Standing Rock ~ Stories from the Frontlines ~ Nov. 14, 2016

Kristeen Hernandez aka Lady2Soothe

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Reminding people not everything is bad; stories of truth, of connecting with old friends and making new ones, learning new skills, showing respect and integrity, love, laughter, fun and working together as a community. PLEASE share these stories with you friends and acquaintances; the world needs to know, not only about the atrocities being committed but of the good which has come from the enormity of this stance against evil. Sincerely,Kristeen Irigoyen-Hernandez

11-14-16 Lee Sprague …. When your grandaughter wakes you up at Standing Rock Pipeline Resistance Camp, and she gets that Grandpa lives in a wood fired tipi, with solar power, and we go in the water with wetsuits suits to help people. It all makes sense.
Priceless #michigancanoeteam

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11-14-16 Lee Sprague …. Updated neêds list:
I have an address where I can accept parcels and mail.

Wes Howard
C/O Lee Sprague
110 S. River Rd.
Fort Yates, ND 58538-9998
PO Box 485

We can accept deliveries to Pueblo Camp. It located on NW End of Oceti Sakowin camp. Ask for Lee Sprague or Brad Kallio at Pueblo Camp. We are in the solar powered Tipi, with a smoke stack.

What we need in Standing Rock, in support of our Michigan Canoe Team at Standing Rock.

12 Orànge Coast Guard life jackets
4 life guards throw rings
Space blankets
4 yellow 30qt Sealife water
4 Earth anchors 24″ or longer.
2 -100 foot staticbraided climbing rope
2 -200 foot static braided climbing rope
2-400 to 500 foot long static braided climbing rope.

Trying to buy thế items in North or South Dakota is difficult.

Most of us have our own wet suits, and we purchased some at Play It Again Sports with donations on the Michigan Canoe team. We need more. XL and 2XL wet suits. And Neoprene gloves. XL, XXL, socks and shoes, size 10 and up to 15, and neoprene head gear.

We have water rescue trained people at Standing Rock, we just need more equipment.

In two weeks, when cold weather set in, we will need Dry Suits to continue to be in the water at Standing Rock and help our Water Protectors.

1. We saw the DAPL Security Forces macing our Water Protectors, in the water. That is who we protect.
2. We need 2 Large, 2 Xtra Large and Two Grizzly size NRS Extreme Dry Suits.
3. We will also need 2 Zodiac Boats, motors and trailers, and a twenty by ten vehicle and boat shelter for the winter in Standing Rock.
4. We also need a 20’×40′ foot army tent, or 20’x60′ for our Winter kitchen, Which is curently a summer outdoor kitchen. We have wood burning stoves.
5. We need sturdy industrial shelving, in boxes.
6. We need uniform medium storage totes that can be used to store materials, and be sat on.
7. We need 10 lbs of 3 inch deck screws quick.
8. We need 4×8 half inch plywood, we need 4×8 1 inch inflation panels, we need 4″x4″ posts 8, foot long. We need 2″x4″ 8 foot studs.
9. We need 2 pairs of Night Vision binoculars or monocular with replacement batteries.
10. We need gas masks, and replacement cartridges.
11. We need a 6-8 person ice shanty. Insulated is essential to function.

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Graham Biyáál ran over 1,400 miles from Flagstaff Arizona to Standing Rock No. Dakota with a message. “We are not here as conquerers, but as stewards.”

Graham recounted the Navajo Long Walk and the atrocities that we endured…and he said but this time…it’s different and powerful because we CHOOSE to make this journey to stand here and support and fight.

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11-13-16 ~ Kevin Anderson … I am a retired Tribal Police Officer. My eldest daughter (pictured with me) and I stand with Standing Rock. As a retired law enforcement officer, I am appalled by the actions of the deputies of Morton County and those other agencies that they have imported to assist them. They should be ashamed of their actions. They make me ashamed to admit I was law enforcement.

