Standing Rock Reservation, ND – On Sunday, September 11th, participants in the encampments against the Dakota Access Pipeline had traditional horse races organized by The Indian Problem and a hip-hop concert, organized by Red Warrior Camp on the land near construction areas.
Horse riders from various indigenous nations gathered to race each other and appreciate the important relationship with horses that their different cultures have. A horse race took place in a track at the back of the campsite. We spoke with Sitting Bull College’s horseman associate about the event (video below).
“There is over 100 tribes here and there is a lot of horse nations here. Years ago, when the tribes had gotten together, they had horse games, horse challenges, to see who the better horsemen were. It’s all in fun…bringing some ancestral games back to modern day. Horses are a big part of our life, our culture. I think they bring a healing to our people. A healing that we all need. They’re a big part of why we’re still here…It’s a good feeling that our horse culture is still alive and well.” – Philip Bird Horse
Later in the afternoon, Red Warrior Camp set up a sound system and held a concert into the evening hosting performances by a number of radical indigenous hip-hop artists. The lineup included Stuart James, MC Rhetorik, Mic Jones, Thomas X, Native Son, Nataani Means, Savage Fam, Che Christ, and Alas.
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We interviewed Ant Loc from Savage Fam about hip hop and indigenous resistance.
“We utilize Hip Hop as a tool, to spread the shit, like realistic shit. Like fuck everybody who’s trying to destroy this Earth. That’s trying to destroy our people, trying to ruin our people.” – Ant Loc
Other water protectors warned that Dakota Access Pipeline construction could resume at any time – either as a result of the company ignoring the federal government’s request, or simply at a location outside of the 20-mile area near Lake Oahe.
News also came of an additional arrest of a participant in recent direct actions, although the exact details are still not known to us. Reportedly similar to Friday’s arrest of Red Warrior Camp media spokesperson Cody Hall, the person was arrested after being pulled over while driving in the area of the anti-pipeline camps. Cody Hall has since been released from custody.
On Saturday, a warrant was issued for the arrest of Democracy Now! journalist Amy Goodman, who was seen interviewing water protectors in news footage of the September 3rd private security dog attack which went viral.
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Earlier last week, arrest warrants were also issued for Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, as well as her running-mate Ajamu Baraka, after they were both videotaped spray painted messages onto Dakota Access construction machinery during a direct action on September 6th.
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For a recap from the month of August’s action, see below.
- After covering the camp in the spring of 2016, Unicorn Riot returned to Standing Rock Reservation on Wednesday, August 10th, when Standing Rock tribal members and allies blocked the entrance to the Dakota Access Pipeline construction site.
- On Thursday, August 11th, a dozen or so people were arrested blocking the construction site entrances.
- Day 3, Friday, the fight to protect land & water intensified around the construction sites of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
- On the 4th day, the pipeline resistance encampment swelled and prepared for more action.
- Monday, August 15th, land defenders stormed the construction site halting construction, and the next day construction was halted as well.
- August 17th saw State Police begin checkpoints, roadblocks, and psyops as protesters united to defend water.
- August 24th, camps prepared as Federal injunction hearing looms.
- Camps Organize to Stay as Injunction Postponed.
- On August 31st, Non-Violent Direct Action Stopped DAPL Construction for Over 6 Hours.
- Indigenous Water Protectors Swarm Dakota Access Pipeline Site, Stop Work
- Ongoing #NoDAPL Water Protection Actions – Interview With Uŋpa Nuŋpa
- North Dakota Highway Patrol Refuses to Release Emails with Energy Transfer Partners
- ND National Guard Take Over Dakota Access Pipeline Checkpoints
- US Govt. Overrules Federal Judge, Orders Pipeline Construction Halted at Lake Oahe
For our coverage earlier this spring of the Sacred Stone Camp, see May 27th report, “Dakota Access Pipeline Blockade Enters 2nd Month“; May 5th, “Sacred Stone Camp Resists Dakota Access Pipeline“; April 3rd, “Tribal Citizens Build Camp in Path of Oil Pipeline“; March 29th, “Tribal Citizens Prepare to Blockade Bakken Oil Pipeline“.
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