Dec 05, 2016

Dakota pipeline : Activists victorious

Native Americans and activists claimed victory Sunday after the US Army Corps of Engineers announced they will not grant an easement for the Dakota Access oil pipeline in southern North Dakota.

Native Americans and activists from around the country have been gathering for months at the Oceti Sakowin encampment on the boundary of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

The proposed 1,172-mile-long pipeline would transport oil from the North Dakota Bakken region through South Dakota, Iowa and into Illinois.

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe and environmental activists were concerned that the pipeline construction would disturb sacred sites and pollute drinking water on the reservation.

The short digital film features a historic moment that happened on the front line against the Dakota access pipeline when representatives of the Seven Council fires of the Oceti Sakowin gathered to reignite the sacred fire of the resistance camp and establish the "horn" of the nation, a camp layout where 7 lodges are placed in a circle formation on November 5th, 2016.

This moment was marked by the entrance of over 200 horseback Riders and the arrival of 50 runners who traveled over 1,200 miles to Standing Rock from Arizona.

The film is by Indigenous Rising Media, a project by the Indigenous Environmental Network and features the poem "Crazy Horse" by the legendary John Trudell.

"Crazy Horse. We hear what you say
One Earth, One Mother
One does not sell the Earth the People walk upon"...

The poem absolutely resonates the voice and reasoning of the activists and the Native Americans.