If the focus went off the NDN's and focused on the path of the water and how the oil spills to come will affect white communities the outrage of the country will boil. Nothing in this country is a crisis until white people fall victim to something! A crisis in Indian Country, in the Black community, or the farming crisis of Brown and Black farmers are not thrust into the scrutiny of the American population until it creeps in white consciousness by some social force that the major news outlets can sniff out a profit-in-motion.
That is the way it is here. Indian lives are still under the estimation of value from the Pilgrims' time of bloodletting and taking away from us. Indian people are a conquered people and treated thus until white folk submit to transformation.
- Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories