Red Lake Nation News - Babaamaajimowinan (Telling of news in different places)

Temporary victory at Standing Rock


Cannon Ball, N.D. – Since last spring, volunteers from 280 Native tribes and countless other folks have been pouring into the various camps of the Standing Rock Sioux – ultimately up to 25,000 people, some for short stays and others “for the duration.” Their mission: to help the Sioux tribes stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) from being drilled under the great Missouri River, befouling the water supply for 17 million people, desecrating sacred sites and trampling on Native lands and sovereignty.

Native fighters had already employed an array of militant tactics to stop the pipeline, including chaining themselves to construction equipment.

Then, on Nov. 25, the Army Corps of Engineers, backed by the North Dakota governor, issued an ultimatum, ordering all 7,000 people then living in the Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires of the Great Sioux Nation) camp to pack up and leave. He was basically saying, “Everybody out, or we’ll bulldoze the place.”


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