Rousey Delivers Food and Supplies to Activists
Ronda Rousey may be laying low since her UFC 207 loss to Amanda Nunes, but that didn’t stop her from taking part in another kind of fight. Activist leader Linda Black Elk has revealed that Rousey brought food and supplies to those protesting a portion of the Dakota Access Pipeline last week.
“When you’re in camp, it’s very difficult to access fresh food, like fresh fruits and vegetables, especially when you’re on the frozen prairies of the northern Great Plains,” Black Elk told TMZ … “It’s very difficult to access those things and she brought a ton of fruits and vegetables, fresh bread, fresh cheese.”
Rousey, who lived in North Dakota for a portion of her childhood, is passionate about the cause that these activists are protesting over: the Dakota Access Pipeline project would run hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil across four states each day, and local citizens have raised concerns over contamination and pollution. The Sioux tribe of Standing Rock has led much of the resistance to the bill, which was halted by President Obama during his tenure as President. On Tuesday, President Trump signed an order to resume the project, which drew the ire of activists.
Rousey’s visit to the activists’ site was kept mostly under the radar, as she has continued her social media silence since losing to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207. The only evidence of her trip to North Dakota, which reportedly took over 24 hours of driving, was a photograph that one of the protestors posted alongside Rousey.
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“Just absolutely amazing,” Black Elk said. “She’s an incredible person and just so humble. She wasn’t asking for any publicity and when I talked to her about that, she basically said that she felt like a disappointment. She just felt that everyone was really upset with her. I couldn’t believe I was doing it, but it was very important for me to let her know just how important she is to the native community in particular.
“That’s what keeps us going, that kind of support and just the morale booster it was. That’s what keeps us going. It means everything to us.”