The riders on one leg of their journey.

Honor the Earth

The riders on one leg of their journey.

Video: They Rode for Unci Maka, Grandmother Earth

They rode for Unci Maka, Grandmother Earth.

Earlier this month, two groups rode on horseback, Ojibwe and Lakota, roughly tracing the routes of two contested oil pipeline projects: the notorious Keystone XL, by TransCanada, and another one by Enbridge.

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This is what they rode in opposition to. What did they ride for?

“Why do we do this horseback ride while it is raining and snow is in the forecast?” said the organizers in a statement before the ride, which ended on October 16. “To stop the KXL Pipeline, Heavy Hauls, to leave uranium in the ground, for Unci Maka and sacred water! For our relatives to the north!”

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This video spells it out and shows why, even after these roads have been traveled, they will need to be traversed again, and again. 

That shows the fight from the ground. Check out Mother Earth from space, in all her frailty and fossil-fuel-generated ornamentation, in the related story below.

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