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
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
If we can stand for each others 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.
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
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
Following the speakers, Spring Creek Singers sang a grand entry
song followed by a round dance song where everyone in attendance
Rahim invited everyone to join in on the Hometown Hero ceremony
at the conclusion of the rally.