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Still Standing With Standing Rock

“I remember how you used to say, We’re friends and you can’t take that away” FeatherLeaf

I’m still standing with Standing Rock. The war is not over, in fact, it is coming to a swift and speedy end. The merchants of greed have walked right into our perfect ambush. 

Standing Rock was the location where many good-hearted people of diverse backgrounds peacefully united to protest the Dakota Access Pipe Line. Many feel that the pipeline is a disaster in the making. Many if not all Native Americans are feeling the bitter bite of the intrusion of the pipeline on their sacred lands. Understand a reservation does not constitute sacred land, rather all these lands of the ‘Western hemisphere’ are stolen lands.

Time will prove the folly of this misadventure if it is not stopped. Corporations do not have a good track record as far as pollution goes. One major Earthquake and disaster could result. The wise stewards who assembled at Standing Rock saw this possibility and other adverse outcomes. In nonviolence they made their voice known. The government and big business silenced their protests, as best they could.

I could go on with the story but I digress. The story needs to be told by those who were there. As such I am attempting to create a book called “Still Standing With Standing Rock.” It is my hope that people will contribute through stories, poetry, and art to tell their story. But the story of Standing Rock must be put in the context of both oppression and genocide. To call the United States and an unrighteous nation is not a  popular assertion but it is an accurate one, especially from the point of view of those who lived here peacefully before the European invasion.

But I want to celebrate the glory of Standing Rock which is a paradigm shift away from the godless seeking of mammon to a spiritual view where nature and all of mankind is respected and appreciated. Even if the DAPL is built the struggle will not end. Will continue to fight the madness of greed and seek to educate all, even our enemies, in peaceful ways. It is sad that those who possess the biggest bank accounts have the most bankrupt spirits. When somebody would sacrifice nature for the sake of profit it is an unholy endeavor. Look at the clear-cutting of the Amazon forest, it is insane.

The Spirit of Standing Rock is one of solidarity, sharing, and love. Many who went there were subject to fines and legal fees, which have created a heavy burden. All funds from the sale of “Still Standing At Standing Rock” will go to support these brave souls facing economic turmoil.

The genocide of the indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere is perhaps the greatest evil that mankind has ever done. Unfortunately, there is stiff competition with more tragedies than I can adequately mention and explain. Today the genocide continues in locals such as Yemen, Palestine, and elsewhere. The philosophy of  Standing Rock is to put mankind’s welfare in front of profits.  I count no man as my enemy but rather the evil thoughts their mind entertain. The satanic philosophy of  Wall Steet leaveneth the whole lump. The world needs to repent before endless war and pollution snuffs out all our lives.

It is those who do not seek power that are worthy to have it. It is those with the humblest voices that should be listened to. If one studies the history of the Native Americans one will see that there has never existed a more honorable and wholesome group of people. They lived in harmony with nature, had little crime, while war was almost nonexistent, without poverty and lacked prisons and psychiatric institutions. For that alone, we should give them a listen.

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Still Standing With Standing Rock

John Kaniecki

John Kaniecki is a full-time caregiver for his wife Sylvia. He is a published writer and works with the Church of Christ. John has lived with bipolar for over thirty years and has been hospitalized nine times, three of which were committed. John has chronicled his life story in his memoirs "More Than The Madness". Also of note is John's book of poetry "Murmurings Of A Mad Man" which are poems written about being committed in Graystone Psychiatric Hospital. John believes in the power of words to change the world for the better. His website can be seen here. His books can be seen on Amazon. You can visit his personal blog "Turn A Page Or Two" here.

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Kaniecki, J. (2018). Still Standing With Standing Rock. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 17, 2018, from


Last updated: 19 Jun 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 19 Jun 2018
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