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Published on Oct 19, 2012
Renewable Rider Tom Weis introduces Tom Poor Bear, Vice President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, on the steps of the Capitol in Denver the day before the first nationally televised presidential debate, where indigenous leaders challenged Obama and Romney on Keystone XL and other critical issues affecting indigenous peoples. Tom Poor Bear, the first person on the face of the planet to prompt President Obama to speak publicly about TransCanada's toxic tar sands pipeline, says, "Whatever is necessary, we have to stop the pipeline." He describes the pipeline as "an 1,800-mile snake that gonna bore south into Mother Earth and start spittin' black venom inside our water, which our future generations are gonna drink one day. Even the unborn are going to drink that one day." He promises, "If that pipeline becomes a reality, I'll be a flower that nobody can plow under... it's gotta be stopped at our Treaty lands."
Thank you, Jennifer Baker, for your leadership in organizing this Native Voices event.