Pipeline Resistance Encampment Swells; Prepares for More Action

Standing Rock Reservation, ND – It’s been four days since construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline Missouri River crossing was slated to begin. The first three days were punctuated by constant and growing protests. On the fourth day, no workers or police showed up, though a private security firm stood nearby on a hilltop, observing the crowd most of the day.

With hundreds more protesters expected to arrive before Monday, many already there used the opportunity to hold trainings. Later in the afternoon, protesters held a water ceremony, and walked to the entrance of the construction site to pray.

Unicorn Riot also spent some time at the Sacred Stone Camp just south of the three occupied entrances to the construction site. The camp is preparing for hundreds more indigenous peoples and allies to arrive in the coming days.

Those already at the camp are readying to continue their protests against the oil pipeline. Unicorn Riot plans to stay at the Sacred Stone Camp and will be following the ongoing resistance against the Dakota Access pipeline.

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For a recap of this week’s action, see below.

Unicorn Riot once again arrived at 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.

For more information and context, we have followed this struggle since April 1st, 2016.

In April, a caravan of over 200 supporters, led by forty riders on horse, left Fort Yates for a thirty mile trek to the camp located just north of Cannonball.

For our coverage this spring of the Sacred Stone Camp, with many photos and videos, 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“.