Category Archives: Boots on the Ground

Standing at Standing Rock

Pam Arthur the owner of Preparedness Now and contributor to WECAT has spent the last month at Standing Rock, North Dakota.  She does not stand as a protestor, but as a protector of life, as she is a combat medic who has worked with special forces.  She is a certified EMT (South Metro, Raymore, Missouri), state examiner, and instructor specializing in disaster preparedness, and she hosted the radio show “Preparedness Now” for seventeen years.

fb_img_1478072602993She initially arrived at Standing Rock in October, where she witnessed approximately 350 protesters, stayed for a week and assessed the situation.  She returned home, to the Missouri – Kansas City area, gathered her gear and then returned on November 11th when the number of protesters had swollen to over five thousand.

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She based her headquarters at Oceti Sakowin Camp – Seven Council Fires, which is a one hour drive to the nearest city – Mandan, N.D.

screenshot_20161120-203722The initial complaints were blunt traumas, pepperspray burns and PTSD.  Those complaints grew as the elements changed to include dysentery, pinkeye, bronchitis, pneumonia and two live child births!

The weather has drastically changed with the arctic winds blowing at -30*.

fb_img_1480476574053The camp has had many visitors from members of Black Lives Matter, Jessie Jackson, Jane Fonda, Bobby Kennedy Jr., and Wesley Clark Jr.
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While Pam Aruther is not concerned, politically, she is concerned about the ‘human element‘ and their safety.  Already thousands have been evacuated. However now that the snows are set in, traveling is dangerous and ill advised

Now that the issue of the ‘pipeline’ has been stayed, we hope our friend Pam Arthur makes her way back to the Show Me state, where she is appreciated for her community service! Thank you Pam for all you do!

Pam Arthur - Preparedness Now
Pam Arthur – Preparedness Now

~Tori Proffer