Broken Promises

Broken Promises
"Broken Promises"
By David Neel. Release date: May 2017
"They made us many promises, more than I can remember. But they kept but one: They promised to take our land, and they took it." Chief Red Cloud
This print is a tribute to those who supported the Standing Rock Souix in their struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline. The central photograph in the print is Chief Red Cloud, who fought against the US military starting in 1866 in what was known as “Red Cloud’s War.” He is a symbol of Native American traditional values and the struggle to retain their lands. The image of protestor on the top left is from Brazil, and the image on the top right is from France; illustrating the international scope of the issue. On the bottom left the protestors are trying to stop earth movers from working on the pipeline. The image on the bottom right is the police response to a peaceful protest. The border is a traditional design from a Plains Native American parfleche.
No Native American issue in recent years has captured the public’s imagination like the protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline, which threatens the water supply of the Lakota / Dakota / Nakota nations. Ignored by the mainstream media, there was wide spread support from the public, and the issue was went viral in social media with the hashtag, #noDapl, becoming widely recognized. It is ironic that this standoff took place on the same territory where Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse and Red Cloud once fought the United States cavalry. But the pipeline protests were not to protect an ancient way of life: it was about human rights - public water versus corporate profits. The water supply to millions of people, who depend on water from the Missouri River, was threatened by the pipeline which will cross the river. This inspired thousands of Americans, Native and non-Native, to brave attack dogs, water cannons, tear gas and freezing weather to protect the public right to clean water. Part of the proceeds from this print will be donated for the legal defense of the protestors who were arrested.

Artist: David Neel
Printed at Wachiay Studio, Courtenay, B.C. fall 2017, winter 2017
11 colours on Stonehenge 245 gm acid free 100% cotton
Size: paper 20x23.5 inches, image 16x19.5 inches
Edition: 75, Artist Proofs: 8, Printer’s Proofs: 2
Price CAN$300.00 plus applicable taxes – profits go to Lakota People’s Law Project
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