- Harrison Berry
- Dozens of people turned out to Linen Building to show solidarity with the #NoDAPL demonstrations.
A spokesman for the office of Boise Mayor Dave Bieter has said a petition from the organizers of Sunday evening's forum has not yet been received, and is unable to comment on the issue until it is received.
Original Post Nov. 28, 1:10 p.m.:
Dallas Gudgell and Mike Cutler asked members of the crowd at the Linen Building Sunday night to put away their cellphones. Native American prayers, like the one they were about to perform, are passed down orally; filming them would be committing sacrilege. They then prayed to the four elements, laying particular emphasis on water, which they and the assembled audience said is endangered by the Dakota Access Pipeline.
- Harrison Berry
- Dallas (left) and Mike (right) talked with the audience at the Linen Building before leading it in a Native American prayer.
"When I hear the leaders talk, they always say this is a spiritual gathering," said Cutler.
"It's time to take back some of the things we've forgotten about taking care of the Earth," added Gudgell.
The group came together to learn more about the pipeline and ongoing, frequently violent demonstrations between protesters and law enforcement that have occurred at Standing Rock in North Dakota. Organizers also hoped to send a petition to Boise City Hall, urging the Boise City Council to pass a resolution in support of "water protectors" blocking the completion of the pipeline.
Other cities, including Seattle and Portland, Ore., have done so already. One of the organizers of the Nov. 27 event, Anthony Lee, of Allied Action Group, said grassroots resistance and enlisting the support of those with political power were keys to ending the standoff near Cannonball, N.D.
"It's not until there's a rumble from below that [government agencies and the corporations financing and constructing DAPL] do something about it," Lee said.
City of Boise officials did not immediately return a request for comment.