We are still here. This is our story, the story of the bison, who inhabit the Northern Hemisphere. You might also know us as buffalo, tatanka, zubr, wisent, basha, Inii, ethanon, tatanga, Wisent... It is a comical story, because sometimes we are caught in politics, colonialism or religion. It is a story of disconnection and destruction as well as a story of hope, resilience, beauty, interconnectedness, return and reunion. We are walking sacred sites because we take care of our biggest sacred site: The Earth.
It is also your story, the human story in all its many facets.
This is the Fox River. A beautiful 200 mile water system that unites many prominent communities throughout Northeast Wisconsin. This river has historic importance to us, it is the reason a bustling economy exists here, and it’s nourishing waters have provided a place to call home for many Wisconsinites. Our companion waterway isn’t perfect though, the high concentration of paper mills and other industries along the Lower Fox has historically been the source of much pollution of the river.
On November 19, 2016, two reporters, Carly Kohler and Koleyna Kohler, from the On Native Ground television show, set out to do interviews with some of the Water Protectors at the Standing Rock encampment. They arrived as the militarized police began their attack on the Water Protectors with water cannons, concussion grenades and tear gas. What they captured on video was beyond what they had ever imagined.