HOW CAN I HELP?
- What does the camp need?
Right now we are preparing for winter, so money donations are useful to help us get items that can't been found on Amazon, like building supplies and a pick-up truck.
(If you have a 4wd pickup that you'd like to donate, please email us at email@example.com - a truck will be used for getting water, firewood, and other supplies to the camp. We are in need so something that can handle harsh cold, snow, and steep dirt roads).
Please remember if you send us sleeping bags, tarps, or clothes that we are only seeking these things if they are appropriate for camping in cold winters. At this time we do not need warm-weather sleeping bags, small and/or regular-duty tarps, or summer clothing. We currently have more clothing donations then we can handle, and are only seeking very warm coats/sweaters/thermals/winterwear at this time, in good to new condition.
- How can I help the camp from afar?
We understand that not everyone can physically come to camp with us, but there is much that can be done from afar. You can donate money or supplies, or help us spread the word by following us on social media and sharing our posts. If you have legal or media skills to offer, please contact us.
- How do I get to the camp?
Sacred Stone Camp is located near Cannon Ball, North Dakota on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.
Directions to Sacred Stone Camp
Direct yourself to Cannon Ball, ND. You will arrive via 1806. Turn (left if coming from the north, right if coming from the south) when you get to 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.
If you are trying to get to the larger camp (Oceti Sakowin Camp, Red Warrior Camp, "Overflow" Camp), if coming from the south, keep going on 1806 past Cannon Ball, until you cross the Cannonball River bridge and leave the reservation. Continue on and cross one more bridge and then you will see the big camp on your right. If you're coming from the north, you will see the large camp on your left before you reach Cannon Ball/Standing Rock Reservation.
- What is provided at the camp and what do I need to bring?
We have ample space for tents, vehicles, and trailers. There are many port-a-potties on site. 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 recommend bringing your own camping gear and being as self-sufficient as possible.
Solar/wind power is limited so personal solar 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. The marina, about 5 miles past the casino, has showers available for campers.
- 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. There is now a large camp on the north side of the Cannonball River called Oceti Sakowin Camp. Red Warrior Camp is also located there. 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.
- What are the restrictions on what I can bring to camp?
Alcohol, drugs, and firearms/weapons are not allowed at Sacred Stone Camp or the nearby Oceti Sakowin/Red Warrior 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. 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.
- How do I follow you on social media?
Follow us for up-to-date news, live videos, and shareable content.
- How do I contact the camp?
- Who do I contact with media inquiries?
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
and review our Media Guidelines.
- How can I learn more about the Dakota Access Pipeline?