The Standing Rock Indian Reservation has garnered support and attention over the last few months, as it rightfully should.
Thousands of Native Americans and other supporters traveled in order to lend a hand during the peaceful protests, which endured freezing temperatures and oppressive backlash.
Fortunately, these protests were successful, and they resulted in the Army Corps of Engineers denying a permit that would allow Energy Transfer Partners, the company in charge of the pipeline, permission to build.
This was a major victory for the Native Americans who live on the Standing Rock Reservation, and shows the power that peaceful solutions can have the face of injustice.
It also provides a little more insight into the way of life that Native Americans hold dear. Their values have been cherished for generations, and they can help us all, native or not.
Here are four Lakota Sioux laws that can and will change your life.
A central teaching for the Lakota people is respect. They believe in honoring and respecting all life they see around them for what it provides.
The same energy forces move through every living being on Earth, which means that all living things are important; no one thing is more important than the other.
It’s for this reason that all life demands respect. When you start to respect the life and the world around you, you start to see the beauty in things, more so than you did before.