These “officers” are facing the wrong way and aiding in the commission of crimes. ARPA laws have already been broken with the mechanical assault upon the sacred burial grounds. Tribal treaty lands never ceded to the State are being trespassed on.
The rightful owners of the property and their representatives are being assaulted physically and sexually as well as harassed by “officers” that are supposed to protect them. Make no mistake, strip searching non-violent misdemeanants is sexual assault. They seek to dehumanize non-violent people.

During my service, I proudly carried a Tribal commission, full commissions for two Washington counties , and two separate federal commissions, one BIA and the last as a Special Deputy US Marshal. I never committed any act that would in any way disparage those commissions. Those “officers” acting for DAPL disparage heir badges every day that they aid DAPL.

I swore an oath to protect life and property and enforce the laws of the Tribes, the State, and of the US Government and did so for over twenty years. At no time would I have put property above the health of more than seventeen million people.

Any risk of contamination of the primary source of drinking water is ludicrous and any actual contamination of that water is criminal. Adulteration of food or drink by anyone is criminal. It is no less criminal when done by a multi-million dollar company. History has proven that these pipes will leak eventually and all of the water downstream from that point could be contaminated to the point of being poisonous to people, wildlife and plant life. The potential devastation is beyond acceptable, beyond rational.

For over seventeen million people and the ecosystems dependent on the Missouri River, DAPL must find another way or leave it in the ground! The ACLU must be asked to step in to help protect the protectors. Water is Life! ~ with Valerie Anderson.

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11-13-16 ~ Alecia Davis‎ … Upon discussion of transporting firewood to Standing Rock, I discovered the ultimate lunacy….or hypocrisy. I am not certain which adjective is more accurate, but both apply in this regard.
In North Dakota, it is a FEDERAL offense to transport wood from certain states that have earned the title of “quarantined”, which applies to many of the Great Plains states surrounding ND. Again, a FEDERAL offense for transporting POTENTIAL “invasive species” into the state of ND.

Yet at the same time, it is legal, encouraged and protected by local, county, state AND federal officials to invade the state, decimate the land, desecrate sacred burial grounds, and destroy the water source for 18 million people in 8 other states with a pipeline carrying, NOT potential risk, but well documented and repeated risk, to humans, wildlife, agriculture, air, and water.

And the salt in that wound, the increase in global temperature caused by the extraction and transportation of dirty oil, has allowed the epidemic proliferation of the very “invasive species” that have been granted a federal offense for transporting.

11-13-16 ~ Justice Robinson … Protectors–I have received word through friends that a small convoy of several U-Haul trucks bringing supplies, wood, food, tents etc from OH was detained in ROCK Co by State troopers last night. After disclosing that they were going to Standing Rock with supplies, they were detained without charges and told they could be kept for up to 7 days, and to prepare for SERIOUS CHARGES. Their trucks canine searched everything thrown on the ground, and impounded. Four children under 10yo were taken to Social Services. Their parents were not allowed to talked to each other, nor allowed to call family members to come and get them. Please let me know if you get this. I have been there twice. It has not hit the news yet, but I’ve left messages for local representatives, the ACLU and am individually informing trusted protectors. They were followed through IL too.

11-12-16 ~ Charlie Chad….
Today we marched at the site where Dakota Access brings in all of their supplies and machinery.

We formed a line of indigenous protectors, then a line of non-indigenous allies on the outside that came to stand with us and put themselves in the way of the brutality that has been brought upon us for the last few months (and 500 years).

Once those lines formed, a DAPL worker drove straight through our lines, running over multiple protectors.

Soon after that, a truck with a trailer and a very angry armed driver attempted to drive thru us. He stepped out of his vehicle and waved a pistol around, threatening to shoot. We stood our ground. He then drove off-road ahead of our march and shot about six rounds in the air.

Myself, along with other security ran ahead until he completely drove off. We located the shells and called media ahead for evidence.

