Can a Tipi Stop a Pipeline?

Keystone Tar Sands / XL Pipeline. Nearly everyone is familiar with these words and most have at least some opinion about what they represent. Those who are willing to sacrifice the very things which make life possible on this planet for personal gain, they mean fabulous wealth and power. For some, they only mean possibly saving a few cents at the gas pump. For others, who have studied the short and long term effects of what these words represent, a far more grim reality becomes apparent.

The most reputable scientists from all over the world have made their findings on these projects known to the governments of the United States, Canada, the United Nations and this research is in agreement with the beliefs and ancient knowledge of the First Nations people of the American continents; we are putting the ability for living organisms to survive on this planet at grave risk! The indigenous peoples have long understood the relationship of man and nature. Ironically, it is these very people who now bear the initial brunt and negative effects of these projects.

Having been relegated to so called “Sacrifice Zones”, lands and rights under treaty with federal governments have been discarded. So have the health and safety of the men, women, and children living in these areas been ravaged and discarded for corporate and political greed.

Now, the people of the First Nations are organizing to protect and shield the people, natural resources and cultural heritage from the devastation, knowing that it is not only their small corner of the world they are protecting, but the very survival of the entire living organism that is Mother Earth.

Resistance to this threat is underway.

The Lakota and their allies are rising to the challenge with several carefully calculated actions, one of which is to organize and erect spiritual tipi camps to stop progress along the pipeline right-of-way. We intend to prevent the historical devastation of the construction man camps with their victimization of women and children on the reservations. We will use the legal and moral authority of the First Nations peoples to protect significant spiritual and burial sites which are at immediate risk. These cultural and historical landmarks, some of which record ancient scientific observations not yet discovered by modern researchers, are of great importance to the overall understanding of our human experience. These are surely as important as those in other parts of the world, of which the recent destruction has caused alarm and outrage all over the globe. Our government spends millions of dollars to protect cultural sites in other countries we occupy while it issues permits for the destruction of similar sites in the heartland of America for corporate profit.

Watch the video from Shield the People below:

Shield The People – Oyate Wahacanka from Oyate Wahacanka on Vimeo.

For more information on how you can help, please visit Shield the People.

About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

3 Comments on “Can a Tipi Stop a Pipeline?”

  • rosalie leaning


    Ilive in the UK , And have followed these problems of you and your peoples .I make sure all that is aired on F/B .. is sent to as many countries possible plus some of your kin in EUROPE ..I salute you all for your untiring efforts.
    It is easy for me to say ”STAND”, I’m not in your situation.. go the legal pathway,, get your pictures and videos out into other countries of the Mother Earth your fighting for, we all should do the same for all of our future children and grandchildren ! I am honoured by your strength to claim those rights and of your own …thank you ! and I will follow and report findings as they arrive …ONE WHITE TRIBE WOMAN ..who shows ‘GRATITUDE ‘….blessings!

  • Anthony Ted Janis


    This is not only a good thing but a necessary thing you are doing. My family and I are with you 100%. We have no money but are willing to help in any way we can.


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