Home hero The world is watching — tell President Obama to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline!, take action, https://secure3.convio.net/gpeace/site/Advocacy? cmd=display&page=User Action&id=2027&s_src=hero For months, the Standing Rock Sioux and allies have been protecting their water by resisting construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which would carry 500,000 barrels of oil a day from North Dakota to Illinois.
Each day, there are non-violent direct action or peace-keeper trainings designed to ground us all in the principles of camp and our purpose here. There is talk of what will happen when winter really hits, and protectors who have been here since last April recount how relentless the snow was last year. Some are coming back after a brief period away (many people stay for a week, tend to matters at home, and then return), still more are laying their eyes on Oceti Sakowin for the first time.
I am struck by how unique this moment is — to be training with members of so many nations, with so many relatives from so many different places, and with so many people who have never before taken action on their principles in this way. Sometimes, late into the night, you can hear the cries welcoming the arriving nations.
Peter Dakota Molof spent a week supporting water protectors at resistance camps set up along Lake Oahe — this is what he saw.
[_descriptive_paragraph] =As I turn off the two-lane highway that courses through the Standing Rock Indian Reservation into Oceti Sakowin Camp (technically an overflow camp from the original Camp of the Sacred Stones that formed in April of this year), I am bursting with feelings.
There isn’t any way to prepare to witness history in the making.
From the road, the valley flat provides an incredible view of the expanse of Oceti Sakowin, the surrounding camps, and the mass of protectors who have come from Nations far and wide to defend water from the Dakota Access Pipeline.I lay in my sleeping bag smiling, short on sleep but happy to be there.Every night we powwow — nations offering songs of thanks, resilience, and grief that we have to fight this pipeline at all.I wander back to my camp relatively early but the voices -- the prayers -- fill the night and begin early in the morning, greeting the sun as it rises.I’ve been on the road for three days in Greenpeace’s Without strong cell reception, it’s been hard to know what to expect when I arrive, so I’ve spent long days anxiously trying to imagine what it will be like at camp.But I don’t think there’s any way to prepare for a place like this.