We then formed our prayer circles, prayed, and spoke. Some sang songs, some stood in silence to protect the protectors, and our media teams captured what has really been needed throughout this movement; evidence of peace and prayer.

As the dozens of police vehicles, APV’s, and riot officers geared up for battle stood on the other side of the gates, we peacefully gathered momentarily to show our strength, unity, and will to not give up.

As I choose my words carefully, I cannot call this a win. We do not win until that pipeline is completely stopped.

However, I will confirm that we have made a few affective advances in today’s action.

Throughout this entire ordeal, we politely encouraged the commanding officer to witness the actions of DAPL workers as we peacefully marched and prayed. We filmed everything, gathered evidence and hopefully, and I repeat HOPEFULLY, created an inconvenience within the Dakota Access workday and inner workings.

And I’ll say this again.. Today was not a win….
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UPDATE by Colin McCarthy … “Friends at #standingrock please be safe, this man just plowed through a peaceful prayer ceremony waving a gun, injuring 2 people and then proceeded to fire 7 shots into the air. Women, children and elders all running to get out of the way. He either owns or works for FOUR SQUARE CONCRETE in Bismarck ND, their phone number was posted on the side of the truck and is 701-202-2107 please call and share your thoughts. #ocetisakowincamp #nodapl”
This is why we must continue to organize and do so in love — ☝🏽️THIS is what we are facing.

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11-11-16 Chad Charlie… We can give you all the info you need to have the experience of being here at Standing Rock.

We can show you pictures and videos. Share our stories, give you our personal accounts of trauma and mistreatment.

But one thing is; you will not get the full experience until you come here.

You will not know how real this is until you see the helicopters flying above your tent for 20 hours of the day.
Until you get shot in the ribs with a concussion grenade, maced for 30 seconds straight because you have your hands up, or shot with a rubber bullet because you rode your horse within twenty feet of a “police officer” who is just scared of anything bigger than him..

Once you come over the hill and see the community that we’ve built. When you feel the vibes that we set around the campfire, and the relationships we’ve made with the brothers and sisters that pull you out of battle and carry you twenty yards because you can’t breathe.

That’s when you will understand the movement and why we don’t leave. That’s when you understand why this is important to us.

When you really experience the life our ancestors have been put through for over 500 years….

11-11-16 ~ Iktčé Wičháša Oyáte … DAPL employees and law enforcement, in an act of despicable behavior, urinated on a majority of the personal possessions of those in our North Camp after it was raided and bulldozed before they returned it to us…. We gathered it all at the river, prayed over it, and burnt it.

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11-11-16 ~ Malia Hulleman…. Often we’re asked what we need for camp by so many amazing souls. And we couldn’t be more grateful by how eager so many are to helping fuel the protection, but within those questions we seem to come up with blank minds.

It’s hard to exactly think of what we need, sometimes what we need is too expensive so we don’t want to ask for those items, sometimes we just don’t need anything more than gas or misc items.

someone donated prepaid visa gift cards which turned out to be so helpful. This allows everyone to get what they need when they need it and when it comes to mind. Sometimes like I said all we need it to be able to fill up on gas (yes it’s ironic, but I will gladly explain on this irony to any who comes to converse about it) or sometimes we use it to get a hotel room so we can shower or so our elders can have a warm place to sleep.

Sometimes it’s used to buy pizza to make us happy or to just bring us that moment away from the protection. To help bring smiles and enjoy something.
If this feels right to you, that’s the best thing I can suggest. Prepaid visa gift cards.

Again we thank EVERYONE who has donated on levels I will never forget. I’m dropped to my knees in gratitude everyday by seeing the generosity in so many souls, and uplifted to be able to witness that we truly can come together when the call is made, when the actions are taken and when the bonds are sealed.

MniWiconi

And we continue to protect. Always. In all ways

11-11-16 ~ A letter from Sacred Stone founder and founder and protest leader – LaDonna T. Allard.

