NoDAPL MOVEMENT

NoDAPL Movement

The Dakota Access Pipeline is an oil transferring pipeline designed to ship 500,000 barrels of crude sweet oil from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota across 4 states to a refinery in the state of Illinois. This pipeline which has been given the name “The Black Snake” by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, threatens the water of the Missouri and Cannon Ball river, a river that supplies water to the Tribe as well as 18 million people down stream. Tribal members are concerned of the pipeline and the risks it poses from leaks or spills from it being laid under a river that the Standing Rock Sioux hold sacred. The pipeline also threatens to desecrate ceremonial and sacred burial sites as its route cuts through un-seceded Sioux Territory, land originally promised to the Standing Rock Sioux from the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851. NoDAPL is a movement that is based in the protection of these sacred waters and the protection of sacred sites. The movement started from a few youth who started a camp in the spring of 2016 by the Cannon Ball River in hopes of protecting these sites by way of non-violent peaceful, and prayerful direct action has grown to a worldwide movement attracting indigenous and non-indigenous by the thousands to the camp and gaining support of millions around the world. This movement though centered around the stopping DAPL has also ignited and exposed many other issues facing indigenous communities.

Healing Arrows has and continues to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their efforts to protect the earth and its resources, and all that we as Indigenous people hold sacred. As an Indigenous social justice and wellness organization we believe that Indigenous communities have the right to clean water, and the right to protect their land and sacred sites as it is essential to healthy living physically, mentally, spiritually and culturally. Healing Arrows has shown its support by providing supplies, financial help to the water protectors at the camp, and as sent representatives to the camps to stand in solitary with our Indigenous and non-Indigenous brothers and sisters in the fight to protect our earth.

Trips to Standing Rock

Healing Arrows has made 5 trips to Standing Rock; more specifically Oceti Sakowin Camp / Oceti Oyate Camp and Two Kettles Camp. These are photos from the many actions and memorable moments we were able to capture.

September 28, 2016 - October 5, 2016

Comedian and Environmentalist, Dallas Goldtooth; Executive Director, Che Jim; Media Correspondent, Giovanni Sanchez

Media Correspondent, Giovanni Sanchez; Comedian, Tito Ybarra; Executive Director, Che Jim

Media Correspondent, Giovanni Sanchez and Executive Director, Che Jim

Executive Director, Che Jim and a fellow Water Protector enjoying down time

Executive Director, Che Jim and a fellow Water Protector at Fort Buffalo

A view of the rain fall outside of Oceti Sakowin Camp

Joined a caravan headed to an action. 5 construction sites were shut down this very day

Executive Director, Che Jim driving to an action

Gathering after the shut down of 5 construction sites on October 3, 2016

A sign at Oceti Sakowin Camp showing support for Leonard Peltier

A view of Oceti Sakowin Camp

A donated bus that was painted. "INJUSTICE FOR ONE IS INJUSTICE FOR ALL"

More creations on the donated bus

Each flag represents a Tribe that is represented at Oceti Sakowin Camp.

The view as you make your way out of camp

October 29, 2016 - November 5, 2016

Executive Director, Che Jim sitting on a van with a fellow Water Protector. Trying to figure out what is happening at Turtle Hill.

This is what was happening. 18 armed police officers pointing their weapons at 2 men climbing Turtle Hill. These 2 men were only asking that the police get off of sacred burial grounds.

2 brave men climb Turtle Hill asking police to get off sacred burial grounds. These men wore nothing but shorts to show that they had no weapons.

Executive Director, Che Jim standing in the river next to Turtle Hill

Executive Director, Che Jim (far right) singing with the drum group during an action at Turtle Hill

Water Protector, Beni Buffalo; Admin. Manager, Crystal Jim; Water Protector, Leto Minowa; Executive Director, Che Jim. Action at Turtle Hill

Happy Halloween from Fort Buffalo. Executive Director, Che Jim and Admin. Manager, Crystal Jim

Water Protector and Sun Dancer, Jacinda Begay and Admin. Manager, Crystal Jim. Photo taken on the side of the highway outside of Cannon Ball, North Dakota

Anonymous. Black Water Bridge on Highway 1806

Executive Director, Che Jim, taking the opportunity to pray at the base of Turtle Hill during an action.

