Carmen Butler, St. Croix Band Elder
Originally intended for the Smithsonian WaterWays exhibit opening in Sandstone on Nov. 19, 2016, this interview was not included in the exhibit due to the difficulty of obtaining the correct release form.
Because Mr. Butler’s stories and words are so important, because of the Water Protectors at Standing Rock, because of our inability to value and honor–on a global basis–this most precious resource, I have uploaded the unedited, unexpurgated recording. Mr. Butler relates stories, dreams, encounters, and activism experienced by him directly though as he says clearly and more than once, these are not his stories. They are passed through him to relate to all of us.