Peter Dakota Molof spent a week supporting water protectors at resistance camps set up along Lake Oahe — this is what he saw.
[_descriptive_paragraph] =As I turn off the two-lane highway that courses through the Standing Rock Indian Reservation into Oceti Sakowin Camp (technically an overflow camp from the original Camp of the Sacred Stones that formed in April of this year), I am bursting with feelings.
There isn’t any way to prepare to witness history in the making.
From the road, the valley flat provides an incredible view of the expanse of Oceti Sakowin, the surrounding camps, and the mass of protectors who have come from Nations far and wide to defend water from the Dakota Access Pipeline.
I am struck by how unique this moment is — to be training with members of so many nations, with so many relatives from so many different places, and with so many people who have never before taken action on their principles in this way. Sometimes, late into the night, you can hear the cries welcoming the arriving nations.Home hero Together We Are Stronger Than Trump, join us, https://secure3.convio.net/gpeace/site/Donation2?df_id=4843&4843.donation=form1&autologin=true&s_src=hero For months, the Standing Rock Sioux and allies have been protecting their water by resisting construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which would carry 500,000 barrels of oil a day from North Dakota to Illinois.I wander back to my camp relatively early but the voices -- the prayers -- fill the night and begin early in the morning, greeting the sun as it rises.
I lay in my sleeping bag smiling, short on sleep but happy to be there.Every night we powwow — nations offering songs of thanks, resilience, and grief that we have to fight this pipeline at all.