Years ago I was asked by a traditionalist spiritual sun dance leader to investigate a pesticide poisoning on a western indigenous reservation. My experience with the EPA opened my eyes to the fact that they did not protect the First Americans, the Constitutional duty of the US Federal Government.
But now the US EPA took a stand at Standing Rock for the indigenous people. It was the Army Corps of Engineers that was dragging its feet but at last helped the First Americans.
American Indians have a history of lacking protection for their precious water, as it was polluted for years by uranium mining to make atomic nuclear radioactive weaponry. Nuclear waste has been a problem for decades, as it is dumped on Indian lands. The America Indians have for centuries been the wastelands of America. America First never applied to the First Americans who are the direcct victims of cancer and other diseases and suffering as in Wounded Knee I and II.
Helene Smith, World Enlightened News W.E.N.
author of historical novel So Circles the Eagle, the true story about the life and adventures of Jedediah Smith. This mountain man found more western passages then Lewis and Clark. And he didn't have Sacajawea to guide him!