I don’t get to see the messages until I come to town. We don’t have 1.5 million -lol – I wish we did. We have been on the ground seven months and nine days now. I did not know that other people have been doing fund raising even those who are not at the camp, there is some fraud going on. I guess some guy in democrat has five sites raising fund that we don’t get. The Sacred Stone Camp funds are used for Sacred Stone camp – with all the camps we have 9 thousand people on the ground in these camps.

We started the fund in April and have used the funds for the camp, so it runs about $600 a month for the porta-potties and $7000 for garbage every month. With the big camp it is $56.000 a month in porta-potties and the garbage is $4000 a month. Then for us we brought yurts for our people that was 160,000.00 and are buying more for another 100,00.00 so just for the yurts it was 260,000.00 then we got 40 tipis with poles, that was another 100,000.00, nineteen Chippewa lodge which was cheaper, 70,000.00. These will be winter homes for people.

Then we are building the kitchen so we have a place to cook for people and it is almost complete (just getting the inside done). It will also serve as a meeting room, we are building a school and the foundation is done. We are so excited about this. We have built a security, two-story building, which is a medical clinic which will serve least ten people at a time. A Native youth center with a dome structure; three wind towers for electric and a solar panel system for the kitchen and a heated watershed. For our supplies for the camp we purchased five metal storage containers, at $5,000 a piece, five heated wooded shelter for the food, a root cellar, and green house, plus road development. We also finance the frontline camp, with tents, tipis, supplies and food. The food is running about $4,000 every two days, that is just buying meat and bread since we have lots of other produce donated.����������

We need pay for a full time book keeper and accountant, a CPA, a youth media person, and media liaison person so we have four position that are $100,000.00 a years for all four – at $20,000 a year each.����������

We applied for a 5013c non-profit designation for a nonprofit camp and hope to open in June 2017. We want to bring in youth to teach history, culture and how to live green on this earth. All this as we fight this pipeline. We also send people from our camp to Iowa and other place to speak and show their support for other pipelines.

I am so tired. So much to do. We have the frontline camp right next to the river and Dakota Access Project. So far the company stole our three boats and then impounded them. They have light on all night as they work and they have assault rifles and other weapons on us at all times. I��� was maced two days ago for standing on the shore. Just standing.����� We also provide the medical equipment and things for mace and other injuries. �����

So what happens with the Gofundme site? It shows the amount raised since April but it does not show the share Gofundme takes out. They also don’t let you know that part of the funds have not made it to our bank yet: so we don’t have a million dollar lying around. All these things I am telling you have taken so much money.

Now, getting ready for winter, I need to make sure I have warm homes for people,����� plus we will have to pay for snow removal and road repair. I am trying to build a pump house so we will have running water at the camp. �����And to finally get cell-phone and internet service down at camp, which will cost $35,000.00 dollars because they will have to build us a tower. �����

When we started I just wanted to stop a pipeline, �����but it seems we are building a town. S����o much to do and we just can’t keep up. In my camp we have so many children and families who made this their lives and don’t want to leave.����� Then we also need gas for cars and trucks carrying wood, supplies and people�����. It is 50 miles to stores for food or supplies, showers, laundry, and other needs.

�����The big camp has its own funding system through Standing Rock Sioux tribe and we don’t get any of those funds����������. We have to do it ourselves.

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11-11-16 ~ Timmery Turner… So many lessons are being learned through my experience at Oceti Sakowin Camp while fighting the Black Snake that is DAPL.

My eyes have been widening to the imbalances in society, and the true need for reform and change. I hope we can find a viable solution as a whole.

My wish is that we rise together to demand something better. I do not think a Trump presidency can stop that. Change is already in the wind, and people’s voices are getting stronger.

Call me naive, but I believe there’s a way.

I knew my life felt a little empty since I closed down Sugar Art and Fashion Show and Mad Girl Productions. In turn, this experience has filled me up with purpose and perspective. I’m positive most of my lessons have yet to be learned or understood, but I feel awakened by a new truth and comprehension.

