FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Where can I send donations?

Please check out our Donation page for information on donating to Sacred Stone Camp as well as the other camps involved in our movement.

At this time we are asking that you DO NOT SEND CLOTHING DONATIONS as we are experiencing an overwhelming amount and are not currently in need of used clothing or blankets. Please check out our Amazon list at the link above, or our supply list for information on what we do need.

Checks or cash can be sent to Sacred Stone Camp, P.O. Box 1011, Fort Yates, ND 58538

You can donate money electronically by visiting our donation pages:

 

 
 

How do I get to camp?

Sacred Stone Camp is located near Cannon Ball, North Dakota on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.  Directions to Camp

1806 is blocked from the north by a police checkpoint. 

Direct yourself to Cannon Ball, ND. All camps are within a few miles of the town.

From the North: Take Highway 6 south from Mandan. Make sure to stay on 6 as it turns off to the left. Turn East on to Highway 24 which will take you to Highway 1806.

From the South: Arrive via Highway 1806.

Then, head North on 1806 to get to camp. At the intersection of 1806 and 24, there is a BIA checkpoint. Tell them you are coming to camp. 

Sacred Stone: Cannon Ball Pit Stop, a red building off of 1806. Keep on that road (the road turns a few times but just keep on it) until you reach a cattle guard. Cross it and turn right onto the dirt road. Follow signs to Sacred Stone Camp. 

Sicangu Camp: Head North past the Cannon Ball Pit Stop. Before you reach the bridge, turn right on the South side of the Cannon Ball River. 

Oceti Sakowin Camp: Keep going North on 1806 past Cannon Ball River. The entrance is 500 feet north, marked by a line of flagpoles.

 

What is provided at the camp and what do I need to bring?

In these harsh winter months we are asking that only people who can work and survive in the winter conditions come to camp. We do not have a lot of space at this time, and warm winter shelters are in short supply. Please arrive with everything you need to deal with subzero temperatures and blizzard conditions. Wind chills have already been getting below -50 degrees F.  Food and water are available but if you have any special dietary needs we recommend that you bring your own food. We have some medical supplies but again, if you have special needs, it is best to bring along what you require. We ask that you be as self-sufficient as possible.

Solar/wind power is limited so personal chargers are a great thing to bring along. Be aware that cell reception is spotty and we don’t currently have wi-fi on site. The casino, which is about 10 miles down the road, has wi-fi and wall plugs, but is not the most reliable. Better wi-fi can be found in the Bismarck/Mandan area, which is about an hour north of the camps. The community center in Cannon Ball has limited hours in which showers can be used.

 

What are the Oceti Sakowin and Red Warrior camps?

Camp of the Sacred Stones has been active since April 1, 2016 but since mass protests began in mid-August, we’ve seen a huge influx of campers. As of August 2016, a large camp on the north side of the Cannonball River has been formed, called Oceti Sakowin Camp. It is now being called Oceti Oyate, or All Nations Camp, by some.  Red Warrior Camp has recently left Standing Rock. These camps are not officially affiliated with Sacred Stone Camp but we all share the common goal of protecting the water from the threat of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

 

Is it safe to camp?

Absolutely. We have a 24-hour security post at the entrance to the camp. Sacred Stone is a peaceful, prayerful camp, so firearms and weapons are strictly forbidden, as are alcohol and drugs. Despite the lies that sometimes get repeated by the media and law enforcement, no weapons have ever been reported at the camp or at nearby protests. We host many children and elders and do all we can to keep everyone safe. The biggest danger right now is winter conditions, so please only come if you can deal with harsh snow, ice, and subzero temperatures. Alcohol, drugs, and firearms/weapons are not allowed at Sacred Stone Camp or the nearby Oceti Sakowin/Rosebud camps. You will not be given entry to the camp if you try to bring in such items.

 

How can I help once I get there?

Security will greet you when you arrive, and you can ask them questions about who to connect with and where you can camp. If you have a truck or other vehicle that can haul supplies or wood and are willing to use it to help, please let us know. Camp life accommodates many skill sets, from cooking and chopping wood to media and legal assistance. If you are able bodied, we need your help at camp. Please do not come to camp if you do not intend to help out. At this time, winter is too hard and our resources (like firewood) are too scarce to accommodate those who come just to hang out.

You can sign our Pledge of Resistance here.

 

 

How do I honor cultural traditions while at the camp?

When you are at Sacred Stone Camp, you are a guest of the Lakota/Dakota/Nakota nation. If you are told to do or not do something according to tradition, please be respectful and comply. Photography is not allowed during ceremony or prayer. If you are a woman, you are asked not to attend ceremony, including sweat lodges, while you are on your moon (menstruating). Certain traditional events, items, and clothing are only to be attended/used/worn by Native people. Please ask before collecting sage, berries, or any other plant from the area. When in doubt, ask an elder or local. If you are involved with media coverage, or taking any kinds of photos or video for personal or other use, please review our Media Guidelines.

 

What does Mni Wiconi mean?

Mni wiconi (pronounced “mini we-choh-nee”) is Lakota for “water is life.”

 

What’s all this about Black Snakes?

When we refer to the pipeline as a black snake, we are referencing an old Lakota prophecy that speaks of a black snake (zuzeca sape) crossing the land, bringing with it destruction and devastation.

 

What are the Sacred Stones?

The camp is named for the Iŋyaŋ Wakháŋagapi Othí: the sacred stones for which this area was originally named. Later called cannonballs by colonizers, they are large, spherical stones that were created by the confluence of currents where the Cannonball and Missouri rivers meet. The rivers stopped producing these sacred stones when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredged and flooded the rivers in the 1950’s.