An Indigenous peoples’ coalition stops the Dakota Pipeline access in Standing Rock Native American Reservation
Standing Rock Native American Reservation, USASpring 2016
On April 1, 2016, La Donna Brave Bull Allard, an elder member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, and her grandchildren established the Sacred Stone Camp to protest the Dakota Acces Pipeline, which they said threatens the upper Missouri River, the only water supply for the Standing Rock Reservation, located in North & South Dakota, USA. The camp is on Allard’s private land, and is a center for cultural preservation and spiritual resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Protests began in the spring and drew indigenous people from throughout North America, as well as many other supporters. It has been the largest gathering of Native Tribes in the past 100 years. Oceti Sakowin Camp, is a unified encampment dedicated to protecting the land and water of Lakota people against the Dakota Access Pipeline. The goal of camp residents is to peacefully and prayerfully defend their rights, and rise up as one to sustain Mother Earth and her inhabitants. Residents and visitors at Oceti Sakowin Camp state that they are not protestors, but Water Protectors.