(Top left) People on horseback ride to camp from the front lines of the protest on Dec. 4, after news that the Army Corps of Engineers did not approve an easement that would have allowed Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe. (Right) A line of cars waits to enter Oceti Sakowin Camp in the snow. (Bottom) A panoramic view of the Standing Rock Reservation, as seen from Route 24. Cassi Alexandra for NPR hide caption
But that resentment from his kids did not compare to the devastation from Gabe's tragic death years later, just when everything seemed to be going right for him. On Aug. 17, 2011, Gabe was found dead on the floor of the family's downstairs bathroom in Orange. He was just 29 on that hot afternoon. Gabe and his new wife, Katie, had just moved back in with his parents while starting up a new business, playing in his band and coping with his pill addiction. Authorities found only one needle mark on Gabe's arm, but it was from the lethal dose that took his life. The loss was indescribable.
"Below and above, outside and beyond the narrow walls with which violence wishes to enclose our human community, we must live with trust that creativity, divinely embedded in the human spirit, is always within reach. Like a seed in the ground, creative capacity lies dormant, filled with potential that can give rise to unexpected blossoms that create turning points and sustain constructive change." Creativity is not an exclusive asset specially bestowed to artists. It is the thing deeply embedded within everyone since our birth. All we need to do, consequently, is to unearth the otherwise buried creativity and try to achieve its highest potential in designing peacebuilding strategies.