Lakota Man Sings After Keystone Pipeline Vote

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown November 19th, 2014 Last Updated on: November 19th, 2014

As reported by many news outlets, including Argus Leader from South Dakota, a group of anti-Keystone activists were in attendance as the Senate voted on the controversial pipeline project. A Lakota man began singing in celebration after the votes were cast and they fell short of the 60 vote threshold needed to pass.

The Washington Post's Ed O'Keefe identified the man who began the chant as Greg Grey Cloud, who is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and a prominent anti-Keystone activist.

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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 PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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surfer is an insufferable asshole!!

Drew Waepew-Awaehsaeh

I agree 110% Robin!!!

Surfer Joe

How would anyone know that was singing? It sounds like the man is in excruciating pain, maybe they wanted to take him to jail where he could get proper medical attention.

Most of these Indians are on the worker’s dole, so why wouldn’t they want the pipe line, that would allow more prosperity so that the white man can pay them welfare on a regular basis. You don’t play the game you don’t make the rules. Get a job then come and make noise about the pipeline.

Delfina Rose Harrod


It saddens me what you’ve written. Our Native Brother’s song was not because of the jobs vs. living on welfare. Please know that it was in celebration as Mother Earth will not be harmed. If the pipeline had been allowed, the health of all the animals and the rest of nature would be strongly affected. As a result, the future of our children would be effected as the earth and air would influence the growth of al the foods that we eat and the water that we drink. Please consider that whole picture, not just the idea of who works and who doesn’t.

Drew Waepew-Awaehsaeh

Wait a minute…….this man was ARRESTED for singing that song? WTH??? A point of ARREST,would be doing something such as…………….THREATENING another person or physically attacking someone!!! THEN I could see a prominent reason for an “arrest”!!! But for starting a simple SONG,that causes absolutely NO VIOLENCE of any kind??? AGAIN…………..WTH??? I mean C’MON,I’ve heard PLENTY of so-called musicians who SHOULD BE ARRESTED after making a sucky album and selling it,encouraging them to continue ON with their very BAD MUSIC making!!! Do THEY get arrested? Maybe some of those white-people should’ve LISTENED to what he was SINGING instead of doing their BEST to put a STOP to it!!!

Lisa Troup

Freedom of speech doesn’t apply to people like us. . . .Great Spirit help is all. . . .

rick spotted dog okla. Pawnee

Surfer Joe is clueless….like most of the dominant society he insults our prayer / thank you song . NDNs have the right to express ourselves and we will damn sure do it….would you have let him sing Amazing Grace.?…….that was for all the Aimsters that helped us stand up…….Hoka Hey…Mitakuyaoyasin


He probably would have been made a National hero if he was White. He saved the climate, land destruction and water.

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