Tipis Take Over National Mall

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown April 22nd, 2014 Last Updated on: April 22nd, 2014

Members of the Cowboy Indian Alliance have arrived in Washington DC to set up camp near the White House to tell President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. According to DC Media Group, 7 tipis are up and more will be going up this week.

Photo by @Yakhtoe

Photo by @Yakhtoe


Photo by @Yakhtoe

Photo by @Yakhtoe

Ranchers, farmers and members of native communities along the pipeline route formed the Cowboy Indian Alliance to stand against energy company TransCanada’s efforts to acquire land under eminent domain.

Cyril Scott, President and Tribal Leader of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, watched over the camp while other tribal leaders and elders met nearby. “We are here to stop the Keystone XL and protect our people and water,” he said.

If approved the pipeline will transport dilbit, a slurry of toxic tar sands from Alberta, through seven states to Gulf Coast refineries for export. “Its not a matter of whether the pipeline [will] break, it’s when it breaks,” said Scott.

The Cowboy Indian Alliance will be joined by First Nations of Canada for a variety of ceremonies, story sharing, demonstrations, lectures, films and photography displays to help the public understand threat the Keystone XL pipeline poses to the environment.


Jane Kleeb (Bold Nebraska) and Dallas Goldtooth (Lower Sioux Dakota Nation) recently sat down with Ed Schultz on MSNBC to talk about bringing the anti-Keystone XL fight to D.C.:

If you would like to help join in the fight please visit Reject and Protect website for more information on this week's events in Washington D.C.

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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 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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Ralph J Cibula

Congratulations to the people making this happen and to those attending to compound the energy and voice. May you have great success.

It is sad that the pipeline company was allowed to use the word “Canadian” in it’s name. That is shameful and a black eye for Canada.

Pat Stamps

What else can I do? My husband and I use to go to pow-wows all the time. He is part Indian.

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