Water Protectors have now vacated all of the camps at Standing Rock


(File under: Permanent history of USian militarized genocide, ecocide, and sociocide against the First Americans.  I’m going to work backward in time; hope it’s not too jarring to your sensibilities  I’m adding things that I’d stuck into comments on the ‘Pleas from Oceti Sakowin’ piece from Feb. 23)

 From Censored News, March 1: ‘Police take over Seventh Generation and Sacred Stone Camps’

Joye Braun of the Cheyenne River tribe invited the remaining displaced protectors to their powwow grounds at Eagle Butte, SD.  She welcomed them with open arms, said there are showers (no small treat, I’m sure) and restrooms, added that they need help setting up their large tents.

We’re here at the Cheyenne River Pow Wow Grounds. New Camp.’  It’s great to hear their laughter in the face of such…pain.

Drone Footage From Women’s Indigenous Media (3/1/2017) Road To Eagle Butte

March 1, Censored News: Police Blockade Halted Ladonna Brave Bull Allard from entering Sacred Stone Camp’

The wind makes the video interview all but impossible to hear, at least for me.  But she assures listeners that embers and ashes from the sacred fire are being sent to HI and other places where Protectors are defending The Sacred.  As in:


SL Tribune, Feb. 28: “The longstanding Sacred Stone Camp has swelled to about 550 people with the influx of about 150 people this week, according to Joye Braun, a protest leader. But whether that camp and another known as Seventh Generation Rising are on private land or tribal land is in dispute.* Protesters haven’t been able to get into another camp established on private land by the Cheyenne River Sioux because of an Indian affairs bureau roadblock. The Standing Rock Tribal Council also has made it clear it wants all of the camps to shut down.

“We are working with the tribe and the Bureau of Indian Affairs” on an agreement to resolve the situation, Braun said.

Oil could be flowing through the pipeline as soon as March 6, according to William Scherman, an attorney for the pipeline operator.

The company has finished drilling the main hole under Lake Oahe and will soon be laying pipe under the Missouri River reservoir — the last stretch of the 1,200-mile pipeline.”

*Of course LaDonna Allard had already given the BIA the copies of her deed to the land once they said “we know nothin’ ‘bout that claim!”  But as of Feb. 28 the BIA still claimed federal ownership in trust of 2/3 of acreage where #SacredStoneCamp is, and served a trespass notice.

The Final Hours Of Sacred Stone Camp (2/28/2017) Live From Standing Rock With Johnny Dangers’  (very long)

Excellent news from Unicorn Riot yesterday:

And this is from Digital Smoke Signals, September, 2016; it’s a good, and brief, representation of the hope, the pain, and the Protectors indomitable spirits.

Feb. 21, Chase Iron Eyes

…and this is historical parallel of his saying that the tribal councils aree acting against The People.  The Ghost Dance and Sitting Bull’s dream, as in: he knew that he’d be killed by his own people.  I rarely say ‘must watch’ or the like, but if one wants to grok the Lakota tribes, it’s key (even if the narrator is Peter Coyote):

Mitakuye Oyasin!  And thank you all for your incredible efforts for humanity, the critters,  and mother earth…for such  long time.

10 responses to “Water Protectors have now vacated all of the camps at Standing Rock

  1. way past irony, as this was the key reason for the cannonball district council’s vote to ‘vacate the premises’.

  2. nite, all. i find myself in need of a lullaby; this one will work wonders. “think of me…when you finally reach the other side.”

  3. These elements of history continue to be part & parcel of the crime that keeps on taking.

    • boy, howdy, ain’t that the truth. ‘taking’: is that a bit of a sarcastic twist on notions like: “depleted uranium: the gift that keeps on giving”? when i’d first seen this meme, it got me to remembering that when i posted first american diaries at my.firedoglake on some new/old outrage, they were the least read…always. so…mebbe this? rats, i can’t fin it again, but it was a brief essay on the ‘most dangerous myth’ for first americans being that…they’re gone. actually, pbs did a really great series a no. of years ago: “we shall remain”, proving the opposite. i forget how many tribes were featured, but the induns told their own stories and histories.

      one would have to tweak this graphic to add in: or be forced onto reservations to starve (against all promises) or be killed by the military outright.

  4. In the end; there should never been any expectation it would have ended differently.
    Hells bells; any look at history would have foretold the outcome; exactly as it happened.
    Native Americans (not their name) have been the target of elimination for centuries. Why would 2017 be any different?
    To their enduring credit; they’ll fight to the last woman/man/child.
    But: They’ll never be conquered or subdued, even in death…

    • i tend to see their ‘expectations’ differently on different days, v arnold, and while i can only offer conjecture, *and* knowing the various tribes around cannonball weren’t monolithic in their senses of what their avid prayerful Protecting might bring…or end, perhaps many were more dedicated to the process than the end result. and your final sentence is why i included the ‘they forgot we were seeds’ image, as the entire globe was watching this, and so many other Protectors are busy in other locales, and there have been a few minor ‘wins’ on turtle island, according to lastrealindians.com (heh).

      for ladonna allard and so many others to say ‘help us; this our last stand: we will not be moved”, it proved to be that so few of the earlier 10,000 folks came back to aid the cause, that they must have felt…so exposed, so alone, in the end. which of them really wanted to be martyred? a direct action activist fighting the sabal pipeline (FL, AL) was killed by the police recently, a vet, of course. details are sketchy, so i can’t say much more than that, but we can only hope that his martyrdom serves to wake more folks up as to what’s afoot w/ greed, bullshit ‘needs’ for fossil fuels, and militarized po-po (okay, some are downright pigs, although i like pigs, myownself).

      so in the end, is it a cop-out to say that #Nodapl at standing rock was by way of a decolonizing spiritual venture that did succeed in some ways? ach, mebbe.

  5. The movement jumps to new forms and places.


    More of a template for a particular action that can be picked up locally than any coordinated political effort. That might be smart in an environment beset by co-option and suppression.

    Is Cheyenne River banking the coals from Standing Rock or have the authorities come down on them too? I’ve not had a chance to catche up.

    • nice roundup, and yes, local community building and alternatives seem wisest now. kali akuno is right, and i’m so glad the she featured the zapatistas, as well. the sum total of what i know about the the cheyenne river gatherings are in these linkks, and the coming march on deecee (never know why these things aren’t more local, myself. canukistan first nations are building and busy elsewhere, but i don’t remember where to find their news. i just looked at honor the earth, but i’m not feeling quite right, and gave up early on. i was trying to think of the one chief’s name who’d said he was great w/ direct actions against trudeau’s okay of the two pipelines…for now. sorry to be so…hazy, it’s just what it is today.



    • ach; there it is again: O signed the bill to begin exporting oil again. what.a.con.man.comprador.

      but cripes, following thru the links:

      “A U.S. judge said on Feb. 28 he hopes to decide by March 7 regarding a request by Native American tribes for the Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw an easement on religious grounds for the final link of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

      At a hearing, Judge James Boasberg of the U.S. Court in Washington, D.C., said he hoped to provide a written ruling by that time on the injunction requested by the Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes regarding the final section of the line that will go under a lake in North Dakota.

      Boasberg said if Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the $3.8 billion line, expects the project will be completed and oil will flow before March 7, that the company must give him 48 hours’ notice so he can release his ruling.”

      yeah, ya better hurry up, judge. ET claimed the oil could be flowing by today, march 6, instead, my papa’ birthday. he died of his fourth coronary when he was 47 years young. happy birthday, dad.

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