March 21st, 2018 Blog
Phyllis Young has been an environmental activist for decades. Recently she spoke about the broken promised by US government to the citizens of Standing Rock.
Mikki Willis asked Phyllis, “As you push towards your fifth decade of working very hard as an environmental activist, has anything changed?”
Phyllis said, “In 1956, when they flooded our land, Standing Rock sued the army corps of engineers. One of the benefits was free electricity. As a child, I heard them promise us and that always stays in our memory here on Standing Rock,” she added.
According to her, there’s no free electricity.
Mikki said, “Not only did they not keep their promise, but we interviewed some citizens that were paying as much as $1,000 a month.”
The Lakota activist stated that Standing Rock citizens are charged with the highest electricity rates.
Phyllis said, “We pay the highest rates of electricity in the State of North Dakota – and South Dakota. And so there’s nowhere to go but green,” she added.
One of the Standing Rock citizens confirmed that one set of panels helps them save up to 50 percent on the electricity bill.
The environmental activist never forgets to mention that when it comes to crisis mode, they are at their best.
Phyllis said, “So we know that people are thinking, are developing, moving, shaking, pushing, shoving. We’re going to go green,” she added.
The sun helps them provide energy to the citizens of Standing Rock.
Ladonna Brave Bull Allard, who was the founder of Sacred Stone Camp said, “And so we designed a prototype trailer that is inexpensive.”
The prototype trailer provides wind energy, solar energy, water purification, and internet.
The founder said, “We can pull in and provide energy to a home, we can pull in and provide energy to an event.”
The environmental activist said, “It’s in our D.N.A. It’s in our psyche of what we have to do to protect Mother Earth,” she added.
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