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Tȟokáta Hé Miyé (My Name Is Future)

Tell President Biden to shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline. Take action

A film by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Earthjustice

Written and Directed by Josué Rivas
Narrated by Grace DeRockbrain (Standing Rock Sioux Tribe)
Cinematography by Josué Rivas, Adam Johansson. Drone2Bwild, Digital Smoke Signals, Akicita Film
Edited by Dylan Sylwester
Audio by Natalie Huizenga
Community outreach and recording by Sunshine Woman Grace DeRockbrain, Teena Pugliese, AnnaLee Yellow Hammer
Translation by Doug Goodfeather

Video transcript

Lakota

Tȟokáta hé miyé
tĥawáčhin mitĥawa thimáhel kiksúya éyaš čhanté kiŋ ečhétuke šni
Tȟatúye tópa etáŋhaŋ mníčiyapi
2016 Íŋyaŋ Woslál Háŋ
Héčhiyataŋ tȟokáheya ečhúŋpi
Wičhúŋkičhopi na kȟoktápi wakpá kiŋ ahí naháŋ naúŋkičižiŋpi
Wóčhekiya yuhá uŋhípi éyaš hená wípȟe yuhá ahípi.
Eháŋni wičhówoyake kiŋ ékiktuŋžapi šni
héhaŋ waníyetu óta héhaŋ, Mílahaŋska kiŋ Trump kaȟníǧapi
awí-uŋgnunipi éyaš uŋkásotapi šni
Héhaŋ waníyetu akétopa henámakča
2020 héhaŋ, Ikčéwičhaša óta wičháčhaže oíȟpeyapi
Joe Biden uŋkáȟniǧapi na hé uŋkísakhib nážiŋ
DAPL inážin čhíŋ čha líla škíŋčiye
Našílyapi kiŋ aphíyiŋ kta tȟawáčhiŋ
Mní kiŋ wašté na wótakuye waúŋš’akapi
Uŋčí Makȟá awáŋglag tȟokátakiya maúŋnipi kte
tĥawáčhin mitĥawa thimáhel kiksúya éyaš čhanté ečhétuke šni

English

My name is Future
My mind remembers but the heart feels it
It was the gathering of all directions,
Standing Rock 2016
That’s where it all began
Thousands answered the call and came together to protect our river
We arrived with prayers but they brought weapons
History repeats itself and we tend to forget
Decades ago, When Trump was elected,
we lost a battle but didn’t lose the war
I was 14 back then
In 2020, we saw the largest voting turnout for Natives in history
We elected Joe Biden and he stood with us
He took action to shut down DAPL
He knew he needed to repair the harm it caused
The water was clean and our relations strong
It was a first step towards restoring balance on Earth
My mind remembers but the heart feels it.

President Biden, you can be on the right side of history.
Shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline.

DAPL is operating without a permit and in violation of key environmental laws, needlessly endangering the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe for the sake of oil industry profits. Send your message to the Biden administration today.