I pray for guidance, knowledge, and wisdom. And I feel grateful for my new path wherever it may lead me. Nothing will ever be the same, again, and I value that.
Get involved.
www.ocetisakowincamp.org
https://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtOfStandingRock

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11-10-16 Dallas Goldtooth …. #TheyWatching … I have fans inside the Bismarck Police dept. Lol. Welcome to the harem of other law enforcement that follow me, Bismarck PD, welcome. #NoDAPL

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11-10-16 ~ Timmery Turner… UPDATE: Thank you all who have already bought photo prints today! This makes me feel so good, and takes some of my worries away. It feels good to have an exchange! This group has been a true blessing to our community! Your hearts are big and kind. Pedamaya (Thank you in Dakota, Lakota, & Nakota) 💗
Good morning beautiful people! It’s a fabulous day to save the planet and it’s inhabitants! :))

A few days ago, I created a gofundme account to help me stay on the ground for the winter. I immediately deleted it. It’s soooo hard for me to raise money for myself. I spoke with some friends and they convinced me that I was being ridiculous and that if I need it I should do it.

I have been on site for a month and a half. My goal was to be here for 2 weeks. That obviously did not work :)). I have become completely ingrained in the community at Oceti Sakowin Camp. I work hard daily as the creator and manager of the Oceti website along with all of the camp’s social media accounts. It’s a lot to keep up with, but I’m happy to do it.

I’ve been sick the past few days, so I had to get a hotel room so I could get better. I would love to make the money back as it was not in my budget! I’m no good at asking for handouts for myself, so as per someone’s suggestion I created an Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtOfStandingRock where people can purchase my photography featuring photos I’ve taken on site.
All of the funds will help me stay throughout the winter, so I can continue to be of service to the cause. I have various dimensions and price points available, and I have a professional printer on deck ready to print and ship!

I also just learned how to Peyote Stitch through my Lakota sister, so I will be adding jewelry soon, as well. I am an artist in my other life, so I’m hoping to find the time to sketch and paint some work to add to the site.

Anyhow, this is long. Any support you can give will be appreciated more than you can imagine. Being out here is not always easy, I cry on the daily, but it’s always worth it! ❤
https://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtOfStandingRock

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11-9-16 ~ Dallas Goldtooth… Today, over 70 men with a large group of women escorted out a man who attempted to rape a woman here at the Oceti Sakowin camp.

Earlier in the day this issue was brought to the attention of the Oceti Sakowin headsman council, akicita okodakiciyapi and winyan okodakiciyapi (womens council) and they were asked to respond.

Concerned parties wanted to know the camp’s protocol for traditional justice and what steps we would take. We decided that the perpetrator needed to be found, brought before the Akicita society, told of his charges, allowed to talk, have someone speak on his behalf and then, after deciding his case, publicly shamed by walking him out of camp. Over 100 people followed him on the long walk out of camp as we publicly announced his name and crime for all to hear.
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Our procession was led by horseback riders.

We walked him to the Cannon Ball river bridge south of camp and once there our men handed him over to the women who held him down and cut off his braids. * I cannot confirm nor deny that a few punches and knees were dutifully given*

After which we let him go as he walked south on Hwy 1806 where we told BIA police to come pick him up.

This is restorative justice for our community. We led with Woiyukcan (purposeful thought) and then followed with Wocekiye (prayer) and ended with action. We want to send a message that such behaviour will not be tolerated by anyone. It was powerful really.

Honestly…I could have chosen not to post. I could have chosen to keep this event silent. But what would that have served? These perpetrators need to be corrected & the women be made to feel safe, not ashamed to speak up, and allowed to heal.

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11-9-16 ~ Today a warrior passed away this morning en route of the camp. He and a 5 others rolled their mini van, while swerving to avoid a deer carcass on the road, in Wisconsin. Prayers to his mother and friends. They said they believes he gave his life to protect water and stand in solidarity with Standing Rock. Have a safe journey Clark Fitzgerald. Wopila Tanka.

