WHAT: Paddle to Standing Rock 2016
WHEN: Thursday, Sep 8, launch at 9:00am
WHERE: Fort Rice Recreation Area Boat Launch, Mandan, ND
Canoe Families from the Salish Sea haved joined paddlers from the Sacred Stone Camp for a spiritual journey down the Missouri River on September 7th and 8th, 2016 in support of Standing Rock Sioux relatives protecting their sacred lands and waters against the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline.
This journey fulfills a vision that Tribal Journey's elder, the late Tom Heidlebaugh, had over 20 years ago. In his vision, he saw the canoe and horse people come together in solidarity at the mighty river and work together to protect the earth.
18 canoes are answering the call to stand with Standing Rock including Nisqually, Puyallup, Quinault, Chehalis/Colville, Kalispel, Warm Springs, Coeur d’Alene, Kootenai, as well as from Idaho, Minnesota, Missouri and Alaska.
There will be a flotilla at approximately 11 a.m. at the Dakota Access Pipeline drill site, around the large island directly north of the Cannon Ball and Missouri River confluence. From there, the canoes will continue up the Cannon Ball River for the final landing at Sacred Stones Camp between 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Sponsored by Idle No More Washington, No Dakota Access in Treaty Territory - Camp of the Sacred Stones, American Friends Service Committee - Seattle Indian Program