Sacred Stone Legal Defense Fund
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Support the legal defense of warriors protecting land, water, and human rights. The Sacred Stone Camp is a spiritual and cultural camp on the Standing Rock Reservation resisting the Dakota Access oil pipeline through non-violent direct action. More

On January 31, two members of U.S. Congress from North Dakota released statements saying that the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army directed the Army Corps to notify Congress that it is granting the final easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe responded with a statement affirming they will pursue legal action to ensure due process for the pending EIS.

Granting the easement now would illegally circumvent the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process and allow the company to begin drilling immediately. The EIS was ordered on December 4, 2016 by Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo-Ellen Darcy, and on January 17, the Army Corps filed a Notice of Intent in the Federal Register to begin the scoping process for the study, for which a public comment period is currently open.

Law enforcement continues to build their presence in Standing Rock and crack down on the camps as the company anticipates the granting of the easement and resistance from our warriors.

HISTORY

The Sacred Stone Camp was established April 1, 2016 as a center of spiritual and cultural opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline, and is determined to stop construction through prayer and non­violent direct action until adequate tribal consultation and environmental review are conducted. The spirit camp is located in between the pipeline’s proposed crossing of the Missouri River and the water intake valves for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, just over a mile downstream.   The camp has an active facebook page and a crowdfunding page for general operating costs, but urgently needs separate legal defense funds to support the warriors resisting active construction.   Funds raised on this page will only be used for the legal support for those involved in direct action.  (To save us money on processing fees, send donation via paypal to freshetcollective@gmail.com)

On Friday, August 5, 2016, a group of Oceti Sakowin youth from different Dakota and Lakota nations arrived in Washington DC after running ~2000 miles by relay, in spiritual opposition to the pipeline. The runners delivered 140,000 petition signatures to the US Army Corps of Engineers and rallied at the White House to ask President Obama to pressure them to repeal the water crossing permits. Meanwhile, relatives back home set up a tipi and held demonstrations in front of North Dakota’s State Capitol Building during a 3-day special legislative session.   

The Dakota Access pipeline is proposed to carry 450,000 barrels of fracked crude oil per day, from the Bakken fields of North Dakota, 1,172 miles to Patoka, Illinois.  Though originally planned to cross the Missouri River upstream of Bismarck, the crossing was relocated just upstream of the Standing Rock Reservation. The threats this pipeline poses to the environment, public health, and tribal and human rights are strikingly similar to those posed by the Keystone XL.

We are not expendable. We have a right to live. Please stand with us as we protect our sacred lands. Water is life, mni wiconi.  

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