Standing Rock | Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL)

Standing Rock | Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL)

Standing Rock

North Dakota Pipeline

In North Dakota, Indigenous leaders from many Nations have come together at Standing Rock to fight the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). This pipeline would carry over a half a million barrels of fracked oil per day from the Bakken Oil Shale Fields. The route the pipeline will take, if approved, will travel under multiple bodies of water, including the Missouri River at a location half a mile upstream from the Standing Rock reservation. This river not only supplies drinking water to the tribe but is a major tributary to the Mississippi River which is depended on by more than 10 million people for both human consumption and irrigation of the nation’s “bread basket.” When this pipeline fails – as all pipelines do in time – will destroy land and water with little, if any, chance of complete remediation / cleanup.

There is a deep history of violence against Native communities in the United States, much of which revolves around rights over land and water. Indigenous tribes have struggled to maintain their rights to land through a long history of violence and genocide. Understanding the importance of land rights, respect and preservation of Native communities is the first step to standing in solidarity with the movement at Standing Rock.

The pipeline is not only a threat to the environment and water where the Indigenous communities live. It's representative of a longer struggle against white expansion into Native territory without consent. The initial mainstream silence around the struggle at Standing Rock — though now breaking as media attention grows — has also been reflective of the silence around Indigenous genocide in classrooms around the nation, according to many Native communities.

Indigenous communities are at the center of the conversation around the Dakota Access Pipeline for a reason. They have long been defenders of the environment, deeply invested in curbing climate change and preserving the nation's land. This investment in environmental protection has historical roots that need to be respected — especially now.

The Project:

The Dakota Access Pipeline or Bakken pipeline is a 1,172-mile-long (1,886 km) underground oil pipeline project in the United States heartland. The pipeline is currently under construction by Dakota Access, LLC, a subsidiary of the Dallas, Texas corporation Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. The route begins in the Bakken oil fields in northwest North Dakota and travels in a more or less straight line south-east, through South Dakota and Iowa, and ends at the oil tank farm near Patoka, Illinois. The project was planned for delivery by January 1, 2017. As of November 26, 2016, the project was reported to be 87% completed.

The pipeline has been controversial regarding its necessity, and potential impact on the environment. A number of Native Americans in Iowa and the Dakotas have opposed the pipeline, including the Meskwaki and several Sioux tribal nations. In August 2016, ReZpect Our Water, a group organized on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, brought a petition to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Washington, D.C. and the tribe sued for an injunction. A protest at the pipeline site in North Dakota near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation has drawn attention from around the world. Thousands of people have been standing in protection of the water and in opposition to the pipeline construction, and many have been brutalized by law enforcement in the process.

Invested interest:

Energy Transfer Partners , is a U.S. Fortune 500 natural gas and propane company, founded in 1995.

President elect Donald Trump, his 2016 federal disclosure forms show he owned between $15,000 and $50,000 in stock in Energy Transfer Partners.

Gov. Rick Perry serves on the board of directors of Energy Transfer Partners

Kelcy Warren, CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, told the Associated Press that he expects Trump to make it easier for his company and others to complete infrastructure projects.

Legal Defense for Water Protectors

Water Protector Legal Collective: (formerly Red Owl) is the nonprofit legal organization on-site at the #NoDAPL resistance camps. They partner with the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) to coordinate criminal and civil litigation, serving all water protectors.

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This Site has daily updated legal information.


Indigenous Environmental Network

The Indigenous Peoples of the Americas have lived for over 500 years in confrontation with an immigrant society that holds an exploitive and opposing world view. As a result we are now facing an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of all natural life.



Twitter: @IENearth

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Standing Rock Solidarity Network

This site was created by a team of solidarity trainers assembled at the request of Indigenous leaders at Standing Rock.  They welcome all groups organizing solidarity of any kind to share relevant links. They hope this will be a central location for allies.


If you are planning to go to Standing Rock, please read the orientation materials, which will help you to be the most effective ally you can be.


We, the Standing Rock Youth, oppose the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline through the Missouri and Cannon Ball River because it poses a serious threat to our water and our land.




Twitter : @ReZpectOurWater




Camps at Standing Rock

Please note that fundraising efforts by individual camps are not necessarily shared with the other camps.

There are many sites raising funds for Standing Rock.  Some of them are fraudulent. Please make sure you are donating through a legitimate channel. See donations page on Standing Rock Solidarity Network for useful information.

Oceti Sakowin Camp

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Rosebud Camp



Sacred Stone Camp

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Indigenous leaders from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe have asked supporters to call the following government officials, to show support for the #NoDAPL movement and ask for a peaceful resolution.


    Call North Dakota governor Jack Dalrymple at 701-328-2200


Indigenous activists say the governor has an obligation to represent the best interests of the citizens and land of North Dakota. They are also critical of the governor's seat on the State's Industrial Commission, saying the relationship is causing direct conflict between the best interests of the People of North Dakota and Big Oil.


    Call the Morton County Sheriff’s Department at 701-667-3330


Indigenous communities are critical of the force used on protesters by police, stating the tactics used by the Morton County Sheriff's Department are militaristic and don't actually serve to protect citizens of North Dakota. Native communities are asking callers to request that the department, which is in charge of police on site, "refrain from mass arrests, macing, clubbing, hooding, strip searching and armed confrontation with UNARMED peaceful water protectors engaged in constitutionally protected civil disobedience."


    Call the White House public comment line at 202-456-1111


Indigenous activists are asking supporters to call the White House to urge President Obama to deny a permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline. Native communities say the pipeline goes against the administration's commitment to tackle climate change. They also say an approval of the pipeline by the president would violate the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which states Native communities must give consent for any projects that may impact their communities.


    Call the Army Corps of Engineers at 202-761-5903


Activists want supporters to call the Army Corps of Engineers and ask them to reverse the permit for the pipeline. Protesters say the Army Corps of Engineers, which serves to protect and preserve the nation's environment, has an obligation to deny the pipeline, as it would have adverse impacts on Native communities.



We The People White House Petition

Stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline which endangers the water supply to Native American reservations.


Tribe: Sioux, Meskwaki, Lakota

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