Reed City psychics travel to Standing Rock to protest

November 23, 2016

By Pat Maurer

Barry and Beth Gilmer of Reed City, psychics who offer their services in Clare at Always Healing, will be going to support the Standing Rock protest or “water protectors” December 6.

North Dakota protests aimed at stopping the 1,170-mile pipeline have swelled over the last four months with hundreds of demonstrators arrested.

The Oceti Sakowin Camp in Cannon Ball, North Dakota has drawn thousands more, making this the largest Native American protest movement in modern history.

This will be the Gilmer’s second trip out west and again they will be taking much needed supplies.

Always Healing owner Kim Farless is helping their effort by asking for donations from our area.

Psychics at Always Healing, Barry and Beth Gilmer will be making a second trip, with friends, to Dakota taking supplies in support of the Standing Rock demonstration against construction of the oil pipeline there.

Psychics at Always Healing, Barry and Beth Gilmer will be making a second trip, with friends, to Dakota taking supplies in support of the Standing Rock demonstration against construction of the oil pipeline there.

She said, “I feel we should all come together and support them in any way we can. Clean water is a precious resource and it is important to everyone. Without it life wouldn’t exist anymore.” She added, “People in Michigan already know how important clean drinking water is since our own crisis with water contaminated with lead in Flint.”

The Gilmer’s traveled to Standing Rock in November on their last trip. They said they went because they “felt called to join the Water Protectors (some say protesters but the Sioux tribe and those standing with them prefer the term Water Protectors) to protect the Missouri River from the chance of oil spills or leaks that would devastate the Missouri and all water ways south of the Missouri threatening millions’ clean drinking water.”

They said they also went to ”stand with the Lakota People to not allow DAPL (Dakota Access Pipeline Company) to dig on Reservation land desecrating sacred burial and ceremony land and breaking treaties, remembering that Reservations are Sovereign Nations.”

Part of why they felt called was from Barry’s Lakota heritage. Beth said, “Barry has stood for Native issues and injustices his entire life. He has been a speaker of history, lore and ceremony at schools, colleges and events. Barry along with his wife Beth walk the Red Road, meaning they follow the beliefs and customs of the Native American peoples.”

The Gilmers, along with another friend made the 17 hour journey, from their home in Evart Michigan to Cannonball North Dakota where the Standing Rock Reservation is. Their friend brought her conversion van and a small 60’s uninsulated trailer they were in the middle of refurbishing.

They arrived on the reservation in the afternoon with the trailer and the van stuffed full of warm coats, hats, gloves, boots, food, toiletries, sleeping bags, blankets “and hope.” They said, “There are three camps on the reservation site near the ‘front lines’ of the pipeline dispute; the main camp, Stone circle camp and Rose Bud.”

They said they picked the original camp, Sacred Stone Circle camp, that was first camp created for the Water Protectors. “A beautiful setting with rolling hills looking directly at the ugly crater for the pipeline being dug into the hillside.”

“The Natives refer to this pipe line as the ‘black snake’ in a story handed down from ancient times about a giant black snake that would come and threaten the land and water. They were told on when the seventh fire was lit they would cut off the head of the terrible black snake.”

Beth and Barry host a Blog Talk radio show is on Tuesday nights from 7 to 9 p.m.: To hear the show, go to then choose the Sacred Journeys Radio show.

While they were in North Dakota, the Gilmers’ attempts to air their radio show were “jammed” by DPYL security or
possibly the Sheriff’s Department. They became creative by having Mystical Awakening network tem run the program at home and by doing their reporting over an unblocked cell phone.

They said, “The days went from calmness to lockdown as tensions would rise and fall.

They saw “with their own eyes the Peaceful Water Protectors unarmed day in and day out met with police and security in full gear and assault rifles. They saw Water Protectors sprayed with Bear mace and shot with rubber bullets. They saw Elders shot with rubber bullets during prayers and people, including Elders, pulled out of lodges during ceremonies. They saw planes flying over completely dark. The days were warm and the nights were freezing,” They added.

The Dakota Access Pipeline, which is already more than 70 percent completed, is a $3.7 billion project that would transport 470,000 barrels of oil a day across four states. The oil would flow from the fields in Stanley, North Dakota near the Canadian border to Patoka in southern Illinois, where it would link with other existing pipelines.

The project is financed by Energy Transfer Partners, which claims it will bring millions of dollars into local economies and create an estimated 8,000 to 12,000 constructions jobs.

Members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe see the pipeline as both an environmental and cultural threat to their homeland. They say an oil spill would permanently contaminate the reservation’s water supply and that construction of the pipeline would destroy sacred sites where many of their ancestors are buried.

Energy Transfer Partners and supporters of the project say pipelines have safeguards against leaks and are a far safer option than transporting oil on trucks and trains.

Experts are divided on the safety of oil pipelines. In a 2012 study of America’s 2.5 million miles of oil and natural gas pipelines, ProPublica reported that more than half of the country’s pipelines were at least 50 years old.

Critics say aging pipelines and lack of strong federal oversight by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration increase the chances for an oil or natural gas spill.

Beth and Barry are planning their return trip December 6th with two more friends joining them. They will take more donations and will once again help and support the Water Protectors. They have not decided how long this stay will be.

They said, “Needed donations are any and all batteries, Carbon dioxide detectors (must be battery powered), zero rated sleeping bags, gloves, winter boots, anything solar, heaters, wood stoves, wood, wool socks, toiletries, flashlights and anything for warmth.” They also need big things like teepees, yurts, canvas tents and pickup trucks.

They added, “The night before this writing, the water protectors were shot with water cannons in 27 degree temps while trapped on the bridge, and shot with rubber bullets, sprayed with bear spray and shot with concussion cannons.”

Farless urged people in our own area to “Come in and donate whatever you feel that you can. She said, “To help out, I will donate five percent of any purchase made in the store this Saturday, November 26th from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the special event while the Gilmers are here. I will also be taking donations until December 3rd.”

She said, “Please join us in the fight to protect the drinking water and the rights of the people in this struggle over the pipeline.” Drop off donations at Always Healing, located right across the street from Seiter Lumber on Fifth Street just west of downtown Clare.

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