Chad Hindahl drawing a portrait of Executive Director, Che Jim. Meanwhile Benji Buffalo, Crystal Jim, and Leto Minowa are enjoying each others company.

Executive Director, Che Jim standing on the bridge with security

Melanie Stoneman, Jacinda Begay, Crystal Jim, and Leto Minowa stand on the 1806 Bridge while clergy held their prayer.

Runners heading into Camp

A donated tent at Fort Buffalo. Everyone is welcome to sign it.

Admin. Manager, Crystal Jim; Executive Director, Che Jim; Water Protectors Benji Buffalo and Leto Minowa calling people over to sign the tent.

A view of the sunset from Fort Buffalo at Oceti Sakowin Camp

Forgiveness March at the Morton County Memorial Courthouse

Admin. Manager, Crystal Jim took a selfie on Highway 1806. Oceti Sakowin in the background.

December 4, 2016 - December 9, 2016

Veterans Carrying the flag through Oceti Sakowin Camp

45 MPH wind caused help from other veterans to carry the flag

Break in the Blizzard to reveal a beautiful sunset

Break in the Blizzard to reveal a beautiful sunset

Break in the Blizzard to reveal a beautiful sunset with our Media Corespondent, Giovanni Sanchez and Media Specialist Xo Jim

Break in the Blizzard to reveal a beautiful sunset with our Media Corespondent, Giovanni Sanchez and Media Specialist Xo Jim

Executive Director, Che Jim and Media Corespondent, Giovanni Sanchez singing traditional songs at Fort Buffalo in -20 degree weather

Marching of the Veterans through camp

Marching of the Veterans through camp

Marching of the Veterans through camp

Marching of the Veterans through camp

Marching of the Veterans through camp

Our own Veteran and Executive Director, Che Jim geared up to join the Veterans march

Oceti Sakowin Camp (7 Council Fire)

Oceti Sakowin Camp (7 Council Fire)

Oceti Sakowin Camp (7 Council Fire)

Oceti Sakowin Camp (7 Council Fire)

Water Protector waits for instructions

February 1, 2017 - February 4, 2017

Police posted up on the hill that was Last Child's Camp that they raided the day previous

Executive Director, Che Jim and Media Correspondent, Giovanni Sanchez gave a live update on the Last Child's Camp arrests.

Morton County Police Department is paving a road along the road side of camp. They are posted on hill tops. Behinds the hills there are posts of officers. They are also setting up lights at all along the north side facing camp and an infrared camera.

Clean up process at Oceti Sakowin / Oceti Oyate

Clean up process at Oceti Sakowin / Oceti Oyate

Police posted up on the hill.

Executive Director, Che Jim

February 19, 2017 - February 23, 2017

Lightning over Oceti.. Feb 21st

Truth will always shine brighter than Fear

View of Oceti from Facebook Hill

Two Kettles Camp - Night before Eviction

Two Kettles Camp - day of eviction. 2/22/2017

Oceti Oyate - Eviction Day

Oceti Oyate - Ceremonial Burning of homes - Eviction Day

Oceti Oyate - Ceremonial Burning of homes - Eviction Day

Interview with Farai at Oceti Sakowin Camp

Che Jim, Giovanni Sanchez, and Xo Jim speak about movement building, connecting indiginious communities and issues, healing, and the role of the arts at Standing Rock. Xo and Che work on movement building via the organization Healing Arrows. Taped at Benji Buffalo’s snow fort on Dec 5 in the blizzard at Oceti Sakowin Camp.

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Attribute material to: Farai Chideya
Taped at Oceti Sakowin Camp, Standing Rock, near Cannonball, North Dakota, Dec 5, 2016.

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“WOWASAKE KIN SLOLYAPO WOWAHWALA HE E”
“Know the power that is peace”

-Black Elk

NoDAPL Presentation at U of W- Osh Kosh

As part of their week long NoDAPL action, Che Jim the Executive Director of Healing Arrows was asked to do a public speaking at the University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh. As a show of solitary on behalf of Healing Arrows with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Che took the time to educate the audience on the meaning of NoDAPL, what it means, its significance, and shared his own experiences of what it was like at the Oceti Sakowin camp.

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