RAPID CITY, S.D.(KOTA)- While the fighting in Ukraine may feel a world away, the impacts of war are certain to be felt at home – perhaps for military families working long hours or at the gas pump.
Those military families come from all backgrounds, and include at least one member of leadership with NDN Collective, a Rapid City-based indigenous advocacy organization.
NDN Collective Landback campaign director Krystal Two Bulls is a US Army Veteran, serving from 2006-2014 performing a tour in Kuwait in 2010, and argued a direct link exists between indigenous issues to what’s happening in Ukraine today.
Two Bulls, referencing a recent US Navy fuel leak, said war stands in opposition to environmental responsibility.
Two Bulls says Americans need to be aware of the direct impacts of militarism.
Nick Tilsen, President and CEO of NDN Collective, said it is “critical” to stand in unity with both Ukrainian and Russian anti-war protesters.
NDN Collective officially describes itself as an “anti-militarist” organization.