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Petition

Drop the Charges!

Defend the sacred. Protect the protectors. Sign the petition asking North Dakota to drop all charges against the peaceful and prayerful water protectors of Standing Rock.

Defending the Sacred

The injustices perpetrated against the Lakota, their allies, and their lands during the peaceful and prayerful resistance to the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) led us to expand our mission. We provide ongoing efforts aimed at stopping DAPL and other threats to Lakota land, resources, and sovereignty, and reclaiming ancestral lands.

Environmental Review of DAPL Ruled Insufficient

US District Court Judge James Boasberg rules that the environmental review of the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) was insufficient and must be reconsidered. While it did not halt the flow of oil, the ruling found that the Army Corps of Engineers did not evaluate environmental justice in their approval of the pipeline.

This is a limited victory in the fight to protect clean water and Lakota sovereignty, but the fact remains that a full Environmental Impact Statement needs to be conducted for DAPL. 

The Fight Continues

Chase Iron Eyes pleads not guilty to all charges. Water protectors worldwide call for people to divest from the banks that fund DAPL.

Chase Iron Eyes Arrested, Camps Raided and Closed

On February 1, police raid the newly-established Last Child Camp and arrest 76 people, including LPLP Lead Counsel Chase Iron Eyes. Chase is falsely charged with Incitement to Riot and Felony Criminal Trespass. Three weeks later, a militarized force, including West Dakota SWAT, Morton County Police Department, Fargo Police Department, Wisconsin State Troopers, National Park Service Rangers, National Guardsmen, and BIA Federal Police, raid Oceti Sakowin and Rosebud camps, arrest 46, and evict the remainder.

Veterans Deploy to Frontlines as “Human Shields,” Easement Denied

Over 3,000 veterans join the Oceti Sakowin Camp. President Obama denies the easement to drill under Lake Oahe, but DAPL owner Energy Transfer Partners states that they “fully expect to complete construction of the pipeline without any additional rerouting.”

Water Cannons Used Against Unarmed Water Protectors

Police use tear gas, rubber bullets, and water cannons against unarmed water protectors in subfreezing temperatures during a confrontation at Backwater Bridge on Highway 1806. More than 140 water protectors are injured and/or suffer from hypothermia.

Highway Standoff with Law Enforcement

After a tense standoff on Highway 1806, law enforcement officials forcibly remove water protectors, arresting 141. More than 200 militarized police employ a sound cannon, sub-lethal rounds, and tear gas on the water protectors. A herd of buffalo stampedes around 2:45 p.m. Water protectors cheer, “Ancestors are with us!”

Global Call to Defend the Sacred

The Standing Rock Sioux Council and Chairman Dave Archambault II issue a global appeal for people to come to Standing Rock. Thousands make the journey to Standing Rock in a show of unprecedented solidarity with the Oceti Sakowin, the People of the Seven Council Fires. Mass arrests begin.

Sacred Stone Camp Opens

Lakota grandmother Ladonna Brave Bull Allard opens a protest camp near the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball rivers. The camp is named, Iŋyaŋ Wakháŋagapi Othí, or Sacred Stone - the pre-colonial name for the Cannonball area.

DAPL Moved to Edge of Standing Rock

The Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) is rerouted away from Bismarck, North Dakota, to cross the Missouri River near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, in an effort to protect Bismarck’s water supply. The move violates Lakota treaty rights and threatens Standing Rock’s water supply.