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

Bronson Koenig becomes Native American role model he never had


January 27, 2017

MADISON, Wis. — Google Maps told the Koenig brothers the trip to Standing Rock would take nine hours. But Google didn’t know how how many donated items — warm clothing, camping supplies and dry food — filled the 18-foot trailer they drove, slowing them down for all the right reasons. They put a flag for their Ho-Chunk tribe on the trailer, so it could fly alongside them as they drove.

It took the brothers 14 hours on that September weekend to get from Madison to the camp in North Dakota, to the Standing Rock Sioux reservation that had filled with Native Americans from more than 300 tribes in RVs, tents and teepees who had come together to protest the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The tribe and supporters say the $3.7 billion pipeline will destroy Native American burial grounds and could contaminate the reservation’s water supply.


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