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11-9-16 Ladonna Bravebull Allard…. I know there are people worried about the new president, and I want to let you know that we have suffered under all the American presidents since the establishment of America. Nothing changes for us. We will still be expendable in their eyes.

We must continue to stand up and say we have a right to live. We must let the world know we have a right to clean water. We must stand up for our children, grandchildren, and the unborn!

We fight in prayer, we fight in civil disobedience. We must stop the black snake!

Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. Stop colonialism. #NoDAPL

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11-9-16 ~ Jason Cohen … Spiritual Warriors!!!
This is our Opportunity to do More. This is the natural separation, the last grasp of the old paradigm. We will stand up. Let us not fall into victimhood and thus become perpetrators down the line. This is our opportunity to find compassion. Many of the people we are disappointed with need our compassion.

This is our Opportunity to do More.
The black snake is in each of us. Regardless whom we voted for. It is the fear that resides deep within us that we can not face with comfort, or at all. It makes some of us bigots. It fills some of us with hate. It makes some of us work-a-holics or suffer from addictions. There are things all of us have difficulty facing. We’re not unique in this way. And we must come together and share our truths, and embrace and love these parts we run from. And we must stop blaming “the other”. The black snake is that within each of us that forces us to point to “the other”. It puts the wall between us and the less fortunate, more fortunate, impoverished, different, etc.

This is our Opportunity to do More.
If you are Muslim, or Mexican, of color, queer, any gender, are feeling afraid, I bow down low to the ground and say I am so sorry for this moment in our history. We have to have each other’s backs. Millions of us are calling for Unity. Many of us walk with guilt because we do not understand how to unify across cultural differences. Let’s all take risks and reach out. Thank you for your patience.

This is an Opportunity To Do More.
It is time to invest in Land together, and divest from businesses that are harming Land. Tell everyone you know. Especially the family members that you are afraid to talk to.

This is our Opportunity to do More.
It is time to learn skills, to grow food, and to come together. I know there are pieces that seem horrendous. The supreme court potential is chilling. But just as this separation is a reaction of the change that came before it, we will still be here in four years. Polish that which triggers you. No longer doubt your potential. Take risks. Support the work you respect. And if you’re willing to, do things that you once considered outside you comfort zone or unfashionable. It’s time to unite activism and heart healing. It’s time to deepen our practices.

This is our Opportunity to do More.
I am on my way home from Standing Rock. We’re just outside Chicago today. Our time there was incredible in some ways and hard in others. I experienced miracle, racism, separation, and ultimately unity and love. I saw incredible courage and selflessness. I saw anger and beauty. I saw the past and the future. This isn’t going to be easy but we have to prepare to keep our fires burning through the winter. Whether it be three months or four years.

As we were loaded up last night and prepared to head out, we were gifted with one of the most amazing sunsets I have ever seen.
Even more so within this shocking change, I am so grateful for the Love in my life. I am so grateful for the circle of brilliant people I get to call friends. On my way home.

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11-8-16 ~ Dallas Goldtooth … This morning over 400 protectors walked to the police barricade north of the Oceti Sakowin camp in a silent prayer march.

This march was organized and led by leaders of the International Indigenous Youth Council. They started with prayer at the Oceti Sakowin center fire and then marched to the Backwater bridge. In the front were three youth, each carrying a pipe, staff and jar of water, respectively. Once at the bridge they had everyone sit in prayer for a long while.

After sometime, the three main youth walked towards the police barricade, walking around two large burned out vehicles and approached the razor wire police set up.

They presented the police representatives with the water and asked them to share a drink with them.

After passing the jar of water thru the serpetine razor wire the police officers, suited in riot gear, were too cautious to drink the sacred water. We said that if the main representative wished, he could tap his chest with the water. He decided to go that route. Lol.

After that, the youth came back to the main group and all returned to Camp to complete the prayer back at the fire.

