbolism, LaDuke’s groundbreaking analysis of indigenous land rights and land usage should be studied by all.
Will LaDuke be invited to join a Hillary Clinton administration?