In April, 2016, LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, a Standing Rock Sioux elder, established a camp as a center for cultural preservation and spiritual resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline. The pipeline would run from the Bakken oil fields in western North Dakota to southern Illinois, crossing beneath the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, as well as part of Lake Oahe near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.
Over the summer the camp grew to thousands of people, and then, a victory of sorts. On a cold Day in December, the masses had been heard.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the more than 500 Indigenous nations had been heard. On 12/04/2016 the Army informed the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe that the “Department of the Army will not approve an easement that would allow the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota.”
The stand against the Dakota Access pipeline has become an international event. History will show the real truth about the crisis. The Riot police are accused of using military-grade equipment against the Native American protectors. Video evidence shows they used pepper spray, tear gas, bean bag rounds, rubber bullets and sound cannons called LRADs. Over 620 people were arrested during the protest.
We hope Peace at Standing Rock can be restored.
As we await the next move, we are hopeful that a Peaceful resolution can be found. The strain on the communities around the camps were monumental. From the Tribal Council meetings, Council members called for the closing of all camps. This led to much controversy and eventually led to federal agent involvement.