All-in-all it was amazing to see the dignity and leadership of the youth in this action. It was beautiful.

As the police state escalate its capacity for violence, we must escalate our capacity for empathy, dignity and focused resolve.
#SageAgainstTheMachine #NoDAPL #WaterIsLife

11-7-16 Myron Dewey… There were over 9,000 Water Protectors at Oceti Sakowin Camp this weekend!

11-7-16 ~ Nay Ho Tze …. The Elders say the Native American women will lead the healing among the tribes. We need to especially pray for our women, and ask the Creator to bless them and give them strength. Inside them are the powers of love and strength given by the Moon and the Earth. When everyone else gives up, it is the women who sing the songs of strength. She is the backbone of the people.

So, to our women we say, sing your songs of strength; pray for your special powers; keep the people strong; be respectful, gentle, and modest.
Oh, Great One, bless our women. Make them strong today.

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11-6-16 ~ Prolific TheRapper… If you come to Standing Rock don’t come with your own agenda. Don’t come here to experience the frontlines. Don’t come if you think your going to “fight”. Don’t come because of what happened to us when we were brutalized by police/mercinaries from the treaty camp on 10-27.

Come to attend ceremonies. Come to listen to the traditional and spiritual leaders who are leading at Standing Rock. Come to listen to the youth runners, and youth groups. Come to listen to the gentle elders.

Be ego-less, humble yourself, come to pray with them and follow their instructions. The universe is teaching us something, but we have to submit to it. Humble ourselves, have our minds open, otherwise might miss it. #NoDAPL

11-5-16 ~ Perry Jerome Post … A magical moment at Standing Rock, Saturday, November 5th.

It was late at night, maybe around midnight or 1am. I wasn’t in tune with a clock in that moment. Folks were bedding down. Things were getting quiet.

A handful of younger sounding men (presumably indigenous) started wolf-calling to each other across the 3 camps. Their calls carried clearly for long distances in the open silence of the Dakota hills.

This lasted maybe 5 to 10 minutes. After only a few moments of silence, a decent sized pack of coyotes, very near and to the southwest of Rose Bud, started singing and yelping and crying out in what sounded like joyous play.

A second pack, farther away and to the east on the other side of the river, answered back, joining in the merriment.

During the brief pauses in the coyote calling, a few men here and there added a note or two of their own.

The closest pack of coyotes became very rambunctious in their singing. I can’t say for sure, but it sounded like there were pups in the pack, or the adults just really sound like pups playing. They were excited and very animated.

As that pack’s song slowed, I realized there was a lone man in the distance softly pounding a drum, singing or praying in a calm, peaceful, heartfelt quiet chant.

The near pack of coyotes kicked in again, drowning out his song in their exuberance.

As all settled down and night was again quiet, I sat there, awestruck in dark silence, moved to my core by the connection I had just witnessed in the star sparkled blackness of ‘nowhere’.

10-29-16 ~ Leslie Fieger… Handcuffed. Waiting to be bused to their dog cages. Why the one guy clad only in his underwear while everyone else is dressed for the late October weather? He was dragged from an Inipi (sweat lodge) while doing ceremonial prayer. Is this shit OK with you?

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Nov. 2016 You Tube Video’s ~ Standing Rock
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2016 You Tube Video Archive ~ Standing Rock
http://wp.me/P6lD99-1fI
How You Can Help Standing Rock? #NODAPL
http://wp.me/P6lD99-VG
Standing Rock history
http://standingrock.org/history/
Without Water We Can Not Exist
http://wp.me/P6lD99-N4
Stories from the Frontlines ~ Standing Rock
http://wp.me/P6lD99-1dE
Atrocities at Standing Rock and Police Weaponry
http://wp.me/P6lD99-1ac
Trusted News Sources ~ Standing Rock
http://wp.me/P6lD99-1i6
Standing Rock Camps #Water Is Life
http://wp.me/P6lD99-1hR

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