Albert Bender: Tribes join together at Camp of the Sacred Stones

American Indian Movement activist Dennis Banks, right, is among the many resisters at the Camp of the Sacred Stones near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. Photo by Crow Nation News

Albert Bender, a member of the Cherokee Nation is at the Camp of the Sacred Stones [Facebook | Twitter | GoFundMe] was in North Dakota to cover the #NoDAPL resistance movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline:
I am reporting from our first day at the protest camp, Oceti Sakowin (Seven Fires Council of the Great Sioux Nation). We arrived here Friday. It is the main encampment of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in its unyielding standoff to stop the Dakota Access pipeline from crossing Indian Treaty lands.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and its supporters are fighting to stop the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline from crossing Indian treaty lands. The pipeline that is slated to carry 470,000 to 570,000 barrels of crude oil per day for Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners is planned to cross the Missouri River, a stone's throw from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, an existential threat to the water system upon which so many people depend.

The encampment is awesome and is run like a small town. There are tipis and camping tents everywhere. Three meals are served daily. Security and medical staff are readily available as needed.

On August 26, there was a march to the construction site a mile away. Several hundred marched amid cries of " What do we want?" with the response " Stop the pipeline!" and " When do we want it?" followed by the answer "Now!" The enthusiasm and determination of the marchers was tremendous. We felt invincible.

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