WE STILL STAND
The Sacred Stone Camp is a cultural camp near Cannon Ball, the northeastern border of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The camp dedicated to the preservation of Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota cultural traditions.
LaDonna Allard, Director of the Sacred Stone Camp, says, “I was asked, “When do you consider this pipeline issue to be over?” I said, when every pipe is out of the ground and the earth is repaired across the United States. I am not negotiating, I am got backing down. I must stand for our grandchildren and for the water.”
On April 1st, 2016, tribal citizens of the Standing Rock Lakota Nation and ally Lakota, Nakota, & Dakota citizens, under the group name “Chante tin’sa kinanzi Po” founded the Sacred Stone Camp near the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball rivers near Cannon Ball in so-called North Dakota.
The camp's name, Iŋyaŋ Wakháŋagapi Othí, translated as Sacred Stone, is the pre-colonial name of the Cannonball area.
On Tuesday, July 26, 2016, the US Army Corps of Engineers (“USACE”) approved the water crossing permits for the pipeline. Soon after, a historic grassroots resistance movement erupted at the site of the original spirit camp established in April on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, determined to stop the pipeline through prayer and non-violent direct action. The encampment at Standing Rock blossomed as many thousands of people representing hundreds of tribes and First Nations came from all over the world, including allies, to stand in solidarity. This historic battle is bringing the Oceti Sakowin, the Seven Councils Fire, together like nothing has ever before. The Hunkpapa, the tribal band of Standing Rock, are now joined by the Oglala from Pine Ridge, the Sicangu from Rosebud, and relatives from Crow Creek, Cheyenne River, and Yankton, as well as Dine and Ponca relatives from the south, Ojibwe relatives from the Great Lakes, and countless others. From all across the country, tribes are bringing us shelter, food and most importantly, prayers.
We stand together Dakota Access pipeline, the dangers associated with pipeline spills and the necessity to protect the water resources of the Missouri river. We reject the appropriation of the name “Dakota” in a project that is in violation of aboriginal and treaty lands. The word Dakota means “the People” in the Dakota/Lakota/Nakota language and was never intended to be used in a project which violates traditional ceremonial areas.
The Dakota Access pipeline threatens everything from farming and drinking water to entire ecosystems, wildlife and food sources surrounding the Missouri. The nesting of bald eagles and piping plovers as well as the quality of wild rice and medicinal plants like sweet grass are just a few of the species at stake here. We ask that everyone stands with us against this threat to our health, our culture, and our sovereignty. We ask that everyone who live on or near the Missouri River and its tributaries, everyone who farms or ranches in the local area, and everyone who cares about clean air and clean drinking water stand with us against the Dakota Access Pipeline!
We will not allow this pipeline to cross our land, water, and sacred sites.